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Police are now working on the premise arson is to blame for much of the devastation caused this bushfire season. A strike force will investigate whether blazes were deliberately lit, and bring those responsible to justice. http://7NEWS.com.au  @ebatten7 #NSWFires #7NEWS

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“Police are now working on the premise arson is to blame for much of the devastation caused this bushfire season,” reports 7 News Sydney.

New environmental policies that restrict “prescribed burning,” where land owners burn off flammable ground cover in cooler months in a controlled manner so it doesn’t contribute to bushfires, have also exacerbated the problem.

The fact that the bushfires were deliberately started and have nothing to do with man-made climate change hasn’t prevented that being the dominant narrative.

Last week, Bernie Sanders blamed those who were “delaying action on climate change” for “the blood-red sky and unbreathable air in Australia because of raging forest fires.”

Virtue signaling celebrities have also pounced on the issue to push their dogma, including at the Golden Globes last night when Australian-born Cate Blanchett asserted, “When one country faces a climate disaster, we all face a climate disaster.”


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'When one country faces a climate disaster, we all face a climate disaster.'

Australian-born Cate Blanchett took to the stage at the #GoldenGlobes to highlight the wildfires fires ravaging her native country and demand action against climate changehttps://www.itv.com/news/2020-01-06/phoebe-waller-bridge-and-olivia-colman-lead-raft-of-brit-wins-at-golden-globes/
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https://summit.news/2020/01/06/nearly-200-people-arrested-across-australia-for-deliberately-starting-bushfires/?fbclid=IwAR3PfvwqUDgOsOOSxDrIY3DUa0Gnzw8AZipUcABgOG2TlHd8kzI_D9GgO5A
Nearly 200 People Arrested Across Australia For Deliberately Starting Bushfires
Yet media & celebrities continue to blame “climate change.”

Published 13 hours ago on 6 January, 2020Paul Joseph Watson154 Comments
Authorities in Australia have arrested close to 200 people for deliberately starting the bushfires that have devastated the country, yet the media and celebrities continue to blame “climate change” for the disaster.

The fires have caused at least 18 deaths, destroyed thousands of homes, millions of hectares of land and killed hundreds of millions of animals.

A total of 183 people have been arrested by police in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania for lighting bushfires over the last few months, figures obtained by news agency AAP show.

Alex Jones is live on air right now breaking down how the carbon tax cult is seizing this tragedy to push for planetary government and taxation. He’s also taking calls from Aussies!

In New South Wales, 24 people were arrested for arson, risking prison sentences of up to 25 years.

In Queensland, police concluded that 103 of the fires had been deliberately lit, with 98 people, 67 of them juveniles, having been identified as the culprits.

“The link between arsonists and the deadly fires that devastate Australia every summer is well known and well documented, with the rate of deliberately lit fires escalating rapidly during the school holiday period,” reports Breitbart’s Simon Kent.

Around 85 per cent of bushfires are caused by humans either deliberately or accidentally starting them, according to Dr Paul Read, co-director of the National Centre for Research in Bushfire and Arson.

“About 85 per cent are related to human activity, 13 per cent confirmed arson and 37 per cent suspected arson,” he said. “The remainder are usually due to reckless fire lighting or even just children playing with fire.”

Read also highlighted the link between school holidays and kids starting fires, commenting, “School holidays are a prime time for fire bugs, but especially over summer.” The kids have got time to get out there and light, and the most dangerous adults choose hot days.”
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Post  Admin on Tue 07 Jan 2020, 6:22 pm

Europe Under Siege from People-Smuggling Gangs
by Soeren Kern  •  January 7, 2020 at 5:00 am
Current conditions in Hungary are ripe for a repeat of the migration crisis in 2015 and... the country is now in a "state of crisis".... More than 100,000 migrants are now gathered in the Western Balkans and although "the situation is still under control," it is "beginning to look like the big crisis in 2015." — Szilárd Németh, a senior official at Hungary's Defense Ministry, December 1, 2019.

Illegal immigration throughout Europe continues unabated. In France, for instance, nearly 20,000 migrants have been arrested so far in 2019, according to the police website France Bleu, which also reported that 189 people smugglers have been arrested since January 1.

In Britain, The Telegraph newspaper reported that Albanian people smugglers were posting advertisements on social media platforms, including Facebook, promoting their ability to get people into Europe. The ads are accompanied by TripAdvisor-style feedback comments from "satisfied" customers.... people smuggling gangs generate profits of up to £6 billion (€7 billion; $8 billion) a year...

The light sentences reflect the leniency of the Spanish justice system, which appears to encourage, rather than deter, people smuggling gangs.

People smuggling gangs generate profits of up to £6 billion ($8 billion) a year, with migrants often paying more than £10,000 ($13,000) to secure illegal entry into the UK, according to the deputy director of Britain's National Crime Agency. Pictured: Members of an international people smuggling gang at a courthouse in Kecskemet, Hungary on June 21, 2017, during their trial in connection with deaths of 71 migrants found in an abandoned truck in Austria in 2015. (Photo by Attila Kisbenedek/AFP via Getty Images)
Hungarian police recently discovered two tunnels used to smuggle migrants into Hungary from Serbia. The tunnels were found at the same time that Hungarian police reported a five-fold increase in the number of migrants attempting to enter Hungary.

Hungary is not alone: Border authorities in countries across the European Union are struggling to stanch renewed flows of illegal migration. More than 126,500 migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East illegally entered the EU during 2019, according to the International Organization for Migration.

On November 29, Hungarian police detained 44 migrants who were found walking along a highway near Ásotthalom, a village in southern Hungary. Police later learned that the migrants had crossed into Hungary from Serbia by crawling through a 34-meter (112-foot) hand-dug tunnel.
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Iran abandons nuclear deal after Soleimani killing
 Monday, January 6, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Hezbollah, Iran, Iraq, Islam, Jordan, Lebanon, Military, News, nuclear, Nuclear Deal, PLO, Trump, United States, Worthy News
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by Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) - Iran vowed Sunday to defy the limits placed on its nuclear enrichment by the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and completely abandon the deal, in a response to the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani that also saw a red flag of Islamic martyrdom and vengeance raised over his funeral service in Qoms.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, the ascendancy of whose organization in Lebanon was largely due to the work of Soleimani, echoed the defiant tone of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei the same day, declaring a "completely new phase" of aggression against American bases in the region.
“When American troops return in coffins, when they come vertically and return horizontally to the United States of America, then Trump and his administration will know that they lost the region and will lose the elections,” Nasrallah said in a speech that also cautioned against Shi'ite proxies targeting American citizens, saying it would ultimately serve Trump.
Iraqi lawmakers on Sunday also convened a special session of parliament that voted on the question of a continued American troop presence in Iraq, with a majority of 180 parliamentarians voting for the expulsion of the 5,200 remaining soldiers.
The US remained at DEFCON 3 Sunday, "a state of military readiness," according to the website for the alert system, in which the air force is prepared to "deploy and mobilize within 15 minutes time."
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First signs of revenge from Iran for death of Soleimani in Syria, Iraq, Kenya
 Monday, January 6, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: EU, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Middle East, Military, News, PLO, Syria, terrorist, Trump, Worthy News


by Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) - Syrian regime forces and Iranian militias fired three missiles at the Conoco gas fields in Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria and six rockets were fired into the Green Zone in Baghdad that houses the US embassy Sunday as tensions flared across the region.

No injuries were reported in the Middle East, though three Americans--one soldier and two service contractors--were killed in a Somali Al Shabab terrorist attack on a US base in Kenya earlier in the day that seemed to be connected to Iranian threats.

After revealing the US currently had in its sights 52 targets of importance to Iranian culture and military morale on Saturday, US President Trump vowed Sunday he would strike back "in a disproportionate manner" for any further American casualties across the region.

An Omani diplomat in Iran was told over the weekend that Tehran was not interested in any detente with the US following the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, and left the country without meeting with any Iranian officials.

US General and former CIA director David Petraeus called the killing of Soleimani Friday in a drone strike at the Baghdad International Airport "more significant than the killing of Osama bin Laden or even the death of al-Baghdadi."
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Trump warns Iran: US has targeted '52 Iranian sites' and will 'hit very fast and very hard' if needed
 Monday, January 6, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Iran, News, terrorist, Trump, Twitter, War, Worthy News
(Worthy News) - President Trump issued a stern warning to Iran on Saturday through a series of Twitter messages intended to deter the country from retaliating after the U.S.-ordered airstrike that killed Iran's Gen. Qassem Soleimani last week.
"Iran is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets as revenge for our ridding the world of their terrorist leader who had just killed an American, & badly wounded many others, not to mention all of the people he had killed over his lifetime, including recently hundreds of Iranian protesters," Trump tweeted.
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US base in Kenya attacked by Somali Islamic terrorists
 Monday, January 6, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Africa, infrastructure, Islam, Jordan, Kenya, Military, News, terrorist, Worthy News
Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) - A military airstrip in Kenya was attacked by Al Qaida-linked Al Shabab early Sunday, destroying several American aircraft, as US and Kenyan military shored up defenses against the Somalian terrorist organization.
This year the US carried out a record 63 drone strikes against Al Shabab across the border in Somalia from its base at Camp Simba in Kenya, but the attack is the first of the kind by the group in targeting US personnel and assets.
US Africa Command is still seeking to determine whether and how many Americans were killed in the strike, but said so far only "infrastructure and equipment" have been identified in the wreckage.
Two Cessna aircraft, one belonging to Kenya and the other to the US, as well as two US helicopters, were destroyed in the attack.
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White House notifies Congress of Soleimani strike, fulfilling War Powers Act duties
 Monday, January 6, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Congress, Iran, News, Pentagon, Trump, United States, War, White House, Worthy News
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(Worthy News) - The White House fulfilled its duties under the War Powers Act by sending Congress a notification of the airstrike that killed top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani.
The Trump administration reportedly notified lawmakers on Saturday; however, all of the contents were classified as it likely contained details on the intelligence that led to the strike. It's unclear if the White House will send a separate, unclassified document that can be publicized.
The move marks the White House's compliance with the 1973 War Powers Act, which requires the president to notify Congress of the "circumstances necessitating the introduction of United States Armed Forces" within 48 hours. The Pentagon announced Soleimani's death by a U.S. airstrike on Thursday.
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France: Muslim migrants rape girl and video the rape while praising Allah and invoking the Qur’an
By Pamela Geller - on January 1, 2020
https://gellerreport.com/2020/01/france-muslim-migrants-rape-girl-and-video-the-rape-while-praising-allah-and-invoking-the-quran.html/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook
Another horrible Islamic news story that the media will never cover, let alone the fact that the Qur’an teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take “captives of the right hand,” 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30).

FRANCE: MUSLIM MIGRANTS RAPE GIRL AND VIDEO THE RAPE WHILE PRAISING ALLAH AND INVOKING THE QUR’AN
By Robert Spencer:, December 31, 2019:

This is no surprise, except to the terminally blinkered, who are everywhere nowadays. Such behavior is sanctioned in Islam if the victim is an Infidel woman. One survivor of a Muslim rape gang in the UK said that her rapists would quote Quran to her, and believed their actions justified by Islam.

The Qur’an teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take “captives of the right hand,” 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” (33:59) The implication there is that if women do not cover themselves adequately with their outer garments, they may be abused, and that such abuse would be justified.

“They raped her while praising Allah. Then they posted the video of the abuse on social media,” translated from “La stuprano inneggiando Allah. Poi postano il video dell’abuso sui social,” by Federico Giuliani, Il Giornale, December 26, 2019:

The rape took place last Thursday in a banlieue south of Paris. Some government officials, instead of wondering about the cause of the terrible violence, pointed the finger at Twitter.

In France, in a banlieu south of Paris, two sixteen-year-olds of African origin raped a minor girl, filmed the abuse, and shared the video on social networks.

During the sexual violence, the attackers repeatedly cited Allah, the Qur’an and Mecca.

The episode, told by French newspapers and then taken up again by La Verità, took place on Thursday, December 19 in Morsang-sur-Orge, in the Essonne department. The perpetrators of the rape, as mentioned, posted the video of the violence on the net. Those brutal images, in addition to being shared by numerous users, allowed investigators to trace the identity of the alleged rapists. The two assailants were arrested last Saturday.

The facts in detail

The sexual assault took place in the entrance hall of a building. The classic tower block typical of those French suburbs, where delinquency, drug dealing, crime and, more generally, degradation reign. The video of the rape lasts about a minute and a half, and has bounced from one social media outlet to another, enjoying particular “success” on Twitter.

The dramatic images begin with the underage victim fleeing, and being chased and insulted by the two sixteen-year-olds. From their mouths come extremely violent sentences: offensive words that are mixed with terms that refer to the Islamic religion. “I swear on the Qur’an of Mecca, shout and you will see the blows I give you,” shouts one of the rapists to the frightened girl.

At another point, the rapists order the young woman to follow them: “In the name of Allah, I swear to you on the Qur’an of Mecca: it is better if you reflect in your mind and that you come with us, because a team is about to arrive […] we are the best, those who are coming will make you regret […] )n my mother I swear to you: you will not come out alive. You will die.” At that point, verbal violence turned into physical violence.

Beyond the serious crime, the attitude of the two rapists highlights for the umpteenth time the danger of the pro-Islamist subculture which is now the owner of the Parisian banlieu. According to this view, women count for nothing. They are only objects that serve to satisfy the desires of men. Of the lower beings to be insulted and beaten at will.

Twitter on the grill

The episode also sparked numerous controversies over how social network managers handled the situation. Yes, because despite the police repeatedly asking Twitter users not to share the video, the footage remained in circulation for hours before being removed.

The French government, at that point, instead of reflecting on the pitiful state which the peripheries of the country are in, thought it better to attack Twitter. The Undersecretary for Equal Opportunity, Marlène Schiappa, had no doubts: “The video is revolting. As soon as I became aware of it, I immediately contacted Twitter to have it removed. Copies are still in circulation. This social network is not up to speed; criminals know it, that’s why they use it.”

The biggest risk now is that French public opinion will not stop to reflect either on the serious crime committed by the two very young Africans, or on the tensions that run through the neighborhoods of the suburbs, but on the functioning of Twitter. In that case it would be a defeat for everyone.
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The Monsey Hanukkah Horror
Dec 29, 2019  |  by Rabbi Benjamin Blech
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The Monsey Hanukkah Horror
We Jews, descendants of the Maccabees, need to become more Jewish, not less Jewish.

After the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh we foolishly thought there was only enough hate to last for one day in our civilized society of America. But we were wrong. The list of cities in the headlines with anti-Semitic incidents almost daily grows longer. The virus of hate continues to flourish and incredibly grows stronger. Synagogues have armed guards. Jews are attacked. The darkness overpowers the light in a stunning reversal of the Hanukkah miracle.

It seems just days ago that we were horrified by events in Jersey City. Now, in addition to the Hasidic areas, it is even the exclusive upper East side of Manhattan as well. It does not take peyot, sidelocks, and wide-brimmed black hats to bring out the hatred. It is enough today for the anti-Semites merely to suspect that their victims are Jews.

Let us take a moment to reflect on the remarkable connection between the latest Monsey incident and Hanukkah.

“For the miracles, for the deliverance, for the strength, for the salvation and for the battles” – we thank God for all of these, including the battles. We thank God for Mattathias and his sons who bravely demonstrated that Jews do not believe in passively accepting the efforts of those who seek to destroy us. Jews do not live by the maxim to turn the other cheek. Jews, even those for whom the temple as a dwelling place for God on this earth is the ideal, recognized the need not to rely solely on the Almighty but to put forth all of our own efforts as well to rid us of evil and to make us worthy of God’s presence in our midst.

Hanukkah is the holiday of the Maccabees as much as it is the commemoration of miracles.

It is not a time for silence when anti-Semitic attacks are countered with political platitudes of “zero tolerance” followed by revolving door justice. It is almost impossible to believe that suspects arrested in last week’s string of eight anti-Semitic attacks were quickly released right back into the neighborhoods they allegedly terrorized due to bail reform legislation. New legislation requires arraignment judges to free suspects “in any non-sexual assault that doesn’t cause physical injury, even in cases of hate attacks. Even if there is an injury, then bail could be requested”, but not necessarily granted.

In New York City’s Orthodox neighborhoods Jews are incredulous to discover that even when violent bigots are caught they are immediately released in accord with changed legislation.

Ever since I came to America, fleeing as a young boy from the Europe which made it possible for 6 million Jews to be brutally murdered, I have proudly fulfilled the Hanukkah mitzvah of “publicizing the miracle.” It is Hanukkah which demands of us that we place the menorah by the window facing the street in the outside world. It is our way of imitating the Maccabees. We will not hide our faith. We will proudly announce our identity as Jews.

America to me has always been the blessing that allowed me to walk everywhere, unafraid, with a yarmulke on my head.

Today, for the very first time in my life, someone said to me, “Maybe, for your own sake, it might be safer for you to walk around with a baseball cap instead of your kippah.”

And that of course is the beginning of the end for Jews in every country they have ever lived.

We Jews, descendants of the Maccabees, need – in the spirit of Hanukkah – to become more Jewish, not less Jewish.

Of course I have intensified my prayers. Of course I turn to God and beseech him to help us in this terrible time of danger. But I do not forget that there once was a priest with five sons who joined action to prayer, who proved to the Syrian Greeks that Jews will not choose to be meek victims but rather proud Maccabees.

When Jews are attacked with a machete in a synagogue while celebrating Hanukkah it is way past time for us to make clear – to our politicians, to our neighbors, to our society, to our country – ENOUGH! This will not be allowed to continue - and this time around, after the lessons of the Holocaust, our heroes are the Maccabees, not the Jews of silence.



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Jews of Monsey Will Not Be Cowed
Dec 30, 2019
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Jews of Monsey Will Not Be Cowed
Less than 24 hours after the attack, Jews sang and danced, celebrating the dedication of a new Torah scroll.
Less than 24 hours after five people were stabbed at a rabbi’s home on Forshay Road in Monsey, N.Y., Jews gathered on the lawn to sing and dance as a Torah scroll was dedicated at a nearby synagogue, making for a far different scene from the night beforehand.

On Saturday night, Grafton Thomas, 38, entered the home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg and began stabbing people who had come to celebrate the seventh night of Hanukkah. Using what has now been described as a machete, the attacker began slashing at people in the home, though several people reportedly threw objects at him, eventually prompting him to flee.

He then turned his attention to Rottenberg’s synagogue, located on an adjacent lot. Finding the building locked, the attacker returned to his car and fled the scene. He was apprehended several hours later by members of the New York Police Department.

While a motive for the attack has not been released, on Sunday New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the rampage an “act of domestic terrorism” after meeting with Rottenberg. Cuomo said he planned to introduce legislation that would increase the penalty of such cases to reflect the seriousness of the crime.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo meets with of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg in Monsey, N.Y. after an attack in his home.
A statement released by Thomas’s lawyer, Michael Sussman, said he had suffered from a “long history of mental illness and hospitalizations,” and had “no known history of anti-Semitism.” Thomas pleaded not guilty to five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary at his arraignment on Sunday. Bail was set at $5 million.

“We need more police presence. We need to feel more secure, and we don’t feel that now.”
Nevertheless, in the federal hate-crime criminal complaint on Thomas—an African-American who grew up in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., and now lives with his mother in Greenwood Lake, N.Y., about 20 miles from Monsey—said that law-enforcement agents recovered journals from his mother that included anti-Semitic references, as well as Internet searches on Adolf Hitler and where to find local Jewish synagogues.

Eli Cohen, a lifelong resident of Monsey who grew up going to the Rottenberg shul, said the attack has impacted the whole community. “We are all concerned. People are nervous,” he said, noting that kids can no longer walk to synagogue on their own because no one knows what will happen. “Monsey used to be a nice, calm, quiet place, and now, not so much.”

On any given Shabbat morning, some 200-plus people attend Shabbat services at the Rottenberg shul. Holiday programs, like the Hanukkah gathering the rabbi was holding at his home on Saturday night, can draw hundreds more people from the community.

Rivkie Feiner, a member of the Jewish Federation and Foundation of Rockland County’s Jewish Community Relations Council and a board member of the JCC Rockland, was spending Saturday evening with her children at a skating rink less than two miles from Rottenberg’s home when her phone began shrill with notifications about the attack.

As the assailant was on the run and no one knew where he was heading, Feiner began urging everyone standing outside of the indoor rink to come inside and wait.

“It was scary,” she recalled. “Then you started hearing the sirens, the ambulances, the helicopters flying above.”

“People don’t understand the ripple effect. It’s horrible. The entire community is connected through social media, and even our kids hear about it,” said Feiner, a communal leader who was at the scene for a while on Saturday night and met with government officials Sunday. “My 8-year-old came over and asked me what’s a stabbing, and my 11-year-old wouldn’t go to bed until we checked that all the doors were locked. He just wanted to know that the person was caught.”

According to Richard Priem, the Anti-Defamation League’s associate regional director for New York and New Jersey, the attack in Monsey was the 10th anti-Semitic attack recorded by the group since Dec. 23 in the region. Many of those attacks happened in the borough of Brooklyn, N.Y., and were directed at Chassidic Jews who are identifiable by their dress, which for men include long black coats, black hats and on Shabbat, wide fur hats known as streimels.

“The Jewish community is utterly terrified,” Evan Bernstein, the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League of New York and New Jersey, said in a statement. “No one should have to live like this.”

The attack also came less than three weeks after a deadly attack on a Jewish market in Jersey City, N.J., where two members of the Chassidic community were among three civilians and a police detective killed during an hours-long siege. The two attackers in that case—a man and a woman—were also killed.

According to Feiner, members of the Chassidic community in Rockland County and elsewhere have expressed how vulnerable they feel because the way they dress makes them identifiably Jewish. “We need more police presence,” she said. “We need to feel more secure, and we don’t feel that now.”

Priem said “It’s hard to pinpoint a specific cause as to why this is happening, but we do know that something meaningful needs to change. We need change from the top level—from the government down to the grassroots.”

In the hours after the attack, life began to return to normal—or at least a “new normal”—in Monsey. People continued to go to synagogues throughout town to pray and shoppers filled local stores, including the kosher supermarkets.

Even Rabbi Rottenberg continued with his plans. Just hours after the attack—his son was among those who had been stabbed—the rabbi addressed members of his congregation. He also recited the Jewish prayer of thanksgiving, which is said when a person survives a dangerous situation.

For Priem, who along with his colleagues had been on the scene for hours, seeing the Torah procession stop in front of the Rottenberg residence was a particularly powerful moment.

“This shows that despite the fear, they continue to adhere to their faith,” he said. “They won’t be cowed to change.”
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They’re Killing Us Like Dogs: A Massacre in Bolivia and a Plea for Help
“The military has guns and a license to kill; we have nothing.” – A Bolivian mother shot by police

by Medea Benjamin
November 22nd, 2019

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Iam writing from Bolivia just days after witnessing the November 19 military massacre at the Senkata gas plant in the indigenous city of El Alto, and the tear-gassing of a peaceful funeral procession on November 21 to commemorate the dead. These are examples, unfortunately, of the modus operandi of the de facto government that seized control in a coup that forced Evo Morales out of power.

The coup has spawned massive protests, with blockades set up around the country as part of a national strike calling for the resignation of this new government. One well-organized blockade is in El Alto, where residents set up barriers surrounding the Senkata gas plant, stopping tankers from leaving the plant and cutting off La Paz’s main source of gasoline.

Determined to break the blockade, the government sent in helicopters, tanks and heavily armed soldiers in the evening of November 18. The next day, mayhem broke out when the soldiers began teargassing residents, then shooting into the crowd. I arrived just after the shooting. The furious residents took me to local clinics where the wounded were taken. I saw the doctors and nurses desperately trying to save lives, carrying out emergency surgeries in difficult conditions with a shortage of medical equipment. I saw five dead bodies and dozens of people with bullet wounds. Some had just been walking to work when they were struck by bullets. A grieving mother whose son was shot cried out between sobs: “They’re killing us like dogs.” In the end, there were 8 confirmed dead.

The next day, a local church became an improvised morgue, with the dead bodies–some still dripping blood–lined up in pews and doctors performing autopsies. Hundreds gathered outside to console the families and contribute money for coffins and funerals. They mourned the dead and cursed the government for the attack and the local press for refusing to tell the truth about what happened. 

The local news coverage about Senkata was almost as startling as the lack of medical supplies. The de facto government has threatened journalists with sedition should they spread “disinformation” by covering protests, so many don’t even show up. Those who do often spread disinformation. The main TV station reported three deaths and blamed the violence on the protesters, giving airtime to the new Defense Minister Fernando Lopez who made the absurd claim that soldiers did not fire “a single bullet” and that “terrorist groups” had tried to use dynamite to break into the gasoline plant. 

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Gloria Quispe mourns next to the body of her brother Antonio, killed by security forces, in El Alto, Bolivia, Nov. 20, 2019. Natacha Pisarenko | AP

It’s little wonder that many Bolivians have no idea what is happening. I have interviewed and spoken to dozens of people on both sides of the political divide. Many of those who support the de facto government justify the repression as a way to restore stability. They refuse to call President Evo Morales’ ouster a coup and claim there was fraud in the October 20 election that sparked the conflict. These claims of fraud, which were prompted by a report by the Organization of American States, have been debunked by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a think tank in Washington, D.C.

Morales, the first indigenous president in a country with an indigenous majority, was forced to flee to Mexico after he, his family and party leaders received death threats and attacks–including the burning of his sister’s house. Regardless of the criticisms, people may have of Evo Morales, especially his decision to seek a fourth term, it is undeniable that he oversaw a growing economy that decreased poverty and inequality. He also brought relative stability to a country with a history of coups and upheavals. Perhaps most importantly, Morales was a symbol that the country’s indigenous majority could no longer be ignored. The de facto government has defaced indigenous symbols and insisted on the supremacy of Christianity and the Bible over indigenous traditions that the self-declared president, Jeanine Añez, has characterized as “satanic.” This surge in racism has not been lost on the indigenous protesters, who demand respect for their culture and traditions.

Jeanine Añez, who was the third highest-ranking member of the Bolivian Senate, swore herself in as president after Morales’ resignation, despite not having a necessary quorum in the legislature to approve her as president. The people in front of her in the line of succession – all of whom belong to Morales’ MAS party – resigned under duress. One of those is Victor Borda, president of the lower house of congress, who stepped down after his home was set on fire and his brother was taken hostage.

Upon taking power, Áñez’s government threatened to arrest MAS legislators, accusing them of “subversion and sedition”, despite the fact that this party holds a majority in both chambers of congress. The de facto government then received international condemnation after issuing a decree granting immunity to the military in its efforts to re-establish order and stability. This decree has been described as a “license to kill” and “carte blanche” to repress, and it has been strongly criticized by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

The result of this decree has been death, repression and massive violations of human rights. In the week and a half since the coup, 32 people have died in protests, with more than 700 wounded. This conflict is spiraling out of control and I fear it will only get worse. Rumors abound on social media of military and police units refusing the de facto government’s orders to repress. It is not hyperbole to suggest that this could result in a civil war. That’s why so many Bolivians are desperately calling for international help. “The military has guns and a license to kill; we have nothing,” cried a mother whose son had just been shot in Senkata. “Please, tell the international community to come here and stop this.”

I have been calling for Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and former president of Chile, to join me on the ground in Bolivia. Her office is sending a technical mission to Bolivia, but the situation requires a prominent figure. Restorative justice is needed for the victims of violence and dialogue is needed to defuse tensions so Bolivians can restore their democracy. Ms. Bachelet is highly respected in the region; her presence could help save lives and bring peace to Bolivia.  

 Feature photo | Mourners carry the coffins that contain the remains of people killed by security forces in El Alto, outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia, Nov. 21, 2019. Natacha Pisarenko | AP

Medea Benjamin is the co-founder of CODEPINK, a women-led peace and human rights grassroots organization. She has been reporting from Bolivia since November 14. 

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect MintPress News editorial policy.
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Hamas operatives are being allowed to plan attacks against Israel from Turkey, according to an eye-opening report in The Telegraph.
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The Big Hole in the China Trade Agreement
by Gordon G. Chang
December 17, 2019 at 5:00 am
Moreover, China's officials, once they have encryption keys and access to the China network of a foreign firm, will be in a good position to penetrate the networks of that firm outside China. Therefore, Beijing will soon steal data stored on foreign networks and put companies, like Nortel Networks, out of business or ruin them to the point where Chinese entities can buy them up at reduced prices. Do we really want the Fortune 500 to be owned by China?

There is, of course, no point in including in the trade deal forced taking and intellectual property protections if they do not cover the cybersecurity rules.

Washington will have to do something fast to protect American businesses in China — and the American economy — because the Phase One deal is clearly inadequate. There is, after all, a big hole in the center of it.


China's officials, once they have encryption keys and access to the China network of a foreign firm, will be in a good position to penetrate the networks of that firm outside China. (Image source: iStock)

There's something missing from the "Phase One" trade agreement with China, announced Friday. And it's something critically important. Yet, Larry Kudlow, President Trump's director of the National Economic Council, appeared not to know about it afterwards.

"We will see," said Kudlow in response to Maria Bartiromo on "Sunday Morning Futures," her Fox News Channel show, as she asked him about Beijing's new "cybersecurity" rules. "There's a large IP chapter in this deal and there's also a large forced technology transfer chapter in this deal. I don't think we know enough about these new Chinese rules and we'll have to look at that and by the way if they do violate them of course we will take action."

Bartiromo was referring to two sets of Chinese rules. On December 1, Beijing implemented the Multi-Level Protection Scheme 2.0, issued pursuant to the 2016 Cybersecurity Law. On January 1, China's Cryptography Law becomes effective.

These measures prohibit foreign companies from encrypting data so that it cannot be read by the Chinese central government and the Communist Party of China. Businesses will be required to turn over encryption keys. Companies will not be able to employ virtual private networks to keep data secret, and some believe they will no longer be allowed to use private servers.

Together, these measures allow Beijing to take all the data and communications of foreign companies.

Beijing's complete visibility into the networks of foreign companies will have extremely disadvantages consequences. For instance, Chinese officials will be permitted, under Chinese law, to share seized information with state enterprises. This sharing means the enterprises will weaponize the information against their foreign competitors.

Moreover, China's officials, once they have encryption keys and access to the China network of a foreign firm, will be in a good position to penetrate the networks of that firm outside China. Therefore, Beijing will soon steal data stored on foreign networks and put companies, like Nortel Networks, out of business or ruin them to the point where Chinese entities can buy them up at reduced prices. Do we really want the Fortune 500 to be owned by China?

The U.S. Trade Representative's skimpy Fact Sheet for the Phase One deal does not address the December 1 and January 1 rules. There is, of course, no point in including in the trade deal forced taking and intellectual property protections if they do not cover the cybersecurity rules.

Judging from Kudlow's nonspecific response to Bartiromo and his admission of not knowing much about "these new Chinese rules," the administration apparently has not considered the linkages between them and the trade deal. If that is indeed the case, the Phase One deal will be pointless. Anything — information, data, communications, trade secrets, or technology — protected under its terms will nonetheless be available to Chinese authorities pursuant to the December 1 and January 1 rules.

The remedy? President Trump can pull out of the Phase One deal — something he should do anyway — or use his considerable powers under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977 to prohibit American companies from complying with the new cybersecurity rules or from storing data in China. On August 23, Trump threatened to use the act to force companies out of that country.

Washington will have to do something fast to protect American businesses in China — and the American economy — because the Phase One deal is clearly inadequate. There is, after all, a big hole in the center of it.

Gordon G. Chang is the author of The Coming Collapse of China and a Gatestone Institute Distinguished Senior Fellow.
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France reopens disputed ancient tomb in Jerusalem to the public
After Tomb of the Kings was unbarred and quickly resealed by French authorities in June following dispute at opening, visitors allowed to tour 2,000-year-old site
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An ancient tomb in Jerusalem prized for its archaeological and religious importance was reopened for visits Thursday by France, which owns it, after a dispute over access scuttled an earlier attempt.

The site known as the Tomb of the Kings in East Jerusalem can now be visited during set hours twice per week, but visitors must pre-register online and pay a NIS 10 fee ($3, €2.50), the French consulate said.

Around 30 people — the most allowed at one time due to the sensitivity of the site — visited when the gates opened on Thursday morning, mainly ultra-Orthodox Jews who wanted to pray inside.

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Around a dozen other ultra-Orthodox danced and prayed outside the gates while they waited for their turn to visit the 2,000-year-old tomb as police kept a close eye.

“This is a special event,” said Yehuda Twerski, a 20-year-old ultra-Orthodox Jew from New York studying religion in Jerusalem.

“We’re going in there to pray. Perhaps with proper negotiations maybe it will be open more often to the public.”

Ultra-Orthodox Jews describe the tomb as a holy burial site of ancient Jewish kings.

Ultra Orthodox Jews walk at the Tombs of the Kings, a 2,000-year-old archaeological gem in the heart of Jerusalem owned by France, as it reopens for the public for a second time in six months, on October 24, 2019. (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP)
France had attempted to open the site to visitors in June after having kept it closed since 2010, initially due to renovations but later because attempts to contest its ownership complicated its reopening.

It however immediately re-closed the site after a group of more than a dozen ultra-Orthodox tried to enter and pray, shoving toward the gate, despite not having signed up as requested.

The site is a remarkable example of a Roman-era tomb, considered among the largest in the region.

Its unique status, Jewish veneration of the burial site and its location in the disputed east of the city added to complications in reopening it.

Archaeological sites in East Jerusalem are often freighted with religious significance and questions linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

There had been a challenge at Israel’s rabbinical court — which rules on matters related to Jewish law and holy sites — over access to the tomb and France’s ownership.

Before reopening the site, France sought guarantees from Israel it would not face legal challenges as well as commitments on how visits would be managed.

Visitors are not allowed to descend into the tomb itself and can only visit the exterior, which includes ritual baths and an ancient frieze above its entry.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews pray at the Tombs of the Kings, a 2,000-year-old archaeological gem in the heart of Jerusalem owned by France, as it reopens for the public for a second time in six months, on October 24, 2019. (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP)
Excavations of the site began in the 1860s, with Felicien de Saulcy of France taking on the project in 1863 and seeking to confirm it was the tomb of the biblical kings. That theory has been ruled out, but the name has endured.

Several sarcophagi were found inside and are now in the Louvre museum in Paris, including one with an Aramaic inscription. According to the most commonly accepted theory, it refers to Queen Helena of Adiabene, in today’s Iraqi Kurdistan, and she may have built the tomb for her dynasty.

After de Saulcy’s excavation, the tomb was purchased by the Pereire brothers, a Jewish banking family in Paris that would later hand the property over to France.
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He was widely criticised for failing to show remorse for his association with the disgraced financier or empathy with Epstein's victims during his television appearance.

He has resigned from a large number of patronages and seen organisations he was once involved with sever ties.

Miss Roberts claimed in court papers in Florida that she was forced to have sex with Andrew when she was aged 17, below the state's age of consent.

However, that allegation was struck out by a judge in 2015 for being 'immaterial and impertinent'.


Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán: Europe's Solitary Defender of Persecuted Christians
by Giulio Meotti  •  December 15, 2019 at 5:00 am

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"Those we are helping now can give us the greatest help in saving Europe. We are giving persecuted Christians what they need: homes, hospitals, and schools, and we receive in return what Europe needs most: a Christian faith, love and perseverance". — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Daily News Hungary, November 28, 2019.

"Our estimation is that more than 90 percent of Christian have already left Iraq and almost 50 percent of Christians in Syria have left the country". — Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox Church.

European leaders, rather than being embarrassed, should make the condition of Christians under Islam the starting point of their conversations with Muslims.

"The fate of Eastern Christians and other minorities is the prelude to our own fate." — Former French Prime Minister François Fillon, Valeurs Actuelles, December 12, 2019.


In Europe, there is a solitary defender of persecuted Christians: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, whom the mainstream media love to attack. No other European government has invested so much money, public diplomacy and time on this topic. (Photo by Laszlo Balogh/Getty Images)
"There is an ongoing persecution of Christians. For months, we bishops have been denouncing what is happening in Burkina Faso" Bishop Kjustin Kientega recently said, "but nobody is listening to us." "Evidently", he concluded, "the West is more concerned with protecting its own interests".

In a recent series of a transnational tragedies, 14 Christians were murdered in an attack on a church in Burkina Faso, 11 Christians were murdered in an attack on a bus in Kenya and seven Christians were murdered by Boko Haram in Cameroon. These three deadly attacks by Islamists in the same week give an idea of the intensity and frequency of global anti-Christian persecution.

Bishop Kientega was reporting a fact: the West is not listening to their plight. "While the Belgian government decided in 2011 to send F-16s to Libya to protect civilians threatened by Gaddafi, in 2014 it took no concrete measures to help the minorities in Iraq", wrote Le Vif.

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Sweden: Confronting Reality
by Judith Bergman  •  December 14, 2019 at 5:00 am

One problem is that the Swedish state itself contributes indirectly to the spread of extremism. The Swedish Security Service (Säpo) has found that a "relatively large" number of organizations with links to violent extremism have been using Sweden's state and municipal grant systems, which Säpo says could "contribute to radicalization and thus growth in extremist environments in Sweden."

According to Säpo, individuals from Islamist groups are using public-funded schools, cultural associations and foundations as platforms to spread extremist ideology within Sweden.

"Of course, the segregation, exclusion and long-standing uncontrolled immigration that is now driving serious crime did not suddenly arise. Responsibility for years of ill-conceived policies -- and the inability to address the problems -- is shared by many.... [I]t is quite clear that gang criminality, shootings and executions are strongly linked to excessive immigration and to bad integration. How can you even pretend anything else?" -- Ulf Kristersson, leader of the Moderate Party, Facebook, November 17, 2019

The question now is how the Moderate Party will transform Kristersson's apology into "concrete political action" that can stop Swedish reality from deteriorating even further.


The situation in Sweden continues to deteriorate. Last month, a 15-year-old was shot to death and another teenager seriously wounded in a pizzeria in Malmö. (Image source: iStock)
Back in February and March 2017 BBC News ran a number of articles about Trump's much vilified remarks about Sweden, including one with the headline, "Trump's wrong, it's 'quiet and safe' in Malmo." One article in particular, "All eyes on Malmo but not because of Trump" painted an idyllic picture of the lives of expats in Malmö. It spoke, among others, about a young American woman working in Malmö, Susanna Lewis, in the following way:

"As a woman, she is also used to being prepared and watchful as she walks alone in other places, yet she does not feel afraid in Malmö city centre or its outer suburbs".

The article went on to quote her: "I never have had that fear in Sweden. This is the safest place I've ever lived."

Now, however, even the BBC appears to have discovered that Sweden suffers from serious problems. In November, the BBC published an article headlined, "Sweden's 100 explosions this year: What's going on?"

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Turkey: Murder of Women Reaches Epidemic Proportions
by Uzay Bulut  •  December 11, 2019 at 4:00 am

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The cause of 50% of the killings was not determined, but 16% of the women were killed because they wanted to make decisions about their lives, such as wanting a divorce, rejecting offers of reconciliation or even for not answering the phone when called by their men. 13% of the women were killed for "economic reasons."

According to the Turkish women's-rights platform, "We Will Stop Femicide," 652 women were killed by men in the year-and-a-half period prior to November 2018 -- 36 of whom were murdered in October of that year.

"One of the reasons why such a large number of women fall victim to violence is the reluctance and even prevention of relevant institutions to implement current laws." — The Central Women's Committee of Turkey's Human Rights Association (HRA), "Violence against women is a result of discriminatory policies," August 26, 2019.

"There was no finger left unbroken, no women left unbeaten for the last two seasons of a show aired on a pro-government TV channel..." — İlhan Taşcı, Republican People's Party deputy and Radio and Television Supreme Council Member.

"In our religion, the life, dignity and rights of women are untouchable and entrusted [to men]." — Ali Erbaş, President of Diyanet, Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs.


The murder of women by male relatives -- particularly spouses or former spouses -- has become a dangerous trend in Turkey. 652 women were killed in Turkey by men in the year-and-a-half period prior to November 2018, according to the Turkish women's-rights platform, "We Will Stop Femicide." (Image source: iStock)
On November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, thousands of Turkish women took part in demonstrations at Istanbul's Taksim Square. The women were protesting the increasing number of murders in the country committed by men against female family members. After reading a statement to the press, the demonstrators were attacked by police with tear gas and plastic bullets.

The murder of women by male relatives -- particularly spouses or former spouses -- has become a dangerous trend in Turkey. The brutal murder, on August 18, of 38-year-old Emine Bulut by her ex-husband -- in front of their 10-year-old daughter -- is one particularly noteworthy case.

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Norway: A Fake "Translation"
by Bruce Bawer  •  December 10, 2019 at 4:00 am

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This 2013 Norwegian-language "Koran" is available online. A perusal of key passages, however, shows that it bears little or no resemblance to the actual Koran.

Let us hope that the word gets around that the book they are being handed is not really the Koran at all.


The Norwegian-language Koran translation that will be handed out to Norwegians at stands in Oslo and, perhaps, Bergen, bears little or no resemblance to the actual Koran. (Image source: iStock)
To borrow a phrase from Lewis Carroll, the news about the aftermath of a public Koran-burning in Kristiansand, Norway, on November 16, keeps getting curiouser and curiouser.

As explained in previous pieces here, the 30 or more police officers who were on hand at the event, which was organized by a group called Stop the Islamization of Norway (Stopp Islamiseringen av Norge – SIAN) were under secret orders from the chief of the Norwegian police, Benedicte Bjørnland, not just to douse any flaming Koran but to keep SIAN members from setting fire to a copy of the Muslim holy book in the first place. Bjørnland had maintained that the so-called "racism clause" of Norway's criminal law gave her the power to issue such orders, while the Minister of Justice, Jøran Kallmyr, made the puzzling comment that while burning the Koran was legal, it could "become" a crime, a statement that made no more sense in Norwegian than it does in English.

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Sweden: Muslim screams, “We Arabs are here to take over your country,” Swede who insults him gets fined
By Robert Spencer on Dec 07, 2019 03:00 pm
Sweden: Muslim screams, “We Arabs are here to take over your country,” Swede who insults him gets fined
Some of the Muslim migrants in Sweden are there to take over the country, and make no secret of that fact, but if you murmur a word of protest, you are “Islamophobic,” and must be punished. Submit quietly: it’s the Swedish way. “Swedish Man Who Insulted Muslim For Threat to ‘Take Over Your Fucking Country’ […]
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Sweden: Muslim screams, “We Arabs are here to take over your country,” Swede who insults him gets fined
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Some of the Muslim migrants in Sweden are there to take over the country, and make no secret of that fact, but if you murmur a word of protest, you are “Islamophobic,” and must be punished. Submit quietly: it’s the Swedish way.



“Swedish Man Who Insulted Muslim For Threat to ‘Take Over Your Fucking Country’ Charged With Hate Crime,” by Paul Joseph Watson, Summit News, December 5, 2019:

A 53-year-old Swede who insulted a Muslim man for posting a video threat to “take over your fucking country” was hit with hate crime charges.

This is Sweden. Of course he was.

“We Arabs are here to take over your fucking country so go down on your fucking knees and suck my cock your Swedish little whore,” said the Arab man in an angry rant posted to Facebook.

The 53-year-old Swedish man responded on a Facebook group called ‘Political Facts’ with some strong words of his own.

“Disgusting arab crabs disappear from here,” he wrote.

The man was reported to police and called in for an interrogation at Kristianstad where he was asked about his views on immigration.

He was subsequently sentenced by Kristianstad’s district court for hate speech against a protected group and forced to pay SEK 22,200 (roughly $2,300 US dollars).

The court argued that the man’s comments were aimed at Arabs and not just at the individual.

The man appealed the decision to the High Court, but it was upheld, although his fine was reduced to SEK 16,200 in addition to another SEK 800 he was asked to pay to the Crime Victims Fund….
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Hong Kong elections: Carrie Lam promises 'open mind' after election rout
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Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam has said the government will "seriously reflect" after local elections saw massive gains by pro-democracy candidates.

Seventeen of the 18 district councils are now controlled by pro-democracy councillors, according to local media.

The election, the first since the wave of anti-Beijing protests began, saw an unprecedented turnout of more than 71%.

It is being seen as a stinging rebuke of Ms Lam's leadership and a show of support for the protest movement.

Hong Kong's young winners and the veterans they toppled
Hong Kong has seen months of increasingly violent protests since Ms Lam tried to introduce a controversial bill enabling extradition to China.

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Carrie Lam has become increasingly unpopular in Hong Kong
In a statement released online on Monday, Ms Lam said the government respected the results.

She said many felt the results reflected "people's dissatisfaction with the current situation and the deep-seated problems in society".

The government would "listen to the opinions of members of the public humbly and seriously reflect", she said.

How did people vote?
Some 2.94 million people voted in the election, compared with 1.4 million in 2015.

Pro-democracy candidates won close to 60% of the total vote on Sunday, but achieved a landslide in terms of seats because of the first-past-the-post system, local media report.

Pro-democracy contenders were victorious in 347 of the 452 district council seats up for grabs; pro-Beijing candidates won 60 seats; while independents - many of them pro-democracy - got 45, according to the South China Morning Post.

In the last election four years ago, pro-Beijing councillors won 298 seats, but the distribution of these seats meant they took control of all 18 district councils.

They retained control of only the Islands District Council after Sunday's vote.

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PLANE PANIC Wales ‘plane crash’ – Huge rescue mission launched to find missing light aircraft off UK coast
Matt Coyle
25 Nov 2019, 15:19Updated: 25 Nov 2019, 17:34
A HUGE rescue mission is underway to find a missing plane that is feared to have crashed.

The coastguard helicopter and RNLI teams are trawling the north Wales coast.
 Police have descended on Anglesey in North Wales to find the missing plane
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Police have descended on Anglesey in North Wales to find the missing planeCredit: North Wales Live
 A police car was pictured at the shore line as rescue teams launch a hunt
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A police car was pictured at the shore line as rescue teams launch a hunt
The light aircraft is believed to have taken off from Caernarfon Airport, south west Wales, before it vanished off radar near Anglesey, North Wales.

Police, RNLI helicopter, lifeboats and coastguard teams were called to Puffin Island at about 1pm.

It is not yet known how many people were on board the light aircraft believed to be privately owned.

A major search operation has been launched off the coast of North Wales this afternoon
 The coastguard helicopter is trawling the area while officers assist on land
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The coastguard helicopter is trawling the area while officers assist on landCredit: North Wales Live/Eryl Crump
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Storms in France, Greece and Italy leave 'biblical destruction'
Seven people die as weekend of heavy rain brings landslides, floods and collapsed overpass

Angela Giuffrida in Rome, Kim Willsher in Paris, and Helena Smith in Athens

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 A collapsed road in Piedmont. Two people are dead and two others are missing after a wave of storms in northern Italy. Photograph: Dino Ferrertti/EPA
Seven people have died as violent storms swept through parts of France, Greece and Italy over the weekend, causing flash floods, landslides and the collapse of an overpass.

Greek media described the storms as leaving a trail of “biblical destruction” in some areas of the country while the overpass collapse in northern Italy brought back a chilling reminder of Genoa’s Morandi bridge giving way during a thunderstorm in August 2018, killing 43 people.

Flash floods in France’s Côte d’Azur claimed the lives of four people, while two others are believed to still be missing. Three of the victims were found in cars that were swept away in floods in the Var region, and the fourth was among a group being rescued by the fire brigade when the dinghy carrying them to safety capsized.

A tractor in a flooded area after heavy rain in Roquebrune-sur-Argens, France.
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One of the worst affected towns was Roquebrune-sur-Argens in the Var, where the Argens River rose seven metres. The French meteorological office said three months’ worth of rain had fallen in less than 48 hours.

Members of the French civil defence took part in rescue operations in a number of flooded areas around Cannes and other coastal towns.

The orange alert was lifted in the Var and Alpes-Maritimes regions on Monday as the water receded, leaving an estimated 4,500 homes without electricity. Two other French departments, the Puy-de-Dôme and the Gironde, were placed on high flooding alert.

Water reaches the houses after the Ticino River overflowed its banks in Pavia, Italy.
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 Water reaches the houses after the Ticino River overflowed its banks in Pavia, Italy. Photograph: Antonio Calanni/AP
Jean-Luc Videlaine, the prefect for the Var region, said the rain had been of “historic” intensity and there was considerable damage.

Jean-Pierre Hameau of Météo France said the storms and flooding should not be blamed on climate change. Hameau said the phenomena, known in France as cévenols, or Mediterraneans, were relatively frequent in the region.

“They occur three or six times a year. It often begins in September when the Mediterranean is warm and there is rising hot air in the south,” Hameau said.

“This usually happens in September and October, but sometimes we find these conditions in November. It’s not linked to global warming. We had these cévenols before and there hasn’t been an increase since temperatures rose. However, we have noted an increase in the intensity of the rains.”



https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-50541627
Hong Kong elections: Carrie Lam promises 'open mind' after election rout
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Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam has said the government will "seriously reflect" after local elections saw massive gains by pro-democracy candidates.

Seventeen of the 18 district councils are now controlled by pro-democracy councillors, according to local media.

The election, the first since the wave of anti-Beijing protests began, saw an unprecedented turnout of more than 71%.

It is being seen as a stinging rebuke of Ms Lam's leadership and a show of support for the protest movement.

Hong Kong's young winners and the veterans they toppled
Hong Kong has seen months of increasingly violent protests since Ms Lam tried to introduce a controversial bill enabling extradition to China.

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Carrie Lam has become increasingly unpopular in Hong Kong
In a statement released online on Monday, Ms Lam said the government respected the results.

She said many felt the results reflected "people's dissatisfaction with the current situation and the deep-seated problems in society".

The government would "listen to the opinions of members of the public humbly and seriously reflect", she said.

How did people vote?
Some 2.94 million people voted in the election, compared with 1.4 million in 2015.

Pro-democracy candidates won close to 60% of the total vote on Sunday, but achieved a landslide in terms of seats because of the first-past-the-post system, local media report.

Pro-democracy contenders were victorious in 347 of the 452 district council seats up for grabs; pro-Beijing candidates won 60 seats; while independents - many of them pro-democracy - got 45, according to the South China Morning Post.

In the last election four years ago, pro-Beijing councillors won 298 seats, but the distribution of these seats meant they took control of all 18 district councils.

They retained control of only the Islands District Council after Sunday's vote.

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https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10419541/plane-crash-north-wales/
PLANE PANIC Wales ‘plane crash’ – Huge rescue mission launched to find missing light aircraft off UK coast
Matt Coyle
25 Nov 2019, 15:19Updated: 25 Nov 2019, 17:34
A HUGE rescue mission is underway to find a missing plane that is feared to have crashed.

The coastguard helicopter and RNLI teams are trawling the north Wales coast.
 Police have descended on Anglesey in North Wales to find the missing plane
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Police have descended on Anglesey in North Wales to find the missing planeCredit: North Wales Live
 A police car was pictured at the shore line as rescue teams launch a hunt
6
A police car was pictured at the shore line as rescue teams launch a hunt
The light aircraft is believed to have taken off from Caernarfon Airport, south west Wales, before it vanished off radar near Anglesey, North Wales.

Police, RNLI helicopter, lifeboats and coastguard teams were called to Puffin Island at about 1pm.

It is not yet known how many people were on board the light aircraft believed to be privately owned.

A major search operation has been launched off the coast of North Wales this afternoon
 The coastguard helicopter is trawling the area while officers assist on land
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The coastguard helicopter is trawling the area while officers assist on landCredit: North Wales Live/Eryl Crump
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Deadly Anti-Government Protests Continue in Iraq
 Sunday, November 17, 2019 | Tag Cloud Tags: Iraq, News, protests, War, Worthy News

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(Worthy News) - One Iraqi protester was killed and more than 30 others were wounded Sunday amid renewed clashes on a key bridge in Baghdad.

The protesters now have control of three bridges crossing the Tigris River toward the heavily fortified Green Zone, the seat of Iraq's government.

The protests that began in October over lack of jobs and public services have grown to include widespread corruption and income inequality. Demonstrators are now demanding the complete overhaul of the government. [ Source: VOA News (Read More...) 
https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/deadly-anti-government-protests-continue-iraq


 

U.S. condemns lethal force in Iran, Khamenei blames 'sabotage' for unrest
 Sunday, November 17, 2019 | Tag Cloud Tags: evolution, Iran, Islam, Jerusalem, Media, News, Police, protests, Security, Worthy News


(Worthy News) - Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday backed the gasoline price rises that have caused nationwide protests, which he blamed on the Islamic Republic's opponents and foreign foes.

"Some people are no doubt worried by this decision ... but sabotage and arson is done by hooligans not our people," the Iranian Supreme Leader said in a live speech on state TV.Riot police and security forces clashed with demonstrators in Tehran and dozens of other cities on Saturday, Iranian news agencies and social media said, a day after the government increased the price of gasoline.

"The counter-revolution and Iran's enemies have always supported sabotage and breaches of security and continue to do so," Khamenei said. "Unfortunately some problems were caused, a number of people lost their lives and some centers were destroyed." [ Source: Jerusalem Post (Read More...) ] 
U.S. condemns lethal force in Iran, Khamenei blames 'sabotage' for unrest
 Sunday, November 17, 2019 | Tag Cloud Tags: evolution, Iran, Islam, Jerusalem, Media, News, Police, protests, Security, Worthy News


(Worthy News) - Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday backed the gasoline price rises that have caused nationwide protests, which he blamed on the Islamic Republic's opponents and foreign foes.

"Some people are no doubt worried by this decision ... but sabotage and arson is done by hooligans not our people," the Iranian Supreme Leader said in a live speech on state TV.Riot police and security forces clashed with demonstrators in Tehran and dozens of other cities on Saturday, Iranian news agencies and social media said, a day after the government increased the price of gasoline.

"The counter-revolution and Iran's enemies have always supported sabotage and breaches of security and continue to do so," Khamenei said. "Unfortunately some problems were caused, a number of people lost their lives and some centers were destroyed." [ Source: Jerusalem Post (Read More...) ]
U.S. condemns lethal force in Iran, Khamenei blames 'sabotage' for unrest
 Sunday, November 17, 2019 | Tag Cloud Tags: evolution, Iran, Islam, Jerusalem, Media, News, Police, protests, Security, Worthy News


(Worthy News) - Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday backed the gasoline price rises that have caused nationwide protests, which he blamed on the Islamic Republic's opponents and foreign foes.

"Some people are no doubt worried by this decision ... but sabotage and arson is done by hooligans not our people," the Iranian Supreme Leader said in a live speech on state TV.Riot police and security forces clashed with demonstrators in Tehran and dozens of other cities on Saturday, Iranian news agencies and social media said, a day after the government increased the price of gasoline.

"The counter-revolution and Iran's enemies have always supported sabotage and breaches of security and continue to do so," Khamenei said. "Unfortunately some problems were caused, a number of people lost their lives and some centers were destroyed." [ Source: Jerusalem Post (Read More...) ]
U.S. condemns lethal force in Iran, Khamenei blames 'sabotage' for unrest
 Sunday, November 17, 2019 | Tag Cloud Tags: evolution, Iran, Islam, Jerusalem, Media, News, Police, protests, Security, Worthy News


(Worthy News) - Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday backed the gasoline price rises that have caused nationwide protests, which he blamed on the Islamic Republic's opponents and foreign foes.

"Some people are no doubt worried by this decision ... but sabotage and arson is done by hooligans not our people," the Iranian Supreme Leader said in a live speech on state TV.Riot police and security forces clashed with demonstrators in Tehran and dozens of other cities on Saturday, Iranian news agencies and social media said, a day after the government increased the price of gasoline.

"The counter-revolution and Iran's enemies have always supported sabotage and breaches of security and continue to do so," Khamenei said. "Unfortunately some problems were caused, a number of people lost their lives and some centers were destroyed." [ Source: Jerusalem Post (Read More...) ]https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Khamenei-blames-counter-revolution-enemies-for-sabotage-in-Iran-gasoline-price-protests-608080



Thousands Protest in Lebanon as Politicians Trade Barbs
 Sunday, November 17, 2019 | Tag Cloud Tags: ISIS, Lebanon, News, Trade, Worthy News


(Worthy News) - Lebanon slipped deeper into a political crisis Sunday as politicians struggled to form a government.

Tens of thousands Lebanese took to the streets in cities and towns across the country to demand a complete overhaul of the political class. Protesters have accused political leaders of corruption and are demanding social and economic reforms and adequate basic services.

The political crisis grew worse after the former finance minister Mohammad Safadi withdrew his name from consideration for prime minister. In a statement released by his office, Safadi said outgoing Prime Minister Sa'ad al-Hariri should be re-appointed to the post. [ Source: VOA News (Read More...) ]  https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/thousands-protest-lebanon-politicians-trade-barbs




Hong Kong campus protesters fire arrows as anti-government unrest spreads
 Sunday, November 17, 2019 | Tag Cloud Tags: EU, Media, News, Police, Worthy News


(Worthy News) - Hong Kong protesters shot arrows and hurled petrol bombs from a barricaded university on Sunday at police who fired tear gas and water cannon in some of the worst violence in the Chinese-ruled city since anti-government unrest erupted five months ago.

Several protesters took up positions on the rooftops of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, armed with bows and arrows, as unrest spread across the territory’s central Kowloon district.

Police said a media liaison officer was treated in hospital after being hit by an arrow in the leg and another officer’s visor was struck by a metal ball although he was not hurt. [ Source: Reuters (Read More...)  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hongkong-protests/hong-kong-protesters-unleash-stash-of-petrol-bombs-chinese-soldiers-clear-roads-idUSKBN1XQ0OJ




The Battle You Never Hear About: How Intense Persecution is Driving Endangered Christians Out of Gaza
 Sunday, November 17, 2019 | Tag Cloud Tags: Christian, Gaza Strip, Hamas, Israel, Middle East, News, terrorist, Worthy News

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(Worthy News) - Terrorists in Gaza rained down hundreds of rockets on Israeli civilians over the last week, sending entire cities to their bomb shelters. In response, Israel pounded terror targets in the Gaza Strip with deadly airstrikes.

Bouts of violence like this one are all too familiar realities in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Caught in the middle is a little known, underreported group that is quickly disappearing from Gaza - Christians.

Christians have been living in the Holy Land since the time of Jesus, but Gazan Christians are a tiny minority in a big conflict. With less than 1,000 Christians left in Gaza, a merciless humanitarian disaster and intense persecution from the Hamas regime makes them one of the most vulnerable groups of Christians in the Middle East. [ Source: CBN News (Read More...) ]
https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/israel/2019/november/the-battle-you-never-hear-about-how-intense-persecution-is-driving-endangered-christians-out-of-gaza
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China, Russia declare strategic alliance for 'new era'
 Thursday, November 14, 2019 | Tag Cloud Tags: Brazil, BRICS, China, News, PLO, Putin, Russia, Worthy News


(Worthy News) - Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russia's Vladimir Putin expressed solidarity during the BRICS Summit in Brazil this week, resuming a policy of closer cooperation marking the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties.

Xi told Putin 2019 is an "important year to open the future of Sino-Russian relations," Xinhua news agency reported Thursday.

The Chinese leader also said he and Putin have declared a strategic alliance in a "new era," and that the two sides had agreed to "upgrade ties" to a new level, the report stated. [ Source: UPI (Read More...) ]https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2019/11/14/China-Russia-declare-strategic-alliance-for-new-era/9951573745485/



BRICS back Paris agreement, oppose Syria military solution
 Thursday, November 14, 2019 | Tag Cloud Tags: Africa, Brazil, BRICS, China, India, Military, News, Putin, Russia, Syria, Washington, Worthy News


(Worthy News) - Members of the BRICS group of nations said Thursday that they are committed to implementing the Paris climate agreement and there cannot be a military solution to Syria’s conflict.

The declaration issued by leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa at a summit in Brasilia stressed commitment to shoring up multilateralism and the United Nation’s central role in international issues.

Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping earlier particularly urged large emerging nations to assume a larger role in multilateral institutions. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More...) ]
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/nov/14/brics-back-paris-agreement-oppose-syria-military-s/


Cyprus signs $9 Billion gas exploitation deal with Israeli firm, energy majors
Cyprus announced last week that it signed its first-ever natural gas exploitation deal for the Aphrodite gas field, saying it chose a consortium comprising Israel's Delek, industry giant Shell, US-based Noble.
 Posted on: Thursday, November 14, 2019
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Two more rockets fired from Gaza hours after 'cease-fire' declaration; Israel responds by striking Islamic Jihad 'terror' targets: IDF
Rockets continue to be launched from Gaza into southern Israel, hours after a cease-fire was declared between Israel and Gaza’s militant Islamic Jihad group early Thursday, according to Israel Defense Forces (IDF), which added that the Israeli military is responding by striking 'terror' targets.
 Posted on: Thursday, November 14, 2019

IDF strikes Islamic Jihad rocket production facility as barrages pummel south
The Israeli military on Wednesday conducted large-scale strikes against Palestinian Islamic Jihad sites in Gaza, including a major weapons manufacturing facility, as terror groups continued firing regular barrages at southern Israel in response to the assassination of one of its senior commanders the day before.
 Posted on: Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Rocket fire continues to target Israel despite reports of nearing ceasefire
Terrorists in the Gaza Strip continued to fire rockets into Israel after midnight Wednesday even as an Israeli official indicated that Jerusalem was nearing a ceasefire agreement with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group.
 Posted on: Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Bennett declares 'special situation' for communities within 80 km of Gaza
Newly appointed Defense Minister Naftali Bennett announced Tuesday a 'special situation' in the home front for communities within 80 kilometers (50 miles) of the Strip, which means special security measures would be put in place from the Gaza border communities, to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and as far north as Raanana.
 Posted on: Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Hamas Claims It Has ‘Thousands of Missiles,’ Miles of Underground Terror Tunnels
Top Hamas officials are claiming to have thousands of missiles pointed at Israel and miles of underground tunnels running into the Jewish state, offering these new disclosures amid a wave of renewed violence by the Palestinian terror group.
 Posted on: Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Gantz and Netanyahu may be closing in on deal for unity government: report
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and rival Benny Gantz may be closing in on a coalition deal that would allow the formation of a government and prevent Israel from heading to its third election in under a year, Channel 12 reported on Monday.
 Posted on: Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Assad: 'Israel has conquered our land'
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad claimed Israel has 'conquered' Syrian land.
 Posted on: Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Islamic Jihad says senior commander targeted in Damascus strike, son killed
Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Syria said Tuesday morning that a building bombed overnight in Damascus was the home of Akram al-Ajouri, a senior member of the terror group.
 Posted on: Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Some 150 rockets fired at Israel after IDF assassinates Gaza terror leader
The Israel Defense Forces on Tuesday ordered schools closed in southern and central Israel, including the Tel Aviv metropolitan area, as terror groups in the Gaza Strip began firing dozens of rockets at cities and towns throughout the country in retaliation for the assassination of Palestinian Islamic Jihad senior commander Baha Abu al-Ata.
 Posted on: Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Netanyahu: Gaza Operation will take time; We will hit anyone who hits us
Israel will target anyone who tries to attack the State of Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened Tuesday, hours after the IDF assassinated a top Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu al-Ata in the Gaza Strip and as dozens of rockets were being fired across the country.
 Posted on: Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Israel kills powerful Islamic Jihad commander Abu al-Ata in targeted Gaza strike
The Israel Defense Forces killed a senior commander of the Islamic Jihad terror group responsible for the firing dozens of rockets out of the Gaza Strip, authorities said early Tuesday, in an attack that could send the sides sliding back toward war.
 Posted on: Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Netanyahu appoints Bennett as defense minister; Likud, New Right to unite
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday offered New Right party leader Naftali Bennett the position of defense minister in a move widely seen as a bid to prevent Bennett joining a Blue and White-led government.
 Posted on: Monday, November 11, 2019

IDF to hold nation-wide drill with new, more specific siren system
The IDF will hold a nation-wide drill with the recently introduced, more specific siren system for the first time on November 26-28 from 9:05 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. each day.
 Posted on: Monday, November 11, 2019

Blue and White, Yisrael Beiteinu Parties Reach Preliminary Deal in Israeli Coalition Talks
The centrist Blue and White and secular-nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu parties have reached preliminary agreements on several issues in ongoing coalition talks, amid Israel’s ongoing political stalemate.
 Posted on: Friday, November 8, 2019

Israel's Shin Bet security agency foiled more than 450 terror attacks in the past year, chief says
The head of Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency said Thursday that his organization has foiled more than 450 terror attacks in the past year, according to The Times of Israel.
 Posted on: Friday, November 8, 2019

Netanyahu: Europe ‘must stop stalling,’ confront Iran over its nuclear program
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu charged Thursday that Iran 'continues to lie' about its nuclear program and called on Europe to 'stop stalling' and confront the Islamic Republic, as the UN atomic agency reportedly discussed a site in Tehran alleged by Israel to be a secret atomic warehouse.
 Posted on: Friday, November 8, 2019

Israeli Watchdog Group Says Billions in Aid Donated to Palestinians is Missing, Given to Terrorists
The Israeli research group Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reports that nearly $2 billion in international aid that has been donated to the Palestinian Authority is missing or misused.
 Posted on: Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Blue and White and Likud negotiators meet, say ‘big gaps remain’
The latest negotiations between the Blue and White and Likud parties have failed to lead to a breakthrough that would allow for the formation of a coalition government, the two sides announced in a joint statement on Wednesday evening after further talks.
 Posted on: Wednesday, November 6, 2019

'We Fear Significant Civilian Costs': US Lawmakers Call on UN to Confront Hezbollah's Threats Against Israel
Democrat and Republican lawmakers are joining together to call attention to the deadly threat of Hezbollah on Israel's doorstep in the north.
 Posted on: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
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Despite such pledges, however, U.S. diplomats were unable to persuade coalition allies to repatriate about 2,000 IS fighters who left their homes to join the self-declared caliphate. [ Source: VOA News (Read More...) ]https://www.voanews.com/usa/us-allies-split-over-fate-foreign-fighters



Iran begins to clear path to nuclear weapon
 Thursday, November 14, 2019 | Tag Cloud Tags: Iran, Islam, Jordan, News, nuclear, Pompeo, Trump, War, Worthy News

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by Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) - Iran has taken unprecedented steps toward acquiring a nuclear weapon in the last few weeks.

Last week the Islamic Republic announced that it would begin operating 60 of the advanced centrifuges necessary to separating out uranium isotopes for a nuclear weapon, while a few days before it denied entry to UN inspectors who have been allowed to investigate Iranian facilities since 2015.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the strides toward nuclear capabilities a "breakout" effort by Iran to obtain a weapon as soon as possible, a claim that seems to have been independently confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Association's discovery of uranium particles at an undeclared site Iran once claimed was a carpet factory.

US special envoy for Iran Brian Hook took the same tack with the Islamic Republic that the Trump administration has chosen since abandoning the JCPOA in May 2018, sanctioning 700 more entities and individuals associated with Iran after the announcement.
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White House eyes middle-class tax cut proposal ahead of 2020 elections
 Tuesday, November 12, 2019 | Tag Cloud Tags: Congress, deficit, Economy, News, tax, Trump, Washington, White House, Worthy News
(Worthy News) - As the economy cools less than a year ahead of President Donald Trump's re-election bid, White House advisers are narrowing in on a tax cut proposal that could shore up support from the middle class.

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that a 15% tax rate for middle earners could be included in such a proposal, according to unnamed sources involved in the deliberations. Asked to confirm that report, a White House spokesperson told Business Insider the administration is "studying numerous proposals that will benefit the middle class."

Another round of tax cuts would face an uncertain path in Congress but could serve as a key campaign message for the president. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in 2017 was met with sharp backlash because it heavily benefited corporations and was expected to add trillions to the federal deficit. [ Source: Business Insider (Read More...) ]
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https://www.eff.org/press/releases/federal-court-rules-suspicionless-searches-travelers-phones-and-laptops
Federal Court Rules Suspicionless Searches of Travelers’ Phones and Laptops Unconstitutional
Government Must Have Reasonable Suspicion of Digital Contraband Before Searching People’s Electronic Devices at the U.S. Border
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BOSTON—In a major victory for privacy rights at the border, a federal court in Boston ruled today that suspicionless searches of travelers’ electronic devices by federal agents at airports and other U.S. ports of entry are unconstitutional.

The ruling came in a lawsuit, Alasaad v. McAleenan, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and ACLU of Massachusetts, on behalf of 11 travelers whose smartphones and laptops were searched without individualized suspicion at U.S. ports of entry.

“This ruling significantly advances Fourth Amendment protections for millions of international travelers who enter the United States every year,” said Esha Bhandari, staff attorney with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. “By putting an end to the government’s ability to conduct suspicionless fishing expeditions, the court reaffirms that the border is not a lawless place and that we don’t lose our privacy rights when we travel.”

“This is a great day for travelers who now can cross the international border without fear that the government will, in the absence of any suspicion, ransack the extraordinarily sensitive information we all carry in our electronic devices," said Sophia Cope, EFF Senior Staff Attorney.

The district court order puts an end to Customs and Border Control (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) asserted authority to search and seize travelers’ devices for purposes far afield from the enforcement of immigration and customs laws. Border officers must now demonstrate individualized suspicion of illegal contraband before they can search a traveler’s device.

The number of electronic device searches at U.S. ports of entry has increased significantly. Last year, CBP conducted more than 33,000 searches, almost four times the number from just three years prior.

International travelers returning to the United States have reported numerous cases of abusive searches in recent months. While searching through the phone of Zainab Merchant, a plaintiff in the Alasaad case, a border agent knowingly rifled through privileged attorney-client communications. An immigration officer at Boston Logan Airport reportedly searched an incoming Harvard freshman’s cell phone and laptop, reprimanded the student for friends’ social media postings expressing views critical of the U.S. government, and denied the student entry into the country following the search.

For the order:
https://www.eff.org/document/alasaad-v-nielsen-summary-judgment-order

For more on this case:
https://www.eff.org/cases/alasaad-v-duke

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UN: Al-Shabab Remains 'Potent Threat' in Somalia and Region
 Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | Tag Cloud Tags: Kenya, News, PLO, Security, Worthy News

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(Worthy News) - Al-Shabab extremists in Somalia remain "a potent threat" to regional peace and are now manufacturing home-made explosives, expanding their revenue sources and infiltrating government institutions, U.N. experts say.

The panel of experts' report to the Security Council, circulated Tuesday, said a significant escalation of U.S. airstrikes targeting al-Shabab militants and leaders has kept the al-Qaida-linked group "off-balance" but has had "little effect on its ability to launch regular asymmetric attacks throughout Somalia."

The report said al-Shabab's assault on Jan. 15 on a commercial business complex in Nairobi, Kenya, containing the DusitD2 Hotel "illustrates the danger the group continues to pose to regional peace and security." That attack killed 21 people as well as four gunmen. [ Source: VOA News (Read More...) ]
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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7644165/Mother-murdered-sons-evil-birth-stopped.html
Chilling childhood of incest parents is revealed: Brother and sister jailed for murdering two of their own children started having sex at 16, binged on horror films and killed mice for fun, their sibling reveals
Sarah Barrass and Brandon Machin had 6 children during 20 year relationship 
They were separated after he ended up in care and began having sex aged 16   
Couple claimed Machin was an attentive uncle helping her as a single mother
Their mother, who cannot be named, has been targeted by trolls during the trial 
Their younger brother Martyn says they were 'evil from birth' and killed pet mice  
Traumatised surviving child fears they would become a killer too, court was told
By MARTIN ROBINSON, CHIEF REPORTER FOR MAILONLINE
 
PUBLISHED: 10:33, 13 November 2019 | UPDATED: 12:40, 13 November 2019
The wretched and incestuous half-siblings who murdered two of their own children and tried to kill four more enjoyed stamping pets to death and began having sex as teenagers after he was taken from their mother into care, it was revealed today. 
Sarah Barrass, 35, and Brandon Machin, 39, were jailed for 35 years yesterday for strangling their son Tristan, 13, in front of 14-year-old Blake before killing him as social services edged toward rescuing them from their chaotic and troubled home life in Sheffield.
After the 12-minute murder spree they attempted to drown a third child in the bath and planned to kill the other three using drugs overdoses, two of whom were under three years of age, but Barrass then called the police. 
The horrific case raises major questions about who knew the truth about their relationship and how they kept an illegal sexual relationship secret despite being on the radar of social services since the 1990s. 
Today the couple's younger brother Martyn - who shares the same mother - said they were 'evil from birth' and would love stamping on pet mice together as children and bingeing on gory horror films such as Nightmare on Elm Street.
 
Martyn, who spoke to social services 10 years before the boys' murder, said: 'Those two have been evil since birth. They are both as bad as each other, they are both murdering, evil psychopaths'.
 
He added: 'They loved killing things and inflicting pain. We had mice. I walked in and Brandon and Sarah were laughing, chasing the mice – stamping on them, killing them. I tried to push them away but they were too strong'. 
 
Sarah Barrass and her half-brother Brandon Machin (pictured) have been jailed for life for murdering two of their sons and trying to kill four of their other children +17
Sarah Barrass and her half-brother Brandon Machin have been jailed for life for murdering two of their sons and trying to kill four of their other children
The mother of two incestuous  half-siblings who killed two of her grandchildren has been trolled on social media throughout the trial and after they were found guilty of murder yesterday +17
 
Tristan and his brother Blake (pictured) were murdered by their mother and their father, Brandon Machin, who was their mother's half-brother +17
Tristan (left) and his brother Blake (right) were murdered by their mother and her half-brother Brandon Machin - after Blake was made to watch




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Chile Enters 26th Day of Protest with Strike, Huge Marches
 Wednesday, November 13, 2019
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November 12, 2019 11:42 PM
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Chile Enters 26th Day of Protest with Strike, Huge Marches
By Associated Press
November 12, 2019 11:42 PM
An injured anti-government demonstrator is carried to safety during clashes with the Chilean police in Santiago, Chile, Nov. 12, 2019.
An injured anti-government demonstrator is carried to safety during clashes with the Chilean police in Santiago, Chile, Nov. 12, 2019.
SANTIAGO, CHILE - Protests against social inequality continued for a 26th day with huge demonstrations across Chile and a national strike that brought much of the country to a standstill Tuesday, while the value of the national currency fell to a record low.

Thousands of people marched peacefully in Santiago, congregating in the central meeting place of Plaza Italia waving the flags of Chile and the Mapuche indigenous group, with whistles and music rising in the air. After nightfall, the demonstrators lighted up the gathering with cellphone screens and green laser light.

Anti-government demonstrators shine laser pointers at the police during a protest in Santiago, Chile, Nov. 12, 2019.
Anti-government demonstrators shine laser pointers at the police during a protest in Santiago, Chile, Nov. 12, 2019.
But groups of hooded protesters in the capital also fought with police, who responded with water cannons and tear gas. A church in the Lastarria tourist district was ransacked and set on fire Tuesday night, and there were reports of looting at restaurants and shops.

The strike drew widespread participation across the country, generating a holiday atmosphere in many cities. Classes were canceled and some government offices scaled back their services. Some shop and restaurants also were looted.

The coastal city of Valparaiso ground to a halt, with government offices and public and private transport shut down. Protesters threw rocks at some shops in the morning, prompting many to remain closed, while hooded agitators erected barricades and looted. People hurled rocks at the Hotel O'Higgins, an iconic building in Vina del Mar, and ransacked one of the main grocery stores.

Large demonstrations also occurred to the south, in Concepcion, where a government building was evacuated after a fire broke out. In Antofagasta, in the north, barricades impeded traffic, while in Punta Arenas, in the Patagonia region, hundreds of people took to the streets to express their anger.

Silvia Silva, a demonstrator in Santiago, called the strike "historic" and one that "will mark a before and after in our country" as Chileans continue to push for a new constitution drawn up with the direct input of citizens.

"No more abuse. Today we are saying enough, in the most peaceful way possible, to politicians and to those who are in charge of drafting laws in our country," said Luis Casas, who was at her side.

Karla Rubilar, the government spokeswoman, said, "A strike is not the road forward."

Chile is one of the wealthiest countries in Latin America, but it is also one of the most unequal, with a swath of basic services privatized.
Chilean police clash with anti-government demonstrators in Santiago, Chile, Nov. 12, 2019.
A student protest over rising subway fares Oct. 18 has grown into a broad movement demanding reforms to education, health care and pensions. It has been a mostly peaceful movement, though there have been violent clashes between demonstrators and police. Twenty people have been killed and the National Institute of Human Rights in Chile has documented more than 2,000 injuries.

The government of President Sebastian Pinera has responded with a package of social improvements, and on Sunday announced a plan to overhaul the constitution that was enacted during the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. But Pinera's proposals have not appeased protesters, who demand a bigger role in reformulating the country's legal principles.  

The demonstrations have had an economic cost, too. The National Chamber of Commerce Services and Tourism of Chile estimates up to 100,000 jobs could be lost.

On Tuesday, the Chilean currency continued its downward slide, hitting a record 800 pesos per U.S. dollar. Prior to the demonstrations, it had hovered around 700 to 720 pesos. It closed Tuesday at 781 pesos.

Treasury Minister Ignacio Briones said  the depreciation "is a sign of the instability that we are experiencing."
(Worthy News) - Protests against social inequality continued for a 26th day with huge demonstrations across Chile and a national strike that brought much of the country to a standstill Tuesday, while the value of the national currency fell to a record low.

Thousands of people marched peacefully in Santiago, congregating in the central meeting place of Plaza Italia waving the flags of Chile and the Mapuche indigenous group, with whistles and music rising in the air. After nightfall, the demonstrators lighted up the gathering with cellphone screens and green laser light.

But groups of hooded protesters in the capital also fought with police, who responded with water cannons and tear gas. A church in the Lastarria tourist district was ransacked and set on fire Tuesday night, and there were reports of looting at restaurants and shops. [ Source: VOA New#
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