Farmers Protest to Public Protests

It has been been more than 22 days, Indian Public along with farmers are protesting at all the borders of national capital New Delhi. Prior to this farmers have already been protesting in the states of Punjab, Haryana, parts of Uttar Pradesh from last 3 months against new farms bill 2020 introduced by Modi government during Covid lockdown.
Farmers are saying
1. Industrial houses – Adani & Ambani are backed by Modi government.
2. That’s the reason they had the knowledge of the details of the farm bills that it will legitimize Hoarding & from 2017 they are working and now they have already setup gigantic storage facilities in Haryana even before introductions of farm bills in 2020.
3. This bill do not guarantee the Minimum Selling Price #MSP of produce and farmers are asked directly to negotiate with corporates. Farmers says after gigantic hoarding at normal prices this corporates will not only BUY CHEAP by bargain with farmers much below MSP but will also SELL DEAR to the end consumers.
4. In the event of any disputes farmers will be at the mercy of SDM Senior District Megistrate, because as per farmers bill farmers cannot go to courts in disputes. Farmers are of impression when courts today are showing favouritism to government & corporates, which SDM position can give justice to poor farmers?
5. Why government has drafted this anti – farmers bill without consulting farmers (a main stakeholders in bill), opposition political parties, Joint Parliamentary committee (as bills has to be discussed in joint committee consisting of members of parliament of different political parties representing public).
6. Why this bill was in emergency passed by VOICE VOTES when due to Covid MPs from many other political parties were not present in the House ? What was the emergency??
7. How Central government can frame farms bill when it comes under jurisdiction of States?

Hence at the beginning farmers were protesting to guarantee MSP, to bring Courts in the event of disputes but as Central government stood hard & even used police force on peaceful protests, now farmers are demanding scrapping entire farmers bill.

Though after use of force by Modi government & after Global agitation in support of farmers, Modi government showed interest to support MSP & bring Courts jurisdiction but in vain because till date government have not drafted this assurance in the farms bills.
Therefore farmers are of stand that Modi government is not interested legally to draft the bills which it has assured in its interest letters hence its high time to rollback this Anti Farmers Bill.

Presently this matter have entered the Supreme Court of India & here its going to be discussed by the collective team of Jurists & senior politicos, Social Thinkers,, team is yet to be made.

But most sad part of this protests & chilly winters- have witnessed deaths of 22 lives till date.

We can say Governments are framed for the welfare of people but its dark side of governments when even life of people do not matter to this power hungry machines working 360* to benefit corporates.

Conclusion : We think Modi government won’t scrap farm bill 2020, nor it will be in a position to enforce it as best of the lawyers jurists are standing to debate in support of farmers in Supreme Court as well local, national, global voices are supporting public & farmers to scrap farm bill. Henceforth it will go in a deep fridge as of now in near future and may be Modi & team will use it to get votes by legalizing it as per farmers demand in 2024.
It’s been our notice from 2014 till date of this Modi government, it has crumbled the 11% Indian GDP Growth rate to 2%, now Negative thanks to Covid outcome.
Nationalistic idea of this government have also not won rationally as Indian neighbours China, Pakistan & non speakers as Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh are also showing thumbs down.
Banks, NBFCs, big corporates are going bankruptcy. Communal violence rising, trade & commerce shattered, though Kashmir made Union Territory but it is of no benefit in reviving national growth and terrorist activities have not fallen. Demonetization have not yield any repercussions on black money and corruption. GST Goods & Services Tax have adversely affected Small & Medium Enterprises. Highest numbers of financial frauds witnessed affecting billions of dollar loss to India fraudsters yet to be brought to justice nor it seems to be happening. The only music of crazy Nationalism, Hinduism is chanting by so called BJP IT Cell & mind washing general public having nationalistic ideas but not understanding deep dark politics which is only benefitting only 2 or few dear corporates. Hope public to come out of this hangover and see the real accident already happened after 2014.
May be slowly but 1 by 1 people who are directly affected are getting out of this hangover, better late than never.

India Bureau
Voice of the People International

Trump vs Biden & Global Effect

Trump has been
~ Nationalist / Pro- America
~ Anti-China- & its allies viz Iran Pak
~ Anti Russia & its allies
~ Pro Saudi & pro Middle East Kingdoms
~ Pro American Allies India Japan Aus.
~ Anti United Nations
~ Has Capitalist + Nationalist approach
~ pro Right wing ideology

Biden will be, seems
~ Globalist
~ Pro China, Russia & their allies
~ Pro Middle East Kingdoms + Turkey
~ Less pro towards American allies viz. India, Japan, Aus., Taiwan, Israel
~ Has pure Capitalist supporting Communist approach.
~ pro Modern Secular Ideology

The only cause of Biden’s victory if Trump lost then
~ it’s public perception of mismanaged COVID2019 by Trump administration.
~ Pro Biden Media management & funding by CCP

Global Desk

Covid-19 Hard Border Causing Hardship

Passengers from Qantas flight QF583 are escorted to waiting Transperth buses by Police Officers after being processed following their arrival at Perth Airport from Sydney, before being driven to a CBD hotel for quarantining on October 19, 2020 in Perth, Australia

(Perth) – Strict restrictions imposed by the Western Australian government since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic on people entering the state are causing undue hardship for families, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should make more exceptions for compassionate cases, prioritize family reunions, provide greater transparency about the approval process, and provide clearer explanations to people who have been refused permission to return to their home state.

“Governments can restrict people’s movement for compelling public health purposes, but any restrictions on these rights should be strictly necessary and proportionate,” said Sophie McNeill, Australia researcher for Human Rights Watch. “The process in Western Australia is opaque, confusing, and arbitrary. Western Australians who want to return home for compassionate family reasons and who are willing to abide by quarantine restrictions should not be blocked from doing so.”

Australia has done very well in managing Covid-19, with less than 28,000 confirmed infections nationwide since the start of the pandemic. According to the Acting Chief Medical Officer, as of October 23, there were just over 200 active cases across Australia, of which 19 were in hospital and none in intensive care.

In Western Australia, efforts to contain Covid-19 have been particularly successful, with no community transmission registered in the state since April. Part of the region’s strategy has been the creation of a “hard border,” where, since April, any Australians wanting to enter the state, even Western Australians who wish to return home, are required to request travel approval from police through a system called the “Good to Go process” (G2G). Police only grant permission to enter Western Australia in limited circumstances, including on compassionate grounds for “urgent and essential medical treatment, visiting a relative who has suffered a serious medical episode, or whose death is imminent, and to attend a funeral.” However, many compassionate cases do not meet these narrow criteria, or even when they do, some individuals have been rejected several times. Anyone granted permission must also undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a separate premise from others and provide proof of their quarantine arrangements.

Human Rights Watch interviewed 17 applicants who said police denied their request to enter Western Australia. Some reported being denied multiple times. A father in Queensland who has been separated from his three young children for 10 months now, and who has been refused entry twice, said: “My little three-year-old cries sometimes and the other two [children] are always asking me when I will go back. Being able to talk to someone or get help is near impossible.”

Interviewees reported confusion over exactly what information was required by police, which exemption category to apply for, or to whom to turn for advice about their application. Some say they applied for entry because of mental health hardship as a result of separation from loved ones, but this is not on the list of exemption criteria. Many applications for travel exemption reference mental health conditions but decisions are being made by police personnel, not qualified health professionals, and the rules do not specify whether a letter from a health professional is required. There is no formal review process when applications are refused.

Western Australia’s Police Minister Michelle Roberts did not respond to questions or a request for a meeting from Human Rights Watch. Western Australian police provided some explanation of the process but advised that a Freedom of Information request would be required to obtain data related to applications for the “Good to Go” process. Border restrictions are in place in most other Australian states and territories, but they have shown more flexibility in allowing entry based on active case numbers.

“Western Australia police continue to deny requests even though applicants are willing to comply with quarantine conditions,” said McNeill. “Other regions in the country have successfully cut transmission without adopting such harsh restrictions, showing that Western Australia’s tactics are neither necessary nor proportionate.”

According to public health experts, preventing the introduction of Covid-19 into regions which have eliminated local transmission is possible by carefully monitoring individuals prior to travel and upon arrival. Specific strategies can include exit and entry screening, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, and a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Western Australia has adopted these strategies successfully for those that they currently allow entry, so it is unclear why this cannot be maintained while increasing the number of people allowed in.

The consequences of the restrictions have been significant for those affected. “I respect the hard border because it’s kept loved ones safe, but it seems unjust that I can’t move home even if I quarantine,” one rejected applicant told Human Rights Watch. A Western Australian woman who applied to come back from New South Wales said: “The authorities are polite on the phone but avoid giving any certainty or comfort or guidance whatsoever. The website also does not specify what sort of documentation they might want to see, or how much.”

Dr. Andrew Miller, the President of the Western Australian branch of the Australian Medical Association told reporters last week that he had concerns over the fairness of the process. “I think Western Australia needs to keep its borders under control, but it does need to adjust to keep them fair. How can this process be fairer so people can appeal if they need to and it can be more transparent?”

People who have proven employment in Western Australia appear to receive approval quicker than those who are citing mental health or compassionate reasons for their entry. One woman received an email from Western Australian police stating, “If you could acquire employment in Western Australia your chance of a successful application would be greatly strengthened.”

“Whether applicants have employment or not is not relevant to the risk they may pose in introducing the virus into the region,” said McNeill. “The government can continue to successfully control this virus while being fair, transparent, and non-discriminatory.”

Additional Examples of Rejected Applicants

The below individuals interviewed by Human Rights Watch say they are willing and able to comply with two-week quarantine orders upon entry into West Australia but were denied permission to enter the state.

A father from Western Australia who was temporarily living in Queensland for work, whose application has been rejected twice. He has not seen his children (2, 6, and 8) who live in Perth with his ex-wife for 10 months.
A father of three from Western Australia who had been living and working in New South Wales when the pandemic began, and all his work opportunities in the eastern states dried up. He has had his application to move home to Perth rejected four times, despite his three children are living there.
A young couple living in Melbourne, one whose mother in Perth has multiple sclerosis and the other whose mother in Perth is recovering from cancer. Their application to relocate back to Perth has been rejected twice.
A mother working temporarily in Victoria, separated from her teenage daughter in Perth who is suffering severe mental health issues. The mother’s application has been rejected twice.
A new young mother from West Australia who has been living in Melbourne for three years who is attempting to relocate back to Perth to be near her family support network. She had her application rejected twice.
A young teacher from Western Australia who has lived in New South Wales for three years. Police have rejected her application to move back to Western Australia three times. She is suffering undue mental hardship being separated from family and is desperate to return home.
A retired couple stuck at a caravan park in Darwin who have been rejected twice from returning back to their home in Western Australia.
A young woman living in Melbourne attempting to visit her father in Western Australia who had a stroke last year and broke his spine in March. She was refused entry four times before she was finally successful.

Trump aims to warp the Voice of America into a propaganda tool

THE U.S. government’s international broadcasting has long had one big advantage over its Russian and Chinese competition: a commitment to independent journalism, rather than official propaganda. Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and other outlets are staffed by professionals who deliver unbiased news reports, including about the U.S. government, earning them credibility and influence with audiences around the world — especially in countries that lack free media.

President Trump is bent on destroying that legacy. Last spring, infuriated by VOA’s failure to echo his hyperbolic rhetoric about the “China virus,” he bullied reluctant Republican senators into confirming his highly partisan nominee to head the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), which oversees U.S. broadcasting. That official, Michael Pack, immediately embarked on a purge of the journalistic leadership of the organizations; he also refused to renew visas of dozens of foreign journalists who work for them.

Now Mr. Pack has launched a direct assault on the journalistic code that has been the U.S. calling card. Late Monday night, he unilaterally issued an order he said revoked a USAGM regulation creating a “firewall” between management and the journalism of the networks. His objection is to the rule’s prohibition of “attempts” by USAGM executives “to direct, pressure, coerce, threaten, interfere with, or otherwise impermissibly influence any of the USAGM Networks . . . in the performance of their journalistic and broadcasting duties.”
Mr. Pack would like to do all those things in advancement of his aim to repress reporting that might offend the White House. For example, he already ordered an investigation of veteran VOA reporter Steve Herman for supposed anti-Trump bias. Mr. Herman’s sin was to report, accurately, that Vice President Pence had failed to wear a mask during a visit to the Mayo Clinic. The probe was a blatant violation of the firewall that Mr. Pack now says he has dismantled. In a memo to staff, he unabashedly said he acted so that he could “enforce consequences for . . . biased reporting.”

Unfortunately for Mr. Trump’s minion, the independence of VOA’s journalism is guaranteed not just by the regulation he said he repealed but also by a law passed by Congress, which mandates the “professional independence and integrity” of U.S. broadcasting. But Mr. Pack is not much deterred by legal barriers. According to a half-dozen whistleblowers who filed a complaint with the State Department’s inspector general, he has improperly diverted funds, sidelined executives who told him he was violating the law and tried to investigate the voting history of USAGM employees.

Mr. Pack has drawn bipartisan criticism from both houses of Congress — which he reacted to by ignoring a subpoena to testify to a House committee. On Tuesday, the senior Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Michael McCaul (Tex.), tweeted that “it is unclear why CEO Pack is opposed to journalistic objectivity at USAGM and its networks. Without it, the mission and effectiveness of the agency is undermined.” In fact, Mr. Pack’s motives appear perfectly clear: He wishes to turn U.S. broadcasting into a pro-Trump propaganda operation. Unless Mr. Trump is defeated and Mr. Pack removed, the unique power of U.S. foreign broadcasting will likely be destroyed.

Opinion by The Editorial, The Washington Post

Jews Missing in Europe 6 out of 10 !

In last 50 years Jewish population declined over 60% in Europe. Only 0.1% of European population are Jews. It said 1.3 million Jews live in Europe in 2020, nearly 0.1 per cent of the continent’s population and two-thirds of these people live in the UK, Germany and only about 9 per cent of the total Jewish population globally resides in Europe, which was 90 per cent in the latter part of the 19th century but was of similar levels about 1,000 years ago,as per study by the London-based Institute for Jewish Policy Research. However, throughout history, the inherent weakness of a landless and powerless minority vis-a-vis territorially based societies and their constituted powers often put the Jewish people in a condition of dependency and instability, and translated into powerful ups and downs in the Jewish presence.”

The Holocaust under Hitler in the first half of the 20th century which led to killings of about 6 million Jews reduced Jews’ population to around 11 million, the study noted.

It said in the last decades of the 20th century, the “opening of the doors of the Soviet Union” led to over 1.8 million Jews leaving eastern Europe between 1969 and 2020, which ultimately caused “a drastic shift in the Jewish population’s centre of gravity from the east to the west of the continent”.

In 1880, 88 per cent of the world’s Jews resided in Europe. By 1945, this percentage had declined to 35 per cent and then to 26 per cent and 9 per cent in 1970 and 2020 respectively, the study said.”Jews have not only been an integral part of European history and culture but are actually one of its oldest and original component groups,” the report said, as quoted by The Guardian

Zambia – Africa’s 1st Covid regime defaulter

President Edgar Lungu’s government is seeking the suspension of debt service payments for a period of six months from holders of $3bn of its international bonds © REUTERS

President Edgar Lungu’s government said on Tuesday that it was seeking “the suspension of debt service payments for a period of six months” from holders of its $3bn worth of international bonds, beginning in October.
Zambia has asked investors in its US dollar bonds to accept delays in their interest payments into next year, in what would be the first African debt default on private creditors since the pandemic.

Zambia had already secured the temporary suspension of payments to some official creditors until the end of the year, under a special scheme for relief in the pandemic.

Protests erupt as Australian women strip-searched at Qatar airport

The Australian government has registered “serious concerns” with the Qatari authorities over reports that several women onboard a Doha-Sydney flight were subjected to physical search after the body of a new-born was found abandoned at the airport.

On October 2, women onboard Flight QR908 from Doha to Sydney were asked to disembark and strip-searched in an ambulance on the tarmac of the Hamad International airport. The Qatari authorities reportedly carried out the physical inspection to check if they had given birth to the infant found abandoned at the airport.
fellow passenger onboard the flight told The Guardian that the women “were presented to a female doctor and they were basically strip searched and had to take everything downwards off, all their clothes, even their underwear.”

“And then the doctor would try to feel in the uterus and stomach area or lower abdomen to see whether they may have given birth recently. Someone had been told that a baby had been found in the toilet and they were trying to find out who the mother was,” he said.

Australia registers ‘serious concern’ after women on Qatar Airways flight strip-searched
The Qatari authorities reportedly carried out the physical inspection to check if they have given birth to the infant found abandoned at the airport.
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Updated: October 25, 2020 6:50:20 pm
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The women were onboard Flight QR908 from Doha to Sydney(Representational)
The Australian government has registered “serious concerns” with the Qatari authorities over reports that several women onboard a Doha-Sydney flight were subjected to physical search after the body of a new-born was found abandoned at the airport.

On October 2, women onboard Flight QR908 from Doha to Sydney were asked to disembark and strip-searched in an ambulance on the tarmac of the Hamad International airport. The Qatari authorities reportedly carried out the physical inspection to check if they had given birth to the infant found abandoned at the airport.

A fellow passenger onboard the flight told The Guardian that the women “were presented to a female doctor and they were basically strip searched and had to take everything downwards off, all their clothes, even their underwear.”

“And then the doctor would try to feel in the uterus and stomach area or lower abdomen to see whether they may have given birth recently. Someone had been told that a baby had been found in the toilet and they were trying to find out who the mother was,” he said.

In a statement, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it has formally registered serious concerns about the incident with Qatari authorities.

“The Australian government is aware of concerning reports regarding the treatment of female passengers, including Australian citizens, at Doha (Hamad) airport in Qatar,” a spokesman for DFAT told The Sydney Morning Herald.

Coronavirus second wave Europe

Europe facing second wave of Corona virus, evenings, nights, all quiet in markets. France have also announced lockdown due to second wave erupting in several European countries. As winter looms Covid is spreading in several parts of Central Europe, Western Europe.
With the deaths crossing 250000, Europe is on Second level in Coronavirus pandemic. Leaders are warning people as second wave of COVID-19 spreading.

Bureau, Covid-19, EU, VOP Global

Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria to regulate Bitcoin

Cryptocurrency startups welcomed regulation.

“It is important that the space is regulated and properly guided by the financial authorities to ensure confidence and protection of the consumer,” says Stephany Zoo, head of marketing at Bitpesa, a Kenya-based exchange. “When you do that, it feeds back into the ecosystem and encourages innovation around this specific technology which there’s always been so much grey area around.”

The theme of regulation as a building block for fostering consumer confidence is a recurring one among cryptocurrency startup founders and insiders. By setting out requirements for cryptocurrency startups to operate, the belief is regulation will ultimately make it easier for interested customers to identify credible and licensed exchanges.
Another major potential benefit of regulation could come in form of formalizing relationships between banks and cryptocurrency exchanges which will then ease the process of changing fiat currencies into cryptocurrencies and vice versa. “Once governments regulate better, there’s more chance of opening up integration with traditional financial infrastructure and there would be more mass adoption as well,” Zoo says.

But as is typical with regulation, there are potential pitfalls as recent history in some of Africa’s key tech markets show. For example, capital requirements for fintech startups in Nigeria are believed to pose barriers to entry. And in Lagos, Africa’s largest city, regulators ultimately banned motorcycle-hailing startups earlier this year after controversial attempts to regulate their operations. ”What we’d like to see is a phased approach,” Reitz says. “It can be very easy for regulators to want to regulate the entire industry from the onset but it could stifle innovation.”

While the outlook of regulation across the continent broadly remains unclear, there’s a growing belief that Nigeria and South Africa’s stances could trigger similar discussions across board. And Kenya could yet prove an example of that, Satchu predicts. “Given the recent announcements and developments, it’s increasingly going to be difficult for Kenya to maintain its hardcore stance,” he tells Quartz Africa.

As it turns out, the waiting game by Kenyan authorities may be coming at a cost of being at the forefront of the industry given the scale of local adoption: Kenya is the highest ranked African nation on the 2020 Global Crypto Adoption Index.

“The challenge stakeholders will be concerned about is that the advantage is being eroded the longer Kenya does not take an appropriate stance towards this market,” Satchu tells Quartz Africa. “This is fertile ground to look to develop a leading edge cryptocurrency market on the continent—the question is if the regulators want that.”

Extracts from
Yomi Kazeem
Reporter, Quartz Africa

Americans buying military gears

Since last year, online purchases have driven a 20-fold jump in sales of goods like the $220 CM-6M gas mask — resistant to bean-bag rounds — for Mira Safety of Austin, Texas.
A shift became apparent with this spring’s Black Lives Matter protests and bitterly resented pandemic lockdowns. Now the gear is everywhere, from camouflage-clad antifa supporters to right-wing extremists who appeared at Michigan’s capitol even after men were arrested in a plot to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
It doesn’t matter who gets elected,” founder Roman Zrazhevskiy said of his new customers. “They think that no matter who wins, Biden or Trump, there are going to be people who are upset about the result.”
“It’s evidence of what many people have been expressing concern about for the last six months — the stress associated with the pandemic, a frustration or anger about various government mitigation efforts and a belief that those efforts are infringing on their individual liberties,” said Elizabeth Neumann, a former assistant secretary for threat prevention at the Department of Homeland Security.
We’ve seen a big uptick coming out of New York, New Jersey, Illinois — not just those states but Chicago, Manhattan, Queens and San Francisco,” he said. “We never did business with folks from San Francisco.”

His biggest seller is a $220 body-armor plate meant to withstand bullets fired from an AK-47.
Before the pandemic, 5.11 Tactical, based in Irvine, California, was opening two stores a month, drawing customers for “Always Be Ready” events akin to cooking demonstrations at Williams Sonoma. Amid racks of military-style boots, pants and vests, the classes taught self defense, trauma care and “everyday/concealed carry.”

Unexpectedly high consumer sales maintained growth during lockdowns, according to Compass Diversified Holdings Inc., a Westport, Connecticut-based company that owns 5.11 Tactical among a portfolio that also includes Ergobaby infant carriers.

Same-store sales including e-commerce rose 10.5% in the second quarter after 7.5% growth in the first quarter, Chief Operating Officer Pat Maciariello told analysts on a conference call in July.

Excerpts from Bloomberg Quint