28 Aug 2017

 

Is Hurricane Harvey Divine Reaction to Latest US Mid-East Peace Push?
While “it is forbidden to attribute divine motivations to such disasters”, Rabbi Yosef Dayan, a former member of the nascent Sanhedrin, told Breaking Israel News, “an introspective process is clearly necessary.” One overarching spiritual theme places the disaster in a peculiar context. The storm coincided with the Trump Administration’s Middle East negotiating team, led by Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, visiting the region in yet another attempt to jump-start peace talks. The devastation of Hurricane Harvey thus follows in a long line of natural disasters that have accompanied the anti-Israel political process of negotiating with the Palestinians.

As Menendez trial begins, corruption case brings high stakes
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) is about to endure a lengthy trial in federal court as he fights accusations of fraud and bribery. The trial, expected to last two months, puts Democrats in jeopardy of losing a critical seat in the Senate and possibly ceding ground to Republicans on a number of major policy proposals that have divided Washington.

Houston crippled by catastrophic flooding, with more rain on the way
Harvey, the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years, first hit land late on Friday and has killed at least two people. It has since stayed around Texas’ Gulf of Mexico Coast, where it is forecast to remain for several more days, drenching parts of the region with a year’s worth of rain in the span of a week.

PM to UN Chief: You’ve allowed Palestinian hatred to thrive
“The UN is charged with [bringing] peace,” said Netanyahu, yet it permits Palestinian hatred to thrive in its [the UN’s] corridors.”

Quake leaves 8 injured in northwestern Iran
A 4.9-magnitute earthquake which hit Sharabian district in the East Azarbaijan Province, northwestern Iran, on the wee hours of Aug.28, injured eight people, He said that the tremor also damaged many houses in the area.

Trump Envoys, Netanyahu Renew Talks on Jerusalem Embassy Move
President Donald Trump’s Middle East envoys and Israeli officials renewed discussion of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in high-level meetings last week, the Times of Israel reported Sunday.

Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits Admiralty Islands, Papua New Guinea
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit Admiralty Islands archipelago, Papua New Guinea at 04:17 UTC on August 27, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 8.1 km (5 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 0 km.

Israeli official: If Iran expands in Syria, we’ll bomb Assad’s palace
A senior Israeli official warned the Russian government that if Iran continues to extend its reach in Syria, Israel will bomb Syrian President Bashar Assad’s palace in Damascus, according to reports in Arab media. Israel also warned that if serious changes do not happen in the region, Israel will make sure the ceasefire deal, reached by the United States and Russia in Astana, Kazakhstan, will be nullified.

UN Chief Guterres: UN will treat Israel with ‘impartiality’
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres told Israeli President Reuven Rivlin that he intends to end the discrimination against Israel at the UN…“This targeting of Israel, this singling out of the world’s only Jewish State, and even actions and statements that threaten to destroy Israel are unacceptable, and should come at a price. No member state in the UN should be allowed to behave like that,” he said.

US policy in Israel remains unclear after envoys’ visit
They came, they saw, they left – and to little fanfare at that…And following the latest meetings between the US delegation and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, it appears as though “Team America” is no closer to reaching a breakthrough to reestablish any meaningful negotiating process.

China claims victory over India in Himalayan border row
China says India has withdrawn troops from a disputed Himalayan border area, ending a tense stand-off lasting weeks. The foreign ministry in Beijing said it was pleased that “trespassing Indian personnel have all pulled back to the Indian side of the boundary”. India’s foreign ministry confirmed troops were “disengaging” at Doklam after agreement between the countries.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-41066686
Guatemala’s president has ordered the expulsion from the country of the head of the UN anti-corruption mission. President Jimmy Morales ordered Iván Velásquez Gómez’s immediate removal in a video message released on Sunday. The Constitutional Court quickly halted the order, but Mr Morales said it did not have the power to overrule his decisions on foreign affairs.

Storm Harvey: Houston battles ‘unprecedented’ floods
The US city of Houston is in the grip of the biggest storm in the history of the state of Texas, officials say. A record 30in of rain (75cm) has fallen on the city in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, turning roads into rivers. The area is expected to have received a year’s rainfall within a week. Five people are reported dead. Helicopters have plucked victims from rooftops.

Face scans, robot baggage handlers—airports of the future
Passengers’ baggage is collected by robots, they relax in a luxurious waiting area complete with an indoor garden before getting a face scan and swiftly passing through security and immigration—this could be the airport of the future. It’s a vision that planners hope will become reality as new technology is rolled out, transforming the exhausting experience of getting stuck in lengthy queues…

Christian child forced into Muslim foster care
A white Christian child was taken from her family and forced to live with a niqab-wearing foster carer in a home where she was allegedly encouraged to learn Arabic. The five-year-old girl, a native English speaker, has spent the past six months in the care of two Muslim households in London.

Chicago Exchange Sale Looks Shaky as China Tensions Rise
The Chicago Stock Exchange is a relic of history, trading less than 0.5% of U.S. stocks and in such straits that it has been looking for a buyer. That isn’t how U.S. officials see it. After a group of buyers emerged last year to rescue the exchange—led by Chongqing Casin Enterprise Group, a Chinese conglomerate—lawmakers demanded that the deal be halted on national-security grounds.

Ilargi Meijer: Jackson Hole’s Deluded Groupthink Confirms “A Gigantic Financial Crisis Is Coming”
“America is slowly dying… as The Fed congratulates itself on achieving ‘full employment’ …when full employment means 78% of people have such a hard time making ends meet that they can’t afford to keep each other in a job by spending their money in stores etc., you’re effectively looking at a dying economy…”

FEMA: “We’re Going To Be There For Years” As Trump Visits Texas On Tuesday
FEMA is gearing up for a years-long effort to help the recovery from the damage wrought by Hurricane Harvey. “FEMA is going to be there for years,” administrator Brock Long said on CNN: “this disaster is going to be a landmark event.”

North Korea likely tested a weapon that could start a Second Korean War
Question: Why didn’t President Bill Clinton in 1994—when the North Korean nuclear menace was still in its infancy—destroy Pyongyang’s atomic program before it would transform into the existential threat it is today? Simple. He risked the possibility that the Kim family would, at the very least, rain down a barrage of massive artillery and rocket fire on the capitol of South Korea, Seoul, just some 35 miles from the Demilitarized Zone. As one senior Clinton official told me some months ago: “We just couldn’t take that risk.”

California Could Start Jailing People Who Don’t Use Transgender Pronouns
A bill that passed the California state senate and is now moving through the Assembly could threaten jail time for anyone who refuses to use a transgender person’s preferred pronoun.

BOMBSHELL! The National Debt has SHRUNK 100 Billion Dollars Under President Trump!
Even SNOPES agrees that for the first time in DECADES, the United States’ national debt has fallen to a “surprising” extent in the seven months since the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

Liberals Petitioning To Replace Christopher Columbus Statue With Prince At Minnesota State Capitol
Liberals started with Robert E. Lee and have moved on to George Washington, Ulysses S. Grant, and Columbus. Absolute insanity.