21 Apr 2017

Greater power, less restraint: Turkey’s new constitution lets Erdoğan call the shots
Among other changes, the referendum approved by Turkish citizens on Sunday grants President Erdoğan the power to elect senior members in his administration and the Supreme Court, do away with the prime ministership and allow him to remain in power until 2029.

Elon Musk on mission to link human brains with computers in four years: report
“If I were to communicate a concept to you, you would essentially engage in consensual telepathy,” Musk said in the interview published on Thursday. bit.ly/2oWJcMw

Trump to order U.S. Treasury to delve into taxes, post-crisis reforms
Mnuchin said earlier on Thursday that Treasury is working on tax reform “day and night” and will soon create a sweeping overhaul.

EU executive to meet Soros amid spat with Hungary over university
The head of the European Union’s executive arm will meet US financier George Soros next Thursday, a spokeswoman said, as part of consultations on a new Hungarian law that has threatened to force the closure of a university he funds. Frans Timmermans and two other commissioners will also meet Soros next week, after Brussels already threatened Hungary with legal action over rights issues and the Soros school.

What is Hezbollah planning for the Third Lebanon War?
In Military Intelligence they call it “Fire-by-Six,” a reference to the dramatic transformation of Hezbollah’s rocket and missile arsenal in the 10 years that have passed since the Second Lebanon War.

POTENT CORONAL HOLE TURNS TOWARD EARTH
A large hole in the sun’s atmosphere is turning toward Earth, and it is spewing a stream of fast-moving solar wind toward our planet.

Liberman: Crucial to place more pressure and sanctions on Iran
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman warmly welcomed his US Counterpart James Mattis on Friday as the first Cabinet Secretary of the Trump administration to visit Israel saying that he hopes to see more sanctions placed on Iran. “There is no doubt that main problem for us and around the world is the axis of evil from North Korea to Tehran to Damascus to Hezbollah in Beirut. No doubt that the main link in this chain is Iran which is trying to undermine stability in all the Middle East, in Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and of course against Israel through their proxies.”

PM Netanyahu to warn US Defense Secretary Mattis against Iran base in Syria
Israel’s concern about Iran establishing a permanent base in Syria the day after the civil war there ends will feature prominently when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets US Defense Secretary James Mattis on Friday, senior diplomatic officials said on Thursday. Netanyahu is expected to meet with Mattis, who arrived in Israel on Thursday for his first visit as defense secretary, at his Jerusalem office following the latter’s meeting earlier in the day with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman in Tel Aviv.

Gen. Allen: Syria gassing Israel would be ‘virtually a regime suicide’
The US response to a scenario in which the Syrian regime was “gassing Israelis would result in a situation that he [Bashar Assad] could not even imagine,” and be “virtually regime suicide,” Marine Corps Gen. (ret.) John R. Allen told The Jerusalem Post. Allen, one of the US’s leading voices on security issues, spoke to the Post last week and on Thursday, and discussed whether recent events made a Syrian chemical weapons strike on Israel more or less likely.

Israel-Sinai border crossing re-opens, terror threat remains in place
The Taba border crossing between Israel and Egypt’s Sinai will re-open to Israelis that would like to travel to Egypt’s Sinai, Ofir Gendelman, the Prime Minister’s Arab media spokesman, announced Friday morning. Gendelman also stated that the terror threat remains and Israelis currently vacationing in the area should return.

Colombia landslide kills at least 17 in Manizales
Landslides caused by heavy rain have killed at least 17 people in the city of Manizales, in central Colombia, officials say. The search continues for at least seven others who are missing, they add. Mud and rocks have destroyed several precarious houses built on steep hills. Running water, electricity and gas services have been suspended.

Iran election: Ahmadinejad barred from running
Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been barred from standing in next month’s election by a government-controlled vetting body, state media report. Mr Ahmadinejad, a vocal critic of the West, served two terms as president between 2005 and 2013. President Hassan Rouhani and leading hardliner Ebrahim Raisi have both been approved by the Guardian Council.

Elon Musk Lays Out Plans to Meld Brains and Computers
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk on Thursday confirmed plans for his newest company, called Neuralink Corp., revealing he will be the chief executive of a startup that aims to merge computers with brains so humans could one day engage in “consensual telepathy.”…Mr. Musk confirmed…that Neuralink aims to implant tiny brain electrodes that first would be used to fight brain conditions but later help humanity avoid subjugation at the hands of intelligent machines.

U.S. Preparing Charges To Arrest Julian Assange
In a stunning new report, CNN has just revealed that, according to anonymous sources at least, that US authorities have prepared charges and will seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for intelligence leaks dating all the way back to 2010.

PARIS SHOOTING Paris shooting leaves one policeman dead and ‘two seriously injured’ as ‘ISIS terrorists armed with AK47s’ open fire on the Champs-Élysée in Paris
A POLICEMAN has died and two are seriously injured after at least one gunman opened fire “with an AK47” in central Paris this evening.

California Issues $1.25BN In Bonds For ‘Bullet Train’ Despite Trump Threat To Withhold Federal Funds
“California can well afford it, and it will make our state a much better place.  I know we’re going up against a very red tide here of opposition. This thing is a long-term project, and one way or another we’re going to get it.”

Nursing Home Owner Pleads Guilty To Spending Medicaid Funds On Strippers, Casinos, Pet Care
Johnnie Mac Sells, 52, the owner of a suburban St. Louis nursing home where 60 residents had to be rescued after food ran out and trash piled up, has pleaded guilty to federal charges for stealing $667,000 from Medicaid and spending it on strippers, gambling and other things.

Missing Tenn. student Elizabeth Thomas found, former teacher Tad Cummins arrested in California
Former Tennessee teacher Tad Cummins, who is accused of kidnapping his 15-year-old student, was arrested in northern California Thursday after more than a month on the run, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

MSNBC terrorism analyst nominates Trump property for ‘ISIS suicide bombing’
MSNBC terrorism analyst Malcolm Nance has deleted a tweet that appeared to call for a terrorist attack against Trump Towers in Istanbul. “This is my nominee for the first ISIS suicide bombing of a Trump property,” the former intelligence officer tweeted Tuesday afternoon, according to a screenshot circulated online and highlighted by the Washington Free Beacon.

Caracas on Knife-Edge as Maduro Protesters Erect Barricades
Caracas faced another tense day after massive protests against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, with barricades of trash and debris in the streets, shuttered businesses and sporadic blossoms of tear gas.