7 Aug 2017

Has Rabbi Schneerson been resurrected?
Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, a leader in the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, died in 1994. But some of his followers claimed he was the Messiah and would eventually return from the dead. Now, Zev Porat, a Messianic Jewish Rabbi who preaches the Gospel, claims just such a movement is underway in his homeland of Israel.

Mexico preps for hurricane as Tropical Storm Franklin gathers strength
Mexico issued a hurricane watch as Tropical Storm Franklin organized near the Yucatan Peninsula and headed westward toward the mainland. On Monday morning, Franklin’s center was about 285 miles east-southeast of Chetumal, Mexico, and moving at about 10 to 15 mph.

As short sellers target Chinese companies in Hong Kong, hostility mounts
Short sellers are increasingly targeting Hong Kong-listed Chinese companies they allege have committed accounting tricks, market manipulation and fraud. And that’s despite mounting hostility faced by investors who bet against stocks. This year, there have been nine campaigns by short sellers against Hong Kong-listed companies as of mid-July, a record for the period, according to data from Activist Insight.

Aide turned state’s witness: ‘I did not rat out Netanyahu’
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s former chief of staff, Ari Harow, who turned state’s witness on Friday, told his associates that he did not turn his back on Netanyahu, and that he does not believe his actions were criminal…“It is not that I broke the law with Netanyahu and now I am looking for a way to blame it on him so I can get away with it.

China media stress limits to North Korea sanctions, slam U.S. ‘arrogance’
Chinese state media on Monday stressed the limits of new United Nations sanctions on North Korea, and also slammed the United States for its “arrogance”, saying Washington needed to understand it also has a role in lessening tensions. The United Nations Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday that could slash its $3 billion annual export revenue by a third.

Japanese people practising nuclear attack drills
So far this year North Korea has carried out 14 missile tests, all of them fired towards the coast of Japan. Now for the first time in more than 70 years villagers along the north-west coast of Japan are being ordered to take part in air raid drills.

Russia aims to cut dependence on U.S. payment systems – RIA
Russia will speed up work on reducing its dependence on U.S. payment systems and the dollar as a settling currency in response to U.S. sanctions, RIA new agency cited Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on Monday. “We will of course intensify work related to import substitution, reduction of dependence on U.S. payment systems, on the dollar as a settling currency and so on. It is becoming a vital need,” Ryabkov was quoted as saying.

Hackers now target more than one bank every week with 89 being hit last year
Computer hackers carried out at least one cyber-attack against banks and other lenders every week last year. Figures from the Financial Conduct Authority, the City watchdog, showed there were 89 attacks against firms it regulates last year, compared with five in 2014. The massive surge came as the country’s biggest banks were accused of covering up the threat to customers in an attempt to protect their reputations.

Spurred by Trump, States Battle Sanctuary Cities
…A growing number of proposed state laws designed to crack down on sanctuary cities are putting local leaders in those municipalities on the defensive, forcing many to fight off measures they say could cripple their crime-fighting abilities and threaten economic growth.

Artificial Intelligence will lead to the human soul, not destroy it
Elon Musk famously equated Artifical Intelligence with “summoning the demon” and sounds the alarm that AI is advancing faster than anyone realizes, posing an existential threat to humanity…In fact, in a purely physical world, fully-realized AI should be recognized as the appropriate outcome of natural selection; we humans should benefit from it while we can. After all, sooner or later, humanity will cease to exist…

Australia, Japan, U.S. call for South China Sea code to be legally binding
Australia, Japan and the United States on Monday urged Southeast Asia and China to ensure that a South China Sea code of conduct they have committed to draw up will be legally binding and said they strongly opposed “coercive unilateral actions”. The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China should establish a set of rules that were “legally binding, meaningful, effective, and consistent with international law,”…

To Ascend the Mount, or Not, That is the Question
Last week, a record number of Israelis visited the Temple Mount. According to some sources, more than 1,200 Jews entered the holy site to mark the fast of Tisha b’Av, which commemorates the destruction of the Temple. Hundreds more were not allowed in because, unlike Muslims, Jews can enter the Temple Mount for only four hours a day through a single gate equipped with metal detectors.

Stones thrown at Israeli Police near Temple Mount
Three Arab Israelis were arrested on Sunday evening for throwing stones at police officers near the Chain Gate of the Temple Mount compound in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Tillerson: US to respond to Russia’s ouster of diplomats
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday the U.S. will respond by Sept. 1 to Russia’s move to make a major cut in American diplomatic staff in response to former President Barack Obama’s decision to expel Russian diplomats for Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

North Korea vows ‘thousands-fold’ revenge in response to United Nations sanctions
North Korea vowed Monday to strike the U.S. with “thousands-fold” revenge after the United Nations imposed new sanctions in response to a recent intercontinental ballistic missile launch from the rogue regime. The dictatorship’s official KCNA news agency described the recent sanctions as “crimes” that were a “violent violation of our sovereignty” and a “heinous plot to isolate and stifle” the communist country.

PA Hysterical Over Possibility of Israeli Seat at UN Security Council
“Sanctions should be imposed on Israel and it should be prosecuted for its crimes, not chosen as member of the Security Council,” Majdalani said.

China Considering Military Action Against India: Report
Two combative articles published in China’s state-run Global Times newspaper have raised fears of military clashes in the disputed Doklam region that lies at the junction between China, Bhutan and India.

The Stock Market Keeps Breaking New Records While Mainstream Media Focuses on ‘Chaos’ Mainstream media news broadcasts have been mostly silent on the stock market’s historical milestones that have occurred during the first few months of the Trump presidency.

Pruitt: Obama EPA ‘Failed’ to ‘Protect the Environment’ Following Devastating Colorado Gold King Mine Spill
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt visited the site of the devastating Gold King Mine spill in Colorado that spilled 3 million gallons of contaminated mine water into the Cement Creek and Animas River, saying the Obama EPA “failed” at its mission to protect the environment.

McMaster Worked at Think Tank Backed by Soros-Funded Group that Helped Obama Sell Iran Nuclear Deal
White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster served at a UK-based think tank financed by a controversial, George Soros-funded group identified by the Obama White House as central in helping to sell the Iran nuclear deal to the public and news media.

Illinois Makes “Barack Obama Day” State Holiday
Former President Barack Obama got a special present for his birthday this year: his very own holiday. According to NBC Chicago, on Friday Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law a measure to designate Aug. 4 as “Barack Obama Day” across the state. The holiday will be celebrated each year on Obama’s birthday beginning in 2018.

Judge Jeanine Posts Epic Rant: “[Dems] Lie, Steal, Cheat And Continue To Get Away With It”
“Hillary Clinton’s case needs to be brought to a grand jury immediately.  She needs to be prosecuted for destroying and concealing subpoenaed property and the emails.” “I don’t wanna hear ‘Hillary’s a good woman,’ she’s not!  While we play by the rules they lie, steal, cheat and continue to get away with it.  Because we let them.”