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Ukraine asks ICANN to delete all Russian internet domains

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Ukraine asks ICANN to delete all Russian domains –Doing so would block about five million domains from the global internet, and would significantly affect Russia’s ability to communicate online. | 1 March 2022 | In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine last week, Mykhailo Fedorov, First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, on Monday asked the head of DNS overlord ICANN to disable country code top-level domains associated with Russia. In an email, Fedorov asked Göran Marby, CEO of ICANN, to impose sanctions on Russia… Specifically, he has asked for the revocation of key domains and others used by the Russian Federation, shutting down DNS root servers serving the Russian Federation, and contributing to the revocation of associated TLS/SSL certificates for those domains. Doing so would block about five million domains from the global internet, and would significantly affect Russia’s ability to communicate online… The RIPE Network Coordination Center, the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia — one of five RIRs that oversee Internet resource allocations — rejected Fedorov’s request to take down the Russian internet.

Facebook restricts EU users’ access to RT and Sputnik –Facebook is one of several social networks that has pledged to squelch Russian media amid the ongoing offensive in Ukraine. | 1 March 2022 | Social media behemoth Meta will restrict access to Russian state-backed media outlets on its Facebook and Instagram platforms throughout Europe, the company’s vice president Nick Clegg announced Monday, citing “requests from a number of governments.” “Given the exceptional nature of the current situation, we will be restricting access to RT and Sputnik across the EU at this time,” Clegg tweeted, vowing to continue to “work closely” with governments on the matter. The ban comes just days after Facebook barred Russian state media outlets from monetizing on its platform anywhere in the world, citing the attack on Ukraine and declining a request by Russian authorities to discontinue the deployment of biased fact-checking and warning labels on Ukraine-related content. Moscow responded by partially restricting access to the platform in Russia.

Hazmat team responds to ‘suspicious powder’ sent to Russian embassy | 3 March 2022 | Parcels containing a “suspicious” white powder were sent to the Russian Embassy in Australia’s capital of Canberra, according to police and diplomatic staffers, prompting a hazmat team to respond to the scene. Two mysterious packages containing an “unknown white powder” were discovered outside the embassy early on Thursday morning, the diplomatic mission told TASS, noting that local authorities are now inspecting the envelopes. The Australian Capital Territory Police (ACT) later confirmed that the “contents of the package are currently being assessed” in a statement cited by local media, adding that a “cordon” is now in place around the embassy “and the public is urged to avoid the area until further notice.”

Russian troops enter strategic Ukrainian port of Kherson | 3 March 2022 | Russian troops were in the center of the Ukrainian port of Kherson on Thursday after a day of conflicting claims over whether Moscow had captured a major urban center for the first time in its eight-day invasion. Russia’s defense ministry said it controlled Kherson on Wednesday but an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy responded that Ukrainian forces continued to defend the Black Sea port of about 250,000 people. A Ukrainian delegation had left for a second round of talks with Russian officials on a ceasefire, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak told Reuters.

Major US airlines suspend flying over Russian airspace | 2 March 2022 | Major U.S. airlines have temporarily suspended flying over Russian airspace as the invasion of Ukraine continues. Although U.S. airlines like United, American and Delta don’t fly directly to Russia, some flights pass through Russian airspace in order to get to places such as India or Seoul. In an internal note shared with FOX Business, American Airlines said it ceased flying over Ukrainian and Russian airspace for any international flying and as a result, re-routed its flight between Delhi, India, and New York “out of an abundance caution.” Its last flight over Russian airspace was on Feb. 23, the carrier said.  

Turkey restricts Russian Navy access | 27 Feb 2022 | Turkey is set to restrict the access of Russian warships to the Black Sea over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, its Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday. “It is not a couple of air strikes now, the situation in Ukraine is officially a war… We will implement the Montreux Convention,” the official told CNN Turk in a live interview. Under the 1936 Montreux Convention, which regulates the Black Sea straits, Turkey is able to close the straits for military vessels of any nations at a formal state of war, as well as when it feels itself threatened with an imminent war. The country cannot shut down the straits completely, however, unless it is itself in a state of war. Ankara will still allow military vessels returning to their home ports to pass through the straits, Cavusoglu noted.

Russia to evacuate citizens from Europe –Moscow is working to bring back Russian nationals that are stuck in Europe due to flight restrictions | 28 Feb 2022 | The Russian government has announced it is working on a plan to evacuate its citizens from Europe, after an array of European countries closed their airspace to all Russian airlines amid Moscow’s military conflict with Kiev. Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency and Federal Tourism Agency revealed on Sunday that they were working with the Russian Foreign Ministry to evacuate Russians from European nations as they continue to impose sanctions on Russia, cutting off Russian aircraft from their air spaces.

Ukraine-Russia negotiations have reached ‘certain decisions’ –Ceasefire talks hosted by Belarus adjourn for consultations | 28 Feb 2022 | Moscow and Kiev have found certain things that could be agreed on during the ceasefire talks hosted by Belarus and will return for consultations before the next round, both delegations told reporters after the talks ended on Monday. The main purpose of the talks was to discuss a ceasefire in Ukraine, said Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The two sides have identified a number of priority topics, on which “certain solutions have been outlined,” he added. The two delegations found points on which common positions could be reached, confirmed Vladimir Medinsky, aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

No plans to occupy Ukraine, Russia tells UN | 28 Feb 2022 | Russia seeks to save lives in the Donbass and punish those responsible for eight years of genocide and atrocities, Moscow’s envoy to the UN Vasily Nebenzia told the General Assembly during a session called to denounce the invasion of Ukraine. “Occupation of Ukraine is not part of our plans. The purpose of this special operation is to protect people, who have been subjected to abuse and genocide by the Kiev regime for the past eight years. This is why it’s necessary to demilitarize and de-nazify Ukraine,” Nebenzia said. As one example of “ghastly crimes” committed by the government in Kiev, the Russian envoy cited the murder of people protesting the US-backed coup in Kiev, when 40 people were burned alive in a building in Odessa.  

Ukrainian animal sanctuary evacuates animals to Polish zoo – report | 2 March 2022 | According to a Polish zoo, a miracle has occurred. Since Russia began its invasion of Ukraine, people across the country have been evacuating their families as best as they can. For one animal sanctuary near the country’s capital, its primary goal is to get its animals to safety. The Zoo Poznan, in Poland, posted to Facebook that it is expecting a group of animals to arrive from Kyiv, after it had received reports that the animals may have been in danger. Fortunately, it seems that everything has worked out. Earlier today, the zoo posted an update stating that the animals are still alive.  

Washington State Nuclear Site Evacuated After Reports of Shots Fired – Officials | 1 March 2022 | A decommissioned nuclear site in Washington state was evacuated following reports of shots being fired at the location. Officials with the Department of Energy and Richard Operations Office are at the Hanford Site, it said in a statement on Tuesday. There is no evidence of shots being fired on the site, and no injuries or deaths were reported, the statement said… Earlier on Tuesday, an emergency text message alert was reportedly sent out to employees at the site. “HANFORD SECURITY INCIDENT INFORMATION: Active Assailant at 2750E in 200 East Area. Affected employees prepare to run fight hide. Employees in nearby buildings are to lockdown and prepare to run fight hide. All others stay away,” the message read, according to local media.

Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Goes Into Liver Cells and Is Converted to DNA – Study –This is the first time that researchers have shown in vitro or inside a petri dish how an mRNA vaccine is converted into DNA on a human liver cell line, and is what health experts and fact-checkers said for over a year couldn’t occur. | 1 March 2022 | The messenger RNA (mRNA) from Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is able to enter human liver cells and is converted into DNA, according to Swedish researchers at Lund University. The researchers found that when the mRNA vaccine enters the human liver cells, it triggers the cell’s DNA, which is inside the nucleus, to increase the production of the LINE-1 gene expression to make mRNA. The mRNA then leaves the nucleus and enters the cell’s cytoplasm, where it translates into LINE-1 protein… “In this study we present evidence that COVID-19 mRNA vaccine BNT162b2 is able to enter the human liver cell line Huh7 in vitro,” the researchers wrote in the study, published in Current Issues of Molecular Biology. “BNT162b2 mRNA is reverse transcribed intracellularly into DNA as fast as 6 [hours] after BNT162b2 exposure.” BNT162b2 is another name for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine that is marketed under the brand name Comirnaty. The whole process occurred rapidly within six hours. The vaccine’s mRNA converting into DNA and being found inside the cell’s nucleus is something that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said would not happen.

Romania’s most famous football team, Steaua Bucharest, announces a ban on VACCINATED players, because its owner says that athletes ‘lose strength’ – and claims those who are jabbed die in hospitals –Mr Gigi Becali believes players vaccinated against coronavirus are ‘powerless’ –He claims players at Steaua Bucharest and rival clubs are struggling after taking the vaccine –The Romanian businessman singled out 36-year-old winger Ciprian Deac as an example of vaccine allegedly affecting older players –Becali also recently said Steaua Bucharest striker Claudiu Keseru can no longer play at a high level | 23 Feb 2022 | The owner of Romanian side Steaua Bucharest has sensationally announced the club will ban all players vaccinated against Covid-19 from playing for them. Mr Gigi Becali — a Romanian businessman and politician — said he is not allowing vaccinated players to play anymore because they are “powerless.” Becali went on to claim that people who are vaccinated against the virus die in hospitals, as opposed to those who have refused the jabs. He also claimed players at Romanian rivals CFR Cluj and Rapid Bucuresti were struggling as a result of taking the vaccine, singling out 36-year-old winger Ciprian Deac.

Michael Rectenwald on Operation Freedom: Ukraine, Russia and the Great Reset | 27 Feb 2022 | CLG Founder Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D., is interviewed by Dr. Dave Janda on Operation Freedom. Rectenwald and Janda discuss Ukraine, Russia, and how the Great Reset is influencing current events in Europe and beyond.

Special Counsel Finds Mark Zuckerberg’s Election M-ney Violated Wisconsin Bribery Laws | 1 March 2022 | Nearly 9 million in Zuckerberg grant funds directed solely to five Democratic strongholds in Wisconsin violated the state’s election code’s prohibition on bribery. That conclusion represents but one of the many troubling findings detailed in the report submitted today by a state-appointed special counsel to the Wisconsin Assembly. Last August, Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos authorized the Office of Special Counsel, headed by retired state Supreme Court justice Michael Gableman, to investigate concerns about election integrity and the 2020 election. Gableman delivered an interim report to the state assembly on November 10, 2021. Earlier today, the special counsel provided a second interim report to the state legislative body, noting the report “is final in the sense that it provides a list of recommendations with time for the Legislature to act before the close of its session in March.”

‘What the h-ll is going on?’ Donald Trump demands an audit of Mark Zuckerberg’s $417m election donations as he reheats claim of 2020 fraud in CPAC address –Former President Donald Trump headlined the 2022 CPAC meeting on Saturday –Trump claimed explosive new evidence was coming from Georgia | 27 Feb 2022 | Former President Donald Trump on Saturday demanded a forensic audit of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s injection of hundreds of millions of dollars into election offices as he repeated his unfounded claims that the 2020 vote was rigged against him. Addressing conservative activists at their annual gathering in Orlando, Florida, Trump hinted that he will run in 2024. After repeating claims that he was spied on in 2016, he turned to questioning Joe Biden’s [alleged] victory. “And let’s do a full forensic audit of the 417 million given by Mark Zuckerberg — who used to come to the White House and kiss my a** — they spent to take over local election offices in key Democrat counties,” he said. “And I believe you’re going to be hearing a lot of it. You know if you’re a person that wants to make a contribution you’re allowed to give less than 6,000 otherwise they put you in jail. He gave 417 million. What the h-ll is going on?”

Arizona Senate study estimates 200k ballots counted in 2020 with mismatched signatures –Estimate is more than eight times the number of mismatches acknowledged by the county. | 28 Feb 2022 | A study of Maricopa County’s mail ballots in Arizona’s 2020 presidential election estimates that more than 200,000 ballots with mismatched signatures were counted without being reviewed, or “cured” — more than eight times the 25,000 signature mismatches requiring curing acknowledged by the county. Commissioned by the Arizona State Senate, the signature verification pilot study was conducted by Shiva Ayyadurai’s Election Systems Integrity Institute, which released its final report to the public on Tuesday… The pilot study extrapolated from the sample that more than 204,430 ballots should have been cured, and 5,277 should have been rejected.

9th Circuit dismisses Twitter lawsuit against Texas over Trump ban –Lone Star State’s attorney general can go forward with probe of social media giant for kicking out former president | 2 March 2022 | A federal appeals court has dismissed Twitter’s lawsuit against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, which accused him of retaliating for the social media platform’s ban of former President Donald Trump. Twitter’s procedural defeat on Wednesday allows Texas’s investigation into Twitter to proceed, though the probe may still get slapped down in the future. Mr. Paxton launched an investigation into Twitter after it expelled Mr. Trump last year and the Texas Republican issued a civil investigative demand for information about the company’s content moderation policies. Twitter sued in response and [ironically] said the demand was government retaliation for speech protected by the First Amendment.

Poll: SOTU Viewers Say Biden Did Not Talk Enough About Inflation or Violent Crime | 2 March 2022 | A majority of State of the Union viewers do not believe Joe Biden talked enough about inflation or violent crime, a CNN Poll released Wednesday found. The survey, taken March 1 among 544 respondents, asked viewers if they believe Biden did enough to address certain issues, including inflation and violent crime. Overall, 53 percent said Biden did not do enough to discuss inflation, and 54 percent said he did not do enough address violent crime either. Indeed, Biden only mentioned inflation a handful of times, touting his vague plan to “fight inflation” and build a “better America.” Biden spent a sizable portion of his speech on the conflict in Ukraine, and while a majority of the survey’s respondents said he addressed it sufficiently in his speech, 64 percent say economic issues in the speech were more important than the situation in Ukraine.

Remarks of Joe Biden – State of the Union Address as Prepared for Delivery | 1 March 2022 | (Transcript)

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wins the GOP gubernatorial nomination –Abbott’s primary victory sets him up for a November general election clash with Democrat Beto O’Rourke | 1 March 2022 | Republican Gov. Greg Abbott will face Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke in November’s general election in the race forTexas governor. The AP on Tuesday evening projected that Abbott won the Republican nomination as he runs for reelection this year in the nation’s second-most populous and second-largest state… The conservative governor, a former state attorney general who’s seeking a third four-year term steering Texas, was facing multiple primary challenges from the right, including former state Sen. Don Huffines, former Texas GOP chair and former Rep. Allen West of Florida, and conservative commentator Chad Prather.

Oil prices continue rally, Brent hits $116 per barrel | 2 March 2022 | Oil prices continue to rally as shipping and supply concerns continue due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Both U.S. crude and Brent have traded above 110 per barrel. Brent crude is trading above the 116 level. U.S. crude gained 3.25 to 113.85 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Gasoline Prices Jump, Oil Soars as Ukraine Sanctions Intensify | 28 Feb 2022 | Oil prices moved sharply higher on Monday as the U.S. and allies tightened sanctions on Russia, including the Russian central bank. Brent crude, the global standard, moved up three percent to 100.94 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude rose 5.2 percent to 96.37 a barrel.

NYSE, Nasdaq halt trading of Russia-based companies | 28 Feb 2022 | The New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq MarketSite have temporarily halted trading in select Russian companies listed on their respective exchanges. Per a notice with the NYSE, the listed companies are Mechel PAO, American Depositary Shares — each representing two ordinary shares — and Mobile TeleSystems Public Joint Stock Company and Cian PLC American Depositary Shares, each representing one ordinary share. Sources familiar with exchanges tell FOX Business the halts, which can be used for unusual trading in any security, will allow time for officials to review the fast-moving developments impacting the shares.

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  1. Many internet freedom advocates have strongly opposed using the domain registration system to punish people or nations for speech or actions. They feel it is a slippery slope towards censorship.

    I personally think it would be a hilarious example of cancel culture at it’s best.

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