Israel’s relationship with the United States is inarguably its most crucial in the diplomatic arena. Newly inaugurated Foreign Minister Eli Cohen thankfully understands that.
Cohen, in his first phone call in his position to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said it plainly, emphasizing that Israel’s relationship with the United States and its maintenance is a top strategic priority.
Blinken is the key man standing at the forefront of Israel and the US’ ongoing diplomatic communications and the voice of the Biden administration when it comes to foreign policy, and Cohen told him what he was undoubtedly hoping to hear, amid trepidations about Israel’s new government.
Alternative proteins are foods produced from plants or animal cells, or by way of fermentation. These innovative products are designed to taste the same as or better than conventional animal products while costing the same or less.
Compared to conventionally produced proteins, alternative proteins require fewer inputs such as land and water and generate far fewer harmful effects such as greenhouse gas emissions and pollution.
Some of these products are available to consumers today, including numerous plant-based and fermentation-derived options. Others, such as cultivated meats, are in the process of being developed for widespread and low-cost consumption.
Former NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday morning for a three-day visit, during which he will meet with President Tsai Ing-wen, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
Rasmussen, who also served as Denmark’s prime minister, was welcomed by MOFA Department of European Affairs chief Vincent Yao upon his arrival at Taoyuan International Airport at around 7:08 a.m.
During his scheduled stay from Tuesday to Thursday, Rasmussen, founder of the Alliance of Democracies Foundation, will also meet with Vice President Lai Ching-te, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, lawmakers and think tank scholars, MOFA said in a statement.
Ukraine is losing its sovereignty and independence, and talks with its leadership will not be worth a thing, as long as the country is being externally governed, Chairman of the State Duma (the lower house of parliament) Foreign Affairs Committee Leonid Slutsky wrote on his Telegram channel on Monday, commenting on a statement by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
The NATO chief earlier told the BBC that the West should continue providing its military assistance to Ukraine to force Russia to sit down and negotiate as well as to recognize Ukraine as a sovereign and independent European nation.
According to Slutsky, "Ukraine, though self-destructing, is still a country, and nobody is challenging this status. The goal of the special military operation is to protect our citizens from the Kiev neo-Nazi regime’s aggression, not to destroy Ukraine."
Guy Verhofstadt, the ex-Prime Minister of Belgium and the member of the European Parliament, openly recognized that the anti-Russian sanction policy of the EU completely failed, the Hungarian news channel M1 said in a comment on the European lawmaker’s tweet.
"9 packages of sanctions and the effect is less than 0," Verhofstadt tweeted earlier. The European lawmaker that "frequently criticizes Hungary and its government and politicians standing for national interests, recognized for the first time over the long period that sanctions taken to break Russia down turned out to be inefficient," the M1 channel said, having showed the lawmaker’s tweet.
"We are rewarding Russia for its war against us," the ex-Prime Minister of Belgium said, citing a publication in the Politico news outlet, which had prepared a chart of trading indicators for Russia and the EU from February to August 2022. It followed from the chart that Russia had increased the trade turnover with all EU member-states, excluding Denmark, Finland and Baltic States. In particular, the trade turnover between Russia and Germany gained 33% (20.7 bln euro). The trade turnover with Poland moved up by 24% to 10.4 bln euro. "One picture says it all," Verhofstadt added.
The Prime Minister’s spokesman just told a sceptical Lobby that it was a fact that global healthcare systems are facing significant strain and this was not unique to Britain. Though, as is often the case with the British media, it’s worth looking beyond the usual horizon of the M25. As a winter strain hits the NHS, press coverage is awash with catastrophic headlines. The BBC repeats claims that the NHS is “on a knife edge” as The Guardian decries an “intolerable crisis” – their columnists, unsurprisingly, are clamouring for healthcare to be put on a “war footing”. The BMA has been quick to capitalise on the whipped-up frenzy, accusing the government of making a “political choice” leading to patients dying unnecessarily, as Labour pins it on “mismanagement”. The Liberal Democrats are urging the government to pointlessly recall parliament early…
That the prevalence of health system pressures is a global phenomenon is borne out in the world’s headlines:
The European Central Bank’s decision to raise interest rates in the Eurozone is likely to lead to a collapse of the Euro and to a severe economic crisis in Italy, analysts have warned. Some described the ECB’s policy decision as “kamikaze” and said it would condemn the Eurozone to a prolonged recession. Earlier in December, the ECB announced it would be raising three key interest rates by 50 basis points from December 21.
The standard interest rate has risen from 2 to 2.5 percent, while banks borrowing money from the ECB will now be faced with a charge of 2.75 percent.
The ECB governor justified the hikes as necessary in order to bring inflation under control.
Currently, the EU has an inflation rate of just over 10 percent, caused in large part by higher energy and food prices.
Gabriel Makhlouf said the priority of the bank was to return inflation sustainably towards its 2 percent target.
However, the move has been heavily criticised by some of the leading financial institutions in the West, who are predicting a severe run on the Euro.
A study that looked into the age-stratified infection fatality rate (IFR) of COVID-19 among the non-elderly population has found that the rate was extremely low among young people.
“The median IFR was 0.0003 percent at 0–19 years, 0.002 percent at 20–29 years, 0.011 percent at 30–39 years, 0.035 percent at 40–49 years, 0.123 percent at 50–59 years, and 0.506 percent at 60–69 years,” the study conducted across 29 countries stated. “At a global level, pre-vaccination IFR may have been as low as 0.03 percent and 0.07 percent for 0–59 and 0–69-year-old people, respectively.”
A child reacts while receiving a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Smoketown Family Wellness Center in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., Nov. 8, 2021. (Reuters/Jon Cherry/File Photo)
The study aimed to accurately estimate the IFR of COVID-19 among non-elderly populations in the absence of vaccination or prior infection.
For every additional 10 years in age, the IFR was observed to increase by roughly four times. After including data from nine more nations, the median IFR for 0–59 years came in at 0.025 to 0.032 percent and for 0–69 years was at 0.063 to 0.082 percent.
According to the study, the analysis suggests a “much lower” pre-vaccination IFR in the non-elderly population than had been suggested previously. The large differences found between nations were pegged to differences in factors like comorbidities.
Figures show more than a million children need treatment for serious mental health problems, including eating disorders, in the time since lockdowns were imposed in England.
NHS data analysed by the PA news agency show a 39 percent rise in a year in referrals for NHS mental health treatment for under-18s, to 1,169,515 in 2021 to 2022.
This compares with the previous year of 2020 to 2021, when the figure was 839,570. In 2019 to 2020 there were 850,741 referrals.
From 2020 to early 2022 the UK government imposed multiple COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions.
The England-wide data include children who are suicidal, self-harming, suffering serious depression or anxiety, and those with eating disorders.
Hospital admissions for eating disorders were also found to be increasing among under-18s.
There were 7,719 admissions in 2021/22, up from 6,079 the previous year, and 4,232 in 2019/20, an 82 percent rise across two years.
There were riots in several French cities, almost 700 cars were set on fire, and nearly 500 people were arrested on New Year’s Eve in France.
However, French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said in a statement that New Year’s Eve celebrations in the country had taken place “without any major incidents.”
The French authorities were on high alert for the end of the year, with 90,000 police officers and gendarmes mobilized across the country for New Year’s Eve, according to a statement by Darmanin.
The French politician also pointed out that New Year’s Eve 2022 showed a historic improvement in the number of vehicles set on fire, with “only” 690 cars burned nationwide. According to figures in the release, that number was 874 last year, a 21 percent improvement.
President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice is withholding 400 pages of documents about the inner workings of the Biden family business in Russia, Ukraine, and China, Colorado lawyer Kevin Evans alleged in a lawsuit.
Evans is suing the DOJ to force the agency to reveal 400 pages of documents that would reveal some of the interworkings of Hunter and James Biden’s foreign business dealings in China, Russia, and Ukraine, the Daily Mail reported. Joe Biden’s DOJ has prevented the disclosure of the documents by pretending they do not exist.
Evans demanded the documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), but the DOJ has failed to provide the documents, triggering a lawsuit in March.
As a FOIA expert, Evans specifically asked that the DOJ hand over documents pertaining to “any relationship, communication, gift(s), and/or remuneration in any form” between Hunter, James, and the foreign countries.
Evans explained that the DOJ will fight the lawsuit, even though it has appeared to admit the documents exist.
The Chinese Communist Party’s effort to blame its titanic coronavirus disaster on its own people, because they foolishly challenged the wisdom of dictator Xi Jinping’s endless lockdowns, apparently is not going well.
On Monday, the state-run Global Times took a stab at blaming “imported cases” for the tidal wave of Chinese coronavirus sickness and death sweeping across China.
The thrust of the Global Times piece was that Shanghai doctors managed to detect and contain “Omicron sub-variants BQ.1 and XBB that have been prevailing in some overseas countries.”
The “imported cases” of these mutant strains were “placed under closed-loop management” [quarantine and lockdown] and have not caused any “large-scale local transmission,” according to the Global Times, which strongly implied that other imported variants have been running amok in China.
Far-left CNN lost 33 percent of its primetime viewers in 2022 — despite the fact it was an election year — compared to 2021, which was not an election year.
CNN also recorded its lowest demo viewership ever.
CNN, a left-wing propaganda outlet that spreads conspiracy theories and political violence, is falling fast, falling hard, but never hard or fast enough.
A.J. Katz writes:
CNN, like MSNBC, saw substantial year-over-year TV viewing losses despite 2022 being an election year. The network shed -33% win [sic] total primetime viewers, -36% of viewers from the primetime demo, -27% in total day viewers and -34% in the total day demo vs. 2021. In fact, the network’s 122,000 total day demo average in 2022 represents CNN’s smallest demo audience ever.
“Smallest demo audience ever.” Couldn’t happen to a nicer group of smug liars.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday presided over the launch of a warship armed with new hypersonic cruise missiles on a training mission to the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and the Mediterranean Sea. Follow our live blog for the latest updates on the war in Ukraine. All times are Paris time
Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson said on Tuesday that may lose his license unless he submits to mandatory “social-media communication retraining” by the College of Psychologists of Ontario, his home province’s licensing authority.
“I face public disgrace, mandatory political re-education, disciplinary hearing and potential loss of my clinical licensing for agreeing with [Conservative MP] Pierre Poilievre and criticizing our standing [Prime Minister] Justin Trudeau,” Peterson said on Twitter.
According to Peterson, “about a dozen people from all over the world” submitted complaints to the CPO, alleging his views and comments “harmed people.” None of them were actual clients of his, but lied about it so their complaints would be accepted, he added.
The CPO demands that Peterson undergoes the “retraining” and submits “progress” reports, or face an “in-person tribunal” and suspension of his license to operate as a clinical psychologist.
A bill which allows the state of California to punish doctors over 'false information about Covid-19 vaccinations and treatments' went into effect on January 1st.
Under the new law (AB 2098) which took effect Jan.1, the state's Medical Board would categorize dispensing information - such as the effectiveness of Ivermectin, or the Covid-19 vaccine's rapidly waning efficacy, as unprofessional conduct.
The law was challenged in court by two California doctors, who said that it would restrict their free speech in violation of the first amendment, and that it was "vague" under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution.
However on December 28th, Biden Nominee Judge Fred Slaughter refused to halt the law, ruling that the law trumps free speech claims, and that it falls "within the longstanding tradition of regulations on the practice of medical treatments."
Another lawsuit, brought by Physicians for Informed Consent, was filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of California in early December. The plaintiffs, physician LeTrinh Hoang and Children's Health Defense, are being represented by Rick Jaffe, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and Mary Holland, and argues that the state of California has weaponized the vague phrase "misinformation," and thereby has illegally targeted physicians who disagree with the government's public stance on Covid-19.
2022 was the year in which war made a comeback. But Cold War II could become World War III in 2023... with China as the arsenal of autocracy.
War is hell on earth - and if you doubt it, visit Ukraine or watch Edward Berger’s All Quiet on the Western Front, Netflix’s gut-wrenching new adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s classic antiwar novel of 1929.
Even a small war is hellish for those caught up in it, of course. But a world war is the worst thing we humans have ever done to one another. In a memorable essay published last month, Henry Kissinger reflected on “How to Avoid Another World War.” In 1914, “The nations of Europe, insufficiently familiar with how technology had enhanced their respective military forces, proceeded to inflict unprecedented devastation on one another.” Then, after two years of industrialized slaughter, “the principal combatants in the West (Britain, France and Germany) began to explore prospects for ending the carnage.” Even with US intermediation, the effort failed.
Kissinger posed an important question: “Does the world today find itself at a comparable turning point [like the opportunity for peace in 1916] in Ukraine as winter imposes a pause on large-scale military operations there?” This time last year, I predicted that Russia would invade Ukraine. The question one year later is whether there is a way to end this war, or whether it is destined to grow into something much larger.
As Kissinger rightly points out, two nuclear-armed powers are currently contesting the fate of Ukraine. One side, Russia, is directly engaged in conventional warfare. However, the US and its allies are fighting indirectly by providing Ukraine with what Alex Karp, chief executive of Palantir Technologies Inc., calls “the power of advanced algorithmic warfare systems.” These are now so potent, he recently told the Washington Post’s David Ignatius, that they “equate to having tactical nuclear weapons against an adversary with only conventional ones.” Take a moment to ponder the implications of that.