3 July 2017

Pope shakes up Vatican by replacing conservative doctrinal chief
A brief Vatican statement said Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Mueller’s five-year mandate as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a key department charged with defending Catholic doctrine, would not be renewed. Mueller, 69, who was appointed by former Pope Benedict in 2012, will be succeeded by the department’s number two, Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer. Ladaria, a 73-year-old Spaniard who, like the Argentine pope is a member of the Jesuit order,

Nightfall is supposed to bring darkness. Recent nightfalls in Europe, however, have brought glowing ripples of electric-blue.

Which Americans support Israel – and which do not?
Survey shows major decline in support for Israel among Democrats, Millennials, blacks and Latinos. Broken down by demographic groups, the decline in support for Israel was apparent among groups which tend to vote Democratic: younger Americans, blacks, and Latinos. Blacks are increasingly associating Palestinian Arab rights with their own struggle.

Putin is drowning in Syria
Putin and Lavrov entered the Syrian quagmire without planning their getaway. And now, there is none. For a Russian analyst living in Russia to openly declare Putin’s Syria policy a “dead-end” without fearing for his life shows how truly dire the Syrian situation is for Putin.

Saudi Arabia, allies give Qatar two more days to accept demands
The four states cut diplomatic and commercial ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of supporting terrorism, meddling in their internal affairs and advancing the agenda of regional foe Iran, all of which Qatar denies. Mediation efforts, including by the U.S., have been fruitless.

Power outage hits multiple Central American countries
A massive power outage hit Central America, causing millions of people to lose electricity for hours. The outage was so vast across Costa Rica that all of its power plants lost power for hours at a time.

A Palestinian State Will Be Hell For Abused Women
Currently, Israel is the one place in the Middle East where women enjoy full equality with men. The assumption was that a Palestinian state would be the same. It won’t. Nor do the Palestinians themselves want it to be.

Major defense deals to be signed during historic Modi visit to Israel
Israel and India are expected to sign several major defense deals during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel marking 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Modi, who is set to arrive on Tuesday in the first-ever visit by a sitting Indian prime minister, has stressed that defense will not be the primary focus of the trip. The two sides are also expected to sign number of agreements in the fields of innovation, development, science, technology and space.

South China Sea: China calls USS Stethem warship ‘a provocation’
Beijing has called the presence of a US warship near a disputed island in the South China Sea “a serious political and military provocation”. The USS Stethem sailed close to Triton Island, part of the Paracel Islands archipelago, claimed by China and others. China responded by sending military vessels and fighter jets to the area.

Qatar is given a further 48 hours to meet Gulf demands
Saudi Arabia and three other Arab states have extended the deadline for Qatar to accept a list of demands or face further sanctions by 48 hours. The initial deadline for Qatar to agree to the group’s 13 demands, including the shutting down of the Al Jazeera news network, expired on Sunday. The Gulf state, which denies funding extremism, is expected to submit a formal response later.

World’s largest warship docks at Haifa
The USS George H.W. Bush, docked outside Israel’s Haifa port Saturday, the first such visit in 17 years. The Nimitz-class aircraft supercarrier left its homeport of Norfolk, Virginia on January 21 and has been in the region since February as a base for airstrikes against the Islamic State group. It operates mainly in the Persian Gulf.

Irish Pro-Life Rally Draws 70,000 in March Against Abortion
Ireland’s annual “Rally for Life” in Dublin drew some 70,000 marchers Saturday, calling for the protection of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibits abortion. David Quinn, founder and director of the Iona Institute for Religion and Society, told Breitbart News that the immense turnout for the march “sends a very strong signal to the Government that they are going to meet tremendous resistance in their campaign to remove from our Constitution the right to life of the unborn.”

Trump: Since Signing the Declaration of Independence, ‘America Always Affirmed that Liberty Comes from Our Creator’
Saturday, President Donald Trump said in his “Celebrate Freedom Rally” speech honoring veterans at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C….“Since the signing of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago, America always affirmed that liberty comes from our creator,” Trump declared. “Our rights are given to us by God and no earthly force can ever take those rights away. That is why my administration is returning that power back to where it belongs — to the people.”

Near 100,000 Migrants Cross Mediterranean To Europe in First Six Months of 2017
Despite efforts by individual nations and the European Union to get to grips with the migrant crisis, nearly 100,000 people crossed the Mediterranean in the first half of 2017. While the significant figure is down on the same period in 2016 and shows the migrant deal with Turkey has been partially successful, the latest figures reported by the UN Migration Agency (IOM) show the problem is slowly shifting West.

University Considers Removal of Bibles and Crosses from Chapel
An Oklahoma public university is reconsidering its original decision to remove religious articles from its chapel after it received a complaint from an organization that describes itself as a “national religious liberty watchdog group.” On Friday East Central University (ECU) announced it was putting a halt to its removal of religious articles, such as bibles and crosses, from its Kathryn P. Boswell Memorial Chapel and steeple, until receiving feedback from students and faculty.

South Pars deal with Total, CNPC to be signed today
Iran will sign a deal today with France’s Total and China’s state-owned National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) for development of phase 11 of its South Pars gas field. Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh and directors from National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), Total, CNPC, and Iran’s Petropars Group and Pars Oil & Gas Company (POGC) are expected to attend the signing ceremony, Tasnim news agency reported.

UNESCO World Heritage meet opens amid tensions over Hebron motion
Officials opened the 41st annual UNESCO World Heritage Committee’s conference in Poland on Sunday, bringing together 21 member states, more than 170 observer nations and many non-governmental organizations. The meeting will run through July 12 and debate contentious issues like a Palestinian motion to deny Israel sovereignty over Jerusalem and have the West Bank city of Hebron designated as a “World Heritage Site in Danger.”

Anti-Semitic incidents jolt New Jersey town buffeted by welfare scam
A Holocaust memorial outside a synagogue in Lakewood, New Jersey, was covered with an anti-Semitic banner on Sunday, hours after anti-Semitic flyers were found placed on car windshields in the area. Both had a link to the same white supremacist website. The Anti-Defamation League tweeted an image of the monument, which is outside the Congregation Sons of Israel synagogue, draped with a white cloth banner emblazoned with an anti-Semitic term for Jews, which read “Heebs will not divide us.”

Suicide blast rocks heart of Syria’s capital
Security forces chased three explosive-laden vehicles through Damascus Sunday, intercepting two of them at checkpoints but failing to stop the third before it exploded in the city center, killing at least eight people, state media and others reported.

Pentagon sails destroyer near disputed island in South China Sea, officials say
For the second time since President Trump took office, the Pentagon dispatched a U.S. Navy warship to sail near a disputed island claimed by China in the South China Sea, two U.S. defense officials told Fox News.

“I’m Concerned For My Friend The President… They Are Going To Find Something”
“I feel for my friend Donald… he is a great man… Our whole system is suspect right now… it’s all these bureaucrats and people with their hands in pockets… why does a politician go into office poor and leave rich? How does it happen? That’s corruption… but nobody says anything about that.”

Trump Preparing Possible North Korean Strike, Contacting Japanese & Chinese Leaders Today
President Donald Trump will hold separate telephone conversations Sunday with the leaders of Japan and China.  A White House announcement did not say what Trump would discuss with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The talks, however, are likely to be about Trump’s growing frustration with North Korea and its series of recent missile tests.

Illinois House Approves Historic 32% Tax Increase, Governor Vows Veto
Late on Sunday evening the Illinois House approved the most controversial element of a budget package, a tax hike which will increase the income tax rate by 32% from 3.75% to 4.95%, and the corporate income tax rate from 5.25% to 7%, to try and end a historic budget impasse. The bill passed 72-45.

Loretta Lynch Under DOJ Investigation for Obstruction-Mainstream Media Blackout
Attorney General Loretta Lynch, another criminal in the long line of Obama administration minions. She is now accused of obstructing justice and is under a criminal investigation by the DOJ. Will this get legs or will the Deep State be able to kill the investigation?