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At Least 100,000 Victims of Modern Slavery Just in UK

by Judith Bergman  •  August 14, 2020 at 5:00 am

  • According to the report, despite the scale of the crimes, prosecutions have barely increased...

  • "This is a systemic issue that is borne out of poor regulation, poor legislation and exploitation at every level. You have to ask yourself who actually has the power to change this? And that buck stops with government". — Adam Clarke, deputy mayor of Leicester, Sky News, July 13, 2020.

  • The protesters of historical slavery could well be wearing clothes produced by the marginalized, victimized modern slaves who have no access to the justice and equality for which the protesters claim to be fighting.

  • It is telling that both public and private resources, as well as endless media coverage, are being dedicated to the issue of "racist statues" and historical slavery, while the plight of living, suffering modern slaves -- an issue that needs tremendous effort to be tackled to even some degree -- barely interests anyone.

At the beginning of July, the UK's National Crime Agency was asked to investigate modern slavery allegations in Leicester's clothing factories. "As many as 10,000 people could be working in slave-like conditions in textile factories" in Leicester, a report by Sky News disclosed. (Image source: Philafrenzy/Wikimedia Commons)

A new British report, "It Still Happens Here: Fighting UK Slavery in the 2020s", by The Modern Slavery Policy Unit, a joint initiative led by the anti-slavery charity Justice and Care and The Centre for Social Justice, has estimated that "there could be at least 100,000 victims [of modern slavery] in the UK, with the actual number likely to be even greater".

According to the report:

"Many thousands of children, women and men of all nationalities and backgrounds -- including a growing number of British citizens -- continue to be trafficked and exploited for profit by ruthless criminal networks. They are tricked, taken and coerced into sexual slavery, crime, hard labour and domestic servitude. Forced addictions are increasingly used as methods of control".

According to the report, despite the scale of the crimes, prosecutions have barely increased:

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Palestinians: Jews, Christians Are Our Enemy

by Khaled Abu Toameh  •  August 13, 2020 at 5:00 am

  • The prospect of Jews praying inside a synagogue in an Arab country seems to worry Palestinian Muslim figures more than the killing and wounding of thousands of Muslims and Christians in last week's huge explosion at the port of the Lebanese capital of Beirut.

  • Against this Palestinian hostility toward Jews, Christians, and peace with Israel, it is important that a new group called The Arab Council for Regional Integration, launched in London last year, is seeking to build a spirit of partnership that knows no borders between Jews and Arabs.

  • Such groups offer hope to those seeking peace and coexistence between Jews, Christians, and Arabs, and represent a counterforce to Muslim extremists who have nothing to offer their people but misery and bloodshed.

  • By rejecting the medical aid from the UAE -- aimed at helping to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic -- the Palestinians have scored another own-goal in demonstrating the depth of their ingratitude toward those who wish to assist their people. By coming out against interfaith tolerance and the building of a synagogue in an Arab country, the Palestinians are again proving that the conflict with Israel is not about borders or checkpoints, but about the very right of Jews, Christians or Israel to exist.

By rejecting the medical aid from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) -- aimed at helping to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic -- the Palestinians have scored another own-goal in demonstrating the depth of their ingratitude toward those who wish to assist their people. Pictured: A cargo plane operated by Etihad Airways, carrying medical aid from the UAE for Palestinians, prepares to land at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport on June 9, 2020. The Palestinian Authority rejected the shipment because the Palestinians "refuse to be a bridge [for Arab countries] seeking to have normalized ties with Israel." (Photo by Jack Guez / AFP via Getty Images)

For the past few years, Palestinians have been waging a campaign to stop Jews from visiting Jerusalem's Temple Mount/Noble Sanctuary, a place sacred to both Muslims and Jews. The Palestinian Authority, Hamas and other Palestinian groups continue to portray the visits as "violent incursions by extremist Jewish settlers," even though many of the visitors are not extremists and do not live in settlements.

The Temple Mount, where the First and Second Jewish Temples once stood, is the holiest place in the world for the Jewish people. The Palestinians, however, deny any Jewish historic and religious connection to the Temple Mount and harass Jews who, as tourists, visit the site.

The Palestinians are now saying that have a problem not only with Jews touring the Temple Mount, but with those who wish to pray inside a synagogue in an Arab country, namely the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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China: Military Experts Urge Beijing to Prepare for War with U.S.

by Lawrence A. Franklin  •  August 12, 2020 at 5:00 am

  • Wang further warns that U.S. President Donald J. Trump is likely to initiate a military conflict in the South China Sea region before the November 3 U.S. presidential election, speculating that "stirring up external frictions, especially military conflicts with China, will help the incumbent president for his re-election campaign."

  • The leaders of China's Communist Party (CCP) also see that nothing was done by anyone, including the U.S., to stop China's grab of Hong Kong this year -- 27 years early. This paralysis of the West must have looked to the CCP like a green light to keep on grabbing.

  • China, however, has been the party with the hostile intent, not only with Hong Kong, but also with an attack on northern India, an extensive military base build-up in the South China Sea, an attempted appropriation of the Japan-administered Senkaku Islands and a "fishing fleet" of 250 vessels showing up near the Galapagos Islands, off Ecuador. Another recent move from Beijing was to conduct live-fire targeting drills in the South China Sea from July 25 through August 2.

  • If China continues its aggressive posture toward the U.S.-allied free states of Asia, especially Taiwan, a direct confrontation between the Chinese and U.S. militaries in the South China may indeed be necessary.

Chinese military expert Wang Yunfei is urging Beijing to prepare immediately for an attack by U.S. forces in the South China Sea. Wang singled out the Scarborough Shoal in the Paracel Island Chain as the most likely initial piece of real estate that the U.S. might seek to seize. Pictured: An aerial view of part of the disputed Paracel Islands chain in the South China Sea, which China claims are part of its Hainan Province. (Photo by AFP via Getty Images)

Chinese military journalists are publicly urging the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to prepare immediately for an attack by U.S. forces in the South China Sea. One expert at Zhejiang University's National Institute for South China Sea Studies, Shi Xiaoqin, claims that the U.S. is deliberately trying to provoke China. They also suggest the regime reinforce Chinese installations on reefs claimed by China.

If this analysis gains traction by Chinese political and military leaders, U.S. military commanders in the South China Sea should plan for the possibility that China might initiate hostilities in keeping with its doctrine of preemptive retaliation, a seeming attempt falsely to claim "self-defense."

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The Mullahs and Hezbollah, Lords of Drug Smuggling

by Majid Rafizadeh  •  August 12, 2020 at 4:00 am

  • "Presumed to have been issued by Iranian religious leaders, the fatwa reportedly read: We are making drugs for Satan — America and the Jews. If we cannot kill them with guns, we will kill them with drugs." — Matthew Levitt, Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Party of God, Hurst Publishers, 2013.

  • According to an FBI report, declassified in November 2008, "Hizbullah's spiritual leader... has stated that narcotics trafficking is morally acceptable if the drugs are sold to Western infidels as part of the war against the enemies of Islam."

  • The international community, the United Nations, and specifically its Office on Crimes and Drugs, remain totally silent on Hezbollah and Iran's large-scale drug trafficking across the world.

When governments or organizations that operate under the legitimacy of a state engage in smuggling drugs, the negative consequences can be devastating for other nations. The Iranian regime and its proxy Hezbollah appear to be increasing their efforts to smuggle illicit drugs to other countries, particularly in the West.

A Lebanese man, Ghassan Diab, was recently extradited from Cyprus to the United States for charges linked to laundering drug money for the militant group Hezbollah. According to the US Department of Justice, Diab is alleged "to have conspired to engage in, and actually engaged, in the laundering of drug proceeds through the use of the black market peso exchange in support of Hezbollah's global criminal-support network".

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The Palestinian War on History

by Bassam Tawil  •  August 11, 2020 at 5:00 am

  • "Every person, irrespective of whether or not they are disabled, should have the opportunity to visit the tomb, which is an important Jewish heritage site... The tomb belongs to us after Abraham bought it with his own money 3,800 years ago." — Former Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett.

  • These Palestinian leaders continue to deny any Jewish connection to the holy site on the pretext that it belongs exclusively to Muslims. Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad Malki has condemned the elevator plan as an Israeli "war crime" and a "violation of international law."

  • The winners? The Iran-backed Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, who dream of extending their control from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank. This dream, thanks to the lawless and lethal regime of the Palestinian Authority -- funded by the West -- appears closer than ever.

Palestinian leaders seem more worried about an Israeli plan to install an elevator for disabled people at the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs in Hebron than about a Palestinian upsurge in violent crime. Pictured: People exit the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs in Hebron on August 7, 2020. (Photo by Hazem Bader / AFP via Getty Images)

Palestinian leaders seem more worried about an Israeli plan to install an elevator for disabled people at the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron than about a Palestinian upsurge in violent crime.

The Israeli government recently approved the construction of a handicapped access elevator at the holy site. "Every person, irrespective of whether or not they are disabled, should have the opportunity to visit the tomb, which is an important Jewish heritage site," said former Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett. "The tomb belongs to us after Abraham bought it with his own money 3,800 years ago."

The 2,000-year-old structure was built by King Herod the Great to house the Cave of Machpela, burial site of the Biblical founding fathers and mothers. The site, divided into separate Muslim and Jewish prayer areas, has only steep staircases for entrances.

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Is the New York Attorney General Selectively Investigating The NRA?

by Alan M. Dershowitz  •  August 11, 2020 at 4:00 am

  • If the evidence were to show selective investigation of the NRA, that would be part of a larger problem: the weaponization of our justice system for partisan and ideological purposes.

  • "Who will guard the guardians?" Who is investigating the decision by the Attorney General of New York to try to shut down the NRA?

  • Are there governing standards for conducting such investigations or shutting down first amendment-protected organizations? Or does the Attorney General claim the power to pick and choose which charitable organizations to investigate and shut down?

  • These and other questions should be addressed by the media, by lawyer's groups in New York, by the ACLU and by others interested in the equal application of the law.

The announcement that the Attorney General of New York is investigating the National Rifle Association (NRA) and looking to shut it down raises potentially serious constitutional concerns. Pictured: The NRA's headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia. (Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images)

The announcement that the Attorney General of New York is investigating the National Rifle Association and looking to shut it down raises potentially serious constitutional concerns. I am no fan of the NRA. Politically, I think it wields too much influence against reasonable gun control, which I support as consistent with the Second Amendment. It is too closely connected with the profitability of gun manufacturers. It advocates positions and supports candidates, even if indirectly, that I believe undercut our safety.

I will never contribute to the NRA and I will generally vote against candidates it supports. But to paraphrase Voltaire, I will strongly defend its right to be wrong. The NRA is entitled under the First Amendment to advocate these views and to petition the government for what it regards as a redress of grievances under the Second Amendment.

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TikTok: China's Trojan Horse to Indoctrinate America

by Gordon G. Chang  •  August 10, 2020 at 5:00 am

  • At the moment, ByteDance is in negotiations with Microsoft and Twitter to sell TikTok. Yet a sale will not by itself end the threat. Any new owner will have to go over line after line of code to insulate TikTok from Chinese interference.

  • Even an exhaustive review may not be sufficient, because Beijing will still know the general architecture of the software, thereby facilitating further manipulation of the app. As Dabrowa told Gatestone, "My team discovered that a foreign actor may come in the backdoor and change the feed."

  • In the meantime, Trump's 45-day period, plus the time needed to review software, give China plenty of opportunity to interfere in the upcoming American elections.

  • That means Trump last week with his executive order may have saved American democracy but maybe not his own presidency.

President Donald Trump has issued an executive order that just might save America's democracy. The order will prohibit Americans from any transaction with ByteDance Ltd., a Chinese company that owns the TikTok video-sharing mobile app. Pictured: The entrance to the headquarters of ByteDance in Beijing. (Photo by Noel Celis / AFP via Getty Images)

President Donald Trump on Thursday issued an executive order that just might save America's democracy.

Using emergency powers, he prohibited, after the expiration of a 45-day period, Americans from any transaction with ByteDance Ltd., a privately owned Chinese company, or any of its subsidiaries. Prohibited transactions, the order states, will be those "identified" by the Secretary of Commerce.

The order effectively bans ByteDance's TikTok, a video-sharing mobile application, from the United States at the end of 45 days.

TikTok has been accused of surveilling users, censoring content, and mishandling information of minors. There are also concerns the app has vulnerabilities, allowing the surreptitious downloading of malicious software on devices. The most important allegation involves manipulation of users.

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The Reverse-Colonization of France

by Guy Millière  •  August 9, 2020 at 5:00 am

  • Asking the police not to give the name of killers is an attempt to hide the truth and prevent the public from knowing exactly who in France is committing these acts. Hiding the name shows a desire to appease the killers: when a killer has a Christian name, it is immediately printed on the front page.

  • "We only love what hates us, anything that destroys us is seen as great. There is a desire to destroy truth, history... We no longer teach the history of France and we no longer say what our civilization has accomplished. We only talk about our civilization to disparage it." — Michel Onfray, Le Salon Beige, July 30, 2020 and YouTube, July 17, 2020.

  • "France is undergoing reverse colonization. Populations coming mainly from countries formerly colonized by France have settled in France without any intention of integrating. Most of them live in neighborhoods where the laws of Islam now reign and where imams spread hatred of France.... And in a gesture of submission, the French authorities say that hatred does not emanate from those who kill, but from those who want to react and say that we must put an end to assaults and murders. It is a suicidal attitude." — Éric Zemmour, YouTube, November 22, 2016.

On July 4, on a small road in Lot-et-Garonne, in southwest France, a young gendarme, Mélanie Lemée, age 25, tried to stop Yacine E., a driver who was speeding. He accelerated and deliberately crushed her. She was killed instantly. Pictured: Gendarmes carry the coffin of Mélanie Lemée at her funeral in Merignac, near Bordeaux on July 9, 2020. (Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP via Getty Images)

Lyon, the third largest city in France, July 20, 3 a.m. A middle-class neighborhood. A young woman walks her dog on a quiet street. A car arrives at high speed and crushes her dog. The driver stops, backs up, runs over the young woman and crushes her too. He goes forward again, at full speed, and drags her dead body half a mile. People awakened by the noise write down the license number of the car. The police officers who come to the scene are horrified. The young woman's body was dismembered. A leg was found on one side of the street; the rest of her body was shredded. One arm was close to the body of her dog. The other was still holding onto the dog's leash. Her name was Axelle Dorier. She was a nurse, only 23.

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When Memory Becomes a Prison of Nations

by Amir Taheri  •  August 9, 2020 at 4:00 am

  • Keeping alive the narrative of victimhood, successive Algerian leaders have tried to divert attention from their own shortcomings, not to say misdeeds.

  • Covering the 1990s troubles in Algeria, I was often told by Algerian politicians of all colors that all of their country's troubles, including terrorism in the name of religion and police brutality, were due to French colonial rule. After a while... I suggested to Algerian interlocutors to fix a certain date up to which everything was the fault of the French but after that regard Algerians as responsible for their own troubles.

Keeping alive the narrative of victimhood, successive Algerian leaders have tried to divert attention from their own shortcomings, not to say misdeeds. Pictured: Algerian President Abdul-Majid Tebboune. (Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP via Getty Images)

Should the writing of history be treated as a governmental project? French President Emmanuel Macron and his Algerian counterpart Abdul-Majid Tebboune seem to think so. They have ordered the creation of a joint commission to write the history of relations between the two countries since the French annexed that strand of North Africa in 1832.

Macron and Tebboune are not the first rulers to seek an officially vetted and approved narrative of our human story. However, their case is unique because other rulers just wanted to tell their side of the story while Macron and Tebboune demand a two-voices, presumably parallel, narrative.

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Iran: China's Newest Colony?

by Majid Rafizadeh  •  August 8, 2020 at 5:00 am

  • The deal is a clear win for China; the $400 billion will be invested over 25 years, which is a small amount of money for the second-largest economy in the world. China will also have full authority over Iran's islands, gain access to Iran's oil at a highly discounted rate and increase its influence and presence in almost every sector of Iranian industry, including telecommunications, energy, ports, railways, and banking. China, incidentally, is the world's largest importer of oil.

  • Even some of Iran's politicians and state-owned newspapers have begun criticizing the deal. A headline in the Iranian newspaper Arman-e Melli, for example, surprisingly criticized the government: "Iran is not Kenya or Sri Lanka (to be colonized by China)."

  • The ruling mullahs are selling off the country to China, just as some African governments did. Beijing appears more than happy to make deals with dictators, ignore their human rights abuses and plunder their nations to advance its own global hegemonic ambitions.

A new secret deal with China appears to be giving Beijing significant control over Iran. The ruling mullahs are selling off the country to China, just as some African governments did. Beijing appears more than happy to make deals with dictators, ignore their human rights abuses and plunder their nations to advance its own global hegemonic ambitions. Pictured: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (right) and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet on January 23, 2016 in Tehran, Iran. (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

A slogan in which Iran's ruling mullahs have taken pride since they came to power in 1979 is: "Neither East nor West." The Iranian regime has long boasted about its independence from both Western and Eastern powers. A new secret deal with China, however, appears to be giving Beijing significant control over Iran.

The 25-year secret deal, which looks like a colonial agreement, grants China significant rights over the nation's resources. Leaked information reveals that one of its terms is that China will be investing nearly $400 billion in Iran's oil, gas and petrochemicals industries. In return, China will get priority to bid on any new project in Iran that is linked to these sectors. China will also receive a 12% discount and it can delay payments by up to two years. China will also be able to pay in any currency it chooses. It is also estimated that, in total, China will receive discounts of nearly 32%.

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China's Genocide Machine in Xinjiang

by Lawrence A. Franklin  •  August 7, 2020 at 5:00 am

  • Crimes against humanity that meet the UN definition of genocide are being inflicted by Chinese troops on their Turkic Uyghur minority in the so-called Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Charges include torture, forced sterilization and hair shaved from inmates and made into commercial products. Last month, US Customs seized 13 tons of human hair and other "beauty products" worth approximately $800,000 "from Uighurs in camps."

  • The most detailed description of the brutalities visited upon the Uyghurs by Han Chinese thugs was revealed by U.S.-based lawyer and Uyghur activist Nury Turkel, who claimed that Uyghur detainees in China have had fingernails pulled out, were subjected to electric shocks, and were sexually assaulted.

  • Uyghurs, many of whom were CCP regulars and members of Xinjiang's intellectual elite, were once tolerated, but now are no longer trusted. Some, like the former President of Xinjiang University Tashpolat Tiyip, have been arrested and accused of being "two faced" betrayers of China. Many Uyghurs have been plucked from their families and forced to work in prison-like factories where they are becoming part of Xinjiang's growing urban manufacturing class, producing items for companies that are suppliers for "international tech giants such as Apple and Lenovo."

Crimes against humanity that meet the UN definition of genocide are being inflicted by Chinese troops on their Turkic Uyghur minority in the so-called Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Charges include torture, forced sterilization and hair shaved from inmates and made into commercial products. Pictured: Chinese soldiers stand in formation in front of the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar, the westernmost urban oasis in China's portion of the historic and commercially significant "Silk Road," on July 31, 2014. (Photo by Getty Images)

The Chinese Communist Party's chairman, Xi Jinping, and his colleagues on the ruling Politburo, have, it seems, decided on the final solution for China's ethnic Uyghur Muslims. All who have seen the internet drone footage in Xinjiang of hundreds of blindfolded, male prisoners, sitting in silence, hands tied behind their back while ringed by Gestapo-like guards must shudder at the similarity in China of masses of prisoners being marched off to concentration camps.

Crimes against humanity that meet the UN definition of genocide are being inflicted by Chinese troops on their Turkic Uyghur minority in the so-called Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Charges include torture, forced sterilization and hair shaved from inmates and made into commercial products. Last month, US Customs seized 13 tons of human hair and other "beauty products" worth approximately $800,000 "from Uighurs in camps."

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Palestinians: We Support China's Muslim Concentration Camps

by Khaled Abu Toameh  •  August 6, 2020 at 5:00 am

  • Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas... is saying that he fully supports China's right to hold more than one million Muslims in re-education camps and crack down on human rights activists and journalists in Hong Kong. Yet Abbas, a Muslim, sees no reason why he or anyone else should ask the ICC to launch an investigation into China's "war crimes" against Muslims.

  • Why have Palestinian leaders chosen to side with China? Money and political support. The Palestinians are hoping that China will replace the US as an "honest broker" in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

  • Iran, Egypt, Syria and dozens of other countries that could not tolerate a magical realist novel can live with the mass sterilisation of Muslim women. They will give concentration camps a conniving wink of approval, but draw the line at cartoons in a Danish newspaper." — Nick Cohen, The Guardian, July 4, 2020.

  • The Palestinians' hate for Israel and the US has blinded them to the point where they are prepared to support the penning up of more than a million Muslims in re-education camps in China. Such a show of support ought to serve as a re-education for the international community about the warped Palestinian perspective of justice.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is indicating that he supports China's right to hold more than one million Muslims in re-education camps and crack down on human rights activists and journalists in Hong Kong. Abbas, a Muslim, sees no reason why he or anyone else should ask the International Criminal Court to launch an investigation into China's "war crimes" against Muslims. Pictured: Abbas meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on July 18, 2017. (Photo by Mark Schiefelbein/AFP via Getty Images)

The Palestinian Authority (PA) says it is determined to proceed with its request that the International Criminal Court (ICC) launch an investigation against Israel for "committing war crimes" against the Palestinians. The PA is hoping that such a move by the ICC would pave the way for filing "war crimes" charges against several Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

While it is seeking to indict Israeli officials for their ostensible "war crimes" against Palestinians, the PA leadership is working to strengthen its relations with China, where more than one million Muslims are being held in detention in re-education camps.

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Returning to Schools and the Workplace, Safer and Faster

by Betsy McCaughey  •  August 5, 2020 at 5:00 am

  • Year after year, the career officials who run the bureaucracy in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the permanent bureaucracy, who are globalists... preferred to spend money on building labs in Africa, fighting disease in Afghanistan, training scientists in China, instead of preparing our own American stockpile.

  • The CDC should also be advising schools and workplaces, like businesses, about the antimicrobial coatings that could be put on desks, chairs, and doorknobs to prevent the virus traces from being transferred from one person to another on their hands.

  • There are now several different technologies, most notably diluted hydrogen peroxide, that can be installed in buildings to automatically continuously destroy bacterial and viral traces on surfaces, and also deactivate viruses in the air. Just what we need. Yet in the CDC guidelines there is no discussion of them. They are non‑toxic. They can work automatically and continuously. They are already in use by major commercial places such as Walmart, Pepsi bottling plants, computer companies that need clean rooms to construct computers. They all know about this.

  • The CDC also did not mention anything about public restrooms... We know that this virus, like many hospital pathogens... is found in fecal matter. When the toilet flushes... that can take traces of the virus into the air.... The simplest solution is to put a lid on each of those toilets and a sign, "Please close the lid before flushing."

  • I want to go on to two other things. One is the danger that we are losing respect for science. It is because we have seen our scientists get too involved in politics.... Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine... attempt[ed] to debunk the use of hydroxychloroquine. They wanted to discredit President Trump because it is among his favorite drugs, but they ended up making fools of themselves because they put aside their usually rigorous standards of peer review and data examination and published two garbage articles with bogus data in order to accomplish a political goal.

  • Here is the most interesting. Three vaccine developers from Britain and Norway report that they see in the genetic makeup of this virus... a segment that they believe was lab engineered rather than evolving in nature. As soon as they proposed this, a bevy of prestigious American scientists... were outraged and signed an open letter... declaring their solidarity with the Chinese scientists, health researchers, and the World Health Organization against people who might be investigating other sources of COVID‑19 that diverge from the Chinese official story. Can you imagine? There they are trying to censor the research. They are claiming it is a conspiracy theory. ABC News comes on and says it has been debunked. It has not been debunked. I am not saying it is true, but I am saying, at this point, what we need to battle this virus is the truth, not censored research. Scientists need to be scientists. They do not need to be censoring politicians.

  • I think we have to recognize, as our current president does, that China is an enemy.

  • Again, I have to say it is the president who has been very dynamic on this issue. Never mind the career bureaucrats in any of these agencies. He is the one who went to Virginia himself and made sure that we started contracts to build a domestic supply chain.

  • "The Next Pandemic" (McCaughey's new book) is out from Encounter Books. It is really quite short, more like a broadside. I list a lot of these new technologies that should be employed to make our workplaces, schools, and mass transit safer.

We have to level with the public about the efficacy of masks. If they are universally worn, masks are highly effective in preventing the spread. That was one of the major reasons that a few small Asian countries were able to cope effectively with this challenge. Pictured: A class at Dajia Elementary School, in Taiwan, where face masks are mandatory in schools. (Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP via Getty Images)

Looking ahead is probably more constructive and more interesting than simply analyzing what has already occurred. One, is how to avoid ever having another shutdown. Two, what we can do to prepare for the next viral pandemic ‑‑ there will be more ‑‑ and the possibility of germ warfare.

That risk has certainly gone up since our enemies around the world have watched how this virus has laid us low. It is obvious that introducing a virus into a country is a lot easier than building aircraft carriers and intercontinental ballistic missiles.

All of the security experts agree that we have to be more on guard than ever about the risk of some sort of germ warfare. Many of the preparatory steps, defensive measures that I'm going to discuss are equally applicable to a viral pandemic or a man-made threat.

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The Containment of China

by Lawrence A. Franklin  •  August 4, 2020 at 5:00 am

  • After China's many transgressions over the past 50 years... the military containment of Chinese expansionism and Communist Party Chairman Xi Jinping's stated goal of world domination needs to be the highest foreign policy priority of the Free World.

  • Countries could also be enjoined to cancel all commercial activity with China. Why fund one's enemy and make him stronger?

  • China's walk-in-the-park takeover of Hong Kong -- an illegal appropriation -- undoubtedly served to whet China's expansionist appetite.

  • The firm tone of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's July 13 declaration that the U.S. rejects China's fake claims in the South China Sea as mostly illegal will probably be seen as "just words." The U.S. might need to convince Beijing that the U.S. and its allies have the political will to implement this containment.

  • China's leaders are surely hoping that the current U.S. administration's aversion to war will enable the Communists to pick off new territory with relative ease; the U.S. should not even let them think of such a possibility.

  • The Chinese Communist Party's narrative is that the U.S. administration is threatening all the people of China. One Chinese state CCTV anchor added that the "U.S. fights for greed and arrogance," but that "China will fight for a new world." It certainly will -- if we let it.

After China's many transgressions over the past 50 years, the military containment of Chinese expansionism and Communist Party Chairman Xi Jinping's stated goal of world domination needs to be the highest foreign policy priority of the Free World. Pictured: China's Long March 10, a new Jin-class nuclear submarine, participates in a naval parade Shandong province on April 23, 2019. (Photo by Mark Schiefelbein/AFP via Getty Images)

After China's many transgressions over the past 50 years -- including the theft of $600 billion of U.S. intellectual property each year; Beijing's malignant cover-up of the Covid-19 virus; the Communist regime's attempts to blind US airmen with lasers; constructing military islands in the South China Sea, and last month sending a massive fleet of 250 Chinese fishing vessels near the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador, to name but a few -- the military containment of Chinese expansionism and Communist Party Chairman Xi Jinping's stated goal of world domination needs to be the highest foreign policy priority of the Free World.

The ultimate objective of this initiative would be to prevent Communist China's aggression against the independent states of the Indo-Pacific region and beyond.

China's walk-in-the-park takeover of Hong Kong -- an illegal appropriation -- undoubtedly served to whet China's expansionist appetite.

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Palestinians' Chief Negotiator or Chief Liar?

by Bassam Tawil  •  August 3, 2020 at 5:00 am

  • Saeb Erekat's continued lies and fabrications about Israel promote anti-Semitism and embolden terrorists.

  • As a veteran negotiator, it would be a good idea for him to use his experience to persuade the Hamas terrorists to release the remains of the two soldiers instead of waging a propaganda campaign on behalf of a terrorist who woke up one morning and decided to kill Jews.

  • With negotiators like Erekat, one can understand why the Israeli-Palestinian peace process has been stalled for so many years.

PLO secretary general Saeb Erekat's continued lies and fabrications about Israel promote anti-Semitism and embolden terrorists. (Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP via Getty Images)

Ahmed Erekat, a 26-year-old Palestinian from the village of Abu Dis, south of Jerusalem, was shot dead by Israeli soldiers on June 23 after ramming his car into an Israeli military checkpoint. One soldier was lightly wounded in the attack.

Footage released by the Israeli authorities leaves no room for doubt that Erekat was on a mission to kill soldiers. The footage shows Erekat deliberately turning his car as he waited in line, driving directly at the soldiers, hitting one female soldier and then crashing into a guard booth. Erekat then got out of the vehicle and started walking towards the soldiers, who fired a number of bullets at him, killing him instantly.

Such terrorist attacks are not uncommon in the West Bank, where Palestinian terrorists have carried out dozens of car-rammings against Israeli soldiers and civilians in the past few years.

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