2021-08-22: News Headlines

Chris Devonshire-Ellis (2021-08-22). The Afghanistan-China Belt and Road Initiative. globalresearch.ca

scorinoco (2021-08-22). The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Back with a Bang. orinocotribune.com By Pepe Escobar — Aug 16, 2021 | The US "loss" of Afghanistan is a repositioning and the new mission is not a "war on terror," but Russia and China. | Wait until the war is over | And we're both a little older | The unknown soldier | Breakfast where the news is read | Television children fed | Unborn living, living, dead | Bullet strikes the helmet's head | And it's all over | For the unknown soldier | (The Doors, "The Unknown Soldier") | In the end, the

Rick Rozoff (2021-08-22). Missile Defense Agency wants mobile interceptor missile system against Russia, China. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Excerpts from a feature in Defense News, a non-governmental news site. Missile Defense Agency director wants less complex, more mobile Aegis Ashore The Missile Defense Agency director says he'd like to see the Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense system….become a less complex and more mobile asset. The U.S. has had a fully operational Aegis Ashore …

Dongsheng News (2021-08-21). News on China | No. 64. dissidentvoice.org In episode 64: The United States disengages from Afghanistan, its image in tatters. China, on the other hand, stays engaged. The disinformation campaign in Xinjiang has negatively impacted western corporations who played along with the disinformation. Chinese technology continues to advance in AI. Chinese show a high regard for their cultural heritage.

_____ (2021-08-21). Invitation to a Fiasco: U.S. Policy Toward China and Iran. strategic-culture.org By Eve OTTENBERG | U.S. foreign policy since World War II has been a screaming disaster. Coups, regime change operations and CIA-sponsored slaughters drowned the globe in blood. So did imperial wars, from Korea to Vietnam to Afghanistan to Iraq — all of which, incidentally, were lost. Washington's pursuit of its "interests" inexcusably piled tens of millions of corpses to the heavens. So when Biden, early in his presidency, cited those interests as guides to his foreign policy, it was only natural to expect the worst. | That expectation has proved correct, except for the military withdrawal from Afghanistan…

John Ross (2021-08-21). World mobilises against the U.S. on Cuba—including China. mronline.org Cuba is a small country. But because it became in 1959 the first country in the Western hemisphere to thoroughly break with U.S. domination, and embark on a path of national independence, events concerning Cuba have a geopolitical significance many times greater than its size. Present events show that this continues to be the case.

ecns.cn (2021-08-21). COVID-19 lab leak theory "extremely unlikely": virologist. ecns.cn The theory that scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology engineered SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, was extremely unlikely, reported the South China Morning Post on Friday.

ecns.cn (2021-08-21). Over 1,600 internet hospitals established in China. ecns.cn Over 1,600 internet hospitals have been established in China so far, and nearly 49 million people took online diagnosis and treatment in 2020 with the prevalence of online healthcare service, according to an official of the National Health Commission.

Staff (2021-08-21). Russia's talks with Taliban are latest proof Moscow's foreign policy is non-ideological. The West could learn a lesson from that. rt.com Both Russia and China are pursuing a strategy of engaging with the Taliban. While some politicians and commentators insist this is a global threat, the reality is that constructive talks are now more likely to bring stability. | Winston Churchill famously defined Russia as "a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma." Its unique history and geography have obviously produced a distinctive political culture, but Western efforts to mystify Russia also have the effect of drawing a dividing line between the rational and predictable 'us' versus the irrational and unpredictable 'other' — Moscow. | As a res…

Peter Koenig (2021-08-21). The WHO Blames China for Covid-19. The WHO Is Supporting Criminal Injections Falsely Called Vaccines? globalresearch.ca If WHO were seriously interested in the health of people Worldwide, it would investigate the so-called vaccines, which in fact are not vaccines, but at best "experimental gene therapies"

Willem Marten Lijfering (2021-08-21). [Correspondence] Revisiting the evidence for physical distancing, face masks, and eye protection. thelancet.com Derek Chu and colleagues' 2020 meta-analysis1 was epidemiologically flawed. In a comparison of countries where face mask wearing was mandatory (eg, China) with countries where it was not (eg, Italy), they find a lower rate of COVID-19 in countries where masks were mandatory.1 Many variables can explain such a finding, so it is clearly a case of correlation not causation. The only country-wide study included in the meta-analysis that investigated whether face mask wearing protects against COVID-19 was from China.

WSWS (2021-08-21). Scientific health policies contain delta variant outbreak in China. wsws.org US and European media that oppose scientific social-distancing policies at home have responded with calls for Beijing to abandon attempts to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Rick Rozoff (2021-08-21). Biden to nominate ex-NATO envoy ambassador to China. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com I was to have debated Burns ahead of the NATO summit in Chicago in 2012 before his announced appearance was cancelled. "Rozoff and a representative of Iraq Veterans Against the War will take the anti-NATO position in a debate with former Undersecretary of State R. Nicholas Burns and NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary James Appathurai at …

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