Report of Illegal $80 Million Arms Transfer by Erik Prince to Libyan Warlord Raises Question of Who’s Backing Former Blackwater CEO – Global Research

22-02-21 08:52:00,

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Erik Prince, the founder and former CEO of the mercenary firm Blackwater and a close ally of former President Donald Trump, sent weapons to a Libyan warlord in violation of a United Nations arms embargo, according to a confidential U.N. document reported Friday by the New York Times. 

The U.N. report, which investigators sent to the Security Council on Thursday, reportedly details how Prince sent foreign mercenaries armed with attack aircraft, gunboats, and cyberwarfare capabilities to support renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar during a major 2019 battle in eastern Libya.

According to the U.N. report, the mercenary operation cost $80 million and included a plan to form a hit squad to locate and assassinate commanders opposed to Haftar.

Haftar, a one-time CIA asset considered Libya’s most powerful warlord, has fought to overthrow the North African nation’s internationally recognized government during the country’s second civil war since the overthrow of longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi in the 2011 Arab Spring revolts. Haftar has enjoyed various degrees of support from Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Russia. British, French, U.S., and UAE warplanes have also assisted his forces.

Erik Prince, the former head of Blackwater, brother of Betsy DeVos and prominent supporter of Donald Trump, violated a UN arms embargo on Libya by sending weapons to a militia commander who was attempting to overthrow the internationally backed government. https://t.co/uYY1ly4Nkf

— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) February 19, 2021

In 2019, Trump reportedly granted permission for Haftar—who stands accused of ordering his troops to commit war crimes—to launch an air campaign against the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord, attacks which killed hundreds of civilians in the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

The U.N. report raises questions about whether Trump was complicit in Prince’s violation of the international arms embargo against Haftar’s forces.

Anas el-Gomati, director of Libyan think tank Sadeq Institute, told Al Jazeera that using mercenaries allows leaders to “outright refuse that you have any knowledge of what’s going on.”

“To what degree did Trump help facilitate this war alongside Erik Prince?” asked el-Gomati,

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Report: UK Government Considering Knocking On Doors Of Vaccine Refusniks

08-02-21 11:07:00,

The CDC website tells Americans to avoid shouting or cheering during this year’s Super Bowl to help avoid the spread of COVID-19.

The Super Bowl final will take place on Sunday between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Raymond James Stadium.

Despite the fact that the stadium seats 65,890, only 25,000 are being allowed in, leaving the rest forced to watch at home or in bars.

With that in mind, the CDC has added a new section to its website called ‘Safer Ways to Enjoy the Super Bowl’.

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“Gathering virtually or with the people you live with is the safest way to celebrate the Super Bowl this year,” states the advice, cautioning against gathering with others and instead telling Americans to “host a virtual Super Bowl watch party” and texting your friends instead.

The website also advises that if people insist on gathering, they should do it outside and “Sit at least 6 feet away from people you don’t live with.”

Advice relating to “safer celebrations” also urges, “Avoid shouting, cheering loudly, or singing. Clap, stomp your feet, or bring (or provide) hand-held noisemakers instead” and to “wear a mask indoors and outdoors.”

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As we previously highlighted, similar advice was given before Thanksgiving, when the CDC told Americans to avoid singing and said they should “keep music levels down so people don’t have to shout or speak loudly to be heard,” as well as minimizing alcohol consumption.

Basically, any form of fun risks spreading COVID, according to the CDC.

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Report: One in SIX children struggling with their mental health

31-01-21 11:41:00, One in SIX children are now struggling with their mental health because of school closures and Covid-19 lockdown, new report says

  • Report has urged government to set out roadmap to help schools reopen
  • It said teenagers and children are losing their way in the coronavirus pandemic
  • Children’s Commissioner reported a spike in referrals to NHS services in autumn 
  • The analysis came amid wrangling between the Government and opposition parties over the lack of any timetable for children to return to their classrooms 

By Steve Doughty Social Affairs Correspondent For The Daily Mail

Published: 19:00 EST, 27 January 2021 | Updated: 02:22 EST, 28 January 2021

One in six children are suffering difficulties with mental health as a result of the lockdowns and school closures, a report said yesterday.

It said teenagers and children are losing their way in the pandemic as parents attempt to help with online learning while doing their own jobs.

The report from Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield urged the Government to set out a roadmap to help schools reopen.

One in six children are suffering difficulties with mental health as a result of the lockdowns and school closures, a report said yesterday. Pictured: A boy is assisted with his online schoolwork by his mother as homeschooling continues due to school closures, January 27

It said: ‘A staggering one in six children now have a probable mental health condition… it is highly likely that the level of underlying mental health problems will remain significantly higher as a result of the pandemic.’

The Children’s Commissioner said there had already been a spike in referrals to NHS services in the autumn and called for a rapid re-opening of schools.

The analysis came amid wrangling between the Government and opposition parties over the lack of any timetable for children to return to their classrooms.

The report continued: ‘The major disruption to two years of education, alongside the limited opportunities to see friends and wider families, to play and enjoy activities and the worry about the impact of Covid on their families, will have taken a heavy toll on some children.’

‘Even before this crisis, children’s mental health services were far from meeting the existing level of need.

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Report: Travel Insurers Likely To Make Vaccination A Requirement

28-12-20 02:41:00,

Yet another sector of the travel industry has signalled that it could mandate vaccination against coronavirus to provide services to travellers, according to a report that notes insurers may demand to see proof of vaccination before covering those wishing to go on holiday.

The international Travel and Health Insurance Journal reports that “If the EU obliges travellers to vaccinate, travel insurance providers may refuse to cover those who decline to have the vaccination.”

The report notes that the European Union has previously indicated that travellers and anyone applying for a visa could be mandated to get the vaccine in order to enter and move between EU countries.

“If EU makes vaccines mandatory, travel insurers will likely follow suit,” the journal emphasises.

Elvio Chilelli at insurer Europ Assistance commented that while vaccination is currently not a requirement, if the EU does mandate it then the insurer will adopt the same policy.

AXA insurance also plans to make COVID vaccination a compulsory requirement if the EU does so.

“It is likely that countries are going to require people to have had the vaccine to enter. Therefore, if customers haven’t been inoculated, they will not be covered,” the company stated.

“If there is no requirement from the entering country, we cannot enforce that people have had the vaccine – as customers may not have had the opportunity to get one,” a Axa spokesperson said.

EU news website Schengenvisainfo also reported on the likely move by insurers, pointing out that anti-vaxxers will likely be specifically targeted by the mandates.

“Even if anti-vax travellers find a loophole in the requirement and manage to enter any of the Member States, travel insurance providers may refuse to cover them,” the report states.

It continues, “With the high volume of fake news and conspiracy theories that have been going on for months now on the pandemic and vaccination, the real challenge for the EU will not be to purchase the necessary vaccine doses, but rather to convince people to be vaccinated.”

The report adds that “Conspiracy theorists, in Europe and further in the world, have targeted Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who is known as a supporter of vaccination,

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Report: App Will Implement Vaccination Status; Allow Bars, Restaurants To Identify The Unvaccinated

10-12-20 12:50:00,

Reports suggest that an app used prominently in the UK by people to book doctor and hospital appointments is to implement a vaccination status section that will show whether a person has taken the coronavirus jab or not, and that businesses may use it to refuse entry to those who have not.

The Daily Mirror reports that the ‘MyGP’ app, which is operated by a private company, not the government, will “add the feature which it says would allow pubs and theatres to bar entry to the unvaccinated.”

The app, which is described as “the UK’s largest independent GP booking and healthcare management app” will display a large green check mark (tick if you’re British) within the patient profile page, if a person has been vaccinated.

When a person downloads and signs up to the app, it receives their medical records. A deal was signed between the parent company  iPLATO Healthcare and the government to ensure the data can be passed on.

The intimation is clear, green check mark for the vaccinated, they’re good to go… no check mark, not good to go. The app may as well place a big fat red cross on the profiles of the unvaccinated.

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The company behind the app even admits that the intention is to “allow businesses whose viability depends upon operating at capacity – such as the arts and hospitality sectors – the ability to open either full or part-time to vaccinated individuals, without the need to observe strict social distancing rules”.

There has been much talk in Britain of a ‘COVID passport’ eventually being issued via the government’s ‘track and trace’ app. The My GP app will serve the same purpose and is sure to be looked at closely by the government, which has sent out mixed messages on the matter.

Previous reports suggested that the British government is developing a system to provide COVID vaccinated people with QR codes on their phones, which they would present to get into sports events, concerts and other large gatherings.

This week, the government in Ontario, Canada admitted that it is exploring ‘immunity passports’ in conjunction with restrictions on travel and access to social venues for the unvaccinated.

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