10 Oct 2017

Israel’s Defense Minister: Lebanon’s army ‘an integral part’ of Hezbollah
Lebanon’s army has become an integral part of Hezbollah’s network, Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman stated on Tuesday, warning that the next war on Israel’s northern border will not be confined to one front but will see conflict with both Syria and Lebanon. Addressing IDF soldiers during…the festival of Sukkot at his sukka in the military headquarters in Tel Aviv, Liberman warned that preparation for the next war was of great importance, as it will likely include the Lebanese military along with Hezbollah.

Hamas and Fatah to take part in reconciliation talks in Cairo today
High-level Hamas and Fatah delegations are scheduled to participate in reconciliation talks in Cairo on Tuesday in a bid to start work on ending the decade-long territorial division between the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The talks…are set to take place several weeks after Hamas agreed to dissolve its governing body in Gaza and invite the Palestinian Authority to take its place. Hamas has controlled Gaza since it ousted the PA in 2007 from the territory.

Russia: US is pretending to fight Islamic State
Russia accused the United States on Tuesday of pretending to fight Islamic State and of deliberately reducing its air strikes in Iraq to allow the group’s militants to stream into Syria to slow the Russian-backed advance of the Syrian army…Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement that the US-led coalition had sharply reduced its air strikes in Iraq in September when Syrian forces, backed by Russian air power, had started to retake Deir al-Zor Province.

Namibia: More than 100 hippos die in suspected anthrax outbreak
More than 100 hippos have been found dead in a Namibian national park, with authorities suspecting anthrax could be to blame. The animals are believed to have all died in the last week in the remote Bwabwata National Park, in the country’s north-east. One ministry official said Namibia had never seen anything like this before.

North Korea ‘hackers steal US-South Korea war plans’
Hackers from North Korea are reported to have stolen a large cache of military documents from South Korea, including a plan to assassinate North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un. Rhee Cheol-hee, a South Korean lawmaker, said the information was from his country’s defence ministry. The compromised documents include wartime contingency plans drawn up by the US and South Korea…The hack took place in September last year.

Spain Catalan crisis: Puigdemont under pressure before speech
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is facing growing pressure to drop plans to break from Spain ahead of a key address to the regional parliament. There is speculation he may announce a unilateral declaration of independence following a disputed referendum. Catalan police have been posted outside parliament in Barcelona, sealing off the grounds to the public.

Macron’s public sector reforms spark nationwide strikes
Millions of public sector workers in France are taking part in a nationwide one-day strike in protest at President Emmanuel Macron’s economic reforms. The action has closed schools and disrupted train services and about a third of flights have been cancelled. The French government plans to cut 120,000 public sector jobs in France over the next five years.

UK ‘firmly committed’ to upholding Iran nuclear deal
Theresa May has reaffirmed the UK’s strong commitment to the deal with Iran designed reduce its nuclear programme. During a phone call with her Israeli counterpart, the prime minister said the deal “neutralised the possibility of the Iranians acquiring nuclear weapons for more than a decade”. However, the UK’s stance could leave it at odds with the United States.

New California law allows jail time for using wrong gender pronoun, sponsor denies that would happen
California health care workers who “willfully and repeatedly” decline to use a senior transgender patient’s “preferred name or pronouns” could face punishments ranging from a fine to jail time under a newly signed law. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the legislation last week. The sponsor, Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener, has argued adamantly that nobody is going to be criminally prosecuted for using the wrong pronoun.

Bloomberg: “Putin Is the New Master of the Middle East”
As Bloomberg writes today, “the Israelis and Turks, the Egyptians and Jordanians – they’re all beating a path to the Kremlin in the hope that Vladimir Putin, the new master of the Middle East, can secure their interests and fix their problems.” And now, none other than Saudi Arabia is the latest to make friendly overtures toward the Kremlin, when Saudi King Salman visits Moscow on Wednesday, the first monarch of the oil-rich kingdom to do so. At the top of his agenda will be reining in Iran, a close Russian ally seen as a deadly foe by most Gulf Arab states.

Iran tried to acquire nuke, missile technology 32 times
The Iranian regime made dozens of attempts to acquire technology critical for its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, Fox News reported Monday night, a possible violation of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran nuclear deal. Fox News cited three German intelligence reports which indicated that agents working on behalf of Tehran made “32 procurement attempts… that definitely or with high likelihood were undertaken for the benefit of proliferation programs.”

Trump calls for tax law changes for NFL over protests: Twitter post
President Donald Trump on Tuesday called for changes to U.S. tax law affecting the National Football League, fueling a feud with the league and its players over protests that he says disrespect the nation. “Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!” Trump wrote in a post on Twitter.

FBI cites black extremists as new domestic terrorist threat
The 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., has spawned a violent domestic threat from “black identity extremists” who have stepped up attacks on police, according to an explosive new report by the FBI’s counterterrorism division.

Rush Limbaugh: NFL leftists act like ‘stuck pigs’ when faced with protests
Wealthy and privileged NFL players – they earn nearly $2 million a year on average – have been “protesting” social conditions in the United States, where they suggest minorities allegedly face more or less constant discrimination, with various stunts this year. It’s a move that, among other things, likely has played a role in the sudden plunge in fan interest in the league, with audiences down significantly from just one year ago. But these left-leaning activists surely don’t like it when someone else protests their protests.

In First Rain of Season, Thousands Visit President’s Sukkah
According to the sages, on Sukkot, God judges the people and determines how much rain will fall in the coming year. The mishna in Rosh Ha-Shana (1:2) establishes: “At four seasons [Divine] judgment is passed on the world… And on the festival [of Sukkot] judgment is passed in respect of rain.” Consequently, the mood in the president’s sukkah was joyous, even with the downpour, as some guests commented on God answering prayers of the people of Israel.

Bannon on 2018: ‘Nobody’s Safe — We Are Coming After All of Them and We Are Going to Win’
Bannon explained to host Sean Hannity he was “declaring war” on the Republican establishment and said that no incumbent was safe, adding that “just voting” was not good enough and a sense of urgency was required.

16 U.S. States Come Together To Ban Shariah Law
Any time a state wants to ban Shariah law, Muslim groups — often led by the Council on American-Islamic Relations — cry Islamophobia…These states decided to introduce legislations to ban any kind of Islamic Law:

Israeli Researchers Use Gold Particles to Heal Heart Tissue Following Heart Attack
Last time, NoCamels reported on a breakthrough method to aid the heart heal itself following a heart attack, using gold nanoparticles. Now, following further testing and developments, the Tel Aviv University research team has discovered a way to heal the heart using tissue taken from patients’ own bodies, together with energy-conducting gold particles.

Roman Catholic Dioceses Nationwide Being ‘Consecrated’ to ‘Immaculate Heart of Mary’ A number of Roman Catholic dioceses nationwide—and also globally—have been consecrating themselves to the “immaculate heart of Mary” throughout 2017, a practice that evangelicals say is unbiblical and gives to the earthly mother of Jesus the devotion that should be bestowed to Christ alone.

10 Dead, 1000s Displaced After Wildfires Engulf Napa, Sonoma And 6 Other California Counties
California state fire authorities are reporting that 10 people have been confirmed dead because of the wildfires that are raging in eight Northern California counties. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office reported seven fire-related deaths late Monday. In addition, two died because of the Atlas fire in Napa County and one in Mendocino County, according to a CalFire spokesperson. The fires, which were enabled by dry conditions and a powerful, dry wind blowing west from the desert, spread quickly and reportedly left many area residents scrambling to flee their path.

Trump to Expedite the Death of Obamacare; Healthcare Stocks Clown-Punch Lower
Over the weekend it was announced that President Trump was going to ditch restrictions that banned people from buying health instance across state lines. For the love of God, he’s going to allow competition and not force you to buy from your state monopoly. While this might sound wonderful, it will expedite the death of Obamacare — which is probably the gameplay here. Trump can’t get his way, so he’s gonna burrrrn the whole kit and caboodle down.

Google Sponsors Event Honoring President of Nation’s Largest Abortion Provider
Internet giant Google is sponsoring an event honoring Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood – the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Soiled ISIS Fighters Surrendering EnMasse
Nearly a thousand Islamic State fighters have surrendered to Kurdish forces after the terror group lost its last major city in Iraq, The New York Times reports.