04 Dec 16
My Unhappy Life as a Climate Heretic
My research was attacked by thought police in journalism, activist groups funded by billionaires and even the White House.
Carter: US, Partners Need to Stay in Iraq After ISIS Defeat
The American military, along with its international partners, will need to remain in Iraq even after the expected defeat of the ISIS group, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday.
Carter said the U.S. and its coalition partners must not stop after completing the current campaign to expel ISIS from Mosul.
Extremists Turn to a Leader to Protect Western Values: Vladimir Putin
As the founder of the Traditionalist Worker Party, an American group that aims to preserve the privileged place of whiteness in Western civilization and fight ďanti-Christian degeneracy,Ē Matthew Heimbach knows whom he envisions as the ideal ruler: the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin.
Saudi Central Bank Systems Said to Be Struck by Iran Malware
State-sponsored hackers who unleashed a digital bomb in key parts of Saudi Arabiaís computer networks over the last two weeks damaged systems at the countryís central bank, known as the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency, according to two people briefed on an ongoing investigation of the breach.
Green Party drops bid for statewide Pennsylvania recount
Green Party-backed voters dropped a court case Saturday night that had sought to force a statewide recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump, in what Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein had framed as an effort to explore whether voting machines and systems had been hacked and the election result manipulated.
The Latest: Iran and Russia reaffirm alliance in Syria war
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says Tehran and Moscow will continue to cooperate in the Syrian war "until the ultimate goal of eradicating terrorism and restoring peace and full security to the region is achieved."
03 Dec 16
House adopts massive defense bill, sees changes under Trump
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a defense policy bill on Friday without some controversial provisions that had worried Democrats, but Republican lawmakers said they expect to revisit the issues once Republican Donald Trump is in the White House.
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed by 375-34, sending it to the U.S. Senate, which is expected to vote next week on the $618.7 billion measure setting policy for the Pentagon.
UN calls on Israel to leave Golan, Israel prepares fight at UNSC
The UN General Assembly adopted six resolutions on the situation of the Palestinians on Wednesday, including a demand for Israel to withdraw from the Golan Heights.
The move comes a day after the new President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thompson, was seen wearing a Palestinian scarf whilst at a UN committee hearing.
China Flight-Tests 10 DF-21 Missiles
Chinaís military conducted a salvo of 10 missile flight tests late last month in a show of force during the transition to the Donald Trump administration.
Chinese state media reported Thursday that the simultaneous flight tests of 10 DF-21 intermediate-range ballistic missiles were carried out in China.
Saudi Central Bank Systems Said to Be Struck by Iran Malware
State-sponsored hackers who unleashed a digital bomb in key parts of Saudi Arabiaís computer networks over the last two weeks damaged systems at the countryís central bank, known as the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency...
The central bank said in a statement late Friday that its systems hadnít been breached and that it has continuous surveillance to protect against cyberthreats.
Israel sidelined in the global intelligence effort against ISIS
THE MILITARY and intelligence resources of some 60 nations, led by the US together with Russia and its allies, are currently devoted to the battle against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Israel has been overlooked in this global effort, triggering contradictory reactions by its political leadership led by Benjamin Netanyahu, on the one hand, and its security and intelligence chiefs, on the other.
Obama, Bennett agree: Keep Netanyahu guessing
The PM has two swords dangling above his head: Bennettís bill to retroactively legalize settlement outposts, and the possibility Obama might let an anti-Israel resolution go through the UNSC.
...Obama and Bennett view the Mideast in starkly different terms. The last few days have shown...they do have one thing in common: an interest...in keeping Netanyahu both squirming and guessing
China hopes Trump call with Taiwan leader won't damage ties
China's foreign minister said Saturday he hopes Beijing's relations with the U.S. would not be "interfered with or damaged" after President-elect Donald Trump broke with decadeslong diplomatic tradition and spoke directly with Taiwan's leader.
Binyamin Netanyahu is in a commanding position
These should be the best of times for Binyamin Netanyahu. At no point in the Israeli prime ministerís almost 11 years in office has he enjoyed such supremacy at home, coupled with an absence of any serious difficulties or pressure from abroad.
Neutered Dems are all bark, no bite
Senate Democrats are as furious with President-elect Trumpís Cabinet picks as they are powerless to stop them.
Thanks to a change to Senate rules that Democrats forced on Republicans in 2013, it only takes 51 votes to confirm a nominee, except for Supreme Court nominees, which will still require 60 votes. Republicans will have 51 or 52 seats in the Senate next year, which means the GOP can approve anyone they want to Trumpís team as long as they all agree.
TRUMPISTI! Italian Populists Expected to Defeat Referendum; EU Crisis Looms
Over this weekend, Italy will vote on a referendum that, if passed, will give the government sweeping powers to enact radical change. According to the latest polls, the referendum is expected to fail -- which might then pave the way for the nationalist Five Star Movement party to form a government -- who literally hate the EU.
Sudden Scramble For Gold In China Sends Premiums To 3 Year High
While paper gold traders can't seem to dump the precious metal fast enough, physical gold demand is soaring around the world. India retail premiums are spiking (amid demonetization), local China premiums soar to a 3-year-high (as capital controls loom), and coin sales from the US Mint have risen for the 4th straight month, accelerating post-election to the highest since July 2015 since Trump's victory at the election.
The Jersey Shore mystery shake: If that wasnít an earthquake Thursday, then Ö what?
People reported feeling a shaking around 4 p.m. mostly in southern Ocean County and into Atlantic County, in towns including Barnegat, Little Egg Harbor, Winslow, Toms River, Sea Isle City and Southampton.
Strong earthquake rattles southern Peru
A powerful magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck southern Peru on Thursday close to Lake Titicaca, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The tremor struck at 5:40 p.m. EST (2240 GMT), some 48 miles (77.25 km) northwest of the town of Juliaca close to Lake Titicaca, which lies in the Andes on the border of Peru and Bolivia.
Jill Stein's Recount Efforts Have Divided the Green Party
A number of Green Party officials have made their opposition to Steinís efforts to challenge the vote totals in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania public over the past week. The recount in Wisconsin was joined by the Hillary Clinton campaign on Nov. 26, raising eyebrows within and without the Green Party about Steinís motivations. After all, flipping those three states would reverse a Trump victory and deliver the presidency to Clinton.
Steinís Vice Presidential candidate, Ajamu Baraka, signaled his opposition to the move in a public Facebook post the next day.
02 Dec 16
Wikileaks bombshell could DESTROY Merkel's plans for EU domination, Julian Assange warns
A 90GB cache containing almost 2,500 top-secret documents, now made public by the whistleblowing website, sheds light on the murky relationship between Germany's Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) and America's National Security Agency (NSA). Amongst them are administrative documents, correspondence, agreements and press reactions, WikiLeaks said.
Senate Renews Iran Sanctions Law, Leaving Door Open For Trump
The US Senate voted on Thursday to extend the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) for ten years, leaving the option open for President elect Donald Trump to reinstate sanctions against Iran if it violates the deal concerning its nuclear program.
Obama Vetoes Jerusalem Embassy for Last Time
Citing security concerns,... Obama vetoed for final time the law to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Minor Earthquake Near the Kineret
A minor earthquake, registering 3.8 on the Richter scale struck northern Israel at 6:35 AM. The epicenter was just 5 kilometers north of the Sea of Galilee and the city of Teveria (Tiberias).
No damage or injuries were reported.
Celebration, Challenges as Ethiopian Community Celebrates Sigd Festival
thousands of Israelis, including President Reuven Rivlin, gathered Wednesday at the Hass Promenade in southern Jerusalem to celebrate Sigd, a traditional Ethiopian-Jewish festival that marks the 50th day after Yom Kippur and brings together a variety of Jewish prayer customs, religious themes and especially communal bonding.Ethiopian-Israelis say the holiday dates back at least 2,500 years, to a time when Jews first arrived in Ethiopia following the destruction of the First Temple.
ADL's 2nd-thoughts about Muslim DNC chief
On Thursday, Anti-Defamation League Chief Executive Jonathan Greenblatt called Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., disqualified for the position he is seeking as Democratic National Committee chief. Only a week earlier, Greenblatt had defended Ellisonís past association with Louis Farrakhanís Nation of Islam.
Trump says he'll nominate retired Marine Gen. Mattis as secretary of defense
At a rally in Cincinnati, Trump described Mattis as "one of our great, great generals" and added that a formal announcement would be made Monday, "so don't tell anybody." "They say he's the closest thing to Gen. George Patton that we have," Trump told the crowd, "and it's about time. It's about time."
Thick toxic smog clouds engulf London and Paris
A toxic smog cloud has engulfed London and Paris amid warnings of high pollution levels in the two capitals effecting millions of people.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan issued warnings for the first time at bus stops, Tube stations and roadsides in the capital because of what he described as "high pollution levels".
Meanwhile in Paris, a potentially more dangerous smog cloud has engulfed the city for two days.
Tennessee wildfires: Death toll rises to 11
The death toll from wildfires across the US state of Tennessee has risen to 11 as search and rescue continues.
The cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have suffered the worst damage.
On Thursday, country music legend Dolly Parton said her charity would donate $1,000 (£797) a month to families affected by the fires.
IS group to step up attacks on Europe - Europol
Europol has warned that militants from so-called Islamic State (IS) will aim to step up attacks on European targets, as they face defeat in the Middle East.
The European police force says more foreign fighters will try to come back to Europe, and "several dozen" capable of attacks could already be there.
Their tactics could include car bombs, kidnappings and extortion, it said.