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Putin announces military partnership between Russia and India

Putin announces military partnership between Russia and India

Russia and India have plans to work together across a range of military matters, including joint exercises, President Vladimir Putin revealed on Monday. His comments came during a meeting with Narendra Modi, the Indian prime minister, in New Delhi to discuss the long-term partnership of their nations in a number of spheres, including energy, space travel, Covid-19 vaccine production, and medicine. Putin opened the discussions by explaining that the countries were planning to "develop relations in the international arena, as well as directly in the military sphere." "We are conducting joint military exercises, in both Indian territory and Russian territory," he said. "We thank you for your attention to this component of our work. And we plan to work more in this direction."

First images released from crucial Putin & Biden summit

First images released from crucial Putin & Biden summit

Talks have begun between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his American counterpart Joe Biden, with the pair expected to discuss a range of issues, including how to de-escalate a worsening standoff over Ukraine. Speaking via a secure video link on Tuesday, Biden told Putin that "we didn't get to see one another at the G20 - I hope next time we meet we do it in person." The Russian president only spoke virtually at the October meeting of world leaders, the Kremlin then citing the worsening Covid-19 pandemic in the country. Following the televised introductions, the pair are due to hold talks in private, with Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, saying the discussion will go on "for as long as it takes." A number of areas are understood to be on the agenda, including US fears that Russia is preparing an invasion of neighboring Ukraine, which Moscow has consistently denied. Speaking in advance of the meeting, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said that "contact is badly...

Oppose this evil, or all that was once great and good in this world will be gone

Oppose this evil, or all that was once great and good in this world will be gone

Without any shadow of doubt, we have entered one of the darkest periods in history. Just last week, following the example of other Governments, Frau Merkel announced the segregation of 12 million Untermenshcen, describing it as an "act of national solidarity". Remarkable for many reasons, not least of which the language being eerily reminiscent of the Tag der Nationalen Solidarität (Day of National Solidarity), which was instituted by Frau Merkel's most infamous predecessor back in 1934. Meanwhile in Australia, along with the internment camps they have built there, the authorities in the Northern Territories are now subjecting the Aboriginal folk to the kind of treatment we had all been taught could never happen in a so-called democracy, but this has elicited not a peep from the kinds of people who've spent the last few years tearing down statues of people they claim did some of the things to indigenous people that are now being done to indigenous people. It is of course much...

To deny the "lab leak" COVID theory, the NYT and WPost use dubious and conflicted sources

To deny the "lab leak" COVID theory, the NYT and WPost use dubious and conflicted sources

A bizarre and abrupt reversal by scientists regarding COVID's origins, along with clear conflicts of interest, create serious doubts about their integrity. Yet major news outlets keep relying on them. That COVID-19 infected humanity due to a zoonotic leap from a "wet market" in Wuhan — rather than a leak from a lab in the same Chinese city — was declared unquestionable truth at the start of the pandemic. For a full year, anyone dissenting from this narrative was deemed so irresponsible that they were banned from large social media platforms, accused of spreading "disinformation." No debate about COVID's origins was permitted. It had been settled by The Science™. Every rational person who believed in science, by definition, immediately accepted at the start of the pandemic that COVID made a natural leap from bats or pangolins; that it may have escaped from a lab in Wuhan which just so happens to gather, study and manipulate novel coronaviruses in bats was officially declared a...

Papers reveal what CIA did to captives in Afghanistan

Papers reveal what CIA did to captives in Afghanistan

New published documents have shed fresh light on the CIA's detention and interrogation program in Afghanistan, describing in alarming detail some of the extreme techniques used by officers that resulted in deaths in captivity. In a recent legal filing, the lawyers of Abu Zubaydah - the Guantánamo Bay detainee almost tortured to death by the CIA, held without charge by the US for nearly 20 years - urged that their client be released, given Washington's wars in Afghanistan and with Al-Qaeda are finally over. Writing to a DC district court, they argued that these developments meant there was no legal justification for keeping him captive, and he must be immediately discharged. What the petition omits to mention, however, is that Zubaydah's detention was, from day one, intended to be permanent in order to keep the CIA's criminal maltreatment secret and ensure his abusers were insulated from prosecution in perpetuity.

Berlin dismisses Tehran's proposals on nuclear talks as unacceptable

Berlin dismisses Tehran's proposals on nuclear talks as unacceptable

Germany's Foreign Ministry has said that it does not consider Iran's proposals regarding its nuclear program acceptable and expects Tehran to return to international negotiations with "realistic" bargaining positions. A ministry spokeswoman said on December 6: "We reviewed the proposals...carefully and thoroughly, and concluded that Iran violated almost all compromises found previously in months of hard negotiations. The proposals were not a basis for a successful end to talks." Negotiations in Vienna aimed a resurrecting the stalled 2015 nuclear deal got off to a rocky start last week. The United States, which left the agreement in 2018 but which is open to rejoining the pact under President Joe Biden, accused Iran of not being seriously interested in a new deal.

BEST OF THE WEB: Soros' network of woke DA's bankrolled in cities across the US: How billionaire Dem megadonor gave Kim Foxx $2M, Philly's DA $1.7M

BEST OF THE WEB: Soros' network of woke DA's bankrolled in cities across the US: How billionaire Dem megadonor gave Kim Foxx $2M, Philly's DA $1.7M

Billionaire Democrat donor George Soros has bankrolled District Attorneys in America's most crime ravaged cities, where criminals are being allowed to walk out of jail on low cash bonds or aren't even being charged. Soros, the most prolific Democratic donor, is most known for giving to Presidents Clinton and Obama but he has also been pumping money into a far-left effort to overhaul the criminal justice system by giving millions to a network of woke prosecutors in Democratic races. Among them is Kim Foxx, the State's Attorney for Cook County, Chicago, where murder is at its highest in nearly 30 years. In 2020, Soros donated $2million to a PAC that backed Foxx in her re-election campaign. She won the race and has since offered deferred prosecutions and softball deals to criminals. In 2021, there were more murders in Chicago than in any other year since 1994. Soros bolstered her re-election campaign by donating to the Illinois Justice and Public Safety PAC.

Violence as French far-right TV pundit holds campaign rally

Violence as French far-right TV pundit holds campaign rally

Eric Zemmour has joined the race for the country's presidency on an anti-immigration and anti-Islam stance. Anti-racism activists were beaten up on Sunday as far-right former French TV pundit Eric Zemmour held his first presidential campaign rally near Paris, a few days after he formally declared his candidacy in a video highlighting his anti-migrant and anti-Islam views. Mr. Zemmour has drawn comparisons in France to former US president Donald Trump because of his populism and ambitions of making the jump from the small screen to national leadership in France's presidential election in April. The 63-year-old, who has multiple hate-speech convictions, unveiled his campaign's slogan, "Impossible is not French", a quote attributed to Napoleon. Mr. Zemmour said: "What's at stake is huge. If I win that election, it won't be one more (political) changeover, but the beginning of the reconquest of the most beautiful country in the world."

BEST OF THE WEB: Anti-NATO French presidential candidate attacked at first rally

BEST OF THE WEB: Anti-NATO French presidential candidate attacked at first rally

A man lunged at far-right presidential hopeful Eric Zemmour, grabbing him by the neck as Zemmour was about to kick off his first campaign event. The event was marred by scuffles between his supporters and anti-racist activists. Zemmour was making his way to the stage of his inaugural campaign event in the Paris suburb of Villepinte on Sunday, when a man appears to have charged at him, briefly locking his arms behind the candidate's neck. The incident was captured on video, and the clip has been making the rounds online.

Latest extrajudicial execution confirms ironclad Israeli support for murder of Palestinians

Latest extrajudicial execution confirms ironclad Israeli support for murder of Palestinians

In 2016 when Elor Azarya shot an incapacitated Palestinian in the head there was actually debate over the act among Israeli politicians. There was no such disagreement this weekend following Israel's latest extrajudicial execution. This Saturday, a Palestinian man stabbed an Israeli Jew close to the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, inflicting moderate wounds. The man, identified as 23-year-old Mohammed Shawkat Salameh from the West Bank town of Salfit, then ran towards Border Police officers who shot him several times - notably twice when he was already laying on the ground, incapacitated, from a distance of about 5 meters. Haaretz covered the act and the responses widely. The video of that shooting was captured on film and circulated on social media. Only few politicians in Israel criticized it. Ahmad Tibi from the Palestinian-representing Joint List: "'Neutralization' is a whitewashing. This is execution in cold blood, confirmation of killing of a wounded person who is laying on the...

Man shoot two dead in Russia after being told to wear mask, German man kills his entire family after being caught with fake Covid pass

Man shoot two dead in Russia after being told to wear mask, German man kills his entire family after being caught with fake Covid pass

A man who opened fire at a Russian municipal office, killing at least two people and injuring four others, is believed to have lashed out after being told to wear a face covering, local media outlets have reported. According to a police source for business daily RBK, 45-year-old veteran Sergey Glazov shot up a branch of MFC, used by Russian citizens for processing official documents, in the south-east of Moscow on Tuesday. Kommersant has since reported that the man took out a gun and began shooting after he was stopped by a security guard and asked to wear a face mask in line with the country's current Covid-19 rules. According to security forces, Glazov fired a gun modified to shoot live ammunition.

Suspected member of Khashoggi hit squad arrested at Paris airport

Suspected member of Khashoggi hit squad arrested at Paris airport

French police Tuesday arrested at Paris's main airport a suspected member of the team that murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 in the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, sources said. Khalid Alotaibi, 33, was detained by border police on the basis of an arrest warrant issued by Turkey just before taking a flight to Riyadh from Charles de Gaulle Airport, judicial and airport sources said. His name appeared in a Washington Post investigation on the alleged hit squad, based on passport copies and travel details. He is due to appear before prosecutors on Wednesday.

Record December snow in French Pyrénées - and there's more on the way

Record December snow in French Pyrénées - and there's more on the way

It has already been a remarkable December for snow in the Pyrénées - but more heavy falls are forecast from Wednesday, while the Alps are also set to enjoy more fresh snow. The weekend was marked by sustained snowfall in the Pyrénées, with an average of between 50cm and 70cm of snow at altitudes above 1200m, rising in some areas towards western areas of the mountain chain to 1m. According to Météo-France, the level of snowfall in the west of the Pyrénées is remarkable for the time of year, especially since accumulations were considered 'very low' as recently as November 24th. The forecaster said the winter snow covering below 2,000m - the average now is 1m at 1500m - is among the best for the beginning of December and equivalent to normal levels in mid-January.

Another one: Georgia judge blocks COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors

Another one: Georgia judge blocks COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors

A federal judge in Georgia issued a nationwide injunction that prevents the U.S. government from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on federal contractors, temporarily shutting down the last remaining vaccine requirement by the Biden administration. U.S. District Judge Stan Baker in Savannah, Georgia, said Congress did not clearly authorize the president to use procurement to impose a vaccine requirement on contractors that will have "vast economic and political significance." The lawsuit was filed by the states of Georgia, Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, South Carolina, Utah and West Virginia as well as a trade group for contractors.

Professor investigated for criticizing student walkout as 'pathetic'

Professor investigated for criticizing student walkout as 'pathetic'

A British university professor is under investigation after he called a student walkout, which was staged over a guest speaker's allegedly racist and transphobic address, "pathetic." Professor Tim Luckhurst, who heads Durham University's South College, made the remark when the students walked out during the controversial speech by right-wing journalist Rod Liddle on Friday. He also reportedly shouted "at South College, we value freedom of speech!" Liddle, who works for The Spectator magazine, had accused the political left of ignoring science when it came to transgender issues. According to The Telegraph, he also argued colonialism is "not remotely the major cause of Africa's problems" and claimed that institutional racism was not to blame for underachieving black students. Students apparently shouted "disgusting!" and "racist!" at Liddle as he left the venue later.

Kill-joy woke come for the fairytales: Most children's classic books are 'sexist' & 'racist'

Kill-joy woke come for the fairytales: Most children's classic books are 'sexist' & 'racist'

The majority of popular children's books should be removed from shelves, as they are "outdated," "sexist," "racist," and written from a "white male" perspective, a new study suggests. "The world represented in children's books reflects predominantly middle class, heterosexual, male heroes and characters," reads the report of Dr Helen Adam and Laurie Harper from Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. According to the research, published recently in The Australian Educational Researcher, 90% of the books read in Australian and US day-care centers "promoted traditional, binary and stereotypical viewpoints of gender and gender roles" - something that Adam and Harper describe as "concerning."

More than 100 Los Angeles firefighters suspended without pay over vaccine mandate

More than 100 Los Angeles firefighters suspended without pay over vaccine mandate

A total of 113 Los Angeles firefighters have been placed on leave without pay for refusing to comply with the city's COVID-19 vaccine mandate, according to local reports. The policy requires all city employees to get vaccinated by Dec. 18, or submit negative test results twice weekly at their own expense, ABC7 reported. If a requested exemption is approved, then the employee must undergo a weekly test at the city's expense. The fire department sent 222 notices to staffers, who had not submitted their vaccination status or applied for an exemption, warning of the suspension without pay.

Meteor fireball over Latina, Italy on December 3

Meteor fireball over Latina, Italy on December 3

A bolide was spotted above the skies of Sezze in the province of Latina at around 21.20. For the video we thank Sandro Rieti - Millennium Jeanseria, who made his webcam available for this recording. (Translated by Google)

More voters would pick Trump over Biden if election were held today: poll

More voters would pick Trump over Biden if election were held today: poll

More voters would back former President Trump than President Biden in a hypothetical match-up if the 2024 election were held today, according to a new Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey released exclusively to The Hill. Forty-eight percent of voters in the survey said they would back Trump, compared with 45 percent for Biden. Another 8 percent were unsure. The results were evenly split at 46 percent among women, while men backed Trump by a margin of 50 percent to 43 percent. Biden won urban voters by 20 percentage points and suburban voters by 4 percentage points, but Trump romped among rural voters by 33 percentage points. The poll comes as Biden plays defense on a slate of issues, including inflation, stubbornly high rates of coronavirus infections and the messy withdrawal from Afghanistan.

UK 'gender pay gap' unaffected by government policy over past 25 years

UK 'gender pay gap' unaffected by government policy over past 25 years

Government policies have made almost no difference to the gender pay gap for the last 25 years, according to a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies. On average, working-age women in the UK earned 40% less a week and £3.10 less an hour than men in 2019. Comparing official earnings data for more than 2 million 20 to 55-year-olds between 1995 and 2019, the report, published on Monday, found that women were less likely to be in paid work at all (83.5% of women and 93% of men), worked eight fewer hours a week if they were employed, and were paid 19% less an hour on average (£13.20 rather than £16.30). Comment: One would expect that an employee who works less hours will be paid less. Although the 40% earnings gap is about 13 percentage points lower than in the mid-1990s, the report calculates that more than three-quarters of the reduction in the earnings gap over the past quarter-century can be explained by the rapid increase in women's educational attainment. Women of working age...

Surgeon general warns of emerging mental health crisis for children due to 'pandemic hardships' in rare public advisory

Surgeon general warns of emerging mental health crisis for children due to 'pandemic hardships' in rare public advisory

Citing mounting evidence of ongoing harm, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy on Tuesday issued a public health advisory on the mental health challenges confronting youth, a rare warning and call to action to address what he called an emerging crisis exacerbated by pandemic hardships. Symptoms of depression and anxiety have doubled during the pandemic, with 25% of youth experiencing depressive symptoms and 20% experiencing anxiety symptoms, according to Murthy's 53-page advisory. There also appear to be increases in negative emotions or behaviors such as impulsivity and irritability — associated with conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. And, in early 2021, emergency department visits in the United States for suspected suicide attempts were 51% higher for adolescent girls and 4% higher for adolescent boys compared to the same time period in early 2019, according to research cited in the advisory.

Joe Rogan blasts CNN as 'f*ckin propagandists' after Chris Cuomo's firing

Joe Rogan blasts CNN as 'f*ckin propagandists' after Chris Cuomo's firing

"I don't want your ideological slant. I don't want this left wing propaganda network, which is what CNN has become," Rogan said. As the scandal involving Chris Cuomo, his brother, and sexual harassment allegations heated up last week, Joe Rogan slammed the network that would go on to fire Cuomo as "f*cking propagandists." Cuomo was fired from CNN on Saturday over allegations of journalistic ethics violations for helping his brother, former Governor Andrew Cuomo, as he was facing a sexual harassment scandal that led to his resignation as New York's governor. Rogan said that CNN fired Cuomo "for a weird reason. I mean, not weird. Like, ethically I get it because he helped his brother. I don't know how he helped his brother. Like, what did he do? Did his brother was getting they were people were accusing him of sexual harassment. And so did he, like, do research on the people — is that what he did?"

Psaki declines 'basic transparency' about Hunter Biden Chinese divestment

Psaki declines 'basic transparency' about Hunter Biden Chinese divestment

White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday refused to commit to "basic transparency" about Hunter Biden's alleged divestment from an investment fund controlled by Chinese state-owned entities or confirm that the first son's infamous lost laptop is authentic when pressed by The Post. Hunter Biden's attorney said last month — less than a week after President Biden's virtual summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping — that his client had finally divested his 10 percent stake in the firm, called BHR Partners, but offered no further details on the identity of the buyer or the transaction terms. The Post asked Psaki at Monday's White House briefing if she would "commit to basic transparency about that transaction, including the name of the buyer, the dollar amount and the timing." "The president's son is not an employee of the federal government," Psaki shot back. "So I'd point you to his representatives."

BEST OF THE WEB: 'Mentally fragile' State Department officials broke down over disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal

BEST OF THE WEB: 'Mentally fragile' State Department officials broke down over disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal

As has been extensively chronicled on Revolver, the American regime is a crumbling edifice. Every day, it becomes less able to win wars, maintain a border, or even keep the lights on. Every day, it drifts further away from anything resembling a real meritocracy. The result? A politically-sifted ruling class that is not only incapable of finding objective truth, but incapable of tolerating truth when it finds it. But on the bright side, as the regime decays, it at least looks very funny while doing so. The dystopia playing out before our eyes is a tragedy, but it's a tragedy in clown's makeup — often literally so. Men in dresses are trotted out as trailblazing "female" admirals. Barely-literate Congresswomen babble incoherently about why the police should be defunded as they enjoy taxpayer-funded security. Fifteen FBI agents are sent to investigate a garage door pull to see if it might be a noose. To modify the old proverb: Those whom the gods would destroy, they first will make...

Corrupting science: Shunning forensic expertise, the OPCW has left Douma murders in Syria unsolved

Corrupting science: Shunning forensic expertise, the OPCW has left Douma murders in Syria unsolved

In its probe of an alleged chemical attack in Syria, the OPCW shunned the critical investigative area of forensic pathology and censored a recommendation to pursue it. The Douma killings remain unsolved. (This is part two of a Grayzone series. Read part one here.) In its probe of an alleged chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) shunned the critical investigative area of forensic pathology, leaks obtained by The Grayzone reveal. Forensic pathology - the study of the cause and manner of death - could have helped solve the mystery surrounding dozens of civilians who died in Douma. Instead, senior OPCW officials thwarted any attempt to deploy the science and suppressed an internal recommendation that it be pursued.

US productivity declines by -5.2% in the third-quarter, wages higher amid staff shortages

US productivity declines by -5.2% in the third-quarter, wages higher amid staff shortages

The decline in U.S. productivity in the third quarter was revised to show a 5.2% drop instead of 5% as previously reported, the government said Tuesday. The increase in output was raised a tick to 1.8% and hours worked were revised up to 7.4% from 7%. Unit-labor costs jumped 9.6% vs. the original 8.3% reading, reflecting higher wages that companies are paying to attract more employees amid a major shortage of workers.

Fauci grits teeth, says early reports 'encouraging' about mild omicron variant

Fauci grits teeth, says early reports 'encouraging' about mild omicron variant

U.S. health officials said Sunday that while the omicron variant of the coronavirus is rapidly spreading throughout the country, early indications suggest it may be less dangerous than delta, which continues to drive a surge of hospitalizations. President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told CNN's "State of the Union" that scientists need more information before drawing conclusions about omicron's severity. Reports from South Africa, where it emerged and is becoming the dominant strain, suggest that hospitalization rates have not increased alarmingly. "Thus far, it does not look like there's a great degree of severity to it," Fauci said. "But we have really got to be careful before we make any determinations that it is less severe or it really doesn't cause any severe illness, comparable to delta."

To save time, Ghislaine just told to list the Hollywood celebs and politicians who didn't visit Epstein Island

To save time, Ghislaine just told to list the Hollywood celebs and politicians who didn't visit Epstein Island

NEW YORK, NY — The trial of Ghislaine Maxwell is underway but began to get bogged as Maxwell listed the names of people who had flown on Lolita Express and visited Epstein Island. Now, in order to save time, she will just list the names of Hollywood celebs and politicians who didn't. "Um, there are only, like 3 or 4 who didn't," said Maxwell, looking at the ceiling. "Let's see, there's, uh... Mel Gibson and Kirk Cameron... oh yeah, Keanu Reeves. Ron Paul. There were a few others, but that's most of the big ones, I think."

Thousands join protest over Dutch coronavirus restrictions

Thousands join protest over Dutch coronavirus restrictions

Several thousand people gathered in the central Dutch town of Utrecht on Saturday to protest against new coronavirus restrictions that came into force last weekend. Protesters walked through the streets of the town carrying banners saying "Medical Freedom Now!" and waving Dutch flags. A heavy police presence was visible along the route of the march.

Meteor fireball over Sevilla and Córdoba, Spain (Dec. 7)

Meteor fireball over Sevilla and Córdoba, Spain (Dec. 7)

This bolide was spotted over Spain on 7 December 2021, at about 2:13 local time (equivalent to 1:13 universal time). The event was generated by a rock from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at about 90,000 km/h. The fireball overflew the provinces of Sevilla and Córdoba. It began at an altitude of about 105 km over the northeast of Sevilla, moved northeast, and ended at a height of around 58 km over the southwest of the province of Córdoba. This bright meteor was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, operated by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN) from the meteor-observing stations located at Sevilla, La Hita (Toledo), La Sagra (Granada), Sierra Nevada, Huelva, Aljarafe, Calar Alto and Madrid (Universidad Complutense). The event has been analyzed by the principal investigator of the SMART project: Dr. Jose M. Madiedo, from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC).

Meteor fireball over Spain and Portugal (Dec. 5)

Meteor fireball over Spain and Portugal (Dec. 5)

This beautiful bolide overflew the south of the Iberian Peninsula on 2021 December 5, at about 0:07 spanish local time (equivalent to 23:07 universal time on Dec. 4). It was generated by a rock (a meteoroid) from a comet that hit the atmosphere at around 100,000 km/h. It began at an altitude of about 105 km over the southwest of the province of Badajoz (Spain), moved northwest, and ended at a height of around 60 km over the east of the region of Alentejo (Portugal). The total length travelled by the meteoroid in the atmosphere was of about 51 km. This bright meteor was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, operated by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN) from several astronomical observatories located in Spain. The event has been analyzed by the principal investigator of the SMART project: Dr. Jose M. Madiedo, from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC).

Tiny Swedish settlement sets new record as temperature plummets to -43.8C

Tiny Swedish settlement sets new record as temperature plummets to -43.8C

Temperatures fell below freezing across Sweden on Monday, but no place was as cold as the remote settlement of Naimakka, where the mercury plummeted to its coldest level this season. "It's continuing to creep down. At noon it was down to -42.7C," Emma Härenstam, a meteorologist at Sweden's national weather agency SMHI, told the TT news agency. Later in the afternoon temperatures fell to -43.8C in Naimakka, according to SMHI's preliminary data. SMHI predicts that temperatures will remain low on Monday and Tuesday, followed by milder weather from Wednesday onwards, both in Naimakka and the rest of Sweden.

Heavy snowfall hits the north of Spain with more than 60 cm (24 inches) in just 6 HOURS

Heavy snowfall hits the north of Spain with more than 60 cm (24 inches) in just 6 HOURS

A heavy snowfall hit the north of Spain tonight, with more than 60 cm of snowfall in 6 hours. Cities such as Navarra, Larressа, Huesca and Aragon were hit hardest by snowfalls. In the affected areas, almost 150 roads were covered with snow, most of which had to be closed, traffic was stopped, many drivers were trapped in a snow, and utilities were actively rescuing them, and fortunately there was no information about the victims. All the available special equipment was thrown into the fight against snow clearing, and snow plows were also transferred from other regions of the country. Air and rail links were interrupted.

Heavy snowfall hits Algeria

Heavy snowfall hits Algeria

Algerian city covered in snow as winter storm hits.

Severe hailstorm and floods hit Oman

Severe hailstorm and floods hit Oman

Oman's Meteorology Department released weather warnings today for continued thunderstorms and rainfall in parts of Oman, including the Hajar mountainous region. In an earlier alert, rain clouds were actively forming. The weather warning also indicated high waves on the coast of the Arabian Sea, up to one and a half meters, and deterioration in horizontal visibility due to fog and precipitation. It is a time of sporadic rains in some regions of Oman, including the Hajar mountainous regions, of which the famous Jebel Akhdhar ridge is a part. Precipitation is also expected in the southern region of Dhofar. Some parts of the capital have taken on a dull look since yesterday morning due to overcast clouds. Rains and thunderstorms were reported in the inner cities of Shinas, Liwa and Izki.

Health watchdog urges limits on jabbing children against Covid

Health watchdog urges limits on jabbing children against Covid

Children aged between five and 11 should get a Covid-19 jab only if there is a "high risk" of severe infection for them or for someone in their inner circle, Finland's health watchdog has said. Vaccination for all children aged between five and 11 cannot be recommended until there is more information available on the vaccination safety for this age group, including rare side effects, Finland's Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) said in a statement last week, adding that relevant government decrees should be amended before a general vaccination campaign for young children could be launched.

Lightning strike kills two men in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Lightning strike kills two men in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Two men aged between 25 and 29 have died after being struck by lightning in Mtubatuba on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast. Ward Councillor Lucky Mbokwana says the men were returning home from playing soccer when they were struck. Mbokwana is appealing to people to help the two families. "On Monday around 18h00, lightning struck two men. While they were on their way back to their homes, the lightning struck them so they passed away. So we are appealing to the residents to assist us with anything that they can assist with because those two families, Gumede, the other one is Gina, so those two families are not benefitting from anywhere."

The youth in 1921 (and 2021)

The youth in 1921 (and 2021)

Read this passage from a memoir of being young in 1920s Germany, and compare the 2020s: "A generation of young Germans," [Sebastian] Haffner writes, "had become accustomed to having the entire content of their lives delivered gratis, so to speak, by the public sphere." The stability that followed Gustav Stresemann's becoming chancellor in 1923 marked "the return of political liberty," which, Haffner writes, Germans regarded "not as a gift, but as a deprivation." Haffner goes on: "The great danger of life in Germany has always been emptiness and boredom. The menace of monotony hangs, as it has always hung, over the great plains of northern and eastern Germany, with their colorless towns and their all too industrious, efficient, and conscientious business and organizations. With it comes a horror vacui and the yearning for 'salvation': through alcohol, through superstition, or, best of all, through a vast, overpowering, cheap mass intoxication."

STUDY: After hyping fake Smollett attack as 'MAGA' terror, corporate media BURY actor's hoax trial

STUDY: After hyping fake Smollett attack as 'MAGA' terror, corporate media BURY actor's hoax trial

In 2019, the networks hyped the shocking claims of Empire actor Jussie Smollett, that he had been attacked by a deranged MAGA mob on the streets of Chicago. Now, ABC, CBS and NBC are hiding Smollett's trial for allegedly hoaxing the whole thing. On the morning and evening newscasts, from November 29 through the morning of December 6, CBS allowed NO coverage of the trial. ABC managed a scant 22 seconds and NBC offered the most, a still meager 178 seconds. ABC is the most shameless. On February 14, 2019, Good Morning America's Robin Roberts devoted a whopping 17 minutes and 52 seconds to her "exclusive" interview of Smollett recounting his claims. Roberts practically acted as a PR agent, hailing the man who claimed MAGA-loving terrorists recognized him on the streets of Chicago in the middle of the night and happened to have a noose: [This interview] is the first time he's given a detailed account, an account that Chicago police have said that been consistent. He hasn't changed his...

San Francisco restaurant apologizes after refusing service to three SFPD officers, said staff felt 'uncomfortable' with their weapons

San Francisco restaurant apologizes after refusing service to three SFPD officers, said staff felt 'uncomfortable' with their weapons

Update: The restaurant backtracked its original statement and are now apologizing. "We made a mistake and apologize for the unfortunate incident Friday when we asked members of the San Francisco Police Department to leave our restaurant," the restaurant's Instagram account wrote. "We are grateful to all members of the force who work hard to keep us safe, especially during these challenging times," the post continued. The establishment's co-owners noted in the update that "these are stressful times, and we handled this badly," calling the incident "a teachable moment" as the company looks to "repair and continue to build bridges with the SFPD."

Australia approves COVID vaccine for children aged 5-11

Australia approves COVID vaccine for children aged 5-11

Australia on Sunday cleared the first COVID-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11, with the next stage of its vaccine rollout expected to start in early 2022. Health Minister Greg Hunt said medical regulators had granted provisional approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be administered to younger children for the first time. It follows similar decisions in the European Union, the United States, Israel and Canada.

SOTT FOCUS: Objective:Health - In The News: Pfizer Vaccine Injury Data | Masks Still Don't Work | Post Pandemic Stress Disorder

SOTT FOCUS: Objective:Health - In The News: Pfizer Vaccine Injury Data | Masks Still Don't Work | Post Pandemic Stress Disorder

It's time for another "In the News" show here at Objective:Health, where we scan the headlines for the latest in health news. On a previous show we detailed how the FDA had weaseled a judge into releasing the Pfizer vaccine trial data that lead them to approve the vaccine in a slow drip over the course of 55 years - 500 pages per month of 329,000+ pages available. Well, that data release has begun, and boy does it not look good. There were a shocking number of adverse events in the trials, including many deaths. But the FDA approved it anyway. Similarly, a big study on the effectiveness of masks, which was touted in the media as being the largest study to date showing masks are effective at stopping viral spread, have finally released their data. Overall, despite the fact that the study included large populations, the difference between the experimental and control groups came down to 20 people. That's hardly an effective intervention! And finally, we cover the latest in the media...

"Don't undermine Russia," Finnish President warns West

"Don't undermine Russia," Finnish President warns West

Despite worsening relations between Moscow and the West, Russia's interests cannot be ignored, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö has said, explaining how his nation has built relations with its much larger neighbor. "With the Russians, the most important thing is not to undermine relations and not to ignore them," the Finnish leader explained in an interview published by The Sunday Times over the weekend. He gave the example of the former mayor of the Finnish city of Turku, who, he said, met with Vladimir Putin several times in the early 1990s (before Putin became President of Russia). According to Niinistö, Putin was so charmed by the respect shown to him by the mayor, he continues to invite him on trips to Moscow.

A new history of humanity — And hope for those of us who want it

A new history of humanity — And hope for those of us who want it

Everything I read, learned and taught about the stone ages and beginnings of civilization was wrong. An anthropologist and an archaeologist have got together to update us all on the discoveries that have been appearing in the scholarly literature over the past sixty years. The findings give great encouragement to those of us who are concerned about humanity's ability to change course in the interests of our long-term survival. I once liked the idea of Rousseau: in our "native state" we are innocent, good; it is the chains that have come with civilization that have degraded us. But over time I came to fear Hobbes might be more right than I wanted him to be: in our native state our life is "nasty, brutish and short"; it is the controls that civilization has imposed that have obliged us to live according to the "better angels of our nature". No. Neither Rousseau nor Hobbes had the right model. We know that people as a whole cannot be lumped under either of the simplistic labels of...

Oops. No more Moderna doses for young men, after millions already given

Oops. No more Moderna doses for young men, after millions already given

After millions of young Canadian men have been injected with millions of doses of Moderna, it's now recommended those between 12-29 no longer do so, says Blacklock's Reporter. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization cited a rare but troubling incidence of heart inflammation for their reasoning.

Iceland raises alert level for Grímsvötn volcano after deformation, glacial flooding, and rise in earthquakes

Iceland raises alert level for Grímsvötn volcano after deformation, glacial flooding, and rise in earthquakes

Iceland has raised its eruption alert level for the country's most active volcano, Grímsvötn, after several recent earthquakes. Authorities said on Monday that one of the nearby quakes was recorded at a magnitude of 3.6. But although seismic activity had increased, officials say they have not detected any tremors that have caused a surge in underground magma. The volcano last erupted in 2011, generating a major ash cloud that partially disrupted air traffic across Europe and cancelled 900 flights.

Accused Michigan shooter told school officials violent drawings were for a video game

Accused Michigan shooter told school officials violent drawings were for a video game

The accused Michigan high school shooter told officials that violent drawings he made ahead of his deadly rampage were for a "video game," a letter released Saturday said. Just one day before the Tuesday mass shooting, an Oxford High School counselor and another staff member had talked to Ethan Crumbley, 15, after he was spotted shopping for bullets on his phone, according to the letter, published by WXYZ. The morning of the shooting that left four dead and seven injured they talked to his parents about drawings Ethan was making in class about murder and suicide, superintendent Tim Thorne reportedly wrote.

BEST OF THE WEB: German Chancellor Merkel finally steps down after 16 years: Gives farewell address at strange torch-lit military ceremony

BEST OF THE WEB: German Chancellor Merkel finally steps down after 16 years: Gives farewell address at strange torch-lit military ceremony

Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Germans to stand up to hatred, at a military ceremony Thursday bidding her farewell after 16 years in office. Merkel was honored with a traditional military musical performance and march in front of almost all the country's political elite — save for the far-right Alternative for Germany, who weren't invited. Comment: They're not 'far-right', and they're the largest opposition party in Germany. No plebs were allowed, by the way, 'because Corona'... "Our democracy also lives from the fact that wherever hatred and violence are seen as a legitimate means of pursuing one's interests, our tolerance as democrats has to find its limit," said in a speech ahead of the ceremony. Comment: And boy did she find it, introducing segregation between the 'vaxxed' and 'unvaxxed', and pushing mandatory mass vaccination, as her last acts in power. The event, which was held at the Defense Ministry rather than in a more public setting due to pandemic...

Putin comments on mandatory Covid vaccinations

Putin comments on mandatory Covid vaccinations

Russian officials should try to convince people to sign up for vaccinations before they talk about forcing them to roll up their sleeves, President Vladimir Putin has said, as the country grapples with more Covid-19 deaths. Speaking on Sunday at a virtual meeting with Francesco Rocca, the head of the Red Cross, Putin declared that immunizing the public is "the most important task" politicians now face during the pandemic. Commenting on the approach to get jabs in the arms across the world's largest country: "We are trying to follow a path of persuasion rather than of compulsion. We are trying to combat biased views and prejudices against vaccination. It is important to persuade people so that they understand that inoculation is necessary." According to the Russian leader, this method has seen positive results, especially recently. Putin's comments come shortly after lawmakers from the ruling United Russia party received instructions on how to combat the most popular anti-vaxxer...

In wake of Austria's drastic lockdown of unvaccinated people, EU chief calls for throwing out Nuremberg Code

In wake of Austria's drastic lockdown of unvaccinated people, EU chief calls for throwing out Nuremberg Code

Ursula Van Der Leyen, the head of the EU commission, told the press on Wednesday that she is in favour of scrapping the long-standing Nuremburg Code and forcing people to get vaccinated against COVID. "Hey, it's just the Nuremberg code. Only what we learned from the Nazi atrocities, not least those that were medical," sarcastically notes esteemed professor, lecturer and podcaster Dr. Jordan Peterson: