29 June 2017

Turkish dictator ‘removes mask’ in seizure of 50 churches
The government of Turkish dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan has seized at least 50 Syriac Christian churches and monasteries, according to press reports in Turkey. Turkey’s Mardin Governorate has established a special Commission for Liquidation & Sharing of the properties owned by the Syriac community. The church seizures are occurring against the backdrop of Erdogan’s policy of turning Turkey back to its Shariah-compliant Ottoman roots.

‘Big day for freedom’: Trump to trash Obama’s outrageous water rule
President Trump made good on a major campaign promise Tuesday, as the Environmental Protection Agency announced the beginning of a process that will roll back the Waters of the United States rule, a move that has champions of private-property rights cheering loudly. On Tuesday, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt made the policy shift official. “We are taking significant action to return power to the states and provide regulatory certainty to our nation’s farmers and businesses,” said Pruitt in a statement.

Limits on travel to US issued after Supreme Court ruling
The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees that require a “close” family or business tie to the United States. The move came after the Supreme Court partially restored President Donald Trump’s executive order that was widely criticized as a ban on Muslims.

CNN Had A Terrible Month — Here’s Everything That’s Gone Wrong
The last 30 days have been nothing short of a public relations nightmare for CNN. The network is reeling after a brutal stretch that has seen two hosts taken off-air, one story retracted and another rewritten, accusations of staged protests, the resignations of three key employees and most recently, an ongoing series of undercover videos meant to portray CNN as misleading the public about the Trump-Russia stories that have dominated media coverage of the president so far.

Vatican’s 3rd most powerful figure, Cardinal Pell, charged with multiple sex assaults
The extent of the charges the senior Vatican cardinal is facing has not been revealed by police. However, according to Patton, “there are multiple complainants relating to those charges.”There might be up to 10 alleged victims, Australian news website News.com.au reports, adding that they were minors at the time of the alleged assaults and are now aged from their late 20s to their early 50s

‘Where were the Reform during the Obama years?’
“Over 10 million people visit the Kotel every year and honor the place, and all of a sudden comes this group of clowns at the start of every month and harms the character of the holy site. Look how they dance with the Torah and tefillin, and near them righteous women are standing pouring their hearts out to their Father in Heaven,” he said. “Is it possible to allow this minority to decide the policy at the Kotel?” he asked, emphasizing, “Therefore the decision of the government was clear, and it is a necessary reality that it cannot be that a minority like this dictates to us how to behave at the Kotel.”

Israel to Russia: We’re concerned your tensions with the US might endanger our border
Israel could be collateral damage in the growing tensions between the US and Israel, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said following a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Thursday. “If you’re standing next to a boxing match between two heavyweights, you might get elbowed,” Edelstein quipped

Qatar dismisses Gulf demands but says open for dialog
Qatar is ready to discuss “legitimate issues” with Arab states to end a regional crisis, but it said a list presented by them last week contained some demands that were impossible to be met because they were not true.

Iraqi forces capture historic Mosul mosque where ISIS declared ‘caliphate’
MOSUL, Iraq – Iraqi forces captured on Thursday the wrecked historic mosque of Mosul in which Islamic State proclaimed its self-styled “caliphate” three years ago, an Iraqi military statement said.

UK Jewish school risks closure for refusal to teach LGBT issues
An all-girls Ultra-Orthodox (haredi) school in London risks closure after failing a third inspection in the space of just over a year by the Office of Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (commonly referred to as Ofsted). These failures stem in large part from the school’s refusal to teach about a range of LGBT-related issues including homosexuality and gender reassignment.

Social media to blame for growing antisemitism, German president says
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier denounced growing antisemitism in his country on Wednesday, German newspaper Augsburger Allgemeine reported. Speaking at the 100th anniversary of the Augsburg synagogue, the president noted that while most Germans stand against antisemitism, a growing trend of anti-Jewish hatred is being spread on social media, in part due to some Muslim immigrant groups.

Hamas, PFLP partners to speak at UN event marking 50 years of ‘occupation’
Organizations that partner with Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine will participate in the “United Nations Forum to Mark Fifty Years of Occupation,” which will be held at the UN headquarters on Thursday and Friday. The conference…will include…“Beyond Occupation: The Path ahead to Palestinian Independence and a Just Peace,” “The Costs and Consequences of 50 Years of Occupation” and “The Gaza Strip: an integral part of the state of Palestine.”

Russia says new UK aircraft carrier ‘a convenient target’
Russia has dismissed the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier as “just a convenient, large maritime target”. Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Maj Gen Igor Konashenkov was hitting back at the UK for criticism of Russia’s ageing carrier Admiral Kuznetsov. HMS Queen Elizabeth set sail on Monday from Rosyth dockyard in Scotland.

Trump travel ban: US sets out visa criteria
The White House has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim countries and all refugees, requiring them to have a “close” family or business tie to the US. The rules, affecting people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, come into force on Thursday. They were issued after the Supreme Court partially restored President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

High-tax Connecticut facing new budget mess
Illinois isn’t the only state dealing with financial headaches these days. Connecticut, too, is facing big budget problems as major corporations flee the state’s high taxes and its fiscal future gets murkier by the day. While Illinois is facing the possibility its credit rating hitting “junk” status, Connecticut has the distinction of the third-worst ratings in the country — behind Illinois and New Jersey.

How long can humans live?
Last year, a trio of New York researchers claimed humans had already lived as long as they possibly could…Now a group of Canadian researchers challenges that assertion, saying its possible human existence may be boundless. “…But because we can detect no limit it is possible that indeed there is no limit,” said McGill University biologist Siegfried Hekimi. “Average human life span keeps increasing dramatically and maximum human lifespan seems to follow…”

Could Australian supermarkets introduce e-pricing?
Changes afoot in the UK to scrap fixed prices, giving supermarkets more power to hike up the cost of products from hour to hour based on demand, could be adopted here in Australia. Tesco and Sainsbury’s in the UK will implement electronic “Uber-style” pricing within the next five years…giving them the power to jack up prices by as much as 90 per cent during the lunch rush, the traditional Sunday evening grocery shopping peak and on public holidays.

Taxpayers Are Funding Animal Tests for Homemade Abortions
More than 60 Republicans and Democrats in Congress are supporting a bill—the Federal Accountability in Chemical Testing (FACT) Act (HR 816)—that would improve disclosure by federal agencies about hundreds of expensive, slow, and outdated animal tests…the National Toxicology Program (NTP)…is engaged in hundreds of planned and ongoing animal tests…Two of the substances on the NTP animal testing list…are best known as a way to induce “herbal abortions.”

Germany scraps billion-dollar drone deal with Israel
A billion-dollar deal which would have seen Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) leasing Heron-2 drones to the German Air Force was scrapped Wednesday from the German agenda…Opposition to the deal was first raised last week after members of parliament paid a visit to the industrial compound in Israel and expressed dismay at the discovery that the drones were already equipped with weapons systems which were almost ready to begin operations from the air.

Mortar shell falls in Golan Heights, IDF retaliates
On Wednesday evening, at 21:14, the IDF reported that a mortar shell fell in an open area in the northern Golan Heights. The IDF responded by stating that the mortar shell was a stray missile from the internal fighting in Syria and that there were no casualties and no damage as a result.

Iraq declares end of caliphate after capture historic Mosul mosque
Iraqi government troops on Thursday captured the mosque in Mosul from where Islamic State proclaimed its self-styled caliphate three years ago…Seizing the…Grand al-Nuri Mosque hands a symbolic victory to the Iraqi forces who have been battling for more than eight month to recapture Mosul…”Their fictitious state has fallen,” an Iraqi military spokesman, Brigadier General Yahya Rasool, told state TV.

New computer virus spreads from Ukraine to disrupt world business
A computer virus wreaked havoc on firms around the globe on Wednesday as it spread to more than 60 countries, disrupting ports from Mumbai to Los Angeles and halting work at a chocolate factory in Australia. Risk-modeling firm Cyence said economic losses from this week’s attack and one last month from a virus dubbed WannaCry would likely total $8 billion.

Project Veritas Exposes CNN’s Van Jones: “The Russia Thing Is Just A Big Nothing Burger”
For 24 hours, Americans have been waiting with bated breath for James O’Keefe to reveal the subject of his 2nd undercover CNN video.  As it turns out, it is none other than CNN’s Van Jones who inadvertently revealed his real thoughts on CNN’s ‘Russian meddling’ narrative, namely that it’s a “big nothing burger.”

Economists Hilariously Over-Predicted Growth
White house economists overestimated annual economic growth by about 80 percent on average for a six year stretch during Barack Obama’s presidency, according to Freedom Works economic consultant Stephen Moore.

EXPLOSIVE! Obama Will Have To Testify Before Congress On Russia! Busted!
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich asserted Tuesday that, “The Congress is about to have to call Barack Obama in to testify under oath about when he knew about Russia meddling.” He stated that Obama’s future could be in jeopardy because of what he knew and what he chose to keep secret.

Goldman No Longer Believes Republicans Can Repeal Obamacare: Here’s Why
One month after Goldman gave up on Trump being able to pass any major(or  minor) tax package in 2017, overnight – in the aftermath of Senate GOP’s deplorable failure to find the needed 51 votes to ” repeal and replace” Obamacare- Goldman’s Washington analyst Alec Phillips throws up his hands, and no longer believes that passage of Obamacare is possible.

New Low: CNN Uses Sesame Street’s Elmo to Attack Trump’s Travel Ban
Proving once again that there is no place you will find a happier leftist than in that influential sweet spot between parent and child, proving once again that during a month of extraordinary lows, CNN will always find a new barrel bottom, in the wake of President Trump’s 9-0 Supreme Court triumph, the leftwing cable news network decided to use popular Sesame Street puppet Elmo as a propaganda tool against President Trump’s temporary travel ban.

Israeli troops kill Palestinian gunman who shot at them during raid
Israeli troops on Wednesday shot and killed a Palestinian gunman who fired at them during a raid to uncover an arms cache in the occupied West Bank town of Hebron, the Israeli military said.