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The journalist-run, intelligence-linked operation that warped British pandemic policy

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Presented as an independent voice for "unbiased" scientific advice, iSAGE provided a channel for media spinmeisters, spies and psy-op specialists to influence Britain's pandemic policy without accountability. Leaked internal emails show members fretting over its unethical methods.

Throughout Britain's response to the COVID-19 crisis, a lobbying group known as the Independent Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (iSAGE) served as a key driving force behind the government's most draconian lockdown policies.

While it presented itself as a non-governmental organization composed of forward-thinking health experts, The Grayzone can reveal iSAGE not only maintains an array of ties to the British security state, while relying largely on political, rather than scientific, considerations when crafting policy recommendations.

With Winter ahead in Europe and calls for the reimposition of COVID-19 restrictions growing once again — not least from iSAGE itself — the outfit's endeavors provide a disturbing look at the role of the security state and mainstream media in corrupting British public health policy.

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What a choice: A tyrannical world government or a nuclear war

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If you had to choose between living under an extremely oppressive world government or living through a nuclear war, which one would be your choice? Personally, I don't like either of those two options, but in recent days western leaders have been trying to convince us that we will either have one or the other. According to them, either we can submit to a "global order" that is dominated by the values and the agenda of the western elite or we can accept a multipolar world which will eventually lead to widespread chaos and nuclear war. Needless to say, western politicians are going to try very hard to get us to choose the former.

On Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a speech at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Bangkok even though France is not actually a member.

During that speech, Macron lamented the fact that rapidly deteriorating relations between the U.S. and China are tearing the world apart, and he boldly declared that what we really need is "a single world order"...
French President Emmanuel Macron called for world government in a speech Friday, claiming it would avoid conflicts between competing superpowers.

"We need a single world order," Macron told the audience at the ongoing Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok, Thailand.

"Are you on the U.S. side or the China side?" Macron asked rhetorically. "Because now, progressively, a lot of people would like to see that there are two orders in this world."

"This is a huge mistake — even for both the U.S. and China," he added after comparing the two superpowers to "big elephants" in the geopolitical "jungle."
Of course when he says that we need a "single world order" he is not suggesting one in which nations such as China and Russia are equal partners. What Macron and other western leaders envision is a global system that is governed by western rules and western values.

Comment: Choices are unlimited. Make one and another awaits.


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Could Minsk II have prevented the war in Ukraine?

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Sculpture on Victory Monument, Victory Square, Minsk
Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine began, Western commentators have spent a huge amount of time expressing moral outrage at Russia's actions, but comparatively little time thinking about how the war could have been prevented.

This is puzzling. Even if Ukraine manages to win, this victory will have come at an enormous price - tens of thousands of lives, millions of refugees (many of whom may never return), and untold damage to the country's infrastructure. No matter what the outcome, the war will have been disastrous for ordinary Ukrainians.

It therefore seems essential to ask whether it could have been prevented.

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UK Supreme Court rules Scottish parliament cannot hold 2nd independence referendum

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The Choice
Scotland remains split on whether the country should be independent.

The Supreme Court has ruled that the Scottish government cannot organise its own independence referendum.

In a blow for First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, a panel of five judges said that as constitutional matters are "reserved" to Westminster, the Scottish Parliament cannot legislate for a second referendum. Announcing the unanimous ruling, Lord Reed said:
"The Scottish Parliament does not have the power to legislate for a referendum on Scottish independence."
The case was brought to the court after Sturgeon set out plans to hold a second vote on independence on Oct. 19 next year. She said if that were not possible, the SNP would make the next general election a "de facto referendum" on whether Scotland should be independent.

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UK providing Ukraine with cutting-edge weapons - media

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Brimstone missile • Royal Air Force’s Marham Airbase, Norfolk, UK
The UK has supplied Ukraine with high-precision Brimstone 2 missiles, the British media reported on Monday. Video released by the military showed the delivery of an advanced version of the projectile compared to those already in use with Ukrainian forces.

According to reports, London began shipping earlier versions of the missile to Ukraine about six months ago. While originally designed to be launched from aircraft, these projectiles are typically fired by Ukrainian troops from modified trucks. They are used to destroy enemy tanks and other military vehicles.

Each Brimstone 2 missile reportedly costs approximately £175,000 ($207,110).

It has two modes of operation: it can either hit targets by tracking a laser or select one from a pre-programmed list with the help of radar. The system can scan the battlefield and independently select the most appropriate target while sparing civilian vehicles and military equipment of secondary importance.

During his visit to Kiev at the weekend British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak unveiled a new military aid package worth £50 million.

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Conrad Black: Klaus Schwab's obsession with pushing global governance

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World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab in Davos, Switzerland, on May 26, 2022.
Last week at the G20 meeting in Indonesia, as U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping wasted their time talking about global warming, a subject the People's Republic does not take seriously, instead of the origins of COVID or the status of Taiwan, to my utter astonishment, the face and voice of the "Great Reset" appeared. This is the jargon for the readjustment in the world towards so-called stakeholder capitalism that is the ambition of the conveners of the World Economic Forum (WEF). The forum began in 1971 as a conference where a few political leaders and celebrities from different industries and activities gathered and the occasion was paid for by admission fees happily tendered by a selection of prosperous people from different countries who wished to rub shoulders with the prominent featured guests. It was a winning commercial formula and it grew and grew. It never moved to a more commodious and stylish place than the dreary and remote Swiss town of Davos.

It is now a virtual world's fair of global political, industrial and even cultural leaders, surrounded by wealthy and eager camp-followers attracted to "networking." Davos was the creation, and remains the fiefdom, of a pleasant but not rollickingly gregarious German-Swiss, Klaus Schwab. He has always claimed that his objective is entirely to further international and interdisciplinary understanding, with no ulterior motive and not the slightest interest in self-enrichment, just selfless and tireless efforts to promote human understanding and the inexorable progress towards a better world.

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Bolsonaro contests Brazil election loss, wants votes voided

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Valdemar Costa Neto, the leader of President Jair Bolsonaro's Liberal Party, speaks during a press conference regarding an investigation carried out by the party pointing out inconsistencies in voting machines used in the general elections, in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. Bolsonaro is contesting his defeat in the October election and calling on the electoral authority to annul votes cast on most of the nation's electronic voting machines, citing a software bug that other experts have said didn't affect results.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is contesting his defeat in the October election and calling on the electoral authority to annul votes cast on more than half of electronic voting machines used.

More than three weeks after losing a reelection bid, President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday blamed a software bug and demanded the electoral authority annul votes cast on most of Brazil's nation's electronic voting machines, though independent experts say the bug doesn't affect the reliability of results.

Such an action would leave Bolsonaro with 51% of the remaining valid votes — and a reelection victory, Marcelo de Bessa, the lawyer who filed the 33-page request on behalf of the president and his Liberal Party, told reporters.

The electoral authority has already declared victory for Bolsonaro's nemesis, leftist former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and even many of the president's allies have accepted the results. Protesters in cities across the country have steadfastly refused to do the same, particularly with Bolsonaro declining to concede.

Comment: And the people are pissed:
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Leaked messages show Trudeau ministers discussed sending tanks against trucker convoy protesters

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Text messages between Two of Justin Trudeau's ministers, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino and Justice Minister David Lametti reveal that there were conversations as to whether tanks should be brought in to face protestors during February's Freedom Convoy protest.

The revelation came during the Emergencies Act inquiry. The short conversation between the two ministers took place on Wednesday, February 2. The Emergencies Act would not be invoked until February 14.

Comment: Throughout the "pandemic", ordinary working-class Canadians were treated with utter disdain and made into second-class citizens by their government, so it is not surprising that ministers considered sending in military tanks to use against their own population. One wonders how far Canadian elites would have taken this, were they not being watched closely by the entire world during the trucker convoys.


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London Mayor Sadiq Khan wants to regulate speech on Twitter

Dame Cressida Dick and London Mayor Sadiq Khan

Dame Cressida Dick and London Mayor Sadiq Khan
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London who has presided over some of the worst increases in knife crime, has called for Twitter to be regulated and for speech to be policed.

Khan, who regularly ignores his constituents to post hot takes on social media, issued a warning to Twitter's new owner Elon Musk on Sunday hours after former President Donald Trump had his account restored on the platform.

Labeling Trump a "dangerous far-right politician who has a history of inciting violence," the mayor stated that the former president should not be allowed to use any form of social media and called for a broader, sweeping set of regulations to police online speech.

"The return of Donald Trump to Twitter shows why we desperately need new regulation of social media and online speech," wrote Khan in his massive missive, ignoring the fact that Trump maintains a strong online platform on Truth Social and whose speeches continue to be featured by the mainstream media.

Comment: The slide into open totalitarianism has been so smooth that they don't even need to hide it. All you need to do is talk about "saving lives", "protecting our democracy," and other meaningless nonsense. For some reason, there are still people who believe their leaders can't possibly be evil totalitarians, thus giving said leaders the freedom to be openly totalitarian without all the fuss of any significant public outcry. Khan is the desperate one. Desperate to maintain a public monopoly on information and "truth." He's a sorry little jackboot totalitarian.


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Russia is not 'state sponsor of terrorism' says US ambassador, contradicting EU parliament resolution

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The country does not fit America's criteria for such a designation, according to Washington's envoy for global criminal justice
The US cannot designate Russia as a "state sponsor of terrorism" since it simply does not fit the relevant criteria, the US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice Beth Van Schaack told a briefing on Tuesday, while commenting on a similar initiative by European lawmakers.

The EU parliament adopted a resolution calling Russia a "state sponsor of terrorism" on Wednesday.

"The designation of a state sponsor of terror in terms of the way US law defines it is not a good match for Russia here," Van Schaack told journalists. Washington is currently "exploring other potential designations" that would allow it to potentially impose further sanctions on Moscow, the ambassador added.


Comment: The US (and the West more generally) seems to be a glutton for punishment when it comes to sanctions.