30 Jun 2020

Forbes Censors Award-Winning Environmentalist’s Apology Over Three-Decade ‘Climate Scare’ – So Here It Is
On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like to formally apologize for the climate scare we created over the last 30 years. Climate change is happening. It’s just not the end of the world. It’s not even our most serious environmental problem. I may seem like a strange person to be saying all of this. I have been a climate activist for 20 years and an environmentalist for 30. But as an energy expert asked by Congress to provide objective expert testimony, and invited by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to serve as Expert Reviewer of its next Assessment Report, I feel an obligation to apologize for how badly we environmentalists have misled the public. I know that the … facts will sound like “climate denialism” to many people. But that just shows the power of climate alarmism.

India Deploys ‘Quick Reaction’ Anti-Air Missiles To Border While China Warns Of “Prolonged Standoff”
Both sides continue military build-up in the area, despite delegations planning to meet for a third time on Tuesday to attempt a diplomatic way forward and reestablish escalation avoidance mechanisms. China reportedly has tank and heavy artillery units there, based on satellite images which grabbed headlines days ago, while by the weekend India reportedly deployed quick reaction surface-to-air missile defense systems known as the Akash anti-air system into the northern Himalayan region.

83 Tons Of Fake Gold Bars: Gold Market Rocked By Massive China Counterfeiting Scandal
… the discovery of what may be one of the biggest gold counterfeiting scandal in recent history. And yes, not only does it involve China, but it emerges from a city that has become synonymous for all that is scandalous about China: Wuhan itself.
…more than a dozen Chinese financial institutions, mainly trust companies (i.e., shadow banks) loaned 20 billion yuan ($2.8 billion) over the past five years to Wuhan Kingold Jewelry with pure gold as collateral and insurance policies to cover any losses. There was just one problem: the “gold” turned out to be gold-plated copper.

New Jersey Democrats Charged with Mail-In Voter Fraud
Two Paterson, New Jersey councilmen and two men linked to a councilmen’s campaign have been charged with election fraud, mail-in voting fraud, and illegal possession of mail-in ballots. Late last week, New Jersey’s Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced election fraud charges against Paterson City Councilman Michael Jackson (D), Councilman-elect Alex Mendez (D), Shelim Khalique, and Abu Razyen.

Pandemic Blues: Pennsylvania Democrat Gov. Wolf Suffers 43 Percent Swing Against Approval Rating
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, has suffered a significant drop in his approval rating during his continued slow-walking of the reopening of his state as the coronavirus pandemic recedes. “The shift, when combined with disapproval numbers, is a 43 percent tilt over two months,” Fox43’s Matt Maisel wrote.

Sidney Powell: Obama ‘takedown’ prevented Flynn from exposing CIA corruption
Sidney Powell disclosed in an interview that Flynn was prepared to expose massive corruption by U.S. intelligence agencies under Obama, led by then-CIA Director John Brennan. That is, in part, why federal agents “set up” Flynn, Powell told the “Vickie McKenna Show” on WIBA in Madison, Wisconsin

More Americans, especially Republicans, say coronavirus outbreak exaggerated, poll finds
An increasing share of Americans — especially Republicans — believe the coronavirus pandemic is being overexaggerated and see news about the outbreak with partisan viewpoints, according to a new Pew Research study. “Republicans who rely on the president for COVID-19 news are 11 percentage points more likely than Republicans who turn mostly to other sources to say the outbreak has been exaggerated.”

The public flouts social distancing regulations because it has no trust in them
I’m looking at reports saying that Israel’s “second wave” is imminent, but can’t find Health Ministry data supporting this horror scenario. We must present the public with the facts: wearing a mask has some value in closed spaces. Out in the open though, where the danger of infection is zero, a mask is not necessary.

Palestinians say ready for direct talks with Israel
The Palestinians are prepared to renew long-stalled peace talks with Israel and to agree to “minor” territorial concessions, according to a counter-proposal to a contentious US plan.

Erdogan’s agenda: Neo-Ottoman ambition or pan-Islamist zeal?
It is noteworthy to those of us who focus on international religious freedom that whenever Turkey moves in, religious freedom moves out. Turkish aggression in at least five countries has been headlined in international news reports just this month, June 2020. These accounts focus on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s latest intrusions into Israel, Libya, Iraq, Syria and Greece.

Biden’s Foreign Policy Advisor accused of being Rabidly Anti-Israel
Supporters of Israel who are still undecided about who they will vote for in the presidential election in November may want to take into consideration the anti-Israel history of Avril Haines, who will serve in the key position leading the national security and foreign policy team of Joe Biden. Haines has a history linking her with Biden, having served alongside him in the Obama administration as deputy national security adviser and deputy director of the CIA.

Report: Israeli Cyber-Attack Caused Secret Iranian Nuclear Missile Plant to Explode
A massive explosion in an underground missile factory that rocked Tehran and sent an enormous fireball into the sky was almost certainly caused by sabotage, a leading security analyst told Arab News. The blast took place at the Khojir military explosive manufacturing and testing site in the Parchin region of the Alborz mountains roughly 12 miles southeast of Tehran. “Although military and defense industry accidents do occur in Iran, the consensus appears to be a cyberstrike by Israel against Iran,”

Netanyahu to US Iran envoy: Some things can’t wait until after coronavirus
More sanctions are needed to stop Iran from attaining nuclear weapons, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of a meeting with US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook on Tuesday. “I believe it’s time to implement snapback sanctions,” Netanyahu said. “I don’t think we can afford to wait. We should not wait for Iran to start its breakout to a nuclear weapon, because then it will be too late for sanctions.”

Palestinians offer negotiations days before planned annexation – report
The Palestinian Authority dispatched a letter on Monday addressed to the Quartet on the Middle East stating that it’s prepared to renew negotiations with Israel and agree to “minor territorial exchanges,” according to reports by Ynet News on Monday night. The Quartet on the Middle East, a foursome consisting of the United Nations, the US, Russia and the European Union involved in mediating the Israeli–Palestinian peace process.

AIPAC condemns letter by AOC, Tlaib: ‘Threatens US-Israel relationship’
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) released a statement on Monday to announce its opposition to a letter circulating among four progressive Democrats, threatening to pursue conditions on the $3.8 billion in US military funding to Israel should it move forward with its plan to annex parts of the West Bank.

‘It’s frightening’: Doctors say half of ‘cured’ COVID patients still suffer
Recovered COVID patients are baffling doctors with complaints of freak pains, lungs that just won’t get back to normal, and a range of incapacitating psychological issues. “What we are seeing is very frightening,” Prof. Gabriel Izbicki of Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center told The Times of Israel. “More than half the patients, weeks after testing negative, are still symptomatic.”

Split high court throws out Louisiana abortion clinic limit
A divided Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics…in the first big abortion case of the Trump era. Chief Justice John Roberts and his four more liberal colleagues ruled that a law that requires doctors who perform abortions must have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals violates abortion rights the court first announced in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.

Not just Confederate statues: Indigenous activists want conquistadors, missionaries removed
As Confederate statues and symbols are removed nationwide, activists are calling for monuments to those who contributed to the genocide of Indigenous people to be toppled as well. “It is an act of violence to even have the statues in our homelands,” said Elena Ortiz, chair of the Santa Fe Freedom Council of The Red Nation… “It’s not just the statue, but it’s what it represented: the celebration of our genocide.”

Activists Set Up Guillotine In Front Of Jeff Bezos’s D.C. Home, Call For Amazon To Be Abolished
Fringe activists set up a guillotine in front of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s home in Washington, D.C., on Sunday where they reportedly demanded that Amazon be abolished. One of the demonstrators said on a bullhorn in front of Bezos’s home, “it is still exploitation and when they become threatened, and we have no voice, the knives come out.”

Nearly half the U.S. population is without a job, showing how far the labor recovery has to go
Nearly half of the population is still out of a job showing just how far the U.S. labor market has to heal in the wake of the coronavirus. The employment-population ratio — the number of employed people as a percentage of the U.S. adult population — plunged to 52.8% in May, meaning 47.2% of Americans are jobless, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Hong Kong security law: China passes controversial legislation
China has formally adopted a controversial security law, giving it new powers over Hong Kong and deepening fears for its freedoms. It is set to criminalise secession, subversion and collusion with foreign forces, but will also effectively curtail protests and freedom of speech. The move follows increasing unrest and a widening pro-democracy movement.

Venezuela tells EU ambassador to leave country
Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has ordered the European Union’s ambassador to leave the country within 72 hours. Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa’s expulsion came hours after the EU placed sanctions on 11 Venezuelan officials. They were sanctioned for acting against the national assembly headed by opposition leader Juan Guaidó.

Argentina and Brazil crops threatened by locust swarm
Brazil and Argentina are monitoring the movements of a large swarm of locusts, which has been eating its way through crops in the region. The insects, which can cover a distance of 150km (93 miles) in a day, have already travelled from Paraguay to Argentina and it is feared Brazil and Uruguay could be next. Brazil has told farmers to be alert to the possible arrival of the locusts.

Middle East risks renewed arms race, US warns
The US and Saudi governments have made a joint public appeal to the UN Security Council to extend the 13-year old arms embargo on Iran or risk a renewed arms race in the Middle East. “Iran has not earned the trust to have the embargo lifted… The last thing this region needs is more Iranian weapons,” said Brian Hook, President Donald Trump’s special representative on Iran….alongside Adel Jubeir, Saudi Arabia’s minister of state for foreign affairs.

Is UK heading to no-trade-deal Brexit? Banks assess risk
Britain and the European Union remain far apart in negotiations on a new trading relationship and analysts at many banks say the risk of a no-trade-deal Brexit at the end of the year is firmly back on the table. Talks are being held this week in Brussels but Britain’s refusal to extend the end-2020 deadline has increased pressure to reach a deal by then or be cast adrift without any trading arrangements in place.

Russia accuses U.S. of ‘destructive’ stance on nuclear-test ban treaty
Russia’s foreign ministry accused the United States on Tuesday of taking a “destructive” stance over the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and of preparing for a possible resumption of nuclear testing. Moscow, which ratified the CTBT 20 years ago on Tuesday, said the non-proliferation and arms control regime was facing serious challenges and urged Washington to reconsider its position.

More sanctions against Iran needed to stop nuclear ambitions, PM says
More sanctions are needed to stop Iran from attaining nuclear weapons, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of a meeting with U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook on Tuesday. Netanyahu added that Iran has been deliberately misleading the international community in regards to its nuclear ambitions.

Putin to hold Syria talks Wednesday with Turkey, Iran
Russian President Vladimir Putin will discuss the Syrian conflict on Wednesday with the leaders of Turkey and Iran, the Kremlin said. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said told the video conference will see Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani make “three statements” before discussing Syria in private.