8 Mar 2017

UN Envoy Nikki Haley Warns Palestinians That UN Won’t Help Them Anymore
Palestinians should not look to the United Nations for a solution to its conflict with Israel, US Ambassador Nikki Haley warned in her first meeting with the Palestinian Authority’s envoy to the UN on Tuesday.

North Korea Could Soon Launch Attack on Hawaii
North Korea could soon have the capacity to launch an attack on Hawaii that would devastate America’s Pacific military bases, accelerating the need for the United States to upgrade missile defenses in the area.

Reports: The Obama administration wiretapped Trump, world leaders, journalists, everyone?
Team Obama monitored the phones of the Trump campaign, wiretapped 35 world leaders, bugged a private climate change strategy meeting between United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin and tapped officials at the World Trade Organization, Italian diplomats, European Union economic officials, the report said. Wikileaks on March 5 tweeted excerpts from a report it released last month detailing Obama’s wiretapping history:

Could Catholicism handle the discovery of extraterrestrial life?
As it happens, Pope Francis is three years ahead of us. “If an expedition of Martians arrives and some of them come to us and if one of them says: ‘Me, I want to be baptized!’, what would happen?” the pope said during morning Mass in May of 2014. Simple. For the pope of the peripheries, no matter how distant they may be, the Church does not turn others away.

I Expect US Embassy in Jerusalem Soon, Defense Minister Liberman Tells VP Pence
The comment came on the heels of a factfinding mission by two Republican senators to Jerusalem last weekend. The members of the House Subcommittee on National Security affirmed during the trip, which included scouting locations for the embassy, that President Donald Trump would not veto the Jerusalem Embassy Act when it comes up for review again in May.

Public erupts on N.Y. Times promoting itself as ‘Truth’
‘Support fact-based journalism. Hilarious’

Shocker! CIA can mimic Russian cyber hack
If the WikiLeaks revelation about CIA hacking capabilities is any indication, the bugging of Trump Tower could have been done without wiretaps or formal court warrants. That’s because it is now confirmed that the U.S. government has the ability to use everyday items to listen in on private conversations.

Trump tests Israel’s ‘special relationship’ with Germany
And there is concern in Berlin that ties could become even more strained with Donald Trump as US president. He has expressed ambivalence about the creation of a Palestinian state—a central aim of German policy in the Middle East—and offered only the mildest of criticism of Israeli settlements.

USGS study says massive earthquake along San Andreas Fault is way overdue in Grapevine
A recently published study reveals new evidence that a major earthquake is way overdue on a 100 mile stretch of the San Andreas Fault from the Antelope Valley to the Tejon Pass and beyond.

Netanyahu: Israel can normalize ties with Arab states if ‘we act wisely’
Israel is the strongest country in the Middle East and should use its stance as leverage, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday. Speaking to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Netanyahu stressed that both diplomatically and militarily, Israel is strong and only getting stronger. Netanyahu added that by understanding regional interests, Israel could achieve diplomatic ties with regional Arab countries.

China calls on N Korea to suspend missile and nuclear tests
China has proposed that North Korea suspend its tests of missile and nuclear technology to “defuse a looming crisis”. Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that in exchange, the US and South Korea could halt annual joint military drills, which consistently infuriate the North. The appeal comes after North Korea test-launched four missiles on Monday, breaking international sanctions.

Afghanistan: IS gunmen dressed as medics attack Kabul military hospital
Attackers dressed as doctors have stormed the largest military hospital in Kabul and a gun battle is under way, the Afghan defence ministry says. At least three people have been killed, officials say, but some reports suggest the final toll could be higher. Afghan commandos have landed on the Sardar Daud hospital roof and are fighting the militants.

China sees first monthly trade deficit in three years
China has reported its first monthly trade deficit in three years, after imports surged and a slowdown during the Lunar New Year holidays hit output. Higher commodity prices and domestic demand were credited with pushing February’s imports up 38.1% on a year earlier. But exports unexpectedly fell 1.3%, giving a trade deficit of $9.2bn for the month.

WikiLeaks publishes ‘biggest ever leak of secret CIA documents’ The US intelligence agencies are facing fresh embarrassment after WikiLeaks published what it described as the biggest ever leak of confidential documents from the CIA detailing the tools it uses to break into phones, communication apps and other electronic devices. The thousands of leaked documents focus mainly on techniques for hacking and reveal how the CIA cooperated with British intelligence to engineer a way to compromise smart televisions and turn them into improvised surveillance devices.

North Korea preps new missile test as THAAD arrives in South Korea
As a controversial U.S. missile defense system arrives in South Korea, U.S. officials have told CBS News that North Korea appears to be preparing for another launch of a new medium-range missile it first test fired last month, and may also be testing engines for a longer-range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

U.S. ship changed course toward Iranians on Saturday: Iran commander
A U.S. Navy ship changed course toward Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, a guard commander was quoted as saying on Wednesday while issuing a warning. A U.S. official told Reuters on Monday that multiple fast-attack vessels from the Revolutionary Guard had come within 600 yards (550 meters) of the USNS Invincible, a tracking ship, forcing it to change direction.

House panels to launch fight in Congress over Obamacare replacement
A potentially lengthy U.S. legislative fight over replacement of the Obamacare health law gets underway on Wednesday as two House of Representatives committees begin negotiating over changes to a Republican plan backed by President Donald Trump. Both Democrats and Republicans are expected to try to reshape legislation that dismantles key provisions of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, Democratic former President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement.

Chinese Military Enters Afghanistan Fray with Pentagon’s Knowledge
The United States is aware of, but not openly reacting to, Chinese military ground operations inside war-ravaged Afghanistan. Adam Stump, a Department of Defense (DoD) spokesman, confirmed to Breitbart News that the Pentagon is fully “aware” of the communist country’s military operations on Afghan soil, adding that the U.S. mission continues apace.

Former NSA Whistleblower: “Trump Is Absolutely Right, Everything Was Being Monitored”
Legendary NSA whistleblower William Binney (and creator of NSA’s global surveillance system) confirmed to Fox News, that President Trump is “absolutely right” to claim he was wiretapped and monitored… he was.

Pat Buchanan Exposes The Beltway Conspiracy To Break Trump
Russian hacking of the DNC is a problem, not a scandal. The scandal is this: Who inside the government of the United States is trying to discredit, damage or damage or destroy the President of the United States?

IBM to build quantum computers, selling machines millions of times faster than anything made before
IBM has taken its first step towards selling computers that are millions of times faster than the one you’re reading this on. The company has set up a new division, IBM Q, that is intended to make quantum computers and sell them commercially. Until now, quantum computers have mostly been a much hyped but long away dream. But IBM believes they are close enough to reality to start work on getting software ready for when they become commercially available.

A seafood company killed a lobster – and was convicted of animal cruelty
An Australian seafood company was recently convicted of animal cruelty – for killing a lobster. The legally actionable problem was not actually taking the life of the lobster. It’s that the lobster was killed in a way deemed to be unnecessarily – and illegally –

Israel parliament approves travel ban for foreign supporters of BDS movement
Israel’s parliament has approved a new law banning anyone found to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement from entering the country. The bill, proposed by the pro-settlement Jewish Home party, comes after a human rights organisation had a visa denied for spreading “Palestinian propaganda” and warnings from the UN over a crackdown on activists.

Ivanka Trump clothing line reports record sales
Ivanka Trump’s eponymous women’s fashion line is reporting record sales figures despite calls for a boycott and controversies surrounding President Trump.