Gun Violence – COVID-19 Deaths Ignored as Self-Interest Rules US: The Hill! (25.4.2023)

The article quoted Hubert Humphrey, an American pharmacist and politician who served as the 38th vice president of the United States from 1965 to 1969, as saying that “the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children, those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly, those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy, and the handicapped.”

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, firearms take the lives of 5.6 out of every 100,000 American children between ages 3 and 18. “No other developed nation is even close,” said the report.

“Our record on COVID response is similarly dismal. Ranked first among 177 nations in our capacity to respond to a pandemic in November 2019, on the eve of the pandemic, the United States ranks last among wealthy nations and close to last among all nations in our infection and fatality rates,” it added.

Xinhua Commentary: America’s Toxic Relations with Allies-Xinhua! (23.4.2023)

In essence, the so-called alliance system established by the United States is to rule the world and reap its interests globally. Many of its allies have realized that blindly following in the footsteps of the United States will only lead to a loss in the end.

The United States demands its allies follow suit in containing China, but mostly receives only hesitation as a response. According to the U.S.-based Politico news service, any move Europe does make could fall far short of what the Biden administration wants in terms of isolating China economically.

“The leaders of Europe’s largest economies are openly saying they are not interested in decoupling and by extension, meaningful sanctions on China in the event of conflict,” Politico quoted a U.S. official who requested anonymity as saying.

In a rapidly changing international landscape, the United States faces numerous challenges regarding its economy and people’s livelihoods. Its hegemonic aspirations are starting to weaken, and its so-called “commitments” to allies ring hollow.

Those who unite for profit will scatter when profits are exhausted. The current U.S. alliance system has been plagued by frequent leaks and flaws, and although the facade remains intact, its internal structure has begun to crack.

Puppies: New Comrades for Our Commune! (8.4.2023)

These dogs are eight weeks old and are (chipped) and weaned. The mother looked really tired and exhausted after carrying her pups, giving birth and then raising them! She needed a break and it is good that we are in position to pay the purchase (courtesy of Diane Wyles) and relieve her burden! The owner of the mother is a good woman who is very organised, clean, tidy and honest! She treated us with respect and good grace! The dogs are very happy and have obviously been very well looked after! We got up on Saturday morning and headed out in the car toward Reading at around 1030 am! We arrived somewhere on the outskirts of Reading around 1245 pm! We saw the mother and then we let our two daughters choose which dog they thought was the best for them! Kai-Lin – although only six years old – has performed excellently at school and passed all her tests and so she is rewarded for her good labour! The (larger) dark brown and black dog is called ‘Zain’ chosen by Kai-Lin) and the (smaller) brown and white dog is called ‘Basal’ (chosen by Mei-An and named after the Swiss Chapter of the First International represented by the ‘Red Triangle’ which was eventually used in the centre of the Socialist Flag of the Spanish Republic – 1936-1939 – and used to denote the ‘International Brigades’).

China: Medical Experts Stress the Use of “Science” in Seeking COVID-19 Origins! (4.4.2023)

“The data have neither been removed nor deleted since they were added. In accordance with the usual practice of publication, and by agreement with the journal and GISAID, the data are released simultaneously with formal publication, but the link to access the data for journal review has always existed,” the scientists wrote.

However, they stressed that all these data only showed that the market acted as “an early amplifier during the pandemic due to the high number of consumers every day, resulting in many of the initially identified infection clusters”.

“The origin of the virus involving animal-to-human transmission cannot be determined based on current data,” they wrote.

The researchers said that hypotheses and conclusions presented in the report released by the WHO in March 2021 are both scientific and objective.

They added that tracing the origins of the virus is a scientific issue that requires scientific evidence and logical inference. Determining the origins of the novel coronavirus may still be a long way off.

China Issues Report on U.S. Human Rights Violations in 2022! (28.3.2023)

Overseas military operations have caused humanitarian catastrophes. On Dec. 20, 2022, non-profit U.S. media outlet Common Dreams pointed out in an article titled “Warren, Jacobs Accuse Pentagon of Vastly Undercounting Civilians Killed by US Military” that according to data from the UK-based monitor group Airwars, U.S. airstrikes alone have killed as many as 48,000 civilians in nearly 100,000 bombings in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen since 2001. According to data released by the Costs of War project at Brown University, since the 21st century, the U.S. government undertook what it labeled “counterterrorism” activities in 85 countries, directly killing at least 929,000 people and displacing 38 million people. And the U.S. military operations around the world have violated freedom and human rights of people in the United States and other countries. A woman and two children were killed in U.S. drone strikes in the Al-Hadba area of Al-Wadi, Yemen, on Nov. 30, 2022. “… the violence that characterizes the modern United States at home and in its conduct overseas — from the prevalence of gun — related deaths to the controversies over preemptive military action and drone strikes.”

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