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Jul 12 2021

Cuba: ‘The order to fight has been given, into the street, revolutionaries!’- Diaz-Canel on anti-govt protests

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Jul 12 2021

120 politicians, journalists, and artists sign letter urging Merkel to confront Biden over Assange’s extradition, citing concerns

Over a hundred people from German politics, media, and art have called on their chancellor to confront Joe Biden during an upcoming visit over the attempt to extradite WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange to the US. In a letter dated July 11, and signed by 120 politicians, journalists, artists, and others, signatories urged German Chancellor Angela Merkel to stand up for imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange when visiting US President Joe Biden in Washington later this month.  Among those appealing to Merkel ahead of what will be her last meeting with a US leader as chancellor, are Dietmar Bartsch, chairman of …

Jul 12 2021

Time to retire hackneyed alcoholic Russian stereotype? Over one-third of country is completely teetotal, new survey discovers

Around the world, Russia may have a reputation for being a country of vodka drinkers, but the reality at home is quite different. A poll has revealed that 38% of Russians never booze at all, with just 1% saying they drink daily. Research conducted by state-owned pollster WCIOM also discovered that older Russians are less likely to drink than younger citizens, with 51% of those over the age of 60 declaring themselves to be teetotallers. The number of non-drinkers in Russia has been increasing over time. Just 10 years ago, in 2011, the percentage sat at just 28%. Also on …

Jul 12 2021

What is the story of the deployment of Turkish troops at Kabul Airport?

According to Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, the airport has been under Turkish military control for the past six years, and the main topic of recent US-Turkish talks on Afghanistan is their continued presence at Kabul Airport. The United States recognizes the importance of Kabul Airport in maintaining the activities of foreign embassies, including its own. Turkish troops will also be deployed to secure the routes between these areas and the area around the airport.Details and the number of Turkish troops have not been released, but some US officials stated that Defense Ministry officials have requested that 600 to 1,000 …

Jul 12 2021

Syria: Breeders in Al-Hasakah countryside say livestock under threat due to drought and rising prices prices

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Jul 12 2021

‘I wanted to take one!’ England ace Grealish refutes claims of cowardice after not taking spot kick in Euro 2020 shootout defeat

England playmaker Jack Grealish has hit back at critics who accused him of shirking responsibility by not taking a penalty in England’s shootout defeat to Italy in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley. Appearing in a first major final for 55 years, England suffered familiar agony from the penalty spot as they lost the shootout 3-2 after the scores had finished level at 1-1 following extra time. Late substitutes Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho both missed with their penalty efforts for England, with the former striking the post and the latter seeing his shot saved by inspired Italian stopper Gianluigi …

Jul 12 2021

Afghanistan: Latest updates on Kandahar, 12 July 2021

With the escalation of calshes in Kandahar province, the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has ordered the evacuation of the Indian consulate in Kandahar city. Also, as a result of a terrorist explosion in Ghara Kly village located in Daman district, two civilians were martyred and three others were injured. The Afghan Ministry of Defense also reported 69 Taliban casualties in clashes in the Dand area, which the Taliban called the report “unrealistic”. According to the Afghan Ministry of Defense, 271 Taliban militants were killed and 162 were wounded as a result of Afghan Army operations in Nangarhar, Maidan Wardak, …

Jul 12 2021

Italy: Cleaners tidy up Rome streets following Euro 2020 win celebrations

Cleaners could be seen at work on the streets of Rome on Monday, following the night of celebrations of Italy’s win over England at the Euro 2020 final. Some of the local residents shared their views on the victory. “I’m sorry for the UK, but it’s soccer. It’s luck,” said one local, adding that “penalties – it’s a lottery. You can win or you can lose.” Another passer-by described penalties at the end of the game as a ‘suspense movie’. The Italian team triumphed over England 3-2 in a series of penalties, after the match was tied 1-1 at the …

Jul 12 2021

YouTube is censoring ‘normal discourse’ & punishing those who fight back, content creator targeted by platform tells RT

YouTube is selectively enforcing its policies regarding ‘disinformation’ in what appears to be an attempt to silence content creators who oppose the platform’s penchant for censorship, political commentator Matt Orfalea told RT. Orfalea is speaking from experience: Last week he received a ‘strike’ and had his channel demonetized for allegedly violating the company’s policy prohibiting “violent criminal organizations.” The flagged video was a seven-year-old satirical fake Starbucks ad, which referred to the coffee chain’s “insanely overpriced beverages for psychopaths.” YouTube later admitted it had acted “in error” and dropped the strike.  Speaking to RT on Sunday, the YouTuber said he …

Jul 12 2021

Taliban infiltration operation at Kunduz airport

A Taliban spokesman claimed that members of the group had destroyed two US-made Black Hawk helicopters at Kunduz airport during an infiltration operation. He did not provide further details about the operation. It is worth mentioning that during the recent Taliban operation in northern Afghanistan, all districts of Kunduz province except the center of this province have been captured by the Taliban. The Afghan army has so far made no attempt to lift the ground siege of Kunduz province, and if the situation continues, it will be easy for the Taliban to capture the city. FORUM

Jul 12 2021

Spain: Protesters in Madrid follow call to nationwide rallies against homophobia

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Jul 12 2021

Journalist dies after being beaten by homophobic mob while covering canceled Tbilisi LGBT Pride march, Georgia erupts in protest

Thousands of people gathered in front of the Georgian parliament building in Tbilisi on Sunday after it was reported that a cameraman, beaten by a violent homophobic far-right mob last week, had been found dead in his apartment. The body of Alexander Lashkarava, one of a dozen journalists attacked during mob violence against LGBT+ activists, was discovered by his mother on Sunday. According to his colleague Miranda Baghaturia, the Pirveli TV cameraman was beaten by a mob of 20 people last Monday and sustained multiple injuries, resulting in him having to undergo surgery. He was discharged from the hospital on …

Jul 12 2021

Conor McGregor brands Dustin Poirier’s UFC 264 victory ‘illegitimate’ as Irishman gives update after surgery on gruesome leg break

Conor McGregor has vowed to “come back better than ever” after undergoing surgery on the horrific leg break which ended his UFC 264 main event with Dustin Poirier, taunting the American for celebrating an ‘illegitimate’ win. McGregor collapsed in agony as his lower left leg snapped underneath him towards the end of the first round at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, with the contest being called off and Poirier declared the winner via doctor’s stoppage TKO. McGregor’s lower leg snapped as he took a step backwards after throwing a punch. © Twitter It was later confirmed that …

Jul 12 2021

Thailand decides to mix vaccine doses as capital city Bangkok placed under strict lockdown measures

The Thai capital, Bangkok, has been placed under its harshest coronavirus restrictions in over a year. Amid infections in fully vaccinated medical workers, Thailand will mix AstraZeneca and Sinovac doses. On Monday the capital and the greater region of Bangkok was propelled into its toughest lockdown measures in over a year, with the total closure of non-essential services alongside curfews in place for travel and businesses. The lockdown measures came into force after having been announced on Friday, with Bangkok’s population being told to work remotely and stay at home. Restaurants have been forced to close their doors for dine-in …

Jul 12 2021

‘It starts at the top’: England trio racially abused after missing penalties in Euro 2020 defeat – and some blame PM Boris Johnson

A trio of England players have suffered racist abuse online after missing penalties in a tense shootout at Wembley that handed the Euro 2020 title to Italy, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson was called out for hypocrisy. The Three Lions had captivated a nation with their brave campaign which saw them reach their first final for 55 years. However, the final at Wembley ended in familiar agony for England fans as their team went down in a shootout as Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all missed their spot-kick efforts.  READ MORE: England’s agonizing wait for glory goes on as …

Jul 12 2021

2 Jordanians given 15-year prison sentence for trying to destabilize the monarchy

A court in Jordan has sentenced an ex-finance minister and the King’s distant relative to 15 years in prison for their role in a plot involving former crown prince Hamzah, the King’s half-brother, to unseat the country’s monarch. On Monday, a Jordanian state security court ruled that Bassem Awadallah and Sharif Hassan bin Zaid were guilty of the sedition and incitement charges brought against them. The verdict, announced by Lieutenant Colonel Muwafaq al-Masaeed, a military judge, followed a closed-door trial that consisted of just six hearings.  Read more Karin Kneissl: Jordan’s royal dynasty is volatile, but it’s a matter for …

Jul 12 2021

Germany: Steinmeier meets Ukrainian President Zelensky in Berlin

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier met his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymir Zelensky in Berlin on Monday. Zelensky came to Berlin for a two-day working visit. Earlier he had already met CDU Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet, while the talks and a joint press conference with Angela Merkel are scheduled later in the day. Among the main topics that are expected to be discussed are the peace process in eastern Ukraine and Nord Stream 2 pipeline. FORUM

Jul 12 2021

Italy: Joyous fans greet victorious Italian side outside Rome hotel

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Jul 12 2021

Ahead of Russian elections, parties turn their backs on street protests, hoping it’ll show another kind of opposition is possible

They are beloved of Western media reporters in Moscow, long providing spectacles for front page fodder. However, for some time now, many opposition supporters have questioned the utility of set-piece street protests in Russia. Indeed, some have suggested that the events, a key tool in the armoury of Alexey Navalny’s Western-backed movement, were doing more harm than good to the country’s anti-Kremlin activists. One pundit regularly cited by US & UK journalists has warned that “the street calls for simple solutions, at a time when there are no easy answers.” Now, with just weeks until Russians cast their ballots in …

Jul 12 2021

Spain: Fans celebrate Italy’s Euro 2020 triumph in Ibiza

Large crowds of Italian fans celebrated their team’s win over England in the Euro 2020 final in Ibiza in the early hours of Monday. Supporters were seen chanting, waving Italian flags, jumping and singing. The Italian team triumphed over England 3-2 in a series of penalties, after the match was tied 1-1 at the end of extra-time at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday. FORUM

Jul 12 2021

🔴 Live: Lavrov, Sudan’s FM al-Mahdi give news conference in Moscow

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Sudanese counterpart Mariam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi give a joint press conference after bilateral talks in Moscow on Monday, July 12. The top diplomats are expected to discuss bilateral relations with focus on expanding cooperation in trade and economy. Topical regional and international issues, including current development in the Middle East and the African continent are also expected to be on the agenda. FORUM

Jul 12 2021

Cuba: Thousands take part in rare anti-government protest in Havana

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of the Cuban capital on Sunday in the largest anti-government rally in the country in decades. The unrest was triggered by the island nation’s worsening economic crisis, record numbers of COVID-19 cases, lack of basic goods and crackdown on civil liberties. Footage shows protesters calling for President Miguel Diaz-Canel to resign, with some being arrested by the police. Diaz-Canel accused the US of ‘orchestrating’ the unrest via social media campaigns and by sending ‘mercenaries’ to the country. FORUM

Jul 12 2021

UK: Loyalists in Larne torch massive bonfire to mark Eleventh night

Members of the Loyalist community gathered in Larne’s Craigyhill estate on Sunday evening to mark the Eleventh night, a traditional Ulster Protestant celebration, where bonfires are burned across the province. Traditionally the bonfire burning takes place on the Eleventh night of July, before the Twelfth of July, which marks the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. The historic date marks the start of the Protestant ascendancy of Ireland, after King William of Orange defeated Catholic King James II. The event, which to some in the Loyalist community is considered an important cultural festivity, is to others seen as anti-social, bad …

Jul 12 2021

Former Canadian Embassy Worker Arrested In Haiti Assassination Worked For Shadowy Security Firm

Jovenel Moïse with his wife Originally published by ZeroHedge. Update: The Sun-Sentinel reports that the two South Florida Haitian Americans currently in custody in Haiti claimed to have been recruited to do work in the country by an “under-the-radar firm in Doral” called CTU Security. According to the report, it’s run by a Venezuelan émigré, Antonio Enmanuel Intriago Valera. The Miami Herald visited the company’s offices on Thursday, where a doorbell rang to a phone, and a man declined to discuss the events in Haiti. He did not return phone calls, texts or emails asking about reports of involvement in …

Jul 11 2021

Sea Breeze-2021 Exercises Ended With Secret Documents Leaked

Click to see full-size image The joint Sea Breeze-2021 exercises in the Black Sea have officially been completed, according to the commander of the Ukrainian Navy Alexey Neizhpapa. The exercises aimed at containing Russia begun on June 28 and ended on July 10 The large drills were marked with several provocations in the Russian territorial waters that ended with NATO warships fleeing. The final point of the SeaBreeze 2021 was another failure. More than four thousand servicemen from 32 countries, including the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Georgia, the Netherlands and others were deployed in the Black Sea. The exercises …

Jul 11 2021

Some Best Ways To Keep Your Crypto Investments Safe

SPONSORED Illustrative image The surge in prices of the most popular cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin and Ethereum, is an indication that virtual currencies can become the easy target of scammers and hackers as they always have prying eyes on digital currencies. It has been said that hackers have gravitated more towards digital currencies as these continue to become prevalent and increase in their prices. It is highly challenging to track the work and aim of hackers as they use intelligent ways every time, and also, their footprints become eradicated digitally. The cryptocurrencies are present virtually, and therefore, when an account or crypto …

Jul 11 2021

Is COVID-19 A Chimera?

Military Personnel stand guard outside the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick on September 26, 2002. – The US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, one of the few laboratories in the country that can handle dangerous pathogens such as Ebola, plague and other deadly toxins. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) Written by Hiraku Maeda. COVID-19 may have escaped from containment at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases ( USAMRIID )  at Fort Detrick, MD (USA) due to a rainstorm and the decrepitude of the facilities there. A catastrophic flood struck …

Jul 11 2021

In Video: MRAP Vehicle Destroyed In Attack On US Supply Convoy In Southern Iraq

File image. On July 11, a convoy moving logistic supplies and vehicles for the US-led coalition came under attack in the southern Iraqi province of Basrah. The supply convoy was targeted with an unidentified weapon as it was passing near Jraischan gate. The convoy was reportedly on its way to the al-Harir base in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region, in northern Iraq. According to the Sabereen News channel on Telegram, a Cougar MRAP [Mine Resistant Ambush Protected] vehicle of the US military was destroyed in the attack. Saraya Awli’a al-Dam, a pro-Iranian group, claimed responsibility for the attack …

Jul 11 2021

Personality And Ambition Potentially Fuel Divide Among Gulf States

Click to see full-size image Written by Dr. James M. Dorsey. Personality as well as the conflation of genuine national interest with personal ambition contribute to the widening gap between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. It was only a matter of time before Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman would want to come out on his own and no longer be seen as the protégé of his erstwhile mentor and Emirati counterpart, Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed. By the same token, there was little doubt that the Saudi prince and probable next monarch would want to put to …

Jul 11 2021

Sydney Mockdown: The Delta Variant Strikes

Click to see full-size image Written by Dr. Binoy Kampmark. “Dear customers, if you are standing there reading this sign you are part of the problem.  STAY THE FUCK HOME! Best, Sydney.” Note on store front, Sydney, Twitter, July 10, 2021 It is proving to be an unfolding nightmare. For a government that had been beaming with pride at their COVID contract tracing for months, insisting that people could live, consume and move about with freedom as health professionals wrapped themselves round the virus, the tune has changed.  The Delta variant of the disease has proved viciously wily in Sydney, …

Jul 11 2021

Houthis Extracted Heavy Bunker Buster Bomb Dropped By Saudi-led Coalition Five Years Ago (Photos)

Ali Safrah, head of the YEMAC. Click to see full-size image. Source: saba.ye On July 11, the Yemeni Executive Mine Action Center (YEMAC) announced that it had extracted the warhead of a heavy bunker buster bomb that was dropped by a warplane of the Saudi-led coalition on the Yemeni capital Sanaa, which is held by the Houthis (Ansar Allah), more than five years ago. At a press conference, Ali Safrah, head of the YEMAC, said that the bomb, a US-made GBU-24 Paveway III, was dropped at Sanaa civil defense center on September 19 of 2015. After penetrating meters into the …

Jul 11 2021

A Complete Guide for Bitcoin Trading

SPONSORED POST Illustrative Image Bitcoin has proven to be the most profitable cryptocurrency out of all the options available out there for beginners and professionals. The market base of digital currency is quite huge. It is traded in almost all the exchanges that you may know, which has made it the most liquid cryptocurrency available. This coin is known for recording the highest volumes of trade across all the exchanges on which it is listed. Why should you trade in Bitcoin? Before you start investing in Bitcoin, an essential part is understanding why you should trade in it- let’s look …

Jul 11 2021

Turkish Border Crossing Hit During Intra-Rebel Clashes In Northeastern Syria

Illustrative image. Late on July 10, heavy clashes broke out between Turkish-backed militants in the northeastern Syrian town of Ras al-Ain on the border with Turkey. A personal disagreement was reportedly behind the conflict, which saw militants from two different units of the Hamzah Division clashing with each other. The Hamza Division is a key faction of the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army. During the clashes, a number of rocket-propelled grenades hit the border gate with Turkey to the north of Ras al-Ain. No damage was reported. المناطق الامنه – رأس العين اشتباكات بين مجموعتين تابعتين لفرقة الحمزة -بشارع المحطة الجنوبي- …

Jul 11 2021

Another rocket attack on US base in Syria

According to preliminary information, ten rockets hit the base. This morning, the US military base at the Conoco gas facility was targeted by four rockets. Syria: Rocket attacks on US base at Conoco gas field FORUM

Jul 11 2021

What is happening in Afghanistan? Afghanistan developments, Taliban relations with Shiites and Iran

As the various dimensions of the recent Taliban activities become clearer and the positions of foreign and neighboring countries regarding the conflicts in Afghanistan become clearer, it is possible to examine the latest developments in this country: 1- The latest military situation in Afghanistan:According to the latest news from the Afghan conflict, more than 90 other districts have been added to the Taliban-held areas since the beginning of the 1400 Solar Hijri year (since March 21), and clashes with the Afghan army are ongoing in many provinces of the country.Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the group’s militants would not attack …

Jul 11 2021

Syria: Rocket attacks on US base at Conoco gas field

According to initial reports, four rockets hit the base, causing a fire. So far, Col. Wayne Marotto, a spokesman for the U.S. coalition in the region, has not responded to the news, but a Pentagon official confirmed the attack on the U.S. base in Deir Ezzor, saying no casualties were reported. On July 4, at least two rockets hit the Conoco gas field, but Wayne Marotto denied the attacks on the US base at the area! This is while SDF media and local sources confirmed the attack on Conoco. Rocket attacks on US base in Syria’s Deir Ezzor Drone attack …

Jul 9 2021

Afghanistan: Latest Updates on Herat, 9 July 2021

Taliban attacks in Herat province intensified on May 31 with the attack on Ghourian district. Gradually, these clashes escalated in other districts, and to this day, the districts of Gulran, Kushk, Kushke Kohneh, Ghourian, Zende Jan, Kuhsan, Adraskan, Shindand, Farsi, Chesht Sharif, Karokh, Pashtun Zarghun and Obeh have been captured by the Taliban. The districts of Injil, Gozara and Herat are also under government control and are under siege by the Taliban. Recently, Mohammad Ismail Khan, one of the old jihadi commanders and the former ruler of Herat, entered the developments in the province and took a stand against the …

Jul 9 2021

Afghanistan: Latest situation of Farah and Nimruz

Clashes between Afghan Army and the Taliban were reported near the cities of Bakwa and Qala-e-Kah. Chakhansur town the district center of Chakhansur district was captured by the Taliban. With the fall of Chakhansur in Nimruz province, the districts of Zaranj, Kang and Chahar Burjak are the next targets of the Taliban. FORUM

Jul 9 2021

Iranian oil shipment en route to Syria

Some media outlets have reported that the tankers were destined for Lebanon and the Jasmine is carrying Mazut (used in power plants and similar applications). Due to the fact that the Jasmine ship can carry oil and Mazut at the same time due to its two tanks, but the evidence shows that this ship, along with the other two ships, only carries crude oil for use in Syrian refineries And at the moment, the possibility of Iranian ships mooring off the coast of Lebanon is ruled out. Meanwhile, the Arman 114 tanker, formerly known as Adrian Darya 1, and the …

Jul 9 2021

China will take ‘all necessary measures’ to defend companies blacklisted by US – Foreign Ministry

Beijing will defend the interests of Chinese companies hit by US sanctions, the country’s Foreign Ministry has said. It added that the US only hurts investors and itself when attacking Chinese entities.  “The Chinese side will take all necessary measures to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies and rejects US attempts to interfere in China’s internal affairs,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Friday, as quoted by Reuters. Wang slammed the US for the “politicization of economic and trade issues,” saying that attacks against Chinese entities are against international rules and hurt investors in various countries, …

Jul 9 2021

Heavy Clashes In Caracas, Venezuela As Criminal Gangs Try To Spread (VIDEOS)

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image On July 8th and continuing into July 9th, Venezuela’s capital Caracas is in chaos after authorities closed down roads due to intense firefights between security forces and the Cota 905 organized crime gang. Authorities have not released any numbers of casualties and it is unknown how many people have been killed or injured. The group is attempting to expand the territory it controls in the capital. CICPC officers in cover being shot at by Cota 905 gangs #Venezuela pic.twitter.com/rob69fB5fG — CNW (@ConflictsW) July 8, 2021 Heavily armed criminal groups have moved in the …

Jul 9 2021

There’s no doubt Tajikistan will repel possible Taliban incursion – Collective Security Treaty Organization’s top chief of staff

Tajikistan will repel a possible Taliban intrusion from neighboring Afghanistan, and Russian troops will help if necessary, a top military official from the Eurasian regional defense bloc CSTO has told RT. The Taliban has set up observation posts and checkpoints after having largely overrun the areas adjacent to the Afghan-Tajik border, the Collective Security Treaty Organization’s (CSTO) Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Colonel Anatoly Sidorov told RT. “We’ve seen the Taliban’s outposts. At least for now, we see no aggression coming from [them],” Sidorov said. “They are not hiding at all. It appears the situation is fairly …

Jul 9 2021

Israel Targets Hamas’ Cryptocurrency Wallet

Click to see full-size image Israel said it will begin seizing cryptocurrency accounts used by the Palestinian Hamas group to raise money for its armed wing. Getting with the times, Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz ordered security forces to seize the accounts after a joint operation, the ministry said, “uncovered a web of electronic wallets” used by Hamas to raise funds using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies Gantz approved the seizure of a series of digital wallets on June 30 after a joint operation “uncovered a web of electronic wallets” used by Hamas to raise funds using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, …

Jul 9 2021

Are social media companies guilty of censorship when blacklisting individuals? RT’s Boom Bust wants to know

Former US President Donald Trump is suing Facebook, Google and Twitter for removing him from their platforms. Investigative journalist Ben Swann breaks down the issue on Boom Bust. [embedded content] For more stories on economy & finance visit RT’s business section FORUM

Jul 9 2021

Northern Irish loyalists slam neighbouring Ireland for inflicting trade ‘Cold War’

Northern Ireland’s Loyalist Communities Council (LCC) has accused the Republic of Ireland of starting a trade Cold War, demanding answers from the UK government and the European Commission (EC) on how to handle its neighbour. The LCC launched a number of inflammatory blows at Ireland, proclaiming that the country has been using Brexit to reduce trade between Britain and Northern Ireland, which the group said it will not tolerate. The council struck out at the Irish government with accusations that it “has effectively instigated a state of Cold War against Northern Ireland and its people,” with the group also directly …

Jul 9 2021

As US social media giants censor free speech online, Russia & China lead the charge to break free from American control of the Web

When it comes to online censorship, few voices outside the Western mainstream are safe. Not even a US president. Now, this near-total lack of accountability among tech giants is pushing states to develop sovereign internet spaces. Over the past few years, China and Russia have taken the lead in nationalising the internet, putting their own mark on the online world and championing alternatives to foreign platforms. As a result, somewhat predictably, both governments have been accused of attempting to clip the wings of the supposedly ultimate space for freedom of expression, turning it into an instrument of government power. Increased …

Jul 9 2021

Taliban Claim Capture Of Border Crossing With Iran, Other Border Areas

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image On July 8th, Taliban seized control of a key district in western Afghanistan that includes a major border crossing with Iran, Afghan security officials said. Two senior security officials told Reuters on condition of anonymity that the Islam Qala border crossing with Iran, located in Herat province, had fallen to the Taliban and that Afghan security and customs officials had fled across the border. In the last week, the Taliban has overrun areas bordering five countries, including Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, China and Pakistan. This comes as foreign forces end their 20-year intervention and …

Jul 9 2021

Over 50 killed, dozens injured & many feared trapped in Bangladesh factory fire

At least 52 bodies have been recovered from the rubble after a fire broke at a food and drink factory near the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka. More people are feared to be missing as the blaze continues to rage. The fire began on the ground floor of a multi-story building in an industrial area some 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Dhaka on Thursday night. It originated at a facility producing noodles and drinks that belongs to Hashem Food and Beverage. On Friday morning, it was still raging, firefighters told local media. According to the latest reports from local media, rescue officials …

Jul 9 2021

Russia raises GDP growth outlook as economy recovers faster than expected

The Russian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade has raised its forecast for the growth of the country’s economy in 2021, despite new administrative restrictions on business activity due to the third wave of the pandemic. The ministry now expects the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) this year to be 3.8% instead of the previously expected 2.9%. “The old scenario conditions were formed in March based on the data for January-February. Now the data for April-May [shows] the economy is recovering faster than we expected […] We expect to reach the pre-crisis level this month,” a representative of the ministry …

Jul 9 2021

Taliban declare ‘full control’ of Afghan’s key border crossing with Iran

The Taliban said they have completely seized Islam Qala, a border town in the western Herat province through which lucrative trade with neighboring Iran flows. Afghan officials there reportedly fled to Iran for safety. “Islam Qala is now under our full control and we will try to put it back in operation today,” Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the militant movement, told AFP. On Thursday, an anonymous Afghan official told AP that the Taliban took over customs at the crossing point. Videos purportedly shot at the scene seemed to confirm the capture of the strategically important location. After taking over …