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Covid-19: Thailand reinstates mandatory quarantine over Omicron concerns.

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Thailand will reinstate its mandatory COVID-19 quarantine for foreign visitors and scrap a quarantine waiver from Tuesday due to concerns over the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

The decision to halt Thailand’s “Test and Go” waiver means visitors will have to undergo hotel quarantine, which ranges between 7 to 10 days.

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Meanwhile, a so-called “sandbox” programme, which requires visitors to remain in a specific location but allows them free movement outside of their accommodation, will also be suspended in all places except for the tourist resort island of Phuket.

“After Dec. 21, there will be no new registrations for ‘Test and Go’, only quarantine or Phuket sandbox,” said deputy government spokeswoman Rachada Dhanadirek.

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The announcement came a day after Thailand reported the first case of local transmission of the Omicron variant.

It also came weeks after Thailand reopened to foreign visitors in November, ending nearly 18 months of strict entry policies that contributed to a collapse in tourism, a key industry and economic driver that drew 40 million visitors in 2019.

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About 200,000 visitors who had previously registered for the quarantine waiver and sandbox programme will still be eligible, said government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana.

“This is not to shut off tourists but to temporarily suspend arrivals,” he said.

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The decision will be reviewed on Jan. 4, he added.

 

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UN experts warn Taliban erasing women from public life

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It was the United Nations along with many individual nations that tried to present the Taliban as a group that might relax its core principles and be willing to negotiate its harsh stance on women’s rights and human rights in general. The Taliban is a jihad group with one goal in mind: imposing and enforcing the Sharia. It is a puritanical Islamic movement that believes in the letter of the Quran and Hadiths, in which women are inferiors and infidels are to be killed or subjugated in the way of Allah.

Afghanistan is suffering a humanitarian crisis as the Taliban systematically destroys any past progress made, and will use funds coming in to advance its initiatives. It is certainly no surprise that the Taliban is “erasing women from public life.” It should have been expected. Such news is consistent with their history and is something they deem to be religious duty, as Robert Spencer writes:

The Qur’an likens a woman to a field (tilth), to be used by a man as he wills: “Your women are a tilth for you, so go to your tilth as you will” (2:223).

It declares that a woman’s testimony is worth half that of a man: “Get two witnesses, out of your own men, and if there are not two men, then a man and two women, such as you choose, for witnesses, so that if one of them errs, the other can remind her” (2:282).

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The Islamic holy book also allows men to marry up to four wives, and have sex with slave girls: “If you fear that you shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans, marry women of your choice, two or three or four; but if you fear that you shall not be able to deal justly, then only one, or one that your right hands possess, that will be more suitable, to prevent you from doing injustice” (4:3).

In September, the Taliban replaced Afghanistan’s women’s ministry with its Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.

“Taliban erasing Afghan women from public life, say UN experts,” by Anwar Iqbal, Dawn, January 19, 2022:

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UNITED NATIONS: Taliban leaders in Afghanistan are institutionalising large scale and systematic gender-based discrimination and violence against women and girls, says a UN report released this week.

The report was released on Monday by the Special Procedures group, which is the largest body of human rights experts in the UN system.

In a tweet posted on the group’s official site, the experts claimed that Taliban leaders were “attempting to erase women and girls from public life through systematic gender-based discrimination & violence.”

The international community “must step up humanitarian assistance responsive to women’s needs,” they added.

The experts reiterated the alarm — sounded on several occasions since the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, warning that the situation needed immediate attention.

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“Taken together, these policies constitute a collective punishment of women and girls, grounded on gender-based bias and harmful practices,” the experts said.

“We are concerned about the continuous and systematic efforts to exclude women from the social, economic, and political spheres across the country.”

The experts warned that these concerns were “exacerbated in the cases of women from ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities such as the Hazara, Tajik, Hindu and other communities whose differences or visibility make them even more vulnerable in Afghanistan.”

They also noted the increased risk of exploitation of women and girls including of trafficking for the purposes of child and forced marriage as well as sexual exploitation and forced labor.

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The report claimed that these exclusionary and discriminatory policies were enforced through a wave of measures such as barring women from returning to their jobs, requiring a male relative to accompany them in public spaces, prohibiting women from using public transport on their own, as well as imposing a strict dress code on women and girls.

“In addition to severely limiting their freedom of movement, expression and association, and their participation in public and political affairs, these policies have also affected the ability of women to work and to make a living, pushing them further into poverty,” the experts said.

“Women heads of households are especially hard hit, with their suffering compounded by the devastating consequences of the humanitarian crisis in the country.”

The experts warned that the continued denial of the fundamental right of women and girls to secondary and tertiary education was “of particular and grave concern.”

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The report shows that such restrictions stigmatise women and force a vast majority of girls — who should be attending grades 7-12 — to stay out of schools, solely because of their gender.

“Today, we are witnessing the attempt to steadily erase women and girls from public life in Afghanistan including in institutions and mechanisms that had been previously set up to assist and protect them,” the experts wrote.

Commenting on the decision to close the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and the physical occupation of the premises of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, the experts warned that such measures have the worst impact on those “women and girls who are most at risk.”…

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[VIDEO] CNN Panel Forced to Sit in Quiet Horror While Guest Lambastes Biden

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The look on Anderson Cooper’s face during this interview is priceless.

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The segment played right after Joe’s disastrous press conference, where he started an “international incident,” by basically telling Russia they had the “okay” to invade Ukraine, as long as it wasn’t a “strong” invasion.

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That was the basic gist of it.

Biden also called into question the integrity of the 2022 and 2024 elections, and we haven’t even voted yet.

As usual, it was a confusing, discombobulated disaster of blunders and misinformation, and the White House Handlers were out in full force trying once again to tell us that what Joe Biden actually said, isn’t what he actually meant.

And they wonder why his approval rating is in the toilet?

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Well, the CNN panel assembled to discuss Biden’s latest mess, and the best part of it was when one guest went off on an epic and 100% correct rant on Biden’s failures and how he was supposed to be so “different” from President Trump by supposedly being this gentle grandpa who just wanted to help people.

Yet, he’s not. Biden is divisive, angry, and radical.

The panel just had to sit there in quiet horror while this guy went on and on, and the look on Anderson Cooper’s face was just the best thing you’ll ever see.

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Clenched horror, is how I describe it, because he looks so “puckered” up.

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You can watch the video below:

Here’s what people online had to say:

“I would love to know what Anderson was thinking?”

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“Hahaha, they are all so quiet, looks like my husband when we’re having an argument and he knows I am right.”

“The end is perfect and accurate. THIS IS A DISASTER !!!!!!!!!”

“Stolen elections have consequences! “

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“Damn, they look so defeated and it’s only been a year. “

“LOL When suddenly CNN becomes semi-right wing”

“What did OBama say about Biden, ” don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to F**K things up”. Yup that’s what he’s doing alright.”

“But at least no mean tweets”

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“Anderson Cooper looks like he’s about to faint” 

You know things have gotten really bad when CNN allows this kind of truth to be aired on their network.

I think they’ve thrown in the towel on Joe.

Not everyone wants to go down with a sinking ship… although CNN is on their own Titanic, and it’s going down fast, too.

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