4 Apr 2018

Far-right views going mainstream in much of Central Europe
Ever since WWII, such views were taboo in Europe, confined to the far-right fringes. Today they are openly expressed by mainstream political leaders in parts of Central and Eastern Europe, part of a global populist surge in the face of globalization and mass migration. “There is something broader going on in the region which has produced a patriotic, nativist, conservative discourse through which far-right ideas managed to become mainstream,”

Pentagon: Russia Tested Nuclear-Powered Cruise Missile Twice
U.S. intelligence agencies monitored two Russian tests of an experimental nuclear-powered cruise missile in recent months and found both tests failed to demonstrate the novel use of a reactor to fuel long-range flight, according to Pentagon officials. The two flight tests were conducted in the Russian arctic, including one in November on the island of Novaya Zemlya, the location of a Russian air base and nuclear testing site.

Jews pray in ancient synagogue
Jews and IDF soldiers on Wednesday morning prayed the morning prayers at an ancient synagogue in Eshtemoa (now called as-Samu). The al-Samu synagogue, also known by its Biblical name of “Eshtemoa,” dates back to just after the Second Temple Period, when large Jewish communities left Jerusalem after the destruction of the Temple to settle in Har Hevron. Remains of candelabras, as well as reliefs of the Temple Menorah, have been found at the site.

Sheikh who called to kill Jews to speak at Canadian conference
Sheikh compares Jews to monkeys, pigs, asks for all Jews to be destroyed – and receives invitation to speak at Canadian conference.

Israel thwarts major Islamic Jihad missile attack against naval vessels
The Shin Bet and IDF foiled the plot, which would use one boat as a decoy and two others to attack and board an Israeli navy vessel in order to kill and capture the sailors.

Five scenarios after U.S. about-face on Syria
The abrupt about-face in US policy comes after the administration spent 2017 indicating it was preparing for the long haul in Syria. It said it wanted President Bashar Assad gone and that the US would continue to work with its partners among the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) that had been the main driving force behind defeating ISIS. Here are five scenarios that could develop in the coming year:

YouTube Shooter Identified As Nasim Aghdam
As it turns out, Tuesday’s shooting at YouTube headquarters, had nothing to do with domestic violence and everything to do with blowback to YouTube’s demonetization efforts – as many initially feared. The shooter was identified as Nasim Aghdam who slammed YouTube for purportedly censoring her after she claimed that they demonetized her channels, including an exercise one devoted to exercise videos and another devoted to veganism.

Republicans Might Use Arcane Budget Rule to Slash Omnibus Spending
Using this rule, the president can send a message to Congress, stipulating specific funds that the administration wants to eliminate. President Donald Trump can group multiple annulments to Congress; the legislative branch would then have 45 days to approve all, none, or part of the president’s request to impound federal spending.

Unusual forms of ‘nightmare’ antibiotic-resistant bacteria detected in 27 states
More than 200 rare antibiotic-resistant genes were found in “nightmare” bacteria tested in 2017, according to a Vital Signs report released Tuesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”I was surprised by the numbers we found,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC. The report focused on the new and highly resistant germs that have yet to spread widely. Still, a variety of resistant germs can be found in every state.

ALL-OUT WAR: Turkey’s Erdogan calls for ‘ARMY of Islam’ to ATTACK Israel on all sides
TURKEY’S President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have announced they want to create an “army of Islam” to wage war against Israel, it has been revealed.

Geraldo Rivera: I Regret Not Backing the Palestinians During Their Intifada
Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera declared that he regrets not backing the Palestinians during their Second Intifada against Israel.

‘Gender-neutral’ Swedish preschools teach boys to wear dresses
Many government-funded Swedish preschools are “gender-neutral” and teach youngsters to reject their natural inclinations toward masculine or feminine activities, instead requiring them to do activities usually associated with the opposite sex.

Iran, Russia, Turkey team up to hold sway in Syria
Iran, Russia and Turkey have teamed up to forge a strong if brittle tripartite alliance aimed at holding ascendancy in Syria, taking advantage of the West’s reluctance to engage militarily in the country.The presidents of the three countries, long seen as regional rivals rather than strategic allies, will meet Wednesday in Ankara for their second three way summit on Syria in a striking demonstration of unity.

Russia, Assad give ultimatum to rebels northeast of Damascus
Russian and Syrian military officers have told rebels in a besieged area northeast of Damascus they must accept state rule or leave, the spokesman for one rebel group said on Tuesday.

‘Being cash-free puts us at risk of attack’: Swedes turn against cashlessness
Sweden’s central bank governor has called for public control over its payment system. Others say a fully digital system is vulnerable to fraud and attack

California Supreme Court lets stand controversial law allowing DNA collection upon arrest
For years civil libertarians hoped to end California’s practice of taking DNA from people arrested on suspicion of a felony and storing that genetic information in an offender database — regardless of whether the suspects were later acquitted or had their charges dropped.

Evangelical Leaders Launch Prayer Campaign for Dreamers; Urge Congress to Act as DACA Expires
The Evangelical Immigration Table is calling on Christians to pray for those affected by the expiration of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince slams Obama’s Iran nuclear deal, backs Israel’s right to exist
Saudi Arabia’s crown prince affirmed Israel’s right to exist and criticized former President Obama’s Iran policy in an interview published Monday, pointedly bucking other leaders in the Arab world and signaling support for President Trump’s Middle East agenda.

Russa & China Unite to Create 100% Gold-backed Currency
China and Russia have rolled-out plans to create a new currency that’s 100 percent backed by gold.The new monetary system is designed to end the US dollar’s dominance as the world’s default currency.

CDC: Drug-Resistant ‘Nightmare Bacteria’ Pose Growing Threat
“Nightmare bacteria” with unusual resistance to antibiotics of last resort were found more than 200 times in the United States last year in a first-of-a-kind hunt to see how much of a threat these rare cases are becoming, health officials said Tuesday.

Update: Trump to Keep Troops on Border Until Wall Built
Not long after Trump announced he was bringing troops home from Syria, the president said he’ll keep the military deployed on the US border “until we can have a wall and proper security.”

University Hosts Post-Easter Workshop to Combat ‘Christian Privilege’
George Washington University is hosting a diversity workshop to battle “Christian privilege” on Thursday of Easter Week at the school’s Multicultural Student Services Center.

Air Force sued over flag-folding assault as airman mentions God
…It happened in April 2016 when, under orders, “uniformed Airmen abruptly interrupted a flag-folding ceremony at Roberson’s retirement and assaulted Rodriguez before he could use the word ‘God’ in a flag folding speech.”

DNC vice chairwoman: ‘Repeal the 2nd Amendment’
When former U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens called for repeal of the Second Amendment in a New York Times op-ed last week, Democratic Party officials largely laid low. But the vice chairman for civic engagement and voter protection for the Democratic National Committee issued a tweet urging “Repeal the Second Amendment,” with a link to Stevens’ op-ed:

Netanyahu Scraps African Migrant Relocation Deal With U.N.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday he was cancelling an agreement with the U.N. refugee agency to relocate thousands of African migrants, bowing to right-wing pressure to scrap the deal.

The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook
In its determination to secure a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration derailed an ambitious law enforcement campaign targeting drug trafficking by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, even as it was funneling cocaine into the United States, according to a POLITICO investigation.