14 June 2017

Gunman at GOP ballgame: ‘Are you Democrats or Republicans?’
The suspect is James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., according to law enforcement officials. Hodgkinson is described as a “passionate progressive” who campaigned for Sen. Bernie Sanders in the presidential election, according to a report in the Washington Post. A congressional staffer told WND that the gunman approached the game and asked Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla.: “Are you Democrats or Republicans?”

CRISPR pioneer Doudna envisions a world of woolly mammoths and unicorns
We are “on the cusp of a new age in genetic engineering and biological mastery,” she and Sternberg write, dangling the prospect of “life-changing treatments” and “lifesaving cures.” She says she is “not kidding” that CRISPR could bring about “woolly mammoths, winged lizards, and unicorns. … It won’t be long before CRISPR allows us to bend nature to our will.”

The White House’s plan for peace in the Middle East
Among the items mentioned in the US proposal were: slowing building in Judea and Samaria, creating security arrangements in partnership with Jordan and the Gulf states, and normalizing Israel’s relations with the Arab countries.

Jewish, Christian, Muslim Leaders Feast Together for Interfaith Ramadan Break-Fast in Istanbul
Last Thursday, a delegation of rabbis joined Adnan Oktar, a prominent Turkish Muslim cleric, at the Çırağan Palace Ballroom in Istanbul for his traditional iftar feast ending a day of fasting during Ramadan. More than 750 people from different religions and nationalities, including Jewish and Christian clergy and lay leaders, joined Oktar for the annual event hosted by Oktar’s organization, the Movement for the Culture of Peace and Reconciliation.

“Aravrit” Joins Together Hebrew and Arabic in Brand-New Writing System
“And the whole earth was of one language and of one speech.” (Genesis, 11:1) A new Hebrew-Arabic writing system called “Aravrit” has been invented which can easily be read by native speakers of both Hebrew and Arabic. Liron Lavi Turkenich, an Israeli typeface designer and researcher, started working on Aravrit in 2012 as her final project for her Visual Communications degree from Ramat Gan’s Shenkar College of Engineering and Design. Though it took several years, the project has finally been completed.

New Zealand denies apologizing to Israel over controversial UN motion
New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee…characterized a letter his country sent to Israel stemming from Wellington’s sponsorship of an anti-settlement UN resolution as a “clarification,” not an “apology.” …an interviewer…asked whether the letter did not amount to “pandering” to Israel, Brownlee said that the letter “indicated that New Zealand wanted to resume diplomatic relations with Israel and regretted that there had been fall-out from the co-sponsorship of the resolution.”

US places onus on Hamas for Gaza crisis
Hamas is responsible for the humanitarian crisis, the Trump administration said as 2 million Palestinian in Gaza struggle to live on four hours a day of electricity. “We do remain deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation there,” US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters in Washington on Tuesday.

DR Congo polio outbreak hits global eradication goal
Two outbreaks of polio have been identified in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in a blow to the goal of wiping out the disease from the world. The World Health Organization said there was a high risk the disease would spread. Polio is a potentially deadly infection mainly affecting young people and can result in permanent paralysis.

London fire: Six killed as Grenfell Tower engulfed
Six people have been confirmed dead after a huge fire raged through the night at a west London tower block, and police expect that number to rise. Eyewitnesses described people trapped in the burning Grenfell Tower, in north Kensington, screaming for help and yelling for their children to be saved. Firefighters rescued “large numbers”, but London Mayor Sadiq Khan said “a lot” of people were unaccounted for.

Raqqa battle: ‘Staggering’ civilian toll from US-led air strikes
UN war crimes investigators say US-led coalition air strikes on Islamic State militants in the Syrian city of Raqqa are causing “staggering loss of life”. Coalition warplanes are supporting an offensive on the IS stronghold that was launched last week by an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters. Since then, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have taken territory to the west, east and north of the city.

Turkey’s Erdogan decries Qatar’s ‘inhumane’ isolation
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has denounced the isolation of Qatar by several Arab states, describing it as “inhumane and against Islamic values”. Last week’s decision by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt to sever all ties was like a “death penalty”, Mr Erdogan said…Mr Erdogan vowed to help Qatar overcome the effects of the crisis, which he said Saudi Arabia needed to resolve.

UK’s May faces calls to soften Brexit as political limbo drags on
British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative party resumed talks on a deal to prop up her minority government on Wednesday as she faced a battle over her Brexit strategy just days before EU divorce talks are due to begin. As Britain entered a sixth day of political turmoil, May’s team continued talks with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to secure their support in parliament after May failed to win a majority in Thursday’s election.

Philippines says U.S. troops near besieged Marawi, but not fighting
U.S. troops are on the ground near Marawi City in the southern Philippines, but are not involved in fighting Islamist militants who have held parts of the city for more than three weeks, a Philippines military spokesman said on Wednesday. The Philippines military has previously said the United States was providing technical assistance to end the occupation of parts of Marawi City by fighters allied to the Islamic State group, but it had no boots on the ground.

The White House’s plan for peace in the Middle East
Among the items mentioned in the US proposal were: slowing building in Judea and Samaria, creating security arrangements in partnership with Jordan and the Gulf states, and normalizing Israel’s relations with the Arab countries. According to the plan, negotiations will begin in September, following the meeting between US President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Washington, D.C..

PA still paying terrorists, despite US claims
The Palestinian Authority is still providing stipends to terrorists sitting in Israeli jails, despite claims by US officials that the PA was reversing its policy, a senior Israeli official said. On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson claimed that the PA had “changed that policy” following pressure from the Trump administration.

Krauthammer: Sessions ‘Exposed the Absurdity’ of Trump-Russia Case
Charles Krauthammer said that Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony “exposed the absurdity of the whole exercise”. Krauthammer said that by Sessions stating for the record that he had no nefarious contact with the Russians, he continued the unraveling of Democrats’ case against Trump.

Massive earthquake triggers landslides in Guatemala
A magnitude 6.9 earthquake in western Guatemala near the border with Mexico caused moderate damage to homes, triggered some landslides across highways and injured at least one person early Wednesday, officials said.

Southern Baptists Go ‘Gender-Inclusive’ On Bible
The Southern Baptist Convention’s 2017 meeting is underway during a time of crisis and division for the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. Much of the division centers on politics – and at the center of the firestorm is Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). Moore spent last year waging a long and bitter war against President Donald Trump and his supporters, including penning frequent attacks on the then-candidate in the pages of leftist media outlets like the New York Times.

‘Retail Apocalypse’ Moves North As Sears Canada Admits Its Future Is In “Serious Doubt”
“The company continues to face a very challenging environment with recurring operating losses and negative cash flows from operating activities in the last five fiscal years, with net losses beginning in 2014”

Lee Camp Explains How The New York Times Manufactures “Hit Piece Propaganda”
“…I’m actually grateful it was written about me because now I can see with my own eyes exactly how the glorious chicanery is done. “

Top Dem Calls for Investigation into Clinton FBI Interference
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) wants an investigation into whether or not Obama’s Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, interfered with the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private server.

Pat Buchanan Asks “Are We Nearing Civil War?”
“President Trump may be chief of state, head of government and commander in chief, but his administration is shot through with disloyalists plotting to bring him down… We are approaching something of a civil war where the capital city seeks the overthrow of the sovereign and its own restoration.”

Advertisers are in the hot seat as activists both for and against Trump call for boycotts
It has come to feel like a weekly, even daily occurrence. Following a media firestorm, usually related in some way to President Trump, advertisers face calls to sever ties with the company at the center of the outrage du jour, or else suffer a publicity crisis.