News Burst 8 July 2021 – Get The News! ~ July 7, 2021

  • The United States will be allowed to challenge a UK court ruling that blocked Washington’s extradition request for imprisoned WikiLeak’s co-founder Julian Assange. The US government has received “limited permission” to challenge the UK decision not to send Assange to the United States to stand trial, WikiLeaks said on Wednesday. The US government is seeking to extradite Assange and try him on espionage charges, relating to his publication of documents alleging US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • One of Mexico’s most popular female internet influencers has been charged after she shared a video of a sexual assault with her millions of social media followers. The victim became the target of constant abuse and later ended up in a fight with a group of internet harassers who confronted her at a Mexico City shopping mall. When Hoffman learnt of the altercation, she published a video in which she called the victim a “w***e” and claimed the teen had allowed the men to assault her in exchange for three packs of cigarettes. Hoffman faces 14 years behind bars if convicted.
  • US military contractor Raytheon Technologies, which just got a $2 billion nuclear cruise missile deal, also operates a ‘diversity’ campaign that segregates employees by race, rejects equality, and even advocates “white spaces.” On Tuesday, researcher Christopher Rufo published screenshots of documents he obtained from inside Raytheon, with details of their “anti-racist” campaign. Dubbed ‘Stronger Together’ – same as Democrat Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign slogan – it was reportedly launched by CEO Greg Hayes last year, amid the riots following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. Employees are told to “identify everyone’s race” during workplace conversations, with whites ordered to “listen to the experiences” of “marginalized” identity groups and defer to them in meetings or calls “even if it means silencing yourself.”
  • The head of Poland’s ruling party has rejected criticism from Israel over a controversial new draft bill passed by Polish lawmakers concerning the return of Jewish property after World War II. Poland’s large Jewish community was almost completely eradicated during WWII. Many Poles, including Jews, had their property seized, some of which happened during the war, but much of it took place in the decades of communism that followed. In June, Poland’s parliament gave its backing to a new bill which introduces a 30-year statute of limitations for property restitution claims.
  • A document produced by the 450,000-member the National Education Union (NEU), the largest teachers’ union in England, declares that there is an “urgent” need to “decolonise” every subject and every stage of the curriculum. The document, which outlines the so-called lessons learnt since the NEU’s ‘decolonisation conference,’ asserts that education has dark colonial roots in virtually every area.
  • The US Department of Defense has canceled the £10 billion-dollar cloud-computing contract it awarded to Microsoft in 2019 that sparked a legal battle with Amazon. The Pentagon said it would rebid a multi-vendor contract. The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud (JEDI) contract, part of the Pentagon’s modernization drive and worth up to $10 billion, was originally awarded to Microsoft two years ago. In a statement on Tuesday, the Pentagon said that, “due to evolving requirements, increased cloud conversancy, and industry advances, the JEDI Cloud contract no longer meets its needs.”
  • Singer Richard Ashcroft has pulled out of an upcoming festival in Sheffield, due to its vaccination requirement and participation in government coronavirus research. Ashcroft said that he made the decision once he learned that Tramlines Festival would be “part of a government testing programme.”
  • A shadowy unit of British troops has reportedly been providing on-site training and support to Saudi forces in Yemen, bringing fresh scrutiny to the official UK stance of not being “party” to the ongoing conflict in the country. For months, some 30 soldiers have been stationed at the coalition-occupied Al-Ghaydah airport in the restive eastern province of Mahra, according to news outlet Declassified UK. According to Naser Hakem Abdullah Awidh, a local journalist embedded with Saudi forces at the airport who has seen the soldiers on site, this is no “minor” unit but a “fully-fledged force.” They are particularly involved in the training, advising and supplying of Saudi air force operations that bomb Houthi strongholds.
  • Researchers at the UK’s University of Oxford have administered the first doses of a potential HIV vaccine to participants, as part of a phase-one clinical trial launched on Monday. HIV vaccine trial launched at University of Oxford in bid to end ‘40-year wait’. “An effective HIV vaccine has been elusive for 40 years,” Tomas Hanke, the trial’s lead researcher and Professor of Vaccine Immunology at the University of Oxford’s Jenner Institute, said in a statement.
  • Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise was killed during an attack on his private residence early on Wednesday. Haiti’s first lady, Martine Moise, was shot in the attack and is being evacuated to a hospital in Miami for treatment, said Haiti’s ambassador to the US. Her condition is stable but critical, Ambassador Bocchit Edmond said in a press briefing. The attackers are believed to be “mercenaries,” Edmond also said, referring to them as “well-trained killers.” He said video from the scene showed them speaking Spanish and said they presented themselves as Drug and Enforcement Administration (DEA) Agents

By cindyloucbp

Cynthia is the typical Pisces! Her left brain activities include scientific activities in the hospital laboratory as a director. Her right-brain activites show as a painter, photographer and musician. She is known as the scientist who sings!

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