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Significant geopolitical news items: Links 4, May 20, 2021

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1. Ontario Supreme Court finds that Iran’s shooting down of passenger jet flight 752 is terrorism.

Global News:

Iran’s downing of Flight 752 was intentional act of terrorism, Ontario court rules

The downing of Flight 752 by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards was a deliberate act of terrorism, the Ontario Superior Court has ruled in a decision released on Thursday.

Justice Edward Belobaba found “on a balance of probabilities that the missile attacks on Flight 752 were intentional.”

“The plaintiffs have established that the shooting down of Flight 752 by the defendants was an act of terrorism and constitutes ‘terrorist activity,’” the judge added.

In the ruling, the Ontario court judge relied on two experts, one of whom concluded that the Revolutionary Guards “knew Flight PS 752 was a civilian airplane and purposefully shot it down with the intent to destroy it.”


Canadian court finds Iran liable for downed Ukrainian plane

A court in the Canadian province of Ontario ruled on Thursday that Iran owes damages to families who sued after Iran’s Revolutionary Guards shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane in January 2020, soon after it took off from Tehran.

Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice found that “on a balance of probabilities” the missile attack was an intentional act of terrorism, based mainly on written evidence provided by lawyers representing families of some of the victims.

Iran did not defend itself in court. Calls and an email to the office in Washington that handles consular affairs for Iranians in Canada were not immediately answered.

As many as 138 of the 176 people killed on the flight had ties to Canada.

The judge did not rule on damages, which will be dealt with at a future hearing. When it was first filed, the lawsuit sought at least C$1.5 billion ($1.2 billion) in compensation.

(Shouldn’t take Trudeau long to undo this for Iran. After all, I believe his brother does, or did work for Iranian propaganda outlet, Press TV)

2. The Russians did it for sure.

Back in 2006 I posted several times about the new Russian natural gas pipeline that was planned to run under the Baltic Sea from the Russian coast of the Gulf of Finland to northern Germany. Among the purposes of the proposed pipeline was that it would bypass Gazprom’s Central European customers and connect directly with those in Western Europe. Once the new pipeline was in place, the Kremlin could express displeasure with Central European countries that resisted its regional hegemony by cutting off their gas supply, without hurting Germany, which is generally compliant when it comes to Russian interests.

At the time the Central European states that were irritating Russia the most were Poland and Hungary. I would guess that these days Ukraine is more in the forefront of Russia’s concerns in the region.

The pipeline, now known as Nord Stream 2, is nearing completion. When it is fully operational, Russia will be able to cut off the gas supply to Kiev whenever it likes. In the dead of winter, for example — a powerful non-military means of coercion.

Central European member states of NATO have asked the United States to sanction the company in charge of the pipeline. The Biden administration has said that the building of the pipeline constitutes “sanctionable conduct”, so it seemed extremely likely the sanctions would become official.

Until yesterday afternoon, that is, when sources reported that the State Department had decided to waive the sanctions on Nord Stream 2.

The decision seems mysterious — Russia is the great bogeyman, and the EU wanted the sanctions. Why would the US decide to waive them?

It took a while for the information to sink in, but a few hours later a light bulb came on over my head, and I understood what is really going on.

Please click through to Gates of Vienna for the punchline. Its worth it. And he is right.

3. FDA recommends not using syringes from Chinese firm after safety issues with vaccine injections

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday asked healthcare providers to stop using certain syringes and needles manufactured by Chinese medical device maker Guangdong Haiou Medical Apparatus Co (HAIOU).

At least one pharmacist that Reuters spoke to said the syringes had been shipped for use with the Pfizer Inc /BioNTech SE COVID-19 vaccine.

An FDA spokesperson said the devices stopped being shipped in COVID-19 vaccination kits as of March 22. The agency does not believe that stopping use of these syringes will cause vaccination delays.

The FDA said it has received information about quality issues, including certain HAIOU needles detaching from the syringe and getting stuck to the patient’s arm after injection and a few incidents involving accidental needlestick injuries to healthcare providers.

4. Jews are under attack all over the West:

There are lots and lots of videos and articles showing attacks on Jewish people all over the West by muslims and leftists because of the war between Israel and Gaza. Many sites track this far better than we are. But now and again…

German Riots: Palestinian Flag Waving Muslims Declare War on Jews, Attack Police (Videos)

In Hamburg, the demonstrators threw stones, bottles, and fireworks at the police and media. The Islamic migrants, along with leftists, beat police officers. The largely Muslim & leftist Radicals carried flags from several Muslim countries including, Turkey, Palestine, Syria, and Iran. Many Muslims wore Palestinian war scarfs (keffiyehs), which many people believe to be the modern equivalent of the Nazi Swastika.

The anti-Jewish crowds shouted ‘Allahu Akhbar’ (‘Allah is the Greatest’) and openly called for Jews to be murdered. Chants of “Israel murders children,” “Israel murders women,” and “Free Palestine” were also heard at the demonstration. Israeli flags were set on fire as radicals cheered.

Los Angeles: Jews Hunted, Beaten and Terrorized by ‘Palestinian’ Flag Waving Jihadis (Videos)

In an anti-Jewish incident that took place Monday, video security footage shows an Orthodox Jewish man who had just left a synagogue chased by cars waving Palestinian flags. According to Daily News, two drivers attempted to run over the Jewish man as he had to flee for his life. He was able to reach safety.

5. Rock Icon Van Morrison Bucks Woke Establishment, Left Goes Nuts

Van Morrison (“Brown-Eyed Girl,” “Gloria,” “Domino”) is 75 now, but he is more anti-establishment than ever. However, instead of posturing about being marginalized while enjoying elite status like so many on the left today, who like to pretend that we still live in Eisenhower’s gray-flannel, button-down America of leftist myth, Van the Man is bucking the real establishment: the authoritarian woke nanny state that is the idiot stepchild of the hippie culture for which he was once a foremost voice.

Morrison’s just-released new album, the utilitarianly-named Latest Record Project Volume 1, speaks real truth to actual power, in sharp contrast to today’s legion of multimillionaire singers and Hollywood stars who strut around pretending to be defiant outcasts. Morrison skewers them, too, singing:

Where have all the rebels gone?
Hiding behind computer screens
Where’s the spirit, where’s the soul?
Where have all the rebels gone?
Why don’t they come out of the woodwork now?
One for the money, two for the show
It’s not very rock and roll
Where have all the rebels gone?

6. Infectious-disease scientists at Canada’s high-security lab collaborated with China

Scientists working at Canada’s highest-security infectious-disease laboratory have been collaborating with Chinese military researchers to study and conduct experiments on deadly pathogens.

Seven scientists in the special pathogens unit at the National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) in Winnipeg and Chinese military researchers have conducted experiments and co-authored six studies on infectious diseases such as Ebola, Lassa fever and Rift Valley fever. The publication dates of the studies range from early 2016 to early 2020.

The Globe and Mail has also learned that one of the Chinese researchers, Feihu Yan, from the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) Academy of Military Medical Sciences, worked for a period of time at the Winnipeg lab, a Level 4 facility equipped to handle some of the world’s deadliest diseases. This researcher is credited as a co-author on all six of the papers. However, on two of them, he is listed as being affiliated with both the Winnipeg lab and the military medical academy.

Thank you M., Sassy, ML., Johnny U., rdawg, Kalloi, and all who contributed to this post, and this site today.


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