16 Sep 2018

Netanyahu: Israel will never again fail to preempt attacks
On the eve of the 45th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet Sunday that Israel will never repeat the mistake it made in 1973 by not preempting an enemy attack. “Forty-five years ago, our intelligence misjudged the war intentions of Egypt and Syria,” Netanyahu said, referring to the intelligence assessments at the time that discounted an Egyptian and Syrian attack.

Typhoon Mangkhut: Deadly typhoon lands in south China
Typhoon Mangkhut is lashing China’s most populous province, bringing winds of up to 100 mph (162 kph). Guangdong is on its highest alert for the storm, which swept in from Hong Kong where it swayed skyscrapers and blew out windows. The death toll from the Philippines meanwhile jumped from 30 to 49, with most of the victims claimed in landslides caused by heavy rain.

Deadly ‘shark attack’ at Massachusetts beach
A man in his 20s has died after being injured in a suspected shark attack in the US state of Massachusetts. The incident happened at Newcomb Hollow Beach around lunchtime on Saturday. The man was pulled from the water and given CPR but later died in hospital from his injuries, police in the town of Wellfleet said.

Maduro’s huge salary increases force 40% percent of Venezuelan stores to close
Nearly 40 percent of all Venezuelan stores have closed…after the government of President Nicolas Maduro increased the minimum salary by nearly 3,500 percent in one fell swoop… Many of the companies, which had been barely surviving the gradual collapse of the economy, saw the salary increase and other changes announced last month as the fatal blow in a series of policies that have been gradually strangling their businesses.

Hundreds of Palestinians riot in Saturday’s protests in Gaza
About 500 Palestinians demonstrators, who massed at several points near the Gaza border fence Saturday, burned tires, and threw stones and explosive devices toward IDF forces. According to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, as part of the weekly “March of Return” demonstrations, Palestinian terrorists tossed three grenades at the Karni crossing, and threw a pipe bomb in the Rafah area, targeting IDF troops.

‘Unbroken’ Sequel Explores How Louis Zamperini Came Back From Hell
Universal Pictures is releasing an unconventional sequel to “Unbroken” this weekend, the film about Olympic distance runner and World War II hero Louis Zamperini. “Unbroken: Path to Redemption” picks up where its 2014 predecessor left off. Both are based on the best-selling book by Laura Hillenbrand and adapted by screenwriter Richard Friedenberg (“A River Runs Through It”).

Trump Approves Disaster Relief Funds As Florence Leaves 900,000 Without Power
President Donald Trump has issued a federal disaster declaration for North Carolina, the White House said Saturday morning, as the slow-moving tropical storm Florence continued to dump rain over the Carolinas.

Trudeau Government Says Legal Canadian Pot Users Shouldn’t Worry About Crossing US Border
The Trudeau government is pushing back on comments from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency that Canadians who use pot legally or work or invest in the marijuana industry could face a lifetime ban from entering the U.S.

Experts: China’s social-credit scheme to go worldwide
A distinguished senior fellow at the Gatestone Institute, Gordon G. Chang, is warning that China’s “social credit” system soon will be applied to international corporations and visitors.

Backfire: Probe Of Manafort Leads To Possible Federal Charges For Lawyer With Ties To Obama And Clinton
Greg Craig is a lawyer who served in the Obama and Clinton administrations. He is now likely to face federal charges for failing to register as a foreign agent. The irony is that this probably would never have come up without the investigation of Paul Manafort.

2 years after Egypt allows church construction, Christians still wait
Two years ago, Egypt passed a landmark law that allowed Christians to construct church buildings, a massive reversal of the Ottoman-era ban.

Jared Kushner Hopeful about Mideast Peace Chances
Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and special advisor, has defended his policy of punishing the Palestinians to push them into new peace talks with Israel.

Florence: Death toll rises to at least 11, officials say, as some areas grapple with intense flooding
Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina on Friday, battering the state with a powerful combination of wind and rain. The storm has been linked to several deaths, according to officials. Some areas are grappling with intense flooding, while hundreds in the city of New Bern required rescue in the early hours of the day.

Syrian State Media Claims Israel Launched Missile Strike On Area Near Damascus Airport Saturday Night
“Our air defense systems thwarted an Israeli missile aggression, shooting down a number of enemy missiles,” state news agency SANA cited a military source as saying.  Local reports said a military position was struck by several missiles close to Damascus airport, destroying an Iranian military weapons depot with newly-arrived arms.

Professor Who Defended Student’s Right To An Opinion Returns To Work After 3 Years And One Major Court Battle
A tenured professor who was fired for writing a blog post that defended a student’s right to an opinion has returned to work – and says he has no regrets or hard feelings.

Google engineers and scientists flee the company as EVIL takes over
Google has become so unethical that even some of its own employees want nothing to do with it anymore.

Evangelicals, growing force in Brazil, to impact elections
In a Brazilian presidential election marked by uncertainties, there is little doubt about one thing: Evangelical voters will have a major impact.

Google and China—Made for Each Other
..Bye-bye, “Don’t be evil.”  Actually the company’s controversial watchword (now Alphabet’s) had already been expunged from its corporate code of conduct last May to be replaced by the more ambiguous “Do the right thing.”  Doing the right thing seems now to encompass playing ball with Chairman Xi  — China’s “paramount leader” for life — who recently has been following in Mao’s footsteps by publishing his own version of the “Little Red Book.”

GRAPHIC – 7 Human Heads Dumped in Mexican Border State
Police discovered seven heads abandoned in an ice cooler Friday morning in the rural community of Bácum, Sonora–sparking fears of an escalation in an ongoing territorial cartel war.