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[Event] The Khaleeji Defense Force

2020.09.21 23:30 TheManIsNonStop [Event] The Khaleeji Defense Force

January 2031
In theory, the Armed Forces of Oman, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait were merged into a single federal Defense Force (officially, the "Defense Force of the Federated Arab States of the Khaleej", but usually just referred to as the "Khaleeji Defense Force") under the command of the President of the Federated Arab States with the creation of the new Union in 2030.
Unfortunately, it turns out that integrating five armies into a unified command structure is a little more difficult than writing words on a piece of paper. The "unified" Khaleeji Defense Force is anything but, with units still exhibiting loyalty to their old command structures. While units from Oman and Kuwait may theoretically answer to the command structure in Abu Dhabi, in practice, they effectively maintain their own parallel command, administrative, and logistic structures. This, of course, is an absolute disaster waiting to happen if the FAS enter into a serious armed conflict, as it will inhibit the ability of central command to exert its will over its subordinate units, hampering interoperability and making victory more difficult to achieve.
Another major issue in a segregated military structure like this is the segregation of military units by "nationality" (that is, which constituent nation they are from). Kuwaitis only serve with Kuwaitis, Omanis only serve with Omanis, etc. This contributes to the issue of dual power and parallel governance, as it results in soldiers that exhibit loyalties to sub-national entities rather than to the protection of the national entity as a whole. Much like the UAE's Union Defense Forces subsumed the militaries of the individual Emirates in the 2000s, so to must this new military force subsume the militaries of the individual constituent states if it is to become a true fighting force capable of protecting the FAS from threats foreign and domestic.
To rectify this, the Khaleeji Defense Force is set to undergo an all-encompassing series of reforms to unify the command structures, ranks, doctrine, and logistics. The reforms will see the theoretically centralized Defense Force made into an actually centralized Defense Force, with a unified command structure that sees Kuwaitis, Omanis, Bahrainis, Emiratis, and Qataris fight side-by-side in defense of their country, singular. Units will be integrated, outdated equipment will be removed from service, and uniform conscription laws will be implemented throughout the whole of the country's territory. These reforms will be implement over the next three years, concluding in 2034.

The Khaleeji Defense Force

Conscription
Male FAS nationals will be subjected to mandatory conscription (as is already the case in most of the Arab Gulf States). Men who have finished secondary school will have to serve eighteen months (four months of training, fourteen months of service) with another two years in the reserves, while men who did not finish secondary school will have to serve three years with another two years in the reserves. Reservists (both those who have volunteered for reserve service and those who are doing their mandatory reservist duty) will train one weekend every month and two weeks every December, for a total of 36 days every year. Women are not subjected to the draft, but are welcome to serve in all non-infantry roles in the Khaleeji Defense Force. Service for both sexes is rewarded by a range of benefits from the federal government, including competitive pay, priority hiring for government jobs, and preferred applicant status for housing plots, scholarships, and marriage grants.
Rank Structure
The rank structure of the Khaleeji Defense Force mostly follows the British rank structure. In the tradition of other Arab militaries, enlisted ranks are uniform across all services (that is, an OR-9 is a Warrant Officer across all service branches). The rank structure is laid out as follows:
Commissioned Officer Ranks
NATO Code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1
Service Branch
Army No Equivalent Fariq Awwal (General) Fariq (Lieutenant General) Liwa (Major General) Amid (Brigadier) Aqid (Colonel) Muqaddam (Lieutenant Colonel) Ra'id (Major) Naqib (Captain) Mulazim Awwal (Lieutenant) and Mulazim (Second Lieutenant)
Navy No Equivalent Fariq Awwal Bahriin (Admiral) Fariq Bahriin (Vice Admiral) Liwa Bahriin (Rear Admiral) Amid Bahriin (Commodore) Aqid Bahriin (Captain) Muqaddam Bahriin (Commander) Ra'id Bahriin (Lieutenant Commander) Naqib Bahriin (Lieutenant) Mulazim Awwal Bahriin (Sub-lieutenant) and Mulazim Bahriin (Midshipman)
Air Force No Equivalent Fariq Awwal Tayar (Air Chief Marshal) Fariq Tayar (Air Marshal) Liwa Tayar (Air Vice-Marshal) Amid Tayar (Air Commodore) Aqid Tayar (Group Captain) Muqaddam Tayar (Wing Commander) Ra'id Tayar (Squadron Leader) Naqib Tayar (Flight Lieutenant) Mulazim Awwal Tayar (Flying Officer) and Mulazim Tayar (Pilot Officer)
Enlisted Ranks
NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Mosa'id Awwal (Chief Warrant Officer) Mosa'id (Warrant Officer) Raqib Awwal (Staff Sergeant) Raqib (Sergeant) Raqib (Sergeant) Corporal ('Arif) No Equivalent Jondi Awwal (Private First Class) Jondi (Private)

Khaleeji Land Forces

New Structure
The Khaleeji Army (officially the Land Forces) will have a sanctioned strength of 85,000 active duty nationals, to be supplemented by a further 66,000 reservists and 40,000 foreign nationals, divided into four active duty brigades, four reserve brigades, a special operations command (consisting of a ceremonial Life Guards regiment, a special forces brigade, and a battalion-sized elite special forces unit), and the Foreign Legion (comprised of two brigade-sized ground units and a smaller, but still brigade-sized marine regiment).
Regular Army
Brigades in the Khaleeji Land Forces are set to be modeled after the American Brigade Combat Team, consisting of three Combined Arms Battalions (in Mechanized Brigades, this will be two Mechanized Battalions and one Armor Battalion, while in Armored Brigades, it will be one Mechanized Battalion and two Armor Battalions). Both brigades will have roughly 4,500 combat personnel, supported by an additional 12,000 or so personnel, for a total of roughly 16,500 soldiers per BCT.
These brigades will be split between two regional commands. Northern Command, which covers Kuwait (as it is separated from the rest of the country), will have one Armored Brigade, one Mechanized Brigade, and one more of each held in reserve. Central Command, which covers the rest of the country (Oman, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain) will have two Mechanized Brigades, one Armored Brigade, and one Mechanized Brigade and one Armored Brigade held in reserve.
Foreign Legion
The Khaleeji Land Forces will include a Foreign Legion, inherited from the Emirati Foreign Legion created in 2025. However, the Khaleeji Foreign Legion will see some major organizational changes from its Emirati equivalent.
The first are related to the composition of the Legion and its service terms. The current six-year service obligation will be increased to eight years, with legionnaires becoming eligible to apply for citizenship after six years (legionnaires wounded in the line of duty will still receive citizenship immediately). After the initial eight-year service term, legionnaires will have the option to renew for additional four- or six-year terms of service (those who sign up for six years will be paid more than those who signed up for four years). Those who do not sign additional service terms, but are accepted as citizens, will have to serve another two years in the reserves of the regular army (where they will still receive competitive compensation, while also be able to pursue non-military careers outside of their reservist service), where they will make up an experienced core of personnel to build the reserve units around. The sanctioned size of the Foreign Legion will also be increased from 20,000 to 38,000.
The second major change is to its structure. Currently, the Foreign Legion is divided into ten regiments (two armor, four mechanized, one training, one combat engineers, one artillery, one military police, and one marine). To bring the Foreign Legion structure in line with that of the rest of the Land Forces, armor and mechanized regiments will be merged into two Foreign Regiments, with each functioning as a Mechanized Brigade Combat Team. The old regiments, now "battalions," will serve as the Combined Arms core of these largest regiments (so the 2nd Foreign Armor Regiment, rather than being an independent unit, is now the 2nd Foreign Armor Battalion, serving as one of the three combined arms battalions of the 1st Foreign Rifles Regiment). The combat engineer, artillery, and military police regiments will be converted into the support elements for these new regiments (so the 1st Foreign Artillery Regiment will serve as the parent regiment for the artillery units inside of the 1st and 2nd Foreign Rifle Regiments).
The 1st Foreign Marine Regiment will be reorganized to mirror the organization of a United States Marine Corps Marine Expeditionary Unit. Foreign legionnaires will make up the enlisted personnel (and some of the officers, for the more experienced legionnaires) of the ground combat element, the logistics combat elements, and part of the ground crew of the aviation combat element. The 1st Foreign Marine Regiment will also be under the Special Operations Command, rather than the Foreign Legion HQ. Just simpler that way.
Special Operations Command
Using the UAE's Presidential Guard as a backbone with some supplements from the special forces of the other states, the Special Operations Command is composed of three subordinate units (plus the 1st Foreign Marine Regiment, loaned from the Foreign Legion HQ).
The first is the battalion-strength President's Life Guards Regiment. This regiment is in the Land Forces only as a matter of ceremony. As it is responsible for the protection of the President of the Federated Arab States' person and family as well as the Federal Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, it will not be deployed in any sort of combat capacity.
The bulk of the Special Operation Command's forces are organized under the President's Royal Rifles, an elite infantry brigade drawn from the cream-of-the-crop of the Khaleeji Land Forces (who have to go through a demanding training course before accepted into the brigade). Organized along the lines of a US Army Infantry Brigade Combat Team, the President's Royal Rifles is the true multi-tool of the Khaleeji Land Forces, capable of air assault, paradrop, amphibious assault, counter-insurgency/counter-terrorism, or ground service in a motorized role. Think US Army Rangers.
The last unit of the Special Forces Command is the battalion-sized President's Special Service. Drawn from the absolute best personnel in the Khaleeji Defense Force, the President's Special Service is analogous to other top special forces units like the US Army's Delta Force and the United Kingdom's Special Air Service. PSS personnel are trained in various methods of deep insertion, including combat diving, amphibious assault, paradrop, and air assault. Applicants will be drawn primarily from highly qualified individuals in the President's Royal Rifles.

Khaleeji Air Force

Note: The Khaleeji Navy, Land Forces, and Air Force all operate their own fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. For convenience’s sake, this section will discuss only the Land Force and Air Force air wings. Naval Aviation will be handled separately.
Following unification, the Khaleeji Defense Force has a staggering number of combat aircraft. Counting both rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft, the Khaleeji military aviation has almost 1,400 aircraft, placing it comfortably in the top ten militaries in terms of combat aircraft (around the level of regional powers like Japan, Pakistan, France, and Turkey).
In theory, this wouldn’t be too bad, but in practice, it is an absolute nightmare. Those 1,400 aircraft are divided over 114 different types of aircraft, each with their own logistical requirements. Worse still, many of these aircraft are horribly dated--Bahrain’s Air Force pre-unification was still regularly operating its squadron of F-5 Tiger IIs, while Kuwait still operates three squadrons of F/A-18C/D Hornets. Even the UAE, the largest military in the union, is not without its dated aircraft, with over 50 Mirage 2000s still on its rosters. The situation in Army Aviation is even worse, with the Joint Aviation Command operating dinosaurs like the AH-1E Cobra, the SA342L Gazelle, and the SA316 Alouette III.
Put simply, maintaining this large of an Air Force is untenable for the FAS--especially if a quarter of the aircraft are basically useless dinosaurs. The Khaleeji Defense Force is looking to significantly downsize its inventory of aircraft over the next five years, shedding older equipment to be replaced by more modern alternatives.
Khaleeji defense policy is hoping to use air superiority as a force multiplier against numerically superior neighbors like Iran, Iraq, and Pakistan, or as a first line of defense against outside powers like China attempting to project force into the FAS. As such, autonomous and unmanned aerial combat systems are of big interest to the FAS--an interest largely inherited from the UAE, who has spent the last decade developing numerous UAVs and UCAVS, including an unmanned variant of its new light utility/attack helicopter, and has spent the last few years looking into an upgrade package to convert the F-16 into an autonomous (or at least unmanned) aircraft. These research projects are expected to continue in the FAS.
Owing to the massive wealth of the FAS but the small base of nationals from which to draw personnel for the Khaleeji Defense Force, the FAS has to find places to reduce manpower requirements wherever possible without making undue sacrifices to national security. The use of private military contractors provides an effective avenue to reduce the number of uniformed service members by outsourcing certain military functions to private firms.
The Khaleeji Air Force is expected to make extensive use of MRO contractors like government-owned AL TAIF and AMMROC, both of whom have been providing MRO work for NATO and allied deployments in the Arabian Gulf for the past five years, for maintenance and repair on its vast fleet of aircraft.
The other area where private contractors are expected to see significant use is in pilot training. The FAS is set to outsource much of its basic rotary- and fixed-wing training responsibilities to government-owned Horizon Flight Academy, where private contractors (largely retired military personnel from places like the United States, United Kingdom, and France, but with a not insignificant number of retired KDF personnel) will train the next generation of KDF pilots.
Horizon has also announced the creation of a new aggressor training squadron in the vein of American firm Draken International. Using former pilots from NATO militaries and regional air forces, Horizon Flight Academy will provide aggressor training and threat simulation services to the Khaleeji Air Force (as well as other interested Air Forces in the MENA region) to increase combat readiness. The KDF has announced that a number of the aircraft being retired from the KAF will be sold to Horizon Flight Academy for use in their aggressor training services, including the F-5 Tiger II (used by Iran), the F-16 (used by Iraq, Israel, and Turkey), and the F-15 Strike Eagle (used by Saudi Arabia, but more importantly, Israel). Horizon Flight Academy will also make attempts to purchase three Mirage F1s from Morocco (one of the only countries other than Iran still using the aircraft) and a dozen F-4 Phantom IIs (used by Iran) from Japan.

Khaleeji Navy

Traditionally, the Arab States of the Gulf have maintained small brown-water navies focused on coastal defense and EEZ enforcement. Prior to 2020, the only constituent state to operate frigates was Bahrain, who operated two decommissioned Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates from the United States (since then, the UAE Navy acquired . Green- and blue-water naval efforts were largely left to the United States, who has long served as the guarantor of regional security for the Arab States of the Gulf (as highlighted by their intervention against China during the 2028 Gulf Crisis).
The KDF was fairly certain that this state of affairs would continue to remain in place, even as newly-elected President Santana’s platform included a plank that would see the US end its alliance with “undemocratic nations”--AKA, the Arab Gulf States. American domestic politics has always broadcast a desire to “stand down,” and so far it hasn’t materialized, so why should we get all worked up about it?
And then she actually went and did it, ordering the US military to withdraw from several critical postings in the region, including Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. While she hasn’t announced any plans to withdraw from the Gulf yet, this change in American foreign policy is enough to have spooked the KDF, with some inside the Khaleeji Navy arguing that the FAS needs to develop a green-water navy capable of protecting its interests in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman--fast.
While developing new green-water capabilities, the Khaleeji Navy also needs to focus on updating and modernizing its brown-water capabilities. A considerable portion of the Khaleeji Navy’s combat vessels are getting a little long in the tooth, many having been procured in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and are approaching the end of their natural service life.
To this end, the Khaleeji Navy has announced a new procurement strategy aimed at developing two separate “fleets.” The first, the Indian Ocean Fleet based at Duqm in Oman, will maintain green-water capabilities, including a smattering of frigates, destroyers, submarines, and, eventually, a light carrier or LHD. The land-based naval aviation of the Indian Ocean Fleet is expected to focus primarily on long-range maritime patrol craft like the P-8 Poseidon with potentially a small complement of land-based naval bombers.
The second, the Arabian Gulf Fleet, will focus on lower tonnage craft (corvettes, fast attack craft, maybe a few frigates) for use in the littoral environment of the Gulf, with an eye towards countering the swarm tactics and submarine fleet of the numerically superior but technologically inferior Iranian Navy, while providing area denial services against larger navies from outside the Gulf itself. Land-based aircraft from both the KAF and the KN are expected to play an important in naval operations in the Gulf, such as close air support (the Iranian Navy mostly uses fast attack craft without any serious AA capabilities), ASW operations (largely using land-based MH-60 Romeos), and ISR (using the FAS’s growing drone capabilities).
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2020.09.21 12:36 IIWIIM8 Global COVID Cases For 21SEP20

Summary As Of: 21SEP20 @ 23:19 GMT
Countries 213 + 2
Cases 31,458,175
Deaths 968,374
Recovered 23,069,198
Active Cases 7,450,841
w/Active cases w/No Active cases w/All cases rcvrd
Cntry’s 203 2 8
Cases 31,216,782 158 202
Deaths 964,723 4 0
Rcvrd 22,811,642 154 202

Daily totals of new: cases, deaths & recoveries

Date Cases Deaths Recoveries
19SEP 296,895 5,195 248,442
20SEP 254,996 3,960 247,523
21SEP 212,276 3,489 242,538

Cases, Deaths, Active by continent

Continent Cases Deaths Active
Africa 1,406,047 33,877 1,153,639
Asia 9,348,503 175,387 7,628,969
Europe 4,402,921 215,949 2,374,941
N America 8,311,831 297,711 5,167,259
Oceania 30,541 879 26,993
S America 7,490,339 237,107 6,226,685

Countries with Active Cases

Country Cases Deaths Recoveries
USA 7,042,937+ 204,427+ 4,295,396+
India 5,560,105+ 88,965+ 4,494,720+
Brazil 4,560,083+ 137,350+ 3,887,199+
Russia 1,109,595+ 19,489+ 911,973+
Colombia 770,435+ 24,397+ 640,900+
Peru 768,895+ 31,369 615,255+
Mexico 697,663+ 73,493+ 499,302+
Spain 671,468+ 30,663+ N/A
South Africa 661,936+ 15,992+ 591,208+
Argentina 631,365 13,053 488,231
France 458,061+ 31,338+ 93,008+
Chile 447,468+ 12,298+ 421,111+
Iran 425,481+ 24,478+ 361,523+
UK 398,625+ 41,788+ N/A
Bangladesh 350,621+ 4,979+ 258,717+
Saudi Arabia 330,246+ 4,512+ 311,499+
Iraq 322,856+ 8,625+ 258,075+
Pakistan 306,304+ 6,420+ 292,869+
Turkey 304,610+ 7,574+ 268,435+
Italy 299,506+ 35,724+ 218,703+
Philippines 290,190+ 4,999+ 230,233+
Germany 275,548+ 9,481+ 244,000+
Indonesia 248,852+ 9,677+ 180,797+
Israel 190,929+ 1,273+ 136,780+
Ukraine 178,353+ 3,583+ 78,184+
Canada 145,052+ 9,224+ 125,539+
Bolivia 130,676+ 7,617+ 89,617+
Ecuador 126,711+ 11,095+ 102,852
Qatar 123,604+ 211+ 120,540+
Romania 113,589+ 4,458+ 90,649+
Dominican Republic 108,783+ 2,054+ 82,274+
Kazakhstan 107,307+ 1,671 101,941+
Panama 106,810+ 2,272+ 82,320+
Morocco 103,119+ 1,855+ 84,158+
Belgium 102,295+ 9,948+ 18,965+
Egypt 102,141+ 5,787+ 90,332+
Kuwait 99,964+ 585+ 90,930+
Netherlands 95,995+ 6,281+ N/A
Oman 94,051+ 853+ 85,781+
Sweden 88,237 5,865 N/A
Guatemala 85,681+ 3,124+ 75,172+
UAE 85,595+ 405+ 75,086+
China 85,291+ 4,634 80,484+
Poland 79,988+ 2,298+ 64,604+
Japan 79,140+ 1,500 71,404+
Belarus 75,898+ 785+ 73,301+
Honduras 71,616+ 2,184+ 22,065+
Ethiopia 69,709+ 1,108+ 28,634+
Portugal 69,200+ 1,920+ 45,736+
Venezuela 66,656 547 56,096
Bahrain 65,752+ 224+ 58,626+
Costa Rica 65,602+ 745+ 25,127+
Nepal 65,276+ 427+ 47,238+
Singapore 57,606+ 27 57,241+
Nigeria 57,437+ 1,100+ 48,674+
Uzbekistan 52,070+ 437+ 48,369+
Czechia 50,764+ 521+ 25,336+
Switzerland 50,378+ 2,050+ 40,500
Algeria 50,023+ 1,679+ 35,180+
Armenia 47,552+ 936+ 42,637+
Moldova 46,796+ 1,211+ 35,018+
Ghana 46,062+ 297 45,258+
Kyrgyzstan 45,471+ 1,063 41,682+
Azerbaijan 39,280+ 576+ 36,836+
Afghanistan 39,074+ 1,444+ 32,576
Austria 38,658+ 767+ 29,516+
Kenya 37,079+ 650+ 23,949+
Palestine 36,151+ 265+ 24,428+
Paraguay 33,520+ 659+ 18,117+
Ireland 33,121+ 1,792 23,364
Serbia 32,938+ 743+ 31,536+
Lebanon 29,987+ 307+ 12,507+
Libya 28,796+ 450+ 15,384+
El Salvador 27,798+ 812+ 21,782+
Australia 26,912+ 851+ 24,063+
Bosnia and Herzegovina 25,521+ 770+ 18,109+
Denmark 23,323+ 640+ 17,738+
S. Korea 23,045+ 385+ 20,248+
Cameroon 20,598+ 416 19,124
Ivory Coast 19,327+ 120 18,630+
Bulgaria 19,014+ 765+ 13,727+
Hungary 18,866+ 686+ 4,401+
North Macedonia 16,780+ 700+ 13,949+
Madagascar 16,073+ 225+ 14,682+
Greece 15,595+ 344+ 9,989
Croatia 14,992+ 253+ 12,737+
Senegal 14,738+ 302 11,458+
Zambia 14,175+ 331+ 13,629+
Sudan 13,555+ 836 6,760+
Norway 13,005+ 267 10,371
Albania 12,535+ 364+ 6,995+
Tunisia 10,732+ 159+ 2,386
Namibia 10,526+ 113+ 8,112+
DRC 10,519+ 271 9,952+
Guinea 10,344+ 65+ 9,757+
Malaysia 10,276+ 130 9,395+
Maldives 9,770+ 34+ 8,390+
French Guiana 9,712+ 65 9,373+
Tajikistan 9,388+ 73 8,152+
Finland 9,046+ 341+ 7,700
Montenegro 8,842+ 138+ 5,425+
Gabon 8,704+ 54+ 7,875+
Haiti 8,624+ 221 6,482+
Luxembourg 7,916+ 124 6,839+
Zimbabwe 7,683+ 225 5,924+
Mauritania 7,384+ 161 6,977+
Mozambique 6,912+ 44+ 3,738+
Slovakia 6,756+ 39 3,571+
Uganda 6,468+ 63 2,731+
Myanmar 6,151+ 98+ 1,445+
Malawi 5,733+ 179 4,053+
Djibouti 5,404+ 61 5,336+
Eswatini 5,282+ 104 4,647+
Cabo Verde 5,281+ 52+ 4,674+
Jamaica 5,143+ 70+ 1,407+
Cuba 5,141+ 116+ 4,462+
Jordan 5,045+ 32+ 3,527+
Hong Kong 5,039+ 103 4,717+
Congo 5,002+ 89 3,887
Equatorial Guinea 5,002 83 4,509
Nicaragua 4,961 147 2,913
CAR 4,786 62 1,830
Suriname 4,740+ 97 4,525+
Rwanda 4,722+ 27+ 2,973+
Slovenia 4,470+ 142 3,048+
Angola 4,117+ 154+ 1,449+
Trinidad and Tobago 3,930+ 65+ 1,802+
Syria 3,833+ 175+ 963+
Lithuania 3,814+ 87 2,199+
Georgia 3,695+ 20+ 1,534+
Aruba 3,587+ 24+ 2,369+
Mayotte 3,541 40 2,964
Gambia 3,526 108 1,992
Thailand 3,506 59 3,342+
Somalia 3,465+ 98 2,877
Guadeloupe 3,426 26 837
Réunion 3,415+ 15 2,482
Bahamas 3,370+ 74 1,689
Sri Lanka 3,299+ 13 3,100+
Mali 3,013 128 2,372
Estonia 2,941+ 64 2,379+
Malta 2,776+ 23+ 2,079+
South Sudan 2,649+ 49 1,290
Botswana 2,567 13 624
Guyana 2,402+ 65+ 1,359+
Iceland 2,377+ 10 2,125+
Guinea-Bissau 2,303 39 1,127
Benin 2,294+ 40 1,954+
Sierra Leone 2,168 72 1,650
Yemen 2,028+ 586 1,235+
Uruguay 1,927+ 46 1,634+
Burkina Faso 1,896+ 56 1,189+
New Zealand 1,815 25 1,728+
Andorra 1,681+ 53 1,199+
Togo 1,669+ 41 1,274+
Belize 1,627+ 21+ 918+
Cyprus 1,603+ 22 1,369+
Latvia 1,526+ 36 1,248
Lesotho 1,424+ 33 754
Liberia 1,336+ 82 1,218+
French Polynesia 1,271 2 1,028
Niger 1,189+ 69 1,104
Chad 1,153+ 81 967
Martinique 1,122 18 98
Vietnam 1,068 35 947+
Sao Tome and Principe 908 15 880+
San Marino 723 42 669
Turks and Caicos 668 5 572
Channel Islands 652+ 48 575
Sint Maarten 584 20 488
Papua New Guinea 517 7 232
Taiwan 509+ 7 479
Tanzania 509 21 183
Burundi 474+ 1 462+
Comoros 470 7 450
Faeroe Islands 437+ 0 413+
Mauritius 366 10 338
Eritrea 364 0 305
Gibraltar 350 0 323
Isle of Man 340+ 24 312
Saint Martin 330 6 206
Mongolia 312 0 302
Curaçao 282+ 1 102+
Cambodia 275 0 274
Bhutan 261+ 0 192+
Cayman Islands 209+ 1 204
Monaco 193+ 1 153+
Barbados 189+ 7 173+
Bermuda 180 9 166
Seychelles 143+ 0 136
Liechtenstein 114+ 1 110+
Antigua and Barbuda 96 3 92
British Virgin Islands 69 1 48
Caribbean Netherlands 36 1 17
Fiji 32 2 26
Saint Lucia 27 0 26
Timor-Leste 27 0 26
Dominica 24 0 18
Laos 23 0 22
St. Barth 23 0 16
Saint Kitts and Nevis 19+ 0 17
Saint Pierre Miquelon 11 0 5
Western Sahara 10 1 8
Total: 31,458,175 968,374 23,069,198

Countries with No Active Cases

Country Cases Deaths Rcvrd
Anguilla 3 0 3
Falkland Islands 13 0 13
Greenland 14 0 14
Grenada 24 0 24
Macao 46 0 46
New Caledonia 26 0 26
St. Vincent Grenadines 64 0 64
Total: 202 0 202

Countries with All Cases Resolved

Country Cases Deaths Rcvrd
Antigua and Barbuda 95 3 92
Montserrat 13 1 12
Total: 108 4 104

International Conveyances

Intl Cnvy Cases Deaths Rcvrd
Montserrat 13 1 12
Diamond Princess 712 13 651
Total: 725 14 663
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2020.09.20 14:41 IIWIIM8 Global COVID Cases For 20SEP20

Summary As Of: 20SEP20 @ 22:54 GMT
Countries 213 + 2
Cases 31,216,782
Deaths 964,723
Recovered 22,811,642
Active Cases 7,440,417
w/Active cases w/No Active cases w/All cases rcvrd
Countries 202 2 9
Cases 30,652,203 158 219
Deaths 955,187 4 0
Rcvrd 22,309,152 154 219

Daily totals of new: cases, deaths & recoveries

Date Cases Deaths Recoveries
18SEP 315,101 5,460 7,400,323
19SEP 292,172 5,141 7,438,912
Current 239,211 3,852 7,440,417

Cases, Deaths, Active by continent

Continent Cases Deaths Active
Africa 1,413,128 34,002 1,158,596
Asia 9,468,071 177,173 7,764,118
Europe 4,435,468 216,183 2,382,423
N America 8,343,567 298,523 5,196,317
Oceania 30,559 885 27,093
S America 7,525,268 237,942 6,282,444

Countries with Active Cases

Country Cases Deaths Recoveries
USA 7,000,122+ 204,112+ 4,245,807+
India 5,485,612+ 87,909+ 4,392,650+
Brazil 4,544,629+ 136,895+ 3,851,227+
Russia 1,103,399+ 19,418+ 909,357+
Colombia 765,076+ 24,208+ 633,199+
Peru 762,865+ 31,369+ 607,837+
Mexico 694,121+ 73,258+ 496,224+
South Africa 661,211+ 15,953+ 590,071+
Spain 659,334 30,495 N/A
Argentina 631,365+ 13,053+ 488,231+
France 452,763+ 31,285+ 91,574
Chile 446,274+ 12,286+ 419,746+
Iran 422,140+ 24,301+ 359,570+
UK 394,257+ 41,777+ N/A
Bangladesh 348,918+ 4,939+ 256,565+
Saudi Arabia 329,754+ 4,485+ 310,439+
Iraq 319,035+ 8,555+ 253,591+
Pakistan 305,671+ 6,416+ 292,303+
Turkey 302,867+ 7,506+ 267,233+
Italy 298,156+ 35,707+ 218,351+
Philippines 286,743+ 4,984+ 229,865+
Germany 273,477+ 9,470+ 243,500+
Indonesia 244,676+ 9,553+ 177,327+
Israel 187,902+ 1,256+ 134,069+
Ukraine 175,678+ 3,557+ 77,512+
Canada 143,631+ 9,217+ 124,689+
Bolivia 130,470+ 7,586+ 89,032+
Ecuador 126,419+ 11,090+ 102,852+
Qatar 123,376+ 210+ 120,303+
Romania 112,781+ 4,435+ 89,771+
Dominican Republic 108,289+ 2,047+ 81,668+
Kazakhstan 107,262+ 1,671 101,877+
Panama 106,203+ 2,257+ 81,365+
Egypt 102,015+ 5,770+ 89,532+
Morocco 101,743+ 1,830+ 80,732+
Belgium 100,748+ 9,944+ 18,945+
Kuwait 99,434+ 584+ 90,168+
Netherlands 93,778+ 6,279+ N/A
Oman 93,475+ 846+ 85,418+
Sweden 88,237 5,865 N/A
Guatemala 85,444+ 3,119+ 74,859+
China 85,279+ 4,634 80,477+
UAE 84,916+ 404+ 74,273+
Poland 79,240+ 2,293+ 64,302+
Japan 78,657+ 1,500+ 71,030+
Belarus 75,674+ 780+ 73,265+
Honduras 71,143+ 2,166+ 21,810+
Ethiopia 68,820+ 1,096+ 28,314+
Portugal 68,577+ 1,912+ 45,596+
Venezuela 66,656+ 547+ 56,096+
Bahrain 65,039+ 221+ 57,950+
Nepal 64,122+ 411+ 46,233+
Costa Rica 63,712+ 706+ 23,552+
Singapore 57,576+ 27 57,181+
Nigeria 57,242+ 1,098+ 48,569+
Uzbekistan 51,640+ 433+ 47,932+
Algeria 49,826+ 1,672+ 35,047+
Switzerland 49,283 2,045 40,500
Czechia 48,881+ 502+ 24,744+
Armenia 47,431+ 930+ 42,608+
Moldova 46,596+ 1,203+ 34,236+
Ghana 46,004+ 297+ 45,153+
Kyrgyzstan 45,335+ 1,063 41,484+
Azerbaijan 39,188+ 575+ 36,755+
Afghanistan 39,044+ 1,441+ 32,576
Austria 38,095+ 766+ 29,229+
Kenya 36,981+ 648+ 23,887+
Palestine 35,686+ 262+ 23,700+
Paraguay 33,015+ 636+ 17,535+
Ireland 32,933+ 1,792 23,364
Serbia 32,908+ 741+ 31,411
Lebanon 29,303+ 297+ 12,047+
Libya 27,949+ 444+ 15,068+
El Salvador 27,553+ 811+ 21,561+
Australia 26,898+ 849+ 24,062+
Bosnia and Herzegovina 25,428+ 763+ 17,878+
S. Korea 22,975+ 383+ 20,158+
Denmark 22,905+ 638+ 17,514+
Cameroon 20,431+ 416 19,124
Ivory Coast 19,320+ 120 18,460+
Bulgaria 18,863+ 761+ 13,580+
Hungary 17,990+ 683+ 4,391+
North Macedonia 16,735+ 693+ 13,863+
Madagascar 16,053+ 223+ 14,646+
Greece 15,142+ 338+ 9,989+
Croatia 14,922+ 248+ 12,536+
Senegal 14,714+ 302+ 11,260+
Zambia 14,131+ 330+ 13,365+
Sudan 13,535 836 6,759
Norway 12,883+ 267 10,371
Albania 12,385+ 362+ 6,940+
DRC 10,515+ 271+ 9,930+
Namibia 10,377+ 112+ 8,033+
Guinea 10,325+ 64+ 9,692+
Malaysia 10,219+ 130+ 9,355+
Tunisia 9,736+ 155+ 2,386+
Maldives 9,724+ 33 8,261+
French Guiana 9,692+ 65 9,341+
Tajikistan 9,346+ 73 8,108+
Finland 8,980+ 339 7,700
Gabon 8,696 53 7,848
Haiti 8,600 221 6,363
Montenegro 7,898+ 134+ 5,129+
Luxembourg 7,804+ 124 6,703
Zimbabwe 7,672+ 225+ 5,914+
Mauritania 7,365+ 161 6,927+
Mozambique 6,771+ 43+ 3,622+
Slovakia 6,677+ 39 3,548+
Uganda 6,287+ 63+ 2,616+
Malawi 5,731+ 179 4,040+
Myanmar 5,541+ 92+ 1,260+
Djibouti 5,403 61 5,333
Eswatini 5,245+ 104+ 4,571+
Cabo Verde 5,186+ 50 4,581+
Cuba 5,091+ 115+ 4,412+
Hong Kong 5,033+ 103 4,708+
Equatorial Guinea 5,002 83 4,509
Jamaica 4,988+ 67+ 1,350+
Congo 4,986+ 89+ 3,887
Nicaragua 4,961 147 2,913
CAR 4,786 62 1,830
Jordan 4,779+ 30+ 2,844+
Rwanda 4,711+ 26+ 2,961+
Suriname 4,709+ 97+ 4,383+
Slovenia 4,420+ 142+ 3,023+
Angola 3,901+ 147 1,445+
Trinidad and Tobago 3,866+ 64+ 1,753+
Syria 3,800+ 172+ 946+
Lithuania 3,744+ 87 2,198+
Aruba 3,551+ 23 2,239+
Mayotte 3,541 40 2,964
Gambia 3,526+ 108+ 1,992+
Thailand 3,506+ 59+ 3,340+
Georgia 3,502+ 19 1,494+
Somalia 3,442+ 98 2,877+
Guadeloupe 3,426 26 837
Bahamas 3,315+ 74+ 1,689+
Sri Lanka 3,287+ 13 3,088+
Réunion 3,194 15 2,482+
Mali 3,013+ 128 2,372+
Estonia 2,924+ 64 2,377+
Malta 2,731+ 20+ 2,047+
South Sudan 2,642+ 49 1,290
Botswana 2,567 13 624
Iceland 2,346+ 10 2,121+
Guinea-Bissau 2,303+ 39 1,127
Benin 2,280 40 1,950
Guyana 2,168+ 64+ 1,331+
Sierra Leone 2,168+ 72 1,650+
Yemen 2,026+ 586+ 1,227+
Uruguay 1,917+ 46 1,621+
Burkina Faso 1,816+ 56 1,176+
New Zealand 1,815+ 25 1,719+
Togo 1,666+ 41 1,269+
Belize 1,606+ 20+ 876+
Cyprus 1,590+ 22 1,282
Andorra 1,564 53 1,164
Latvia 1,525+ 36 1,248
Lesotho 1,390+ 33 754+
Liberia 1,335+ 82 1,216+
French Polynesia 1,271+ 2 1,028+
Niger 1,183 69 1,104
Chad 1,151+ 81 967+
Martinique 1,122 18 98
Vietnam 1,068 35 942+
Sao Tome and Principe 908 15 876+
San Marino 723 42 669+
Turks and Caicos 668+ 5 572+
Channel Islands 644 48 575
Sint Maarten 584+ 20+ 488+
Papua New Guinea 517+ 7+ 232
Tanzania 509 21 183
Taiwan 507+ 7 479+
Burundi 473 1 374
Comoros 470 7 450+
Faeroe Islands 434+ 0 412
Mauritius 366 10 338
Eritrea 364 0 305
Gibraltar 350+ 0 323+
Isle of Man 339 24 312
Saint Martin 330 6 206
Mongolia 312+ 0 302
Cambodia 275 0 274
Bhutan 259+ 0 190+
Curaçao 247+ 1 88+
Cayman Islands 208 1 204
Monaco 192+ 1 152
Barbados 185 7 172
Bermuda 180+ 9 166+
Seychelles 141 0 136
Liechtenstein 113+ 1 109+
Antigua and Barbuda 96+ 3 92
British Virgin Islands 69 1 48
Caribbean Netherlands 36 1 17
Fiji 32 2 26
Saint Lucia 27 0 26
Timor-Leste 27 0 26
Dominica 24 0 18
Laos 23 0 22
St. Barth 23 0 16
Saint Pierre Miquelon 11 0 5
Western Sahara 10 1 8
Total: 31,216,782 964,723 22,811,642

Countries with No Active Cases

Country Cases Deaths Rcvrd
Anguilla 3 0 3
Falkland Islands 13 0 13
Greenland 14 0 14
Grenada 24 0 24
Macao 46 0 46
New Caledonia 26 0 26
Saint Kitts and Nevis 17 0 17
Total: 219 0 219

Countries with All Cases Resolved

Country Cases Deaths Rcvrd
Antigua and Barbuda 95 3 92
Montserrat 13 1 12
Total: 108 4 104

International Conveyances

Intl Cnvy Cases Deaths Rcvrd
Montserrat 13 1 12
Diamond Princess 712 13 651
Total: 725 14 663
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2020.09.20 02:47 granthinton Death letter

Dear Melody,
This is the last letter I’m going to write to you. I’m not sure if you’re getting these and that scares me more than what’s going on in my head. Being a soldier is hard.
Do you remember what I made you promise? If you are reading this please give it to Bobby, I want him to remember his dad.
I’ve got so much to tell you, Mel, but I’m afraid. I’m afraid that if I put this all down on paper then it makes it real and I don’t know if I can handle that.
I first saw this… thing during our halo drop (High-Altitude-Low-Opening). The doors to the cargo hold opened, the wind roaring noisily out into the black void of space. It was so dark Mel, you wouldn’t understand. In London, the lights never go off, but on that plane, the only lights were the red jump lights behind us and the rhythmic splash of green and red on the cloud from the position lights on the wings.
We were all nervous. Don’t let anyone tell you their man wasn’t. It’s bullshit. Fear sat amongst us like a brother. But we had to be men, so I jumped. 30’000ft is a long way down Mel and it goes by so fast. Bullets started to zip passed me as the ground lit up with enemy fire. I didn't know this at the time but a few of the lads got picked off as their chutes opened. At 10’000ft I deployed mine and jerked up into a far scarier position. I could see the land better now, a dark grey mess of inhospitable sand and shabby buildings.
As we dropped, a large hill appeared. I knew it would separate us from the enemy firing from the west. Over the clamor of gunfire and wind the Commanding Officer shouted to aim for it. I was barely able to keep myself high enough so as not to crash into the peak. That’s when the thing flew passed me as I crested the top. I shouldn’t say thing because I knew what it was as it sailed by. A boy. That’s what it looked like. A farmer boy, dressed in strips of clothes and with a brown cloth covering his head.
I came crashing down the side of the hill and straight into the clutterfuck of men from our airdrop. My unit stared back at me with wild unblinking eyes. Each and everyone of us had the same white sheen etched onto our face by adrenaline. I only had a moment before I realised with horror that the kid on the hill could give away our position.
I raced back up, the sand slipping in places, some of the lads scrambled to help me. The gunshots and missile fire was so loud it became a part of me. If I close my eyes, and I won’t, I can still hear it like a heartbeat. I’m not proud of the decision I made next but it was either one child’s life or the lives of my squadron. I thought about Bobby then, Mel. I was going to kill someone’s son? I knew why and I also knew I would. Does that make me a monster?
I crept up behind the boy, his short and slender silhouette a weight on my soul. He neither turned or acknowledged my presence. I drew my knife and rammed it up and under where his chin should have been. But there wasn’t anyone there but an assortment of rags laid over crossed sticks.
Bewildered by the sudden reality, panic set in. A bullet hit the ground a few millimeters from where I crouched. I didn't need any more encouragement. I half slid, half fell back down the hill to my waiting squad. Lachlan asked what I had seen but I brushed it off telling him it was a false alarm but our position had been compromised.
We moved off in search of a better place to mount a defence. Do you remember that time we went to Canterbury, and you wanted to ride a horse. We went to a stable and you spent the best part of the day riding while I got roped into helping the old man repair his barn? Well that barn was in far better condition than the one we found to hole up in. I could see so many stars through the missing roof and holes in the walls that I might as well have been standing outside.
For hours we protected our position waiting for an air strike to relieve us of the heavy resistance we faced. And all the while I took enemy life I saw that boy standing up on that same hill mocking me. The rational part of my mind told me it couldn’t possibly be a boy. It was a makeshift scarecrow, nothing more. But I also knew it was a boy because I could see the smile on his face.
I don’t know when exhaustion took me. I do remember it beginning to lighten as the moon dropped. But when I woke it took me a moment to remember the carnage around me. The soft feeling my head used as a pillow was a dead insurgent arse-cheek. Darkness has its advantages Mel, namely not being able to see the blood and gore covering you. All the blood that covered me wasn’t my own. I suddenly felt sick. Sick of a war I had only graced for a fistful of hours.
A scream woke me to full wakefulness faster than a taser to the eyeball. Lachlan was wrestling with a young man. The screams came from a petrified girl on the floor behind them. It looked like the farmer who owned the barn had started work early and had caught us sleeping. One of our unit rushed forward and brought the butt of his gun down on the man’s nose, flattening it into his skull with each blow, but not before he had grasped Lachlan’s knife and jammed it into his ribs.
We dispatched the man and his women quickly as a new sound, a sound blessed with all the intoxicating waves of relief rumbled around our position. The air support had showed up. But Lachlan was in bad shape. He needed a casualty evacuation asap.
We managed to relay our coordinators and soon a Helo arrived. I cradled Lachlan trying to stem the blood leaking from his side with a cloth from his pocket. The British cloth, once a stark white, lost its virginity on Afghanistan soil. We got him to the helicopter while exchanging enemy fire.
We all knew he wasn’t going to make it. The wound was too deep. Already his lungs were filling up with blood. But the CAS-EVAC took him and an armoured vehicle loaded the rest of us up and sped off. I looked back once as we left the ruins of the village and saw the boy standing on top of the hill. His smile was gone, replaced with empty air as the boy disappeared.
Do you remember the marquees we used for your mother's 50th birthday? When we came to base we were ushered into one similar in height and length but not in content. While we all danced and drank under a winter night that night, the lads sat or laid on rows of grey cloth cots. No one smiled. It was as if by some unspoken agreement no one wanted to share what we’d been through. We all wanted to voice the horrors we had seen and done but none wanted to bring them to life either. It was a silent solitude, a vigil of violence.
Two days later, I was sitting in the base when a lad from my unit came back from his shift on the post. A guarding point to our base.
The Afghanistan landscape surrounding our location made the only entrance and exit through a pass we called the point. It was a triangular shaped ridge that ran for a kilometre around our base providing enough cover from hostile forces. But, we still needed a sentry tower built like a wooden cubby house located at the start of the point as our first line of defence. And it was manned by one person, day and night.
The lad who had come back from his shift was called Gary Anderson. A younger guy out of Bristol. And he walked through like a ghost.
I heard the rumours about our location being built around the mass graves of an earlier takeover. It never bothered me. I didn't believe in the supernatural. The lads whispered that the formations weren’t natural at all but rather the sheer magnitude of Afghany bodies hidden by the excavation of sand. I didn’t believe it. Not right away anyway.
Anderson stood by a cot, his gun still strapped over his shoulder. I knew something had rocked the kid because cleaning your gun is the first port of call when you’re back and I also saw the look in his eyes. Or the lack of. I remember looking into your eyes, Mel, and seeing the beauty in them. They filled my soul with something I couldn’t hold or touch but was still tangible at the same moment. It was like I saw your soul, the energy inside you. Anderson had none.
The lad was drawn out, sucked out, completely and utterly lost to whatever had happened out on the post. I shook his shoulder and he turned towards me. I steered him out, helped clean his gun and returned him back to the tent. He hadn’t spoken a word, although his lips constantly moved. It was as if he was whispering to someone only he could see and hear.
Slowly I coaxed him out and he began to talk. What he said chilled me to the bone, even in the Afghan heat. He spoke about hearing screams coming from beyond the reaches of the searchlights. Maddening shouts filled with anguish, pleading and dread. I don’t know how long he endured them before calling for backup. But a search ensued. Everyone stated that they couldn’t hear these screams. It was only Anderson, at that point.
You’re not allowed to leave your post, Mel. If you do, well… that’s not the point. The point is that he was left at the post with no escape from whatever he thought was happening. If they were real or not wasn't a question. You’ve got to understand that we all have demons in our heads from the deeds we’ve committed, and whatever he had just been through had shook him to the core. But that’s not what sent chills through me, Mel. No, that was the mention of a boy up on the hill.
I sat back then, the icy feeling of dread spreading down my back like a slow avalanche of fear. I described the boy I had seen, Anderson’s face fell and his voice seized up.
That night I woke to Anderson scrambling on the floor. I sat up and rubbed the sleep from my eyes. No one else was awake or if they were they refused to be found out. Curiosity got the better of me and I went to see if the lad was alright. He spoke in a whisper but the words he spoke weren't English. The floor was a tapestry of marks and slashes. It took me a moment to realise what they were. Arabic.
I copied them down before touching him. Anderson’s eyes were closed, but he moved like he could see me, striking out with numerous blows. Each one connected with my face even as I tried to dodge them. I grabbed his wrist and pulled him off his feet. In that moment I saw something I couldn’t have seen in the darkness. Cut into his palm was a symbol. A crude drawing of a stick man on a hill. The tent came to life. My unit pounced on us both. Needless to say our CO wasn’t impressed. We were warned about our behaviour.
The next day Anderson refused to man the post. Instead he was left curled up on his cot softly crying. Another of the lads took his shift. We are, after all, family here and must watch out for each other.
The next afternoon Anderson was back to his normal self. I told him I would swap his shift and man the post that night, but he refused saying it wasn’t a problem and he was almost looking forward to the peace and quiet. I thought that weird; one because of the screams he had reported hearing, and two, he was petrified a day ago refusing point blank to man the post.
That was the last time I saw Anderson.
We went out on a scouting mission the next day. Local information suggested a band of insurgents holed up in some sort of cave four kilometres south of our base. We couldn’t let any potential threats get that close. Two teams of six went out on Desert Trained Vehicle's strapped with a 50. cal on the back to the location. We passed through a small village. The inhabitants hid frightened behind crumbling walls. It was eerie and wrong. Not wrong for what they were or how bad they had it, but just wrong. Like I felt it in my bones.
The village sat on flat plains that stretched for miles. We didn’t know what we were looking for until one of the DTVs fell through a patch of sand. The hole had been covered by a sheet of metal a few meters wide. The thin layer of sand blending it into the earth. The fall killed one of our men. The impact of the DTV and crushing rocks below had snapped Fallow’s neck. But we didn’t have reprieve. We came under attack.
In moments like these it’s as if a switch is thrown. Your mind becomes tuned to the environment. Your heartbeat drowns out all sound for a second as the adrenaline rushes into your furnace and explodes along your nerves. My gun was already firing before I realised it.
The cave was a hole cut roughly into the side of the earth. Big enough for two insurgents to stand side by side to fire at us. The DTV provided cover for the men below but not for us while we called it to base. A moment later and the command to stand down and wait back up came through. Another man was killed then. Denva took a shot to the face. I, and the surviving lad, Jasper sought cover. Well, I did. Jasper stood there, gun slumped, face pale and unresponsive.
I shouted. Screamed at him to get down. But he didn’t. Jasper dropped his gun mumbling something incoherent. I thought for a second he said, “he comes” before he jumped into the hole.
I couldn’t stop him, but I wasn’t going to let him go alone. We were a unit. I jumped down and landed beside the other DVT. The two lads were already exchanging fire.
With Harris and Maxwell the three on two odds ended the fight quickly, but we would have been fools to think it was at an end. As soon as the men fell, Jasper was off down the tunnel. We had to follow.
It was dark, Mel. So dark. Like the airdrop in the cloud without the flashing lights. We turned on our gear and the tunnel flared up. Along the walls were scratches deep enough to fit my fingers in, as if something sharp was dragged against them. A horrible smell crept over us. It was like rotting garbage and shit. It was all I could do not to choke.
The scratches ended as abruptly as they started. A flat piece of earth faced us with a small hole only big enough to fit one man on his stomach. Above, scratched into the wall were a series of markings. I pulled out Anderson’s strange writing and measured them up. They were the same. No one spoke Arabic and no one knew what it meant, but we knew we had to press on.
One by one we squirmed through on our stomachs like snakes hoping to see Jasper. But we didn’t. A sense of claustrophobia crept over me as I snagged on the jutting rocks. It was dark. So incredibly dark. And I couldn’t shake the feeling that someone was pressing on top of me when no one possible could. The rock held me fast like a claw from the earth. I drew in ragged breaths trying to calm myself, squeezed my hand down my side and unhitched my belt from the rock. The tunnel ended in a large precipice, and Jasper was nowhere to be seen.
A cave opened up before us with no viable route down to the floor. The light from our gear was lost to the distance of the cave. As we shone the lights around we saw what we could only believe were buildings cut from the rocks.We had found an ancient abandoned underground city.
Each row of rough carved blocks drew closer to a large structure at the rear of the cave. Whoever had taken the time to cut this relic was long dead. So were the men after him and after them. I didn’t need a translator to know what I saw. It was a temple and an evil one at that.
I felt the oppressiveness of it like someone breathing down my neck. Like someone stood behind me, towering over my shoulders. I felt it like a shadow. The stench was stronger here too. Strong enough to make Harris puke and Maxwell faint. I covered my nose with my sleeve and tried to see how we could get down.
If any insurgents were on the cave floor we couldn’t see them, neither could we see Jasper. The only thing it revealed was there was no way of getting down other than a ledge fifty feet below. Relieved that no insurgents were at arms and still somewhat jacked up on adrenaline we decided to go back and call in the casualties and our findings. But to my horror we couldn’t go back. The hole and the rock formation didn’t allow it. We were stuck.
It’s funny how certain things remind you of other times. Do you remember when we went camping in the Lake District. It was the middle of winter. Frost coated the ground like icing on a cake. The hills and vastness was something we had never experienced in London. We were happy. Cold but happy. When our torches faded in the cave and the oppressive blackness settled in, it reminded me of that night we spent huddled in the tent. We stumbled around not being able to see a hand in front of our faces because you forgot the torch. I wouldn’t change that night for the world, Mel. I learnt you body by touch. Memorised every inch of your body by the goosebumps running under your skin. That allowed me to envision you every time I’ve closed my eyes since.
It also reminded me of that chilly night sky. Millions of stars prevailed, just like the glow of creatures on the cave ceiling. The illumination showed us a path we hadn’t seen. A series of rough cut holes in the wall leading to the floor. One by one we descended into the madness.
I’ve never felt so alone. The anxiety of being trapped rose electric through my nerves. I knew it was stupid. I’d been trained for this. Mentally and physically. But still, walking with my hand on the shoulder of the lad in front of me through those dusty buildings kept the spike of its electric finger jabbing my heart. I don’t know how far we went or how long, the darkness stole that from us, but at some point a crackle of the radio spilt the air.
We disassembled and curled around the one working radio. The crackle played a wave of static, a few partially heard words and then more static. The lads brightened and steered us in a new direction. I didn’t hear that Mel, I heard something else. The same thing Anderson heard out on the post.
Sitting in the confines of the tent with your unit around you can waiver most of what you thought you saw or heard to a disillusioned motion of momentary madness. I asked myself a thousand times if what I heard was real, and if it was real how I had heard it. I didn’t know Arabic, I couldn’t possibly have understood the words I heard in the static of the radio. But I did. And I knew what the scribble of Anderson’s hands had unveiled. But I dared not look. If I did I knew it would be real, as real as this letter makes it now.
I didn’t eat or sleep that day. I just pretended to be asleep so my unit would leave me be. I heard them talk. Some about loved ones at home, some about what they missed or the progression of their football team. I thought about you and Bobby. I thought about the ring I asked you to keep for him and the letters I’ve sent before this one.
I’m writing this now Mel because I’m being put out on the post tonight. I’ve heard the rumours about the mass graves, I’ve seen the underground city. I’ve felt the presence and the smell, and the boy on the hill. And I know what it means. This place is evil.
We are told to keep our death letters up to date and so this is mine. I love you Melody. I can’t wait to spend another moonless night together so I can memorise your skin again. I love you Bobby, and can’t wait to kick a football or hear you speak. But if not. Be kind to mum. If she’s upset, show understanding. If she’s angry, show restraint. If she’s sad, show compassion. I love you son.
With all my Love. Travis
He was right. I hear the screams. They are all in trouble. They’re burning. They’re all burning. The boy is real. He’s the one. The one doing this. We shouldn’t have come. It’s all our fault.
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2020.09.19 14:20 IIWIIM8 Global COVID Cases For 19SEP20

Summary As Of: 19SEP20 @ 11:57 GMT
Countries 213 + 2
Cases 30,734,956
Deaths 957,189
Recovered 22,362,347
Active Cases 7,415,420
Cntry's w/Active cases w/No Active cases w/All cases rcvrd
Cntry's 202 2 9
Cases 30,652,203 108 219
Deaths 955,187 4 0
Rcvrd 22,309,152 104 219

Daily totals of new: cases, deaths & recoveries

Date Cases Deaths Recoveries
17SEP 308,206 5,568 237,925
18SEP 315,102 5,465 298,473
Current 48,485 1,454 31,652

Cases, Deaths, Active by continent

Continent Cases Deaths Active
Africa 1,398,007 33,685 1,145,528
Asia 9,248,069 174,023 7,524,678
Europe 4,369,769 215,761 2,365,382
N America 8,257,371 296,977 5,131,381
Oceania 30,381 879 26,838
S America 7,430,638 235,849 6,167,889
Complete chart in Full Version

Countries with Active Cases

Country Cases Deaths Recoveries
USA 6,927,786+ 203,185+ 4,192,774+
India 5,312,537+ 85,650+ 4,208,431+
Brazil 4,497,434+ 135,857+ 3,789,139
Russia 1,097,251+ 19,339+ 906,462+
Peru 756,412+ 31,283+ 600,795+
Colombia 750,471 23,850 621,521
Mexico 688,954+ 72,803+ 492,192+
Spain 659,334 30,495 N/A
South Africa 657,627 15,857 586,844
Argentina 613,658+ 12,656+ 467,286
Chile 442,827 12,199 415,981
France 428,696 31,249 91,574
Iran 419,043+ 24,118+ 357,632+
UK 385,936 41,732 N/A
Bangladesh 347,372+ 4,913+ 254,386+
Saudi Arabia 328,720 4,430 308,352
Iraq 311,690 8,408 245,305
Pakistan 305,031+ 6,415+ 292,044+
Turkey 299,810 7,377 264,805
Italy 294,932 35,668 216,807
Philippines 283,460+ 4,930+ 209,885+
Germany 271,244 9,464 243,000+
Indonesia 240,687+ 9,448+ 174,350+
Israel 179,071 1,196 130,024
Ukraine 172,712+ 3,516+ 76,754+
Canada 141,911+ 9,205+ 123,723+
Bolivia 130,051+ 7,550+ 88,457+
Ecuador 124,129+ 11,044+ 97,063
Qatar 123,146+ 209 120,089+
Romania 111,550+ 4,402+ 89,119+
Kazakhstan 107,199+ 1,671 101,822+
Dominican Republic 106,732 2,034 80,179
Panama 104,879+ 2,229+ 79,093+
Egypt 101,772 5,733 87,958
Belgium 99,649+ 9,937+ 18,908+
Kuwait 98,528 580 88,776
Morocco 97,264 1,755 76,690
Oman 91,753 818 84,648
Netherlands 90,047 6,273 N/A
Sweden 88,237 5,865 N/A
China 85,269+ 4,634 80,464+
Guatemala 84,344 3,076 73,748
UAE 84,242+ 404+ 73,512+
Poland 78,330+ 2,282+ 63,861+
Japan 77,494 1,482 69,899
Belarus 75,230 773 73,098
Honduras 70,611+ 2,146+ 21,149+
Ethiopia 67,515 1,072 27,638
Portugal 67,176 1,894 45,053
Venezuela 65,174+ 530+ 54,218+
Bahrain 63,879 220 56,700
Nepal 62,797+ 401+ 45,267+
Costa Rica 62,374 686 23,160
Singapore 57,558+ 27 57,071
Nigeria 56,956 1,094 48,305
Uzbekistan 50,634+ 423+ 46,645+
Algeria 49,413 1,659 34,818
Switzerland 49,283 2,045 40,500
Armenia 47,154+ 928+ 42,551+
Czechia 46,262+ 495+ 23,858+
Ghana 45,857+ 295 45,029+
Moldova 45,648 1,186 33,734
Kyrgyzstan 45,335+ 1,063 41,484+
Afghanistan 38,919+ 1,437 32,576
Azerbaijan 38,894 572 36,424
Austria 37,474+ 765+ 28,961+
Kenya 36,724 646 23,709
Palestine 34,401 250 23,333
Serbia 32,757 739 31,411
Ireland 32,271 1,792 23,364
Paraguay 32,127+ 611+ 16,921+
Lebanon 27,518 281 10,739
El Salvador 27,428+ 808+ 21,247+
Australia 26,885+ 844+ 23,962+
Libya 26,438 418 14,207
Bosnia and Herzegovina 24,897 752 17,365
S. Korea 22,893+ 378+ 19,970+
Denmark 21,847 635 17,110
Cameroon 20,371 416 19,124
Ivory Coast 19,200 120 18,392
Bulgaria 18,733 753 13,510
Hungary 16,920+ 675+ 4,382+
North Macedonia 16,417 683 13,732
Madagascar 16,020+ 219+ 14,630+
Greece 14,738 327 3,804
Croatia 14,725+ 244 12,353+
Senegal 14,688+ 302+ 11,153+
Zambia 14,022 329 13,207
Sudan 13,535 836 6,759
Norway 12,769+ 267 10,371
Albania 12,073 353 6,831
DRC 10,488+ 268 9,891+
Guinea 10,231 63 9,660
Namibia 10,207 108 7,947
Malaysia 10,167+ 130+ 9,315+
French Guiana 9,659 65 9,298
Maldives 9,568 33 8,077
Tajikistan 9,259 73 8,026
Tunisia 9,110+ 138+ 2,366+
Finland 8,922+ 339 7,700
Gabon 8,696 53 7,848
Haiti 8,600 221 6,363
Luxembourg 7,718 124 6,703
Montenegro 7,711+ 133+ 4,997+
Zimbabwe 7,647 224 5,883
Mauritania 7,361 161 6,882
Slovakia 6,546+ 39 3,519+
Mozambique 6,264 40 3,502
Malawi 5,716 179 4,026
Uganda 5,594 61 2,544
Djibouti 5,403 61 5,333
Eswatini 5,215 103 4,478
Cabo Verde 5,141 50 4,548
Hong Kong 5,010+ 103 4,707+
Cuba 5,004 111 4,249
Equatorial Guinea 5,002 83 4,509
Congo 4,980+ 89+ 3,887
Nicaragua 4,961 147 2,913
CAR 4,786 62 1,830
Suriname 4,691+ 96+ 4,280+
Rwanda 4,671 25 2,845
Myanmar 4,621+ 81+ 1,130
Jamaica 4,571+ 55+ 1,264+
Jordan 4,344 29 2,511
Slovenia 4,309+ 141+ 2,981+
Angola 3,848 147 1,443
Syria 3,731 168 918
Lithuania 3,664+ 87 2,197+
Trinidad and Tobago 3,651 60 1,586
Mayotte 3,541 40 2,964
Thailand 3,500+ 59+ 3,338+
Gambia 3,485+ 108+ 1,973+
Aruba 3,460 23 2,128
Guadeloupe 3,426 26 837
Somalia 3,390 98 2,812
Georgia 3,306+ 19 1,481+
Sri Lanka 3,281 13 3,070+
Réunion 3,194 15 1,794
Bahamas 3,177 69 1,626
Mali 2,991 128 2,332
Estonia 2,875+ 64 2,374+
Malta 2,699+ 19+ 2,017+
South Sudan 2,609 49 1,290
Botswana 2,567 13 624
Iceland 2,307+ 10 2,116+
Guinea-Bissau 2,303+ 39 1,127
Benin 2,280 40 1,950
Sierra Leone 2,153 72 1,649
Guyana 2,102 62 1,314
Yemen 2,024 585 1,221
Uruguay 1,890+ 46 1,603+
New Zealand 1,811+ 25 1,719+
Burkina Faso 1,797 56 1,173
Togo 1,640 41 1,251
Belize 1,590+ 20+ 812+
Cyprus 1,565 22 1,282
Andorra 1,564 53 1,164
Latvia 1,515+ 36 1,248
Lesotho 1,390+ 33 754+
Liberia 1,334 82 1,214
Niger 1,183 69 1,104
Chad 1,147 81 966
Martinique 1,122 18 98
French Polynesia 1,111+ 2 873+
Vietnam 1,068 35 942+
Sao Tome and Principe 908 15 873
San Marino 723 42 669+
Turks and Caicos 667+ 5 567+
Channel Islands 644 48 575
Sint Maarten 574+ 20+ 488+
Papua New Guinea 516 6 232
Tanzania 509 21 183
Taiwan 506+ 7 479+
Burundi 473 1 374
Comoros 470 7 449
Faeroe Islands 430 0 412
Mauritius 366 10 338
Eritrea 364 0 305
Gibraltar 350+ 0 322+
Isle of Man 339 24 312
Saint Martin 330 6 206
Mongolia 311 0 302
Cambodia 275 0 274
Bhutan 258+ 0 186+
Curaçao 228 1 83
Cayman Islands 208 1 204
Monaco 191 1 152
Barbados 185 7 172
Bermuda 178 9 164
Brunei 145 3 141
Seychelles 141 0 136
Liechtenstein 112 1 108
British Virgin Islands 69 1 48
Caribbean Netherlands 36 1 17
Fiji 32 2 26
Saint Lucia 27 0 26
Timor-Leste 27 0 26
Dominica 24 0 18
Laos 23 0 22
St. Barth 23 0 16
Saint Pierre Miquelon 11 0 5
Western Sahara 10 1 8
Total: 30,734,956 957,189 22,362,347

Countries with No Active Cases

Country Cases Deaths Rcvrd
Anguilla 3 0 3
Falkland Islands 13 0 13
Greenland 14 0 14
Grenada 24 0 24
Macao 46 0 46
New Caledonia 26 0 26
Saint Kitts and Nevis 17 0 17
Total: 219 0 219

Countries with All Cases Resolved

Country Cases Deaths Rcvrd
Antigua and Barbuda 95 3 92
Montserrat 13 1 12
Total: 108 4 104

International Conveyances

Intl Cnvy Cases Deaths Rcvrd
Montserrat 13 1 12
Diamond Princess 712 13 651
Total: 725 14 663
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2020.09.18 13:14 House_of_Suns /r/QOTSA Official Band of the Week 20: RADIOHEAD

Ah, change. Don't we all love it? Don't we all hate it? Remember moving out of your parents house and into some dingy college dorm for the first time? Getting married and having children? How about being forced by a global pandemic to live inside for literal months?
Yep. Change can be good, like the kind you find in your couch cushions. But change can also be very, very bad, like the kind of change that Weezer went through, going from indie rock darlings to a meme-driven cover band. Side note: get your fucking shit together, Rivers Cuomo. Either way, change is often divisive - and this concept is core to understanding today’s band of the week.
There is constant pressure for an artist to evolve and change their sound, to develop and create something new. Any real songwriter knows that they can’t just slap a different label on the same can and sell it back to their audience without losing the respect of their peers...unless you happen to be AC/DC, who somehow made the same album 15 times with two different singers. The pop industry’s oversaturated mess of recycled garbage is never going to be admired by critics, even though pre-programmed FM radio and tweens seem to love it.
Our very own Queens of prehistory are the perfect example of how an artist can experiment and advance their sound from record to record. Every album builds on the last one and takes their sound in a new direction. This can be both amazing AND divisive, depending on your point of view.
Today, we will look at a band that did even more. These guys went through one of the most daring style changes in music history, and came out the other side completely unscathed. They’re a shining example of how to evolve, and how to not only change your sound, but to change the very concept of rock music.
You guessed it, today’s artist is none other than RADIOHEAD
About Them
You know how music makes you happy?
This is not that kind of music.
If you are looking for a pick-me-up, for that Walkin’ On Sunshine vibe to make you bop down the sidewalk, then you need to run far, far away from this band. It is not that their music is Soundgarden-dark or Alice In Chains-dark. It is not NIN-angry or RATM-angry. Radiohead sounds like someone compressed a rainy day, mixed in two gallons of melancholy, got a distillation of being dumped by your girlfriend, and then made you watch your puppy get run over...twice. It is sorrow and regret and woe and dejection all brewed in a cauldron of gloom.
And it punches you right in the fucking feels, every time.
The band is made up of brothers Jonny Greenwood (who rivals Keaunu Reeves with his ability to somehow not age) on guitar and keys, Colin Greenwood on bass, Philip Selway on drums, Ed O’Brien on guitar and backing vocals, and the king of falsetto himself, Thom Yorke, on vocals, keys, and guitar. The five guys from the County of Oxfordshire in England all met in school. In the classic story of teenage rebellion, they got together and formed a band that no one had ever heard of called On A Friday. The band played together all through their teenage years and into university. As they cut their teeth on the local club and tavern circuit, the band got tighter and tighter. This was noted by Chris Hufford and Bryce Edge, who saw them play and were so impressed with their raw talent that they helped them record a demo tape and became the band’s managers - a position they still hold today. The demo was shopped to a number of record labels. The net result was that On A Friday was signed to a six-album deal with EMI.
Clearly, we all know and own On A Friday albums today, don’t we? Nope. At the request of their label, they changed their name to the moniker we all know now. The name was inspired by a Talking Heads tune. Clearly, David Byrne must have had a stash of band names hidden somewhere in his comically oversized suit.
The newly-minted Radiohead caught their ticket to fame with the song Creep. You have to remember that when the world were listening to Soundgarden and Kyuss and Stone Temple Pilots and Nirvana crank out amazing grungy, sludgy riffs and tunes, Radiohead rode a wave of self-loathing and awkwardness to international fame. The brilliance of Creep lies in the fact that its lyrics and its music are in direct contrast to each other. When you listen to Thom Yorke lament the fact that he is not worthy of wooing the girl he is chasing, you become sad. But the soaring major chords of the guitar pivot from one to another and create a cognitive dissonance. The music makes you feel the emotional joy of the man who fixates on his crush while the lyrics simultaneously show the soul destroying experience of his unrequited longing.
As it turns out, lots and lots of people have felt this kind of doubt and anguish. Creep was a bonafide hit and is still the band’s most successful single. It made their debut album, Pablo Honey, a world wide best seller. The band’s first international tour as an opening act for Belly and PJ Harvey saw them play the song every night to crowds who knew and sang every word.
The net result? They grew to absolutely hate the song, to the point where they abjectly refused to play it live for years at a time. The irony is, of course, that the incredible success of that one tune gave them immense freedom to experiment with their sound.
Their second album, The Bends, was no happier than the first. The tune My Iron Lung has the lyrics This is our new song, just like the last one, a total waste of time, which was a commentary on the fan’s reaction to Creep. But in a twist of fate, reviews of My Iron Lung said that it was just like Creep. It was enough to, I don’t know, maybe make your eyelid droop or something.
The Bends was released in 1995 and went platinum. Critics initially did not know what to do with it, as it was a genuine album rather than a few singles surrounded by filler. But classic Radiohead tunes High and Dry, Black Star, Just and Fake Plastic Trees can all be found here. The Chicago Tribune gave it one star out of four, and said that the lyrics were self-absorbed and the music was pretentious. Undeterred, Radiohead toured as an opener for Alanis Morrisette and R.E.M. The influence of this dark and moody album cannot be overstated. Acts like Muse, Coldplay, James Blunt and Garbage all cite it as a direct influence on them. Many Radiohead fans place it second only to OK Computer in the band’s canon.
So did Radiohead’s third album build on that kind of success?
Fuck no.
They had an amazing, world-topping single in Creep and then released an album devoid of singles.
They had a fantastic guitar-driven moody thematic album, and then completely abandoned that sound.
OK Computer is the ultimate anti-consumerist album, and it cemented Radiohead as the kings of progressive rock. One needs only listen to Stephen Hawking spittin’ fire on the tune Fitter Happier to know that this was unlike anything ever released, not just by the band, but by any band. Side note: This Hawking guy gets around, doesn’t he? Collaborating with Mastodon and Radiohead? I’d say with those unique vocal stylings, he has a bright future as a musician.
Everyone loved OK Computer...even The Chicago Tribune. It was immediately hailed by critics as the most important album since Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and The Dark Side of the Moon. It routinely makes lists of the greatest albums in rock and roll. Listening to it is an emotional roller coaster even now, more than two decades later. It foreshadows the information age and subsequent alienation that we all live in today.
Exit Music (For a Film) was originally written for Leonardo DiCaprio’s Romeo+Juliet, but the movie producers selected Talk Show Host from The Bends instead. Let Down is an absolutely haunting fan favorite that is still part of live sets from the band today. Karma Police, No Surprises, and Lucky were all released as singles from the album, and probably have helped to sell as much kleenex as they did vinyl. But the standout track on their third release was the multi-movement composition Paranoid Android. Named after Marvin the Paranoid Android from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, this song in four sections regularly appears on lists of the greatest rock songs of all time. The weird animated video cemented the song as an anti-capitalist anthem. It is a truly epic tune that drew immediate comparisons to Bohemian Rhapsody and A Day in the Life. Paranoid Android was over six minutes long and has soaring guitars and choral chanting mixed in with what sounds like an entire effects rack slowly dying by strangulation. It was the most ambitious track on an incredibly ambitious album, and critics loved every single note.
So of course, that meant that Radiohead had to abandon this sound for something entirely different.
The success of OK Computer and the tour that followed led to burnout for the band and writer’s block for Thom Yorke. When it came time to record Kid A, the band did not just take a left turn, they spun completely through a multi-dimensional roundabout. Thom Yorke set about writing the lyrics by cutting up and rearranging common sayings and phrases mixed with violent imagery and turning them into a kind of lyrical collage. In a band with four members who play some kind of guitar, they wrote songs with zero guitar lines. Thom Yorke has said that he approached his vocals on this album not as a singer with lyrics, but to use the voice more as an instrument on its own.
Since OK Computer was such a massive hit, anticipation for Kid A was high. Radiohead refused to do any promotion of the album. Nevertheless, the record company released the artwork and some ‘blips’ from the songs. The band played some tracks on tour and an underground internet market for bootlegs emerged. Three weeks before the release date the entire album was leaked on Napster.
When it was officially released in 2000, critics did not know what to make of it. Radiohead released no singles from the album. Some called Kid A commercial suicide. Others said it was confusing and aimless and self-indulgent, and the only challenging thing about the album was the very real challenge to your attention span. But history has vindicated this soaring, orchestral jazz-inspired album. Tracks like Everything in its Right Place and How to Disappear Completely and Idioteque are fan favorites. And I don’t care who you are, The National Anthem is a complete banger.
So the pattern was established: Each album was a complete pivot, and challenged their listeners to adapt to the new sound. Right?
Wrong again, motherfucker.
Amnesiac, released in 2001, picked up right where Kid A left off. This was completely intentional, since the writing sessions for Kid A had yielded too much material for one album. At one point, a massive double album - Kid Amnesiac? - had been contemplated, but the band decided to split the two. Sometimes derided as the B-Sides from Kid A, Amnesiac saw the band dive straight into ProTools and AutoTune and backmasking every single effect ever. This is blended with influences from Jazz and, presumably, whatever was on BBC World Service that day. They did release a couple of singles, notably Pyramid Song and Knives Out. QotSA fans will love a B-Side off of this album called The Amazing Sounds of Orgy which bears a striking resemblance to music from our paleolithic monarchs.
I’m not sure if you remember or not, but 2001 was a bonkers year. Kid A and Amnesiac were albums that were embracing the shift to the information age and incorporated electronica into music. But in the wake of the terrorist attacks in the US and the subsequent invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, the entire global mood lurched from one of hope for the future to fear for our safety. Radiohead’s angriest album, Hail to the Thief, released in 2003, and captures that sense of urgency and distress. The core of the album was recorded in two short weeks in Los Angeles, with the band workshopping and completing almost one song per day. Given the complex reengineering that they had previously done on the last three albums, this was a significant shift in process. 2 + 2 = 5 was finished in just two hours.
The lyrics on the album were a grab-bag of quotes from Dante and nursery rhymes and science fiction and reflections on the election of George Bush Jr and the subsequent war on terror. Every song has an alternate title (because, well, Radiohead) and thus an alternate meaning. Ultimately, it is an album that cuts through the fog of war and is a massive critique of what the band perceived as the naked opportunism of turning real tragedy into profit (hence the album title). A little over two months before it was due to release, the album was AGAIN leaked online. This completely pissed off the band , as it was an unpolished version. The actual release was in June of 2003. And of course, Hail to the Thief soared to number one, on the strength of songs like There There and Backdrifts and Scatterbrain and the incredibly angry I Will. Critics fell in love with Radiohead all over again.
Hail to the Thief completed Radiohead’s six-album contract with EMI. This made them the world’s most popular unsigned band. But at this point, they had become too big for any one label, though many came knocking. They went on a hiatus to catch their breath and reflect on where they had come from.
Recording sessions for In Rainbows began in 2005 but stalled. The band tried again in 2006 and stalled again. The band took to the road and played the new songs live to work out the kinks. This seemed to work, because the third time the band went into the studio things started to click. In Rainbows has a post-anger clarity to it. Tunes like Jigsaw Falling into Place and Nude and House of Cards show the band had moved past their past, and were once again pioneers in the new frontier.
But what truly set the album apart from literally anything else in 2007 was the way it was released. Remember how Hail to the Thief and Amnesiac were leaked online? Well, Radiohead did what only a wildly popular unsigned band could do: they released In Rainbows online for free. They just asked people to pay whatever they wanted. This was a tectonic shift in the music industry which had seen profits spiraling downwards with the rise of single song purchases through digital platforms. Free music? For anyone? Once again, Radiohead completely challenged the existing model - just in a brand new way.
Oh, and I cannot stress this enough: Get yourself a set of good headphones and spend 43 minutes just listening to In Rainbows without distraction. It is a god damn amazing album with absolutely fantastic production. It is easily their most accessible album since The Bends.
Fans of Radiohead would have to wait another four years before their eighth album, The King of Limbs, was dropped. Named after a tree in Wiltshire, England, the album again is a shift in sound for the band (I know, I know, this is a complete shock for you). Released as a digital download, management stated that this was the most profitable album for the band out of all of them since there was no record label to feed. The songs are laced with looping and sampling and electronica. Heavy rhythms dominate and are interspersed with wind sounds and bird song. Basically, if you released this album on bandcamp, no one would pay any attention...but Radiohead released it, and it was an instant hit. The video for Lotus Flower spawned Thom Yorke dancing memes, which makes complete sense if you have seen it. It must be experienced to be understood.
Radiohead’s ninth and most recent release is 2016’s A Moon Shaped Pool. Eschewing birdsong this time, this album leans heavily into choir and orchestral and strings and chamber music to craft its sound. It is a broad commentary on climate change and groupthink. Burn the Witch, with its claymation video, is a visual treatise on the dangers of the mob and getting caught up in the moment. True Love Waits was a song that the band had been working on since 1995 and shows them at their disconsolate best.
And yes, A Moon Shaped Pool again hit number one on the charts.
At this point I am certain that Radiohead could piece together the sounds of dumping cutlery on the floor, whalesong and goose honks together with the back-masked theme from The Legend of Zelda to write a song about losing your umbrella on a rainy day...and have a number one hit. And if they do just that, I expect royalties.
What is certain is that fans are eagerly anticipating where Radiohead will go next. They are ready to embrace whatever change Thom Yorke and the boys throw their way, and don’t spend their time bitching about how the latest album from the band just isn’t as good as the rest of their discography.
There is a lesson to be learned there somewhere.
Links to QOTSA
Our prehistoric monarchs and Radiohead both have some things in common. The theme of change is absolutely one of them. Each album is an evolution (or revolution ) from what has gone before, and some of the fanbase can find this challenging.
Interestingly, both bands recorded songs called Burn the Witch, and both are indictments of groupthink. Josh’s version states, There they are, the mob it cries for blood, to twist the tale, into firewood.. Thom Yorke sings, Red crosses on wooden doors, and if you float you burn, loose talk around tables, abandon all reason. Written at different times by different artists, both explore the same theme with different sounds.
Josh has not been shy about how much he loves Radiohead. He has stated, “Not everyone is Radiohead. You’re talking about one of the finest working bands in the world…In Rainbows? I think it’s fucking awesome...it just comes out of a jam and keeps moving, and little things get stacked on top of what we hear before something else gets taken away, you know? It’s very cool. We were in New York when we heard the first single, and we were like shit, they’re haulin’ ass, that’s awesome.”
Both Homme and Thom Yorke have worked (albeit at different times) on the trip hop / alt rock band UNKLE. Yorke appeared on their second album, Psyence Fiction, lending his vocals to the song Rabbit in Your Headlights. Meanwhile, Homme played on their third album, War Stories. In particular, Josh sang on the song Restless, which is a certified banger.
Their Music
Creep -- over 421 MILLION views, incredibly popular, and hated by the band and hard core fans.
High and Dry -- Of course it ends in the rain.
Just -- Just an amazing video that tells an amazing story. Does anyone else still wonder what he said? In my opinion, I think he must have disclosed the reason why kids love the taste of cinnamon toast crunch. This knowledge is too much for mortal men.
Karma Police -- Let’s take a drive, there’s no way that could end poorly.
Paranoid Android -- I hope this makes you want to buy a purple toque, and not a g-string pouch for your family jewels.
Let Down -- Live in 2016
Everything in Its Right Place/Idioteque -- Live in 2016
The National Anthem -- A fanmade video with a cool visualizer.
Pyramid Song -- If you told me Boneface had a hand in this video I would believe you.
Knives Out -- This acid trip will give you nightmares about the game of Operation.
The Amazing Sounds of Orgy -- This sounds like it is right off of Lullabies to Paralyze.
2 + 2 = 5 -- Disclaimer: there is no actual math involved.
I Will -- Live in Paris
Jigsaw Falling Into Place -- All helmet cams, all the time (all the time)
House of Cards -- Apparently this video was shot with one of those pin things that you press against your face.
Lotus Flower -- So. Many. Memes.
Burn the Witch -- A low flying panic attack.
Show Them Some Love
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2020.09.18 10:54 IIWIIM8 Global COVID Cases For 18SEP20

Summary As Of: 18SEP20 @ 23:01 GMT
Countries 213 + 2
Cases 30,652,203
Deaths 955,187
Recovered 22,309,152
Active Cases 7,387,864
Cntry's w/Active cases w/No Active cases w/All cases rcvrd
Cntry's 202 2 9
Cases 30,310,226 108 219
Deaths 949,709 4 0
Rcvrd 22,009,722 104 219

Daily totals of new: cases, deaths & recoveries

Date Cases Deaths Recoveries
16SEP 302,535 6,085 262,909
17SEP 308,206 5,568 237,925
Current 280,846 4,917 277,131

Cases, Deaths, Active by continent

Continent Cases Deaths Active
Africa 1,397,097 33,675 1,145,186
Asia 9,224,264 173,549 7,508,880
Europe 4,352,528 215,498 2,354,283
N America 8,241,564 296,187 5,115,164
Oceania 30,343 872 26,525
S America 7,405,686 235,391 6,158,463
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Countries with Active Cases

Country Cases Deaths Recoveries
USA 6,918,712+ 203,073+ 4,182,772+
India 5,305,475+ 85,625+ 4,205,201+
Brazil 4,495,183+ 135,793+ 3,789,139+
Russia 1,091,186+ 19,195+ 901,207+
Colombia 750,471+ 23,850+ 621,521+
Peru 750,098+ 31,146+ 594,513+
Mexico 684,113+ 72,179+ 488,416+
Spain 659,334+ 30,495+ N/A
South Africa 657,627+ 15,857+ 586,844+
Argentina 601,713+ 12,491+ 467,286+
Chile 442,827+ 12,199+ 415,981+
France 428,696+ 31,249+ 91,574+
Iran 416,198+ 23,952+ 355,505+
UK 385,936+ 41,732+ N/A
Bangladesh 345,805+ 4,881+ 252,335+
Saudi Arabia 328,720+ 4,430+ 308,352+
Iraq 311,690+ 8,408+ 245,305+
Pakistan 304,386+ 6,408+ 291,683+
Turkey 299,810+ 7,377+ 264,805+
Italy 294,932+ 35,668+ 216,807+
Philippines 279,526+ 4,830+ 208,790+
Germany 271,244+ 9,464+ 241,300+
Indonesia 236,519+ 9,336+ 170,774+
Israel 179,071+ 1,196+ 130,024+
Ukraine 169,472+ 3,468+ 75,486+
Canada 141,566+ 9,201+ 123,512+
Bolivia 129,419+ 7,511+ 87,716+
Qatar 122,917+ 209+ 119,822+
Ecuador 122,257 11,029 97,063
Romania 110,217+ 4,360+ 88,235+
Kazakhstan 107,134+ 1,671 101,610+
Dominican Republic 106,732+ 2,034+ 80,179+
Panama 104,138+ 2,213+ 77,881+
Egypt 101,772+ 5,733+ 87,958+
Kuwait 98,528+ 580+ 88,776+
Belgium 97,976+ 9,936+ 18,854+
Morocco 97,264+ 1,755+ 76,690+
Oman 91,753 818 84,648
Netherlands 90,047+ 6,273+ N/A
Sweden 88,237+ 5,865+ N/A
China 85,255+ 4,634 80,456+
Guatemala 84,344+ 3,076+ 73,748+
UAE 83,433+ 403+ 72,790+
Japan 77,494+ 1,482+ 69,899+
Poland 77,328+ 2,270+ 63,312+
Belarus 75,230+ 773+ 73,098+
Honduras 70,120+ 2,122+ 20,677+
Ethiopia 67,515+ 1,072+ 27,638+
Portugal 67,176+ 1,894+ 45,053+
Venezuela 64,284+ 520+ 52,564+
Bahrain 63,879+ 220+ 56,700+
Costa Rica 62,374+ 686+ 23,160+
Nepal 61,593+ 390+ 43,820+
Singapore 57,543+ 27 57,071+
Nigeria 56,956+ 1,094+ 48,305+
Uzbekistan 50,253+ 419+ 46,527+
Algeria 49,413+ 1,659+ 34,818+
Switzerland 49,283+ 2,045+ 40,500+
Armenia 46,910+ 926+ 42,369+
Ghana 45,760+ 295+ 44,973+
Moldova 45,648+ 1,186+ 33,734+
Kyrgyzstan 45,244+ 1,063 41,415+
Czechia 45,228+ 494+ 23,652+
Azerbaijan 38,894+ 572+ 36,424+
Afghanistan 38,883+ 1,437+ 32,576+
Kenya 36,724+ 646+ 23,709+
Austria 36,661+ 763+ 28,451+
Palestine 34,401+ 250+ 23,333+
Serbia 32,757+ 739+ 31,411
Ireland 32,271+ 1,792+ 23,364
Paraguay 31,113+ 584+ 16,313+
Lebanon 27,518+ 281+ 10,739+
El Salvador 27,346+ 804+ 20,825+
Australia 26,861+ 837+ 23,855+
Libya 26,438+ 418+ 14,207+
Bosnia and Herzegovina 24,897+ 752+ 17,365+
S. Korea 22,783+ 377+ 19,771+
Denmark 21,847+ 635 17,110+
Cameroon 20,371+ 416+ 19,124+
Ivory Coast 19,200+ 120 18,392+
Bulgaria 18,733+ 753+ 13,510+
North Macedonia 16,417+ 683+ 13,732+
Hungary 16,111+ 669+ 4,240+
Madagascar 15,971+ 217+ 14,587+
Greece 14,738+ 327+ 3,804
Senegal 14,645+ 301+ 11,051+
Croatia 14,513+ 244+ 12,169+
Zambia 14,022+ 329+ 13,207+
Sudan 13,535 836 6,759
Norway 12,708+ 267+ 10,371
Albania 12,073+ 353+ 6,831+
DRC 10,456+ 268+ 9,863+
Guinea 10,231+ 63 9,660+
Namibia 10,207+ 108 7,947+
Malaysia 10,147+ 129+ 9,264+
French Guiana 9,659+ 65 9,298+
Maldives 9,568+ 33 8,077+
Tajikistan 9,259+ 73 8,026+
Finland 8,858+ 339 7,700
Gabon 8,696+ 53 7,848+
Haiti 8,600+ 221+ 6,363+
Tunisia 8,570 133 2,342
Luxembourg 7,718+ 124 6,703+
Zimbabwe 7,647+ 224 5,883+
Montenegro 7,503+ 129+ 4,892+
Mauritania 7,361+ 161 6,882+
Mozambique 6,264+ 40+ 3,502+
Slovakia 6,256+ 39 3,390+
Malawi 5,716+ 179 4,026+
Uganda 5,594+ 61+ 2,544+
Djibouti 5,403+ 61 5,333
Eswatini 5,215+ 103+ 4,478+
Cabo Verde 5,141+ 50+ 4,548+
Cuba 5,004+ 111+ 4,249+
Equatorial Guinea 5,002 83 4,509
Hong Kong 4,997+ 103+ 4,696+
Nicaragua 4,961 147 2,913
Congo 4,934 88 3,887
CAR 4,786+ 62 1,830
Rwanda 4,671+ 25+ 2,845+
Suriname 4,671+ 95 4,160+
Myanmar 4,467+ 70+ 1,130+
Jamaica 4,374 51 1,225
Jordan 4,344+ 29+ 2,511+
Slovenia 4,195+ 140+ 2,939+
Angola 3,848+ 147+ 1,443+
Syria 3,731+ 168+ 918+
Trinidad and Tobago 3,651+ 60 1,586+
Lithuania 3,565+ 87 2,181+
Mayotte 3,541+ 40 2,964
Thailand 3,497+ 58 3,328+
Gambia 3,473+ 107 1,951+
Aruba 3,460+ 23+ 2,128+
Guadeloupe 3,426 26 837
Somalia 3,390 98 2,812
Sri Lanka 3,281+ 13 3,060+
Réunion 3,194+ 15 1,794
Bahamas 3,177+ 69 1,626+
Georgia 3,119+ 19 1,435+
Mali 2,991+ 128 2,332+
Estonia 2,814+ 64 2,357+
Malta 2,634+ 17+ 1,996+
South Sudan 2,609+ 49 1,290
Botswana 2,567 13 624
Benin 2,280 40 1,950+
Guinea-Bissau 2,275 39 1,127
Iceland 2,230+ 10 2,112+
Sierra Leone 2,153+ 72 1,649+
Guyana 2,102+ 62+ 1,314+
Yemen 2,024+ 585 1,221
Uruguay 1,876+ 46+ 1,582+
New Zealand 1,809 25 1,714+
Burkina Faso 1,797+ 56 1,173+
Togo 1,640+ 41 1,251+
Belize 1,567+ 19 742+
Cyprus 1,565+ 22 1,282
Andorra 1,564+ 53 1,164+
Latvia 1,498+ 36 1,248
Liberia 1,334+ 82 1,214
Lesotho 1,327 33 687
Niger 1,183+ 69 1,104
Chad 1,147+ 81 966+
Martinique 1,122 18 98
French Polynesia 1,099 2 672
Vietnam 1,068+ 35 941+
Sao Tome and Principe 908+ 15 873+
San Marino 723 42 663
Turks and Caicos 663+ 5 565+
Channel Islands 644+ 48 575
Sint Maarten 565+ 19 477
Papua New Guinea 516 6 232
Tanzania 509 21 183
Taiwan 503 7 478
Burundi 473+ 1 374
Comoros 470+ 7 449+
Faeroe Islands 430+ 0 412
Mauritius 366 10 338
Eritrea 364 0 305
Gibraltar 346+ 0 315+
Isle of Man 339 24 312
Saint Martin 330 6 206
Mongolia 311 0 302+
Cambodia 275 0 274
Bhutan 252+ 0 182+
Curaçao 228+ 1 83+
Cayman Islands 208 1 204
Monaco 191+ 1 152+
Barbados 185 7 172+
Bermuda 178 9 164
Brunei 145 3 141
Seychelles 141 0 136
Liechtenstein 112 1 108
British Virgin Islands 69+ 1 48+
Caribbean Netherlands 36+ 1 17
Fiji 32 2 26+
Saint Lucia 27 0 26
Timor-Leste 27 0 26
Dominica 24 0 18
Laos 23 0 22
St. Barth 23 0 16
Saint Pierre Miquelon 11 0 5
Western Sahara 10 1 8
Total: 30,652,203 955,187 22,309,152
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Countries with No Active Cases

Country Cases Deaths Rcvrd
Anguilla 3 0 3
Falkland Islands 13 0 13
Greenland 14 0 14
Grenada 24 0 24
Macao 46 0 46
New Caledonia 26 0 26
Saint Kitts and Nevis 17 0 17
Total: 219 0 219

Countries with All Cases Resolved

Country Cases Deaths Rcvrd
Antigua and Barbuda 95 3 92
Montserrat 13 1 12
Total: 108 4 104

International Conveyances

Intl Cnvy Cases Deaths Rcvrd
Montserrat 13 1 12
Diamond Princess 712 13 651
Total: 725 14 663
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2020.09.17 21:09 samarkandtours Pamir Highway Tour - Samarkand Tours Operator – 998998520077

Pamir Highway Tour
Pamir Highway Tour is a fascinating trip to Tajikistan where you will cross many high-mountain passes, winding serpentine roads, see monuments of the Islamic, Buddhist and unique Pamir cultures. Moreover, you will have around like-minded adventurers to share your impressions and experiences.
The tour will start in the capital of Tajikistan where you will see the main sights of Dushanbe and its surroundings. After this informative entry, you will have a week of snow-capped mountains, as the height will be closer, you will have acclimatization to the air of the Pamir Mountains.
You will see beautiful villages, wild flows of the River Pyandj, cross one of the highest passes – Ak- Baytal (4655 m) and learn a lot about the history of the Pamir tract once connected to the Great Silk Road and the Great Game.
Pamir Highway Tour is not merely a walking trip. It is a choice of real adventurers. Check out the detailed tour program, select the appropriate date, and start preparing for a memorable expedition!
The Pamir highway is one of the biggest and greatest roads in the world. It begins in Afghanistan at Mazar-e-Sharif and ends in Kyrgyzstan at a place know Osh. Weaving between the scorching desert and the high mountains, the highway that currently forms the biggest percentage of people’s exploration joins Khorog (a small town that is situated at the heart of the Pamir Mountains) to Osh.
There are many ways to tour the Highway, and each one of them has their ups and downs. It completely depends on your personal budget and travel style.
This option is highly recommended. Having your form of transport and here also the driver permits you to go at your pace and can even stop and take some photos as well as resting. Charges are calculated by kilometers covered and also pay each day some amount to the driver who is taking you. Such an offer is crazy and cannot be found in any other place. It is extremely cheap.
It is the worst means to travel the Pamir highway but very efficient if the individual is on a tight expenditure. If you are interested in the scenery that is present outside the window, this is the most recommended means. The transport is not comfortable since the roads are horrible and you end up spending a lot of hours on the road.
The main thing to always know is that the moment you get into Wakhan Valley, the majority of the traffic will come from people who rented 4×4 cars or shared taxis- definitely not the type of individuals who will just give a lift to hitchhikers. You can come across rides that will get you hitchhiking the Wakhan valley and the Pamir highway.
The best experience is when you own a car or motorcycle, and you drive yourself the Pamir highway.
Other experiences of travel include cycling and group tours, and tourist should explore the highways through any of these options that are available.
Although he often reminisces about how the Soviet Union supplied everything Tajikistan needed, Turat feels it’s time for the region to find its own opportunities. The road, in any condition, helps with that. “The Pamir Highway is beautiful, and it brings good business for people who know how to look for it,” he said. “Today we are seeing tourists instead of Soviet military vehicles coming over the road. This is a good thing.”
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2020.09.17 15:15 IIWIIM8 Global COVID Cases For 17SEP20

Summary As Of: 17SEP20 @ 22:28 GMT
Countries 213 + 2
Cases 30,310,226
Deaths 949,709
Recovered 22,009,722
Active Cases 7,350,795
Cntry's w/Active cases w/No Active cases w/All cases rcvrd
Cntry's 203 1 9
Cases 30,014,979 13 219
Deaths 944,484 1 0
Rcvrd 21,768,798 12 219

Daily totals of new: cases, deaths & recoveries

Date Cases Deaths Recoveries
15SEP 279,130 6,001 261,749
16SEP 308,868 6,224 262,906
Current 283,109 4,994 215,629

Cases, Deaths, Active by continent

Continent Cases Deaths Active
Africa 1,388,674 33,482 1,137,840
Asia 9,099,804 171,716 7,387,983
Europe 4,271,542 214,844 2,294,417
N America 8,182,238 294,916 5,068,509
Oceania 30,295 867 26,453
S America 7,336,952 233,869 6,093,869
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Countries with Active Cases

Country Cases Deaths Recoveries
USA 6,868,278+ 202,119+ 4,145,009+
India 5,212,686+ 84,404+ 4,109,828+
Brazil 4,455,386+ 134,935+ 3,753,082+
Russia 1,085,281+ 19,061+ 895,868+
Peru 744,400+ 31,051+ 587,717+
Colombia 743,945+ 23,665+ 615,457+
Mexico 680,931+ 71,978+ 485,024+
South Africa 655,572+ 15,772+ 585,303+
Spain 625,651+ 30,405+ N/A
Argentina 589,012 12,229+ 456,347+
Chile 441,150+ 12,142+ 413,928+
France 415,481+ 31,095+ 90,840+
Iran 413,149+ 23,808+ 353,848+
UK 381,614+ 41,705+ N/A
Bangladesh 344,264+ 4,859+ 250,412+
Saudi Arabia 328,144+ 4,399+ 307,207+
Iraq 307,385+ 8,332+ 241,100+
Pakistan 303,634+ 6,399+ 291,169+
Turkey 298,039+ 7,315+ 263,745+
Italy 293,025+ 35,658+ 215,954+
Philippines 276,289+ 4,785+ 208,096+
Germany 269,035+ 9,455+ 239,100
Indonesia 232,628+ 9,222+ 166,686+
Israel 175,256+ 1,169+ 126,329+
Ukraine 166,244+ 3,400+ 73,913+
Canada 140,539+ 9,199+ 122,836+
Bolivia 128,872+ 7,478+ 87,031+
Qatar 122,693+ 208 119,613+
Ecuador 122,257+ 11,029+ 97,063
Romania 108,690+ 4,312+ 43,244
Kazakhstan 107,056+ 1,671 101,455+
Dominican Republic 106,136+ 2,022+ 79,363+
Panama 103,466 2,198 76,787
Egypt 101,641+ 5,715+ 87,158+
Kuwait 97,824+ 575+ 87,911+
Belgium 95,948+ 9,935+ 18,810+
Morocco 94,504+ 1,714+ 74,930+
Oman 91,753+ 818+ 84,648+
Netherlands 88,073+ 6,266+ N/A
Sweden 87,885+ 5,864+ N/A
China 85,223+ 4,634 80,448+
Guatemala 83,664+ 3,036+ 73,260+
UAE 82,568+ 402 72,117+
Japan 77,009+ 1,473+ 69,253+
Poland 76,571+ 2,253+ 62,725+
Belarus 74,987+ 771+ 72,967+
Honduras 69,660+ 2,102+ 19,983+
Ethiopia 66,913+ 1,060+ 27,085+
Portugal 66,396+ 1,888+ 44,794+
Venezuela 63,416+ 511+ 51,274+
Bahrain 63,189+ 217+ 56,087+
Costa Rica 60,818+ 666+ 22,662+
Nepal 59,573+ 383+ 42,949+
Singapore 57,532+ 27 57,039+
Nigeria 56,735+ 1,093+ 48,092+
Uzbekistan 49,627+ 413+ 45,970+
Algeria 49,194+ 1,654+ 34,675+
Switzerland 48,795+ 2,042+ 39,900
Armenia 46,671+ 925+ 42,231+
Ghana 45,714+ 294 44,896+
Kyrgyzstan 45,153+ 1,063 41,317+
Moldova 44,983+ 1,170+ 33,239+
Czechia 42,739+ 488+ 23,321+
Afghanistan 38,872+ 1,436 32,505+
Azerbaijan 38,777+ 571+ 36,289+
Kenya 36,576+ 642+ 23,611+
Austria 35,853+ 758 28,044+
Palestine 33,843+ 244+ 23,060+
Serbia 32,695+ 738+ 31,512+
Ireland 32,023+ 1,789+ 23,364
Paraguay 30,419+ 566+ 15,740+
El Salvador 27,249+ 801+ 20,392+
Australia 26,813+ 832+ 23,792+
Lebanon 26,768+ 263+ 10,217+
Libya 25,822+ 409+ 13,908+
Bosnia and Herzegovina 24,605+ 747+ 17,219+
S. Korea 22,657+ 372+ 19,543+
Denmark 21,393+ 635+ 16,918+
Cameroon 20,303 415 18,837
Ivory Coast 19,158+ 120 18,330+
Bulgaria 18,544+ 749+ 13,391+
North Macedonia 16,274+ 675+ 13,635+
Madagascar 15,925+ 216+ 14,547+
Hungary 15,170+ 663+ 4,227+
Senegal 14,618+ 300+ 10,923+
Greece 14,400+ 325+ 3,804
Croatia 14,279+ 238+ 11,933+
Zambia 13,887 326 12,869
Sudan 13,535 836 6,759
Norway 12,571+ 266+ 10,371
Albania 11,948+ 347+ 6,788+
DRC 10,442+ 267 9,840+
Guinea 10,154 63 9,612
Namibia 10,078+ 108 7,685+
Malaysia 10,052+ 128 9,250+
French Guiana 9,623+ 65 9,267+
Maldives 9,494+ 33 8,033+
Tajikistan 9,214+ 73 7,988+
Finland 8,799+ 339 7,700
Gabon 8,678 53 7,827
Tunisia 8,570+ 133+ 2,342+
Haiti 8,556+ 220 6,315+
Zimbabwe 7,598 224 5,823
Luxembourg 7,394+ 124 6,593+
Mauritania 7,332 161 6,844
Montenegro 7,291+ 126+ 4,764+
Mozambique 6,161+ 39 3,393+
Slovakia 6,021+ 39+ 3,288+
Malawi 5,711+ 179+ 4,000+
Djibouti 5,399+ 61 5,333+
Uganda 5,380+ 60 2,489+
Eswatini 5,155+ 101 4,418+
Cabo Verde 5,063+ 49+ 4,465+
Equatorial Guinea 5,002+ 83 4,509+
Hong Kong 4,994+ 102 4,682+
Nicaragua 4,961 147 2,913
Congo 4,934 88 3,887
Cuba 4,933+ 109 4,230+
CAR 4,782+ 62 1,830+
Rwanda 4,653+ 23+ 2,817+
Suriname 4,645+ 95 4,089+
Jamaica 4,374+ 51+ 1,225+
Jordan 4,131+ 26 2,415+
Slovenia 4,058+ 136+ 2,897+
Myanmar 4,043+ 60+ 944+
Angola 3,789+ 144+ 1,405+
Syria 3,691+ 165+ 903+
Lithuania 3,504+ 87 2,149+
Thailand 3,490 58 3,325+
Gambia 3,440 107 1,851
Trinidad and Tobago 3,434+ 60+ 1,469+
Guadeloupe 3,426 26 837
Somalia 3,390 98 2,812
Mayotte 3,374 40 2,964
Aruba 3,328 22 1,676
Sri Lanka 3,274+ 13 3,043+
Réunion 3,099+ 15 1,794+
Bahamas 3,087+ 69 1,533+
Mali 2,966 128 2,311
Georgia 2,937+ 19 1,422+
Estonia 2,778+ 64 2,337+
Malta 2,595+ 16 1,978+
South Sudan 2,594 49 1,290
Botswana 2,567+ 13+ 624+
Benin 2,280+ 40 1,942
Guinea-Bissau 2,275 39 1,127
Iceland 2,189 10 2,104
Sierra Leone 2,133 72 1,646
Yemen 2,022+ 585+ 1,221
Guyana 1,958 58 1,302
Uruguay 1,856 45 1,559
New Zealand 1,809+ 25 1,707+
Burkina Faso 1,767+ 56 1,166+
Togo 1,618+ 41+ 1,243+
Cyprus 1,558+ 22 1,282
Belize 1,536+ 19 696+
Latvia 1,494+ 36+ 1,248
Andorra 1,483 53 1,054
Liberia 1,333+ 82 1,214
Lesotho 1,327 33 687
Niger 1,182 69 1,104
Martinique 1,122 18 98
Chad 1,115+ 81 962+
French Polynesia 1,099 2 672
Vietnam 1,066+ 35 940+
Sao Tome and Principe 907 15 871
San Marino 723 42 663
Turks and Caicos 659+ 5 561+
Channel Islands 639 48 575
Sint Maarten 557+ 19 477+
Papua New Guinea 516 6 232
Tanzania 509 21 183
Taiwan 503+ 7 478+
Burundi 472 1 374
Comoros 467 7 446
Faeroe Islands 429+ 0 412
Mauritius 366+ 10 338
Eritrea 364 0 305
Gibraltar 343+ 0 313+
Isle of Man 339 24 312
Saint Martin 330 6 206
Mongolia 311 0 301
Cambodia 275 0 274
Bhutan 246 0 175
Curaçao 210+ 1 74+
Cayman Islands 208 1 204
Monaco 186+ 1 147+
Barbados 185 7 171
Bermuda 178 9 164
Brunei 145 3 141+
Seychelles 141+ 0 136
Liechtenstein 112+ 1 108+
Antigua and Barbuda 95 3 91
British Virgin Islands 66 1 37
Caribbean Netherlands 32+ 1 17
Fiji 32 2 24
Saint Lucia 27 0 26
Timor-Leste 27 0 26
Dominica 24 0 18
Laos 23 0 22
St. Barth 23 0 16
Saint Pierre Miquelon 11 0 5
Western Sahara 10 1 8
Total: 30,310,226 949,709 22,009,722

Countries with No Active Cases

Country Cases Deaths Rcvrd
Anguilla 3 0 3
Falkland Islands 13 0 13
Greenland 14 0 14
Grenada 24 0 24
Macao 46 0 46
New Caledonia 26 0 26
Saint Kitts and Nevis 17 0 17
Total: 219 0 219

Countries with All Cases Resolved

Country Cases Deaths Rcvrd
Montserrat 13 1 12
Total: 13 1 12

International Conveyances

Intl Cnvy Cases Deaths Rcvrd
Diamond Princess 712 13 651
MS Zaandam 9 2 0
Total: 721 15 651
Source Notations Full Version
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2020.09.17 13:02 closeprotections Close Protection London Close Protection Services London

Close protection – is a concept that has been known for ages – it has been with us since early days of humankind and now its condition is more than satisfactory. Since time immemorial, people have tried to protect their wealth, assets, as well as their own health, life, and welfare. By means of the transfer of gathered goods, wealthy individuals have been paying other parties to protect them, their families, and possessions from others. As a general rule, young, notably strong, and grim-looking individuals have been considered perfectly suitable for such a job. The idea behind such a choice has been to scare away a potential adversary by taking advantage of the very looks of the guard. The aforementioned state of affairs has been observed for the consecutive ages. Wealthy landowners and kings created their own trusted guards (in ancient times and during the medieval age, those were troops designated to protect the authorities; later on, they were transformed into elite soldiers). Aside from serving representative and managerial purposes, such individuals were required to take care of their master and his beloved ones. In the 11th century England, during the Battle of Hastings, King Harold assembled a group of troops to protect his life and widely understood health condition. One may consider them to be the ancestors of modern bodyguards. As both civilization and society progressed, there were an increasing number of various organizations and people. Therefore, the risk of attack was significantly higher. Numerous authorities attempted to discourage potential aggressors from committing a crime by introducing severe forms of punishment. It must be noted, however, that there was still the question if it was enough to protect high authorities and the wealthy from the effects of outside attacks. The protection-oriented market has been developing to be – at some point – dominated by professional soldiers. The said progression has made it possible for police officers to investigate and deal with common, less dangerous crimes only. Together with technical revolution and the increasing social awareness, the number of citizens not satisfied with the current order skyrockets. It is likely to cause radical groups aiming at the change of the existing ruling paradigm to occur. This in turn may lead to anarchy and the increase in people willing to put their antisocial theories and plans into effect. The latter may start from sabotaging the work of others and demolishing valuable devices, but it may also end up in killings. If such a thing happens, one may openly talk about terrorism. The unusual social situation boosts the demand for personal protection. Both the army and police focus on securing the wellbeing of those of high position in the country. The rest of the threatened society must protect itself. The demand identified above has given rise to a new profession – a security guard. In the past, it was performed in a more or less organized fashion and that is why the effectiveness of arising task achievement varied. The attempt on Tsar’s Alexander the Second life on 1st March 1881 is a perfect exemplification of the formulated thesis. The ruler in question was attacked by the members of Narodnaya Volya at 2:15 P.M. A bomb was thrown under the carriage, but its explosion did not harm either the tsar or the horses. Alexander the Second, together with his companion including secret police representatives, started to assess damages. It was a mistake. At 2:20 P.M, yet another bomb was detonated. Its accuracy was notably higher as it managed to severely injure the tsar. He died relatively quickly, even with professional care he was under. At this point, it must be indicated that the demand for close protection increases. However, the perception of it is in a significant number of cases rather faulty, leading to pitiful outcomes. As it was hundreds of years earlier, modern people tend to hire grim musclemen to protect them, disregarding the fact that their intellectual level and possessed knowledge are negligible. Formerly, a test had to be passed in order for a person to be considered a bodyguard. Unfortunately, it does not hold true anymore. On numerous occasions, we can observe security guards stylized to look like stats of action movies, with the lack of intelligence written all over their faces. To give them justice, such people may also perform exceptionally well – up to the time they encounter a real attack. Unprofessional guards may be employed to protect rock stars or boxers. Real bodyguards of today are, however, highly skilled and motivated. They are trained to prevent rather than to counteract, as it may be too late in the latter case. Such people are capable of estimating potential risk and juxtaposing it with the resources at their disposal that may minimize it. Modern security guards are physically active, as well as skilled in giving first aid and driving a car defensively. They can fight without using any weapon – especially by taking advantage of psychology and persuasion. Such people are proficient in at least two languages and are characterized by an above-average intelligence level. The described model of a security guard is perfectly suited to current conditions and the needs of individuals hiring them.

VIP close protection over the world – organizations specializing in personal protection. One of the most famous and at the same time – the oldest organized bodies dealing with close protection was created in the 19th century. It was the American United States Secret Service. The USSS was created in 1865 as the US Treasury Law Enforcement Agency. Secret Service is the oldest national agency focusing entirely on investigations. Initially, their only task was to protect the economic structure of the country by means of preventing governmental cheques and bonds from being counterfeited. The mission was followed up to 1901, when president William McKinley was attacked in Buffalo (NY state). The assault resulted in appointing the Secret Service by the US Congress to protect the newly elected president, Theodore Roosevelt. In 1906, the Congress finally adopted the act on the responsibility of the Secret Service for the safety of the White House. Since 1950, the protection has been extended from presidents and first ladies only to vice-presidents as well. Before the murder of John F. Kennedy in 1963 and senator Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, the Secret Service had been a relatively small organization, employing as many as 284 agents. The discussed events translated directly into its rapid development. Currently, it is stated that over 5000 employees work for the Secret Service. Separate branches of the organization are located all over the United States, in Puerto Rico, and in other places all over the world (Paris, Lyon, London, Bonn, Rome, Milano, Hong Kong, Montreal, Lefkosa, Bogota, and Manila). The representatives of the organization are both secret agents (serving protection and investigation-related roles), as well as uniformed units responsible for the safety of the White House and diplomatic outposts. They maintain law and order by means of the network of both foot and motorized patrols, as well as of fixed posts. Such people also support other branches of the Secret Service. A wide scope of professional is also employed therein – those are electronics, engineers, communication experts, protection-related professionals, and IT workers. The Secret Service protects the president with his family, vice-president, elected vice-president, candidates for the said posts (from the 120th day before the elections onwards), former president, his children up to 16, as well as heads of other states staying in the USA in order to realize international missions. The unit of the Secret Service liable for taking care about the safety of the president in the White House fulfills its duties in identical uniforms. Due to the said fact, the Secret Service is sometimes referred to as the Uniformed Division. Its tasks also include the protection of president’s mansions, diplomatic outposts in Washington, and places alike located within the borders of the USA.

Another known formation is the Swiss Guard (Latin: Cohors Helvetica) which was for the very first time gathered on 22nd January 1506 by the then pope – Julius II. Its major aim was to protect the spiritual successor of Saint Peter and his palace. The pope wanted to grant himself protection from the enemies and avoid a political murder. In 1512, the Guard secured Vatican against French soldiers. The Defendants of the Church, as the representatives of the discussed formation were also called, had to face the biggest trail while taking care of pope Clemens VII during the invasion of Roman emperor, Charles V. The boldness, discipline, and resourcefulness of the representatives of the Guard made it possible to save the life of the pope, even though about 600 bold men died in the process. To commemorate the event, a solemn vow of the newly appointed guards takes place every year on 6th May. Each of the Swiss guards-to-be holds a banner in his left hand and raises his right hand with the thumb and two other fingers in an upright position (it is the symbol of the Holy Trinity). Then, the new soldiers promise to protect the pope and – to die in his defense if necessary. The representatives of the Swiss Guard are chosen from men between the age of 19 and 25 living in one of Swiss cantons (basing on contracts with Zurich and Lucerne). Each of them has to be at least 174 cm (5 feet and a half inch) tall and be an unmarried practicing Catholic (according to a special letter issued by the local bishop). Candidates for the service are properly trained, including teaching them how to use firearms, side arms, as well as how to defend themselves and establish proper contacts with other people. One of the items of the list is the proper usage of halberd. Currently, the number of soldiers in the Guard is estimated to circulate around 120, including officers, junior, and senior soldiers. They serve in the formation from two to twenty-five years. It must be also indicated at this point that officers and senior sergeants may be granted by the pope the right to enter into a holy matrimony. Aside from their characteristic outfit, soldiers are additionally equipped with halberds and Renaissance swords – those are the symbols of formation’s tradition. Nowadays, they are also fitted with firearms, tear gas, and excellent communication-oriented devices. With its almost five hundred years of heritage, the Swiss Guard is one of the oldest active defense-oriented groups in the world. One may assume that it will last until Switzerland and the Catholic Church exist.

Yet another example of a close protection-focused formation is the Cedrug Order, the major task of which is to take care about the ruler of Tibet – Dalai Lama. It comprises of national spiritual authorities who organized themselves in a form of an order. Thanks to strict upbringing, their physical strength is much higher than the one of secular officials. Therefore, the former are the most trusted soldiers caring about the safety of the leader of the nation. Cedurg School is located in the left wing of Potala – the palace of Dalai Lama, which is in turn situated in the Holy City of Lhasa (eastern Tibet, Kyitsu river valley). Every Tibet citizen is allowed to enroll to the school, but only chosen ones are granted the privilege to join the Order. For several hundred years, there have been a limited number of monks allowed, namely – 175. Only selected candidates have been worthy enough to defend the powerful Dalai Lama. Those are especially bold, tall, and muscular men. The representatives of the Order earned their name in 1959, when they protected the king of Tibet against Chinese adversaries.

One of the biggest organizations in the world established to consociate and train bodyguards is the International Bodyguard Association (IBA). The IBA was established in 1957 in Paris by major Lucien Victor Ott. Major Ott had been closely connected to the French Foreign Legion in Algeria since his early childhood. He had been born and raised in the said country. In 1947, he joined the French Special Forces and took part in France-Indochina war. Furthermore, he was the participant of the battle of Dien-Bien Phu that ended with the defeat of the French forces. He was being injured and captured by Vietminh. After a bold escape, he decided to join forces with the French Military Intelligence (Deuxieme Bureau). Major Lucien Ott got famous due to, inter alia, perfect securing of president Charles de Gaulle against the OAS terrorist organization. Thanks to him, 30 prepared attacks were foiled, 11 of which were aimed directly at the head of the state. After the death of the creator of a modern bodyguard profile, major Ott, one of his students – James G. Shortt took care of the management of the IBA. As a young man, he had joined a cadet school. Later on, he had become landing operation troops officer and a member of the elite SAS (Special Air Service) unit. Moreover, during his service, he also taught soldiers in Afghanistan the art of Mujahedeen war. Currently, he teaches security guards, police officers, and soldiers all over the world in the IBA branches. The main aim of the organization is to properly prepare bodyguards-to-be to properly perform their duties. It is not an entity employing such individuals, but those who have presented exceptional skills may become members of royal, diplomatic, or personal guards recommended by the IBA. Coaches being the representatives of the organization trained bodyguards in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, as well as helped during the Baltic Crisis between 1989 and 1991. The qualifications of the International Bodyguard Association are exceptional, international, and backed by the documentation concerning the organization of training sessions for the military, governmental authorities, police, and private bodyguards all over the world. Such undertakings have been continuously performed since 1957. The IBA also operates and trains willing individuals in Poland. Its branch was established in the said country in 1992. The basic training offered to candidates includes 60 hours of comprehensive preparation divided into six consecutive days. After its completion, the candidates are required to undergo the so-called refresher once a year. It is one of the conditions of the membership in the IBA.

Another training organization worth mentioning is the ESI - Executive Security International. It must be highlighted that it is one of the biggest and most appreciated American companies oriented towards training personal protection guards. Its second name is as follows: Bodyguard Training Academy for Executive, Dignitary and Celebrity Protection. The ESI was formed at the beginning of the 80s by Bob Duggan – martial arts expert and master in Hwarang Do. Its creation had been preceded by the establishment of the very first bodyguard training program by the Martial Arts Academy in Aspen, Colorado. The ESI, being one of the USA’s private schools, offers its students over 2000 hours of education with regard to protection, investigation, data gathering, company and individual security, etc. The training unit of the organization is situated high up in the mountains and is run by skilled professionals. Fun fact – film writer, Tracy Keenan Wynn, cooperates with the ESI. His preeminent task has been to create scenarios of situational exercises. While writing them, the said individual takes advantage of real life situations and attacks, such as assaults on Aldo Moro, John Paul the Second, kidnapping of Hans Martin Schleyer by the RAF (Red Army Faction), and scenarios alike. The ESI collaborates with corporations operating in the close protection branch of industry, as well as with the police and military. The organized training sessions are top secret. No journalists are allowed to enter the Aspen unit. Due to the fact that the ESI is a private school, it may provide professional training to civil, police-related, and military institutions all over the world.

The citizens of Israel have never had the chance to feel safe in their country. The issue of safety has been always treated seriously there. Aside from a constant Israel-Arab world conflict threat, the Israelis have been the subjects of terrorist attracts, both within the borders of their country and outside it. Jews and Americans are most frequent victims of operations organized by highly skilled terrorist groups. Taking into account the impact the Russian mafia has on Israel, the amount of care put on widely understood safety is fully justified. The Israeli Special Forces protect their citizens by means of intelligence and security-oriented undertakings. They host training sessions in various organizations preparing bodyguards, providing the adepts with the experience gained during the service. Most famous units of the said kind in Israel are undoubtedly the ISA - International Security Academy and the ISS - International Security School.

ISA is an international organization established and managed by former leaders, police instructors, and special service members. The very first unit of the ISA was formed in Latvia as a training and advising agency for both governmental and private security guards belonging to the Baltic States and the countries of the former USSR. The fact that the ISA is not exclusively Israeli in character is proved by the figure of the organization chairman, major Urlich Wegener – the creator and very first leader of German Border Control Service called GSG 9. The team of instructors and coaches also has international roots. The credo of the organization is that the preparation of the individuals for the proper protection of others is the key. Such people have to be offered highest quality training, extensive knowledge, and practical background. The ISS training programs are based predominantly on the experiences gained in Israel and in other countries, as well as while training people for the purpose of protecting VIPs over the world. Individuals, governmental authorities, and large-size corporations have been taking advantage of the services provided by the ISA/ISS.

At the moment, civil bodyguards are also involved in close protection. The safety of the individuals hiring them, as well as their possessions depends highly on the qualifications of the former. Quite frequently, those are former policemen, soldiers, or special force members. However, a number of inexperienced adepts would like to start their adventure with personal protection as well. Are they bound to fail in their attempts? It is not always so. The most crucial component affecting the effectiveness of the training is one’s psychological preparation. It is a commonly known fact that it is exceptional in former police officers and troops. However, it is a common belief that one can be trained how to perform the job of a bodyguard, just as it is possible to teach a person how to shoot or be properly engaged in melee combat. It all depends on one’s motivation and willingness to achieve success in the industry. Regulations to date limit the training process of a security guard to the moment of being awarded with a license. In order to perform his tasks properly, such a person has to constantly improve his skills and qualifications.

Phenomena connected with the need of utilization of close protection techniques – Terrorism/Terrorist. It goes without saying that terrorism is one of the biggest threats of today’s world. While analyzing the severity of attacks and their scale, one should not doubt that VIPs should be at all possible occasions protected against the aforementioned forms of assault. In order to assess the threat a given problem pose, its specificity must be identified at first. The notion of „terrorism” was for the first time in history used during the Conference of the International Criminal Law Association in Brussels, in 1930. To date, there have been approximately 200 various definitions of the phenomenon in question. While trying to grasp its characteristic features, one will face a number of limitations and difficulties. One of statements of historian Walter Laqueur has to be touched upon here. While asked why he has been avoiding formulating an unequivocal definition of terrorism, he replied: „For 50 or so years, people are constantly trying to understand the idea behind terrorism. It is a phenomenon having different forms, depending on its place of origin and epoch. How can one find common ground between Russian revolutionists from the end of the 19th century and Al-Qaida anarchists?

Terrorism is mainly based on the utilization of force or threat in order to achieve political or ideological goals. It is hard to say something beyond that. Terrorism is like pornography – it escapes logical classification, but if one sees it – then it becomes apparent.” It is hard to argue with the statement, as it perfectly shows the complexity of the phenomenon in question. For the purpose of this publication, a strict definition of terrorism is not needed. All that is required is the utterance formulated by Walter Laqueur stating that terrorism can be most fully perceived through its manifestations. Terrorist acts are undoubtedly illegal, as they are based on kidnapping people and forcedly taking control over means of communication, economic sabotage, attacks, robberies, demanding ransom to finance organization’s own activity, posing threat to life, health, and freedom of authorities, and kidnapping people from outside the area in order to gain publicity (especially journalists, priests, voluntary workers). One may also indicate the usage of explosives and firearms in public areas and poisoning certain spots by means of radioactive materials and chemicals. Longin Tadeusz Szmidt additionally pointed out that terrorism has always been strictly connected with crafty and hard to identify methods of killing the leaders of nations. While describing the phenomenon of terrorism as a threat for the protected person, one should also point out and indicate its sources. The following are enumerated: - social and economic sources that are directly connected to economic crises, social tensions, social and national discrimination, as well as with the perception of dissonance between the factual reality and the one presented by the media; - historical and political sources. They have their beginning in severe social reactions, demanding full democratization and respecting human rights; - sociological sources that may be related to the atmosphere typical for a given country or the so-called spirit of violence; - psychological sources stating that a significant part of terrorists is highly mentally unstable which is additionally combined with the overly high self-esteem. When it comes to the area of attack, the following are proposed by the experts: - land terrorism (the major threat area for VIPs and the key one for security guards), - air terrorism (personal protection is then entrusted to the authorities managing planes, airports, etc.), and – maritime terrorism (tasks and responsibilities are then similar to air attacks). While taking into account the type of terroristic activities, one may distinguish: bombing-based, nuclear, biological, chemical, technical, cybernetic (attacks on IT networks), and narcotic-oriented (narcotic cartels undertakings) terrorism. The highest threat for VIPs is undoubtedly the first type, namely – bombing-based one. Close protection-oriented undertakings should therefore incorporate the knowledge on paradigms effective during a bomb attack. They will be discussed in further sections of this publication. It is exceptionally difficult to argue with the thesis that we must be protected against terrorism. The same applies to VIPs. The importance of the latter is also worth discussing, as the threat is much higher when a top authority is attacked than when the assault poses threat to a pop star or a wealthy businessman. However, it does not limit the necessity to analyze and counteract terroristic attack threat. It may directly impact the safety of the person a given security guard is responsible for.

Crime is also one of the issues that may endanger protected VIPs. Up to the beginning of the 80s, Poland had been considered to be one of the safest countries in Europe. Law enforcement bodies had been numerous and properly financed there, and crime forecasting, prevention, and penalizing schemes had met all the European standards. However, at the end of the discussed period, the myth of threat-free Poland started to crumble. The effects of crime fighting scene were becoming gradually more negligible. The said state of affairs was predominantly caused by the decreasing trust in law enforcing organizations, as well as by the rapid increase in crimes committed by the citizens. Another important aspect that must be taken into account were economic and political changes taking place in 1989,the liberalization of economic activity, and the emergence of free market. Some individuals possessed unimaginable riches, whereas others were exceptionally poor. In order to survive till the next day, the latter searched for the answer in crimes, leading to the occurrence of the phenomenon commonly known as organized crime. According to official data from 2001, within the borders of Poland, there were over 400 organized crime groups consociating approximately 45 thousand people. They were generating profits by means of goods smuggling, selling stolen cars, producing and marketing narcotics, counterfeiting national currency, commuting bank frauds, selling firearms, and – what is of exceptional importance from the point of view of VIPs – demanding ransom. Criminals induce fear in the society, especially due to using terror and blackmailing. They do not hesitate to kidnap others or kill them. Such individuals resort to brutal treatment, such as beating, torturing, drowning, etc. All those factors combined directly translate into wealthy representatives of the society feeling threatened. What is more, criminals frequently tend to attack the family of a VIP as well, in order to convince him to perform a given action. Therefore, children, wife, and beloved ones of such an individual must be highly protected.

Popularity/Fame –The threat of attack may be in some cases linked to the popularity of a given human being. When a VIP is in isolation, then he may only receive unwanted phone calls or be nagged by photographers. The problem arises when he has to leave his place of permanent residence or workplace, as well as when he is in a publically accessible place. Danger may still be low, but the inquisitiveness of journalist may quickly become overwhelming. Fans or supporters of a given sportsman or artist may cause havoc in order to touch their idol or get hold of any item belonging to him or her. Of course, there is also the risk of serious injuries or even death (let us take John Lennon as an example) – it cannot be neglected. That is why famous and popular individuals should by all means care about their safety. The matter also concerns politicians who are widely recognizable and controversial. In politics, there are no limitations. Opponents may even resort to killing a representative of the other side to impose his or her right on others. Elected politicians tend to have close protection, but care should be additionally exercised to care about those running in elections. Such VIPs may be ridiculed by the crowd or the opposition (by throwing eggs or pouring water over the candidate), leading to the end of their political career. The role of security guards should in the aforementioned cases not be limited to physical protection only. They must also keep information about VIP’s family, realized projects, and operation profile confidential. The image of a famous person highly depends on the bodyguards being in his immediate surroundings. The manner of their operation, professionalism, and knowledge are top priorities there.

Attack on person – By definition, attack on person is the attempt to kill someone, steal his or her possessions, as well as to kidnap him or her. The criminal action in question has a long history, as assaults have been made throughout the consecutive ages. Their goal has been to achieve a political, economic, or cultural aim. Attacks on person may lead to tremendous changes in the society, which is perfectly depicted by the killing of John Kennedy and Icchak Rabin. In the majority of cases, however, such an attack does not have significantly far-reaching consequences. In order to be effective, bodyguards must answer themselves the following questions – why do criminals attack? How do they attack? How may the assault look like? Therefore, it is highly advised to specify the motif, methods utilized, and consecutive stages of one and every attack on person. Taking into account motifs, one must bear in mind that all the assaults have their agenda. No attack is made voluntarily, without forethought. In the following sections, most common causes of the aforementioned activity are going to be enumerated:

Revolutionary or political ones – organized groups (frequently consisting of fanatics) attack others in order to force the society to change the existing system or overthrow the current government (in the attempt to choose a new one). Their victims are often the authorities ruling the country. The attackers, who follow their revolutionary or political agenda, try to win the sympathy of other representatives of the society. Long before the planned attack itself, they distribute leaflets blaming current rulers for the widespread injustice. According to their belief, the elimination of the elites in power would bring positive outcomes for the whole country. Such an action was performed in Armenia in 1999, where members of the government were shot dead during one of their meetings. The terrorists informed that their death would improve the national situation.

Economic – terrorists claim that their potential victim is responsible for the poor economic condition of the country, company, or a group of people. In the majority of cases, economic attacks take place in countries where there are extreme disproportions between the wealthy and the poor. It must be taken into consideration, however that it is not always the case, as the assessment of the attackers tend to be highly subjective. Quite frequently, the cause of the assault is the personal conviction that the unsatisfying economic condition of the terrorist is the result of actions performed by the victim. It pushes the attacker into thinking that killing him would aid the situation.

Personal – In this case, the wrongdoers are motivated to make an attack due to jealousy, vengeance or other personal causes. Those people in many cases have notable personality disorders, manifesting themselves especially in the inability to control their behavior. The aforementioned state also leads to the failure to distinguish reality from fiction. A perfect exemplification of the motif in question is shooting Zuzanna Leśniak and an artist – Andrzej Zaucha by Yves Goulais in 1991. The trigger there was jealousy.

Ideological – The terrorist is convinced that the victim chosen by him has been threatening the values and principles followed by the attacker. The said rules are often of significant importance for both the group he belongs to and for himself personally. Ideological attacks on a person may be religious or social in character. The first case is oriented towards killing a religious person in the attempt to make it impossible for him to achieve his goals. The second scenario relates to the willingness to eliminate the leader of a given social group. Quite frequently, the additional agenda is to make the organization the terrorist is a part of more memorable and popular in the media. Free publicity is an additional benefit then.

Psychological – The most commonplace group of attacks. Modern psychology claims that every person using firearms, stabbing others with a knife, or taking advantage of explosives has been struggling with mental problems. The motif is of negligible importance, as the attacker may justify his actions with revolutionary, economic, or personal goals, but the fact is that the driving force is the inability to perceive the world correctly. The assassination of Bill Clinton in 1994 illustrates the above bluntly. Francisco Martin Duran stated that he had attacked Clinton to destroy the mist connecting him to an alien entity. Apparently, Duran wanted to eliminate the mist in order to save the world. Attacks considered as crimes may be triggered by a myriad of factors. Among them,there are: - clashes between the representatives of a crime organization, willingness to demonstrate one’s power or threat the victim (attempt to force the latter to pay ransom or forget about debts), - desire to kill suspects that may endanger one’s business, - attempt to exert pressure on certain individuals or to threaten them for their professional achievements (relates to, inter alia, attorneys and tax collectors).

Attack methods to be considered by security guards. Close range attack. It may be performed by means of utilization of: - firearms, - melee weapon (knife, bayonet, dagger), - chemical substance (for example: toxic substance, such as hydrochloric acid). There are no exceptional skills needed to successfully attack a person, as almost everybody can use a knife or a dagger to a satisfactory extent. The same goes with firearms, the utilization of which is as difficult as driving a car. The aforementioned types of weapons can be transported to the place of the assault with ease. The characteristic feature of this attack type is the fact that the wrongdoer is situated maximally several centimeters away from the victim. The difficulty here is directly connected with the inability to improvise the act. It must be preceded by a prolonged observation of the subject, learning his or her customs, daily routine, places he or she visits, and the protection type he or she uses. Only after drawing proper conclusions from the examination, can the terrorist attack the victim. Marek Papała, a police commissioner, was killed due to a close range attack in 1998, Warsaw.

Long-range attack – in this case firearms are often used, especially rifles and carbines. It is not an uncommon situation to learn about an attacker who has used a sniper rifle fitted with professional laser and optical aiming devices. The distance between the wrongdoer and the subject of the attack is commonly higher than 5 meters. The former must also be much more skilled than a close range attacker, as he has to be capable of utilizing a professional gun in an effective manner. The death of John Kennedy in Dallas on 22nd November 1963 was the result of the attack form in question. Lee Harvey Oswald, who was a former marine soldier, shot his subject from a storage located several meters away from president’s cavalcade. To perform the act, he used Mannlicher-Carcano, cal. 6.5 mm rifle. The proficiency of the attacker was proven by the fact that he fired three shots and only one of them missed the target.

Attack with explosives – it requires notable skills, for the wrongdoers has to build a bomb before performing the attack. He must also know how and where to plant the explosive, how to situate the fuse inside and where to detonate it. Such a person also has to be familiar with the effects of explosion. Assault on Margaret Thatcher on 12th October 1984 showed how patient and clever can an attacker taking advantage of explosives be. Patrick Magee, a member of Irish Republican Army, moved into the hotel where the British prime minister was expected to stay 24 days before the said fact. Every single day, he worked meticulously destroying the wall and placing a 50-kilogram explosive inside the hole. The bomb was then fitted with a timer. It exploded when Miss Thatcher was considered to wash herself in the bathroom – the attacker was perfectly acquainted with her customs. She would have died if she had not received a document to be read. The explosive was detonated five floors above the bathroom located in the apartment of the „Iron Lady”. Six other people died as a result, but the suspect managed to avoid the clever assassination.

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2020.09.16 06:34 IIWIIM8 Global COVID Cases For 16SEP20

Summary As Of: 16SEP20 @ 23:42 GMT
Countries 213 + 2
Cases 30,014,979
Deaths 944,484
Recovered 21,768,798
Active Cases 7,301,697
Cntry's w/Active cases w/No Active cases w/All cases rcvrd
Cntry's 204 1 8
Cases 29,713,869 13 155
Deaths 938,362 1 0
Rcvrd 21,521,878 12 155

Daily totals of new: cases, deaths & recoveries

Date Cases Deaths Recoveries
14SEP 242,897 4,380 248,690
15SEP 279,019 6,001 261,747
Current 296,840 5,997 237,613

Cases, Deaths, Active by continent

Continent Cases Deaths Active
Africa 1,380,088 33,305 1,131,008
Asia 8,971,009 169,887 7,275,611
Europe 4,218,622 214,232 2,281,927
N America 8,130,092 293,673 5,016,958
Oceania 30,254 859 26,378
S America 7,284,193 232,513 6,036,265
Complete chart in Full Version

Countries with Active Cases

Country Cases Deaths Recoveries
USA 6,825,764+ 201,266+ 4,103,048+
India 5,115,893+ 83,230+ 4,022,049+
Brazil 4,421,686+ 134,174+ 3,720,312+
Russia 1,079,519+ 18,917+ 890,114+
Peru 738,020 30,927 580,753
Colombia 736,377+ 23,478+ 610,078+
Mexico 676,487+ 71,678+ 481,068+
South Africa 653,444+ 15,705+ 584,195+
Spain 614,360+ 30,243+ N/A
Argentina 589,012+ 12,116+ 448,263+
Chile 439,287+ 12,058+ 411,853+
Iran 410,334+ 23,632+ 352,019+
France 404,888+ 31,045+ 90,335+
UK 378,219+ 41,684+ N/A
Bangladesh 342,671+ 4,823+ 247,969+
Saudi Arabia 327,551+ 4,369+ 306,004+
Pakistan 303,089+ 6,393+ 290,760+
Iraq 303,059+ 8,248+ 237,241+
Turkey 296,391+ 7,249+ 262,602+
Italy 291,442+ 35,645+ 215,265+
Philippines 272,934+ 4,732+ 207,858+
Germany 266,865+ 9,449+ 239,100
Indonesia 228,993+ 9,100+ 164,101+
Israel 170,465+ 1,165+ 123,219+
Ukraine 162,660+ 3,340+ 72,324+
Canada 139,625+ 9,193+ 122,175+
Bolivia 128,286+ 7,447+ 86,216+
Qatar 122,449+ 208 119,400+
Ecuador 121,525+ 10,996+ 97,063
Romania 107,011+ 4,285+ 43,244
Kazakhstan 106,984+ 1,671+ 101,267+
Dominican Republic 105,521+ 2,009+ 78,891+
Panama 103,466+ 2,198+ 76,787+
Egypt 101,500+ 5,696+ 86,549+
Kuwait 96,999+ 571+ 87,187+
Belgium 94,795+ 9,930+ 18,789+
Morocco 92,016+ 1,686+ 72,968+
Oman 91,196+ 805+ 84,363+
Sweden 87,575+ 5,860+ N/A
Netherlands 86,320+ 6,260+ N/A
China 85,214+ 4,634 80,437+
Guatemala 82,924+ 3,009+ 72,562+
UAE 81,782+ 402+ 71,456+
Japan 76,448+ 1,461+ 68,532+
Poland 75,734+ 2,237+ 62,110+
Belarus 74,763+ 767+ 72,810+
Honduras 68,620 2,087 18,487
Ethiopia 66,224+ 1,045+ 26,665+
Portugal 65,626+ 1,878+ 44,528+
Venezuela 62,655+ 502+ 50,361+
Bahrain 62,484+ 216+ 55,444+
Costa Rica 59,516+ 649+ 21,752+
Nepal 58,327+ 379+ 41,706+
Singapore 57,514+ 27 56,955+
Nigeria 56,604+ 1,091+ 47,872+
Uzbekistan 49,015+ 407+ 45,422+
Algeria 48,966+ 1,645+ 34,517+
Switzerland 48,265+ 2,039+ 39,900
Armenia 46,376+ 923+ 42,069+
Ghana 45,655 294 44,797
Kyrgyzstan 45,072+ 1,063 41,210+
Moldova 44,361+ 1,159+ 32,732+
Czechia 41,032+ 482+ 22,931+
Afghanistan 38,855+ 1,436+ 32,503+
Azerbaijan 38,658+ 569+ 36,149+
Kenya 36,301+ 634+ 23,364+
Austria 35,073+ 758+ 27,655+
Palestine 33,006+ 243+ 22,209+
Serbia 32,613+ 736+ 31,411+
Ireland 31,799+ 1,788+ 23,364
Paraguay 29,298+ 552+ 15,261+
El Salvador 27,163+ 796+ 19,960+
Australia 26,779+ 824+ 23,726+
Lebanon 26,083+ 259+ 9,634+
Libya 24,936+ 394+ 13,498+
Bosnia and Herzegovina 24,211+ 736+ 16,990+
S. Korea 22,504+ 367 19,310+
Denmark 20,571 633 16,557
Cameroon 20,303+ 415 18,837
Ivory Coast 19,132+ 120 18,289+
Bulgaria 18,390+ 739+ 13,241+
North Macedonia 16,088+ 668+ 13,550+
Madagascar 15,871+ 215+ 14,482+
Senegal 14,568+ 299+ 10,756+
Hungary 14,460+ 654+ 4,153+
Greece 14,041+ 316+ 3,804
Croatia 14,029+ 236+ 11,690+
Zambia 13,887+ 326+ 12,869+
Sudan 13,535 836 6,759
Norway 12,498+ 265 10,371
Albania 11,816+ 343+ 6,733+
DRC 10,414+ 267 9,827+
Guinea 10,154+ 63 9,612+
Malaysia 10,031+ 128 9,235+
Namibia 9,964+ 108+ 7,502+
French Guiana 9,595+ 65+ 9,235+
Maldives 9,427+ 33 7,903+
Tajikistan 9,171+ 73 7,941+
Finland 8,750+ 339 7,700+
Gabon 8,678+ 53 7,827+
Haiti 8,541+ 220 6,258+
Tunisia 8,100+ 129+ 2,309+
Zimbabwe 7,598+ 224 5,823+
Mauritania 7,332+ 161 6,844+
Luxembourg 7,284 124 6,561+
Montenegro 7,061 123 4,692
Mozambique 5,994+ 39+ 3,267+
Slovakia 5,860+ 38 3,220+
Malawi 5,704+ 178 3,764+
Djibouti 5,396 61 5,331
Uganda 5,266+ 60+ 2,404+
Eswatini 5,128 101 4,401
Equatorial Guinea 5,000 83 4,496
Hong Kong 4,985+ 102 4,663+
Cabo Verde 4,978+ 47+ 4,430+
Nicaragua 4,961 147 2,913
Congo 4,934 88 3,887
Cuba 4,876+ 109+ 4,131+
CAR 4,772 62 1,828
Rwanda 4,634+ 22 2,789+
Suriname 4,625+ 95 3,996+
Jamaica 4,164+ 46 1,180+
Slovenia 3,954+ 135 2,844+
Jordan 3,852+ 26 2,349+
Myanmar 3,821+ 40+ 908+
Angola 3,675+ 143+ 1,401+
Syria 3,654+ 163+ 889+
Thailand 3,490+ 58 3,316+
Lithuania 3,442+ 87 2,125+
Gambia 3,440+ 107+ 1,851+
Guadeloupe 3,426+ 26+ 837
Somalia 3,390+ 98 2,812+
Mayotte 3,374 40 2,964
Aruba 3,328+ 22 1,676+
Trinidad and Tobago 3,327+ 58+ 810+
Sri Lanka 3,271 13 3,021+
Bahamas 3,032+ 69+ 1,482+
Réunion 3,002+ 15 1,313
Mali 2,966+ 128 2,311+
Georgia 2,758+ 19 1,412+
Estonia 2,756+ 64 2,318+
South Sudan 2,594+ 49 1,290
Malta 2,560+ 16 1,953+
Botswana 2,463 11 575
Guinea-Bissau 2,275 39 1,127
Benin 2,267 40 1,942
Iceland 2,189+ 10 2,104+
Sierra Leone 2,133+ 72 1,646+
Yemen 2,019+ 583 1,221+
Guyana 1,958 58 1,302
Uruguay 1,856+ 45 1,559+
New Zealand 1,802+ 25+ 1,698+
Burkina Faso 1,748+ 56 1,162+
Togo 1,608+ 40 1,230+
Cyprus 1,548+ 22 1,282
Belize 1,528+ 19 663+
Latvia 1,486+ 35 1,248
Andorra 1,483+ 53 1,054+
Liberia 1,332+ 82 1,214+
Lesotho 1,327+ 33 687+
Niger 1,182+ 69 1,104
Martinique 1,122+ 18 98
French Polynesia 1,099 2 672
Chad 1,090+ 81 960+
Vietnam 1,063 35 936+
Sao Tome and Principe 907+ 15 871+
San Marino 723 42 663
Turks and Caicos 650+ 5 557+
Channel Islands 639 48 575
Sint Maarten 549 19 468+
Papua New Guinea 516+ 6 232
Tanzania 509 21 183
Taiwan 500+ 7 477+
Burundi 472 1 374
Comoros 467+ 7 446+
Faeroe Islands 428 0 412
Mauritius 365+ 10 338+
Eritrea 364 0 305+
Gibraltar 340+ 0 309+
Isle of Man 339 24 312
Saint Martin 330 6 206
Mongolia 311 0 301
Cambodia 275 0 274
Bhutan 246 0 175+
Cayman Islands 208 1 204
Curaçao 192+ 1 68+
Barbados 185+ 7 171+
Monaco 181+ 1 137+
Bermuda 178+ 9 164
Brunei 145 3 139
Seychelles 140 0 136
Liechtenstein 111 1 105
Antigua and Barbuda 95 3 91
British Virgin Islands 66 1 37
St. Vincent Grenadines 64 0 62
Fiji 32 2 24
Caribbean Netherlands 28 1 17
Saint Lucia 27 0 26
Timor-Leste 27 0 26
Dominica 24 0 18
Laos 23 0 22
St. Barth 23 0 16
Saint Pierre Miquelon 11 0 5
Western Sahara 10 1 8
Total: 30,014,979 944,484 21,768,798

Countries with No Active Cases

Country Cases Deaths Rcvrd
Anguilla 3 0 3
Falkland Islands 13 0 13
Greenland 14 0 14
Grenada 24 0 24
Macao 46 0 46
New Caledonia 26 0 26
Saint Kitts and Nevis 17 0 17
Total: 155 0 155

Countries with All Cases Resolved

Country Cases Deaths Rcvrd
Montserrat 13 1 12
Total: 13 1 12

International Conveyances

Intl Cnvy Cases Deaths Rcvrd
Diamond Princess 712 13 651
MS Zaandam 9 2 0
Total: 721 15 651
Source Notations Full Version
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2020.09.16 02:02 IIWIIM8 Global COVID Cases For 15SEP20

Summary As Of: 15SEP20 @ 23:44 GMT
Countries 213 + 2
Cases 29,713,869
Deaths 938,362
Recovered 21,521,878
Active Cases 7,253,629
Cntry's w/Active cases w/No Active cases w/All cases rcvrd
Cntry's 204 1 8
Cases 29,432,846 13 155
Deaths 932,373 1 0
Rcvrd 21,264,147 12 155

Daily totals of new: cases, deaths & recoveries

Date Cases Deaths Recoveries
13SEP 242,736 4,374 248,690
14SEP 242,736 4,374 248,690
Current 274,911 5,916 252,440

Cases, Deaths, Active by continent

Continent Cases Deaths Active
Africa 1,372,529 33,116 1,120,950
Asia 8,838,734 168,026 7,167,337
Europe 4,169,227 213,544 2,270,014
N America 8,081,125 291,845 4,965,497
Oceania 30,208 850 26,300
S America 7,221,325 230,966 5,971,129
Complete chart in Full Version

Countries with Active Cases

Country Cases Deaths Recoveries
USA 6,787,158+ 200,159+ 4,061,483+
India 5,018,034+ 82,091+ 3,939,111+
Brazil 4,384,299+ 133,207+ 3,671,128+
Russia 1,073,849+ 18,785+ 884,305+
Peru 738,020+ 30,927+ 580,753+
Colombia 728,590+ 23,288+ 607,978+
Mexico 671,716+ 71,049+ 475,795+
South Africa 651,521+ 15,641+ 583,126+
Spain 603,167+ 30,004+ N/A
Argentina 577,338+ 11,852+ 438,883+
Chile 437,983+ 12,040+ 409,944+
Iran 407,353+ 23,453+ 349,984+
France 395,104+ 30,999+ 89,891+
UK 374,228+ 41,664+ N/A
Bangladesh 341,056+ 4,802+ 245,594+
Saudi Arabia 326,930+ 4,338+ 305,022+
Pakistan 302,424+ 6,389+ 290,261+
Iraq 298,702+ 8,166+ 233,346+
Turkey 294,620+ 7,186+ 261,260+
Italy 289,990+ 35,633+ 214,645+
Philippines 269,407+ 4,663+ 207,352
Germany 264,844+ 9,445+ 239,100+
Indonesia 225,030+ 8,965+ 161,065+
Israel 164,402+ 1,147+ 120,727+
Ukraine 159,702+ 3,264+ 70,810+
Canada 138,803+ 9,188+ 121,840+
Bolivia 127,619+ 7,394+ 85,198+
Qatar 122,214+ 208+ 119,144+
Ecuador 119,553+ 10,963+ 97,063
Kazakhstan 106,920+ 1,634 100,836+
Romania 105,298+ 4,236+ 43,244
Dominican Republic 104,803+ 1,998+ 78,387+
Panama 102,204 2,173 74,782
Egypt 101,340+ 5,679+ 85,745+
Kuwait 96,301+ 568+ 86,219+
Belgium 94,306+ 9,927+ 18,737+
Oman 90,660+ 797+ 84,113+
Morocco 90,324+ 1,648+ 71,047+
Sweden 87,345+ 5,851+ N/A
China 85,202+ 4,634 80,426+
Netherlands 84,778+ 6,258+ N/A
Guatemala 82,684+ 2,984+ 71,983+
UAE 80,940+ 401+ 70,635+
Japan 75,958+ 1,451+ 67,831+
Poland 75,134+ 2,227+ 61,548+
Belarus 74,552+ 761+ 72,661+
Honduras 68,620+ 2,087+ 18,487+
Ethiopia 65,486+ 1,035+ 25,988+
Portugal 65,021+ 1,875+ 44,362+
Bahrain 61,643+ 213 54,831+
Venezuela 61,569+ 494+ 49,371+
Costa Rica 58,137+ 633+ 21,536+
Singapore 57,488+ 27 56,884+
Nepal 56,788+ 371+ 40,638+
Nigeria 56,478+ 1,088+ 44,430+
Algeria 48,734+ 1,632+ 34,385+
Uzbekistan 48,429+ 402+ 44,942+
Switzerland 47,751+ 2,028+ 39,900+
Armenia 46,119+ 920+ 41,941+
Ghana 45,655+ 294+ 44,797+
Kyrgyzstan 44,999+ 1,063 41,103+
Moldova 43,734+ 1,143+ 32,293+
Czechia 38,896+ 476+ 22,613+
Afghanistan 38,815+ 1,426+ 32,098+
Azerbaijan 38,517+ 566+ 35,998+
Kenya 36,205 624 23,243
Austria 34,305+ 757 27,354+
Serbia 32,511+ 735+ 31,313+
Palestine 32,250+ 229+ 21,804+
Ireland 31,549+ 1,787+ 23,364
Paraguay 28,367+ 539+ 14,814+
El Salvador 27,088+ 792+ 19,450+
Australia 26,739+ 816 23,652+
Lebanon 25,449+ 252+ 9,216+
Libya 24,144+ 383+ 13,252+
Bosnia and Herzegovina 23,929+ 725+ 16,701+
S. Korea 22,391+ 367+ 18,878+
Denmark 20,571+ 633 16,557+
Cameroon 20,271+ 415 18,837
Ivory Coast 19,100+ 120 18,228+
Bulgaria 18,216+ 736+ 13,057+
North Macedonia 15,925+ 661+ 13,418+
Madagascar 15,803+ 214+ 14,452+
Senegal 14,529+ 298+ 10,692+
Hungary 13,879+ 646+ 4,130+
Zambia 13,819+ 324+ 12,590+
Croatia 13,749+ 230+ 11,412+
Greece 13,730+ 313+ 3,804
Sudan 13,535 836 6,759
Norway 12,393+ 265 10,371
Albania 11,672+ 340+ 6,668+
DRC 10,401+ 267+ 9,817+
Guinea 10,111+ 63 9,444+
Malaysia 9,969+ 128 9,209+
Namibia 9,901+ 106+ 7,358+
French Guiana 9,578+ 64+ 9,202+
Maldives 9,328+ 33 7,729+
Tajikistan 9,129+ 73+ 7,896+
Finland 8,725+ 339+ 7,500
Gabon 8,654 53 7,785
Haiti 8,530+ 220+ 6,181+
Tunisia 7,623+ 123+ 2,262+
Zimbabwe 7,576+ 224 5,783+
Mauritania 7,319+ 161 6,839+
Luxembourg 7,284+ 124 6,555
Montenegro 7,061+ 123+ 4,692+
Slovakia 5,768+ 38 3,214+
Mozambique 5,713+ 37+ 3,181+
Malawi 5,701+ 178 3,762+
Djibouti 5,396 61 5,331
Eswatini 5,128+ 101 4,401+
Uganda 5,123+ 58+ 2,333+
Equatorial Guinea 5,000 83 4,496
Hong Kong 4,976+ 102+ 4,646+
Nicaragua 4,961+ 147+ 2,913
Congo 4,934 88 3,887
Cabo Verde 4,904+ 46+ 4,294+
Cuba 4,803+ 108 4,119+
CAR 4,772 62 1,828
Rwanda 4,624+ 22 2,767+
Suriname 4,611 95 3,935
Jamaica 4,042+ 46+ 1,163+
Slovenia 3,831+ 135 2,789+
Jordan 3,677+ 26 2,311+
Syria 3,614+ 160+ 871+
Angola 3,569+ 139+ 1,332+
Myanmar 3,502+ 35+ 832+
Thailand 3,480+ 58 3,315+
Gambia 3,428+ 105+ 1,737+
Lithuania 3,397+ 87 2,094+
Somalia 3,389 98 2,803
Mayotte 3,374 40 2,964
Sri Lanka 3,271+ 13 3,016+
Trinidad and Tobago 3,223+ 56+ 798+
Aruba 3,152+ 22+ 1,610+
Guadeloupe 3,080 24 837
Bahamas 3,008+ 68+ 1,391+
Mali 2,940+ 128 2,302+
Réunion 2,902+ 15 1,313
Estonia 2,722+ 64 2,286+
South Sudan 2,592+ 49 1,290
Georgia 2,562+ 19 1,369
Botswana 2,463 11 575
Malta 2,454+ 16 1,931+
Guinea-Bissau 2,275 39 1,127
Benin 2,267 40 1,942
Iceland 2,174+ 10 2,102+
Sierra Leone 2,126+ 72 1,640+
Yemen 2,016+ 583 1,219+
Guyana 1,958+ 58+ 1,302+
Uruguay 1,827+ 45 1,545+
New Zealand 1,801+ 24 1,694+
Burkina Faso 1,733+ 56 1,141+
Togo 1,595+ 40 1,219+
Cyprus 1,534+ 22 1,282+
Belize 1,501+ 19 540+
Latvia 1,482+ 35 1,248
Andorra 1,438 53 945
Liberia 1,321 82 1,213
Lesotho 1,245 33 528
Niger 1,180 69 1,104
French Polynesia 1,099+ 2 672+
Chad 1,087+ 81 944+
Vietnam 1,063 35 926+
Martinique 939 18 98
Sao Tome and Principe 906 15 870
San Marino 723+ 42 663+
Turks and Caicos 648+ 5 532
Channel Islands 639+ 48 575
Sint Maarten 549 19 430
Papua New Guinea 511 6 232
Tanzania 509 21 183
Taiwan 499 7 476
Burundi 472 1 374
Comoros 457 7 427
Faeroe Islands 428+ 0 412
Eritrea 364+ 0 304
Mauritius 361 10 335
Isle of Man 339 24 312
Gibraltar 334+ 0 307+
Saint Martin 330+ 6 206+
Mongolia 311 0 301+
Cambodia 275 0 274
Bhutan 246+ 0 173+
Cayman Islands 208 1 204
Barbados 183 7 165
Bermuda 177 9 164+
Monaco 177 1 132
Curaçao 169+ 1 61+
Brunei 145 3 139
Seychelles 140 0 136
Liechtenstein 111 1 105
Antigua and Barbuda 95 3 91
British Virgin Islands 66 1 37
St. Vincent Grenadines 64 0 62+
Fiji 32 2 24
Caribbean Netherlands 28+ 1+ 17+
Saint Lucia 27 0 26
Timor-Leste 27 0 26
Dominica 24 0 18
Laos 23 0 22
St. Barth 23+ 0 16+
Saint Pierre Miquelon 11 0 5
Western Sahara 10 1 8
Total: 29,713,869 938,362 21,521,878

Countries with No Active Cases

Country Cases Deaths Rcvrd
Anguilla 3 0 3
Falkland Islands 13 0 13
Greenland 14 0 14
Grenada 24 0 24
Macao 46 0 46
New Caledonia 26 0 26
Saint Kitts and Nevis 17 0 17
Total: 155 0 155

Countries with All Cases Resolved

Country Cases Deaths Rcvrd
Montserrat 13 1 12
Total: 13 1 12

International Conveyances

Intl Cnvy Cases Deaths Rcvrd
Diamond Princess 712 13 651
MS Zaandam 9 2 0
Total: 721 15 651
Source Notations Full Version
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2020.09.16 01:39 Sobisonator [MOD] Imperatrix: Victoria - Dev Diary 2 - Unit models

https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/mod-imperatrix-victoria.1410441/post-26917922

Today we will be previewing the new unit models made specially for Imperatrix: Victoria, bringing to life the 19th century landscape. These were contributed by MrAdrianPl and xangelo, prolific 3D modelers in the modding community - you may know them from a number of stunning unit packs for EU4.
Our aim is to introduce unit models that will change over time as nations develop their military technology. This can be achieved by changing the graphical culture of a country based on its technology level, which can also correspond to the evolving fashion sense of its characters!
Over time, we will introduce more unit models for individual culture groups, diversifying the appearnce of the world's armies. For now, we have a number of major groups which share unit models.
Western
The Western unit model is shared by European countries and their colonial dependencies. You will see these troops all over the world, although we will probably be adding new unique models for certain cultures down the road.
https://forumcontent.paradoxplaza.com/public/614287/1600209298580.png
The uniform is coloured based on the country's two primary colours. Below we see a British redcoat standing guard over London.
https://forumcontent.paradoxplaza.com/public/614285/1600209129453.png
Middle Eastern
The Middle Eastern unit model is used across North Africa to Afghanistan, and sports a uniform somewhere between the Ottoman infantryman's garb and that of a Persian regular. The headgear is modeled after that of the Persian infantry, serving also as a fez for other armies which used similar, but smaller hats. This uniform sports dynamically-coloured trousers and waistcoat.
https://forumcontent.paradoxplaza.com/public/614290/1600209815936.png
Above: an Otoman soldiuer in historical colours.
Below: Middle Eastern armies dotted around various minor nations. Can you tell where this is? (There's a pretty obvious clue in the image)
https://forumcontent.paradoxplaza.com/public/614286/1600209204731.png
West African
The gunpowder armies of West Africa are modelled after the garb of the Fulani armies around this time, with head wrappings and flowing wrappings.
https://forumcontent.paradoxplaza.com/public/614291/1600209892471.png
East Asian
The East Asian unit model is a generic model made to suit armies from Lhasa to Bangkok to Tokyo, and as such is a hybrid of different styles.
Eventually, we aim to have more culture-specific uniforms to differentiate the uniforms of Asian armies.
The armies of the Japanese Daimyos and Shogunate produce a striking image!
https://forumcontent.paradoxplaza.com/public/614314/1600212173005.png
Below, Qing troops stand by the Chinese coast in their traditional blue uniforms.
https://forumcontent.paradoxplaza.com/public/614310/1600211706029.png
Arabian
The Arabian units complement the Middle Eastern gfx with outfits more suited to desert warfare, featuring headwrappings and lighter clothing.
https://forumcontent.paradoxplaza.com/public/614312/1600211800057.png
A lot of work goes into making these models, so we are especially grateful for the contributions made to our 3D repertoire. If you are a 3D modeler and you would like to take part in making this mod, let us know: we are looking for character clothing and hair modelers particularly!
A huge thanks again to all our contributors who have helped so much with localisation and demographic data. We are speeding along and have made amazing progress so far. I can't wait to show off our population density map once it is complete.
Finally, once again another teaser of two countries which are playable at the start date. The second one is especially hard to guess, but it's one you know in another form!
Mystery flag #1
https://forumcontent.paradoxplaza.com/public/614316/1600212465974.png
Mystery flag #2
https://forumcontent.paradoxplaza.com/public/614317/1600212484487.png
In the next dev diary we will go into more depth on our historical work on a particular part of the world...
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2020.09.16 01:38 Sobisonator Imperatrix: Victoria - Dev Diary 2 - unit models

https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/mod-imperatrix-victoria.1410441/post-26917922

Today we will be previewing the new unit models made specially for Imperatrix: Victoria, bringing to life the 19th century landscape. These were contributed by MrAdrianPl and xangelo, prolific 3D modelers in the modding community - you may know them from a number of stunning unit packs for EU4.
Our aim is to introduce unit models that will change over time as nations develop their military technology. This can be achieved by changing the graphical culture of a country based on its technology level, which can also correspond to the evolving fashion sense of its characters!
Over time, we will introduce more unit models for individual culture groups, diversifying the appearnce of the world's armies. For now, we have a number of major groups which share unit models.
Western
The Western unit model is shared by European countries and their colonial dependencies. You will see these troops all over the world, although we will probably be adding new unique models for certain cultures down the road.
https://forumcontent.paradoxplaza.com/public/614287/1600209298580.png
The uniform is coloured based on the country's two primary colours. Below we see a British redcoat standing guard over London.
https://forumcontent.paradoxplaza.com/public/614285/1600209129453.png
Middle Eastern
The Middle Eastern unit model is used across North Africa to Afghanistan, and sports a uniform somewhere between the Ottoman infantryman's garb and that of a Persian regular. The headgear is modeled after that of the Persian infantry, serving also as a fez for other armies which used similar, but smaller hats. This uniform sports dynamically-coloured trousers and waistcoat.
https://forumcontent.paradoxplaza.com/public/614290/1600209815936.png
Above: an Otoman soldiuer in historical colours.
Below: Middle Eastern armies dotted around various minor nations. Can you tell where this is? (There's a pretty obvious clue in the image)
https://forumcontent.paradoxplaza.com/public/614286/1600209204731.png
West African
The gunpowder armies of West Africa are modelled after the garb of the Fulani armies around this time, with head wrappings and flowing wrappings.
https://forumcontent.paradoxplaza.com/public/614291/1600209892471.png
East Asian
The East Asian unit model is a generic model made to suit armies from Lhasa to Bangkok to Tokyo, and as such is a hybrid of different styles.
Eventually, we aim to have more culture-specific uniforms to differentiate the uniforms of Asian armies.
The armies of the Japanese Daimyos and Shogunate produce a striking image!
https://forumcontent.paradoxplaza.com/public/614314/1600212173005.png
Below, Qing troops stand by the Chinese coast in their traditional blue uniforms.
https://forumcontent.paradoxplaza.com/public/614310/1600211706029.png
Arabian
The Arabian units complement the Middle Eastern gfx with outfits more suited to desert warfare, featuring headwrappings and lighter clothing.
https://forumcontent.paradoxplaza.com/public/614312/1600211800057.png
A lot of work goes into making these models, so we are especially grateful for the contributions made to our 3D repertoire. If you are a 3D modeler and you would like to take part in making this mod, let us know: we are looking for character clothing and hair modelers particularly!
A huge thanks again to all our contributors who have helped so much with localisation and demographic data. We are speeding along and have made amazing progress so far. I can't wait to show off our population density map once it is complete.
Finally, once again another teaser of two countries which are playable at the start date. The second one is especially hard to guess, but it's one you know in another form!
Mystery flag #1
https://forumcontent.paradoxplaza.com/public/614316/1600212465974.png
Mystery flag #2
https://forumcontent.paradoxplaza.com/public/614317/1600212484487.png
In the next dev diary we will go into more depth on our historical work on a particular part of the world...
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2020.09.15 11:51 Rqller [A3:MAIN] INFIDELS INSURGENCY IN KUNDUZ SUN SEP20 1900 UTC

INFIDELS

By Klima [A3:MAIN] INFIDELS INSURGENCY IN KUNDUZ SUN SEP20 1900 UTC

BRIEFING:

Get the mods through the mod downloader, reference the [New Member Guide]
Make sure your mods are updated in time, and feel free to contact the mods through Discord or Reddit for help!
Recommended Reading: http://ttp3.dslyecxi.com/
SITUATION
Map of AO
As the war ramps up, a distraction is introduced in the form of a second war in a not-so-far-away country. The local insurgents in Kunduz seize the opportunity to reorganise. An unknown insurgent is hailed as a "Genius", as he introduces home-made, dug-in concealed mines that can be remote detonated.
With their new technology and reorganisation, the insurgency is ready to strike back at the invaders in ways never seen before.
As the insurgents, it is your job to defeat these invaders and drive them back. The invaders are a conventional force, with greater strength, numbers, and guns. We still have most of the civilian population under our control, and they will provide us intelligence throughout the operation. We've already received word a coalition patrol is coming towards a small hamlet. Your cell has been deployed there.
MISSION
  • Ambush the coalition patrols
  • Drive back the invaders
  • Survive
Terrain: Kunduz, Afghanistan
Medical: Advanced Medical System (with framework standards)
Respawn: Join-In-Progress / Wave Respawn

Slotting:

Use this in your slotting comment:
IGN: SLOT: ALPHA 1 AAR Hi I'm New! (If Applicable) 
SLOT DESCRIPTIONS
  • CO - Commander - Has command over the entire mission, responsible for creating a plan and directing units in game.
  • MED - Medic - Provides medical assistance to wounded comrades.
  • SL - Squad leader - Leads a squad, reports to CO
  • FTL - Fireteam Leader - Leads a fireteam - reports to SL
  • AR - Automatic Rifleman - Provides suppression fire for the squad with his support weapon.
  • AAR - Assistant Automatic Rifleman - Carries extra ammo for the AR, and guides them onto targets.
  • Demo - Demolition - Carries a our new technology!

This list is not guaranteed to be up to date! Do a quick look through the comments to make sure your slot hasn't already been claimed.

Callsign/ Role IGN Equipment
PLT COMMAND
CO
MED
ALPHA
SL
MED Kratos
ALPHA 1
FTL
AR Jehearo
AAR Oddcore
Demo buckethead
ALPHA 2
FTL AutarkOS
AR Leetgamer
AAR JustTom
Demo
BRAVO
SL Bub
MED Gibbs
BRAVO 1
FTL The Ducktator
AR
AAR
Demo
BRAVO 2
FTL
AR
AAR
Demo

Reserves: Cre8or, Harold, EchoCode, Cloby, dusty

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2020.09.15 08:21 danny_caing UNGODLY WASTED YEARS by Danny Caing

UNGODLY WASTED YEARS by Danny Caing
UNGODLY WASTED YEARS
by Danny Caing
Date Written: March 11, 2020
PART 1 THE PECULIAR INCIDENT ON ORCHARD LANE
DAY 1 - Time: 6:00 PM
Redway Elementary School
344 Humboldt Ave., Redway, California, USA
Zeeka Magda & Kahley Rosnan, both 14 years old, were biking around the baseball field. It has been a long day in school, and they were both excited to try out their new bicycle around the campus ground. While taking a break along with the shady trees, the topic of their discussion was about extra-terrestrial.
ZEEKA: Do you believe what Mr. DaNoche has told us about aliens that they had visited our planets before the era of pyramids?
KAHLEY: I've heard some stories that aliens have abducted humans for experiments, and turn you into a humanoid, like robots.
ZEEKA: What if we are the alien on this planet, and we are the source of destruction. Come to think of it, if there were no humans on this planet, Earth would be peaceful, and mother nature would be happy.
KAHLEY: Maybe we are just one microdot civilization among the billions of billions of stars in the universe, and it would be pointless if we existed alone.
ZEEKA: Why do scientist do not believe in the existence of God?
KAHLEY: Because they are gods.
ZEEKA: Hey, Kahley, I have to go, it's getting late. See you tomorrow at Debs Hamburger. It's my brother Jugbey's birthday.
KAHLEY: Okay, bye. See you later.
DAY 1 - Time: 6:30 PM
It was getting dark, and Zeeka has to turn on the light and reflector of her bicycle. From the school baseball field, she took the route along Manzanita Road and then turn right to Redway Drive. While she was biking alone along the road, she saw on her side mirror the light of a motorcycle. But when she turns left at Fern Street, the faint light was still following her. Her heart starts beating fast, and she was scared of the dark road. As she turns right at the Orchard Lane, the light was getting closer to the side mirror. She can feel her legs trembling. Then she saw a California Highway Patrol car, heading towards her direction, she decided to stop and wave her hands in panic. She turns her back on the noisy truck horn sound while its headlights kept blinking on and off, and she saw the couples inside the pickup pointing direction on her left side, unknowingly with disbelief there was a floating pulsating glowing ball right beside her. Suddenly, there was a big flash of the immensity of light. In a blink of an eye, the ball of light vanished. She was wondering where have the California Highway Patrol car and the pickup truck gone missing on the road? Instead, she hurriedly pedaled home for safety.
Arriving in her place, she was amazed to find the pickup truck and the California Highway Patrol car parked with the other vehicles in the front yard. She became more curious when she peaked at the window she saw many guests in the house. They might have decided to celebrate her brother's birthday tonight? When she opened the main door, the room fell silent, and everyone was shocked to see her as if they have seen a ghost. Her mother collapsed in front of her. She saw Kahley running towards her carrying a baby. She suddenly feels weak and uncomfortable. Everyone was touching her hair, her arms, her face, there was no stopping, there were murmurs and cries, she felt like an angel that night who came down from heaven.
ZEEKA: What's going on here? Is that your baby?
KAHLEY: Yes, and his father is Jugbey, your brother. You were missing for eight years. What happened to you? Where have you been?
Khaley finds Zeeka stunningly cute since she last saw her eight years ago, she was her best friend and classmates, and she was still wearing the same clothes.
PART 2 THE INTERVIEWS
Upon hearing the news about the disappearance of a girl by the flash of light at Redway, California, a three-member UFO Chaser's team headed by an Astrophysicist and scientist Alfred Douglas, a NASA consultant Debra Burnett, and a UFO documentarian James McGee investigated a possible alien abduction. When the flash of light occurred at exactly 6:48 P.M., the electricity blackout, cars stop moving, and even watches, too, within the 45-kilometer radius from the center of the anomaly followed by 3.28 earthquake scale magnitude and intensity. Three principal witnesses directly saw the disappearance of the girl from the flash of light, the California Highway Patrol officer, Lieutenant Gary Holden, and the two couples in the pickup truck, Henry & Matilda Newford.
DAY 2 - Time: 2:38 PM
Orchard Lane, Redway, California, USA
Here are the documented accounts during the interviews on the First Encounter of the Third Kind witnesses.
JAMES MCGEE: Lieutenant Holden, can you tell us what exactly you saw that night at the Orchard Lane?
LT. GARY HOLDEN: Yes, Sir. I was driving along Briceland Road, I just came from Redway Feed, Garden & Pet Supply to buy some Dog Food, and suddenly I saw this floating helix or spiral spring in colorful lights at ten o'clock on my front shield window, I thought it was on the South Fork Eel River. I drove through the Orchard Lane, and then upon turning left, I finally saw the object hovering above the road. A girl was standing with her bike waving at me. There was a pickup truck beeping wildly, and its headlights going crazy. I saw this ball of light, the size of a balloon, floating on her side. Then there was a big flash of light from the balloon. I covered my ears from a piercing sound. When the bright light was gone, the girl disappears. My car engine stopped, and the pickup truck. There was a blackout all over Redway, and I found out later that my watch stopped clicking at 6:48:39 PM.
DEBRA BURNETT: Lt. Holden. What did you feel when you saw this unexpected event?
LT. GARY HOLDEN: First, I thought I was out of focus and felt my body was numb. It's like, you don't remember why you are here standing out of nowhere. Then, gradually you came to all your senses, feeling shocked and nervous. The first thing that came into my mind was my dog, Bernie.
ALFRED DOUGLAS: You just mentioned to us that you covered your ears from a piercing sound. How does it sound?
LT. GARY HOLDEN: It sounds like microphone feedback in high frequency.
JAMES MCGEE: Did you report what happened that night at Orchard Lane?
LT. GARY HOLDEN: I have no idea, we all lost contacts, the radios, cellphones, and backup systems were out of order. Thirty minutes later, military helicopters with Special Forces landed in the vicinity of Redway Elementary School fields and secured a 100-meters perimeter area where I was standing. I remember that night when we walked from Orchard Lane to my office, on West Coast Road along Redwood Drive, everyone on the street was asking us what happened and why they cannot contact anyone. Based on the military information, electricity blackout has reached as far as Bridgeville on the north, and Rockport on the south.
ALFRED DOUGLAS: Who are we?
LT. GARY HOLDEN: The Special Forces.
DEBRA BURNETT: Well, we wish to thank you for your time, Lt. Gary Holden. We will keep you posted, we may still need your assistance at your convenient time, and please don't hesitate to contact us if you can remember anything which might be helpful on this on-going investigation, and research on this matter.
Right after the interview, Alfred, James, and Debra shook hands with Gary as he was leaving the monitor room in the truck van.
DAY 2 - Time: 3:28 PM
Orchard Lane, Redway, California, USA
Henry & Matilda Newford were seated in front of the table with Alfred, James, and Debra inside the monitor room. They were the couples who have seen Zeeka vanished by the flash of light along Orchard Lane.
DEBRA BURNETT: How long have you been married? Do you have any children?
MATILDA NEWFORD: We've been living together for 38 years now, and we have two children, all boys, U.S. Army stationed in Afghanistan and Syria. My husband, Henry, is a Vietnam War veteran.
JAMES MCGEE: Mr. Henry Newford, can you describe to us how did you first sense the encounter?
HENRY NEWFORD: I'm not sure, I was driving the truck, and my eyes, were focused on the road. It was my wife, Debra, who first saw this bright floating object in front of us along Orchard Lane.
ALFRED DOUGLAS: Can you remember the shape of the object?
HENRY NEWFORD: It was like five rings on top of each other, and they were illuminating different colors like a rainbow.
DEBRA BURNETT: I think they were all connected.
JAMES MCGEE: Like a spiral spring?
MATILDA NEWFORD: Yes, that's it. Like a spiral spring.
HENRY NEWFORD: In the distance, I saw this girl standing on the roadside, with her bike, and there was an unusual thing about the ball of light on her side, she was waving to the approaching Highway Patrol car. Suddenly the pickup truck went to stop, the headlights were blinking on and off, and the horns kept beeping. When she noticed the truck, I tried to warn her, pointing to the ball of light on her side. I saw the spiral ring, on top of her, then there was a big flash of light. When the light subsided, everything went still and quiet, the girl in front of me vanished from my sight.
DEBRA BURNETT: What did you do next?
MATILDA NEWFORD: We went out of the truck. Henry tried much time to start the engine. Lt. Gary Holden came to us if we are all right and told us to stay foot for awhile. Later, there were people all over the road. It was dark and dreary. Even our flashlight didn't work.
ALFRED DOUGLAS: When you saw this object above the girl, how high do you think it was from the ground?
HENRY NEWFORD: I think it was about a-100 meter or so.
DEBRA BURNETT: Mr. & Mrs. Henry & Matilda Newford we sincerely thank you for your support and cooperation. It's been a great pleasure.
With all the smiles and exchanging handshakes, it was worth success in gathering crucial information on this case. But still, the conclusion remained unexplained and unsolved.
PART 3 ZEEKA MAGDA TESTIMONY
DAY 2,308 - Time: 8:32 PM
Orchard Lane, Redway, California, USA
News spread that night that Zeeka has returned. Every family in Redway came to see her. Zeeka was sitting beside her mother on her bed while Khaley & her baby was standing beside her. When Zeeka touched her mother's forehead, there was a glow in her hands, and she suddenly woke up.
BERNADETTE (Mother of Zeeka): Oh my baby darling, you are back. I missed you so much.
ZEEKA: I miss you, too, mom. Where is dad?
BERNADETTE: Your dad passed away, two years ago, I am sorry.
Zeeka embraced her mother and cried. When Jugbey came inside the room, he was surprised to see her sister. He works as head of the Maintenance Division at Shelter Cove Airport. Jugbey embraced them both. Someone was knocking at the door, and Khaley opened it, and it was Lt. Gary Holden of the California Highway Patrol.
LT. GARY HOLDEN: Mrs. Magda, Dr. Gilbert Jenner, would like to speak with you in private?
Mrs. Bernadette Magda works as one of the staff at Healy Senior Center in Redway, and Dr. Gilbert Jenner was her supervisor. Bernadette went outside the room and greeted Dr. Gilber Jenner in the hallway, crowded with people coming from their neighbors. There were flashes of lights from the cellphones on the crowds while Lt. Holden kept holding them back to give them more space. While inside the room, Zeeka, Jugbey & Khaley with the baby were embracing each other.
JUGBEY: What happened to you? Where have you been for these years?
ZEEKA: How did dad die, Jugbey?
JUGBEY: Road accident. He was in a coma for two months before he slips away. I saw him sleeping in your room, reading your diaries, looking at your school pictures, and even arranged your stuff on your table.
ZEEKA: God, I miss him so much. I love him so much.
Bernadette came inside the room and told Zeeka that the whole community of Redway wants to see her. Some local enforcers will keep her safe, and the crowd promised to behave. When Zeeka came out from her room, people along the hallway were touching her, and some were crying. While shaking hands most take selfie with her. Upon reaching the veranda, there were cheers, clapping of hands, screaming her name, and cars were honking. From the moment the flashes of light from the cellphone hit her eyes, she started remembering everything that happened. A young Pastor handed the microphone to her and asked her to tell them the truth about why she came back to Earth. When she was about to speak, everyone felt the silence, so quiet that you can hear the birds chirping. All you can see was raising their video cellphones focusing on her.
ZEEKA: I'm so glad to see you welcome me back home. I did not know that I was missing for eight years. I was there in another world, but it was only for a few days. They were beautiful people, just like us, only they were more intelligent and organized. Everyone was wearing a skinsuit of colorful design, medium built, and bald. I thought I was in China, because of their eyes, they looked human to me. They were speaking our language, and ours was ancient.
PASTOR LONGCOP: How can you be sure that you were not in China?
ZEEKA: There were three moons in the sky. Two has rings, and the other one was a blue moon or water moon. When I was conscious, I thought I was in heaven. Below me were clouds, later I found out I was in the floating glass city. They put me inside a glass tube filled with lime to sealed my body. I wore a jumpsuit, the only one wearing on the whole planet. Then they took me to a garden. The plants and flowers were alive, they feel my touch.
I saw thousands of their kind floating in a yoga sitting position, inside the gigantic doom, meditating for thousands of years, so they say. Our body is ancient because we eat food that deteriorates our inner energy. We crave more on the outside consciousness rather than the source of power within us. The only way we can be part of the universe is to become yourself a universe within. We have this glow inside us, enhancing it will give harmony among ourselves. The body must not control us. We should control the body. They say that the universe is within us. Their civilization is so much advance from us. We must respect all life on our planet, but we eat them, and that's why we get old and die. We created technology by killing one another. We are paranoid primitive in their eyes, and greed of outside consciousness power. They said that travelers visited Earth and become us, taught us about the universe within us, but we are still struggling to dominate with each other on the outside consciousness.
PASTOR LONGCOP: Who are these travelers?
ZEEKA: God is the energy of light, traveling around the universe. The Kingdom of God is the universe. The Kingdom of God is within us. It's very logical to understand that the universe is within us.
PASTOR LONGCOP: It doesn't make sense at all. Are you referring to our Lord JESUS CHRIST?
ZEEKA: You pray to talk to GOD, but when you read JESUS WORDS, GOD speaks to you. JESUS is the LIVING WORD of GOD.
When the crowd heard these words, they all kneel and bowed their heads. Zeeka raised her two hands as she looks up to the sky.
ZEEKA: Luke 17:21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”
Matthew 6:9-13 This, then, is how you should pray: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one."
John 8:51 I tell you the truth, if anyone KEEPS MY WORD, he will never see death.
John 15:7 If you remain in me and my WORDS remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
DAY 2,308 - Time: 9:00 PM
Beverly Hills Terrace, North Beverly Hills, California, USA
Alfred Douglas was in his study room when his cellphone rang on the table. It was James McGee on the line.
JAMES MCGEE: Are you watching CNN right now?
ALFRED DOUGLAS: No. What is it?
JAMES MCGEE: It's about the girl, Zeeka Magda, with her bike in Redway, who vanished with the flash of light on the Orchard Lane eight years ago, she's all over the social media.
ALFRED DOUGLAS: How fast, can we get to Redway?
JAMES MCGEE: Debra and I are on our way with a helicopter to pick you up. See you in fifteen minutes.
When Alfred Douglas switch on the monitor screen on his living room
"Good evening, this is Gloria Borger of CNN Breaking News. Eight years ago, a 14-year-old girl, Zeeka Magna, disappeared from the flash of light in Orchard lane. Tonight, the girl appeared on her house, as you can see on the Facebook videos, the crowds were rejoicing because they were all healed by their sickness, including cancer, right after hearing her testimony. Zeeka testified to them that the Kingdom of God is within us. The universe is the Kingdom of God. Within us is the universe. God is the universe. God is within us."
When they arrived at Zeeka's house, there were so many people everywhere, including the military from Special Forces. When Alfred Douglas saw Lt. Gary Holden with the FBI, he waved his hand with a gesture.
ALFRED DOUGLAS: Good evening Lt. Holden, could we see the girl?
LT. GARY HOLDEN: Good evening, Sir. I'm sorry, the FBI is in the room right now, no one is allowed inside the room at this moment. They are conducting an investigation.
ALFRED DOUGLAS: Can you tell us what happened inside the room and why the FBI in there?
LT.GARY HOLDEN: It's too crowded in here, come this way, I'll show you something.
When they were at the corner of the living room. Lt. Gary Holden pulled out his cellphone and told them that he was able to record something inside the room, but this must stay strictly confidential. They all agreed on what he told them.
On the cellphone screen, they saw Zeeka at the center, around her was Bernadette, Jugbey, Kahley & her baby, Mr. & Mrs. Matilda & Henry Newford, Dr. Gilbert Jenner, Pastor Longcop, and Lt. Gary Holden. They were the only people inside the locked room.
ZEEKA:I will be leaving now. They only gave me a few hours window to return to Earth. I love you so much, mom. Kahley & Jugbey, I love you too, and your baby. Thank you for being here with me to witness the truth. Remember when I told you about the doom? They are meditating and projecting my body here on Earth. If I am with my body here, I will die. I decided to live with them for thousand more years. I want to see more the universe within me.
Suddenly, her body was gradually transforming into tiny bright particles, as she was speaking to her last words. Everyone kneels and watch her slowly disappearing like a cloud of dust blown by the wind.
ZEEKA: You pray to talk to GOD, but when you read JESUS WORDS, GOD speaks to you. JESUS is the LIVING WORD of GOD. GOD IS THE UNIVERSE WITHIN US.
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2020.09.14 06:50 IIWIIM8 Global COVID Cases For 14SEP20

Summary As Of: 14SEP20 @ 23:54 GMT
Countries 213 + 2
Cases 29,432,846
Deaths 932,373
Recovered 21,264,147
Active Cases 7,236,326
Cntry's w/Active cases w/No Active cases w/All cases rcvrd
Cntry's 204 1 8
Cases 29,172,437 13 155
Deaths 927,922 1 0
Rcvrd 21,015,661 12 155

Daily totals of new: cases, deaths & recoveries

Date Cases Deaths Recoveries
12SEP 289,447 5,019 227,355
13SEP 252,954 3,954 220,468
Current 239,827 4,303 243,399

Cases, Deaths, Active by continent

Continent Cases Deaths Active
Africa 1,366,030 32,844 1,110,763
Asia 8,716,958 166,140 7,061,384
Europe 4,125,418 212,913 2,255,133
N America 8,034,601 290,344 4,919,707
Oceania 30,012 850 26,180
S America 7,159,106 229,267 5,890,329

Countries with Active Cases

Country Cases Deaths Recoveries
USA 6,748,381+ 198,957+ 4,023,590+
India 4,926,914+ 80,808+ 3,856,246+
Brazil 4,349,544+ 132,117+ 3,613,184+
Russia 1,068,320+ 18,635+ 878,700+
Peru 733,860+ 30,812+ 573,364+
Colombia 721,892+ 23,123+ 606,925+
Mexico 668,381+ 70,821+ 471,623+
South Africa 650,749+ 15,499+ 579,289+
Spain 593,730+ 29,848+ N/A
Argentina 565,446+ 11,667+ 428,953+
Chile 436,433+ 12,013+ 407,725+
Iran 404,648+ 23,313+ 348,013+
France 387,252+ 30,950+ 89,507+
UK 371,125+ 41,637+ N/A
Bangladesh 339,332+ 4,759+ 243,155+
Saudi Arabia 326,258+ 4,305+ 303,930+
Pakistan 302,020+ 6,383+ 289,806+
Iraq 294,478+ 8,086+ 229,132+
Turkey 292,878+ 7,119+ 260,058+
Italy 288,761+ 35,624+ 213,950+
Philippines 265,888+ 4,630+ 207,504
Germany 263,221+ 9,436+ 237,550+
Indonesia 221,523+ 8,841+ 158,405+
Israel 160,368+ 1,136+ 118,570+
Ukraine 156,797+ 3,211+ 69,543+
Canada 138,010+ 9,179+ 121,224+
Bolivia 126,791+ 7,344+ 84,286+
Qatar 121,975+ 207+ 118,931+
Ecuador 118,911+ 10,922+ 97,063
Kazakhstan 106,855+ 1,634 100,627+
Romania 104,187+ 4,185+ 43,244+
Dominican Republic 104,110+ 1,984+ 77,790+
Panama 102,204+ 2,173+ 74,782+
Egypt 101,177+ 5,661+ 84,969+
Kuwait 95,472+ 563+ 85,501+
Belgium 93,455+ 9,925+ 18,723+
Oman 90,222+ 790+ 83,928+
Morocco 88,203+ 1,614+ 68,970+
Sweden 86,505 5,846 N/A
China 85,194+ 4,634 80,415+
Netherlands 83,399+ 6,256+ N/A
Guatemala 82,172+ 2,972+ 71,352+
UAE 80,266+ 399 69,981+
Japan 75,657+ 1,442+ 67,242+
Poland 74,529+ 2,203+ 61,097+
Belarus 74,360+ 756+ 72,609+
Honduras 67,789+ 2,079+ 17,873+
Ethiopia 64,786+ 1,022+ 25,333+
Portugal 64,596+ 1,871+ 44,185+
Bahrain 60,965+ 213+ 54,204+
Venezuela 60,540+ 485+ 48,644+
Singapore 57,454+ 27 56,802+
Costa Rica 57,361+ 621+ 21,206+
Nigeria 56,388+ 1,083+ 44,337+
Nepal 55,329+ 360+ 39,576+
Algeria 48,496+ 1,620+ 34,204+
Uzbekistan 47,836+ 396+ 44,375+
Switzerland 47,436+ 2,025+ 39,600+
Armenia 45,969+ 919+ 41,693+
Ghana 45,493+ 289+ 44,471+
Kyrgyzstan 44,928+ 1,063 41,023+
Moldova 43,207+ 1,129+ 30,437
Afghanistan 38,772+ 1,425+ 32,073+
Azerbaijan 38,403+ 564+ 35,860+
Czechia 37,222+ 465+ 22,020+
Kenya 36,205+ 624+ 23,243+
Austria 33,541+ 757+ 27,010+
Serbia 32,437+ 733 31,285+
Palestine 31,362+ 226+ 21,406+
Ireland 31,192+ 1,784 23,364
Paraguay 27,817+ 525+ 14,288+
El Salvador 27,009+ 788+ 18,924+
Australia 26,692+ 816+ 23,578+
Lebanon 24,857+ 246+ 8,765+
Bosnia and Herzegovina 23,635+ 705+ 16,166+
Libya 23,515+ 368+ 12,762+
S. Korea 22,285+ 363+ 18,489+
Denmark 20,237+ 633+ 16,437+
Cameroon 20,228+ 415 18,837
Ivory Coast 19,066+ 120 18,174+
Bulgaria 18,061+ 729+ 12,930+
North Macedonia 15,827+ 652+ 13,315+
Madagascar 15,769+ 213+ 14,411+
Senegal 14,306+ 297 10,563+
Zambia 13,720+ 320+ 12,380+
Croatia 13,598+ 227+ 11,151+
Sudan 13,535+ 836+ 6,759+
Greece 13,420+ 310+ 3,804
Hungary 13,153+ 642+ 4,117+
Norway 12,276+ 265 10,371
Albania 11,520+ 338+ 6,615+
DRC 10,390 264 9,807+
Guinea 10,061+ 63 9,352+
Malaysia 9,946+ 128 9,203+
Namibia 9,818+ 103+ 6,693+
French Guiana 9,552+ 63 9,156+
Maldives 9,243+ 33+ 7,536+
Tajikistan 9,088+ 72 7,853+
Gabon 8,654+ 53 7,785+
Finland 8,627+ 337 7,500
Haiti 8,499+ 219 6,120
Zimbabwe 7,531+ 224 5,690+
Tunisia 7,382+ 117+ 2,175+
Mauritania 7,295+ 161 6,835+
Luxembourg 7,244+ 124 6,555+
Montenegro 6,900+ 121+ 4,589+
Malawi 5,697+ 178+ 3,742+
Slovakia 5,580+ 38 3,129+
Mozambique 5,482+ 35 3,024+
Djibouti 5,396+ 61 5,331+
Eswatini 5,104+ 101+ 4,374+
Equatorial Guinea 5,000+ 83 4,496+
Uganda 4,978+ 56+ 2,317+
Hong Kong 4,972+ 101+ 4,635+
Congo 4,934+ 88 3,887
Cabo Verde 4,839+ 45+ 4,240+
Nicaragua 4,818 144 2,913
CAR 4,772+ 62 1,828+
Cuba 4,726+ 108 4,040+
Suriname 4,611+ 95+ 3,935+
Rwanda 4,602+ 22 2,736+
Jamaica 3,933+ 44+ 1,161+
Slovenia 3,749+ 135 2,730
Syria 3,576+ 157+ 858+
Jordan 3,528+ 26+ 2,255+
Thailand 3,475+ 58 3,312
Angola 3,439+ 136+ 1,324+
Gambia 3,405+ 103+ 1,723+
Somalia 3,389 98 2,803
Lithuania 3,386+ 87 2,071+
Mayotte 3,374 40 2,964
Sri Lanka 3,262+ 13+ 3,005+
Myanmar 3,195+ 32+ 790+
Trinidad and Tobago 3,091+ 54+ 787+
Guadeloupe 3,080 24 837
Aruba 3,060+ 20+ 1,566+
Bahamas 2,974+ 67 1,344+
Mali 2,935+ 128 2,289+
Réunion 2,872+ 15 1,313
Estonia 2,698+ 64 2,256
South Sudan 2,587+ 49 1,290
Botswana 2,463+ 11+ 575+
Malta 2,405+ 16+ 1,890+
Georgia 2,392+ 19 1,369
Guinea-Bissau 2,275 39 1,127
Benin 2,267 40 1,942
Iceland 2,168+ 10 2,095+
Sierra Leone 2,111+ 72 1,636
Yemen 2,013+ 583 1,215+
Guyana 1,884+ 56 1,265+
Uruguay 1,812+ 45 1,528+
New Zealand 1,798+ 24 1,678+
Burkina Faso 1,717+ 56 1,137+
Togo 1,578+ 40+ 1,204+
Cyprus 1,526 22 1,281
Belize 1,480+ 19 492+
Latvia 1,477+ 35 1,248
Andorra 1,438+ 53 945+
Liberia 1,321+ 82 1,213+
Lesotho 1,245 33 528
Niger 1,180+ 69 1,104+
Chad 1,085+ 81+ 940+
Vietnam 1,063 35 918
French Polynesia 953 2 642
Martinique 939 18 98
Sao Tome and Principe 906 15 870+
San Marino 722 42 662
Turks and Caicos 646+ 5 532+
Channel Islands 633 48 575
Sint Maarten 549+ 19 430
Papua New Guinea 511+ 6 232
Tanzania 509 21 183
Taiwan 499+ 7 476+
Burundi 472+ 1 374
Comoros 457+ 7 427+
Faeroe Islands 423 0 412+
Eritrea 361 0 304
Mauritius 361 10 335
Isle of Man 339+ 24 312
Gibraltar 330 0 303+
Mongolia 311 0 300+
Cambodia 275 0 274
Saint Martin 256 6 107
Bhutan 245+ 0 161+
Cayman Islands 208 1 204
Barbados 183+ 7 165+
Bermuda 177 9 161
Monaco 177+ 1 132+
Curaçao 161+ 1 58+
Brunei 145 3 139
Seychelles 140+ 0 136
Liechtenstein 111 1 105
Antigua and Barbuda 95 3 91
British Virgin Islands 66 1 37
St. Vincent Grenadines 64 0 61
Fiji 32 2 24
Saint Lucia 27 0 26
Timor-Leste 27 0 26+
Caribbean Netherlands 25 0 7
Dominica 24 0 18
Laos 23 0 22+
St. Barth 21 0 13
Saint Pierre Miquelon 11 0 5
Western Sahara 10 1 8
Total: 29,432,846 932,373 21,264,147

Countries with No Active Cases

Country Cases Deaths Rcvrd
Anguilla 3 0 3
Falkland Islands 13 0 13
Greenland 14 0 14
Grenada 24 0 24
Macao 46 0 46
New Caledonia 26 0 26
Saint Kitts and Nevis 17 0 17
Total: 155 0 155

Countries with All Cases Resolved

Country Cases Deaths Rcvrd
Montserrat 13 1 2
Total: 13 1 2

International Conveyances

Intl Cnvy Cases Deaths Rcvrd
Diamond Princess 712 13 651
MS Zaandam 9 2 0
Total: 721 15 651
Source Notations Full Version
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2020.09.14 03:31 autumn-owl152 Harry and Leo (RANT)

Okay...am I the only one who is extremely upset with how the show ended things for both Harry and Leo? Let's start with Harry
Harry: The entire time he is in the show, he is flirting with Nikki and the both of them get along just fine. You can tell they have deeper feelings for one another even though they keep avoiding each other (dating and/or sleeping with other people). In the last episode he appears in, he is in his apartment that gets exploded, he moves in with Nikki, you can tell he is thinking of making a move on her and even enjoying having a life with her THEN the next episode POOF he is gone. I- *flips table with anger* I was livid! There was no real closure on his character! He just decided to move to NYC. He did not even make a cameo in the episode with Leo's funeral when they were colleagues and good friends for so long. That brings me up to my next point.
Leo: How can they give this brilliant man such an ending as that one?!? I mean yes he struggled for seasons with the death of his poor wife and daughter. He is not able to fully heal from that (100% understandable), but I just feel like the way he got so close to that woman in Afghanistan (the lady trying to build a water source for the village, I forgot her name) and was willing to just leave everything behind, his change of heart about justice when he has always been about it was...so unlike him. Does anyone else agree?
I just feel like those two characters deserved better lol. Honestly, I am scared of not enjoying the show now with Jack and Dr. Thomas Chamberlain. Anyway, what do you guys think? Do you agree? Disagree? Really curious to hear everyone's thoughts! :D
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2020.09.13 12:21 IIWIIM8 Global COVID Cases For 13SEP20

Summary As Of: 13SEP20 @ 23:32 GMT
Countries 213 + 2
Cases 29,172,437
Deaths 927,922
Recovered 21,015,661
Active Cases 7,228,854
Cntry's w/Active cases w/No Active cases w/All cases rcvrd
Cntry's 205 0 8
Cases 28,927,958 0 155
Deaths 924,044 0 0
Rcvrd 20,784,345 0 155

Daily totals of new: cases, deaths & recoveries

Date Cases Deaths Recoveries
11SEP 310,692 5,807 240,298
12SEP 282,441 4,984 227,349
Current 240,953 3,841 215,387

Cases, Deaths, Active by continent

Continent Cases Deaths Active
Africa 1,359,512 32,677 1,103,892
Asia 8,603,290 164,250 6,957,019
Europe 4,079,776 212,543 2,245,569
N America 7,983,184 289,547 4,859,500
Oceania 29,969 844 26,062
S America 7,115,985 228,046 5,822,968
Complete chart in Full Version

Countries with Active Cases

Country Cases Deaths Recoveries
USA 6,706,902+ 198,476+ 3,971,376+
India 4,845,003+ 79,754+ 3,777,044+
Brazil 4,330,455+ 131,663+ 3,573,958+
Russia 1,062,811+ 18,578+ 876,225+
Peru 729,619+ 30,710+ 566,796+
Colombia 716,319+ 22,924+ 599,385+
Mexico 663,973+ 70,604+ 467,525+
South Africa 649,793+ 15,447+ 577,906+
Spain 576,697 29,747 N/A
Argentina 555,537+ 11,352+ 419,513+
Chile 434,748+ 11,949+ 406,326+
Iran 402,029+ 23,157+ 346,242+
France 381,094+ 30,916+ 89,059
UK 368,504+ 41,628+ N/A
Bangladesh 337,520+ 4,733+ 240,643+
Saudi Arabia 325,651+ 4,268+ 302,870+
Pakistan 301,481+ 6,379+ 289,429+
Turkey 291,162+ 7,056+ 258,833+
Iraq 290,309+ 8,014+ 224,705+
Italy 287,753+ 35,610+ 213,634+
Germany 261,298+ 9,428+ 235,700+
Philippines 261,216+ 4,371+ 207,568+
Indonesia 218,382+ 8,723+ 155,010+
Israel 155,604+ 1,119+ 114,998+
Ukraine 154,335+ 3,178+ 68,893+
Canada 136,659+ 9,171+ 120,430+
Bolivia 125,982+ 7,297+ 82,796+
Qatar 121,740+ 205 118,682+
Ecuador 118,594+ 10,903+ 97,063+
Kazakhstan 106,803+ 1,634 100,615+
Dominican Republic 103,660+ 1,968+ 77,182+
Romania 103,495+ 4,163+ 43,025+
Panama 101,745+ 2,166+ 74,107+
Egypt 101,009+ 5,648+ 84,161+
Kuwait 94,764+ 560+ 84,995+
Belgium 92,478+ 9,923+ 18,709+
Oman 89,746+ 780+ 83,771+
Morocco 86,686+ 1,578+ 67,528+
Sweden 86,505 5,846 N/A
China 85,184+ 4,634 80,399+
Netherlands 82,099+ 6,254+ N/A
Guatemala 81,909+ 2,957+ 70,927+
UAE 79,489+ 399 69,451+
Japan 75,218+ 1,439+ 66,899+
Belarus 74,173+ 750+ 72,584+
Poland 74,152+ 2,188+ 60,659+
Honduras 67,136+ 2,065+ 17,770+
Ethiopia 64,301+ 1,013+ 24,983+
Portugal 63,983+ 1,867+ 44,069+
Bahrain 60,307+ 212+ 53,681+
Venezuela 59,630 477 47,729
Singapore 57,406+ 27 56,764+
Nigeria 56,256+ 1,082+ 44,152+
Costa Rica 55,454 590 20,928
Nepal 54,159+ 345+ 38,697+
Algeria 48,254+ 1,612+ 34,037+
Uzbekistan 47,287+ 390+ 43,866+
Switzerland 47,179+ 2,021+ 38,900+
Armenia 45,862+ 916+ 41,659+
Ghana 45,434 286 44,342
Kyrgyzstan 44,881+ 1,063 40,922+
Moldova 42,978+ 1,123+ 30,437
Afghanistan 38,716+ 1,420 31,638+
Azerbaijan 38,327+ 562+ 35,756+
Czechia 36,188+ 456+ 21,294+
Kenya 36,157+ 622+ 23,067+
Austria 33,159+ 756+ 26,760+
Serbia 32,408+ 733+ 31,100
Ireland 30,985+ 1,784+ 23,364
Palestine 30,574+ 221+ 20,082+
Paraguay 27,324+ 514+ 13,679+
El Salvador 26,928+ 785+ 18,397+
Australia 26,651+ 810+ 23,462+
Lebanon 24,310+ 241+ 8,334+
Bosnia and Herzegovina 23,465+ 696+ 16,038+
Libya 22,781+ 362+ 12,183+
S. Korea 22,176+ 358+ 18,226+
Cameroon 20,167+ 415 18,837
Denmark 19,890+ 631+ 16,333+
Ivory Coast 19,013+ 120+ 18,112+
Bulgaria 17,918+ 720+ 12,767+
North Macedonia 15,791+ 648+ 13,184+
Madagascar 15,757+ 211+ 14,368+
Senegal 14,280+ 297+ 10,520+
Zambia 13,539+ 312 12,260+
Croatia 13,533+ 224+ 10,899+
Sudan 13,516+ 835+ 6,757+
Greece 13,240+ 305+ 3,804
Hungary 12,309+ 637+ 4,069+
Norway 12,154+ 265 10,371
Albania 11,353+ 334+ 6,569+
DRC 10,390+ 264+ 9,756+
Guinea 10,045+ 63 9,292+
Malaysia 9,915+ 128 9,196+
Namibia 9,719+ 101+ 6,543+
French Guiana 9,521 63 9,132
Maldives 9,173+ 32+ 7,326+
Tajikistan 9,049+ 72 7,816+
Gabon 8,643 53 7,706
Finland 8,580+ 337 7,500
Haiti 8,493+ 219 6,120
Zimbabwe 7,526+ 224 5,678+
Mauritania 7,276+ 161 6,825+
Luxembourg 7,238+ 124 6,397
Montenegro 6,712+ 120+ 4,507+
Tunisia 6,635 107 1,991
Malawi 5,690+ 177 3,731+
Slovakia 5,532+ 38 3,124+
Djibouti 5,395+ 61 5,330+
Mozambique 5,269+ 35 2,960+
Eswatini 5,050 98 4,188
Equatorial Guinea 4,996 83 4,490
Hong Kong 4,958+ 100 4,630+
Congo 4,928 88 3,887
Nicaragua 4,818 144 2,913
Cabo Verde 4,813+ 44 4,119+
Uganda 4,799+ 55+ 2,256+
CAR 4,749 62 1,825
Cuba 4,684+ 108 3,930+
Rwanda 4,591+ 22 2,556+
Suriname 4,582+ 93 3,850+
Jamaica 3,771+ 42+ 1,149+
Slovenia 3,702+ 135 2,730+
Syria 3,540+ 155+ 842+
Thailand 3,473+ 58 3,312
Somalia 3,389+ 98 2,803+
Angola 3,388+ 134+ 1,301+
Gambia 3,376 102 1,617
Mayotte 3,374 40 2,964
Lithuania 3,335+ 87+ 2,070
Jordan 3,314+ 24+ 2,206+
Sri Lanka 3,234+ 12 2,996+
Guadeloupe 3,080 24 837
Aruba 3,046+ 18 1,542
Trinidad and Tobago 3,042+ 53+ 772+
Myanmar 2,932+ 20+ 699+
Bahamas 2,928 67 1,319
Mali 2,924+ 128 2,285+
Réunion 2,805+ 15+ 1,313
Estonia 2,676+ 64 2,256+
South Sudan 2,578 49 1,290
Malta 2,352+ 15 1,872+
Guinea-Bissau 2,275 39 1,127
Benin 2,267+ 40 1,942+
Botswana 2,252 10 546
Georgia 2,227+ 19 1,369+
Iceland 2,165+ 10 2,092+
Sierra Leone 2,109+ 72 1,636+
Yemen 2,011+ 583+ 1,212+
Guyana 1,853+ 56+ 1,215+
Uruguay 1,808+ 45 1,513+
New Zealand 1,797+ 24 1,676+
Burkina Faso 1,707+ 56 1,135+
Togo 1,572+ 37 1,190+
Cyprus 1,526+ 22 1,281
Latvia 1,474+ 35 1,248
Belize 1,458+ 19 458+
Andorra 1,344 53 943
Liberia 1,319+ 82 1,210
Lesotho 1,245 33 528
Niger 1,178 69 1,100
Chad 1,084+ 80 938
Vietnam 1,063+ 35 918+
French Polynesia 953 2 642
Martinique 939 18 98
Sao Tome and Principe 906 15 866
San Marino 722 42 662
Turks and Caicos 644+ 5 276+
Channel Islands 633 48 575
Sint Maarten 533+ 19 430+
Papua New Guinea 510+ 6+ 232
Tanzania 509 21 183
Taiwan 498 7 475
Burundi 471 1 374
Comoros 456 7 415
Faeroe Islands 423+ 0 410
Eritrea 361 0 304
Mauritius 361 10 335
Isle of Man 337 24 312
Gibraltar 330+ 0 298+
Mongolia 311 0 298
Cambodia 275+ 0 274
Saint Martin 256 6 107
Bhutan 244+ 0 159+
Cayman Islands 208 1 204
Barbados 180 7 158
Bermuda 177 9 161
Monaco 171+ 1 128+
Curaçao 157+ 1 57+
Brunei 145 3 139
Seychelles 139 0 136
Liechtenstein 111 1 105
Antigua and Barbuda 95 3 91
British Virgin Islands 66+ 1 37+
St. Vincent Grenadines 64 0 61
Fiji 32 2 24
Saint Lucia 27 0 26
Timor-Leste 27 0 25
Caribbean Netherlands 25 0 7
Dominica 24 0 18
Laos 23 0 21
St. Barth 21 0 13
Montserrat 13 1 11
Saint Pierre Miquelon 11 0 5
Western Sahara 10 1 8
Total: 29,172,437 927,922 21,015,661

Countries with No Active Cases

Country Cases Deaths Rcvrd
Anguilla 3 0 3
Falkland Islands 13 0 13
Greenland 14 0 14
Grenada 24 0 24
Macao 46 0 46
New Caledonia 26 0 26
Saint Kitts and Nevis 17 0 17
Total: 155 0 155

Countries with All Cases Resolved

Country Cases Deaths Rcvrd
- 0 0 0
Total: 0 0 0

International Conveyances

Intl Cnvy Cases Deaths Rcvrd
Diamond Princess 712 13 651
MS Zaandam 9 2 0
Total: 721 15 651
Source Notations Full Version
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2020.09.12 23:53 samarkandtours Dushanbe Layover Tour - Samarkand Tours Operator – 998998520077

Dushanbe Layover Tour
Dushanbe layover tour will introduce you the capital of Tajikistan and spirit of Tajik people. During the tour you will visit Ismail Somoni Statue, historical outstanding ruler, Museum of Antiques and Musical Instruments Museum. You will also explore vicinities of the capital, Hissar Fortress with old madrassahs and try the local cuisine. Book the short and intense tour to make the most of few stopover hours in Dushanbe!
At the beginning of the twenty-first century, Dushanbe, along with Tajikistan, continued to struggle from the after-effects of Soviet occupation and civil war. Tajikistan was poorest nation in the Soviet sphere.
Today, it is challenged by corruption, weak governance, widespread unemployment, seasonal power shortages, an external debt burden, and serious environmental problems resulting from the agricultural and industrial policies employed under Soviet rule. Active measures are required to overcome political corruption and to ensure economic growth and stability. Assistance from the international community has brought some relief through increased economic development and security assistance.
Although archaeological remnants dating to the fifth century B.C.E. have been discovered in the area, there is little to suggest that Dushanbe was more than a small village until the early twentieth century. Records show that as early as 1676, on every Monday, villagers from the surrounding areas brought their produce to market at this spot.
"Dyushambe" belonged for a long time to the khanate of Bukhara. In 1920, the last Emir of Bukhara briefly took refuge in Dyushambe after being overthrown by the Bolshevik revolution. He fled to Afghanistan after the Red Army conquered the area the following year.
With the Red Army victory and coming of the railroad from 1929, the city became the capital of the Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1929, the city was renamed "Stalinabad," after Soviet leader Joseph Stalin (1878-1953). The city was renamed "Dushanbe" in 1961 as part of the next Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev's de-Stalinization initiative.
The Soviets transformed the area into a center for cotton and silk production, and relocated tens of thousands of people to the city from around the Soviet Union. The population also increased with thousands of ethnic Tajiks migrating to Tajikistan following the transfer of Bukhara and Samarkand to the Uzbek SSR.
A peaceful and relatively prosperous city under Soviet rule, severe rioting occurred in 1990, after it was rumored that Moscow planned to relocate tens of thousands of Armenian refugees to Tajikistan, which spurred local nationalist sentiment. The city was badly damaged as a result of the Civil War in Tajikistan (1992–1997) that sprang up in the nation shortly after its independence, on September 9, 1991.
The main points of interest are on, or close to, Prospekt Rudaki, which runs from the railway station in the south to the bus station in the north.
Since that time resurgences in the Tajik economy have transformed Dushanbe into a rapidly growing commercial, cultural and industrial center. Many multi-story apartment and office buildings were constructed and the city was beautified during this period. Monuments and statues commemorating the city's Persian and Iranian past were erected.
The Dushanbe synagogue, which was constructed in the early 1900s in one of the two Jewish Quarters in Dushanbe at the time, was used by the Jewish community there until February 2006, when the government demolished it to make way for a new presidential residence, the "Palace of Nations."
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2020.09.12 21:27 komorikomori Some more Baha'i population statistics

Inspired by this old post but with more countries and not exclusively reliant on census numbers. I have statistics for more countries, but I only included ones where the ARDA/WCE numbers are notably higher. These numbers are of course tentative.
Country Realistic estimate World Christian Encyclopedia[1]
India 4,572[2] 1,897,651
United States 77,290[3] 512,864
Uganda 29,601[4] 95,098
Canada 18,945[5] 46,826
Australia 13,989[6] 19,365
Mauritius 639[7] 23,742
United Kingdom 5,021[8] 47,554
Germany 5,000-6,000[9] 12,356
Zambia 3,891[10] 241,112
Costa Rica 4,000[11] 13,457
El Salvador 1,500[12] 27,345
Egypt 1,000-2,000[13] 6,946
Sweden >1,000[14] 6,814
Israel 650[15] 11,705
Morocco 350-400[16] 32,598
Afghanistan >400[17] 16,541
Bahamas 65[18] 1,375
Barbados 178[19] 3,337
Belize 202[20] 7,742
Botswana 2,074[21] 16,464
Finland 568[22] 1,674
Ghana >3,000[23] 14,106
Guyana 500[24] 11,787
Norway 1,015[25] 2,737

Sources

  1. Most Baha'i Nations (2010)
  2. 2011 Indian Census. See C-01 Appendix : Details of Religious Community Shown Under 'Other Religions And Persuasions' In Main Table C-1- 2011 (India & States/UTs).
  3. US NSA, 2020 Ridvan Report. See total # of Baha'is with good addresses. See also the 2001 American Religious Identification Survey which recorded 84,000 Baha'is in the United States.
  4. 2014 Ugandan census.
  5. 2011 Canadian census.
  6. 2016 Australian census.
  7. 2011 Mauritian census.
  8. "Census 2011 data on religion reveals Jedi Knights are in decline," in The Guardian, 2012.
  9. "Verschiedene Gemeinschaften / neuere religiöse Bewegungen (Weltanschauungen / alternative Religiosität & Spiritualität)," Religious Studies Media and Information Service. (German).
  10. UN Data (2010 Zambian census). Filter to Zambia. Note that this census has received serious criticism.
  11. NSA of Costa Rica (Spanish).
  12. NSA of El Salvador (Spanish).
  13. 2019 Report on International Religious Freedom: Egypt, U.S. Department of State. Statistic comes from "Baha'i representatives."
  14. NSA of Sweden (2012). See also NSA of Sweden (2016) (Swedish).
  15. https://www.ganbahai.org.il/en/learn-more/bahai-community/worldwide-community (No permanent residents).
  16. 2019 Report on International Religious Freedom: Morocco, U.S. Department of State. Statistic from "leaders of the Baha'i community."
  17. 2007 Report on International Religious Freedom: Afghanistan, U.S. Department of State.
  18. UN Data (2010). Filter to the Bahamas.
  19. 2010 Barbados census.
  20. 2010 Belize census.
  21. UN Data (2011). Filter to Botswana.
  22. UN Data (2010). Filter to Finland.
  23. Baha'i Community in Ghana to Honour Their Founder, News Ghana, 2017.
  24. 2002 Guyana census.
  25. 2007 Norwegian census.
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2020.09.12 14:44 IIWIIM8 Global COVID Cases For 12SEP20

Summary As Of: 12SEP20 @ 23:35 GMT
Countries 213 + 2
Cases 28,927,958
Deaths 924,044
Recovered 20,784,345
Active Cases 7,219,569
Cntry's w/Active cases w/No Active cases w/All cases rcvrd
Cntry's 204 0 9
Cases 28,926,753 0 429
Deaths 924,027 0 0
Rcvrd 20,563,346 0 429

Daily totals of new: cases, deaths & recoveries

Date Cases Deaths Recoveries
10SEP 296,567 5,987 240,882
11SEP 310,692 5,807 240,298
Current 278,915 4,947 211,420

Cases, Deaths, Active by continent

Continent Cases Deaths Active
Africa 1,352,693 32,556 1,087,185
Asia 8,481,547 162,532 6,837,649
Europe 4,049,800 212,293 2,238,809
N America 7,941,005 288,711 4,824,865
Oceania 29,921 836 25,916
S America 7,072,271 227,101 5,769,270
Complete chart in Full Version

Countries with Active Cases

Country Cases Deaths Recoveries
USA 6,673,971+ 198,110+ 3,944,594+
India 4,751,788+ 78,614+ 3,699,306+
Brazil 4,315,858+ 131,274+ 3,553,421+
Russia 1,057,362+ 18,484+ 873,535+
Peru 722,832+ 30,593+ 559,321+
Colombia 708,964+ 22,734+ 592,820+
Mexico 658,299+ 70,183+ 463,764+
South Africa 648,214+ 15,427+ 576,423+
Spain 576,697 29,747 N/A
Argentina 546,481+ 11,263+ 409,771+
Chile 432,666+ 11,895+ 404,919+
Iran 399,940+ 23,029+ 344,516+
France 373,911+ 30,910+ 89,059
UK 365,174+ 41,623+ N/A
Bangladesh 336,044+ 4,702+ 238,271+
Saudi Arabia 325,050+ 4,240+ 301,836+
Pakistan 300,955+ 6,373+ 288,536+
Turkey 289,635+ 6,999+ 257,731+
Iraq 286,778+ 7,941+ 221,283+
Italy 286,297+ 35,603+ 213,191+
Germany 260,546+ 9,427+ 235,300+
Philippines 257,863+ 4,292+ 187,116+
Indonesia 214,746+ 8,650+ 152,458+
Israel 152,722+ 1,103+ 113,496+
Ukraine 151,859+ 3,148+ 68,346+
Canada 136,119+ 9,170+ 120,071+
Bolivia 125,172+ 7,250+ 81,240+
Qatar 121,523+ 205 118,475+
Ecuador 116,451+ 10,864+ 91,242
Kazakhstan 106,729+ 1,634 100,518+
Dominican Republic 103,092+ 1,953+ 76,531+
Romania 102,386+ 4,127+ 42,811+
Panama 101,041+ 2,155+ 73,476+
Egypt 100,856+ 5,627+ 83,261+
Kuwait 94,211+ 558+ 84,404+
Belgium 91,537+ 9,919+ 18,689+
Oman 88,337 762 83,325
Sweden 86,505 5,846 N/A
China 85,174+ 4,634 80,386+
Morocco 84,435+ 1,553+ 65,867+
Guatemala 81,658+ 2,949+ 70,403+
Netherlands 81,012+ 6,253+ N/A
UAE 78,849+ 399+ 68,983+
Japan 74,544+ 1,423+ 66,280+
Belarus 73,975+ 744+ 72,547+
Poland 73,650+ 2,182+ 59,725+
Honduras 66,049+ 2,058+ 16,613+
Ethiopia 63,888+ 996+ 24,493+
Portugal 63,310+ 1,860+ 43,894+
Venezuela 59,630+ 477+ 47,729+
Bahrain 59,586+ 211+ 53,192+
Singapore 57,357+ 27 56,699+
Nigeria 56,177+ 1,078+ 44,088+
Costa Rica 55,454+ 590+ 20,928+
Nepal 53,120+ 336+ 37,524+
Algeria 48,007+ 1,605+ 33,875+
Uzbekistan 46,721+ 384+ 43,359+
Switzerland 46,704+ 2,020 38,500+
Armenia 45,675+ 911+ 41,605+
Ghana 45,434+ 286+ 44,342+
Kyrgyzstan 44,828+ 1,063 40,779+
Moldova 42,714+ 1,117+ 30,437
Afghanistan 38,641+ 1,420 31,234+
Azerbaijan 38,172+ 559+ 35,607+
Kenya 35,969+ 619+ 22,771+
Czechia 35,401+ 453+ 21,205+
Austria 32,696+ 754+ 26,579+
Serbia 32,300+ 731+ 31,100
Ireland 30,730+ 1,783+ 23,364
Palestine 29,906+ 210+ 19,979+
El Salvador 26,851+ 782+ 17,874+
Australia 26,607+ 803+ 23,329+
Paraguay 26,512+ 496+ 13,181+
Lebanon 23,669+ 239+ 7,936+
Bosnia and Herzegovina 23,138+ 690+ 15,922+
Libya 22,348+ 354+ 2,506
S. Korea 22,055+ 355+ 18,029+
Cameroon 20,009 415 18,837
Denmark 19,557+ 630+ 16,247+
Ivory Coast 18,916 119 17,960
Bulgaria 17,891+ 717+ 12,758+
Madagascar 15,737+ 210+ 14,349+
North Macedonia 15,694+ 646+ 13,128+
Senegal 14,237+ 295+ 10,373+
Sudan 13,470 834 6,731
Zambia 13,466+ 312+ 12,007+
Croatia 13,368+ 218+ 10,721+
Greece 13,036+ 302+ 3,804
Norway 12,079+ 265 10,371
Hungary 11,825+ 633+ 4,058+
Albania 11,185+ 330+ 6,494+
DRC 10,385+ 262 9,719+
Guinea 10,020+ 63 9,251+
Malaysia 9,868+ 128 9,189+
Namibia 9,604+ 98 5,811+
French Guiana 9,521+ 63 9,132+
Maldives 9,052+ 31 7,055+
Tajikistan 9,014+ 72 7,782+
Gabon 8,643+ 53 7,706+
Finland 8,557+ 337 7,500
Haiti 8,478+ 219+ 6,120
Zimbabwe 7,508+ 224 5,675+
Mauritania 7,274+ 161 6,804+
Luxembourg 7,194+ 124 6,397
Tunisia 6,635+ 107+ 1,991+
Montenegro 6,530+ 118+ 4,491+
Malawi 5,678+ 177 3,724+
Slovakia 5,453+ 38+ 3,114+
Djibouti 5,394 61 5,327
Eswatini 5,050+ 98 4,188+
Mozambique 5,040+ 35+ 2,905+
Equatorial Guinea 4,996+ 83 4,490+
Hong Kong 4,939+ 100+ 4,613+
Congo 4,928 88 3,887
Nicaragua 4,818 144 2,913
CAR 4,749 62 1,825
Cabo Verde 4,711+ 44 4,104+
Uganda 4,703+ 52+ 1,998
Cuba 4,653+ 108+ 3,878+
Suriname 4,579+ 93 3,788+
Rwanda 4,565+ 22 2,544+
Jamaica 3,623+ 40 1,072+
Slovenia 3,603+ 135 2,699+
Syria 3,506+ 152+ 827+
Thailand 3,466+ 58 3,312
Gambia 3,376+ 102+ 1,617+
Somalia 3,376 98 2,791
Mayotte 3,374 40 2,964
Angola 3,335+ 132+ 1,289+
Lithuania 3,296+ 86 2,070+
Sri Lanka 3,195+ 12 2,983+
Guadeloupe 3,080 24 837
Jordan 3,062+ 22+ 2,156+
Aruba 2,994+ 18 1,542+
Trinidad and Tobago 2,993+ 51+ 766+
Bahamas 2,928+ 67+ 1,319+
Mali 2,916+ 128 2,276+
Réunion 2,723+ 14 1,313
Estonia 2,655+ 64 2,252+
Myanmar 2,595+ 16+ 676+
South Sudan 2,578+ 49 1,290
Guinea-Bissau 2,275 39 1,127
Malta 2,274+ 15 1,850+
Botswana 2,252 10 546
Benin 2,242 40 1,793
Iceland 2,162+ 10 2,085+
Sierra Leone 2,096+ 72 1,634+
Georgia 2,075+ 19 1,363+
Yemen 2,009+ 582 1,211
Guyana 1,812+ 54+ 1,191+
New Zealand 1,795+ 24 1,663+
Uruguay 1,780+ 45 1,502+
Togo 1,555+ 37 1,189+
Cyprus 1,523+ 22 1,281+
Burkina Faso 1,514+ 56 1,127
Latvia 1,464+ 35 1,248
Belize 1,435+ 19 404+
Andorra 1,344 53 943
Liberia 1,316+ 82 1,210+
Lesotho 1,245+ 33+ 528
Niger 1,178 69 1,100
Chad 1,083+ 80+ 938+
Vietnam 1,060 35 902
French Polynesia 953 2 642
Martinique 939 18 98
Sao Tome and Principe 906 15 866
San Marino 722 42 662
Turks and Caicos 641+ 5 270
Channel Islands 633 48 575
Sint Maarten 531+ 19 387+
Tanzania 509 21 183
Papua New Guinea 508+ 5 232
Taiwan 498 7 475
Burundi 471+ 1 374
Comoros 456 7 415
Faeroe Islands 418+ 0 410
Eritrea 361 0 304
Mauritius 361 10 335
Isle of Man 337 24 312
Gibraltar 327+ 0 294+
Mongolia 311 0 298
Saint Martin 256 6 107
Bhutan 241+ 0 158+
Cayman Islands 208 1 204
Barbados 180 7 158
Bermuda 177 9 161
Monaco 169+ 1 123
Brunei 145 3 139
Seychelles 139+ 0 136
Curaçao 135 1 55
Liechtenstein 111+ 1 105
Antigua and Barbuda 95 3 91
British Virgin Islands 64 1 30
St. Vincent Grenadines 64+ 0 61+
Fiji 32 2 24
Saint Lucia 27 0 26
Timor-Leste 27 0 25
Caribbean Netherlands 25 0 7
Dominica 24 0 18
Laos 23 0 21
St. Barth 21 0 13
Montserrat 13 1 11
Saint Pierre Miquelon 11+ 0 5
Western Sahara 10 1 8
Total: 28,927,958 924,044 20,784,345

Countries with No Active Cases

Country Cases Deaths Rcvrd
Anguilla 3 0 3
Cambodia 274 0 274
Falkland Islands 13 0 13
Greenland 14 0 14
Grenada 24 0 24
Macao 46 0 46
New Caledonia 26 0 26
Total: 429 0 429

Countries with All Cases Resolved

Country Cases Deaths Rcvrd
0 0 0 0
Total: 0 0 0

International Conveyances

Intl Cnvy Cases Deaths Rcvrd
Diamond Princess 712 13 651
MS Zaandam 9 2 0
Total: 721 15 651
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