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In story: January 2021

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Geert Wilders' questionable American patron
US American donations to the hairshirt crusader's legal defense fund are tax deductible.

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In story: January 2021

Trouble in Canada
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In story: January 2021

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23 January 2020: First COVID case in Europe.

In Bordeaux, Laurent Chu was the first Covid patient in Europe

It is, officially, the first Covid patient in Europe.

The Bordeaux native of Chinese origin Laurent Chu, 49, sales advisor in the wine world, was hospitalized on January 23, 2020 at the Bordeaux University Hospital, while returning from Wuhan, the focus of the epidemic in China, in the part of his work.

His Covid was officially declared the next day, January 24.

A year later, he tells how he "trembled" from his isolation room, seeing "the panic of the world".

"I didn't infect anyone," he insists.

I was the first patient, yes, but I did not infect anyone, "he said in an interview with the daily Sud Ouest on Friday.

Transferred to the Bordeaux University Hospital, in the infectious diseases department of infectious disease specialist Denis Malvy, Laurent Chu found himself 25 days in an isolation room, in intensive care, once the Covid was confirmed.

"We did not know the disease at that time, explains Professor Denis Malvy at 20 Minutes, we did not have information on the level of contagiousness, so we treated the very first patients in negative pressure rooms.

This is why we placed him in a sheave, with maximum precautions, since we dressed as if it were an Ebola, whereas from February this type of patient was taken care of on an outpatient basis... "

"They didn't know how to treat me," recalls "patient zero".

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In story: January 2021

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23 January 2020: Wuhan and the surrounding Hubei province enters lockdown.

Wuhan marks its anniversary with triumph and denial - BBC

On 23 January last year, the Chinese authorities severed transport links out of Wuhan and confined the city's population to their homes.

The tough lockdown coincided with the annual spring festival celebrations and came too late to prevent the global spread of the disease - five million people had already left the city ahead of the holiday.

Doctors' warnings had gone unheeded and, in an outpouring of anger on the Chinese internet, the authorities stood accused of covering up the initial outbreak in the interests of political stability.

One year on, there's little sign of that anger in Wuhan today. In fact it's the humdrum normality that is striking - the traffic jams, the bustling markets and busy restaurants.

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In story: A New Dawn In America

Larry Did Witness the New Dawn
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The Biden win before he fell ill.

The Trump Covid-19 virus caught up with Larry - RIP.

Larry King Dead at 87 | RollingStone |

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In story: January 2021

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In story: The path to a united Ireland

Re: Boris: Separation UK and Europe
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Very badly, unsurprisingly: Eurostar is one of the main sources of income for Getlink, the company running the tunnel, along with train shuttles for cars and trucks. Getlink is in trouble too, and is calling for support.

`Arm wrestling' to save the Eurostar  - Politico.eu

Getlink, the Paris-based company which owns the Channel Tunnel, is also calling for government support for Eurostar, touting the operator's green credentials to the British government and making comparisons with the aviation sector.

"In the long term, Eurostar is the transport of the future: fast, frequent, low carbon and with great potential to expand to other destinations. Their business and leisure passengers will be back as soon as conditions allow," said John Keefe, Getlink's director of public affairs.

If Eurostar goes under, it leaves a big hole in Getlink's finances, one that's unlikely to be filled by replacing passenger trains with cargo ones.

What I find surprising is that both Getlink and Eurostar are majority owned by French shareholders. You'd think that people living on an island would have at least a passing interest in the smooth and continuous operation of the only terrestrial link to the Continent, especially in times where empty supermarket shelves are a major concern for the British public.

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Re: Britain Is an Aircraft Carrier Power Again
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Conservative Mark Rutte Loses Friend Trump
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"Historic": Dutch PM congratulates new U.S. Pres. Biden, VP Harris

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte issued a brief statement on Wednesday evening offering to work more closely with newly-inaugurated U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. The two were sworn in during a ceremony in Washington D.C. moments earlier.

"The Netherlands and the United States have long been close allies," Rutte said. "On behalf of the Dutch government, I would like to congratulate them on their historic inauguration."

Everyone's friend ... Mark Rutte

Don't criticize Trump -- we need him, Dutch prime minister says | WEF Davis - 2018 |

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte -- who told CNBC that the president could be a catalyst for much-needed reforms.
"The U.S. has voted and Trump is the president and maybe he will be re-elected ... So we have to work with him, and I think he is an opportunity," Rutte told CNBC's Geoff Cutmore at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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In story: China Releases Trump's Deck of Cards

Re: Britain Is an Aircraft Carrier Power Again
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Whiffs of the voyage of the Russian Baltic Fleet in 1905.
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In story: A New Dawn In America

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Like so many, infected by the Trump virus and feel of power near the White House ... a useless tool or should I say fool.

Trump COVID task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx says she "always" considered quitting

... She told Brennan she plans to retire "within the next four to six weeks" from her current role at the CDC, capping a four-decade-long career in public service as an Army officer, administrator of PEPFAR AIDS research, and finally a tumultuous run as one of the top U.S. officials guiding the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

More than 400,000 Americans have since died from the virus, and millions have lost their jobs as a result of the economic fallout.

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Biden's Covid-19 Plan
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In story: Israel and A Presidential Election

Swiss Court Convicts Beny Steinmetz
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Israeli minerals magnate Beny Steinmetz convicted of corruption

A miracle someone like Steinmetz got his day in court ... 🇨🇭🇨🇭

Black Cube and Oligarchs in the Shadow

Ben Gurion Longed for a Zionist Thief, Now Israel is Run by Them

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Biden Signs Executive Orders On Jobs and Wages
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Re: Ret Gen Austin Confirmed As Defense Secretary
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In story: China Releases Trump's Deck of Cards

The Capitol: Trump's Last Stand
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Storming the Capitol: Trump's Last Stand

A presidency of rage and division ...

A documentary on Sky TV

Panel discussion UC Berkeley

Storming the Capitol: Trumpism's Last Stand

Livestream Q&A with OBI Director John A. Powell and law professor Ian Haney Lopez about the chaos in Washington, D.C. this week when Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building demanding Congress halt the validation of presidential election results.

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UK Hosts Digital G7 Summit 2021
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G7 2021 summit coming to Carbis Bay, Cornwall

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also invited Australia, India and South Korea to attend as guests, as he seeks to promote a green recovery from the crisis.

UK plans early G7 virtual meeting and presses ahead with switch to D10

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Biden Respects Multilateralism
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A Start to Renew Talks and Diplomacy ...

Moscow welcomes news Biden admin wants to renew key nuclear treaty

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In story: The path to a united Ireland

Re: US downgrades UK statues...
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How about replacing it with a bust of Parnell?
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US downgrades UK statues...
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Shorter tabloids: How dare you remove the bust of Churchill from the Oval Office?

Reaction to Churchill bust removal muted for Biden after outrage for Obama - CNN

It had once been a transatlantic art scandal -- or at least various actors of questionable intent would have you believe it was.
Overheated, confusing and laden in the end with blatant racism, the case of the White House bust of Winston Churchill still persists.
President Joe Biden has removed it from the Oval Office after four years standing sentry under his predecessor, who thought he looked something like the wartime prime minister.

An Oval Office redesign brought in new busts instead: Latino civil rights leader Cesar Chavez, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, Rosa Parks and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Some British tabloids deemed it a snub. The US Embassy in London put out a video Friday morning underscoring the special relationship between the US and the UK -- emphasizing that it is not about a piece of sculpture.

Four years ago...

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Trump siblings aim to follow in the footsteps of dad. GOP SOS

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Impeachment Procedure Starts Monday
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Ret Gen Austin Confirmed As Defense Secretary
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Reversing the political decision by former president Trump in July.

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Trump allies dismissed at VOA as Biden administration names new leadership | NBC News |

In its first full day in office, the Biden administration dismissed the director of Voice of America, Robert Reilly, and his deputy, Elizabeth Robbins, and replaced them with experienced journalists with long careers at VOA and other government-funded networks.

Reilly, a conservative commentator, is the author of such books as "Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior is Changing Everything."

Even after Joe Biden was sworn in as president on Wednesday, Robbins and another former Trump administration political appointee at the agency, John Jaggers, continued efforts to try to fire several employees on Thursday.

Shortly after midnight early on Thursday, four employees received a letter from Jaggers telling them that they were being removed "as of the date of this letter," Seide said, who shared excerpts of the document with NBC News.

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When Robbins was told by the new management that she was being fired, she responded that such a move would be illegal, citing recently adopted legislation on VOA's governance.

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Trump: Bring Our Troops Home
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In story: The path to a united Ireland

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The placidity, timidity, and establishmentarianism of the average Brit never fails to astound me. They seem to accept all sorts of outrages as normal. The blatant cronyism, corruption, and incompetence of their betters never seems to bother them too much.

Many actively support Boris and his cronies as being made of "the right stuff". Everyone else is being extremist or inconsiderate. The Queen is untouchable, as are many of the established institutions of the state. All are obviously "the best in the world" compared to those horrible foreign countries.

So no, I don't see a revolution any time soon, despite a precipitous decline which they seem barely aware of - a bit like the frog who was boiled alive because the water temperature only went up a little at a time. Instead they appear to live in a sea of WWII victories, 1966 World Cup wins, and Beatles nostalgia - back in the day when England was best in the world at something.

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News and Views

 January 2021

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Your take on this month's news

 December 2020

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Your take on this month's news

 January-February Open Thread

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COVID vaccination on the march throughout Europe (OK, maybe limping...)

 On to 2021 Open Thread

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Cliff edge, COVID vaccination, what else to expect next year?

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