News Burst 8 March 2023 – Get The News! ~ March 8, 2023


  • For seven years, US diplomats worldwide have succumbed to mysterious illnesses and abnormal acoustic sensations dubbed “Havana syndrome,” after the first “case” was detected in the Cuban capital in 2016. These mystery illnesses have racked up burdensome medical bills for many and pushed some into early retirement. Investigators initially pinned these incidents on a suspected high-tech energy weapon, possibly developed by Russia, until an exclusive Washington Post report was released last week. According to the report, which cites anonymous officials familiar with conclusions found by several agencies, the “syndrome” was not caused by an energy weapon and one agency nixed the idea completely that a foreign adversary was behind it. Reportedly, none of the agencies disagreed with the latter conclusion. Investigations into what exactly happened are still ongoing.
  • The Maidan sniper killings were key to the 2014 Kiev coup: Why is research into the massacre being censored in the West? Evidence of involvement of external forces has been suppressed for “political reasons ” Political scientist Ivan Katchanovski – of the University of Ottawa – has revealed that a document he produced outlining evidence that the February 2014 massacre of Ukrainian protesters by the sniper fire, a defining moment of the Western-backed Maidan coup, was not published in an academic journal for “political reasons”. In a lengthy Twitter thread posted on Jan. 6, Katchanovski first set out the circumstances behind the rejection of his article and the evidence included in it. ~ Felix Livshitz
  • The collapse of the Khazarian mafia (MK) financial system appears imminent with Credit Suisse likely to be the first domino. If it falls, it will trigger a process that would lead to the collapse of many large banks and then the World Bank , the IMF and the great Kahuna, the CORPORATION OF UNITED STATES. There is now a veritable run on the Credit Suisse bank as clients withdrew $120 billion last month alone. Now the New York Post reports that sensitive personal information, including Social Security identification, employment information and contact details of customers holding $50 million or more in the bank, has been compromised.” Yes, the Credit Suisse issue is very serious, think of how many accounts are linked to all the known elite criminals in the world ,” a CIA source intervenes. ~ Windlander
  • The hope of achieving gender equality throughout the world “is growing more distant,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres claimed on Monday during a speech to the Commission on the Status of Women. According to Guterres, young women are still being forced into early marriage and threatened with being kidnapped or assaulted for attending school in some parts of the world, which, along with high rates of maternal mortality, shows that gender equality is still a distant goal.
  • Japan’s ambitions to develop a cheaper alternative to SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets suffered a significant blow on Tuesday after the country’s space agency was forced to destroy its flagship H3 vehicle after its second-stage engine failed. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) issued the rocket with a self-destruct order upon discovering that its second-stage engine had malfunctioned shortly after lift off from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan on Tuesday morning. It’s the second failure in less than a month, and follows a failed launch in February which was blamed on faulty rocket boosters. JAXA said afterwards that it had issued a destruct command as there was “no possibility of achieving the mission.”
  • Nationwide strikes and rallies against pension reform have caused major traffic disruptions and paralyzed oil refineries and universities in France, after trade unions called for the country to be brought “to a halt.” As the latest wave of protests against the government’s plan to raise the retirement age to 64 from 62 entered their sixth day, trade unions announced that “more than two million people” would take part in rallies on Tuesday. For comparison, on January 31, the biggest day of demonstrations so far, some 1.27 million took part, according to official figures.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) should launch a new investigation into the origins of Covid-19 in the United States, China has said, rejecting charges by Washington that the deadly pathogen escaped from a high-security virology lab in Wuhan. Asked about recent comments by WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus – who called on China and other nations to be “transparent in sharing data” regarding the genesis of the health crisis – Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning insisted Beijing has “shared more data and research findings than any other country and contributed the most on origins-tracing.” “Tracing the origins of the virus is a matter of science. This study should be and can only be conducted jointly by scientists around the world,” Mao told reporters on Monday, adding that the US government has only hampered those efforts by “politicizing, weaponizing and instrumentalizing the issue.”
  • Russia is ready to help the world do away with the vestiges of a Western-dominated colonial past, former president Dmitry Medvedev has claimed. The official argued that as a nation “which has never had any colonies,” Russia is well-placed to take part in this process. In an article published on Monday, Medvedev claimed that “geopolitical turbulence has cut open an abscess of the old problems of our world.” The ex-president and now deputy chair of the Russian Security Council, argued that the “malignant tumor of a colonial past” is a problem that calls for “international surgery.” “We, together with other countries, can now drive the final nail in the coffin of the Western world’s neo-colonial aspirations,” Medvedev proclaimed in the piece, posted on the United Russia party website.
  • Japan faces existential issues if its extremely low birthrate issue is left unaddressed, according to Masako Mori, an aide to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. Mori, an upper house lawmaker and former minister, advises the PM on problems surrounding national fertility rates as well as on LGBTQ issues. The official made the remarks in an interview shortly after the country’s Ministry of Health announced yearly statistics on deaths and birth rates, painting a rather grim picture. Twice as many people died as were born in the country, with 799,728 births registered compared to 1.58 million deaths. “If we go on like this, the country will disappear. It’s the people who have to live through the process of disappearance who will face enormous harm. It’s a terrible disease that will afflict those children,” Mori stated. The number of people over 65 years of age reached over 29%, making Japan the second country in the world with the oldest population, beaten only by the European microstate of Monaco.
  • Meta, the company that owns Facebook, has blocked a slew of accounts and groups as part of its “Adversarial Threat” program. The social media giant said it “took down three CIB (coordinated inauthentic behavior) networks – in Serbia, Cuba and Bolivia – targeting people in their own countries across many services across the internet and linked to governments or ruling parties in each state.” But people in Bolivia took issue with this over freedom of speech concerns. According to a local media report from Kawsuchen News, “1,041 Facebook accounts, 450 Pages, 14 Groups and 130 Instagram accounts were deleted in December 2022. All the banned accounts belonged to supporters of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS-IPSP), the party of government. Those who were banned have not been able to return. The excuse given is to accuse us of ‘coordinated inauthentic behavior.’” As the report’s author, Oscar Alfaro, pointed out, “the accusation of ‘coordinated inauthentic behavior’ is a concept based on convenience-oriented algorithms. However, such algorithms cannot discern simple social and group behavior. In the case of Bolivia, activists have utilized social media as a platform to provide an alternative to the national media which is dominated by right-wing groups.” ~ Bradley Blankenship
  • Meta, the parent company of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, is planning a new series of layoffs affecting thousands of employees as soon as this week, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. Last November, the social networking giant announced a major cost-cutting plan that included sacking nearly 11,000 people, or some 13% of its workforce. The reported upcoming dismissals would be in addition to those. The staff reductions are being driven by the company’s financial targets, according to people familiar with the matter, as cited by the news agency. In February, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said his corporation was focused on “cutting projects that aren’t performing or may no longer be crucial” and that it plans on “removing layers of middle management to make decisions faster.” He also pitched 2023 as the “Year of Efficiency,” aimed at drastic cost cuts.
  • The collective net worth of Russia’s wealthiest people has jumped by $10.4 billion since the beginning of the year despite unprecedented Western sanctions imposed on the country’s businesspeople, according to Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index. Vladimir Potanin, the owner of mining giant Norilsk Nickel, has led the ranking once again as the richest Russian businessman on the list, with his fortune estimated to be at $28.5 billion, the index showed.
  • EU member states are moving towards joint gas-buying by launching the first tender next month, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. The measure is aimed at reining in last year’s surges in the price of gas, which occurred as a result of anti-Russia sanctions and of the EU policy of abandoning Russian energy. The bloc expects first contracts with suppliers from the US, the Middle East and Africa to be signed around June, according to the media outlet. After months of discussions on how to secure natural gas supplies, the EU will begin its joint gas purchases in April, with plans to conduct joint buying on a regular basis in the future, Bloomberg said.
  • The city of Artyomovsk, or Bakhmut as it is known by Ukraine, is of more symbolic than operational importance, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin claimed on Monday, according to Reuters. The battle for the city – a major stronghold and logistics hub for Kiev’s forces in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) – has continued for months, being described by some as the fiercest in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Yan Gagin, an adviser to the DPR’s acting head Denis Pushilin, said on Monday that Russian forces have encircled the key city, trapping around 10,000 Ukrainian troops inside. The Pentagon chief, however, said he wouldn’t consider it a strategic setback if Ukrainian troops decide to reposition themselves on new defense lines west of the city. “The fall of [Artyomovsk] won’t necessarily mean that the Russians have changed the tide of this fight,” he said.
  • India and Sri Lanka are discussing shifting away from the US dollar to settlements using the Indian rupee, as the two countries look to strengthen their partnership through trade and investments. Rupee settlements are expected to derive benefits like shorter timelines, lower exchange costs and easier availability of trade credits for participating financial institutions. The initiative may also have a beneficial impact on the nations’ respective tourism and hospitality industries. A discussion of the issue, arranged by the High Commission of India, was held in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo last week. “Representatives from the Bank of Ceylon, State Bank of India, and the Indian Bank shared their experiences and informed the audience that they had started carrying out INR-denominated trade transactions through respective Vostro/Nostro accounts after the creation of [an] enabling framework by the Reserve Bank of India [RBI] and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka [CBSL] in 2022,” the commission said in a statement, seen by the PTI news agency.
  • Ron DeSantis, the Republican rising star who is expected to be one of Donald Trump’s chief rivals for the presidential nomination next year, hit out against liberalism deep in Democratic territory on Sunday. “I think these liberal states have gotten it wrong,” DeSantis told a crowd of around 1,300 at the Ronald Reagan President Library in Simi Valley on Sunday, according to the Citizen Free Press. “And why are they getting it wrong? I think it all goes back to ideology. And it goes back to this woke mind virus that’s infected the left and all these other institutions. I mean, think about the way they governed their states.” DeSantis’ brand of conservatism, which eschews vaccine mandates and takes a hardline stance on issues involving school curricula and immigration, has proven to be deeply popular in his home state of Florida.
  • A new report published in the New York Times on Tuesday claims a “pro-Ukrainian group” was behind the Nord Stream pipeline attack, discarding recent evidence pointing the finger firmly at Washington unearthed by veteran journalist Seymour Hersh. According to the NYT report, which was based on “new intelligence reviewed by US officials,” the attack was carried out without the involvement of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky or his government. However, the evidence given to the paper by US officials is extremely vague, saying only that “the review of newly collected intelligence suggests they were opponents of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.” The paper notes that US intelligence officials were loath to discuss any specifics about the evidence or how it was obtained.
  • A batch of images supposedly depicting a UFO in Iraq has emerged. The “UFO” in question was apparently filmed by a US military drone operating in Iraqi skies, with the footage recorded in May 2022. The images appear to be stills from a video recorded by a US MQ-9 Reaper drone in the vicinity of Baghdad in May 2022. These images feature some sort of flying object that has no visible wings or fins, with a source in the US Air Force reportedly saying that the object also had no visible propulsion and appeared to be “under intelligent control.” Documentary filmmaker Jeremy Corbell, who disclosed this visual information on his and investigative journalist George Knapp’s podcast, said the object seen in the video definitely “isn’t your grandma’s rocket.”
  • NASA’s Curiosity Rover has captured a dazzling image of rays from the setting sun at twilight on Mars. The image, which marks the first time sun rays have been viewed clearly over the Red Planet, was captured by the robotic rover on Feb. 2, 2023. The light known as “crepuscular rays” from the Latin word for “twilight,” can be seen illuminating a bank of clouds over Mars. The image came about as part of the Curiosity rover’s new mission on Mars: Observing clouds over the planet during its twilight hours. The new investigation builds upon previous observations of Martian clouds during nighttime, known as “noctilucent” or night-shining clouds, conducted by the veteran rover which has been exploring the Red Planet since August 2012.
  • March’s full moon reached its peak in the early hours on Tuesday (March 7) with the so-called Worm Moon risied just after sunset on Monday. During the build-up to the Worm Moon and since the completely dark new moon, which occurred on Feb. 20, the illuminated face of the moon has been increasing to the point at which it is fully illuminated — a process astronomers call “waxing.” As this occurred the moon has been rising and setting an hour later each night. Following the Worm Moon, the opposite process will now occur. The moon will be “waning” as its illuminated face recedes and it rises an hour earlier each day. By the time it reaches the next new moon and the start of a new 29.5-day lunar cycle on March 21, the moon will be completely dark and will rise and set with the sun, meaning it is visible through the day but disappears at night.

News Burst 8 March 2023


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