25 Aug 2017

In Policy Turnaround US State Department Refuses to Commit to “Biased” Two-State Solution
While a White House delegation meets with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, the US State Department indicated a significant shift away from the anti-Israel two-state solution, admitting that it was “biased”.

North Korea Boosts Production of New Solid-Fuel Missiles Capable of Reaching US Mainland
North Korean media released photos on Wednesday of previously unrevealed missiles using more efficient solid fuel. In theory, these new missiles could reach any target in the continental US including New York and Washington DC.

EU demands Israel rebuild illegal Palestinian school structures
Israel must rebuild the two modular Palestinian schools it demolished, the European Union said as it condemned the IDF actions against illegal Palestinian and Beduin construction in Area C of the West Bank. “Every child has the right to safe access to education and states have an obligation to protect, respect and fulfill this right, by ensuring that schools are inviolable safe spaces for children,” the EU said on Thursday…

Amid constant clashes, wall to be built around Beit El settlement
Israeli authorities have allocated millions of shekels to build a wall around part of the West Bank Jewish community of Beit El, where 6,500 residents live side-by-side the Al-Jalazoun Palestinian refugee camp. Yaacov Havakook, who heads the International Media Department at Israel’s Defense Ministry, told The Media Line about the plan to build a wall in the western part of Beit El and stressed that the move “is based on security circumstances and needs.”

Boris Johnson says UK was ‘over-optimistic’ about Libya
The removal of Colonel Gaddafi in 2011 has been a “tragedy so far” for the people of Libya, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that “we were way over-optimistic” about Libya’s future, adding that the elections of 2014 “made things worse”. His comments came after a two-day visit to Libya, where he urged rival parties to compromise and unite the country.

Sixteen US staff in Cuba hurt in ‘acoustic attack’
At least 16 US government employees were treated for symptoms after a possible acoustic attack targeting embassy staff in Cuba, the state department says. US media reports say the symptoms range from hearing loss to “mild traumatic brain injury”, which could include concussion or headaches. A spokeswoman said the attacks seemed to have stopped.

‘Perfect’ conditions could make Harvey the strongest hurricane to hit the US in 12 YEARS
Texas is bracing itself for the storm of the decade as Hurricane Harvey barrels towards the state, which is expecting catastrophic flooding, power outages, winds up to 130mph and 30 inches of rain. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Harvey has ‘rapidly intensified’ and experts say weather conditions have created the perfect recipe for the monster Category 3 hurricane to form and crash into Texas late on Friday night.

3,700-year-old Babylonian tablet rewrites the history of maths/a>
A 3,700-year-old clay tablet has proven that the Babylonians developed trigonometry 1,500 years before the Greeks and were using a sophisticated method of mathematics which could change how we calculate today. The tablet, known as Plimpton 332, was discovered in the early 1900s in Southern Iraq by the American archaeologist and diplomat Edgar Banks, who was the inspiration for Indiana Jones.

Christians FURIOUS as blacklist of hate groups lists Evangelicals in with Neo-Nazis and the KKK
A prominent civil-rights organization just published its annual list of hate groups, lumping right-wing and religious groups with neo-Nazis and the KKK. The list has caused damage to several non-profit charitable organizations and has been labeled as fraudulent by many, but is still used as the standard for judging an organization because it is the only list of its kind.

BREAKING: Document Leak Clears Trump In Russia “Scandal”
…Four intelligence and computer experts tasked with examining the case now conclude that the Democrat National Committee (DNC) email server was not hacked by the Russian government. In fact, the server was not hacked at all.

Wash Post column cheers Satan, jeers Christians
The venerated journalistic institution the Washington Post, which recently adopted the slogan “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” published a column Wednesday by a spokesman for the “Prince of Darkness” who blamed Christianity for slavery and white supremacism.

White House Readies Military Transgender Ban, Removal of Troops
The White House is expected to send guidance to the Pentagon in coming days on how to implement a new administration ban on transgender people in the military, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Under the policy, Defense Secretary James Mattis can consider a service member’s ability to deploy as the primary legal test for deciding whether to discharge them from the military.

Jared Kushner Arrives in Israel to Attempt Palestinian Statehood Talks
The Times of Israel reports: A high level US delegation including senior White House adviser Jared Kushner arrived in Israel late Wednesday, ahead of meetings with Palestinian and Israeli leaders aimed at looking for way to jumpstart peace talks.

CIA’s Secret Spy Tool Allegedly Helps Steal Data From NSA & FBI
Details of an alleged CIA project that allows the agency to secretly extract biometric data from liaison services such as the NSA, the DHS and the FBI have been published by WikiLeaks. Documents from the CIA’s ‘ExpressLane’ project were released by the whistleblowing organization as part of its ongoing ‘Vault 7’ series on the intelligence agency’s alleged hacking capabilities.

Senate Declares War On Assange
An angry Julian Assange slammed efforts to officially classify his whistleblowing organization as a “non-state hostile intelligence service”, decrying it as an attempt to put the “Pompeo Doctrine” into law. In its annual “intelligence authorization”, the Senate Intelligence Committee proposed to effectively declare WikiLeaks a terrorist media organization.