12 Apr 2018

Russia moves 11 navy ships out of Syrian port
Russia has moved at least 11 navy ships deployed in Syria out to sea in the event of a U.S. military strike, which appears to be imminent in the wake of an exchange of threats between President Trump and Russian officials.
Trump replied early Wednesday to a Russian threat to shoot down any U.S. missiles in Syria with a tweet: “Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’”

Rosenstein lets Nunes, Gowdy review FBI memo that kick-started Russia probe
Facing legal action, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein allowed House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., to view the FBI memo that instigated the bureau’s counterintelligence investigation of contacts between Russia and the Trump campaign, Nunes confirmed on Wednesday. The meeting came a day after Nunes threatened to take legal action — including contempt proceedings and impeachment — against Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray for failing to produce a clean copy of the memo, known as an electronic communication or EC, that was responsive to an August 2017 committee subpoena.

Netanyahu: Israel Remains ‘Steadfast’ Against Iranian Threats
“We are preventing Iranian activity in Syria. These are not just words,” Netanyahu said in his speech at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial marking Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. “Our policy can be summed up in three words: ‘Steadfastness against aggression.’ Steadfastness on defense, steadfastness on deterrence, steadfastness against anyone who threatens to destroy us,” added Netanyahu. The statement by Netanyahu comes just days after Israel purportedly carried out an airstrike against a Syrian military base where Iran is also operating. Israel has not confirmed it was behind the airstrike, which left 14 dead, including several Iranian military personnel.

World’s Silence on Syria is a License to Kill
We know the world is hypocritical, but if we needed further proof that the human rights discourse and the rights organizations have nothing to do with human ethics, the past few days have provided that proof. The volume of criticism against Israel over the casualties of the “March of Return” is larger than the volume of criticism against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s ongoing massacre of his own citizens. And in general, there are more international demands for an investigation against Israel than demands for an investigation against the butcher of Damascus.

Hamas blasts US envoy for demanding the terror group disarm
Hamas spokesperson Hazem Qassem denounced Jason Greenblatt, President Trump’s envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process…after Greenblatt suggested that the terror group disarm and relinquish its control over the Gaza Strip. “Greenblatt’s attack on Hamas and its leadership, and his demand that the movement disarm, is a continuation of America’s partnership with the Israeli occupation’s continuous aggression against the Palestinian people,” Qassem said.

The full US statement for Holocaust Remembrance Day
The White House released a statement for Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday…On Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, and during this week of remembrance, we reflect on one of the darkest periods in the history of the world and honor the victims of Nazi persecution…

Syria ‘chemical attack’: US weighs up military response
The US says “all options are on the table” in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, as Western leaders continue to weigh up military action. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters that a final decision on military strikes had not been taken. But she said the US holds Russia and Syria responsible for the incident.

UK launched cyber-attack on Islamic State
The UK has conducted a “major offensive cyber-campaign” against the Islamic State group, the director of the intelligence agency GCHQ has revealed. The operation hindered the group’s ability to co-ordinate attacks and suppressed their propaganda, former MI5 agent Jeremy Fleming said. It is the first time the UK has systematically degraded an adversary’s online efforts in a military campaign.

Zuckerberg makes case for privacy regs with teeth — by failing to remember non-existent FTC fine
Chalk up a sharp political point in support for privacy legislation with actual teeth: In today’s testimony in front of the House Energy & Commerce committee, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was asked about the outcomes of a string of legal actions against the company — most of which he claimed not be aware of.

Report: As Trump Mideast peace plan nears completion, rollout still unclear
The Trump administration has nearly completed a long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan but is still struggling to decide how and when to roll it out, a senior White House official said, acknowledging that Washington faces a “disconnect” with Palestinians over its planned US embassy move to Jerusalem.

The UN hits an all-time low by appointing Syria to head a chemical weapons forum
“Having the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad preside over global chemical and nuclear weapons disarmament will be like putting a serial rapist in charge of a women’s shelter,” Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva based non-governmental organization, UN Watch said on his group’s website.

Saudi Arabia intercepts three MISSILES over Riyadh as EXPLOSIONS rock capital
A RADICAL armed Islamist group launched at a salvo of three ballistic missiles at Saudi Arabia this afternoon – further increasing powder-keg tensions across the Middle East. One of the targets was the country’s Ministry of Defence, it was reported.

Greece opens fire on Turkey as military helicopter buzzes island
GREEK soldiers have fired on a Turkish helicopter in the Aegean sea amid growing tensions in the region.

HAS THE WAR ARRIVED: Israeli warplanes pummel Hamas compound in Gaza
IAF fighter jets on Wednesday night targeted a terror target in a Hamas military compound in Northern Gaza.

Pruitt Wants To Take The EPA Seal Off
…Pruitt wanted to take the EPA seal, which he complained looked like a marijuana leaf, off department notebooks, pens, stationery and commemorative coins. He suggested replacing the logo with his name and adding a buffalo and Bible verse, to represent his home state and his faith, to the medallion, sources told The NYT.

How The Media May Justify Land Confiscation
White farmers in South Africa may lose all their land without any compensation, but Newsweek thinks they have nothing to worry about. Their property loss is all going to the noble cause of “poverty reduction.”

Moscow To Trump: Are The ‘Smart Missiles’ To Destroy Evidence Of Fake Chemical Attack?
“Are the OPCW inspectors aware that smart missiles are about to destroy all evidence of the chemical weapons use on the ground? Or is that the actual plan – to cover up all evidence of this fabricated attack with smart missile strikes, so that international inspectors had no evidence to look for?” Zakharova asked.

“There Wasn’t A Single Corpse”: Russia Claims ‘White Helmets’ Staged Syria Chemical Attack
Russia claims that the reported chemical attack in Syria last Sunday was staged by the “white helmets,” a US-funded NGO lauded by mainstream media for their humanitarian work, while long-suspected of performing less-than humanitarian deeds behind the curtain.

Parents to pull kids from public schools to protest ‘graphic, gender-bending’ sex ed
Parents are pulling their children out of public schools for a day to protest sex education that they say has become graphic, hedonistic and ideological under the influence of pro-choice and gay rights groups.

Certain UNSC members lying to create pretext for aggression on Syria: Damascus
Syria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Bashar al-Jaafari, said that the Israeli aggression against Syria would not succeed in protecting Israel’s agents from terrorist organizations, pointing out that some of the United Nations Security Council’s permanent members are trying to lie to defame Syria and create pretexts for attacking it.

Dubai to launch digital vehicle number plates
Drivers in Dubai may soon be using digital number plates under new plans. In a trial starting next month, vehicles will be fitted with smart plates with digital screens, GPS and transmitters.

At least 100 dead geese fall from sky in Idaho lightning storm
Conservation officer Jacob Berl came across a shocking sight Saturday night – more than 50 dead geese had plunged into a parking lot near his Idaho lab.

Facebook Has Dozens Of Former Obama And Hillary Staffers In Senior Positions
If you’ve ever wondered if the censorship of conservatives and libertarians will ever end, here’s more evidence that it could be just the beginning. Investigative journalists uncovered the ugly truth that Facebook employees, at senior levels, dozens of former Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton staffers.

Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Who Questioned Parkland Shooting’s Gun Control Agenda ‘Dies Unexpectedly’
Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Fitzsimons, a fit 42-year old who was known to question the gun control agenda of the Parkland school shooting, “died unexpectedly” earlier this month.

Trump just took a giant step towards actual welfare reform
President Trump’s new executive order on welfare reform has laid the groundwork to get more Americans get back to work while protecting and strengthening the safety net for the truly needy. Federal agencies must take advantage of this opportunity to roll back harmful Obama-era policies that have trapped families in dependency and cost taxpayers billions.