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Immigrants give Italy €500 million a year more than they take

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Tom Kington, Rome

Wednesday October 14 2020, 12.01am, The Times

Immigrants benefit Italy by €500 million a year, a study has found, boosting claims that the nation needs more foreign workers.

The Leone Moressa Foundation compared the taxes paid by the 5.26 million migrants in Italy with the total cost of hosting them.

It found that the expense of sending them to schools, treating them in hospitals and housing them in council homes was half a billion euros less than the annual taxes they pay.

Monia Giovannetti, vice-president of ASGI, an Italian association that promotes legal rights for migrants, said that such research was useful because Italians did not see this side of the social contributions. “They only see foreigners as people who exploit services and benefits as opposed to people who create wealth for the country,” she said.

Foreigners living legally in Italy make up 8.7 per cent of the population, with Romanians the largest group followed by Albanians, Moroccans and Chinese. Together they paid the state €26.6 billion in taxes in 2018, paying income tax while working mostly in low-paid jobs, contributing to pensions and VAT as well as paying taxes on cigarettes and petrol.

The state benefits they received added up to €26.1 billion, leaving a profit of €500 million for the state.

Apart from health, housing, education and local services, the total includes the €3.3 billion spent on caring for migrants in reception centres after they arrive on boats from Africa, processing their asylum claims and offering them social-integration training.

Italy’s migrant population has increased over the past decade as the nation’s birth rate has dropped to the lowest level since records began in 1861, with women averaging 1.29 children, far lower than the 2.1 required to maintain the population.

The demographic trend prompted claims that immigrants would be needed to pay the pensions of Italians.

The survey did not include illegal migrants, thought to number about 600,000. An Italian government amnesty and offer of a work permit was answered by 220,000 illegal immigrants, most of whom were domestic cleaners.

“If they start paying taxes it will mean another €360 million a year for the state,” Enrico Di Pasquale, a researcher at the foundation, said.

The anti-migrant politician Matteo Salvini opposed the amnesty, claiming that the government was “crying for poor migrants but not lifting a finger for millions of jobless Italians”.

He has criticised the government for failing to stop more than 10,000 Tunisians who sailed to Italy this year. Mr Salvini claims that more will be encouraged to come as Rome eases some of the anti-migrant measures he imposed as interior minister last year. He says that foreign workers push down wages, driving Italians into poverty.

“It is true that migrants do depress wages,” Alfonso Giordano, a professor of political geography at Luiss university in Rome, said. “But that is happening while Italian employers are de-localising to China and India to take advantage of lower pay — that is globalisation.”

One sector in which a workforce of migrants, often illegal, has kept wages low is agriculture, which employs up to a million non-Italians. The sociologist Marco Omizzolo said: “You cannot, however, say they have pushed down pay for Italian pickers because there are hardly any in the first place.”

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Italian dockers obstruct Saudi’s criminal war on Yemen

Dockworkers in Genoa have given a vital lesson to workers everywhere in how to harness our collective strength.

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Dockers have refused to load cannons bound for the Yemen war onto the freighter Bahri Yanbu in the port of Genoa.

Many years ago, when the Stop the War Coalition could still pack a hall and communists had not yet been expelled, it held a congress, at which the CPGB-ML proposed a resolution calling on the coalition to lead a campaign of non-cooperation with imperialist wars.

The communists pointed out that imperialist wars could only be carried out with the cooperation of workers, and that by collectively withdrawing that cooperation it lay within the power of the organised working class, not simply to protest against such wars, but to stop them in their tracks.

The resolution was passed overwhelmingly by delegates at the congress, who really did want to stop the wars, but the policy was quietly shelved and ignored by the coalition’s leadership, dominated by Labour party and trade-union placemen and their Trotskyite hangers-on – a careerist crew that has overseen the effective demise of the anti-austerity as well as of the anti-war movement in Britain.

But now dockworkers in the Italian port of Genoa are demonstrating in practice that it is both possible and necessary to sabotage the war machine by collectively refusing to follow orders.

The dockers stopped the Saudi ship Bahri Yanbu from loading with drones and other equipment that would be used in the devastating war on Yemen. Anti-war activists joined forces with union members, demanding: “Open the ports to people, close them to arms.” (Italian dock strike blocks deadly cargo headed for Saudi Arabia by Steve Sweeney, Morning Star, 20 May 2019)

Activists in France had earlier succeeded in stopping the same ship from loading eight Caesar cannons in the port of Le Havre. Although their legal challenge failed, the ship’s owners were sufficiently rattled to leave France without the weapons, sending them overland to Italy in the hope of loading them there instead.

Honest journalists expose French crimes

The French action was inspired by Disclose media journalists Geoffrey Livolsi and Mathias Destal and Radio France journalist Benoit Collombat, who went public with a classified report on the ghastly scale of Yemeni casualties caused by France’s export of Caesar cannons. These brave reporters are now being threatened with jail time for refusing to reveal their sources. (France takes unprecedented action against reporters who published secret government document by Ryan Gallagher, The Intercept, 17 May 2019)

The Caesar cannons at the centre of the row are a French-manufactured variety of mobile armoured artillery, many using a Renault chassis, which are capable of firing devastating rocket-propelled shells with a high degree of accuracy over huge distances: up to 50km.

According to Telesur: “Maps produced for the classified note show that about 437,000 people could have been affected by strikes (including French cannon fire Caesar strikes) in three different border areas between Saudi Arabia and Yemen.” (Leaked secret note reveals French dirty role in Yemen war, 15 April 2019)

Disclose media has established that 35 civilians died during 52 bombings between March 2016 and December 2018 in the field where French Caesar cannon fire operated. And of course these confirmed fatalities from French weapons are just the tip of a very bloody iceberg.

It is particularly crucial for the imperialist war effort that journalists and media workers should cooperate in putting out war propaganda on behalf of their masters. This psychological war waged against workers is crucial in maintaining the capitalists’ grip on power at home and allowing them to conduct their criminal and aggressive wars abroad.

There is no shortage of well-paid volunteers for this dirty work. The few brave reporters who refuse find at best that they are blacklisted, and at worst that they are threatened with jail – as in the case of Julian Assange.

Those journalists who continue to broadcast the lies of the imperialist war machine should hang their heads in shame when confronted with that rare breed: an honest journalist.

Workers everywhere salute the dockworkers of Genoa, whose bold actions put them firmly in the proletarian internationalist tradition of our own East End dockers of London, who in 1920 refused to load the Jolly George with guns to shoot Russians.

By this action, and the threat of more to come, they were able to put an end to Britain’s involvement in the vicious war of intervention that was aimed at toppling the first ever workers’ state – the newly-established Soviet Union.

Like those Londoners a century ago, the Genoa dockers are showing exactly what can be achieved when workers organise to use their collective power in their own interests.

No cooperation with imperialist war!

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Fronte Popolare (Popular Front – Italy): Solidarity with the political prisoners of the anti-racist struggle in the USA!

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Note from the PSL: We are deeply appreciative of the many solidarity statements we have received from around the country and the world. If your organization would like to offer a statement, please send it to info@pslweb.org. We will be collecting and posting more statements soon. Individuals can also sign the petition demanding freedom for the arrested organizers here and make a donation to provide support for their case here.

We are witnessing with dismay and concern, in recent weeks, the succession of repressive initiatives against anti-racist activists in the United States, that have animated the mobilization of the Black Lives Matter movement in recent months.

The U.S. classist regime and the Donald Trump ultra-reactionary administration are making every effort to suppress with violence and intimidation the wave of protest that followed the murder of George Floyd.

In this context, Russell Ruch, Lilian House, Joel Northam and Eliza Lucero, activists of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in Denver, Colorado, have been arrested. Jailed for having been among the organizers of important initiatives of the anti-racist movement, they are now at risk of being condemned to heavy prison sentences based on false and pretextual charges.

To the arrested comrades and their Party, the PSL, to which Fronte Popolare is united by a strong internationalist bond, we express our solidarity and active support.

Not a step back in the face of repression and reaction!

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NATO at the Helm of Italian Foreign Policy

By Manlio Dinucci

NATO Defense Ministers (Lorenzo Guerini, Pd representing Italy) gathered by videoconference on June17/18, and made a series of “decisions to strengthen the Alliance’s deterrence.” However, nobody in Italy talks about it, neither the media (including social media) nor the political world, where an absolute multipartisan silence reigns over all this. Yet these decisions, basically dictated by Washington and signed by Minister Guerini for Italy, not only trace the guidelines of our military policy, but also our foreign policy.

First of all – announces Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg – “NATO is preparing for a possible second wave of Covid-19,” against which NATO has already mobilized over half a million soldiers in Europe. Stoltenberg does not clarify how NATO can predict a possible second virus pandemic with a new lockdown.

On one point, however, he is clear: this “does not mean that other challenges disappeared.” The major problem – Defense Ministers underlined – comes from Russia’s “destabilizing and dangerous behavior,” in particular from its “irresponsible nuclear rhetoric, aimed at intimidating and threatening NATO allies.”

In this way they overturn reality, erasing the fact that it was NATO that extended its nuclear forces and bases close to Russia, especially the United States after the end of the Cold War. A strategy aimed at creating growing tensions with Russia in Europe has been methodically implemented with Washington’s direction.

Defense Ministers met in the Nuclear Planning Group, chaired by the United States, to decide on new military measures against Russia.Ukraine – That’s where NATO’s eastward expansion led

It is unknown what decisions on nuclear matters Minister Guerini signed on behalf of Italy. However, it is clear that by participating in the Group and hosting US nuclear weapons (which can also be used by our Air Force), Italy violates the Non-Proliferation Treaty and rejects the UN Treaty for the prohibition of nuclear weapons.

Stoltenberg merely said, “Today we have decided on further steps to keep NATO nuclear deterrent in Europe safe and efficient.” Among these steps there is certainly the next arrival of the new US B61-12 nuclear bombs also in Italy.

Defense Ministers spoke of another growing “challenge” which is that of China for the first time “at the top of NATO’s agenda.” China is a trading partner of many allies, but at the same time “heavily invests in new missile systems that can reach all NATO countries,” said Stoltenberg. Thus, NATO begins to present China as a military threat.

At the same time, they present Chinese investments in the countries of the Alliance as dangerous. Based on this premise, Defense Ministers updated the guidelines for “national resilience,” aimed at preventing energy, transport and telecommunications, 5G in particular, from ending up under “foreign ownership and control” (read “Chinese Ownership and Control”).

These are the decisions signed by Italy at the Defense Ministers NATO meeting. They bind our country to a strategy of growing hostility, especially towards Russia and China, exposing us to increasingly serious risks and making our arrangements on which the same economic agreements rest unstable.

It is a long-term strategy, as evidenced by the (Born) NATO 2030″ project launch made by Secretary General Stoltenberg on June 8 to “strengthen the Alliance militarily and politically” by including countries like Australia (already invited to the Defense Ministers meeting), New Zealand, Japan and other Asians, in clear anti-Chinese function.

A group of 10 advisors was formed for the Great Global (Born) NATO 2030 project, including Prof. Marta Dassù, former foreign policy adviser in the D’Alema government before and during NATO’s war on Yugoslavia, in which Italy participated in 1999 with its bases and bombers, under US command.

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NATO at the Helm of Italian Foreign Policy

By Manlio Dinucci

NATO Defense Ministers (Lorenzo Guerini, Pd representing Italy) gathered by videoconference on June17/18, and made a series of “decisions to strengthen the Alliance’s deterrence.” However, nobody in Italy talks about it, neither the media (including social media) nor the political world, where an absolute multipartisan silence reigns over all this. Yet these decisions, basically dictated by Washington and signed by Minister Guerini for Italy, not only trace the guidelines of our military policy, but also our foreign policy.

First of all – announces Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg – “NATO is preparing for a possible second wave of Covid-19,” against which NATO has already mobilized over half a million soldiers in Europe. Stoltenberg does not clarify how NATO can predict a possible second virus pandemic with a new lockdown.

On one point, however, he is clear: this “does not mean that other challenges disappeared.” The major problem – Defense Ministers underlined – comes from Russia’s “destabilizing and dangerous behavior,” in particular from its “irresponsible nuclear rhetoric, aimed at intimidating and threatening NATO allies.”

In this way they overturn reality, erasing the fact that it was NATO that extended its nuclear forces and bases close to Russia, especially the United States after the end of the Cold War. A strategy aimed at creating growing tensions with Russia in Europe has been methodically implemented with Washington’s direction.

Defense Ministers met in the Nuclear Planning Group, chaired by the United States, to decide on new military measures against Russia.

It is unknown what decisions on nuclear matters Minister Guerini signed on behalf of Italy. However, it is clear that by participating in the Group and hosting US nuclear weapons (which can also be used by our Air Force), Italy violates the Non-Proliferation Treaty and rejects the UN Treaty for the prohibition of nuclear weapons.

Stoltenberg merely said, “Today we have decided on further steps to keep NATO nuclear deterrent in Europe safe and efficient.” Among these steps there is certainly the next arrival of the new US B61-12 nuclear bombs also in Italy.

Defense Ministers spoke of another growing “challenge” which is that of China for the first time “at the top of NATO’s agenda.” China is a trading partner of many allies, but at the same time “heavily invests in new missile systems that can reach all NATO countries,” said Stoltenberg. Thus, NATO begins to present China as a military threat.

At the same time, they present Chinese investments in the countries of the Alliance as dangerous. Based on this premise, Defense Ministers updated the guidelines for “national resilience,” aimed at preventing energy, transport and telecommunications, 5G in particular, from ending up under “foreign ownership and control” (read “Chinese Ownership and Control”).

These are the decisions signed by Italy at the Defense Ministers NATO meeting. They bind our country to a strategy of growing hostility, especially towards Russia and China, exposing us to increasingly serious risks and making our arrangements on which the same economic agreements rest unstable.

It is a long-term strategy, as evidenced by the (Born) NATO 2030″ project launch made by Secretary General Stoltenberg on June 8 to “strengthen the Alliance militarily and politically” by including countries like Australia (already invited to the Defense Ministers meeting), New Zealand, Japan and other Asians, in clear anti-Chinese function.

A group of 10 advisors was formed for the Great Global (Born) NATO 2030 project, including Prof. Marta Dassù, former foreign policy adviser in the D’Alema government before and during NATO’s war on Yugoslavia, in which Italy participated in 1999 with its bases and bombers, under US command.

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Selected Articles: NATO at the Helm of Italian Foreign Policy

By Global Research News

NATO at the Helm of Italian Foreign Policy

By Manlio Dinucci,

NATO Defense Ministers (Lorenzo Guerini, Pd representing Italy) gathered by videoconference on June17/18, and made a series of “decisions to strengthen the Alliance’s deterrence.” However, nobody in Italy talks about it, neither the media (including social media) nor the political world, where an absolute multipartisan silence reigns over all this. Yet these decisions, basically dictated by Washington and signed by Minister Guerini for Italy, not only trace the guidelines of our military policy, but also our foreign policy.

Abraham Lincoln and Karl Marx: ‘Death to Slavery’

By John Wight,

Lincoln here is referring to the decision of Manchester textile workers — arrived at after a tempestuous meeting at the city’s Free Trade Hall in late 1862 — to continue to support the North’s blockade of the Atlantic ports of the Confederacy and to refuse to touch one bale of cotton picked by slaves in the the South should Lord Palmerston, Britain’s prime minister at the time, accede to the demands of British mill owners and shipping companies that he order the Royal Navy to smash the blockade by force in order to restore the fortunes of a British textile industry that was on its knees due to the lack of the cotton it relied on from these very slave states.

Journalist Julian Assange Charged with New American Indictment

By Dr. Leon Tressell,

The new indictment incorporates the 18 charges from the first indictment and seeks to ‘broaden the scope of the conspiracy’ and asserts that Assange and Wikileaks tried to recruit hackers for the purpose of stealing secret documents from the US government.

Thirteen of the 49 page indictment are devoted to Assange’s efforts to recruit ‘Anonymous’ hackers. At one conference Assange is alleged to have encouraged hackers to join the CIA and then use their position to steal top secret documents.

Get Ready for ‘Shock and Awe’ Brexit Propaganda Campaign

By True Publica,

The term ‘shock and awe‘, more often used to describe a military strategy of overwhelming force and closely associated with the disaster that was the Iraq war, is contained in a document setting out the government’s communications plan.

The information campaign is huge and is set to warn the public about the “consequences of not taking action,” before moving to a new phase focusing on avoiding losses as a result of the post-Brexit disruption.

War Crimes: US Destruction of North Korea Must Not be Forgotten

By Brett Wilkins,

survey of Koreans in the summer of 1946 found that 77% preferred socialism or communism while only 14% favored capitalism. However, in the South, the US backed the right-wing dictatorship ofSyngman Rhee, a conservative Christian and staunch anti-communist who ruled with an iron fist. In the North, the USSR installed former anti-Japanese guerrilla leader and Red Army officer Kim Il Sung.

In 1948, the division of Korea was looking increasingly permanent. And politics was turning murderous.

War is Good for Business and Organized Crime: Afghanistan’s Multibillion Dollar Opium Trade. Rising Heroin Addiction in the US

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky,

Today a rough estimate based on US retail prices suggests that the global heroin market is above the 500 billion dollars mark. This multibillion dollar hike is the result of a significant increase in the volume of heroin transacted Worldwide coupled with a moderate increase in retail prices.

Based on the most recent (UNODC) data (2017) opium production in Afghanistan is of the order of 9000 metric tons, which after processing and transformation is equivalent to approximately 900,000 kg. of pure heroin.

MSM “Fake News” Against Syria. Describe Al Qaeda as “Rebels”, Elected President as “Dictator”

By Steven Sahiounie,

They call the Assad government of Syria the “Middle East’s most brutal dictatorship”.  President Assad is an elected president, having won the majority in an open election in 2014 of three candidates, which was observed by an independent international team.  The term brutal may have alluded to accusations of the use of chemical weapons; however, according to James Mattis, while serving as Defense Secretary under President Trump, the US has no evidence that Assad used chemicals.  President Obama drew a red line at chemical use, and when the famous attack occurred in East Ghouta in 2013 the world held their breath waiting for a US military attack, but after Obama was informed by the UK Defense Lab at Portadown that the chemical sample from East Ghouta was not from Syrian government supplies, Obama terminated the attack, refusing to be duped by the terrorists into attacking Syria based on a lie.  The US invasion and destruction of Iraq was based on a lie, which made Obama wary to repeat what George W. Bush had done.

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For Italian Jews, the ‘smell of death’ is all around

BY: CNAAN LIPHSHIZ 

Medical personnel in protective suits await the arrival of possible COVID-19 infections in the Molinette Hospital lobby in Turin, Italy, March 26, 2020. (Stefano Guidi/Getty Images)

At least twice a day, Micol Naccache breaks down in tears over what the coronavirus is doing to her city of Milan and its Jewish community.

A high school teacher and mother of two, Naccache describes herself as “an optimistic person.” But she is struggling to stay positive following the death of one of her friends from the disease, whose outbreak in Milan earlier this month forced all of Italy into a lockdown that has been in force now for three weeks.

“I smell death around me, it’s the first time something like this has happened to me,” said Naccache, 48, who begins each day by disinfecting her entire home with alcohol spray, partly for protection and partly as a distraction. “It’s like in a war, where you walk on and people are dying around you. I don’t see them dying but I can feel it, death all around me.”

More than 7,500 people have died in Italy of COVID-19, the largest death toll of any country. Some 800 people are dying each day of a disease that has overwhelmed local health services.

Isolated and worried, thousands of Italian Jews have turned to their communal media and institutions for a lifeline and sense of solidarity. 

One of the victims last week was Giorgio Sinigaglia, a friend of Naccache and fellow member of the Jewish Community of Milan. Sinigaglia was a 54-year-old engineer and father of four. The week before that, the virus claimed Michele Sciama, a former leader of the community.

The pandemic has killed at least five Jewish people in Milan, and all of them have been buried at the Jewish cemetery, said Alfonso Arbib, the community’s rabbi. Their bodies have not been prepared in accordance with Jewish religious laws, or tahara, which involves washing the corpse, among other rituals.  

“It’s not safe,” Arbib said, “and preserving life is the most important thing right now.” 

Several others from the community have died in recent days, he said, though it’s not immediately known if their passing was due to COVID-19. Arbib also said that among several others who have contracted the virus, some are fighting for their lives. 

Last week, images of army trucks bringing bodies to be cremated in the northern city of Bergamo stunned Italy. Arbib said the scenes were particularly shocking for Jewish Italians, whose faith forbids cremation. 

“So far, we’ve been able to prevent this because burials are still allowed under certain conditions, but it is a concern that this would no longer be possible if the death toll keeps climbing,” he said.

A cyclist protecting himself from the coronavirus passes in front of a synagogue in Turin, March 18, 2020. (Stefano Guidi/Getty Images)

Funerals are limited events these days, with only 10 mourners from the immediate family allowed to attend. The customs of sitting shiva and nichum avelim – Judaism’s seven days of mourning at the deceased’s home and visits there during the period by relatives, friends and acquaintances – have been made impossible because of the country’s lockdown.

“Losing a loved one without saying goodbye is really painful,” Stefania Sciama, the daughter of the former community leader of Milan, told The Times of Israel in an interview published Thursday. “My father died alone and now I can’t even comfort my mother.”

Her mother, Viviane, is alone at her home and keeps in contact with other relatives through video chats.

The prospect of sharing Sciama’s fate is terrifying Liliana Segre, 89. She’s a Jewish senator from Milan and a Holocaust survivor.

“I have to tell the truth, the thing that scares me the most is to die alone,” she told Moked, the Jewish-Italian news service, on Tuesday.  “I have already seen those who died alone, but I didn’t think I, too, would be on the frontline.”

Milo Hasbani, the president of the Jewish Community of Milan, a nonprofit representing most of the city’s Jewish institutions, is feeling “powerless to help the people I’m responsible to help, and it’s a very difficult feeling,” he told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 

“There is actually little I can do in practical terms when I can’t leave my house. It’s very tough.”

The community in Milan did manage to organize an assistance service for the elderly who were left alone, including the delivery of groceries and medicines to their homes. It also has harnessed video chat and streaming platforms to preserve a sense of togetherness.

Arbib gives daily lessons on the Torah over Facebook to dozens of viewers. Each time one of his congregation members dies, he dedicates the following lesson to the deceased and delivers an obituary as his followers add their own words in text comments.

The Milan community’s website, Mosaico, has published an obituary about each person it has lost to the disease and invited readers to add their own words in the comments. The one about Sinigaglia, the engineer, has received about 200 comments, including by close friends recalling moments they shared with him. Encouragements and condolences have been sent to his widow and children.

“I’m not a fan of Facebook and internet communication, I’m more of an old-school guy, especially when it comes to offering condolences,” Hasbani said, “but now we have nowhere but the internet to come together to mourn. So that’s what you’re seeing.” 

At a “difficult moment of social isolation and solitude,” the website is geared toward facilitating “emotional closeness and sharing of pain,” said Fiona Diwan, the editor in chief of the website and Milan’s Jewish monthly, Bet Magazine. 

”When hugs, sociability and the possibility of burying one’s loved one are missing, only the written words remain,” she said.

Naccache, the teacher, tunes in to lessons by a rabbi and author from Rome, Benedetto Carucci Viterbi. 

“He gives beautiful lessons that really resonate with me and give me power to go on,” she said.

Her children, aged 8 and 10, attend Milan’s Jewish school, La Scuola Ebraica, which has 500 students. Like most other schools in Italy, it has switched to remote studying, but “it’s very difficult for students to concentrate,” said Naccache, who also teaches law and economics remotely at a different school.

Jewish-Italian journalist Daniel Reichel works at his Milan home, March 26, 2020. (Courtesy of Reichel)

On March 9, hundreds of Italian Jews tuned in to a livestreamed reading of the Scroll of Esther for Purim carried on the Zoom video chat platform. Rabbi Ariel Finzi of Naples read the text while sitting on a baroque-style couch, presumably at his home. Participants from all across Italy left encouraging words on the chat’s text box.

“It was a powerful moment, we were all in our homes but you could really feel the community around you,” said Adam Smulevich, a journalist for Moked, the news and information service of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, which represents the country’s approximately 30,000 Jewish citizens.

Moked, which was founded in 2009, has become a central vehicle for connecting households grieving over the coronavirus crisis in isolation.

Following the lockdown, Moked upped its production of articles and launched video editions that are streamed on Facebook. It also produces at least three newsletters each day with content from its some 100 contributors, as well as a magazine and a children’s newspaper each month.

“At first it was farther away and now it’s coming closer, it feels pretty close now,” said Daniel Reichel, a Milan-based journalist who is on Moked’s staff of five.

Italian Jews are coming together through their community’s websites, media and streamed sermons, but “also on family WhatsApp groups,” he said. Reichel’s family, which is spread across Italy and in Israel, created its first such family group to stay connected through the crisis.

But Reichel, 33, has limited time to use it and engage with his relatives. These days, Moked’s journalists wake up at the crack of dawn and work until about 10:30 p.m., he said.

“Our responsibility is important on normal days, but now it’s double: We need to provide information, of course, but also offer encouragement, sometimes a distraction, fight loneliness, inspire and fight fake news,” Reichel said. “But it’s also about offering a lifeline, being present in the lives of people who became very alone, very fast.”

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WUHANGATE – 7. Bio-Weapons Dossier. Pentagon & Fauci 28 Us Labs’ Secrets. Risky Tests with CoronaVirus

UN BWC 2015 report highlighted $824 millions for bio-defense in many facilities: also for Homeland Security projects with Battelle in Fort Detrick

by Fabio Giuseppe Carlo Carisio for VT Italy

An extremely confidential file, public but buried in the archives of UNODA, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in Geneva, raises suspicions against the USA for the SARS-COV-2 pandemic that exploded in the context of a bio-warfare of financial, Masonic, military and intelligence mighty of a transnational Deep State.

In the year 2015 alone, during the Barack Obama administration, the Stars and Stripes Government financed with $ 824 million the studies on biological weapons to 28 BLS level 2.3 or 4 laboratories operating nationwide. Without considering unknown funding for the other 25 labs around the world.

We find out this figure thanks to the 2015 Biological Weapons Convention report that we obtained: the only one traceable from an OSINT source on the web because those of the following years are not available (but we have already found and will elaborate soon those from the United Kingdom) .

The cover of the 2015 BCW USA report filed with UNODA in 2016 – PDF at the end of the article

The top three managers of those funds were the Department of Defense (DOD) with $ 593 million, the Department of Health (HHS) with $ 109 million, through NIAID, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, headed by renowned Dr. Antonio Fauci, which also had control over some Pentagon research centers but also others financed by the Homeland Security Department (DHS) with $ 103 million.

All studies were, of course, conducted for bio-defense but having largely been carried out on military sites such as the infamous Fort Detrick, partially closed for bio-security losses in July 2019, or the lesser known Fort Collins and Kirtland Air Force Base, so we can never be sure of their real purposes.

Especially because the official BWC dossier filed by Washington at UNODA in Geneva in April 2016 also has many areas of shadow on the activities of some structures, on some research kept secret by the Pentagon and even on the existence of some laboratories such as Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, Maryland. In the Biological Weapons Convention (BCW) it is not even mentioned despite specializing in the U.S. Military HIV Research Program was one of the first centers to test a vaccine against MERS in 2019, the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome, variant of SARS, originated from one of the many strains of CoronaVirus.

An overview of the 5 Fort Detrick research centers in Frederick, Maryland

For example, it is unknown which structures are subsidized with $ 8.5 million by the Evinronmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the National Homeland Security Research Center (NHSRC) dependent on DHS for the risks of chemical, bacteriological, radiological and nuclear contamination (CBRN ) of air and water.

While among the studies cited, alongside the very numerous on Anthrax, Botulinum, Ebola and Marburg, there is no shortage of those for a vaccine on HIV and obviously on SARS in 2003 and on MERS in 2014.

There are also at least 5 experiments on CoronaVirus strains conducted with the so-called dangerous “gain of function” that has a “dual use” drug-weapon potential value, and others on “recombinant” viruses; these are agents genetically modified in the laboratory, built to develop vaccines, with the introduction of genetic sequences of other pathogens such as, according to the virologist Luc Montagnier, it would have happened for SARS-CoV-2.

WUHAN-GATE – 2. HIV TRACKS INSIDE CORONAVIRUS “BIO-WEAPON”. Proof by Indian Research Misteriously Concealed

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In the RNA strands of this new strain of CoronaVirus, in fact, the French professor has recently identified traces of HIV, the viral principle of AIDS that he himself discovered so much as to win the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2008. That would be the proof that Covid-19 was built artificially by man with genetic bio-engineering, according to the famous academic who credited the Indian study published and then mysteriously withdrawn from the Kuzuma School of Biology in New Delhi.

For the White House, the faults for the virus – that has already killed more than 257 thousand in the world and over 73 thousand in the United States alone – must be sought in China. American President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claim that the pathogen has come out of a laboratory and continue to point the finger at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, in the area of ​​the first outbreak of the epidemic in Asia.

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Now also many European athletes say they have contracted a mysterious and very powerful influence there already in October 2019 during the World Military Games held in Wuhan which increase the clues on the spread of the epidemic prior to its official discovery in December.

But Trump and Pompeo do not provide evidence and above all do not tell the whole truth. Iran, in fact, in the obscuration of the big media, had called into question Washington. Beijing has tried to do before entrenching itself in the silence with which it is censoring all scientific research and the mysterious deaths of some scientists implicated in the studies.

BIO-INTRIGUES BETWEEN NIAID AND OBAMA’S HOMELAND SECURITY

However, the White House accusations turned against the US itself after various journalistic inquiries showed that the Chinese Virological Institute was actually financed by the NIAID of Fauci with $ 3.7 million through the USAID project, the Washington government agency, which is the operational arm of the Central Intelligence Agency in international development projects and has often been used to finance regime change worldwide (such as in Syria and Venezuela).

Professor Montagnier himself, now a researcher and academic professor in Shanghai, argued that the pandemic is “a business between China and the USA”. In light of all this, therefore, seem ridiculous the denials of the World Health Organization, of the director of the American National Institute of Health and of the CDC Anthony Fauci, and of US intelligence, which continue to support the natural origin of the virus because they well know, otherwise, that they could be the main suspects in a well orchestrated and even better concealed conspiracy.

As we have shown in the last two reportages Wuhangate 4 and 5, in fact, under the aegis of the PREDICT 2 project financed by USAID, research was carried out on CoronaViruses all over the world in which OMS, CDC and NIAID were global partners.

NIAID director Anthony Fauci with American President Donald Trump

Among the most disturbing studies, the chimeric supervirus SHC014-MA15 developed with genetic bioengineering by manipulating a SARS strain of horseshoe bats from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with the help of scientists and the Wuhan laboratory always in the USAID-PREDICT 2 projects launched in 2009 by the Barack Obama administration.

This sensational research, which ended up in the media spotlight, proves the effective ability to build a highly lethal and antidote-free virus for “Dual Use” purposes, that is, both for the search for a vaccine and for a bacteriological weapon. To do this, level 3 or 4 biosecurity laboratories with molecular biology scientists and some engineers for the manipulation of DNA or RNA with the Crispr-Cas9 genetic editing kit are indispensable.

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In reports 1 and 7 on the CoronaVirus Bio-Weapon theory and in Wuhangate 5 we saw the suspicious and in some cases fatal experiments conducted by the US Department of Defense (DoD) DTRA agency in some of the 25 bio-laboratories managed in foreign countries, especially in Georgia with the help of the American Big Pharma Gilead, thanks to USAID projects.

Now, thanks to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) report filed UNODA in 2016, we analyze the 28 laboratories of the United States that in 2015 were funded and controlled by Pentagon, NIAID and CDC (Center for the prevention and control of diseases) then directed by Tom Frieden, former WHO official in India, who left the CDC in 2017 to found his NGO “Resolve to Save Lives” in New York.

The NGO of doctor Frieden is aimed at preventing cardiovascular diseases and epidemics: it was funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the inevitable Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in a striking intertwining of big media, social networks and strong vaccine promoters with political imprint Dem.

As many as 20 of those research centers in 2015 had a team specializing in molecular biology capable of conducting studies on viruses and prions, on simulants (biochemical replicas of agents without pathogenic virulence) and could count on an army of 149 engineers capable of any bacteriological manipulation. Obviously that’s not enough to prove that any of those scientists really put their hand into building CoVid-19.

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What has been done and why only Dr. Fauci and President Obama can say because in the 164-page report only the research published in the last 12 months is published. But those of some laboratories managed directly by the Pentagon or by the Homeland Security Department have been considered “top secret” and therefore not even reported to the UN.

This assumes disturbing relevance if one remembers that in the year to which this report refers the attorney Avril Haines was deputy advisor of Homeland Security of the White House; previously she had been adviser of Joe Biden in the Democrats in Congres and then appointed by Obama as deputy director of the CIA, who became an expert in bio-weapons for the NTI (a private American research institute in the Dem area).

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After the change of administration, the lawyer Haines made a career as a researcher at Columbia University and at the John Hopkins Health & Security Center (at the Bloomberg School in Baltimore) where in October 2019 she was the protagonist of the Event 201 exercise on the CoronaVirus pandemic funded by Bill Gates who had the prophetic power to predict it as early as 2015. While Haines predicted it in a public conference in Camden in 2018, when he also preached the need for “world order” to prevent pandemics from respiratory infections …

BATTELLE, CONTRACTOR OF SECRET PROGRAMS

We have summarized the 2016 BWC report in a 36-page dossier (available in pdf at the bottom of the page, the original 164-page BWC available on request by email at redazione@gospanews.net only by accepting the subscription to the Gospa News Newsletter) and therefore in this article we will analyze only the most strategic and interesting laboratories, obviously starting from Fort Detrick, Maryland, perhaps the most imposing structure on bacteriological weapons in the world with 4 different research centers.

Fort Detrick’s National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) managed by Battelle

Two of them are managed by Battelle National Biodefense Institute LLC, a private contractor from Columbus (Ohio) who has been targeted by the media for the mysterious and suspicious experiments conducted together with the CIA in the unapproachable fortress of the Lugar Center in Georgia, in the former Soviet Union , after the Rose Revolution funded by another Dem donor, George Soros.

At the Lugar Center, as highlighted in Wuhangate 5, the pharmaceutical corporation Gilead also worked with an antiviral immunization project against hepatitis C which had dramatic consequences causing the death of 79 human guinea pigs and arousing accusations of experimentation with biological weapons by the Russia.

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Battelle is now in fact an appendix of the Homeland Security Department which was only partially penalized by the moratorium of 2014 with which the Obama administration expressed its intention to put a stop to the “Dual Use” experiments aimed at Function Gain (GOF) or the laboratory enhancement of bacteriological pathogens similar to the uranium enrichment principle for nuclear weapons.

Obama stopped funding for such research with the 2014 moratorium but did not ban it. This allowed the National Institute of Health to grant the exemption to the scientists of Chapel Hill and Wuhan to complete the construction of the extremely dangerous chimeric supervirus SHC014-MA15. Very similar to CoVid-19 of the current epidemic but not identical…

Therefore there is no evidence that all GOF studies in the top-secret laboratories of the Pentagon which generically finance the government agencies DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), operating mainly in the USA, and DTRA (Defense Threat Reduction Agency), responsible for the missions in the 25 research centers abroad, have really been interrupted. While, as we have discovered, there is the certainty that at least 5 dangerous “dual-use” searches have continued precisely in relation to CoronaVirus …

Trump in 2017 interrupted this moratorium of dubious efficacy thus allowing the resumption of GOF biological experiments also for military purposes but, otherwse, in November 2019 he then put an end to USAID’s PREDICT 2 project by canceling a $ 200 million loan with the vibrating protests from the EcoHealthAlliance organization in New York, the private partner of the plan supported by big pharma with long judicial precedents such as Johnson & Johnson and by American, Chinese and even Saudi universities, as reported in the Wuhangate 1 report.

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Battelle saw his contract with the White House drop from $ 344 million in the plan (2009-2016) to $ 17.3 million (2015-2026) in 2015 but he maintained the management of the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) in Fort Detrick, funded by three strategic departments such as Defense, Homeland Security and Justice which in 2015 operated in an area of ​​a total of 4826 m2 of BSL 3 and 4 laboratories, but also in those of the Integrated Research Facility (IRF) Frederick (2183 m2) , controlled by NIAID. In that year, he received a total of $ 40 million in funds.

BSL 4 Hot laboratory in the IRF managed by Battelle and NIAID in Fort Detrick

«Scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Integrated Research Facility at Fort Detrick, Frederick, Maryland, coordinate and facilitate preclinical research on infectious diseases to develop medical countermeasures for high-consequence pathogens. This facility is unique in that it is the only maximum containment laboratory in the world where conventional and molecular medical imaging equipments are incorporated into the design of the facility. This capability provides investigators with unique tools to dissect disease pathogenesis, evaluate the ability of animal models to recapitulate human disease, and test candidate countermeasures. Importantly, advanced molecular imaging has the potential to provide alternative endpoints to lethality».

This is reported by an official research published in 2014 by the research center run by Battelle which specifies that this technique allows me to use fewer animal guinea pigs. Among the experiments mentioned, there is one conducted on macaques precisely in relation to a strain of CoronaVirus.

Lungs of macaques infected by CoronaVirus Mers at IRF Frederick

«Through MI, IRF scientists are already studying the development of consolidations in the lungs of non-human primates infected with Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). With MI, scientists are able to trace the development and quantification of lung lesions – reads the conclusion – The data generated by these experiments will not only advance our understanding of emerging diseases, but will allow the development of countermeasures and clinical care paradigms previously considered impossible»

Judging by the number of CoVid-19 deaths in the US, it can be said with certainty that the sacrifice of those poor laboratory monkeys has served no purpose…

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But in the NBACC study. the other Battelle laboratory, entitled “Engineering a global response to infectious diseases” argues that “going beyond the detection of disease outbreaks, we want to be able to assess and predict disease risks” and that “more initiatives are underway that will throw bases and will strengthen the science at the root “through” the approaches to new engineering that will achieve the greatest objectives for the management of an infectious disease “.

Although scientists reiterate in their studies the duty of an analysis in “benefit / risk” relationships, the border remains so questionable that for the “advantage” of humanity – or Bill Gates’ vaccine philanthropy – everything seems to be granted …

Integrated Research Facility IRF Frederick in Fort Detrick

At least six studies have been developed at the IRF Frederick in Fort Detrick on the various known strains of CoronaVirus. One of the most relevant is that of a MERS-CoV vaccine which scientists from various American laboratories have worked on, many of them of Chinese nationality…

In fact, the head of research Lingshu Wang of the Vaccine Research Center has joined the IRF doctor Joshua Johnson, and other colleagues of the NIAID-NIH laboratories of Bethesda (MD), of the private facilities M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (same location), of the big pharma Sanofi-Aventis of Cambridge (Massachusetts), and of the University Medical Center of Nashville (Tennessee).

Kayvon Modjarrad of Bethesda’s VRC also appears among the researchers, who is also part of the military HIV Research Program of the “phantom” Walter Reed Army Institute of Research of Silver Spring, not mentioned in the 2015 BWC report, although he has also carried out numerous researches on the CoronaVirus as well as obviously on the ‘HIV.

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Modjarrad is the author of a research on Function Gain, from which derives the risk of “Dual Use” vaccine-weapon, which proves the dubious value of the Obama moratorium of October 17, 2014, by-passed to carry out the aforementioned experiments of North Carolina University and the Wuhan Institute of Virology on the supervirus that we told about extensively in the Bio-Weapon 9 report.

In the study conducted with Andy Kilianski of the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) of Aberdeen Proving Ground (MD) and Jennifer B. Nuzzo of the Medical Center for Health Security of Pittsburgh University in Baltimore, he makes a revelation that in the face of today’s pandemic assumes a bewildering relevance.

«On 15 and 16 December 2014, the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council, and Institute of Medicine convened experts from the disciplines of infectious diseases, research ethics, and science policy to discuss the potential risks and benefits of GOF research in a public forum to help inform the federal government on how best to proceed in regulating GOF research on potentially dangerous biological agents [19]. Shortly after the meeting, the NIH notified a subset of researchers affected by the research pause that their work could resume [20]. Specifically, 5 research projects on MERS-CoV animal model development and 2 on HPAI were cleared to continue». (read more)

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AUTHOR DETAILSFabio Giuseppe Carlo CarisioDirector , Gospa NewsFabio is Director and Editor of Gospa News; a Christian Information Journal. Fabio Giuseppe Carlo Carisio, born on 24/2/1967 in Borgosesia, started working as a reporter since he was only 19 years old in the alpine area of Valsesia, Piedmont, his birth region in Italy. After studying literature and history at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, he became deputy director of a local newspaper and specialized in judicial reporting. For about 15 years he is a correspondent from Northern Italy for the Italian newspapers Libero and Il Giornale, also writing important revelations on the Ustica massacre, a report on Freemasonry and organized crime. With independent investigations he collaborates with Carabinieri and Guardia di Finanza in important investigations that conclude with the arrest of Camorra entrepreneurs or corrupt politicians. In July 2018 he found the counter-information webmedia Gospa News focused on geopolitics, terrorism, Middle East and military intelligence. He is a correspondent from Italy for the French news site Reseau International. He worked since many years for the magazine Art & Wine as art critic and curator http://www.art-wine.eu/https://www.gospanews.net/redazione@gospanews.net

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Italian Scientists Find COVID-19 in Eye Fluids

Francesca Colavita, member of the scientific team, in the laboratory to isolate the virus, February 2020

The author of the article also recommends health personnel use optical equipment during direct contact with COVID-19 patients.

The Italian National Institute of Infectious Diseases “Lazzaro Spallanzani” managed to isolate active  SARS-CoV-2 in ocular secretions. 

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The information is published in an article titled  “SARS-CoV-2 Isolation from Ocular Secretions of a Patient With COVID-19 in Italy With Prolonged Viral RNA Detection”, in Annals of Internal Medicine.  COVID-19 is a respiratory disease, but conjunctivitis is one of the less frequent symptoms.

According to research results, even though a person mostly contracts the virus through mucus and saliva particles, it also could happen due to tears and other eye fluids. Therefore, eyes are other spreading entrance.

“With regard to COVID-19, unprotected ocular exposure was thought to be responsible for infections that occurred in the Wuhan Fever Clinic in January 2020” investigators reported.” We found that ocular fluids from SARS-CoV-2-infected patients may contain infectious virus, and hence may be a potential source of infection.”

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The group analyzed Chinese positive case reports, found patterns, and established a timeline. According to their conclusions, eye samples showed a lower viral index than nose and mouth samples. “SARS-CoV-2 RNA was detected in ocular swabs days after it was undetectable in nasal swabs,” the study explains. 

The author of the article also recommends health personnel use optical equipment during direct contact with COVID-19 patients. “These findings highlight the importance of control measures, such as avoiding touching the nose, mouth, and eyes and frequent hand washing” Italian researchers stressed. 

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Italy: COVID-19 Plunged One Million People Into Poverty

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Italian Red Cross receives fish to aid to people in difficulty, Civitavecchia, Italy, April 23, 2020.

The highest levels of impoverishment occur in southern Italy, particularly in Calabria, Sicily, Lazio, and Lombardy.

The National Confederation of Direct Farmers (Coldiretti) reported that one million Italians have fallen into poverty and need urgent food aid due to the pandemic’s consequences.

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People who require food aid include those who lost their jobs, those who cannot work from home, people who do not have access to public aid or personal savings, people who do temporary jobs, small merchants, and artisans.

To make these estimates, Coldiretti took into account that organizations such as Caritas and the Food Bank have received an additional 40 percent of aid requests over the past two months.

To respond to the growing demand for emergency aid, some 200 Italian charities have set up almost 10,000 food distribution centers and soup kitchens.

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“Parents, who do not know how to feed their children and are ashamed to be in poverty for the first time, make requests for support through phone calls,” Coldiretti explained, adding that “the number of Italians who need food aid to survive reached 3.7 million people.”

The greatest poverty-related problems are in southern Italy, particularly in the Campania region where there is a 20 percent increase in poverty, followed by Calabria (14 percent), Sicily (11 percent), Lazio (10 percent), and Lombardy (9 percent).

Currently, 39 percent of Italians take part in solidarity initiatives to help those in need through donations or food packages, Coldiritti holds.​​​​​​​

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