Russia to build military bases in 6 African countries: Report

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A Russian soldier guards an area during the military exercises in the Chita region, Eastern Siberia, during the Vostok 2018 exercises in Russia, Sept. 11, 2018. (AP)
A Russian soldier guards an area during the military exercises in the Chita region, Eastern Siberia, during the Vostok 2018 exercises in Russia, Sept. 11, 2018. (AP)

Russia is planning to step up its military cooperation with African countries as part of its new Africa strategy, including building bases in six countries, Germany daily Bild reported Tuesday, citing a secret German Foreign Ministry report.

The classified document on what it calls “Russia’s new Africa ambitions” says Russian President Vladimir Putin had made “Africa a top priority.”

An important aspect of Russia’s advance in Africa is military cooperation with some of the continent’s dictatorial regimes, it said.

“Since 2015, Russia has concluded military cooperation agreements with 21 countries in Africa,” according to the leaked document.

Previously, there were only four military cooperation treaties across the entire continent, it added.

Furthermore, it said, the…

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Michelle Obama says she’s suffering from ‘low-grade depression’

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(CNN)Former First Lady Michelle Obama says she’s suffering from a “low-grade depression.” The reasons? The pandemic, race relations in the US and the political strife surrounding it all, she says.

“I’m waking up in the middle of the night because I’m worrying about something or there’s a heaviness,” Obama said in her “The Michelle Obama Podcast” on Wednesday. “I try to make sure I get a workout in, although there have been periods throughout this quarantine, where I just have felt too low.”

It’s a familiar feeling for many Americans.

A Census Bureau survey found that one in three Americans are reporting symptoms of depression or anxiety, more than three times the rate from a similar survey conducted in the first half of 2019. And because one of the best ways…

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CNN: The Latest About the Three Front-Runner Covid 19 Vaccines

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These 3 Covid-19 vaccines have been in the news. Here’s what you need to know about them

(CNN) The US government is pouring billions into Covid-19 vaccines, and candidates from three companies are moving along quickly: Moderna, Pfizer and Novavax.

Here’s what you need to know about them.

These are among the dozens of Covid-19 vaccines in trials around the world as researchers rush to find a way to stop the pandemic.

To help speed the process, the US government’s Operation Warp Speed is providing some funding for those three and five others — vaccine candidates the US Department of Health and Human Services calls “the most promising.”

Face masks have become our new normal, and with these masks, you can make sure you’re doing even more good than usual.

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Ex-Israel MK declares Lebanon blast as ‘gift from God’

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Former Israeli Member of the Knesset Moshe Feiglin, 13 April 2017 [safa]

Former Israeli Member of the Knesset Moshe Feiglin gleefully hailed yesterday’s devastating explosion in Beirut as a “gift” from God in time for the Jewish festival Tu B’Av.

Feiglin posted on Facebook that he thanked God that the deadly blast took place in Beirut, and claimed it was just in time for Tu B’Av, which is a festival of love, and in modern times has become a romantic Jewish holiday for dancing, handing out flowers and singing.

“Today is Tu B’Av, a day of joy, and a true and huge thank you to G-d and all the geniuses and heroes really (!) who organized for us this wonderful celebration in honor of the day of love.”

He went on to speculate that the explosion was no accident, claiming he had “experience” in…

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REALPOLITIK: 3 Other Massive Explosions That Left Us Wondering When Tactical Nukes Will Make Their Debut

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Source – wakingtimes.com

“…A Russian detonation in August of 2019 offers a blast that most closely resembles the Beirut explosion, and many believe the Russian example is a low-yield nuclear weapon. The official story on this is that a weapons depot accidentally blew up, similar to the story out of Beirut. The two explosions are quite similar when you look at the initial blast and cloud, the secondary massive blast, and the enormous shockwave that followed”

3 Other Massive Explosions That Left Us Wondering When Tactical Nukes Will Make Their Debut

The world has been watching footage of the massive explosion in Beirut’s main city port yesterday, causing widespread speculation as to whether or not this was a covert military operation employing some new generation of tactical small-yield nuclear weapons.

So far, all indications seem to be that this blast was the result of fatal mishandling of hazardous materials, and…

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AMERIKA: Why Housing Is a Human Right – By Lee Camp

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Source – counterpunch.org

“…Money is an idea, a concept, an imaginary metaphysical belief, and it’s high time we faced the fact that the U.S. government has an unlimited imagination. As philosopher Alan Watts once put it: Money is not a thing, it’s a measurement. Saying there’s not enough money to do something is like a builder saying there’s not enough inches to build a house. He has the wood, nails and hammers. He’s just out of inches”

Why Housing Is a Human Right – By Lee Camp

Congress’s inability to actually represent the real-live human beings of America, combined with an economic system that rewards lack of empathy and an excess of greed, has brought us to a dark time when an oncoming tsunami of financial ruin, destitution and evictions towers over our heads, blocking out the sunlight.

The impending evictions may soon kick 28 million people/families out of their…

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AMERIKA: Why Housing Is a Human Right – By Lee Camp

RIELPOLITIK

Source – counterpunch.org

“…Money is an idea, a concept, an imaginary metaphysical belief, and it’s high time we faced the fact that the U.S. government has an unlimited imagination. As philosopher Alan Watts once put it: Money is not a thing, it’s a measurement. Saying there’s not enough money to do something is like a builder saying there’s not enough inches to build a house. He has the wood, nails and hammers. He’s just out of inches”

Why Housing Is a Human Right – By Lee Camp

Congress’s inability to actually represent the real-live human beings of America, combined with an economic system that rewards lack of empathy and an excess of greed, has brought us to a dark time when an oncoming tsunami of financial ruin, destitution and evictions towers over our heads, blocking out the sunlight.

The impending evictions may soon kick 28 million people/families out of their…

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U.S.-China relations are under ‘unprecedented’ strain, says Chinese ambassador to the U.S.

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He also accused the U.S. of fueling tensions in the South China Sea by sending ships to the region: “This is really raising the risk of a conflict.”
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Chinese Ambassador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai delivers a speech during the 40th anniversary of China-U.S. student exchange in Washington on Nov. 21, 2019.Xinhua / Liu Jie via Getty Images file

By Dan De Luce

WASHINGTON — Beijing does not want to see a Cold War break out between China and the U.S. and both countries need to work to repair relations that are under “unprecedented” strain, Beijing’s envoy to Washington said on Tuesday.

“I don’t think a new Cold War would serve anybody’s interest,” said Cui Tiankai, a veteran diplomat who serves as China’s ambassador to the U.S., at the Aspen Security Forum.

“I don’t know why people like the term Cold War so much,” Cui told Andrea Mitchell of…

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Divine Revelation and Science; Conflict or Concordance

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By Professor Carmichael, who is a Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon. She has an extensive experience in providing a dedicated specialist Breast Service for screen detected and symptomatic cancers in a multidisciplinary setting since 2004. Prof Carmichael continually updates her surgical skills and has recently attended USA for a fellowship to enhance her skills for lipomedelling and breast reconstruction.

A time of unprecedented stress and suffering can focus the minds of some individuals towards prayers and religion. In this era of enhanced scientific understanding and development, are enlightened scientific minds prepared and ready to accept the concept of religion and divine revelations? The root of religion is a belief in the existence of God. God invites people to progress…

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Swiss offer help to Lebanon after deadly blast in Beirut 

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  An injured man is evacuated from the scene of an explosion at the Beirut Port, Beirut, Lebanon, 04 August 2020. According to media reports citing official sources at least 40 people were killed and 2,500 injured in the explosion which also caused severe damage, while its cause is not yet known. EPA/IBRAHIM DIRANI/DAR AL MUSSAWIR

 An estimated 4,000 people were injured in the explosion in Beirut’s port. Keystone/Ibrahim Dirani/dar Al Mussawir

Switzerland has sent its condolences to the government of Lebanon following an explosion in the capital Beirut on Tuesday, which killed at least 100 people.

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President Simonetta Sommaruga said Switzerland and Lebanon stood “close to each other”. She expressed her deepest sympathy to the Lebanese people and the authorities, “but above all to the injured and the families of the victims”.

In a similar vein, Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis offered Swiss assistance.

More than 4,000 people, including the Swiss ambassador…

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China bans squid catch in some overseas waters with overfishing in spotlight

Moderna Vaccine Does Prevent Covid 19 Infections, At Least in Mice

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Every human life is precious and sacred and saving one is like saving the whole of humanity. (Al Quran 5:32/33)

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NIH-Moderna investigational COVID-19 vaccine shows promise in mouse studies

Source: National Institute of Health

Vaccine currently being evaluated in Phase 3 clinical testing in 30,000 humans

The investigational vaccine known as mRNA-1273 protected mice from infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, according to research published today in Nature. Scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and the biotechnology company Moderna, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, along with collaborators from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, and the University of Texas at Austin conducted the preclinical research. NIAID Vaccine Research…

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