1 Jan 2021

The Abraham Accords domino effect will lead to more peace deals
the Trump peace plan train was chugging along, with the emphasis on application of sovereignty, as its supporters called it, or annexation, as its detractors said. IN THE last few months, we have also seen a veritable domino effect. It took the UAE’s courage to be the first Arab country in decades to take the plunge and establish diplomatic relations with Israel to inspire more to follow.

Palestinian president in hurry to resume talks with Israel, official says
Abbas has reportedly told officials in the future Biden administration that he wants to “resume negotiations with Israel as soon as possible with American mediation and without preconditions.” Abbas would like to take advantage of the fact that no clear policy has been formulated by the Biden administration yet in regard to the Palestinian cause and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he said.

The Pentagon has 180 days to disclose UFO information
President Trump signed the $2.3 trillion COVID-19 relief and federal funding bill, but there was one odd item, included as a “committee comment” attached to the annual intelligence authorization act, which was rolled into the 5,593 page bill. By order of the Senate, the bill includes language that “directs the [director of national intelligence] … to submit a report within 180 days of the date of enactment of the Act, to the congressional intelligence and armed services committees on unidentified aerial phenomena.” In plain words, the Pentagon has 180 days to turn over all information it has on UFOs.

Ebeko Volcano On Russia’s Kuril Islands Erupts Ash Up 1.2 Miles – Authorities
Ebeko volcano on the Paramushir Island, part of Russia’s Kuril Islands archipelago in the northern Pacific Ocean, has disgorged a column of ash 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) in height on Wednesday, the regional branch of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations said.

Eastern Caribbean islands issue rare evacuation alerts as volcanoes rumble
Volcanoes that have been quiet for decades are rumbling to life in the eastern Caribbean, prompting officials to issue alerts in Martinique and St Vincent and the Grenadines as scientists rush in to study activity they say has not been observed in years. The most recent warning was issued late on Tuesday for La Soufriere volcano in St Vincent and the Grenadines, a chain of islands home to more than 100,000 people. Officials reported tremors, strong gas emissions, formation of a new volcanic dome and changes to its crater lake.

Ruling in Gohmert Lawsuit Could ‘Be Big Game-Changer’ for Vote Count on Jan. 6, Expert Says
While the main thrust of the lawsuit filed by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) is to clarify how much authority Pence will have over the counting of the electoral votes, the case also seeks a court determination on how Congress should vote when Republicans object to slates of electors from six states where President Donald Trump has challenged the state-certified election results. The lawsuit specifically challenges the constitutionality of a provision in the Electoral Count Act which directs how Congress should vote on objections to slates of electors. The lawsuit argues that the Act overrides the Constitution’s Twelfth Amendment, which directs the House to vote by state delegations rather than via individual members.

Sen. Josh Hawley to Challenge Certification of Electoral College Vote
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) announced on Wednesday that he will oppose the certification of President-elect Joe Biden when Congress meets on Jan. 6 to certify the electoral college results. (Screengrab via Josh Hawley/ Twitter/ CBN News) In a tweet, Hawley cited claims of voter fraud and called out the state of Pennsylvania for failing to adhere to its own election laws. “I cannot vote to certify the electoral college results on January 6 without raising the fact that some states, particularly Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state election laws,” Hawley said in a statement.

Small Craft & Sea Bathers Warned to Exercise caution
The government of St. Maarten has taken note of the reports issued by the Meteorological Department of St. Maarten informing the public of a strong Atlantic high-pressure ridge in our area. This high-pressure ridge will account for intense gusty winds and hazardous sea conditions at least through the weekend. While this is not a hurricane or a tropical storm, the public is asked to pay keen attention and plan accordingly.

Trump: ‘We have to be remembered for what’s been done’
US President Donald Trump issued a video on Thursday looking back on what he called “historic victories” and said: “We have to be remembered for what’s been done.” Trump, who has yet to formally concede his November election defeat to Democrat Joe Biden, posted the message on Twitter after returning to Washington early from his Florida resort amid a fight with Congress over a defense bill and coronavirus aid checks.

Iowa’s incoming House member supports Israel through ‘faith, family and freedom’
Hinson, 37, who is married with two sons, said that “faith, family and freedom are my priorities, in that order.” Her support for Israel and the Jewish people fits under those categories.

China offered bounties to attack US troops in Afghanistan says intel; and Trump plans to declassify it
Two senior administration officials close to President Donald Trump told Axios on Wednesday that the president recently received an intelligence briefing with not-yet corroborated claims China offered bounties to attack U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and he plans to declassify that intelligence soon.

DOJ’s Operation Legend arrests 6,000+ violent criminals in 9 cities since July
Over 6,000 arrests were made across nine cities during the Department of Justice’s Operation Legend, created to crack down on skyrocketing violent crime fueled by the global COVID-19 pandemic and widespread civil unrest.

First glimpse at Hayabusa2’s asteroid haul
It’s rare that gravel gets scientists so excited, but these are no ordinary rocks. They’re the samples returned to Earth by Hayabusa2 after its 5.24-billion-km round trip to asteroid Ryugu, and this is our first glimpse at them after the spacecraft landed in the Australian Outback on December 6 and its sample container was transported to Japan.

Man Arrested After 24 Human Limbs, 5 Heads Found in Arizona: Cops
A 59-year-old man was arrested in Scottsdale after a number of human remains were found in northern Arizona over the weekend, police say. Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office arrested Walter Mitchell of Washington state on Tuesday, December 29, in connection to the human remains case of nearly 25 limbs discovered between December 26 and December 27 near Prescott , according to the sheriff’s office. Police also found five human heads at a different location, YCSO said on Facebook.

Israel to spend NIS 20m. to stop Palestinian takeover of Area C
Israel plans to spend NIS 20 million to put a halt to illegal building by Palestinians and settlers in Area C of the West Bank.
But the primary drive is to thwart what the Israeli Right believes is an intentional plan by the Palestinian Authority to take over Area C by building illegally.

Iran warns US against escalation a year after Soleimani’s killing
Iran has told world powers it wishes to avoid conflict but a recent show of force by the United States military in the region could escalate tensions… In a letter to the United Nations Security Council on Thursday, Iran condemned “military adventurism” in the Gulf and the Sea of Oman, and “fake information, baseless accusations and threatening rhetoric” by Washington against Tehran.

Sudan regains full control of border with Ethiopia: Ministry
Sudan’s foreign minister says the army has restored control over all lands along the border that had been taken over by Ethiopian farmers. “The armed forces have now fully recovered all Sudanese territory,” Minister Omar Qamareddine told a Khartoum news conference on Thursday.

‘Our children die in our hands’: Floods ravage South Sudan
On a scrap of land surrounded by flooding in South Sudan, families drink and bathe from the waters that swept away latrines and continue to rise. Some 1 million people in the country have been displaced or isolated for months by the worst flooding in memory, with the intense rainy season a sign of climate change.

US to move aircraft carrier out of Mideast amid Iran tension
The Pentagon has decided to send home the only Navy aircraft carrier operating in the Middle East, a move that will reduce American firepower in the region amid heightened tensions with Iran. The decision…came one day after Air Force B-52 bombers flew…from the United States to the Persian Gulf in a show of force…intended to caution Iran against carrying out attacks against U.S. forces or interests.

One of the Strongest Storms of Its Kind on Record Takes Aim on Alaska
One of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Northern Pacific is heading toward Alaska. It has reported winds of more than 100 mph.

‘At Least 140’ House Republicans Plan To Object To Biden Electoral Votes
“If you only could count lawfully cast votes by American citizens, Donald Trump won the Electoral College…”

Severe weather conditions, up to 2 m (6.5 feet) of fresh snow through New Year’s Day, Japan
The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued warnings for blizzards, high waves, and freezing temperatures as a potent winter storm pressure system continues affecting the country, mainly areas along the Sea of Japan through New Year’s Day. The storm could remain over Japan until January 2 — potentially affecting facilities and transport systems.

Winter storms leave snowfall in northern Mexico
The winter storms surprised the northern states of Mexico on Thursday, where a polar air mass of up to three degrees below zero left snowy landscapes, reported the National Water Commission (Conagua).

‘To Pray Down Walls’: Georgia Prayer March to Go Around State Capitol Seven Times on Saturday
Georgia’s runoff elections are less than a week away on January 5.  The two races are between Democratic US Senate candidate Jon Ossoff and Republican incumbent Senator David Purdue and Democratic candidate Raphael Warnock and Republican incumbent Senator Kelly Loeffler.

U.S. City May Pass “Duress Legislation” to Give Criminals “Poverty Defense”
Elected officials in a major U.S. city plan to pass a law that will allow thieves to sell items they steal if they do it to earn money for basic needs and trespassers to set up camp on private property when it is to obtain adequate shelter.

240 Israelis diagnosed after vaccination underscore need for continued vigilance
Among the nearly one million Israelis vaccinated against coronavirus so far, some 240 Israelis have been diagnosed with the virus days after getting the shot, Channel 13 News reported Thursday.

Admiral: ‘Something Very Wrong’ About Obama’s China Policies
The Obama Administration and Pentagon officials continue to shrug off concerns over a new report by the Defense Science Board that revealed Chinese hackers have accessed over two dozen major U.S. weapons systems.

Democrat governors freed the criminals and killed the elderly
In March, Governor Cuomo’s administration ordered nursing homes to accept infected coronavirus patients and prohibited even testing incoming patients for the virus. The same month that Cuomo began the process of infecting countless nursing home residents with the virus, he also began freeing thousands of criminals from prison to protect them from the virus.

Parents protest medicalized gender-transitioning of kids at Children’s Hospital: ‘I was totally in the dark’
Devastated Los Angeles-area parents of trans-identifying teenagers are raising awareness about the experimental hormone treatments and medicalized gender-transitioning of minors by protesting outside a children’s hospital where it is happening.

ISIS Kills 28 Syrian Troops Near Palmyra In Most Devastating Ambush In Years
New fears of resurgent ISIS after major attack deep within Syria…

NM megachurches fined $10K for violating coronavirus restrictions
Two megachurches in New Mexico’s largest city are facing $10,000 fines after state officials alleged that they violated the state’s coronavirus restrictions.

Dow rises nearly 200 points, hits record high to wrap up wild 2020
The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 rose to all-time highs on Thursday as Wall Street wrapped up one of the most volatile years for the market in recent memory. The Dow closed 196.92 points higher, or 0.7%, at 30,606.48. The S&P 500 climbed 0.6% to 3,756.07, while the Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.1% to 12,888.28. The major averages hit their session highs with less than one hour left of trading.