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Apr 13 06:17

Foreign Ministry spokesman: Iran mulls reciprocal sanctions on EU, suspends all talks with bloc

The spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry says the Islamic Republic is considering counter-sanctions in response to new bans imposed on several Iranian individuals and entities by the European Union while suspending all talks with the bloc in various fields.

Saeed Khatibzadeh made the remarks on Monday after the European Union announced it has imposed sanctions ranging from travel bans to asset freezes on eight Iranian individuals, including the chief commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami, and three prisons on baseless human rights-related grounds.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is considering reciprocal sanctions in reaction to the EU’s measure, whose details will be announced later,” the spokesman said, adding, “Iran strongly condemns this measure and considers it as lacking any credebility.”

Apr 11 19:41

‘Up to 80%’ of people in Sicily refusing AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine over safety concerns

The vast majority of people offered the Oxford/AstraZeneca anti-Covid vaccine Vaxzevria on the southern Italian island of Sicily are refusing to take it, according to the region’s president, Nello Musumeci.

“In Sicily, there is an 80% refusal rate of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Every 100 people, 80 say no,” Musumeci said late Saturday night, according to media reports.

Apr 11 07:30

European Plans For ‘Vaccine Passports’ Were In Place 20 Months Prior To The Pandemic. Coincidence?

With the world being told that so-called ‘vaccine passports’ will be required for all international travel in future, and in many countries even to enter shops, restaurants, bars, gyms, hotels, theatres, concerts and sports events, the impression we are being given is that the measure is a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic. In Europe, however, which hosts 8 of the top 10 pharmaceutical exporting countries, planning for vaccine passports began at least 20 months prior to the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. Apparently, the pandemic conveniently provided European politicians with the ‘excuse’ they needed to introduce the idea.

The ‘European Commission’ – the executive body of Europe – first published a proposal for vaccine passports on 26 April 2018. Buried deep in a document dealing with ‘Strengthened Cooperation against Vaccine Preventable Diseases’, the proposal was essentially ignored by the mainstream media.

Apr 10 11:42

Despite vaccination success, Hungary sets daily record COVID deaths

Hungary is suffering a devastating surge in COVID-19 deaths, despite the fact it has the highest vaccination rate in the European Union.

It set a new daily death record on Wednesday with 302 fatalities and currently has the highest weekly death rate per one million inhabitants in the world.

The country is in its fourth week of a new round of lockdown measures as the government tried to get hospitalisations and deaths under control.

The deaths come in spite of its ambitious vaccination programme that is leading the way in the EU, with the country boosting its supplies with China’s Sinopharm and Russia’s Sputnik V vaccines.

Apr 10 07:27

After Emergency Visit to Ukraine, Polish Foreign Minister Calls Nord Stream 2 Pipeline ‘Present Danger to Peace in Europe’

In the whirlwind of diplomatic activity in Europe and the U.S. related to the upsurge in fighting in the Donbass region of Ukraine, the coming and going of government and military officials in the Ukrainian capital can provide revealing insights. The head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Military Committee was in Ukraine on April 6 and 7 and the foreign minister of Poland was there the following day.

Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau returned to Warsaw on April 9, summing up the purpose of his visit as to “reaffirm our policy that Ukraine is not alone in defending its sovereignty, territorial integrity, and the inviolability of its borders.” Poland is not a member of either of the two negotiating arrangements established in 2014 to resolve the armed conflict in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine, the Normandy Format and the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine.

Apr 09 07:18

FLASHBACK - Bush and Gorbachev at Malta

The documents show profound misjudgments of Gorbachev on the American side, including the President's assumption that the Soviet leader would press for the removal of U.S. troops from Europe, not realizing until talking to Gorbachev directly that, just as Gorbachev had already announced publicly on multiple occasions, he believed the U.S. presence along with the NATO alliance to be a stabilizing force in Europe, particularly against any danger of German revanchism.

The documents signal a major missed opportunity at Malta to meet Soviet arms reductions proposals halfway, and suggest that the Bush "pause" in U.S.-Soviet relations during 1989 effectively delayed both strategic and tactical demilitarization for at least two years (the START treaty would not be signed until 1991, and only in September 1991 would Bush withdraw tactical nuclear weapons from U.S. Navy ships), at which point Gorbachev had effectively lost the domestic power to deliver on his side.

Apr 09 07:17

FLASHBACK - NATO Expansion: What Gorbachev Heard

U.S. Secretary of State James Baker’s famous “not one inch eastward” assurance about NATO expansion in his meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on February 9, 1990, was part of a cascade of assurances about Soviet security given by Western leaders to Gorbachev and other Soviet officials throughout the process of German unification in 1990 and on into 1991, according to declassified U.S., Soviet, German, British and French documents posted today by the National Security Archive at George Washington University (http://nsarchive.gwu.edu).

Apr 09 05:49

War Clouds Over Russia And Ukraine? Ask Brussels

Fighting has surged in eastern Ukraine, where Moscow backs ethnic-Russian separatists. Moreover, Moscow has concentrated an estimated 4,000 soldiers near the border with Ukraine.

Demands are rising in Washington for confrontation. Indeed, the crisis is being framed as a challenge to the young Biden administration. Predictably hawkish analysts, such as those filling the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, advocated that the administration take tougher action, including conditional sanctions.

The president appears open to confrontation. In Foreign Affairs earlier this year he treated Russia far more harshly than China. He later singled out Putin as a “killer” without a “soul,” which of course could be said about many of America’s allies—Mohammed bin Salman comes to mind—as well as adversaries.

Apr 09 05:36

European Court Of Human Rights Rules That Mandatory Vaccinations Are Legal

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that mandatory vaccinations are legal in a significant judgment that could have a big impact on the rollout of the COVID-19 jab.

The ruling was in response to a complaint from a group of Czech families who had been fined and had their children denied nursery care over their refusal to let their kids take mandatory vaccinations against against nine diseases including diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B and measles.

The parents argued that the law was in violation of of Article 8 on the right to respect for private life, but the court disagreed and said that the compulsory jabs were in the “best interests” of children to ensure “every child is protected against serious diseases, through vaccination or by virtue of herd immunity.”

Mandatory vaccinations “could be regarded as being ‘necessary in a democratic society’,” the court judgment read.

Apr 08 19:20

The Vaccine Connection to death on the Rock

Gibraltar has lost 94 lives to Covid-19 – the highest Covid mortality rate, proportional to its population, in the world. With it also being the world leader in vaccinating its people, the question naturally arises: could there be a connection? Seventy-eight of the 94 deaths occurred after the vaccination campaign began on January 10, mainly using the Pfizer injection.

Covid-19 arrived in Gibraltar in March last year, but by early September there had been only 217 confirmed cases. The first three deaths, all in the elderly residential service, were registered in November.

By January 10, when the vaccine rollout began, the Covid toll was 16. By 18 January it had risen to 45, prompting Chief Minister Fabian Picardo to describe the crisis as ‘the worst loss of life of Gibraltarians in over 100 years. Even in war, we have never lost so many in such a short time’.

Apr 07 06:09

European Union welcome in new Russian-backed ‘Great Eurasian Partnership’, Moscow says… if Brussels sees value in turning to East

A new coalition of nations promoted by Russian President Vladimir Putin could run from Europe’s Atlantic coast to the Sea of Japan, after Moscow declared it would be open for any country across Eurasia that wants to participate.

Speaking to Pakistan’s News International network on Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the grouping would be far from an exclusive club. Instead, “the initiative by President Putin to create a Greater Eurasian Partnership is all about putting unification on the agenda.”

Moscow’s top diplomat said that participation would be “open to all states of the continent,” including members of the Eurasian Economic Union, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and, “provided they are interested, the European Union.”

Apr 04 17:29

Italy Mandates COVID-19 Shots For All Its Healthcare Workers

The move comes after the discovery of COVID-19 clusters in hospitals after staff refused to get shots, in a country noted for relatively high levels of vaccine hesitancy. A survey last fall found that nearly 40 percent of Italian respondents said they didn’t want to risk a COVID-19 jab.

Apr 03 12:14

Spain Passes Law Mandating Face Masks Even While Swimming in the Sea

Spain has passed a new law forcing people to wear face masks everywhere outside and even while swimming in the sea.

Yes, really.

The legislation, which came into effect on Wednesday, mandates face coverings for children as young as six, with refusniks facing fines of €100 euros.

Apr 03 04:46

“Defender Europe 21”: The US Militarization of the Balkans. A Threat Against Russia and Serbia?

wenty two Years Ago. 24 March 2021 marks the commemoration of the illegal US-NATO war of aggression against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia which started in March 1999,

In a bitter irony, a few days prior to March 24th, reports confirmed that the US army and NATO are once again beating the drums of war near the Russian border as well as in and around Serbia (1).

One of the goals of the large-scale military manoeuvre entitled “Defender Europe 21” is to move an entire US military division from the USA “to a potential battlefield in Europe” in peacetime.

The military training sites which are envisaged will be located in several NATO countries including Romania and Bulgaria, as well as in the US KFOR base Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo. In turn, Germany which is NATO member state will form a “central hub”.

Apr 03 04:32

The “Defender-Europe”. US Army Arrives.

Not everything in Europe is paralyzed by the anti-Covid lockdown: in fact, the mammoth annual exercise of the US Army, Defender-Europe, which until June mobilized on European territory, and beyond this, dozens of thousands of soldiers with thousands of tanks and other means, has been set in motion. The Defender-Europe 21 not only resumes the 2020 program, resized due to Covid, but amplifies it.

Why does the “Europe Defender” come from the other side of the Atlantic? The 30 NATO Foreign Ministers (Luigi Di Maio for Italy), who physically gathered in Brussels on March 23-24 explained: “Russia, with its aggressive behavior undermines and destabilizes its neighbors, and tries to interfere in the Balkan region.” A scenario constructed with the reality overturning technique: for example, by accusing Russia of trying to interfere in the Balkan region, where NATO “interfered” in 1999 by dropping, with 1,100 aircraft, 23,000 bombs, and missiles on Yugoslavia.

Apr 02 10:14

Food Crisis of 2021 in Europe

Apr 02 08:17

Belgian mounted police TRAMPLE revellers with their horses and use water cannons in violent clashes as they try to clear thousands lured to lockdown-breaching 'festival' in park by April Fools' prank

Mounted police officers charged at and trampled park-goers before turning water cannons on them as thousands of revellers packed a park in Belgium for a lockdown-breaching festival that was arranged as an April Fool's joke.

Clashes erupted as police attempted to clear the Brussels park, with several officers and their horses and at least eight party-goers injured.

Footage showed one woman being knocked unconscious as a police horse smashed into her as she looked the other way. Reports said she was one of two people taken to hospital in an unknown condition.

Up to 5,000 people decended on Bois de la Cambre park in Brussels for 'La Boum' - French for 'The Party' - an event originally announced on Facebook as a joke.

Apr 02 04:38

Europe’s desire to force values on other states caused it troubles repeatedly, says Lavrov

European values are not universal, and the desire to impose them on other countries has repeatedly caused trouble to Europe itself, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview Thursday.

When asked whether he believes that the EU’s current position opens limited possibilities for partnership, but a large potential for confrontation, Lavrov said he agrees with this idea.

"This is missionization - this habit to lecture, this illusion of own superiority. It is important to see this trend, which has repeatedly caused trouble to Europe," Lavrov said.

The top diplomat reminded that the European Union was initially established as the Coal and Steel Community, which later became the European Economic Community.

Apr 02 04:09

Lavrov: Russia’s response to EU hostile measures not necessarily symmetrical

Russia's foreign minister says his country will respond to any hostile actions from member states of the European Union (EU) in a manner similar to that of China.

Sergei Lavrov made the remarks while speaking to reporters on Thursday, emphasizing that Russia's response to EU hostility “will not be necessarily symmetrical.”

"We have always warned that we are ready to respond. We will respond to any hostile actions against us, not necessarily in a symmetrical manner," the Russian foreign minister said.

When a reporter said Europe has probably simply forgotten Moscow’s ability to respond to the pressure, Lavrov said, "What you’re saying, figuratively, is that they have either not read or, more likely, have forgotten the tale of Ilya of Murom, who slept on the stove and nobody noticed?"

However, "this is not a threat," he added.

Mar 31 06:39

NATO Warplanes Intercept Russian Aircraft Ten Times in One Day From Arctic to Black Sea

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization reports that yesterday the military bloc scrambled fighter jets ten times over the North Atlantic (for once adhering to its name), North Sea, Baltic Sea and Black Sea, intercepting a reported six groups of Russian bombers and fighters. That is, across the entire western flank of Russia.

Although the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was actually active in part of the North Atlantic for a change – rather than the Balkans, Afghanistan, Central and South Asia, North and Northeast Africa, the Mediterranean Sea, the Arabian Sea, the Caribbean Sea and its other haunts of the past 25 years – the global military alliance grudgingly conceded, at the end of the article on the topic of course, that “The Russian aircraft intercepted on Monday never entered Alliance airspace.”

Mar 31 05:02

More than a fifth of small UK exporters have temporarily halted EU sales

More than a fifth of small British exporters have temporarily halted sales to the European Union and 4% have done so permanently, a survey showed on Monday, highlighting problems that have followed the Brexit trade deal.

A trade agreement between London and Brussels that came into force on Jan. 1 has caused disruption and delays for some companies having to deal with new bureaucracy and rules.

In the survey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), 30 out of 132 exporters said they had stopped sales to the European Union temporarily, while five reported having done so permanently.

Just over one in 10 said they had set up, or were thinking of establishing, a presence within an EU country, the research, conducted between March 1 and 15, showed.

“Those that do business internationally are being hit with some incredibly demanding, unfamiliar paperwork,” said FSB National Chairman Mike Cherry.

Mar 30 08:42

EU, UK Reach Post-Brexit Agreement

Mar 30 07:56

The Eurozone Weakness: Much More Than Covid

Mar 30 03:33

Biden Wants a Rival to China’s Belt and Road. Hilarious. Good luck with that.

Now finally comes what might be described as the institutional American response to Belt and Road: the Blue Dot Network.

Blue Dot is described, officially, as promoting global, multi-stakeholder “sustainable infrastructure development in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world.”

It is a joint project of the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation, in partnership with Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

Now compare it with what just happened this same week at the inauguration of the China International Import Expo in Shanghai.

As Xi stressed: “To date, China has signed 197 documents on Belt and Road cooperation with 137 countries and 30 international organizations.”

Mar 29 06:32

Escobar: US/NATO Versus Russia-China In A Hybrid War To The Finish

The unipolar moment is six feet under, the hegemon will try to break Eurasian integration and there’s no grownup in the room to counsel restraint...

Let’s start with comic relief: the “leader of the free world” has pledged to prevent China from becoming the “leading” nation on the planet. And to fulfill such an exceptional mission, his “expectation” is to run again for president in 2024. Not as a hologram. And fielding the same running mate.

Now that the “free world” has breathed a sigh of relief, let’s return to serious matters – as in the contours of the Shocked and Awed 21st Century Geopolitics.

What happened in the past few days between Anchorage and Guilin continues to reverberate. As Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed that Brussels “destroyed” the relationship between Russia and the EU, he focused on how the Russia-China comprehensive strategic partnership is getting stronger and stronger.

Mar 27 07:16

3,964 Dead 162,610 Injuries: European Database of Adverse Drug Reactions for COVID-19 “Vaccines”

The European database of suspected drug reaction reports, EudraVigilance, is now tracking reports of injuries and deaths following the experimental COVID-19 “vaccines.”

Here is what EudraVigilance states about their database:

This website was launched by the European Medicines Agency in 2012 to provide public access to reports of suspected side effects (also known as suspected adverse drug reactions). These reports are submitted electronically to EudraVigilance by national medicines regulatory authorities and by pharmaceutical companies that hold marketing authorisations (licences) for the medicines.

EudraVigilance is a system designed for collecting reports of suspected side effects. These reports are used for evaluating the benefits and risks of medicines during their development and monitoring their safety following their authorisation in the European Economic Area (EEA). EudraVigilance has been in use since December 2001.

Mar 25 11:26

URGENT: EU Vaccine Passport

Mar 25 04:47

‘Dangerous neighbor’ Russia is becoming ‘more and more authoritarian’ & NATO should ‘push back', says EU Foreign Minister Borrell

Russia is a "dangerous neighbor," but Brussels must maintain channels of communication with Moscow to solve issues of mutual interest. That's according to the European Union's top diplomat, speaking at a NATO meeting on Wednesday.

Josep Borrell, the EU's High Representative, was speaking before the second day of meetings with NATO foreign ministers, focused on the relationship between Russia and the US-led bloc.

"Russia is a neighbor, a dangerous neighbor, but we have to share with them some issues in which we have common interests, like the nuclear agreement with Iran or climate change," Borrell said. "But, above all that, we have to contain Russia, to push back Russia when it infringes international law."

Mar 25 04:44

EU snubs pro-family Poland, Hungary by declaring Europe ‘LGBTIQ Freedom Zone’

Poland and Hungary won’t get with the LGBT program, and that makes the European Union mad.

On March 11 the European Parliament declared the European Union an “LGBTIQ Freedom Zone” in response to the growth of official LGBT-ideology free zones in Poland and Hungary’s own lack of enthusiasm for the new secularist LGBT religion.

According to the European Parliament’s own newspaper, Poland and Hungary are notable for their “backsliding.”

“In response to the backsliding of LGBTIQ rights in some EU countries, notably Poland and Hungary, MEPs declared the EU an ‘LGBTIQ Freedom Zone’ on Thursday,” wrote the European Parliament News.

“Two years after the first Polish local authority declared itself an ‘LGBTIQ-free zone’, Parliament declared the EU to be an ‘LGBTIQ Freedom Zone’ in a resolution adopted by 492 votes in favour, 141 against and 46 abstentions.”

Mar 24 10:01

Sweden saw lower increase in deaths during 2020 than most of Europe despite shunning Covid-19 lockdown

The Nordic country had 7.7 per cent more deaths than usual, a figure comparing favourably with countries such as Spain (18.1 per cent) and Belgium (16.2 per cent) which have both imposed tough restrictions.

Sweden's excess mortality has also been measured as lower than in Britain, where some MPs have looked admiringly at the Swedish approach.

Mar 24 07:04

Moscow Declares "No Relations" With EU As Brussels Has Unilaterally "Destroyed" Ties

On the defensive following the latest wave of Western sanctions targeting the two countries, Russia and China are lashing out. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held a press conference to address the spiraling tensions while standing alongside his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi as a show of unity against Western attacks following a meeting in Guilin, China.

This month the European Union (in coordination with the US and others) slapped Navalny-related "human rights violations" sanctions on multiple top Russian officials, while on Monday anti-China sanctions were announced over the Uighur crackdown. And somewhat underreported on the same day were EU sanctions against two Russian officials for "persecuting gay and lesbian people in the southern Russian region of Chechnya."

Mar 24 05:06

Cocaine: The drug pipeline to Europe

Alexander is in his mid-forties and works in the media industry. He lives in Berlin's central district — and he is a cocaine user. In the past, this meant he took the drug about twice a week. But since the COVID lockdown began, he has been sniffing it more often, Alexander tells DW. "Four times a week, for sure."

Almost every night several friends come over and visit him — something that is forbidden by Berlin's lockdown rules. "But people are just bored as hell," he says. "And what do people take when they're bored? Something that provides amusement."

Before the pandemic, Alexander and his friends met in bars, where they'd secretly take cocaine now and then.

"If you're a group of eight people, it's not like you're all running to the bathroom at the same time," he says. "But when you're at home, you put the stuff on the table, make eight lines and everybody gets some at the same time. It's faster this way, and everybody takes more."

Mar 23 11:29

You can watch Iceland's new, thrilling eruption live

Fresh new earth is pouring from the ground in Iceland.

And you can watch this lava splattering and flowing live on YouTube.
The livestream, shown by RÚV, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, can be watched here:

Icelandic scientists put up a webcam on Saturday near a newly opened fissure on the Reykjanes Peninsula, located on the southwestern part of the island. The relatively gentle eruption, which is currently of no harm to nearby communities, started on March 19.

The slowly flowing lava has drawn local spectators, along with scientists collecting samples and researching the eruption.

"In summary, great science was done, beautiful eruption was experienced, teamwork made the dream work!" tweeted volcanologist Evgenia Ilyinskaya, who is on-site at the eruption.

Mar 23 08:35

THE GREAT RESET IS HERE: FOLLOW THE MONEY

The top-down reorganization of the world economy by a cabal of technocratic corporativists, led by the group around the Davos World Economic Forum– the so-called Great Reset or UN Agenda 2030– is no future proposal.

Mar 23 05:27

Does Europe Stand with Biden Against Russia?

“President” Biden, who stole a presidential election and murdered American democracy, accuses the President of Russia of being “a killer.” Do Europe’s politicians agree?

Yes, apparently. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has just pronounced Russia “Britain’s top security challenge.” The British PM, shilling for the armaments and nuclear weapons industry with an eye on those future directorships, promises more military spending. The British can’t have better health care or lower taxes, because of the threat of Russia. What a joke! No amount of British arms spending could deter a real threat from Russia. If Russia wants Britain, Britain is helpless. Britain could spend its entire GDP on armaments, and the country would still be defenseless against Russia.

Mar 22 09:41

"VIOLENT RIOTS" IN BRISTOL JUST AS THE UK PREPARES FOR A NEW CRIME BILL WHICH ESSENTIALLY MAKES PEACEFUL PROTESTS ILLEGAL

This is a very convenient as a way of getting the public on board with the new dictatorship program.

Mar 22 09:07

Danish regulator says woman who died after AstraZeneca jab had “unusual symptoms” including from blood clots

The Danish Medicines Agency (DKMA) said a patient who died of a blood clot after getting the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine exhibited “unusual symptoms.” Aside from bleeding, the 60-year-old woman had a low number of blood platelets and clots in small and large vessels. Denmark’s drug regulator added that a few similar cases were found in Norway and in the side effects database of the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

In a March 14 statement, the DKMA said: “It was an unusual course of illness around the death that made [the agency] react.”

Mar 22 05:36

The ECB’s Financial Suttee

The European Commission is failing. Its response to Brexit and the pandemic, where it is now threatening emergency powers in order to secure vaccines is a latest throw of the political dice. Even before this development markets were getting the message with capital flight worsening.

The only thing that holds the Commission together is the magic money tree that is the ECB.

Following the recent change in the Commission’s leadership, the political dysfunction in Brussels is a new challenge for the ECB. It is already juggling with overindebted member states, a global rise in bond yields, a rotten settlement system and commercial banks both over-leveraged and with mounting pandemic-related bad debts.

It really is a horror show in the making.

Mar 21 07:58

Dutch police shower anti-lockdown protesters with water cannons after crowd assembles near Van Gogh Museum (VIDEOS)

Amsterdam police deployed two water cannons and officers in riot gear to prevent an unpermitted protest against Covid-19 restrictions, ultimately making the crowd leave the area.

The anti-lockdown rally gathered on Saturday in Amsterdam’s Museumplein, a green open space named for the three national museums located in the area. The protest took place without a permit from the municipality, so the police declared Museumplein a security risk area, threatening a possible crackdown on those gathering there. This didn’t stop a large crowd of activists from coming and mingling with ordinary people, who frequently hang out at the museum neighborhood on weekends.

Mar 21 05:17

European Scientists Say They Know Why AstraZeneca’s Vaccine Is Causing Rare Blood Clots

Researchers in Germany and Norway say they’ve isolated the cause of extremely rare blood clots caused by AstraZeneca’s vaccine, allowing doctors to treat it.

KEY FACTS

  • Scientists at Greifswald University Hospital said in a statement Friday that in rare instances, the vaccine has created an antibody that triggered the formation of blood clots in the brain.
  • The findings confirm those from an independent team in Norway earlier this week.
  • Isolating the cause has allowed scientists to identify how to treat patients who have developed the blot clots, by giving them intravenous immunoglobulin, which targets the antibody, and blood thinners.

“Very, very few people will develop this complication,” Professor Andreas Greinacher said in a press conference Friday, according to the Wall Street Journal. “But if it happens, we now know how to treat the patients.”

Mar 21 04:17

Uncertain of US intentions, four allies exercise their naval muscle

This month, France and Cyprus for the first time joined Israel and Greece in a combined naval exercise in the Eastern Mediterranean and Cretan Sea. French participation was notable in that it marked yet another step in its growing naval cooperation with Israel.

This month’s exercise, entitled “Noble Dina,” took place off Cyprus and involved not only counterterrorism, search and rescue and anti-submarine drills, but also a simulated sea battle. As the Israeli military spokesman confirmed, the focus was “not only on surface exercises, but also multi-threat exercise of air and underwater and surface threats.”

There is no mistaking which country is the source of those “challenges and threats.” Each of the four states involved in the exercise has clashed with Turkey in the recent past. In the case of Israel, Greece and Cyprus, friction with Ankara is a result of competing claims to gas deposits in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Mar 20 06:36

USA and Morocco threaten Spain

The United States and Morocco carried out major military maneuvers. The joint exercise, dubbed Lightning Handshake, took place in early March 2021 between the Canary Islands and Agadir. Spain was not notified [1].

Aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower, its 90 aircraft squadron and its maritime group took part. "By mistake", US planes entered the Canary Islands airspace, owned by Spain. Also "by mistake", the US staff omitted to inform the Spanish authorities of this deployment.

These maneuvers and the mistakes that accompanied them were interpreted as a threat against Spain after the Trump administration’s recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over Spanish Sahara.

Mar 19 09:25

Spanish lawmakers legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide, bringing end to 10-year jail terms

Lawmakers in Spain have voted to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide, making it only the fifth country globally to make the practice legal after the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Canada.

The law will come into force in three months' time after the landmark vote passed in the lower house of the Spanish parliament by 202 votes to 141, with two abstentions.

People wanting to end their life must "suffer a serious and incurable disease or a serious, chronic and incapacitating condition," the new law states.

The whole process will take up to 40 days from the patient's first request until a doctor's final approval, and the patient must give their written consent twice within 15 days.

Mar 18 10:18

Should the Elgin Marbles be returned to Greece?

The British Museum is the proud possessor of some of Greece’s most ancient and priceless artefacts. In the bicentenary of the Greek War of Independence it is meet to reflect on what wonders Greece has wrought and whether there ought to be a restitution of the Ancient Greek monuments that are now held far from Greece.

How did these friezes from Athens come to be in London? Cast your mind back over 200 years. Greece was a province of the Ottoman Empire. Proud Ellas had been subjugated by the Turks in the 15th century. The Orthodox Christians were reduced to dhimmi status. Many Hellenes resolved to endure the galling yoke of Ottoman oppression no longer. They valiantly battled against overwhelming odds to cast off the heavy shackles cast in Istanbul.

Mar 17 07:29

'Slippery Slope': Danish Ethics Council Recommends Legal Gender Change for 10-Year-Olds

The ruling Social Democrats reacted positively to the proposal, while the right-wing opposition parties consider the proposed liberalisation a "slippery slope", "utter madness", and "an element of a truly poisonous ideology".

The Danish Ethics Council has recommended giving 10-12-year-old children the opportunity to legally change their gender.

The idea is that the change of certificate of health assurance will help combat gender dysphoria, that is the condition of those who feel uncomfortable with their assigned gender at birth. Furthermore, the initial stages of gender reassignment often begin at this age.

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Ten-year olds! TEN-YEAR OLDS?!?

Mar 17 06:08

The Consent Of The Governed

In Holland Sunday, a protest demonstration against government Covid policies provoked a emergency order from that same government against thousands of people gathering in a place to … protest. The police and government had only “allowed” 200 demonstrators. So the government “allowed” a protest against itself, but demanded the right to determine where, how, and with how many people it could take place. But that’s not really a protest, is it? The police deployed dogs, horses and water cannons to disperse the crowd.

In Greece, a video appeared last Sunday of a policeman severely beating a man. Protests against that have occurred daily since. The prime minister spoke out against the protests, not the policeman. That made people even angrier. And then he proposed a “police reform” law. Yeah. And everybody lived happily ever after. But under heavy restrictions.

Mar 17 06:04

Italy Launches Manslaughter Investigation As Teacher Dies Hours After Getting AstraZeneca Jab

After law-enforcement authorities in Sicily and Piedmont seized batches of the AstraZeneca COVID jab, prosecutors in the EU's third-largest economy have launched a manslaughter investigation after a music teacher died just hours after receiving the jab.

According to Italian-language media outlets, 57-year-old Sandro Tognatti died after receiving the jab in his hometown of Biella on Saturday afternoon. He soon developed a high fever, but went to bed anyway, he his wife, Simona Riussi, told the Italian press.

The next morning, Riussi awoke to find Tognatti dead. She called an ambulance, but Tognatti was already dead. Prosecutors in Piedmont officially launched the investigation later in the day. As we mentioned above, prosecutors also seized a batch with nearly 400K jabs in it.

Mar 16 13:41

Italian prosecutor seizes batch of AstraZeneca Covid-19 jabs ‘as a precaution,’ launches manslaughter investigation after death

The prosecutor of Biella, Italy has ordered the seizure of nearly 400,000 AstraZeneca vaccines and opened a manslaughter investigation following the death of a 57-year-old man hours after being inoculated.

On Monday, the prosecutor of Biella, a town in the northern Italian region of Piedmont, ordered the preventive seizure of the country’s entire ‘ABV5811’ batch of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines. Prosecutor Teresa Angela Camelio’s order affects nearly 400,000 doses of the Anglo-Swedish jab.

Camelio said the decision to seize the batch was made pending the outcome of an investigation by the Judicial Authority and the Medicines Supervision Commission into the death of Sandro Tognatti, a music teacher who died on Saturday night a few hours after the administration of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by AstraZeneca.

Mar 16 13:15

Top EU Regulator Insists AstraZeneca Jab Is Safe While 24 Countries Have Banned It

..."we are still firmly convinced that the benefits [of the vaccine]...outweigh the risk of these side-effects."

Mar 16 08:33

The Lunatic Fringe and Where to Find It | The People of Ireland Say ‘No More’ to the Lunatics Running the Asylum

On Sunday, an irate Irish society finally said ‘no more’. For a year they had been subjected to a criminally long lockdown to the detriment of their physical, emotional, and financial well being.

Thousands of them took to the streets of Dublin to display their dissatisfaction with a Davos-owned political class and the police state they were held hostage in. Besides one or two trouble-makers the protests were peaceful and the message was loud and clear.

Enough is enough. The Irish did what they do best – demanded freedom, stood up to their oppressors and sang songs.

Mar 16 07:08

The Dutch PM's use of dog handlers and police with batons at a protest on the eve of an election is a jarring sight in a democracy

With the Netherlands at the polls after a scandal saw the government resign, ‘Teflon’ Mark Rutte ignored the campaign optics by using mounted police, snarling dogs and baton-wielding cops to disperse an anti-lockdown protest.

As an ideology-free politician, the Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte affords himself a certain flexibility in shifting his position depending on the winds of public opinion, but if he thinks police firing water cannon, beating people with batons and even cancelling public transport to prevent protestors travelling is a vote-winner he needs to re-think his strategy.

On Sunday, the eve of the extraordinary three-day election, as thousands of protestors decided to descend on The Hague, the country’s seat of government, they were dispersed with the sort of jackbooted brute force most Nederlanders had only witnessed on the TV news taking place elsewhere.

Mar 16 07:07

EU Greenlights Talks For Possible Sputnik Procurement After Dubbing Russia's Rollout "Propaganda"

Reuters in a new report has admitted the "unthinkable" now looks very possible: despite Europe's fierce public criticism of Russia's coronavirus vaccine, it found that "Behind the scenes, the bloc is turning to Moscow’s Sputnik V shot as it tries to get its stuttering efforts to vaccinate its 450 million people back on track, EU diplomatic and official sources told Reuters."

At least four EU states are now said to be seeking procurement via the bloc and Brussels has greenlighted formal talks with Sputnik V's developers at a moment anger and public pressure is mounting over a slow vaccine roll-out.

"Hungary and Slovakia have already bought the Russian shot, the Czech Republic is interested, and the EU official said Italy was considering using the country’s biggest vaccine-producing bioreactor at a ReiThera plant near Rome to make Sputnik V," Reuters notes.

Mar 16 06:57

Italian Prosecutors Open Manslaughter Probe as Man Dies After Receiving AstraZeneca Vaccine

A number of EU countries have already temporarily suspended inoculations with the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for use in the bloc.

Prosecutors in Italy have launched a manslaughter probe into the death of a 57-year-old music teacher, Sandro Tognatti, who died on Sunday a day after obtaining AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine, the Daily Mail reported on Monday.

A preliminary investigation was launched in northern Italy's Biella judiciary, and the teacher's cause of death remains unknown. They emphasized that there is no connection to AstraZeneca's vaccine at this time, and that an investigation is being conducted to see whether someone has a case to answer.

Mar 15 15:12

Poland to Purchase 'At Least' 100 Tonnes of Gold

"Over the course of a few years we want to buy at least another 100 tonnes of gold and keep it in Poland as well."

Mar 15 06:20

Norway For Sale: Are Russia And China Really Buying Up Norway’s National Resources?

The past year has seen the world economy blighted by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has impacted every corner of the globe and every sector in the world economy. However, there are some countries that have emerged, post-lockdown, relatively unscathed.

Generally, those with an authoritarian regime, that are less bound by electoral cycles, individual freedoms, and market-driven economies, have been able to shut their country down efficiently. The ease at which countries can mobilize the military, to both enforce lockdowns and aid in mass vaccination programs, has helped in the quicker reopening of their economies than other freer countries.

Mar 15 06:07

Will 'Frexit' Signal the ‘Beginning of the End’ of the European Union?

Following Britain's exit from the European Union, the eurosceptic movement in France, criticizing European integration and raising the possibility of the country’s opting out of the bloc, was aptly dubbed Frexit and has since gained some momentum.

The currently ongoing COVID-19 health crisis has once again highlighted the deep inherent dysfunctions of the European Union (EU), claims analyst Laurent Herblay in an article for Le Figaro.

According to the writer, who has also been running the “free Gaullist” blog since 2007, an inadequate bureaucracy has been paralysing political action, without ever serving the citizens.

Mar 15 05:46

'How Dare They!' How 'Pro-Russia' Report Shattered Pillars of US Old Atlanticist Think Tank

A war of words has erupted within the ranks of the Atlantic Council, an American think tank promoting the North Atlantic Treaty's values, over Washington's Russia policy after two of its senior members surprisingly called for mending fences with Moscow.

The row was triggered by a 5 March report written by the think tank's two senior members, Dr. Mathew Burrows and Dr. Emma Ashford, urging the Biden administration to "avoid a human-rights-first approach" towards Moscow and warning that new anti-Russia sanctions would only "further damage productive relations for the sake of an effort that is unlikely to succeed."

Mar 15 05:43

EU Officials Privately Considering Shift to Less Combative Approach to Russia, Report Says

The European Union may be having a change of heart in its rhetoric towards Russia, with some of the most senior executives in Brussels allegedly advocating a softer approach, Bloomberg reported on Saturday, citing sources familiar with a private meeting recently hosted by EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell.

According to the media outlet, the Monday dinner was attended by EU Ambassador to Russia Markus Ederer and other senior officials, who reportedly proposed to develop a new plan on Russia, claiming that Europe's stance on Moscow was outdated and too focused on the Ukrainian conflict.

The report noted that such statements could lead to disagreements with some EU member states which maintain sanctions over the 2014 Crimea reunification with Russia and the situation in eastern Ukraine.

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Note the use of the word :reunification" as opposed to "annex."

Mar 14 18:12

Netherlands joins growing list of EU nations to suspend use of AstraZeneca jab over blood clot fears after Irish medical chief spoke out against it and concerns grew with death of Italian teacher

The Netherlands has joined a growing list of EU nations to suspend the use of the AstraZeneca jab amid fears of blood clots after Ireland's medical chief spoke out against it and concerns grew over the death of a teacher from Italy.

The Dutch Government announced the vaccine was being suspended until March 29 as a precaution, based on reports from Denmark and Norway of potentially serious side effects.

Three health workers in Norway who had recently received the vaccine were being treated in hospital for bleeding, blood clots and a low count of blood platelets, its health authorities said on Saturday.

Netherlands is the fifth country to pause its roll-out, following Ireland, Denmark, Iceland and Norway. While Italy and Austria have stopped using one particular batch of the jab.

Mar 13 06:54

Critics May Rage But They Are Powerless to Stop Major EU-China Investment Deal, Author Says

European and American critics are continuing attempts to exert pressure on Brussels in a bid to refurbish or even hinder the EU-China investment deal. Beijing-based commentator and author Thomas Weir Pauken II explains what's behind the People's Republic's confidence amid simmering tensions over the agreement.

In response to mounting criticism from human rights groups and trade unions, Brussels is poised to reveal the details of its much discussed Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) with China ahead of the ratification of the treaty by the European Parliament, according to the Financial Times.

Mar 12 09:08

Eight European nations pause AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccinations after reports of “serious” blood clot

The European Medicines Agency (EMA), Europe’s equivalent of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), confirmed that no fewer than 30 patients who received AstraZeneca’s China virus jab suffered this adverse outcome. At least one of the cases, in Denmark, resulted in death.

“This AstraZeneca story isn’t getting enough attention,” tweeted ForexLive. “It’s going to undermine vaccine takeup. If people are dying it’s a disaster for the company too.”

It is apparent from this tweet that ForexLive is more concerned about the profits of AstraZeneca than it is about people’s lives. ForexLive is also more worried about other people refusing vaccination based on the news than it is about the people who already did get vaccinated and are now suffering.

Denmark, Norway, Estonia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Italy and Iceland have halted administration of the vaccine due to this deadly side effect.

Mar 12 07:16

The Dangerous US/NATO Strategy In Europe

The NATO Dynamic Manta anti-submarine warfare exercise took place in the Ionian Sea from February 22 to March 5. Ships, submarines, and planes from the United States, Italy, France, Germany, Greece, Spain, Belgium, and Turkey participated in it. The two main units involved in this exercise were a US Los Angeles class nuclear attack submarine and the French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle together with its battle group, and a nuclear attack submarine was also included.

Mar 11 12:04

Five countries halt use of one batch of AstraZeneca jab after fatal blood clot

Austria’s national medicines regulator has suspended use of a batch of the AstraZeneca vaccine after four patients were diagnosed with dangerous blood clotting conditions after receiving their jab.

One person died of multiple thrombosis – formation of blood clots within blood vessels – 10 days after their vaccine, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said.

A second patient was diagnosed with pulmonary embolism – where blockages form in the arteries in the lungs – but is now recovering.

As of Tuesday this week, two other clotting conditions had been identified in patients that had received a dose from the same batch.

The EMA said there is currently no evidence that the vaccine caused the conditions, and that thrombosis is not listed as a potential side effect of the vaccine.

Mar 11 08:30

Greece now defines a great economic depression

Mar 11 08:16

Finnish Government Assumes Emergency Powers to Fight COVID Pandemic in 'Exceptional Circumstances'

Prime Minister Sanna Marin warned that the COVID pandemic could become long-lasting and warned that the “marathon” may take several years.

The Finnish Parliament's Constitutional Law Committee has approved the government's moves to invoke parts of the Emergency Powers Act.

In a statement, the committee confirmed that Finland is in exceptional circumstances and said it sees no obstacles to the use of emergency laws to combat the coronavirus pandemic, national broadcaster Yle reported.

Mar 11 08:16

NATO Fleet Reportedly Enters Ukrainian Port of Odessa for First Time in 2021

The alliance has intensified its military presence in Black Sea waters following a rift in relations between the western states and Russia triggered by a 2014 coup and the start of an internal conflict in Ukraine.

A fleet of at least four NATO warships has docked in the Ukrainian port of Odessa on the shores of the Black Sea, Dumskaya.net online media outlet reported. The ships arrived around 9 am GMT on 10 March, according to the media. The commanders of the fleet are reportedly expected to meet with the leadership of the Ukrainian Navy during the visit to Odessa.

The arriving NATO fleet includes Turkish training ship A577 TCG Sokullu Mehmet Pa?a and three minehunters: Turkish M267 TCG Ayvalik, Spanish TSPS Tajo (M36) and Romanian ROS Lt Lupu Dinescu.

Mar 08 17:06

Dozens arrested at Dutch anti-lockdown protest as demonstrators carried mock coffin mourning demise of ‘democracy’ (VIDEOS)

At least 28 people have been arrested at anti-lockdown protests in Amsterdam, after around 700 gathered in the city on Sunday to vent their fury at the Dutch government’s handling of the pandemic.

Three individuals were detained for public violence offences, seven for defying police orders, and the rest for flouting the government’s Covid-19 restrictions, local news site NL Times reported, citing a police spokesperson.

Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema reportedly helped officers break up the protests in the central Museum Square, before riot police were called in to disperse the remaining demonstrators.

In footage posted on social media, dozens of law enforcement agents could be seen marching in front of riot vehicles to clear the area, with some appearing to hit demonstrators with batons.

Mar 08 08:48

China's 7,500-Mile Undersea 'Peace Pipe' To Connect Belt And Road Countries 

The Trump administration spent the last several years bashing China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and called it a 'debt trap', and urged countries worldwide to resist allowing China to build infrastructure projects in their respected countries. With the Biden administration now in power, there has yet to be a visible protest from the White House of Beijing's new plan to construct a 7,500-mile submarine communications cable from Pakistan to Africa to Europe.

The high-speed, 7,500-mile Pakistan and East Africa Connecting Europe (PEACE) subsea communication cable system will offer high-capacity, low-latency routes connecting China, Europe, and Africa. In addition to France, the cable will land in Malta, Cyprus, Egypt, Djibouti, Kenya, Pakistan, and other countries with ultimate connectivity to China.

Mar 06 17:42

Radioactive Dust Is Sweeping Over Parts Of Europe From The Sahara

An alarming health disaster could be in the making as it's being widely reported this week that radioactive dust has been sweeping out of the Algerian desert and broader Sahara region across the Mediterranean. Further scientists say the ominous sounding 'radioactive Saharan dust' is causing a pollution spike even over parts of Southern Europe.

The Association for Control of Radioactivity in the West (Acro) reported that scientists have observed the phenomenon happening since February when the dust was found to be over parts of France. Samples confirmed what was found to be radioactive particles in the dust which had been kicked up by a major storm that recently swept Morocco, creating huge dust clouds that picked up the radioactive material that had been left over from past nuclear tests conducted by France on its then colonial possession of Algeria in the early 1960s.

Mar 05 09:30

22 Elderly with Dementia Dead in 1 Week After the Experimental mRNA COVID Injection in the Netherlands

RTV Utrecht in the Netherlands reported yesterday that 22 residents have died within the span of 1 week at St Elisabeth Nursing and Guest House in Amersfoort, following injections on January 30th of one of the mRNA experimental COVID “vaccines.”

Mar 04 10:24

Thousands Of Quakes Rock Iceland As Volcanic Eruption Could Be Brewing

"I have experienced earthquakes before, but never so many in a row," Reykjavik resident Auður Alfa Ólafsdóttir told CNN. "It is very unusual to feel the Earth shake 24 hours a day for a whole week. It makes you feel very small and powerless against nature."

Mar 04 09:59

Dozens of Italian teachers fall ill after getting vaccinated for coronavirus

Several dozen teachers in Italy called in sick from work after Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines from AstraZeneca left them violently ill.

Students enrolled at two middle schools near Treviso in northern Italy actually had to be sent home an hour earlier than normal because their teachers were too sick to continue educating them.

At the Duca degli Abruzzi high school, 15 of the school’s 130 teachers were absent, complaining of malaise, fever and pain deep in their bones. At San Domenico Savio, a local primary school, two of the three teachers called in sick with similar complaints about vaccine side effects that left them incapacitated.

Many other schools in the area are reportedly suffering from a similar lack of healthy teachers, prompting them to close until they can find proper replacements.

Local Italian media reported that some 3,000 teachers were vaccinated on Saturday...

Mar 03 19:17

New Normal: 'Liberal' Western Leaders Unite to Criminalize And Jail Their Right-Wing Opposition

"Liberal" regimes criminalizing and jailing their political opposition is quickly becoming the new normal throughout the West.

On Wednesday, Emmanuel Macron's regime in France issued a decree banning the anti-immigration group Generation Identity.

Mar 03 10:28

Spain: Another 9 care home residents dead and 78 infected with COVID-19 days after receiving Pfizer’s MRNA jab

Nine elderly care home residents in Spain have died and a further 69 tested positive for COVID-19 10 days after they were given the first dose of Pfizer’s COVID vaccination.

The news adds to the growing number of reports of people dying shortly after receiving the experimental vaccine.

El Salvador care home in Toledo in Spain, run by the “Messengers of Peace,” began administering the first doses of the Pfizer experimental vaccine on January 13.

After six days, ten residents began to demonstrate symptoms of COVID-19, which swiftly resulted in a large number of residents and staff presenting with symptoms.

As of February 2, there had been a total of nine residents who had died following their injection, 5 more in hospital, and 33 members of staff who were found to have tested positive according to PCR tests.

Mar 03 07:59

Vega C, a new generation launcher

Vega C is the next generation of the European small lift launcher developed by Avio and is now ready for the maiden flight. The rocket will also launch the Space Rider in the near future and a new smaller and versatile version is under development.

Since the beginning of the Vega program, improved versions of the European small lift launcher were envisioned by the developer and main contractor: Avio. The first of these versions is Vega C (Vega Consolidated). The new rocket is more powerful than its predecessor, being capable of lifting up to 2,300 kilograms in Low Earth Orbit, about 60% more than the previous version. Vega C has the same configuration in common with Vega, consisting of three solid propelled stages and one liquid propelled upper stage. All the components have passed the scheduled tests needed before the first flight.

Feb 28 07:51

Merkel: EU Leaders Agree to Introduce Vaccination Certificates, They Will Be Ready Within 3 Months

The concept of vaccination certificates was rolled out as an idea that could facilitate travel between the countries of the bloc during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that the leaders of the European Union have agreed on the need to introduce a certificate of coronavirus vaccination, noting that the bloc will need three months to prepare.

"Everyone agreed that we need a digital vaccination certificate," Merkel said during the press conference after the virtual EU summit.

Feb 26 10:37

Europe's Rare Earth Dependency Dilemma

Solar panels. Wind turbines. Electric vehicle batteries and motors. These are just four of the things that need one or more of a group of minerals known as rare earths. Incidentally, these are also four of the things the EU is basing its future on. And it produces next to none of these critical rare earths.

Like lithium, rare earths are abundant. Deposits large enough to make economic sense, however, are only found in a limited number of areas around the world, with the largest deposits discovered so far in China. Rare earth exports are a lucrative business for Asia’s biggest economy, where it has virtually established world domination. And this domination is not good news for Europe—or the United States, for that matter.

In 2020, China mined 140,000 tons of rare earths. The United States was a distant second with an output of 38,000 tons, and Burma was third with 30,000 tons. Europe doesn’t even figure in the list of rare earth producers globally.

Feb 26 09:15

Belgians warned to shun govt-distributed masks as they may contain TOXIC chemicals

Millions of cloth facemasks distributed by the federal government in Belgium in 2020 may contain toxic chemicals according to a newly-leaked report from Sciensano, the Belgian Institute for Public Health.

The Belgian government purchased 15 million Avrox masks and dispensed them through private pharmacies to its 11.5 million citizens. However, due to additional mask sales and delivery efforts by local authorities and private companies, only an estimated third of the federally-distributed masks were actually used.

The masks were produced in Asia by Luxembourg firm Avrox and now an investigation is underway following complaints from rival Belgian mass manufacturers about the possible contamination of the Avrox masks with toxic nanoparticles of silver and with titanium dioxide, used to dye the masks white.

If these toxic nanoparticles are indeed found to be present, then Belgians who wore the government-issued masks may suffer respiratory tract damage.

Feb 26 08:51

Switzerland REJECTS AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, citing lack of sufficient data to prove effectiveness

The main medical regulator of Switzerland has rejected the Oxford-AstraZeneca Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. According to the regulator, there is a lack of available trial data to prove that the vaccine is safe to use.

“With regard to the AstraZeneca vaccine, the data submitted and analyzed so far are not yet sufficient to permit authorization,” said the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products (SwissMedic) in a statement released on Wednesday, Feb. 3.

“To obtain more information about safety, efficacy and quality, additional data from new studies are needed.”

Feb 25 12:15

Is Switzerland Sliding into Dictatorship? Social Coercion, Privileges to Those Who Accept the Covid Vaccine

A secret paper from the Swiss Federal Council (Swiss Executive) was leaked to the Swiss Newspaper “Der Blick” divulging that the Federal Council is considering granting owners of restaurants, theatres, cinemas, and more, as well as private event organizers, the right to allow access to those people only, who have had their corona virus shots.

In addition to the Blick, Swiss Radio and Television (SRG) repeated this news item in the morning of 23 February. SRG, the Swiss fear-inducing propaganda broadcasting system, also linked so-called “corona deniers” to alleged “anti-Semitism”, referring to an article in Swissinfo, “Covid Pandemic Fans Flames of anti-Semitism in Switzerland”. Anti-Semitism has often been used to intimidate free opinions that run counter the official narrative.

Feb 25 07:21

Norway May Become Battleground Between U.S. and Russia, Says Expert

Colonel Tormod Heier highlighted that strengthening the U.S. military presence in Norway would have negative consequences for the Scandinavian country. According to Norwegian state-owned media NRK in an article titled “Can Joe Biden become dangerous for Norway?” Colonel Heier, a professor at the Norwegian Defence College, said Norway could turn into a battlefield if tensions broke out between the U.S. and Russia.

“Norway is part of the great power rivalry between the United States and Russia. The probability increases that Norway will become a battlefield in the event of a conflict or a crisis becoming out of control between the Russians and Americans,” he said.

Feb 24 08:11

Salvini loses support as he supports Draghi. Brothers of Italy rises

Feb 23 09:49

Moscow disappointed by EU's move to prepare new illegitimate sanctions - Foreign Ministry

Russia has been disappointed by the decision of the Council of the European Union to prepare new illegitimate unilateral sanctions against Russian citizens, the statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry made public on Monday said.

"The decision to prepare new illegitimate unilateral restrictions against Russian citizens approved by the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union on February 22 of this year over a contrived excuse causes disappointment. Another opportunity was missed by the European Union to rethink a course of artificial connections, sanctions and pressure in relations with Russia which over the past years has demonstrated its complete inadequacy," the Foreign Ministry pointed out. "Instead, following the bloc’s discipline and anti-Russian stereotypes, Brussels again instinctively pushes the inoperative sanctions ‘button.’ Moreover, defying logic, first a political decision is made and then it is planned to arbitrarily find candidates for it," the statement noted.

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