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BREAKING: COPS VIOLENTLY BREAK UP KENNEDY VACCINE FREEDOM RALLY IN BRUSSELS

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The Children’s Health Defense event in Brussels is being violently shut down with cops as we speak…

“They are having none of it with the rally,” declared a source onsite. Tear gas and water cannon are being used. Other European capitols were also on fire.

The Western press has tried to hype the global protests as being violent prior to the event, while organizers stressed the peaceful nature of the demonstrations.

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Carrier USS Carl Vinson, Essex Amphibious Ready Group Drill in the South China Sea

From left, USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS O’Kane (DDG-77), Wasp-class landing helicopter dock USS Essex (LHD‑2), Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52), and Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship USNS Alan Shephard (T‑AKE‑3) transit the South China Sea on Jan. 13, 2022. US Navy Photo
KULALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group and Essex Amphibious Ready Group with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit are now drilling in the South China Sea.
Images released by the U.S Navy show carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), landing helicopter dock USS Essex (LHD‑2), amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52), cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG-57), destroyer USS Michael Murphy ( DDG-112), dry cargo ship USNS Alan Shephard (T‑AKE‑3) and replenishment ship USNS John Ericsson (T‑AO-194) sailing in the South China Sea on Thursday.
The Essex ARG was initially comprised of Essex, Pearl Harbor and amphibious transport dock USS Portland (LPD-27), but it appears that Portland has since detached from the group following the ARG’s departure from the Middle East in early January. Destroyers USS O’Kane (DDG-77) and Michael Murphy then joined the ARG in the Indian Ocean. Both destroyers deployed as part of the Carl Vinson CSG in August, but are operating with the Essex ARG.
Essex carried out an exercise with Indian Navy corvette INS Kora (P61) and an Indian Navy P‑8I earlier this week in the Eastern Indian Ocean before transiting through the Malacca Straits on Jan. 11 towards the South China Sea.
Meanwhile, destroyer USS Dewey (DDG-105) – which also deployed as part of the Carl Vinson CSG – is operating in the East China Sea as part of Commander, Task Force (CTF) 71/DESRON 15 and conducted a replenishment at sea there on Wednesday with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force replenishment ship JS Oumi (AOE-426).

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) conducted a replenishment-at-sea with the @jmsdf_pao_eng ship JS Oumi (AOE 426). Dewey is assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and is underway supporting a Free and Open Indo-Pacific. #USNavy #US7thFleet pic.twitter.com/tg1MWtXBeD
— 7th Fleet (@US7thFleet) January 12, 2022
In other developments, a Russian Navy Pacific Fleet task group that includes cruiser RFS Varyag (011), destroyer Admiral Tributs (564) and replenishment ship Boris Butoma arrived in Kochi, India on Thursday for a port visit. The task force left Vladivostok on Dec. 29 for a long range deployment to a number of unspecified nations, though a Russian Navy news release said the ships would visit the Seychelles to coincide with the 105th anniversary of Russian protected cruiser Varyag’s visit in August 1916. The Russian task group is expected to leave Friday for Chabahar, Iran.
Also heading out of the Indian Ocean to the Middle East are JMSDF mine countermeasure vessel JS Uraga (MST-463) and minesweeper JS Hirado (MSO-305). Both ships carried out an exercise with Indian Navy frigate INS Shivalik (F47) and corvette INS Kadmatt (P29) on Thursday in the Bay of Bengal. Uraga and Hirado left Japan on Dec. 12 and are scheduled to participate in the International Maritime Exercise (IMX) 22 exercise held by U.S. 5th Fleet from Jan. 30 through Feb. 17. Both ships are scheduled return to Japan at the end of March.
German Navy frigate FGS Bayern (F217) is in the Indian Ocean, heading toward Sri Lanka after wrapping up the Asia Pacific portion of its deployment. Bayern carried out a passage exercise with Republic of Singapore Navy frigate RSS Formidable (68) off Singapore on Tuesday, following its departure from Vietnam on Jan. 9. Bayern then carried out a passage exercise in the Malacca Strait on Wednesday with six ships from the Royal Malaysian Navy – multipurpose support ship KD Sri Inderasakti (1503), frigate KD Jebat (FFGH29), corvettes KD Lekir (FSG26) and KD Laksamana Hang Nadim (F134), Littoral Mission Ship KD Sundang (112) and fast attack craft KD Gempita (3514). A large number of RMN ships participated in the PASSEX with Bayern because the RMN also in the middle of carrying out the RMN Western Fleet’s Pangkor War readiness and combat e …

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BBC: Government’s Own Study on School Mask Mandates Failed to Show Conclusive Results

As the world enters its third year of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, strategies to contain the virus continue to be explored, examined, and scrutinized. In some cases, clear answers remain stubbornly elusive.
New evidence out of the United Kingdom showed the research the government used to justify making masks mandatory in schools was “not conclusive.”
“The government’s own study in the autumn did not provide proof of a statistically significant impact,” the BBC reported last week.
The evidence, recently made public by the UK Department for Education, shows the justification for the new mask rule relied on data collected during October 2021 when cases were surging because of the Delta variant. Researchers examined 123 UK schools who enforced mask mandates and compared them to 1,200 schools that did not, and the results were statistically insignificant.
Schools with mask mandates saw their average absence rate fall by 2.3 percent to 3 percent over three weeks, according to the study. Schools without masks mandates saw the absent rate fal …

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Uyghurs who fled China face lengthy asylum backlogs

Soon after “Alim” arrived in the U.S. on a travel visa in 2014, he applied for asylum. As a Uyghur Muslim, he faced an uncertain future if returned to his native China, which was beginning a crackdown on ethnic minorities.

Seven years later, he’s still waiting for his asylum claim to be resolved.

During that time, his two children back home have grown into teenagers. His wife and two sisters were imprisoned in Chinese “re-education” camps, where he said they faced starvation and torture. His court hearing in the U.S. has been delayed repeatedly.

“I lost my family,” said Alim, whose real name was withheld to protect his family’s safety. “The immigration court killed my chance.”

Alim is one of roughly 800 Uyghurs caught in a backlog of hundreds of thousands seeking asylum in the U.S. His situation highlights the damage a strained asylum system can wreak on individuals fleeing very real harm.

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The lack of immigration relief for Uyghurs fleeing China is particularly ironic given recent U.S. efforts to hold the Chinese government accountable for its human rights abuses. In the final days of the Trump administration, the U.S. declared China’s treatment of Uyghurs a genocide, citing forced labor, re-education camps, even forced sterilizations. And last month, the U.S. vowed to diplomatically boycott the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing.

In December, President Joe Biden signed a law to prohibit goods produced in Xinjiang, the northwest region of China where most Uyghurs live and are imprisoned, from entering the U.S. unless companies can prove they were not made with forced labor.

“The current situation of the Uyghurs is really, really terrible,” said Mustafa Aksu, a program coordinator for research and advocacy at the Uyghur Human Rights Project. “Some people have been waiting [for their claims to be heard] more than four years, five years — even though there is strong proof that they have been persecuted and they will be in great danger if they go back to China.”

Years of backlog

The U.S. asylum backlog affects immigrants from around the world, leaving people who fled danger and persecution in their home countries in limbo while they wait for their claims to be processed.

More than 667,000 people are currently waiting for court hearings in their asylum cases, according to government data compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. The average wait time is 1,621 days — or nearly four and a half years.

When Alim first applied for asylum, his claim was referred to an immigration court, with a hearing planned for September 2014. The hearing was moved to 2016, then to 2019, and continues to be postponed.

Like many asylum-seekers who have spent years waiting for their hearings, Alim applied for a work permit and currently works legally in the U.S. But he lives in constant fear about the fate of his family, who he says has been targeted by the Chinese government because of his connection to the U.S.

“If I got my asylum approval in 2016 — I get my family back here, they will be safe,” he said. “Right now, we don’t have the chance to get them here.”

A pending claim limits the stability asylum-seekers can achieve, even if they can work legally. Many are unable to access government benefits or education for themselves and their families, with no end date in sight. Uncertainty around their legal status also limits other options.

“They haven’t been settled down, so many families are affected,” Aksu said. “Some of their children want to go to college, or they want to go to a military academy, but because they have no status here yet, their cases haven’t been approved — so they’re waiting.”

Searching for solutions

Policies designed to help Uyghur Muslims have proven more bipartisan in Congress than most others related to immigration, with Republicans and Democrats in general agreement that more must be done to counter China’s treatment of ethnic minorities.

A handful of lawmakers have examined ways to make the U.S. immigration system more accessible to Uyghurs. A bill introduced in April by Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Chris Coons, D-Del., would make Uyghurs eligible for priority refugee processing in the U.S.

However, that legislation is aimed at Uyghurs abroad seeking relief as refugees, not Uyghurs already in the U.S. in search of permanent protection through asylum. Refugees and asylees are granted similar rights; refugees seek their status outside the U.S. while asylum-seekers do so at U.S. borders or within the country.

“They should be given priority. I would say they probably have the most compelling case in the world right now for asylum,” Rubio said. “I’m not sure why they’re tied up in the broader backlog.”

Uyghurs seeking relief from outside the U.S. — typically from third countries, since China has all but stopped allowing Uyghurs to leave — face a whole different set of obstacles. In fiscal 2021, the U.S. did not resettle any Uyghurs through its refugee resettlement program.

“We have to work with our partners and allies,” said Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., who sponsored the House version of the Rubio and Coons bill. “We have to work with the other countries to make sure again that the Uyghurs who are in those countries are taken care of and have the opportunity to seek asylum status here.”

Last in, first out

Uyghurs like Alim face their own set of difficulties tied to what critics call a misguided asylum system that unfairly excludes people who have waited the longest. Asylum claims are heard on a “last in, first out” basis, meaning that people who have applied for asylum recently are more likely to have their applications adjudicated quickly.

That policy began in January 2018, in an effort to stem the growth of the asylum backlog and deter applicants trying to use the asylum backlog to obtain employment authorization. But it also means applications like Alim’s have been effectively deprioritized.

“Once the policy was changed to ‘last in, first out,’ you face the obvious question of, well, what happens to those applicants that submitted their applications back in 2014? 2015? 2016?” said Farida Chehata, a managing attorney at Human Rights First.

The system is strained more than ever right now in part because of tens of thousands of vulnerable Afghans seeking relief in the U.S. who have been granted humanitarian parole and must apply for asylum to receive permanent protection.

The government has prioritized applications from Afghans, Chehata said, and could theoretically do the same for Uyghurs. However, doing so could raise thorny questions about whether asylum-seekers from some ethnic groups face greater risk than others.

“Ensuring that USCIS implements a fair and fast and uniform process of scheduling that prioritizes cases that have been pending the longest would help address some of the concern,” she said.

In a statement to CQ Roll Call, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said it was “committed to using all available policy and operational improvements” to reduce the number of pending cases as well as wait times.

“Each case is reviewed based on the totality of the evidence and there may be variations in the length of adjudication,” a spokesperson said.

In October 2020, the advocacy group Uyghur American Association sent a letter to then-Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf asking for Uyghurs to be exempt from a rule limiting asylum eligibility and for their asylum cases to be expedited.

“They wish to send their children to school, serve in the United States military, and regain a sense of normalcy after fleeing persecution in China,” the group wrote. “They wish for nothing more than to become full, patriotic members of the United States and American society.”

While he waits for his hearing, Alim wonders what will happen to his family, particularly his sister, who he said emerged from the Xinjiang camps looking like a skeleton and has been “not normal” ever since.

His only means of communicating with his family is through his mother, who writes messages on a sheet of paper that she holds up on video. Chinese police regularly monitor their activities.

Growing up, Alim had always dreamed of living in the U.S., free from China’s authoritarian rule. He has achieved that dream — but at a steep price.

“Freedom for me is the only choice,” he said. “My dream has come true, but I lost a lot.”

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Top Iranian General: Revenge For Soleimani Death To Happen ‘Within’ U.S., No One Will Forget What We Do

Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Esmail Ghaani, commander of of Iran’s elite Quds Force, threatened this week that the revenge Iran will seek for the death of Qassem Soleimani, the former commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force, will happen “within” the United States.Ghaani said, “We will prepare ground for the hard revenge against the US from within their homes, as we do not need to be present as supervisors everywhere, wherever is necessary we take revenge against Americans by the help of people on their side and within their own homes without our presence.”Al-Monitor reported:Speaking at an event commemorating the two-year anniversary of Soleimani’s assassination on Jan. 3, 2020, by a US drone strike ordered by former President Donald Trump, Ghaani said, “We will get revenge that you will not forget for the rest of your life.” Talking about Trump and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who advocated for the strike behind the scenes, Ghaani said, “All of the criminals who are on the scene, from the criminal US president to all of those behin …

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Common Office Desk Phone Could Be Leaking Info to Chinese Government, Report Alleges

A major Chinese phone maker could be putting U.S. consumers, companies, and even national security data at risk, and a U.S. senator wants to know what the Commerce Department is going to do about it.In a Sept. 28 letter obtained by Defense One, Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D‑Md., described a report that “raises serious concerns about the security of audio-visual equipment produced and sold into the U.S. by Chinese firms such as Yealink.” Yealink doesn’t have the name recognition of the controversial Chinese telecom giant Huawei, but its phones are widely installed across the United States, including in government agencies. In September, Yealink and Verizon announced plans to sell “the nation’s first 4G/LTE cellular desk phone.”In the letter, Van Hollen asked Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo whether her agency is aware of the report by Chain Security, a Virginia-based company that analyzes electronics for security. He asked whether she considers its analysis credible, and if so, what she wants Commerce to do about it.Many of the security issues raised in the report are similar to those that the U.S. government has had for years about Huawei. In essence, there are a number of big—but possibly unintentional—security flaws that an adversary could use to steal data. But …

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The Message Putin Needs to Hear

EXPERT OPINION — “Peace for our time,” declared British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain upon his arrival at Heston Aerodrome outside London on 30 September 1938.  It was a statement that followed the agreement reached that day in Munich between Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and Italy announcing the subsequent Anglo-German declaration. 
Shortly thereafter, Czechoslovakia yielded to military pressure by Germany and diplomatic pressure from the UK and France and agreed to give up territory to Germany on the terms agreed in Munich.  Adolph Hitler announced the annexation of the Sudetenland as his last territorial claim in Europe.  We all know the rest of the story. 
On 17 December 2021, Vladimir Putin placed a set of demands for “security guarantees” to the United States and NATO.  The demands were placed in the context of a threatening build-up of Russian forces along the border with Ukraine that has been underway since at least March of …

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China’s Plot Against Western Targets Blown Wide Open

With the help of big tech social media platforms, Facebook an Twitter, China has gain invaluable information against their western targets. Unfortunately, it’s far too late to change course as the ‘mining’ program has been going on for quite some time, providing China’s military, police, and government entities with exactly what they need, making sitting ducks out of all of us…CONTINUE READING

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China Harvesting Social Media

China is leveraging its massive surveillance network to harvest the social media data of Western targets, according to a Washington Post review of “hundreds of Chinese bidding documents, contracts and company filings.”The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is mining Western social media — such as Facebook and Twitter — to “equip its government agencies, military and police with information on foreign targets.”“China maintains a countrywide network of government data surveillance services — called public opinion analysis software — that were developed over the past decade and are used domestically to warn officials of politically sensitive information online,” The Washington Post explained. “The software primarily targets China’s domestic Internet users and media, but a Post review of bidding documents and contracts for over 300 Chinese government projects since the beginning of 2020 include orders for software designed to collect data on foreign targets from sources such as Twitter, Facebook and other Western social media.”These documents also indicate that “agencies including …

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Thousands gather in Amsterdam despite ban

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Thousands of people in the Netherlands defied a ban on assembling and demonstrated Sunday against the Dutch government’s coronavirus lockdown measures, gathering on a central square before marching toward a park in Amsterdam. A small group of demonstrators briefly clashed with riot police as officers worked to clear the crowd from Museum Square based on an order from Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema. Reporters at the scene saw at least one person being detained.

The local government had outlawed the protest, saying police had indications some demonstrators might be planning to attend “prepared for violence.” The municipality later issued an emergency order for people to leave the square, and riot police marched across the grass to clear the area, sending the demonstrators into nearby streets.

Before officers moved in, some participants unfurled a banner that read, “Less repression, more care” near the Van Gogh Museum. A group of people in white overalls and white masks held up signs, including one that said: “It’s not about a virus, it’s about control” on one side and “Freedom” on the other. One person walked through the crowd carrying a “Trump 2024” flag. Ther …

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