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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jan 2nd, 2021 at 06:48:51 PM EST
'Sold out': Uighurs fear deportation as China ratifies extradition treaty with Turkey
Beijing has ratified an extradition treaty with Turkey that Uighurs fear could pave the way for tens of thousands to be deported and imprisoned in internment camps that rights group say constitute a "cultural genocide".

The treaty, first signed during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Beijing in 2017, was ratified last weekend at the Chinese National People's Congress, with state media saying it would be used for counter-terrorism purposes.

Turkey is yet to ratify the treaty, and as such no extraditions are expected any time soon. However Uighurs are now calling on the Turkish government and lawmakers to stop the agreement from going through.

Two months ago:
Turkey's Erdogan urges French goods boycott amid Islam row

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Turks to boycott French goods amid a row over France's tougher stance on radical Islam.

In a televised speech, he urged world leaders to protect Muslims "if there is oppression against Muslims in France".

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jan 3rd, 2021 at 06:49:37 PM EST
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I read Reuters' version last week and laughed aloud, AWKWARD! Erdogan has punked the EU again.

Turkey won't return anyone. Turkey recruited Uighur mercenaries (among others) into its irregular Idlib, Syria adventure, which incidentally NATO has had no problem ignoring, because of course Assad must go, and there are only muslim ethnic minorities trying to live their "best lives" in Xinjiang. To borrow a phrase from Florida's finest, they "want them to be victims."

"De-radicalization" is a figment of authoritarian Chinese minds.

by Cat on Mon Jan 4th, 2021 at 01:44:33 AM EST
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by Cat on Sat Jan 9th, 2021 at 05:37:09 PM EST
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Handshake ... A Deal

Mu'ammar al-Gaddafi and Berlusconi

Angela Merkel and General al-Sisi

Bibi Netanyahu and  Paul Kagame and Eritrea / Sudan

UAE: Illegal immigrants face immediate deportation

Apparently a good business formula, back and forth ... unlimited supply from Third World Countries.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 5th, 2021 at 06:12:35 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Jan 8th, 2021 at 04:19:32 PM EST
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Some members of the Moslem minority in China conducting terrorism good.

Some members of the Moslem minority in Israel conducting terrorism bad.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Jan 9th, 2021 at 04:15:29 PM EST
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The former used to be bad in the US as well. Now they are NLECs.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Jan 9th, 2021 at 04:39:47 PM EST
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To be honest, Muslims are a minority in Israel only because of successful ethnic cleansing and bantustanization. Otherwise Israelis would be 50% Muslim, 38% Jew and 12% Christian or so.
by pelgus on Sat Jan 9th, 2021 at 06:08:15 PM EST
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by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jan 4th, 2021 at 08:58:40 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jan 7th, 2021 at 04:02:32 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 9th, 2021 at 03:08:24 PM EST
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Aging, corrupt UK monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, who has clung to power in the reclusive island kingdom for 70 years, receives covid vaccine at opulent Buckingham Palace, which struggling British taxpayers are being forced to renovate at a massive cost of Ksh50 billion.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Jan 9th, 2021 at 04:46:39 PM EST
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Palestinian [Authority] say vaccines could come in March, accuse Israel of shirking duty to supply them
"in addition to reaching an agreement in principle with AstraZeneca, the Palestinians had also sought supplies from Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and Russia"
by Cat on Sun Jan 10th, 2021 at 07:07:30 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 16th, 2021 at 05:56:51 PM EST
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by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Jan 10th, 2021 at 09:15:50 PM EST
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Where does Africa stand in the Covid-19 vaccine race?
Some countries think this is too slow and are seeking supplies of Chinese and Russian vaccines, which have not been tested as extensively as the Western Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca and Moderna jabs.
by Cat on Mon Jan 11th, 2021 at 03:26:09 PM EST
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In Senegal, lack of cold storage limits COVID vaccine options, too
"Senegal would only be able to keep vaccines developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, by China or Russia in the long term, as they do not require a deep freeze, Ousseynou Badiane told Reuters."
by Cat on Sat Jan 16th, 2021 at 07:42:16 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Jan 15th, 2021 at 06:03:26 PM EST
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Apple, Hyundai set to agree electric car tie-up, says Korea IT News
An updated version of the IT news report removed details, including production location and capacity and the timeframe for signing the agreement and launching the pilot vehicles.

The previous version said the companies planned to build the cars at Kia Motors' factory in Georgia, or invest jointly in a new factory in the United States to produce 100,000 vehicles around 2024. The full annual capacity of the proposed plant would be 400,000 vehicles.

by Cat on Sat Jan 16th, 2021 at 04:24:24 PM EST
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"vote count" underway; Museveni Declared Winner
December 2020 #BREAKING
by Cat on Sat Jan 16th, 2021 at 08:44:07 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jan 23rd, 2021 at 02:24:49 PM EST
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Twitter thread
Glenn Greenwald

Basically, for those interested in the short version, this is it:

oh no the wrong people are manipulating the stock market
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jan 27th, 2021 at 08:33:26 PM EST
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vaccine purchase order gap
COVAX explained
All participating countries, regardless of income levels, will have equal access to these vaccines once they are developed. The initial aim is to have 2 billion doses available by the end of 2021, which should be enough to protect high risk and vulnerable people, as well as frontline healthcare workers.
To make all this a reality, Gavi has created the COVAX Facility through which self-financing economies and funded economies can participate. Within this also sits an entirely separate funding mechanism, the Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC), which will support access to COVID-19 vaccines for lower-income economies. Combined, these make possible the participation of all countries, regardless of ability to pay.
GAVI | Public-private Donor Profiles
"Working to improve the health of markets for vaccines and other immunisation products."
Africa secures 400 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses
"Separately from the AU's efforts, Africa is to receive about 600 million vaccine doses this year via the COVAX facility co-led by the World Health Organization (WHO)."
by Cat on Thu Jan 28th, 2021 at 05:49:01 PM EST
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WHO launches Baseline report for Decade of Healthy Ageing
A number of indicators to be reported on by countries as a demonstration of commitment towards healthy ageing were agreed on by WHO Member States as part of the Global Strategy on Ageing and Health 2016-2020 and endorsed in 2020 within the context of the Decade for Healthy Ageing 2021-2030. Examples are the establishment of a national committee or forum on ageing; comprehensive assessments of the health and social care needs of older people; and a policy on strengthening  long-term care. The Baseline report notes improvements in all 10 indicators between 2018 (when initial data collection took place) and 2020. The most progress had been made in establishing national policies relating to healthy ageing, and the least, in  introducing and enforcing legislation against age-based discrimination.
search for traction in daily discourse continues ...
UN | World Population Ageing 2015, 164 pp
This report is the fifth in the series World Population Ageing. The first report was released in 2002 in conjunction  with  the  Second  World  Assembly  on  Ageing.  The  present  report,  which  updates  the  2007,  2009  and  2013  editions,  provides  a  description  of  global  trends  in  population  ageing  and  includes  new  features on the socio-economic and health aspects of ageing. This report is accompanied by an interactive database on the Profiles of Ageing 2015.
... to stimulate markets for long-term care facilities, insurance, and services even in China. STT.
by Cat on Sat Jan 30th, 2021 at 08:14:40 PM EST
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