9 Jun 2018

Afghan Taliban raise hopes with first-of-its-kind Eid ceasefire
The Afghan Taliban on Saturday announced a surprise three-day ceasefire over the Muslim Eid holiday in the middle of June, their first offer of its kind, days after the government declared an unconditional ceasefire of its own. The militants said foreign forces would be excluded from the ceasefire and that operations against them would continue. They also said they would defend themselves against any attack.

China hackers steal data from US Navy contractor – reports
The FBI is investigating after the Chinese government hacked a US Navy contractor and stole highly sensitive security data, US media say. Data stolen in the breach include plans for a supersonic missile project, US officials told the Washington Post. The attacks, in January and February this year, were confirmed by CBS News.

Climate change: Pope urges action on clean energy
Pope Francis has said climate change is a challenge of “epochal proportions” and that the world must convert to clean fuel. “Civilisation requires energy, but energy use must not destroy civilisation,” he said. He was speaking to a group of oil company executives at the end of a two-day conference in the Vatican.

Merkel Urges Europe to Step Up in Trump’s New World Order
Chancellor Angela Merkel made a forceful pitch for Europe to play a more assertive role in global affairs as U.S. President Donald Trump dismantles the post-World War II order… The German leader again questioned the durability of trans-Atlantic relations by referring to eye-raising comments she made over a year ago in which she said that “the times when we could fully rely on others are to some extent over.”

CDC: Suicides increased by more than 30 percent since 1999 in half the states
More than a decade of steadily rising rates have made suicide the nation’s 10th leading cause of death and one of only three causes of death — including Alzheimer’s disease and drug overdoses — that are increasing in the U.S… In a report that examines trends in suicide at the state level from 1999 to 2016, the CDC says suicide rates have increased in nearly every state. In half the states, the agency found the rate rose more than 30 percent.

Air Force grounds B-1 bombers due to safety concerns
The Air Force has grounded its entire fleet of B-1B Lancer bombers due to safety concerns, military officials said Friday, putting out of service a key part of U.S. long-range bombing capabilities that had recently taken part in air strikes in Syria. In a statement Friday, the Air Force said it issued the order Thursday following an incident in Texas.

This is the week that the drone surveillance state became real
Affordable consumer technology has made surveillance cheap and commoditized AI software has made it automatic. Those two trends merged this week, when drone manufacturer DJI partnered June 5 with Axon, the company that makes Taser weapons and police body cameras, to sell drones to local police departments around the United States.

Iran defiant as it holds day of anti-Israel protests
Iran held its annual day of protest against Israel on Friday, determined to show defiance at a time of mounting pressure from the United States and its regional allies. “The US, Saudi Arabia and Israel want to put Iran in a corner, but they don’t know that with this action they are threatening their own security,” said parliament speaker Ali Larijani, addressing a crowd in Tehran.

Russia, Too, Is Building a Giant War Cloud
It’s the latest improvement in the Russian military’s ability to operate off the rest of the world’s grid. The Russian military is building a giant cloud, the latest improvement in its ability to keep operating if its connection to the global internet is lost, severed, or hacked. “Russian Armed Forces will receive a…closed ‘cloud’ storage for proprietary and confidential information,” Izvestia reported this week.

Iranian soldiers return to southern Syria in disguise
Hezbollah and Iranian militia fighters have reportedly returned to southern Syria dressed in Syrian army uniforms and under Syrian flags, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, quoting senior Syrian rebel officials. Iranian and Hezbollah forces have apparently withdrawn from the Daraa and Quneitra areas.

‘Jesus Was a Palestinian,’ Christian Visitors to Bethlehem are Told
“Welcome to the State of Palestine. The only state whose land is still under occupation by another country, the State of Israel,” declared Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki (pictured) in his keynote address on the opening night of Christ at the Checkpoint 2018.

Rand Paul: Obama Admin’s CIA & FBI Tried To Illegally Entrap Trump Members
Speaking with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, Republican Senator Rand Paul called out the Obama administration’s FBI and CIA for trying to entrap members of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Nipah Virus, Rare and Dangerous, Spreads in India
A rare, brain-damaging virus that experts consider a possible epidemic threat has broken out in the state of Kerala, India, for the first time, infecting at least 18 people and killing 17 of them, according to the World Health Organization.

Man deliberately contracted HIV so he could pass it on to other people
During a court sentencing, a Northwest Arkansas man admitted to purposely contracting HIV, so he could infect others with the virus.

Liberman: Hamas, Iran making ‘great efforts’ to fuel Gaza clashes
Turkey’s presidential spokesman on Friday lambasts Austria’s decision to expel up to 60 Turkish-funded imams and shut seven mosques as an “anti-Islam” and “racist” move.

Hundreds Hurt in Gaza Protest, Including 80 by Israeli Fire
Israeli troops fired live rounds and tear gas as thousands of Palestinians protested near the Gaza border fence Friday, with some demonstrators burning tires, throwing stones and flying blazing kites.

EXPOSED: WalMarts Closed For “Plumbing”? Right
Another “conspiracy theory” no one wanted to believe, exposed by a US Senator’s livestream.

Palestinians: ‘Burn the Jews!’
Palestinians have been busily flying burning kits over Israel for some weeks now, in hopes of creating as much mayhem and property destruction as possible.

Monsanto wants to replace the bees they are killing with genetically engineered flying ants
Ecologists refer to bees and a few other select organisms as keystone species. This term is analogous to the keystone of an arch. Remove the wedge-shaped stone at the top, and the entire structure collapses.

“Palestinians” to dress like Holocaust concentration camp prisoners in protest 
The “Palestinian” approach to Hitler and Nazism is schizophrenic. On the one hand, they celebrate Hitler for his genocide of the Jews, and put swastikas on their kites that are fitted out with incendiary devices so as to burn Israeli farmland. On the other hand, they are now going to engage in this obscene bit of victimhood theatre, dressing as Holocaust concentration camp prisoners to accuse the Israelis of treating them the way the Nazis treated the Jews. Really? Where are the gas ovens? The mass killing?