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Vaccinated Mr President? We’ll take your word for it, U.N. says

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UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations COVID-19 vaccination honor system will remain in place for presidents, prime ministers and diplomats who enter the General Assembly Hall next week and they are not required to show proof of immunization.

General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid notified the 193-member U.N. member states of the plan on Thursday in a letter, seen by Reuters, after telling them on Tuesday that he supported a New York City demand that proof was required and would work with U.N. chief Antonio Guterres to implement it.

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But Shahid abandoned the push after Russia objected, saying it would be discriminatory, and Guterres told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday that the U.N. Secretariat “cannot tell a head of state if he is not vaccinated that he cannot enter the United Nations.”

Dozens of heads of state and government and foreign ministers, accompanied by countless diplomats, are due to be in New York for the annual high-level gathering. Some leaders are staying away and sending a video statement instead because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the honor system on vaccination status, which began on June 1, diplomats swipe their U.N. identification card upon entry to the General Assembly Hall and that is considered a declaration that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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The U.N. headquarters in Manhattan is international territory and is not subject to U.S. laws. However, U.N. officials have previously pledged to abide by local and national guidance when it came to the pandemic.

New York City officials told the world body that under its rules people “entering the U.N. premises for the purpose of entering the General Assembly Hall would be required to show proof of vaccination in order to gain entry to the Hall.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday that the city would provide free COVID-19 testing and shots of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine at a site outside U.N. headquarters next week. (Reporting by Michelle Nichols; editing by Grant McCool)

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Capital Research Center President Scott Walter | FreedomFest 2021

Scott Walter, president of the Capital Research Center, details how the Center, through its books, reports, websites, and animated cartoons exposes Marxist fallacies and the fake “grassroots” leftist groups that are massively funded by major foundations and corporations. Mr. Walter was interviewed by Bill Jasper, senior editor for The New American, at FreedomFest 2021 in Rapid City, South Dakota on July 21, 2021.

DISCLAIMER: Views and opinions expressed in this interview are solely those of the interviewee and do not necessarily represent those of The New American. TNA is not responsible for, and does not verify the accuracy of, any information presented.

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‘We Got Him!’: Leader Of ISIS Group Accused Of Killing Four US Troops Gets Killed, Announces French President

An ISIS leader accused of killing four U.S. troops died in Mali, French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Thursday.

ISIS Greater Sahara (ISIS-GS) leader Adnan Abou Walid al Sahraoui was killed in a French drone strike between Aug. 17 and 22, CNN reported. Al Sahraoui claimed responsibility for an attack that killed four U.S. soldiers in Niger in 2017.

“Ladies and Gentlemen: We got him!!” Macron said in a Tweet early on Thursday morning. (RELATED: ‘The Terrorist Risk Is Everywhere’ — Macron Calls For Stricter European Borders After Recent Attacks)

Al Sahraoui founded ISIS-GS after leaving an al Qaeda-linked group in Africa in 2015, according to CNN. ISIS-GS was designated as a foreign terrorist organization in 2018 by the U.S. State Department and a $5 million reward for information leading to al Sahraoui’s arrest was offered in 2019.

“Adnan Abou Walid al Sahraoui, leader of the terrorist group Islamic State in the Greater Sahara was neutralized by French forces,” Macron said in a Tweet. “This is another major success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel.”

“Ladies and Gentlemen: We got him!!,” Macron said.

Attacks executed by Al Sahraoui targeted law enforcement officials and civilians in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, CNN reported. He “personally ordered” a deadly attack on six humanitarian workers, a driver and a guide in France.

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Kristi Noem: ‘I would support President Trump again’ in 2024

South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem said she would support former President Trump if he ran again for president in 2024, adding that she’s focused on serving as governor.

Noem, a former member of the House of Representatives, was asked if she would support Trump if he ran again and if she’s planning to run for president herself in the future.

“Yes, I would support President Trump again in the future,” Noem said during a discussion organized by the Hoover Institution on Thursday. “I campaigned for him in 17 different states, because I knew what would happen if President Biden had the opportunity to take over the White House, and how fundamentally this country would change. I didn’t know he would wreck the country this fast.

“That was remarkable to watch how quickly he has devastated us, but President Trump, I loved working with him because he was one of the very few people that I worked with in public office that actually did what he said he was going to do.” 

Noem said Trump “followed through” on campaign promises during his tenure in office.

“He was a problem solver, and with the political climate that we have today, we need fighters, so I would support him,” she said. “And I think that really we need a leadership change in this country. I am solely focused on being the governor of South Dakota.

“I ran for governor because I love this state, and I want it to be here with my people. So I just want to be able to go to bed every night knowing that I did my job protecting this country and did all that I could to give my kids and my grandkids an opportunity to grow up like I did. I do not want to end my life thinking I got selfish and didn’t do my part. And so that’s what I’m focused on each and every day.”

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President Biden announces trilateral pact with Britain and Australia to counter Chinese influence

President Joe Biden announced that the United States would join in a pact with Britain and Australia in what is considered a effort to counter the rising influence of China.

Biden made the joint announcement on Wednesday with Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia and Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom live-streamed on either side.

The pact is called AUKUS.

“Today we join our nations in a next generation partnership, built on a strong foundation of proven trust,” said Morrison.

“We have always seen the world through a similar lens. We have always believed in a world that favors freedom, that respects human dignity, the rule of law, the independence of sovereign states and the peaceful fellowship of nations,” he added.

Morrison said that the alliance would support peace in the Indo-Pacific region, broadly defined as the area surrounding Australia to the north, east and west, to China, India, Africa, and to Hawaii.

“Our world is becoming more complex, especially here in our region, the Indo-Pacific,” Morrison continued.

“This affects us all. The future of the Indo-Pacific will impact all our futures,” he explained. “To meet these challenges, to help deliver the security and stability our region needs, we must now take our partnership to a new level.”

Morrison said the first major endeavor by AUKUS will be to create a new nuclear-powered submarine fleet for Australia.

Biden and Johnson emphasized that the submarines would not be armed with nuclear weapons, only powered by nuclear energy.

Johnson also emphasized the hundreds of highly skilled jobs that would be supported by efforts supporting AUKUS.

“This is about investing in our greatest source of strength: our alliances,” said Biden,” and updating them, to better meet the threats of today and tomorrow.”

While none of the three global leaders mentioned China specifically in their statements, many commented on how the agreement was likely to be perceived as a challenge to the growing Chinese influence in the region.

“For more than a century, we have stood together for the cause of peace and freedom,” Morrison concluded, “motivated by the beliefs we share, sustained by the bonds of friendship we have forged, enabled by the sacrifice of those who have gone before us, and inspired by our shared hope for those who will follow us.”

In 2018, China announced a similar military alliance with Russia and specifically mentioned their agreement was meant to show the United States the level of cooperation the two nations had with each other.

Here’s the video of the announcement:

WATCH LIVE: Biden to announce new national security initiative

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Today marks 1 year anniversary of the Abraham Accords brokered by President Trump

President Donald Trump on this day in 2020 welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to the White House lawn to sign the Abraham Accords peace deal.

Trump and his administration signed the historic peace deal with Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, normalizing diplomatic peace relations between Israel and the Arab states.

President Donald Trump, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, signed the Abraham Accords during a ceremony on the White House lawn on Sept. 15, 2020 (Photo – Alex Brandon/AP)

“We’re here this afternoon to change the course of history. After decades of division and conflict, we mark the dawn of a new Middle East,” Trump said from the White House last year.

Trump was nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for brokering the landmark peace accords between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain. Trump was nominated by Norwegian lawmaker, Christian Tybring-Gjedde.

“Trump has broken a 39-year-old streak of American Presidents either starting a war or bringing the United States into an international armed conflict,” said Tybring-Gjedde.

President Jimmy Carter helped to negotiate peace agreements between Israel and Jordan in 1977. President Bill Clinton helped to negotiate peace between Israel and Egypt in 1993.

The Trump administration orchestrated diplomatic agreements between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain. It was the first since Jordan recognized Israel in 1993, and Egypt in the 1977.

The peace deal unified Israel and Arab nations around their enemy, Iran. It also reversed a traditional Arab order that refused to normalize Arab-Israeli relations before an independent Palestinian state was created.

The agreement, which had been long negotiated, was finalized after Trump’s son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner, and Avi Berkowitz, an assistant to the president and representative for international negotiations, visited the region to feature the first commercial flight between Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates.

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Milley Confirms Woodward Book Reports on Undermining President Trump with Calls to China and Meeting on Nuclear Launch Orders

Milley Confirms Woodward Book Reports on Undermining President Trump with Calls to China and Meeting on Nuclear Launch Orders

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President Biden Must Immediately Dismiss General Milley

I write with grave concern regarding recent reporting that General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, worked to actively undermine the sitting Commander in Chief of the United States Armed Forces and contemplated a treasonous leak of classified information to the Chinese Communist Party in advance of a potential armed conflict with the People’s Republic of China (PRC). These actions by General Milley demonstrate a clear lack of sound judgement, and I urge you to dismiss him immediately.

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Afghan President Ghani Explains Decision to Flee; Denies Stealing Money

Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, fled the country on August 15 as the Taliban closed in on Kabul, the country’s capital city. One week later, Ghani surfaced in the United Arab Emirates, which had agreed to give him political asylum.

On September 8, Ghani explained his decision to leave in English on Twitter, suggesting that he viewed his departure as “the only way to keep the guns silent” and keep violence from erupting in Kabul.

Ghani described his exit as “the most difficult decision of my life.”

“I left at the urging of the palace security, who advised me that to stay risked setting off the same street-to-street fighting the city had suffered during the civil war of the 1990s,” the statement read. The Washington Post also reported that Ghani feared for his life, having received information that the Taliban would behead him. The president’s departure was so sudden that several of his aides, who had been on lunch break and were not informed of his exit, reported wondering where he went.

During its initial takeover in the 1990s, the Taliban was known for launching bloody recriminations against Afghan leaders following its capture of cities. In 1996, after Kabul fell to the group for the first time, Taliban fighters captured Mohammad Najibullah, the last communist ruler of Afghanistan, and tortured him to death.

While the Taliban have committed to a peaceful transition of power via press conferences, the group has already begun to use violence toward dissidents—including beating a group of women who protested against the group’s all-male interim government, per CNN.

More than 170 Afghans have died in violence after the end of the war—the lion’s share in a suicide bombing conducted by ISIS-K at the Hamid Karzai International Airport outside Kabul. More than a dozen U.S. military personnel were killed in that attack, as were more than 150 Afghans.

In his statement, Ghani admitted to shortcomings in governing the country. “It is with a deep and profound regret that my own chapter ended […] without ensuring stability and prosperity,” the statement read. “I apologize to the Afghan people that I could not make it end differently.”

The president also vigorously denied reports that he had fled with $170 million in cash from Afghanistan’s treasury, calling the accusations “completely and categorically false.”

Taliban spokesmen have indicated that Ghani would be free to return to Afghanistan, although they have also pressured him to return the allegedly stolen funds.

Trevor Filseth is a current and foreign affairs writer for the National Interest.

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President Biden announces joint deal with U.K. and Australia to counter China

President Joe Biden announced a new trilateral defense agreement with Britain and Australia to share advanced defense and security technologies, including the acquisition of a new nuclear-powered submarine fleet. 

According to the New York Times, the new three-nation security pact, which will be known as AUKUS, was forged in an effort to curb Chinese aggression and influence, especially in the hotly contested South China Sea. 

During a joint news conference, President Biden, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, unveiled the details of the new allyship. According to Politico, one of the main aims of AUKUS is the U.S. and Britain sharing their knowledge of how to maintain nuclear defense infrastructure.

Both Biden and Johnson emphasized that this was not an effort for Australia to obtain a nuclear weapon. Prime Minister Morrison said Australia had no ambition to seek one, or even build one. 

All three leaders agreed the sharing of vital security information— such as nuclear defense strategies— is necessary and crucial if the three global power players hoped to stifle China’s influence in the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean.  


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