3 Aug 2017

Indonesia: Mount Sinabung erupts again August 2
Mount Sinabung, a large active volcano located in North Sumatra’s Karo district, erupted multiple times between 08:00 and 12:00 (local time) on Wednesday, August 2, spewing ash and fumes more than 4 km (2.5 mi) into the air. No casualties were reported. Government officials have told residents to stay 7 km (4.3 mi) away from the south side of the volcano…

Russia PM: New US sanctions amount to ‘full-scale trade war’
New sanctions on Russia which US President Donald Trump has signed into law are tantamount to a “full-scale trade war,” Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday.

5th Trump judicial nominee confirmed, outpacing Obama, Bush
President Donald Trump has outpaced his immediate predecessors when it comes to having his choices for federal judgeships confirmed. The Senate this week approved a fifth Trump nominee, placing Trump on a faster pace for approvals than either President Barack Obama or President George W. Bush.

Europe Is Committing Suicide
Europe has surrendered to Islam and is in a state of dhimmitude (submission), “forced to deny its own culture, stand silently by in the face of alleged Muslim atrocities, accept Muslim immigration, and pay tribute through various types of economic assistance.”

Israeli spy agency uncovers Gaza-Turkey-West Bank terror money trail
A Hamas money laundering ring transferring money from officials in Gaza, via Turkey, to the West Bank city of Hebron has been exposed by the Shin Bet, IDF and Israel Police, the internal security agency cleared for publication on Thursday. According to a statement by the Shin Bet internal security agency the money laundering ring was run by senior Hamas activist Muhammed Mahed Bader from Hebron.

UN Secretary-General Guterres set to visit Israel at end of August
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is scheduled to visit Israel at the end of the month for his first trip here since taking over from Ban Ki-moon on January 1. While Ban made the first of his 12 visits to Israel…Guterres’s visit comes after he has already taken nearly 40 official trips abroad, including eight trips to the region: to Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Qatar, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

Migrant crisis: Libya strongman Haftar warns Italy over ships
On Wednesday, Italy’s parliament approved a plan to send naval boats to Libya to stop migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea. Italy is the main recipient of migrants making the dangerous trip from Libya. Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar has now ordered naval bases in four Libyan cities to block Italian ships.

US sanctions are ‘trade war’ on Russia, says PM Medvedev
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said new sanctions imposed by the US are tantamount to declaring a “full-scale trade war” against Moscow. He said the measures, signed by Donald Trump, demonstrated the complete impotence of the US president, who he said had been humiliated by Congress. The law aims to punish Russia for its alleged meddling in the 2016 US elections and its actions in Ukraine.

Canada opens Montreal Olympic Stadium for migrants from US
Montreal is temporarily opening its Olympic Stadium as a shelter to host a sudden increase in asylum seekers arriving from the US. More than 4,300 people have crossed into Canada seeking refugee status since January. The majority have crossed into the province of Quebec, straining government and community resources.

Syria war: Homs ceasefire deal announced
A ceasefire between Syrian forces and rebels north of Homs has been agreed and will come into effect on Thursday, Russia’s defence ministry says. It would be the third such “de-escalation zone” put in place since July after talks between powers backing and opposing the Syrian government. The others cover parts of south-western Syria and the outskirts of Damascus.

Apple defends complying with China over VPNs
Apple boss Tim Cook has defended his company’s decision to comply with the Chinese government’s demand it remove VPN software from the App Store. Virtual Private Networks are often used to skirt censorship and surveillance in countries with tight restrictions on internet use. The company has been heavily criticised for removing several VPN apps, and was accused of “aiding Chinese censorship efforts”.

Human embryos edited to stop disease
Scientists have, for the first time, successfully freed embryos of a piece of faulty DNA that causes deadly heart disease to run in families. It potentially opens the door to preventing 10,000 disorders that are passed down the generations. The US and South Korean team allowed the embryos to develop for five days before stopping the experiment.

If the FBI Has Your Biometrics, It Doesn’t Have to Tell You
A new rule will prevent millions of people from finding out if their fingerprints, iris scans and other biometric information is stored in a massive federal database. The FBI’s Next Generation Identification system stores the biometric records of people who have undergone background checks for jobs, volunteer positions and military service, as well…criminal records. Effective Aug. 31, that database will be exempt from certain parts of the Privacy Act…

New Israeli system capable of identifying explosive devices from afar
The Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has recently completed the development of the Counter Improvised Explosive Device and Mine Suite (CIMS) mobile system, integrating optic sensors with radars to expose roadside charges before military forces ever go near them. This new Israeli innovation will be able to protect soldiers against explosive charges as they cross hostile areas in times of battle or operations.

The Real Reason Why MS-13 Gangsters Were Brought to America
…During the 2014 immigration crisis, I was befriended by a DEA special agent who was fed up with elements of the Obama administration allowing terrorists, cartel members and large quantities of drugs into the country. He reached out to me in order to publicize the public betrayal by the Obama administration. I quickly arrived at the conclusion that America is in the process of being transformed into the same type of narco-terrorist state as we see in Mexico. Let’s consider the public drug trial of Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla as a case in point.

House Judiciary Committee Approves Investigation of Comey, Lynch, Hillary, Bill and Obama 
The House Judiciary Committee has officially approved an effort to launch an investigation into former FBI Director James Comey’s leaking activities and apparent mishandling of a federal investigation by former Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Ready for war: US sends HUNDREDS of troops to South Korea as North Korea tension escalates
Amid an ever-tightening spiral of threat and counter-threat, the US is raising the stakes with the huge military deployment. As North Korean despot Kim Jong-un continues to accelerate its controversial missile testing programme, the troop movement marks a stark change in tact from Washington. The White House has appeared increasingly impatient with the policy of threatening Pyongyang with sanctions and economic penalties rather than clear military threats.

Border truck inspections leave drug cartels ‘fuming’
America’s border security forces now are using X-ray and other non-invasive tech to screen every cargo truck cross from Mexico into the U.S. – “after eight years of sporadic or random screening permitted under the Obama administration,” Judicial Watch reported.

Obama group claims responsibility for defeating Obamacare repeal
Obama-founded Organizing for Action is taking credit for defeating legislation that would have repealed Obamacare. “Last week marked a huge victory in our fight to save Obamacare” Saumya Narechania, National Issues Campaign Manager for OfA writes in a new mass email to supporters bearing the subject line “Sabotage.” “Because of the grassroots pressure our movement put on key senators at their offices, at rallies, and during town halls, we defeated Mitch McConnell’s dangerous repeal plan.”

Special Counsel Mueller Adds Another Obama Ally To His Team
With each passing day, it’s looking increasingly like the only people qualified to  serve on Special Counsel Mueller’s investigative team are lawyers who have either directly worked for and/or contributed to the campaigns of Barack Obama and/or Hillary Clinton.  As Reuters points out today, Mueller’s latest hire is Greg Andres, a former DOJ attorney who was appointed during the Obama administartion and served under Attorney General Eric Holder.

Ranchers Sue Feds After 1.8M Acre Grab
Three state agriculture associations filed a lawsuit Monday against the federal government for not considering how listing almost two million acres in California as “critical habitat” could affect small business, agriculture, and local government, according to a Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) press release.