by Thomas Fazi
Friday, 27
October 2023
Reaction
11:40

Why was I censored on Twitter for supporting Palestine?

My thread was hidden with no explanation

On Tuesday, I wrote a long thread on X (formerly Twitter) based on my most recent UnHerd article on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Almost immediately, however, other users started replying to the thread, telling me that they couldn’t see it. Only the first post was visible, with the rest simply marked by the text: “This Post is unavailable.”

Some users also told me that even if they shared the thread it wouldn’t appear on their profile. I also soon realised that other users were not being notified about my replies to their comments because I never got an answer. I immediately knew what was happening: the thread — or, more likely, my entire account — had been shadowbanned.  ...  Continue reading

by Thomas Fazi
Wednesday, 18
October 2023
Debate
10:00

Is the EU to blame for Italy’s falling birth rate?

Giorgia Meloni isn't challenging the bloc's economic orthodoxy

Italy’s youth is vanishing. A recent report from the national statistics agency, Istat, revealed that Italy is the country with the fewest people aged 18-34 in proportion to its population of any country in the European Union. Just in the past 20 years, the number of young people has dropped by nearly a quarter. 

This is due to the country’s birth rate falling off a cliff: in 2022, for the first time, the number of annual births fell below 400,000 as deaths soared to 700,000. The new births are therefore well below the replacement rate — the number of newborns needed to keep the population the same from one generation to the next — and have been for about a decade. As a result, every year Italy’s population shrinks by about 200,000 people. But the problem dates back to the mid-Nineties: the number of people aged 18-34 peaked in 1994, and has been declining ever since.  ...  Continue reading

by Thomas Fazi
Thursday, 21
September 2023
Debate
16:00

The EU won’t save Giorgia Meloni on immigration

Arrivals from Africa are destabilising Italy's government

Giorgia Meloni is facing her biggest crisis yet. Over the past week, the small Italian island of Lampedusa, located closer to Tunisia than to the Italian mainland (and, indeed, to Sicily), has been overwhelmed by over 10,000 migrants — significantly more than the island’s 7,000 inhabitants. Since January, more than 130,000 people have reached the country’s shores from North Africa, twice the number from the same period last year. 

Meloni — whose electoral success was based, to a large degree, on a promise to get tough on immigration — is under growing pressure to do something about it. She has vowed this week that Europe cannot treat her country like a “refugee camp”, yet, like every Italian PM from the past decade, Meloni has also appealed to the EU for help.  ...  Continue reading

by Thomas Fazi
Tuesday, 25
July 2023
Spotted
16:30

Did the New York Times just admit Covid deaths were overcounted?

Writer David Leonhardt made the startling admission in a recent column

A recent New York Times article contains a rather surprising piece of information. Discussing the significant decline in official Covid deaths in the US, writer David Leonhardt claims that the actual number is almost certainly even lower. “The official number is probably an exaggeration because it includes some people who had the virus when they died even though it was not the underlying cause of death,” Leonhardt writes, noting that even the CDC’s own data shows that almost one-third of recent official Covid deaths have fallen into this category.

Leonhardt adds this very nonchalantly, as if it were the most obvious thing in the world. In fact, the issue was verboten until not too long ago: throughout the pandemic, claims that the official number of Covid-19 hospitalisations and deaths was likely to be inflated — due to the use of very questionable statistical methods — were dismissed as groundless conspiracy theories. It’s good to see another taboo fall, but the real question is why it took so long, considering that it became apparent almost from day one that governments were adopting a very “liberal” approach to attributing deaths. ...  Continue reading

by Thomas Fazi
Friday, 14
July 2023
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16:00

Germany cuts long Covid and vaccine injury fund

Health Minister Karl Lauterbach's decision has met with anger

In January, German Minister for Health Karl Lauterbach announced that he would be setting up a €100 million programme for research into long Covid and post-vaccination injuries, as well as support for those afflicted. Initial hope, however, has given way to disappointment — and anger — after Lauterbach revealed on Wednesday that the programme has been significantly scaled back to around €40 million euros under the German government’s new austerity drive. Of these, only €200,000 has been earmarked for advisory assistance. 

Lauterbach has been referred to as “Germany’s Fauci”, having adopted an aggressively pro-lockdown and pro-vaccination mandate stance during the pandemic. Yet back in March, the politician caused shockwaves when he admitted in a TV interview that he had downplayed the risks of the Covid vaccines, which he had previously described as “without side effects”.  ...  Continue reading

by Thomas Fazi
Wednesday, 19
April 2023
Analysis
10:00

Pentagon leaks are a reality check to Ukrainian ambitions

Talk of a game-changing 'spring offensive' and retaking Crimea is wishful

The recent Pentagon leaks have confirmed what many already suspected — that Ukraine is facing a much more uphill struggle than the Western narrative would have us believe. They have revealed, in particular, severe “deficiencies” in Ukraine’s munition supplies. The country’s units are burning through artillery ammunition at such a lightning-fast pace — some 7,700 shells per day, or roughly one every six seconds, according to a Ukrainian source — that they are outrunning Western manufacturing capacity and have even begun to ration shells. Meanwhile, the Russian military is said to be firing about 20,000 artillery rounds a day — three times as much.  ...  Continue reading

by Thomas Fazi
Thursday, 23
March 2023
Chart
16:00

Who will represent the dissenting minority?

UnHerd polling shows that a populist strain in British politics persists

A new UnHerd Britain poll released today confirms that Britons still support lockdowns. When asked if they agreed with the statement that, in retrospect, lockdowns were a mistake, 54% of people disagreed, compared with only 27% who agreed.

Most interestingly, the results were very similar across different socioeconomic demographics and even among Labour and Conservative voters. This is certainly related to the fact that the founding myth of lockdowns — that they were a necessary evil to avoid an incalculably high number of Covid deaths — is still held by most people to be true, even though it is not supported by evidence, and ends up trumping all the negative effects of the policy.  ...  Continue reading

by Thomas Fazi
Wednesday, 15
March 2023
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15:46

Germany’s Health Minister changes tune on vaccine injuries

Karl Lauterbach is having a dramatic fall from grace

Outside of Germany, few people have heard of Karl Lauterbach, Germany’s Minister for Health. But he’s one of the key figures in the Western Covid response. Once hailed as a hero, he’s now engulfed in the biggest vaccine-injury scandal to have emerged since the pandemic. 

Lauterbach has served in the role since December 2021, under the traffic light coalition led by Olaf Scholz. Often described as “Germany’s Fauci”, Lauterbach — a professor of health economics and epidemiology and long-time member of the SPD — rose to national prominence early on into the pandemic as a Covid hardliner.  ...  Continue reading