Author: Daniel K.

The Chinese military conducted exercises to storm beaches and set up landing heads right on the Taiwan Strait amid the political dispute between Beijing and Taipei. The Chinese military has published video recordings of the landing drills. https://twitter.com/PopularFront_/status/1447291809743482891 The People’s Liberation Army’s press, PLA Daily, recently posted a video on Weibo showing soldiers practicing storming a beach. The video shows how the soldiers land in small boats on a beach, breach barbed wire, and other obstacles, dig trenches in a sandbar, and practice fighting in a forest. According to the PLA Daily, the exercises were held at a practice site in Fujian Province, on…

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A special operations unit and a contingent of U.S. Marines have been preparing Taiwanese soldiers for a potential invasion of China in secret exercises, the Wall Street Journal revealed in a report that was confirmed by the Pentagon on Friday. Around two dozen elite soldiers train Taiwanese ground troops, while US Marines practice combat with Taiwan’s naval forces. China: U.S. must withdraw from Taiwan The U.S. must withdraw troops from Taiwan, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said today, urging Washington to respect its agreements with Beijing. “The U.S. must sever diplomatic relations and abrogate its mutual defense treaty with Taiwan and U.S. forces must…

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According to the US Navy, a US nuclear submarine collided with an “unknown object” while submerged in the South China Sea. The incident resulted in no life-threatening injuries on board, the US Pacific fleet announced on Thursday (local time) in a brief statement. Two seafarers had been moderately injured and about nine others had suffered bruises and cuts, according to media reports. https://twitter.com/USPacificFleet/status/1446189911686582313 The nuclear reactor of the “USS Connecticut” was not impaired and is still fully functional, said the Navy. “The submarine is still in a safe and stable condition.” The extent of the damage of the Seawolf-class hunting submarine is now…

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When the first Corona wave hit Germany in spring 2020, Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) and his state government set particularly strict rules. While the other federal states only introduced contact restrictions in public spaces, Bavaria went a step further and imposed a curfew: leaving your own home was only allowed for “essential reasons,” including going to work or to the doctor, shopping for groceries, and visiting a partner. “The police are required to check compliance of the population with the curfew,” said the Bavarian Corona Ordinance of March 31, 2020. The 20th Senate of the Bavarian Administrative Court in…

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A bomb attack in the Afghan capital Kabul near the memorial service for the mother of a high-ranking Taliban official resulted in deaths and injuries. Taliban spokesman Sabihullah Mujahid, whose mother was buried, reported on the explosion near the gate of the famous Eidgah mosque. https://twitter.com/HabibKhanT/status/1444631615267803137 “A number of people were killed and wounded,” the spokesman reportedly said without providing details. There are conflicting reports about the numbers of fatalities and people injured. The Taliban confirm the death of two and they say 4 others were injured. An Afghan government spokesman says that the explosion hit a gathering at the main entrance…

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Online criminals have used Trojan apps to sign up victims for subscriptions and looted hundreds of millions of euros, according to security researchers. More than 200 legitimate-looking apps infected with malicious code have crept into the Google Play store and victims were signed up for paid subscriptions without noticing it. The malicious campaign has affected more than 10 million Android users worldwide. At first glance, the apps in Google Play and other app stores for Android do not look suspicious. However, malicious code is supposed to become active after installation, signing the victims up for subscriptions. In some cases for…

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According to a forecast by the Federal Statistical Office, the inflation rate jumped to 4.1 % in September. A new record: Last seen in December 1993, when it was 4.3 %. The prices for energy (+14.3 %) and food (+ 4.9 %) increased sharply. Services increased by 2.5 % and apartment rents by 1.4 %. In August consumer prices had already risen by 3.9 % compared to the same month last year. The Federal Statistical Office last determined a higher value in December 1993, when it was 4.3 %. In order to stimulate consumption during the pandemic, the federal government had temporarily reduced…

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The US investment bank Goldman Sachs warns in a current report of possible large-scale power outages in Europe in the coming winter. Concerns about supply bottlenecks in the electricity and gas sectors, a prediction that was relegated to the realm of conspiracy theories only a short time ago, are growing. Those responsible in the European Union are still looking gleefully at Great Britain, where massively increased gas prices have forced a number of energy providers to give up because they cannot pass on the purchase prices, which have skyrocketed by up to 70% due to a statutory gas price cap. The…

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A German IT project manager, who wishes to remain anonymous, has spent months creating an extensive and unique network document, labeled “The COVID Network Complex”. For the first time, it shows you the complex network of relationships between non-governmental organizations (NGOs), companies, documents, and people. There are 6,500 objects and over 7,200 links, including the financial flows, and in parts also the amounts that have flowed. Only publicly available sources were used in the analysis. Table of contents of “The COVID Network Complex” analysis In the case of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, you can already see on page…

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That shouldn’t fit Mark Zuckerberg at all: In the “Facebook Files”, the “Wall Street Journal” reveals explosive documents about the platform. How social is the network really? Six journalists have evaluated the leaked documents over the past few weeks, including internal memos, PowerPoint presentations, and discussions from the company’s internal Facebook chat channel. “We show that these are not individual cases of failure that surprised the company. Rather, there is broad acceptance here” Jeff Horwitz He is the chief author of the “Facebook Files” series of articles in the “Wall Street Journal” and a Silicon Valley reporter for the business newspaper. “Facebook doesn’t care…

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