2 Aug 2018

Trump mocks Charles Koch for saying tariffs unfair to foreign workers: ‘He is correct’
“Charles Koch of Koch Brothers, who claims to be giving away millions of dollars to politicians even though I know very few who have seen this (?), now makes the ridiculous statement that what President Trump is doing is unfair to ‘foreign workers.’ He is correct, AMERICA FIRST!” Trump tweeted Thursday morning. Trump has taken aim at the Koch network this week, blasting the Koch brothers as a “total joke” on Tuesday and promising he would be a “puppet for no one” amid rising tensions over his trade policies.

Vatican changes teaching to oppose death penalty in all cases
The Roman Catholic Church formally changed its teaching on Thursday to declare the death penalty inadmissible whatever the circumstance, a move that is likely to be viewed askance in countries where capital punishment is legal.

Trump Donates $400,000 Salary to Repair Military Cemeteries
In a much under-reported move, U.S. President Donald Trump has donated his $400,000 salary for the repair of military cemeteries. In a White House spending report sent to Congress it noted that the president’s salary was sent to the Department of the Interior.

Return of the Biblical Harp
After more than 2,000 years, the prophetic sound David’s harp is heard once again in Jerusalem. When the Third Temple is rebuilt, these biblical harps will return, to be used in Jewish worship.

IAF struck 7 ISIS militans in overnight strikes in Syrian Golan Heights
Israel struck seven ISIS militants who were 200 meters from the Israeli border in an air strike on the Syrian-held Golan Heights overnight Wednesday, the army confirmed on Thursday. At 10:30 p.m. IAF jets hit seven armed terrorists, who were tracked by Israel for several kilometers. The terrorists were situated between the Alpha line and the border. No terrorists infiltrated Israeli territory…

Report: Iran hacks Israel in cyber attack
A group of “highly active” hackers based in Iran have been found to be trying to steal vital information from governments in the Middle East. The group, dubbed “Leafminer,” has attacked networks in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel and Afghanistan, according to a report issued by US cyber security firm Symantec.

Andrew Brunson: US hits Turkey with sanctions over jailed pastor
The US has imposed sanctions on Turkey’s justice and interior ministers over the continued detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson. The evangelical from North Carolina has been held for nearly two years over alleged links to political groups. “We believe he’s a victim of unfair and unjust detention,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.

Saudi Arabia’s women are allowed to drive, but not everyone is happy about it
From the very first day 31-year-old Salma Barakati got behind the wheel of her car after Saudi Arabia lifted the ban on women driving, the men in her village near Mecca would gather around her and unleash a torrent of insults. The insults soon turned to threats. Then, less than 10 days after women were allowed to drive, a neighbor woke up Barakati in the middle of the night: Her car was on fire.

Iran readying massive military exercise in Persian Gulf, officials say
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard is expected to soon begin a major naval exercise that could demonstrate its ability to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, a crucial conduit for global energy supplies, US officials say. The exercise in the Persian Gulf could begin as soon as the next two days, according to two US officials directly familiar with the latest assessment of the Revolutionary Guard’s troop movements.

Lieberman halts fuel shipments to Gaza citing continued fire balloon terrorism
Israel will stop shipments of fuel and gas to the Gaza Strip from Thursday in response to militants in the enclave launching incendiary balloons that have torched fields in Israel. “The decision has been taken in view of the continued terror of incendiary balloons and friction along the (border) fence,” a statement from Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s office said.

Massive U.S. defense policy bill passes without strict China measures
The U.S. Senate passed a $716 billion defense policy bill on Wednesday, backing President Donald Trump’s call for a bigger, stronger military and sidestepping a potential battle with the White House over technology from major Chinese firms. The Senate voted 87-10 for the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA. The annual act authorizes U.S. military spending but is used as a vehicle for a broad range of policy matters…

China calls for peace mechanism for Korean peninsula
China on Thursday called for a push to establish a peace mechanism for the Korean peninsula as well as denuclearization. Foreign Minister Wang Yi said he hoped the United States and North Korea – who agreed at a summit in June to end a nuclear standoff – would maintain contact and resolve each other’s concerns to have success in their talks.

Catholic Church changes teaching to oppose death penalty in all cases
The Roman Catholic Church formally changed its teaching on Thursday to declare the death penalty inadmissible in all circumstances. The 1.2 billion-member Catholic Church has allowed the death penalty in extreme cases for centuries, but the position began to change under the late Pope John Paul II, who died in 2005.

Conservatives Banned From Social Media? Here’s What They Can Do About It
“I do fear that that the social justice aggression within corporations against conservatives is part of a larger and more subversive plan. If one studies the leftist tactics of socialist gatekeeper Saul Alinsky, one would discover that they often use the strategy of harassing their enemies to illicit a vicious overreaction. “

Item fast-tracked by Bill Clinton kills at least 22
At least 22 women have been killed, and hundreds more have ended up with ectopic pregnancies or have required blood transfusions and hospitalization due to an abortion pill fast-tracked by the Bill Clinton administration.

Christians United For Israel Faces Strange Prospect Of Completed Goals
What do you when you’ve accomplished all of your major goals? It’s not something most organizations ever need to ponder, as they often spend decades working toward a single legislative victory in Washington. In the case of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), however, it’s no longer an idle question.

The Number Of Americans Living In Their Vehicles “Explodes” As The Middle Class Collapses
..As the gap between the rich and the poor continues to increase, the middle class is steadily eroding.  In fact, I recently gave my readers 15 signs that the middle class in America is being systematically destroyed.  More Americans are falling out of the middle class and into poverty with each passing day, and this is one of the big reasons why the number of homeless is surging.

Nearly 120,000 displaced in Myanmar floods
Nearly 120,000 people have been displaced after floods submerged a vast swathe of southeastern Myanmar, killing 11 people and sending panicked residents fleeing for dry ground with children perched on their shoulders and few belongings in tow.

Police on alert for violence as Jerusalem prepares for largest-ever Pride Parade
2,500 officers to be deployed throughout city ahead of Thursday march; dozens of right-wing extremists and anti-LGBT activists say police warned them not to disrupt it

Pennsylvania Diocese Publicly Identifies 71 Priests Accused Of Child Sexual Abuse
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg in Pennsylvania released the names of the 71 clergymen accused of child sex abuse Wednesday and blamed bishops for failing to stop the abuse.

South Africa Passes New Law to Legally Confiscate White Farmer’s Land
The South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has ruled that African National Congress must now initiate a parliamentary process to reserve the right of legal land grabs of white farmers land without compensation.

Popular travel site calls Jerusalem an ‘Israeli settlement’
…Michael Freilich, chief editor of the Joods Actueel newspaper in Belgium, said, “I thought it was a hoax until I checked it out and saw it with my own eyes.” He said he had been tipped by a reader about the treatment of Jerusalem by Booking.com.