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The big day has finally arrived - #Belgium is reopening bars and restaurants today after 6 months of them being closed, and the 10pm curfew is ending.

But they can only serve people seated outside (no more than 4 people to a table), and tables must be 1.5 metres apart.
The weather, however, is dampening enthusiasm. We've had cold & rain for weeks here in 🇧🇪 and it's not ending any time soon.

Belgians do love a beer, but I doubt we'll see scenes here of people shivering and wet weeping tears of joy into their pints today…
The 🇧🇪 reopening is possible because of the dramatic increase in vaccination pace here recently.

The government said today's reopening could happen if 70% of people over 65 were vaccinated. That milestone was reached in late April.

1/3 of the country has now been vaccinated.
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Belgian PM @AlexanderDeCroo announces a cautious relaxation of 'Easter pause' that saw schools, shops and hairdressers close again.

19 April
🏫 Schools reopen
🧳Travel ban ends

26 April
🛍️Shops reopen
💇‍♀️Hairdressers reopen

8 May
🍻 Maybe Horeca... (1/3)
A further reopening to how things were here before 31 October will depend on "vaccination milestones".

1st: When 7/10 of people over 65 have received 1st dose, bars & restaurants can reopen outside and curfew will end.

“We assume this moment will be around 8 May" says PM. (2/3)
2nd milestone: When almost all over-65s and vulnerable people have been vaccinated.

"This is expected in early June. From then on, events will again be possible and more will also be possible indoors.”

So gyms, theatres, indoor bars, clubs could maybe reopen early June. (3/3)
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Freedoms are not given. They are upheld.

Your voice is needed.
Any EU national or resident can support the following petition.
Please go to the below links to sign it. 1/n
A petition was submitted to the European Parliament by a coalition of associations from 20 European states calling for the creation of a parliamentary committee to investigate the C19 measures and for the immediate restoration of our fundamental rights and freedoms. 2/n
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At the current rate of vaccination (about 300,000 doses a week) and with some 14.2 million jabs still needed to reach estimated target herd immunity of 70% in a population of 11 million, #Belgium's Covid-19 vaccination program will take 11 more months.…
It's not just Belgium. The EU generally is also going slowly with vaccinations.…
Meanwhile, the US, which (unlike EU countries) doesn't have a national healthcare system to speak of and normally has the worst health numbers in the developed world, is doing much better.…
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#Primer on #Ethiopian Politics

#Unitarist Vs #Federlaist

- Has little to do with level of #decentralisation of power ordinarily associated with these notions

A critical mass of Ethiopians support #federalism-incl most, if not all, forces within ruling party - incl Abiy - 1
For #ethnonationalists, I believe, any politics based on individual #equality (citizenship or republican politics) is #Unitarist - so #Nigeria, #Kenya (which ban ethnic parties), #Germany and #UnitedStates are Unitary, regardless of their robust federal/devolved structures - 2
What ethnonatioanlists consider #federalist is actually politics based on #ethnicity - (which goes beyond ethnic federalism) - much like Arend Lijphart's prototypical #consociational system - so soemthing like #Belgium and #BosniaHerzegovina, but for 80+ ethnic groups – 3
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NEW -- Donors at #SyriaConf2021 have pledged a total of $6.4bn.

That's an enormous $3.6bn short of what the @UN needs to meet the increasing humanitarian needs in #Syria.
@UN A few more pledges for #Syria:

#EU: $657m
#Saudi: $560m
#Sweden: $97m
#Italy: $52m
#UAE: $30m

And a note on the $6.4bn total -- that's multi-year pledges. For 2021 alone, the figure is $4.2bn, less than half of what's needed.
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We are inviting you to send the email template to the European parliament MEPs as a matter of urgency. They vote on this today.
Say NO to tyranny under the pretext of health.
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A new coronavirus mutation had been detected at the university of Liege named "B.1.214 or “Spike Insertion”. It says this mutation accounts actual for 4% of all new infections in Belgium.
Scientists sayed to it as “mutation that had almost never been observed before.” How ever they also sayed it is likely not from Belgium, but more likely from the Sub-Saharan Africa region and reached Belgium.
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#MilitaryDrill #MiddleEaat

The #US Navy announced on Sunday that it would participate in a major naval exercise in the Mideast with #Belgium, #France, and #Japan, despite regional tensions over #Iran's nuclear program.
Ships from the four countries will perform exercises in the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman as part of the Group Arabian Sea Warfare Exercise. The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, as well as the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island, are among the ships involved.
The Belgian frigate HNLMS Leopold I and the Japanese destroyer JS Ariake also will take part, as well as aircraft from the four nations.
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#WorldWideFreedomRally in #Brussels, #Belgium
#WeWillALLBeThere, #WorldwideDemonstration
#WorldWideFreedomRally in #Brussels, #Belgium
#WeWillALLBeThere, #WorldwideDemonstration
#WorldWideFreedomRally in #Brussels, #Belgium
#WeWillALLBeThere, #WorldwideDemonstration
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Sunday's #Coronavirus megathread will, as always, be updated throughout the day with news, data and analysis.

Few paid attention while we warned of rising #Covid19 cases in the Balkans then central Europe. Now everyone's concerned as big nations suffer.

Come inside folks!
And I'll start with Europe's biggest nation (in population), #Germany

A further 27% rise in #Covid19 cases confirmed overnight with 10,572 new infections for Saturday vs 8,311 the week before.
#Brazil's been the focus of much attention of late as deaths soar.

The number of people who were reported to have died of #Covid19 yesterday actually dipped, but only because it's the weekend. In fact 1,940 deaths is 30% higher than last Saturday's 1,498

New cases: 70,934 (+5%)
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#Belgium #SaudiArabia #Brussels #Weapone #Export #Ban

The Belgian Council of State (the Supreme Administrative Court) suspended four licenses granted by the Walloon Region to authorize the export of weapons and defense-related content to Saudi Arabia on March 5, 2021,
in compliance with its procedure of extreme urgency. The Court decided that the licenses were not sufficiently justified because there was a strong risk that the technology or military equipment would be used for internal repression or
to commit serious violations of international humanitarian law in the light of Yemen's conflict, as prohibited by Popular Position 2008/944/CFSP. The implementation of the Court's urgent procedure was deemed necessary in view of the exports' possibly irreversible effects and
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The daily #Coronavirus thread is underway.

If Friday turned out to be fearful, we can only hope it's not a shocking Saturday.

More and more countries and regions heading back into lockdown as #Covid19 spreads quicker then the vaccines.

And already today new record - read on..
The first record to report is from crisis-torn #Brazil

For the 3rd successive day over 2,000 deaths.
But it's new #Covid19 cases rewriting the record books today with 84,047 positive tests, that's 12% more than the week before

2,152 more deaths takes total fatalities over 275k
Almost a record for #Norway too tonight.

905 new #Covid19 infections diagnosed in the last 24 hours, just 25 below the national record. Today's total is 31% up on the previous week.

Over 300 more Covid patients have been admitted to hospital in the last 2 days alone.
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On Wednesday (March 10th) the German Weather Service (DWD) is now officially warning for Thursday (March 11th) of gale-force gusts and gusts of wind in the north and north-west of the country and in the south-west of Baden-Württemberg.
Restrictions in traffic must be expected, floods and landslides are possible. Travelers should exercise increased caution, especially on rivers and mountain slopes, and follow the instructions of the authorities.
For detailed and currently valid severe weather warnings in Germany, travelers are advised to install the 'WarnWetter' app from the German Meteorological Service.

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Now on @vrtnws : Salah

More details: De brieven van Salah Abdeslam: “Zorg dat jullie zonen strijders worden”…
This letter ...

Salam wa haleykom ...... Image
The future core of the ISIS network that attacked Europe

Salah Abdeslam, Abdel Hamid Abaaoud and Mohammed Abrini all lived and grew up together in the same neighbourhood in Molenbeek.

According to a family member, Salah started his criminal trajectory around age 10
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The Human Rights Council opens its 46th regular session with:
🔹 statements from governments and inter-governmental organizations
🔹a discussion on racism and #COVID19

🕘09:00 CET

President of the Human Rights Council Nazhat Shameem Khan opens the 46th regular session - the first to take place almost entirely virtually - running until 23 March.

President of the United Nations General Assembly @volkan_bozkir addresses the Human Rights Council.

"Sustainable development and human rights are symbiotic," he says.

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the sadistic practice of hunting underground

a #barbaric practice of #hunting and incompatible with the recognition of #animals as sentient beings.

While the #badger is #protected in many European countries (#Belgium, #Ireland, #GreatBritain, #Netherlands, #Hungary, #Denmark, #Portugal, #Spain, #Italy, etc.) because its presence is the guarantee of unspoiled nature
it is classified as game in France
and hunted relentlessly nine and a half months a year.
The worst being the hunting underground
Via @ASPASnature: Association for
protection of wild animals

Read here 👇…
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adverse effects #PfizerVaccine #eudra UP TO 13/02/21
indiviudal cases: 54828
list of adverse reactions #Belgium #Pfizervaccine untill 09/02/21…
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Great report by @satariano on a fake network that @Graphika_NYC (and others) found in December.

Twitter accounts with GAN faces, boosting Huawei, boosted by Huawei execs, and attacking Belgium's 5G policies.

Not enough evidence to prove who ran them.…
We found this network when it was boosted by Spamouflage, a pro-China operation.

Independently, @mvanhulten of @TI_EU and @ArbiterOfTweets of @Knack found it with different methods.

It's not a friendly environment for fake campaigns, folks.…
This was the first account we found.

"Alexandre, PhD", apparently a CEO.

But no surname, no indication of what he's a CEO of, and a GAN-generated profile pic.
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Now official: #Belgium has extended its lockdown until at least 1 March.

That will be at least 4 months for this second lockdown that started 2 November - longer than the first.…
Belgium’s new PM @alexanderdecroo has been praised for his ‘tough and honest’ approach to lockdown, preparing people for the difficult months ahead back in November, not giving any false hope.

Cases were brought way down from an alarming peak in October.…
But after cases fell to an extreme low at the end of December, they are rising again now, most likely because of Christmas travel.

We are now waiting to see if this is a blip, or starts a lasting surge.

If it doesn’t, it’s still possible lockdown could be ended earlier. Image
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#Belgium has had success in turning around its explosion of #COVID19 cases in October, through an unyielding strict lockdown since 2 November.

The effect is clear when comparing to countries which ended 2nd lockdowns early and had wild policy u-turns.…
Now Belgium is bracing to see if people returning from Christmas travel abroad results in a surge of cases. So far they are only up 3%.

PM De Croo has said there won’t be a relaxation of lockdown measures here any time soon.
The dramatic initial drop may have been influenced by Belgium stopping testing of asymptomatic people for 4 weeks, when they ran out of capacity.

But that policy ended 1.5 months ago. Testing went way up again with no accompanying rise in positives.…
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#Iran Foreign Ministry Official Confirms Zarif and Soleimani’s Close Ties
Baharvand, FM official highlighted that Soleimani “regularly came to the study office at 6 am on Tuesdays and had a coordination meeting with Dr. Zarif until 7:30.”…
Who Was Qassem Soleimani? 
Qassem Soleimani was the commander of #Iran’s terrorist Quds Force, an extraterritorial arm of the Revolutionary Guards (#IRGC)… Image
Zarif and his Ministry have also provided material support for the regime’s terrorists to operate outside #Iran. The regime’s terrorists in different countries use diplomatic privileges to pursue the regime’s malign goals.… Image
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A visit by a Nicholas actor to a Belgian retirement home may be the origin of a corona outbreak. The city of Mol in the province of Antwerp speaks of a "superspreader".
The man - a relative - had tested positive for the virus, she said. Corona tests were positive as of Sunday for 61 residents and 14 employees. One of the residents died - but was already in a palliative stage before the infection.
Another is being treated with serious symptoms. Some had a low temperature. Most of the residents are fine and have no symptoms. However, that could still change. Whether the outbreak actually goes back to the visit of the Sinterklaas, as St. Nicholas is called there,
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