6 June 2017

Decline of US, Rise of China ‘Happening Much More Quickly Than Predicted’
Martin Jacques, told Radio Sputnik that Trump’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and demands that countries such as Japan and South Korea pay more for their own defense has heightened concerns.

Priests Reenact Temple First Fruits Offering, Paving Way for ‘Greater Jerusalem’
..the day after the holiday of Shavuot, hundreds of people gathered in the Old CIty of Jerusalem for a reenactment of the Temple service known as bikurim, or the “bringing of the first fruits.” The ceremony included a special thanksgiving offering that sealed the recent Sanhedrin ruling establishing the boundaries of Jerusalem for the Third Temple.

Contractor charged with leaking document about U.S. election hacking: sources
The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday charged a federal contractor with sending classified material to a news organization that sources identified to Reuters as The Intercept, marking one of the first concrete efforts by the Trump administration to crack down on leaks to the media. Reality Leigh Winner, 25, was charged with removing classified material from a government facility located in Georgia. She was arrested on June 3, the Justice Department said. The new material does not, however, suggest that actual votes were manipulated.

Sears department store now peddling ‘Free Palestine’ t-shirts
Times must be tough in the appliances sector – classic American home goods department store Sears has turned to commercializing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Now with your washer-dryer, customers can pick up a women’s “Free Palestine” t-shirt in their choice of six colors.

Saudi shuts Al Jazeera channel in Qatar row -state media
Saudi Arabia on Monday shut the local office of Al Jazeera, Qatar’s influential satellite channel, hours after the kingdom and other Arab powers cut ties over Doha’s alleged support for Islamists and Iran.

This week, Earth is passing through a stream of debris from an unknown source, and the encounter is causing a meteor shower in broad daylight. The shooting stars are mostly invisible to the human eye. Astronomers know the shower is underway because the meteors reflect radio waves.

Israeli Ambassador to US: Trump will address problems of Iran deal in time
Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer said that those criticizing President Donald Trump’s lack of action on his campaign promise to “rip up” the Iran deal should be patient as the administration is working through how to address the deal’s flaws. Speaking at the American Jewish Committee’s Global Forum in Washington on Monday, Dermer specifically singled out the administration’s acknowledgment of the “fatal” flaw of the deal’s sunset clause…

US Congress passes resolution marking Jerusalem unification
Marking fifty years since the outbreak of the Six Day War, the US Senate on Monday passed a resolution celebrating Jerusalem as Israel’s “undivided” capital and calling on the Trump administration to move the US embassy there. The non-binding Senate measure was introduced by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the chamber’s top-ranking Democrat, and passed with overwhelming bipartisan support with a final vote of 90-0.

Israeli researchers show how malware can steal data from Wi-Fi routers
Hackers may be able to siphon sensitive files, passwords and other private data through the flickering LED signal lights of common Wi-Fi routers, Ben-Gurion University researchers have found. In a recently completed study, Dr. Mordechai Guri and his team demonstrated how a type of malware they developed – dubbed “xLED” – can silently override LED functionality by infecting firmware within the device.

EU to give 50m euros to new African fighting force
The European Union has agreed to give more than 50m euros to fund a new African joint military force in the Sahel region. The force will be made up of troops from Mauritania, Mali, Chad, Burkina Faso and Niger, known as the Sahel G-5. Its main mission will be to combat jihadist groups active in the region, as well as tackle trafficking networks and illegal migration.

Qatar row: Calls for diplomatic talks to end Gulf crisis
Qatar is backing plans for talks with its regional rivals as a diplomatic row gathers pace. Several countries have cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism in the Gulf region. Neighbours including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have closed their airspace to Qatari planes.

Loujain al-Hathloul: Saudi women’s driving activist arrested
A Saudi rights activist who was detained for 73 days for flouting the country’s ban on female drivers has been arrested again. Loujain al-Hathloul was picked up at King Fahad International Airport in Dammam on 4 June, the human rights group Amnesty International says. It says Ms Hathloul has been denied access to a lawyer or her family.

Ecowas agrees to admit Morocco to West African body
West African regional group Ecowas has in principle approved Morocco’s membership application despite the country being in North Africa. But Ecowas leaders meeting in Liberia said the implications of its membership still needed to be considered before Morocco could formally join. King Mohammed VI was not at the summit because Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been invited.

Exclusive Test Data: Many Colleges Fail to Improve Critical-Thinking Skills
Freshmen and seniors at about 200 colleges across the U.S. take a little-known test every year to measure how much better they get at learning to think. The results are discouraging. At more than half of schools, at least a third of seniors were unable to make a cohesive argument, assess the quality of evidence in a document or interpret data in a table…

A Virginia imam said female genital mutilation prevents ‘hypersexuality,’ leading to calls for his dismissal
A Virginia mosque has publicly condemned the words of its leading imam, highlighting lingering divisions among Muslim leaders over the controversial and widely rejected practice of female genital mutilation. The Board of Directors at the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church said Monday that Imam Shaker Elsayed’s seeming endorsement of the outlawed practice as “the honorable thing to do if needed” ran afoul of both U.S. and Islamic law.

Congressman calls for Christian holy war on Islamic radicals: ‘Kill them all’
A U.S. congressman from Louisiana posted Sunday on Facebook that “all of Christendom” is at war with “Islamic horror” and all “radicalized Islamic suspects” should be hunted and killed. Rep. Clay Higgins, R-La., posted following a terror attack in London over the weekend that left at least six people dead.

13 Alabama counties saw 85 percent drop in food stamp participation after work requirements restarted
Thirteen previously exempted Alabama counties saw an 85 percent drop in food stamp participation after work requirements were put in place on Jan. 1, according to the Alabama Department of Human Resources. The counties…had been exempt from a change that limited able-bodied adults without dependents to three months of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits within a three-year time frame unless they were working or participating in an approved training program.

US company to start trials ‘reawakening the dead’ in Latin America ‘in a few months’ – and this is how they’ll do it
The first attempts to bring people back from the dead are slated to start this year.

Bioquark, a Philadelphia-based company, announced in late 2016 that they believe brain death is not ‘irreversible’. And now, CEO Ira Pastor has revealed they will soon be testing an unprecedented stem cell method on patients in an unidentified country in Latin America, confirming the details in the next few months. To be declared officially dead in the majority of countries, you have to experience complete and irreversible loss of brain function, or ‘brain death’.

UN human rights chief calls on Israel to end ‘occupation of Palestinian territory’
The United Nations human rights chief called on Tuesday for an end to Israel’s “occupation of Palestinian territory,” saying it would benefit both sides after 50 years of enmity. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, in a speech opening a three-week session of the UN Human Rights Council, said that the Palestinian people
were marking “a half-century of deep suffering under an occupation imposed by military force.”

Russia scrambles jet fighter to intercept U.S. bomber over Baltic Sea
A Russian Su-27 jet fighter intercepted a U.S. B-52 strategic bomber on Russia’s border over the Baltic Sea on Tuesday, Russian news agencies quoted Russia’s Defence Ministry as saying. The bomber was flying along the Russian border but over neutral waters, RIA cited the ministry as saying.

Palestinian Activist Calls for Another 100 Years of Jihad to ‘Send Those Jews Back to Where They Came From’
Palestinian activist Muhammad Al-Shajrawi called on Palestinians to wage 100 more years of jihad against Israel, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

WHO: United States Among Least Polluting Nations on the Planet
Despite recent attempts to paint the United States as a major global polluter, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. is among the cleanest nations on the planet.

NATO Splinters: Germany Says “Has No Choice But To Pull Out” Troops From Turkey’s Incirlik Airbase
Diplomatic relations between Germany and Turkey hit rock bottom on Monday when Germany’s foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel said his country has no choice but to begin the process of pulling its forces out of Turkey’s Incirlik air force base as the Turkish government will not allow all German lawmakers to visit troops there.

$75,560: The Cost Of Housing A Prisoner For One Year In California
Californians have grown accustomed over the years to massively overpaying for public services and infrastructure projects.  That said, the cost of providing the best healthcare money can buy and luxurious accommodations to the state’s 130,000 prisoners is starting to move beyond outrageous, even by California standards.

Japanese tourists shot dead in Philippines, bodies cut into pieces and thrown into sea
Two Japanese tourists taking a boat ride around islands in southwestern Philippines were allegedly shot dead, and their bodies cut into pieces and thrown into the sea, local officials said. The tourists were reported missing since 30 May and authorities initially suspected the role of Abu Sayyaf militants, who are known for abducting foreign tourists.

Reporter Trolls Kathy Griffin with Photoshopped ‘Beheading’
After comedian Kathy Griffin’s Friday press conference defending her photo posing with a bloody “head” of President Donald Trump, a reporter challenged her with a photo of his own.