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Weekly round-up of news: 9 April

The observations by Pope Francis on the coronavirus pandemic published in The Tablet are startling. They reveal with unusual sharpness just what kind of person currently heads the Catholic church. Asked whether the economic devastation wrought by the virus was a chance for an ecological conversion by reassessing priorities and lifestyles, the Pope replied: “There is an expression in Spanish: ‘God always forgives, we forgive sometimes, but nature never forgives.’ We did not respond to the partial catastrophes. Who now speaks of the fires in Australia, or remembers that 18 months ago a boat could cross the North Pole because the glaciers had all melted? Who speaks now of the floods? I don’t know if these are the revenge of nature, but they are certainly nature’s responses.”…. Bad enough that, as we know, the Pope subscribes to the anti-human, anti-science anthropogenic global warming scam which is based on dodgy computer modelling, ideological bullying and financially manipulated intellectual corruption. Worse, his remarks on the virus don’t just fly in the face of robust scientific evidence but are simply bonkers. By all accounts, the pandemic was the result of human behaviour in China. Even if it were true that man-made carbon dioxide levels were wreaking havoc upon the climate and the world’s ecology, how is that supposed to be connected to the virus? Is the Pope suggesting that if the world reduced its carbon emissions Covid-19 would somehow go away? In fact, he’s suggesting something even more disturbing than this carbon-to-virus non-sequitur. For he’s implying that the earth has human qualities, that it is taking revenge on humanity for ignoring its welfare. He’s suggesting that the earth is wreaking biological warfare on the human race as punishment for exceeding its carbon limits.

With less than 10 days to go, Blue and White leader informed President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday that he might need a 14-day extension to form a government due to complications in the coalition talks with Likud, despite optimism on both sides. Gantz was tapped by Rivlin last month to form a government after a majority of Knesset members recommended him, despite Likud and its ideological allies emerging stronger than Gantz's bloc following the March 2 election. He then decided to take the unusual step and form a unity government with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with each serving two years as prime minister. Netanyahu and Gantz instructed their respective negotiators to complete a draft of the agreement before Passover this week.

Some are suggesting that the current crisis is the end of globalization, or that it will wipe out the New World Order altogether . . . but they are wrong. In fact, this crisis is the globalists' dream, and what we are witnessing is the birth of a totalitarian control grid the likes of which could scarcely have been imagined before this pandemic panic kicked off. Welcome to the Corona World Order

We are in the middle of the worst global health pandemic of our lives according to the Media, the Government and the United Nations. We are witnessing an unprecedented global lockdown in response to the Coronavirus outbreak known as COVID19…… Despite the government's budget and deficit continuing to grow exponentially everyday... Some are beginning to see that there may be more to the official story than what we are led to believe. The very few may have seen this coming and are waiting for the next phase of what very well could be another step closer to global governance. The very men and women, the exact same individuals and government agencies, in addition to global institutions who stand to benefit the most, are the ones calling the shots...

Not to mention our extensive coverage exposing the plan to roll out a new digital financial system out of the ashes of this global emergency which will likely be considered the biggest economic collapse in human history. In this exclusive interview, Spiro is joined by journalist Helen Buyniski, to break down and discuss the Rockefeller Foundation sanctioned report which appears to be the script for not only Event 201, but everything we are seeing unfold right now concerning the outbreak itself, and the police state response.

In Liverpool, supermarkets and bank branches have started enforcing social distancing at ATM machines, meaning that if they are not fixed at least two metres apart one or more of them will be shut down. This is only happening sporadically at present. It is not a coordinated response. As yet, only TSB bank is enforcing any rules at all for ATM’s in my area…. Local bank branches consisting of Natwest and Santander have closed altogether, and have advised customers to visit larger branches in the city centre (on the proviso that it is absolutely essential). The trouble is, that would require travelling several miles into a densely populated city when the government is telling people to stay at home.

The second coronavirus vaccine trial, with a candidate developed by Inovio Pharmaceuticals, is underway in the US. It uses a 'skin deep shot' which is more similar to a simple skin test than to the deeper jab normally used for vaccines. Researchers packaged a section of the virus' genetic code inside a piece of synthetic DNA. Injected as a vaccine, the cells produce harmless copies and the immune system then makes protective antibodies - primed if the real virus ever comes along. The team expects to enroll 40 healthy subjects in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Kansas City, Missouri. Data from should be available by the end of summer and, pending emergency approval from the FDA, the company will make one million doses by year-end.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has reiterated that life as we know it will not return for months as global leaders race to find a coronavirus vaccine. He said he had been “very upfront” with all Australians “to say you’re looking at least six months for this, and that’s why we have to adapt”….. Morrison told The Latest that while many states have managed to “push the curve down”, ultimately, “there needs to be a vaccine”. “And there are some promising signs in a number of these, and we’ll continue to work with other countries along those lines.” “A vaccine ultimately enables everybody to go back to life as it was,” he said.

The international death toll for coronavirus has surpassed 100,000, according to Johns Hopkins University's (JHU) tracking tool….. Since the outbreak started in China towards the end of last year, more than 210 countries and territories have reported coronavirus infections within their borders to date.

Rather than criticising Beijing for its initial attempts to cover up the outbreak, Dr Tedros instead praised Chinese President Xi Jinping for his "very rare leadership", and China for showing "transparency" in its response to the virus. "The W.H.O. really blew it... Fortunately I rejected their advice on keeping our borders open to China early on. Why did they give us such a faulty recommendation?" — US President Donald J. Trump, Twitter, April 7, 2020. Why indeed?..... The accusation made by the Trump Administration, that the global body has become "China centric" and has been "biased" in its dealings with Beijing over the pandemic, therefore suggest the organisation has failed in its duty to treat all member states equally.

Police have been forced to reassure people they will not be searching their shopping trolleys after a chief constable threatened the measure if "we don't get the compliance we would expect"…… Home Secretary Priti Patel also appeared to knock down Mr Adderley's comments, saying measures such as roadblocks and searching trolleys were "not appropriate". "That's not appropriate, let me be clear about that," she told Talk Radio. "That is not the guidance, that is not down to the measures we've been adopting thus far."….. Experts have previously pointed to "grey areas" that exist between government guidelines and the lack of police enforcement powers created by coronavirus legislation. Other forces have also been accused of overreaching their powers, with one saying it had ordered people to court after they were caught "driving due to boredom".

Another force has had to apologise after an officer reprimanded a man for using his front lawn….. @MattBirdLabour tweeted: "Cambridge police do not have the authority to judge what is an essential purchase. Nor are non-essential purchases illegal. This is an outrageous power grab by the police, and we must stand against it."….. Cambridge Police said in follow-up tweets that the officer who had made the post had been spoken to.

How did we become this country so quickly? How did Hyde Park so swiftly go from being an open, free space to a place virtually occupied by police who are reprimanding people for doing nothing wrong? Indeed, the only people I saw breaking the social-distancing guidelines in Hyde Park today were police officers. Including the one who got up in my face and told me off for texting. Back off, copper – I don’t know what you’ve got. That’s the thing: the speed with which this has all happened, the ease with which police took to their new role of reprimanding perfectly legal and safe behaviour, the glee with which moralistic hacks and curtain-twitching tweeters embraced their role as grasses naming and shaming people for sitting in a park, confirms that this rotten culture was already here. Covid-19 may be a new arrival, but this elitist, evangelical authoritarianism has been brewing for decades, and the virus is merely the catalyst for its rancid explosion into every corner of public life.

Drones could be a good way to help enforce social-distancing rules during the coronavirus crisis, two German police unions have said. But their widespread use could raise civil liberty concerns…… The two largest German police unions have urged authorities to consider allowing the widespread use of drones to help officers ensure that people stick to rules on social distancing while outside.

Identity cards have been mandatory only twice in British history - during the two world wars - moments of enormous national emergency. Should they be brought in again to deal with the COVID-19 crisis? The question is more pressing than you might think. Although experts are unsure if the UK's coronavirus curve is beginning to plateau, we will certainly hit the peak soon…… One proposal to handle this return to economic activity involves the use of immunity certificates. The UK's health secretary, Matt Hancock, has suggested "something like an immunity certificate or a wristband" in the future.

Britain's banks have defied the Treasury and Bank of England's efforts to get them to lessen the burden on households, raising their interest rates on mortgages after the Bank cut the country's official borrowing rate…… It means that for many customers the cost of borrowing has actually risen instead of falling, despite the Bank and Financial Conduct Authority urging banks to pass on the cuts.

A mobile app is also being used to monitor movements of people in the zones, including those with no symptoms…. These zones are now under a more severe COVID-19 lockdown, with a complete prohibition of movement of residents out of their homes, or for outsiders to enter. The zones have been sealed with all entry and exits manned by police and watched over by CCTV and drone cameras 24/7.

Images have emerged of coffins being buried in a mass grave in New York City, as the death toll from the coronavirus continues to rise. Workers in hazmat outfits were seen stacking wooden coffins in deep trenches in Hart Island. Officials say burials are being ramped up at site, which has long been used for people with no next-of-kin or families who cannot afford a funeral.

Oil prices rose sharply after the president tweeted about a conversation with Mohammad Bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia…… Everyone knows how one of Donald Trump's tweets can move markets. But the US president excelled himself today by sparking an astonishing 33% jump in the oil price at one point. The tweet was this: "Just spoke to my friend MBS (Crown Prince) of Saudi Arabia, who spoke with President Putin of Russia, & I expect & hope that they will be cutting back approximately 10 Million Barrels, and maybe substantially more which, if it happens, will be GREAT for the oil & gas industry!"

Singapore has suspended the use of video-conferencing tool Zoom by its teachers, after a "very serious incident" during a home-based lesson…… Parents told local media the incidents happened in a geography class for first-year secondary school pupils. About 39 children were in the class when the stream was hacked, before "two Caucasian men" appeared and made lewd comments. The class was stopped immediately.

Volcanic activity is escalating in a region of Iceland that has not erupted for 800 years, with scientists warning it could cause disruption for centuries to come. Since 21 January, the Reykjanes peninsula south-west of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, has experienced more than 8,000 earthquakes and about 10cm of land uplift due to magma intrusions underground. “It seems that after being relatively inactive for many centuries, this region is waking up,” said Dave McGarvie, a volcanologist at Lancaster University

Why has the western United States suddenly been shaking so violently over the past several weeks? On Tuesday, the constant barrage of headlines about the coronavirus pandemic was interrupted by an enormous earthquake that hit central Idaho. Of course Idaho is not exactly known for earthquakes, and so this was quite a surprise. In fact, the largest quake in Idaho history was the magnitude 6.9 Borah Peak earthquake in 1983. So when a magnitude 6.5 earthquake stuck not too far from Boise on Tuesday, it really stunned a whole lot of people. And according to the Spokesman-Review, this quake could be felt as far away as Calgary…

ELON MUSK has shared a terrifying picture on his Twitter account depicting the world economy as it struggles under the strain of the coronavirus outbreak.

Elon Musk’s team has been developing Neuralink mostly out of the public’s view for several years. When questioned about the project, Musk would often only give cryptic replies. Then, in July of 2019, Musk’s highly secretive project team live-streamed a long-awaited announcement that utterly shocked and amazed the world. Neuralink has the potential to reshape the entire global economy in many ways. So, what is Neuralink?..... If you’re unfamiliar with the term transhumanism, it is often defined as using science and technology to radically change or augment the human body…….. These innovations in medical technology have radically reshaped the way patients with serious health issues are able to enjoy their lives. But, Neuralink is different. Much different. Neuralink is a device that is implanted into the brain known as a brain-machine interface (BMI) or brain-computer interface (BCI)…. But, how else can Neuralink reshape the economy? Well, the answer to that is even more mind-blowing and can have far-reaching macro and micro effects. To understand it fully, we should explore what exactly BMIs like Neuralink can and can’t (yet) do.

Mr Musk's SpaceX business has been launching the satellites in batches of 60 since last May, with a total of 300 having been fired into the sky so far. However, the numbers are expected to ramp up rapidly. The company has US approval to launch 12,000 satellites, and is hoping to do so by the mid-2020s. Last year, it filed paperwork to launch an extra 30,000 Starlink satellites. The plan is ultimately to create an orbiting network which can provide global internet coverage.

The International Monetary Fund expects the pandemic to trigger a recession in 2020 that could be worse that the one triggered by the 2008 crisis. On a more positive note, the impact would be transitory and a quick recovery can be expected in 2021, conditional on the successful containment of the outbreak…… Multilateral institutions like the IMF and World Bank can help by providing emergency finance and strengthening bilateral and multilateral surveillance on the pandemic and policy actions to temper its impact. The private sector can assist by continuing to provide employee salaries and benefits amid lockdowns to augment or provide household income and mitigate dissatisfaction.

This coronavirus crisis may have come too soon for central banks now mulling digital currency as legal tender but the financial problems the health scare presents could hasten their arrival. Getting government and central bank cash instantly, fairly and securely to where it’s needed most in an emergency has been one of the biggest challenges presented by this pandemic and the deep recession it’s causing. And central bank digital currency, or CBDCs, could help solve some of those problems…… Yet even before the virus hit, central banks of Britain, the euro zone, Japan, Canada, Sweden and Switzerland and the Bank for International Settlements were already due to meet this month to pool findings on plans for digital cash. According to Deutsche Bank analyst Marion Laboure, this group of central banks - representing about a fifth of the world’s population - are likely to issue a general purpose digital currency within three years.

The Bank of International Settlements (BIS), a cooperation of the world’s central banks, has provided some insights on the impact of COVID-19 and how the public is responding when it comes to using paper currency. Bulletin #3 called ‘Covid-19, cash, and the future of payments’ was released on Friday, April 3…… In terms of what the future holds, the bulletin estimates that COVID-19 could accelerate a shift toward digital payments. The policy concern for many countries would then be a ‘digital divide’ where unbanked and older customers may be left out of the financial system.

Global Government Forum-8 Apr 2020

The central banks of France and the UK have moved towards the creation of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), with the Banque de France issuing a call for applications to experiment with a CBDC for interbank settlements, while the Bank of England (BoE) publishes a discussion paper as it assesses the risks and benefits of CBDCs. The separate moves come as a growing number of monetary authorities worldwide continue to explore the potential of issuing CDBCs. The trend is being driven by technology advances and declining cash usage in many countries, and has been given a further boost in recent weeks by the shift towards contactless payments during the global coronavirus pandemic.

…. the coronavirus crisis is wreaking havoc across the eurozone, which suffered an unprecedented collapse in business activity in March 2020, according to IHS Markit, a London-based information provider. "Business sentiment about the year ahead has plunged to the gloomiest on record, suggesting policymakers' efforts to date have failed to brighten the darkening picture," it wrote. A survey by McKinsey & Company forecast that eurozone GDP will fall by 10.6% in 2020, and will not return to pre-crisis levels until the end of 2024….. "Today, not a single European country is doing well which means there is limited willingness for European countries to come to each other's aid. They are busy dealing with their own crises. Just witness how Italy has been left alone with its crisis by Europe and now rather gets its medical support from China....

Planning should begin now, as enormous government interventions will be necessary….. Mass injections of money into society will be required, but so will ongoing evaluations throughout. Countries that do not do this will risk falling into the trap of becoming de facto socialist. There are other risks as well. In view of the massive interventions that will be required and the need for results as fast as possible, there will be a temptation in some quarters toward authoritarianism. This contains two dangers. One is that those in power may want to circumvent civic opposition, which can be expensive and can delay decision-making, by employing emergency measures that they then refuse to roll back. The other is a possible trend in which some citizens view others’ civil rights as obstacles to their own economic advancement. That could lead them to vote for more populist and authoritarian parties. The latter development could also result from the dashing of expectations among parts of the population about the extent of the help they will be receiving from the government.

‘Europe will be forged in crisis’, Jean Monnet, one of the founding fathers of the European Union, used to say. Now Europe faces its largest crisis since the Second World War – it is not only the worst-affected continent in the coronavirus pandemic; it is also staring down the barrel of a major economic catastrophe…… What the EU has created is not solidarity but dependency. Membership of the EU, and particularly the Euro, has trapped the southern states in an economic death spiral. When faced with economic crises, these countries cannot allow their currencies to devalue or lower their own interest rates.

It should come as no surprise that restricting liberties puts vulnerable people at risk. Lockdown Britain’s commentators and activists have something new to fret over: domestic abuse. Earlier this week, the charity Refuge reported a 25 per cent increase in calls to its national helpline since the lockdown first began. Visits to its website were said to be up 150 per cent on the last week in February. Since the start of the coronavirus epidemic, domestic abuse has apparently ‘soared’, with more than 25 organisations reporting an increase in their caseload.

Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ leaders did claim on social media that the leader died from COVID-19, the New York Daily News reports. 'It is a tremendous loss — no question — and unfortunately due to the current restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus, we are prevented from coming together to comfort each other and say goodbye as we so desperately desire to do, leaders of the church said in a letter to the congregation……. Prosecutors said the father and a co-conspirator, church treasurer Lincoln Warrington, used money from the church to buy property, vehicles, trips and private-school tuition for his children. Grant is said to have had his children driving to school in chauffeured Mecedes-Benz from their home in New Jersey, using funds from the church, according to court documents. Lefcourt praised the former church leader as a 'devoted and committed father and spiritual leader and religious leader.'…… 'I only wanted him to repent, admit his lies, but you can't mess with God like this for too long,' a former follower said on Facebook. 'Better to be humble always than perpetuate lies in the name of God.'

Gabriel Matzneff never tried to hide what he was. And why should he? In France’s highbrow intellectual circles, sexual deviancy has always tended to be something that ‘right-thinking’ liberals celebrate. The writer and philosopher, now 83, was therefore elevated to fame in 1974 when he published a highbrow defence of child sex called Les Moins De Seize Ans [The Under Sixteens] which argued that ‘sleeping with a girl or a boy is a … baptismal challenge, a sacred adventure’. His book was widely admired in literary Paris, where it was then fashionable to regard paedophiles as a sort of oppressed minority, seeking to rebel against traditional middle-class values.

The new equipment will be installed in six different labs over the next few weeks, and will carry out testing alongside Israel’s current testing facilities….. Reader, Lisa Muhar, commented on the news: “Shame on you. Of all countries, ISRAEL SHOULD UNDERSTAND human rights violations such as those in CHINA! we are talking millions of people, not to mention that they are the cause of this virus in the first place. SHAMEFUL and DISTURBING. Not to mention their faulty equipment, and less than transparent reports, and lying about their deaths.”

As the coronavirus rages across Europe, a growing number of countries are reporting that millions of pieces of medical equipment donated by, or purchased from, China to defeat the pandemic are defective and unusable. The revelations are fueling distrust of a public relations effort by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Communist Party to portray China as the world's new humanitarian superpower. On March 28, the Netherlands was forced to recall 1.3 million face masks produced in China because they did not meet the minimum safety standards for medical personnel.

After the Conservative MPs in UK directed their ire towards China for downplaying the threat of coronavirus, a London-based Conservative think tank has explored possibilities of legally suing China on 10 possible grounds. The Henry Jackson Society has compiled in its 'Coronavirus Compensation?' report that "China should be sued under international law for trillions of dollars for its initial cover-up of the coronavirus pandemic which has caused more than 60,000 deaths and trillions of dollars in economic damage," London bureau of The Sunday Morning Herald reported.

The firms behind a class-action lawsuit against China over its alleged mishandling of the coronavirus tell Fox News that they have seen a significant uptick in cyberattacks against their businesses as they have pursued their case to hold China financially liable for economic and personal damages caused by the virus in the United States. Berman Law Group, the class-action firm running the suit, and Lucas Compton, the lobbying firm partnered with Berman to run PR and government-relations related to the suit, said they are seeing upwards of 5,000 cyberattacks on their systems per day, and suggest the attacks may be coming from the Chinese government. This is a sharp increase, the firms say, from the number of attacks they received prior to filing the lawsuit last month. A spokesman for the firms told Fox News that the attacks have especially ratcheted up in the past week as the suit has gained publicity and media attention.

UK dairy farmers have called for government help after a collapse in the milk market following the coronavirus lockdown forced them to start dumping the product, with about 5m litres a week at risk of being discarded…… Some 10m litres a week of milk would normally enter the food service industry, according to Peter Alvis, chair of the RABDF. Stores are absorbing about half of that, leaving about another 5m litres surplus after people stopped buying milky coffees and other dairy products they would normally consume outside the home, he said. Overall the UK produces about 35m litres of milk a day.

“China is opening a new field hospital in the city of Suifenhe, home to about 70,000 people, which was placed under lockdown yesterday morning,” CNN reported, citing the Chinese state-run media. “The city, in China’s far northeast, lies right by the Russian border — and it has seen a recent spike in” coronavirus cases. “This comes after the lockdown was announced yesterday,” CNN added. “All residents are confined to their homes, and only one person per household will be allowed outside to buy groceries and supplies every three days.” The news comes after China has tried to claim that it has managed to gain control of the coronavirus outbreak, which originated in its country and became a global pandemic after China lied about it and tried to cover it up. Many analysts and political figures believe the number of confirmed cases and deaths that China has chosen to report to the world are much lower than the real numbers.

Multiple federal executive branch agencies announced on Thursday that they have unanimously recommended to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that it “revoke and terminate” a Chinese state-owned telecom service provider’s ability to operate in the United States. The six federal agencies that made the recommendation against China Telecom Corp. were led by the Department of Justice and included the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, State, Commerce, and the United States Trade Representative.

FBI Arrests Harvard Chemist; Two Others Charged in Chinese Research Cases The FBI has arrested the chair of Harvard University’s chemistry department, accusing him of lying about his work for a Chinese university, and charged two others who worked in the Boston area with aiding China’s efforts to steal scientific research, officials announced Tuesday. “All of the individuals charged today were either directly or indirectly working for the Chinese government at our country’s expense,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Joseph Bonavolonta. U.S. officials said the activity they uncovered is part of an ambitious, years-long effort by the Chinese government to steal intellectual property and technology to better compete in the global marketplace.

It’s a good thing for Joe Biden that he’s not a Republican and that the only news story getting attention is the one about the pandemic — because if Biden were running for president under the GOP banner, and if the virus weren’t the only story on the radar screen, he’d be in real trouble right about now. Krystal Ball: Alyssa Milano REVEALED as a #MeToo fraud, Krystal Ball takes apart feminist smears of Joe Biden accuser

In a series of vile posts on his public Facebook profile, Hedley - who earns £100,000 a year from the union’s low-paid members - hit back at friends who criticised him. When one follower pointed out that Boris could die, Hedley replied: “Yes - poor virus.” One pal who works as a carer pulled him up over the rant and Hedley fired back: “Feel free to block me.... “I don’t want to offend you but if Bojo pops his clogs I’m throwing a party. “I hope the whole cabinet and higher echelons of the Tory party have been touching various bits of him.”

As Catholic churches in Ireland remain empty due to the latest health measures, one Catholic priest thought it would be a good idea to invite descendants of Ishmael for a joint prayer service. And although the prayer was supposed to be for health care workers, the Muslims exploited the Church's hospitality to proclaim Islamic supremacy over the Christian (and Jewish) religion from the pulpit….. And according to an Islamic scholar contacted by Church Militant: "this prayer was not a blessing for health care workers at all but rather the "Islamic call to prayer, which conclusively and unambiguously asserts that God's revelation to Muhammad has supplanted and superseded God's prior revelations to Moses in the Old Testament and to Jesus in the New Testament."

Accountable for Equality, an LGBT lobby group, has launched a public campaign attacking Rev. Franklin Graham because his humanitarian organization has held to its policy of enlisting Christian volunteers as it provides critical medical services to coronavirus patients in New York….. As part of this new campaign, titled “No Time for Nonsense,” AFE is targeting Franklin Graham’s outreach Samaritan’s Purse, which has set up a 68-bed field hospital in Central Park, staffed by 60-70 medical professionals. AFE asserts Samaritan’s Purse is “putting New Yorkers’ lives on the line” by recruiting Christians who hold to the traditional one man, one woman model of marriage.

Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow, mocked leftist critics with a South Park meme on Monday after they erupted last week when Lindell praised God during a White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing and encouraged Americans to read their Bibles….

One man drove over 180 miles to make sure doctors and nurses at Phoebe Putney had additional masks during the pandemic. …“It was placed on my heart. God placed these on my heart, not only to assist in constructing these masks, but at the same time making sure these masks get in the right hands as soon as possible,” Green told us.

A French-born woman who lives in Massachusetts has lost her appeal effort to have the phrase “so help me God” removed from the United States naturalization oath, as the First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that its inclusion is not unconstitutional. “[W]e hold that, under the most recent framework used to evaluate whether established practices with religious content violate the Establishment Clause, the phrase ‘so help me God’ in the naturalization oath as a means of completing that oath does not violate the Constitution,” wrote Judge Juan Torruella, nominated to the bench by then-President Ronald Reagan, on behalf of the three-judge panel. The court also noted that the woman can opt out of using the phrase, while not denying the right of others to speak it if desired.

The Iranian regime now has enough enriched uranium to refine and build a nuclear bomb if it desires to do so. Approximately 1000 kg of uranium enriched at just 5% can be further refined to create one nuclear bomb.... Moreover, "the agency identified a number of questions related to possible undeclared nuclear material and nuclear-related activities at three locations in Iran," according to a recently published second report by the IAEA….. The Director General of the IAEA, Rafael Grossi, admitted , as reported on March 3, 2020, "The fact that we found traces (of uranium) is very important. That means there is the possibility of nuclear activities and material that are not under international supervision and about which we know not the origin or the intent. That worries me." ... Iran is also breaching several UN resolutions by not allowing the IAEA to inspect its nuclear sites.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has been targeted by criticism that it bungled the current pandemic including President Trump declaring the U.S. will put a hold on funding the World Health Organisation after the UN agency "called every shot wrong" in the lead up the coronavirus pandemic. However criticism of a different sort is plaguing the organization now. The WHO released a policy statement on Saturday stating that they will continue to prioritize abortion, diverting medical assets towards what they labelled "reproductive health". "Women's choices and rights to sexual and reproductive health care should be respected, irrespective of whether or not she has a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection," WHO said in the statement. "Sexual and reproductive health care is integral to universal health coverage and achieving the right to health."

Israeli man charged with spying for Iran An Israeli man has been indicted on charges of spying for Iran and preparing terrorist attacks. Shin Bet, the country’s internal security service, said the man had been in discussions with Iranian intelligence to recruit Israeli Arabs to carry out attacks. He has been charged with “infringement of the security of Israel”.

UN condemns rocket attack on Tripoli hospital The United Nations has condemned the shelling of a hospital in Tripoli, calling it a “clear violation of international law” as Libya struggles to prepare for an outbreak of the new coronavirus. On Monday, projectiles struck the grounds of the Al Khadra General Hospital located in an area held by the internationally recognised government near a front line, injuring at least six health workers.

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