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Lessons to be learned from Nicaragua's recognition of Beijing

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People's Republic of China Embassy in Nicaragua
China reopened its embassy in Nicaragua on New Year's Day after it was closed for over thirty years since 1990 following that country's mistaken recognition at the time of the Taiwan Province's rogue authorities. This move follows Managua's pragmatic decision last month to reverse that decision, which was undertaken after realizing that its prior policy was completely counterproductive. There are some lessons to be learned from this development, which will be explained in the present piece.

First, Nicaragua broke with Beijing in 1990 after the US succeeded in orchestrating a superficially democratic regime change in that formerly war-torn country. For background, Washington armed anti-government fighters popularly called "contras" and even broke its own laws by doing so during the infamous Iran-Contra scandal of the 1980s. The US-provoked conflict, which was more of an externally waged hybrid war than the civil war that some claimed, influenced Nicaragua's electoral processes.

Recognizing Taipei was clearly a favor to that new government's US patrons, but it didn't result in any benefits for the Central American nation. It remained the hemisphere's second-poorest country behind Haiti even though it obtained access to the US marketplace through the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR). Quite clearly, after removing former President Daniel Ortega and ruining Nicaragua's relations with China, the US didn't care about Nicaragua anymore.


All plan B Covid restrictions, including mask wearing, to end in England

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British PM Boris Johnson
PM says plan B measures will stop on 26 January and compulsory self-isolation for people with Covid on 24 March.

Boris Johnson has announced the end of all Covid measures introduced to combat the Omicron variant - including compulsory mask-wearing on public transport and in shops, guidance to work from home and vaccine certificates - from next week.

The prime minister told the Commons that the legal requirement on people with coronavirus to self-isolate would be allowed to lapse when the regulations expired on 24 March, and that date could be brought forward.

To cheers from some on the Conservative benches, Johnson also announced an immediate end to the need for pupils to wear masks at secondary schools.

While Johnson's statement will please a number of his backbenchers, it prompted concern from teaching and nursing unions, while one director of public health said the move felt motivated more by politics than evidence.

Responding for Labour, Keir Starmer said he would back the change as long as it was supported by evidence, saying Johnson must "reassure the public he is acting to protect their health, not just his job".

Comment: Truth or placation? It wouldn't be the first time Johnson rallied hope to show how much he cares - then dashed those promises to show how much he cares. Perhaps this time...
Johnson said while cases are likely to continue rising in primary schools, "our scientists believe it is likely that the Omicron wave has peaked nationally".

The Office for National Statistics latest figures show one in 20 people in England were infected with covid, a drop from one in 15 on the previous week.

Mr Johnson added: "This week the World Health Organisation said that while the global situation remains challenging, the United Kingdom can start to see 'light at the end of the tunnel'.

Light Saber

'Poland is sovereign and won't antagonize China to appease US' say officials, President confirms attendance of winter Olympics

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Poland's President Andrzej Duda arrives for the NATO summit at the Alliance's headquarters, in Brussels, Belgium, June 14, 2021.
Poland's President Andrzej Duda will attend the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and meet Chinese President Xi Jinping, a top aide confirmed to Reuters on Tuesday, as a number of Western countries call for a diplomatic boycott of the Games.

A U.S. boycott to protest against China's human rights record has been joined by Australia, Britain, Canada and Japan.

Comment: There's no evidence that China is guilty of the 'human right abuses' as claimed by the West.

"Poland is a sovereign nation and decides its own politics towards China. ... Poland is an ally of the United States but Poland also has a very friendly relationship with China," Duda's foreign affairs advisor Jakub Kumoch told Reuters.

Comment: It's notable that numerous officials in Poland have made some rather bold moves to reassert their country's sovereignty despite the increasing pressure from both the EU and US to submit to the globalist agenda: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Why You Should Question Media Reports About China 'Causing Covid' And 'Invading Taiwan'

Easter Egg

Washington's $800 Billion stimulus program failed terribly and mostly benefited the wealthy, MIT economist finds

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About 75 percent of the benefits went to the top 20 percent of earners.

The federal government has spent an astounding $42,000 per federal taxpayer on so-called "stimulus" efforts since the pandemic began. Where did all that money go? Well, as it turns out, one of the biggest stimulus programs, the Paycheck Protection Program, failed miserably.

At least, that's the finding of a new study from MIT economist David Autor and nine coauthors. They examined the $800 billion Paycheck Protection Program, which gave "loans," most of which won't have to be paid back, to businesses. It was created by Republicans and Democrats in Congress alike in hopes of helping businesses preserve their employees' jobs for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.

The study tracks the money to see where it ended up and what it achieved. The results... aren't pretty.

The analysis shows that even though 93 percent of small businesses received loans from the program, only between 2-3 million jobs were preserved. The program spent an astounding $170,000-$257,000 for each job it helped preserve! That's, erm, a lot more than most of those jobs even pay.

Comment: Consistent with the above research is this:

New Harvard Data (accidentally) reveal how lockdowns crushed the working class while leaving elites unscathed


The United States is the primary source of world terrorism

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In a fervor of cross-partisan struggle and in pursuit of a bombshell, the New York Times was forced to publish hundreds of secret Pentagon records on innocent civilians that died due to reckless airstrikes conducted by the US military in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Flawed and handicapped US intelligence is a notion that the rest of the world is now getting used and alludes to when speaking about the intelligence agencies of the most "democratic" but also the most aggressive nation in the world.

The never seen before documents, obtained by the newspaper, shows (other than deeply flawed intelligence), how the rushed and often imprecise targeting by warplanes or drones in West Asia occurred during the attacks and the murder of thousands of innocent civilians, many of them children. More than 1,300 secret reports are in the hands of the paper (more than 5,400 pages in total) and the timeframe dates between September 2014 to January 2018.

The newspaper says it has conducted independent research of its own, and the results closely match much of the basic information from the Pentagon documents, but it found significant discrepancies and oversights by the Pentagon, including the location of the strikes or the number of people killed or injured following the attacks. The unveiled data on failed intelligence, faulty targeting, many civilian deaths and bare-bones paperwork is at odds with boisterous Pentagon reports, which proves that in this case the US servicemembers had committed crimes falling under the jurisdiction of international law.

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North Korea's successful flight test of Mach 10 hypersonic missile

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attends a test-fire of hypersonic missile conducted by the Academy of Defense Science of the DPRK.
North Korea said Wednesday its leader Kim Jong Un oversaw a successful flight test of a hypersonic missile he claimed would remarkably increase the country's nuclear "war deterrent."

The state media report came a day after the militaries of the United States, South Korea and Japan said they detected North Korea firing a suspected ballistic missile into its eastern sea.

The Korean Central News Agency said Tuesday's launch involved a hypersonic glide vehicle, which after its release from the rocket booster demonstrated "glide jump flight" and "corkscrew maneuvering" before hitting a sea target 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) away. Photos released by the agency showed a missile mounted with a pointed cone-shaped payload soaring into the sky while leaving a trail of orange flames and Kim watching from a small cabin with top officials, including his sister Kim Yo Jong.

Comment: See also: And check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Kazakhstan on Fire: Why US vs Russia 'Great Game' Could Spark Global Economic Collapse


Jeffrey Epstein's lawyer tried to get workers to declare they never saw Bill Clinton on private island ahead of 2016 election

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Jeffrey Epstein's attorney contacted the couple who managed Jeffrey Epstein's private island in 2016 to request that they sign an affidavit saying that former-President Bill Clinton did not visit Little St. James, Epstein's private island.

According to the Daily Mail, lawyer Darren Indyke contacted the couple, Miles and Caty Alexander, asking them to state that Clinton had not been on seen on the island, and that Clinton had not been on the island while the couple was absent from the island.

"It was during the 2016 presidential campaign which was won by Trump. There was a worry that the link between Epstein and Clinton and in particular the island could be used against Hillary," a source told the Mail.

Comment: See also:


Israel's finance minister calls for cancellation of 'illogical' Covid vaccine 'Green Pass'

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A man displays the Green Pass on his cellphone in Jerusalem, October 4, 2021.
Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman calls for an end to the widespread usage of the "Green Pass" proof of COVID vaccination to enter certain locations.

"There is no medical or epidemiological logic in the Green Pass, many experts agree," says Liberman. "There is, however, direct harm to the economy, to daily operations and a not insignificant contribution to daily panic among the public."

Liberman says he is working with "all the authorities" in order to get rid of the Green Pass and "maintain a normal life routine for all of us."

Comment: The authorities, everywhere, have no intention of allowing people to go back to what, some of them have been rather sinisterly calling, the 'before times'.

Comment: Israel's leadership have proven themselves to be some of the most pathocratic of the lot, and so it's unlikely that this minister is having a sudden change of heart solely because of concerns about the economy, which has already sustained incalculable damage over the last 21+ months.

Instead what we appear to be witnessing both in Israel and across much of the planet are signs that the establishment are satisfied with what they have achieved with the contrived coronavirus crisis and the tyrannical and nonsensical lockdowns. They've proven that a sufficient portion of the population are sufficiently programmed that they will behave in all manner of ways, that go against their best interests and reason, and that they will turn on those that don't comply.

And it seems that, for the establishment, the time has now come to move on to the next stage of the nefarious agenda, which looks to include inciting Russia to war - although it's unlikely to come to actual war - in the hopes Russia will respond in such a way that it can be blamed for the coming chaos and clamp down, and that, finally, it can be completely excluded from the international community: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Collapsing Narratives: Medical Misinformation Now Indistinguishable From The Science!


New Harvard Data (accidentally) reveal how lockdowns crushed the working class while leaving elites unscathed

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Small businesses and low-income workers suffered the most under covid lockdown policies
Founding father and the second president of the United States John Adams once said that "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." What he meant was that objective, raw numbers don't lie — and this remains true hundreds of years later.

We just got yet another example. A new data analysis from Harvard University, Brown University, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation calculates how different employment levels have been impacted during the pandemic to date. The findings reveal that government lockdown orders devastated workers at the bottom of the financial food chain but left the upper-tier actually better off.

The analysis examined employment levels in January 2020, before the coronavirus spread widely and before lockdown orders and other restrictions on the economy were implemented. It compared them to employment figures from March 31, 2021.

The picture painted by this comparison is one of working-class destruction.

Blue Planet

What is Macron's real goal in Africa?

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French President Emmanuel Macron
As the world's bread basket, Africa has long fed the coffers of French industry, from defense to natural resources. Paris has traditionally considered itself to be a privileged partner of the continent, and particularly of its former colonies. With France itself being relatively resource poor, the relationships are considered critical to France's own sovereignty. If France can call the shots with its African partners, then it doesn't need to hunt for resources on less friendly grounds over which it has much less leverage and control. And now it also gets to call the shots for Europe - at least temporarily. And Macron certainly isn't going to let that opportunity go to waste.

So when Macron took over the six-month rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union on January 1, 2022, he turned his sights straight to Africa. The first event organized by the French government in this role was a meeting on identifying the priorities for EU members in their relationship with the African Union ahead of a February summit between the two. During a press conference on January 11, Macron said that he wants Europe to be "stronger in the world" and to "to build a new alliance, to rebuild our European Union-African Union partnership."

While Macron may wax poetic in public about investing in "green infrastructures" and "supporting prosperity and peace" in Africa, one can catch a glimpse of another agenda behind his platitudes.