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2020 Apr 4 - 5:35pm
As Washington takes stock of the Saudi defeat in Yemen and rumors in Riyadh of a possible coup d'etat are rife, Victoria Coates has been nominated US Special Envoy for Energy. She is reported to have arrived in Riyadh where she will reside. Ms. Coates is suspected of having penned the column published in 2018 by the New York Times, "I am part of the resistance within the Trump administration" and of having written the book: A warning (Une alert...
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2020 Apr 4 - 5:35pm
Joint statement of the Members of the European Council The COVID-19 pandemic constitutes an unprecedented challenge for Europe and the whole world. It requires urgent, decisive, and comprehensive action at the EU, national, regional and local levels. We will do everything that is necessary to protect our citizens and overcome the crisis, while preserving our European values and way of life. We recognise the burden these measures put on all our...
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2020 Apr 4 - 5:35pm
On 10 March 2020, the Russian Prosecutor General's Office added the European Endowment for Democracy (EED) to the list of "undesirable organizations." The NGO was asked to cease its activities in Russia or be liable to a prison sentence. It is the twentieth foreign organization which has been banned from working in Russia. The European Endowment for Democracy (EED) is the European Union's replica of the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED...
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2020 Apr 4 - 5:35pm
When the G20 was called more than a decade ago to deal with the global financial crisis, we had to overcome US scepticism, G7 hesitancy, Chinese pressure to restrict its remit, and French pressure to broaden it. Such was the jockeying for places that not 20 but 23 national leaders attended the London summit. Their greatest disagreement was not over the $1tn stimulus but tax havens. In the end, we agreed short-termfiscal targets, but not medium-...
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2020 Apr 4 - 5:35pm
While the public's eyes are riveted on the progression of coronavirus numbers, a profound reorganization of the executive is taking place, giving primacy to senior health officials over policy. In the shadows, bankers and soldiers are agitating in the hope of confiscating power for their own benefit.
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2020 Apr 4 - 5:35pm
In Lebanon, the government of Hassan Diab has implemented a curfew and drastic health measures to fight the epidemic while the country's health facilities are almost exclusively to be found in the private sector. The pro-US religious parties have accused Hezbollah of importing Covid-19 into Lebanon from Iran. In this context, Hezbollah spontaneously took over the running of public health in the southern part of the country, with a majority Shia...
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2020 Apr 4 - 5:35pm
In January 2002, the South Asia Bureau Chief of The Wall Street Journal, Daniel Pearl, was kidnapped in Pakistan while investigating Richard Reid's (known as the "shoe bomber") alleged links to Al Qaeda. He was assassinated by his captors claiming to belong to the National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty. General Ijaz Ahmed Shah, then head of the Pakistani Intelligence Service and current Interior Minister, stated that the...
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2020 Apr 4 - 5:35pm
U.S Department of State Full return of all members of the National Assembly (AN); Supreme Court (TSJ) lifts order of contempt and restores all powers to the AN, including immunities for deputies; National Constituent Assembly (ANC) is dissolved. The U.S. lifts sanctions imposed on ANC members due to their membership in the ANC. All political prisoners are released immediately. All foreign security forces depart immediately unless authorized by 3...
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2020 Apr 4 - 5:35pm
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, UAE soldiers and 4,000 US troops joined up to carry out an exercise on 21 and 22 March on a military base in the UAE. The al-Hamra training camp ("red camp") was especially built in 2015 for $ 78 million, in anticipation for an attack against Iran. It comprises a replica of a small town with an airport and control tower, a mosque and a small oil refinery. Henceforth, preparations will be underway for an attack...
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2020 Apr 4 - 5:35pm
The CIA is waging a campaign, which it portrays as "re-information," claiming that Covid-19 originated in China while, at the same time, Russia is seeking to expose it as a US plot. Thus, according to Reuters, the European External Action Service (EEAS) has issued an internal nine-page document highlighting 80 cases of disinformation (Fake News) allegedly disseminated by Russia to sow panic in the European Union. According to the EEAS...
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2020 Apr 2 - 6:06pm
The President of the French Scientific Committee on Coronavirus, Professor Jean-François Delfraissy, acknowledged in an interview with the Catholic daily La Croix that "Isolation is not the right strategy; but it is the least bad of the solutions that were possible in France, in mid-March 2020. The Chinese central government has never imposed home isolation in infected areas (all of eastern China), except in Hubei province. This measure was not...
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2020 Apr 2 - 6:06pm
Italy experienced a malaria epidemic in 2013-2017 with 3 805 identified cases. The map of malaria infections happens to match exactly that of the 59,138 cases infected with Covid-19. Malaria like Covid-19 is effectively treated only with chloroquine.
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