7 May 2017

Ministers approve controversial Jewish State bill
A proposal to anchor Israel’s status as a Jewish state in a Basic Law was approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation Sunday. MK Avi Dichter (Likud)…called the vote “a big step towards establishing our identity, not only universally, but mainly towards ourselves, the Israelis, to be a free nation in our land,” a line from Hatikva…”I’ve been working on the Jewish State bill for six years,” Dichter recounted. “Six years to establish the simple and most basic truth: Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish People.”

Israel to debate ousting UN from Jerusalem headquarters
The government on Sunday is set to debate the question whether or not to oust the United Nations from its Jerusalem headquarters, but is not expected to take any action on the matter at this time. The Foreign Ministry will give a presentation on the matter, including legal and diplomatic impediments to the move. The issue was put on the agenda after…UNESCO Executive Board’s vote in Paris on Tuesday that passed a resolution disavowing Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem.

Hamas chooses Ismail Haniya as new leader
The Palestinian militant group Hamas has announced that Ismail Haniya has been chosen as its new overall leader. He succeeds Khaled Meshaal, who has served the maximum two terms in office. Mr Haniya, 54, lives in Gaza, which Hamas has ruled since 2007, unlike Mr Meshaal, who lives in Qatar.

University of CA Caves to Demands After Black Student Group’s Sit-In
The University of California-Santa Cruz caved to the demands of liberal student protesters…The school’s African-Black Student Alliance occupied the building for three days, demanding four specific concessions…four years of student housing for “all students from underrepresented communities”…in the Rosa Parks House, creating a lounge space in the Parks House, painting the Parks House the colors of Pan-African liberation and teaching a “mandatory educational diversity orientation” to freshmen students.

Islamic State mounts fierce resistance on new Mosul front
Iraqi forces faced stiff resistance from Islamic State in northwest Mosul on Sunday after opening a new front against the militants there in a push to rout them from the city after seven months of fighting. Trapped in a steadily shrinking area of the city, the militants are fighting back with a barrage of suicide car bombs and snipers concealed amongst hundreds of thousands of civilians they are effectively holding hostage.

China to further tighten its internet controls
China will further tighten its internet regulations with a pledge on Sunday to strengthen controls over search engines and online news portals, the latest step in President Xi Jinping’s push to maintain strict Communist Party control over content. Xi has made China’s “cyber sovereignty” a top priority in his sweeping campaign to bolster security. He has also reasserted the ruling Communist Party’s role in limiting and guiding online discussion.

Trump travel ban back in U.S. courts next week as battles stretch on
Legal challenges to President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban on people from some Muslim-majority countries heat up again next week when two U.S. appeals courts consider whether it is constitutional. The legal fights may end up at the U.S. Supreme Court perhaps in the fall…

San Diego police killed boy, 15, in school parking lot
Police shot and killed a 15-year-old student Saturday after he pointed a BB gun at them in a high school parking lot, authorities said. The Torrey Pines High School student called 911 shortly before 3:30 a.m. to ask officers to check on the welfare of an unarmed boy in front of the school, according to a police statement.

Stephen Colbert used to parody a blowhard — now he is one
He rose to fame parodying a blowhard. Is he aware he’s become one? Last Tuesday, “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert — who’d been struggling in the ratings until the election — made national headlines for a monologue that, as it does nightly, skewered President Trump.

The Military is Using Human Brain Waves to Teach Robots How to Shoot
Modern sensors can see farther than humans. Electronic circuits can shoot faster than nerves and muscles can pull a trigger. Humans still outperform armed robots in knowing what to shoot at — but new research funded in part by the Army may soon narrow that gap.

France Warns Media Not To Publish Hacked Macron Emails, Threatens With Criminal Charges
France has cracked down on the distribution of the files, warning on Saturday it would be a “criminal offence” to republish the data, and warning the French media not to publish content from any of the hacked emails “to prevent the outcome of the vote being influenced.”

Silicon Valley ‘Tech-Slaves’ Forced To Live In Their Cars
As the Nasdaq melts up to record highs on the back of Silicon Valley’s hub of computer and technology companies the soaring costs of living are forcing some people to turn to cars, vans and RVs for housing.

Federal Court Demands Release Of Hillary’s State Dept Emails On Benghazi Attack
“Does President Trump know his State and Justice Departments are still trying to provide cover for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama? This may well be an example of the ‘deep state’ trying to get away with a cover up – if so then the Trump administration must put a stop to it.”