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The smiling ex-general who has become Indonesia’s ‘Mr Fixit’

When Donald Trump was furiously contesting his election defeat in the courts, the then US president still found time for at least one foreign visitor to the Oval Office. Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Indonesia’s minister for maritime affairs and investment, was given the red carpet treatment by the Trump family late last year, extracting what he...

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German right-wing AfD party goes to court ahead of reported designation as ‘suspected’ extremist group

Via RT Germany’s right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has filed two lawsuits against the nation’s domestic security service that is reportedly about to designate it a “suspected” extremist group ahead of national elections. The party has filed two legal complaints and two emergency motions against the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution...

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US warns Beijing over incursion into Taiwanese air defence zone

The US has urged China to stop intimidating Taiwan after Chinese fighter jets and bombers flew into the country’s air defence zone, in the second warning to Beijing since Joe Biden became US president on Wednesday. “We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic and economic pressure against Taiwan and instead engage in meaningful dialogue...

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Is The Dis-Uniting Of America Now Inevitable?

Authored by Robert Bridge via The Strategic Culture Foundation, Joe Biden will ram through warped liberal social experiments masquerading as credible, time-tested programs designed to stabilize the nation. It was a stark image never before seen in Washington, DC, and one that bodes ill for the future prospects of the country. A locked down capital...

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Thai hotel groups urge scrapping of quarantine rules for vaccinated tourists

Thailand’s hotel operators are pressing the government to scrap quarantine requirements for foreign tourists who have been vaccinated for coronavirus in an effort to kickstart the paralysed industry. Two leading hotel groups told the Financial Times they supported ending the mandatory 14-day quarantine for non-Thai visitors who could prove they had been vaccinated. “We should...

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Putting The Cost Of COVID-19 In Perspective

When it comes to the toll on human life, mental well-being, and any long-term complications, the true cost of COVID-19 (and government’s response) can be difficult to quantify. That said, from a purely economic angle, Visual Capitalist’s Avery Koop notes that researchers can and do examine these things – as well as economic data like...

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Biden Will Keep US Embassy In Jerusalem, Unlikely To Reverse Trump’s Israel Policies

Authored by Dave DeCamp via AntiWar.com, During this week’s Senate confirmation hearings, Joe Biden’s secretary of state nominee said the new administration will keep the US embassy in Israel in Jerusalem. “Do you agree that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and do you commit that the United States will keep our embassy in Jerusalem?” Antony Blinken...

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Chesapeake Bay Oyster Prices Collapse As Diners Ditch Restaurants Amid Pandemic 

According to The Southern Maryland Chronicle, the ripple effect of restaurant closures and indoor capacity limits at eateries across the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area has decimated the oyster industry on Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay.  For many who make a living off the Chesapeake Bay’s oysters, this past fall and winter have been a living nightmare.  Watermen in...

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Circling back – China’s “dual-circulation” strategy means relying less on foreigners | China

AT THE HEADQUARTERS of Deli, one of China’s biggest makers of glassware, display shelves hold hundreds of drinking glasses of all shapes, sizes and colours. Some are stubby. Others are impossibly thin wine goblets, marketed as having a “feminine body curve”. But it is another curve—the steep upward one that Deli’s mastery of the business...

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“Here Are The Superheroes To Come And Save Us All”: Media Waste No Time Fawning Over Biden

Authored by Alan Macleod via MintPressNews.com, We rely on the media to hold the powerful to account. But in its first hours in office, the corporate press has celebrated, rather than challenged, the new Biden administration. It began immediately during the 78-year-old Delawarean’s inauguration, with senior figures in the media barely able to contain their...

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Greenwald: The Moronic Firing Of Will Wilkinson

Authored by Glenn Greenwald via greenwald.substack.com, Will Wilkinson is about as mainstream and conventional a thinker as one can find, and is unfailingly civil and restrained in his rhetoric. But yesterday, he was fired by the technocratic centrist think tank for which he worked, the Niskanen Center, and appears on the verge of being fired...

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Eurostar Near Collapse, Asks for Bailout, Becomes Hot Potato

Via Wolf Street Traffic down 95%. To run out of money by April. By Nick Corbishley, for WOLF STREET: Eurostar, the company that operates the cross-Channel train service that connects the UK with France, Belgium and the Netherlands, is on the brink of collapse, the company’s management warned this week. With passenger numbers down 95% in the...

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Biden talks up transatlantic ties in first call with Boris Johnson

Joe Biden said he wanted to “strengthen the special relationship” with the UK during his first call as US president with Boris Johnson, the British prime minister, stressing co-operation on climate change and health but with no mention of trade. The conversation with Mr Johnson on Saturday was his third involving a foreign leader since...

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Morgan Stanley CEO Gorman Hauls In $33 Million In 2020

Morgan Stanley’s CEO James Gorman passed J.P. Morgan’s Jamie Dimon in total compensation for 2020, racking up $33 million in salary. The 2020 take marked a 22% rise in Gorman’s pay from the year prior. In 2020, Morgan Stanley posted its “third consecutive year of record earnings”, according to Bloomberg.  Gorman’s salary was $1.5 million...

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New Law Allows China’s Coast Guard To Fire On Foreign Vessels

Authored by Dave DeCamp via AntiWar.com, China’s legislature passed a law on Friday that gives its coast guard more freedom to fire on foreign vessels. According to the text of the law released by China’s Xinhua, it aims to safeguard “national sovereignty, security and maritime rights.” The law allows China’s Coast Guard to take “all necessary means”, including...