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US urged to close 'secret prisons' worldwide

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Guantanamo Bay
The Chinese foreign minister has called on the US to close all of its "secret prisons" around the world as it labeled the Guantanamo detention center a "dark page" in the history of human rights.

Speaking during a regular press briefing on Wednesday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said that 20 years after its creation, Guantanamo is still a cause of "great indignation" among the international community.

He stated that despite numerous US promises to close the Cuba-based jail, it still holds 39 people, and only a handful of them have been charged or convicted of any crime. Wang claimed that if there is a "detention camp for Muslims in the world, it is Guantanamo," seemingly a reference to accusations that China is abusing the human rights of the Uighurs.

Wang, citing reports, noted that the US has set up a large number of secret prisons in Afghanistan and Iraq:
"In fact, the secret prisons set up by the United States are all over the world, and Guantanamo is just the tip of the iceberg. The atrocities, torture and murder of Iraqi civilians by the US military after the invasion of Iraq caused a world uproar over the scandal of the abuse of prisoners in the Abu Ghraib prison."

Comment: These facilities fly under the radar and the particulars involved are rarely reported.

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Ronald McDonald House to evict families with young children who are unvaccinated

Ronald McDonald House
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Ronald McDonald House gives patient family eviction notice
The Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver British Columbia allegedly served an eviction notice on unvaccinated children with serious illness including cancer and their parents.

Austin Furgason, from Kelowna, British Columbia, the father of a 4-year-old boy with leukemia who has been undergoing treatment since October, posted the video to Facebook showing a letter from Ronald McDonald House Charities - British Columbia & Yukon that made the announcement of the evictions. A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family with costs. He wrote:
"All tenants, adults and children over the age of 5 who are not vaccinated are out by the end of January. How absolutely wicked and vile. They are evicting my son with leukemia and any other children or adults who are suffering with sick children into the snow. The Covid cult is far more dangerous than Covid. If they will evict families with cancer, what won't they do."
The letter in the video, which was provided to True North dated January 10, 2022, said that everyone five years and older unvaccinated against the coronavirus can no longer stay at the facilities.
"Beginning January 17, 2022, everyone five years and older who are working, staying or visiting our facilities (both the House at 4567 Heather St. Vancouver and at the Family Room in Surrey Memorial Hospital) must show proof of full vaccination (two doses), in addition to completing our existing screening, unless an Accommodation has been sought and has been explicitly approved and granted by RMHC (Ronald McDonald House Charities) in writing."
Families already in the facility have a grace period to get at least one dose of the vaccine which ends on January 31.

Yellow Vest

Protesters against vaccine passports breach Parliament in Bulgaria

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Demonstration against anti-coronavirus restrictions escalated into scuffles outside Bulgaria's legislature
Bulgarian police have foiled an attempt by demonstrators protesting the enduring anti-coronavirus restrictions to breach the national parliament. The scuffles left four officers injured and saw several protesters detained.

Hundreds of people gathered outside the Bulgarian parliament building in the capital, Sofia, on Wednesday.

The protest, staged by the nationalist Vazrazhdane (Revival) party, decried the standing anti-coronavirus restrictions, including the green pass system put in place by the country's authorities.

Comment: Interestingly, Bulgaria's establishment has managed to persuade just 27% of its people into suffering a Covid jab, on par with nearby Bosnia, also at 27%, and it's immediate neighbour, Romania, did little better with 33%. It's telling that citizens of these countries have on the whole rejected the experimental jabs, despite a globally coordinated fearmongering campaign that was so effective elsewhere, and that might be because many of these people have learned the hard way that one should be wary of a government that claims to have your best interests at heart whilst also threatening you with draconian punishments if you do not comply with their nonsensical orders: Also check out SOTT radio's: MindMatters: Interview with Rod Dreher: How to Survive the Coming Soft Totalitarianism


Sexual abuse lawsuit against Prince Andrew can move forward, judge rules

Virginia Roberts Guiffre
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A federal judge gave the green light Wednesday to a lawsuit against Prince Andrew by an American woman who says he sexually abused her when she was 17.

U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan wrote in an opinion that Andrew's lawyers failed to successfully challenge the constitutionality of the lawsuit Virginia Roberts Giuffre filed against him in August.

His lawyers had said that the lawsuit lacked specificity and was disqualified by a deal she reached in 2009 with lawyers for Jeffrey Epstein.

"Today's decision by Judge Kaplan denying Prince Andrew's effort to dismiss Virginia Giuffre's case against him is another important step in Virginia's heroic and determined pursuit of justice as a survivor of sex trafficking," said Sigrid McCawley, one of Giuffre's team of lawyers, in a statement obtained by USA TODAY.

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Longtime CNN producer John Griffin slapped with $15M civil suit amid federal child trafficking case

John Griffin
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John Griffin in police custody, December 22, 2021
John Griffin, the longtime CNN producer fired last month over child trafficking allegations, has been named in a Connecticut civil lawsuit alleging "despicable acts" of "horrific sexual abuse" and exploitation.

"For several years prior to 2020, the defendant solicited young girls, including the minor plaintiff, for the purpose of knowingly persuading, inducing, enticing and coercing them to engage in sexual activity, sexual exploitation, and/or sexual trafficking," the lawsuit, filed last week in Bridgeport, alleges.

Criminally, Griffin faces one trafficking charge along with two counts of attempted trafficking in federal court in Vermont after allegedly soliciting parents with underage children.


Weed adds billions to states' budgets - study

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US states that have legalized the adult use of cannabis have collected $10.4 billion in taxes between sales beginning in 2014 and December 2021, according to a recent report by a pro-industry group.

A study released by the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) earlier this month has described legalizing cannabis for adults as a "wise investment" that has given states a "new revenue stream to bolster budgets." It adds that the $10.4 billion is not the final figure, as some states have not yet submitted totals for the last months of 2021. Almost one third of the total revenue was reported in 2021.

"States that have legalized cannabis for adults are reaping significant economic benefits," said Karen O'Keefe, director of state policies at the MPP. She pointed out that in many instances revenue is reinvested in communities affected by drug use and by the war on drugs.


Judge reinstates Novak Djokovic's visa — rules cancelation was "unreasonable"

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Novak Djokovic was mocked on social media for his principled stand on bodily autonomy
Judge: "What more could this man have done?"

In a sensational twist, Federal Circuit Court judge Anthony Kelly has ordered the immediate release of tennis star Novak Djokovic from detention after overturning the federal government's decision to cancel his visa.

The judge told the hearing that the decision to cancel the temporary visa was 'unreasonable' and will be quashed with the respondent, the Minister for Home Affairs, to pay his costs and to take 'all necessary to steps' to release Djokovic immediately and return his passport and all other personal effects.

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The 'Colston Four' verdict is a licence for woke vandalism

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Sage Willoughby, Jake Skuse, Milo Ponsford and Rhian Graham celebrate after receiving a not guilty verdict at Bristol Crown Court, on January 05, 2022 in Bristol, England.
Find a statue offensive? Upset by a street name? Object to a commemorative plaque? Don't suffer in silence. Tear it down! It's not criminal damage if you are acting to prevent offence.

Being convinced you are on the "right side of history" is a green light for vandalism, at least that seems to be the message sent by the 'not guilty' verdict handed down to the so-called 'Colston Four' in Bristol yesterday.

Back in June 2020, in the midst of the Black Lives Matter protests that swept the globe following the killing of George Floyd, crowds in Bristol gathered around the 125-year-old statue of slave trader and philanthropist Edward Colston. A mob succeeded in toppling the statue, dragging it through the streets, and dumping it in the nearby port. Nine people were later charged with criminal damage and four - three men and one woman - chose to let the case go to court.


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Jake Tapper: If someone is in the hospital for a broken leg and have COVID, it's misleading to call it COVID hospitalization

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CNN anchor Jake Tapper on Monday said it is misleading to count someone who is in the hospital for a car accident or a broken leg and has COVID as a COVID hospitalization.

"So the hospitals are still stretched thin because of this, so I am not trying to take away from that, but if 40% in some hospitals, 40% of the people who have COVID don't necessarily have problematic COVID, they're there because they got in a car accident. They're there because, you know, they bumped their head and they're being included as in the hospital with COVID," Tapper said.

"That number seems kind of misleading," he added.

Comment: An oddly salient and reasonable comment coming from Tapper who's no champion for reason when it comes to COVID policies. Strange too that this clip was posted to MSN with the addition of posts from those saying it took Tapper two years to figure out what everyone who's been paying any attention at all knew from the very beginning - the numbers bandied about by governments and medical hacks are artificially inflated to stoke fear and drive compliance with arbitrary government policies:
Conservative talk show host Clay Travis tweeted: "Anyone who has bothered to look at the data has, of course, known this for two years. "
In this clip, @JakeTapper is absolutely right that counting all people in the hospital WITH COVID as being there FOR COVID is wildly misleading -- especially since it applies to close to 50% -- but it's so striking how many arguments that were long taboo are now all being aired. https://t.co/3F6P7fxnJj

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 10, 2022
Media Research Center TV managing editor Brittany Hughes tweeted: "Imagine it taking you two years to figure this out."

Conservative strategist Greg Price said many have "turned on a dime" and "acknowledged the things 'conspiracy theorists' have been saying for two years were true."

In sharing the clip, journalist Glenn Greenwald said it "is absolutely right" that Tapper's description of counting all those in hospital with COVID as being there for COVID "is wildly misleading," adding "It's so striking how many arguments that were long taboo are now all being aired."

The Washington Post noted that Walensky's latest comments, which have been leapt on by figures on the right to argue against COVID mitigation measures, come as she sought media consultant advice on how to present a consistent message on the pandemic.

Must be hard to present a consistent message when one is constantly having to lie and contradict oneself in order to cover up those lies.

Walensky had previously faced criticism for telling ABC News it was "really encouraging" that 75 percent of vaccinated people who were dying from coronavirus had four or more comorbidities.

Some Twitter users said the comments were disrespectful toward disabled or chronically ill people. In response, Walensky later tweeted "We must protect people with comorbidities from severe #COVID19."


Smash-and-grab squads: How US looting rings organize online as police are defunded

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A shattered window is seen at the Barbour store after it was looted and damaged by some protesters after they participated in a march against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in the Manhattan borough of New York City, US, June 1, 2020.
Liberal city residents are waking up to the robbery and violence running rampant wherever police departments have been defunded across America.
"It looked like chaos when groups of young people dashed from cars into the Louis Vuitton store in San Francisco's Union Square and ran off with luxury purses, bags, and designer wear.

"A few days later, about 80 people stormed through a Walnut Creek mall, stealing expensive items before fleeing. At L.A.'s Grove shopping mall not long after, a smaller group used sledgehammers on a Nordstrom.

"But California Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta said the group crimes are rooted in a kind of organized crime. Those dashing into the stores are mostly foot soldiers for others calling the shots from a safe distance."
So begins an LA Times story about events that are happening around the US that are being called "smash-and-grabs."

Comment: If the Soros-backed Gascon can be ousted, maybe there is hope for getting rid of the rest of the 'progressive' DAs infesting judicial systems around the country Apparently not:

George Soros 60 Minutes unearthed: "I don't look at the social consequences of what I do"