2 Sep 2017

Antisemitism in Poland being ‘normalized,’ European Jewish group warns
There has been a “distinct normalization of antisemitism” in Poland, the European Jewish Congress (EJC) warned on Thursday and called on the Polish government to respond forcefully. The EJC also expressed “grave concerns” over the deteriorating relationship between the Polish government and Poland’s Jewish population at a time of rising antisemitism in the country…

Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar near 40,000
Nearly 40,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh since violence erupted in Myanmar’s Rakhine state a week ago, the UN estimates. Scores of people are reported to have died since Rohingya militants attacked police posts on 25 August. Subsequent clashes have sent civilians from all communities fleeing.

Germans in Aachen get free iodine amid Belgium nuclear fears
The western German city of Aachen has started issuing free iodine tablets to some 500,000 residents and people living nearby because an ageing Belgian nuclear plant is seen as a risk. People can register on the city website to receive coupons exchangeable at pharmacies stocking the pills. Iodine can reduce the risk of thyroid cancer after a release of radiation.

US reveals details of recent ‘sonic attack’ on Cuba diplomats
A suspected acoustic attack on US embassy staff in Cuba was reported as recently as last month, US officials have revealed. It was originally thought that the incidents had ended several months ago. The US State Department also said the number of staff who have reported health problems had increased to 19. It comes as the union representing diplomatic staff says some victims suffered mild brain injuries and permanent hearing loss.

IS convoy stranded in Syria desert after US bombing
The US-led coalition says it will keep blocking a convoy of evacuated Islamic State militants in Syria from reaching IS-held territory on the Iraq border. The hundreds of fighters recently surrendered an enclave on Syria’s border with Lebanon. They agreed with Hezbollah and the Syrian government that they would leave with their families and head eastwards.

FBI, Homeland Security warn of more ‘antifa’ attacks
Federal authorities have been warning state and local officials since early 2016 that leftist extremists known as “antifa” had become increasingly confrontational and dangerous, so much so that the Department of Homeland Security formally classified their activities as “domestic terrorist violence,” according to interviews and confidential law enforcement documents obtained by POLITICO.

Yellowstone Supervolcano Earthquake Swarm Now One of Biggest on Record, With Over 2,300 Tremors
An ongoing earthquake swarm at Yellowstone volcano is now one of the biggest ever recorded, with over 2,300 tremors since it began in June. As of August 30, 2,357 earthquakes had been recorded. The most powerful in recent weeks was magnitude 3.3; it took place on August 21. The most powerful in the current swarm was a magnitude 4.4, which was recorded on June 15.

Putin: Leader in artificial intelligence will rule world
Russian President Vladimir Putin says that whoever reaches a breakthrough in developing artificial intelligence will come to dominate the world. Putin, speaking Friday at a meeting with students, said the development of AI raises “colossal opportunities and threats that are difficult to predict now.” He warned that “the one who becomes the leader in this sphere will be the ruler of the world.”

Thousands of Arab-Israelis to have citizenship revoked
The Interior Ministry has purportedly revoked the citizenship of hundreds, if not thousands, of Arab-Israeli Bedouins in the southern Negev region, instead granting them “resident” status. The ministry’s representatives explained in a parliamentary session that the decision was being taken because in these cases citizenship was granted by mistake or to those that registered “erroneously” between 1948 and 1951.

Trump to visit victims of unprecedented floods in Texas and Louisiana
U.s. President Donald Trump travels to Houston and Lake Charles, Louisiana on Saturday to meet victims of catastrophic storm Harvey, one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history that is presenting a test of his administration. While Trump visits, attention will also be focused on Minute Maid Park, where baseball’s Houston Astros play their first home games since Harvey devastated the fourth-most populous U.S. city.

Just smile: In KFC China store, diners have new way to pay
Diners at a KFC store in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou will have a new way to pay for their meal. Just smile. Customers will be able to use a “Smile to Pay” facial recognition system at the tech-heavy, health-focused concept store, part of a drive by Yum China Holdings Inc to lure a younger generation of consumers.

Smoke pours from Russian consulate chimney in San Francisco
Mysterious black smoke was seen rising from a chimney at the Russian consulate in San Francisco on Friday, as firefighters confirmed its occupants were burning unidentified objects on the eve of the mission’s closure.

As floodwaters recede, Israeli disaster aid is in Houston for the long haul
Niv Rabino arrived home to Haifa earlier this week after completing a stint as head of IsraAID‘s mission on the Greek island of Lesvos. For nine months, Rabino oversaw the humanitarian aid organization’s intensive work supporting the medical and psychosocial needs of Middle Eastern and African refugees stuck in camps waiting for permission to migrate to the European mainland. He was looking forward to some time off.

Only In California: Sacramento To Pay Gang Bangers A Cash Stipend If They Stop Killing People
Not The Onion!

Assad gains confidence for victory in Syria’s 6-year-old civil war
Syrian President Bashar Assad is sounding increasingly confident that he will emerge as the victor of his nation’s 6-year-old civil war — an assessment that key American allies in the region and a top former U.S. diplomat appear to have accepted.

Petition To Label George Soros A “Domestic Terrorist” Has 80,000 Signatures
“…Soros has willfully and on an ongoing basis attempted to destabilize and otherwise commit acts of sedition against the United States…”

 Harvey’s Made the World’s Most Important Chemical a Rare Commodity
Few Americans care about ethylene. Many have probably never heard of it. As it turns out, this colorless, flammable gas is arguably the most important petrochemical on the planet — and much of it comes from the hurricane-stricken Gulf Coast. Ethylene is one of the big reasons the damage wrought by Hurricane Harvey in the chemical communities along the Gulf is likely to ripple through U.S. manufacturing of essential items from milk jugs to mattresses.

ACORN Sues California To Allow More Illegals To Vote
An ACORN offshoot and other left-wing pressure groups are suing California in federal court because the state hasn’t made it easy enough for Democrats to flood voter rolls with illegal aliens and foreign nationals who aren’t legally eligible to vote. Throughout the years Mickey Mouse, Mary Poppins, and celebrities living and dead were registered to vote because now-defunct ACORN and its allied groups were allowed to pollute the voter rolls.