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Tyrant: Philippines' Duterte orders police to arrest people for not wearing masks properly

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© AFP/Presidential Photo Division (PPD) King Rodrigues
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered police to arrest anyone not wearing a mask properly, including below the nose, as the country battles to contain surging COVID-19 infections.

Duterte issued the directive after a meeting with his COVID-19 task force - where everyone except him was seen wearing the mandatory face covering - an official video released late Wednesday showed.

Thousands of people have been punished for violating COVID-19 rules since the end of March, when restrictions were tightened in the capital and surrounding provinces after a spike in cases.

The justice secretary and police chief have urged officers to fine offenders or make them do community service instead of arresting them, following the death of a man forced to do a hundred squats as punishment for breaking curfew.

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Trudeau seeks international allies for vaccine passport implementation

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sounded committed to the idea of a vaccine passport for incoming travelers, but added that implementing the idea would require cooperation from like-minded countries.
"We're still very much in a third wave, we still need to get more and more people vaccinated across this country and get those numbers down. However, we also know that as people start to travel again — perhaps this summer if everything goes well — it would make sense for us to align with partners around the world on some sort of proof of vaccination or vaccine certification," said Trudeau.

Comment: Trudeau is just another braindead tyrant who wants to be part of the club - and keep his position. He and many other brainless tyrants all over the world are one of the main reasons the PTB can implement their agenda so easily. They just do what they are told to do. They don't have the capacity to think and the courage to say no when they have to.

The Covid crisis is being used to silently impose totalitarian rule in many countries and tyrants like Trudeau seem to enjoy their role.

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NATO summit to discuss Ukraine's membership next month - Nuland accompanies Blinken to Kiev

Victoria Nuland
The president of Ukraine met with the presidents of NATO members Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland in the latter's capital, Warsaw, on May 3 to solidify cooperation against their common adversaries: Russia and Belarus. The five heads of state signed a joint declaration pledging multifaceted cooperation, including on security concerns.

Ukraine's four partners in the meeting are to the north of it, are on the Baltic Sea and border Russia, its external territory of Kaliningrad and Belarus, Russia's Union State partner. In fact two of them surround Kaliningrad on the land side, two border Russia proper and three border Belarus. All four nations host NATO Battlegroups and U.S. armed forces assigned to the Pentagon's Operation Atlantic Resolve.

An analysis by Mehmet Kanci appeared on the website of Turkey's Anadolu Agency recently, an excerpt from which is worth quoting in extenso:
"In September 2016, General John Abizaid, who had retired as the commander of the US Central Forces (CENTCOM) in 2007, was appointed by then-US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to advise then-Ukraine Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak. Until Abizaid was appointed as Ambassador to Riyadh in November 2018, he worked systematically to bring the Ukrainian army up to NATO standards. During this time, the US provided the Ukrainian army with communication systems, Javelin anti-tank missiles, and armored vehicles. Although Ukraine is not officially a NATO country, it has attained NATO standards in the last five years thanks to support from Turkey, the US, the UK, and Poland. Ukraine enacted a strategy document in March to reclaim its occupied territories after realizing it had completed its military preparations."

Comment: There are so many things wrong with this picture that its not even funny. What is perhaps worst is how the US and the UK are spurring on the Ukraine and other aligned countries against Russia and her security interests in the region - much to their own detriment; they are all instigating a conflict that they cannot possibly 'win' and are in for some rather difficult times ahead if their plans get further implemented.


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The Criminalization of Dissent

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1918 flu pandemic
One of the hallmarks of totalitarian systems is the criminalization of dissent. Not just the stigmatization of dissent or the demonization of dissent, but the formal criminalization of dissent, and any other type of opposition to the official ideology of the totalitarian system. Global capitalism has been inching its way toward this step for quite some time, and now, apparently, it is ready to take it.

Germany has been leading the way. For over a year, anyone questioning or protesting the "Covid emergency measures" or the official Covid-19 narrative has been demonized by the government and the media, and, sadly, but not completely unexpectedly, the majority of the German public. And now such dissent is officially "extremism."

Yes, that's right, in "New Normal" Germany, if you dissent from the official state ideology, you are now officially a dangerous "extremist." The German Intelligence agency (the "BfV") has even invented a new category of "extremists" in order to allow themselves to legally monitor anyone suspected of being "anti-democratic and/or delegitimizing the state in a way that endangers security," like ... you know, non-violently protesting, or speaking out against, or criticizing, or satirizing, the so-called "New Normal."

Naturally, I'm a little worried, as I have engaged in most of these "extremist" activities. My thoughtcrimes are just sitting there on the Internet waiting to be scrutinized by the BfV. They're probably Google-translating this column right now, compiling a list of all the people reading it, and their Facebook friends and Twitter followers, and professional associates, and family members, and anyone any of the aforementioned people have potentially met with, or casually mentioned, who might have engaged in similar thoughtcrimes.

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This Biden proposal could make the US a "digital dictatorship"

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A "new" proposal by the Biden administration to create a health-focused federal agency modeled after DARPA is not what it appears to be. Promoted as a way to "end cancer," this resuscitated "health DARPA" conceals a dangerous agenda.

Last Wednesday, President Biden was widely praised in mainstream and health-care-focused media for his call to create a "new biomedical research agency" modeled after the US military's "high-risk, high-reward" Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA. As touted by the president, the agency would seek to develop "innovative" and "breakthrough" treatments for cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and diabetes, with a call to "end cancer as we know it."

Far from "ending cancer" in the way most Americans might envision it, the proposed agency would merge "national security" with "health security" in such as way as to use both physical and mental health "warning signs" to prevent outbreaks of disease or violence before they occur. Such a system is a recipe for a technocratic "pre-crime" organization with the potential to criminalize both mental and physical illness as well as "wrongthink."

The Biden administration has asked Congress for $6.5 billion to fund the agency, which would be largely guided by Biden's recently confirmed top science adviser, Eric Lander. Lander, formerly the head of the Silicon Valley-dominated Broad Institute, has been controversial for his ties to eugenicist and child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein and his relatively recent praise for James Watson, an overtly racist eugenicist. Despite that, Lander is set to be confirmed by the Senate and Congress and is reportedly significantly enthusiastic about the proposed new "health DARPA."

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'Global reset' needed to fight pandemics, Germany's Health minister claims, as WHO & Merkel set up global policy hub in Berlin

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German Health Minister Jens Spahn in Berlin, Germany, April 29, 2021
A "global reset" is needed to fight future pandemics, Germany's Health Minister Jens Spahn told a World Health Organization (WHO) briefing on Wednesday as the UN agency announced the creation of a new research hub in Berlin.

Spahn highlighted the findings of a review into the global response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which will be officially announced at the WHO's World Health Assembly later this month.

The authors of the report will call for "nothing less than a global reset in pandemic preparedness" and say that the world needs to focus on the "next crisis," Spahn said.


Comment: The only crisis that our world is facing is one of encroaching totalitarianism that's using the relatively harmless coronavirus as cover.


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Iran will leave Vienna at the end of the month if Biden doesn't lift all sanctions

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Iranian delegation to Vienna
Iranian and Western delegations returned to their capitals after the third Vienna round, with optimism emanating from the statements of the gathered officials. Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi issued positive information about the US lifting sanctions on energy, economic sectors, shipping, freedom of transportation, banks, and on many Iranian personalities. The negotiations have reached a stage where the elaboration of complex texts is on the table. Also, there were talks about the US releasing more than 90 billion dollars withheld from Iranian funds and another 20 billion frozen in Iraq, Korea and China from oil revenues. No details have been discussed so far about the interest on these funds held for many years due to US sanctions.

There was also talk about the possibility of exchanging Iranian prisoners held in America, who number 18, including 7 in critical health condition, and others of Iranian - Western double nationality holders (American and British) detained in Iran on charges of espionage. This is an old Iranian demand that Iran insists on ending everything in one single exchange.

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Facebook oversight board upholds Trump ban, calls for further 'reexamination' to determine final penalty

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Facebook Chair and CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook's Oversight Board ruled on Wednesday morning to uphold the suspension of former President Trump, after banning him from the platform in the wake of the January 6 riot at the Capitol.

However, the Board also called on Facebook to "reexamine" the indefinite nature of the ban, ordering the company to decide on an "appropriate penalty" within six months. The ruling leaves open the possibility that Facebook will restore Trump's account at some point in the future.

"If Facebook determines that Mr. Trump's accounts should be restored, Facebook should apply its rules to that decision," the ruling states.

The Board upheld Facebook's decision to temporarily ban Trump after the riots, saying two of the president's posts on January 6 violated company guidelines.
"The Board found that, in maintaining an unfounded narrative of electoral fraud and persistent calls to action, Mr. Trump created an environment where a serious risk of violence was possible. At the time of Mr. Trump's posts, there was a clear, immediate risk of harm and his words of support for those involved in the riots legitimized their violent actions."

Comment: Facebook created facts to fit a chosen narrative that required its response.

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Kamala Harris declares: 'Lack of climate adaptation and climate resilience' as 'root causes' of migrant surge; critics unconvinced

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Vice President Kamala Harris
Vice President Kamala Harris again addressed the migrant surge at the US' southern border, this time citing a 'lack of climate adaptation' and 'resilience' as some root causes of the problem. Her critics weren't convinced.

Speaking at the Washington Conference on the Americas on Tuesday, Harris acknowledged the recent surge at the US-Mexico border, saying people are leaving their homes at "an alarming rate."
"We want to help people find hope at home. And so we are focused on addressing both the acute factors and the root causes of migration. And I believe this is an important distinction. We must focus on both. Catastrophes like hurricanes, the drought, and the extreme food insecurity are driving people to illegally cross the border."
Then she turned to the "root causes" which she named as
"corruption, violence, and poverty, as well as the lack of economic opportunity, the lack of climate adaptation and climate resilience, the lack of good governance."
Since being charged with heading the handling of the crisis at the border, Harris has faced criticism for her lack of physical trips and direct addresses on the matter. Conservatives were instantly skeptical of her effort to connect the current border crisis with climate change.

Comment: Washington is where the 'fault' 'lies'.



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Netanyahu again fails to form government, returns mandate to President Rivlin

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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has failed to form a government coalition three times in the past two years. Now, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has three days to decide the fate of the mandate to form the government.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin announced on Tuesday that the period of 28 days to form a government coalition allotted to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expired at midnight, with the PM returning the mandate to the president shortly before the deadline passed.
"Shortly before midnight, Netanyahu informed Beit HaNasi [official residence of the president of Israel] that he was unable to form a government and returned the mandate to the president. Tomorrow morning, Wednesday 5 May/23 Iyyar, Beit HaNasi will contact the parties in the Knesset regarding the process of forming a government."
This is the third time Netanyahu has failed to form a government in two years.

Comment: If Netayahu had a plan up his sleeve, he would have used it by now.
Israel's president picks Yair Lapid to form new government
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has told Yair Lapid to form a new government as the nation has been locked in political limbo after having four Knesset elections in just two years.

According to the announcement, the Yesh Atid party leader has the best chance of forming a coalition.
"It is clear that Knesset member Yair Lapid has a chance to form a government that will earn the confidence of the Knesset, though the difficulties be many."
Lapid now has 28 days to form a Cabinet. If he fails to secure the backing of 61 of 120 lawmakers for a new coalition, the parliament will have to be dissolved again, pushing the country to yet another round of elections.

If Lapid manages to form the government, he could dethrone Netanyahu, who has been the country's prime minsiter since 2009.

Seen as Netanyahu's strongest rival, Yair Lapid has been chairing the biggest opposition faction in the Knesset since the present government was sworn in.