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Harvard University Professor and Two Chinese Nationals Charged in Three Separate China Related Cases

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced today that the Chair of Harvard University’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department and two Chinese nationals have been charged in connection with aiding the People’s Republic of China.

Dr. Charles Lieber, 60, Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, was arrested this morning and charged by criminal complaint with one count of making a materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statement. Lieber will appear this afternoon before Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler in federal court in Boston.

Yanqing Ye, 29, a Chinese national, was charged in an indictment today with one count each of visa fraud, making false statements, acting as an agent of a foreign government and conspiracy. Ye is currently in China.

Zaosong Zheng, 30, a Chinese national, was arrested on Dec. 10, 2019, at Boston’s Logan International Airport and charged by criminal complaint with attempting to smuggle 21 vials of biological research to China. On Jan. 21, 2020, Zheng was indicted on one count of smuggling goods from the United States and one count of making false, fictitious or fraudulent statements. He has been detained since Dec. 30, 2019.
 

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Immigration: No visas for low-skilled workers, government says
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-51550421

The Home Office said EU and non-EU citizens coming to the UK would be treated equally after UK-EU free movement ends on 31 December.
The government wants to bring in a "points-based" immigration system, as promised in the Conservative election manifesto.
Good idea, and I hope the new system gets implemented. One concern:
Speaking English and having the offer of a skilled job with an "approved sponsor" would give them 50 points.
Given the possibility of another Scotland referendum, I think the UK should offer the Scottish free points under the language category as a good faith gesture.

[ame]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMS2VnDveP8[/ame]
 

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The UK Labour party continues to purge their heretics.

Labour will regret its shameful treatment of Trevor Phillips
https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/labour-will-regret-its-shameful-treatment-of-trevor-phillips
This is the terrible trade-off that has been made by the identity-politics brigade: they see preserving their ideology of multiculturalism as more important than protecting young women from abuse. So keen are they to quash discussion about the discontents of multiculturalism that they will even demonise anyone who dares to talk about he widespread rape of working-class girls.
I still occasionally see people say that the current form of identity politics is just about being polite, like not blurting out racial slurs. This claim gets less common each year as people read more stories about the real world consequences of this insanity.
 

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The UK Labour party continues to purge their heretics.

Labour will regret its shameful treatment of Trevor Phillips
https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/labour-will-regret-its-shameful-treatment-of-trevor-phillips


I still occasionally see people say that the current form of identity politics is just about being polite, like not blurting out racial slurs. This claim gets less common each year as people read more stories about the real world consequences of this insanity.
Lots of useful idiots rallying around that flag on principle, then disavowing the results of their support.
 

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Huh.

Zimbabwe Gives Land Back to White Farmers After Wrecking Economy

Two decades after President Robert Mugabe wrecked Zimbabwe’s economy by urging black subsistence farmers to violently force white commercial farmers and their workers off their land, his successor has thrown in the towel.

Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has proposed settling all outstanding claims against it by farmers by offering them land.
The jokes just write themselves...
 

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Article from 2018.

When Boris Yeltsin went grocery shopping in Clear Lake

In 1989 Russian president Boris Yeltsin's wide-eyed trip to a Clear Lake grocery store led to the downfall of communism.

It was Sept. 16, 1989, and Yeltsin, then newly-elected to the new Soviet parliament and the Supreme Soviet, had just visited Johnson Space Center.

At JSC, Yeltsin visited mission control and a mock-up of a space station. According to Houston Chronicle reporter Stefanie Asin, it wasn't all the screens, dials, and wonder at NASA that blew up his skirt, it was the unscheduled trip inside a nearby Randall's location.

Yeltsin, then 58, "roamed the aisles of Randall's nodding his head in amazement," wrote Asin. He told his fellow Russians in his entourage that if their people, who often must wait in line for most goods, saw the conditions of U.S. supermarkets, "there would be a revolution."
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Prog heads exploding...

UK: New policy restricts entry of non-English speaking and unskilled foreign workers

The British government has announced an overhaul of immigration policy, restricting the entry of non-English speakers and unskilled foreign workers. The new immigration rules, based on the Australian-style points system, is part of a post-Brexit overhaul.

“UK borders will be closed to non-skilled workers – and all migrants will have to speak English,” the left-wing Guardian newspaper lamented, summing up the new policy.
A leader devoutly to be wished for...
 

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The cruise ship was beaming deadly radio station signals at the Venezuelan ship...
 

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Smart. What every country should be doing.

UK Moves To Drop Huawei 5G

Uh oh.

The UK is moving to drop Huawei as a vendor for the country’s 5G cellphone network in a major blow to Communist China over poor coronavirus transparency.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, now recovering from COVID-19, gave the Chinese company a role in 5G infrastructure this year, squashing opposition last month by 24 votes in the 650-seat House of Commons.

But now, concern about the Chinese Communist Party’s inaccurate reporting on the coronavirus has lawmakers crafting plans for a retreat.​

Background: Bains Says Canada ‘Won’t be Bullied’ on Huawei 5G

Canada is the last member of the so-called Five Eyes network of English-speaking nations that share intelligence to make a call on Huawei.​

(But they can be bought).
Edit-Correct link inside: UK moves to drop Huawei as 5G vendor, citing China coronavirus transparency
 

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Nope. Not nearly enough of a dictatorship for the Prime Moistener to care & they're unable to get him a seat at the UN. It'll be ignored.

‘Mask diplomacy’: Taiwan donates half a million masks to Canada with appeal for closer ties

Taiwan is donating half a million masks to Canada, expressing hope that some can be used to protect Indigenous communities, as the self-ruled island tries to counter the Chinese government’s effort to isolate it during the pandemic.

Taiwan, a democracy of more than 23 million people, has been prevented from taking part in World Health Organization activities to fight COVID-19 because of Beijing, which regards the jurisdiction as a renegade province.

The island has proven extremely successful at containing COVID-19, with just 429 infections and six deaths as of Tuesday, and this has left it in a position to extend medical assistance to other countries.

Taiwan’s donation of medical supplies to Canada is the latest in a string of gifts from Taipei to other jurisdictions, from the United States to Japan to the European Union, as the island practises what’s being called “mask diplomacy.”
 

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Caution: Link to The Grunion.

I'm sorry. Remind me again why the country with the largest proven oil reserves on the planet is receiving tankers of gasoline from Iran?

Ah. Keep forgetting: Prog Paradise...

First Iranian fuel tanker reaches Venezuelan waters without US interference

The first of five tankers loaded with gasoline sent from Iran has reached Venezuelan waters, expected to temporarily ease the South American nation’s fuel crunch while defying Trump administration sanctions targeting the two US foes.
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Will It Be War? Venezuela Escorts Iranian Tankers in 'American Lake.' U.S. Considers a Strike

The Venezuelan Navy is escorting 5 Iranian tankers filled with gasoline that are now nearing the Venezuelan coast, leaving the United States with few options to stop them.

Both Iran and Venezuela are under economic sanctions by the U.S. and the trade in oil is seen as illegal in Washington. The U.S. Navy has ships in the Caribbean that could interdict the Iranian tankers before they make port. Sources in Washington have sought to downplay the military option.
More:

But the United States is not without the ability to waylay the tankers while avoiding a confrontation with the Venezuelan escorts.
Responsible Statecraft:

There is one angle, however, that could give the U.S. a plausible legal justification for interdicting the tankers. Former U.S. 5th Fleet commander Vice Admiral John Miller suspects that the tankers probably have on-board force protection personnel from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. This would make the ships “fair game,” he said, under the U.S. designation of the IRGC in 2019 as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization.” The 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, which was enacted vis-à-vis those responsible for the 9/11 attacks against the U.S., has been expanded to broadly apply to any group designated as a foreign terrorist organization and was the stated justification for the January 3 targeted killing of IRGC Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani.​
 

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Further to my post #1171 above:

UK Bars Huawei From Supplying 5G Network

The Great Leap Outa There;

the UK government has just announced a landmark decision to block Huawei parts from being used throughout its 5G infrastructure in a major win for the Trump Administration as it bids to exclude Huawei from lucrative western markets, due to national security concerns.​
And Juthdin?

Don't bother asking. You can still hear the slurping...
 

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The silence from the Progs on Cuba's protests is stunning. Guess they don't like Old Glory being used as a symbol of freedom in a communist dictatorship.

Watch the Leftist Rats Scurrying Away from the Reality that is Cuba

Now that the people of Cuba are protesting, demanding freedom, the Leftists in America and elsewhere don’t know what to do with themselves. The smarter ones amongst them know that the snake oil they’ve been pitching leads to the same gulag-like reality that is Cuba.
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Sec. Mayorkas Closes Door to Cuba, Haiti Refugees While Southern Border is Wide Open

“Allow me to be clear. If you take to the sea, you will not come to the United States,” he said.
Where's the hue & cry?
 

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The 11 year attempt by CSIS to warn Canada about China

Yesterday a multi-hour Parliamentary committee was webcast by C-SPAN on China in essense. How to view it, whether or not it was a threat. A familiar face appeared in the people invited to testify, Richard Fadden, former head of Canada’s spy agency, CSIS. He made the news in 2010 when he went public with the threat that China and various middle eastern governments are to Canada through subversion and infiltration, specifically in terms of controlling Canadian elected reps who it appears they actually groomed since college.
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PHAC president covering for Communist Chinese Spies will be spoken to in a stern but positive and self-esteem reinforcing manner


PHAC president Iain Stewart has been summoned to show up at the bar in the House of Commons chamber to be personally admonished by the speaker over failing to turnover unredacted documents explaining why scientists Xiangguo Qiu and her husband, Keding Cheng, were escorted out of Winnipeg’s National Microbiology Laboratory in July 2019 and then later fired by the body. Stewart has been ordered to produce the unredacted documents on Monday, but it remains to be seen whether he will.
Talked to my MP a few weeks back about a number of things, including whether Canuckistan needed more or less China. She actually got that one correct.
 

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Let's talk the Cuba protests s'more!

Cuba Protesters Warn Americans Who Like Che Guevara: ‘He Was a F*cking Terrorist’

Protesters gathered outside of the White House on Thursday evening to urge President Joe Biden to act in support of the protests ongoing in Cuba this week told Breitbart News the mainstreaming of Castro regime mass murder Ernesto “Che” Guevara in America undermines the suffering of those he killed.
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Cubans Erupt in Protest Against a Regime Hailed by Democrats

“Guns? What for?... to fight the government? The Cuban people don’t need guns nowadays.” – Fidel Castro during his very first speech upon entering Havana Jan. 8, 1959.
Huh...

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DeSantis Team Pushes Back After Establishment Media Smears Peaceful Cuba Protests: These Are ‘Not Riots’

Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R-FL) office is pushing back after members of the establishment media, particularly in Florida, accused the governor of hypocrisy by asserting he is not using his anti-riot law to halt peaceful demonstrations in the state.
Curious how the selfsame media was silent about the fiery but mostly peaceful Burning, Loot & Murder riots over the course of the last year or better...

Speaking of other things curious, I ran across this quote from the left's hero, Che Guevara:

The black is indolent and a dreamer; spending his meager wage on frivolity or drink;
 

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I read all of the posts in these topics.
 

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There, there, Freddie.

When I was in kindergarten I didn't understand what most of the adults in the room were talking about, either...

You realize nobody actually gives a sh!t what you have to say, right? You’re talking to yourself here. As always.
 
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