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“Oh to be White, Blonde and Privileged”(Fresh Prince)



Is White supremacy is at the heart of the US and the EU Foreign Policy?. Seems to me that the exhortation to “stand with” is no exception to this rule. The history of America, as well as most western nations including Canada, shows this phenomenon to be true. It is through one’s actions that one is known, not by the words spoken. Quite biblical indeed.

Africa has had horrible wars, genocides, and health crises that devastated their nations, keeping this land’s populations in poverty and continual war-like situations. The West loved to devest Africa of its population (cheap labor) long ago, transporting slaves to every corner of this world. Presently the West and China also prefer to gain control of Africa’s natural Recourses and export their profits elsewhere away from a place dearly in need of investment. Poor people are controllable, wealthy Africans are easily manipulated, and African Politicians are often easily corrupted.

Did any western nation send its military into Rwanda when the horrors of Genocide happened.? A Few French legionnaires were sent in to protect their nationals and those African Officials allied to them. The Western Allies, former colonizers to be sure, will take a while making a show of their charitable ways by sending medical supplies to those who suffer. Russia, China, the UK, and EU nations sent both sides of this conflict military supplies. After all African nations are very good clients of the Western Military Complex.

Look what the West is doing now in Ukraine. Outside of military troops on the ground that we know of, everything else is being done to punish Putin’s Russia, who will surely become openly allied to a new partner soon. Yes, China. They have more in common, and less diverging issues. A dictatorship is a dictatorship. Africans should know this after hundreds of years of European political and social manipulation, with multiple installations of puppet regimes working for the West in Africa.

There have been horrible natural and human-made disasters in Latin America, the Caribbean, and throughout the world. The only time nations like America and the EU show economic and political action is when their nation’s economic investments are threatened. Haiti comes to mind. A native indigenous population with African cultural imprints. Multiple natural disasters, with political chaos and massive corruption too. Did America, Canada, or the EU bring about a solution for these people? Housing, Food sources, and protection from multiple gangs are needed, and yet Haiti remains an empty bread basket looking for real substance from their larger neighbors to the north.

Middle-Class America and Canadians are familiar with Europeans in need. The former Yugoslavia fell apart, and civil war with genocide happened. America and Canada responded with troops, money, and political assistance. The west has no problem being warlike when their essential materials like energy sources and natural recourses are threatened. But poor people from a non-European area become something to be studied, considered with any action needing long term evaluation.

The West is moving towards a New Cold War, one that is not ideological but nationalistic in nature. Seemingly Just like the two world wars. Nation pitted against the other, using smaller nations as buffer zones or places where real war will happen. A New Axis of Evil is arising, and it has done so because of the West’s inaction, greed, and manipulative ways.

Western exceptionalism and cultural prejudice can be seen in the political and economic actions enacted against Russia. Russia will look to their Chinese neighbors for economic and political assistance, and those who are poor in every nation of this globe will suffer because of the Mismanagement of World Affairs your seeing on your favorite media sources. Everything that could have been done a decade ago to bring about a peaceful situation in Europe was ignored because those decisions that would have accomplished “peace in our time”(the fool Chamberlain) did on satisfy Russia’s or the West political and economic goals. The poorer nations should cry for a savior, but all they will find are nations that only care about the bottom line.

Steven Kaszab
Bradford, Ontario

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As COVID-19 begins to diminish, more Canadians are getting sick with the flu – Global News



COVID-19 cases are on the decline, but more and more Canadians are getting sick with the flu across the country, Canada’s top public health officer said Friday.

“We’re seeing influenza activity increasing up to the seasonal threshold despite the opposite trends being expected this time of year,” Dr. Theresa Tam, the nation’s chief public health officer, told reporters during a federal COVID-19 update.

Without many COVID-19 health mandates like masking in effect in most places across the country, cases of the flu have increased, according to Tam.

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“One of the things we’ve learned about the use of public health measures for COVID-19 in the past two years is that they were also effective in reducing the prevalence of other infectious diseases. Our reduced contact rates may have interrupted transmission of other diseases such as influenza,” said Tam.

“Personal protective habits help reduce the spread of COVID-19 as well as other risky transactions during diseases,” she added. “This is a reminder that our efforts are still needed.”

According to a report from the federal government, cases of the flu have sharply increased since the beginning of April.

From May 8 to May 14, 2,121 laboratory detections of the flu were reported. The percentage of visits for influenza-like illness was 1.8 per cent during this time period, exceeding pre-pandemic levels typical of this time of year.

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“Now because we don’t have masks, you see this huge increase of flu in the population,” Horacio Bach, clinical assistant professor affiliated with the division of infectious diseases at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine, told Global News.

Bach still recommends the use of masks and continues to double mask when in public.

As of May 20, the seven-day average of daily lab-confirmed cases sits just above 3,564, down more than 60 per cent from the rate seen a month ago.

The number of Canadians seeking treatment in hospital for COVID-19 sits at 4,880 patients, down more than 20 per cent from two weeks ago.

That includes 349 people being treated in intensive care units, a number that has now stabilized after falling through the first half of April.

The country is currently seeing an average of 63 deaths per day. The rate has stayed steady throughout early May after steadily rising over the course of April.

However, newly-confirmed COVID-19 cases have brought the national total to over 3.84 million cases and more than 40,600 deaths. More than 4,800 patients are currently in the hospital with COVID-19 including more than 340 people in intensive care.

As of May 19, more than 84,952,660 doses of approved COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across Canada.

So far, more than 34,986,036 Canadians have received at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine, while 31,356,155 Canadians are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with two doses.

Since they were authorized in September 2021, 18,610,469 third “booster” doses have been administered, according to available provincial and territorial data — meaning 48.7 per cent of the Canadian population has received three doses.

As of May 19, 90.4 per cent of eligible Canadians aged five and up have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 86.2 per cent are fully vaccinated with two shots. Vaccinations for children aged five to 11 were approved by Health Canada last November.

In Ontario, 1,412 new cases of COVID-19 and 16 new deaths were reported in the latest update on May 20.

In Quebec, there have been 612 reported new cases of COVID-19 in its latest update on May 20, with 12 new virus-related deaths.

The province has seen 15,312 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Saskatchewan announced 465 new infections and 22 new deaths over seven days in the latest update on May 19 and Alberta reported 3,614 new COVID-19 cases and 61 new deaths over seven days in the latest update on May 18.

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In Nova Scotia’s latest update, 2,513 new COVID-19 cases and 24 new deaths were reported over seven days.

Newfoundland and Labrador reported 264 new COVID-19 cases and one new death over five days in the latest update on May 18.

There are currently 14 patients in hospital with COVID-19, up from the last update, with two people in intensive care.

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The Northwest Territories reported 31 new COVID-19 cases over seven days in the latest update on May 16 and Prince Edward Island reported 792 new COVID-19 cases and one new death over seven days in the latest update on May 17.

Although Manitoba has seen a decline in the number of daily cases, it has seen an increase in the number of hospitalizations and ICU admittances over the past week. The same is true for British Columbia.

“This is a reminder that our efforts are still needed,” Tam said on Friday, speaking about elevated hospitalization levels.

As of May 18, Yukon reported four new cases of COVID-19. There have been 4,339 cases to date, 4,290 of whom have recovered. The territory has seen 25 deaths from COVID-19.

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Tam remains “cautiously optimistic” that COVID will continue to reprieve slightly in Canada over the next few months.

“But, anything can happen and we just need to remain vigilant,” she said.

— with files from Sean Boynton

© 2022 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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US Senate approves US$40 billion military and humanitarian aid package for Ukraine



Washington D.C, United States of America (USA)- The US Senate yesterday overwhelmingly approved a $40 billion emergency military and humanitarian aid package for Ukraine bringing the total aid to US$54 billion in just over two months.

Transfers thus far, have included relatively expensive weapons like the 5 500 Javelin anti-tank guided missiles and 1 400 Stinger antiaircraft missiles given to Kiev, as well as less-costly munitions like the 184 000 155-millimetre shells provided to Ukraine for a protracted artillery battle in Donbass.

“Aid for Ukraine goes far beyond charity, the future of America’s security and core strategic interests will be shaped by the outcome of this fight. Anyone concerned about the cost of supporting a Ukrainian victory should consider the much larger costs should Ukraine lose,” said Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the minority leader.

The package includes an increase in Presidential drawdown authority funding from the US$5 billion the Biden administration originally requested to $11 billion. Presidential drawdown authority funding allows the administration to send military equipment and weapons from US stocks. The package also provides US$6 billion in Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative funding, another way the Biden administration has been providing Ukraine with military assistance. The funding allows the administration to buy weapons from contractors and then provide those weapons to Ukraine, and as a result, does not draw directly from US stocks.

There will also be roughly US$9 billion to help restock US equipment that has been sent to Ukraine, which comes as many lawmakers have raised concerns about replacing US stocks of weapons the US is giving to Ukraine, especially stingers and javelin missiles. The package also provides US$3.9 billion for European Command operations, which includes mission support, intelligence support, hardship pay for troops deployed to the region and equipment, including a Patriot battery.

To address humanitarian needs, the package will include US$900 million to bolster refugee assistance, including housing, trauma support and English language instruction for Ukrainians fleeing the country.

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Elon Musk denies sexually assaulting a flight attendant



Austin, United States of America (USA)- Billionaire entrepreneur, Elon Musk, has denied claims that he sexually assaulted a flight attendant back in 2016.

According to an article published by Business Insider, the flight attendant worked in the cabin crew for SpaceX‘s corporate jet fleet. During a flight in 2016, Musk allegedly asked her for a full body massage and then exposed himself to her, touched her leg and offered to buy her a horse in exchange for an erotic massage.

The Insider states that the story is based on a signed declaration by a friend of the attendant who spoke to the outlet on condition of anonymity, citing fears for her safety, and on documents, emails and other records pertaining to the incident.

According to the declaration, in the wake of the incident, the attendant felt she was being marginalized in her job. She felt she was being pushed out and punished for refusing to prostitute herself.

As a result the attendant then hired a lawyer in 2018 and sent the allegations to SpaceX’s Human Resources department. The complaint was resolved following a session with a mediator attended by Musk. In November of that year, Musk, SpaceX and the attendant entered into a severance agreement that involved a US$250 O00 payment in exchange for a pledge not to sue over the claims.

The insider also claims to know the identity of the flight attendant but will not disclose it because she claims to be the victim of sexual misconduct adding that she has personally declined to comment on the story.

However, Musk said the article in the Insider was a politically motivated hit piece, “If I were inclined to engage in sexual harassment, this is unlikely to be the first time in my entire 30-year career that it comes to light it’s a politically motivated hit piece.”

Musk also took to Twitter to respond to these allegations, citing that attacks against him should be viewed through a political lens.

“The attacks against me should be viewed through a political lens this is their standard (despicable) playbook, but nothing will deter me from fighting for a good future and your right to free speech,” tweeted Musk.

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