14 Sep 2017


North Korea: We will reduce America to ‘ashes and darkness’
A North Korean state agency on Thursday afternoon published a statement threatening to use nuclear weapons on the United States and Japan. The statement comes after the UN Security Council on Monday unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea.

Under Trump, future of U.S. nuclear arsenal slowly taking shape
Mattis’ tour of America’s doomsday weaponry comes as President Donald Trump uses bellicose rhetoric about the “fire and fury” that could await North Korea, should it choose to attack the United States.

While Christianity dies in Germany, Islam springs up in its place
All across Germany, churches now sit mostly empty on Sunday mornings, and it’s a problem for Catholics and Protestants alike. While Christianity is dying in Germany, Islam is on the rise. Historian Walter Laqueur wrote that Germany had about 700 “little mosques and prayer rooms” in the 1980s but “more than 2,500 at the present time” – and that was in 2009.

Jewish People Are in Second Stage of Redemption: Rabbi
The Jewish people are living in the second stage of redemption, the period of the ingathering of the exiles, believes Jewish historian Rabbi Shimon Apisdorf. “Kibbutz galuyot (ingathering of exiles) is a stage in the life of the Jewish people and we are deeply immersed in that stage,” he told Breaking Israel News.

Trump: “No Deal Was Made Last Night On DACA… The Wall Will Be Built”
“While DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to”, while White House legal affairs director Marc Short said the Dems’ DACA statement was “misleading,” and said no deal on DACA or border wall $$ was reached tonight.Unable to reconcile this glaring confusion, we said “Or, in other words, deal but no deal at the same time. Hopefully by tomorrow morning someone will know what really happened.” Well, tomorrow has arrived and that someone appears to be president Trump himself, who moments ago tweeted that “No deal was made last night on DACA. Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote.

Iranian nuclear smuggling ring sent to top German court
The German Federal Court of Justice will rule on whether three businessmen can face criminal penalties for selling nuclear technology to Iran, allegedly to be used to develop weapons, prior to the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers…The businessmen – Bernd Gehrad L., René L. and Ralf C. – delivered 51 highly specialized valves to Iran between 2010 and 2011.

Australia Day: Council scraps ‘grossly insensitive’ celebration
A third council in Melbourne has voted to scrap Australia Day celebrations out of respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Australia’s national day on 26 January marks the anniversary of the arrival of Britain’s First Fleet in 1788. Moreland City councillor Sue Bolton said the commemoration was “like celebrating the Nazi Holocaust”, the Australian Associated Press reported.

Russia launches Zapad war games in Belarus
Russia and Belarus have launched a large-scale joint military exercise, called Zapad-2017, which has made nearby Nato countries nervous. It is one of Russia’s biggest military exercises since its 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula. Russia’s defence ministry says about 12,700 troops are participating, but Nato expects the numbers to be higher.

Saudi Arabia ‘arrests clerics in crackdown on dissent’
The authorities in Saudi Arabia have arrested more than 20 clerics and intellectuals in an apparent crackdown on dissent, activists say. Prominent Islamist clerics Salman al-Odah and Awad al-Qarni are among those reportedly detained since the weekend. There has so far been no confirmation from the authorities.

Duke recruits men for program to fight ‘toxic’ masculinity
Duke University is recruiting male students for a nine-week program that pledges to “destabilize masculine privilege” and “interrogate masculinity.” The program, known as the Duke University Men’s Project, seeks to help men examine how their masculinities exist “often in toxic ways” while beginning “the work of unlearning violence.”

Antifa activists say violence is necessary
Anti-fascist activists, or “antifa,” increasingly mobilized in the wake of President Trump’s election, are unapologetic about what they describe as the necessary use of violence to combat authoritarianism. While…activists within it emphasize that not everyone who participates in anti-fascist activism engages in violence, they say the use of force is intrinsic to their political philosophy.

Nevada could be first state to set up marijuana lounges
Nevada could become the first state to allow users of recreational marijuana to light up in clubs and lounges, a state legal body said this week, opening a new front in what is already a booming pot business.

Kaspersky Lab Antivirus Software Is Ordered Off U.S. Government Computers
The federal government moved on Wednesday to wipe from its computer systems any software made by a prominent Russian cybersecurity firm, Kaspersky Lab, that is being investigated by the F.B.I. for possible links to Russian security services.

Amazon deletes one-star reviews of Hillary Clinton’s new book
Amazon has been monitoring and deleting reviews after Hillary Clinton’s new book was greeted with a torrent of criticism on the day it was released. What Happened, which covers the former Secretary of State’s unsuccessful election campaign against Donald Trump, was published on Tuesday. Clinton and her publisher Simon & Schuster claimed the book would offer a candid account of her failure and her own reflection on it.

De-Dollarization Spikes – Venezuela Stops Accepting Dollars For Oil Payments
Did the doomsday clock on the petrodollar (and implicitly US hegemony) just tick one more minute closer to midnight? Apparently confirming what President Maduro had warned, following the recent US sanctions, The Wall Street Journal reports that Venezuela has officially stopped accepting US Dollars as payment for its crude oil exports.

US Military Observes North Korean Missile Launchers Being Prepared
On the heels of the release of satellite imagery showing notable instability around the site of North Korea’s nuclear bomb testing facility, NBC reports that three US military officials have observed North korea moving mobile missile launchers and preapreing hard sites in the last 48 hours.

Japan and India Discuss Defense as China Gets Bolder
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe holds his 10th summit with India’s leader Narendra Modi on Thursday, underscoring the importance of strategic ties between the countries as the two face an increasingly assertive China. Supplying submarine technology would lock Japan and India into an even tighter defense relationship for years to come.