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national security 460The protection of our homeland is the cornerstone of our policy. We believe in strong borders and immigration reform which provides a pathway to citizenship to those who arrive in our country legally. We advocate for a strong military which receives appropriate funding to recruit the best and the brightest to serve in our military branches including the Army, The Navy, The Airforce, and the newly minted Space Force. We adhere to a policy that honors and supports our retired veterans and their families.  We support the fortification of our electronic borders through cyber security.

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US ‘deeply concerned’ after Iranian crackdown on protests over water shortages

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission. The United States has expressed deep concern after security forces in Iran cracked down on demonstrators protesting crippling water shortages. Security forces on November 26 fired tear gas at stone-throwing demonstrators as some 500 people gathered on the desiccated bed of the Zayandehrud River, which runs through the city of Isfahan. Hassan Karami, an Iranian police general, said on November 27 that police had arrested 67 of “the main actors and agitators” from the protest. Karami added that between 2,000 and 3,000 “rioters” had taken part in the November 26 demonstration in Isfahan, some 400 kilometers south of the Iranian capital, Tehran. “Deeply concerned about the violent crackdown against peaceful protestors,” State Department spokesman Ned Price tweeted. “The people of Iran have a right to voice their frustrations and hold their government accountable.” The riverbed has seen protests against the water shortages since November 9, as farmers and others have gathered there from across the region. Although the region is experiencing a severe drought, many people blame the authorities for diverting water to neighboring Yazd Province, which has also been affected. The largest protest, involving thousands of demonstrators, was on November 19. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni has said the water crisis is a top priority for the government.

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Risk Cracks After Moderna CEO Comments Spark Global Stock Rout

Risk Cracks After Moderna CEO Comments Spark Global Stock Rout Ask a drug dealer if methadone helps cure a cocaine addition and – shockingly – you will hear that the answer is “hell no”, after all an affirmative response would mean the fixer needs to get a real job. Just as shocking was the “admission” of Moderna CEO, Stéphane Bancel, who in the latest stop on his media whirlwind tour of the past 48 hours gave the FT an interview in which he predicted that existing vaccines will be much less effective at tackling Omicron than earlier strains of coronavirus and warned it would take months before pharmaceutical companies could manufacture new variant-specific jabs at scale. “There is no world, I think, where [the effectiveness] is the same level . . . we had with [the] Delta [variant],” Bancel told the Financial Times, claiming that the high number of Omicron mutations on the spike protein, which the virus uses to infect human cells, and the rapid spread of the variant in South Africa suggested that the current crop of vaccines may need to be modified next year. Here, the self-serving CEO whose sell-mode was fully engaged – after all what else would the maker of a vaccine for covid say than “yes, the world will need more of my product” – completely ignored the earlier comments from Barry Schoub, chairman of South Afruca’s Ministerial Advisory Committee on Vaccines, who over the weekend said that the large number of mutations found in the omicron variant appears to destabilize the virus, which might make it less “fit” than the dominant delta strain. As such, it would be a far less virulent strain… but of course that would also reduce the need for Moderna’s mRNA therapy and so Bancel failed to mention it.

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