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Flattening the curve or flattening the global poor? How Covid lockdowns obliterate human rights and crush the most vulnerable

Marketed as life-saving public health measures, lockdowns triggered death and economic devastation on a global scale while doing little to slow the spread of Covid-19. Now, they’re back with a vengeance.   by Stavroula Pabst and Max Blumenthal   Part 7 - “Making poor people a lot poorer” and shortening life spans   While they may not be effective at limiting the spread of coronavirus, lockdowns are effective at destroying the economy, people’s livelihoods, and perhaps the social fabric itself as individuals grow used to remaining distant from friends, coworkers, family and community. And while income and education losses, extensive isolation, and other COVID-related disruptions are devastating in the short-term, they also can inflict long-term adverse impacts on the length and quality of life, even decades later. Childhood years are vital to shaping an adult’s overall well being, and adverse events that elicit extended stress responses throughout one’s youth can have significant impact

Leaked files expose Syria psyops veteran astroturfing BreadTube star to counter Covid restriction critics

By covertly recruiting popular YouTube influencer Abigail Thorn to counter growing opposition to UK gov’t Covid restrictions, psy-ops pros are bringing home the tactics they honed in the Syrian dirty war   by Kit Klarenberg and Max Blumenthal   Part 4 - An astroturfed information warfare campaign hiding in plain sight   Multiple requests for comment from The Grayzone to Abigail Thorn’s agent and Angela Saini have gone unanswered. When quizzed about the leaked files on Twitter, Valent Projects CEO Amil Khan flew into a rage, angrily asserting they were “ obtained through hacking and then doctored, ” in the manner of “ classic doxing, ” and threatened legal action against this journalist for publicizing them. Khan later pumped out a series of tweets aimed at controlling the damage of his imminent exposure. In one, he falsely claimed that a co-author of this piece would publish their reporting in “ Russian state affiliated media. ” Yet when challenged about his claim of doctoring, Khan d

Ten richest men double their fortunes in pandemic while incomes of 99 percent of humanity fall

New billionaire minted every 26 hours, as inequality contributes to the death of one person every four seconds   Oxfam International   The world’s ten richest men more than doubled their fortunes from $700 billion to $1.5 trillion —at a rate of $15,000 per second or $1.3 billion a day— during the first two years of a pandemic that has seen the incomes of 99 percent of humanity fall and over 160 million more people forced into poverty. “ If these ten men were to lose 99.999 percent of their wealth tomorrow, they would still be richer than 99 percent of all the people on this planet, ” said Oxfam International’s Executive Director Gabriela Bucher. “ They now have six times more wealth than the poorest 3.1 billion people. ” In a new briefing “Inequality Kills,” published today ahead of the World Economic Forum’s Davos Agenda, Oxfam says that inequality is contributing to the death of at least 21,000 people each day, or one person every four seconds. This is a conservative finding based on

Jeremy Corbyn: Why I OPPOSE Vaccine Mandates, COVID Passports & Big Pharma

Double Down News   And why that doesn't make me Anti-Vax.  

Spain's spy agency backed 2017 'ISIS' attacks to 'scare' Catalonia before independence referendum

Spain's ex police chief said the National Intelligence Center (CNI) facilitated 2017 "ISIS" attacks to "scare" Catalonia before an independence vote. The leader of the terror cell was a CNI informant.   by Benjamin Norton A blockbuster story is rocking Spanish politics: The former commissioner of Spain’s national police has testified in court that the country’s top spy agency facilitated 2017 terror attacks claimed by ISIS, in order to “scare” the region of Catalonia mere days before an independence referendum. 16 civilians were killed in the attacks, and more than 150 were injured. Two weeks later, the independence vote was defeated in a landslide. The leader of the Salafi-jihadist terror cell that carried out the attacks was a longtime informant for Spain’s National Intelligence Center (CNI), and his activities were closely monitored by the spy agency. There is debate about whether or not the CNI directly helped to orchestrate the terror plot, but at the very

Day 1014: Julian Assange still in prison and under slow-motion execution by the Anglo-American imperialist criminals

failed evolution   World's number one political prisoner, Julian Assange, still in high security prison for exposing horrendous war crimes carried out by the US imperialists and their allies.   The ruthless Western imperialist regime wants to punish the No1 real journalist in the world and make him an example for any Whistleblower or real journalist who will attempt to expose its big crimes in the future.   That Assange, who is in precarious physical and psychological health and who suffered a stroke during court video proceedings, has been condemned to death should not come as a surprise. The ten years he has been detained, seven in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and nearly three in the high security Belmarsh prison, were accompanied with a lack of sunlight and exercise and unrelenting threats, pressure, anxiety and stress.    His steady physical and psychological deterioration has led to hallucinations and depression. He takes antidepressant medication and the antipsych

Media admits Venezuelan coup puppet Juan Guaidó is a fraud with no real power

Moderate Rebels   After years of promoting the US puppet, mainstream media outlets are finally admitting that Venezuelan coup leader Juan Guaidó is a fraud with no real power other than what Western governments stole for him. 

False Flags suddenly no longer a crazy conspiracy theory

Caitlin Johnstone   In a drastic pivot from typical denunciations of false flag operations as conspiratorial nonsense that don't exist outside the demented imagination of Alex Jones, the US political/media class is proclaiming with one voice that Russia is currently orchestrating just such an operation to justify an invasion of Ukraine.  

Σημάδια κατάρρευσης για το Μητσοτακικό καθεστώς που γίνεται όλο και πιο αυταρχικό

globinfo freexchange   Συμβαίνει αυτό με τα καθεστώτα. Όσο βλέπουν τη γη να χάνεται κάτω από τα πόδια τους, γίνονται όλο και πιο αυταρχικά προσπαθώντας να κρατηθούν στην εξουσία.   Έτσι και με το καθεστώς Μητσοτάκη. Η απόλυτη αποτυχία σε όλα τα μέτωπα είναι αδύνατον πλέον να καλυφθεί από τους Πετσοταϊσμένους παπαγάλους της μιντιακής χούντας, που έχουν σταματήσει εδώ και καιρό το λιβάνισμα, αφού ο παρολίγο Μωυσής τα'χει κάνει μούσκεμα. Είναι φανερό ότι ο Κούλης έχει ρίξει λευκή πετσέτα, όχι απλά γιατί δεν μπορεί, αλλά και γιατί δεν τον ενδιαφέρει να περισώσει κάτι από το χάος στο οποίο έχει βυθίσει τη χώρα. Ενδεχομένως να τον βολεύει κιόλας, αφού σε περίπτωση που κατρακυλήσει ακόμα περισσότερο στις κρυφές δημοσκοπήσεις δεν έχει κανένα λόγο να προσπαθήσει. Αντίθετα, θα κάνει τη βρόμικη δουλειά για αυτούς στους οποίους χρωστάει γραμμάτια αφού τον έφεραν στην εξουσία και θα επιδοθεί σε ένα ανελέητο σαμποτάζ, ώστε ο επόμενος που θα αναλάβει (ιδίως αν λέγεται Τσίπρας), να βρει όχι απλά

Joe Biden’s lobbyists are helping Big Pharma profiteers

The pharmaceutical industry wants Americans to continue paying far more for medicines than people in any other country, to protect their tremendous profits. And one of Joe Biden’s top campaign consulting firms is helping them.   by Andrew Perez   Part 2 - “Politicians Need a Win”   The Canal Partners Media website touts its work as Biden’s “ lead buying agency ” and its “ experience championing progressive causes. ” Media Buying & Analytics, a company affiliated with Canal Partners Media, handled almost $450 million worth of ad buys for Biden’s 2020 campaign, according to OpenSecrets. Another apparent affiliate bought ads for Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential bid. The firm has made media buys for official party committees, including the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. They have also worked with party-aligned super PACs and progressive groups like MoveOn. In recent months, Canal Partn

It's getting worse: Mitsotakis regime targets top investigative journalists in Greece

globinfo freexchange   In November of the previous year we watched Mitsotakis regime in Greece taking steps to suppress further press freedom in the country, through some proposed amendments to Article 191 of the Criminal Code. The International Press Institute then concluded that " Rather than improving the existing Article 191 of the Criminal Code, which is already problematic, the government of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis would take a major step backwards if this law were eventually passed and send a worrying signal about the administration’s commitment to media freedom. " It seems that the regime is using now these changes (introduced on the pretext of "dangerous" misinformation related to COVID-19 pandemic and other issues) to go after top investigative journalists, who, were investigating big corruption scandals. Recently, investigative journalist Gianna Papadakou, was targeted for exposing officials believed to have received bribes from the Swiss pha

Afshin Rattansi on trouble in Kazakhstan following failed coup attempt

George Galloway   Afshin Rattansi on trouble in #Kazakhstan following failed coup attempt.

The tipping point that will destroy the world

Double Down News   “ I doubt that 1% of people really understand what we’re facing here ” 

Sandinista Nicaragua allies with China, Russia, Iran against US imperialism

Moderate Rebels   Nicaragua's leftist Sandinista government is forming a closer alliance with China, Russia, and Iran in a common struggle against US imperialism, jointly resisting Washington's illegal sanctions, meddling, and coup attempts.

Confirmed: Unpopular US President Kamala Harris is the most faithful puppet of the corporate oligarchy

globinfo freexchange     A recent article published on Bloomberg exposes impressively two things:    First, that the Democrats have no intention to even slightly move from their pro-corporate positions and towards the interests of the US working class; on the contrary.   Second, the elites essentially replaced Joe Biden with Kamala Harris.    The article was re-published by various websites and the surprises already start from the title: Harris quietly taps Wall Street, tech CEOs for advice on policy . Not that it is something we didn't expect, but why a top establishment outlet admits that Harris "quietly" runs to the banking-corporate oligarchy for "instructions"?  Perhaps more surprisingly, the answer can be found within the article itself:   The corporate world has provided a familiar source of help. As California's attorney general, Harris gained a reputation for frequently partnering with technology companies — rather than prosecuting them — as

Day 1007: Julian Assange still in prison and under slow-motion execution by the Anglo-American imperialist criminals

failed evolution   World's number one political prisoner, Julian Assange, still in high security prison for exposing horrendous war crimes carried out by the US imperialists and their allies.   The ruthless Western imperialist regime wants to punish the No1 real journalist in the world and make him an example for any Whistleblower or real journalist who will attempt to expose its big crimes in the future.   That Assange, who is in precarious physical and psychological health and who suffered a stroke during court video proceedings, has been condemned to death should not come as a surprise. The ten years he has been detained, seven in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and nearly three in the high security Belmarsh prison, were accompanied with a lack of sunlight and exercise and unrelenting threats, pressure, anxiety and stress.    His steady physical and psychological deterioration has led to hallucinations and depression. He takes antidepressant medication and the antipsych

Flattening the curve or flattening the global poor? How Covid lockdowns obliterate human rights and crush the most vulnerable

Marketed as life-saving public health measures, lockdowns triggered death and economic devastation on a global scale while doing little to slow the spread of Covid-19. Now, they’re back with a vengeance.   by Stavroula Pabst and Max Blumenthal   Part 6 - Unpacking the misconception lockdowns work against COVID-19   Many credited lockdowns in China, Greece, Vietnam, and Australia with early COVID successes, contributing to a widespread perception that lockdowns are vital to saving lives, and, therefore, a compassionate choice. Such reasoning has led governments internationally to proceed with lengthy closures of daily life. According to Dr. Bhattacharya, these policies might be appropriate to halt the spread of a given virus depending on its profile and status. “ There are diseases that are incredibly deadly, but not particularly infectious, where quarantining and sharp lockdowns locally can be quite effective, ” Bhattacharya explained. “ For instance, we limited the Ebola [virus] outbr

Leaked files expose Syria psyops veteran astroturfing BreadTube star to counter Covid restriction critics

By covertly recruiting popular YouTube influencer Abigail Thorn to counter growing opposition to UK gov’t Covid restrictions, psy-ops pros are bringing home the tactics they honed in the Syrian dirty war   by Kit Klarenberg and Max Blumenthal   Part 3 - Astroturf campaign seeks to achieve ‘measurable cognitive shift’   The “Challenging Pseudoscience” operation designed for Thorn was launched in February 2021 by liberal science journalist Angela Saini. The author of several popular titles and a forthcoming book on “the origins of patriarchy,” she is also part of The Lancet Covid-19 Commission’s Task Force on Global Health Diplomacy. The commission’s chief, Peter Daszak, a zoologist who serves as president of the US-based NGO known as EcoHealth Alliance, was forced to resign in June over conflict of interest issues.  In the years leading up to the outbreak of Covid-19, Daszak worked extensively on bat coronaviruses and gain of function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. His org