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Labour Purges Bristol University's 'Spinwatch' editor, Prof. David Miller and other Israel lobby critics
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Elected mayor in Bristol harder to hold to account, researchers find
“There is an over-concentration of power in the hands of a single leader"

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Universities say Labour Mayor Marvin Rees has brought public trust in Bristol politics to an all time low - Elected mayor in Bristol harder to hold to account, researchers find: “There is an over-concentration of power in the hands of a single leader" - The researchers concluded the mayoral model had not improved public trust in local decision-making, a long-standing issue in UK local government. In fact, they found that fewer residents trusted the council to make good decisions or thought they were made in a timely way under the mayoral model, down from 19 per cent and 13 per cent in 2012 to 15 per cent and eight per cent, respectively, in 2018.

Covid-19 BBC Fake News 1: Pediatrics Today: Kawasaki disease and vasculitis associated with immunization - Arthur Chang and Shamim Islam. Pediatrics Residency Program and Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University at Buffalo, State University of New York (SUNY), New York, USA. Abstract The etiology and pathogenesis of Kawasaki disease (KD) remain poorly understood. Among the diverse infectious and environmental factors examined to be triggers for, or be associated with, KD, are immunizations. In this report, We first describe the case of a Caucasian girl who presented with classic KD shortly after receiving her routine 4 months vaccination series. Prior published case reports and large epidemiological studies, which explore potential associations between immunization and KD and other vasculitides, are then comprehensively reviewed. The methodologic challenges that complicate analysis in this area are also considered...

Covid-19 BBC Fake News 2: Triple-drug combo of anti-malaria pill hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin and ZINC improved coronavirus patients chances of being discharged and cut death risk by almost 50%, study finds - Researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine looked at 932 coronavirus patients hospitalized between March 2 and April 5 - Half were given a combination of hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin and zinc sulfate and the other half did not receive zinc - Patients receiving the triple drug combination were 1.5 times more likely to recover enough to be discharged and 44% less likely to die - The team believes hydroxychloroquine helps zinc, which has antiviral properties, get into infected cells

Religious Jews get opt-out from todays new UK organ-snatching law. Chief Rabbi welcomes new provision for Jewish organ donors - Addition to Organ Donation Act,, which changes system from “opt-in” to “opt-out” in England, means halachic considerations will be taken into account and families consulted - The Chief Rabbi and Board of Deputies have warmly welcomed a remarkable caveat to the Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Act, which came into effect this week...  Israeli mastermind behind organ trafficking ring is arrested in Cyprus - Poor people from Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia and Turkey were paid thousands of euros for their kidneys. A prosecutor said they were left without proper medical care and were treated "like waste."  - 

NYT Finds Disproportionate Role of Israelis in World Organ Trafficking. NYT identifies six patients who underwent kidney transplants in Costa Rica and three Israeli men it says are involved in trafficking. - A report Sunday in the New York Times sheds light on the role of Israelis in international organ trafficking. Through the story of Ophira Dorin, a 36-year-old Israeli woman, the report demonstrates how easy it is to illegally buy a kidney in Israel. New Details Emerge on Organ Trafficking Ring Between Israel and Costa Rica - Israeli Suspected of Luring Women Into Organ Traffic Ring - Report: Israeli Suspected of Running Ukraine Organ Trafficking Ring - Five Israelis Charged With Organ Trafficking - Costa Rican authorities announced last year that they had uncovered an international organ trafficking ring that specialized in selling kidneys to Israeli and eastern European patients. The Times said it was able to identify 11 patients – six of them Israelis – who underwent kidney transplants in San Jose, as well as two other Israelis who arrived to the Costa Rican capital with donors for procedures they said would not have been approved back home. The report puts Dr. Francisco Mora Palma, head of nephrology at the large Calderon Guardia Hospital in San Jose, at the center of the operation in Costa Rica...

Labour Purges Bristol Universitys Spinwatch editor, Prof. David Miller and other Israel lobby critics - The UK Labour Party has launched a new purge of the left and the Palestine solidarity movement still remaining in its ranks. A noted academic expert on the Israel lobby and two leading members of a Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) branch were among those whose party membership was suspended on Monday. Professor David Miller of Bristol University, as well as Becky Massey and Pam Page of Brighton PSC all received letters from the party within hours of each other, they told The Electronic Intifada. Along with the summary expulsion of another local member in October, the suspensions seem to add up to an attack on Brighton PSC – one of the UK’s most active branches of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. The new purge commenced only hours after Labour’s new right-wing leader Keir Starmer held a virtual meeting with the leadership of the Jewish Labour Movement, a pro-Israel lobby within the party. A sociologist, Miller is an expert on the propaganda operations of state and corporate lobbies. He has documented the methods and history of the pro-Israel lobby for years. “This latest round of suspensions continues the targeted harassment of socialist members,” Miller told The Electronic Intifada. A book Miller co-wrote about Labourwas censored during the party’s conference last year, after Israel lobby pressure. Under the guise of Labour’s “anti-Semitism crisis,” the party bureaucracy has accelerated this trend in recent months under the new right-wing leadership. But it is merely a continuation of asimilar policy under Jennie Formby, theoutgoing pro-Corbyn general secretary, Miller said. He argued that the suspensions were designed to target members who understand the racism of Zionism, “which is very obviously incompatible with membership of the Labour Party.”..

Number of benefit claims soars by 69% as it rises by 856,500 to 2.1MILLION after lockdown - despite furlough scheme that kept millions in work.  Unemployment figures show a rise of 50,000 people in three months to March - Estimates for April show number of paid employees fell 1.6 per cent from March - New report by the Resolution Foundation finds younger people facing pay cuts = The report also warns older workers face risk of being made involuntary retired - The number of people claiming benefits has soared by a record 856,500 to 2.1million in the first full month of the coronavirus lockdown - despite the furlough scheme keeping millions in work. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that claims under Universal Credit sky-rocketed by 69 per cent in April, as the country begins easing out of the draconian lockdown measures imposed in late-March. Todays newly released figures also revealed that unemployment jumped by 50,000 to 1.35 million in the three months to March. The dire numbers come despite Chancellor Rishi Sunaks job retention scheme that currently has 7.5 million people on furlough in efforts to prop up the economy during the pandemic. Without the scheme, designed to help employers keep staff during the crisis, the benefits claims would likely be significantly higher. Thousands of people have started making their way back to work this week after the Prime Minister eased lockdown restrictions last Sunday. Mr Johnson emphasised last week he wants to kickstart the economy and get back to work, after dire forecasts last week that saw the economy shrink by 2 per cent. It also announced that early estimates for April 2020 indicate that the number of paid employees fell by 1.6 per compared to March, as firms began to feel a greater impact from the lockdown...

Brexit warning: EUs nonsense demands may force UK to seek extension at crunch point - THE EUROPEAN UNIONs "unprecedented" arguments in Brexit negotiations are increasing the likelihood of an extension. THE EUROPEAN UNIONs "unprecedented" arguments in Brexit negotiations are increasing the likelihood of an extension being a "sensible" option, the former governor of the Bank of England has warned. Brexit talks are on the verge of collapse after rows have broken out over each partys red lines between UK Chief Negotiator David Frost and his EU counterpart Michel Barnier. The UK has six weeks until a legally binding deadline ruling out an extension to the transition period. Lord Mervyn King, the former governor of the Bank of England, suggested to LBC that an extension may be more likely as the coronavirus crisis goes on. He said the EUs arguments dont "make a great deal of sense". He said: "So far it seems that there is an understandable disagreement between the UK and the European Union. "The UK voted to leave the EU and one of the reasons was so the UK could then decide its own regulations that would apply to our economy. "The European Union is arguing that even though we will leave the EU, we should still follow their rules and regulations in order to have a free trade agreement. "That is unprecedented, there is no real parallel for that."...    

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