They are now telling Americans that if you want to save the planet, you should be eating weeds, stating they are easy to grow, and they taste “great”.
Just plant grass seed on your lawn, the weeds will soon appear, and you will have enough to last you for months.
But don’t forget the possibility of radical environmentalists then attacking you.
Why would they care? Oh, because if you start eating like a cow, you will begin farting like a cow, and just like AOC said, the planet will burn up, right? Methane might not kill you, but it could burn your pupils if too many of your friends let go at the same time.
But, which weeds are the best ones to grow to make sure you get all the nutrients you need? And just how do you cook them? Are they better when seasoned?
The purpose, according to globalists, is to add some variety to your diet. Dandelion soup from France, sweet and sour crabgrass from China or possibly a nice salad from San Francisco.
They’re at it again. Globalists at the anti-American World Economic Forum are doing what they do best: Soviet-style degradation and humiliation of hard-working Americans who are made to feel guilty for enjoying a cheeseburger. Every day working class people are the only problem they see.
Some Penguin Random House employees cried during an internal meeting on Monday after the announcement that the company would be publishing a book by a controversial public figure.
On Monday, Canadian clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson announced the release of his long-expected book, “Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life.” It comes as a sequel to his popular 2018 book, “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos”, which sold over 3 million copies and was on the bestseller lists in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
“He is an icon of hate speech and transphobia,” one employee told Vice, “and the fact that he’s an icon of white supremacy, regardless of the content of the book, I’m not proud to work for a company that publishes him.” The employee also identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community.
Peterson, a licensed psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, rose to popularity due to his stand against state-compelled speech in regards to gender pronouns.
He has become a defender of free speech, the ideals of traditional liberalism, and self-responsibility. He is something like a cultural phenomenon as thousands have attended his worldwide lectures on topics spanning psychology, philosophy, politics, literature, and religion.
Penguin Random House Canada said in a statement that they held a forum on Monday to allow employees “to express their views and offer feedback.”
According to reports, several employees cried, while dozens of others sent in anonymous complaints about the publication decision.
One employee said that Peterson had “radicalized their father,” and another claimed that his new book will “negatively affect their non-binary friend.”
“We are open to hearing our employees’ feedback and answering all of their questions,” reads the company’s statement. “We remain committed to publishing a range of voices and viewpoints.”
Jordan Peterson’s daughter, Mikhaila – who hosts a podcast and has gained her own large following – tweeted in response to the story that the crying employees should be fired.
“We’re now dealing with bullies who are trying to cancel books (that they haven’t read), by employing methods used by children below the age of 6 (crying),” Mikhaila wrote in a follow-up Tweet. “Those are the people that will eventually be in charge of what’s published and available. It’s terrifying.”
On Friday, Jordan Peterson addressed his followers, asking people to “leave the @PenguinRandomCA employees alone.”
On November 27, 2020, four Iranian terrorist operatives go on trial in Antwerp, Belgium. Among them is Iran’s regime diplomat-terrorist Assdollah Assadi for planning to bomb a 2018 meeting in France of an exiled opposition group, the first time an E.U. country has put an Iranian official on trial for terrorism.
“Two years ago, European security authorities prevented a terrorist attack in Paris. An Iranian diplomat and several agents were arrested. It is the first time in Europe that a foreign state has been held responsible for a planned terrorist attack on an enormous scale and brought to justice. The trial is scheduled to begin on November 27th,” according the Teller Report.
Recall, Democrat John Kerry, Secretary of State under former President Barack Obama, accepted that he was using US tax monies to fund Iran’s terrorism. So what part does America play in the assistance of growing worldwide terrorism, which is now on trial?
The following is the bold statement of Mr. Antonio Tasso, a Member of the Italian Parliament that lays a foundation for what could become a much wider trial to come, and is published on National Council of Resistance of Iran, who describe themselves as “The Viable Democratic Alternative”.
“The question is, how did the regime in power in Iran have this inhuman courage?They committed the most massive political genocide since World War II,” Tasso said.
I, undersigned Antonio Tasso, a Member of the Italian Parliament, participated in the Grand Gathering of the National Council of Resistance of Iran on June 30, 2018, at the Villepinte Hall in Paris with a large delegation of Italian political figures. I want to ask to be registered as a civil party against Assadollah Asadi and his accomplices, currently pending in the Belgian Antwerp Criminal Court. I knew that the dictatorial religious regime in power in Iran is the leading country in the world by the number of executions. I knew that this regime had executed tens of thousands of freedom activists in Iran over the past forty years, most of whom were members and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (MEK).
I knew that in 1988, immediately after the end of the Iran-Iraq war, Khomeini issued a fatwa that executed most of the Mojahedin in prisons. Most of those who carried out that sentence currently occupy the highest political and judicial positions in the country. In less than three months, more than 30,000 political prisoners, more than 90% of whom were MEK members, were executed. Therefore, they committed the most massive political genocide since World War II. Ten months ago, in November last year, following a peaceful national uprising of the Iranian people, 1,500 defenseless demonstrators were killed within three days on the direct order of the supreme leader Ali Khamenei, 12,000 others were arrested, undergoing torture. We know that this regime has so far been condemned 65 times by United Nations bodies for its crimes.
But what I didn’t know is that the top officials of the Iranian regime had decided to attack the demonstration in which tens of thousands of women, men, elderly, young people, and children participated—a peaceful gathering in Paris to express their own idea. Besides, hundreds of political figures and elected representatives of different countries, including myself, were present to support a free Iran. Whenever I think about such an attack, if it hadn’t been foiled, a great tragedy would have happened. I tremble because the victims would not have been hundreds but thousands.
The question is, how did the regime in power in Iran have this inhuman courage? All but, in particular, the European states must think twice about this question. Undoubtedly, the criminal advance of the regime, even in Europe, derives above all from the ferocious dictatorship’s brutal nature. But that’s not all the reason. One part goes back to the destructive policy we Europeans have been pursuing for years in favor of the regime, and in the face of its crimes in Iran and outside the country, we have adopted a policy of appeasement.
Let me give an example from my country. Besides mass killings of freedom activists in Iran, the regime has committed a wave of large-scale terrorism around the world, especially against its opponents in various countries, including Europe (Germany, France, Great Britain, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands), United States of America and Iran’s neighboring countries in the Middle East (Turkey, Iraq, Pakistan, UAE, etc.).
I would like to remember Hossein Naghdi, killed on March 16, 1993, in Rome by the terrorists of the Iranian regime. Hossein Naghdi was a young diplomat who, after the fall of the Shah, worked as the charge d’affaires in the embassy of his country in Rome. He resigned in 1982 when the regime’s wave of mass executions of young Iranians began, and he joined the National Council of Resistance of Iran and represented it up to death.
Regarding his very significant role in Italy, let me tell you a part of the ruling of the criminal tribune of Italy: “Naghdi’s murder should be considered as a political murder, which has been decided in the Iranian government’s circles in the framework of a larger project aimed at destroying resistance centers abroad. Due to his political activity in Italy, due to his ability to establish a relationship with the highest levels of the political circle in Italy, due to the undeniable human abilities, and for the … unceasing struggle with a clear and obvious face against the regime which he initially had embraced. The decision to kill [Naghdi] was taken by a group of Tehran’s political and religious leaders and assigned to the group that entered Italy specifically for this purpose…
In light of these indisputable facts, confirmed not only by many documents of the international press presented by the civil party but it is cited by “extensive” sources (available to all) as cited by Messina [Chief investigative officer of the Carabinieri] in his statements, it can be understood that the assassination of Naghdi was a goal to extinguish a prominent resistance member. A man able to centralize a network of international relations in support of his struggle, a proud opponent who did not forgive the errors of the Tehran regime and enjoyed the unequivocal admiration and appreciation of the members of the Italian political world … ” (Extract from the ruling of the Italian Criminal Court issued on December 13, 2006, about the assassination of Mohammad Hossein Naghdi, representative of the National Council of Resistance of Iran in Italy).
But how did the Iranian regime commit such crimes and then escape punishment and responsibility? By using government facilities and especially under diplomatic cover. The commander of the Naghdi assassination commando, based on the latest investigations by the Italian police and information from within the Iranian regime, was a person nicknamed Amir Mansour Bozorgian. The latter entered Italy with the same name and a diplomatic passport.
After committing this crime, he managed to flee our country. Investigations by the Iranian Resistance showed that the man was a Revolutionary Guards general named Ghafoor Darjazi who had managed to hide. Two years ago, it was discovered that this person changed his name to “Engineer Mostafa Modabber” and is now the manager of the company “Saipa”, which also has a football team responsible for constructing Iranian sports stadiums!
My expectation from the court is that they will show no mercy to these conspirators, so such crimes are not repeated. The court must tell the truth as it was.
It must be said that these crimes have been committed in recent years, and the reason was that the Iranian people and their representatives in the National Council of Resistance want to end the dictatorship. It must be said that the highest level of leadership of the Iranian regime has decided, organized, and commanded this crime.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that he is holding off on any congratulations for a U.S. presidential victor until the results are official.
The statements were made during a Sunday broadcast on state television.
“We will work with any person who will be given the trust of the American people,” Putin said. “But who will be given this trust? It must either be indicated by political custom when one of the parties recognizes the victory of the other, or the final results of the elections are summed up in a legitimate, legal way.”
He stressed that there is “no hidden motive” behind his government’s decisions to withhold their congratulations.
“Reviews and recounts in some states are still continuing,” he explained, “without which the results of the election cannot be officially announced.”
“We are just waiting for the end of the internal political confrontation.”
Several world leaders have already offered their congratulations to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
Among those leaders are Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and Australian PM Scott Morrison.
This week, President Trump advised Emily Murphy, chief of the General Services Administration, to begin the presidential transition process “in the best interest” of the country, even while lawsuits and recounts in several states remain underway.
…fight, and I believe we will prevail! Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same.
While many say this is a clear indication that Biden is the official president-elect, the Kremlin has stated that “nothing has changed”, and they will continue to wait for official results before offering any type of acknowledgment of a clear victor.
State results are currently in the process of certification.
The election will not be certified and official until the meeting of the Electoral College on December 14th.
In the meantime, lawsuits and recounts and hearings continue.
World leaders from the political, business, and scientific fields are coming together to “improve society” and collectively lead us into a better, “re-imagined” world post-COVID. Though well-intentioned, such efforts are a fatal threat to freedom, and it will be up to brave individuals to stand against those efforts.
During a video conference in September with the United Nations, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the COVID-19 pandemic “has provided an opportunity for a reset.”
“This is our chance to accelerate our pre-pandemic efforts to reimagine economic systems that could actually address global challenges like extreme poverty, inequality, and climate change,” Trudeau said.
Last week, Trudeau was questioned about his “reset” comments after conservative politicians in Canada raised alarms and pushed back against Trudeau’s globalist-sounding agenda.
He waved off the concerns as “conspiracy”.
“I think we’re seeing a lot of people fall prey to disinformation,” he said on Friday. “If Conservative MPs want to start talking about conspiracy theories, well that’s their choice. I’m going to stay focused on helping Canadians get through this…and making sure that the world we leave to our kids is even better than the world we inherited from our parents.”
Trudeau’s “reset” language, however, is taken straight from the World Economic Forum. It is not conspiracy to point to a real movement that is being advocated by our highest governmental leaders.
The World Economic Forum, established in 1971 with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, launched “The Great Reset” initiative this year, aiming to:
“…offer insights to help inform all those determining the future state of global relations, the direction of national economies, the priorities of societies, the nature of business models and the management of a global commons.”
WEF’s partners include financial elites such as Apple, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Walmart, Google, and Facebook.
“We need to evolve our economic model,” announced the Prince of Wales in one WEF video, “putting people and planet at the heart of global value creation.”
This is exactly the kind of governance that voters rejected when, in 2016, the United Kingdom approved Brexit and America handed the presidency to Donald Trump.
It is globalism we despise and fear – the idea of bureaucrats at the highest levels of society deciding how we should live our lives.
“It’s for the greater good,” they reassure us.
But C.S. Lewis had it right when he wrote,
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.”
C.S. Lewis, “God In The Dock”
What our current world leaders don’t understand is this: They were elected and appointed to their offices for the sole purpose of protecting our God-given freedoms.
Societal improvement is up to us, working at the smallest, most local levels to improve the lives of our families, our neighbors, and our communities. That is our duty and our right.
Doorways to great injustices are opened when freedoms are trampled by political and financial elites who claim they know what is best not only for us, but for the entire world.
That is a clear and present danger that we must stand against, in whatever small ways we can.
Where western law has historically punished people’s behavior, progressive groups have been waging an effort for law to punish people’s words.
Norway’s parliament voted on Tuesday, November 10th to outlaw both private and public hate speech against transgender and bisexual people.
Gay and lesbian people have been protected from hate speech under Norway’s penal code since 1981.
This most recent law is an expansion of that penal code. It changes the code’s language from “homosexual orientation” to “sexual orientation”, and adds “gender, gender identity, or expression”, so as to include transgender and bisexual people in its scope.
If found guilty of private hate speech, an individual will face a fine or up to a year in jail.
If found guilty of public hate speech, the offender can face up to three years in jail.
According to Norway’s penal code, speech is considered “public” if it “is made in a way that makes it likely to reach a sizable number of persons.”
Additionally, a judge has the authority to add extra prison time for a violent crime if it’s determined that the victim was targeted specifically because of their sexual identity.
Free speech advocates throughout the West are concerned that the proliferation of hate speech laws in western society are impinging on constitutionally-protected free speech rights.
The China Initiative: Year-in-Review (2019-20) is a press release from the Department of Justice. This is the full and unedited text:
On the two-year anniversary of the Attorney General’s China Initiative, the Department continues its significant focus on the Initiative’s goals and announced substantial progress during the past year in disrupting and deterring the wide range of national security threats posed by the policies and practices of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) government.
“In the last year, the Department has made incredible strides in countering the systemic efforts by the PRC to enhance its economic and military strength at America’s expense,” said Attorney General William P. Barr. “While much work remains to be done, the Department is committed to holding to account those who would steal, or otherwise illicitly obtain, the U.S. intellectual capital that will propel the future.”
“The Chinese Communist Party’s theft of sensitive information and technology isn’t a rumor or a baseless accusation. It’s very real, and it’s part of a coordinated campaign by the Chinese government, which the China Initiative is helping to disrupt,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray. “The FBI opens a new China-related counterintelligence case nearly every 10 hours and we’ll continue our aggressive efforts to counter China’s criminal activity.”
Established in November 2018, the Initiative identified a number of goals for the Department, ranging from increased focus on the investigation and prosecution of trade secret theft and economic espionage, to better countering threats posed by Chinese foreign investment and supply chain vulnerabilities.
Prioritize investigations of economic espionage and trade secret theft
The Initiative prioritizes use of the Department’s core tool, criminal investigation and prosecution, to counter economic espionage and other forms of trade secret theft. In the past year, the Department charged three economic espionage cases (in which the trade secret theft was intended to benefit the Chinese government), bringing the total to five since the China Initiative was first announced. Overall, since the Initiative was announced, we have charged more than 10 cases in which the trade secret theft had some alleged nexus to China, and we obtained guilty pleas of three defendants in those cases over the past year.
To take one example, the Department announced the China Initiative on the same day that it unsealed criminal charges against United Microelectronics (UMC), the Chinese state-owned enterprise Fujian Jinhua, and several individual defendants, for economic espionage that victimized Micron Technology, Inc., a leading U.S. semiconductor company.
“The United Microelectronics case is a glaring example of the PRC’s ‘rob, replicate, and replace’ strategy, in which it robs a U.S. institution of its intellectual capital, replicates the stolen technology, and then endeavors to replace the U.S. institution on the Chinese and then the global market,” said John Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security. “Thanks to the dedication and diligence of prosecutors and FBI agents, UMC pleaded guilty to criminal trade secret theft and agreed to pay a fine of $60 million, the second largest fine in a trade secret case, and to cooperate in the pending prosecution of its co-defendants.”
The National Counterintelligence Task Force, co-led by the FBI, launched its first major campaign in 2020, devoted to protecting U.S. technology and research from the Chinese government and its proxies. This is a further step in the FBI’s and Department’s efforts to enlist all appropriate partners in ensuring integrity in government-funded programs and defeating economic espionage and theft of trade secrets.
Develop an enforcement strategy for non-traditional collectors
At the outset, the Department identified academia as one of our most vulnerable sectors, because its traditions of openness, and the importance of international exchanges to the free flow of ideas, leave it vulnerable to PRC exploitation. The Department has pursued a two-pronged strategy of raising awareness on campuses of the threats posed by China (and the importance of implementing a security program to detect them) and prosecuting researchers who have deliberately deceived authorities about their ties to China, which deprives institutions of the ability to screen for conflicts of interest and commitment, or otherwise exploited their access.
For example, the PRC has used talent programs to encourage the transfer of technical expertise from the United States, and elsewhere in the world, to benefit the PRC’s economic and military development. Talent recruits generally sign contracts with the PRC sponsor-entity that obligate them to produce scientific outputs; to publish the results of their work in the name of the PRC beneficiary; to allow the PRC beneficiary to assert intellectual property rights over their outputs; and to recruit other researchers into the programs, among other obligations.
In exchange, the talent recruits may receive lucrative compensation packages, prestigious titles, and custom-built laboratories.
“While membership in these talent programs is not per se illegal, and the research itself may not always be protected as a trade secret, we know the PRC uses these plans, such as the well-known Thousand Talents Program, as a vehicle to recruit individuals with access to U.S. government-funded research to work in the interest of the Chinese Communist Party,” said Adam S. Hickey, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division.
The Initiative brings together resources from across the Department, including the National Security, Criminal, Tax, and the Civil Divisions to address this unique challenge fairly and effectively. In the past year, Department prosecutors have brought fraud, false statements, tax, smuggling and other charges against ten academics affiliated with research institutions across the country. To date, prosecutors have obtained convictions in three of those cases.
This year, the FBI and Department prosecutors also exposed six individuals, studying in the United States, found to be connected to People’s Liberation Army military institutes, who concealed their affiliations from the State Department when applying for research visas to study at U.S. universities. In one of those cases, the Department alleged that a PLA officer was being tasked by superiors in the PRC to obtain information that would benefit PLA operations. In another case, a PLA medical researcher stands accused of following orders to observe lab operations at a U.S. university, which received funding from the U.S. government, in order to replicate those operations in the PRC.
In each of the cases, the defendants are accused of concealing their PLA affiliations in order to obtain visas that allowed them to travel to the United States. After the FBI conducted interviews this summer that led to charges in those cases and the State Department closed the PRC’s Houston Consulate, a large number of undeclared, PLA-affiliated Chinese researchers fled the United States.
Those six examples are just part of the interagency effort to protect academia and taxpayer-funded research. The FBI and Department have been collaborating with federal grant-making agencies, the Joint Committee on the Research Environment, the major academic associations, the Academic Security and Counter Exploitation working group, and other appropriate entities, as well as hundreds of individual universities nationwide.
Counter malicious cyber activity
The Department continues to expose and disrupt efforts by the PRC government to steal our intellectual property and our personally identifiable information (PII) through computer intrusions. During the past year, we charged hackers working for the People’s Liberation Army with the 2017 Equifax intrusion and others associated with the Ministry of State Security (MSS) in relation to global computer intrusion campaigns targeting biomedical companies conducting COVID-19-related research, engineering firms, and software makers. One such MSS case resulted in the arrest of two conspirators in Malaysia. Two of these cases highlighted China’s development into a safe harbor for criminal hackers who also work for the PRC. The Department disrupted these cyber threats in coordination with the private sector, using legal process to seize control of hacking infrastructure while the private sector removed other infrastructure from their platforms.
In May, the FBI, in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, also issued a public announcement to raise awareness of the threat to COVID-19 research by PRC-affiliated cyber actors and offer advice on better protecting that research from thefts.
Counter malign foreign influence
The Department has used the Foreign Agents Registration Act (“FARA”), which requires those acting to influence public policy and opinion on behalf of a foreign individual or entity, to improve transparency and expose China’s foreign influence efforts. Over the past year, the Department opened a record number of FARA investigations overall and doubled the number of new registrants and new foreign principals registering annually as of 2016. That includes obtaining a record number of registrations from Chinese media companies. The Department also notified a registered Chinese media company that its filings were deficient because they failed to fully disclose its activity in the United States and failed to properly label its informational materials. The media entity remedied those deficiencies shortly thereafter.
Through its outreach efforts to universities, the Department has highlighted the need to protect foreign students studying in the United States from coercive efforts by the Communist Party to censor the freedom of thought and expression that all students here should enjoy.
In late 2019, the FBI’s Foreign Influence Task Force formally established a new unit devoted specifically to understanding and defeating the malign foreign influence threat from the Chinese government and its proxies.
Counter foreign intelligence activities
The Department has achieved a number of successes in the last year in countering China’s foreign intelligence activities. China has been targeting former members of the U.S. intelligence community for recruitment, and the Department has been holding accountable individuals who succumb to their efforts. In November 2019, a former CIA case officer was sentenced to 19 years in prison for conspiring to deliver national defense information to the PRC. In August 2020, another former CIA officer who had been tasked by the PRC was arrested on the same charge — the fourth former intelligence officer charged in the last three years for similar conduct.
The Department is particularly focused on disrupting the PRC government from using career networking and social media sites to target Americans, as well as holding those accountable who hide behind fake profiles to co-opt individuals on behalf of the PRC. As one part of this effort, the FBI, in partnership with the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, created an educational film, “The Nevernight Connection,” which was released online in September 2020 to educate the public about the Chinese intelligence services’ use of social media to spot and recruit persons of interest, especially current or former security clearance holders.
In March 2020, Xuehua (Edward) Peng was sentenced to 48 months in prison, and ordered to pay a $30,000 fine, for acting as an agent of the PRC’s Ministry of State Security (MSS) in connection with a scheme to conduct pickups known as “dead drops” and transport Secure Digital cards containing classified information from a source in the United States to the MSS operatives in China.
In October 2020, Jun Wei Yeo was sentenced to 14 months in prison for acting within the United States as an agent of the MSS recruiting Americans, including U.S. military and government employees with high-level clearances. Yeo concealed his MSS affiliation from his American targets and used career networking sites and a false consulting firm to lure them to write papers which he ultimately passed to his MSS handlers.
In October 2020, eight defendants were charged with conspiring to act in the United States as illegal agents of the PRC, six of whom also face related charges of conspiring to commit interstate and international stalking. According to the complaint, the defendants participated in an international campaign to threaten, harass, surveil and intimidate a resident of New Jersey and his family in order to force them to return to the PRC as part of an international effort by the PRC government known as “Operation Fox Hunt” and “Operation Skynet.”
In furtherance of the operation, the PRC government targets Chinese individuals living in foreign countries that the PRC government alleges have committed crimes under PRC law and seeks to repatriate them to the PRC to face charges, rather than rely upon proper forms of international law enforcement cooperation.
Foreign investment reviews and telecommunications security
Beyond criminal enforcement, the Department worked to protect our national assets from national security risks posed by entities, subject to PRC influence, that seek to invest in U.S. companies or integrate into our supply chains.
In April, the Department assumed the permanent chair of the Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation in the United States Telecommunications Services Sector, established by the President through Executive Order (EO), in 2020. This organization, also known as “Team Telecom,” is an interagency group that reviews telecommunications, submarine cable landing, wireless, broadcast license, and other applications referred by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), to identify and address risks to national security and law enforcement. In the first 90 days after the Executive Order, the Department led Team Telecom to resolve more than half of the cases then pending review.
Team Telecom recommended that the FCC revoke and terminate the international telecommunications licenses held by the U.S. subsidiary of a PRC state-owned telecommunications company, China Telecom, the first revocation ever recommended by Team Telecom on national security grounds. Team Telecom also recommended that the FCC partially deny a submarine cable application, to the extent it sought a direct connection between the United States and Hong Kong.
Following the President’s 2019 Executive Order on Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain, the Department has worked with the Commerce Department to develop regulations implementing the EO and has identified vulnerable areas of critical infrastructure that are ripe for investigation under the EO.
The Department also worked to implement the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), which improved the authorities of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). During the previous year, the Department co-led a record number of significant CFIUS matters, on an annualized basis, including the investigation of the acquisition of a U.S. hotel management software company by a Chinese company, which the President prohibited, for just the sixth time in CFIUS history. Under FIRRMA, the FBI continued to provide analytical assistance to support CFIUS’s decision-making and identify high-risk non-notified transactions.
With its increased resources, NSD has played a significant role in CFIUS enforcement, leading the Committee to assess just the second penalty in its history, for failing to secure sensitive personal data in violation of a 2018 interim CFIUS order. NSD also dedicated personnel to identify transactions of concern that were not voluntarily filed with CFIUS and developed a program to identify bankruptcy cases that could implicate national security concerns. The bankruptcy program helps to protect U.S. assets from predatory acquisitions, including PRC acquisitions that could impact our national security, which is particularly important in light of the economic impact of COVID-19.
Education and outreach
The success of the China Initiative is not measured by criminal cases and administrative actions alone, however. Outreach to businesses and academia is critical to helping America’s national assets better protect themselves. For that reason, the Department disseminated outreach presentations for use by U.S. Attorneys in their Districts, which have been deployed at various events. The FBI sustained its engagement with the private sector through various programs, and it developed and disseminated an innovative Academia Field Guide to support focused outreach by its academic outreach coordinators in all 56 field offices. In the coming year, the Department, through the FBI and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, will continue to expand our partnerships outside the federal government, because the support of the American people is critical to our success. All of our efforts are on their behalf.
The Attorney General commends the professionals throughout the Department, including those who work at Main Justice, the FBI, and U.S. Attorney’s Offices around the country, who are committed to meeting the goals of the China Initiative and encourage them to redouble their efforts in the upcoming year.
Mozambique has become a borderline failed state, its democracy a sham, and its energy riches won’t guarantee that its security or governance will improve in the future. And Mozambique is not unique. It is an example of how rich countries say they want to improve the lives of people in poor countries, but through their failure to insist on better governance inadvertently wind up ensuring that their poverty will endure.
Mozambique ranks 146 out of 188 least corrupt countries where massive amounts of money is always seeming to disappear. ISIS is making a comeback just as Joe Biden believes he wion the presidential election.
But Mozambique is crying for help.
Mozambique’s government has appealed for international help to curb the insurgency, saying its troops need specialised training.
In April, more than 50 people were beheaded or shot dead in an attack on a village in Cabo Delgado and earlier this month, nine people were beheaded in the same province.
Human rights groups say Mozambican security forces have also carried human rights abuses, including arbitrary arrests, torture and killings, during operations to curb the insurgency.
The US Department of State released the following information to the US Media:
“China dumps millions and millions of tons of plastic and trash into the oceans, overfishes other countries’ waters, destroys vast swaths of coral reef, and emits more toxic mercury into the atmosphere than any country anywhere in the world,” said President Donald J. Trump.
Addressing China’s Environmental Destruction
The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases; the largest source of marine debris; the worst perpetrators of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing; and the world’s largest consumer of trafficked wildlife and timber products. While the Chinese people have suffered the worst environmental impacts of its actions, Beijing also threatens the global economy and global health by unsustainably exploiting natural resources and exporting its willful disregard for the environment through its One Belt One Road initiative. Tragically, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) represses civil society and a free press, slowing changes that would benefit its citizens and people all over the world.
The US State Department released the following information to the Press on Wednesday:
Despite claims of international environmental leadership, China’s energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are rising. It has been the world’s largest annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter since 2006. China’s total energy-related emissions are twice that of the United States and nearly one third of all emissions globally. Beijing’s energy-related emissions increased more than 80 percent between 2005-2019, while U.S. energy-related emissions have decreased by more than 15 percent. In 2019 alone, China’s energy-related CO2 emissions increased more than 3 percent, while the United States’ decreased by 2 percent. Beijing claims “developing-country” status to avoid shouldering more responsibility for reducing GHG emissions–though its per capita CO2 emissions have already reached the level of many high-income countries. China’s increasing emissions counteract the progress of many other countries around the world to reduce global emissions.
“Too much of the Chinese Communist Party’s economy is built on willful disregard for air, land, and water quality. The Chinese people–and the world–deserve better,” said Mike Pompeo US State Department.
A Risk to the Ozone Layer
Through the Montreal Protocol, the nations of the world agreed to phase out production of substances that damage the ozone layer. But scientists identified an increase of emissions of the phased-out, ozone-depleting substance CFC-11 from Eastern China from 2014 to 2017. The United States leads the international response and continues to push China to live up to its obligations and increase its monitoring and enforcement efforts.
Threatening Air Quality
In 2008, U.S. diplomats installed air quality monitors on top of U.S. Embassy Beijing. The United States shared the data publicly and revealed what local residents already knew: Beijing’s air quality was dangerously worse than the Chinese government was willing to admit. That small act of transparency helped catalyze a revolution in air quality management, and Beijing has since made air quality a priority, including establishing new ambient air quality standards. Despite significant improvements in large cities, the overall level of air pollution in China remains unhealthy, and air pollution from China continues to affect downwind countries.
The Department of State works to mitigate the global threat of air pollution through diplomacy, policy leadership, and targeted foreign assistance to advance U.S. objectives and incorporate innovative technologies into diplomatic and development programs while shaping markets to support U.S. exports. The United States will continue to advance U.S. interests globally through existing international agreements on air quality, including the Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP) and shape efforts on air quality in the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Further, the United States will expand our work to build capacity to improve air quality management and shape markets for U.S. technology through the Air Quality Program, which currently manages twelve large air quality grants with a combined budget of $6.6 million.