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Africa to Become Testing Ground for “Trust Stamp” Vaccine Record and Payment System

    Africa to Become Testing Ground for “Trust Stamp” Vaccine Record and Payment System

A biometric digital identity platform that “evolves just as you evolve” is set to be introduced in “low-income, remote communities” in West Africa thanks to a public-private partnership between the Bill Gates-backed GAVI vaccine alliance, Mastercard and the AI-powered “identity authentication” company, Trust Stamp. The program, which was first launched in late 2018, will see Trust Stamp’s…

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Latin America’s Neoliberal Leaders Are Making the Coronavirus Pandemic Far Worse

    Latin America’s Neoliberal Leaders Are Making the Coronavirus Pandemic Far Worse

While other continents have largely dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic, much of Latin America is in meltdown, as cases soar, bodies pile up, and anger mounts. Its new wave of neoliberal leaders, mistrustful of collective action in any situation and extolling the virtues of individualism in a collective public health crisis, are making the problem…

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Firm Linked to HHS’ Robert Kadlec Poised to Become Exclusive Manufacture of COVID-19 Vaccines

    Firm Linked to HHS’ Robert Kadlec Poised to Become Exclusive Manufacture of COVID-19 Vaccines

Trump’s much-ballyhooed “Operation Warp Speed” unveiled in May of this year to produce and deploy a COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. is shaping up to be yet another scheme to funnel millions of dollars into a singularly corrupt pharmaceutical entity with deep ties to Robert Kadlec, the serving Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), who…

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The Merging of US and Israeli National Security States is Accelerating Amid COVID-19

    The Merging of US and Israeli National Security States is Accelerating Amid COVID-19

A two-pronged initiative by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Department of Homeland Security is set to substantially increase Israel’s already significant role in America’s digital health, artificial intelligence (AI), critical health infrastructure, as well as law enforcement, public and border protection and other key sectors. Citing “health challenges” posed by COVID-19, the U.S.-Israel Business…

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Fire-Engulfed California Short on Firefighters as Prison “Slaves” Under COVID-19 Lockdown

  Fire-Engulfed California Short on Firefighters as Prison “Slaves” Under COVID-19 Lockdown

It is the height of California’s dangerous forest fire season. But despite blazes currently raging, the state’s fire department is dangerously understaffed. That is because many firefighters today are not the burly full time professionals of another era, but underpaid convict laborers risking their lives for pennies. Almost 40 percent of California’s firefighters are prisoners. But…

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Israel Defense Ministry Launches COVID-19 Voice Test for Americans

  Israel Defense Ministry Launches COVID-19 Voice Test for Americans

The Israeli Ministry of Defense has launched a project to analyze people’s voices and breathing patterns using artificial intelligence (AI) in order to determine if they have COVID-19. The software allegedly listens for detectable “signs of distress,” ostensibly from the respiratory effects of the virus. A May 27 report in the Jerusalem Post stated that the research was…

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Public Outcry Follows Gilead Decision to Charge $3000 for COVID Drug that Costs Pennies to Produce

  Public Outcry Follows Gilead Decision to Charge $3000 for COVID Drug that Costs Pennies to Produce

California-based pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences has announced that a five-day course of its antiviral drug Remdesivir — shown in tests to effectively fight COVID-19 — will cost $3,120 to Americans with health insurance and $2,340 to those on Medicaid. Yet research published in April calculated that the drug could be produced at a profit for as little as…

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Mass-Tracking COVI-PASS Immunity Passports Slated to Roll Out in 15 Countries

  Mass-Tracking COVI-PASS Immunity Passports Slated to Roll Out in 15 Countries

Through the magic of Internet meme culture, most Millennials will be familiar with the famous opening scene of the 1942 film, “Casablanca,” where two policemen stop a civilian in the “old Moorish section” of Nazi-occupied French Morocco and ask him for his “papers.” The subject is taken away at once after failing to produce the required…

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Is America a Failed State? Trump’s COVID Response Has Many Saying “Yes”

  Is America a Failed State? Trump’s COVID Response Has Many Saying “Yes”

Even as every other advanced, industrialized nation has eliminated or is drastically reducing their coronavirus pandemics, Thursday was the worst day on record for the United States in terms of infections with over 40,000 confirmed cases reported, beating the previous high on April 24 by over 1,000. The United States had months to learn from…

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The High-Tech Profiling of Native Americans Under COVID-19 Could Be Headed Your Way

  The High-Tech Profiling of Native Americans Under COVID-19 Could Be Headed Your Way

By now it is no secret that COVID-19 is being used to justify profiteering, power grabs, and the incremental decimation of our right to privacy. It is also serving to perpetuate age-old practices of oppression against Native peoples and other minority groups in the United States, as evidenced by a secret policy enacted by a neonatal women’s…

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