23 Mar 2017

Sanhedrin Invites Iranian Minister to Follow Ways of Persian Kings and Build the Temple
The nascent Sanhedrin has turned a dispute between the Israeli Prime Minister and the Iranian Foreign Minister into an opportunity to invite Israel’s greatest enemy to help build the Third Temple. This offer is not nearly as preposterous as some may think, and has an undeniable precedent the Iranian Minister is quite proud to admit.

Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Fukushima, and “The Blob”: Pacific Northwest Gearing Up for End of Days
A series of unusual and threatening phenomena including volcanoes, radioactive waste, and a mysterious marine anomaly called ‘the Blob’ have all appeared in the waters of the Pacific Northwest in the last month. Something is brewing in the cold coastal waters, and though scientists are struggling to understand, one rabbi sees right through it all.

Founder of Anti-Israel Boycott Movement Arrested in Israel for Tax Evasion
Israeli authorities have arrested Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, for evading taxes on $700,000 of his income

UK antisemitism watchdog urges Jewish community to be ‘calm, vigilant’ after London attack
Following Wednesday’s terror attack in which at least two civilians and a police officer were killed outside the houses of Parliament in London, the city’s Jewish community was instructed to be more cautious in the upcoming days, for fear that it may very well be marked as an easy, potential target for terrorists who would be inspired to act in the aftermath of the ramming and knife attacks. More than 20 are reported injured, some seriously.

Arab League chief says Palestinians to present peace plan
The Palestinian leadership will present “a new plan” to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the upcoming Arab League Summit in Jordan, Arab League Secretary-General Ahmad Abul Ghaith told a pan-Arab, London-based publication. “There is a desire on the Palestinian side to reformulate some ideas… They [the Palestinians] promised to put forward a new plan pertaining to the Palestinian issue in general,” Abul Ghaith told Al-Sharq al-Awsat in an interview published on Wednesday, without elaborating.

How worried are Israel’s leaders about Putin’s Syrian warning?
Contradictory reports, most of them unconfirmed and unofficial, have emerged in recent days regarding Israeli-Russian understandings over the war in Syria…Media reports suggested that President Vladimir Putin, who is the sponsor and savior of the Syrian regime, expressed anger, while Syria’s ruler, Bashar Assad, boasted to Russian lawmakers that Putin had promised to rein in Israel. Israeli commentators wrote that the operational freedom hitherto enjoyed by the Israel Air Force is over.

Afghan Taliban capture city of Sangin
The Taliban have captured the crucial southern Afghan city of Sangin after a year-long battle, officials say. Afghan forces say they have made a tactical retreat from the centre of Sangin. A spokesman for Helmand’s governor confirmed the district police and governor’s headquarters were now in militant hands.

Ukraine munitions blasts prompt mass evacuations
Some 20,000 people are being evacuated after a series of explosions at a massive arms depot in eastern Ukraine described by officials as sabotage. The base in Balakliya, near Kharkiv, is around 100km (60 miles) from fighting against Russian-backed separatists. The dump is used to store thousands of tonnes of ammunition including missiles and artillery weapons.

FBI Grilled On Extent Of Its Facial Recognition Program
The FBI took fire from privacy advocates and members of Congress Wednesday over how it characterizes its face recognition program, which has allowed agents to access and algorithmically match the photos of tens of millions of Americans — including innocent people who have never been charged with a crime. At a hearing convened by the House of Representatives’ government oversight committee, experts and lawmakers pressed an FBI representative on the agency’s misrepresentation of the program’s scope…

North Korea has no fear of U.S. sanctions move, will pursue nuclear arms – envoy
North Korea has nothing to fear from any U.S. move to broaden sanctions aimed at cutting it off from the global financial system and will pursue “acceleration” of its nuclear and missile programs, a North Korean envoy told Reuters on Tuesday. This includes developing a “pre-emptive first strike capability” and an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM), said Choe Myong Nam, deputy ambassador at the North Korean mission to the United Nations in Geneva.

Erdogan warns Europeans ‘will not walk safely’ if attitude persists
President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Europeans would not be able to walk safely on the streets if they kept up their current attitude towards Turkey, his latest salvo in a row over campaigning by Turkish politicians in Europe.

Nunes Confirms There Was “Incidental Surveillance” Of Trump During Obama Administration, “Seems To Be Inappropriate”
The US intelligence community “incidentally” collected information on members of President Trump’s transition team, and potentially Trump himself, and the information was “widely disseminated” in intelligence reports, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes told reporters on Wednesday.

This New Bubble Is Even Bigger Than The Subprime Fiasco
The total value of student loans in America today is LARGER than the total value of subprime loans at the peak of the financial bubble. And just like the subprime mortgages, many student loans are in default.

Retired IDF General Warns Israel’s Border with Syria Could ‘Deteriorate’
The Algemeiner reports: Israel must be prepared for a deterioration of the security situation along its northern border, a retired IDF general said this week, according to the Hebrew news site nrg.

Zacks: Twitter Will Struggle to Convince Advertisers to Return Following Bot Scandal
Zacks Investment Research claims Twitter will struggle to convince advertisers to return to the platform, following the revelation that “up to 15%” of the platform’s users are bots.

US flies nuclear-capable B-1B bomber after North Korea’s failed missile test
The US flew a nuclear-capable B-1B bomber over the Korean peninsula on Wednesday, 22 March, hours after North Korea’s failed missile test. Although it was part of the ongoing US-South Korea joint military exercises, it is seen as a strong warning to the reclusive Kim Jong-un regime.

Anti-Trump Propagandist David Brock Suffers Heart Attack
Founder of Media Matters, and infamous Hillary “attack dog” and agit-prop specialist, David Brock has suffered a heart attack, but is expected to make a “swift recovery,” a senior aide said Wednesday.

22 Mar 2017

Was Top FBI Official Financially Compromised During Clinton Investigation?
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was the subject of scrutiny last year when it was revealed that his wife received campaign money from one of Hillary Clinton’s close political allies, but a new Freedom of Information Act request reveals that he wasn’t just hiding those contributions from the public – he was hiding them from the FBI.

NSA: Nation State Cyber Attack Included Virtual ‘Hand-to-Hand Combat’
Foreign government hackers caught secretly breaking into a U.S. national security network waged a 24-hour battle with cyber security officials trying to counter the cyber attack, the deputy director of the National Security Agency said Tuesday. “It was a nation state actor who had gotten in and what we saw for the very first time, the adversary, once we detected them, instead of disappearing they fought back,” “So it was basically hand-to-hand combat in a network where we would take an action [and] they would then counter that,”

Terrifying EARTHQUAKE fears as cities at risk of being ‘dropped into sea’
California is at risk of falling by at least three feet as a result of a devastating earthquake, the study warned. The findings showed the Orange County coast is prone to a dramatic and sudden “sinking” after discovering evidence of ancient tsunami activity that dropped land in the region. Robert Leeper, who carried out the study with the help of the US Geological Survey, said: “It is not just a gradual sinking. This is boom — it would drop.

Strong 6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes off Bali
A powerful earthquake has just struck off the coast of Bali. The quake, measuring in as a magnitude 6.4 on the richter scale, struck 35 km South East of Badung around 7.10am local time, according to Geoscience Australia. It hit at a depth of 124km and could have been felt by people up to 278km away.

Latest Iranian threat: Drones in Yemen
Iran is increasing its support for Houthi forces in Yemen through the transfer of new technology and advanced weaponry. That is the conclusion of a new report by Conflict Armament Research, a UK-based organization that identifies and tracks conventional weapons. In their March 2017 report, “Iranian technology transfers to Yemen,” the findings indicate that drones are “used by Houthi forces to attack coalition missile-defense systems.”

Kuwait trying to oust Knesset from Inter-Parliamentary Union
Kuwait has decided to forge ahead with a move that would attempt to expel Israel from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). The Arab country…officially decided to pursue this step during a gathering of the Arab Parliamentary Union…in Morocco…Marzouq Al-Ghanim, said that his country was inspired to lead the effort to oust Israel from the IPU after the Kuwaiti parliament was tasked with preparing a list of clauses that would determine the sanctions that should be imposed on parliaments that breach the basic principles of the IPU.

‘If antisemitic parties rise to power, we will call on European Jews to flee’
A European Jewish leader said Monday that the rise of extremist parties in Europe could ultimately lead to an exodus of Jews from countries where antisemitism is becoming increasingly visible. Speaking at the annual conference of the Rabbinical Center of Europe in Pomezia, Italy, the organization’s director, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, warned that it will not be long before extremist parties which now have a great deal of power become the ruling parties in Europe.

Boko Haram crisis: Cameroon ‘forcing Nigeria refugees home’
The UN refugee agency has criticised Cameroon for the forced return of hundreds of refugees to north-east Nigeria after they had fled from the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency. The UNHCR said forced returns had “continued unabated” despite an agreement earlier this month. Under the deal, any returns would be voluntary and only “when conditions were conducive”.

Pakistan reinstates secret military courts despite criticism
Pakistan’s lower house has passed a bill to reinstate secret military courts, despite criticism from human rights activists. Military courts were first set up as a response to the 2015 attack on a military-run school by the Pakistani Taliban that killed 134 children. The courts, which try civilians charged with terrorism offences, had a two-year mandate that expired on 7 January.

IS conflict: Air strike ‘kills dozens in village near Raqqa’
At least 33 people have been killed in an air strike on a school in a village west of the Islamic State-held Syrian city of Raqqa, a monitoring group says. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the building in al-Mansoura was being used as a shelter for displaced people when it was hit on Monday night. The activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently said the fate of 50 families who were there was unknown.

Israel plans mass evacuation if war erupts again
If Islamic militants in Gaza or Lebanon go to war with Israel, they could find their usual targets empty. Israel is drawing up contingency plans to evacuate up to a quarter-million civilians from border communities to protect them from attacks from Hamas, Hezbollah or other Islamic militant groups. The mass evacuations would be the biggest in Israel’s history, part of a bigger plan where the army works with municipalities to keep civilians safe.

Exclusive: North Korea has no fear of U.S. sanctions move, will pursue nuclear arms – envoy
North Korea has nothing to fear from any U.S. move to broaden sanctions aimed at cutting it off from the global financial system and will pursue “acceleration” of its nuclear and missile programs, a North Korean envoy told Reuters on Tuesday.

The Mainstream Media Is Using “Trolling” As An Excuse To Censor The Right
“…a ‘review team’ is subjectively deciding which content it will censor. What happened to the programmers and objectively censoring ‘trolls’ and abuse? The whole thing is much more similar to McCarthyism, except instead of targeting ‘communists’ during the Cold War, they are targeting ‘right-wing’ websites and individuals. Truly a threat to ‘national security’ in the same vein as ISIS, isn’t it?”

Top Hezbollah Commander Mustafa Badreddine Assassinated By Own Group: Israeli Military
Israel’s military chief said Tuesday that a top Hezbollah commander who died last year was assassinated by members of his own group, the Iran-backed Lebanese Shiite militia.Mustafa Badreddine died near the Syrian capital, Damascus, in May 2016, and Hezbollah said that Syrian rebel shelling caused his death.

They Thought She Was Crazy: Doctor Extracts RFID Chip From Sex Trafficking Victim
If someone walks into a hospital and claims that they’re being tracked, and that they need to have a tracking device removed, there’s a pretty good chance that they’re going to be sent to a mental institution instead. However, according to a doctor who wished to remain anonymous to protect his patient, that very situation occurred last October and it didn’t end how you might expect.

Banks Slash Loan Books While Equities Hover Near All-Time Highs; Someone Is Massively Wrong
Loan issuance to businesses and consumers is plunging while metrics like auto delinquencies and credit card charge offs are soaring to ‘great recession’ levels.  Of course, all this loan data continues to deteriorate as equities surge to all new highs with each passing day.  So, who’s right?

Police: Chicago Teen Apparently Gang-Raped On Facebook Live
A 15-year-old Chicago girl was apparently sexually assaulted by five or six men or boys on Facebook Live, and none of the roughly 40 people who watched the live video reported the attack to police, authorities said Tuesday.