31 July 2017
VP Pence in Estonia: Attack on 1 NATO ally is attack on all
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Monday strongly pledged America’s commitment to protecting NATO allies against attacks, including the Baltic states, which have anxiously watched a growing Russian military presence in the region. “Under President Donald Trump, the United States stands firmly behind our Article 5 pledge of mutual defense – an attack on one of us is an attack on us all,” Pence told reporters after meeting with the presidents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the Estonian capital of Tallinn.
North Korea threat: Japan’s Abe says he and Trump agree to take further action
Abe told reporters after the call that Trump pledged to “take all necessary measures to protect” Japan and that Abe praised his commitment to do so. He also called on China and Russia to do more to stop Pyongyang.
Netanyahu: Decision on Temple Mount Security Measures Was ‘Tough’
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday that the security cabinet has approved up to NIS 100 million to develop technologies to enhance security at the Temple Mount, and added that the decision to remove metal detectors from the holy site last week was “not easy.”
Iranian leader calls on Hajj pilgrims to support Palestine
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called on Muslims to take the opportunity of the Hajj rituals to take a united stance against “Israeli efforts to control the Aksa Mosque.” The Iranian leader described Hajj rituals as the best opportunity for Muslims to speak up about the Aksa and Palestine issue, Iranian media reported.
Jordanian newspaper reveals identity of Israeli embassy security officer
Jordanian newspaper Al-Ghad revealed on Sunday night the identity of the Israeli security guard who shot dead two Jordanians in an incident at Israel’s embassy in Amman last week. “This is the Israeli that killed two Jordanians, Mohammad Jawawdah and the doctor Bashar Hamarnah, in what has been termed the ‘Israeli embassy crime’,” wrote the newspaper. “The shooting was carried out in a building that belongs to the embassy in Amman, last Sunday night.”
Kabul attack: Gun battle and suicide bombing in Afghan capital
Afghan security forces are battling gunmen following a suicide attack outside the Iraqi embassy in the capital, Kabul. Four attackers targeted the complex in the central Shar-e-Naw neighbourhood, the Afghan interior ministry said. A bomber blew himself up at the gate of the embassy, and three others entered the compound. No information has been provided about casualties.
Russia’s Putin orders 755 US diplomatic staff to be cut
Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that 755 staff must leave US diplomatic missions, in retaliation for new US sanctions against Moscow. The decision to cut staff was made on Friday, but Mr Putin has now confirmed the number who must go by 1 September. It brings staff levels to 455, the same as Russia’s complement in Washington.
North Korea: US says ‘no value’ in UN security council meeting
The US says it will not call for a UN Security Council meeting over North Korea’s missile tests because it would produce “nothing of consequence”. Such a meeting would send a message to North Korea that the international community was unwilling to challenge it, US Ambassador Nikki Haley said. Pyongyang said its tests proved that the entire US was within range.
China Shows Off Military Might as Xi Jinping Tries to Cement Power
China’s president, Xi Jinping, has opened a public campaign to deepen his grip on power in a coming leadership shake-up, using a huge military parade on Sunday, speeches and propaganda, along with a purge in the past week, to warn officials to back him as the nation’s most powerful leader in two decades…Mr. Xi watched as 12,000 troops marched and tanks, long-range missile launchers, jet fighters and other new weapons drove or flew past in impeccable arrays.
Next Up for GOP Congress: Raising the Debt Ceiling
Republicans are leaving town for an August recess after a failed attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. When they return in September, they’ll have just 12 working days to avert another big problem. In a letter to lawmakers Friday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the federal borrowing limit, or debt ceiling, needed to be raised by Sept. 29 or the government risked running out of money to pay its bills.
Mass rally in Istanbul over Israel’s Jerusalem measures
Thousands of supporters of a conservative Turkish party rallied in Istanbul on Sunday to protest measures taken by Israel in Jerusalem and show solidarity with the Palestinians. Israel had angered Turkey by installing metal detectors and security cameras at the Haram al-Sharif holy site in Jerusalem, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, following a July 14 attack in which gunmen killed two policemen.
Saudi Arabia says that calls for internationalization of holy sites ‘a declaration of war’
Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister called what he said was Qatar’s demand for an internationalization of the Muslim hajj pilgrimage a declaration of war against the kingdom, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said on Sunday, but Qatar said it never made such a call. “Qatar’s demands to internationalize the holy sites is aggressive and a declaration of war against the kingdom,” Adel al-Jubeir was quoted saying on Al Arabiya’s website.
Iran rules out halt to missile tests as tension with US rises
A defiant Iran vowed on Saturday to press ahead with its missile programme and condemned new US sanctions, as tensions rise after the West hardened its tone against the Islamic republic. In the latest incident, Tehran and Washington accused each other’s naval forces of provocative manoeuvres in the Gulf that culminated in a US helicopter firing warning flares.
China hits back at Trump criticism over North Korea
China hit back on Monday after U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted he was “very disappointed” in China following Pyongyang’s latest missile test, saying the problem did not arise in China and that all sides need to work for a solution. China has become increasingly frustrated with American and Japanese criticism that it should do more to rein in Pyongyang.
Putin bans VPNs to stop Russians accessing prohibited websites
President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that prohibits technology that provides access to websites banned in Russia, the government’s website showed on Sunday. The law, already approved by the Duma, the lower house of parliament, will ban the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) and other technologies, known as anonymizers, that allow people to surf the web anonymously. It comes into force on Nov. 1.
China Says It Doesn’t Want War, but Needs Its Strongest Military Ever for Defense
China celebrated 90 years of its People’s Liberation Army Sunday with a massive display of military might and vows from Chinese President Xi Jinping to invest further in the world’s largest armed forces.
North Carolina Just Made Drug Testing MANDATORY For ALL Welfare Recipients
…And as suspected the results was eye-opening, in that approximately ¼ of all the applicants tested positive for drug use, or more precisely 21 out of 89 individuals tested positively for drugs and will no longer receive benefits.
Melinda Gates makes a $375 MILLION donation to the abortion industry to accelerate DEPOPULATION of blacks
At the recent Global Family Planning Summit in London, Melinda Gates, wife of the billionaire leftist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, announced that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will donate $375 million to organizations that provide contraceptives and abortions over the next four years, according to the U.K.-based magazine Marie Claire.
Ban on Cash — Coming to America?
A firestorm of speculative commentary has been ignited by reports that JPMorgan Chase has ceased to accept cash for payments on credit cards, mortgages, auto loans, lines of credit and so on. Not to defend any bank actions, but it is not difficult to imagine the confused look of a teller when you show up with a bundle of cash and instructions on how to apply the cash toward a loan payment.
WW3 RED ALERT: Japan warns North Korea missile may have hit their ships and planes, mobilizes military
NORTH Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday which was airborne for 45 minutes may have hit ships and planes Japan has warned.
Israel’s Elbit Systems to be in charge of building wall promised by Trump on Mexican Border So you know it will work
After the US struggled to keep President Donald Trump’s campaign promises, such as building a wall on the Mexican border, the government entrusted Elbit Systems with the task, which will include importing Israeli technology utilized to defend Israel’s borders.