Editor’s Note: Below are brief listings of news items from around the world which we in the US are not normally aware of! Please read below and learn how what we experience, also occurs elsewhere all over our world. Change IS happening, which ultimately will leave us all to BE in…
- Two more Catholic churches BURN DOWN on indigenous Canadian land after residential school mass grave discoveries! A total of now FOUR churches in British Columbia went up in flames since the discovery of mass graves at two defunct boarding schools for the indigenous First Nations children – with the police investigating the incidents as possible arson. The mass grave sites are believed to hold hundreds of children and adults. Tribal leaders are looking at their discovery as proof that Canada committed genocide and attempted to exterminate the First Nations and their Indigenous communities. The Roman Catholic Church ran boarding schools established by the Canadian government in the 1870s to assimilate members of the First Nations by removing children from their families and forcing them to convert to Christianity – with many physically and sexually abused.
- President Jair Bolsonaro’s decree to send military personnel to four Amazonian states in another effort to curb alarming deforestation has been called out after previous failed attempts. Levels of deforestation are reportedly at their worst since 2008, and critics point to Bolsonaro’s calls to develop the region during the 2018 election campaign, while suspending a Germany/Norway-funded initiative back in 2019.
- An Australian team of researchers has published a new study which found that SARS-CoV-2 appears to be specifically adapted to attack human cells. The theory was that if the coronavirus attached itself readily to an animal like a bat or a pangolin, it would have likely been the species that the bug used to make its leap into the human population. However, the modelling found that the coronavirus’s spike protein was best suited to attacking protein receptors in humans. “The computer modelling found the virus’s ability to bind to the bat ACE2 protein was poor relative to its ability to bind human cells,” said Flinders University epidemiologist and vaccine researcher Professor Nikolai Petrovsky, adding “This argues against the virus being transmitted directly from bats to humans.” “Hence, if the virus has a natural source, it could only have come to humans via an intermediary species which has yet to be found.” Other animals found to be relative susceptible to infection include pangolins, dogs and cats – all of which have been ruled out as an intermediary species between bats and humans. The findings lend more weight to the lab-origin theory, which postulates that researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology became infected with SARS-CoV-2 and inadvertently spread the disease, or that it was intentionally released.
- Tucker Carlson says an NSA whistleblower has stepped forward and provided evidence that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been spying on him. “Yesterday we heard from a whistleblower within the US government, who reached out to warn us that the NSA (National Security Agency) has been monitoring our electronic communications and is planning to leak them in an attempt to take this show off the air,” said Carlson. “The whistleblower, who is in a position to know, repeated back to us information about a story that we are working on, that could have only come directly from my texts and emails. There’s no other possible source for that information, period. The NSA captured that information without our knowledge, and did it for political reasons. The Biden administration is spying on is. We have confirmed that. This morning we filed a FOIA request asking for all information that the NSA and other agencies have gathered about this show.”
- Non-binary influencer Oli London shared several videos from a hospital on Monday, showing the latest changes to their appearance and describing the transition to “finally” become “Korean”, as this is how they now seek to identify themself. London’s decision to go for plastic surgery apparently stemmed from an obsession with K-Pop singer Park Jimin and a passion for Korean culture.
- Many media outlets in the world turning a blind eye to the more suspicious American biological research institutions, such as the infamous US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick, Maryland. The USAMRIID was temporarily shut down in 2019 after a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) inspection. The Global Times found that the lab’s failure to control toxins seemed to have alarmed the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction related institutions in the US.
- Mircea Popescu, who was thought to have held up to $2BN in bitcoin holdings in April’s record high, has been reported dead after drowning at a Costa Rican beach. The Romanian was known in crypto circles for his “aggressive brand of unapologetic, uncompromising Bitcoin evangelism” while also accused of sexism, bigotry and indulging in multiple master-slave relationships. Popescu had launched MPEx – a Bitcoin securities exchange – in 2012, and fought crypto scams vocally. His death comes after major crackdowns on cryptoexchanges in the UK, Canada and China.
- The crisis along the US’ southern border is only getting worse. The footage of two small children, aged three and five, dropped over a 14ft border wall by human smugglers should horrify a civilized world. Illegal immigration is at an historic high in America. Human smugglers are reportedly making $14m a day. Rafts carrying women and children are making the dangerous trip across the Rio Grande. As AP recently reported, the Biden administration is holding tens of thousands of asylum-seeking children in an opaque network of some 200 facilities that spans two dozen states and include five shelters with thousands of children packed inside. Does the MSM report on what is happening?
- Speaking to TV channel Russia 24, Metropolitan Hilarion, the Moscow Patriarchate’s official spokesman, said the circumstances of conception are not a good reason to terminate a pregnancy. “The church’s opinion is that even if a girl gets pregnant as a result of rape, this is not a reason to have an abortion,” he said.
- Hate speech could become a criminal offense in New Zealand. Anyone who “intentionally stirs up, maintains or normalizes hatred against a protected group” by being “threatening, abusive or insulting, including by inciting violence” would break the law, and hence could face up to three years’ imprisonment or a fine of up to NZ$50,000 (US$35,182). The list of “protected groups” has yet to be drawn up, but Justice Minister Kris Faafoi said last week that “political opinion” would be protected. Religion too will be included, a given considering the new law was proposed in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shooting in 2019.
- The British government is hoping to create an offshore immigration processing centre, possibly in Africa, amid growing pressure to find a solution to the influx of migrants coming to the country, the Times reported. Home Secretary Priti Patel is expected next week to introduce legislation that will allow the government to send asylum seekers to offshore facilities for processing, the paper said, adding that Patel was in talks with Denmark, which is planning to send migrants to a processing centre in Rwanda. The Home Office has also reportedly examined Australia’s policy, which redirects asylum seekers arriving by sea to offshore immigration centres in Papua New Guinea and other neighboring states.
- NASA administrator, ex-senator, and former astronaut Bill Nelson has addressed a newly-declassified report by the US military that mentions 144 UFO sightings, hinting at the possibility of existing extraterrestrial civilisations. “Yes, I’ve seen the classified report. It says basically what we thought. We don’t know the answer to what those Navy pilots saw, they know that they saw something, they tracked it, they locked their radar onto it, they followed it, it would suddenly move quickly from one location to another”, Nelson said on Monday.
- UK Minister for Defence Procurement Jeremy Quin has expressed deep regret over an incident with a bundle of sensitive government documents found by a member of the public at a bus stop in Kent and then handed over to the BBC. The papers reportedly contain information about about the 23 June HMS Defender incident near Crimea, as well as other sensitive military information. “I don’t want to prejudge the investigation but it appears it was a mistake made by an individual. I’m very sorry this incident has happened and the investigation will be thorough”, Quin said in a statement to the House of Commons on Monday. He added that with the probe being conducted, “the individual’s access to sensitive material has been suspended”.
- On 16 June, Twitter lost its legal protection in India because it refused to comply with the digital rules India announced in February. Hours after losing its legal shield, Twitter was named in its first police complaint for inciting unrest in Ghaziabad city in the state of Uttar Pradesh by allowing a video of a Muslim man being beaten to go viral. The managing director of Twitter India, Manish Maheshwari, and Amrita Tripathi, the head of global content partnerships, have been the subject of a First Information Report by the police after the microblogging site showed a distorted map of India. Last week, under the headline “Tweep Life” on Twitter’s careers section, a world map showed the Indian regions of Jammu & Kashmir as a separate country and the region of Ladakh as part of China.
- The Spanish Court of Auditors ruled that former Catalan civil servants must compensate €5,4 million ($6.426 million) which they illegally spent in 2011-2017, El Pais reported Tuesday, citing the accounting body. The court considered the spending of public funds on “external political” activities and promotion of independence of the Generalitat to be embezzlement. Back in 2014 and 2017, ex-leaders of the Generalitat were also liable for compensation for illegal referendums on Catalan independence. The calculations made upon completed investigation are preliminary and are subject to change.
- Richard Ferrand, the head of the French National Assembly, proposed on Tuesday to set up a panel to analyse the reasons for the low turnout in the regional elections held in the country last week. “At the Conference of Presidents today, the President of the National Assembly proposed the creation of an information mission to identify the sources of abstention and measures to strengthen electoral participation”, the house said in a statement. The outcome of the elections brought up uncertainty regarding the upcoming presidential race in France, scheduled for April 2022. The campaign is expected to revolve around the political struggle between Marine Le Pen, head of the far-right National Rally party, and incumbent President Emmanuel Macron. Given that neither Le Pen’s party, nor the centrist LREM party led by Macron were able to obtain control over any of the French regions, the outlook for the presidential election is uncertain.
News Burst 30 June 2021