28 Aug 15
Christians Debate Whether It’s OK to ‘Act Muslim’ to Save Their Lives
It often happens that during jihadist raids, militants will try to ascertain quickly whether persons they are attacking are Christians or Muslims by asking them questions about Islam or having them recite the Muslim creed in Arabic.
Federal judge blocks Obama’s water rule
A federal judge in North Dakota acted late Thursday to block the Obama administration’s controversial water pollution rule, hours before it was due to take effect.
Judge Ralph Erickson of the District Court for the District of North Dakota found that the 13 states suing to block the rule met the conditions necessary for a preliminary injunction, including that they would likely be harmed if courts didn't act...
Saudi Arabia sees Mers deaths surge
Saudi Arabia has announced four more deaths from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers), bringing the number of deaths in the past week to 17.
Health officials admit they are worried by the timing, as the kingdom prepares to welcome around two million Muslims for the Hajj next month.
Mers infections have been recorded in countries across the Middle East, Europe and Asia.
Shanghai shares end week almost 8% lower as markets recover
Chinese shares ended the week almost 8% lower after volatile trading that started on Monday with shock losses and spread fear to global markets.
On Friday, the mainland's benchmark Shanghai Composite closed up 4.8% at 3,232 points.
China's second bourse, the Shenzhen Composite, closed up 5.4% to 1,846 points, but ended the week 9.4% lower.
Concerns grow over Iran military complex as construction is spotted
Short-term concerns over the nuclear deal reached with Tehran last month center on...a UN inquiry into the possible military dimensions of Iran’s past nuclear work.
The difficulty...has become evident in recent days...“At a particular location at the Parchin site, the agency has continued to observe, through satellite imagery, the presence of vehicles, equipment, and probable construction materials,” the report reads.
The Invaders: A Parable
Pulling into our driveway after a relaxing month-long cruise, my wife Mary yelled, “What…?” Mexican flags, old cars, discarded beer cans, and trash were all over our property.
Move Over, Megyn Kelly, America is Calling
With America the Beautiful crying out in death throes for rescue from its undeserved ‘Fundamental Transformation’, Fox News seems intent on making the 2016 presidential election all about—Fox News.
Move over, Megyn Kelly, America is calling.It doesn’t take a conspiracy theorist to recognize a conspiracy, and as the Kelly File proved last night, it only takes a single television show.
The Children of Illegal Immigrants Are Not Born American Citizens
Once again, Donald Trump has managed to open up a robust national discussion about an issue that up to this point had been largely ignored by the political class. This time, the discussion is about so-called “birthright citizenship,” the idea that whenever a foreign national (regardless of legal status and with a very few exceptions) has a child on American soil, this child automatically becomes an American citizen from birth.
Jewish settlers take over homes in Arab part of Jerusalem
Ultra-nationalist Israelis took over a four-story building in the heart of an Arab neighborhood in east Jerusalem on Thursday, raising fears of fresh violence in the tense area.
A small group of activists from the Ateret Cohanim settler organization moved into the rundown white stone building. It was the latest in a wave of settler advances since nationalist Jews began buying up properties in densely populated Palestinian areas two decades ago.
TS Erika kills 4 in Dominica; takes aim at Puerto Rico
Rescue crews fanned across Dominica late Thursday to search for missing and injured people after Tropical Storm Erika pummeled the eastern Caribbean island, unleashing landslides and killing at least four people.
Kim Jong-Un credits nukes not talks for deal with South Korea
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un said nuclear weapons -- not negotiating skills -- secured what he described as a "landmark" agreement this week with South Korea to end a dangerous military standoff.
Gen. Paul Vallely: Iran Already Has Nuke, Making Deal 'Moot'
Iran already has a nuclear weapon, making the nuclear deal "a moot point," retired U.S. Army Gen. Paul Vallely told Newsmax TV on Thursday.
Decades of intelligence reports show that Tehran has "gotten the support from Russia, from North Korea and from China," Vallely told "Newsmax Prime" host J.D. Hayworth. "It's a cabal that's been set up to support the Iranian nuclear program.
What China's Treasury Liquidation Means: $1 Trillion QE In Reverse
Earlier today, Bloomberg - citing the ubiquitous "people familiar with the matter" - confirmed what we’ve been pounding the table on for months; namely that China is liquidating its UST holdings.
As we outlined in July, from the first of the year through June, China looked to have sold somewhere around $107 billion worth of US paper. While that might have seemed like a breakneck pace back then, it was nothing compared to what would transpire in the last two weeks of August. Following the devaluation of the yuan, the PBoC found itself in the awkward position of having to intervene openly in the FX market, despite the fact that the new currency regime was supposed to represent a shift towards a more market-determined exchange rate. That intervention has come at a steep cost - around $106 billion according to Soc Gen. In other words, stabilizing the yuan in the wake of the devaluation has resulted in the sale of more than $100 billion in USTs from China’s FX reserves.
27 Aug 15
Malaysia To Introduce RFID Tracking For Every Vehicle
Here on Techdirt, nationwide tracking schemes tend to raise a red flag. In Malaysia, by contrast, there seem to be no such worries, as ambitious plans to introduce RFID tagging for all vehicles, reported by The Sun Daily, indicate: A new vehicle security tracking system suitable for all types of vehicles -- the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) -- will be implemented nationwide by the Road Transport Department (JPJ) by 2018.
We Want '50 More Baby Livers a Week,' Says Planned Parenthood Partner Who Jokes About Shipping Severed Heads
another step in the process is to remove the hands and feet from babies' limbs before they send the body parts to academic labs because researchers don't want to know that they're working on aborted babies. Many researches, according to Dyer, leave the field because they cannot ethically and emotionally handle working on aborted babies.
1,000+ black activists endorse boycott of Israel
More than 1,000 African-Americans have signed a letter reaffirming black solidarity with the plight of Palestinians and endorsing resistance to Israel and its products, known as the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.
EU envoy warns of more steps against Israeli settlements
John Gatt-Rutter says EU will 'use more tools' to force Israel out of Jewish settlements expansion.
Iraq: PM facing calls to sever ties with party, declare state of emergency
Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi is facing calls to sever his links to the Islamic Da’wa Party. Several Iraqi lawmakers have also called on Abadi to declare a state of emergency in the country and freeze its current constitution. The calls come amid mounting public anger and widespread, weeks-long protests over corruption, sectarianism, and the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in the country.
Washington Wildfires the ‘Worst in the State’s History’ as Firefighters Travel from Australia and New Zealand to Help Battle the Blazes
Fires are being started by lightning strikes that ignite the tinder-dry forests, quickly spreading on the wind
The wildfires spreading across Washington and Oregon are now officially the worst since records began – with firefighters having to be drafted in from Australia and New Zealand to fight the flames.
Obama’s Pentagon Declares Journalists To Be ‘Unprivileged Belligerents’ With No Rights
New Defense Department guidelines allow commanders to punish journalists and treat them as “unprivileged belligerents” if they believe journalists are sympathizing or cooperating with the enemy.
History of Unmistakable Divine Wrath Serves as Warning for Nuclear Deal
We have already seen that natural phenomenon can often be seen as divinely guided. Is it a coincidence that after announcing the nuclear deal Iran was hit with an apocalyptic-like heat wave and, in a separate incident, a meteor? While the heavenly warning are clearer to some than others, a quick look at the timeline of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the accompanying natural disasters makes claims of coincidence lose their credibility.
Jeb Bush Seeking Jewish Support
Jeb Bush is preparing to reach out the senior Jewish leaders to endorse him for Republican party’s presidential nominee, the Jewish Insider reported.
Democrat pollster: This 1 issue could kill the party
Obama appears to be on pace to find enough votes to save the Iran nuclear deal, but longtime Democratic pollster and strategist Pat Caddell says the party is at risk of an electoral disaster by propping up a deal the public hates and may well pave the way to a nuclear-armed Iran.
Catholics Support Gay Marriage as Much as General Population and Believe Pope Francis Has Backed It, PRRI Study Finds
A study by the Public Religion Research Institute released in August on the beliefs of American Catholics has found that despite the Church's teachings, they support same-sex marriage and abortion just as much as the general population. What is more, a large percentage of Catholic respondents mistakenly believed Pope Francis has backed gay marriage.
Putin: Russia Planning to Build Nuclear Plant in Egypt
Russian President says his country will build a nuclear power plant in Egypt, announces greater economic cooperation with Cairo.
GEOMAGNETIC STORM, NOW!
A G2-class geomagnetic storm is underway and intensifying on Aug. 27. This is sparking some of the first visible auroras in months around the Arctic Circle.
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Several firebombs were thrown at a border police vehicle in East Jerusalem's A-Tur neighborhood on Wednesday night, mere hours after a convicted killer stabbed a border policeman near Damascus gate in Jerusalem's Old City.
One of the firebombs hit the border police jeep, setting the vehicle alight. The policemen in the vehicle managed to free themselves, while the fire began spreading to nearby cars.
French intelligence fears Islamist 'missile strike on airliner' or 9/11-style attack
French security forces are bracing for the eventuality of civil unrest and fear there could be a missile strike on a passenger airliner or a September 11-style attack, according to sources close to French intelligence.
“Airlines have been warned of a possible attack on a plane with an anti-tank missile,” a source told The Telegraph. “But pilots are unsure how to take evasive action.”
Sydney dam spills as flood clean-up continues
Sydney's giant Warragamba Dam is spilling for the first time since 2013, in the wake of days of heavy rain in the region.
Authorities have warned of flooding in low-lying areas near the dam but don't expect any homes to be at risk.
Residents south of Sydney are still waiting to return to their flood-affected homes after the wild weather.
Report: Hamas summons Palestinian factions to discuss terms of ten-year truce with Israel
Amid rumors of backchannel talks...the Palestinian Islamist organization has reportedly summoned other Palestinian factions to Beirut where the details of a long-term truce with Israel will be discussed.
According to...newspaper Rai-al-youm, Moussa Abu Marzouk, a senior Hamas figure, had already met with some of the factions in the Lebanese capital regarding the possibility of a ten-year truce with Israel.