The Root of Haiti’s Misery: Being Forced to Pay ‘Reparations’ to Descendants of Enslavers

Adrienne Present steps into the thin forest beside her house and plucks the season’s first coffee cherries, shining like red marbles in her hands. Continue reading “The Root of Haiti’s Misery: Being Forced to Pay ‘Reparations’ to Descendants of Enslavers”

Former MI6 Chief Sir Richard Dearlove Says He Expects Putin Will be Out of Power ‘by 2023’ and ‘Probably in a Sanatorium’

RussiaN President Vladimir Putin attends an event at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia, July 23, 2020. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS

The former head of British intelligence predicted Russian President Vladimir Putin will be out of power by next year and in a medical facility for long-term illness. Continue reading “Former MI6 Chief Sir Richard Dearlove Says He Expects Putin Will be Out of Power ‘by 2023’ and ‘Probably in a Sanatorium’”

British Mother Reveals She is Raising Her Biological Son and Adopted Twins as Triplets

“The Dougherty Dozen” has 10 children — with the adopted twins and Alicia’s biological son both being in the second grade. / @doughertydozen

A mom of 10 told how she is raising her biological son and his twin brothers as triplets – and if you say they aren’t the little lads will “tear you apart.” Continue reading “British Mother Reveals She is Raising Her Biological Son and Adopted Twins as Triplets”

World Health Organization Director Says the Coronavirus Plague-pandemic Is Far From Over

The coronavirus pandemic is by no means over, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus emphasized again Sunday as he warned about relaxed public health measures and monitoring.

“This virus has surprised us at every turn — a storm that has torn through communities again and again, and we still can’t predict its path, or its intensity,” Tedros said at the opening of the 75th World Health Assembly in Geneva. “We lower our guard at our peril.”

Cases may be declining worldwide, especially since the omicron wave peaked earlier this year, but that does not mean the pandemic is over, he said.

“There’s no question we have made progress, of course we have: 60% of the world’s population is vaccinated, helping to reduce hospitalizations and deaths, allowing health systems to cope, and societies to reopen,” he said. “But it’s not over anywhere until it’s over everywhere.”

Several factors leave the world vulnerable, he noted. With testing on the downswing and a lack of genetic sequencing, there is no way to see what the virus is doing, for one. And having 1 billion people unvaccinated in lower-income countries means almost as many opportunities for more variants to arise. Testing rates have plummeted, and yet the number of confirmed, recorded cases are rising anyway, Tedros said.

“Increasing transmission means more deaths, especially among the unvaccinated, and more risk of a new variant emerging,” he said. “Declining testing and sequencing means we are blinding ourselves to the evolution of the virus.”

Tedros issued a similar warning almost exactly a year ago, in May 2021, calling it a “monumental error” to treat the coronavirus pandemic as if it were over at that stage.

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President Biden Says Monkeypox Outbreak is Something ‘Everybody’ Should be Concerned About

U.S. President Joe Biden pauses while speaking during a briefing from senior officials on efforts to prepare for and respond to future hurricanes, at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., May 18, 2022. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz

The monkeypox outbreak is something “everybody should be concerned about,” U.S. President Joe Biden said on Sunday, adding that U.S. health officials are looking into possible treatments and vaccines. Continue reading “President Biden Says Monkeypox Outbreak is Something ‘Everybody’ Should be Concerned About”

World Health Organization Warns Against Mass Gatherings as It Predicts That the Spread of Monkeypox Will Accelerate

UNDATED ? MAY 27: In this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention handout graphic, symptoms of one of the first known cases of the monkeypox virus are shown on a patient?s hand May 27, 2003. The CDC said the viral disease monkeypox, thought to be spread by prairie dogs, has been detected in the Americas for the first time with about 20 cases reported in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. (Photo Courtesy of CDC/Getty Images)

Europe should expect a wave of monkeypox cases in the coming months, according to Hans Kluge, the World Health Organization’s top official on the continent.

“As we enter the summer season… with mass gatherings, festivals and parties, I am concerned that transmission [of monkeypox] could accelerate,” Kluge said on Friday.

The number of the infected could rise because “the cases currently being detected are among those engaging in sexual activity,” and many don’t recognize the symptoms, he added.

The current spread of the virus in Western Europe is “atypical” as it was previously confined mostly to central and west Africa, the WHO regional director for Europe added.

“All but one of the recent cases have no relevant travel history to areas where monkeypox is endemic,” Kluge said.

Dozens of cases of monkeypox – a disease that leaves distinctive pustules on skin but rarely results in fatalities – have been detected in the US, Canada and Australia as well as in the UK, France, Portugal, Sweden and other European countries.

The French, Belgian and German health authorities reported their first infections on Friday. In Belgium, the three confirmed cases of monkeypox were linked to a fetish festival in the city of Antwerp.

The rare virus was found in Israel on the same day, in a man who returned from the hotspot in Western Europe.

Most initial cases of monkeypox have been among gay or bisexual men who have had sex with other males.

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Source: RT

President Biden Says ‘Hello… period’ to North Korea’s Kim amid Tensions Over Nuclear Weapons Tests

U.S. President Joe Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk-youl are greeted by a guard of honour as they gather at a State Dinner at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul, South Korea, May 21, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. President Joe Biden, in Seoul before heading to Japan as part of his first Asia trip as president, had a simple message for North Korea’s Kim Jong Un: “Hello… period,” he told reporters on the last day of his visit to South Korea on Sunday. Continue reading “President Biden Says ‘Hello… period’ to North Korea’s Kim amid Tensions Over Nuclear Weapons Tests”

Chile Will Reopen Easter Island to Tourists in August After Closing Due to Coronavirus

A tourist looks at a statue named “Moai” at Easter Island, Chile February 13, 2019. Picture taken February 13, 2019. REUTERS/Marion Giraldo/File Photo

Easter Island, one of Chile’s biggest tourist attractions, will reopen to visitors starting Aug. 1 after access was restricted at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Chile’s government said on Friday. Continue reading “Chile Will Reopen Easter Island to Tourists in August After Closing Due to Coronavirus”