29 May 2017

Arch of Ba’al, Erected for G7, Is Portal for Messiah – or New World Order, Warns Rabbi
A pagan arch erected in Italy one month before the meeting of the world’s most powerful leaders in the same country may be the portal whose opening could usher in the age of the Messiah – or a sinister World Order, a prominent rabbi has claimed. The rabbi believes that the two events – the unveiling last month of a replica of the Palmyra Arch, a symbol of paganism and idol worship, and the recent G7 summit, representing the coming together of world powers – are deeply and troublingly connected.

Country-rock superstar warns Schumer of Democrat scandals
Country music superstar Charlie Daniels…has issued a warning to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.  Daniels challenges Schumer to “lay your hand on a Holy Bible and tell America that you believe in your heart that Donald Trump has actually colluded with Vladimir Putin and the Russian government to the detriment of the United States of America.”

Philippine authorities seize 605 kilos of meth from China
Philippine authorities said Monday that they have seized 605 kilograms (1,334 pounds) of high-grade methamphetamine shipped from China following a tip from the Chinese government.

Trump says North Korea shows ‘great disrespect’ to China with missile
U.S. President Donald Trump said North Korea showed disrespect to its major ally China after it fired a short-range ballistic missile on Monday that landed in the sea off its east coast.

PM Abe: Japan will take steps with US to deter North Korea
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday condemned North Korea’s latest missile launch and vowed action along with other nations to deter Pyongyang’s repeated provocations. “As we agreed at the recent G7, the issue of North Korea is a top priority for the international community,” Abe told reporters in brief televised remarks. “Working with the United States, we will take specific action to deter North Korea.”

Abbas is being told to shape up – or else
Trump pointedly told Abbas: “Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded. We must be resolute in condemning such acts in a single, unified voice.

Israel conducts ‘experimental’ rocket test over heart of the country
The Defense Ministry said Monday that it conducted a successful experimental test of its rocket propulsion system from a military base located in the center of Israel. Images shared on social media showed a projectile streaking through the sky…Rocket propulsion systems are designed to launch large systems such as satellites, ballistic missiles and large ground to air missiles.

Pro-peace group leverages Six Day War anniversary for global Jewish action
New peace organization “Save Israel, Stop the Occupation” (SISO) is appealing to Jews both in Israel and around the world to join their call for an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, running events throughout June to mark 50 years since the Six Day War when Israel captured the West Bank and east Jerusalem…Internationally, SISO is coordinating with Jewish communities on five continents, appealing to them to partner with Israelis to end military rule over the Palestinians.

Australia to send 30 additional troops to Afghanistan
Australia will increase its troop presence in Afghanistan following a formal request from the US, Canberra has said. The 30 new military advisers will raise Australia’s total deployment to 300, Defence Minister Marise Payne said. Earlier this month, US authorities recommended sending at least 3,000 more soldiers to fight the Taliban.

France’s Macron set for ‘tough’ talks with Putin near Paris
French President Emmanuel Macron will shortly hold talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin near Paris, amid tensions over the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. They will meet at the ornate Grand Trianon Palace at Versailles. Mr Macron says he expects some tough words. It could be an awkward meeting, the BBC’s Lucy Williamson in Paris reports.

N. Korea fires ‘Scud-type’ ballistic missile
North Korea fired a ballistic missile from its eastern coast early Monday morning, dealing another blow to efforts by South Korea’s new government to improve inter-Korean ties. The missile, presumed to be a Scud type, was launched eastward from the vicinity of Wonsan, Gangwon Province, at around 5:39 a.m., according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). “The flight distance is around 450 kilometers,” it said.

Israeli govt meeting near Jerusalem site angers Palestinians
The Palestinians sharply condemned Israel on Sunday for holding a government meeting near a sensitive Jerusalem holy site at the core of their conflict. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet met Sunday in tunnels near the site for a special session marking the 50th anniversary of Israel’s capture of east Jerusalem in the 1967 war, an event it celebrates as the “unification” of its eternal capital.

Iran leader slams Saudis as America’s ‘milking cow’
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei launched a fierce attack against regional rival Saudi Arabia, saying it was being pumped “like a milking cow” by “infidel” Americans. “These people (the Saudis) appear to believe in the Koran… but in practice they act against its teachings,” Khamenei said at a meeting on Saturday to mark the start of the holy month of Ramadan.

Japan’s growing concern over China’s naval might
The Izumo is the largest vessel built by Japan since the end of World War Two – and she looks very much like an aircraft carrier…There is growing support in Japan for a more strident response to Chinese military assertiveness around Japanese waters and Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force has been increasingly active in the region.

Philippines military says close to defeating Islamist rebels
The Philippines military said on Monday it was close to retaking a southern city held for a seventh day by Islamist militants, as helicopters unleashed more rockets on positions held by the rebels aligned with Islamic State. The clashes…the Maute militia…has become the biggest security challenge of Rodrigo Duterte’s 11-month presidency, with gunmen resisting air and ground assaults and still in control of central parts of a city of 200,000 people.

Cyclone churns towards Bangladesh as storm toll reaches almost 200 in Sri Lanka, India
An intensifying cyclone churned north towards Bangladesh on Monday after heavy rain in Sri Lanka and thunderstorms in eastern India killed almost 200 people, with more torrential downpours forecast. Impoverished Bangladesh, hit by cyclones every year, warned that some low-lying coastal areas were “likely to be inundated by a storm surge of four to five feet (1.2 to 1.5 meters)” above normal and raised the storm danger signal, on a scale of one to 10, to seven.

In “Watershed Moment” Merkel Says Germany Can No Longer Rely On America
In what has been dubbed a “watershed moment” Angela Merkel speaking at a rally in Bavaria, said that Europe “must take its fate into its own hands” as it can no longer rely on the US and UK. “The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I’ve experienced that in the last few days.”

Hypocrisy alert: Lebanon almost finished building a wall, with 4 watchtowers, Around 100,000 ‘Palestinians’, World Says Nothing
You know how “human rights” groups and “pro-Palestinian” groups love to say that Israel puts Palestinians in Gaza as well as the West Bank in an “open-air prison”? You know how the media will exhaustively cover any defensive measures Israel does to protect itself from terrorists that live among the Palestinians as “collective punishment”?

California Ready for Single-Payer Insurance … But Who’s Going to Pay for It?
In California, after the state robs the taxpayers of their last pennies, apparently more money just falls out of the sky.

Senator: Regs not protecting kids from spying toys
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., has written to the Federal Trade Commission expressing concern that the regulations for toys and related products are not keeping pace with “consumer and technology trends.” He said toys that spy on kids by automatically connecting to the Internet through WiFi can deliver tantalizing tidbits of information about their lives to marketers.

“You Tricked Me” – Trump Reportedly Rages At Palestine’s Abbas For ‘Lying To Him’
“You tricked me in Washington… You talked to me about peace, but the Israelis showed me that you are personally supporting incitement…”

Homeland’s Kelly Lashes Out At “Treasonous” Intelligence Leakers
“I believe when you leak the kind of information that seems to be routinely leaked – high, high level of classification – I think it’s darn close to treason.”

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Clinton by Benghazi families
A federal judge threw out a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton by the parents of two Americans killed in the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, ruling the former secretary of state didn’t defame them when disputing allegations that she had lied.