3 Aug 2018

Hamas confirms: Egypt trying to broker broad Israel-Hamas truce
Following weeks of escalation along the southern border, high-level Hamas delegation arrives in Gaza for talks on possible wide-scale cease agreement with Israel; Israeli Cabinet to discuss possible deal on Sunday; PM Netanyahu cancels trip to Colombia over Gaza situation.

U.S. Sanctions Turkish Officials, White House Says
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced on Wednesday that the Treasury Department placed financial sanctions on two high-ranking Turkish government officials, and the Trump administration demanded that Turkey release American Pastor Andrew Brunson from custody. “We’ve seen no evidence that Pastor Brunson has done anything wrong, and we believe he is a victim of unfair and unjust detention by the government of Turkey,” Sanders said.

U.S. Issues New Warning to Europe: End Business With Iran or Face Harsh Sanctions
Congress and the Trump administration are issuing a stern warning to European partners: End all business ties with the Iranian regime or face harsh new sanctions in the coming months, a move that could impact international financial markets and U.S. banks tied to foreign monetary institutions, according to multiple senior U.S. officials who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon about diplomatic efforts to pressure Europe on Iran.

Google: King of Trump Derangement Syndrome
Google is not a “fine company.” In fact, its search algorithms stack the deck with news reports that border on anti-Trump hysteria. If you doubt what I say, just try this little experiment yourself: First go to Google News on any day, any hour, any minute. Then search the news for Trump. See what you find. In preparation for this column, I did it Wednesday morning. What comes up is a collection of madcap fake news, beginning with the usual Huffington Post insanity, apparently considered by Google an actual fair, balanced and accurate “news” company, which it is not. It should not even be considered news.

China moves to take part in Syrian civil war
The U.S. military has participated in the civil war between government forces and Muslim rebels in Syria, as has Russia. Now it looks like China is stepping in. In a report in the Al-Watan daily newspaper in Saudi Arabia, Chinese Ambassador to Syria Qi Qianjin said there is that possibility. China, he said, “is following the situation in Syria, in particular after the victory in southern (Syria), and its military is willing to participate in some way alongside the Syrian army that is fighting the terrorists in Idlib and in any other part of Syria.”

Iranians cry out ‘death to the dictator’ in economic protest
Ahead of renewed American sanctions and amid high inflation, hundreds of Iranians angrily take to the streets in multiple cities to demand solution to economic woes; police break up demonstrators.

Invasion of big, voracious lizards threatens U.S. South: study
A group of South American lizards that can grow up to four feet long (1.2 meters) has established a home in the Florida wild after being brought to the United States as pets, and the reptiles could begin a voracious march across the U.S. South, according to a new study.

Israel ‘thwarts IS attack’ on Golan Heights
Israel says it has killed seven suspected Islamic State (IS) militants who it says had crossed inside Israeli lines on the Golan Heights. The Israeli military said it launched an air strike near a ceasefire line separating Israeli and Syrian sides of a demilitarised zone. It is a rare attack by Israel on militants in the area, recently retaken by Syrian forces from IS and rebels.

Brexit: Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron set to hold talks
Theresa May is to meet Emmanuel Macron on Friday as she steps up her efforts to win backing for Brexit plans. The UK prime minister is cutting short her holiday for talks at the French president’s summer retreat. It comes after UK Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab held talks with his counterparts in Paris on Thursday.

Yemen war: Deadly ‘air strike’ near hospital in rebel-held port
At least 20 people in the rebel-held Yemeni port city of Hudaydah have been killed in air strikes blamed on the Saudi-led coalition. The strikes hit a fish market and the entrance to a nearby hospital, eyewitnesses and medics said. However a Saudi spokesman said the coalition had not flown over Hudaydah, blaming the attack on rebels instead.

Sun Wenguang: Chinese activist’s live interview shut down by police
“I have my freedom of speech,” are the last words a retired university professor is heard saying before the line goes dead. On Wednesday, Sun Wenguang, 84, was in the middle of an interview with US-funded broadcaster Voice of America (VOA) when police broke into his home in Jinan, China and forced him off air. Prof Sun has in the past been openly critical of the Chinese government.

280 Percent Increase In Young Democratic Socialists Of America Chapters On College Campuses
Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA) says it currently has 57 registered chapters on college campuses, according to Democratic Socialists of America Program Associate Lawrence Dreyfuss, up from just 15 in 2016. YDSA has experienced 280 percent increase in the number of clubs from 2016 to 2018.

Trump staffs up Mideast team for peace plan rollout
U.S. officials say the Trump administration is staffing up a Middle East policy team at the White House in anticipation of unveiling its long awaited but largely mysterious Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. The National Security Council last week began approaching other agencies seeking volunteers to join the team, which will work for President Donald Trump’s Mideast peace pointmen Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, according to the officials.

Chase ATMs go cardless
Forgot your bank card? No worries. Chase has you covered. The New York City-based bank announced that it has expanded its cardless access to nearly all of its 16,000 ATMs nationwide. The new technology will allow customers to get cash through their phone’s mobile wallet without needing a physical debit card or an access code for authentication.

‘Death to the dictator!’ Violence on streets of Iran as police use tear gas on furious protesters…
Iran entered its third day of protests as furious citizens took to the streets to rail against the regime they blame for devastating the country’s economy. Protests have broken out in a number of cities this week over the dramatic drop of the country’s currency and other economic problems ahead of the imposition of renewed US sanctions.

Russia: UN peacekeepers back on Golan Heights-Syria frontier
UN peacekeepers returned Thursday for the first time in years to the frontier between Syria and Israel, conducting joint patrols with Russian military police in a reflection of Moscow’s deepening role in mediating between the decades-old foes in the volatile region. Israel has increasingly sought Russia’s involvement in securing its frontier with Syria and in scaling back Iran’s influence in the area.

Hamas confirms: Egypt trying to broker broad Israel-Hamas truce
Egypt is trying to broker a broad cease-fire deal between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers that is to pave the way for Gaza’s reconstruction and an eventual prisoner swap, senior Hamas officials said Thursday. Repeated cease-fire deals over the years collapsed, but there were signs of possible momentum toward a new agreement, after weeks of escalation along the Gaza-Israel frontier.

Get Ready And Pray To God — The Time Is Now — The Imposters Are Preparing The Final Act In Their Coup D’état
To all readers and all American patriots we are informing you to prepare yourselves. This country is at a precipice. America is either going to be overrun by a power hungry Deep State or it will survive one of the biggest attacks to its existence since the Civil War.

“Mullahs Get Lost!” Anti-Regime Protests Spread to TEHRAN — Iranian People Rise Up Against Brutal Regime
Mass protests continued Thursday in several cities across Iran.
The people are angered by the failed economic policies and brutality of the Khamenei regime.

Netanyahu warns that Israel will stop any Iranian attempt to close Red Sea
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran on Wednesday that Israel, together with an “international coalition,” would not allow the Islamic Republic to close a key regional waterway.

Australia’s drought is like a cancer eating away at farms and families
 From ground level, Australia’s drought looks like a featureless, brown dustbowl, but from the air it transforms into an artistry of color and texture as the land cracks under a blazing sun.

Germs gaining resistance to hand gels in hospitals
Potentially dangerous bacteria already resistant to antibiotics are now developing resistance to common alcohol-based hand gels, a new study reports.

Salon Writer: Abortions Can Be Good For Families
In a piece published in Salon on Wednesday, Williams commenced with the argument that a woman who is a mother can be just dandy if she gets an abortion:

Trump Says ‘The Time Has Come for Photo ID’ for Voting – Do You Agree?
President Trump, speaking at a rally in Tampa, Fla., resurrected the issue of photo ID at the polls, suggesting that all voters should be required to show ID when they vote for president, senator, governor, or congressman.

A Dozen Christian Villages Wiped Out in Four-Day Muslim Killing Spree in Nigeria
The attacks have some local sources saying that the ongoing violence is part of a “grand plan to Islamize Nigeria.”

Black pastor: Trump more pro-black than Obama
President Trump wants to do something of significance for the nation’s urban black communities and will end up being more “pro-black” than his predecessor, Barack Obama, says a black pastor.

Freemasons Allow Transgender Women To Stay If Joined As Men
The English Freemasons have announced that they will now accept both transgender men and women.

Nearly One in Four Germans Now Come from a Migration Background
The coming of the Fourth Reich. For real. The largest ethnic group of the 19.3 million people are those from a Turkish background.

Death Valley Broke World Record For The Hottest July
Death Valley National Park is poised to set a new world record for its hottest July ever with an average temperature of 108.1 degrees.

Assad Has Regained Control Of Syria From The Deep State, Officials Say
The Israeli minister of military affairs has been forced to admit that President Bashar al-Assad has regained full control of Syria and that stability is returning to the occupied Golan Heights.

New fire erupts in Northern California; homes threatened
Stunning satellite photos show the smoke from California’s wildfires stretching as far east as Utah – an indication of just how devastating the blazes have been.

Pro-Migrant Charity Ceases Operations as Camps Declared Violent No-Go Areas
A pro-migrant charity who volunteers to provide aid to new migrants in Paris has been forced to cease its operations due to the growing violence in the area.

Abortion Battle Rages In Brazil. Professor In Hiding After Receiving Death Threats
A leading personality in the fight to legalize abortion in Brazil hid herself after receiving death threats ahead of a hearing on a proposal to legalize abortion.