20 Apr 2019

Riding the Tides: Jordan sits at a crossroads of Middle Eastern dilemmas
Jordan watched the recent election results in Israel with some apprehension. “Netanyahu’s next government can include parts of the occupied West Bank territory, as Netanyahu promised his voters,” wrote Fahd al-Khaitan at Al-Ghad… There is an “illusion” of peace with Israel, he titled his piece. At the same time, 13 defendants accused of being members of a terrorist cell in Salt in Jordan went on trial in Amman in late March.

Iraq to host regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia at conference
Iraq will host senior parliamentary officials from arch-rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran on Saturday as Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi seeks to bolster his country’s nascent role as a mediator in the region. Delegations including the heads of parliament from Turkey, Kuwait, Syria and Jordan will also attend the one-day conference in the Iraqi capital to discuss regional security, diplomacy and economic issues.

Four Turkish soldiers killed in clashes with Kurdish forces
Four Turkish soldiers were killed on Friday in clashes with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) near the border with Iraq, Turkey’s Defence Ministry said on Saturday. Demiroren News Agency said a military base had been attacked in the mountainous Cukurca district of Turkey’s southeastern province of Hakkari, prompting the Turkish military to respond with a “large-scale” military operation.

Sudan protesters ‘to name transitional government’
The leaders of Sudan’s protest movement say they will name members of a transitional authority on Sunday, to replace the current military junta. Following months of protests, the army ousted long-standing leader Omar al-Bashir last week. But the protesters want the military to hand power to a civilian authority.

Egypt referendum: Voters urged to back extended Sisi term
Walking across Cairo, you can’t miss the huge banners calling on Egyptians to support constitutional amendments that would keep President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi in power until 2030. Egyptians began voting on Saturday in a three-day referendum on the proposed changes, a few days after they were approved by a sweeping majority inside parliament.

FBI’s Facial Recognition Programs Under Fire Over Privacy, Accuracy Concerns
The FBI still has not assessed whether its facial recognition systems meet privacy and accuracy standards nearly three years after a congressional watchdog…raised multiple concerns about the bureau’s use of the tech. Since 2015, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies have used the Next Generation Identification-Interstate Photo System…pulling from a database of more than 30 million mugshots and other photos.

Platforms Want Centralized Censorship. That Should Scare You
In the immediate aftermath of the horrific attacks at the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, internet companies faced intense scrutiny over their efforts to control the proliferation of the shooter’s propaganda. Responding to many questions…some of these responses have also included ideas that point in a disturbing direction: toward increasingly centralized and opaque censorship of the global internet.

Syphilis Is Invading Rural America, and a Fraying Health Safety Net Is Failing to Stop It
…Pregnant women, young men and teens are all part of the rapidly growing number of syphilis patients coming to the Choices Medical Services clinic in the rural southwestern corner of the state. She can barely keep the antibiotic treatment for syphilis, penicillin G benzathine, stocked on her shelves. Public health officials say rural counties across the Midwest and West are becoming the new battleground.

Source: White House adviser says peace plan to be unveiled by early June
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner urged a group of ambassadors…to keep an “open mind” about President Donald Trump’s upcoming Middle East peace proposal and said that it will require compromises from both sides… Kushner said the peace plan is to be unveiled after Israel forms a governing coalition in the wake of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election victory and after…Ramadan, which ends in early June…

Letter to President Trump – April
President Trump, In this season of the Passover redemption, Zionist Christians worldwide who esteem and value your leadership in supporting Israel, send you this letter of support. You have set an incredible example by recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel along with the sovereignty of Israel over the Golan Heights.

Poll: Church membership in U.S. plummets over past 20 years
The percentage of U.S. adults who belong to a church or other religious institution has plunged by 20 percentage points over the past two decades, hitting a low of 50% last year, according to a new Gallup poll. Among major demographic groups, the biggest drops were recorded among Democrats and Hispanics.

Locusts from Arabian Peninsula Threatening Iran
A locust outbreak in the Arabian peninsula has been spreading to Iran, threatening crops and food security in large areas of the coastal province of Hormozgan, an official said.

New flood dangers emerge in south-central US as areas to the north face ‘slow grind’ of a recovery
Record flooding that has overwhelmed the midwestern U.S. this spring has already taken a significant toll on farmers, and the U.S. disaster aid isn’t covering crops lost by the floods.

Nationwide measles outbreak spreads into Texas
There is a measles outbreak across the nation and medical professionals are advising people to be cautious. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that with the Easter holiday weekend starting on Friday, the disease is expected spread even further.

Twitter, iTunes used by churches to stop decline in membership
Pastor Adam Weber said a member of his Embrace Church recently summed up a winning message for congregations that see increasingly empty pews. “The church not acknowledging the online presence is like Sears not acknowledging Amazon,” said Mr. Weber, whose church, based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has grown since 2009.

SCARY REALITY: Transgender Activists Taking Control of Mental Health Profession
A liberal feminist mother of a gender-dysphoric teen warns parents that transgender activists are ensuring it will soon be “nearly impossible” to find a mental health professional who is willing to help these children evaluate their self-perceptions.

Trump Accuses Obama FBI of Making 11 Payments to Trump Hater Christopher Steele for Phony DNC Dossier
President Trump blasted the Obama FBI for making 11 payments to the “fake dossier’s discredited author, Trump-hater Christopher Steele. Judicial Watch previously released evidence that Fusion GPS and founder Christopher Steele was paid 11 times for their work on the phony dossier.

BOOM: IAF Used New Supersonic Missile to Beat S-300 Russian Anti-Aircraft System in Syria Attack
It was reported on Monday that the Israeli Air Force (IAF) used the new supersonic Rampage stand-off air-to-surface missiles in an airstrike that hit Iranian military targets inside Syria last Saturday.

PHARMAKEIA: One Reason Why The Nazis Were So Satanic Is Because Adolf Hitler Ordered The Entire German Military To Consume Crystal Meth Daily
The Greek word in the King James Bible used for sorcery in the book of Revelation is also the same word that we get our term for prescription drugs from, pharmakeia…So is it any wonder that the world’s most evil army to date used a drug like crystal meth to get them in the proper frame of mind to seek, and kill and destroy?

The Destruction Of The Roman Catholic Notre Dame Cathedral In France Is An Excellent Illustration Of Revelation 18
….Contrary to all the reports in the biased Liberal media, Notre Dame is not a ‘symbol of Christianity’, far from it. Notre Dame is a symbol of the Vatican harlot we read about in Revelation 17 and 18, with many surprising parallels.

Filipino Catholics Literally Crucify Themselves On Good Friday
Filipino Catholics flogged themselves and allowed themselves to be nailed to crosses in a gory Good Friday observance that the Catholic church discourages.

PSU Chemistry Professor Faces 35 Counts Of CHILD PORN
Another day, another scandal in liberal enclave Portland. Niles Lehman, a science professor at Portland State University, has been arrested and charged with 35 counts of producing child porn.

Russia’s largest yeshiva attacked with arson and swastikas ahead of Passover
Jewish officials said Friday an arson fire was set at the largest yeshiva in Russia just ahead of the Passover meal celebration. Swastikas were also sprayed on the seminary.

Traffic Jams, Mass Arrests, Piles Of Litter: Five Days Of Climate Change Protests Rock London
Climate change protesters have spent the last five days causing havoc in London, blocking traffic, threatening to disrupt Heathrow airport and littering en masse.

Shot fired at Israeli troops from Gaza; IDF strikes Hamas posts in response
A gunshot was reportedly fired at Israeli troops serving along the Gaza border on Friday, prompting a number of retaliatory strikes against nearby Hamas positions, the Israel Defense Forces said.