21 Feb 2021 News Briefing

After the swap: Russia’s role in Syria and Israel’s policy
Russia played a key role in releasing an Israeli woman held in Syria. The full details of the exchange are not known, but the central role of Moscow is clear. This is a reminder of Russia’s overall role in Syria and how it is able to facilitate aspects of the conflict. It’s important to understand how Russia does this to potentially see where Syria is going in the future.

‘America First’ Diplomacy Is Over, Biden Tells G-7 Summit
President Biden told leaders at the G-7 summit on Friday, the same day the U.S. reentered the Paris Agreement, that the days of “America First” diplomacy championed by former President Trump were over, according to The New York Times. As the New York Post, which cited Biden’s intent to declare on Friday that the “America First” era was over, noted, “Biden has swiftly dismantled Trump’s foreign policy agenda…

Bird flu: Russia detects first case of H5N8 bird flu in humans
Russia has reported the first case of a bird flu strain, H5N8, being passed from poultry to humans. Officials said seven workers at a poultry plant in the south of the country had been infected following an outbreak there in December. “All seven people… are now feeling well,” said the head of Russia’s consumer health watchdog, Anna Popova.

Iran says studying EU-proposed informal meeting with U.S.
Iran is studying a European Union proposal for an informal meeting between current members of Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal and the United States, but has yet to respond to it, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Saturday. Iran and the United States have been at odds over who should take the first step to revive the 2015 accord.

Rockets hit Iraq military airbase hosting US contractors
At least four rockets struck an Iraqi airbase on Saturday night, the Iraqi military said in a statement, while other officials said one person was wounded at the base where a United States defence company services combat aircraft. The wounded individual worked for the US company, the Associated Press news agency reported…

New Libyan PM seeks to develop ties with Italy
Libya’s new Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah has expressed his wish to develop ties with Italy, including increasing cooperation in managing migration in the Mediterranean. “We intend to develop our privileged relationship with neighboring Italy, as we share many common challenges, including the management of migration,” tweeted Dbeibah…

Egypt to begin implementation of Sinai spiritual shrine project
Egypt is to begin implementing a spiritual shrine project in the Sinai Peninsula. The Greater Transfiguration Project will develop the Monastery of Saint Catherine, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List…Egyptian Housing Minister Assem El-Gazzar instructed officials to quickly implement the project, saying the project’s site was unique and…political leadership was following the project’s implementation.

Oil spill stains Israeli shoreline; investigations underway
Hundreds of volunteers took part Saturday in a cleanup operation of the Israeli shoreline as investigations are underway to determine the cause of an oil spill that threatens the beach and wildlife. Israeli media reported that several volunteers were hospitalized after inhaling fumes. Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority urged people to stay away from the beach at 16 of the communities that are most polluted.

Extreme monsoon rains submerge parts of capital Jakarta under 2.7 m (8.8 feet) of water, Indonesia
Extreme monsoon rains brought massive flooding to the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Saturday, February 20, 2021, with parts of the city (population 30 million) under 1.2 to 2.7 m (3.9 – 8.8 feet) of water. The floods forced the evacuation of some 1 380 residents to temporary shelters. The waters are now receding, but more heavy rain is expected in the week ahead, and Jakarta remains on alert for the next 4 days.

There is nowhere to run and nowhere to hide: Three volcanoes simultaneously erupt in Guatemala
Whole communities live in the shadows of 3 volcanoes currently erupting in Guatemala, with more than 180,000 people around Volcan de Fuego. And when they explode, there is nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. A huge rumble and a belch of steam and rocks erupts from the crater of the volcano that towers above us. It’s truly terrifying feeling such power, so near.

Outrage as Texas Homeowners Hit With Eye-Watering Electricity Bills up to $17,000 Due to ‘High Demand’ During Freeze
TEXAS homeowners have been hit with more than brutal winter storms – they are getting accompanying massive electricity bills. Electricity bills for Texans shot up as high as $17,000 per month following a nasty winter storm that caused power outages and wrecked havoc.

Thousands killed by euthanasia and assisted suicide across Belgium and Netherlands
Thousands of people have died by euthanasia and assisted suicide since being legalized in the Netherlands and Belgium.

Petition targets same-sex kiss in new Cadbury egg commercial
Cadbury is getting creamed by critics on social media, who say the British candy company is “selling sex to children.”

Communist China trying to genetically engineer new master race 
The communist Chinese regime is reportedly in the process of developing a new “master race” of human-robot hybrids to help the authoritarian empire attain global rule.

Texas Is Facing a Food Supply Nightmare in Wake of Blackouts
Restaurants in Texas are throwing out expired food, grocery stores are closing early amid stock shortages and residents are struggling to find basic necessities as a cold blast continues to upend supply chains.

US Customs seized millions of counterfeit masks, test kits from China
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers confiscated nearly 13 million counterfeit face masks since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the agency reported on Thursday, Feb. 4. Officers also seized some 178,000 prohibited COVID-19 test kits and 38,000 chloroquine tablets. Chloroquine is commonly used to treat malaria. It hasn’t been proven to be effective against COVID-19.

The Original Obama-CHICOM Alliance to Takedown of the American Energy Grid Is Being Carried Out Under CHICOM Stooge Biden
For the first time in American military history, BEGINNING IN 2012, the United States government, under Obama, began allowing the communist Chinese troops to train on American soil.

Britain to offer all adults a COVID-19 vaccine by end of July
All adults in Britain will be offered a first shot of a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of July, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday ahead of a planned announcement on the cautious reopening of the economy from lockdown.

Texas snow not melting – Texas snowstorm 2021 power outages
Texas snow not melting at all in 2021. Texas snow will not melt, but, instead, burns!

Biden Amnesty Plan Protects Illegal Hiring, Excludes Mandatory E-Verify
President Joe Biden’s amnesty plan, introduced in Congress on Thursday, continues protecting employers who hire illegal aliens over American citizens by excluding mandatory E-Verify.

Big Tech Spending Big To Replace Smart Phones With Wearable Augmented Reality Devices That Will Allow User To Create Their Own World
The future is rushing at us so fast it feels more like time is standing still, and big tech is about to bring in another paradigm shift with next-level technology. The first step took place back in 1994 when they got everyone in front of the computer and the world wide web, it was fantastically successful. We are now in the midst of the second step which is to get the computer on us, smart phones in our pockets leading to augmented reality devices on our faces. I daresay that that effort will be fantastically successful as well.

WaPo: Joe Biden Abolishes ICE Protections by 80 Percent
President Joe Biden’s deputies have gutted the ability of ICE officers to safeguard 300 million Americans from illegal migrants, according to the details in a Washington Post report.

Democrats’ public gun registry bill blasted as ‘frightening,’ ‘anti-police’ | Fox News
A Democratic-sponsored proposal to create a public gun registry poses some dangerous potential risks, including to Second Amendment rights, law enforcement officers are warning.

The Department of Homeland Security Is Paying Deranged Leftists To Find A Way To Make You Change Your Political Beliefs 
Fresh off a summer of prolonged murder and arson organized by leftists, the Department of Homeland Security announced the lucky winners of its “domestic terrorism prevention” grant system last September.

Biden Immigration Bill Sends $4B to Central America to Deal With ‘Root Causes’ of Migration, Including Corruption
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the Senate sponsor of President Joe Biden’s comprehensive immigration bill, on Thursday explained why Biden’s bill is an improvement on President Trump’s strict crackdown on people coming here illegally.

Biden Admin “Working Directly” With Big Tech To Crush Vaccine Dissent
“In a corporatist system of government, wherein there is no meaningful separation between corporate power and state power, corporate censorship is state censorship.”

‘Never before’ has the leader of the free world been ‘so cognitively compromised’
It is clear US President Joe Biden is not up to the task he has been “sworn in to do”, according to Sky News host Cory Bernardi. “Never before has the leader of the free world been so cognitively compromised,” Mr Bernardi said. “It’s clear to me at the least that US President Joe Biden is struggling with dementia and is clearly not up to the task he’s been sworn in to do.”

Texas Blackouts Spark First Lawsuit; AG Vows Probe
“This cold weather event and its effects on the Texas energy grid were neither unprecedented, nor unexpected, nor unforeseen.

Source: 21 Feb 2021 – Rapture Ready


Headlines – 2/21/2021

Zarif accuses West of hypocrisy over report Israel expands Dimona nuclear center

UN nuclear chief visits Iran as deadline to end international inspections looms

As Europe celebrates U.S. return to diplomacy with Iran, Washington’s Arab allies fret

Defense secretary to Taliban: ‘The violence must decrease now’

Russian Court Denies Appeal Of Jailed Kremlin Critic Alexei Navalny

Russians risk their jobs for supporting Navalny

Taiwan scrambles air force again after Chinese exercises in South China Sea

2 Killed In Myanmar In Worst Day Of Violence Since Feb. 1 Coup

DOJ investigating whether Alex Jones, Roger Stone played role in Jan. 6 riots: WaPo

Donald Trump to speak at CPAC in first major public appearance since leaving office

Trump to speak at CPAC next Sunday, but Pence has declined invitation

New York City tax agency subpoenaed in Trump criminal probe

World Leaders Decry Facebook’s ‘Anti-Democratic’ Censorship in Australia

Australia says Facebook in talks with government after news ban

Facebook Accused of Bullying by UK Lawmaker and Publishers Over News Sharing Ban

Armed citizens halt shooting spree that left 3 dead, including suspect, at Louisiana gun outlet: sheriff

Violence flares as protests over jailing of Spanish rapper extend into fifth night

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Shikotan, Russia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Port-Vila, Vanuatu

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Bandon, Oregon

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Toora-Khem, Russia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tournavista, Peru

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Mt Etna volcano in Italy erupts to 20,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Raung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Pacaya volcano in Guatemala erupts to 10,000ft

Tropical Cyclone “Guambe” intensifying over the Mozambique Channel

Biden signs major disaster declaration for 77 Texas counties, but Abbott asked for all 254

Texas weather crisis deepens Chinese belief they’re ‘on right path’, says foreign ministry

Over 14 million Texans are still without safe water as officials grapple with crisis

Gov. Abbott says state leaders must protect Texans from ‘skyrocketing energy bills’

National Guard deploys as 40,000 still without power in northwest Oregon after winter weather

Oil spill stains Israeli shoreline, prompting investigations

Police Arrest 34 in Child Trafficking Sting ‘Operation Broken Hearts’

Southern Baptists divided over politics, race, LGBTQ policy

Giant rainbow road commemorates the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia

Planned Parenthood Abortion Numbers Hit 15-Year-High, Pro-Life Group Says

Brain-swelling Nipah virus 75 times more deadly than coronavirus may be next pandemic, scientists warn of ‘The Big One’

Russia records first case of H5N8 avian flu in humans, alerts WHO

In exchange for captive, Israel said to buy $1m of Russian COVID doses for Syria

65,000 Israelis miss quarantine due to Health Ministry ‘computer glitch’

‘Green Pass’ site crashes even as Netanyahu urges Israel to adopt reopening plan

‘Dangerous’ for YouTube to remove doctor’s Senate testimony on coronavirus treatment: Ron Johnson

Organ transplant patient dies after receiving Covid-infected lungs

More airlines to start collecting contact tracing information from passengers

Covid-19 Face Mask Mandates End in Some States, Fueling Tensions

Entire California School Board Resigns After Mocking Parents Who Want Schools Reopened

Pandemic makes prostitution taboo in Nevada’s legal brothels

Hurt by Lockdowns, California’s Small Businesses Push to Recall Governor

Newsom recall effort moves closer toward making the ballot with 1.1 million signatures

Should the rich pay for the pandemic? Argentina thinks so. Other countries are taking a look.

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