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Dr. Peter Navarro Discusses Dr. Fauci’s Sketchy Record on AIDS | Video: 2 Minutes 44 Seconds

Dr. Fauci played the same game with the AIDs epidemic he’s been doing with Covid-19. He dismisses therapeutics in favor of vaccines, to the detriment of the public.


Washington Post’s Josh Rogin On Doctor Fauci’s Connections To the Origins of Covid & The Wuhan Lab | Video: 6 Minutes 20 Seconds

“People don’t want to think about the fact that our hero of the pandemic Dr. Fauci might also have been connected to this research which might also have been connected to the outbreak…” The Megyn Kelly Show


Bannon’s War Room | Morning Edition Hour 2 | Recorded April 15, 2021 | Video: 48 Minutes 47 Seconds

The $200 million speculative real estate deal using funds meant for the poor, plus selling out to the Chinese Communist Party has Stephen K. Bannon pulling his hair out.

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Bannon’s War Room | Evening Edition | Recorded April 15, 2021 | Video: 48 Minutes 47 Seconds

Plus, after Pfizer started talking about a “third shot,” Navarro questions maybe this is all about Big Pharma making a ton of money. Our guests are: Dr. Peter Navarro, Natalie Winters, David Clements, Doug Wardlow.

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16 COVID-19 deaths, 1,715 new infections reported in Minnesota

Sixteen COVID-19 deaths were reported in Minnesota Wednesday along with 1,715 newly confirmed infections with the novel coronavirus that causes the respiratory disease.

The latest counts in Minnesota’s third significant wave of COVID-19 activity bring the state’s tolls in the pandemic to 6,978 deaths and 547,101 known SARS-CoV-2 infections.

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Minneapolis Police Arrest at Least 60 After Days of Unrest

Following a Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police officer’s fatal shooting of a 20-year-old black man during an April 11 traffic stop, protests and riots shook the state of Minnesota for three consecutive nights, coming amid ongoing calls to “defund the police.” NTD’s Christina Kim has the story.

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Former Minnesota cop charged in shooting of Black motorist

A prosecutor said Wednesday that he charged a white former suburban Minneapolis police officer with second-degree manslaughter for killing 20-year-old Black motorist Daunte Wright in a shooting that ignited days of unrest and clashes between protesters and police.

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‘Get The F**k Out Of Here!’: Protesters Pelt CNN Crew With Bottle, Chase Them Away From Brooklyn Center Police District

Protestors at the Brooklyn Center Police District in Minnesota chased away a CNN camera crew as the state braces for the fourth night of violent protests in the wake of the death of Daunte Wright.

A CNN camera crew member is seen on video getting hit in the face with a water bottle, visibly stunned and stumbling to the ground.

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Minnesota protesters, police clash for fourth straight night after Daunte Wright shooting

Tempers flared on Wednesday during a fourth straight night of protests outside a Minnesota police station in response to the cop-killing of Daunte Wright. Police declared an unlawful assembly and ordered hundreds of demonstrators to disperse from the Brooklyn Center precinct ahead of the city’s 10 p.m. curfew, according to footage posted to Twitter by…

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Portland protestors set fires after fatal Minnesota police shooting, continue to besiege city

Portland protestors set fires this week to building in the Oregon city – in protest over the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright and extending what has become a nearly year-long demonstration since the George Floyd killing almost one year ago.

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Exclusive: ‘Do Not Use Justice for Blacks as Excuse to Destroy This Nation’—Bob Woodson

“Do not use justice for blacks as excuse to destroy this nation,” says Bob Woodson. A veteran of the civil rights movement, he argues that the legacy of the civil rights movement is being perverted and weaponized to punish whites. Today, we discuss the devastating human cost of the “race grievance industry” he believes is gripping America today.

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BLM’s ‘Marxist’ Co-Founder Raked in $20,000 a Month as Chairwoman of Jail Reform Group

by Andrew Kerr

Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation co-founder and executive director Patrisse Cullors, a self-identified “trained Marxist,” raked in upwards of $20,000 a month serving as the chairwoman of a Los Angeles jail reform group in 2019, according to campaign finance records reviewed by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Reform LA Jails disbursed a total of $191,000 to Cullors in 2019 through her consulting firm, Janaya and Patrisse Consulting, according to financial records submitted to the California Fair Political Practices Commission. The description for each of the seven reported payments to the Cullors’ firm that year read: “P. Cullors, Principal Officer, Business Owner.”

It’s unclear when exactly Reform LA Jails began paying Cullors through her firm, which is named after the BLM co-founder and her spouse, Janaya Khan. The first payment of $51,000 occurred between January 2019 and the end of June 2019, according to an FPPC report covering that timeframe. The exact date of the payment isn’t disclosed in the report.

Reform LA Jail’s following report, which covered the three-month period starting July 2019 through the end of September 2019, disclosed four payments totaling $60,000 to Cullors’ firm.

Cullors was the only identified manager of Janaya and Patrisse Consulting in its latest report to the California Secretary of State in December.

Reform LA Jails reported paying Janaya & Patrisse Consulting $51,000 in a campaign finance report covering the time period between Jan. 1, 2019, and June 30, 2019. (California Form 460/Screenshot)

Reform LA Jails made additional payments of $20,000 and $60,000 to Cullors’ firm between October 2019 and the end of December 2019, an FPPC report covering that timeframe shows.

Cullors is featured prominently on the website for Reform LA Jails, which also goes by Yes On R.

“Our movement — powered by Black Lives Matter, community organizations, and grassroots citizens– collected over 247,000 signatures to put a measure on the LA County March 3, 2020, ballot,” the website states under a picture of Cullors.

Reform LA Jails did not return a request for comment.

The website for Janaya and Patrisse Consulting went offline sometime over the weekend amid reports of Cullors’ real estate buying spree, the DCNF previously reported.

The firm’s website stated it specialized in “Transforming Organizations One Strategic Planning Session at a Time,” according to screenshots posted to Twitter on Saturday by former Wall Street Journal reporter Asra Nomani.

On a page titled “how we help you succeed,” the firm said it provided “one on one coaching, anti-bias training, racial and gender justice training, long- and short-term consulting, media strategy and development, strategic planning, organizational development, creative content creation.”

“‘Freedom fighter’ Patrice [sic] Cullors and ‘staunch Afrofuturist’ Janaya Khan exploit their association with Black Lives Matter to monetize themselves…as capitalists,” Nomani tweeted.

A report from the New York Post on Sunday revealing that Cullors has purchased four homes across the country since 2016 for a total of $3.2 million prompted a call from the head of Black Lives Matter Greater New York for an independent investigation into BLM Global Network’s finances. Black Lives Matter Greater New York is not affiliated with BLM Global Network.

BLM Global Network released a public statement on Tuesday saying that Cullors serves as the group’s executive director in a “volunteer capacity and does not receive a salary or benefits.”

“Patrisse has received a total of $120,000 since the organization’s inception in 2013, for duties such as serving as spokesperson and engaging in political education work,” the statement read. “To be abundantly clear, as a registered 501c3, [Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation] cannot and did not commit any organizational resources toward the purchase of personal property by any employee or volunteer. Any insinuation or assertion to the contrary is categorically false.”

The BLM co-founder’s latest real estate acquirement came on March 30 with the purchase of a $1.4 million home in a majority-white Los Angeles neighborhood through a corporate entity under her control, according to a celebrity real estate news site.

It’s unclear if the corporate entity used to purchase the Los Angeles home is Janaya and Patrisse Consulting. Cullors did not return a request for comment.

Cullors’ firm earned an additional $46,330 in 2018 from Real Justice PAC, a political action committee co-founded by left-wing activist Shaun King, according to Federal Election Commission records. Cullors is identified as a senior advisor to the PAC on the organization’s website.

Cullors told The Real News Network in 2015, before her real estate buying spree, that she and her fellow BLM co-founders were “trained Marxists.”

“The first thing, I think, is that we actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and [Alicia Garza] in particular are trained organizers,” Khan-Cullors said. “We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories. And I think that what we really tried to do is build a movement that could be utilized by many, many black folk.”

BLM Global Network revealed in February it raised over $90 million in 2020 thanks in large part to an outpouring of support following the police custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the Associated Press reported.

Cullors said in a statement commemorating BLM’s fifth anniversary in 2018 that the work of the movement “is carried out by our chapters, whose leadership spans across the country and the world.”

But the DCNF reported in June 2020 that BLM Global Network spent $4.5 million on consultants, travel and compensation for its staff from July 2017 through June 2019 while at the same time providing only $328,000 to outside groups such as the local autonomous BLM chapters.

And ten local BLM chapters accused BLM Global Network in November of providing “little to no financial support” to local chapters since the organization’s launch in 2013.

The local BLM chapters added that there is no acceptable transparency surrounding BLM Global Network’s finances.

“For years there has been inquiry regarding the financial operations of BLMGN and no acceptable process of either public or internal transparency about the unknown millions of dollars donated to BLMGN, which has certainly increased during this time of pandemic and rebellion,” the chapters said.

Cullors rose to national prominence in 2013 for her involvement in pushing the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag in protest of the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager.

Cullors’ profile grew further in 2014 following the police-involved deaths of Michael Brown in Missouri, Eric Garner in New York, Tamir Rice in Ohio.

Rice’s mother, Samaria Rice, accused Cullors and other leaders of BLM Global Network in a March 2021 statement of “monopolizing and capitalizing” on the death of her son.

“We never hired them to be the representatives in the fight for justice for our dead loved ones murdered by the police,” Samaria Rice said in a joint statement with Lisa Simpson, the mother of Richard Risher, who was killed by police in Los Angeles in 2016.

“The ‘activists’ have events in our cities and have not given us anything substantial for using our loved ones’ images and names on their flyers,” Rice and Simpson said.

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Andrew Kerr is a reporter at Daily Caller News Foundation.


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Russian troops paint their tanks with ‘invasion stripes’: Cold War-era paint markings are spotted as Putin masses 80,000 troops on the Ukranian border in defiance of US president Biden’s call for restraint

  • Ukrainian government report estimates the Kremlin will deploy up to 30,000 extra soldiers, accompanied by more tanks and rocket systems, in support of 80,000 Russian troops already awaiting orders to advance
  • Figures based on satellite images as troops and equipment travel hundreds of miles across Russia to amass
  • Moscow has claimed it has no plans to invade and is merely carrying out military exercises
  • but yesterday footage emerged in Astrakhan, 350 miles from the front, showing Russian BTR 80 armoured personnel carriers daubed with broad white stripes on their way to a railway station
  • It has heightened concerns among experts who believe the stripes are designed to identify friend from foe
  • Similar markings were painted on Soviet Army tanks during the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 because the enemy had the same Russian-made vehicles
  • It comes as giant robots have appeared in the pro-Russian city of Donetsk, believed to be the work of a local artist, their intent is unclear but they do little to quell the foreboding which hangs over the region
  • US last night cancelled the deployment of two warships to the Black Sea which had been due to arrive to show support for Ukraine after Russian warships and landing craft were moved west from the Caspian
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Democrats planning to unveil bill that would add 4 justices to Supreme Court

Democrats are preparing to unveil legislation that would add four seats to the US Supreme Court.

The bill, first reported by The Intercept, is expected to be introduced in both the House and Senate on Thursday.

It would up the number of seats on the high court to 13 from the current nine.

Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey, a co-sponsor of the bill, told The Wall Street Journal that adding justices “will shore up the public’s confidence in the court and its legitimacy in the public’s eyes.”

Also backing the measure are House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler (NY-10th District) Subcommittee Chair Hank Johnson (GA-4th District), and freshman New York Rep. Mondaire Jones.

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Big Tech ‘Making Billions’ Off Surveillance Advertising

A global coalition of more than three dozen groups on Monday launched a campaign to ban surveillance advertising, which the leaders of the effort described as “the extractive profit model underlying so many of Big Tech’s worst behaviors.”

“Surveillance advertising — the core profit-driver for gatekeepers like Facebook and Google, as well as adtech middlemen — is the practice of extensively tracking and profiling individuals and groups, and then microtargeting ads at them based on their behavioral history, relationships, and identity” the coalition — co-organized by Accountable Tech and the American Economic Liberties Project — said in a joint statement.

“These dominant firms curate the content each person sees on their platforms using those dossiers — not just the ads, but newsfeeds, recommendations, trends and so forth — to keep each user hooked, so they can be served more ads and mined for more data,” added the coalition — which also includes Demand Progress, People’s Action and Public Citizen.

“Big Tech is making billions off surveillance advertising,” the groups noted on their campaign website. “Society is paying the price.”

The coalition of nearly 40 organizations — whose advocacy ranges from antitrust, corporate accountability and consumer protection to privacy, civil rights and counter-disinformation — argued that by “funding the misinformation machine,” “aiding and abetting violent extremists,” and more “Big Tech’s toxic business model is undermining democracy.”

In their joint statement released ahead of the March 25 House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on “Social Media’s Role in Promoting Extremism and Misinformation,” the groups said that “Big Tech platforms amplify hate, illegal activities and conspiracism — and feed users increasingly extreme content — because that’s what generates the most engagement and profit.”

“Their own algorithmic tools have boosted everything from white supremacist groups and Holocaust denialism to COVID-19 hoaxes, counterfeit opioids and fake cancer cures,” the coalition added. “Echo chambers, radicalization and viral lies are features of these platforms, not bugs — central to the business model.”

The coalition criticized social media giants for “eroding our consensus reality and threatening public safety in service of a toxic, extractive business model.”

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The Racist Incident That Wasn’t

Commentary: The students, administration, and faculty of Albion College in Michigan were driven into a frenzy two weeks ago when racist and anti-Semitic graffiti surfaced in a dorm stairwell and photos were posted in a local news Facebook group. The photos included messages such as “White Power” and “KKK.” Now the campus police have discovered that a 21-year-old black student is responsible. He has admitted creating the graffiti, and video evidence corroborates his confession, police said. Here we go again! Another fake racial incident, another hoax perpetrated by a supposed victim. This is Jussie Smollett all over again. Fake racial incidents are now commonplace both on the campus and in the culture. So the first interesting question is: why would someone seek to orchestrate a horrific event that didn’t really happen? It can’t be that the perpetrators, from Smollett to the black student at Albion, are merely trying to call …

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VIDEO: Tucker Slams ADL for Opposing Israeli Demographic Change While Promoting It In America

Fox News’s Tucker Carlson blasted the ADL in a segment Monday night for opposing demographic change in Israel while promoting it in the United States.

Last week, speaking on “Fox News Primetime”, Tucker Carlson had brought up the issue of demographic change in America, suggesting that the Democratic Party was bringing in immigrants for political purposes. “If you change the population, you dilute the political power of the people who live there,” Tucker said. “White replacement theory? No, no, this is a voting rights question.”

However, Tucker was then attacked for bringing up the question of demographic change by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the Jewish rights organisation led by CEO Jonathan Greenblatt. “Mr. Carlson’s attempt to at first dismiss this theory, while in the very next breath endorsing it under cover of ‘a voting rights question,’ does not give him free license to invoke a white supremacist trope,” said Greenblatt in a letter to Fox News, demanding he be fired.

However, in a segment Monday night, Tucker fired back against the ADL, and noted that the ADL themselves argue against demographic change in Israel. The Fox News host then read from an essay from 2010 that is currently hosted on the ADL’s site, which he described as “what an unvarnished conversation about what a country’s national interest might look like”:

With historically high birth rates among the Palestinians, and a possible influx of Palestinian refugees and their descendants now living around the world, Jews would quickly become a minority within a bi-national state, thus likely ending any semblance of equal representation and protections. In this situation, the Jewish population would be increasingly politically – and potentially physically – vulnerable. It is unrealistic and unacceptable to expect the state of Israel to voluntarily subvert its own sovereign existence and nationalist identity and become a vulnerable minority within what was once its own territory.

“Now from Israel’s perspective, this makes perfect sense,” Tucker continued. “Why would any democratic nation make its own citizens less powerful? Isn’t that the deepest betrayal of all? In the words of the ADL, why would a government subvert its own sovereign existence? Good question. Maybe ADL President Jonathan Greenblatt will join us sometime to explain, and tell us whether that same principle applies to the United States.”

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Biden Pulls the Plug on Afghan War at the Risk of Turmoil Ahead

For Joe Biden, withdrawing the remaining U.S. troops from Afghanistan was a recognition of the inevitable after 20 years of war with no clear victory in sight. The president’s critics argue it will obliterate American leverage over the Taliban and doom the country’s few but fragile gains.

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CIA shocker: Obama fundraiser says he was U.S. intel asset, alleges spy agency ‘abuses’

maad Zuberi, a major Democratic fundraiser facing 12 years in prison, has filed an extraordinary complaint with the CIA’s chief watchdog alleging he witnessed “flagrant problems, abuses, violations of law” while working as an asset for U.S. intelligence, according to documents and interviews.

Zuberi, of Los Angeles, recently hired the CIA’s retired acting general counsel Robert J. Eatinger Jr. to review his case and help to appeal his conviction on a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

After reviewing evidence, including secret communications between Zuberi and his alleged CIA handlers that were enumerated in a secret Classified Information Protection Act filing in his criminal case, Eatinger prepared and delivered two complaints to the CIA inspector general earlier this month.

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Florida House Passes Bill to Keep Trans Athletes Out of Girls’ Sports

The Florida House passed a bill that would prohibit school athletic teams and sports designated for girls and women from admitting males.

HB 1475, the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, passed in the Republican-led state House by a vote of 77-40, mostly along party lines.

The bill would require admission to public school and college sports teams to be based on male/female sex, not gender identity.

The Hill reported the legislation, if enacted, “would require that sports team eligibility be based on a student’s ‘biological sex,’” and explained the phrase refers to “the sex assigned at birth.”

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CNN Cheers On More Covid Deaths | Project Veritas Exposé | Video: 2 Minutes 19 Seconds

“Conspiracy Theorists” have been arguing since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic that political figures, corporations and mainstream media have used the crisis to gain power, money and influence. They may be right. Project Veritas, well worth a visit and your support, once again exposes the sheer disgusting madness of our American media establishment as CNN’s Technical Director, Charlie Hester, cheers on more Covid-19 deaths to stimulate higher CNN viewership.

 

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April 14, 2021 | Nightly News Rebroadcast | Video: 47 Minutes 44 Seconds

President Joe Biden says U.S. troops will be coming home from Afghanistan, Minnesota saw its third consecutive day of violent demonstrations after the shooting of Daunte Wright, and the House Oversight and Reform Committee passes a bill that would make Washington, D.C., the 51st state of the United States.

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Bannon’s War Room | Morning Edition Hour 1 | Recorded April 14, 2021 | Video: 48 Minutes 33 Seconds

Brexit leader Nigel Farage joins War Room with an encouraging message to Trump supporters: “the populist revolution is far, far from over.”

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Bannon’s War Room | Morning Edition Hour 2 | Recorded April 14, 2021 | Video: 48 Minutes 38 Seconds

Dr. Navarro reveals his one regret from the Trump administration, and explains how Steven Mnuchin got in the way.

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Bannon’s War Room | Evening Edition | Recorded April 14, 2021 | Video: 49 Minutes

Naomi Wolf explains how vaccine passports are designed to introduce China’s social credit score to the west.

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Protesters take to the streets of Minneapolis for a third night over Daunte Wright shooting

Protesters set fire to Portland police union building as Daunte Wright violence spreads and cops in Minneapolis arrest 60 in clashes outside police station

  • Cop Kimberly Potter is said to have confused her gun for a taser when she shot at Daunte Wright Sunday 
  • Her home was barricaded up Tuesday after a police source said that they anticipate protests there
  • Curfews were in place for Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, St. Paul and surrounding areas from 10pm local time 
  • About 90 minutes before the curfew deadline, state police announced over a loudspeaker that the gathering outside the Brooklyn Center police station had been declared unlawful and ordered the crowds to disperse 
  • Cops used pepper spray and flash bombs to try to disperse the crowd; protesters used umbrellas as shields
  • Minnesota State Patrol Colonel Matt Langer said at a midnight press conference 60 people were arrested 
  • Wright’s killing, just 10 miles from the scene of George Floyd’s death last May in Minneapolis, has led to unrest in Minnesota and nationwide; the trial of Derek Chauvin, charged in Floyd’s death, is ongoing in the city
  • Protests also broke out overnight Tuesday in NYC, Philadelphia and Chicago; a riot was declared in Portland
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(VIDEO) Police body cam video of shooting in Minnesota

Warning: the video may be upsetting to some viewers Body cam footage recorded the struggle between Brooklyn Center Police officers and suspect Daunte Wright, age 20. Authorities reportedly pulled over Wright on a traffic violation and learned he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest related to a criminal gun violation. As they attempted to […]

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China launches hotline for netizens to report ‘illegal’ history comments

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s cyber regulator has launched a hotline to report online comments that defame the ruling Communist Party and its history, vowing to crack down on “historical nihilists” ahead of the Party’s 100th anniversary in July.

The tip line allows people to report fellow netizens who “distort” the Party’s history, attack its leadership and policies, defame national heroes and “deny the excellence of advanced socialist culture” online, said a notice posted by an arm of the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) on Friday.

“Some with ulterior motives … have been spreading historical nihilistic misrepresentations online, maliciously distorting, denigrating and negating the history of the Party,” said the notice.

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MLB Boycotted Georgia a Day After Expanding China Deal

Major League Baseball had extended and expanded its contract with a Chinese telecommunications giant shortly before boycotting the state of Georgia over the league’s disagreement with the election reforms recently enacted by the Peach State’s democratically elected governor and legislature. Chinese state media reported on April 1 that the MLB will continue to be aired on the streaming platform operated by Chinese tech giant Tencent, which has significant ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Tencent is of the Chinese companies that had temporarily dropped NBA games as a form of censorship after former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey spoke out in support of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. On April 2, the day after the announcement of the Chinese deal, the MLB moved its annual All-Star game out of Atlanta, Georgia, in response to a set of election reforms signed by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp last month. MLB …

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April 13, 2021 | Nightly News Rebroadcast | Video: 50 Minutes 17 Seconds

America’s top health agencies called on doctors to pause their use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 18 Republican senators are calling for the FBI to investigate President Joe Biden’s top Pentagon pick, and new secretly recorded footage of a CNN employee has been released by Project Veritas.

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Justice Thomas shows how we can end Big Tech censorship for good

On Monday, Justice Clarence Thomas announced that the Supreme Court soon will have to put an end to Big Tech tyranny. Amen. If the high court fails to act, it could mean the end of free speech in the 21st century and the shriveling of our constitutional rights to mere “paper rights” — still there…

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Books by John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, Sherman Alexie among most objected to in 2020

Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” was among the most criticized books of 2020, according to the American Library Association.
Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” was among the most criticized books of 2020, according to the American Library Association. | AP

The ALA defines a “challenge” as a “formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness.”

NEW YORK — The closing of physical libraries because of the pandemic has slowed but not stopped patrons and others from calling for books to be banned or restricted.

On Monday, the American Library Association reported more than 270 challenges to books in 2020, from Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye” to Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” compared to 377 the year before. The number of challenges is likely far higher than reported; the association estimates that only a small percentage are formally registered or publicized — a trend that got worse during the pandemic.

“The shutdowns didn’t just make it less likely that patrons would complain, but because of all the furloughs and layoffs at schools and libraries, it disrupted the whole infrastructure that enables us to be aware of complaints,” says Deborah Caldwell-Stone, who directs the association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.

Alex Gino’s “George” was the most frequently criticized book, with objections including LGBTQ content and “not reflecting the values” of the community. The No. 2 book for complaints was Ibram X. Kendi’s and Jason Reynolds’ “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You,” challenged in part for “selective storytelling incidents” that do not reflect racism against all people.

A second book co-written by Reynolds, “All American Boys,” faced complaints about political bias, bias against men, and the inclusion of rape and profane language. Others in the top 10 include Angie Thomas’ bestseller about police violence, “The Hate U Give”; John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”; and the National Book Award winners “Speak,” by Laurie Halse Anderson, and “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie.

Several of the top 10 books — which also included “Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice,” by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins and Ann Hazzard — received greater attention last year after the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matters protests.

“We did see pushback against anti-racist materials, some of which were seen as anti-police,” Caldwell-Stone says. “I always say that the challenged book list reflects the conversations going on around the country.”

The ALA defines a “challenge” as a “formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness.” The list, based on media reports and on accounts submitted from libraries, is part of the association’s annual State of America’s Libraries report. It comes out during National Library Week, which ends Saturday.

Some books were simply criticized, others actually pulled. In Burbank, California, last November, “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Of Mice and Men” were among several novels removed from school reading lists because of racist language that educators allege led to harassment of minority students. The National Coalition Against Censorship condemned the decision, saying that “banning books does not erase racist ideas or prevent racist incidents.”

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The Epoch Times along with NTD, Battling For The Chinese People’s Freedom For Over 20 Years, Demonitized By Youtube and Certain Broadcasts Blocked By Both Vimeo & YouTube Attacked In Hong Kong By Hammer Wielding Arsonists

It appears that the Chinese Communists have learned quite a bit from the American Left, or is it the other way around? Chinese Communists don’t like talk of freedom, as in freedom of speech, freedom of thought and self governance. Perhaps they view such things as sinful and censorship as virtuous, as Apple CEO Tim Cook told the world. The reason for it there, is the same reason for it here: It’s bad for business run by collusion, monopolies and crony capitalism (which is Marxism in practice). So what to do with these little “insurrectionists” that want a free Chinese people? Take a page from the U.S.A. If you think communism is bad, then you hate communism. As you know, We Must Stop The Hate. Here’s a good rule to remember: when a group, the American Left, coddles a regime that represses it’s own Chinese people and that corporations use for slave labor, you can be sure that American Left will say they are wholeheartedly against attacks against Asians. . . in America.

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America First Coalition Demands DeSantis Strengthen Florida’s Big Tech Bills To End Online Censorship

A number of America First commentators, including former Congressional candidate Laura Loomer, and Nick Fuentes, are demanding the proposed Big Tech bills in Florida’s legislature be strengthened with various amendments.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced at the start of February a number of actions that would be taken against Big Tech by his administration, with the focus more on how Big Tech censorship and interference would effect elections within the state. As National File reported:

Some of the new regulations include a mandatory opt-out from content filters created by Big Tech companies, which can leave users “shadowbanned” without the need for full platform removal, a right of action for all Floridians against Big Tech companies who violated this, and a number of daily fines related to interference in elections, including a $100,000 daily fine levied for any company that suspends political candidates. DeSantis claimed that the Big Tech companies were the number one threat to democracy and freedom of expression in America.

Fox News’s Tucker Carlson remarked that the proposed action plan “really does set the standard for the rest of the country.” However, this is what a number of America First commentators currently fear, who argue that the Big Tech bills now put forward in the Florida House and Senate based on DeSantis’s plan go nowhere near far enough.

Laura Loomer, the former Florida Congressional candidate who was the first de-platformed candidate in US history, criticized the bills in two key areas. Loomer said that the fines proposed for Big Tech companies were “chump change” for the huge corporations, with the $4.6 million fine that Facebook and Google would have received for censoring her during 2019-2020 campaign only amounting to 0.006% and 0.002% of their 2020 revenues respectively. There is also no evidence to suggest that such fines would happen retroactively regardless.

“Paying a minor fine to prevent a candidate or candidates they don’t like from winning an election is a steal of a deal,” Loomer said. “In its current form, the wording of this legislation would make things worse for censored candidates, because it would give Big Tech an easy way to interfere with an election with minimal consequences in the form of small fines.”

Secondly, Loomer argued, there is no protection for constitutional speech in Florida’s Big Tech bills, and only requires the social media platforms to “apply censorship, deplatforming, and shadow banning standards in a consistent manner” among its users. “Sounds nice and all, but Zuckerberg and Dorsey read that as ‘Sweet! I can consistently ban conservative speech among all of my little users!’” Loomer argued.

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Chinese Propaganda Group Has Spent Years Cozying up to Black Colleges

by Chuck Ross

A Hong Kong-based think tank suspected of working as a front group for the Chinese Communist Party has cultivated close ties to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and members of the Congressional Black Caucus since 2014.

The China-U.S. Exchange Foundation’s (CUSEF) outreach to the black community is part of a broad initiative to cozy up to prominent organizations in the U.S., including foreign policy think tanks and other elite universities.

CUSEF’s activities have drawn the attention of CIA Director William Burns, who testified at his Senate confirmation hearing last month that he cut ties with CUSEF when he was president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace out of concern over “Chinese influence operations.”

Most of CUSEF’s contacts with HBCUs and Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) members have been arranged by Wilson Global Communications, a Washington, D.C.-based communications firm.

Since 2018, Wilson Global Communications has disclosed its activities for CUSEF to the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), a law that regulates foreign lobbying activity.

According to Wilson Global’s most recent FARA filing, submitted March 22, CUSEF paid the firm $89,844 over the past six months to hold virtual meetings with the leaders of HBCUs and college students. She also had contact with Yu Jiang, a professor at Xavier University who operates the school’s Confucius Institute, which U.S. officials also consider to be an influence agent of the Chinese government.

CUSEF has paid Wilson Global $667,641 since January 2017, according to FARA filings.

In its FARA disclosures, Wilson Global says it provides CUSEF with “communications and public relations services, which included outreach to U.S. elected officials.”

The firm coordinates trips for college students and leaders of HBCUs to China, all funded by CUSEF. Wilson Global has also arranged contact between CUSEF and members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Julia Wilson, the owner of Wilson Global, has held meetings with CBC members Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee, Jim Clyburn, Donald Payne, and others, according to Wilson Global’s FARA filings.

On July 12, 2019, Wilson Global hosted a virtual event for Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson and CUSEF advisor Alan Wong held at Clark Atlanta University, an HBCU.

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Mike Pompeo slams China’s ‘Genocide Olympics,’ urges American athletes to boycott it

ormer U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday suggested that United States athletes should boycott next year’s Olympian competitions in China, calling them “Genocide Olympics” in reference to China’s alleged humanitarian crises while noting Major League Baseball’s recent move from Georgia over a comparably tame voting law.

China has received sustained criticism from both the Trump and Biden administrations in large part due to the country’s mass imprisonment of its ethnic Uyghur population. Critics have argued that Beijing’s policy of alleged brainwashing and forced assimilation of Uyghurs amounts to an effective genocide against that demographic

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‘Appalling But Not Unexpected’: Pompeo Condemns Attack on Hong Kong Epoch Times Printing Press

The violent assault on the Hong Kong Epoch Times printing plant was “appalling, but not unexpected,” Pompeo said.

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Commentary: The Importance of the Commission on Unalienable Rights

by Ambassador Callista L. Gingrich, Gingrich 360  

On March 30,  U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken unveiled the annual State Department report on human rights abuses.  While doing so, he formally announced the disbanding of the Commission on Unalienable Rights. This was unfortunate as the Commission had become an important tool for advancing and defending human rights through U.S. foreign policy.

Established by former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in July 2019, and chaired by former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See and Harvard Law School professor Mary Ann Glendon, the Commission was created as an advisory group for the Secretary.  The Commission’s Charter stated that its task was “not to discover new principles, but to furnish advice to the Secretary for the promotion of individual liberty, human equality, and democracy through U.S. foreign policy.”  The Charter also specified the Commission’s advice must be “grounded in our nation’s founding principles and the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

However, the Commission was recently disbanded amidst liberal criticism for being a mechanism to “promote evangelical Christian beliefs and conservative politics,” and for establishing a “hierarchy” of rights.

But these criticisms misunderstand the purpose and importance of the Commission on Unalienable Rights.

Essential universal rights are under siege by regimes around the world.  For example, the United States has issued a declaration of genocide against the Chinese Communist Party for the forced labor, arbitrary imprisonment, ideological indoctrination, and population control that targets Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities in Xinjiang.  In Iran, the Shia Islamic regime has suppressed free speech, denied its citizens due process, and carried out arbitrary killings and forced disappearances.  In Nigeria, attacks by Boko Haram and the Islamic State are responsible for the internal displacement of more than 2 million people.  And, in Venezuela, a United Nations investigation reported that citizens are subject to extrajudicial executions, arbitrary detentions, and torture carried out at the highest levels of government. . .

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Facebook ‘Supreme Court’ Empowered to Demand More Censorship

The Facebook oversight board, commonly known as the “Facebook supreme court,” which was established by the social network as a quasi-independent body to hear appeals on Facebook’s decision to censor or ban content, has now been empowered to demand more censorship from Mark Zuckerberg’s platform.

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South African COVID variant can ‘break through’ Pfizer vaccine: study

JERUSALEM – The coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa can “break through” Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to some extent, a real-world data study in Israel found, though its prevalence in the country is low and the research has not been peer-reviewed. The study, released on Saturday, compared almost 400 people who had tested positive for COVID-19,…

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Oopsie Daisy | “CCP Virus Variant Affects Vaccinated People More Than Unvaccinated People: Study”

A study from Tel Aviv University found that a South African variant of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus affects people vaccinated with the Pfizer shot more than unvaccinated people. The study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, indicated that the B.1.351 variant of the virus—also known as the novel coronavirus—was found eight times more than individuals who were unvaccinated, or 5.4 percent against 0.7 percent. Clalit Health Services, a top Israeli health-care provider, also helped in the study. “We found a disproportionately higher rate of the South African variant among people vaccinated with a second dose, compared to the unvaccinated group,” said Adi Stern of Tel Aviv University. “This means that the South African variant is able, to some extent, to break through the vaccine’s protection.” The study looked at 400 people who received at least one shot of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and had contracted the COVID-19 variant and compared …

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It Only Took 74 Days Before Hunter Biden Was Trading off the Presidency, Beginning His Book Tour.

On Day 74, Joe and Jill Biden released a brief Easter message—but Hunter Biden had much more to say. Biden’s Easter Message On Vaccine “Moral Obligation.” President Joe Biden and…

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