25 Sep 2017

Turnout high as Iraqi Kurds defy threats to hold independence vote
The vote organized by Kurdish authorities is expected to deliver a comfortable “yes” for independence, but is not binding. A teenager in one SUV waved an Israeli flag, which has become common in the Kurdish region at rallies, as Israel is the only country to openly support Kurdish independence aspirations. Many shops were closed on the morning of the referendum for what was a day off in the region.

Buddhist Monk says all races and religions could live together if it weren’t for Muslims
Buddhist Monk: All religions could Coexist…But Muslims Don’t Want To. (Video)

“Forget Germany, Spain Is The Real Problem”
Division wihin Europe are mounting again. Any success by Catalonia sets a dangerous precedent for other want-away regions, not just in Spain. It emphasizes that many of the structural imbalances in the euro zone haven’t been fixed. Inequality is still growing.

150 Years Since Mark Twain’s Prophetic Israel Revelation in ‘Innocents Abroad’ When Twain visited, the Old City was a “backwater town for the Ottomans, not a glorious city like it is today.” But now, he told Breaking Israel News, “We are living in the realization of the prophecies that Twain witnessed. Only when the Jewish people returned to the land was it built up. Am Yisrael (the Jewish people) returned and finally we see the true unfolding of the redemption process.”

European Union to boycott Israeli state ceremony
On Monday, however, Arutz Sheva was informed that the European Union’s Ambassador to Israel, Emanuele Giaufret, will not be attending the event, despite having received a formal invitation. Staff at Giaufret’s office confirmed that the ambassador had indeed been invited to the ceremony, adding that his decision to snub the event was consistent with the views espoused by the EU’s member states.

Iran displays S-300 defense system
Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard on Sunday displayed the country’s sophisticated Russian-made S-300 air defense system in central Tehran, … This is the first time that the S-300 air defense system has been displayed in public.

The rise of Germany’s far-right: AfD leader talks to the ‘Post’
Much of the attention throughout the German campaign centered on the rise of the far-right party Alternative for Deutschland (AfD). Established just five years ago as a Euroskeptic party, it has since evolved to garner messages that are similar to other European far-right parties: anti-immigration, anti-Islam, anti-EU and German nationalism.

Greenblatt to Israel ‘to continue peace track’
Special representative Jason Greenblatt will return to Israel in early October. “While President Trump had productive meetings with Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas at the United Nations, we always said that the UN would not focus on peace conversations and that those conversations would be happening on a separate track,” the official said. “The meetings are part of the Administration’s quiet, steady discussions towards peace.”

For first time in over two years, PA to hold cabinet meeting in Gaza
For the first time in more than two years, the Palestinian Authority government will hold a cabinet meeting in the Gaza Strip next Tuesday, official PA media reported Monday morning. “[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, in consultation with President Mahmoud Abbas, issued a decision to hold the government’s weekly cabinet meeting in the Gaza Strip,” PA government spokesman Yousif Mahmoud said.

Bali volcano: ‘Thousands evacuated’ from Mount Agung area
The Red Cross says more than 42,000 people have been evacuated from their homes near an active volcano in Bali, as authorities warn it could erupt. The area around Mount Agung has seen hundreds of tremors and signs of magma rising to the surface in recent days. Authorities have imposed a 12km (7.5-mile) exclusion zone around the mountain and issued their highest level alert on Friday.

Iraqi Kurdistan in historic independence vote
People are voting in a landmark referendum on independence for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq – a move which has been criticised by foreign powers. Polls are open in the three northern provinces that make up the region, as well as disputed areas claimed by the Kurds and the government in Baghdad. Iraq’s prime minister has denounced the referendum as “unconstitutional”.

Auditor claims Vatican axed him for probing illegal activity
The Vatican’s former auditor general, who resigned without explanation in June, said Sunday he was forced out after his investigations into possible illegal activity hit too close to home. “Let me be clear: I did not voluntarily resign. I was threatened with arrest,” Libero Milone said in an interview conducted with four media outlets including Italy’s Corriere della Sera daily.

Conditions growing dire in hurricane-hit Puerto Rico
Living conditions in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico are growing worse by the day, with tired, bewildered people lining up to buy scarce fuel and food Sunday amid a blackout and little to no telephone service. Puerto Ricans are spending hours waiting in line to buy whatever they can, but often go home empty-handed if they do not manage a purchase before a dusk to dawn curfew takes effect.

Violent Crime in U.S. Rises for Second Consecutive Year
Violent crime, including homicides, rose for the second consecutive year in 2016, driven by increases in a few urban centers including Baltimore, Chicago and Las Vegas, according to F.B.I. data… Violent crimes increased nationally last year by 4.1 percent and homicides rose by 8.6 percent, one year after violence increased by 3.9 percent and homicides jumped by 10.8 percent. A total of 17,250 people were murdered in 2016…

Tennessee Church Shooting Suspect Is A Sudanese Bodybuilder

Nashville Police have identified the suspect of a mass shooting at a church Sunday morning as 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson. Samson is being charged with murder and multiple counts of attempted murder in the attack that killed one and left at least seven other people injured at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, a town just south of Nashville, Tenn.

Debate swirls as power of US tech giants grows
With a handful of US technology giants growing more powerful and dominant, debate is intensifying on whether big tech’s growth is healthy or not. Over the past few years, Apple, Google parent Alphabet, Facebook and Amazon have become among the world’s most valuable companies. Along with stalwarts like Microsoft and rising stars like Netflix, the tech firms exercise enormous control over what people see and how they live.

Netanyahu acquiesces to Trump request to delay settlement talks
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed ministers of the Security Cabinet…of his decision to postpone a meeting scheduled for this week of the West Bank Civil Administration’s planning committee following a request by US President Donald Trump. Justifying his decision to hold off on the meeting by a week or two…the prime minister told the ministers present he had no intention of humiliating the pro-Israel Trump administration…

US, Israel pressuring Interpol to reject Palestinian request to join
Israel and the United States are pressuring international policing organization Interpol to not allow the Palestinian Authority to accede to the organization as a member state. Interpol’s General Assembly has convened in China to discuss whether to postpone opening membership to the organization or hold a vote later this week on accepting any new states.

Former Congressman Warns That Foreign Countries Could Bribe The Feds To “Regulate Drudge”
A former Republican Congressman from Colorado has warned that a foreign country could bribe or “incentivize” the FCC to regulate and “rein in” popular conservative news outlets, including The Drudge Report.

Russia’s Secret Agent Man Hiding in Plain Sight
Russia Secret Agent Man’ Barack Hussein Obama is hiding in plain sight. In fact he hid in plain sight right in the Oval Office for eight, long uninterrupted years.

CHRISTIANS OUTRAGED: Ontario Passes Law Allowing Gov’t to Seize Children From Parents Who Oppose Gender Transition
Canada’s Ontario province has passed legislation that allows the government to seize children from families that refuse to accept their child’s chosen “gender identity” or “gender expression.”

Looking Skywards, Buzzards Closing in on the White House
When the globalist/progressive/left created Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, assigning them the task to finish off what is left of the West, they crafted them as wind-up dolls that would keep on going even after leaving public office.

More quakes shake ‘ring of fire’
Two more earthquakes shook southern Mexico Saturday, further rattling a country still coming to grips with the devastation from stronger temblors earlier this month. Meanwhile, Californians are anxious about a possible Big One, because of the recent major quakes – all seemingly hitting in the “ring of fire,” where about 90 percent of seismic activity occurs.

Girls as Young as Four ‘Forced’ to Wear Hijab in British State Funded Schools
Islamic schools including those funded by the British government and private institutions are forcing children — some of whom are very young — to wear the Islamic Hijab as part of their uniform code.

BADASS: ISRAEL TO ARM APACHE HELICOPTERS WITH ITS OWN SPIKE MISSILES
How Obama’s betrayal during the 2014 Gaza War made it possible.

THANKS SHMUCK: In violation of Obama’s horrendous nuclear deal, Iran tests balistic
Iran says it has successfully tested a new ballistic missile that can carry multiple warheads and travel up to 2000 kilometres. Over and over again, Iran threatens to destroy Israel – why is the world silent?