Thursday, January 27, 2022

#CZECHIA: Plan For Mandatory Vaccinations Dropped By New Gov't

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The Czech Republic's new government on Wednesday dismissed the previous government’s plan to require older adults and people in some professions to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The nation's new government, headed by five parties and led by Prime Minister Petr Fiala, said the previous plan, which was going into effect in March, has been dropped.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

#UK: Conservative MP Defects To Labour Party

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Tory MP Christian Wakeford has defected to the Labour Party and called on Boris Johnson to quit as prime minister.

Wakeford took the Bury South seat from Labour at the 2019 general election by just 402 votes.

But he will now sit as a Labour MP, with his new party leader, Sir Keir Starmer, offering him a "warm welcome."

Some conservatives suggested he should have resigned, triggering a by-election, but others have "crossed the floor" in Parliament before, establishing precedent.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

#CANADA: Ontario Health Minister Decries Doctors Spreading "Misinformation" About Vaccines

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Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott has addressed reports that doctors are spreading misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines, calling it “unacceptable.” 

In a news conference, Elliot said she would be sending a letter to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario “urging them to do everything that is possible to put an end to this behavior.”

Some doctors are sharing unverified information on blood clots and myocarditis side effects, while others have been accused of issuing false medical exemptions for wearing a mask or receiving a vaccine. Several have claimed the vaccine “kills children.”

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Monday, January 24, 2022

#UK: London Mayor Wants To Tax Miles Driven In City

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Mayor Sadiq Khan has said London needs to charge motorists by the mile to hit climate change targets.

Khan wants road pricing to be implemented to encourage people who drive petrol or diesel cars in the British capital city to switch to public transport, walking, cycling or electric vehicles “where necessary."

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Sunday, January 23, 2022

#EU: European Parliament Elects Youngest President

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Center-right Malta lawmaker Roberta Metsola, chosen this week as only the third woman to head the European Parliament, is viewed as a political moderate despite controversy over her anti-abortion stance, a rarity in European politics.

Elected on the day she turns 43, the politician from the European Union’s smallest nation becomes the youngest president ever to run the chamber.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Saturday, January 22, 2022

#CANADA: NDP Leader To Reimburse Company For $1,895 Rocking Chair Gift

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The New Democratic Party of Canada says it is working with the Federal ethics commissioner and intends to file a formal disclosure report on a $1,895 rocking chair given to NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh's wife in exchange for posting about the item on her Instagram account.

On Dec. 10, Singh's wife posted an image of the Grand Jackson Rocker by Canadian furniture company Monte Design on her Instagram account, mentioning the company. The party said Singh would repay the cost of the chair after CBC reported it was given to him and his wife as a gift.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Friday, January 21, 2022

#UK: Scotland To Lift Covid Restrictions Next Week

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Scotland's government has announced that it will lift the COVID-19 restrictions that were put in place during the Christmas holidays, starting next Monday.

In a speech to the Scottish Parliament, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that the additional restrictions imposed in late December could be lifted as the country has “turned the corner” on the Omicron wave.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Thursday, January 20, 2022

#UK: PM Johnson Lifts All Covid Restrictions

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Starting next Thursday, all COVID restrictions in the UK will be lifted, said Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Parliament.

Vaccine passports, the wearing of face masks and the mandatory at home work orders by government workers will be lifted. Johnson said private businesses may still require masks or working from home at their discretion.

The lifting of restrictions comes at a time when Johnson's Conservative Party is polling far behind the UK's Labour Party.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

#CANADA: Federal Gov't Sets Up Solar Panels In Sunless Arctic Region

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The Federal government spent $1.4 million setting up solar panels in the most sunless region of Canada.

Records show the Department of Northern Affairs thought the climate change program would help small Arctic towns that have to rely on diesel generators for heat and light in winter.

However, the department acknowledged to the committee in a followup report that between 2019-2022, it spent $1,436,726 setting up solar panels in remote places like Nunavut where daylight hours total as little as four hours or less in the winter.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

#CHINA: European Olympic Committees Warn Athletes Not To Bring Smartphones To Beijing

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The Belgian, Dutch and British Olympic committees have warned their athletes against bringing their personal laptops and smartphones to the upcoming Beijing Games, out of cybersecurity concerns.

Matthias Van Baelen and Geert Slot, spokesmen for the Belgian Interfederal Olympic Committee and the Dutch Olympic Committee respectively, told local media and Reuters that cybersecurity is a risk in their assessment for the trip to China.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Monday, January 17, 2022

#FRANCE: Vaccine Passports Pass Parliament

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France’s parliament has approved a law that will exclude unvaccinated people from all restaurants, sports arenas and other venues as the central measure of government efforts to protect hospitals amid record numbers of Covid-19 infections driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant.

The National Assembly adopted the law by a vote of 215-58. President Emmanuel Macron had hoped to push the bill through faster, but it was delayed by resistance from politicians both on the Right and Left.

More than 91% of French adults are already fully vaccinated, and some critics have questioned whether the “vaccine pass” will make much of a difference.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Sunday, January 16, 2022

#UK: Poll Shows Labour Well Ahead Of Conservatives

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The Conservative Party has recovered some of its lost lead against the opposition Labour Party, an opinion poll showed last Saturday, but Boris Johnson's personal ratings remain deeply negative as he faces ongoing ethics questions.

Polling company Opinium said Labour's poll rating held at 39% in a January 5-7 survey, unchanged from late December, while support for the Conservatives rose two percentage points to 34%. The Liberal Democrats were on 11% and the Green Party was on 5%.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Saturday, January 15, 2022

#HONGKONG: Crackdown On Free Press Intensifies

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Life as an independent journalist in Hong Kong, long hard, is becoming impossible. On December 29th Stand News, the territory’s leading pro-democracy news outlet, was forced to shut after hundreds of police raided its office, froze its assets and arrested seven people. 

The current and former editors were charged with conspiracy to publish seditious content and denied bail. 

Fearing for their reporters’ safety, two other news sites, Citizen News and Mad Dog Daily, halted operations on January 4th.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Friday, January 14, 2022

#ITALY: Parliament, Local Electors, Will Choose New President

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Italy’s parliament and regional representatives will start voting for the new head of state on January 24, the president of the country’s lower house announced last Tuesday. 

“I have convened the Parliament in a common session for the election of the President of the Republic on January 24 at 3 p.m.,” Roberto Fico said in a statement, posted to Facebook.

1,009 electors, from the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies and including 58 regional representatives, will cast secret ballots in a series of voting rounds.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Thursday, January 13, 2022

#GHANA: Fight In Parliament Over Controversial Internet Tax

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A fight broke out between lawmakers in Ghana’s parliament during a debate over a proposed tax on electronic transactions that has divided the house for weeks.

The controversial 1.75% e-levy, which would include mobile money payments, has been challenged by the opposition since it was first proposed last month and held up the passing of the budget.

The fight occurred after the parliament's speaker called for a vote on the measure.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

BREAKING: #UK: Scottish Conservative Leader Calls For Johnson's Resignation

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Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross says Boris Johnson's postion is "no longer tenable" following the prime minister's admission that he attended a "bring your own booze" drinking event at Number 10 at the height of the UK's first national lockdown in May 2020.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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#CANADA: Top Health Official Urges "Pregnant People" Not To Drink

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Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Theresa Tam has recommended “pregnant people” avoid drinking alcohol to prevent fetal alcohol syndrome instead of simply referring to pregnant women.

Tam made the recommendation in a Dec. 23 tweet.

Tam has used woke language in the past when speaking about pregnancy. 

On Nov. 26, she urged “pregnant and breastfeeding people” to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

#ISRAEL: Health Minister Wants To Make Abortions Easier

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Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz intends to spearhead major reforms to the country’s abortion policies with the aim of making it easier for women to end a pregnancy.

Under current laws, the right to an abortion is only granted by three-member pregnancy termination committees held in the country’s hospitals.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Monday, January 10, 2022

#THEPHILIPPINES: Pres. Duterte Orders Arrest Of Unvaxxed If They Break Quarantine

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on has ordered the arrest of unvaccinated people who violate stay-at-home orders aimed at curbing "galloping" coronavirus infections driven by the Omicron coronavirus variant.

Unvaccinated people among the capital city of Manila's 13 million people were ordered to stay home, after infection numbers tripled in two days.

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Sunday, January 09, 2022

#KAZAKHSTAN: President Issues "Shoot-to-Kill" Order To Quell Riots Protesting Steep Price Hikes

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Kazakhstan’s government resigned last Wednesday after protesters angry at a sharp rise in motor fuel prices took to the streets in several key cities, marking a big test for the country’s president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.

Kazakhstan’s president as well as international media are saying that Kazakh security forces have taken control of most of the city streets in Almaty, where days of riots have raged and central government buildings have been torched. Heavy military vehicles and armaments have also been seen deployed across other major cities. 

This after Kassym-Jomart Tokayev ordered his security forces to "shoot to kill without warning" - according to state media.

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Saturday, January 08, 2022

#FRANCE: Assembly Passes Powerful Vaccine Passport Requirements

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After three days of tumultuous debate, fuelled by controversial remarks by President Emmanuel Macron, the French National Assembly approved a bill early Thursday morning that would transform the country’s health pass into a stricter “vaccine pass." 

The bill passed the National Assembly by a voted 214 to 93, with 27 abstentions. The bill now goes on to the Senate.

Macron made waves when he suggested in an interview this week that he wanted to "piss off" the unvaccinated and treat them like "non-citizens."

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Friday, January 07, 2022

#GERMANY: Anti-Lockdown Protests Lead Gov't To Threaten Free Speech Crackdown

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Earlier this week, nearly 100,000 Germans took to the streets to protest their country's COVID-19 mandates. In response to what is being deemed as increasing "radical protests," members of Germany's ruling Free Democratic Party (FDP) have called for state monitoring of the social media site, Telegram, used by dissenters of the country's mandates to organize.

"Should Telegram fail to react to the European and German legal situation, our security policy will increasingly begin in the chat groups in the future," Hagen Reinhold, a member of the FDP, said in a strategy paper, according to Der Spiegel.

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Thursday, January 06, 2022

#FRANCE: Pres. Macron Says Strategy Is To Take Freedoms From Unvaxxed, Whom He Calls "Non-Citizens"

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French President Emmanuel Macron admitted Tuesday that part of his “strategy” on tackling COVID is to “piss off” the unvaccinated as much as possible by limiting their freedoms and coercing them into taking shots.

Macron made the comments in an interview with the Le Parisien newspaper, noting “As for the non-vaccinated, I really want to piss them off. And we will continue to do this, to the end. This is the strategy.”

Macron referred to the unvaccinated as "non-citizens," a notion that French courts may take issue with.

Macron's opponent in the presidential race, Eric Zemmour, called his comments "cynical."

"Emmanuel Macron knew what he was doing. He cynically exploited COVID to make it a subject of the presidential election so that his record and especially the identity of France are not addressed."

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Wednesday, January 05, 2022

#THENETHERLANDS: PM Rutte Unveils Fourth Cabinet

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Prime Minister Mark Rutte has unveiled his choices for the fourth cabinet he has seated since he was first elected prime minister. 

It includes several new faces, largely from his own party, the VVD (People's Party for Freedom and Democracy) including Senator Eric van der Burg, a former alderman and ex-acting mayor of Amsterdam, who will be the new State Secretary for Asylum and Migration and will succeed Ankie Broekers-Knol.

Opposition Party for Freedom Leader Geert Wilders lost no time in eviscerating Van der Burg, noting on Twitter his 2017 comments about immigrants:

"The man who said: The more asylum seekers the better." (Parool, March 30, 2017) The VVD has gone mad. Pure betrayal."

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Tuesday, January 04, 2022

#FRANCE: Leftist Parties Struggling In Polls Ahead Of April Election

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The disarray of the French left underscores how the campaign for the presidency ahead of April’s election will be fought and won on the right.

Barely five years since Fran├žois Hollande bowed out as France’s socialist head of state, the party’s candidate Anne Hidalgo has sunk to as low as 3% in one recent opinion poll. 

France’s political centre of gravity has shifted to the right in recent years, with crime, immigration and national identity rising up the agenda.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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