The U.S. dollar sank on Monday against the euro and sterling supported by a risk on sentiment and a rally in the European stocks market.
A survey showed on Monday that investor morale in the euro zone improved in November, the first time it rose in three months, reflecting hopes that recent warmer temperatures and falling energy prices will prevent gas rationing on the continent this winter.
In the meantime, the pan European STOXX 600 index rose 0.5% with traders pointing out that investors are still betting China will ease its COVID restrictions, despite officials saying they do not plan an imminent reopening.
British businesses fear a gloomy Christmas ahead, as almost half of households plan to cut festive spending due to the soaring cost of living and sales are already falling sharply in inflation-adjusted terms.
Payments processor Barclaycard said 48% of people it surveyed over Oct. 21-24 plan to spend less this Christmas, with 59% intending to buy less generous gifts and 42% cutting back on socialising.
The British Retail Consortium said spending at major stores in October was 1.6% higher than a year earlier, slowing from 2.2% in September and representing a big fall in the volume of purchases once inflation was taken into account.
They are running out of painkillers, such as Tylenol and Ibuprofen, often used to treat aches and pains, such as those that come with the flu.
Breitbart reports, “Canada’s Association of Medical Assistance in Dying Assessors and Providers (CAMAP) chose the most awkward moment to roll out a webinar for healthcare professionals. The webinar advises them to offer assisted suicide to suffering patients.”
Webmaster addition: So much for "First of all, do no harm!"
Two Russian Navy ships have finally left the Mediterranean after sitting idle for 9 months due to Turkey’s ban on the transfer of warships to the Black Sea amid the Ukraine war, one regional source with information told Middle East Eye.
The Ukraine-based Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies reported on Sunday that the Russian missile cruiser Varyag, the flagship of the Russian Pacific Fleet, and Admiral Tributs, a large anti-submarine ship, left the Mediterranean Sea on 21 October through the Suez Canal.
Both ships had originally arrived in the Mediterranean Sea on 2 February, a couple of weeks short of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
On Monday, the Russian defence ministry confirmed in an official statement that the detachment, consisting of Varyag and Admiral Tributs, passed the Strait of Malacca and entered the South China Sea, “making an inter-fleet transition from the Mediterranean Sea to a permanent deployment point in Vladivostok”.
Zhou Bo, a senior fellow at Tsinghua University’s Centre for International Security and Strategy, said it was possible the communication channels could be reopened, but it would depend on the interaction and political atmosphere between the two countries.
A Mexican anti-corruption authority said on Monday it had launched an investigation into the state attorney's office of Morelos, after a top official accused prosecutors there of covering up the killing of a young woman found on a highway last week.
Hours earlier, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum accused Morelos' state attorney's office of covering up the killing of 27-year-old Ariadna Lopez, after it ruled out evidence of violence and said she had died of alcohol intoxication.
An investigation by Mexico City prosecutors later concluded Lopez had died of multiple force trauma, and revealed security footage showing a man who claimed to be Lopez's friend carrying a body from a Mexico City apartment after she disappeared on Oct. 30.
Journalists and activists have reported online surveillance and censorship while covering the COP27 climate summit in Egypt.
Reporters covering the environmental conference have complained of vital sites being blocked and having to sign up for a dubious application to enter the summit.
"It's highly likely that our communications are being monitored by intelligence, and it's likely that whatever we communicate digitally, someone will have access to it," said one journalist at the summit, speaking to The New Arab on condition of anonymity.
Anyone seeking open access to the internet while at the summit in Sharm el-Sheikh is finding key information sources unavailable.
Over 500 websites are blocked by the Sisi regime through a decree issued by the Supreme Council for Media Regulation, which enacts the government's censorship policies, some of the most stringent in the world.
Human Rights Watch, Reporters Without Borders and independent Egyptian outlet Mada Masr sites are all unavailable in Egypt.
Let us put this in historical perspective: the commemoration of the War to End All Wars acknowledges that 15 million lives were lost in the course of World War I (1914-18).
The loss of life in the second World War (1939-1945) was on a much large scale, when compared to World War I: 60 million lives both military and civilian were lost during World War II. (Four times those killed during World War I).
The largest WWII casualties were China and the Soviet Union, 26 million in the Soviet Union, China estimates its losses at approximately 20 million deaths.
Ironically, these two countries (allies of the US during WWII) which lost a large share of their population during WWII are now under the Biden-Harris administration categorized as “enemies of America”, which are threatening the Western World.
NATO-US Forces are at Russia’s Doorstep. A so-called “preemptive nuclear war” against China and Russia is on the drawing board of the Pentagon.
Germany and Austria lost approximately 8 million people during WWII, Japan lost more than 2.5 million people. The US and Britain respectively lost more than 400,000 lives.
In the wake of fresh revelations that The Department of Homeland Security has been working relentlessly to shut down speech it deems to be ‘dangerous’ or ‘disinformation,’ Senator Rand Paul has promised to introduce legislation that would make it illegal for government agencies and private big tech to secretly collude on such enterprises.
Appearing on Fox News, Paul said of the Democratic Party,
“You know, for all the talk of democracy, it seems to be that they’re undermining the very basic principles of our constitutional republic.”
“Freedom of speech was listed in the first amendment because it was one of the most important rights that our Founders thought should be protected. But having the government collude with Big Tech to censor speech is something that goes against every grain of everything that anyone has ever spoken about as far as freedom of speech,” Paul urged.
In 2011 then Secretary of State Clinton was simultaneously engineering violent, mainly military, coups in Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen as well as Ivory Coast. (Against the governments of Nouri al-Maliki, Muammar Gaddafi, Bashar al-Assad, Ali Abdullah Saleh and Laurent Gbagbo, respectively.) By 2011 only five African nations had not been pulled into U.S. Africa Command’s orbit: Ivory Coast, Libya, Eritrea, Sudan and Zimbabwe. In that year Clinton secured 40% of those for the Pentagon.
Ukrainian Front Lines Are Still Inflamed By Heavy Battles. The Ukrainian military clearly does not refuse plans to attack the towns of Svatovo and Kremennaya in the Luhansk People’s Republic. Russian forces continue to push them back far from the strategically important road between the two towns.
Ukrainian units continue daily attempts to attack Chervonopopovka but fail. At the same time, the Russian military went on the offensive a few kilometers to the north, near Makeevka. Ukrainians attempted to advance north of Svatovo in the area of Novoselovskoe while Russians launched a counteroffensive on Ukrainian positions south of Kremennaya near Belogorovka. Neither of the warring sides has claimed success so far.
According to the New York Times those naughty Russians are at it again. Today’s online lead story entitled “Russia Reactivates Its Trolls and Bots Ahead of Tuesday’s Midterms” with the subtitle “Researchers have identified a series of Russian information operations to influence American elections and, perhaps, erode support for Ukraine” marks a new low in what the Gray Lady, self-designated as one of America’s “newspapers of record,” prefers to call “journalism.”
The author of the piece, clearly somewhat biased over Russia and Putin, is one “Steven Lee Myers [who] covers misinformation for The Times. He is also the author of “The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin.”
Here is what it is all about:
“The user on Gab who identifies as Nora Berka resurfaced in August after a yearlong silence on the social media platform, reposting a handful of messages with sharply conservative political themes before writing a stream of original vitriol. The posts mostly denigrated President Biden and other prominent Democrats, sometimes obscenely. They also lamented the use of taxpayer dollars to support Ukraine in its war against invading Russian forces, depicting Ukraine’s president as a caricature straight out of Russian propaganda.”
Webmaster addition: The very same Democrats who excoriate anyone doubting the accuracy of the 2020 election appear to be planning to blame Russia for their midterm losses!
It is up to the European Union to decide whether to classify Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organisation, a spokesperson for the German government said on Monday, but declined to go into details on what talks are ongoing.
Sometimes top military warriors tell US war presidents the painful truth.
That happened yesterday when retired admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under George W. Bush and Barack Obama, urged President Biden to begin negotiations to end America’s newest endless war.
And a peculiar endless war it is….America squandering its desperately needed treasure so Ukraine can squander its economy, infrastructure and precious blood on a war it can’t win short of America nuking Russia.
People around the world have expressed concerns about Israelis empowering indicted former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form the nation’s most far-right government in history since Israel held its fifth election in less than four years on Tuesday.
“If you are shocked and horrified by this growing, emboldened Israeli fascist movement, ask yourself how you’ll commit to opposing Jewish supremacist ideology, policies, and institutions in days and years ahead,” Simone Zimmerman, co-founder of the American Jewish group IfNotNow, tweeted late Wednesday. “Fighting fascism, authoritarianism, and racism everywhere is our only hope.”
The results were confirmed Thursday. Netanyahu’s party, Likud, secured 32 seats in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, followed by outgoing Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid with 24 seats. The bloc breakdown, as Haaretz reported, is 64 seats for the Netanyahu camp and 51 for the current coalition.
“The election’s biggest surprise is the resounding success of the radical right-wing Religious Zionism coalition,” Mitchell Plitnick, president of ReThinking Foreign Policy, wrote Wednesday for Responsible Statecraft, stressing that party leaders Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben-Gvir will have “enormous influence in the coalition politics of the next Israeli government.”
Every year, about 5,700 U.S. children suffer seizures from the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.1 This finding is derived from results of the most statistically powered safety study ever to measure the association between MMR vaccination and febrile seizures. Published in JAMA in 2004, the study2 evaluated more than half a million children, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, from a Danish population that is relied upon globally to examine vaccine safety.
The results show that seizures from the MMR vaccine occur in about 1 in 640 children up to two weeks following MMR-vaccine administration. Applying this risk of seizures to the 3.64 million U.S. children vaccinated with a first dose of MMR every year3 results in about 5,700 annual MMR-vaccine seizures.
Febrile Seizures and Epilepsy
There is a five-fold higher risk of seizures from the MMR vaccine than seizures from measles infection,4 and a significant portion of MMR-vaccine seizures may cause permanent harm. For example, a Danish study of 1.54 million people, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2007,5 examined the association between febrile seizures and epilepsy, a chronic brain disorder that leads to recurring seizures. The study found that 5% of febrile seizures may result in epilepsy. Consequently, about 300 MMR-vaccine seizures (5% of 5,700) may lead to epilepsy annually.1
The risk of seizure increases in siblings of children with a history of febrile seizures and in children with a personal history of febrile seizures, to 1 in 250 and 1 in 50, respectively.2