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Monthly News Items - 19 August 2020

Updated 24 August 2020

"Words of warning that came today for somewhere in the world..." is a title of a video posted by Mark Murchison aired in Friday 14th August (overnight) but was Published on YouTube on Saturday 15 August 2020. It wasn’t a dream or vision but rather words that came to Mark while he was at work. The words are: "Fire in the hole….later on two words came to me "preemptive strike"”. He said he looked up the phrase "fire in the hole" and it means according to Wikipedia:

"Fire in the hole" is a warning that an explosive detonation in a confined space is imminent. It originated with miners, who needed to warn their fellows that a charge had been set."

He also gave a scripture reference in Roman's 10: 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

I’m usually very cautious about these kinds of things but I felt that this should be heard and I leave it to your judgement.

Pastor JD updates the epic and even prophetic word fitly spoken by Paul Harvey 55-years ago in 1965, titled, “If I Were The Devil.”

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed dangerous weaknesses in U.S. planning and preparation for civil defense protection and recovery, and those weaknesses surely have been noticed by our potential enemies: China, Russia, North Korea, Iran and international terrorists. The U.S. spent decades, and billions of dollars, supposedly preparing for biological warfare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the departments of Defense and Homeland Security are supposed to have contingency plans to protect the American people from lethal biological weapons such as anthrax and genetically engineered smallpox, which could have mortality rates of over 90 percent……. As noted in a May 14, 1996, People’s Liberation Army newspaper about a surprise attack on U.S. critical information systems: “When a country grows increasingly powerful economically and technologically … it will become increasingly dependent on modern information systems. … The United States is more vulnerable to attacks than any other country in the world.” So it is very bad news, more than a year after President Trump issued an Executive Order on Coordinating Resilience Against Electromagnetic Pulses, that the Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have done nothing to protect the national electric grid or other critical infrastructures that sustain the lives of 330 million Americans.

The U.S. financial system could be on the cusp of calamity. This time, we might not be able to save it. After months of living with the coronavirus pandemic, American citizens are well aware of the toll it has taken on the economy: broken supply chains, record unemployment, failing small businesses. All of these factors are serious and could mire the United States in a deep, prolonged recession. But there’s another threat to the economy, too. It lurks on the balance sheets of the big banks, and it could be cataclysmic. Imagine if, in addition to all the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, you woke up one morning to find that the financial sector had collapsed…… We’ve seen how banks respond to stern reprimands and modest reform. This time, regulators might need to dismantle the system as we know it. Stock Market Crash 2020: Welcome To The End Game / As The Stock Market Soars, The Numbers Say That The Real Economy Is In The Midst Of A Historic Crash / ECONOMY

Unusually large earthquakes have been striking diverse locations all over the United States in recent months, and experts are not exactly sure why this is happening. On Sunday, a very strange magnitude 5.1 earthquake that hit North Carolina made headlines all over the nation. In fact, when I checked the Drudge Report on Sunday it was the top headline on the entire site. Earthquakes of this size very rarely happen in the eastern United States, and it is being reported that this quake was the most powerful to hit the state in more than one hundred years…But none of the areas that I discussed in this article are known for fracking. Instead, these quakes appear to be occurring naturally, and the experts seem to be unable to explain why this is happening. Of course many Christians are pointing out that Jesus warned that there would be an increase in earthquakes in the last days, and many believe that seismic activity will eventually be far, far more severe than what we are currently experiencing.

Earthquakes along this lengthy fault, which runs more than 800 miles through California, are an ever-looming concern—and a new study suggests that in the next year, a large quake near the bustling city of Los Angeles could be three to five times more likely than previously thought. The research, published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, found that the 2019 Ridgecrest earthquakes made a future quake along the nearby Garlock fault more likely. If a big enough quake hits Garlock, it could trigger the San Andreas fault as well—a series of events that the researchers estimate has about a 1 in 87 probability of occurring within the next year….. There have been many quakes in California over the past century, but the last time a big temblor occurred along the San Andreas itself was in 1906, when a magnitude 7.9 earthquake unzipped some 300 miles of the fault, leveling buildings across San Francisco and killing more than 3,000 people. It was the deadliest quake in U.S. history.

Rabbi Azaria Ariel, traveled to an undisclosed ranch in Israel to lead the Temple Institute's efforts to raise a red heifer for the performance of the commandment of producing the purifying ashes of the red heifer. He recently inspected the current red heifer candidates and shared their status….. The renewal of the ashes of the red heifer would enable kohanim (Temple priests) today to achieve the highest level of spiritual purity, allowing them to resume their work in the Holy Temple.

During the Second Temple period, the showbreads were baked by the Garmu family of Levi'im (Levites). Each Friday, the Garmu family baked a new set of 12 loaves. Each of the loaves represented one of the 12 Tribes. They were placed on the Temple's golden shulchan (table) in two stacks of six and they remained on the shulchan all week….. Why is any of this relevant now? Saidel explained that, "We have to learn how they did things in the Temple to be ready for the Third Temple.

People have begun to wonder if this new agreement with the UAE will play a role in the fulfillment of this prophecy. It is possible but at this point it is far from fulfilling the many requirements of Daniel's prophecy. Here is a breakdown of what Daniel 9:27 describes vs what we see happening today: 1. Israel's agreement with "many". - At this point it is only the UAE however there is speculation that Bahrain, Oman, Morocco and Saudi Arabia may all be future participants. If expanded to other nations it would meet the requirement of the "many". 2. It is a treaty that will be "confirmed", suggesting the guaranteeing or ratifying of an existing treaty. This treaty may possibly set the stage for an initial agreement that is later confirmed or guaranteed by an outside party (The Antichrist). James Kaddis and Andy Woods - Israel's Historic UAE Peace Deal / 2020 08 16 John Haller's Prophecy Update "The Abraham Accord"

“The drive of the Rockefellers and their allies is to create a one-world government combining supercapitalism and Communism under the same tent, all under their control. … Do I mean conspiracy? Yes I do. I am convinced there is such a plot, international in scope, generations old in planning, and incredibly evil in intent.” US Congressman Larry P. McDonald

“In the next century, nations as we know it will be obsolete; all states will recognize a single, global authority. National sovereignty wasn’t such a great idea after all.” (US Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbot, July 20 l992.)

“The New World Order will have to be built from the bottom up rather than from the top down … run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece will accomplish much more than the old-fashioned frontal assault.”(Richard Gardner, US Council on Foreign Relations Journal Foreign Affairs, April 1974.)

“We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order.”(US billionaire David Rockefeller, to UN Business Conference, 1991.)

The “New World Order” is an often maligned and misused phrase that most often centers on the idea of the creation of a singular, all-powerful, global government, presumably controlled by a small group of elites. It is also a phrase that is oft-mocked and lauded as a conspiracy-fringe idea that deserves the utmost derision. In truth, a “new world order” happens quite regularly. Anytime the global power shifts from one nation or empire to another, there is in a sense, a new world order. However, the phrase in question here is the idea of a singular, all-powerful, global government. If this had originated from a bunch of loser-nobodies hanging out in their parent’s basement, it should be mocked. Sadly, that is not the case. The idea of new world order, aside from being plastered to our national currency, has remained the buzz amongst the world’s political, economic, and military elite for centuries. This is not some passing fad or work of science fiction, but a real thing, whether we accept it or not. In other words, this idea of a new world order is a serious one and is originating from the highest echelons of power amongst the leaders of this world. Considering many of these men and women have all the wealth and resources, and are seemingly, well on their way to making it happen; thus, it must be taken seriously. However, the news of it, or rather, the lack of news of it, has never diminished the intrepid march towards this goal.

Brethren, hear me here. All the shakings of the earth, the riots, the injustices, and double standards are designed by the powers of Hell to be a distraction to you. The adversary wants you distracted, it wants you not to effectively share Jesus’ salvation with the world, it wants you under the yoke of fear and misery so that you tune into the media as a drug that poisons you slowly. It is not interested in stopping there; it wants to kill you DEAD-DEAD-DEAD. Because he knows the time is short. Why do you think Peter tells us to be vigilant?

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). It would be like a security guard that is distracted, texting away on his cell phone and NOT watching the security camera. One can only imagine the consequences when the thief shows up. So then, while we are distracted, how can we be vigilant? I choose to focus my eyes on the Lord Jesus. I am not interested in being a can of big cat food for a lion trying to devour me as well as those I love (all of you). I am not telling any of you to be uninformed at all. Just be careful and apprehensive as to whom is informing you. There is no shortage of media outlets that make a practice of “bearing false Witness” 24/7. I exhort you to not get emotionally caught up in the current events. Besides, we as believers have a book that tells the end from the beginning. NOTHING is more current than the Bible.

As I mentioned the last couple of weeks, today, I am going to address the “QAnon movement” specifically, as it relates to what’s known as “The Great Awakening”. Now please know, that I’m keenly aware of the many Christians that are involved in this, followers of this, or even just get information from this. As such, it is not my intention to pass judgment on those who do but rather it is my intention to explain why it is that I believe said, “Great Awakening”, may in fact be a great deception. For those who are unfamiliar with QAnon, it stands for Q, the letter Q Anonymous. QAnon is purported to be a military intelligence operation that provides hints to open source information pointing ANON or anonymous researchers to what are known as “Q drops”. Q began posting back on October 28th, 2017, and since then has garnered many followers who decipher the coded information in these Q drops.

Christian Persecution and Antisemitism

A former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria was arrested on 12 August after telling a radio interviewer that the security forces were colluding in attacks on Christian communities in Kaduna State. Dr Obadiah Mailafia was summoned to the Department of State Services (DSS) in Jos where he was interrogated for six hours about the 55-minute radio interview discussing the escalating violence in Plateau State, where he was born. The interview also raised the issue of Fulani extremist infiltration throughout the country, including southern Nigeria. “It is as if the lives of Christians no longer matter” says church leader as Fulani militants massacre 32 believers - Christians attending a wedding celebration on Sunday 19 July were among at least 32 massacred in two successive attacks in 24 hours by Fulani militants in southern Kaduna State, Nigeria.

Earlier this year... [Boko Haram] released a video of a masked Muslim child holding a pistol behind a bound and kneeling Christian hostage, a 22-year-old biology student who was earlier abducted while traveling to his university. After chanting in Arabic and launching into an anti-Christian diatribe, the Muslim child shot the Christian several times in the back of the head. Aside from some of the most grisly incidents... the so-called mainstream media does not report on the bulk of the persecution. Could journalists be worried that a politically incorrect pattern might emerge, in which attacks might appear ideologically driven, as opposed to just "crimes"? The reason formerly simple Fulani herdsmen have, since 2015, managed to kill nearly twice as many Christians as the "professional" terrorists of Boko Haram.... is, to quote Nigerian bishop Matthew Ishaya Audu, "because President Buhari is also of the Fulani ethnic group." "Since the government and its apologists are claiming the killings have no religious undertones, why are the terrorists and herdsmen targeting the predominantly Christian communities and Christian leaders?" — The Christian Association of Nigeria, International Centre for Investigative Reporting, January 21, 2020.

A 14-year-old Pakistani Christian girl, who was abducted at gunpoint and forced into marriage by a Muslim man, was returned to her kidnapper by the High Court in Lahore on 4 August.

The court ruled that Maria Shahbaz had willingly converted to Islam, was legally married to Mohammad Naqash and should be “a good wife” to him.

An angry Muslim mob forced its way into a Pakistan police station on 5 August after a Christian man was arrested for alleged “blasphemy” in Punjab province. Sohail Masih, from Abidabad, Nowshera Virkan, was accused by a local Muslim leader of insulting Islam in a Facebook post.

Four Hindu extremists were arrested in India on 19 July following the murder of Christian Suman Munda, killed as she attempted to protect her daughter from sexual assault. The attack on the 25-year-old mother and her daughter followed the rape of four Christian girls in the district of Khunti, in Jharkhand State, where Suman lived. Her body was discovered by relatives at an isolated location near her home in the village of Redhadi.

Indian Christian missionary Munshi Dev Tado was murdered on 10 July by suspected Maoist Naxalite attackers who had previously threatened him for sharing the Gospel in western Maharashtra State. The Maoist Naxalite are the Communist Party of India, it is the largest existing political group in that lineage today in India. The term Naxal derives from the name of the village Naxalbari in West Bengal, where the Naxalite peasant revolt took place in 1967. Naxalites are considered far-left communists, supportive of Maoism. In 2006, then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh named Maoist insurgency as “the single biggest internal-security challenge” the country has ever faced. He would repeat the same warning in the succeeding four years.

A house church was attacked by a 40-strong mob of Hindu extremists in Batticaloa district, eastern Sri Lanka, on Sunday 19 July. The mob broke into the Jesus’ Witness church in Chenkalady town at 9 a.m., during a worship service. The extremists beat the pastor and his wife, who sustained a minor injury. The pastor’s father, mother-in-law and other Christians attending the service were also violently assaulted.

At least 13 Christians, mainly converts from Islam, were arrested by intelligence agents from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard in coordinated operation across three Iranian cities on 30 June. An informant, who gained the Christians’ trust and infiltrated their meetings, is understood to have led agents to the Tehran home of a recent Christian convert, where about 30 believers had gathered.

For Christians in Turkey the warning is that the Turkish state will now officially undertake their suppression and persecution to guarantee their subordination as dhimmis subordinate to Islamic rule. No more dreams of equality, religious freedom, restitution of church properties and other chimeras floated when Erdogan first became Prime Minister in 2002. At that time, he seemed to offer a liberal democratic order of freedom and equality to all minorities in Turkey: Kurds, Alevis, Christians and others. He used this as a veil to hide his programme of ever accelerating Islamisation of Turkey as he weakened the bastions of secularism in the army, media and judicial system, while defeating his erstwhile Muslim allies of the Gulen movement to emerge as the undisputed ruler of an Islamist and neo-Ottoman Turkish state system. We can now expect Turkey to follow the example of Pakistan in subordinating the Turkish legal system to sharia while encouraging ever more extreme versions of Sunni Islamism in Turkey and abroad, using radical militant movements as proxies in achieving its political goals while destabilising neighbouring states in Europe and the Middle East and North Africa. Turkey expels Protestant missionaries for 'threatening public order' - The Turkish Protestant community is witnessing a purge as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government turns up pressure against the church.

Saudi Arabia’s call to the UN to focus on “eliminating Islamophobia” as an outcome of tackling online racism and xenophobia sets a potentially dangerous precedent – at a level of global policy – by attempting to define as a fait accompli that “Islamophobia” is a type of racial discrimination.

Chinese authorities are stepping up a policy of withdrawing government social welfare benefits from vulnerable Christians who refuse to renounce their faith. Barnabas reported in June that government officials had threatened to remove financial support from vulnerable elderly and disabled Christians in the provinces of Jiangxi, Shandong and Henan. Emerging information indicates that the policy is now being rolled out to the wider Christian population in other provinces and is being increasingly used as a means to intimidate and coerce believers.

Openly anti-Semitic speech, damage to Jewish property, campus hate, and violence against Jews have been exploding across America. Prominent and chic figures have libeled Jews and the pro-Israel community with impunity, openly citing The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and virulent anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan. Jews are stigmatized daily without consequence.

Whether the national leadership likes it or not, their point man in Philadelphia has embraced a view of the Jewish people that would sit happily with any and every white supremacist. In Philadelphia, the local president of the NAACP, Rodney Muhammad, has offered only a grudging semi-apology, alongside an adamant refusal to step down from his post after a grotesquely anti-Semitic image that he shared on his Facebook page garnered wider attention. In the two-week long furor that followed, the NAACP remained mum on Muhammad's provocations at the same time as Pennsylvania's governor, its attorney general, and local black and Jewish leaders were calling on Muhammad to do the right thing and step down.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)[a] is a civil rights organization in the United States, formed in 1909 as an interracial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. In its early years, the NAACP was based in New York City. It concentrated on litigation in efforts to overturn disenfranchisement of blacks, which had been established in every southern state by 1908, excluding most from the political system, and the Jim Crow statutes that legalized racial segregation. In 1913, the NAACP organized opposition to President Woodrow Wilson's introduction of racial segregation into federal government policy, workplaces, and hiring. African-American women's clubs were among the organizations that protested Wilson's changes.

A Jewish former professional baseball player has charged that antisemitism is “rampant” in the sport, in the wake an incident last week in which an Oakland Athletics assistant coach gave an apparent Nazi salute following a victory over the Texas Rangers. In an extensive interview on Saturday with TMZ Sports, Cody Decker — a longtime minor leaguer who appeared in eight games for the San Diego Padres in 2015 — said that his own personal experience suggested that antisemitic prejudice was rife among players and fans alike. “You think antisemitism is not rampant throughout baseball?” the 33-year-old Decker asked. “It’s a very, very, very Christian sport and not all of the players that are very, very Christian are the brightest of Christians. That’s not knocking Christianity by any stretch of the imagination, I’m just telling you what I’ve dealt with throughout my career by being called multiple Jewish slurs by fans, by teammates.”

According to B’nai Brith, the article blamed the coronavirus pandemic on the Jewish community, claimed Jews were responsible for the creation of the Islamic State jihadist group, and called Israel the source of the world’s problems and “an emanation of the Devil himself.”

A top Australian Jewish group on Sunday denounced a “broader and alarming pattern” of antisemitism after a Jewish man and his son were verbally assaulted in Melbourne. The pair, who were wearing yarmulkes and thus visibly Jewish, were on a street in the heavily Jewish suburb of Caulfield when a man in his late 30s or early 40s began screaming antisemitic epithets……Dr. Dvir Abramovich, chairman of Australian Jewish organization the Anti-Defamation Commission, said in a statement, “This is not an isolated incident but part of a broader and alarming pattern and is another undeniable reminder that antisemitism in Australia is alive and well.” “It may be an uncomfortable truth for some, but the reality is that the rising wave of hatred against Jews here is becoming commonplace,” he added.

The head of one of Germany’s national security agencies has warned that his country is facing a “dire” situation in terms of rising antisemitism. In an interview ahead of Monday’s publication of his department’s 100-page report on antisemitism, Thomas Haldenwang — president of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the government agency tasked with defending Germany’s democratic institutions from extremists on right and left — noted that antisemitic crimes committed by right-wing extremists “increased by 71 percent in 2018 and by another 17 percent last year.”

Israel’s ambassador to Germany has bluntly told the country’s main far-right party that the Jewish state rejected its overtures and held it responsible for growing extremist violence. In an extensive interview with the Berliner Zeitung published on Saturday, Jeremy Issacharoff — who has served as Israel’s envoy in Germany since 2017 — emphasized that Israel had not been seduced by pro-Israel statements uttered by some leaders of the far-right, anti-immigrant AfD (Alternative for Germany) Party, whose representatives currently occupy 97 of the more than 700 seats in Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag. “It’s a well-known scheme: you portray yourself as Israel’s friend in order to cover up antisemitic tendencies,” Issacharoff remarked. He continued: “With its rhetoric, the AfD has contributed to a more aggressive climate in German society today. People invoke the slogans of the AfD and commit acts of violence. Therefore we reject any contact with the AfD.” Several AfD leaders have attempted to play down or whitewash the systemic brutality of Germany’s 12-year period under Nazi rule.

A total of 140 new olim (“immigrants”) from France arrived in Israel earlier this week and were welcomed at Ben-Gurion Airport by Pnina Tamano-Shata, Israeli Minister of Immigration and Absorption, and the president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) Yael Eckstein, whose organization arranged the flight. Many of the new immigrants who arrived on Monday had experienced some degree of anti-Semitism back home, which they said influenced their decision to move to Israel. Muslim Anti-Semitism In Europe

Following a major backlash, the French policing authority and the Strasbourg’s county governor has reversed its decision to ban Israeli flags and limit the amount of Israeli fans allowed to attend the Thursday’s UEFA Europa League match between Maccabi Haifa and RC Strasbourg Alsace. Earlier in the day, the county governor enraged Israeli soccer fans, not to mention the country’s Culture and Sport Ministry and its Foreign Affairs Ministry, when he limited the number of Israeli fans allowed to enter the Stade de la Meinau. The governor had said local police were concerned about ensuring public safety at the soccer match. However, a little over an hour before the 7:45 p.m. kickoff, the French policing authority - known as the Prefecture - rescinded the decision, but made it clear that Israeli flags were only allowed inside the stadium and not in the streets or in public squares outside.

While the international consensus seems to be serious about combating antisemitism throughout the world, the same cannot be said about Big Tech – more specifically, the social media giants. While Facebook, Twitter and Google are private companies, they also have a huge social impact and as such responsibility. For that reason, they have faced multiple legal battles in removing terrorist activity, antisemitic hate speech, calls to violence against Jews, neo-Nazi propaganda, and even just online bullying against Jews. That’s not even getting into social media sites like 4Chan, Reddit, 9Gag, and others which have become hubs for antisemitic indoctrination and hate in recent years.

Community standards on social-media platforms have been criticized for failing to address the growing threat. More than 120 organizations, many of them Jewish, submitted a letter to Facebook, urging the social-media company to implement a comprehensive hate-speech policy on anti-Semitism that incorporates the widely accepted International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism. Community standards on Facebook and other social-media platforms have been criticized for failing to address the growing threat as online anti-Semitism has spiked in recent years. Peter Stern, Facebook’s director of content policy stakeholder engagement, shared in a webcast last May that Facebook did not have a robust policy aimed at combating online anti-Semitism. While he described the usefulness of the IHRA working definition, he acknowledged that the company did not fully embrace it.

Twitter was held to account for a “double standard” of censoring comments by politicians that it has deemed hate speech while allowing Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to tweet calls to “eliminate” Israel, in a Knesset Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee meeting on Wednesday.

Twitter users found themselves locked out of their accounts after using the Star of David in their profile images. The Star of David has been deemed "hateful imagery" by Twitter, which is locking the accounts of users who display it in their profile pictures. The Campaign Against Antisemitism has reported that several Twitter users have contacted them in recent days to report that their accounts had been locked by the social media platform. The reason given? According to messages they received from Twitter: "We have determined that this account violated the Twitter Rules. Specifically for: Violating our rules against posting hateful imagery. You may not use hateful images or symbols in your profile image or profile header. As a result, we have locked your account."

The rapper, whose name is Richard Kylea Cowie but who is known as Wiley, has spent today engaged in an escalating rant which has culminated in calls for Jews to be shot and for black people to go to “war” against them. After a day spent likening Jews to the Ku Klax Klan and claiming that Jews had cheated him and were “snakes”, Wiley tweeted that Jews should “hold some corn”, which is a slang expression meaning that they should be shot. He added “Jewish community you deserve it”. He also called on “black people” to go to “war” with Jews. Wiley repeatedly evoked conspiracy theories that Jews were responsible for the slave trade and that modern-day Jews are in fact imposters who usurped black people — a conspiracy theory that has incited acts of terrorism against Jews, such as a stabbing attack in Monsey in New York in December.

An Israeli left-wing activist has recounted the vicious abuse received in progressive circles in the UK. Israeli-born UK resident Adam Ma’anit — a former co-editor of the New Internationalist, author of The No-Nonsense Guide to Corporations and policy analyst and campaigner at Platform — told of the intimidation and harassment he had experienced at a new job.

The Labour Party has settled a defamation case in the High Court brought by seven whistleblowers who featured in last year’s BBC Panorama’s programme titled “Is Labour Antisemitic?” as well as the journalist behind the programme, John Ware. The programme, which was televised in July 2019, showed former Labour Party employees speaking out publicly to reveal Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s personal meddling in disciplinary cases relating to antisemitism. The programme explained how senior Labour Party staffers, some of whom Campaign Against Antisemitism has known for years, used to run Labour’s disciplinary process independently, but soon after Mr Corbyn’s election as Party leader found themselves contending with his most senior aides, who were brazen in their efforts to subvert due process.

Supporters have raised more than £190,000 on behalf of Mr Corbyn as he faces legal action after criticising the party's decision to apologise and pay damages to anti-Semitism whistleblowers…..On Wednesday, Mr Corbyn said the party's decision to make a £500,000 payout was 'disappointing' and 'a political decision'. Mr Corbyn went on to say that the legal advice the party received said it had a 'strong case and the evidence in the leaked Labour report that is now the subject of an NEC inquiry led by Martin Forde QC strengthened concerns about the role played by some of those who took part in the programme.'

Holocaust Denier David Irving Praised By American Activist Norman Finkelstein At Pro-Corbyn Meeting, Where David Miller Also Continued Venomously Targeting Jewish Charities

Other speakers at the meeting, a recording of which was made public by the Community Security Trust, included the veteran activist Tariq Ali, who has previously linked Israel to the racist killing of George Floyd, the notorious antisemite Jackie Walker, expelled Labour members Marc Wadsworth and Tony Greenstein, and the disgraced former Labour MP Chris Williamson, who (unusually for an incumbent) humiliatingly lost his deposit in his attempt to win re-election to Parliament as an independent last year. The Labour Party and Antisemitism: The Labour Party could be facing a legal bill of over £5 million over claims arising from its scandal of institutional antisemitism, according to the JC.

Well, the video of a father arrested by the bedside of his dying daughter shows what happened in a similar case, to people the Pope and others have never heard about, without the glare of international media, and without protesters outside the hospital. It shows you what privacy and dignity really look like if your child is dying in an NHS hospital in accordance with their own rules. The compassionate doctors concluded that it was in the best interests of a six-year-old girl, Zainab Abbasi, to switch off her life support. Her father, who happened to be a respiratory consultant himself, had too many questions to ask and too many arguments to make about that. The compassionate doctors called the compassionate police, who dragged him away from his daughter’s death-bed, fell him on the floor, handcuffed him, tied him to one of those medical trolleys, and drove him away. All in his own best interests, presumably. Accidentally, they gave him a heart attack along the way, but would not let him reach his pocket for a medicine which might have prevented it. Their justification? “The staff has some concerns about your behaviour.

The woman is fighting to preserve the life of her husband of 48 years, insisting that he is not eligible for euthanasia under current Canadian law. Her husband, an 83-year-old retired university professor, has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and a few other health concerns typical for a man his age, but he is not seriously ill or dying…..Under Canada’s Bill C-14, individuals age 18 and over who are capable of consent and make a voluntary request are eligible for lethal injection if two doctors diagnose them as having a “grievous and irremediable medical condition.”

As the list of people without intrinsic value grows, it becomes impossible not to re-evaluate lives based on some other criteria, perhaps convenience or financial costs. It's a small step indeed from "eligible to die" to "expected to die." Wherever doctor assisted suicide is legalized, in a bait-and-switch from what is sold to the public, the category of "terminal" illness is often expanded to include "chronic" illnesses and permanent disabilities. Even mental illness and depression are now considered sufficient justification for suicide in places such as Belgium and the Netherlands. Given his trajectory, it's only a matter of time before we dispense with the requirement of any illness whatsoever.....

Two weeks ago today, new regulations were published that ended nearly every legal restriction. The government guidance published was just that – guidance. Churches were able to meet again, with strong government recommendations on how to do so safely…… It was about the Church being free to be open to help the sick, sorrowing, mentally, spiritually and emotionally challenged. It was about the Church being free to do ministry; free to worship; it was about seeing churches treated fairly….. The church leaders are still deciding whether to withdraw their challenge completely or to continue with the claim, seeking to uphold the important principle of church independence. Our culture portrays many things as dangerous to health – including Christian beliefs and positions on sexual ethics, transgenderism and abortion. Covid-19 may be with us for a long time, as will other transmittable diseases. There will always be health risks of worshipping together – but there will also always be great rewards.

A Christian ministry is being targeted by activists because it offers help to people who want to move away from same-sex attraction or behaviours. Core Issues Trust (CIT) is a non-profit Christian ministry that supports men and women who voluntarily seek change in sexual preference and expression. Led by Mike Davidson, the group has received abusive calls and messages, and been dropped by multiple service providers since being targeted through a social media campaign. The organisation has now been told by Barclays Bank that its accounts will be closed. The Christian Legal Centre is supporting Mike Davidson and CIT as they seek to resolve these issues. Christian Legal Centre’s chief executive Andrea Williams commented, “If it is CIT first, it will be churches next. “If banks and other service providers start to placate social media campaigns by unilaterally terminating their accounts then the UK will be a very difficult place for Biblically faithful Christian ministries.”

The Court of Appeal is reviewing the government’s double-u-turn on ‘abortion at home’, after Christian Concern mounted a legal challenge. In March 2020, just before the national lockdown began, a notice appeared on the government website seeming to allow women to conduct their own medical abortions at home. Outcry followed and the notice was removed, the government website claiming that it was “published in error.” Website visitors were reassured that there would “be no changes to abortion regulations.” The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, assured the House of Commons: “There are no proposals to change the abortion rules due to Covid-19.” ‘Conversion therapy’ BBC News report ‘misled viewers’ - However, in all the email correspondence between 2009 and 2012, there is no suggestion from Gareth that he has been in any way pressured, or that his mental health is suffering. To the contrary, the emails show Gareth extremely grateful for the informal support he has received. Democrat city council defund police, send money to abortion industry instead

Planned Parenthood are erasing Margaret Sanger’s name from their Manhattan Health Center . . . but they won’t tell you why. On today’s fact check, James verifies the truth about Sanger and the real racist and eugenicist roots of Planned Parenthood that are not being explored in the establishment corporate PR.

Marcus Evans, one of the psychotherapists who recently blew the whistle on The Gender Identity Development Service (GDIS), has written an important academic article criticising the current pro-trans lobby’s approach to treating gender-confused children and adolescents. Evans is a former Head of Nursing and Associate Clinical Director of the Adult and Adolescent Departments of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London. The article is published in the British Journal of Psychiatry bulletin and is freely available to read online. Evans’ publication comes at a time when the GIDS is facing legal action from a de-transitioner who had received puberty blockers there. It is also timely given that the government faces mounting pressure to backtrack on plans to make changing gender easier. Finally, it is relevant as it criticises the proposed ban on ‘conversion therapy’ in the UK.

Back in April, I reported on the news that the U.K.’s Conservative government was preparing to release a proposed ban on so-called sex change surgeries for minors, as well as reforms to protect single-sex spaces to ensure that males could not access female-only facilities simply be declaring themselves women…… That was months ago, and the promised reforms have yet to materialize. Now the Daily Mail is reporting that there may be a strange reason for that. According to some dissatisfied Tory M.P.s, Prime Minister “Boris Johnson developed cold feet after being influenced by his fiancée Carrie Symonds.”

Ex-gay colleagues have already informed me that their content is being removed from Facebook and their pages are being shut down, simply for stating that change is possible. Last year, Amazon stopped selling books by respected therapists like Dr. Joseph Nicolosi as part of their ban on "conversion therapy" books. This year, Amazon refused to allow Regnery Books, one of the largest conservative publishers, to buy ads for their new book by journalist Abigail Shrier, Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters. As posted on the official website of the Office of the High Commissioner of the United Nations Human Rights organization, "Practices known as 'conversion therapy' inflict severe pain and suffering on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender-diverse (LGBT) persons, often resulting in long-lasting psychological and physical damage, a UN expert told the Human Rights Council while calling for a global ban."

In her final speech to Parliament before it adjourns for summer, Fiona Bruce MP urged the government to introduce age-verification controls on pornography without further delay…… Parliament previously approved age-verification controls in December 2018 as part of the Digital Economy Act. However after several delays, including one where civil servants failed to notify their counterparts in the European Union, the Government dropped the plans last October. This was one of the main policies we encouraged the government to adopt in the 2019 General Election. Some 83% of parents agree that age-verification controls should be in place for online pornography, especially as many children often accidentally access it online. In our General Election policy proposals we considered that “there may be no totally failsafe method, [but] a basic safeguard would still prevent many children from viewing pornography.”

Game company Hasbro has removed a toy from the shelves of retailers following complaints that an inappropriately placed button on a troll doll was tantamount to pedophilic grooming.

The move came after a petition was launched accusing the company of pushing child abuse by placing a button between the legs of a Poppy Trolls doll, specifically the "DreamWorks Trolls World Tour Giggle and Sing Poppy." When pressed, the button makes the doll say things that sound sexualized, such as "whee" and "oh," and gasping and giggle sounds.

I'm quite aware that hip hop and rap lyrics have long been sexually explicit and vulgar. And I'm quite aware, that already in 1968, the Beatles were singing "Why Don't We Do It in the Road?" But when the latest hot song, expected to hit No. 1 next week, is too vulgar even to quote, and when you realize it will be sung by millions of young children, it's time to say, "Enough! We really need a gospel-based moral and cultural revolution." Back in 2017, when Cardi B, the rapper and former stripper, began to skyrocket in fame, she said, "I realized, after Halloween, a lot of little girls, they be looking up to me. They love me, and I'm thinking to myself, like, 'yo, I really need to be a better example.'" At that point, she had 12 million Instagram followers. Today she has 72 million. How many of them are "little girls"?

For decades, government agencies tolerated and supported the systematic sexual abuse of foster children across Germany by pedophiles, a recently published study found. Positions on “sex education” advocated by one the key enablers of these cases of pedophilia, professor of social education Helmut Kentler, are still part of today’s “sexual pedagogy of diversity,” which is used by an increasing number of day care centers and schools. Among other things, Kentler had said, “Sexually satisfied children ... are best protected against sexual seduction and sexual assault.” Regarding sexual relationships between children and adults, he said, “If such relationships are not discriminated against by the surroundings, the more the older one feels responsible for the younger one, the more positive consequences for personality development can be expected.”

German officials say they are investigating thousands of leads as part of a widening investigation into a pedophile network. Some 70 suspects have so far been identified across Germany. The cybercrime unit of the German state of North-Rhine Westphalia is investigating some 30,000 leads in a massive online child abuse probe, officials said on Monday. The state justice ministry said the extent of abuse taking place and being shared online was "deeply disturbing." "I hadn't reckoned with the extent of child abuse on the internet," said state Justice Minister Peter Beisenbach. Officers are investigating what could lead to around 30,000 unidentified leads. "We want to drag perpetrators and supporters of child abuse out of the anonymity of the internet," said the ministry.

At least 15,000 minors were the victims of sexual abuse in 2019, over 1,300 more than the year before. German police officials are concerned that the coronavirus restrictions will lead to a further spike…… Federal police chief Holger Münch was quick to point out that the effects of coronavirus restrictions on public life were not reflected in the figures, as they refer only to 2019. Experts say that school closures and parents and guardians spending more time with children, is likely to cause an increase in abuse against children…… Meanwhile, the number of killings of children under the age of 14, including murder and manslaughter, decreased from 136 in 2018 to 112 in 2019. The majority of these deaths were of children under the age of six, predominantly owing to negligence.

The probe has been opened swiftly after The New York Times reported the allegations of Aniss Hmaid, now 46, that Girard had sexually abused him over nearly 10 years after they met in Tunisia when he was 15……Girard resigned as deputy to Mayor Anne Hidalgo in July after opposition politicians and women's groups demanded his suspension over ties to Gabriel Matzneff, an award-winning writer who has never hidden his preference for sex with adolescent girls and boys. This French writer operated openly as a pedophile for decades. He may finally face justice - Gabriel Matzneff was a celebrated writer with a coterie of powerful friends, including fashion designer Yves St. Laurent and former President François Mitterrand, who once described Matzneff as a “mix of Dorian Gray and Dracula.” That the French writer had a pedophile past was a secret to nobody. He wrote about his penchant for sex with children for years. He discussed it openly on television. He was reported to the police for sexual abuse decades ago but was never investigated, even as he challenged bourgeois taboos and collected a stipend from the Ministry of Culture. “To sleep with a child, it’s a holy experience, a baptismal event, a sacred adventure,” he wrote in his 1974 book “Les Moins de Seize Ans” (“The Under Sixteens”).

Public outrage has surfaced after Netflix began promoting upcoming French-language film ‘Cuties’ (“Mignonnes” in French). The initial Netflix poster showed a group of 11-year-old girls in skimpy outfits and in sexualised positions and described the film as: “Amy, 11, becomes fascinated with a twerking dance crew. Hoping to join them, she starts to explore her femininity, defying her family’s traditions.” Film Trailer - Cuties (French: Mignonnes) is a 2020 French film written and directed by Maïmouna Doucouré in her feature directorial debut. The film premiered in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival on 23 January, where Doucouré won the Directing Award. It was released in France on 19 August 2020 by BAC Films, and is set to be released internationally on 9 September 2020 on Netflix. Sundance Film Festival co-founder charged with sex abuse - Sterling Van Wagenen, Oscar-winning filmmaker and co-founder of the Sundance Film Festival, has been charged with sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl. Over 200,000 people have signed a petition on calling on Netflix to pull a controversial French film that critics say sexualises children.

There are more disturbing aspects of the matter that have come to light. Screenshots of conversations people have had with the customer service of Netflix regarding the movie has raised a lot of concerns. While the streaming platform was unwilling to provide a satisfactory answer on how the movie got approved, they were also unwilling to unequivocally condemn pedophilia, the purported screenshots reveal. When asked by a customer whether Netflix supported pedophilia or not, Netflix is claimed to have said, “We cannot really comment on that but while we believe in creative freedom, at Netflix we respect all religions and their cultures, traditions and values.” It appears that allegations of Islamophobia bothers them more than accusations of tolerating pedophilia.

Dr. Duke Pesta and Tina Griffin, The Counter Culture Mom, tackle the latest outrage impacting culture and affecting children across the country.

I’ve been astonished by how little attention the case of ex-Labour MP Eric Joyce – a man with a track record of drunken violence, who also watches child porn, was given a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to watching the very worst category of child pornography – has garnered from the British press. The film, which was in the most serious level A category of child porn, showed seven children aged between 12 months and seven being sexually abused by an adult male. “These acts of abuse happen because there are people like you who want to watch these films. “If there was no market these children wouldn’t be subjected to these very serious offences,” added the judge. “I am dealing with you for a single film but I’m not dealing with you as if it is an isolated, out of character or accidental event. It was part of a pattern,” said the judge. Joyce pleaded guilty at Ipswich Crown Court last month to making an indecent image of a child between August 7, 2013, and November 6, 2018.

Fox News correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera vehemently disagreed with U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan for denying alleged Jeffrey Epstein madam Ghislaine Maxwell bail on Tuesday, claiming the judge caved to the “mob” and “chickened out.”… Brushing off her charges as “wobbly” because they are from alleged actions that took place 25 years ago, he knocked the judge for seemingly caving to political and popular pressure. 'I wish Ghislaine well, frankly': Trump sends extraordinary message of support to ex-neighbor Maxwell as she awaits trial for sex trafficking minors as the 'madam' of billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Krystal and Saagar: Geraldo Rivera's OUTRAGEOUS Defense.

He is accused of illegally paying women from the Pacific island nation to come to the United States to give up their babies in at least 70 adoption cases in Arizona, Utah and Arkansas over three years. Citizens of the Marshall Islands have been prohibited from traveling to the U.S. for adoption purposes since 2003. Petersen was indicted in Arkansas last year on multiple fraud and smuggling charges. He pleaded not guilty to the charges in October. Human trafficking

We have been told for several years now that drag queens, at least in the context of teaching and reading stories to little children, are asexual, happy-go-lucky performers providing a service to kids, much like folks in medieval costume reading stories about knights and castles. This is only believable if you really want to believe it, but it has also inoculated Drag Queen Story Hour from a series of scandals, from the discovery that one performer had previously assaulted an 8-year-old boy; to a performer (possibly unintentionally) flashing a room full of children; to drag troupes also moonlighting as obscene sexual performers. More than one performer has been exposed as a child sex offender…..But I’ll be interested to know if the defenders of this practice will respond to a new scandal—an “accidental” tweet from the Twitter account of the UK Drag Queen Story Hour, which was locked after a wave of outrage from users after they posted a picture with a pro-pedophilia message. The tweet contained a photo of a smiling man wearing a rainbow suit and wielding a rainbow umbrella with the phrase “Love has no age!”

A doll based on the movie “Trolls” is being pulled from shelves after online watchdogs slammed the toy for allegedly promoting pedophilia. Hasbro, the company behind the controversial doll, announced Wednesday it has begun removing the “Trolls World Tour Giggle and Sing Poppy” from shelves and will be producing a replacement doll. The toy giggles and laughs at the press of a button, which is located between the doll’s legs, where genitalia would be on a person.

The last time many of us heard of California state senator and LGBT activist Scott Wiener, he was championing legislation — signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in 2017 — to reduce the crime of knowingly exposing a sexual partner to HIV without disclosing the infection, previously a felony, to misdemeanor status. This change in law, incidentally, also applied to HIV-positive people who donate blood without informing the blood bank of their status. Civil rights aren’t what they used to be……. Now Wiener is on the march again. This time, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Democrat is utilizing the final weeks of the legislative session to rally supporters behind SB145, a bill he introduced in 2019 that “stalled” in committee. Wiener’s law would permit “judges discretion over sex-offender registration in all cases involving voluntary intercourse between teenagers 14 to 17, who cannot legally consent, and adults who are less than ten years older.” Wiener wants to decriminalize gay intercourse between adults and minors in certain cases, claiming that California’s current laws discriminate against the LGBT community. Disney features bisexual main character in new ‘Owl House’ kids’ show

In this episode of Behind The Deep State, host Alex Newman exposes how the Deep State is using the LGBT movement as a weapon to wage war on family, marriage, the Bible, and the Church. Alex goes through the key Deep State players…Hollywood, and Big Business. He also says the next step will be the normalization of pedophilia and the unleashing of further government persecution against Christians who refuse to bow before the idols of the LGBT movement.

TN Pushing Home Checks For Kids, But Parents Are Fighting Back On this episode of the “Dr. Duke Show” we sit down with our international correspondent Alex Newman to discuss a shocking new Tennessee plan being proposed for the government to play Big Brother to every child in the state. But thankfully parents are fighting back.

The Gates Foundation’s Reimagine Education initiative is part of its larger “Disaster Capitalist” mission to exploit COVID lockdown as an opportunity for “Creative Destruction” that will ram through the mass-institutionalization of “disruptive technologies” which “destroy” the tradition of human teachers in brick-and-mortar schoolrooms in order to “create” a new public-private industry of learning analytics engineered by communitarian partnerships between Big Tech and Big Government. The partnership between Google and the Gates-financed InnovateEDU is a prime example of how the Reimagine Education campaign is fueled by a “Disaster Capitalist” stratagem to capitalize on Joseph Schumpeter’s economic principle of “Creative Destruction” by heavily subsidizing “disruptive” ed-tech that digitally automates school lessons through virtual classrooms which facilitate COVID “distance learning” by replacing human teachers and brick-and-mortar schoolhouses while the latter are forced to shut down due to COVID lockdown. According to InnovateEDU’s company website, “InnovateEDU is committed to massively disrupting [my emphasis] K-12 public education by focusing on the development of scalable tools and practices that leverage innovation, technology [my emphasis], and new human capital systems to improve education for all students and close the achievement gap.”

On this episode of the “Dr. Duke Show” we sit down with our international correspondent Alex Newman to discuss a California teacher recently caught on video bragging about using vulnerable and unstable children to fill her school clubs.

A teacher within the school district of Philadelphia is lamenting the increased chance of parental oversight if classes are taught online amid the coronavirus crisis -- especially when it comes to so-called sex education.... A teacher within the school district of Philadelphia is lamenting the increased chance of parental oversight if classes are taught online amid the coronavirus crisis -- especially when it comes to so-called sex education….."So, this fall, virtual class discussions will have many potential spectators -- parents, siblings, etc. -- in the same room," Kay began. "We'll never be quite sure who is overhearing the discourse. What does this do for our equity/inclusion work? How much have students depended on the (somewhat) secure barriers of our physical classrooms to encourage vulnerability? How many of us have installed some version of 'what happens here stays here' to help this?"

Peace Deal Between Israel and the United Arab Emirates

We are living in an unprecedented times politically, economically, socially, culturally and spiritually. This week was one of those unprecedented moments which relates to Israel and its neighbours, the Arab Nations. Though, it is encouraging that so many are now looking to normalise relations with Israel, I can't help but feel cautious. I love Israel and I’m a huge supporter for the Jews to return to their land as prophesied by the Prophets in the Torah / Bible. Under Trump’s plan, the U.S. would formally recognize a Palestinian state, the Palestinians would be allowed to set up a capital in East Jerusalem, and the amount of territory under Palestinian control would double.

From the times of Ishmael, Esau and until recently her Arab and Islamic nations have been in open hatred against the Jews. I don’t need to get into commentary about this as we are all aware even from the biased media. So many explanations have been offered for the failure of successive US administrations to achieve that peace, but the answer is in Morsi’s words: Why would one make peace with bloodsuckers and descendants of apes and monkeys?

I am concerned that once again Israel is been forced to give up land for the sake of peace and that the recent announcement of the UAE-Israel Peace and plans for more Arab nations to do so could be a trap. Psalm 83 states:

“ They have taken crafty counsel against Your people,

And consulted together against Your sheltered ones.

4 They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation,

That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.”

5 For they have consulted together with one consent;

They form a confederacy against You:

6 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites;

Moab and the Hagrites;

7 Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek;

Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;

8 Assyria also has joined with them;

They have helped the children of Lot.”

As Israel and the various Sunni governments acrossthe Middle East become increasingly cozy, could this create an environment that will eventually lead to an agreement to create a Palestinian state?..... Needless to say, most of the rest of the world would greatly rejoice if a peace agreement could be reached that would finally create a Palestinian state, but formally dividing the land of Israel would also set the stage for many of the things that I warn about…..Many had assumed that a conservative like Netanyahu would never be willing to give up land for an agreement that would guarantee “lasting peace”, but the agreement that he just reached with the UAE may suggest otherwise. If Netanyahu is willing to permanently sacrifice dreams of annexing portions of Judea and Samaria for a peace agreement with the UAE, what would he be willing to do for a comprehensive peace agreement with all of the Sunni governments in the region?

Under the accord, which U.S. President Donald Trump helped broker, Israel agreed to suspend its planned annexation of areas of the occupied West Bank. It also firms up opposition to regional power Iran, which the UAE, Israel and the United States view as the main threat in the conflict-riven Middle East. Israel had signed peace agreements with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. But the UAE, along with most other Arab nations, did not recognise Israel and had no formal diplomatic or economic relations with it until now. It becomes the first Gulf Arab country to reach such a deal with the Jewish state: Trump UAE press conference / Netanyahu's UAE press conference / Joint Statement of the United States, the State of Israel, and the United Arab Emirates

Jared Kushner press conference post UAE deal "The president laid out his vision for peace in January this year ... and this is the first map ever agreed to by one of the parties publicly put out in a peace negotiation. We got Israel to agreed to negotiate on the basis of the process of division, they agreed to the map and agreed to move forward on a Palestinian state. This was a major breakthrough that changed the view of a lot of people in the region about Israel's seriousness to actually make concessions to resolve this longstanding conflict," Kushner said, adding the countries in the region also questioned why the Palestinian Authority boycotted the economic conference in Bahrain. Kushner: Israel-UAR deal is the culmination of 3 years of diplomacy

Israel will not proceed with applying sovereignty to parts of the West Bank without America’s support, and the US will not agree to it for “some time,” White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner said in a briefing with Middle Eastern media outlets on Monday. The comments came after last week’s announcement of peace between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and that annexation plans were “suspended.”

Outraged by annexation halt, rightist leaders suggest time for Netanyahu to go Criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the right continued to grow Friday over his agreement to suspend plans to annex West Bank land as part of a peace deal with the United Arab Emirates, with two leading right-wing politicians suggesting it could be time for Netanyahu to leave the stage…. Walking back promises he had previously made on annexing West Bank territory, the prime minister had instead agreed to normalize relations that Smotrch noted had already been close for years, while bringing Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution back to the table. “This is the price that has been demanded of us, and White House and UAE spokespeople were entirely clear on this yesterday,” he said. Smotrich claimed that Netanyahu had caused even greater damage by agreeing, through annexation talks, to delineate the contours of a future Palestinian state under the US peace deal, and had thus done what even left-wing prime ministers had refused for years to do. Kushner: Netanyahu agreed to Palestinian state, to not annex without US agreement

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday denied reports that the agreement with the United Arab Emirates to normalize ties in exchange for freezing plans to annex parts of the West Bank included a green light for the US to hand Abu Dhabi the most advanced fighter jets and UAVs. Netanyahu tweeted that the story by the Yedioth Ahronoth daily was “utter fake news.”…. The report said that what had persuaded the UAE to sign the normalization pact was an agreement on a deal worth tens of billions of dollars, under which Abu Dhabi will get advanced F-35 jets, unmanned aircraft and other weapons. The sources were quoted expressing concern that during the secret talks that resulted in the normalization deal, Israel could have agreed to such deals — without updating or consulting senior defense officials, who have been excluded from the negotiations. Netanyahu admitted on Thursday that he kept his senior coalition partners in the Blue and White party — including Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and Blue and Defense Minister Benny Gantz — out of the loop regarding the brewing normalization deal with the UAE, and said he did so at the request of the US. Defense minister: It’s not good for Israel if other countries get F-35

A White House official responded Tuesday to reports that the peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) contains a clause by which the US agreed to sell arms to the UAE. The official stated that there is no such clause in the agreement, Walla news commentator Barak Ravid reported. Among the many reports that have been circulating is one that was published in the Yediot Aharonot newspaper, claiming that the security establishment was not updated on a special clause in the peace agreement with the UAE that authorizes the United States to sell advanced weaponry to the Emirates. The White House denial follows a denial by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that Israel had agreed to the US providing the UAE with advanced weapons.

An unnamed Emirati official is quoted by the Ynet news site as saying that Prime Minister Netanahu gave the green light for the US to sell F-35 stealth fighters to the United Arab Emirates as part of the Israel-UAE deal to normalize ties, despite the premier’s adamant denials that the agreement included any understandings on weapons sales. In a separate report, the Walla news site says Netanyahu told a meeting of the security cabinet today that he’d oppose any US sale of F-35s to the UAE and would lobby Congress to oppose it. UAE source: Netanyahu knew about U.S. deal to sell arms to Emiratis - A senior source in the United Arab Emirates said Tuesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu knew about the clause in the normalization deal that would see U.S. sell F-35 fighter jets and advanced drones to the Emiratis, potentially undermining Israeli military superiority in the region. The establishment of full diplomatic relations between Israel and the UAE was announced last week and Ynet's sister publication Yedioth Ahronoth reported early Tuesday that Emirati Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed conditioned the agreement with Israel on the multi-billion-dollar arms sale.

Abd al-Aziz bin Razen, a prominent Saudi academic and researcher, defended the normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates on Saturday, saying it “pulled the rug from under the feet of Turkey and Iran” and turned the Palestinians into the “biggest winners.”….. “The UAE is sovereign and has the right to do what its political and security interests dictate,” Razen argued. “It initiated this agreement after 72 years of the Arab-Israeli conflict to protect Islamic sanctities. One of the conditions of the agreement is to allow Muslims around the world to pray at the blessed al-Aqsa Mosque.” Israel, Saudis hold talks for Riyadh to join Temple Mount Waqf - Israeli and Saudi officials have been conducting secret talks since December, mediated by the United States, with the aim of integrating representatives from Riyadh onto the Islamic Waqf Council that controls the Temple Mount, the Israel Hayom daily reported Monday. The move was said to come as Jordan is reportedly increasingly worried by the levels of Turkish influence in Palestinian affairs and matters concerning East Jerusalem. The Waqf, a Jordanian-appointed council, oversees Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem. It claims exclusive authority over the Temple Mount compound and says it is not subject to Israeli jurisdiction. Tensions often escalate at the site.

Arab countries have for decades conditioned normalization with Israel on a peace deal with the Palestinians, and last week’s announcement appeared to mark a shift in that approach, drawing anger from the Palestinian leadership. More Arab countries are reported to be considering formalizing ties. In a tweet, Macron said he told Abbas “of my determination to work for peace in the Middle East,” and said the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks “remains a priority.”….. During Sunday’s call, “Macron said that his country welcomed the [Israel-UAE] agreement because it will contribute to pushing the peace process forward, reiterating the need to reach a political solution in accordance with the two-state solution and international law,” according to the official PA Wafa news agency.

…Dahlan has both a loyal following in the Gaza Strip, where he was born, and a rising regional patron: the UAE. Since settling there in 2011, Dahlan has become an important adviser to the Emirates’ leader, Mohammed Bin Zayed al-Nahyan. After the Emirates announced normalization with Israel, the Democratic Reform Current, the Dahlan-affiliated movement within Fatah, released a carefully worded statement saying that it had “followed the [agreement] with extreme interest.” The pro-Dahlan faction’s position could be parsed as tentative praise or strategic neutrality — but certainly not condemnation. “We recall the historical role played by the UAE in supporting our steadfast persistence and revolution, and its constant support for our struggle to achieve freedom… We hope that the Emirates always respects Palestinian interests and employs all its relationships in the framework of a strategy which aims to end the occupation,” the Democratic Reform Current said.

Will last week’s agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates relations pave the way for the return of deposed Fatah operative Mohammed Dahlan to the Palestinian political arena? And did Dahlan, who reportedly serves as a special adviser to UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, help broker the deal between Abu Dhabi and Jerusalem?..... Palestinian officials in Ramallah on Sunday said they had no doubt that Dahlan, 58, played a major role in convincing bin Zayed to strike the deal with Israel. Dahlan may use the deal to return to the Palestinian political stage and improve his chances of succeeding PA President Mahmoud Abbas, the officials said.

Five countries that could be next to make peace with Israel The five countries named are: Oman, Bahrain, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia. What about Tunisia, Algeria, Sudan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Libya and the rest? Israel lacks relations with other countries in the region, from Tunisia to Pakistan. Netanyahu met Sudan’s new leader in February. Sudan is now closer to Saudi Arabia and Egypt, but it could consider more discussions with Israel. Turkey had been trying to move into Sudan via an island base it wanted to lease. Now Sudan is closer to countries that are closer to Israel. Israel, UAE Work on Tel Aviv-Dubai-Abu Dhabi Route Over Saudi Arabia - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday that officials in Israel and the United Arab Emirates are “working on allowing direct flights between Tel Aviv and Dubai and Abu Dhabi over Saudi Arabia.” Netanyahu: I have been talking to other Arab leaders apart from UAE - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the key to communicating with other Middle East country is discretion.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Sky News Arabia on Monday that the normalization accord reached last week with the United Arab Emirates would “ultimately lead to peace with the Palestinians.”

In an extraordinary breakthrough, the United Arab Emirates and Israel have agreed to establish open diplomatic relations after years of secret contacts. Other than the Palestinians, Turkey and Iran are the biggest losers from this development.

Never in history has Turkey been less under blockade than it is today. Yet it has manufactured a crisis with Greece to lay claim to areas of the Mediterranean, asserting it wants to survey and drill for energy resources when it hasn’t even developed such resources closer to shore….. Turkey's growing aggression shows growing ambitions – analysis - Turkish ambitions sprawl across the Mediterranean, creating tensions with multiple countries on land, in air and at sea.

Without long-overdue leadership from Washington, Turkey’s aggression in the Eastern Mediterranean will deepen threats to US national security. Just as China has taken advantage of the West’s internal COVID-related turmoil to advance its positions in the South China Sea, Turkey is making alarming moves that threaten to combine Eastern Mediterranean energy competition and Libya’s growing proxy war into one major conflict. Without long-overdue leadership from Washington, Turkey’s aggression will deepen threats to US national security. Since the Arab upheavals beginning in 2011, Turkey and Qatar’s support for the transnational, extremist Sunni Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Syria, and elsewhere triggered rising tensions with a conservative, pro-status quo Arab bloc led by US partners like the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and – after 2013 – Egypt.

France will temporarily increase its military presence in the Eastern Mediterranean to support Greece in its ongoing dispute with Turkey, the armed forces ministry confirmed Thursday. The move came after President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday tweeted that "Turkey's unilateral decisions on oil exploration are causing tensions." Macron added that he had "decided to temporarily strengthen the French military presence in the Eastern Mediterranean in the coming days, in cooperation with European partners including Greece." Trump, France's Macron voice concern about Greece-Turkey tensions: White House

The Sudanese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Haidar Badawi al-Sadiq told Sky News Arabia that Sudan looks forward to a peace agreement with Israel. His words followed the announcement last week of a pending peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. “There is no reason for the continuation of hostility between Sudan and Israel,” Sadiq said. “We do not deny the existence of contacts between the two countries.” Both Israel and Sudan would benefit from such an agreement, he added.

With the changes in the geopolitical context of the region, knitting together Israel, the UAE, Greece, Cyprus and Egypt in a network of shared interests, Somaliland could be an important region. IS ISRAEL a place that Somaliland could look to now? Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Sudan’s leader earlier this year, and he has reached out to Chad. After the UAE, places such as Somaliland could be of importance to Israel and have shared interests. “We have no problem with Israel,” said one Somaliland resident interviewed for this piece. Somaliland has a role to play in stability in the Horn of Africa. Across the sea from the country is Yemen, where a brutal civil war is raging. Countries such as the UAE have interests in Socotra Island, which is off the coast of Somalia and Yemen. There are concerns about Iranian weapon smuggling to the Houthi rebels in Yemen. The US Navy has stopped three shipments to Yemen in the last year alone.

US President Donald Trump promised supporters at a campaign fundraiser in New Jersey on Sunday that he would reach a quick deal with Iran if reelected this coming November. “When we win, we will have a deal within four weeks,” Trump said in a video from the fundraiser on Sunday shared by Jewish Insider reporter Jacob Kornbluh. Some members of the crowd rose to their feet and cheered after Trump's remarks.

Discussions about countries making peace with Israel come in the wake of the United Arab Emirates agreeing to normalize relations with the Jewish state. As long as Hezbollah remains in Lebanon with its massive terrorist army, there will be no peace with Israel. Hezbollah has only increased in power in recent years. In the 1980s and ’90s, it was a terrorist group posing as an insurgency “resisting” Israel. When Israel left in 2000, it reinvented itself, occupying southern Lebanon as a de facto state within a state. In 2005, when Hezbollah, working with the Syrian regime, allegedly killed former Lebanese prime minister Rafic Hariri, it appeared to literally get away with murder. This caused a protest movement that ejected Syria from Lebanon. Hezbollah, angry to see its power reduced, launched a war on Israel in 2006.

The trial started in 2014. Judges at a UN-backed tribunal said Tuesday that there was no evidence that the leadership of the Hezbollah terror group or Syria were involved in the 2005 suicide truck bomb assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. Sketching the complex political backdrop for the assassination, Presiding Judge David Re of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon said that in the months before his death, Hariri was a supporter of reducing the influence of Syria in Lebanon and that of Hezbollah in Syria. the tribunal in Leidschendam, near The Hague, heard evidence from 297 witnesses. Lebanon’s Hariri accepts tribunal’s verdict on murder of ex-PM father - Former Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri said Tuesday that he accepted a special tribunal’s verdict over the 2005 murder of his father, former prime minister Rafik Hariri……The UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon on Tuesday found Salim Ayyash, a member of the Shiite terror group Hezbollah, guilty over Hariri’s murder, but cleared three other suspects after a years-long trial. Lebanon Needs Transformation, Not Another Corrupt Unity Government - Hanin Ghaddar

On August 4, when Beirut Port was destroyed by a massive explosion, Hezbollah suffered a blow—but its ability to shift its illegal arms smuggling and drug export operations from Beirut to other locations in Lebanon will enable it to remain in control of the country. Macron delivers stern message to Lebanon’s leaders on visit to stricken Beirut - Macron is the first world leader to visit Beirut after Tuesday's massive blast in the port area of the city, which was housing highly explosive material. The explosion killed at least 145 people and wounded thousands more.

Rouhani said in a speech on Saturday the UAE had made a "huge mistake" in reaching an agreement to normalize ties with Israel and called it a betrayal by the Gulf state.

Reactions to Israel peace deal with UAE continue to pour in, with Iran threatening to 'change its approach' to the Gulf state, while Arab League member Mauritania says it trusts the 'wisdom and good judgment' of the UAE's leadership….."The Kuwaiti position is consistent with its decades-old foreign policy approach in support of the Palestinian cause, as it is the premier Arab issue, and only accepting a solution if it is what the Palestinians accept," al-Qabas said. In addition, Iran on Sunday said the country will change its approach toward the UAE in the wake of the peace deal.

Chinese media: "Chinese cities like Shanghai provided a safe haven to some 30,000 Jews fleeing Nazi Europe in WWII, but now Israel returns the favor by being a US poodle against China in 5G."…. Chinese media decried a reported memorandum of understanding (MOU) that would commit Israel to not using Chinese equipment in building its 5G networks, calling the move "ungrateful."……. The network is made up of countries that meet the State Department’s Digital Trust Standards on matters of data privacy, security and human rights. The standards are based in part on the 2019 Prague Proposals drawn up by representatives of over 30 countries, as well as the EU and NATO for what countries must take into consideration when evaluating vendors for 5G networks, which the new generation of Internet services. The Czech Republic, Poland and Slovenia recently signed Clean Network MOUs with the US. Israel opened the tender to build its 5G network on August 4, the day before US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the expansion of the Clean Network initiative.

In order for Israel to be considered a “clean” country, the Communications Ministry would have to choose companies that are not Chinese to build the network and not use any components from China.

As part of the deal negotiated with Beijing, China is to be allowed access to a number of Iranian ports, including Chabahar, with the Chinese reported to be planning to build a new military base in the vicinity of the port. The construction of such a base would enable the Chinese Navy to monitor the activities of the U.S. Navy in the area, in particular the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet in the Gulf, which is permanently deployed to protect shipping passing through the Strait of Hormuz, one of the world's most important economic waterways. Any expansion in Iranian and Chinese military activity in the region would also have an impact on the jointly-administered U.S.-UK base on the island of Diego Garcia, one of the Pentagon's most important military assets in the region.

China, Iran, Russia and the EU argue that despite the clear language of 2231, the U.S. is no longer authorized to trigger the reinstatement of sanctions because it left the nuclear agreement in 2018. Consequently, if the U.S. triggers the restoration of the sanctions, the move is liable to precipitate a diplomatic struggle within the UN and beyond as states are compelled to choose sides. Either they will align themselves with the U.S. and actual international norms and laws or they will stand against the U.S. and with China and Iran and fake “international law.” For Israel, the Sino-Iranian pact is a strategic inflection point. The deal has two immediate implications from Israel’s perspective. The first is operational. Iran’s new alliance with China will provide it with new options for developing nuclear weapons. China after all is no stranger to nuclear proliferation. It played a central role in Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program. As for North Korea, at a minimum, China facilitated its nuclear weapons program by preventing effective international action to stop North Korea’s race to the bomb. The possibility that China will soon be actively assisting Iran in its pursuit of nuclear weapons makes the continuation and expansion of the various unexplained explosions at Iranian nuclear and other strategic facilities a matter of highest urgency.

"If the embargo is not renewed, this will allow Iran to import and export arms with impunity. They are already buying and selling arms on the black market, but ending the arms embargo will allow them to do so officially." — Senior Israeli official who asked not to be named. Private interview with the author. "When the embargo... is lifted next year we can easily buy and sell weapons... This is one of those important impacts of this (nuclear) agreement." — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, November 11, 2019. In addition, Iran's ability to make new arms' purchases would enable Tehran to continue its support for proxies in the Middle East, such as Hezbollah and Hamas, as well as enabling it to fuel conflicts from Venezuela to Syria, and to the far reaches of Afghanistan.

Geopolitics, Technology and Coronavirus

Stability for our Enemies (Caroline Glick)

Since the 1990s, the dominant view in Israel’s national security community has been that Israel’s top priority in relation to the Palestinians is to maintain the stability of their leadership. This is the case in relation to both the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority in Judea and Samaria and the Hamas regime in Gaza. The rationale behind this view is that despite their hostility, if the regimes lose control, things will be worse, not better for Israel. Israel will have to take over, at great cost in lives and international stature. In other words, it’s either Fatah and Hamas or the Israel Defense Forces. And Israel’s security establishment prefers the former.

The prime minister and his top adviser Dominic Cummings have made what some consider unprecedented moves to centralize control over the civil service — sparking fears Whitehall is being politicized…… “To get things to happen in government you need powerful departments which have got very effective ministers at the head of them and clear objectives, and all of that seems to be missing from this agenda," one former permanent secretary said of the government reform plan. “You need ministers who can take on No. 10 and win sometimes, who can turn ideas into implementation, and who can bat away all the bad ideas, while at the same time dealing with events and crises that come along. So my question would be: Where are these ministers?”

Responsibility for the UK Security Vetting organisation has been taken away from the Ministry of Defence and transferred to Michael Gove at the Cabinet Office as a prelude to its digitalisation…..

The move marks as further centralisation of power in the Cabinet Office and a lesser role for the Ministry of Defence. It is unclear whether this is part of the review by Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minister’s controversial chief adviser, to change the role of the department. It also appears to have coincided with Cummings’ visits to top security centres including Porton Down.

Only by replacing the Withdrawal Agreement will Britain become a truly sovereign nation. It is therefore a major scandal that the Remain establishment and the U.K. parliament did everything possible to undermine the will of the people and to make leaving as painful as could be. The Remainers will always be shamed for shackling the country to a poison pill: the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. Alongside the declaration on a future relationship, the Withdrawal Agreement remains to contaminate our opportunities and our relations with the EU for decades to come — our future as a nation. So toxic is the agreement that it would be quite legitimate in international law to repudiate the treaty, and that is exactly what the U.K. government should do if the EU refuses to adjust its implications.

With disadvantaged students disproportionately affected by the downgrading of ‘A’ Level results, Sam Bright explores the real algorithm which has been sorting pupils on the basis of background all along…”The fiasco is simply an amplification of the insidious sorting process that sees the rich and privately-educated miraculously succeed every single year.” The grades of private school kids were boosted – a side-effect of their educational ascendancy for generations – while students from deprived areas were spiked. The algorithm cannibalised the veneer of fairness that coats the education system. But that’s not all it did. The algorithm scandal exposed the fallacy of meritocracy that characterises education and attainment in the UK. In doing so, it laid bare the innate inequalities of the system, which are usually masked by the over-achievement of occasional underdogs.

It wasn’t only the row with Tory MPs that triggered the humiliating about turn. With parents threatening legal action over the flawed marking system, lawyers were consulted and No10 warned there was a distinct possibility the Government would lose a judicial review, throwing an already chaotic exam system into meltdown. In retrospect, Williamson’s bravado at the weekend was evidence enough that he was not listening to Tory colleagues or Ofqual, the exams regulator. When the regulator warned that the appeals’ system would crash within hours because of the huge number of appeals from pupils who disputed their grades, he ignored it. The system could be ‘beefed up’ to accommodate it, he countered.

From Dominic Cummings to dodgy business deals, the prime minister’s circle behave as if the rules simply don’t apply to them. It took the last Tory government the best part of 18 years to become mired in sleaze, but Boris Johnson’s administration is smelling of it already. Whether doling out lucrative contracts, helping billionaire property developers cut costs, or handing out lifetime seats in the House of Lords, the guiding principle seems to be brazen cronyism, coupled with the arrogance of those who believe they are untouchable and that rules are for little people.

Businesspeople born in the Soviet Union play a significant role in British business and politics. Some have given money to political parties. Others have made substantial investments in media and industry. All have homes in London, with several visiting regularly from Moscow. Following a week in which Russia and its links to the UK have been in the news, the Guardian has looked into the impact of Soviet-born men and women on recent UK public life. Alexander Lebedev bought the loss-making Evening Standard newspaper in 2009, installing his son Evgeny as proprietor. Lebedev later acquired the Independent and launched a successful spinoff version, the i. The Standard office is around the corner from where Lebedev worked in the 1980s as an undercover spy based at the Soviet embassy. - Former chancellors Kenneth Clarke and Philip Hammond, expelled from the parliamentary Conservative Party by Mr Johnson for rebelling over a no-deal Brexit, were both given life peerages. The honours list saw Mr Johnson accused of cronyism after ennobling two major Tory donors, Michael Spencer and Aamer Sarfraz, his chief strategic adviser Sir Ed Lister and his own brother. The peerage for Jo Johnson, who quit his brother’s cabinet because of disagreements over Europe, was part of an effort by the PM to mend bridges with Conservatives who opposed his Brexit stance.

But the really strange appointment was that of Claire Fox. I invite those of you who still think Mr Johnson is a traditionalist patriotic conservative to ask yourself why he has put Ms Fox into Parliament…. But no traditionalist conservative could conceivably give her a lifetime seat in Parliament. Claire was for many years a member of a strange cultish group called the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP). This wasn’t a youthful dalliance like mine in the International Socialists, which I left in 1975. She carried on belonging to the RCP for 20 years after leaving university….. In this strange milieu, she must have met Munira Mirza, head of Mr Johnson’s policy unit but weirdly far less famous than that other crazy Downing Street radical, Dominic Cummings. Ms Mirza, whose husband used to be famous for organising sex parties, is also linked with the RCP. And she has been close to Mr Johnson since his days as Mayor of London. So could Lady Fox’s ennoblement have been her idea? Who can say? What startles me is how little fuss it has created. Baroness Fox, in her RCP days, defended the cruel, violent actions of the Provisional IRA.

Fifty millions face masks secured by the government as part of a £252m contract will not be used in the NHS over safety fears…..Ayanda Capital - the company who supplied the masks - said the masks met the specifications the government had set out…..The news comes as it’s also revealed the deal was formulated by a government trade adviser who also advises the board of Ayanda…..Jolyon Maugham QC runs a not-for-profit group seeking a judicial review of many of the government's PPE deals, and said the fact that a £250m PPE contract has gone to "an opaque family fund owned through a tax haven" poses "serious questions about how this Government has gone about procuring protective equipment." Jolyon Maugham, director of the Good Law Project, said: “Good Law Project wrote to Government on three contracts each worth over a hundred million pounds – with respectively a pest control company, a confectioner and a family hedge fund. “Each of those contracts has revealed real cause for alarm – including, on Ayanda, that around £150 million was spent on unusable masks. What other failures remain undiscovered?” No refunds over Ayanda Capital mask deal - HSJ reports that the government will not receive any reimbursement for the 50 million masks supplied by Ayanda Capital, which may never be used in the NHS.

NHS England has announced its intention to seek private hospital groups to help with reducing waiting lists. The planned contract could result in a spend of £10bn on outsourcing work by private providers over the next four years. The contract notice says the work in privately owned facilities would “support the reduction of waiting lists forecast to increase as a result of covid-19 interrupting and reducing available NHS capacity”.

Health Ministry Admits: Cause of Deaths Listed as Covid may not be from Covid As inflating corona-related deaths is a known problem throughout the United States, the phenomenon seems to have found it’s way into Israel as well. Israel’s Health Ministry Spokesman Eyal Basson recently admitted that: “any COVID-19 positive patient who has died during his hospitalization will likely be reported as a COVID-19 death.” He seemingly justified the procedure by laying responsibility….

Today, 17 August, a Christian UK charity is making an urgent application to have significant funds released by police so that it can send vital humanitarian aid to countries effected by Covid-19. Assyrian Church of East Relief (ACERO), a charity dedicated to supporting disaster relief across the world, will make the urgent application supported by the Christian Legal Centre at Westminster Magistrates Court today, Monday 17 August. Accounts have been frozen after a judge ruled in October 2019 that the police should be allowed to scrutinise a tenuous allegation that the charity had financed Islamic terrorism in the Middle East, by alleging that ransom money had been paid for the release of 223 Christian hostages, including women and children. However, the evidence submitted shows that the charity had in fact sent aid to help rehabilitate house-released Christian Assyrian hostages, who had experienced “inordinate psychological trauma” after being imprisoned by ISIS and then released between 2015 and 2016.

Basically, Sweden did the exact opposite of what most Americans tragically still believe are the necessary requirements to reach the outcome that Sweden has achieved. Unlike so many other countries, “Sweden never went into complete lockdown,” Dr. Rushworth writes. Non-essential businesses remained open, people continued frequenting restaurants, the kids stayed in school, and “very few people have bothered with face masks.”

The UK's restrictions on public life mean people are cooped up in their homes and flats. Frontline services, unable to offer face-to-face support, fear for victims of violence shut in with their abusers….. Shut in with their abusers, these are the harrowing words of three women cut off as the UK's coronavirus containment measures came into effect. Their accounts were shared with SafeLives, a charity at the forefront of the fight against domestic violence. "Clearly people are feeling the pressure of isolation, being at home and feeling vulnerable," said Liz Thompson, the group's external relations director.

Local government authorities in Germany have threatened parents whose children are suspected of having contracted the coronavirus with fines and jail time when they don’t isolate their children in their own rooms. According to a report released by German newspaper Die Welt, some local government agencies even ordered the children not to eat with other family members. “Your child must avoid contact with other household members in the household by ensuring that there is a separation in time and space,” one letter read. “No meals together. Your child should preferably be alone in a room separate from other household members.”

California’s Grace Community Church and its head pastor, John MacArthur, won the right to continue meeting in person for worship on Friday after state ordinances deemed religious services as unessential, but it was quickly overruled by an emergency order enacted by the California Court of Appeals the next day, making it again illegal for the church to meet indoors….. The county of Los Angeles attempted to file a “temporary restraining order,”’ but Judge James Chalfant sided with Grace and “denied almost all of the county’s requests” claiming that the church “should be permitted to infringe on the constitutionally protected rights of churches to freely exercise religion” as long “congregants wear masks and social distance between family groups indoors.” A full hearing will be held on September 4, 2020.

As an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, the government closed schools, premises and companies whilst limiting free movement and how much fresh air we were allowed to get. Yesterday, the High Court was told that these actions were the “most sweeping and far-reaching” restriction on fundamental rights since the second world war…. The powers being used, despite the easing of lockdown, were “still unlawful and disproportionate”, he said, while the government has indicated that it may yet reimpose “stringent restrictions”. Dolan’s lawyers argue that the emergency restrictions, announced by the prime minister on 23 March, are illegal, breach human rights laws and fail to take account of other significant factors…..Simon also expressed that the most devastating effects will be felt by the young. As our leaders wrangle over which businesses to open next, it is our children who haven’t made the national list of priorities. The social and educational development of a whole generation is being damaged, and what for? SAGE documents, only reluctantly released thanks to my Judicial Review, state loud and clear that the virus poses little risk to children and that closing schools does next to nothing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Dolan 'delighted' as covid-19 legal challenge gets the go-ahead - Persistence has paid off for contractor accountant turned entrepreneur Simon Dolan, as the Court of Appeal has said his legal challenge against covid-19 lockdown should be heard. Despite the High Court blocking the challenge, Lord Justice Hickinbottom found lockdown measures do raise “fundamental issues” over the accountability of government ministers. The senior appeal court judge also ruled that the government’s measures “impose possibly the most restrictive regime on the public life of persons and businesses ever”.

Over the last eight months we have seen many governments around the world enacting authoritarian practices in the name of preventing the spread of COVID-19. All the way back in January, the Chinese government began welding people in their homes to stop them from potentially contaminating others. As the panic spread around the world eager politicians now had the excuse they needed to push policies which restrict freedom of movement and speech.

The UK has now been in some measure of lockdown since 24 March. It is worth reflecting on what has happened the effects on church ministry. Everyone should agree that a state-enforced lockdown is an extreme measure that should only be used in times of absolute emergency and as a very last resort. State lockdowns cause deaths, depression, and poverty. Government figures suggest that the UK lockdown has killed two people for every three who died of coronavirus at the peak of the outbreak. An official government report estimated that overall, the lockdown may cost 200,000 lives due to delays in medical treatment. Already over 200,000 jobs have been lost, and that is before furlough has ended. Lockdown has now caused the deepest recession on record. There are serious mental health consequences too. The question is whether the medicine is worse than the disease? The decision that the government faced in March was a very difficult one. Professor Neil Fergusson’s model famously predicted 500,000 deaths from coronavirus without lockdown. This modelling later came in for some severe criticism. The government was concerned that the NHS

would be overwhelmed with cases which could then result in over a million non-Covid deaths. With advice like that, and a new, unknown virus, who can blame the government for deciding to lockdown? Whether, with hindsight, the lockdown was justified is another question.

Last week’s explosively successful conference by America’s Frontline Doctors’ group, that exposed a “massive disinformation campaign” against the life-saving ability of Hydroxychloroquine to cure the Chinese coronavirus, was totally shut off the Internet by the tech giants. The group was in D.C. July 27 for its “White Coat Summit” event, which was organized and sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots and Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.). It kicked off with a full-day agenda and finished up the next day with a second press conference and congressional lobbying. A Facebook representative gave as a vague excuse that the event was taken down for allegedly “sharing false information about cures and treatments for COVID-19.” As usual, Facebook refused to give any specifics. In reality, the tech companies themselves may be guilty of a “crime against humanity” and “criminal” spreading of false information that could be resulting in numerous deaths because infected patients and their physicians are being denied crucial life-saving information provided during that event.

First published on The Bernician, the below statement is allegedly from a senior consultant working for the NHS in a hospital in Surrey.

Denmark boasts one of the lowest COVID-19 death rates in the world. As of August 4, the Danes have suffered 616 COVID-19 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University. That’s less than one-third of the number of Danes who die from pneumonia or influenza in a given year. Despite this success, Danish leaders recently found themselves on the defensive. The reason is that Danes aren’t wearing face masks, and local authorities for the most part aren’t even recommending them. They responded by noting there is little conclusive evidence that face masks are an effective way to limit the spread of respiratory viruses. “All these countries recommending face masks haven’t made their decisions based on new studies,” said Henning Bundgaard, chief physician at Denmark’s Rigshospitale, according to Bloomberg News. Denmark is not alone. Despite a global stampede of mask-wearing, data show that 80-90 percent of people in Finland and Holland say they “never” wear masks when they go out, a sharp contrast to the 80-90 percent of people in Spain and Italy who say they “always” wear masks when they go out.

Google’s “anti-misinformation” rules outright ban free debate and expression on Covid19. YouTube’s censorship of alternative Covid19 narratives has become increasingly overt. Back on May 20th it released its still current ‘policy’ which unashamedly tells potential creators: Don’t post content on YouTube if it includes any of the following:…..

The WHO has made a handy-dandy guide on how to debate vaccine deniers. James delves into the document and examines its ideas.

A coalition of more than 2,700 high-profile evangelicals spanning the fields of science and religion have signed onto a statement billed A Christian Statement on Science for Pandemic Times,” which warns against the politicization of the new coronavirus and urges Christians to take appropriate action against it, including taking a vaccine when it’s ready. “We are deeply concerned about the polarization and politicization of science in the public square when so many lives are at stake. The word ‘science’ has become a weapon in the culture wars. Scientists are vilified and their findings ignored, while conspiracy theories go viral. Sadly, Christians seem just as susceptible to these trends. Thoughtful Christians may disagree on public policy in response to the coronavirus, but none of us should ignore clear scientific evidence,” the statement published online by the nonprofit organization BioLogos says.

Pope Francis has backed global elites such as Bill Gates when it comes to a Coronavirus vaccination, saying that it should be “universal and for all.” “It would be sad if we gave priority for the COVID-19 vaccine to the richest people,” Pope Francis declared. “It would be sad if this vaccine became the property of this or that nation and was not universal and for all,” he continued.

Summary: President Trump announced that a coronavirus treatment that involves blood plasma from people who’ve recovered from the disease will be expanded to many more sick Americans after the FDA approved use of the therapy. “This is a powerful therapy,” Trump said during a White House press conference moments before futures opened. “Today’s action will dramatically expand access to this treatment.”....Trump's 5:30pm news conference - conveniently 30 minutes before S&P futures open for trading in which he will deliver "very good news" involves the fast-tracking of an AstraZeneca covid vaccine. Trump considers fast-tracking UK Covid-19 vaccine before US election - Move comes as FDA gives emergency authorisation for use of plasma from recovered patients.

This video underscores the politically-fraught nature of population-wide vaccination campaigns that governments are promoting as mandatory. Unfortunately, COVID-1984 continues to escalate. We were initially told that we would need to have a temporary two-week lockdown to ‘flatten the curve.’ Six months later, we are still in lockdown and now mandatory vaccination policies are being rolled out in addition to severe penalties for violating mandates which include life in prison! We have seen cases where people have been forcibly removed from their home by the police, in front of their families, and have been forced into quarantine. All of this in response to a virus with a 99+% survival rate, which multiple world-renowned experts believe originated in a laboratory funded by the US government. Recently, the Australian PM said that the vaccine will be mandatory. But hours later, after online backlash from anti-vaccination groups in Australia and elsewhere, Morrison backtracked on his earlier remarks.

As COVID-1984 Accelerates, Bill Gates Blames “Freedom” For Spread of the Virus Gates proceeded to directly blame the poor response on lack of preparation, but also freedom....Bill Gates then went on to praise China’s authoritarian response and said, despite the fact that people’s rights were violated, China’s response was really amazing! This is right out of the 2010 Rockefeller Lock Step document that laid out a scenario for a world of tighter top-down government control and more authoritarian leadership. In this video report, we examine how we seem to be living out a scenario very similar to a Rockefeller Foundation document from a decade ago.

Last week we warned readers to be cautious about new COVID-19 vaccines, highlighting how key parts of the clinical trials are being skipped as big pharma will not be held accountable for adverse side effects for administering the experimental drugs. A senior executive from AstraZeneca, Britain's second-largest drugmaker, told Reuters that his company was just granted protection from all legal action if the company's vaccine led to damaging side effects……AstraZeneca is one of the 25 pharmaceutical companies across the world, testing experimental drugs that could be used to combat the deadly virus. And, of course, if testing yields positive results, AstraZeneca could manufacture hundreds of millions of doses, with no legal recourse if side effects are seen. European officials told Reuters that product liability was a significant discussion to secure new vaccine drugs from Pfizer, Sanofi, and Johnson & Johnson. As for the US, well, when it comes to the legal framework around vaccines, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) already has a law called the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act, which provides immunity to vaccine companies if something goes wrong. With AstraZeneca, and many US big pharma companies rushing COVID-19 vaccines to market with governments granting them immunity if the vaccine has side effects, all suggest corporate elites and government regulators have very little faith in these drugs. For more color on leading vaccines in development that produce "severe" side effects, read our latest piece titled "Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Induced Adverse Reactions In "More Than Half" Of Trial Participants."

Oxford University, England backed by the British Government in collaboration with multinational drug corporation AstraZeneca (British, Swedish origin) is reported to have completed Phase-1, II trials of its newly-discovered COVID-19 vaccine – so reports a British medical journal, Lancet in its online edition dated 20 July, 2020…… A British news agency, Reuters informed the world about these developments. AstraZeneca then tied up with Serum Institute of India (SII), Pune, India (a private enterprise) for mass production of this vaccine and also to conduct the next phases of clinical trials. The Drug Controller of India is reported to have asked SII to start from phase II and proceed on to phase III of these trials. SII has entered into a new partnership with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance & the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to speed up the process of manufacture and delivery of up to 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine for India and other third world countries – at least 92 in number…… As if this was not scandalous enough AstraZeneca wants – rather demands – indemnity against side effects of this vaccine for the next four years!

Would You Trust these People with Your Life? Transcript of the YouTube video

My first book, written in the early 1970s, was largely about the hold the drug industry has over the medical profession. I was a young doctor when I wrote that book and although I was absolutely shocked at the way drug companies lied and cheated I was even more shocked at the way the medical establishment had allowed itself to be bought by the drug industry. When I investigated the parts of the medical establishment which were supposed to protect patients I was astonished and horrified to discover that every single member of the medical establishment that I could identify was receiving drug company money….. All this background is important because…..I want to talk a little about two big drug companies which are said to be among those companies preparing coronavirus vaccines for the British government to use on the British population and – indeed – on the populations of other countries. Video: Would You Trust these People with Your Life?

According to Parker Crutchfield, Associate Professor of Medical Ethics, Humanities and Law, Western Michigan University, Americans need a injection of “moral enhancement.” Crutchfield is concerned that Americans are not following the guidelines for wearing masks and social distancing, and states that “When someone chooses not to follow public health guidelines around the coronavirus, they’re defecting from the public good.” There seems to be no room in Crutchfield’s thinking for a debate on what constitutes the “public good” as he dismisses dissent as “Selfish and self-defeating behavior.”…… The remedy, according to Crutchfield, is to dose Americans with “empathy-producing” chemicals. He writes “…like receiving a vaccine to beef up your immune system, people could take a substance to boost their cooperative, pro-social behavior. Could a psychoactive pill be the solution to the pandemic?” Others seem to be thinking along the same lines. A recent article in The British Journal of Psychiatry explores the use of dumping the psychoactive drug, lithium, into water supplies in order to curtail suicides due to the pandemic.

This isn’t just a panicked response to an unforeseen emergency, Crutchfield’s area of bioethics research focuses on “questions like how to induce those who are noncooperative to get on board with doing what’s best for the public good”, and a look through his articles reveals that this is an agenda which pre-dates our current “pandemic”….. There’s The epistemology of moral bioenhancement from 2016 and then Compulsory moral bioenhancement should be covert from just last year. This isn’t just about masks, if it were implemented it would be a lot more far-reaching. From masks to vaccines to anything else, beyond even the “pandemic”. The author admits as much himself [our emphasis]:“But a strategy like this one could be a way out of this pandemic, a future outbreak or the suffering associated with climate change.”

Susan Michie is a member of the Covid-19 Behavioural Science Advisory Group and the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours, a sub-group of the Government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE). She also sits on the Independent SAGE committee, chaired by Sir David King.[8] She frequently contributes to national news media during the Covid-19 pandemic as an expert in behaviour change. She is a member of the Communist Party of Britain (CPB), which explains her totalitarian response to the Coronavirus aided by behavioural psychology to coerce the masses. She has donated to the Labour Party under the Corbyn leadership, which is why it is surprising that Boris Johnson appointed her. In March 2018, Michie, described as a leading member of the CPB, said that the party would no longer stand against Labour in general elections and CPB members should be "working full tilt" for the election of Corbyn as prime minister.

A coronavirus vaccine should be mandatory, and tax penalties, higher insurance premiums, and denial of many government and private services ought to be considered for those refusing the shot, two doctors and an attorney argued in USA Today on Thursday. “[W]hile the measures that will be necessary to defeat the coronavirus will seem draconian, even anti-American to some, we believe that there is no alternative. Simply put, getting vaccinated is going to be our patriotic duty,” wrote Dr. Michael Lederman, Dr. Stuart Youngner, and Maxwell J. Mehlman…… The USA Today article, published August 6, is titled “Defeat COVID-19 by requiring vaccination for all. It's not un-American, it's patriotic.” Its original subhead (see screenshot below) read, “Make vaccines free, don't allow religious or personal objections, and punish those who won't be vaccinated. They are threatening the lives of others.” It has since been changed to “Make vaccines free, don't allow religious or personal objections, and create disincentives for those who refuse vaccines shown to be safe and effective.” Aborted Fetal Cells in Vaccines

The main purpose of this post is to engage you to watch the incredible July 28 video by Dave Cullen, titled “The Rising Resistance to the New Abnormal.” Only 34 minutes and 41 seconds long, it packs a big wallop directly related to the title of this article, including highly supportive video footage of Bill Gates that reveals how truly dangerous and weird this man, one of the world’s wealthiest, has become. He works and socializes a lot with Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has his own scary history of vaccine experimentation with little regard for what happens to the human subjects of his experiments. Stephen Mosher published a revealing article on LifeSite titled “How Dr. Fauci’s fraudulent pandemic advice put millions of Americans through hell.”

A biometric identification program backed by the ID2020 alliance will see its new “digital id” program rolled out for refugee newborns in close coordination with a charity tied to Wall Street and prominent Western politicians whose workers have been accused of sexually exploiting refugee children….. iRespond, an international non-profit organization that is “dedicated to using biometrics to improve lives through digital identity,” has begun piloting a new biometric program for newborns among the predominately Karen refugee population along the Myanmar-Thailand border, a program it soon hopes to “quickly deploy” at a greater scale and make available to the general global population. The pilot program is being conducted as part of the controversial ID2020 alliance, backed by Microsoft, the GAVI vaccine alliance and the Rockefeller Foundation, and with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a non-profit organization deeply tied to the Western political elite and Wall Street with a controversial track record of silencing numerous sex abuse and fraud allegations…..the program, featured in a lengthy profile in Newsweek, was revealed to be “just the first step in an effort that aims to equip the camp’s entire refugee population with secure and portable “digital wallets” that will hold not just their medical records but also educational and vocational credentials, camp work histories and myriad other records,” ostensibly including financial activity. This is particularly likely given that iRespond is partnered with Mastercard, another ID2020 partner that is closely allied with the company, Trust Stamp, a biometric identity platform that also doubles as a vaccine record and payment system. In addition, IRC’s strategic plans for Mae La through 2020 include “expand[ing] micro-enterprise development and village savings and loans associations,” such as those offered by ID2020 partner Kiva, among others, who link biometric identity to the receipt of loans….. Indeed, Newsweek noted that “many of the funders [of the Mae La project]—part of what’s known as the ID2020 alliance, which includes Accenture, Microsoft and the Rockefeller Foundation—hope the Mae La project could eventually serve as a blueprint for the world’s millions of stateless people, as well as citizens of developed nations and everyone else.”

Shortly after launching a new contact-tracing program in Ontario, a top Google executive said in a blog post published Friday that 20 US states and territories (roughly 45% of the country’s population) are “exploring” using the tool Google built with Apple to create new contact-tracing programs, and that the new apps are set to launch in the coming weeks…..Additionally, the company said during its update that 16 countries and regions outside the US have launched apps using the Apple-Google tool, while other countries – including France and the UK – have sought to build their own tools from scratch, though the UK infamously pivoted, abandoned its custom system, and adopted the Google-Apple protocol. /

Tony Blair says Government must 'act now' to roll out mass coronavirus testing

Former Labour PM says it is 'obvious' officials should by now be moving to roll out mass-testing infrastructure in order to curtail Covid-19. Tony Blair’s paper: Taking the UK’s Testing Strategy to the Next Level “Mass testing is the natural next step, but it requires a giant leap in the focus, resources and support demanded of government. These are set out across five pillars in this paper, which also serves as a plan for boosting testing capacity, including incentivising and onboarding rapid on-the-spot tests. This evolution in testing will not happen overnight and nor should we expect it to. Regular testing should be steadily introduced to those sectors identified as a priority by government, including education and social care, while employers should be supported to participate in mass testing. The need for mass testing has been set out clearly by figures such as Anthony Costello, Paul Romer and Sir Patrick Vallance, as well by organisations like the WHO and today, the CBI.” Tony Blair Institute: Our teams are embedded in governments - The former Prime Minister talks of his Institute being focused on three areas: Exit strategies (“particularly in the UK and other countries”), work in Africa (“with many different governments there”) and “working on the global coordination picture”. Blair also refers to looking at the “global architecture of government” itself.

Matt Hancock told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: “This is a really, really important drive that we have across government to bring in mass testing, population-wide testing, the new technology for testing that are coming on stream now,” he said. “There are new technologies coming on track which we are buying and testing now,” Hancock said, emphasising the importance of receiving results more quickly. “We’ll ramp it up certainly over the remainder of this year.”

On the 27th of June OffGuardian published an article by Torsten Engelbrecht and Konstantin Demeter titled “COVID19 PCR Tests are Scientifically Meaningless”, on July 7th Politifact published a “fact check” response to this article, without contacting either OffGuardian or the authors for comment. Below is the author’s response, an email to which no member of the PolitiFact team has yet responded….. How can you deliver unbiased results if you are financed by major corporations such as Facebook or the The E.W. Scripps Company (see here) and if even the Poynter Institute which acquired you in 2018 cannot, with all the will in the world, be described as unaffected by major capital interests (see here)?

Dido Harding, a Conservative peer who heads up England’s widely criticised test-and-trace system, has been chosen to run a new institute to replace Public Health England, after the controversial decision to axe the agency. Harding will be named as the chair of the National Institute for Health Protection, which will be charged with preventing future outbreaks of infectious diseases, despite the poor performance of NHS test and trace, which she has led since May….. Lady Harding, 52, has been a Conservative member of the House of Lords since she was given a life peerage in 2014 by her friend David Cameron, the then prime minister. Harding, an ex-chief executive of the TalkTalk mobile phone company, is already the chair of the regulator NHS Improvement as well as the contact-tracing programme that is under fire for tracking down too few people who have tested positive for the virus. England’s contact tracers ‘making handful of calls’ a month

The world is facing a resurgence of covid-19 cases as the pandemic continues to accelerate, the World Health Organization has warned. Speaking during a WHO press conference on 27 July, Maria Van Kerkhove said the global picture is complicated, but countries where transmission is growing fall into two camps. “Many countries are really in the thick of it, they are really seeing intense transmission. Other countries which have already passed through their first peak, many of them are keeping transmission low. [However] in some of those countries they’re starting to see a resurgence, clusters of cases and outbreaks in certain geographic areas or areas associated with certain types of industries, such as nightclubs,” she said.

A couple are watching their child play in a playground. They are fined by the police. They are further than five kilometres from their home. A man leaves his home at 9.30pm to buy some cigarettes. He too is fined: $1,652. He has left his house during the city-wide curfew, which comes in at 8pm. On Facebook, two men plan a protest against Victoria’s restrictions. Police execute a search warrant and seize their mobile phones and a computer. One is charged with incitement because he wanted to organise a protest – public gatherings are limited to two people and only for exercise (physical, not of our basic rights).

Stay-at-home orders will be implemented throughout Auckland for 72 hours from midday on Wednesday after the four new cases were identified in the city. More than 1.6million people won't be allowed to leave their homes except for essential reasons. The rest of the nation will enter a level two lockdown - mandating social distancing and placing caps on gathering sizes.

All confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand will be placed quarantine facilities from now on. Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield announced the change at a press conference on Thursday, moments after revealing there are 13 new cases of coronavirus linked to an outbreak in south Auckland. The use of quarantine facilities marks a major departure from how positive cases were managed by health officials when New Zealand was last at level 3, as cases earlier in the year were told to simply self-isolate in their homes.

From mandatory masks to mandatory tests to mandatory track-and-trace, the roll-out is on. It’s been a big few days for the New Normal narrative and, through the deliberately cultivated haze of confusion, it’s not hard to see the world they want to build is taking shape.

While the World Economic Forum is not actually promoting the idea that humans should 'cease to exist' in so many words, the idea is there for everyone to consider. The World Economic Forum (WEF) has a lot to say about the “post-COVID” era. It is openly using an “epidemic of fear” surrounding the Wuhan coronavirus in order to push the world in a specific direction — in particular through its promotion of the Great Reset planned for next January together with the International Monetary Fund and the prince of Wales. Where is it headed? Regular tracking of the website gives a foretaste of the world of the future as favored by the globalist community. The World Economic Forum recently published a flattering presentation of “untact” — a push towards long-lasting “social distancing” as promoted by South Korea. It also suggested five novels with ecological themes as must-reads. One of them features a heroine who commits suicide in the middle of a conference to show that only the disappearance of humanity can save trees and our planet.

It usually makes sense to follow the money when seeking understanding of almost any major change. The strategy of following the money in our current convergence of crises in late summer of 2020 leads us directly to the lockdowns. The lockdowns were first imposed on people in the Wuhan area of China. Then other populations throughout the world were told to “shelter in place,” all in the name of combating the COVID-19 virus…….Among the economic changes being sought are the robotization of almost everything, cashless financial interactions, and elaborate AI impositions….The emphasis being placed on vaccines is very much interwoven with plans to extend AI….. There are other possibilities to consider. One is that in the autumn of 2019 the economy was already starting to falter. Fortuitously for some, the new virus came along at a moment when it could be exploited as a scapegoat. By placing responsibility for the economic debacle on pathogens rather than people, Wall Street bankers and federal authorities are let off the hook. They can escape any accounting for an economic calamity that they had a hand in helping to instigate. A presentation in August of 2019 by the Wall Street leviathan, BlackRock Financial Management, provides a telling indicator of foreknowledge. It was well understood by many insiders in 2019 that a sharp economic downturn was imminent. At a meeting of central bankers in Jackson Hole Wyoming, BlackRock representatives delivered a strategy for dealing with the future downturn. Several months later during the spring of 2020 this strategy was adopted by both the US Treasury and the US Federal Reserve. BlackRock’s plan from August of 2019 set the basis of the federal response to the much-anticipated economic meltdown.

Before there was a coin shortage, cash was under attack in the media and portrayed as a COVID-19 hazard. Now news outlets are making sure everyone knows only to think of a looming cashless society as a “conspiracy theory.”….. Cash may be the last bastion of value, as it retains some scarcity in relation to digitized dollars. It’s important for people’s livelihood and freedom that it be defended vigilantly. Don’t let the media shame you into complacence regarding a cashless society. It’s only crazy not to question such a system that clearly some have no qualms about forcing on us all.

China’s Ministry of Commerce is moving forward with its plan for a digital currency, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). The plan will come with a large number of cities in which to test the currency, including Beijing and the provinces Tianjin and Hebei in the north, the Yangtze River Delta to the south, and the Guangdong province and the neighboring cities of Hong Kong and Macau along the country’s prosperous southern coast, WSJ reported. The project’s policy design is set to be complete by the end of the year, although there’s no set date for when the expansion will begin. In addition, the less-wealthy parts of China, in the central and western areas of the country, will have a chance at trials for the digital currency if they meet the program requirements, WSJ reported.

The Bank of England will take part in a key meeting tomorrow to discuss central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) and their possible infrastructural designs. Hosted by global central banking think tank, the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF), on Aug. 19, the roundtable will involve the BoE’s senior fintech specialist, Simon Scorer, alongside delegates from the Swiss National Bank, ING Nederland and the Hungarian National Bank (Magyar Nemzeti Bank). The CEO of enterprise-focused blockchain platform Cypherium, Sky Guo, will also join the discussion. A key focus of the meeting will be to tackle the ways in which blockchain technology can benefit various models for CBDCs. This includes the use of smart contracts — e.g., as with designs for “programmable money” — and models for interoperable blockchain networks both within and beyond national borders.

The challenges for a “digital dollar” include security and privacy concerns for a technology that would reach hundreds of millions of people and could easily see billions of transactions per day. This Fed-enabled digital dollar will also be designed with an ability to bypass the banking system. Imagine a network of consumer digital wallets — perhaps associated with a government ID, like a social security number — with an ability to receive digital dollar deposits directly from the central bank, or conversely to have digital dollars taken out.

California’s Senate Banking and Financial Institutions committee has passed a bill seeking to define digital assets and measure its impact on the state and consumer protections. Assembly Bill 2150, which can potentially influence how federal regulators approach digital assets, unanimously passed the Senate’s Banking and Financial Institutions committee. It will be discussed in the Committee on Appropriations as early as August 17. The bill had previously passed the California Assembly before moving to the Senate

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston is working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to develop a "hypothetical" digital currency platform. The partners are working on a "multiyear effort to build and test a hypothetical digital currency oriented to central bank uses," Federal Reserve governor Lael Brainard confirmed in a speech…… "The introduction of Bitcoin and the subsequent emergence of stablecoins with potentially global reach, such as Facebook's Libra, have raised fundamental questions about legal and regulatory safeguards, financial stability, and the role of currency in society. This prospect has intensified calls for CBDCs to maintain the sovereign currency as the anchor of the nation's payment systems," she continues.

If some Congress members get their way, the Federal Reserve may soon be able to track many of your purchases in real time and share that information with government agencies. This is just one of the problems with the proposed "digital dollar" or "FedCoin." FedCoin was initially included in the first coronavirus spending bill. While the proposal was dropped from the final version of the bill, there is still great interest in FedCoin on Capitol Hill. Some progressives have embraced FedCoin as a way to provide Americans with a "universal basic income."

The objective as laid out in the press release states that the new RTGS will start to be delivered in 2022. This is confirmed by way of a ‘RTGS Renewal Programme plan‘ published by the bank a short while ago. There are several stages of transition planned until the renewed services come online between 2023 and 2024. The programme will close in 2025 with the renewed RTGS fully operational.

Firstly, Bailey stating that the BOE are looking into creating a CBDC is not a new revelation. I posted a series of articles in May which looked extensively at a discussion paper published by the bank days before the Covid-19 lockdown was enforced……Secondly, if Bailey’s assertion is correct that ‘in a few years time, we will be heading toward some sort of digital currency‘, this would align with the BOE’s Real Time Gross Settlement renewal programme. In August 2019 I posted an article that outlined what the renewal will consist of (Working in Tandem: The Reform of Payment Systems and the Advance of Digital Technology). From 2023 onwards, the bank wants renewed services of RTGS to begin coming online, and by 2025 for it to be fully rolled out and operational….. Consider that this is taking place amidst the Bank for International Settlements ‘Innovation BIS 2025‘ initiative, something which I have regularly written about. This is the ‘hub‘ which brings all leading central banks together in the name of technological innovation.

Once your smart devices can talk to you, who else are they talking to? Kashmir Hill and Surya Mattu wanted to find out — so they outfitted Hill’s apartment with 18 different internet-connected devices and built a special router to track how often they contacted their servers and see what they were reporting back. The results were surprising — and more than a little bit creepy. Learn more about what the data from your smart devices reveals about your sleep schedule, TV binges and even your tooth-brushing habits — and how tech companies could use it to target and profile you. (This talk contains mature language.)

Google announced that its working on developing the next futuristic technology beyond smartphones — tattoos that turn the user into a human touchpad. Meanwhile, scientists are developing something way more sinister using similar skin-drawing technology to track its wearer’s movements. Google is developing smart tattoos that, when applied to the skin, will transform the human body into a living touchpad via embedded sensors in the ink. No this isn’t science fiction, the wearable project is called “SkinMarks.” SkinMarks utilizes rub-on tattoos to create the next generation of wearable technology devices, CNET reported, citing white papers and demo videos.

Transhumanism promises us a fantastic future in which humans overcome disease, aging, and even death. It just requires us to take the final step and merge fully with machines. But its secret past in crypto-eugenics reveals a darker future, one in which a GenRich elite rule over the GenPoor masses. Are you ready to give up your humanity?

After all that, Joe Biden went with the obvious choice, one Democrats believe to be “safe”, but also one that brings a number of red flags which will be dutifully ignored by the press. Why does Kamala Harris start so good but wear so poorly? The phrase used for her by one Democratic commentator to me was that “she’s great for the first fifteen minutes”, by another that “you love her on the first date, you like her on the second, on the third you’re done.” That definitely happened for Democratic voters in the primary. Kamala Harris Wants To Ban Trump From Twitter, And Her Former Spokesman - The arrangement raises questions over the platform’s moderation of political content during the election where it has already employed selective censorship

With her deep and long-standing ties to the Silicon Valley elite, Kamala Harris’s selection as Joe Biden’s running mate has corporate leaders breathing a deep sigh of relief. In picking the California senator, Biden couldn’t be clearer that his will be an administration dedicated to shoring up a crumbling status quo…… It’s incontrovertible that Harris’s addition to the ticket has indeed enthused donors — just look at what it’s done for fundraising over the past forty-eight hours — but we should consider what strings are attached to that support.

In recent presidential cycles, the velocity of edits made to a Wikipedia page have correlated with the choice of vice presidential running mate. Presidential vetting operations have entire teams of investigators, but for the public, when the pick is announced, the most common source for information about the person chosen is Wikipedia. And there, a war has broken out over how to talk about Harris’s career….At least one highly dedicated Wikipedia user has been scrubbing controversial aspects.. that could prove unflattering to Harris as the public gets to know her on the national stage. Kamala Harris Receives Donations From Big Pharma Executives Despite Claim She Rejects Them - Campaign finance records show Harris has received thousands of dollars from executives at drug companies and distributors this year; most were not returned.

US President Donald Trump said Monday that his 2017 decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem and recognize the city as the capital of Israel was done for evangelical Christians.

“And we moved the capital of Israel to Jerusalem,” Trump said at a rally held at an airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, apparently referring to his decision to move the embassy from Tel Aviv. “That’s for the evangelicals.” Jerusalem has been Israel’s capital since its founding in 1948, although much of the international community does not recognize it as under the initial UN Partition Plan, Jerusalem was to be an international city. “You know, it’s amazing with that — the evangelicals are more excited by that than Jewish people,” he said to cheers from the crowd. “That’s right, it’s incredible.”

Trump, seeking to build support ahead of the Nov. 3 election, told supporters during a visit to Mankato, Minnesota, his administration would also strip federal contracts from companies that outsourced work to China. “We will create tax credits for companies that bring jobs from China back to America,” Trump said during an hourlong speech. He also predicted the U.S. economy would bounce back strongly from the economic shock caused by the coronavirus pandemic - as long as he was re-elected. “What we’re doing together is nothing short of an economic miracle and now we’re doing it again,” Trump told cheering supporters. “We built the greatest economy in the history of the world and now I have to do it again.”

Republican Trump, who is trailing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden in opinion polls, said last week he was against Democratic efforts to include funds for the Postal Service and election infrastructure in coronavirus relief legislation because he wanted to limit mail-in voting during the pandemic. Twice as many people could vote by mail as did so in 2016 because of the pandemic, according to some estimates…… Trump on Monday denied that he was attempting to undermine the Postal Service’s ability to handle mail-in ballots. “No, we’re not tampering,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News. “We want to make it run for less money, much better, always taking care of our postal workers.” Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, a Republican, has asked Trump to postpone the operational changes until after the Nov. 3 elections. The post office is a “perennial drain on the Treasury,” he said in a letter. “But making the radical changes only weeks before early voting begins - however fiscally well founded - would place the solvency of the Post Office above the legitimacy of the government itself.” Trump-appointed Postal Service chief to testify amid fears about U.S. election - President Donald Trump’s postmaster general on Monday agreed to testify before Congress next week on cuts in service that lawmakers fear could hamper the Postal Service’s ability to handle a flood of mail-in ballots in November’s election.

This November, election integrity is on the ballot as well. If the final tally is close, is there any doubt which way the final votes will land? Will Democracy Seem Lost In The Mail? - As President Donald Trump bizarrely tweeted about delaying the election, the media are starting to admit that mail-in voting might not turn out very well. People inherently know from experience that trusting the U.S. Postal Service with their vote sounds sketchy. Almost everyone has lost something they sent in the mail.

Even though Clinesmith’s guilty plea is directly relevant to the false story the Times peddled for years, and even though it broke the news of his guilty plea, the publication hid the story deep in the paper and put a boring headline on it. “Ex-F.B.I. Lawyer Expected to Plead Guilty in Durham Investigation,” as if begging readers to move on. If they didn’t, the subhead told them that the news really wasn’t such a big deal. “Prosecutors are not expected to reveal any evidence of a broad anti-Trump conspiracy among law enforcement officials,” it claimed, without, well, evidence. In fact, while the charging document was brief, it revealed that while Clinesmith deliberately fabricated evidence in the fourth warrant to spy on Page, all four warrants failed to mention the information the CIA gave the FBI months before the first warrant was filed. That information was that Page, a former Marine officer who graduated from the Naval Academy, had been a source for the agency, sharing information about Russians the agency was interested in. In fact, he’d done it for five years.

Michelle’s remark was just one of many false or misleading statements that she made during her speech at the Democratic National Convention. The Associated Press said that Michelle Obama’s remarks were “a frequent and distorted point made widely by Democrats.” “But what she did not say is that the very same ‘cages’ were built and used in her husband’s administration, for the same purpose of holding migrant kids temporarily,” the AP reported. “Trump used facilities that were built during the Obama-Biden administration to house children at the border. They are chain-link enclosures inside border facilities where migrants were temporarily housed, separated by sex and age.”

Israel is deemed by the EU as an occupying power even though some of the greatest legal minds in international law, such as Elihu (Hirsh) Lauterpacht (a center for international law at Cambridge University is named after him) and Eugene Rostow (a former dean of Yale Law School and Under-Secretary at the Department of State) question whether Israeli rule in the West Bank – rule that resulted from Jordanian aggression – was ever in fact an occupation, as sovereignty over the areas was never recognized by most states……There is of course a crucial difference. Only Israel has a deep historical claim to the area it “occupies.” The 24 books that make up the Jewish Scriptures (the Bible, the Prophets and Scriptures) refer to “Judea and Samaria,” the Jewish tribes that inhabited them, and the places they inhabited in the area hundreds of times. So frequently are they mentioned, indeed, that it is abundantly clear that Judea and Samaria were the centers of Jewish life and politics for thousands of years.

A corruption scandal involving sexual misconduct, nepotism, retaliation against whistleblowers, and lots of business-class travel has gripped the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). It represents a new low for UNRWA and is an indictment of the idea of an international agency dedicated to a single interest. But it’s also a unique opportunity to see behind the curtain of a billion-dollar UN bureaucracy and phase it out. Serious corruption allegations against the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), derived from a leaked UNRWA ethics report completed in December 2018, were exposed last week by Al Jazeera and Agence France-Presse. The published account accuses Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl of appointing Maria Mohammedi, with whom he had a relationship “beyond the professional,” to a newly created and fast-tracked role as senior adviser and flying her around the world business class. The UN says it’s still investigating

China's decision to launch a fresh round of military exercises close to the disputed territory of Taiwan demonstrates that Beijing's communist rulers have little intention of backing down in their increasingly provocative confrontation with America and its allies……In addition, China has been accused of indulging in aggressive conduct in the East China Sea, where Beijing continues to press its claim to sovereignty over the Japan-administered Senkaku Islands. In the most recent incident, Japanese Coast Guard officials reported last month that Chinese patrol ships had entered the 12-nautical-mile territorial waters around the disputed island, and had remained there for "an extended time." Nor is China's unwelcome activity in international waters confined to its immediate vicinity. Earlier this month officials in Ecuador complained about the presence of an enormous Chinese flagged fishing fleet that was operating in international waters close to the Galapagos Islands, claiming the fleets' massive fishing operation posed a threat to the islands' delicate marine ecosystem. The Galapagos Islands were designated a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1978.

Crimes against humanity that meet the UN definition of genocide are being inflicted by Chinese troops on their Turkic Uyghur minority in the so-called Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Charges include torture, forced sterilization and hair shaved from inmates and made into commercial products. Last month, US Customs seized 13 tons of human hair and other "beauty products" worth approximately $800,000 "from Uighurs in camps." The most detailed description of the brutalities visited upon the Uyghurs by Han Chinese thugs was revealed by U.S.-based lawyer and Uyghur activist Nury Turkel, who claimed that Uyghur detainees in China have had fingernails pulled out, were subjected to electric shocks, and were sexually assaulted. Uyghurs, many of whom were CCP regulars and members of Xinjiang's intellectual elite, were once tolerated, but now are no longer trusted. Some, like the former President of Xinjiang University Tashpolat Tiyip, have been arrested and accused of being "two faced" betrayers of China. Many Uyghurs have been plucked from their families and forced to work in prison-like factories where they are becoming part of Xinjiang's growing urban manufacturing class, producing items for companies that are suppliers for "international tech giants such as Apple and Lenovo." Palestinians: We Support China's Muslim Concentration Camps - Why have Palestinian leaders chosen to side with China? Money and political support. The Palestinians are hoping that China will replace the US as an "honest broker" in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"Under conditions that strongly suggest forced labour, Uyghurs are working in factories that are in the supply chains of at least 83 well-known global brands in the technology, clothing and automotive sectors, including Apple, BMW, Gap, Huawei, Nike, Samsung, Sony and Volkswagen. This report estimates that more than 80,000 Uyghurs were transferred out of Xinjiang to work in factories across China between 2017 and 2019, and some of them were sent directly from detention camps. The estimated figure is conservative and the actual figure is likely to be far higher." — "Uyghurs for Sale," the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), March 1, 2020, with subsequent updates. Corporate giants might be more successful at convincing the public that they truly care about social justice, inequality and the communities they claim to "serve" if this "care" did not only manifest itself in statements filled with virtue-signaling but in business practices as well -- such as not using forced labor and children in the supply chain.

Twenty years ago, on July 3, 2000, an incident occurred along the Lebanese border with Israel that, at the time, seemed both bizarre and, in the broad span of things, unimportant. But with the hindsight of 20 years, it was a seminal moment and a harbinger for the mob violence now taking place in many parts of America. That day, Columbia University professor Edward Said was photographed on the Hezbollah-controlled Lebanese side of border with Israel throwing a rock at an Israel Defense Forces watchtower 30 feet away. Said, who passed away in 2003, was no mere professor. He was the superstar of far-Left intellectuals. Even better, he was at once both a professor and a member of a terrorist organization. Said served not only as an academic, but as a member of the Palestine National Council, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) terror group’s formal governing apparatus.


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