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Dutch Whistleblower: AG Khan and the Islamic Bomb

by Oui Tue Jul 7th, 2020 at 01:42:06 PM EST

Today Frits Veerman is recognized as an official whistleblower after 45 years …

Nuclear espionage whistleblower: "The Pakistani nuclear bomb is made in Holland"

In the context of the World Whistleblowing Day we share an exclusive interview with the Dutch whistleblower Frits Veerman, who revealed the great nuclear espionage of the 1970s. Veerman was one of the first to bring his case to the newly founded House for Whistleblowers in 2016. He wants reparation and compensation because he feels that the Dutch government treated him unjustly at the time. The interview was conducted by Transparency International Netherlands (TI-NL) Communications & Project Officer Lotte Rooijendijk. Transparency International believes that whistleblowers should be protected: they contribute to a world in which wrongdoing are resolved, instead of being covered up.

In the 1960s, Frits Veerman worked at VMF-Stork's Physical Dynamic Research Laboratory (FDO), also seen as the cradle of uranium enrichment using the ultracentrifuge process. "Enriched uranium is predominantly used as fuel for nuclear power plants. However, the same technology can be applied to make critical mass with which you can develop a nuclear bomb," says Veerman.

What went wrong within the organization and how did Veerman discover this?

In the early 1970s the Pakistani nuclear scientist, Abdul Khan, joined VMF Stork, where he worked with Veerman on ultracentrifuge technology. Because Khan had lived in Europe for eleven years and was married to a Dutch-speaking woman, he passed the security investigation of the National Security Service (BVD) without any problems. As contact between colleagues Veerman and Khan became closer and a friendship developed, Veerman found out that Khan stole essential knowledge for uranium enrichment and passed it on to the Pakistani government. Pakistan had a great interest in this: the country wanted to become a nuclear power.

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Intelligence: Everlasting Role of the Octopus

by Oui Sun Jul 5th, 2020 at 09:44:10 AM EST

Thanking Carnicky for his diary @BooMan in 2005

Trump Poaches Jeffrey Epstein's Legal Team to Save Him in Impeachment Trial | Vanity Fair |

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Diplomacy for Dummies: Adding Sanctions

by Oui Sat Jun 27th, 2020 at 10:22:27 PM EST

[Update-1] Title change from: "The Salisbury Plot - Next Episode".

Germany tells US to 'mind its own business' over Nord Stream 2 | EuroActiv - Dec. 12, 2019 |

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Keir Starmer's Sensitivity to Israel Tweets

by Oui Thu Jun 25th, 2020 at 05:46:22 PM EST

[Update-1]

Note: The quote in the Independent article’s interview with Maxine Peake can rightfully be condemned. She herself does so:

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Trump Pulls A Bolsonaro

by Oui Wed Jun 17th, 2020 at 12:16:14 PM EST

VP Pence sees end of war on coronavirus ... WE'VE WON!

Pence Misleadingly Blames Coronavirus Spikes on Rise in Testing | NY Times |

On a private call with governors, the vice president played down new outbreaks, stressing that some states were seeing what he called "intermittent" spikes. Experts have warned it's not that simple.

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Major Civil Rights Ruling LGBT Rights

by Oui Mon Jun 15th, 2020 at 05:48:35 PM EST

Der Trumpf takes a hook on the chin ...

Cartoon of left hook to the chin via this article :

California Shows How to Beat Trump, Now and in November | The Nation |

Editorial Art by Victor Juhasz

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Afghan War Crimes: You Will Face Justice

by Oui Fri Jun 12th, 2020 at 02:39:10 PM EST

Is Trump's personal friend PM Mark Rutte staying quiet??

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Trump Advised "No Quarter" Stand

by Oui Mon Jun 8th, 2020 at 07:30:33 AM EST

Marking peaceful protesters as antifa terrorists, will the fake god in the White House open the gates of Civil War bloodshed as his legacy?

Truly the long expected "Nero watching Rome burn" epic moment for America. And future presidential candidate Tom Cotton willing to throw fuel on the fire.

Trump takes note as the far right lobbies for violent crackdown on peaceful protests | The Guardian |

As protests over the police killing of George Floyd continue across the US, a slew of influential rightwing figures have been urging an ever more violent crackdown on the demonstrations - and it appears Donald Trump is listening.

Republican politicians, media personalities and rightwing activists have floated ideas including deploying specific units of the military, while one Republican candidate for Congress has even suggested she will shoot protesters.

Tom Cotton, a US senator for Arkansas who is said to be plotting a run for president in 2024, has been one of the loudest voices.

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Exposed! Riots Left the Emperor Naked

by Oui Sun Jun 7th, 2020 at 08:40:44 AM EST

In the second wave as the Black Lives Matter Revolt takes hold in Trump's USA and equally across the Western White World 🌍🌎

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Trump Tweeting Violence Against Rioters

by Oui Fri May 29th, 2020 at 02:36:25 PM EST

[Update-1]

END OF UPDATE

Trump took to Twitter last night to threaten military intervention in Minneapolis, saying

"when the looting starts, the shooting starts."

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Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger

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June 2020

by Oui Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 08:19:37 AM EST

Your take on this month's news

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CDC Under Fire: Redfield and Birx Faulty History

by Oui Fri Jun 5th, 2020 at 08:55:02 AM EST

Picking candidates for a leadership position with a troubling CV. Potentially a risk for blackmail, Redfield and Birx laid their heads in the political lap of Trump and Conservative America.

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Chloroquine Clinical Trials - Oxford U & Bill Gates

by Oui Thu May 21st, 2020 at 06:18:31 AM EST

Sponsor:
University of Oxford
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Oxford

Chloroquine/ Hydroxychloroquine Prevention of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in the Healthcare Setting (COPCOV) | US Gov't NIH Clinical Trials |

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PPE Scandal In the Trump Swamp @DC

by Oui Sun May 17th, 2020 at 07:11:01 AM EST

Mike Bowen: "I'm a lifelong Republican ... and I'm embarrassed. If we don't act, more lives are going to be lost."

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Shelving CDC Guidelines, Economy Prioritized

by Oui Thu May 14th, 2020 at 11:38:26 AM EST

Judges making more political decisions ... armed groups putting pressure on State Legislators ... the Fascist brown-shirts are part of "Lockdown Protest" across America today. The SCOTUS to decide on Separation of Powers in a Democracy and the Power of the Executive or Immunity (not corona) of President Trump and the Office he holds.

Emails Show Trump Nominee Involved in Shelving CDC Virus Guide to Reopening | TIME |


President Donald Trump arrives at a press briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 11, 2020.

A former chemical industry executive nominated to be the nation's top consumer safety watchdog was involved in sidelining detailed guidelines to help communities reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, internal government emails show.

Now the ranking Democrat on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee is questioning the role played by nominee Nancy Beck in the decision to shelve the guidelines. Beck is not a medical doctor and has no background in virology.

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Trump Hoax: We'll Sue China for MEGA Debt

by Oui Tue May 12th, 2020 at 11:43:59 AM EST

[Updated]

Putting some facts on the table and a timeline of events in the Sino-American relations in 2020 …

Trump wishes to be forgiven for all past mistakes made and betting on the wrong horse of a laissez-faire approach to the “endemic flu-like virus” that had reached the mainland in Washington State, or at least the West Coast of America.

As previously noted, Trump abolished the DHS department for global pandemic watch and axed a crucial NSC member. Cornered, not knowing what a smart move is, the first chance he gets Trump cuts the WHO funding. Next he puts all blame on China for doing what it had to do: a complete lockdown to seal all travel from and to Wuhan and Hubei province.

Once he realizes he is all alone, he slams anyone and all who dare voice criticism. A small majority of Americans and the whole of the Global Community sees what a mess he has made of it, lies and propaganda and dithering along the way failing to set a coherent exit strategy. Building his castle on quicksand, just like a sudden sinkhole when one has not done basic research and gets caught by a backlash of nature and Planet Earth.

Failure In Leadership and Wishful Thinking

POTUS, his National Security Council and CDC head Redfield knew the status as soon as the "flu" epidemic was recognized and spreading in Wuhan, China in January.

Before Trump’s inauguration, a warning: ‘The worst influenza pandemic since 1918’ | Politico |

Former President Obama Slams Trump's COVID-19 Response as an 'Absolute Chaotic Disaster' in Call With Supporters | TIME |

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Structural Assembly of SARS-CoV-2 Virus

by Oui Sun May 10th, 2020 at 09:34:18 AM EST

COVID-19: A promising cure for the global panic pandemic

    Highlights
    • SARS-COV-2 is structurally similar to SARS-COV.
    • The mechanism of SARS-COV-2 in the host cell may be comparable to SARS-COV.
    • SARS-CoV-2 invade the immune and nervous system.
    • There is an urgent need for novel treatment options for COVID-19.
    • Indian medicinal plants are likely to be potential drugs for the treatment of COVID-19.

The novel Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by SARS-CoV-2, which is the causative agent of a potentially fatal disease that is of great global public health concern. The outbreak of COVID-19 is wreaking havoc worldwide due to inadequate risk assessment regarding the urgency of the situation. The COVID-19 pandemic has entered a dangerous new phase. When compared with SARS and MERS, COVID-19 has spread more rapidly, due to increased globalization and adaptation of the virus in every environment.

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Churchill and VE Day -- 8 May 1945

by Oui Fri May 8th, 2020 at 11:08:04 AM EST

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Big 3: Negotiations, Procurement, Standards

by Oui Thu May 7th, 2020 at 10:09:09 AM EST

First the easy stuff ... chlorinated chicken, chloroquine treatment, NHS on offer ...

[Update-1]

END OF UPDATE

Now the difficult part in a wartime effort for our frontlines in hospitals and nursing home: Coronavirus PPE Procurement!

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Mutant SARS CoV-2 Ravages EU and East Coast

by Oui Tue May 5th, 2020 at 07:43:38 PM EST

Dr Bette Korber Los Álamos Lab mutations SARS CoV-2

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