Cuba Claims Its Homemade Coronavirus Vaccine Better than China's Sinovac

The Communist Party of Cuba celebrated on Sunday the publication of clinical trials allegedly showing that “Soberana 02,” one of four Chinese coronavirus vaccine candidates developed in the country, is 62-percent effective.

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Philippines: Top Diplomat Scolds Duterte Spokesman for Giving Up South China Sea Territory

Julian Felipe Reef is not part of the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman, Harry Roque, claimed Tuesday. “It’s not even part of our EEZ. Julian Felipe reef is outside that zone; that’s how far it is,” Roque said during a virtual press briefing on May 11. Julian Felipe Reef is located approximately 175 nautical miles west of Bataraza, a municipality of the Philippine province of Palawan. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) defines an EEZ as “extending 200 nautical miles from shore,” according to the World Trade Organization. Within this zone, “the coastal state has the right to explore and exploit, and the responsibility to conserve and manage, both living and non-living resources.” “The exclusive economic zone shall not extend beyond 200 nautical miles from the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial sea is measured,” Article 57 of the U.N. convention reads. Roque’s remark about Julian Felipe Reef on Tuesday contradicts recent statements issued by the Philippine government after the Philippine Coast Guard spotted 220 Chinese fishing boats moored in line formation along the shore of Julian Felipe Reef on March 7. Philippine Defense Secretary

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Indians Using Fake IDs with Donald Trump's Name to Thwart Lockdown

Police in northern India’s Himachal Pradesh are investigating at least two cases of people using fake Chinese coronavirus E-passes — one bearing the name of former U.S. President Donald Trump and another of the famous Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan — to enter the region during an ongoing coronavirus lockdown. “HP [Himachal Pradesh] Police is in receipt of a complaint regarding fake registration in the name of Mr. Donald Trump and Mr. Amitabh Bachchan in the Covid [Chinese coronavirus] e-pass platform,” the Himachal Pradesh State Police Department wrote in a Twitter statement issued May 7. HP Police is in receipt of a complaint regarding fake registration in the name of Mr. Donald Trump and Mr. Amitabh Bachchan in the Covid e-pass platform. Shimla Police is registering a FIR under relevant sections of IPC and IT Act for further legal action.@CMOHimachal — Himachal Pradesh Police (@himachalpolice) May 7, 2021 “The passes were under [the] essential service provider category. The one in the name of ‘Donald Trumph’ [sic] called him the son of ‘Mark Jones’ and said he was to visit ‘Parkash Sharma.’ The other said Bachhan, the son of ‘Harbans Rai Bachhan’, was to meet ‘Rajiv Sehjal.’ The passes were valid

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Iran's Khamenei Calls on Muslims to Keep Fighting 'Terrorist Garrison' Israel

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on the Muslim world Friday to keep fighting Israel, declaring the Jewish state a “terrorist garrison” which must be eliminated. “The fight against this despotic regime is the fight against oppression and the fight against terrorism. And this is a public duty to fight against this regime,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a speech, as reported by the official IRNA news wire. He delivered the damning address on Iran’s annual Quds Day, which uses the Arabic name for Jerusalem, which features annual calls for the death of Israel and its ally America. The day is generally seen as the legacy of the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Imam Khomeini, who officially declared the last Friday of the month of Ramadan as International Quds Day in 1979. Iranians carry placards as they take part in a rally marking al-Quds Day (Jerusalem) day, at the capital Tehran’s Azadi (Freedom) square, on May 7, 2021. An initiative started by the late Iranian revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Quds Day is held annually on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. (STR/AFP via Getty Images) Opposition to Israel

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Rashida Tlaib Shares Lie About 'Apartheid' Israelis Setting Fire to Palestinian Fields

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) has come under fire for accusing Israel of “apartheid” and “stealing Palestinian homes and burning their lands,” and spreading the lie Israelis had set fires to Palestinian fields. “@RashidaTlaib, you shared a falsehood about Israeli Jews setting fire to Palestinian fields. This ugly claim has been retracted. You’re a member of Congress. Take down your tweet. Or is it okay to perpetuate untruths when they fit your policy agenda?” the American Jewish Committee (AJC) tweeted Thursday. .@RashidaTlaib, you shared a falsehood about Israeli Jews setting fire to Palestinian fields. This ugly claim has been retracted. You’re a member of Congress. Take down your tweet. Or is it okay to perpetuate untruths when they fit your policy agenda? https://t.co/0DqG6i6Tpl — American Jewish Committee (@AJCGlobal) May 6, 2021 Tlaib retweeted an article that cited Palestinian media sources and a tweet posted Tuesday by the radical left-wing NGO B’Tselem, which shared a dramatic image of the blaze and said Israeli “settlers” were to blame. “Stealing Palestinian homes and burning their lands. The actions of an apartheid state. We cannot stand by and watch this happen,” Tlaib wrote, tagging the account of US Secretary of State

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Reports: China's Population Fell in 2020 for First Time in over Half a Century

China’s annual population report for 2020 will reveal a population decline unparalleled since the era of Mao Zedong, the Financial Times reported Wednesday, prompting Communist Party officials to delay its publication. China has seen a steady decline in its birth rate for the past five years, yet to be reversed by the repeal of its “one-child policy” — which mandated forced abortions, infanticides, and other atrocities for decades — in 2016. The Communist Party allows women to give birth to no more than two children legally now, though few appear to be taking up the opportunity. “Replacement fertility,” meaning the number of children each woman in a country must have to fully replace the currently existing population, is 2.1, slightly above the legal permissions in China. Chinese citizens belonging to certain ethnic minorities are not subject legally to the two-child policy but have endured the systematic sterilization of millions of women to prevent them from overtaking the majority Han population. The People’s Bank of China estimated this year that fertility in the country is at about 1.5 children per woman. The “one-child policy” implemented in 1979 led to the mass killing of newborn girls, as many parents preferred a

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Republicans Question John Kerry's Reported 'Catastrophic and Disqualifying Recklessness' over Leaked Audiotape with Iranian Foreign Minister

“You don’t want your climate envoy undermining your closest ally in the region,” added Sen. Todd Young (R-IN). “Hopefully he’ll be explaining himself soon.”“It’s unfathomable that any U.S. diplomat, past or present, would leak intelligence to the world’s leading sponsors of terrorism at the expense of one of our staunchest allies,” exclaimed Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI). Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) said, “Biden should revoke Kerry’s access to classified information while the matter is looked into,” Politico reported. John Kerry defended himself on Twitter Monday night, “I can tell you that this story and these allegations are unequivocally false. This never happened – either when I was Secretary of State or since.” The reported leaked communication primarily focuses on “Zarif’s description of his rivalry with the influential and widely revered Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the late commander of the Guards’ elite Quds Force who the U.S. killed in early 2020,” Breitbart News reported. When the State Department was asked about the alleged conversations between Kerry and Zarif, spokesperson Ned Price declined to comment on the authenticity and accuracy of the Iranian official’s claims. “It was former U.S. Foreign Secretary John Kerry who told me Israel had launched more than 200 attacks on Iranian forces in Syria,”

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Republicans Demand Investigation, Resignation of John Kerry for Allegedly Leaking Secrets to Iran

Key members of the GOP are calling for either an investigation or resignation following reports of former U.S. Secretary of State and current Climate Czar John Kerry leaking information about covert Israeli military operations to Iran. According to tapes obtained by the London-based Iran International and subsequently leaked to the New York Times, Kerry, who served as secretary of state for former President Barack Obama, reportedly told Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif about Israeli military operations in Syria. The revelation reportedly came to the “astonishment” of Zarif, who worked closely with Kerry on the infamous Iran Nuclear Deal. Ned Price, a spokesperson at the State Department, told reporters that he couldn’t speak to the “authenticity,” “accuracy,” or “any motives” behind the dissemination of the tape, as it is “purportedly leaked material.” “I would just make the broad point that if you go back and look at press reporting from the time, this certainly was not secret, and governments that were involved were speaking to this publicly on the record,” he added. Key members of the GOP, however, are calling for action. “If this tape is verified, it would signal catastrophic and disqualifying recklessness by Envoy Kerry to Foreign Minister

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China Mandates Livestream Platforms Collect Private Info to Swiftly Handle 'Bad Information'

Chinese live-streaming platforms are now required to collect personal information and “social credit codes” from their users so internet regulators may “immediately handle” any behavior deemed illegal or “immoral” by the ruling Communist Party, the Chinese government mandated Friday. According to an April 23 regulation issued by seven Chinese government agencies, including China’s Cyberspace Administration and China’s Ministry of Public Security: [L]ivestreamers will need to provide their real names as well as social credit codes to the livestreaming marketing platforms they use. The platforms will in turn have to submit their identity information and other information concerning tax to local tax authorities. Livestreamers will also need to be above the age of 16 unless they’re under supervision of an adult [sic]. “In addition, these platforms will step up monitoring of livestreaming content and must immediately handle any illegal and bad information,” China’s state-run Global Times noted. The mandate takes effect May 25 and “requires livestreaming platforms to blacklist those with records of serious violations or immorality,” according to China Daily, a newspaper owned by the publicity department of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). “The regulation … stipulates people engaged in livestreamed marketing must provide true, accurate, and necessary information

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Netanyahu: Israel Almost Done with Coronavirus Closures

Lockdowns are set to become a thing of the past for Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday as more venues reopened as part of the government’s coronavirus exit plan. Netanyahu’s remarks came amid an ongoing vaccination drive. So far, almost five million Israelis — out of a population totaling 9.2 million — have received at least one dose of the Pfizer vaccine, and 3.8 million have received both. The contagion rate has dropped dramatically from 11 percent in January to 4.3 percent. While Health Ministry officials have not confirmed Netanyahu’s prediction Israel has entirely emerged from closures, they said on Sunday evening another lockdown before the March 23 national election was highly unlikely. This follows earlier remarks by coronavirus czar Nachman Ash who told an Israeli radio station the “possibility of reverse measures certainly exists.” People eat at a restaurant in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv after authorities reopened restaurants, bars and cafes to vaccinated “green pass” holders.  Israel took another step towards post-pandemic normalcy, with about 40 percent of the population fully inoculated against the coronavirus. (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP via Getty Images) “We may have to decide to do this before the election,

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Report: China Was Only Major Economic Power to Increase Pollution in 2020

Bloomberg Opinion columnist David Fickling noted Wednesday that while China makes all sorts of grandiose promises about reaching “net zero” carbon emissions by 2060, it was the only major economic power in the world that increased pollution in 2020. That analysis came from a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) released Tuesday, which found energy demand and “global energy-related CO2 emissions” went down across the world due to the coronavirus pandemic, “the largest annual percentage decline since World War II.” “Demand for fossil fuels was hardest hit in 2020 — especially oil, which plunged 8.6%, and coal, which dropped by 4%. Oil’s annual decline was its largest ever, accounting for more than half of the drop in global emissions,” the IEA reported. The exception was China, which significantly increased its annual CO2 emissions, by more than most other industrialized nations reduced them. China’s emissions surged by 7 percent in December 2020 after it became “the first major economy to emerge from the pandemic and lift restrictions.” Chinese emissions ran above 2019 levels from April onward, by an average of five percent each month. The IEA noted China is indisputably “the world’s largest CO2 emitter.” Fickling described this as a

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Reyes: How India Is Keeping MAGA China Policies Alive Post-Trump

Nationalist, anti-China policies implemented by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi echo those favored by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration over the past four years. As Trump’s term draws to a close, Modi promises to keep the once-U.S.-led fight to contain China alive well beyond January 2021. Modi was elected to the office of prime minister in 2014 after running successfully on a populist platform as a member of India’s Hindu nationalist BJP party. Similar to Trump’s America First agenda, Modi sought to reignite Indian society by prioritizing the needs of the nation’s majority Hindus. This platform proved victorious again in 2019 when Modi won reelection in another landslide victory, earning him five additional years in office. Over the past several months, Modi has initiated a handful of strategic anti-China policies across the economic and military sectors designed to contain the Asian giant and, in turn, put India’s needs first. Below are three key ways Modi has assumed the anti-China mantle. “Self-Reliant India” Modi in April launched his “Self-Reliant India” initiative, which encourages Indian businesses to become less dependent on foreign supply chains. He announced the effort as a deliberate response to the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, which Modi said had exposed India’s over-reliance on China

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Hollywood Celebrities Throw Tantrum After Trump Pardons Michael Flynn: 'Criminal Pardons the Traitor'

Left-wing Hollywood celebrities threw a temper tantrum after President Donald Trump pardoned Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (Ret.), the day before Thanksgiving. The stars accused the commander in chief of being a “thug and a crook,” and putting Russia first. On Wednesday, President Trump announced that Flynn is receiving a full pardon. “It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon. Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!” The White House said that Flynn shouldn’t need to be pardoned because he was the innocent target of a partisan attack. “The President has pardoned General Flynn because he should never have been prosecuted,” press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement. “An independent review of General Flynn’s case by the Department of Justice—conducted by respected career professionals—supports this conclusion. In fact, the Department of Justice has firmly concluded that the charges against General Flynn should be dropped. This Full Pardon achieves that objective, finally bringing to an end the relentless, partisan pursuit of an innocent man.” In response, Flynn tweeted “Jeremiah 1:19” that says: “And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for

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EXCLUSIVE – Cuban Artists Ask Hollywood for Support, Urge Biden to Abandon Obama Policies

A spokesman for the San Isidro Movement, a pro-democracy artist collective in Cuba, told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview that President Barack Obama’s appeasement policy towards the island was “not functional” and that any dealings with the communist regime must pressure it to respect individual dignity. Michel Matos – currently the face of the movement as over a dozen members embark on a hunger strike, trapped by Communist Party police in their headquarters with limited outside contact – told Breitbart News this week that the Castro regime views an artist who criticizes the reality of the island nation “an enemy in every sense of the word.” Matos is campaigning for greater awareness for the fight for human rights in Cuba amid increased state repression of his group, in part a product of its growing popularity. An attempted peaceful rally on Sunday to support San Isidro artists attracted a mob of over 100 communist sympathizers in what is known as an act of repudio (“act of repudiation”), a government-organized attack in which the mob insults, threatens, and physically beats dissidents. Police arrested 18 people on Sunday, all anti-communist dissidents or reporters recording the mob. “I don’t think any artist is ready

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Azerbaijan and Armenia Declare Martial Law After Deadly Clashes

Armenia and Azerbaijan reported casualties on Sunday following clashes between their militaries in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh — The two countries accused each other of initiating the conflict. Both Armenia and Azerbaijan declared martial law following the fighting, which reportedly killed at least 23 people. Nagorno-Karabakh is a region located along the disputed border separating Azerbaijan and Armenia. In the 1990s, ethnic Armenian separatists seized the region from Baku in a war that killed at least 30,000 people. Sunday’s fighting continued into Monday morning “with heavy artillery used by both sides,” according to Abu Dhabi-based newspaper the National. “The Armenian defense ministry reported fighting throughout Sunday night, while its counterpart in Azerbaijan said Armenian forces were shelling the town of Terter.” Arayik Harutyunyan, president of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (Artsakh), said that “seventeen Armenian separatist fighters were killed and more than 100 wounded in the fighting,” according to the newspaper. Harutyunyan conceded that “his forces had lost positions” in Sunday’s fighting. Azerbaijan’s Prosecutor-General’s Office said that 19 civilians were wounded on Sunday in shelling by Armenian armed forces, Radio Free Europe (RFE) reported. Armenian Defense Ministry spokesman Artsrun Hovhannisian said that “Azerbaijani forces launched missile attacks along the Line of

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The Merging of US and Israeli National Security States is Accelerating Amid COVID-19

A two-pronged initiative by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Department of Homeland Security is set to substantially increase Israel’s

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Trump executive order to require drugs be made in the U.S. is reportedly imminent

(Natural News) An executive order is reportedly being prepared by the White House that will require that certain essential drugs

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