10 Jun 2018

Syria’s Assad denies Russia makes decisions for him
Syrian President Bashar Assad denied that military ally Russia was making decisions for him, but said it was natural for there to be differences of opinion between allies, in an interview published on Sunday by state media. In an interview with British newspaper the Mail on Sunday, carried in full by Syrian state news agency SANA, Assad was responding to a question about whether Moscow now controls Syria’s diplomatic and military moves.

Arab states call emergency UN General Assembly session on Gaza
The UN General Assembly will convene for an emergency session on Wednesday regarding Gaza, where a version of a resolution vetoed last week by the US in the Security Council condemning Israel will receive a wider vote. The measure is being pushed by Arab powers, according to wire services, and will accuse the Jewish state of mishandling a recent spout of protests along its border and calling for protection for the Palestinian people.

Trump Kim summit: North Korean leader arrives in Singapore
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has arrived in Singapore for a scheduled summit with US President Donald Trump. The meeting – the first between a leader from the North and a sitting US president – will take place on Tuesday. Mr Trump described it as a “one-time shot” at peace and said the two were in “unknown territory”.

G7 summit ends in disarray as Trump abandons joint statement
The G7 summit has ended in acrimony, with US President Donald Trump lashing out at host Canada and retracting his endorsement of the joint statement. He accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of acting “meek and mild” during meetings, only to attack the US at a news conference. The summit was dominated by disagreements, notably over trade.

…Soros blasts Trump’s presidency saying ‘everything that could go wrong has gone wrong’
Liberal billionaire George Soros blamed the Trump administration for the current woes in society, adding that ‘everything that could go wrong, has gone wrong.’ The 87-year-old, who frequently donates to the Clintons, did not mince his words and accused the President of being ‘willing to destroy the world.’ ‘The bigger the danger, the bigger the threat, the more I feel engaged to confront it,’ Soros said Thursday…

Magnitude 4.4 earthquake shakes part of northern Oklahoma
The U.S. Geological Survey says a 4.4 magnitude earthquake shook parts of northern Oklahoma and neighboring Kansas. Geologists say the earthquake was recorded at 8:59 a.m. Saturday about 16 miles (26 kilometers) east of Cherokee, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Oklahoma City. The earthquake was recorded at a depth of five miles (8 kilometers).

In This City, Police Cameras, and the Internet, Watch You
The camera perched above the bus stop sends back a continuous feed from the corner of 16th Avenue and South 18th Street in Newark’s West Ward. Regular customers come and go from Max’s, a convenience store, and a man without a shirt paces aimlessly on the same slice of pavement. Anyone with a fast internet connection and a desire to watch could also see Fernando Demarzino stepping out of his cousin’s barbershop.

IDF launches surprise exercise in Golan Heights
The IDF called up thousands of reservists on Sunday morning for a surprise exercise in the Golan Heights, the IDF’s Spokesperson’s Office said. The exercise will last several days, during which there will be an increased presence of military vehicles in the area, and explosions will be heard. The IDF Spokesman’s Office stressed the surprise drill was planned in advanced…to help maintain troops’ preparedness.

MAJOR NEWS OUT OF IRAN: The Ayatollahs have openly restarted their nuclear program in defiance of the entire world
Iran’s nuclear chief showcases new facility at Natanz uranium enrichment center, says he hopes first centrifuges will roll out next month • U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: We are aware of reports, will not allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons.

Chancellor Merkel wants to counter Trump and make Europe more of a player on the international stage – calls for the continent to unite in a New World Order
Chancellor Angela Merkel made a forceful pitch for Europe to play a more assertive role in global affairs as U.S. President Donald Trump dismantles the post-World War II order, setting the stage for a potential tense standoff at the Group of Seven summit this week.

Trump did hold a Ramadan dinner at the White House, but ALL Islamic groups with Muslim Brotherhood ties were BANNED
…The exclusion is a sharp change from former President Barack Obama, who put the Brotherhood-linked groups front-and-center in his Iftar dinners and his Middle East strategy. His regional strategy crashed once the Brotherhood groups in Egypt, Syria, Libya, Tunisia, and other countries were unable to restrain their Islamic radicalism during the so-called “Arab Spring.”

Spain’s third-largest City Valencia officially declares Israel an illegal country
Following a major Spanish city’s vote to boycott Israel, the leader of Spain’s third-largest party called the Jewish state a “criminal country” during an interview aired by public television broadcaster.

Rouhani says ‘Israel can never feel safe’ as thousands in Iran mark Quds Day
Protesters burn Trump effigies, chant ‘Death to Israel, America’ in annual pro-Palestinian events across the Islamic republic

Gulf of Mexico ‘dead zone’ forecasted to exceed the size of Connecticut
Scientists have predicted the dead zone, or area with little to no oxygen in the northern Gulf of Mexico, will become larger than the state of Connecticut by the end of July, according to a new report. While there are more than 500 dead zones around the world, the northern Gulf of Mexico dead zone is the second largest human-caused coastal hypoxic area in the world.

Over 250,000 revelers flood Tel Aviv for Israel’s biggest ever Gay Pride parade
Ripped men in white underwear, pink bunny ears and black bow ties gyrated through the streets of Israel’s Tel Aviv on Friday along with drag queens and others to loud trance music for the annual Gay Pride Parade — the biggest event of its kind in the region.

Red Francis Lectures on Global Warming Junk Science – Climate Change Could ‘Destroy Civilization’
Pope Francis lectured oil companies this weekend on the dangers of global warming junk science. Red Francis told the oil execs climate change could “destroy civilization.”

U.S. bypassing United Nations to help Iraqi Christians
President Trump has ordered U.S. aid agencies to bypass the United Nations with American aid money intended for Christian and Yazidi communities in Iraq. Those were two of the primary groups targeted by ISIS, which came into its power while Barack Obama was president.

Lockheed Martin Awarded $929 Million Contract For Hypersonic Weapon To Counter Russia, China
Lockheed Martin, the defense company behind F-35A Lightning II, a fifth-generation combat aircraft, won a $928 million contract April 18 to develop a hypersonic missile for the U.S. Air Force that will travel more than five times faster than the speed of sound to overcome Russian and Chinese missile defense systems.

China hacked a Navy contractor and secured a trove of highly sensitive data on submarine warfare
Chinese government hackers have compromised the computers of a Navy contractor, stealing massive amounts of highly sensitive data related to undersea warfare — including secret plans to develop a supersonic anti-ship missile for use on U.S. submarines by 2020, according to American officials.

Iran Admits To Facilitating 9/11 Terror Attacks
Iranian officials, in a first, have admitted to facilitating the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the U.S. by secretly aiding the free travel of al Qaeda operatives who eventually went on to fly commercial airliners into the Twin Towers in New York City, according to new remarks from a senior Iranian official.

Cancer screenings and treatments kill more people than the disease itself, according to research
Cancer is undoubtedly a menace to society. However, it is an effective revenue stream not just for pharmaceutical companies, but also for hospitals, oncologists, cancer specialists and diagnostic facilities that make up the $125-billion health industry. To make matters worse, cancer detection and treatments kill more people than cancer itself by enabling the disease to spread.

Austria To Expel Dozens of Imams, Shut Down Radical Mosques
Austria’s conservative-populist coalition government will close seven radical Islamic mosques and expel dozens of foreign-funded imams with populist Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache remarking, “We’re only just getting started.”