7 Apr 2018

Texas, Arizona announce troop deployments to Mexico border
The US states of Texas and Arizona on Friday announced plans to send National Guard troops to the southern border with Mexico after President Donald Trump ordered a thousands-strong deployment to combat drug trafficking and illegal immigration. The Texas National Guard said it would send 250 troops to the border within 72 hours and had already deployed two Lakota helicopters, while Arizona’s governor said he would send 150 personnel next week.

Homeland Security to compile database of journalists and ‘media influencers’
The Department of Homeland Security wants to track the comings and going of journalists, bloggers and other “media influencers” through a database. The DHS’s “Media Monitoring” plan…would give…“24/7 access to a password protected, media influencer database, including journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc.” in order to “identify any and all media coverage related to the Department of Homeland Security or a particular event.”

Deficit nears $600 billion in first half of 2018
The federal budget deficit hit $598 billion in the first half of the 2018 fiscal years, according to the Congressional Budget Office, quickly outpacing the deficits of recent years. At the same point in 2017, the deficit was $78 billion lower. That year, the entire deficit amounted to $666 billion, just 11% higher than the amount the U.S. government had to borrow in the first half of 2018.

Abbas: ‘Stop Israeli barbarism, occupation army murdering innocents’
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas denounced Friday night Israel’s actions against the Palestinians protesting on the Gaza border as part of “Friday of the Tires”, and claimed Israel was guilty of “repression and killing of protesters who raised their voices in peaceful protest.”

Japan activates first marines since WW2 to bolster defenses against China
Japan on Saturday activated its first marine unit since World War Two trained to counter invaders occupying Japanese islands along the edge of the East China Sea that Tokyo fears are vulnerable to attack by China. In a ceremony held at a military base near Sasebo on the southwest island of Kyushu, about 1,500 members of the Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (ARDB) wearing camouflage lined up outside amid cold, windy weather.

Oceania, For Thee: The World Of “1984” Is Forming Now
“In the end, the world will not notice its enslavement, because the generations capable of creative thought and reason will have been replaced by a stultified, obedient mass of humanity only capable of acting in a manner predetermined by the rulers. The world of ‘1984’ is forming today.”

US officials: Trump-Netanyahu call grew tense over plans to leave Syria
A phone call Wednesday between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump grew tense over Israeli objections to US plans to leave Syria, US administration officials said Wednesday, adding that Trump wants to pull out all troops within six months to the dismay of the country’s main security agencies and allies.

Fallout from the Turkey-Iran-Russia meeting
Iranian regime media is boasting after a successful summit in Turkey with the Turkish, Russian and Iranian presidents. But Iran was not the only winner at the meeting designed to discuss the future of Syria. Russia and Turkey both feel that they are achieving their goals in Syria at the expense of the US. While the three leaders met, Washington was still undecided on what to do in Syria where it has soldiers and bases and is working to defeat Islamic State.

ICE carries out largest workplace raid in a decade: report
US. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Tennessee carried out the largest workplace raid in 10 years at a plant, The Washington Post reports.

Brazil’s Lula defies prison order as crowds rally for and against him
Former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva defied a judge’s order to report to prison Friday, setting up a showdown with authorities and triggering demonstrations around the country both for and against the charismatic politician’s stand.

China Bans Bibles from Online Sellers Like Amazon
Last week, Chinese social media users began noticing that they couldn’t find Bibles listed on some of their nation’s most popular e-commerce platforms.

Obama State Department Spent $9 Million With Soros To Meddle In Albanian Politics
“Foundation Open society-Albania and its experts, with funding from USAID, have created the controversial Strategy Document for Albanian Judicial Reform”

WIKILEAKS: Obama, Clinton & Soros Overthrew Pope Benedict
If you’ve been friends with us for a while, you know we are no fans of Pope Francis.  In fact, the entire Vatican has stunk for a long, long time. But now it appears there may have been a coup from the outside, involving three people we like on just about the same level as Pope Francis:  Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and George Soros.

Israel deploys snipers, tanks as Palestinians begin protests along Gaza border
Israel and Hamas geared up Friday for another showdown on the Gaza-Israel border with the IDF deploying snipers and tanks ahead of an expected mass protest, and demonstrators starting to set fire to tires along the tense frontier.

PressTV-Iran warns of ‘special surprise’ if nuclear deal ditched
Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi warns of a “special surprise” if the Trump administration goes ahead with its threat to scuttle the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Record-challenging cold to pour into central US, threaten wheat crop this weekend
A blast of arctic air will bring frigid nights to the central United States and may cause damage to the winter wheat crop over the southern Plains this weekend.

Bob Dylan, Kesha reimagine popular love songs to honor LGBTQ couples
“Love is universal. Shouldn’t love songs be too?” Musical artists switch pronouns on popular love songs to celebrate same-sex couples.

US Phone Database to Fall Under Foreign Control, Unless Trump Stops It
America’s most sensitive phone records will soon fall under the control of a foreign-owned company that once employed a Chinese national and whose owners had given money to Bill Clinton amid a sanctions scandal.

Newsweek: ‘White People in South Africa Should Stop Panicking About Losing Their Land’ 
White people in South Africa need to stop complaining about their land being stolen because many black South Africans view seizing their property “as essential to restoring their dignity,” so says Newsweek’s Ben Cousins.