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Taiwan has scrambled fighter jets, put its navy on alert and activated missile systems in response to large-scale manoeuvres of 34 Chinese military aircraft and nine warships in the Taiwan Strait.
Beijing yesterday instructed its air force and navy to perform a major operation which saw 20 Chinese aircraft cross the central line of the Strait, long seen as a buffer zone between the island nation and mainland China, according to Taiwanese defence officials.
It is the latest escalation of tensions between the two states and comes after weeks of Chinese military drills close to Taiwanese air space, leading Taipei and its US allies to be wary of a potential blockade or outright attack.
President Joe Biden answered a question on ending the three-year COVID emergencies by grabbing a reporter's hand and squeezing himself underneath her umbrella on Tuesday.
Before boarding a flight to New York, the 80-year-old walked over to NBC News' Chief White House Correspondent Kristen Welker when she asked: 'What's behind your decision to end the COVID emergency?'
Palestinian activists and local leaders affirmed on Monday that they have begun to form popular protection committees in the occupied West Bank villages to counter attacks by Israeli settlers.
On Sunday, hundreds of Israeli settlers launched over 144 attacks on Palestinian property across various occupied West Bank villages, especially in the south Nablus and north Ramallah regions.
Following the attacks, Palestinian factions called upon Palestinians to form local protection committees in the West Bank.
US secretary of state Anthony Blinken started a two-day visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories on Monday.
He is the third high-level official from the US to meet with Israeli and Palestinian officials this month. Assistant to Joe Biden for National Security Affairs Jake Sullivan and CIA director Bill Burns also visited the region and held talks with counterparts only a few days ago amid escalating violence, particularly by Israel, that claimed more than thirty Palestinians and seven Israelis.
The top US diplomat came to discuss three matters with the Israelis: limiting the scale of Netanyahu's government response to the recent attacks against Israelis in occupied East Jerusalem, increasing Israel's involvement in the efforts to help Ukraine and controversial judicial reforms by Israel's far-right religious government.
Israeli jail authorities assaulted Palestinian women prisoners on Tuesday morning amid a push to enforce strict new measures against Palestinian inmates introduced by Israel's far-right Minister of National Security Itamar Ben-Gvir.
The Palestinian Prisoners' Society said in a statement that Israeli forces beat women prisoners in Damon jail, fired tear gas at them and used pepper spray.
The Palestinian Authority's prisoners' affairs commission said the Israel Prison Service (IPS) also confiscated electronic devices and some personal items from the prisoners in what it called "collective punishment".
In response, the prisoners set some cells ablaze. The IPS said Yasmeen Shaaban, the representative of the Palestinian women prisoners who was among those assaulted, was put in solitary confinement for attempting to set her cell on fire.
The West must ignore Vladimir Putin's nuclear threats, a top advisor to Ukraine's President Zelensky has said.
The Kremlin claimed that it would resort to nuclear conflict if Europe and the US increased their supply of weapons and machinery to Ukraine.
Mykhailo Podolyak, an advisor to President Zelensky, told The Times: 'Putin is not ready to press the red button' as Russia understands the consequences of doing so.
When news broke that Tyre Nichols, a black man, was killed by 5 Memphis police officers, liberal media was ecstatic. Here they thought was another George Floyd case that the presstitutes could use to whip up hatred and burn down some more white business districts in US cities. The presstitutes were disappointed to learn that all five cops were black.
This stopped them, but not for long. CNN rushed to the rescue with the headline: “The police who killed Tyre Nichols were Black. But they might still have been driven by racism.” As the CNN story put it, blacks are also racist against blacks, because white “society’s message that black people are inferior, unworthy, and dangerous is pervasive.” Evil white society has even created black racial hatred of blacks. https://www.cnn.com/2023/01/27/opinions/tyre-nichols-memphis-police-department-jones/index.html
The same week white cops shot a white man seven times for no reason in the doorway of his home while his wife looked on in horror. The police excuse is their claim they had heard gunfire and for unknown reasons concluded Jason Kloepfer was responsible and was holding a hostage, none of which was true. I posted about this on January 25: https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2023/01/25/what-is-it-about-the-police-that-they-never-learn-and-are-destroying-their-public-support/
The New York Post carried the story–https://nypost.com/2023/01/23/unarmed-disabled-man-jason-kloepfer-shot-by-cops-video/ –but otherwise you had to learn about it from the British media. There were no NPR or CNN specials on white cops shooting white people. It doesn’t fit the official narrative constructed by the white liberal media whores, who have devoted their lives to teaching black Americans to hate white Americans. Interest in police shooting is limited to black victims, and the cause is always white racism even if the cops are black. The whore media never lets any facts get in the way of the narrative.
Zelensky sent out a decree on February 24, 2022 for government officials to destroy all information on the Ukrainian Research Anti-Plague Institute, Mechnikov Institute of Health of Ukraine, and the Zhytomyr Regional Laboratory Centers of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, who all worked with Metabiota Inc. (Metabiota) scientists.
House Oversight Committee chairman James Comer, R-Ky., said he believes First Son Hunter Biden was "in proximity" to the classified documents found in President Biden's garage.
Comer told reporters on Tuesday that he believes Biden's son was around the classified documents found next to the president's Corvette in his Wilmington, Delaware garage.
The Kentucky Republican noted that in "the beginning, the story was at the National Archive triggered the raid on Mar-a-Lago and that the administration has "come back and implied that it wasn't the National Archives that it was actually the Department of Justice."
PayPal said Tuesday it will trim about 7 per cent of its total workforce, or about 2,000 full-time workers, as the digital payments company contends with what it calls 'the challenging macro-economic environment'.
PayPal said it will make the cuts over several weeks, with some of its organizations affected more than others. The company did not further specify. PayPal is the parent of Venmo, Xoom and Honey, among other brands.
The company based in San Jose, California, is the latest in the technology sector to trim its headcount. During the month of January alone, Google, Microsoft and Salesforce announced tens of thousands of layoffs. This has mostly been put down to a need to reduce costs as economic growth slows down around the world.
Webmaster addition: I guess unplugging accounts that questioned vaccine safety or election honesty wasn't a good business decision!
Republican lawmakers on Tuesday pushed for the bill the Pandemic is Over Act that passed in a party line vote, 220 to 210. A second bill, the Freedom for Health Care Workers Act, was also passed with the votes of seven democrats.
The bill will now be heard in the Senate and if passed would eliminate the health emergency that has been in tact since 2020.
Webmaster addition: This will get interesting. If the Senate passes this bill and Joe Biden vetoes, he will kill Democratic chances in 2024 across the board. If Biden allows this bill to become law, then he faces investigation as to just where all those trillions of taxpayer dollars went!
The sanctuary state of California recently broke a new record in issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.
Breitbart reports that the state has given more than one million illegal alien licenses. According to data published by CalMatters, about four out of every ten illegal aliens in California have picture proof to drive and operate a motor vehicle.
Issuing driver’s licenses to illegal aliens in California started in 2015. The Safe and Responsible Drivers Act gave undocumented residents the right to obtain an AB 60 driver’s license. The AB 60 license is a special license that allows undocumented California residents to drive legally.
Webmaster addition: California's motor-voter law means that all these illegals are offered the opportunity to register to vote!
The US is preparing another major escalation of military aid to Ukraine as Reuters reports the next arms package will include rockets that have a range of 94 miles, almost double the range of the munitions Ukraine was provided for the HIMARS rocket systems.
Citing two unnamed US officials, Reuters said that the US will provide Ukraine with the longer-range Boeing-made Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) for the first time as part of an over $2 billion arms package that could be announced as soon as this week.
The officials said that the GLSDB will be provided under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI), which allows the Pentagon to purchase arms for Ukraine. Weapons provided under the USAI could take months or years to deliver as they involve contracts and might need to be manufactured.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Tuesday that Ukraine expects to receive between 120 and 140 Western-made tanks in the “first wave” of deliveries.
“The tank coalition now has 12 members. I can note that in the first wave of contributions, the Ukrainian armed forces will receive between 120 and 140 Western-model tanks,” Kuleba said. “These are Leopard 2, Challenger 2, M1 Abrams.”
He said Ukraine is “counting” on France providing its Leclerc tanks, but so far, Paris has not pledged to do so.
Kuleba didn’t specify a timeline for when the tanks would be delivered. It could take months or possibly years for the US-made Abrams tanks to arrive as the Pentagon is purchasing the tanks from General Dynamics, and they need to be manufactured.
Ohio’s department of education is investigating a homeschooling network that claims public schools are run by “Zionist scum,” teaches kids to say “Sieg Heil” in class and instructs fellow parents not to give their kids “Jewish media content.”
Webmaster addition: For propaganda to work, it must be believable.
Artemovsk is in an operational environment, said Yan Gagin, assistant to the acting head of the DPR, on the air of the Rossiya 24 TV channel.
"Our forces are closing the ring outside the city. Now there are battles for control of the route of the Yar — Artemovsk Clock," he said.
According to Gagin, the Russian army struck at enemy columns moving along this road, which remains the last way to supply the Ukrainian group. Artemovsk (Ukrainian name — Bakhmut) is located in the Kiev-controlled part of the DPR, north of Gorlovka. Fierce fighting has been going on there in recent weeks. According to the founder of the Wagner group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, the liberation of the city will stop the Ukrainian offensive in any direction.
Russia has been conducting a military special operation in Ukraine since February 24. Vladimir Putin called its task "to protect people who have been subjected to bullying and genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years." According to the President, the ultimate goal of the operation is the liberation of Donbass and the creation of conditions that guarantee the security of Russia itself.
A mass murder in Goshen, CA had all Hispanic victims, some of whom, i.e., the adult males, were involved in drug gangs. It’s being counted as one of California’s mass shootings, but it’s criminal act by an unknown gang, which is a different kind of thing:
A teenage mother and her 10-month-old were gunned down while running from a ‘cartel-style execution’ in central California that left 6 dead, police say, by Aya Elamroussi, CNN, January 19, 2023
A young mother was clutching her 10-month-old son and running for safety when both were gunned down in a horrific attack that left six dead in a small central California community, the sheriff said.
Forensic evidence shows a shooter stood over 16-year-old Alissa Parraz and her son Nycholas and shot both of them in the head, Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said Tuesday during a news conference.
“I know for a fact that this young lady was running for her life,” he said of the Monday attack that sent the teen fleeing a home where at least two suspects opened fire in a “cartel-like execution.”
An MIT expert in analytics and risk management in health systems is calling for the immediate halt of worldwide mRNA vaccination programs due to “mounting and indisputable evidence” that the shots are harming young people.
“They should stop because they completely failed to fulfill any of their advertised promises regarding efficacy,” said Retsef Levi, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management since 2006. “And more importantly, they should stop because of the mounting and indisputable evidence that they cause an unprecedented level of harm, including the death of young people and children.”
In a video posted on Twitter Monday morning, Levi cited numerous studies that show how the mRNA vaccines are causing a significant increase in cases of myocarditis throughout the world.
The professor noted that he has decades of experience as an expert in analytics and risk management in health systems.
“I have more than 30 years as a practitioner and an academic in using data and analytics to assess and manage risk particularly in the context of health systems, health policies, as well as management of safety and quality of manufacturing of biologic drugs,” he said.
One downside of reading me is that tomorrow’s headlines aren’t as full of surprises. For example, while much of the media world is currently stunned that the five Memphis cops who beat a black motorist to death are black, my regular readers aren’t.
I start with empirical observations and look for the simplest and most powerful explanations of reality. For example, I’m one of the few who point out that all the data show that America has a big problem with black violence.
In contrast, the conventional wisdom starts with simpleminded racist bigotry: Whites are the Bad Race and blacks are the Good Race.
So when blacks, such as the Memphis Five, behave so badly that it demands national attention, we are deluged with labored explanations of how blacks killing a black must be the fault of white supremacy. But as I wrote during the first week of 2020’s Mostly Peaceful Protests:
What America needs to do is treat blacks as human beings with free will who when they make good choices should enjoy the benefits and when they make bad choices should experience the consequences. Instead, The Establishment views blacks as our Sacred Cows, above criticism, but beneath agency.
Turmoil remerged in the Adani group Wednesday after a top Swiss bank stopped accepting bonds from companies tied to Gautam Adani's corporate empire for margin loans.
Bloomberg reported Credit Suisse Group AG halted the acceptable of bonds of Adani's companies as collateral for margin for banking clients. This news led to further declines in Adani shares and dollar bonds.
The Swiss lender's private banking arm has assigned a zero lending value for notes sold by Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone, Adani Green Energy and Adani Electricity Mumbai Ltd., according to people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified discussing private information. It had previously offered a lending value of about 75% for the Adani Ports notes, one of the people said.
When a private bank cuts lending value to zero, clients typically have to top up with cash or another form of collateral and if they fail to do so, their securities can be liquidated. --Bloomberg
Shares of Adani Enterprises crashed, closing down by more than 28%. Market cap losses across all Adani companies hit $93 billion since US short-seller Hindenburg Research accused it of corporate fraud one week ago.
Don’t be fooled. Just because Joe Biden’s head is full of marbles doesn’t mean he can’t run over your rights. He has packed his administration with some of the worst leftists to fall out of Berkeley. And these would-be socialists are trying everything they can to clamp down on your constitutional liberties.
To point, Biden’s ATF just cooked up a rule that will put millions of Americans on a federal database. This arbitrary rule will turn law-abiding citizens into criminals overnight, if they don’t comply. And it has everything to do with discouraging you from exercising your Second Amendment rights. So a group of military vets is taking old Joe to task.
From The Washington Free Beacon:
A group of military veterans is suing the Biden administration over a new gun rule that they say dramatically expands the definition of “rifle” to include certain pistols, putting millions of gun-owning Americans at risk of criminal liability, according to a complaint filed in federal court on Tuesday morning…
The suit asked the court to block the new regulation, arguing that the ATF rule is “arbitrary, capricious,” and “invalid.”