30 Sep 2018

Voices from the Arab Press: A confrontation in Syrian airspace
About two years ago a Russian fighter jet was accidentally shot done over Syrian territory by Turkish anti-aircraft missiles. This sparked a crisis between Ankara and Moscow, bringing the two countries to the brink of military confrontation. Eventually, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan apologized for the incident and vowed to investigate the attack. The two leaders subsequently normalized their ties.

Is Israel’s military honeymoon with Russia in Syria over?
For the first time in decades, the operational freedom of the Israel Air Force may truly be at risk…because of Russia – and intense efforts have been put into motion on all sides to prevent that from occurring. The downing of the Russian Ilyushin Il-20 plane by a Syrian air-defense missile during Israeli air strikes against Iranian targets has led to one of the lowest points in the relationship between Jerusalem and Moscow in years.

HIV/Aids: China reports 14% surge in new cases
China has announced a 14% jump in the number of its citizens who are living with HIV and Aids. More than 820,000 people are affected in the country, health officials say. About 40,000 new cases were reported in the second quarter of 2018 alone. The vast majority of new cases were transmitted through sex, marking a change from the past.

Basra protests: US closes consulate after weeks of deadly protests
The US has said it will close its consulate in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, blaming increasing threats from Iran and Iranian-backed forces. In a statement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said all but emergency staff would be relocated to Baghdad. He repeated earlier warnings that the US would hold Iran responsible for any harm to its citizens or facilities.

Egypt Sends Actress to Jail for Spreading ‘Fake News’ Over Sexual Harassment
A woman has been sentenced in Egypt to two years in prison for allegedly spreading fake news after she posted a video on Facebook decrying her experience of sexual harassment in the country. The sentencing of actress Amal Fathy comes as Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi has given free rein to the country’s police and judiciary to clamp down on women who complain of sexual assault and harassment and women’s activist groups.

Tim Berners-Lee tells us his radical new plan to upend the World Wide Web
…Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web…will launch Inrupt, a startup that he has been building, in stealth mode, for the past nine months. Backed by Glasswing Ventures, its mission is to turbocharge a broader movement afoot, among developers around the world, to decentralize the web and take back power from the forces that have profited from centralizing it. In other words, it’s game on for Facebook, Google, Amazon.

Hamas leaders leave for Cairo to save ceasefire deal
A delegation of senior Hamas officials left the Gaza Strip on Saturday for a round of talks with Egyptian intelligence in Cairo, in order to save the possibility of reaching an agreement on intra-Palestinian reconciliation and a long-term ceasefire arrangement with Israel. The Gaza delegation is headed by Khalil al-Hayya—the organization’s deputy leader in Gaza. The Hamas leadership during talks will be represented by Saleh al-Arouri.

Indonesia tsunami: Thousands feared dead after 10-foot-high waves slam into two cities on Sulawesi
The death toll from a devastating 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck the indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday could rise to thousands, the country’s national disaster agency has warned.

Chinese Air Force Holds Live-Fire War Drill In South China Sea Days After US Exercise
“…live-fire drills to tests pilots’ assault, penetration and precision-strike capabilities at sea…”

WHO: Risk of Ebola’s Spread From Congo Now ‘Very High’
The World Health Organization says the risk of the deadly Ebola virus spreading from Congo is now “very high” after two confirmed cases were discovered near the Uganda border.

Brain-eating amoeba found in Bossier Parish, Louisiana, water system
A portion of a water system in Louisiana has tested positive for a brain-eating amoeba, according to the operator of the water system.

Sarsour levels new blood libel against Jews
…a claim from Muslim activist Linda Sarsour, the co-chairman of the national Women’s March and campaign surrogate for far-left candidates Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, that when police officers in America shoot unarmed blacks, “Jewish hands lurk in the background,”

As hospitals prematurely spurned incubators, this carnival showman saved lives
… The medical establishment of the era had a dim view of preemies’ prospects and downplayed the incubator’s effect, but the device was promoted by carnival showmen such as Couney — born a European Jew named Michael Cohn.

Flaw found in widely used ballot-counting machine
A decade-old flaw has been discovered that would allow for the hacking of a voting tabulator used to count ballots in more than half of the states.

Iran shows off footage of boats harassing US carrier
Iran’s state TV has broadcast footage purporting to show a close encounter between the Revolutionary Guard’s navy and the USS Theodore Roosevelt early this year.

The Confirmation Process Has Revealed a New and Very Evil Threat to the American People
When I watched Feinstein’s performance last Thursday I was left pondering whether or not, is she more senile than evil? She is most certainly both. Feinstein personifies the vile, gutless and very anti-American nature of the left. If one professes to be a Demo(n)crat, they are either woefully ignorant of their party’s satanic nature, or, they too are the personification of evil.

Iran boasts of fastest missile launchpads ‘in the world’
The Iranian Navy on Saturday boasted that it possessed airships capable of carrying out the swiftest missile strikes in the world against enemy targets

221 priests, 8 bishops Face Investigation For Massive Child Abuse Cover-up
A total of 221 priests and eight bishops are now facing investigation for their alleged part in massive child abuse over up in Chile, according to the Chilean national prosecutor’s office.