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by Bjinse on Mon Apr 8th, 2019 at 09:50:14 PM EST
Sri Lanka bombings: funerals and burials begin
"The attacks are the worst ever against Sri Lanka's small Christian minority. The country's deputy defence minister said the initial investigation shows the bombings were in 'retaliation' for shootings at two New Zealand mosques last month. GEMUNU AMARASINGHE/AP"
Sri Lanka bomb blasts HIGHLIGHTS
"Another explosion went off on Monday in a van near a church in Colombo when a squad of Special Task Force (STF) and air force were trying to diffuse the bomb, Reuters reported. The Sri Lanka Police also found 87 bomb detonators at Colombo main bus station, a day after the island nation was shaken by serial blasts killing 290 people and wounding 500 others. "
Sri Lanka Blasts: Over 320 Dead, Hundreds Wounded on Easter Sunday
Among the dead are almost 40 foreigners including three Danish citizens, two Turkish citizens, three Britons and two individuals holding joint United States and British citizenship, as well as Indians and Portuguese. [...] The scale of the bloodshed recalled the worst days of the nation's 26-year civil war, in which the Tamil Tigers, a rebel group from the ethnic Tamil minority, sought independence from Sri Lanka, a Buddhist-majority country. During the war, the Tigers and other rebels carried out a multitude of bombings. The Tamils are Hindu, Muslim and Christian.
Sri Lanka bombings: Retaliation for Christchurch mosque shootings, minister says
The preliminary investigations have revealed that what happened in Sri Lanka was in retaliation for the attack against Muslims in Christchurch," [deputy defense minister] Ruwan Wijewardene told lawmakers on Tuesday without offering additional evidence to support his claim. [...] A "foreign intelligence agency" had reported that the National Thowfeek Jamaath were preparing suicide bombings on churches, with Sri Lankan defense ministry alerting the police chief in early April and the police then passing the information to top security officials in the judiciary and diplomatic security.
Isis claims responsibility for Easter Sunday bombings

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Apr 24th, 2019 at 12:04:52 AM EST
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Two Chines nationals reported dead in Sri Lanka Easter bombings
"China is the second biggest source of tourists for Sri Lanka. Last year, about 265,000 visitors came from the mainland, or about 11.5 per cent of total tourists, according to the Sri Lankan Tourist Development Authority."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Apr 24th, 2019 at 12:14:34 AM EST
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[US] Ambassador: US had no prior knowledge of Sri Lanka threat
"As the investigation into ["a local Islamic extremist group called National Towheed Jamaar"]-claimed attack continues, FBI agents and U.S. military personnel are in Sri Lanka assisting the probe, Ambassador Alaina Teplitz said."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Apr 24th, 2019 at 01:17:32 PM EST
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Canned tomatoes
"During a televised speech to the nation Tuesday night, President Maithripala Sirisena said he would change the head of the defense forces within 24 hours, and on Wednesday he asked for the resignations of the defense secretary and national police chief in a dramatic internal shake-up. He did not say who would replace them."
President gives firm assurance of curtailing terrorism and bring back normalcy swiftly

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by Cat on Wed Apr 24th, 2019 at 11:31:26 PM EST
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Constitutional crisis just last year in Sri Lanka ....
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-president-maithripala-sirisena-sacks-prime-mi nister-ranil-wickremesinghe

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 24th, 2019 at 11:59:22 PM EST
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At least 15 dead as forces raid jihadist* hideout in eastern Sri Lanka town
The shootout between troops and suspected Islamist militants erupted on Friday evening in Sainthamaruthu in Ampara, to the south of the town of Batticaloa, site of one of the Easter Sunday blasts at three churches and four luxury hotels.
The government has said nine homegrown, well-educated suicide bombers carried out the Easter Sunday attacks, eight of whom had been identified. One was a woman.

Police said on Friday they were trying to track down 140 people they believe have links with the Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings.

* This is an interesting choice in diction, sensitive to incomplete and controversial intelligence offered by Sri Lanka authorities to domestic and foreign journalists as well as *-Eng. connotations to terms, jihad(ist) (historical) and "islamist" (adversarial), respecting domestic and foreign PR interpreters. The distinction is not trivial. Joseph Kenny OP, The Spread of Islam (medieval north and west Africa)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Apr 27th, 2019 at 03:31:57 PM EST
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Migrants fearful after hundreds arrested in Mexico raid
"Mexican officials said last month they would try to contain migrants in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico's narrowest stretch and the easiest to control. Pijijiapan is not far from the isthmus' narrowest point, in neighboring Oaxaca [!] state." uh oh.

2006 - present: Oaxaca state of emergency
2006 | The new attack
2015 | U.S. Issues "Emergency Message" As Protests Escalate In Mexico's Oaxaca State
2018 | Mexico Declares State of Emergency in 33 Oaxaca Municipalities

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by Cat on Wed Apr 24th, 2019 at 04:04:09 PM EST
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Over 1,000 migrants break out of southern Mexico detention center
More than half of the roughly 1,300 migrants later returned to the Siglo XXI facility in the border city of Tapachula in Chiapas state, but about 600 are still unaccounted for, the National Migration Institute said in a statement. Migrants from Cuba, who make up the majority of the people being held at the center, were largely behind the breakout, the institute added. Mexican newspaper Reforma reported ["Huyen migrantes de estación en Chiapas" A/V, ES] that Haitians and Central Americans were also among those who fled ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Apr 26th, 2019 at 08:50:47 PM EST
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Pentagon to expand mission on US-Mexico border, allow some troops direct contact with migrants
300 additional active-duty troops providing food, transportation [!], lawyers to migrants, DHS
The new deployment will bring the number of active-duty troops operating along the southern border in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California to about 3,200. Another roughly 2,000 National Guard troops are also serving deployments along the border in a separate, but related, mission to support Customs and Border Protection agents.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Apr 27th, 2019 at 01:27:36 AM EST
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French intelligence summons journalists after release of classified report on arms in Yemen
The 15-page report (EN) by France's DRM(Direction du renseignement militaire) military intelligence agency showed that French arms, including tanks and laser-guided missile systems sold to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, are being used by a Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.
The document - which was intended to be seen by French President Emmanuel Macron and only a small handful of ministers - was leaked to the independent investigative website Disclose, which published it in full on April 15, thereby drawing a new round of publicscrutiny of French involvement in the war in Yemen.
< pick teeth, suck vigorously >

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by Cat on Sat Apr 27th, 2019 at 05:16:53 PM EST
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Sputnik is funded in part or in whole by Russia government.

'Thought Police'? French Journalists Face Legal Threat for 'Doing Their Jobs'
Third-party sources' links embedded, notably Solidarité avec nos confrères de Disclose et Radio France, Transparency International (2016!), and Allo Place Beauvau beside facsimile of communique commun de redactions (summons) received by Disclose 24 April.

ubn warned

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Apr 29th, 2019 at 07:13:12 PM EST
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Britain to allow Huawei restricted access to 5G network, 24 April
Britain's National Security Council, chaired by Prime Minister Theresa May, met to discuss Huawei on Tuesday. Britain will block Huawei from all core parts of the 5G network and access to non-core parts would be restricted, two security sources told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

"It's essential that we get the balance right, ensuring that our networks are built in a way that is secure against interference from whatever source, but also are competitive," said Britain's finance minister, Philip Hammond.

PROBE: UK defense minister Gavin Williamson sacked over Huawei leak, 1 May
In a letter to Williamson, May said that the PROBE "provides compelling evidence suggesting your responsibility for the unauthorized disclosure."
Shortly after the news broke, Williamson released a statement where he "emphatically" denied any involvement in the leak and said that a formal inquiry "would have vindicated my position."

The British government announced that Penny Mordaunt will be replacing Williamson as defense minister. She previously served as the minister for international development and is a reservist with the Royal Navy. Prisons minister Rory Stewart has been appointed to replace Mordaunt.

Britain's compromise could provide a template for other Western nations to follow as they try to navigate the row between Beijing and Washington.

The world's leading intelligence-sharing network - the anglophone Five Eyes alliance of the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand - will not use technology from Huawei in its most sensitive networks, a U.S. official said.

U.S. prosecutors seek to disqualify Huawei defense lawyer: filing invisible ink, 2 May
The lawyer, James Cole, was the [deputy attorney general] at the Justice Department between 2011 and 2015, a period  [Obama admin] when the United States was obtaining information on how Huawei might have been doing business in Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions.

The government did not make public why it is seeking to remove Cole from the case. In a letter to the court, prosecutors said they had filed a sealed, classified motion to disqualify Cole and expected to file a public version by May 10.

Huawei CFO Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou: Free Carlos Ghosn!
Cole entered a not guilty plea on behalf of ["]the company["] and its U.S. subsidiary on March 14 in Brooklyn.

The crux of the case is that Meng and Huawei allegedly conspired to defraud [?!] HSBC Holdings Plc [UK] and other banks by misrepresenting Huawei's relationship with Skycom Tech Co Ltd, a suspected front company that operated in Iran. [...] U.S. prosecutors said last month they planned to use information about Huawei obtained through secret surveillance [mwhahaha] in the case.

In March, Reuters detailed how U.S. authorities secretly tracked Huawei's activities, including by collecting information copied from electronic devices carried by Chinese telecom executives traveling through airports.

I wouldn't turn my back on a one of them in broad daylight.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri May 3rd, 2019 at 12:54:44 AM EST
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Umbrella Movement Leaders In Hong Kong Convicted For Civil Disobedience Movement
The movement was led in 2014 by top class intellectuals as Professors Benny Tai, Chan Kin-man, and influential pastor Chu Yiu-ming, these were supported by large section of the youth who all wanted to carry on the democratic reforms in Hong Kong which exist under the One Country Two Systems, where China has been able to contain the spread of democratic values and forces thinking that these may cause harm to its own existence of suppressive regime.
After the conviction and the HRW report the moot question is-in which direction the Hong Kong Umbrella movement will move? The movement being civil disobedience in nature in is destined to continue at surface and at the undercurrent level. As the historical evidences show the civil disobedience movements in whole of the world finally got the success. Umbrella movement can assure itself for the same in near future.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Apr 24th, 2019 at 06:18:28 PM EST
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India votes in Phase III of general elections, 23 April
About 66 percent of those eligible had voted by the end of the day's voting, according to the interim figures from the election commission.
So far, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has aggressively pushed Modi's national security record as it seeks to offset the opposition's charges of economic mishandling, inadequate jobs creation and widespread farm distress.
[Centre for Policy Research fellow Rahul] Verma said Modi's repeated references to the Sri Lankan attacks were a sign that the BJP would double down on the security issue for the remainder of the election campaign, which the prime minister began as a front-runner amid escalated tensions with neighbouring Pakistan.
India Today interactive Map scroll page, hover constituency area to reveal MP, party, electoral district Phase date; "swing states", "strong states"
Why is BJP continuously targeting AMU?, issue-voters, candidates, and caste
The BJP and its ideological mentor the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) drag the name of AMU every now and then generating unwanted controversies and public attention.

The most recent remark was that of Uttar Pradesh (UP) Chief Minister and BJP leader Yogi Adityanath on 11 April while addressing a public rally in favour of Satish Gautam, who is re-contesting Lok Sabha election from Aligarh. Raking up the issue of the minority status of AMU he said that the institution is not a minority one and, hence, it should provide reservation to Scheduled Castes / Scheduled Tribes and backward candidates in admissions and jobs. He asked the people to vote him so that he can raise the issue of reservation again and again till he succeeds

archived Phase I Lok Sabha
India elections: Can Narendra Modi repeat his 2014 success?. 12 April
schedule, graphics

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Apr 24th, 2019 at 07:03:37 PM EST
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Economic Sanctions as Collective Punishment: The Case of Venezuela | Reports | CEPR
The sanctions reduced the public's caloric intake, increased disease and mortality (for both adults and infants), and displaced millions of Venezuelans who fled the country as a result of the worsening economic depression and hyperinflation. They exacerbated Venezuela's economic crisis and made it nearly impossible to stabilize the economy, contributing further to excess deaths. All of these impacts disproportionately harmed the poorest and most vulnerable Venezuelans.
by generic on Fri Apr 26th, 2019 at 04:54:24 PM EST
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Me and my friends, just outside the frame, having the coup of our lives.

by generic on Tue Apr 30th, 2019 at 02:00:33 PM EST
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Wait they weren't out of frame, they just got the date wrong.

by generic on Tue Apr 30th, 2019 at 06:23:49 PM EST
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by generic on Tue Apr 30th, 2019 at 08:02:36 PM EST
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by generic on Tue Apr 30th, 2019 at 08:05:19 PM EST
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That didn't work. He's moved to the Spanish one.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 1st, 2019 at 06:57:11 AM EST
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I'm sure Sanchez will be thrilled.
by generic on Wed May 1st, 2019 at 07:41:36 AM EST
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by generic on Tue Apr 30th, 2019 at 08:50:55 PM EST
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by generic on Tue Apr 30th, 2019 at 11:14:38 PM EST
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BS alert ... war time propaganda Made In USA.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 1st, 2019 at 11:01:34 AM EST
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by generic on Wed May 1st, 2019 at 08:44:18 AM EST
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What if they threw a coup and nobody turned up?

The Maduro government has so far been very restrained, letting the wannabe coup leader run free and merely arresting the footsoldiers he gathers. Most governments would be in full panic mode right now with cops and soldiers clearing the streets and giving CNN the very images they know pretend to have.

by fjallstrom on Wed May 1st, 2019 at 11:28:39 AM EST
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That is noteable. With the exception of one burning APC injuring a protester, I can think of no video that looks really bad for the government.

But then I wouldn't be surprised if this coup was indeed planned by the military. Just look at this:

And then everyone remembered a dentist appointment and only twenty-five(25) dudes showed up.
by generic on Wed May 1st, 2019 at 12:51:43 PM EST
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Rubio and Cardin: bi-partisan vanguard of boycott, divestment, and sanctions for fascists
"There's an erosion of support for Maduro from the military and it seems like Guaidó's trying to consolidate that," Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, one of the senior Democrats on the Foreign Relations Committee, told the Washington Examiner. "Our strategy was to ... get as much international support against the legitimacy of that regime and to allow the Venezuelans to make their own decisions on their government."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 1st, 2019 at 01:37:35 PM EST
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by generic on Wed May 1st, 2019 at 02:28:27 PM EST
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I don't really understand it, but this seems to be a characteristic of Venezuela's politics. Chavez was quite restrained after the previous coup, and Chavez himself seems to have been handled lightly after his own coup.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 1st, 2019 at 01:30:46 PM EST
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Chavez is not a dictator. Maduro is not a dictator.
The end.

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by Cat on Wed May 1st, 2019 at 01:41:33 PM EST
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What about Carlos Andrés Pérez? Was he a dictator or not?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 1st, 2019 at 01:52:05 PM EST
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Only if Carlos Andrés Pérez is spelled Chavez or Maduro.

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by Cat on Wed May 1st, 2019 at 02:54:02 PM EST
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Worse. He was a neo-liberal.
by pelgus on Wed May 1st, 2019 at 03:15:54 PM EST
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My guess is that every side is trying to avoid repeating the caracazo. Partly because the lesson from that was that mayhem and massacres never stabilize a situation, partly because they don't want to be seen as the regime that killed it's own people.

So, at least at the top they treat each other with some decency and moderation. And mostly on the ground level, too. Of course in the crowds there are always testoterone-filled idiots too young to remember bodies on the streets 30 years ago. Or people paid to cause trouble.

by pelgus on Wed May 1st, 2019 at 01:49:51 PM EST
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Did Maduro set a trap?
There is no official explanation why the Trump administration believed that the comical coup attempt by Juan Guaidó and his master Leopolo López would work.

There are signs though that the government of President Nicolas Maduro set a trap. Several people in the top echelon of the Venezuelan government gave false promises that they would join the U.S. proxy side. They snookered Guaidó into launching his coup to let him fail.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu May 2nd, 2019 at 04:16:30 PM EST
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It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu May 2nd, 2019 at 04:45:05 PM EST
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Seems like the obvious answer. Little Marco hasn't thought of that yet:

They're eating empanadas with the big lad my dude.
by generic on Thu May 2nd, 2019 at 09:36:38 PM EST
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Anya Parampil pns Fox News. Tucker Carlson swoons.
A/V(EN), analogy fu, 00:02:31

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 6th, 2019 at 12:23:59 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 1st, 2019 at 12:16:44 PM EST
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Doing the bidding for Florida's Latino refugees and thus in a winning position for the 2020 presidentuial elections.

Trump Venezuela policy scores in Florida
Trump's Cuba hawks try to squeeze Havana over Venezuela role

Further reading ...

Venezuela crisis: Maduro claims victory over 'deranged' coup attempt

Remember Marco Rubio? His BIG supporter and donor paid for the political report on candidate Donald Trump which was later paid for by the Democrats of HRC ... 2 years on ;)

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 1st, 2019 at 11:22:10 AM EST
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Yesterday, Israeli Channel 13 aired video recordings by rabbi educators at the state-sponsored military prep-academy Bnei David in the West Bank settlement of Eli. The rabbis hail Hitler's Nazi racist ideology as "100% correct", only criticizing it for not being applied to the right people - that is, the Jews should be the master-race, and non-Jews the `untermenschen'.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Apr 30th, 2019 at 11:53:56 PM EST
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These two actually agree on something....
The annual Eurovision Song Contest is right around the corner, and as that fateful date approaches, calls for Hatari to be booted from the competition have grown louder, coming this time from the Simon Wiesenthal Centre and UK Lawyers for Israel. In a recently released statement, the crux of their argument rests upon Rule 2.6 of the Eurovision Song Contest, which states:

"The ESC is a non-political event. All Participating Broadcasters, including the Host Broadcaster, shall ensure that all necessary steps are undertaken within their respective Delegations and teams in order to make sure that the ESC shall in no case be politicized and/or instrumentalized ... No lyrics, speeches, gestures of a political, commercial or similar nature shall be permitted during the ESC."


Most recently, The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) urged Hatari to withdraw voluntarily, rather than be banned altogether. Their reasoning is decidedly different from that of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, naturally--PACBI believes the best support for the Palestinian people that Hatari could show would be to boycott Eurovision altogether, as many have already done.

As PACBI is a founding member of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, a grassroots campaign from the Palestinian people themselves, it naturally provides the band with an interesting choice: go to Tel Aviv to make a statement supporting Palestine, or honour the wishes of a Palestinian group and simply not attend at all.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Apr 30th, 2019 at 11:57:09 PM EST
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The Guardian
A federal government campaign to vaccinate more than 40 million children under five against polio in Pakistan has been suspended following a series of attacks on workers and police over the past week.


Vaccinators and police teams have previously been targeted in the country, where rumours have persisted about immunisation programmes being harmful or a cover for foreign interests.

"Rumours"? Has the Guardian never heard of Barack Obama?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 1st, 2019 at 04:45:45 PM EST
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Ebola outbreak deaths top 1,000 in Congo amid clinic attacks
More [1,008] people have died from Ebola in eastern Congo since August May 2018, the country's health minister said Friday as hostility toward health workers continues to hamper efforts to contain the second-deadliest outbreak of the virus.
escalation, morbidity & mortality, vectors, vaccine efficacy
[Rebel violence] also has prevented vaccination teams from getting to some areas, further limiting the health response. Still, more than 109,000 people have received an [one? which one?] experimental but effective Ebola vaccine. Ryan said authorities are looking at introducing another one [?].
Security Council Report | MONUSCO renewal 31 Mar, 28 Feb 2019
At press time, over 800 people had been infected, resulting in at least 546 deaths, and about 80,000 people had been vaccinated.
a massacre in December 2018 in which at least 890 people were killed in four villages in Yumbi territory, Mai-Ndombe province, in the west of the country, apparently in clashes between the Banunu and Batende communities. On 13 February, the DRC army announced it had arrested 15 people for alleged complicity in the killings.
CSR | Democratic Republic of Congo: Background and US Relations, 30 Apri. 2019

living lab 12 May 2018
Ebola Vaccines Shipped to Congo, WHO Chief Says; AFRICOM Gen.Thomas Waldhauser, Haley, Kabila 2017 bargaining
living lab, 18 Aug 2018
Medecins Sans Frontieres --Beni, DRC, Sep 2018
WHO May 2017 situation report
ebola marketing Update, 1 Dec 2018
198 confirmed dead, "four experimental Ebola drugs", 37K vaccinated
'certainly' to last 3-4 months more, 20 Dec 2018
278 confirmed dead, rVSV-ZEBOV + mAb114 + PRv1 + 1 NEW!
vote delay, 28 Dec 2018
US sends troops ahead of protests, 4 Jan 2019
2014 "US Ebola Fighter" echo
efforts to prevent a regional Ebola crisis, 21 Jan 2019
DRC-Rwanda-Uganda-S. Sudan-Burundi border"screening"


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by Cat on Sat May 4th, 2019 at 05:26:05 AM EST
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