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Feb 23 2021

Global oil prices top 13-month high on slow restart of US output

Crude oil futures secured further gains on Tuesday, with both global benchmark Brent and US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) climbing to the highest levels since January 2020. Brent for April settlement climbed 1.2 percent to above $66 per barrel on the ICE Futures Europe exchange after dropping more than two percent over the previous two sessions. West Texas Intermediate for April delivery gained 1.18 percent to above $62 per barrel. Also on rt.com Can Oil And Electric Vehicles Coexist In Modern Markets? “The positive momentum continues in the oil complex, with investors unabashedly predisposed to a bullish view,” chief global …

Feb 23 2021

India on track to have its largest wheat harvest ever

India is set for record wheat output in the current crop year, due to higher acreage, conducive weather, and fewer crop pest attacks, according to the chief of the Directorate of Wheat Research at Karnal, Gyanendra Pratap Singh. He told the Economic Times that “Production of the food grain is likely to reach 115 million tons compared with 107 million tons in the previous year, looking at the crop position in major growing states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana.” The current crop year runs from July 2020 to June 2021, and wheat harvesting in the country is …

Feb 23 2021

‘Jeep Grand Christopher sounds good’: Twitter split after Cherokee Nation chief asks carmaker to stop ‘honoring’ his tribe

Naming a vehicle after a Native American tribe is wrong even if the intentions were good, the Cherokee Nation principal chief has said, and Twitter has some ideas for what to call Jeep SUVs instead. Jeep Cherokee SUVs have been produced since 1974, and in the early 1990s, Chrysler (now part of the Netherlands-based company Stellantis) added the luxury Jeep Grand Cherokee model line to its range. Chuck Hoskin, who heads the largest of the three federally-recognized Cherokee tribes in the US, believes his people’s name should not be “plastered on the side of a car,” regardless of the motives …

Feb 23 2021

Georgia: Opposition leader Nika Melia detained in Tbilisi

The leader of Georgia’s United National Movement (UNM) opposition party Nika Melia was detained during a special police operation at the party’s offices in Tbilisi on Tuesday. Melia’s detention was authorised by a court in Tbilisi after the UNM leader allegedly refused to pay bail, according to media reports. Video footage shows law enforcement entering the offices of UNM and leading some of Melia’s supporters as well as journalists out of the building. Special equipment was used by law enforcement to reach the top floors of the building as part of the operation. According to media reports, pepper spray was …

Feb 23 2021

UAE: The next generation self-propelled howitzer makes global premiere at IDEX

Czech-based defence contractor Excalibur Army showcased its latest artillery system known as DITA on Monday. The release came during the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) 2021 arms exhibition that started on Sunday in Abu Dhabi. The DITA is a next generation 8×8 wheeled self-propelled howitzer, equipped with a 155 mm L45 gun, with a firing range of up to 39 km (24 miles). Excalibur Army says that the DITA offers an unmatched rate of fire with only two members of the crew required to operate the massive armoured vehicle. It features a modern onboard control system and which uses a remarkably …

Feb 23 2021

Russian Crew Takes Iconic T-34 Battle Tank For Ride

Donate Click to see the full-size image A Russian crew took the iconic WW2-era T-34 battle tank to race at Ulan-Ude in eastern Russia. On February 23, Russia and many other post-USSR states celebreate Defender of the Fatherland Day. After the 2014 pro-Nazi coup in Kiev, Ukraine is now more celebrating this holiday. [embedded content] MORE ON THE TOPIC: Donate FORUM

Feb 23 2021

France, Canada, UK Send Warships To South China Sea To Assist U.S., Not Spread Influence In Former Colonies

Donate Click to see full-size image On February 22nd, US-state outlet Voice of America reported that “leaders as far away as Canada and Western Europe are sending navy ships to the contested South China Sea.” This, of course, intends to show that other countries, and not just the US wish to antagonize China’s movements and ambition in the South China Sea. So far, this list includes Canada and France, and maybe the UK. French Defense Minister Florence Parly said in early February that France had dispatched an attack submarine to the sea. French armed forces Minister Florence Parly tweeted on …

Feb 23 2021

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Feb 23 2021

Coca Cola Training Includes Robin DiAngello Lecture Urging Employees To “Try To Be Less White”

Donate Click to see full-size image On February 19th, users on Twitter claimed that Coca Cola is requiring its employees to complete an online training that aims to teach them how to “try to be less white”. 🚨🚨🚨 BREAKING: Coca-Cola is forcing employees to complete online training telling them to “try to be less white.” These images are from an internal whistleblower: pic.twitter.com/gRi4N20esZ — Karlyn supports banning critical race theory in NH (@DrKarlynB) February 19, 2021 The course in question is available on LinkedIn and it’s called “Confronting Racism.” “In this course, Robin DiAngelo, the best-selling author of White Fragility, …

Feb 23 2021

Coca Cola Training Includes Robin DiAngello Lecture Urging Employees To “Try To Be Less White”

Donate Click to see full-size image On February 19th, users on Twitter claimed that Coca Cola is requiring its employees to complete an online training that aims to teach them how to “try to be less white”. 🚨🚨🚨 BREAKING: Coca-Cola is forcing employees to complete online training telling them to “try to be less white.” These images are from an internal whistleblower: pic.twitter.com/gRi4N20esZ — Karlyn supports banning critical race theory in NH (@DrKarlynB) February 19, 2021 The course in question is available on LinkedIn and it’s called “Confronting Racism.” “In this course, Robin DiAngelo, the best-selling author of White Fragility, …

Feb 23 2021

Russia: Drone footage shows deserted settlements in the Vorkuta urban district beyond the polar circle

Small towns in the Vorkuta urban district have become uninhabited while its citizens attempt to sell their property for a pittance and leave for Vorkuta city or for ‘the South’ as the territory on the other side of the polar circle is known. Drone footage filmed on Friday shows deserted apartments and libing spaces in the Komsomolskiy, Vorgarosh, and Rudnik settlements. Buildings were completely covered with snow and frost while windows were broken due to the extreme weather. People began to move to the area after the collapse of the USSR when ironworks facilities were closed. Somewhere between five to …

Feb 23 2021

Russia: Drone footage shows deserted settlements in the Vorkuta urban district beyond the polar circle

Small towns in the Vorkuta urban district have become uninhabited while its citizens attempt to sell their property for a pittance and leave for Vorkuta city or for ‘the South’ as the territory on the other side of the polar circle is known. Drone footage filmed on Friday shows deserted apartments and libing spaces in the Komsomolskiy, Vorgarosh, and Rudnik settlements. Buildings were completely covered with snow and frost while windows were broken due to the extreme weather. People began to move to the area after the collapse of the USSR when ironworks facilities were closed. Somewhere between five to …

Feb 23 2021

The Chechens Are Coming: Photo Of Ukrainian Deputy PM Next To Ramzan Kadyrov Triggers Political Scandal In Kiev

Donate Click to see full-size image The IDEX-2021 expo kicked off in Abu Dhabi on February 21st, and not without any scandals. Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmyhal posted a photo of Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister for Strategic Industries Oleg Urusky and the Head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov. This image, apparently, was taken on February 21 at the IDEX-2021 international arms exhibition in the UAE. In the photo, Urusky is next to Kadyrov in a crowd of people. “I am waiting for an urgent explanation from Oleg Urusky,” wrote Shmyhal. Click to see full-size image “Prime Minister Denis Shmyhal published a …

Feb 23 2021

The Chechens Are Coming: Photo Of Ukrainian Deputy PM Next To Ramzan Kadyrov Triggers Political Scandal In Kiev

Donate Click to see full-size image The IDEX-2021 expo kicked off in Abu Dhabi on February 21st, and not without any scandals. Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmyhal posted a photo of Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister for Strategic Industries Oleg Urusky and the Head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov. This image, apparently, was taken on February 21 at the IDEX-2021 international arms exhibition in the UAE. In the photo, Urusky is next to Kadyrov in a crowd of people. “I am waiting for an urgent explanation from Oleg Urusky,” wrote Shmyhal. Click to see full-size image “Prime Minister Denis Shmyhal published a …

Feb 23 2021

Pfizer and Moderna pledge to Congress to ramp up Covid-19 vaccine production as US death toll tops 500,000

Pfizer and Moderna have prepared written testimonies to the US Congress, promising to boost vaccine production in the coming months, as the country’s death toll from Covid-19 recently exceeded 500,000. The companies’ executives are scheduled to speak before the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce on Tuesday. According to Pfizer Chief Business Officer John Young’s written testimony, the company will have 120 million doses of the vaccine available for shipment by the end of March and an additional 80 million doses by the end of May. Pfizer expects that all 300 million contracted doses will be available …

Feb 23 2021

IDEX-2021 Kicks Off In Abu Dhabi, UAE Immediately Signs 19 Defense Contracts Worth $1.4Bn

Donate Click to see full-size image The first COVID-19 Era Defense exhibition began on February 21st. The event takes place in Abu Dhabi, and with a promise that it would be as great as previous editions and the quarantine and COVID testing wouldn’t even be felt. The bi-annual five-day events, International Defense Exhibition and Naval Defense Exhibition (IDEX and NAVDEX 2021), feature more than 900 exhibitors from 59 nations with 35 national pavilions. Among the new countries participating are North Macedonia, Azerbaijan, Luxembourg and Portugal; Israel backed out a week ago due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. “84% of companies exhibiting …

Feb 23 2021

IDEX-2021 Kicks Off In Abu Dhabi, UAE Immediately Signs 19 Defense Contracts Worth $1.4Bn

Donate Click to see full-size image The first COVID-19 Era Defense exhibition began on February 21st. The event takes place in Abu Dhabi, and with a promise that it would be as great as previous editions and the quarantine and COVID testing wouldn’t even be felt. The bi-annual five-day events, International Defense Exhibition and Naval Defense Exhibition (IDEX and NAVDEX 2021), feature more than 900 exhibitors from 59 nations with 35 national pavilions. Among the new countries participating are North Macedonia, Azerbaijan, Luxembourg and Portugal; Israel backed out a week ago due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. “84% of companies exhibiting …

Feb 23 2021

UAE: Military technology on display at second day of International Defence Exhibition

The ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company) hosted a massive live display of military-grade armoured vehicles when they opened their doors to visitors, military officials and journalists on the second day of IDEX (International Defence Exhibition) and NAVDEX-2021 (Naval Defence & Maritime Security Exhibition). The second day of the arms expo took place in Abu Dhabi on Monday and will continue until February 25th. Recently developed APCs (Armoured Personnel Carriers) and IFVs (Infantry Fighting Vehicles), many produced by companies based in the United Arab Emirates, showed off their might and capabilities around a track in front of the excited crowd. …

Feb 23 2021

UAE: Military technology on display at second day of International Defence Exhibition

The ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company) hosted a massive live display of military-grade armoured vehicles when they opened their doors to visitors, military officials and journalists on the second day of IDEX (International Defence Exhibition) and NAVDEX-2021 (Naval Defence & Maritime Security Exhibition). The second day of the arms expo took place in Abu Dhabi on Monday and will continue until February 25th. Recently developed APCs (Armoured Personnel Carriers) and IFVs (Infantry Fighting Vehicles), many produced by companies based in the United Arab Emirates, showed off their might and capabilities around a track in front of the excited crowd. …

Feb 23 2021

Supposedly Retired, F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Jets Spotted Over Los Angeles

Donate Click to see the full-size image Originally appeared at ZeroHedge Defense Blog reports a pair of Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk stealth attack aircraft were spotted above Los Angeles last Friday. The F-117s are supposedly retired but were spotted flying with a Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker. AP Freelance photographer Matt Hartman tweeted a picture of the stealth aircraft on Sunday. He said: “So one day at ⁦ @flyLAXairport ⁩ I get a tip about something special… I look up ……. USAF KC-135R in-flight w/ 2 F-117 Stealth Fighter’s! Well I guess their NOT retired after all?? 02-19-21 2.” Two F-117 Nighthawks After …

Feb 23 2021

Facebook to lift ban on Australia’s news after standoff as Canberra agrees to amend law forcing Big Tech to pay media

Facebook has vowed to revive thousands of Australian news pages after the government said it would amend its new media code, which requires web platforms to pay for news content, following a weeklong standoff. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said Facebook had promised “to restore Australian news pages in the coming days” in a statement on Tuesday, noting the Scott Morrison administration would soon introduce “further amendments” to the media bargaining code. “These amendments will provide further clarity to digital platforms and news media businesses about the way the Code is intended to operate and strengthen the framework for ensuring news media …

Feb 23 2021

China: Beijing urges all parties in Myanmar to ‘exercise restraint’

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin urged ‘all parties’ in Myanmar to ‘exercise restraint,’ during a press conference held in Beijing on Tuesday. His comment came in the wake of anti-coup protests that have rocked Myanmar since the military took over power on February 1 and arrested de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi. “As a friendly neighbour of Myanmar, China pays close attention to the current situation in Myanmar. China hopes that all parties in Myanmar will exercise restraint in the overall status of the country’s development and stability, properly handle differences under the constitutional and legal framework, and …

Feb 23 2021

NJ gov finally signs law legalizing recreational marijuana after 3-year wait – but it could be MONTHS before it takes effect

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has finally followed through on a long-standing promise to legalize pot – or at least decriminalize it. Or did he? State residents have been promised a lot more than what they’re getting. Murphy announced on Monday he had signed legislation that would launch a recreational marijuana marketplace and finally legalize the drug’s use by adults (and decriminalize its use by minors), fulfilling a promise he made three years ago. New Jersey’s broken & indefensible marijuana laws are no more.Today, I signed historic legislation to:✅Legalize adult-use cannabis✅Decriminalize marijuana possession in small amounts✅Limit the use of previous …

Feb 23 2021

Spain: Protesters and police clash in Barcelona on 7th night of unrest over jailing of rapper

Protesters clashed with police in the streets of Barcelona on Monday night, marking the seventh consecutive day of protests since the arrest of rapper Pablo Hasel. At least one protester was seen getting arrested and brought into a police car. Demonstrators set garbage containers on fire and threw projectiles at law enforcement. According to the local police, 700 people demonstrated in Barcelona on Monday. Hasel was arrested last week by the Catalan police at the University of Lleida, where he had barricaded himself the day before with several supporters who wanted to prevent his arrest. He was sentenced to nine …

Feb 23 2021

America Re-canceled? Black activist Young Pharaoh booted from anti-censorship themed CPAC event for ‘reprehensible views’

The Conservative Political Action Conference has barred activist Young Pharaoh from speaking at its ‘America Uncanceled’ event, citing his “reprehensible” remarks on Judaism. The rapper denounced the move as “censorship.” CPAC organizers took to Twitter on Monday to declare that the rapper and lecturer would no longer be welcome at this year’s conference, noting they had “just learned” of controversial comments he’d made in the past. While they did not offer any specifics on what he might have said, Young Pharaoh himself soon weighed in to fill in the blanks.  “This is censorship at its best! All because I said …

Feb 23 2021

USA: NASA’s Perseverance rover provides first sounds from Mars

NASA shared the first the first audio recording of sounds from Mars provided by a microphone on the Perseverance rover, during an online press conference on Monday. Perseverance, NASA’s most advanced rover to reach the Red Planet, touched down on Thursday. FORUM

Feb 23 2021

‘Haven’t thought about that’: Biden’s AG nominee Garland dodges question if illegal immigration should remain a crime

Former judge Merrick Garland, nominated by President Joe Biden to lead the Justice Department, seemed to say “I don’t know” a lot at his Senate confirmation hearing, including when asked about illegal immigration. Also on rt.com Congress rolls out Biden’s immigration bill banning the term ‘ILLEGAL ALIEN’ and providing ‘pathway’ to citizenship Senators questioned Garland on Monday ahead of the floor vote on his nomination, which appears to be a foregone conclusion. Time and again, however, he would not commit to things – from safeguarding the probe by special counsel John Durham into the FBI and DOJ spying on former …

Feb 23 2021

Argentina: Glyptodon shell found on Camet Norte beach

A lifeguard found the remains of a glyptodon that inhabited the Buenos Aires coast during the last ice age, on a beach in Camet Norte on Sunday “I love this place very much. It represents me as a lifeguard, as a person, and the truth is that I am very proud to have participated in this, to have found it,” said Rafael, the lifeguard who made the discovery. Residents who came to the beach were enthusiastic about the discovery. “The findings that have been made here have an international impact. And we have the privilege of seeing them firsthand and …

Feb 23 2021

Myanmar: Demonstrators rally in Yangon to decry killing of 16 y/o protester

Hundreds rallied in Yangon on Monday to denounce the killing of a 16-year-old boy by security forces during a protest in Mandalay on Saturday. Demonstrators were seen repeatedly stepping on banners portraying the soldier who allegedly killed the 16-year-old Wai Yan Tun. The posters read “Blood-hungry criminal killed civilians with sniper rifle. Never forgive the crime against humanity.” Protesters were seen carrying various anti-coup signs calling for civil disobedience or condemning police brutality. On Saturday police opened fire on peaceful protesters in Mandalay, killing two. Wai Yan Tun was shot in the head and died instantly. The second victim was …

Feb 23 2021

Meghan McCain calls to fire Fauci for ‘inconsistent messaging’ on Covid-19, gets roasted for slamming ‘disaster’ vaccine rollout

Meghan McCain was taken to the woodshed online after demanding Anthony Fauci be fired for his “inconsistent messaging” on the Covid-19 pandemic, while complaining that she – a TV host – doesn’t know when she’ll be vaccinated. The pundit took aim at Fauci during a Monday segment on ‘The View’ over a recent appearance on CNN, where the health expert suggested those who’ve received an immunization may still have to practice social distancing. “I was very frustrated when I saw this clip,” she said. “The fact that Dr. Fauci is going on CNN and he can’t tell me that if …

Feb 23 2021

USA: State Dep continues to review potentially sanctionable entities tied to Nord Stream 2

US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said that groups involved in potentially sanctionable activity in relation to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline are still being reviewed, during a press briefing held in Washington DC on Monday. “We continue to examine entities involved in potentially sanctionable activity,” said Price. “We have been clear that companies risk sanctions if they are involved in Nord Stream 2,” he added. The spokesperson highlighted that more than 15 companies are not subject to sanctions as they made “good-faith efforts to wind down activities related to Nord Stream 2.” Once concluded, the pipeline would connect …

Feb 23 2021

Lebanon: Scuffles erupt outside court after Tripoli protesters charged with ‘terrorism’

Scuffles erupted between the Lebanese security forces and protesters outside the Military Court in Beirut on Friday, after demonstrators gathered to denounce the decision to prosecute detainees of last month’s Tripoli riots with charges of terrorism and robbery. The protest came in the wake of a decision taken by the government commissioner to the Military Court, Fadi Aqiqi, to prosecute 35 protesters from the northern city of Tripoli with terrorism and theft “The government commissioner at the Military Court has decided to prosecute everyone, according to the legal analysis, of theft and terrorism crimes, their punishment may reach life or …

Feb 23 2021

Paraguay: Healthcare workers receive Sputnik V vaccine at Itaugua hospital

Paraguay started its vaccination campaign against COVID-19 with the Sputnik V vaccine at the National Hospital of Itaugua on Monday. Health Minister Julio Mazzoleni was seen arriving on site and vaccinating nurse Miriam Fatima Arrua Nunez, the first person to receive the vaccine in the country. The vaccination was also carried out in other hospitals in Asuncion, Encarnacion and Ciudad del Este. “This week has not only seen the arrival of the vaccines, but we have also seen some interesting events that for me represent something really striking. For example, the arrival on Mars of another vehicle with a name …

Feb 23 2021

Switzerland: High-income countries ‘undermine’ COVAX with vaccine deals – WHO chief

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that high-income countries’ deals with vaccine manufacturers ‘undermine’ the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) initiative, as he spoke from the WHO headquarters in Geneva on Monday. “If there are no vaccines to buy, money is irrelevant. Currently, some high-income countries are entering contracts with vaccine manufacturers that undermine the deals that COVAX has in place, and reduce the number of doses COVAX can buy. Even if we have the funds, we can only deliver vaccines to poorer countries if high-income countries cooperate in respecting the deals COVAX has done, and the new …

Feb 23 2021

Beauty queen wife of drug lord El Chapo ARRESTED in Virginia on drug trafficking charges, accused of planning TWO prison escapes

Emma Coronel Aispuro, a former US beauty pageant queen and wife of arguably the world’s most notorious drug kingpin – Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman – has been arrested in the US on an array of drug trafficking charges. Aispuro, 31, who is a dual US-Mexican citizen, was nabbed at Dulles International Airport in Chantilly “on charges related to her alleged involvement in international drug trafficking,” the US Justice Department reported on Monday. The woman, who married El Chapo when she was 18, is accused of conspiring to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, five kilograms or more of cocaine, …

Feb 23 2021

UN: Sec-Gen Guterres ‘strongly condemns’ attack on UN convoy in DR Congo

Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, Stephane Dujarric, said that UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres ‘strongly condemns’ the attack on a UN convoy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in New York City on Monday. ”The attack was perpetrated by unidentified armed combatants. The attack resulted in the killing of three people including the Italian ambassador to the DRC, his bodyguard and WFP (World Food Programme) national staff member,” said Stephane Dujarric. The attack occurred as the UN convoy was travelling from Congo’s eastern regional capital Goma to visit a WFP school project in Rutshuru. Dujarric added that the secretary …