Swedish police recently announced an increase in police vigilance in the form of a ‘National Special Event’, whereby action will be taken to allow “police to be able to act quickly in the event of a possible terrorist attack.”
This decision comes in the wake of recent Islam-inspired terror attacks in France and Austria:
Three people stabbed to death in a church, on October 29, by extreme Islamist Brahim Aouissaoui. The perpetrator was shot and detained by police.
23 wounded and 4 killed earlier this week by extreme Islamist Kujtim Fejzula. Fejzula ran down the street of a popular nightlife district with an automatic rifle and proceeded to shoot people at random. The perpetrator was shot and killed by police. ISIS later claimed responsibility for the incident, claiming that it was perpetrated by a “soldier of the caliphate”. …
French Catholics were protected by heavily armed guards as they prayed in celebration of the All Saints holiday on Sunday. Such precautions come after a recent stabbing in a church in Nice that left three dead, one “virtually decapitated”. The horrific crime was carried out by extreme Islamist Brahim Aouissaoui, who was found to be armed with with three knives, two phones, and a copy of the Quran.
Police are now holding six others for questioning, in an attempt to determine their connection with Aouissaoui.
Aouissaoui himself remains in a serious conditional in hospital, and police are subsequently unable to determine his precise motivations at this stage.
Three people were recently stabbed to death in Nice, France, by a 21 year old Tunisian man, named Brahim Aouissaoui, who had just arrived in the country earlier this month. The young man was armed with three knives, and was holding a copy of the Quran, when he attacked all three victims within a local church.
One of the victims, a 60 year old female, was found “virtually beheaded”, according to local officials. Another, a 55 year old male was found with his throat slit. …
The Covid-19 virus is now known to target an enzyme that is highly expressed by the cardiac cells that comprise the heart.
Covid-19 targets the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptor as a means of infiltrating body cells. The ACE2 enzyme is utilised by many organs, but perhaps most concerning is its high expression in the heart.
In cases in which Covid-19 successfully spreads to the heart, it can cause a vast array of damage, from necrosis of cardiac cells, to acute or protracted heart failure. Furthermore these symptoms are not limited to severe cases of Covid-19, with signs of cardiac damage even presenting in those who experienced mild to no symptoms traditional symptoms.
The Trump administration has proposed yet another sale of weapons to Taiwan, this time involving a $2.37 billion Harpoon defence system by Boeing.
This comes in the immediate wake of the threat of sanctions imposed by China on all companies involved in such deals, including Boeing.
China has recently expressed its strong disapproval of any such deals between the US and Taiwan, referring to them as actions that “severely undermine China-US relations” as well as the “peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”
“The United States maintains an abiding interest in peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and considers the security of Taiwan central to the security and stability of the broader Indo-Pacific region,” the State Department said. It said the sale would not alter the military balance in the region.
Two years ago, Australian Academic Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert was sentenced to ten years in prison in Tehran, Iran, under the charge of espionage. Dr. Moore-Gilbert, claims that the accusations against her are false, and the Australian Government has denounced the charges as “baseless and politically motivated”.
Recently, Dr. Moore-Gilbert was transferred from the infamously rough Qarchak prison to an unknown location according to the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) in Iran.
Australian officials seem to be left in the dark, with the Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne saying: “The reports that we have seen are ones which we are seeking further information…
As of Wednesday, the US State Department has approved the potential sale of advanced weapons to Taiwan worth $1.8 billion. The sale includes a range of technology including missiles, artillery, and sensors.
Yesterday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian voiced China’s clear disapproval of the sale, saying that it “severely undermines China-US relations” as well as the “peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”
Spokesman Zhao ended his response on an ominous note, stating that “China will make a legitimate and necessary reaction in the light of the development of the situation.” …
A 20 year old Syrian man is thought to be responsible for the October 4th stabbing of two middle aged men in Dresden, Germany. One of the two victims later died from his wounds, while the other survived with serious injury.
The suspect has a compelling criminal history, including “charges of soliciting support for a foreign terrorist organisation, obtaining instructions to commit a serious act of violence endangering the state, bodily injury and threats” according to The Local Germany.
Police found the suspect’s DNA on a knife abandoned near the scene of the crime. The DNA of the suspect was already in the police database at the time. …
A new Swiss initiative proposes that each citizen receive 7500 Swiss Francs, the equivalent of $11724(AUD).
As per Switzerland’s direct democracy rules, If the initiative can receive 100,000 signatures, the Swiss electorate will put it to a vote.
If successful, the scheme will be financed by Switzerland’s national bank, from which each and every Swiss citizen will receive payment - including children.
The creatively named ‘Helicopter Money Initiative’ is designed to benefit the country by bolstering the economy:
“Exports, interest rates, inflation and investment would rise”
Such benefits will not come cheap however, with an expected price-tag of approximately 45 Billion Swiss Francs.
The Chinese military has started to concentrate its forces to the south-east coast as tensions between Taiwan escalate. Missile bases in the south-east region have now begun to upgrade their capabilities, allowing for the dispatch of cutting edge DF-17 hypersonic missiles.
In addition to the weapons upgrade, the Chinese military has begun to reinforce the area with more troops. Currently 10 of the 13 PLA marine brigades are now based at the coast.
Besides the consolidation of coastal forces, China has run a series of exercises recently around Taiwan, including a large scale invasion drill.
As for the USA and its involvement, the Trump administration has put to congress its wish to sell advanced arms to Taiwan, as per the Taiwan Relations Act.