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offsite link Vladimir Putin held talks with Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in New Delhi. Mon Dec 06, 2021 18:32 | amarynth
The expanded format meeting between the two delegations was followed by a face-to-face conversation over a working lunch, lasting 3 and a half hours. Following the summit, a Joint Statement Russia ? India:

offsite link Minister Kordahi at center of Saudi-Lebanon row resigns Mon Dec 06, 2021 17:26 | amarynth
http://middleeastobserver.n... Description: The full English translation of the resignation speech of Lebanese Information Minister George Kordahi. Kordahi was at the center of a weeks-long major diplomatic row between Lebanon and

offsite link As Turkey?s currency plummets, Al Jazeera guests clash over state of economy Mon Dec 06, 2021 17:22 | amarynth
http://middleeastobserver.n... Description: In a recent episode of the long-running program Al-Etejah al?Mu?akis on Al Jazeera Arabic hosted by Faysal al-Qasim, two guests based in London and Istanbul, debated ?why the value of

offsite link Quick note on moderation: we are doing away with ?anonymous? comments Mon Dec 06, 2021 16:30 | The Saker
Dear friends, As promised, we are doing away with “anonymous” comments later today. Other than that, the blog is doing great and there is nothing special to report. Kind regards

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2021/12/05 ? Open Thread Sun Dec 05, 2021 23:30 | herb
2021/12/05 23:30:01Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

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offsite link The Wisdom of Forecasters (and their Critics) Thu Dec 02, 2021 19:00 | Toby Young
Check out this useful compendium of aphorisms, as compiled by financial analyst Alexander Ineichen. Example: "The herd instinct among forecasters makes sheep look like independent thinkers.? ? Edgar Fielder
The post The Wisdom of Forecasters (and their Critics) appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Kenyan Nurses and the Crisis of NHS Nurse Staffing Thu Dec 02, 2021 17:45 | Luke Perry
We're publishing a guest post on the Daily Sceptic by Dr. Ann Bradshaw, a retired Lecturer in Adult Health Care, about the scandal of the Government's failed efforts to import nurses from Kenya.
The post Kenyan Nurses and the Crisis of NHS Nurse Staffing appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Angela Merkel Demands Mandatory Vaccination Law as Germany is Set to Impose Restrictions on the Unva... Thu Dec 02, 2021 16:29 | Luke Perry
In a series of new restrictions, the German Government will ban the unvaccinated from entering 'non-essential' shops, with the Chancellor Angela Merkel calling for the vaccine to be made compulsory.
The post Angela Merkel Demands Mandatory Vaccination Law as Germany is Set to Impose Restrictions on the Unvaccinated appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link NHS Faces Its ?Biggest Cancer Catastrophe Ever? Due to Pandemic Backlog Thu Dec 02, 2021 15:43 | Luke Perry
The National Audit Office has recorded that close to 750,000 GP referrals for suspected cancer received no further attention over the course of the pandemic.
The post NHS Faces Its ?Biggest Cancer Catastrophe Ever? Due to Pandemic Backlog appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Pilots ?Out of Practice? After lockdowns are Risking Passengers? Lives Thu Dec 02, 2021 15:07 | Toby Young
Commercial airline pilots have done so little flying during the past 21 months we may be about to witness a fatal plane crash. That is the message of air accident investigators after a "serious incident" in Scotland.
The post Pilots ?Out of Practice? After lockdowns are Risking Passengers’ Lives appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

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offsite link Trump raises $ 1 billion for Truth Social Mon Dec 06, 2021 05:12 | en

offsite link Explosions inside Al-Tanf US base Mon Dec 06, 2021 04:29 | en

offsite link Washington agreeable to a military regime in Lebanon Sun Dec 05, 2021 19:43 | en

offsite link France hands Lebanese minister's head to heir of Saudi throne Sun Dec 05, 2021 15:29 | en

offsite link «China: Democracy That Works» Sat Dec 04, 2021 09:30 | en

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international / politics / elections / opinion/analysis Thursday May 13, 2021 18:37 by Gary Jordan
The connections of Nadhim Zahawi prove he is not the best fit for an operation related to public health. read full story / add a comment
international / crime and justice / other press Thursday May 13, 2021 04:32 by Lucille Béranger
If you have not read it, please read The German Corona Investigative Committee Report. You can find that report here. USE IT!!!!!
https://www.aeginagreece.com/aegina-island/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Transcript-testimony-Reiner-Fuellmich-.pdf read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Wednesday May 12, 2021 21:14 by foie
Ireland's position on bee mortality permitted by pesticides questioned.

Failure to give Ireland’s EU position on pesticides a ‘democratic deficit’.

Six environmental groups have written an ‘Open Letter’ to four Ministers seeking Ireland’s position on the limits of mortalities permitted through the use of pesticides.

The groups are seeking Ireland's position on pesticides in last March’s meeting of the EU’s Standing Committee on Plant, Animal, Food and Feed and what position the State plans to take at the forthcoming meeting in June.

According to the letter to Ministers Ryan, Hackett, Heydon, and McConalogue, a majority of the Member States now favour at least doubling the 5% permitted threshold of mortalities after pesticide treatments (which can be repeated through the growing season) with some member states proposing to allow as much as 25% of a colony to be destroyed under the revised ‘Bee Guidance Document’. read full story / add a comment
international / politics / elections / press release Tuesday May 11, 2021 17:01 by Zachary Conti
On Monday, the International Monetary Fund approved a plan to pay for Sudan's debt owed to the financial institution. Using grants and internal resources, IMF leadership agreed to clear $1.3 billion in missed debt payments or arrears.
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international / sci-tech / opinion/analysis Thursday May 06, 2021 09:56 by steven
In january, the french police annonced 121 mobile phone masts had been sabotaged in only one year in France. At the time of this article, in the end of march 2021, a new communication on France Info radio, annonced the number had rose to 173. read full story / add a comment
international / arts and media / opinion/analysis Wednesday May 05, 2021 21:57 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin
Born in controversy but then ignored in its youth, the film Salt of the Earth has matured beautifully into a classic film in the neorealist style. Set in Zinc Town, New Mexico, a mining community with a majority of Mexican-Americans strike for working conditions equal to those of the white, or “Anglo” miners. The town and the mine is run by Delaware Zinc Inc. who refuse to negotiate with the workers and the strike goes on for months. The story focuses on Ramon Quintero (Juan Chacón) and his wife Esperanza Quintero (Rosaura Revueltas) who is pregnant with their third child. Ramon is arrested by police and beaten in prison at the same time his wife gives birth to their new baby. read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Tuesday May 04, 2021 01:08 by Gary Jordan
The Terrorizing of the Irish public by the FG/FF/GP Cartel read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Saturday May 01, 2021 19:01 by M. Andersson

“As an MIT PhD in Biological Engineering who studies & does research nearly every day on the Immune System, the coronavirus fear mongering by the Deep State will go down in history as one of the biggest frauds to manipulate economies, suppress dissent, & push Mandated Medicine.” Dr.Shive Ayyadurai

“The state has no interest in vaccinating people where transmissibility is not reduced or relevant. It cannot mandate submissive behavior that is an experiment on humans, which violates the Nuremberg Code.” Dr. Harvey Risch, Yale School of Public Health, 8 March 2021

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national / environment / press release Wednesday April 28, 2021 21:35 by foie
High Court quashes last 8 of Bord na Mona’s ‘ghost’ planning applications
Lack of public consultation leads to quashing of 10 An Bord Pleanala consents

The High Court has quashed decisions of An Bord Pleanala to grant leave to apply for substitute consent, in respect of a number of peat extraction and quarry applications. The two-step, ‘substitute consent’ system, by which developers had to make ‘threshold’ applications to regularise previous unauthorised activities before applying for planning permission, was found not to comply with the EIA Directive by the Supreme Court in July 2020 in cases brought by An Taisce, the National Trust, and Peter Sweetman in relation to a quarry in County Kildare. read full story / add a comment
international / arts and media / opinion/analysis Tuesday April 27, 2021 20:15 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin
*This article contains spoilers*
A well-meaning New Orleans judge, Michael Desiato, finds himself in a frightening situation when he discovers that his son, Adam, was in a hit and run accident with a son of the local mafia boss, Jimmy Baxter. Adam had been visiting the site of his mother’s death when approached by local guys. He drives off at speed only to drop his inhaler on the car floor during an asthma attack. As he struggles to drive the car and pick up the inhaler at the same time his car is in a collision with Jimmy Baxter’s son’s first spin on his motorbike. Rocco Baxter, the son, chokes to death on his own blood at the side of the road as Adam panics and drives off. When Michael realises who the dead boy was he tries to protect his son by arranging with Adam to cover up what happened. read full story / add a comment
international / environment / opinion/analysis Friday April 23, 2021 22:43 by Gary Jordan
The climate change movement remain tight-lipped when it suits them. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Friday April 23, 2021 19:43 by Zachary Conti
The United Nations convened on COVID response and development needs for vulnerable, small island and landlocked countries. The President of the Economic and Social Council, Pakistan Ambassador Munir Akram organized the high-level event to focus on countries struggling with specific disadvantages from the crisis. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Thursday April 22, 2021 22:35 by Zachary Conti
Financial decisions play a critical role in solving climate change, advocated Treasury Secretary Yellen during a US-hosted climate summit. More than 40 world leaders are attending the two-day virtual gathering convened by President Biden. Biden announced a new US target to halve fossil fuel emissions by 2030 and eliminate them by 2050. read full story / add a comment
international / eu / other press Wednesday April 21, 2021 22:57 by 1 of indy
This report describes how the idea of a German Exit or Dexit from the EU is gaining political traction in Germany because of widespread eurosceptism there. Many Germans feel they are no longer benefiting and it is instead causing them problems. The mainstream media as usual has tried to label it a far-right thing as they do with everywhere with anyone who disagrees with the mainstream narrative no matter what it is. But while it might have started on the right, the mood has spread to much broader sections of the populace so much so that the AfD party are opening calling for Dexit
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Tuesday April 20, 2021 00:16 by 1 of indy

One feature of the Covid Scamdemic is that the maddest and most repressive measures are the ones that get implemented in the end. Just as you thought it couldn't get worse we have this report carried by gript.ie which appears to be the only news outlet left that does not parrot government propaganda, lies and fear. Many of course but they are sheep, probably think this is a great idea. BTW, this is exactly what the so called conspiracy theorists were predicting from the get-go.

A senior Australian government minister did not rule out Australian citizens being forced to wear electronic ankle bracelets to ensure they adhere to home quarantine – even if they are fully vaccinated.

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international / sci-tech / opinion/analysis Monday April 19, 2021 15:34 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin
AK-47: Kalashnikov (2020) is a biographical film about Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov (1919–2013), the inventor and designer of the AK-47 automatic rifle. read full story / add a comment
international / health / disability issues / news report Tuesday April 13, 2021 11:27 by NHS Doctor
This letter from a consultant in the NHS appeared in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) in the rapid response section of BMJ 2021; 372 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n810 (Published 29 March 2021) explaining how staff in the NHS who have received the Covid vaccine are getting sick and some of them very seriously too. The BMJ has already removed the article but it is reproduced here.

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