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In 2011, the Syrian Civil War arose out of the unrest of the Arab Spring, heightening to armed conflict following President Bashar al-Assad’s government violently conquering the protests that urged for his removal. Ever since, the Syrian government has refused to reach a  bargain with those opposing the regime.

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The war came to a devastating head this week, as forces loyal to the Syrian government invaded Aleppo in order to take back areas of the city from the rebels. Bashar al-Assad urged that reclaiming Aleppo would be a key move in swinging the nearly six-year civil war in his favor. But at what cost?

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The United Nations human rights office announced that pro-government Syrian troops, with support from Russia, had executed at least 82 civilians, many of whom were women and children. Further massacres are expected in order to fully recapture the city. Of those executed, many were in makeshift medical facilities or trying to flee. Activists and civilians ultimately began tweeting their goodbyes. In the words of Jens Laerke, a UN humanitarian spokesperson, the events have proven to be “a complete meltdown of humanity.”

Thousands of people are currently trapped in the remaining rebel-besieged neighbourhoods of Aleppo. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, put out a statement saying:

“The crushing of Aleppo, the immeasurably terrifying toll on its people, the bloodshed, the wanton slaughter of men, women and children, the destruction — and we are nowhere near the end of this cruel conflict. . . . What can happen next, if the international community continues to collectively wring its hands, can be much more dangerous.

And U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power addressed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies directly, saying:

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Your barrel bombs and mortars and airstrikes have allowed the militia in Aleppo to encircle tens of thousands of civilians in your ever-tightening noose. It is your noose. Three Member States of the UN contributing to a noose around civilians. It should shame you. Instead, by all appearances, it is emboldening you. You are plotting your next assault. Are you truly incapable of shame? Is there literally nothing that can shame you? Is there no act of barbarism against civilians, no execution of a child that gets under your skin, that just creeps you out a little bit? Is there nothing you will not lie about or justify?

Despite the immediate outcry from people across the globe, however, civilians and rebels are prevented from leaving the once booming city as shelling resumes, regardless of the ceasefire deal organized by Turkey and Russia.

It is a genocide that cannot be ignored. We must pay attention. Activists and civilians trapped in the city, which has been reduced to two square kilometers, are, at this point, not fearing for their lives, but awaiting their imminent murder.

Has the world failed Aleppo? Many believe so. Syrians in Aleppo cried for the West to step in and help when Assad butchered protestors. When the Russians joined the bombings, they again cried for help. And then, they asked the West to provide humanitarian aid. Despite the many opportunities for the West to step in, they haven’t. The free world has looked away. And so, our social media feeds are ridden with last words; with anguish; with rage. Ignorance is not bliss for all. And so what do we do now? Help. 

  • Give to the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations, where every $1 given delivers about $10 in medicine. If you pledge $200 or more in a month, you can sponsor a medical worker in the field.
  • Send money herewhich gives directly to the UN human rights office. They help an estimated 85,000 people each year whose rights have been violated.
  • Support the UN’s refugee agency, the UNHCR, which has been distributing relief items to the thousands of people displaced from Aleppo.
  • Give to Mercy-USA, which is building a health clinic outside of Aleppo “in the very near future,” and is currently giving stoves and eco-fuel to internally displaced families.
  • And if you’re nearby, you can donate goods to student groups, like the one at Marmara University in Istanbul, which sent 250,000 outfits and 125 packages of food in a three-truck convoy to Aleppo just this week.

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Abductions & Car Vandalism – Startling Australian UFO Report Unclassified

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An uncovered Australian report performed by their Department of Defence. “Scientific Intelligence — General — Unidentified Flying Objects” is trending again. Those who have done extensive research on UFOs will find the Australian version of disclosure to be far more intellectually honest than the American version. Albeit it was conducted decades ago.

According to ex-US intelligence official Luis Elizondo, the Defense Department’s Inspector General is presently conducting three reviews. The inquiries vary from the Department of Defense’s handling of UFO claims to Elizondo’s alleged whistleblower retribution. The open IG cases are crucial to Australia’s report because they establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US Department of Defense is being dishonest and shady when it comes to the UFO subject. For decades, Australia has been a loyal friend of the United States. Within Australia’s boundaries, they share a military installation (Pine Gap). When a close defense ally’s intelligence agencies determined that the US was not being intellectually honest in its approach, perhaps it is reasonable to conclude that there is more to the tale than the 144 incidents studied since 2004 by the UAPTF.

The CIA became alarmed at the overloading of military communications during the mass sightings of 1952 and considered the possibility that the USSR may take advantage of such a situation.

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According to the summary, OSI, acting through the Robertson-Panel, encouraged the USAF to use Project Blue Book to publicly “debunk” UFOs. In a tragic twist of fate, when Australian authorities sought explanations from the US Air Force, the allegation was debunked. The authors of the study were depicted as conspiratorial and even crazy by the US Air Force. Ross Coulthart reported this, and it may be heard in a recent Project Unity interview. Courthart is an award-winning investigative journalist who is drawn to forbidden subjects. He also stated on the same podcast that a senior US Navy official identified as Nat Kobitz told him that the US had been in the midst of reverse-engineering numerous non-human craft. According to his obituary, Mr. Kobitz was a former Director of Research and Development at Naval Sea Systems Command.

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PGA Tour To End COVID Testing For Both Vaccinated & Non-Vaccinated Players

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    The PGA Tour has announced that it will stop testing players every week, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

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    Are PCR tests appropriate to identify infectious people? Should people who are healthy and not sick be tested at all, anywhere?

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The picture you see above is of John Rahm, a professional golfer on the PGA tour being carted off the golf course after tournament officials told him he had COVID. He was healthy and had no symptoms, yet was forced to withdraw from the tournament. He was told in front of the camera’s, and a big scene was made out of the event. You would think something like that, especially when you are a big time sports figure, would be done behind closed doors with some privacy.

Earlier on in June a spokesperson for the PGA Tour said that more than 50 percent of players on the PGA tour have been vaccinated. Although it seems that the majority of players on the tour will be fully vaccinated judging by this statement, it does leave a fairly large minority who won’t be, and that’s something we’re seeing across the globe as COVID vaccine hesitancy remains high for multiple reasons.

We are pleased to announce, after consultation with PGA Tour medical advisors, that due to the high rate of vaccination among all constituents on the PGA Tour, as well as other positively trending factors across the country, testing for COVID-19 will no longer be required as a condition of competition beginning with the 3M Open. – PGA tour Senior VP Tyler Dennis

The tour recently announced that the testing of players every week will stop starting in July for both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. This was an unexpected announcement given the fact that, at least it seems in some countries, vaccinated individuals will enjoy previous rights and freedoms that everyone did before the pandemic. Travelling without need to quarantine and possibly in the future not having to be tested could be a few of those privileges. Others may include attending concerts, sporting events, or perhaps even keeping their job depending on whether or not their employer deems it to be mandatory, if that’s even legally possible. We will see what happens.

Luckily for professional golfers, regardless of their vaccination status they won’t have to worry about testing positive for COVID, especially if they’re not sick. This is the appropriate move by the PGA tour, who is represented by their players and it’s a move that the players themselves may have had a say in. It’s important because PCR tests are not designed nor are they appropriate for identifying infectious people. A number of scientists have been emphasizing this since the beginning of the pandemic. More recently, a letter to the editor published in the Journal of infection explain why more than half of al “positive” PCR tests are likely to have been people who are not infectious, otherwise known as “false positives.”

This is why the Swedish Public Health agency has a notice on their website explaining how and why polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are not useful for determining if someone is infected with COVID or if someone can transmit it to others, and it’s better to use someone who is actually showing symptoms as a judgement call of whether or not they could be infected or free from infection.

PCR tests using a high cycle threshold are extremely sensitive. An article published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that among positive PCR samples with a cycle count over 35, only 3 percent of the samples showed viral replication. This can be interpreted as, if someone tests positive via PCR when a Ct of 35 or higher is used, the probability that said person is actually infected is less than 3%, and the probability that said result is a false positive is 97 percent. This begs the question, why has Manitoba, Canada, for example, using cycle thresholds of up to 45 to identify “positive” people?

When it comes to golf, the fact that spread occurring in an outdoor setting is highly unlikely could have been a factor, but it’s also important to mention that asymptomatic spread within one’s own household is also considerably rare. It really makes you wonder what’s going on here, doesn’t it?

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