26 Aug 2018

Iranian defense minister arrives in Damascus, showing off threat to Israel
Days after US National Security Advisor John Bolton wrapped up several days of meetings in Jerusalem, the Iranian Defense Minister paid a visit to Damascus with a large delegation. The visit is meant to show the Iran is a key ally of Damascus and any thoughts that Iran can be removed from Syria are mistaken. In recent months the US and Israel have both indicated that Iranian forces should withdraw from Syria.

Papal visit: Pope begs forgiveness for clerical sex abuse
Pope Francis has begged forgiveness for clerical child sex abuse and reiterated his wish to see justice served. The pontiff made the comments at the Marian shrine in Knock during the second day of an historic trip to the Republic of Ireland. He said no-one could fail to be moved by stories of those who “suffered abuse, were robbed of their innocence and left scarred by painful memories”.

Iran MPs vote to remove economy minister amid financial crisis
Iran’s parliament has voted to remove the economy minister from office as the country battles an economic crisis. Masoud Karbasian was targeted by a no-confidence vote over problems in the banking system, tax regulation and his failure to fix the economy. The move comes three weeks after Labour Minister Ali Rabiei was ousted in a similar process.

Former Vatican official claims Pope Francis knew of abusive ex-cardinal, calls for his resignation
A former Vatican ambassador to the U.S. said Sunday that he told Pope Francis in 2013 about allegations of sexual abuse against a prominent priest — and that Francis took no action. Now, the former official, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, is calling for Francis to step down…Vigano writes the pope did not respond to the statement, and McCarrick continued in his role as a public figure for the church.

Russia Warns Staged “Chemical Provocation” Coming In Syria After Bolton Cites New Intel
Russia is again warning of a new potential chemical provocation in Syria at the end of a week in which US National Security Advisor John Bolton threatened Damascus with a “very strong” military response should allegations emerge amidst the Syrian Army campaign to liberate Idlib…The mention of UK special forces and “eight containers” of chlorine suggest that Russia is claiming to possess some level of specified intelligence.

‘No grass’: Europe’s livestock sector stricken by drought
“Our cows have been living off hay cut in June, there isn’t any grass,” says Jean-Guillaume Hannequin, a farmer in eastern France…wondering how he will feed his animals this winter. Mediterranean countries long ago adapted their farming practices to little rain, but this year it is the north of Europe confronting a widespread drought that could see farmers having to send much of their herds to slaughter due to a lack of feed.

Erekat accuses US, Israel of ‘waging war’ on Palestinians
Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Secretary General Saeb Erekat accused the US and Israel on Sunday of waging a “war against the Palestinians by financial pressure” after the Trump administration announced over the weekend that it would be cutting more than $200 million in bilateral aid to the Palestinians.

North Korea newspaper blasts ‘double-dealing’ U.S. after Pompeo’s trip canceled
North Korea’s state-controlled newspaper on Sunday accused the United States of “double-dealing” and “hatching a criminal plot” against Pyongyang, after Washington abruptly canceled a visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Negotiations have been all but deadlocked since U.S. President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore in June.

Experts Say Eventually EVERYONE Will Get a Microchip Implant
After a company in Wisconsin fitted each of their employees a microchip and claimed they absolutely loved it, many people were adamant that nope, no way, they’d never get chipped like a dog. Some people claimed religious objections (mark of the Beast) while others feel that their privacy has been already been invaded quite enough with the advent of “smart” technology and advertising cookies on the internet.

Classic Bible tract investigated as ‘hate’ speech
The Christian Institute in the United Kingdom is lamenting that contemporary society has become so intolerant that a simple Bible tract stating pride leads to disgrace is being treated as “hate speech.”

High school database now includes kids’ sexuality, families’ wealth
In an effort to combat bullying, Scotland is implementing a school database that includes information about students’ sexuality, personal opinions and even their family’s wealth, the Scottish Daily Mail reports.

Sadiq Khan’s London: Murder Rate In British Capital Hits Triple Figures
As London Mayor focuses his attention on ‘banning cars’ in the capital, the murder rate has tripled in the last eight months as knife attacks and shootings soar to an unprecedented level.

Why no outrage as the Islamic Republic of Iran sentences 12 Christians to prison for having a church in their house?
An Iranian court has sentenced 12 Christians to one year in prison for holding worship meetings and evangelizing — crimes that Iran considers to be “propaganda activities.”

“Thank God This Is Happening” Russia Says Time Has Come To Ditch The Dollar
With the US unveiling a new set of sanctions against Russia on Friday, Moscow said it would definitely respond to Washington’s latest sanctions and, in particular, it is accelerating efforts to abandon the American currency in trade transactions, said Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

Hawaii: Tropical Storm Lane threatens torrential rain, flash floods, landslides
A powerful hurricane that threatened Hawaii for a week rapidly disintegrated to become a tropical storm south of Honolulu. But meteorologists warned heavy rains could still wallop the islands with flash flooding and punishing winds.

An American Jesuit in Ireland urges the church to welcome LGBT faithful
On Thursday morning, just two days before Pope Francis was set to arrive in Ireland, the Rev. James Martin, an American Jesuit priest, spoke before a standing-room-only crowd at the Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Families.

South African EFF Leader Julius Malema Admits Trump Is Right – We’re Coming After White Farmers
On Wednesday President Donald Trump tweeted out his concern over the racist South Africa land and farm seizures and killings of farmers.

AG Lisa Madigan to examine Illinois ties of priests named in Pennsylvania sex abuse report
Ilinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants to meet with Catholic church leaders throughout the state to ensure “a complete and accurate accounting” of alleged child sex abuse by priests with local ties who were named in the Pennsylvania grand jury report.