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Scotland's judges urged to not jail former diplomat who reported on trial that revealed details of scandal involving First Minister

Craig Murray

Former British ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray, watched by writer and political campaigner Tariq Ali in 2012
JUDGES have been urged not to jail a former diplomat who was found to be in contempt of court after covering the Alex Salmond trial on his blog.

Craig Murray, a former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, attended two days of Salmond's trial in March 2020, sitting in the public gallery, and wrote about it on his website.

The former First Minister was cleared at the High Court in Edinburgh of 13 sexual assault charges involving nine women following his trial.

Following previous hearings, judges on March 25 this year found that Murray was in contempt of court, relating to material capable of identifying four complainers.

Comment: Is Murray actually partly being targetted because of the other revelations that came out of that trial? Salmond inquiry: Scotland's former First Minister details 'malicious plan' launched against him by current FM's husband & former SNP allies


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Jen Psaki admits she tells Biden 'don't take questions'

Biden Psaki
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US President Joe Biden • Press Secretary Jen Psaki
We're just asking ...

President Biden taking questions from reporters outside the formal setting of a White House press conference "is not something we recommend," Press Secretary Jen Psaki admitted Thursday.

"He takes questions nearly every day he's out [with] the press," Psaki told former Obama campaign guru and CNN commentator David Axelrod on the latest episode of his The Axe Files podcast.
"A lot of times, we say, 'Don't take questions.' But he's going to do what he wants to do because he's the president of the United States.

"The first time I traveled with him, he took questions from the pool three times that day, and I thought, 'Am I going to be fired when I get back?' So he does do that, and he likes doing that. I mean, the thing is, he likes the press corps and likes that back-and-forth and that engagement."
Axelrod had praised Psaki and her White House team for what he described as "a good job of managing" the 46th president.
"His strength is that he says what's on his mind, and his weakness is he says what's on his mind, and sometimes that's not helpful."

Bullseye

Hillary wants a 'global reckoning' with social media 'disinformation' as apparently just banning conservatives isn't enough

H Clinton
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Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton continues to act as if she is an authority on 'disinformation' and is calling for governments to globally decide "a standard" for social media platforms... in the same week Donald Trump's Facebook ban was upheld.

In a new interview with The Guardian, Clinton had two targets in her sights: conservatives and Big Tech.

Clinton called for a "global reckoning" over "the disinformation, with the monopolistic power and control, with the lack of accountability that the platforms currently enjoy."

The former secretary of state takes particular issue with Facebook, which she says "has the worst track record for enabling mistruths, misinformation, extremism, conspiracy."

It's not difficult to tell who Clinton thinks is behind this "disinformation" being pushed through social media platforms, as she points her finger to the other side of the political aisle, pretending truth is somehow exclusive to her tribe.

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China suspends economic accord with Australia

Dan Tehan
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Australia’s Trade Minister Dan Tehan
China on Thursday suspended an economic agreement with Australia, worsening an already-troubled relationship fractured by spats over the Covid-19 pandemic and human rights abuses.

Tensions between the two sides have have soared after Canberra called for an independent probe into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic and banned telecoms giant Huawei from building Australia's 5G network. China — Australia's biggest trading partner — has already imposed tariffs on more than a dozen key industries, including wine, barley and coal, decimating exports.

In the latest volley, the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue was pulled "based on the current attitude" of the Australian government, China's National Development and Reform Commission said in a statement Thursday, blaming some officials of a "Cold War mindset" and "ideological discrimination".

Beijing will "indefinitely suspend all activities under the framework" of the agreement, the statement added.

Comment: The international spat continues as others join the dialogue:
Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the contracts [linked to the Belt and Road project] were "inconsistent with Australia's foreign policy or adverse to our foreign relations," invoking powers created by legislation passed last year that allows the FM to veto agreements with other nations.

In response, Beijing said the move was "bound to bring further damage to bilateral relations," making good on that prediction with Thursday's decision to scrap the economic dialogue.

While relations have been frosty for some time, halting the negotiation channel could spell further trouble for Canberra as it seeks to resolve trade disputes that affect $20 billion in Australian exports, including in key industries such as coal, timber, seafood, wine and barley. As of March, trade between the two countries had dropped by 40% overall, compared to the period before the commerce battle, with Beijing maintaining tariffs on a number of goods.
On another note, China condemns the G7 support for Taiwanese independence as serious interference:
Spokesman Wang Wenbin called on the G7 to take concrete action to "promote the recovery of the global economy," rather than undermine the post-Covid-19 rebuilding process.
"The foreign ministers of the 'Group of Seven' make unfounded accusations against China, openly intervene in China's internal affairs, and engage in group politics that reverses history."
The spokesman described comments by the G7 relating to Taiwan's independence from China, as well as remarks about alleged repression in Hong Kong and Xinjiang, as the
"wanton destruction of the norms of international relations, groundless accusations that go against the trend of the times of peaceful development, cooperation and win-win cooperation. China strongly condemns this. All issues relating to Taiwan must be considered in accordance with the one-China principle."
He concluded that attempts to "interfere in China's internal affairs, damage Beijing's sovereignty, and smear the country's image" will be unsuccessful.

On Wednesday, after the G7 summit in London, the group released a communiqué which was heavily critical of Beijing, its alleged coercive economic practices and, among other things, its claims to the island of Taiwan.

The communiqué backed Taiwan's participation in World Health Organization forums and the World Health Assembly, as well as raising concerns about "any unilateral actions that could escalate tensions" in the Taiwan Strait.



Eye 1

White House backs social media crackdown on 'misinformation' after Trump Facebook ruling

Psaki
© AP Photo/Evan Vucci
White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Tuesday, April 27, 2021, in Washington.
The White House on Wednesday said social media companies need to do more to protect the public from "disinformation" and "misinformation," after Facebook's Oversight Board upheld the company's ban against former President Trump from using the platform.


Comment: Translation: social media needs to do more to censor inconvenient truths and political dissent.


The board on Wednesday upheld Trump's ban from Facebook and Instagram, but said it was "not appropriate" for Facebook to impose the "indeterminate and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension." The board gave Facebook six months to review the "arbitrary" indefinite ban, saying in a tweet that the company "violated its own rules."


Comment: Translation: explicit ban for life would be preferable.


White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the board's decision on Wednesday, and said the White House was "not going to have any comment on the future of the former president's social media platform," but said that social media companies have a "responsibility" to protect the public from misinformation.


Comment: And citizens have a responsibility to reject the steady totalitarian creep emanating from and within the White House and the American ruling class.


"The major platforms have a responsibility related to the health and safety of all Americans to stop amplifying untrustworthy content, disinformation and misinformation," Psaki said, specifically referring to "COVID-19, vaccinations and elections."

"And we've seen that over the past several months, broadly speaking. I'm not placing any blame on any individual or group," Psaki said, adding that "we've seen it from a number of sources."

Psaki said President Biden "supports better privacy protections and a robust antitrust program."

Light Saber

Lindsey Graham says the quiet part: GOP can't 'move forward without President Trump'

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President Donald Trump and South Carolina GOP Senator Lindsey Graham during a Keep America Great campaign rally for US President Donald Trump at the North Charleston Coliseum in North Charleston, South Carolina, February 28, 2020.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Thursday said the Republican Party can't "move forward" without former President Trump.

Graham made the remarks in an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News. The comment comes as Republicans seek to remove their third-ranking House member, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), from her leadership post amid her continue criticisms of the former president.

"I would just say to my Republican colleagues, can we move forward without President Trump? The answer is no," Graham said.

"I've always liked Liz Cheney, but she's made a determination that the Republican Party can't grow with President Trump. I've determined we can't grow without him."

Comment: Liz is a chip off the old neocon block. The sooner the Republicans ditch her, the better:


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IRGC Chief says Israel's 'security bubble has burst' amid string of mysterious security incidents

middle east bombing
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Tehran has repeatedly threatened to "exact revenge" against Israel following last year's murder of a senior nuclear scientist and last month's sabotage of a nuclear enrichment plant, stressing it will retaliate "at a time and place of its choosing". Israel has neither confirmed nor denied its involvement in these incidents.

The recent string of serious and inexplicable security disasters befalling Israel is an indication that the country's "national security bubble has burst", with Tel Aviv suffering decay and the prospect of collapse from within, Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami, commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has claimed.

"The Zionist system is breaking apart, faltering and crumbling from within. Over the past year and a half, they tried to project a powerful image of themselves, to inflate themselves like a balloon," the commander said, speaking in a televised interview cited by Tasnim.

The reality, Salami suggested, was more sobering, with a string of security incidents in recent weeks involving Israeli commercial shipping demonstrating Tel Aviv's vulnerabilities and showing that it is "very easy" for the country's maritime trade to "suffer serious obstruction".

Bizarro Earth

Apartheid instituted in France: Parliament approves 'Covid-19 passports for large gatherings'

Covid-19 vaccination in Nice
© Eric Gaillard / Reuters
People wait to be given a Covid-19 vaccine in Nice, France, April 29, 2021.
A key committee in France's parliament has given the green light for the so-called Covid-19 'health passes' that people will have to carry when attending crowded events and venues. Some MPs have said it may lead to discrimination.


Comment: May lead to discrimination?? It's the first formal plank of Apartheid - under the extremely thin guise of a medical emergency. It's the ultimate in discrimination. Remember, until 2020, medical information was legally privileged between patient and doctor...


The Law Committee of the National Assembly, the lower house of France's parliament, has approved a bill on health passes that citizens will be required to carry in order to attend gatherings of more than 1,000 people. According to the government's plan, the pass will serve as proof that a person has been vaccinated, has tested negative for Covid-19, or has recovered from the virus.


Comment: "PAPERS PLEASE!" Well folks, we're officially back living under fascism.


Comment: ...at first.

But these are political types speaking here. They will say WHATEVER to assuage public concerns. And then they'll betray those concerns without a second thought.

The virus is so "dangerous" that they are coercing people to get the vaccine. In France and in many other countries, some kind of Covid 'passport' or 'ID' will soon be required for international travel also. Elsewhere, in Serbia, the state is bribing people to get vaccinated.

This is like Pavlov's experiments on a grand scale - and humans are the dogs this time.

If Covid-19 was so deadly, would all these tyrannical, illogical, and idiotic measures be necessary?

The programming of the general population is so deep that most of them cant see what is really going on.


Attention

US brainwashes the world

Presstitutes
The American Establishment uses the presstitute lie machine to control the narrative for most of the world by broadcasting disinformation in 59 languages. Countries and their news services rely on "news" from the US to comprehend world events. Most of the world has little alternative to American news sources except for the BBC which is part of the US presstitute network. In effect, the US has been effective in brainwashing the world.

Just as the US controls the international payments system, the US controls world opinion. Despite the facts that the felon George Floyd died from a fatal overdose of the dangerous opioid fentanyl, which is 100 times more potent than morphine, the world believes police officer Chauvin killed Floyd by holding his knee on Floyd's neck when in fact the police videos show that Chauvin's knee is on Floyd's shoulder blade, an approved holding technique. The jury was afraid to go against the opinion created by the presstitutes and convicted Chauvin despite the powerful evidence of his innocence. The powerlessness of facts in America today has sealed our fate.

The world believes this falsehood of Floyd's death, because the presstitute US media repeatedly showed a video conflicted by "camera perspective bias" that from its perspective makes it look as if Chauvin's knee is on Floyd's neck.

Wherever you look in the world you see that US presstitute lies — fake news — have succeeded in controlling world understanding.

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Bolsonaro says that coronavirus possibly made in lab to wage "biological warfare"

Jair Bolsonaro
© Ueslei Marcelino / Reuters
Jair Bolsonaro
President Jair Bolsonaro said the novel coronavirus may have been made in a laboratory to wage "biological warfare", in the latest comments likely to strain Brazil's relations with China.

"It's a new virus. Nobody knows whether it was born in a laboratory or because a human ate some animal they shouldn't have," said the far-right leader.

"But the military knows all about chemical, biological and radiological warfare. Could we be fighting a new war? I wonder. Which country's GDP has grown the most?"

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