Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) defended her colleague Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) decision to equate the United States to terrorist groups on Thursday, making use of her United States Constitutionally-enshrined right to freedom of speech, which the terrorist groups Omar listed are adamantlyMore
Vice President Kamala Harris, who is the “point person” on immigration issues, announced that one of her major solutions to fighting illegal immigration and the ongoing border crisis would be fighting climate change.
“We want to help people find hope at home, and so we are focused on addressing both the acute factors and the root causes of migration. I believe this is an important distinction. We must focus on both,” Harris said. “First, the acute factors, the catastrophes that are causing people to leave right now; the hurricanes, the pandemic, the drought, and extreme food insecurity. Then there are the long standing issues, the root causes. I’m thinking of corruption, violence and poverty, the lack of economic opportunity, the lack of climate adaptation and climate resilience, the lack of good governance.”
Harris later added that “The work from combating corruption to combating climate change will not be easy, and it is not new, and it could not be more important, and it will take all of us, all of us.”
The Vice President’s claim that climate change is largely contributing to illegal immigration to the United States is not backed by data. The number of major hurricanes have not increased since the industrial revolution, with the top three decades for category five hurricanes being, in order, the 2000s, 1930s, and 1960s. In fact, a University of Cambridge study found that since 1900 “no change in the frequency or severity of extreme weather events.”
Harris also bragged about the United States rejoining the Paris Agreement, which requires developed and developing countries to curb their economic development to abide by climate change policies and has been estimated to result in the loss of as many as 2.7 million jobs by 2025. According to Harris’s theory that “poverty” and “the lack of economic opportunity” lead to further illegal immigration, then the Paris Agreement increases illegal immigration.
Further, in December 2020 the United Nations released a report that advised the United States to not rejoin the Paris Agreement, since the United States had been leading the way in reducing climate emissions after leaving the agreement. Forbes reported, “But for the United States, the real value in this report is as an advisory that it need not join the Paris Climate Accord. This report is evidence that, instead, the U.S. should just keep doing what it is doing to cut its own emissions. The U.S. is the most successful major country at mitigating its own pollution, and the U.N. shows this.”
The United Nations’ advisory was released just before President Biden took office, yet he still rejoined the Paris Agreement because the optics matter more than the results, especially when the results will not become apparent until after the next election.
Ya can’t make it up. Here – right here – is then-President Trump accusing then-former Secretary of State John Kerry of violating the Logan Act:
The Logan Act, to remind, was passed in the long-ago dawn of the Republic in 1799 – when John Adams was busy being the second President of the United States! To crib from Wikipedia, the Logan Act “criminalizes negotiation by unauthorized American citizens with foreign governments having a dispute with the United States. The intent behind the Act is to prevent unauthorized negotiations from undermining the government’s position.” Violation of the Logan Act is a felony.
The Logan Act has been rarely used in American history. Yet it was in the news not that long ago that Democrats were demanding the Logan Act be invoked against then-President-elect Trump’s incoming national security adviser General Michael Flynn.
Recall that the accusation against Flynn revolved around his conversation with the Russian Ambassador – a conversation well within his rights as he was the named if not yet installed National Security adviser to the incoming president. There was nothing in the least wrong, much less illegal, about this. Way back in 1976, then ex-Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter, then the new Democratic presidential nominee, dispatched the longtime statesman and Democrat, Ambassador Averill Harriman, to the Soviet Union for talks with President Leonid Brezhnev. No one blinked.
But in 2017, 17 House Democrats on the Oversight and Government Reform committee demanded that because General Flynn “secretly discussed with the Russian ambassador, in possible violation of the Logan Act, sanctions imposed by President Obama” Flynn should be investigated and prosecuted.
In 2020, declassified documents revealed that in January of 2017 then-outgoing Vice President Joe Biden suggested in an Oval Office meeting with President Obama that Flynn be prosecuted. It didn’t happen. Flynn, take note, was later prosecuted for making false statements to the FBI.
Now? Now here comes the validation that what President Trump was discussing about John Kerry in 2018 was in fact correct. Kerry, per the leaked tapes out of Iran, was indeed having conversations with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. He is, with specificity, said by Zarif to have told the Iranian about “over 200 covert Israeli attacks on Iranian interests in Syria.”
Astonished Republican Senators are abruptly calling for Kerry to be investigated if not fired by Biden outright.
All of which is to remind that, yes again, then-President Trump was 100% right about Kerry in 2018.
“No comment” is the Biden administration’s motto, but information regarding former Secretary of State and current Biden administration cabinet member John Kerry is too big, and perhaps too treasonous, to ignore. In leaked recordings obtained by the New York Times and Iran International in London, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is heard saying he received intel from John Kerry.
“It was former US Foreign Secretary John Kerry who told me Israel had launched more than 200 attacks on Iranian forces in Syria,” said Zarif. The comments were made by Zarif in a March interview with an Iranian journalist. The interview was supposed to stay concealed until August when President Hassan Rouhani leaves office.
When asked about the very serious matter of a current Biden administration informing Iran about hundreds of covert Israeli attacks, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki only had this to say: “We’re not going to comment on leaked tapes.” The White House has declined any further response.
Experts and politicians are now calling for an investigation “into Kerry’s apparent decision to hand over a U.S. ally’s confidential security information to the Iranian regime” reports Foreign Desk News. Former Secretary of state Mike Pompeo who held Kerry’s position in the Trump administration told The Free Beacon, “before we cut a deal with Iran that reduces Americans’ security, it would be good to know what the arrangement, if any, may have been between these two leaders.”
In a tweet on Monday, Kerry denied all allegations: “I can tell you that this story and these allegations are unequivocally false. This never happened – either when I was Secretary of State or since.” Former U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said, “this is disgusting on many levels. Biden and Kerry have to answer for why Kerry would be tipping off Iran, the number one sponsor of terror, while stabbing one of our greatest partners, Israel, in the back.”
This is not the first time a suspicious friendly relationship between Kerry and Iran has been publicized. “In February, The Washington Times reported that Kerry and Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley met with Zarif throughout Trump’s presidency in an attempt to subvert Trump’s policy towards Iran” reports Foreign Desk News.
On Tuesday, the United Nations voted to elect China and Iran to the Commission on the Status of Women, which is “exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.”
Iran is one of the most oppressive countries to women on Earth. According to the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report, Iran ranks 140 out of 144 countries in terms of gender parity. The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security Index ranked Iran 116 out of 153 countries because of their legal discrimination against women.
The Index explains, “legal discrimination is a significant barrier to gender equality in Iran and is among the factors pulling the index rank down to 116. According to the World Bank, there are 23 restrictions against married women in Iranian law, including in applying for a passport, traveling outside the home, choosing where to live, and being head of the household.”
In April 2019, Iran sentenced a human-rights lawyer to 148 lashes and 38 years in prison for defending women’s rights. That same year, three women were sentenced by Iran to a total of 55 years and 6 months in prison for “disrespecting compulsory hijab.”
China, who was also elected to the commission, control the number of children a woman is allowed to have, allowing two children since 2015 after only allowing one child since 1979. China also forcefully sterilizes certain ethnic and racial groups of women to suppress their population.
China, which currently is executing a genocide against Christians and Uygur Muslims, is also a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, which has the responsibility to take action against genocide and other crimes against humanity.
On Friday, La Soufriere volcano on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent erupted, with the government evacuating residents to other islands only if they have received the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Experts said the first explosion shot an ash column 32,000 feet (10 kilometers) into the sky and that the majority of the ash was headed northeast into the Atlantic Ocean. Lightning crackled through the towering column of smoke and ash late Friday,” the Associated Press reported.
They added, “The volcano last erupted in 1979, and a previous eruption in 1902 killed some 1,600 people.”
According to Yahoo News, “People on the volcano-stricken island of St. Vincent will be evacuated to certain neighboring islands only if they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19, the nation’s prime minister said.”
The prime minister has warned that it could be up to four months before people are allowed to return to their homes.
As of Sunday, only 11% of the population of St. Vincent had received the COVID-19 vaccine, meaning 89% of the residents would not be allowed to flee the erupting volcano.
Emergency officials on the island described the situation as a “battle zone” in a tweet on Sunday.
Day no 3 and everything looks like a battle zone. Dreary morning with the ash beginning to harden on the ground due to overnight showers. Many homes still without water and electricity #lasoufriereeruption2021 #hardenedash #morerain #inforthe long haul #
— NEMO SVG (@NEMOSVG) April 11, 2021
More than 16,000 people are in the “red zone,” which is considered “very high hazard” and is “defined by the zone of expected total destruction from pyroclastic flows, surges and mudflows and by the zone of maximum expected damage from all projectiles.”