12 May 2017

Rebellion grows against Muslim indoctrination in schools
From coast to coast, parents are rebelling against what they describe as Islamic indoctrination of their children in public schools. In Florida, for example, parents are protesting a newly approved textbook they say whitewashes Islam’s violent history of conquest and subjugation, while in San Diego, an angry father confronted the city’s school board about its partnership with the controversial Council on American-Islamic Relations in an “anti-bullying” program.

Netanyahu: “All Embassies Should Be in Jerusalem”
At a Likud party gathering Thursday evening, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem is not just a good thing, but should be an example to all the embassies in Israel. “Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people. It is the capital of the State of Israel. All the embassies, and especially the Embassy of our friend the United States, should move to Jerusalem.

Returning to Jerusalem: The Yemenite synagogue of Shiloah
Expelled from their homes during Arab riots in 1938, the Jews of Shiloah were promised they would return home. Now, it’s finally happening.

Erdogan sees ‘new beginning’ in Turkish-US ties despite Kurdish arms move
“The United States is still going through a transition period. And we have to be more careful and sensitive,” Erdogan said.

France’s Macron to meet with Merkel in Berlin on Monday
Macron’s visit to Berlin Monday, a day after his inauguration as French president, aims at stressing the importance of the relationship with Germany to relaunch the European project, an aide to Macron said, confirming the visit. “We want to work together on a few priorities: security, economy, investment and social protection,” the aide said.

Danon calls on UNSC to take action against PA’s payments to terrorists
Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon asked the UN Security Council on Thursday to “take action” and call on the Palestinian Authority to stop paying terrorists for killing civilians in Israel. “In 2016, the PA dedicated almost $130 million of its budget to paying imprisoned terrorists…$175 million in allowances to the families of so-called martyrs. Altogether, the PA paid more than $300 million directly in support of terrorists every single year.”

‘Abbas has decided to sign peace deal with Israel’
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has crossed the Rubicon and voiced “unprecedented” readiness to reach a peace deal with Israel…Abbas, according to the sources, made this clear to President Donald Trump during their meeting at the White House last week. The president plans to use his trip to Israel later this month to receive assurances from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he, too, is committed to a peace agreement.

Cabinet source: IDF fears defunding PA will increase terrorism
Almost all of Israel’s security and intelligence agencies are opposed to proposed Knesset legislation that would cut off tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority due to its payment of salaries to terrorists imprisoned in Israel…the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories unit, the IDF, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and other security bodies are opposed to the measure, fearing that a cut to PA funding will lead to an escalation in terrorist attacks.

China’s big push for its global trade narrative
But first he’s going to try it out on the world’s political leaders. Not those of the United States, Japan, India or much of the European Union. They’ve declined the invitation. But this weekend Mr Xi is gathering all the presidents and prime ministers he can muster in Beijing, hoping to inspire them with a vision about China as a force for good in the world.

Pope Francis on special trip to Portugal’s Fatima shrine
Pope Francis is embarking on a high-profile pilgrimage to Fatima in central Portugal, a shrine where he plans to make two shepherd children saints. It is 100 years since the two – and a third child – reported seeing the Virgin Mary while tending sheep. The third is also on the way to sainthood. Portugal has boosted security and reimposed border controls, suspending the Schengen open borders pact. More than a million pilgrims are expected.

Arctic summit: Trump to make ‘right decision for the US’ on climate
The US will consider its interests first as it reviews its climate change policy, the secretary of state says. Rex Tillerson told a meeting of the eight Arctic nations in Alaska that the US would not rush to make a decision and would consider their views. President Donald Trump has expressed doubts over the human role in climate change and has said he may pull the US out of the Paris Accord to fight it.

China tests ‘Lunar Palace’ as it eyes moon mission
Chinese students will live in a laboratory simulating a lunar-like environment for up to 200 days as Beijing prepares for its long-term goal of putting humans on the moon. Four postgraduate students from the capital’s astronautics research university Beihang entered the 160-square-metre (1,720-square-foot) cabin—dubbed the “Yuegong-1”, or “Lunar Palace”—on Wednesday, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

N.Korea claims sovereign right to ruthlessly punish Americans
North Korea said on Thursday it was its sovereign right to “ruthlessly punish” American citizens it has detained for crimes against its government system, saying U.S. media’s description of such arrests as a bargaining ploy was “pure ignorance.” The North’s KCNA news agency said the crimes of recent Americans detained by its authorities will soon be revealed.

Imam accused in Denmark of calling for murder of Jews
Denmark’s Jewish community has filed a complaint over an imam accused of calling for the murder of Jews in a case sparking political opprobrium, it emerged Thursday. Imam Mundhir Abdallah preaches in the working class Copenhagen suburb of Norrebro at the Masjid Al-Faruq mosque, which media have previously linked to radical Islam.

Hezbollah says future war would be on Israeli territory
Lebanese Hezbollah said on Thursday that any future conflict between the Shi’ite group and Israel could take place inside Israeli territory, as tensions rise between the arch foes.

Maxine Waters Does It Again…
NBC’s Peter Alexander: “I am confused”
Maxine Waters: “No, you’re not confused… I don’t support Trump firing Comey, but I would support Hillary Clinton firing Comey”

Liberal Crusader John Oliver is a Hypocrite Who Used a Donald Trump Tax Dodge
In his crusade against the wealthy, John Oliver is no liberal champion. Riding on the wave of anti-Trump sentiment, the would-be paladin only says what he says to enrich himself while benefiting from the very policies he rallies against on his HBO series, Last Week Tonight.

Tennessee Authorities Shut Down Scientology Facilities for Holding People Against Their Will

Tennessee has locked the doors of a Scientology facility after discovering a man who had been drugged and locked up against his will for 9 months. He was taken to a local hospital. A search warrant was then obtained for the facility in which he was held. When the police returned, Scientology members were actively packing up and destroying evidence. This is the latest in a series of horror stories coming out of the cult. Will this latest scandal take Scientology down?

5 Stories Everyone Is Ignoring While the Media Implodes over Trump Firing Comey
….As millions of Americans fix their eyes and minds on the ongoing developments, other stories are lurking behind the curtain — and reveal far more about the struggles we face. Though they have received some coverage from corporate and establishment outlets, these stories are being forced out of the conversation by round-the-clock coverage of political figureheads warring in Washington. Here are five to follow:

Iran test-fires torpedo in the Strait of Hormuz
Iran test-fired a high-speed torpedo on Sunday, a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News, marking the latest provocative action from the Islamic Republic. The Hoot torpedo, which has a range of six miles, was fired in the Strait of Hormuz, where much of the world’s oil passes each day. It’s unclear if the torpedo test was successful.