2 Mar 2020

North Korea’s senior officials hold meetings by video conference to prevent spread of coronavirus
The North Korean government conducting senior-level meetings by video conference instead of meeting face to face, as fears over the spread of the novel coronavirus reach even high-ranking senior officials in the reclusive country, including Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un himself, sources in the North told RFA.

Pope Francis cancels third day of events amid mysterious illness
Pope Francis has canceled a third day of scheduled events to recuperate from an undisclosed illness. The 83-year-old pontiff will skip two official audiences at the Apostolic Palace. One would have been with a team of bioethicists and another with the Catholic “Legion of Christ.”

Why did Israel’s top UN envoy call Bernie Sanders an ‘ignorant fool’?
“We don’t want Sanders at AIPAC. We don’t want him in Israel. Anyone who calls our prime minister a ‘racist’ is either a liar, an ignorant fool, or both,” Danon said. Danon was presumably referring to Sanders’s latest attack on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a recent presidential debate. During that event, Sanders called Israel a racist state.

Congregants in Alabama church turn their backs on Bloomberg
“The people of Selma will struggle for the soul of the nation,” Bloomberg told his audience, as around ten of those in attendance silently stood and turned their backs. “I think it’s just an insult for him to come here. It’s the disrespect for the legacy of this place,” Lisa Brown, who traveled to Selma from Los Angeles, told Reuters.

Two Syrian war planes downed as Turkey begins operation against Assad
Two Syrian fighter jets were downed by Turkish fighter jets on Sunday in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, as Turkey began a wide-scale military operation against the Assad regime in response to last week’s killing of 34 Turkish soldiers, according to Syria’s SANA state news agency.

Iranian Shias lick, kiss shrines in defiance of coronavirus outbreak
Videos spreading on social media are showing Iranians kissing and licking Shi’ite shrines throughout the country as many call to close the shrines amid a severe coronavirus outbreak in the Islamic Republic. The epicenter of the outbreak in Iran, Qom, is a religious city home to several shrines. Access to the shrines remains open as some reports place the death toll in Iran in the hundreds.

Turkey announces war on pro-Assad coalition in Syria
The new Turkish offensive in Syria and the aggressive moves by the pro-Assad coalition which is trying to re-conquer the last major rebel hub in Idlib have created an unprecedented humanitarian disaster even by Syrian standards.

Imam who Spoke at Sanders Rally Called for Armed Struggle Against Israel
A closer look shows that Bernie Sanders’ alliance with Muslim supporters goes deep and may hide a lot more than just Jew-hatred. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was born a Jew but much of his campaign support comes from virulently anti-Israel personalities, like Linda Sarsour who is a campaign surrogate of Palestinian descent.

CoronaVirus Shuts Down Iranian Government Indefinitely
It appears that the government of Iran is especially hard-hit by the coronavirus leading to Iran’s parliament announcing on Friday that it will stop meeting temporarily. Mohammad Ali Vakili, a member of the parliamentary presidium, said in a tweet on Friday that four of 30 lawmakers in the Majlis, or parliament, tested positive for the virus. Masoumeh Ebtekar, the vice president for women and family affairs, and Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirshi were also reportedly infected. IRNA News reported that Iran’s former Ambassador to Vatican Sayyed Hadi Khosroshahi died on Thursday, one day after being admitted to the hospital with the coronavirus.

Turkey Announces its Intention to Go to War with Russia
Mesut Hakki Casin, a prominent member of Turkey’s Security and Foreign Policy Board, who advises Erdogan, said: “We have fought Russia 16 times in the past, and we will fight it again.“ Casin made his statements following the death of 33 Turkish soldiers who were killed in an airstrike by Russian-backed Syrian forces in Idlib.

Trump campaign sues NY Times for defamation over Putin
The campaign to reelect President Donald Trump is suing The New York Times for defamation. The campaign filed the lawsuit in state court in New York on Wednesday. The lawsuit says the Times knew it was publishing false information when it published the essay in March 2019 in its Opinion section, “but did so for the intentional purpose of hurting the campaign.”

Netanyahu on Sanders: Forces are seeking to break US-Israel alliance
“We were all reminded a few days ago that there are forces who seek to break our alliance,” Netanyahu said via video link. “Last year, those who came to AIPAC were accused of dual loyalty. This year, AIPAC was accused of providing a platform for bigotry.” Leading candidate for the Democratic nomination for president Sen. Bernie Sanders called Netanyahu a racist and AIPAC a platform for bigotry last week.

First Shi’ite country Azerbaijan’s historic speech at AIPAC conference
The country of Azerbaijan carved out a historic role for itself by being the first majority Shi’ite country to have a cabinet level minister on Sunday deliver a speech at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference to advance the troika of relations among the caucasus nation, Israel and the US.

Israelis go to polls for third time in a year
Israelis will get an opportunity to try to end the political stalemate when they go to vote in an unprecedented third election in under a year on Monday. Most of the 10,631 polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm, enabling the 6,453,255 eligible voters to cast ballots. There will also be 14 special polling stations for the 5,630 Israelis quarantined due to exposure to the coronavirus.

Syria war: Turkey intensifies Idlib onslaught after air strike
Turkey shot down two Syrian fighter jets on Sunday as it intensified military action in northern Syria. The pilots parachuted to safety over Idlib province, where Turkish troops and rebels have been clashing with Syrian government forces. Turkey, which backs the opposition, said it had also targeted Syrian air defence systems and dozens of tanks.

Iranian top official dies of coronavirus
Seyed Mohammad Mir-Mohammadi, a member of Iran’s Expediency Discernment Council, a council that advises Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, died on Monday from coronavirus… Over 40 people have died from coronavirus and over 600 have been infected in Iran. Several high-ranking officials, including a vice minister, deputy health minister and five lawmakers, have tested positive for the coronavirus.

US Supreme Court to hear high-stakes abortion case
The future of abortion in the United States could be at stake when the Supreme Court on Wednesday hears what may be its most significant case on the controversial subject in decades. At issue is a state law in Louisiana which requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

North Korea ‘fires two missiles in first test of the year’
North Korea has launched two unidentified projectiles, South Korea’s military says, in its first apparent weapons test of the year. The projectiles were launched from the North’s east coast towards the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said they were “believed to be short-range ballistic missiles”.

Bank of England vows to ease economic impact
The Bank of England has vowed to help stabilise financial markets, joining other central banks in promising action to ease the economic impact of the coronavirus. London’s FTSE 100 index soared almost 3% in early trading, before falling back to stand just more than 1% higher. It followed a rebound in Asian markets amid hopes central banks will cut interest rates and provide stimulus.

U.S. bank lobby economist predicts global rate cut coming … this Wednesday
Investors battered by the breathtaking drop in global stock markets on coronavirus fears are ever more convinced the world’s big central banks, including the Federal Reserve, will soon step in to try to quell the storm. Against that, the top economist for the U.S. bank lobby – a former Fed insider – issued a remarkably specific prediction on Sunday that the rescue is nigh.

Erdogan says he hopes for Idlib ceasefire deal in Putin talks
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that he hopes to reach a deal on a ceasefire in Syria’s northwest when he meets his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin later in the week. “I will go to Moscow on Thursday to discuss the developments in Syria,” Erdogan told members of his party in the capital, Ankara.

Christians Call For Global Day of Prayer to End Coronavirus
Plans are now under way for leaders to stand united on March 3rd and petition the Sovereign Lord for His mercy.

Russia to Turkey: We cannot guarantee safety of your planes over Syria
The Russian Defence Ministry said on Sunday that Moscow could not guarantee the safety of Turkish planes flying in Syria after Damascus said it was closing the air space over the Idlib region, the TASS news agency reported.

Communism 101: Democrats in Ohio, California and Oregon Push Laws Demanding That Private Property Owners Allow Homeless to Camp on Their Land
A very disturbing video was posted on Twitter this weekend.
A homeowner in Los Angeles claims the local government is preventing him from removing a homeless encampment from his property.

Syria says 2 warplanes downed by Turkey as tensions soar
Syria’s official news agency said two of its warplane were shot down by Turkish forces inside northwest Syria, amid a military escalation there that’s led to growing direct clashes between Turkish and Syrian forces.

AOC invokes her faith and Jesus Christ in screed saying religious freedom is used for ‘discrimination’ and ‘bigotry’ against LGBT people
Any religious person whose faith does not align with “progressive” orthodoxy on matters like human sexuality, marriage, or basic human biology has probably heard at some point or another that their beliefs are actually bigoted and that their faith is merely subterfuge for that kind of animus. Well, they would have heard something similar if they tuned into a House Oversight Hearing on religious freedom this week.

U.N. Chief Guterres Wants to ‘Urgently Redistribute Power’ and Fight ‘Gender Inequality’
U.N. chief Antonio Guterres on Thursday called for the world to “urgently redistribute power” so as to end gender inequality which he said “should shame us all in the 21st century because it is not only unacceptable, it is stupid.”

Chinese City Orders Cats, Dogs off the Menu After Coronavirus Outbreak
The southern Chinese city of Shenzhen wants local restaurants to take dogs and cats off their menus as the country clamps down on the wildlife trade scientists suspect led to the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

‘Losing A Billion Dollars A Month’ – No Rebound In Sight Amid Global Shipping Slump 
“… we anticipate a prolonged downturn for freight rates and an elevated risk of a carrier bankruptcy.” 

“This Crisis Will Spill Over Into Disaster” – Dr.Doom Sees 40% Collapse In “Delusional” Stock Market
“Everyone believes it’s going to be a V-shaped recession, but people don’t know what they are talking about… This crisis is a supply shock that you can’t fight with monetary or fiscal policy.”

Pete Buttigieg is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race
Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced on Sunday night that he is dropping out of the 2020 race, his campaign confirmed to Insider. He later confirmed the news in a speech on Sunday night in his hometown of South Bend, Indiana.