Friday, December 31, 2021

Number Of Cases Increases While Deaths Decrease

COVID cases surge across globe but deaths drop

The number of COVID-19 cases spiraled by more than a half across the world this week, while pandemic-linked deaths dropped nine percent.

Here is the global state of play from an AFP database:

The average number of new daily coronavirus cases passed the symbolic one million mark to 1.18 million, a 57 percent increase over the week before.

The Europe region accounted for 54 percent of the cases, recording 4,490,612 over the week. The United States and Canada zone provided another 32 percent, with 2,636,831 cases.

There was also a big increase of 92 percent in cases in the United States/Canada zone. The number of infections increased in Europe by 47 percent and in the Middle East by 37 percent. Cases in Africa, where the highly contagious Omicron variant was first detected, increased by just eight percent.

Deaths down

At a global level the number of COVID-linked deaths dropped nine percent to 6,330 on average per day.

Europe accounted for more than half, or 53 percent of the deaths, with 23,324 people succumbing over the past week. The United States and Canada made up 24 percent, or 10,433, of the fatalities.

The countries reporting the highest death rates in proportion to their population were Trinidad and Tobago with 12.08 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, Georgia (11.76), Hungary (8.25), Poland (7.85) and Croatia (7.65).

U.S. Planning 'Emergency' Exit From Ukraine Over Potential Russian Invasion

U.S. admin planning ‘emergency’ exit from Ukraine over Russian invasion

The United States Embassy in Kyiv is working on “emergency preparations” in the event it must evacuate non-emergency personnel or diplomats’ families due to a Russian invasion of Ukraine, internal emails obtained by ABC News revealed this week.

As Russian President Vladimir Putin considers “diverse” military options related to Ukraine, the embassy is preparing for “permanent staff [to] continue Emergency Preparations in case of Authorized or Ordered Departure,” which allows diplomats’ families and non-emergency personnel to move because of a threat.  

A State Department spokesperson said the Biden administration is “conducting normal contingency planning, as we always do, in the event the security situation severely deteriorates.” However, they are not “currently considering evacuations of U.S. government personnel or American citizens from Ukraine.”

In December, the State Department took additional steps to ensure Americans’ safety abroad, updating its travel advisory for Ukraine to have a warning over “increased threats from Russia.”

The warning says, “U.S. citizens should be aware of reports that Russia is planning for significant military action against Ukraine.”

Iranian Made UAVs Are In Venezuela,


Iranian-made unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are stationed in Venezuela, on the northeast tip of South America, where some 2,000 kilometers (1,243 miles) separate them “from skyscrapers in Miami,” the author of a new report on the threat of UAVs has told JNS.

Maj. (res.) Tal Beeri, head of the research department at the Alma Center, a defense watchdog located in northern Israel, said the new report highlighted a topic that until now has received little attention — the arrival of Iranian-made UAVs in the western hemisphere.

The report notes that in general, Iranian-made UAVs compose “thousands of unmanned systems, which are designed to gather intelligence, and to strike surface or air targets, either by launching missiles and bombs, or conducting a suicide explosive attack by diving into the target.”

Venezuela, essentially in the backyard of the U.S., is a state that the office of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei classifies as being, at least symbolically, a part of the radical Shi’ite axis, said Beeri, a former member of the IDF Military Intelligence Directorate.

“The Venezuelan regime, like Iran, is isolated. They share common interests and foster ties. Iran has clear economic and military interests in the country, and it is exploiting Venezuela’s weakness,” said Beeri. Venezuela, for its part, benefits by receiving military capabilities in the form of UAVs from Iran, which it says are for domestic security use, such as protecting oil assets.

Venezuela also swaps its heavy oil for Iranian condensate oil, which can be used to make gasoline — and which Venezuela can use to “improve the quality of its tar-like crude [oil],” according to a Reuters report.

The U.S. has been concerned over Iranian oil tankers and naval vessels travelling to Venezuela in recent months.

In 2020, Khamenei’s office published an image showing Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque surrounded by Iranian figures and Iranian proxy leaders. The image remarkably included Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro.

“Ultimately, the Iranians have marked out Venezuela as a potential base for some sort of activity against the U.S. in the future,” Beeri told JNS.

“Even if they do not actually act from it, in Iran’s strategic view, merely having a presence there is a threat to the U.S.,” he added.

The Islamic Republic appears to believe that such a presence could contribute to its deterrence posture against Washington, helping it to “think twice” before taking military action against Iran.


PA Chairman Abbas Warns Of 'Explosion' In Judea And Samaria

Abbas tells Putin Israel risks 'explosion' in Judea and Samaria

Gary Willig

Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas spoke by telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday and warned that Israeli policies could lead to an "explosion" of violence in Judea and Samaria.

Abbas cited settlement construction, home demolitions, and "settler terrorism" as the policies that could bring about a conflagration, the PA news agency Wafa reported.“The continuation of these Israeli measures will lead to an explosion of the situation,” Abbas said.

Two days ago, Abbas met with Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz at Gantz's home. Following the meeting, the Defense Ministry announced a series of steps to strengthen the PA, including advances for tax payments collected by Israel on the PA’s behalf, amounting to 100 million shekels and status approvals on a humanitarian basis for 6,000 residents of Judea and Samaria, and an additional status approval for 3,500 Gaza residents.

Furthermore, the package includes approval for 600 entry permits for Palestinian businessmen, and 500 additional permits for business people to enter Israel with their vehicles, and dozens of VIP permits for senior PA officials.

During the meeting with Abbas, Gantz offered a number of economic benefits for the PA, including the possible reduction of fees for purchases between Israel and the PA, easing import conditions at the Israel-Jordanian border - which also serves the PA - and other measures which could increase revenue to the PA by hundreds of millions of shekels annually.

Colorado Wildfires Destroy Hundreds Of Homes, Force 30,000 To Evacuate

Colorado Wildfires Destroy Hundreds Of Homes, Force 30,000 To Evacuate
Lydia O'Connor

Fast-moving wildfires in Colorado ― once an unusual phenomenon for this time of year ― forced tens of thousands of residents to evacuate Thursday as hundreds of homes went up in flames.

At least two blazes, the Middle Fork fire and the Marshall fire, have been named so far. Authorities have called for the immediate evacuation of more than 30,000 people in the towns of Louisville and Superior, which are both southeast of Boulder.

“This fire is frankly a force of nature,” Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) said at a press briefing, saying winds helped move fires “the space of a football field in a matter of seconds.”

There aren’t yet any reports of deaths or missing people, Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said, but it “wouldn’t surprise us if we do find casualties.”

“We’re potentially talking about more than 500 homes” lost to the fire, he added. All 370 homes In Superior’s Sagamore subdivision have been destroyed. But people north of the evacuation zones should be “in pretty good shape,” Pelle said.

Polis declared a state of emergency on Thursday, allowing the state to access special response funds and provide resources from the state’s National Guard and other emergency response teams.

The National Weather Service’s Boulder office reiterated the need for residents to evacuate promptly and emphasized that strong winds are fueling the situation. “Never a good sign when radar shows a smoke plume this strong,” the office tweeted, alongside a map demonstrating how much winds had spread smoke around the region.

Colorado has had an unusually warm and dry winter so far, with very little snow ― conditions that exacerbate the potential for catastrophic fires. The entire state is experiencing drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, with about two-thirds of the total land surface categorized as being in “severe drought” or worse.

Orwellian Censorship:

Orwellian Update:

By now you’ve all heard that Dr. Robert Malone - who literally invented the entire concept of mRNA vaccines, has been perma-banned by the government agent thought police at Twitter. The reason for that banning was the video, linked here, in which he warns of the dangers of administering the current assortment of mRNA vaccinations to children. In the video, Dr. Malone warns of “irreversible and potentially permanently damaging” impacts from administering these vaccines to children, a move that Anthony Fauci, has been advocating in his myriad media appearances for weeks. Who would you rather trust with this question: A life-long, self-promoting, egomaniac bureaucrat like Fauci, or the highly-respected medical doctor who invented this form of vaccine to begin with?

Rumors Of War Heading Into 2022:

As the Old Year Closes, War Awaits Us in the New Year

In 2022 two issues will come to a head: One is whether Western peoples can fight off the effort to destroy their civil liberty behind a smokescreen of an orchestrated “Covid pandemic.” If not, they will become residents of police states.

The other is whether the West has the intelligence to accommodate Russia’s legitimate security concerns. If not, at the least American power will be broken and at worse life in the Western world will end in nuclear war.

As the Old Year Closes, War Awaits Us in the New Year (machine translation)

Defense Minister Shoigu: American PMCs are preparing a provocation with chemical weapons in Donbass 
13:57 12.21.2021 (updated: 15:05 12.21.2021)
Shoigu announced the preparation by the United States of a provocation with chemical weapons in the east of Ukraine.

MOSCOW, December 21 – RIA Novosti. private military companies (PMCs) US located in the Donetsk region are preparing a provocation with chemicals in eastern Ukraine , said Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu .
“To commit provocations in the cities of Avdiivka and Krasny, Liman Tanks with unidentified chemical components have been delivered,” Shoigu said at an expanded meeting of the Defense Ministry board with the participation of President Vladimir Putin .

According to the ministry, about 120 representatives of American PMCs who train Ukrainian special forces arrived in the region.

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu: Comrade Putin, Supreme Commander-in-Chief,
The global military political situation is deteriorating, and tension is growing on Russia’s western and eastern borders. The United States is increasing its forward-based deployment on Russia’s borders: a total of some 8,000 US rotation troops have been stationed in East European countries.

Regarding the US group of forces in Germany, the United States has re-activated the Theatre Fires Command, which was responsible for the use of intermediate-range missiles before 1991. The new Multi-Domain Task Force was formed which will be armed with various offensive missile systems.

Infrastructure for the deployment of a US armouredbrigade is being created in Poland. The Aegis Ashore anti-missile capability will become operational soon. A similar BMD facility in Romania has already been put on combat duty.

The deployment of the Pacific segment of the global US BMD system is ongoing. A Joint Force Command of the Allied Command Operations (ACO) has been established in Norfolk to control maritime communications in the North Atlantic and the Arctic.

The United States and NATO are consistently increasing the scale and intensity of military training near Russia. These drills increasingly include the use of strategic aviation and simulated nuclear missile strikes at Russian targets. The number of flights by strategic aircraft near Russian borders has more than doubled. NATO pays special attention to redeployment of troops to the bloc’s eastern flank, including from the continental part of the United States.

The military drills include various scenarios involving the use of coalition groups of forces and non-NATO troops (Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) against Russia. The desire of the Alliance to involve the Ukrainian armed forces in its military activities is threatening security, considering Kiev’s attempts at a military solution in Donbass.

The military development of Ukraine’s territory by NATO countries is underway. The situation is being further aggravated by the deliveries of US and allied helicopters, unmanned combat aerial vehicles and guided anti-tank missiles. The presence of over 120 members of US private military companies in Avdeyevka and Priazovskoye, Donetsk Region, has been proved reliably.

They are setting up firing positions in residential houses and social facilities and are preparing the Ukrainian special operations forces and far-right armed groups for active hostilities. Unidentified chemical warfare agentshave been delivered to Avdeyevka and Krasny Liman for the purpose of provocations. The Ukrainian military keep up the shelling of civilian neighbourhoods in Donbass and the positions of the people’s militias of the Lugansk and Donetsk republics to provoke a response.

Vladimir Putin: The United States operates independently of law and without UN Security Council authorization:

Vladimir Putin: On an informal note, I would like to add a few words to what Minister Shoigu said and what I said in my opening remarks.

What was the American pretext to bomb Yugoslavia? Was it authorised by the Security Council, or what? Where is Yugoslavia and where is the United States? The Americans destroyed the country. Indeed, Yugoslavia had an internal conflict, they had their own problems, but who gave the Americans the right to conduct airstrikes against a European capital? No one did. They just chose to do so, and their NATO satellites were running behind them yelping along. So much for international law.

Under what pretext did Washington go into Iraq? It was Iraq developing weapons of mass destruction. They went in, destroyed the country, created a hotbed of international terrorism, and then it turned out that they made a mistake: “The intelligence failed us.” Wow! They destroyed a country. The intelligence failed – that is all they had to say to justify their actions. It turned out there were no weapons of mass destruction there. On the contrary, everything had been destroyed as agreed.

How did they go into Syria? With Security Council authorisation? No. They do as they please. However, what they are doing, or trying or planning to do in Ukraine, is not happening thousands of kilometres away from our national border. It is on the doorstep of our house. They must understand that we simply have nowhere further to retreat to.

Do they really think we do not see these threats? Do they think that we will just stand idly watching threats to Russia emerge? This is the problem: we simply have no room to retreat. That is the question.

Armed conflicts and bloodshed are absolutely not our choice. We do not want to see events go that way. We want to use political and diplomatic means to resolve problems but we want to at least have clearly formulated legal guarantees. This is what our proposals are all about. We set them down on paper and sent them to Brussels and Washington, and we hope to receive a clear and comprehensive response to these proposals.

There are certain signals that our partners appear to be willing to work on that. However, there is also a danger that they will attempt to drown our proposals in words, or in a swamp, in order to take advantage of this pause and do whatever they want to do.

To make it clear to everyone: we are aware of this, and this turn of events, these developments, will not work for us. We look forward to constructiveand meaningful talks with a visible outcome – and within a definite timeframe – that would ensure equal security for all.

PCR comments: NATO officials have thumbed their noses at Putin’s concern with Russia’s security. Trump’s National Security Advisor and neocon warmonger John Bolton encourages more provocation of Russia, which as Putin has made clear will result in war.

Clearly as 2021 comes to an end, there is no intelligence to be found anywhere in the Western World as all vie to show how tough they are with Russia.

When Putin says Russia has nowhere left to which to retreat, he is telling the idiot West that Russia has reached the extent of its ability to avoid war. “We simply have no room to retreat” means Russia has done all she can do to avoid war and now the Americans must get off Russia’s doorstep.

Putin is relying on Biden to show awareness and responsibility and to work for peace by acknowledging Russia’s legitimate security concern. But what if Biden is just a figurehead, and the shots are called by the military/security complex who will go for profits despite the risk that Putin will not back down?

What if Washington’s concern is limited to destabilizing Russia in the interest of US hegemony and Russia’s security is precisely what Washington intends to undermine, not secure.

2022 could be the year that Washington’s power is broken, with Russia taking Ukraine in an act of self-protection and China taking Taiwan as a demonstration of who is boss in Asia.

2022 could also be the year the Western world comes to an end in nuclear war.

Brave New World

The Brave New World

One of the world's best soccer players recently and inadvertently issued a frightening warning to the world, though neither he nor the world probably recognize it as such.

Argentina's Sergio Aguero announced his retirement Dec. 15 after suffering a heart attack six weeks earlier during a game. While playing for FC Barcelona on Oct. 31, Aguero bent at the waist, experienced breathing problems, grabbed his lungs, lay on his back and received treatment from trainers before going to the hospital, where doctors diagnosed him with an irregular heartbeat.

Aguero -- who played for Argentina in three World Cups and set Manchester City's career scoring record -- is 33. In two decades as a professional, Aguero never previously experienced heart problems that kept him off the field.

Aguero is not alone. This year, more than 300 athletes around the world -- some as young as 12 -- collapsed unexpectedly, mostly due to heart problems. Nearly 200 of them died.

What did they have in common? The vast majority, if not all of them, received the experimental COVID-19 vaccines based on mRNA spike proteins. That relationship appears not to be coincidental, despite attempts to dismiss the possibility.

Aguero, who contracted the disease in January, not only received an injection. He recorded a brief public-service announcement advocating that everyone 12 and older should get vaccinated. But Aguero's unexpected heart attack represents a more powerful message than the one he intended.

Aguero thus joins such fellow soccer players as Manchester United's Victor Lindelof, the captain for Sweden's national team. On Dec. 11, Lindelof, 27, had to leave a game after complaining of chest pains and an accelerated heartbeat.

"Lindelof was in respiratory distress for about 10 minutes," United coach Ralf Rangnick said. "His heart rate was higher than normal. He was shocked and didn’t know what to do."

Lindelof's wife said she and her husband were vaccinated, the website Real Science reported. Britain's Daily Express added that Lindelof now wears a heart monitor.

In July, a 16-year-old weightlifter from Singapore collapsed from heart failure after lifting heavy weights. Six days earlier, he received his first dose of Pfizer's vaccine. Information on the vaccine's insert warned that the shot could increase the risks of myocarditis and pericarditis "particularly within seven days following the second dose."

Myocarditis occurs when the heart muscle itself becomes inflamed. Pericarditis results when the tissue around the heart swells.

Two cyclists, road racer Greg Luyssens and mountain biker Kyle Warner, developed heart problems after receiving a second dose of Pfizer's vaccine. In September, the 22-year-old Luyssens had to retire after experiencing heart failure during a race. In June, the 29-year-old Warner contracted pericarditis.

"I fear that my career has officially been ended," Warner told a Senate committee in November. "I have been bedridden, unable to work and unable to exercise for months."

British ballroom dancer Maxwell Harrison, 21, also developedpericarditis after his second Pfizer dose. Leading British cardiologists told Harrison that the vaccine led to the condition. Harrison, previously a contender for international honors, now cannot compete for 8-to-12 months.

Health experts are noticing. In November, the American Heart Association warned in a study that mRNA vaccines "dramatically" increase acute coronary syndrome, which the Mayo Clinic defines as "a range of conditions associated with a sudden, reduced blood flow to the heart." Symptoms include chest pain and shortage of breath -- which Aguero and Lindelof experienced.

The study specifically mentions a dramatic inflammation of the endothelium and an increasing number of T-cells in the heart. The endothelium, a thin membrane that lines the heart, produces chemicals to control clotting, the contraction of blood vessels and the immune system. Excessive numbers of T-cells in the heart can prove fatal

On Dec. 4, Japan's health ministry also warned that Pfizer's and Moderna's vaccines could increase heart inflammation in young men. The ministry will order hospitals to report whether patients developed such problems within 28 days after their vaccination. Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now admit that pericarditis and myocarditis are side effects from the two manufacturers' vaccines. Those side effects develop usually in young men and usually after the second dose, the CDC reported.


Cruise Ships Exposed COVID Fearmongering Deception In 2020 And Expose Vaccine Efficacy Deception Now

Authored by Adam Dick via The Ron Paul Institute,

Back in March of 2020, when the coronavirus fearmongering from politicians and big money media was taking off, an outbreak of coronavirus and several deaths on the Diamond Princess cruise ship was among the examples used to stir up dread of coronavirus among the American populace.

However, people who looked critically at the Diamond Princess situation realized that it suggested coronavirus did not pose an especially great threat.

Among those more levelheaded individuals was John P.A. Ioannidis, a Stanford University professor of medicine and professor of epidemiology and population health.

Looking at the infection and fatality numbers from the Diamond Princess, Ioannidis concluded in a March 17, 2020 Stat News article that the coronavirus case fatalityrate in the general population would be no greater than the one percent case fatality rate on the cruise ship and would most likely be much lower, noting that the Diamond Princess had “a largely elderly population, in which the death rate from Covid-19 is much higher.”

Ioannidis got it right. 

But that did not stop government from shutting down much of the American economy and violating freedom Americans had long assumed secure, all in the name of countering the hyped coronavirus threat.

Fast forward to December of 2021. We are now well into the phase of gaming the coronavirus panic where governments are applying intense pressure on people to take experimental coronavirus “vaccine” shots. Having already blown way out of proportion the threat from coronavirus, politicians and people in the big money media repeatedly assert the safety and effectiveness of these shots despite the abundant evidence that the shots are far from being either safe or effective.

Just as the Diamond Princess cruise ship coronavirus outbreak helped expose early on the preposterousness of the fearmongering regarding coronavirus, now outbreaks of coronavirus on cruise ships are helping expose the preposterousness of claims that the experimental coronavirus vaccine shots are effective.

Meryl Kornfield wrote Saturday at the Washington Post regarding the situation of coronavirus outbreaks on cruise ships whose crews and passengers are required to have taken the shots:

At least six sailings on Royal Caribbean, HollandAmerica, Carnival and others last week were altered by coronavirus outbreaks as cruise ships prepared for pre-pandemic levels before sailings were paused. Although vessels that have resumed cruising have beefed up coronavirus precautions — requiring vaccinations and testing passengers — the wave of new infections, fueled by the quickly proliferating omicron variant, has knocked the devastated industry and alarmed cruisers.

As in the early months of the coronavirus scare, considering critically what is happening on cruise shipsnow provides a means to see past the disinformation. The reality on cruise ships, in March of 2020 and in December of 2021, has provided a strong contrast to, respectively, the hyped danger of coronavirus and the hyped efficacy of the experimental coronavirus vaccine shots.

China Urges Russia To Cooperate Against U.S. Hegemony

China urges Russia to cooperate against US hegemony

The US is putting pressure on China and Russia on all fronts, and the two must continue to deepen strategic cooperation on all fronts, Beijing’s ambassador to Moscow declared on Thursday.

Speaking to newspaper Izvestia, Zhang Hanhui said that working together was essential to counter US and Western pressure.

“The US, along with its Western allies, is putting pressure on China and Russia on all fronts: political, economic, military, humanitarian, security, science, and technology,” he said. “In response to such overt hegemony and power politics, we must continue to deepen back-to-back strategic cooperation.”

In addition, the diplomat stressed, Western countries were exercising “extraterritorial jurisdiction” and arbitrarily applying sanctions on the two nations’ government agencies, enterprises, and personnel in an attempt to stifle their development.

On December 15, during a video conference with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin described their relations as a true model of cooperation in the 21st century. In recent years, as both countries have become more adversarial with the US, the two leaders have become closer, with Xi even once referring to Putin as his “best friend.”

Earlier this month, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Beijing fully intended to maintain mutually beneficial relations with Moscow.

The Deception Of The Nations

Amir Tsarfati: The Deception of the Nations [Video]

Watch Amir’s teaching on how the nations of the world are deceived regarding Israel. 

China Warns Again About Intervention In Taiwan: 'Unbearable Cost'

China Again Threatens the US with “Unbearable Cost” Over Taiwan

China is raising the pressure and again threatening the US not to interfere with their actions related to Taiwan. 

In a Thursday interview with China’s state-run CCTV and the official press agency Xinhua, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the U.S. would face “an unbearable cost” for allegedly condoning and abetting “Taiwan independence” forces.

Wang said the U.S. has “gone back on its commitment made when it established diplomatic relations with China, condoned and abetted ‘Taiwan independence’ forces, and tried to distort and hollow out the one-China principle.”

“This will put Taiwan into an extremely precarious situation and bring an unbearable cost to the U.S. itself,” Wang said.

Wang did not specify what costs China would attempt to impose against the U.S.

According to Xinhua, Wang said “the reunification of China is an unstoppable trend” and Taiwan has no choice but to accept those reunification efforts.

Thursday, December 30, 2021

'Moment Of Crisis' In Eastern Europe

‘Moment of Crisis’ in Eastern Europe: Biden and Putin to Speak Again; Second Time in Three Weeks

As a year marked by a late escalation in tensions between Moscow and the West draws to a close, Presidents Biden and Vladimir Putin will speak by phone on Thursday, amid the Kremlin’s stepped-up demands for an end to what it sees as threats posed by NATO.

“Russia has put its concerns on the table and we are prepared to discuss them,” a senior administration official said in a background briefing on the call. “The United States and our allies and partners will put our concerns on the table and expect Russia to be prepared to discuss them as well.”

The call, requested by Putin and their second in just over three weeks, will cover topics including “upcoming diplomatic engagements.” Source: CNS News (Read More…) ]

Satellite images track new Russian military deployments near Ukraine

Satellite images released Dec. 23 offer new details about additional troops and military equipment which have been stationed near the Russia-Ukraine border since October amid growing tensions between the two nations.

The images, captured by satellite imagery company Maxar Technologies, show the troop buildup, including units newly moved to the border areas. The satellite imagery reveal the military developments and cites several new Russian deployments in Crimea and in western Russia near the Ukraine border. One image shows what is believed to be a new unit in a training area near the town of Valuyki, Russia, which is 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) north of the Russia-Ukraine border. Source: Defense News (Read More…) ]