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BiondVax to set up new Jerusalem manufacturing plant

File: Illustrative photo of a vaccination: Miriam Alster/Flash90)

File: Illustrative photo of a vaccination: Miriam Alster/Flash90)

By Shoshanna Solomon

Israeli developer of universal flu vaccine candidate says construction will soon start in Jerusalem BioPark
BiondVax Pharmaceuticals Ltd., a developer of a universal flu vaccine candidate, said Tuesday it will soon start construction of a new manufacturing facility in Jerusalem.
The Ness Ziona-based company whose shares are traded on the Nasdaq and in Tel Aviv said it has signed an agreement to lease a space of approximately 1,800 square meters in the Jerusalem BioPark, located in the Ein Kerem Hadassah campus, next to Hadassah University Hospitals and Hebrew University’s Medical School.
The mid-sized facility is expected to have the capacity to annually produce tens of millions of doses of the M-001 universal flu vaccine candidate, either in single-dose syringe or in bulk. M-001 is designed to provide protection against current and future seasonal and pandemic flu strains.
“We expect our new facility will optimize production timelines and significantly reduce production costs,” said Dr Shimon Hassin, BiondVax’s Chief Operating Officer. “This new planned mid-size commercial manufacturing facility will mark the culmination of BiondVax’s transformation into a fully integrated pharmaceutical company,” operating under international standards.
Planning and design of the facility has begun, “while construction will begin soon,” the statement said.
Costs of building and operating the facility are partially supported by a previously announced grant from Israel’s Ministry of Economy and Industry and a €20 million agreement with the European Investment Bank, the statement said.
BiondVax said in June that €20 million loan from the European Investment Bank would help it take a step forward in bringing the vaccine onto the market. “We now have the resources to launch Phase 3 trials and set up a mid-sized commercial manufacturing plant,” Dr. Ron Babecoff, CEO of BiondVax said at the time.
BiondVax, established in 2005, licensed the technology from the Weizmann Institute, where it was developed in the mid-90s.

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Turkey’s Syriac community and the threat of ‘nationalization’

A Syriac priest climbs the stairs at the Syriac Orthodox Mor Gabriel monastery, in Turkish southeastern town of Midyat, 30 May 2004. (AFP)

By Sonia Farid

The ownership of around 50 churches, monasteries, and cemeteries that belonged to the Syriac Orthodox Church for more than 1,500 years was transferred to the Turkish Directorate of Religious Affairs (Dinayet), hence turned into public facilities.
The Syriac properties, which total hundreds of thousands of square meters, were annexed by the directorate following the decision by the government committee assigned the liquidation of assets whose ownership deeds expired. The decision sent shock waves across members of the Syriac community who started fearing that this could be the first step towards the extinction of their heritage.
Kuryakos Ergun, chairman of the Mor Gabriel Monastery Foundation, said that an appeal filed against the confiscation, which included the fifth-century monastery, was rejected and highlighted the danger of losing this monastery, one of the world’s oldest operational monasteries, and other Syriac houses of worship.
“Our churches and monasteries are what root Syriacs in these lands; our existence relies on them. They are our history and what sustains our culture,” he said. “While the country should be protecting this heritage, we instead see our culture is at risk.” Ergun added that the fifth-century Mor Meliki monastery is also among the confiscated properties. “This monastery is set beside a spring revered by pilgrims for its healing powers and was tended by two Syriac families.”
Both monasteries are located in the Tur Abdin region in southwest Turkey between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and which is known to be the historic center of Syriac heritage and the heart of its monastic history. The name of the region is Syriac for “mountain of the servants of God” and the region is home to more than 80 monasteries.
Robert Nicholson, the executive director of the Philos Project, which addresses the problems of Christians in the Middle East, attributed the confiscation of Syriac properties to new policies adopted by Erdogan’s government to control minorities in the restive southwest. “In the case of the Syriac Christians, Erdogan is using legal pretexts to seize and redistribute lands and churches that have been owned by Christians for over a millennium,” he said.
Nicholson noted that Christians were generally not persecuted by Turkish authorities and did not face discriminatory practices under Erdogan, yet he argued that this seems to be changing. “But Turkish politics are changing, and it’s still unclear how minority groups like the Syriacs will fare in the end.”
Turkish journalist Uygar Gültekin explained that the whole process started when the province of Mardin, the eastern part of which is located in Tur Abdin, was officially turned into a metropolitan municipality, which allowed the government to form a Transfer, Liquidation, and Redistribution Committee to look into the status of properties located in the province. The committee placed the properties at the disposal of the Treasury, which then transferred them to Religious Affairs.

The Treaty of Lausanne

Gültekin noted that the decision to confiscate the Syriac properties is in violation of the Treaty of Lausanne, which was also mentioned in the appeal filed by the Mor Gabriel Monastery Foundation. “According to Article 42/3 of the Lausanne Treaty the Turkish Government undertakes to grant full protection to the churches, synagogues, cemeteries, and other religious establishments of the above-mentioned minorities (non-Muslims).
All facilities and authorization will be granted to the pious foundations, and to the religious and charitable institutions of the said minorities at present existing in Turkey, and the Turkish Government will not refuse, for the formation of new religious and charitable institutions, any of the necessary facilities which are granted to other private institutions of that nature,” Gültekin wrote.
According to the same treaty, Gültekin added, the Turkish government is not to issue any laws or take any procedures that overrule this principle: “Evidently this erroneous ownership status is in explicit violation of the Lausanne Treaty which is the founding Treaty of the Republic of Turkey.”
Habib Efram, president of the Syriac League in Lebanon, said that news of confiscating Syriac properties in Turkey went unnoticed as was the case with other violations to which the Syriacs in the Middle East were subjected.
“The world has been watching since the massacres committed against our ancestors in 1915 and which were neither acknowledged nor punished,” he said in reference to the mass killings of Syriacs by the Ottoman Empire during World War One and which happened alongside the Armenian genocide. “In addition to what is happening in Turkey, our legacy is being eliminated in Nineveh and Palmyra,” he added.
According to minorities’ expert Suleiman Yusuf, transferring the ownership of the Syriac properties to the Directorate of Religious Affairs means that they will be treated as Islamic endowments, which makes the future of all activities taking place in them uncertain.
“Millions of people perform pilgrimage every year to the monasteries that are now confiscated. Dozens of nuns and monks also live in those monasteries in addition to students who learn there,” he wrote. “Now all those will be under the control of the Mufti which means they can be turned to mosques or Islamic centers any time.”

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Hungarian PM to Netanyahu: We Cooperated With Nazis Instead of Protecting Jews, Won’t Happen Again

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) with Hungarian counterpart in Budapest, Hungary, July 18, 2017.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) with Hungarian counterpart in Budapest, Hungary, July 18, 2017. Balazs Mohai/AP

By Barak Ravid

‘I made it clear to Prime Minister Netanyahu that the government will secure the Jewish minority and that we have zero tolerance to anti-Semitism,’ Orban says during Netanyahu’s visit
Hungary cooperated with the Nazis in World War II instead of protecting its Jewish community, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said following his meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Budapest on Tuesday.
“We decided in World War II, instead of protecting the Jewish community, to cooperate with the Nazis. This will never happen again,” he said.
He added, “I made it clear to Prime Minister Netanyahu that the government will secure the Jewish minority and that we have zero tolerance to anti-Semitism.”
Netanyahu in turn said that “I discussed with Prime Minister Orban the concerns of the Jewish community and he assured me the government will protect the Jewish community.”
Netanyahu’s visit to Hungary, the first by an Israeli prime minister in over 30 years, was supposed to have been a festive occasion devoid of drama. But because of Orban’s campaign against Hungarian-born Jewish business magnate George Soros, Netanyahu’s visit has come to be regarded as a test of the right-wing Israeli government’s attitude toward the nationalist right-wing governments in Europe.
These governments do not often criticize the occupation or the settlements, but they try to rewrite the history of their countries during the Holocaust and implement nationalist and racist policies that can stir anti-Semitism.
On Wednesday evening, Netanyahu will meet with members of the Jewish community at Budapest’s Great Synagogue. Such an event, usually a routine part of a prime minister’s visit to a foreign country, has taken on much more significance in light of the recent events in Hungary. Last week, Andras Heisler, head of the Hungarian Jewish community, met with officials from the Foreign Ministry and the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem.

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Pseudo-Science BS from Deutsche Welle: Africa: Having Fewer Children – a Solution for Climate Change?

Photo: Daily Monitor, (file photo).

By Irene Banos Ruiz

The best personal choices to reduce our individual contribution to climate change are living car free – and having fewer children, a recent study shows. But is it a realistic solution to have no children at all?
If you were proud of yourself conscientiously recycling on your drive back home after picking up your kids from school – forget it!
A new study has identified the most effective ways to reduce our carbon footprint. Having one fewer child is the number one, followed – way behind – by living car-free.
If we rarely hear about about having fewer children, but often about recycling, this mainly due to misrepresentations in government advice and school textbooks, the study shows.
But once we know what to do to reduce our climate impact, the question remains: how to do it. Biking instead of driving a car is a relatively easy lifestyle switch compared to deliberately deciding to have fewer children.
Industrialized countries play a major role in cutting carbon emissions and reducing global warming. But fertility rates in these countries are already low, alarmingly so for many governments. Yet, this is also key for sustainability.
Discuss.

Your child in tons of C02

In industrialized countries, one person could save 2.4 metric tons of CO2 a year living car-free, 1.6 from avoiding a single trans-Atlantic flight and 0.8 by changing to a vegetarian diet, researchers have found.
But having one fewer child blows those figures out of the water, with a reduction of more than 58 tons of carbon emissions per year.
This might be an uncomfortable result for many – but the data doesn’t lie.
“Many people ask me what they can do to stop climate change,” Kimberly Nicholas, co-author of the study told DW. “And I just wanted to give them answers.”
Nicholas emphasized that she did not want to tell people what to do with such a personal decision as having kids. “But the data tell us that these four actions all have a big impact on the climate.”

Are fewer children the solution?

Nicholas’ findings revive a controversial debate. In a world of increasing human population but limited resources, the challenge of sustainable development increases daily.
The think tank Club of Rome garnered serious criticism in 2016 after promoting the idea of a one-child policy for industrialized countries in a book called “Reinventing Prosperity.”
According to the authors, such a drastic measure is a neccesary part of a strategy to achieving economic growth, reducing unemployment and inequality, and addressing climate change.
A child born in an industrialized country consumes 30 times more resources than one in India – which for the authors was a fair justification to support a one-child policy. They suggested incentivizing women to give birth to only one child with a financial reward.
But for Reiner Klingholz, chairman of the Berlin Institute for Population and Development, this is pure nonsense.
The average number of children needed for a stable population is 2.1 – but the average fertility rate in Europe is already as low as 1.5. In countries like Portugal, the average is even lower – only 1.1 children.
“In countries like Portugal, a further reduction in fertility rates would result in social disasters,” Klingholz said.
It could destabilize the economy.

Focus on Africa

An extremely high population growth in Western Asia and Africa is a major hindrance for sustainability. But this is not the case for industrialized countries, Klingholz believes.
“The rich part of the world does not live sustainably due to its high consumption and emissions,” he said.
The right move in Klingholz’s mind would be to reduce the carbon footprint of industrialized countries through a change in our lifestyle while supporting development in Africa that reduces fertility rates there.
Europe successfully reduced unsustainable fertility rates “only through education and development,” Klingholz said.
The difference between the birth rate of educated and non-educated girls in some African countries is astonishing.
In Ethiopia, for instance, women who manage to finish a secondary-level education have an average of 1.3 children – and 5 if they lack schooling. In Nigeria, the difference is from 3.9 versus 6.7.

Education is the solution!

This is in fact the same line Nicholas supports. Having children or not wouldn’t be as much of a controversy if we could manage to strongly reduce emissions through a car-free life, a plant-based diet, and a combination of all the other sustainable practices the study recommends, she says.
“If we make those changes and succeed in reducing emissions at the challenging level we have to, the impact of a person would be much smaller,” Nicholas said. “This would push our societies in the right direction.”
With that aim, they are encouraging governments and educational institutions to adapt their content and further motivate people to take action.
“They must make clear that recycling is a good start, and it is worthy – but there is much more to be done to save the planet,” Nicholas said.
Now, it is up to each person to decide how they will start.

Number 10: Upgrade light bulbs

You just bought a fancy lamp? Make it cooler with efficient light bulbs. This is one of the small actions that make a difference in the long-term – and let’s be honest, it’s not a big effort. Some LED bulbs consume up to 90 percent less than traditional ones.

Number 9: Hang laundry to dry

In cold or rainy countries, the task might be challenging – but these challenges are nothing compared to the worst consequences of climate change.

Number 8: Recycling

Recycling has become normal behavior for thousands of people around the world. It definitely contributes to making a better world – but unfortunately, it is not enough.

Number 7: Wash clothes on cold

Worried about your clothes shrinking in hot water? Here another reason to keep washing with cold water: Since it avoids turning on the water heater, cold-water washing also produces less greenhouse gas emissions.

Number 6: Drive a hybrid

Until you are ready to get rid of your car completely, you could move to a hybrid electric car. But beware: The electricity that powers it is probably still coming from dirty fossil fuels.

Number 5: Switch to a vegetarian diet

Beef production is the largest driver of tropical deforestation worldwide, with soy production closely following – mainly to feed animals. The carbon footprint of a meat-based diet is almost double that of a vegetarian one. Even reducing the amount of meat you eat makes a difference.
How to stop climate change? Start now!

Number 4: Buy green energy

Renewable energies are the new trend – but we are still largely dependent on fossil fuels such as coal. In countries like Germany, you can choose your energy provider – among some that draw from renewable sources.

Number 3: Cancel one trans-Atlantic flight

Air travel is a major challenge when it comes to tackling climate change. Policy-makers are exploring ways to reduce the climate impact of flights – but in the meantime, you can start thinking twice before taking a plane. Particularly to cross the pond.

Number 2: Don’t use a car

Getting rid of your car is the second-most effective action you can take to tackle climate change. And riding your bike also helps keep you fit!

Number 1: Have one fewer child

Giving birth to a new person consuming and polluting at the current rate of people in industrialized countries is the worst thing you can do for the planet, according to the study. But if you start now with the other nine actions, your kids might be able to live in a better world.

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5 ways Russia and China are deepening their cooperation

By Adam Garrie

China and Russia’s increased cooperation in matters pertaining to commerce and trade, monetary exchange, military cooperation and media integration, continue to shape Eurasia, East Asia and the wider world.
Russia and China continue to forge ever closer bonds across many fields of interaction.
Here are some important recent developments that underlie what has become the world’s most important multifaceted bilateral partnership.

1. Gold 

During Chinese President Xi Jingping’s recent visit to Moscow where he brought with him scores of representatives from the business and government sector, Russia and China agreed to increase bilateral trade in local currency.
There were also discussions about the need to rely on gold rather than the US Dollar as a major trading currency.
This week, Russia’s largest bank, the government-owned Sberbank began trading on the Shanghai Gold Exchange.
Reuter’s reports,
“Sberbank was granted international membership of the Shanghai exchange in September last year and in July completed a pilot transaction with 200 kg of gold kilobars sold to local financial institutions, the bank said.
Sberbank plans to expand its presence on the Chinese precious metals market and anticipates total delivery of 5-6 tonnes of gold to China in the remaining months of 2017.
Gold bars will be delivered directly to the official importers in China as well as through the exchange, Sberbank said.
Russia’s second-largest bank VTB is also a member of the Shanghai Gold”.
As Russia and China just signed a number of agreements on bilateral commerce and join-infrastructure project, many suspect that the economic weight of the accompanying transactions could do damage to the monetary hegemony of the US Dollar.

2. One Belt–One Road/New Silk Road/Belt and Road and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

Since One Belt–One Road was initially announced in 2013, Russia has been a stalwart supporter of China’s global project to harmonise international trade through the creation of logistical land and maritime ‘roads’ as well as trans-national political agreements to smooth the process of sending raw materials and finished goods between the borders of multiple states.
On May 15, at the largest ever meeting of heads of state and government in Beijing to discuss the Belt and Road initiative, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated,
“All the proposals (under the One Road, One Belt initiative) are in the trend of modern development and are deemed to be extremely necessary and highly demanded.
This is why Russia not only supports ‘One Road, One Belt’ project, but will also actively participate in its implementation jointly with its Chinese partners and, of course, with all other interested countries”.
During the forum in China, Putin also praised Moscow’s strong economic ties with Beijing saying,
“Not only were we able to cope with trade and economic decline, but we also entered a path for growth”.
The recent deals that Russia has signed with China covering a variety of areas should be understood as implicit efforts to strengthen relations which will help to eventually complete the prominent China-to-Russia corridors of the New Silk Road,
As the Duran reported on 4 July, 2017,
“Russian banks, high-speed rail projects, projects for cooperation in space and investment funds which will trade in the national currencies of China and Russia. This represents a big blow to the US Dollar in respect of its position as the standard currency of Internationale trade.
There were also deals between multiple companies from both nations including between Russia’s Gazprom and Chinese energy companies.
Deals for cultural cooperation in the areas of film and cartoon production, education and tourism were also signed. Vladimir Putin stressed the importance of helping Russians and Chinese people to visit each others countries which are already popular mutual destinations.
Furthermore, the Foreign Ministers of Russia and China, Sergev Lavrov and Wang Yi, signed a memorandum of cooperation on the issues in the Korean Peninsula. Both sides stated that in this respect it is the desire of both China and Russia to freeze Pyongyang’s nuclear program as well as end US-South Korean military drills in the region.
Finally, President Putin and President Xi signed a Treaty of Friendliness and Cooperation between the two countries which will see further and deeper integration of Russia and China’s work towards mutual global problem solving.
President Putin later spoke of his optimism for what the One Belt–One Road Chinese economic, commercial and infrastructure project can offer for both countries.
President Xi spoke of the strategic partnership between the two countries as an “historic choice” and thanked President Putin for awarding him the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle“.
As leading founders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), Russia and China recently welcomed both India and Pakistan into the group of nations. This will help to not only de-escalate latent tensions between China and India in the long term, but could also help India and Pakistan to eventually resolve their lingering disputes. All of this of course will help to expedite the progress of the New Silk Road.
Lingering issues between China and India while problematic in the short term, can and must be overcome through joint initiatives of the SCO. This is in India’s long term interests as well as China’s.

3. The Arctic 

Russia has recently announced plans to expand its fleet of Arctic Icebreaker nuclear powered ships. New technologies involving lazer-armed technology could make sailing through the arctic vastly more efficient and faster in the coming years.

Military expert Dmitri Yurov stated that where once Arctic warfare would be considered an “absurdity”, thanks to new technology, the need to ready Arctic ready military vessels is becoming increasingly necessary.
As Russia continues to develop, modernise and innovate within its expanding fleet of icebreakers, many are looking at the possibility that a China-Russia trans-Arctic trading route could be a future possibility, one that would allow important goods to bypass many of the conflict zones of the Middle East and southern Europe.
Independent journalist and Asia expert Pepe Escobar published the following map on 17 July, 2017 which shows what a trans-Arctic ‘Silk Road’ might look like.

4. Military 

In recent years, China and Russia have increased cooperation in respect of joint military exercises.
This week, the two countries will conduct a wide range of drills in the Baltic Sea surrounding Russia’s Kaliningrad region.
statement from the Russian Defence Ministry reads as follows,
“The main goals of the exercises are to increase the efficiency in cooperation between the two fleets in countering security threats at sea, to train compatibility of the crews of Russian and Chinese warships, to strengthen friendship and cooperation between the Russian Navy and the Naval Forces of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army”.
The location of the drills is also of importance. NATO continues to increase its presence the three Baltic states as well as Poland in a clear provocation towards Russia. By coming to Russian waters in the Baltic to conduct drills, China and Russia are demonstrating a clear united front against NATO manoeuvring in the region.

5. Media

During President Xi’s visit with President Putin in early July of this year, RT’s Editor-In-Chief Margarita Simonyan spoke before both leaders, emphasising the need to fight disinformation from western mainstream media outlets with a unified yet diverse voice.
In an impassioned speech, Simonyan offered RT’s content to Chinese media outlets free of charge as a gesture of goodwill in the spirit of further cooperation.
It was later announced that Russia’s Katusha television channel would begin broadcasting in China, one of the first non-Chinese media outlets to do so.
As Simonyan indicated, cooperation between two of the world’s three superpowers in the so-called information war is vital to the interests of both countries in giving news from the two countries and their partners a wider international, multi-lingual platform. She described cooperative media initiatives between Russia and China as efforts to fight “media terrorism”.
These are just some of the crucial ways in which China and Russia continue to be the dominant world partners in the 21st century.

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And bit by bit the Sino-Russian Communist World Order (SRCWO) takes shape…. Don’t be fooled by the ‘disagreements and arguments’ with NATO: Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary-general of NATO is a former KGB agent (if there is such a thing as former). All smoke and mirrors.

Donetsk People’s Republic Announces New State of Malorossiya

Zakharchenko hopes Donetsk will become the capital of a new state comprised of former regions of Ukraine
Donetsk People’s Republic leader Alexander Zakharchenko has stated that the DPR leadership is drafting plans for the creation of a new state of Malorossiya.
Zakharchenko said that the creation of a new state is necessary because DPR leadership had “come to the conclusion that Ukraine has shown itself as a failed state”.
Sputnik has the details:
Malorossiya has been declared as a sovereign federated state with the capital of Donetsk and successor state to Ukraine. The new state’s constitution will be approved after a referendum and broad discussion.
“We, the representatives of former Ukraine, declare the establishment of a new state, Malorossiya, which is a successor state to Ukraine. We agree that the new state’s name will be Malorossiya because the very name of Ukraine has discredited itself. The city of Donetsk becomes Malorossiya’s capital,” DPR Income Minister Alexander Timofeev said while reading a constitution act on the formation of the new country.
We’re not sure how realistic this plan really is, but it does provide for closer ties to Russia without formal unification with the Russian Federation.
According to Sputnik’s report, Malorossiya would seek to join the Union State of Russia and Belarus while maintaining its sovereignty. Malorossiya would also seek partnership with the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the European Union.
Christopher Miller 
@ChristopherJM 
So, it seems Zakharchenko does suggest DNR
& LNR to form “state” of Malorossiya. No word from Plotnitsky, who opposed similar ideas before. https://twitter.com/ChristopherJM/status/887219470766354436 …
10:03 AM – 18 Jul 2017
It will be interesting to see how this plan is received by the international community. (If we had to guess, we’d venture: not very well.) However, with Ukraine spiraling the drain, anything is possible. At the very least, it’s a positive step towards breaking permanently with Kiev.

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During the Holodomor in the blue areas, the native Ukraine people were murdered and replaced with Bolsjeviks, the Khazars. Khazaria is being rebuild…

Khazaria