‘You exemplify the very best of our country’




Watch Omar tell illegals: ‘You exemplify the very best of our country’



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Watch Omar tell illegals: ‘You exemplify the very best of our country’

WND ^

| Sep 22, 2021
| B Unruh

Posted on 09/22/2021 8:09:49 PM PDT by Conservat1

America has been gifted with a population of amazing talent and knowledge.

Ignoring the stunning developments in health, economics, industry and arts from its history, just look at the recent years and what has happened in the computer and tech advances

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: bordercrisis; covid19; fakekindness; ilhanomar; minnesota


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To: Conservat1

It would be really great if they would deport this woman for immigration fraud.


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posted on 09/22/2021 8:12:10 PM PDT
by McGavin999
(biden is not my president)

To: Conservat1

She would say the same thing to Bin-Laden and to Al-Qaeda and ISIS and all the communists who want to destroy this country. She would lead the way towards destruction of the country, if she had the chance. In fact, she and “The Squid” are doing that right now. They just need a bigger army to do it with, and BLM and Antifa are the start.


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posted on 09/22/2021 8:14:54 PM PDT
by adorno

To: All


To: Conservat1

Brother-marrying fraudsters say the oddest things.


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posted on 09/22/2021 8:15:37 PM PDT
by Army Air Corps
(Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)

To: Conservat1

I’m sure she’s using the royal we, and really means Somalia.


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posted on 09/22/2021 8:19:35 PM PDT
by EvilCapitalist
(Pets are no substitute for children.)

To: Conservat1

I guess with the exception for those people “that did some things”



To: EvilCapitalist

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posted on 09/22/2021 8:20:18 PM PDT
by EvilCapitalist
(Pets are no substitute for children.)

To: Conservat1

I’m wondering why she isn’t pointing out that Biden is deporting black Haitians, not hispanics. Pure racism.


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posted on 09/22/2021 8:21:33 PM PDT
by aimhigh
(THIS is His commandment . . . . 1 John 3:23)


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Afghans Brought to U.S. Charged with Child Sex Crimes, Strangling Wife

Two Afghan men, brought to the United States as part of President Joe Biden’s massive resettlement operation out of Afghanistan, have been charged with child sex crimes and domestic abuse while temporarily living at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin.

On Wednesday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced federal charges against Afghans Bahrullah Noori, 20-years-old, and Mohammad Haroon Imaad, 32-years-old.

According to prosecutors, Noori is accused of trying to forcefully engage in sexual acts with a minor while temporarily living at Fort McCoy since being brought to the U.S. with tens of thousands of other Afghans. Noori has also been charged with three counts of engaging in a sexual act with a minor and one count alleging the use of force.

An indictment against Noori states that his victims were under the age of 16 and were at least four years younger than him.

In a separate incident, Imaad is accused by prosecutors of strangling and suffocating his wife while temporarily living at Fort McCoy after arriving in the U.S. from Afghanistan. The alleged assault apparently took place on September 7.

Both Noori and Imaad appeared in court in Madison, Wisconsin, on September 16 to face the charges against them and are currently being detained at the Dane County Jail. Their immigration statuses, whether they arrived as refugees, Special Immigrant Visa-holders (SIVs), P-2 visa-holders, or parolees remains unclear.

Noori is facing a mandatory minimum of 30 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison. Imaad is facing a maximum of 10 years in prison.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at jbinder@breitbart.com. Follow him on Twitter here.





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‘Think About It Like The Jewish Star’




FDA Official: ‘Blow Dart’ African Americans with COVID Vaccine is ‘Where We’re Going…Just Shoot Everyone’ … Calls for a ‘Nazi Germany’ Style ‘Registry’ of Unvaccinated Americans: ‘Think About It Like The Jewish Star’



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FDA Official: ‘Blow Dart’ African Americans with COVID Vaccine is ‘Where We’re Going…Just Shoot Everyone’ … Calls for a ‘Nazi Germany’ Style ‘Registry’ of Unvaccinated Americans: ‘Think About It Like The Jewish Star’

Project Veritas ^

| 09/22.21
| Project Veritas

Posted on 09/22/2021 7:18:40 PM PDT by Freedom56v2

FDA Official: ‘Blow Dart’ African Americans with COVID Vaccine is ‘Where We’re Going…Just Shoot Everyone’ … Calls for a ‘Nazi Germany’ Style ‘Registry’ of Unvaccinated Americans: ‘Think About It Like The Jewish Star’ Taylor Lee, FDA Economist: “Go to the unvaccinated and blow it [COVID vaccine] into them. Blow dart it into them.”

Lee: “Census goes door-to-door if you don’t respond. So, we have the infrastructure to do it [forced COVID vaccinations]. I mean, it’ll cost a ton of money. But I think, at that point, I think there needs to be a registry of people who aren’t vaccinated. Although that’s sounding very [much like Nazi] Germany.”

Lee: “Nazi Germany…I mean, think about it like the Jewish Star [for unvaccinated Americans].”

Lee: “I’m gonna go door-to-door and stab everyone [with the COVID vaccine], ‘Oh, it’s just your booster shot! There you go!’”

Lee: “So, if you put every anti-vaxxer, like sheep, into like Texas and you closed off Texas from the rest of the world, and you go, ‘Okay, you be you in Texas until we deal with this [pandemic].’”

Lee: “We know that now, but like again, I think there is still this big mistrust and like it’s deep-rooted.”

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This is incredible. Senators and Congress Critters need to be called!


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posted on 09/22/2021 7:20:01 PM PDT
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Alaska, overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients, adopts crisis standards for hospitals

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ANCHORAGE — Alaska, which led most U.S. states in coronavirus vaccinations months ago, took the drastic step on Wednesday of imposing crisis-care standards for its entire hospital system, declaring that a crushing surge in COVID-19 patients has forced rationing of strained medical resources.

Governor Mike Dunleavy and health officials announced the move as the tally of newly confirmed cases statewide reached another single-day record of 1,224 patients amid a wave of infections driven by the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant among the unvaccinated.

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The Delta variant is “crippling our healthcare system. It’s impacting everything from heart attacks to strokes to our children if they get in a bike accident,” Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s chief medical officer, said at a news conference with Dunleavy.

Idaho, another one of several largely rural states where COVID-19 cases have overwhelmed healthcare systems in recent weeks, activated its own crisis-care standards statewide last Thursday, citing a spike in hospitalizations that “has exhausted existing resources.”

Alaska’s health and social services commissioner, Adam Crum, announced that he signed an emergency addendum extending to the whole state standards of crisis care announced last week at the state’s largest hospital, Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

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The new document limits liability faced by providers for crisis-level medical care in all Alaska hospitals.

Moreover, it acknowledges the realities of rationed care statewide, with scarce medical supplies and staff prioritized in a way that denies normal levels of care to some patients for the sake of others, depending on how sick they are and their chances for recovery.

Some critically ill patients, for example, have had to be treated outside intensive care units where they would typically be admitted, Zink said.

“Care has shifted in Alaska’s hospitals. The same standard of care that was previously there is no longer able to be given on a regular basis. This has been happening for weeks,” Zink told reporters.

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To cope with the COVID-19 influx, Alaska has signed an $87 million contract to enlist hundreds of healthcare workers from out of state, officials said.

About one-fifth of Alaska hospital patients are infected with COVID-19, according to state data. But that figure understates the burden placed on the system as a whole as it “squeezes out” capacity to treat victims of car accidents, strokes, heart attacks and other ailments, Dunleavy said.

Paradoxically, back in April, Alaska had ranked among the top states getting COVID-19 vaccines into the arms of residents, helped in large part by efforts of the state’s pandemic-conscious indigenous population.

Alaska has since slipped below the national average, with just 58% of residents aged 12 and older fully vaccinated, according to the state database. The vaccination slump coincided with significant political resistance to public health requirements.

In May, voters in Anchorage, the state’s largest city, elected a new mayor, Dave Bronson, who campaigned against health mandates and has repeatedly expressed his refusal to get vaccinated. Dunleavy has opposed any vaccine mandates.

At Wednesday’s news conference, the Republican governor defended his positions, citing Alaska’s third-lowest rate of COVID-19 deaths in the nation per capita. (Reporting by Yereth Rosen in Anchorage, Alaska; Editing by Steve Gorman and Christopher Cushing)



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Cricket-British PM Johnson asks Australia to help resolve Ashes stand-off

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson looks on as Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks in the garden of 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, June 15, 2021. Dominic Lipinski/Pool via REUTERS

September 23, 2021

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison to help ease strict quarantine rules to allow the families of England’s cricketers to tour with the players during the upcoming Ashes series.

England players are seeking assurances their family members will be allowed to join them in Australia during the five-test series in December and January.

Australia’s borders are effectively shut in an effort to control COVID-19, with caps on international arrivals and limited places available in the country’s mandatory hotel quarantine regime.

Johnson said he had discussed the Ashes with Morrison in Washington this week when the pair met for dinner.

“I raised it and he said he was going to do his best for the families,” Johnson told reporters in Washington.

“He totally got the point that for cricketers it is very tough to ask people to be away from their families over Christmas.

“He merely undertook to come back and see if he could find a solution.”

The England and Wales Cricket Board said last month it was “very confident” the Ashes, starting in Brisbane on Dec. 8, would go ahead as planned despite England players saying they may skip the tour if families are unable to travel to Australia.

Australia plans to ease border and quarantine restrictions by the end of 2021, when at least 80% of adults are expected to have received two COVID-19 vaccination shots.

However, officials in the COVID-free states of Western Australia and Queensland have said they will set their own timetables for opening up and may keep their borders shut for longer.

(Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by Peter Rutherford)





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European business group calls for China to end self-reliance strategy

FILE PHOTO: A man takes a call next to a poster stating “China meets Europe in Florence” at China International Fair for Trade in Services in Beijing, China, May 28, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee

September 23, 2021

BEIJING (Reuters) – China should abandon a top-level strategy promoted by President Xi Jinping to increase self-reliance, or risk harming innovation and growth prospects, said a European business group on Thursday.

“There are troubling signs that China is increasingly turning inwards … and this tendency is casting considerable doubts over the country’s future growth trajectory,” the report from the European Chamber of Commerce said.

A desire for political control and a “fear of volatility” are to blame, Chamber president Joerg Wuttke said at a briefing.

China has been trying to cut its dependence on overseas markets and technology in its long-term development, a shift brought on by a deepening rift with the United States, in a so-called “dual-circulation” strategy.

Continuing policy support for state-owned companies, the “unsettling” influence of national security concerns on economic policy and efforts to increase control over the private sector, will drag on innovation and efficiency, said the report.

“Although the costs of such an approach may not be felt for several years, they are considerable and should not be overlooked.”

Dual circulation will require China to “deviate from the spirit” of the 1970s reforms that opened up the country’s economy and spurred decades of rapid growth, it said, resulting in less foreign investment, misallocation of resources and growing push-back abroad.

“China runs the risk of punching below its weight,” said Wuttke.

‘MARKET EXIT’

China’s policymakers have stressed the country will continue to open up and welcomes foreign firms.

While some foreign companies, such as those in the chemicals sector, which have technology China needs, are encouraged, others are not, the Chamber report said.

Some foreign suppliers of network equipment and services have told the Chamber that “market exit is inevitable” due to increased scrutiny on the grounds of national security. Suppliers of health equipment, for example, are sometimes unable to sell as hospitals try to “buy Chinese”, said Wuttke.

The report also urged China to de-escalate tit-for-tat sanctions against Europeans that are holding back the ratification of a key investment agreement with the European Union.

The bloc had imposed sanctions on Chinese officials over alleged human rights abuses in the western region of Xinjiang, to which Beijing responded with its own sanctions on Europeans including European lawmakers.

The bloc’s executive arm, the European Commission, unveiled plans in May to cut dependency on Chinese and other foreign suppliers in six strategic areas.

Foreign companies contribute to significant chunks of China’s tax revenue, trade and employment, said Wuttke, and in turn China remains a key market for European companies which helped prop up operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In many cases…the China operations are the ones that stabilize headquarters and basically bring business to the group,” he said.

(Reporting by Gabriel Crossley; Editing by Alex Richardson)





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New York Panhandler Throws Brick at Bagel Shop Worker’s Face


A panhandler allegedly threw a brick at a 63-year-old handyman outside of a bagel shop in the lower east side of New York the morning of September 15.

Video of the attack, which took place around 8 a.m., shows the man holding a chair menacingly over the victim before he put the chair down and punched the victim with a right hook. He then appears to wrestle to the ground the victim, who works as a handyman for the bagel shop Kossar’s Bagel & Bialys.

The surveillance video cut to another angle in which the 63-year-old was protecting himself from the panhandler while wielding a stick at which point, the assailant apparently grabbed a brick and hurled it at the man from a point-blank distance. After striking the victim in the face, the panhandler walked away from the scene.

A baseball team gathers outside Kossar’s Bagels and Bialys store, Thursday, May 26, 2016, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The “suspect has actually come around many times before, asking for money,” according to Natalie Duddridge of CBS New York. The manager “says she’s even given him food to appease him, but this time he was harassing customers, so a staff member asked him to leave and that’s when he attacked.”

The handyman, “approached him and said, ‘You should move on. We can get you a bagel, can get you a coffee,’” the shop’s manager told the New York Daily News. “Because we normally do that when you see a homeless person out there. … The guy took offense, it seems, to it and he attacked, unfortunately, one of my guys.”

“He was really shaken up about it because nobody expects that, you know?” the manager explained. “He went to the hospital and got checked on to make sure everything is OK.”

The assault comes as New York has seen a rise in violent crimes as of late. A man kicked a woman down an escalator at a subway station in Brooklyn on September 9. A 77-year-old woman was assaulted before her purse and bible were stolen on September 12.

Anyone with information regarding the attack is encouraged to contact NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).



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Optimistic on John Durham Probe of Russia Hoax


Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) said he was “optimistic” about special counsel John Durham’s investigation of the “Russia hoax” in an interview on Wednesday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow.

“I’ve been probably the only guy in America who’s actually had confidence in John Durham,” Nunes remarked. “I’ve been saying this for a very long time, and that’s largely because he’s run a very closed investigation, unlike what you saw with [Robert] Mueller’s, and it’s an investigation like they should be, where you don’t have leaks to the fake news companies.”

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, special counsel on the Russian investigation, leaves following a meeting with members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on June 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

He added, “I’m cautiously optimistic.”

Durham’s investigation led to a grand jury’s indictment of Michael Sussman — a lawyer who recently resigned from Perkins Coie — for making a false statement to the Fderal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Sussman is alleged to have lied about his representation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign when he requested a meeting with the FBI’s general counsel to accuse the Trump Organization of “covert communications” with a Russian bank.

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends the 45th edition of the annual "The European House Ambrosetti" forum on economy on September 7, 2019 at Villa D'Este in Cernobbio, near Como, northern Italy. - The annual event, which runs this year through September 6-8 and dubbed "Intelligence on the World, Europe and Italy", gathers heads of state and government, top representatives of European institutions, ministers, Nobel prize winners, businessmen, managers and experts from around the world to discuss current issues of impact for the world economy and society. (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends the 45th edition of the annual “The European House Ambrosetti” forum on economy on September 7, 2019 at Villa D’Este in Cernobbio, near Como, northern Italy. – The annual event, which runs this year through September 6-8 and dubbed “Intelligence on the World, Europe and Italy”, gathers heads of state and government, top representatives of European institutions, ministers, Nobel prize winners, businessmen, managers and experts from around the world to discuss current issues of impact for the world economy and society. (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)

“Democrat election lawyer Marc Elias, a key figure in the ‘Russia collusion’ hoax, has parted ways with the Perkins Coie law firm, ahead of the anticipated release of Special Counsel John Durham’s report into the origins of the Russia inquiry,” Breitbart News reported August 22.

Nunes said FBI indictments for making false statements are typically “used as a secondary charge” due to insufficient confidence in evidence to successfully convicting a suspect on other charges. Sussman’s alleged deception in presenting himself as a concerned citizen in his request for a meeting with the FBI, Nunes assessed, was a textbook example of making false statements to the Bureau.

“In this case, it is a quintessential definition of an indictment of lying to the FBI that I think is really a slam dunk,” Nunes determined,  “and now the question becomes, can Durham get the next set of charges, which would be the larger conspiracy? No one believes that Sussman and all these cats at the FBI and the Clinton campaign … didn’t know about this, right?”

Nunes said Sussman presented himself as “just some guy that happens to be a political lawyer [who] in there and says, ‘Oh my god, I’m just a good citizen. You can’t believe that all this evidence that we have of Trump and Russia.’”

“This is the first step, hopefully, of many,” Nunes added. 

Nunes warned of “two big impediments” to Durham’s investigation, with the first being the overwhelmingly partisan Democrat and left-wing political composition of Washington, D.C., from which grand jury members will be selected for Durham’s pursuit of indictment.

Nunes said the Durham probe’s second obstacle is Attorney General Merrick Garland heading the Department of Justice, who he described as “very dangerous” and “a hack for the Obama-Biden-Harris team.”

“[The Durham investigation] has implications for the Democratic Party,” Nunes stated. “Their top lawyers have been erased from the Perkins Coie law firm, so clearly the partners of Perkins Coie know there’s a problem. These are characters that misled us and didn’t give us all the information in Congress. They slow-rolled us, and I’m talking about all of them, all the [intelligence community] people, all the Clinton people.”

He concluded, “It was very, very difficult to for us to unpeel and unravel this mystery on how they were trying to tie Russia to Republicans, and then ultimately it led to the impeachment of Trump and a lots of phony and fake prosecutions.”

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Eurasian consolidation ends the US unipolar moment— Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s 20th-anniversary summit heralded the beginning of a new geopolitical and geo-economic order




Eurasian consolidation ends the US unipolar moment— <br /> Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s 20th-anniversary summit heralded the beginning of a new geopolitical and geo-economic order



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Eurasian consolidation ends the US unipolar moment—
Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s 20th-anniversary summit heralded the beginning of a new geopolitical and geo-economic order


asiatimes.com ^

| September 22, 2021
| Pepe Escobar

Posted on 09/22/2021 6:03:24 PM PDT by elpadre

The 20th-anniversary summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, enshrined nothing less than a new geopolitical paradigm.

Iran, now a full SCO member, was restored to its traditionally prominent Eurasian role, following the recent US$400 billion trade and development deal struck with China. Afghanistan was the main topic – with all players agreeing on the path ahead, as detailed in the Dushanbe Declaration. And all Eurasian integration paths are now converging, in unison, towards the new geopolitical – and geoeconomic – paradigm.

Call it a multipolar development dynamic in synergy with China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

The Dushanbe Declaration was quite explicit on what Eurasian players are aiming at: “a more representative, democratic, just and multipolar world order based on universally recognized principles of international law, cultural and civilizational diversity, mutually beneficial and equal cooperation of states under the central coordinating role of the UN.”

For all the immense challenges inherent to the Afghan jigsaw puzzle, hopeful signs emerged on Tuesday (September 21), when former Afghan president Hamid Karzai and peace envoy Abdullah Abdullah met in Kabul with Russian presidential envoy Zamir Kabulov, China’s special envoy Yue Xiaoyong and Pakistan’s special envoy Mohammad Sadiq Khan.

This troika – Russia, China, Pakistan – is at the diplomatic forefront. The SCO reached a consensus that Islamabad will coordinate with the Taliban on the formation of an inclusive government that including Tajiks, Uzbeks and Hazaras.

The most glaring, immediate consequence of the SCO’s not only incorporating Iran but also taking the Afghan bull by the horns, fully supported by the Central Asian “stans,” is that the Empire of Chaos has been completely marginalized.

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posted on 09/22/2021 6:03:24 PM PDT
by elpadre

To: elpadre

Its really up to the Asians to establish their own social and political consensus. America’ foward line of defense should end just west of Midway, Wake and Samoa. We cannot and should not dictate Asian affairs.


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posted on 09/22/2021 6:09:40 PM PDT
by allendale

To: elpadre

Japan and Philippines better sign that free trade agreement if they want America to defend their interests.

China will take both for everything they are worth.


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posted on 09/22/2021 6:12:16 PM PDT
by Jonty30
(My superpower is setting people up for failure, without meaning to. )

To: elpadre

“….The Global South is not impressed. Addressing the forum in Dushanbe, Russian President Vladimir Putin remarked that the portfolio of nations knocking on the SCO’s door was huge.

Egypt, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are now SCO dialogue partners, on the same level with Afghanistan and Turkey. It’s quite feasible they may be joined next year by Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Serbia and dozens of others.

And it doesn’t stop in Eurasia. In his well-timed address to CELAC, Chinese President Xi Jinping invited no fewer than 33 Latin American nations to be part of the Eurasia-Africa-Americas New Silk Roads….”

Our newspapers remain silent on this and other serious movements and alignments going on around the world which will have a mighty effect on US security and national well being.

The US still believes they can purchase friends and loyalty with dollars. When, in fact, our dollars have made enemies of some.


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posted on 09/22/2021 6:13:11 PM PDT
by elpadre
( ying them.)


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Japan pub-chain leader urges new PM to help eateries hit by COVID-19

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TOKYO — Miki Watanabe, the chief executive of Japanese pub chain Watami, has urgent advice for the next prime minister: provide fair compensation for restaurants impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions on eateries.

Watanabe, himself a former politician who spent six years in parliament, has a relationship with outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga from his time in politics.

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will pick a new leader on Sept. 29 who will replace Suga as prime minister since they are the majority party.

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Speaking to Reuters from one of the company’s restaurants before that vote, Watanabe’s story epitomizes the challenges the new Japanese leader will face to help businesses recover from the pandemic’s bite.

Last year, Watanabe converted this restaurant from an izakaya-style pub, where small dishes are typically served with alcohol, to a yakiniku-style pub where diners grill their food at the table with robots serving meat and other items to cut labor costs.

He now plans to convert 40% of its 300 outlets into these high-tech barbecue restaurants, which also include using conveyor belts to dispense dishes, by next April.

This is Watami’s strategy to better suit consumer tastes and ride out emergency curbs from the government to prevent COVID-19’s spread that cut opening hours and banned serving alcohol.

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Watanabe has been loudly critical of the government’s COVID-19 curbs on restaurants, a rarity in typically cordial Japan.

“I was frustrated with (the government’s) response to the pandemic,” Watanabe said. “It’s too slow and too sloppy.”

The contenders for the LDP leadership have pledged to respond to the pandemic and roll out fresh stimulus to ease the pain, but whoever succeeds Suga, the food service industry will face a “long battle” with COVID-19, Watanabe said.

Government compensation for businesses impacted by the curbs was too generous for small firms but insufficient for larger companies like Watami, making it “unbalanced and unfair,” he added.

“We want the new government to pay fair compensation for the business suspensions in accordance with the size of businesses so that everybody would shoulder a fair amount of losses.”

Japan’s curbs have so far focused on asking eateries to close early and refrain from serving alcohol, but not all restaurants and bars are complying with the non-binding rules.

Watanabe said he wanted the new leader to exercise more power over eateries to abide by the curbs. (Reporting by Akira Tomoshige, Rikako Maruyama, Akiko Okamoto and Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)



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