Trump presses U.S. companies to close China operations

By David Shepardson and Andrea Shalal

WASHINGTON, Aug 23 (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Friday he was ordering U.S. companies to look at ways to close their operations in China and make more of their products in the United States instead, a rhetorical strike at Beijing as trade tensions mounted.

Trump cannot legally compel U.S. companies to abandon China immediately and he gave no detail on how he might proceed with any such order, although he said he would be offering a response later on Friday to tariffs on American products announced by China earlier in the day.

The U.S. dollar rose sharply against the Chinese yuan, U.S. stock markets fell and oil prices dropped on Trump’s latest salvo against China. “Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies HOME and making your products in the USA,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “We don’t need China and, frankly, would be far better off without them.”

Experts said tax policy changes and sanctions could be used to restrict or reduce U.S. business activity in China, but it would take years to disentangle the world’s two largest economies. The consequences of a complete break to the world economy would be severe, they said….

RBG scare: David Axelrod warns Supreme Court vacancy fight could ‘tear this country apart’

That didn’t take long.

A former Obama adviser set the stage for a potentially nasty confirmation fight in the Senate next year within an hour of the Supreme Court announcing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently completed three weeks of radiation treatment after doctors found a localized cancerous tumor on her pancreas.

“If there is a SCOTUS vacancy next year and @senatemajldr carries through on his extraordinary promise to fill it-despite his own previous precedent in blocking Garland-it will tear this country apart,” David Axelrod said in a tweet Friday afternoon…

The Yuan Is Crashing

According to CNBC, Trump is currently meeting with his trade aides…


… to decide what additional measures and tariffs to declare against China, and if there is one currency that Trump’s economic team is currently keeping an eye on it is China’s yuan.

What said team is seeing is nothing short of carnage, because – somewhat paradoxically – even as the Bloomberg dollar index is plunging ever since Trump unleashed his tirade targeting China for daring to retaliate to US tariffs, the offshore yuan is plunging even more, tumbling below 7.13 – a new 11.5 year low – in what the White House can correctly interpret as official intervention to weaken the currency which should be rising against the greenback, yet is doing precisely the opposite.

Which brings us to the only possible question: when will the US intervene in the FX market, and how much offshore Yuan will the US Treasury buy. As a reminder, the US could deploy up to $146 billion in yuan purchasing power if intervention was launched, the combination of the Treasury’s Exchange Stabilization Fund and the central bank’s firepower.

“If an intervention does go ahead, I think the US would probably target specific currencies such as the renminbi, rather than attempt to achieve broad-based dollar weakness,” said Stephen Oh, global head of credit and fixed income at PineBridge Capital, which manages $97bn of assets.

The only question then is how will China respond. And luckily, we wrote an article on precisely that last night, and noted that top Chinese bankers in London warned that the “drama” that would follow any US attempt to weaken the dollar by intervening in renminbi markets — a move that would be seen by Beijing as a “political act.” A hostile “political act.”…

Grand Jury Subpoenas Issued For Up To 20 Officers At NYC Prison Where Epstein Died

Up to twenty employees at the Manhattan Metropolitan Correctional Facility (MMC) where Jeffrey Epstein died have been subpoenaed in connection with the wealthy pedophile’s unbelievable suicide.

Federal investigators obtained the grand jury subpoenaes while trying to understand what exactly happened leading up to Epstein’s suicide in what CNN reports to be “a new and significant phase in what appears to be a criminal investigation into the workers responsible for Epstein’s detention.”

Epstein was found hanged in his cell in the early morning hours nearly two weeks ago. The multimillionaire financier was awaiting trial on charges that he’d run a sex trafficking ring involving underage girls.

The suicide of one of highest-profile federal inmates was said to have deeply angered top officials at the Justice Department, and investigators with the FBI and the Justice Department’s Inspector General’s Office have been probing the circumstances that led up to it. –CNN

On Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr said that several witnesses “were not cooperative,” and had “required having union representatives and lawyers before we could schedule interviews.” Barr has ordered the FBI and the Justice Department’s inspector general to probe Epstein’s August 10 suicide. Also under review is a prior attempt from July 23 in which Epstein reportedly told his lawyers that then-cellmate Nicholas Tartaglione “roughed him up.” 

Tartaglione has denied hurting Epstein, and recently asked a judge to transfer him out of MCC and into another prison after reportedly receiving death threats from guards – including that there would be a “price to pay” if he talks about Epstein’s death. 

Investigators are reportedly focusing on two guards tasked with watching Epstein, who have both been placed on leave in the wake of Epstein’s death. The official story is that they fell asleep on the job. There are also reports that the guards falsified records to show they had checked on Epstein every 30 minutes as required – which, …

Beijing Enraged After US Navy Ship Sails Through Taiwan Strait

With the 70th anniversary of the founding of the CPC looming, and Beijing staking out a more aggressive trade stance Friday morning by threatening retaliatory tariffs, the US picked the best – or worst – time to provoke Beijing, when a Navy ship sailed through the Taiwan Strait in the Navy’s latest “freedom of navigation” operation, or ‘freeop’ on Friday.

As CNA points out, Washington has actually increased its antagonistic operations in the Taiwan Strait as tensions with Beijing have soared this year, and Friday’s mission risks stoking tensions even further, as Beijing has warned international powers not to interfere in its relationship with Taiwan, or risk provoking Beijing’s wrath.

Yet interfering is precisely what the US has done, and earlier this month, Beijing denounced the sale of $2.2 billion in weapons to Taiwan by the US. Beijing has been ramping up pressure to assert its sovereignty over the island, which it considers a wayward province.

Commander Reann Mommsen, a spokeswoman for the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet, said the operation in the 111-mile wide waterway separating Taiwan from China “demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

Mommsen identified the ship as the Green Bay, an amphibious transport dock ship, hinting at a possible marine transport to the controversial island. Typically, these missions are carried out using destroyer-class ships.

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said in a statement that the island’s military had a full grasp of the situation in the Strait and closely monitored it.Washington has no formal ties with Taiwan, but the US is bound by law to help defend the island nation should it be attacked. The US is also its primary source of arms.

Bolsonaro Admits Farmers May Have Started Amazon Wildfires, Warns World Not To Interfere

As the outcry over the wildfires currently tearing through the Amazon intensifies, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro admitted on Thursday that farmers might be illegally setting fires to clear land for pasture, after previously blaming NGOs for the the 85% spike in wildfires, compared to 2018 Reuters reports.

But he warned outsiders not to interfere, as French President Emmanuel Macron insisted that the situation in Brazil should be discussed by the G-7 in Biarritz this weekend, while UN Secretary General Antonio Gutterres expressed concern about the fires via Twitter. Macron called the fires “an international crisis” in a tweet….

US will ‘aggressively enforce’ sanctions on Iranian tanker

The United States will aggressively enforce its sanctions to prevent the private sector from assisting an Iranian oil tanker that is traveling through the Mediterranean and that Washington wants seized, a State Department official said on Thursday, according to Reuters.   “The shipping sector is on notice that we will aggressively enforce US sanctions,” the official told the news agency.   Earlier this week, the Adrian Darya, formerly the Grace 1, left Gibraltar which detained it last month on the grounds that it was violating the sanctions against Syria.   Ship tracking data has shown the ship last heading toward Greece, although Greece’s prime minister said it was not heading to his country.   The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that the United States would act against anyone who directly or indirectly helped the tanker.   “All parties in the shipping sector should conduct appropriate due diligence to ensure that they are not doing business with nor facilitating business for, directly or indirectly, sanctioned parties or with sanctioned cargo,” the official warned.   The ship was released from detention off Gibraltar after a five-week standoff over whether it was carrying Iranian oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions.   Soon after the detention order was lifted, a US federal court ordered the seizure of the vessel on different grounds, but that petition was rejected by Gibraltar.   Earlier this week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned that the United States will take every action it can to prevent an Iranian tanker from delivering oil to Syria in contravention of US sanctions.   “We have made clear that anyone who touches it, anyone who supports it, anyone who allows a ship to dock is at risk of receiving sanctions from the United States,” Pompeo told reporters.   “If that ship again heads to Syria we will take every action we can consistent with those sanctions to prevent that,” he stressed.

Macron: France Has ‘Particular Responsibility’ In Reshaping Global Order

Macron’s masterplan for Trump, the universe and everything
By RYM MOMTAZ Another G7 summit blown apart by Donald Trump? Not on Emmanuel Macron’s watch. Last year’s gathering of G7 leaders ended in chaos after Trump abruptly announced via Twitter that he would not support the just-agreed summit communiqué, apparently out of anger over comments made by the host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The French president is determined not to let his American counterpart steal the show this year in the beach town of Biarritz in southwest France, so he has come up with a cunning plan: There will be no communiqué. But that doesn’t mean Macron lacks ambition when it comes to the summit, which will run from Saturday to Monday. As Macron expounded in a two-and-a-half-hour briefing for reporters on Wednesday night, he views the gathering as a key moment in his drive to save what he sees as an endangered multilateral liberal world order. He will have his work cut out, and not just when it comes to trying to keep Trump and the other leaders even vaguely on the same page. The summit takes place at a time of multiple crises around the world. Trump is engaged in feuds on multiple fronts — from a trade war with China to a bizarre battle with Denmark over the idea of buying Greenland. New U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is immersed in battles at home and abroad over Brexit. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will likely attend the summit after his government collapsed. Angela Merkel is facing a weakening German economy. And that’s without even getting into the deep international disagreements over issues as diverse as Iran and climate change. In his marathon briefing, Macron declared that France has a “particular responsibility” in a pivotal reshaping of the global liberal order. Otherwise, “Europe is at risk of fading … and losing its sovereignty,” or worse — “becoming vassals.” Here are some of the key points in Macron’s strategy for handling the G7. Macron, who is having a working lunch with Johnson in Paris on Thursday, didn’t mince his words on the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. “A hard Brexit … will be the responsibility of the British government,” he said. “It was the British people who decided on Brexit, and the British government has the possibility up to the last second to revoke Article 50,” Macron continued. He said a renegotiation of the Brexit deal to remove the Irish border backstop provision, as suggested this week by Johnson, “is not an option … because what Johnson suggests in the letter he sent … is to choose between the integrity of the European market and the respect of the Good Friday Agreement. We wouldn’t choose between these two.” And as for the much-vaunted trade deal the U.K. would make with the U.S., Macron argued it will not compensate for the cost of Brexit, and would come at “the cost of a historic vassalization.”

IDF On High Alert Preparing For Escalation, Teen Girl Killed From Terrorist Bombing In West Bank

IDF on high alert ahead of Gaza protests, preparing for possible escalation The Israeli army was on high alert along the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel Friday ahead of weekly border rallies, amid concern of a potential escalation after days of rising violence in the region. There were conflicting reports as to the intentions of the Hamas terror group, which rules the territory, ahead of the afternoon demonstrations. Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar reported that Israel was conditioning the entry of new Qatari cash into the Strip on Hamas maintaining the peace until after the Israeli elections on September 17. But it said Hamas intended to raise tensions at the protests, with sources in the organization saying events would be more violent than in recent weeks, and that Hamas was considering renewing widespread sabotage attacks on the security fence, launching of arson balloons and nighttime rioting.
Recent days have seen an uptick in violence on the frontier. Rockets were fired at Israel from the enclave late Wednesday and early Thursday, prompting Israeli reprisal attacks. The IDF on Thursday blamed the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad for the recent increase in violence from Gaza and called for Hamas to rein in the terror group. “We do not plan to accept terror attacks and rocket fire against our citizens,” the IDF’s Arabic-language spokesperson Avichay Adraee tweeted. Teen girl killed as Israeli family hit by bomb at West Bank spring A teenage girl was killed and her father and brother were seriously injured in a terrorist bombing at a natural spring outside the central West Bank settlement of Dolev on Friday morning, Israeli officials said. Rina Shnerb, 17, of Lod, was critically wounded in the attack and received treatment at the scene from civilian and military medics before being pronounced dead of her injuries. Her father Eitan, a rabbi in Lod, and brother Dvir, 19, were taken by military helicopter to a Jerusalem hospital in serious condition, the Magen David Adom ambulance service said. Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson Ronen Manelis said the army considered the blast to be a “serious terror attack.” The army said an improvised explosive device was used in the attack, but it was not immediately clear if the bomb was thrown at the family or if it had been planted earlier and was triggered when the family approached it. Security services were reportedly tracking a car that fled the scene shortly after the explosion. “IDF soldiers are searching the area,” the military said in a statement. Manelis said the IDF did not yet know the identities of the culprits or if they belonged to an established terror group or were acting alone. Troops were working to find the terrorists behind the attack as quickly as possible, under the general understanding that the more time they have to flee, the more difficult the search effort becomes. The explosion occurred at the Bubin spring — a popular hiking spot — approximately 10 kilometers east of the city of Modiin. “Our surroundings are full of natural springs and hiking to them is an inseparable part of residents’ lives,” Yael, a resident of Dolev, told Channel 12 news. “There is a difficult feeling.” She said a bomb attack was “a severe escalation” the likes of which the community had not encountered “in over 20 years.”

Protests And Violence At Gaza Border

Thousands of Gazans protest on border as Israel braces for escalated violenceThousands of Palestinians protested Friday along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, with some rioters taking part in violent clashes with Israeli troops.Some 8,500 Palestinians took part in the border protests, one of the highest turnouts in recent months. A number of the protesters threw explosives, grenades and Molotov cocktails at Israeli troops. The army responded with tear gas and occasional live fire. The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza said 122 Palestinians were wounded in the clashes, 50 of them from Israeli fire. The IDF photographed Palestinians holding up a banner with a swastika on it. Photographed today by a soldier stationed on the border fence with Gaza. Her relatives were murdered in the Holocaust by Nazis. Like them, she knows what the swastika means.  But today, she saw that symbol while wearing the uniform of one of the world’s strongest militaries. — Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) August 23, 2019 Also Friday, the Fire and Rescue services said an incendiary balloon launched from Gaza sparked a small brush fire in the Eshkol Regional Council. Firefighters were working to extinguish the blaze. Yahya Sinwar, the Hamas terror group’s leader in Gaza, visited one of the protest site’s along the border.Going into this week’s border rallies, the Israeli army was on high alert amid concern of a potential escalation after days of rising violence in the region. There were conflicting reports as to the intentions of Hamas, which rules the territory, ahead of the afternoon demonstrations. Recent days have seen an uptick in violence on the frontier. Rockets were fired at Israel from the enclave late Wednesday and early Thursday, prompting Israeli reprisal attacks. The IDF on Thursday blamed the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad for the recent increase in violence from Gaza and called for Hamas to rein in the terror group. “We do not plan to accept terror attacks and rocket fire against our citizens,” the IDF’s Arabic-language spokesperson Avichay Adraee tweeted.

US tests cruise missile BANNED by expired INF treaty

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After Leaving Treaty, U.S. Tests Ground Launched Cruise Missile

The unnamed cruise missile was developed in response to Russia’s fielding of similar ground launched missiles.


By Kyle Mizokami Aug 20, 2019

DOD Conducts Ground-launched Cruise Missile Test

Scott Howe/Department of Defense

The U.S. has tested a new ground launched cruise missile just weeks after a treaty banning them expired. The new missile, previously banned under the Intermediate Range Forces Treaty (INF), was launched yesterday, August 18th, 2019, off the coast of California. The U.S. walked away from the INF Treaty after repeatedly accusing Russia of violating the treaty.

The missile test took place on August 18th, 2019, on San Nicolas Island. Part of California’s Channel Islands, San Nicolas is a military reservation and part of Naval Base Ventura County. According to the Department of Defense, “The test missile exited its ground mobile launcher and accurately impacted its target after more than 500 kilometers of flight. Data collected and lessons learned from this test will inform the Department of Defense’s development of future intermediate-range capabilities.”

The missile looks like a Tomahawk cruise missile, a bullet-shaped, stubby-winged, low flying missile first used in the 1991 Gulf War. The Tomahawk was adapted into land, air, and sea-launched versions, for use against land targets and ships. A land-based version, the BGM-109G Gryphon, was stationed in Europe in the 1980s until the ratification of the Intermediate Range Forces Treaty in 1987.


Gryphon land-based cruise missile launcher. The Gryphon launch trailer and missiles were destroyed according to the terms of the 1987 INF Treaty. Wikimedia Commons

The INF Treaty, negotiated between the U.S. and Soviet Union in the late 1980s, was designed to remove intermediate range nuclear weapons from the arsenals of both countries. The INF treaty required both countries to destroy ground-launched missiles with ranges of 500 kilometers (310 miles) to 5,500 kilometers (3,417) miles. Thousands of missiles were scrapped on both sides and for the first time, an entire class of nuclear delivery systems was banned.

Russian Defence Ministry gives briefing on 9M729 missile

The 9M729 cruise missile. Sergei BobylevGetty Images

In December 2018, the U.S. formally accused Russia of fielding a new ground launched cruise missile, known as 9M729 or “Iskander M” in Russia, and the U.S. intelligence community and NATO as SSC-8, or “Screwdriver.” In January, Moscow held an event designed to convince skeptics 9M729 was within treaty limits, but the U.S. and NATO were not convinced.

The missile is likely a land-based version of Tomahawk Land Attack Cruise Missile, or TLAM, Block IV E. Block IV E is designed to launch from a Mark 41 vertical launch system silo on a warship. The cruise missile is powered by a turbofan engine, the same type of engine that powers civilian airliners and military aircraft, only scaled down to fit in a missile with a 21-inch diameter. A fuel efficient engine, subsonic flight profile, and internal fuel supply gives Block IV E a range of 900 nautical miles, or 1,000 miles.

The Tomahawk’s basic design is 40 years old, but the Pentagon has made periodic updates to the guidance system and electronics. Today’s Tomahawk is guided by GPS and has the ability to store coordinates for several targets in its electronic brain. If friendly strikes destroy its primary target, it can take a picture of the damage done and loiter nearby until planners decide to re-attack the target or send the missile to attack an alternate. The missile also features a 1,000 pound blast fragmentation warhead.

The U.s. has committed to fielding two new missiles that were banned by the INF Treaty, a new cruise missile and a new intermediate range ballistic missile. Contrary to name the INF Treaty didn’t ban nuclear warheads, just the missiles that delivered them to targets. but the U.S. has also said the new missiles will not carry nuclear warheads—for now anyway.


A sailor performs maintenance on a bank of several Mark 41 vertical launch system silos on the guided missile destroyer USS Kidd. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob Milham

This past weekend’s missile test, according to Defense News, was launched from a land-based Mark 41 launcher. The U.S. has dozens of Mark 41 launchers in Romania and Poland as part of a regional ballistic missile defense system, one designed to protect Europe from missile attack. Russia has claimed that the Mark 41 launchers themselves were INF Treaty violations, as they could carry TLAMs instead of ballistic missile interceptors. U.S. missile experts have responded in the past claiming the launchers deployed in Europe were a version incapable of launching cruise missiles.

The death of the INF Treaty is a boon for watchers of the Asia-Pacific region, where China has hundreds if not thousands of short-, medium-, and intermediate-range missiles with both conventional and nuclear warheads. China, not a signatory to the INF treaty, developed ballistic missiles as a cheaper alternative to tactical airpower, particularly long range bombers, and in a war experts believe China could shower U.S. bases in the region with missiles, shutting them down and rolling American military power back as far as Hawaii.

New cruise and intermediate-range missiles could threaten Chinese missiles, taking them out before they can launch against U.S. forces.

MUST FOLLOW THE NARRATIVE!!! – (ZOMBIE)Newsom signs a bill to limit police shootings, what a waste of time.

WARNING explicit language.

Gavin “bang your wife” Newsom just signed AB-392 into law. He says that this will, “limit police shootings.” This is such a waste of time. People are leaving California by the thousands because of the high prices and homeless feces but, instead he wants to tackle another non-issue. Can we please recall this clown?

Pocahontas backtracks her genetic heritage.

John Dunbar made no mistake in his identity with Native Americans in the movie Dances with Wolves (unlike Warren), but there is beauty to learn about the culture of the various indigenous tribes in America and is worthy of your time to study. Most people do NOT realize that the majority of Native Americans believe in the Great Mystery and the Great Spirit. It should be a no brainer to those who know the Two Powers in Heaven (Yahweh and Yeshua) resemble the Native American beliefs across the board. Even though they honor the spirits of nature, their lives and stories will always hold a place in my heart forever.

At least Warren finally admitted her confusion.

Rumors Of War: Muslim Cleric “Jihad Is Mandatory’ Against India

Muslim cleric says jihad is now “mandatory” against India over Jammu and Kashmir BY ROBERT SPENCER He doesn’t mean an interior spiritual struggle, either. All the schools of Islamic jurisprudence agree that when a non-Muslim force enters a Muslim land, defensive jihad becomes the individual obligation of every Muslim (fard ayn) rather than a collective obligation of the entire umma, and need not be declared by anyone. Bulghah al-Salik li-Aqrab al-Masalik fi madhhab al-Imam Malik (“The Sufficiency of the Traveller on the Best Path in the School of Imam Malik,”) says this: “Jihad in the Path of Allah, to raise the word of Allah, is fard kifayah [obligatory on the community] once a year, so that if some perform it, the obligation falls from the rest. It becomes fard ayn [obligatory on every Muslim individually], like salah and fasting, if the legitimate Muslim Imam declares it so, or if there is an attack by the enemy on an area of people.” A non-Muslim force has not entered Muslim land. All that happened was that the Indian government canceled Kashmir’s special status. But as far as Maulana Abdul Aziz is concerned, that is tantamount to an invasion of Muslim land, and so jihad violence is now mandatory. Looking at the recent history of Jammu and Kashmir, it is clear that many Muslims already thought jihad violence was mandatory there. But jihadis, like the Qur’an itself, have never shied away from repetition. A FIREBRAND cleric with links to Osama bin Laden has called on Islamic militants to wage war against Indian troops in Kashmir. Outspoken Maulana Abdul Aziz has declared that jihad is now “mandatory” in the hotly-disputed region. Speaking to The Times, the 59 year old branded Pakistan’s current strategy in Kashmir a total failure. He also demanded the country’s prime minister Imran Khan free Islamists held in Pakistani jails and “open the border for our fighters” to strike Indian forces. “Muslims in Kashmir are waiting for our help,” said Aziz, who was close to Bin Laden and al-Qaeda, as well as the founder of the Taliban Mullah Omar. “The current policy on Kashmir is weak. We have to respond to the Indian atrocities and the lockdown of the valley.” Under Azizi the Red Mosque in Islamabad became a haven for militants eventually sparking a bloody showdown with the Pakistani military in 2007. He is now thought to be close to the Inter-Services Intelligence, which is Pakistan’s powerful intelligence agency….

More Calls For The Destruction Of Israel

Ramallah following Tehran in seeking Israel’s destruction, Danon tell UNSC

BY TOVAH LAZAROFFThe Palestinian Authority is following Tehran in seeking to destroy the Jewish state, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon told the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday.

“As Tehran openly calls for Israel’s destruction, Ramallah uses other means to undermine the Jewish State’s right to exist,” Danon said.
He referred to a statement made by PLO Ambassador to the UN, Ibrahim Khraishi, to the UN in Geneva last week, when he revived the charge that “Zionism is racism.”

“This despicable language exposes the Palestinian Authority’s antisemitism, as it continues to incite hatred among its people against Jews and the Jewish State,” Danon said. “Both Tehran and Ramallah’s extremism are increasingly at odds with the growing sentiment among Arabs that Israel is, and will continue to be, a part of this region.” He warned that the PA was trying to prevent normalized ties between Israel and its Arab neighbors.

“Just two weeks ago, the Islamic Republic announced that they were increasing their financial backing of Hamas from $6 million dollars to $30 million dollars a month,” Danon said.
Tehran is “exporting” the Iranian revolution to Lebanon and Syria, by destabilizing both countries.
But “Tehran is succeeding in one key respect: Bringing Israel closer to its Arab neighbors,” Danon went on, noting that behind closed doors, Arab leaders admit that Iran is the main threat to the region.

“Our Arab neighbors understand that Israel is the leading force in the fight against radicalism and terrorism. And more and more Arab countries are forging new ties with Israel,” Danon said. “An unprecedented wave of normalization is sweeping the region, as Israel continues to develop and improve relations with our Arab neighbors.”

The foundation of that new relationship is the understanding that Israel has a right to sovereignty, he continued, painting the Palestinian leadership as one of the few regional governments that does not want to forge ties with Israel. 

Iran Sends Second Tanker Towards Syria In Violation Of U.S. Sanctions

New Iranian tanker headed to Syria in violation of US sanctions 
Iran’s regime is sending a second tanker in defiance of US sanctions to Syria’s regime, according to an eye-popping report on the website of on Tuesday.

“A tanker filled with Iranian oil is headed to Syria, in violation of American sanctions, Western intelligence sources tell Fox News,” wrote Fox News Middle East correspondent  Trey Yingst. The article reported that “The Bonita Queen loaded 600,000 barrels of crude oil on August 2 near the Iranian coast at Kharg Island.

Shortly after, the tanker was de-flagged by the country of St. Kitts and Nevis, fearing retaliatory U.S. sanctions.”

According to the report, “The vessel is now headed to Dubai, where it will refuel before beginning a months-long journey around the horn of Africa, through the Mediterranean and to the shores of Syria.”

The Fox News sources said that “ the ship plans to meet two Syrian owned oil tankers in the Mediterranean later this year and conduct a ship to ship transfer of the crude oil.”

The new attempt by the Islamic Republic of Iran to bust US sanctions on the Syrian regime comes on the heels of a court in the British territory of Gibraltor that rejected a request from the US not to release a seized  Iranian tanker.  

The British Royal Marines seized the Grace 1, now renamed Adrian Darya 1, last month because it was reportedly carrying its cargo of 2.1 million barrels of light crude oil to be delivered to Syria. The US had asked for the Grace 1 to be detained. After the British Royal Marines stopped the ship,  Iran retaliated by seizing a British ship. Tensions have been rising in the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman since May when the US threatened retaliation if Iran attacked the US or US allies. Since then six tankers have been sabotaged and the US has sought to secure the Straits of Hormuz against threats with the aid of the UK and Bahrain. There has been increasing rhetoric from Iran and threats by IRGC fast boats, that could lead to conflict. A US drone was downed in June and the US contemplated air strikes.

Tehran denied that The Grace 1 planned to transfer oil to Syria.

Fox News wrote that the new “transfer would be an additional violation of American sanctions since the U.S. Treasury Department already sanctioned the two Syrian tankers in March of this year. The tankers, named the Kader and the Jasmine, are both scheduled to meet the Bonita Queen to assist with the transfer.”

The Jerusalem Post reported, in June, that Germany’s federal intelligence said on Thursday in its new report on security threats that Iran’s regime worked to obtain equipment for its nuclear program that could be used for weapons of mass destruction.

Four Consecutive Airstrikes Against Iran-Backed Shi’ite Militia Bases: A New Front Line For Israel?

Are airstrikes on Shi’ite militias in Iraq new front?
Four airstrikes against Iranian-backed Shi’ite militia bases in Iraq in the last month represent a new front that appears to be developing against these groups, however they remain shrouded in mystery. On Tuesday, an explosion destroyed munition storage near Balad Air base in Iraq. Israel’s Channel 12 reported on the explosion. It is now clear that it could be a new front line, the report noted. The mysterious airstrikes have targeted storage of rockets and is aimed at groups backed by Iran.
The first strikes hit Camp Ashraf and Amerli and the third struck Camp Falcon near Baghdad. The first two areas were not far from the Iranian border. These are sensitive areas and are associated with areas that militias seek to store their weapons, many of them stockpiled during the war on ISIS. However, it is not clear how the strikes were carried out; some media and locals have reported drones and others suggested it could be the F-35. There has been complete silence in Israel regarding the air strikes, however, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was reportedly asked about them in Ukraine. Israel has warned in the past about Iranian entrenchment in Syria. Netanyahu said in July that the F-35 can reach Iran. Sumer News in Iraq has reported in Arabic that Netanyahu hinted Israel was behind the strikes. Al-Ain news reported that the base was linked to Ktaib Hezbollah, one of the militias in Iraq closely linked to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. In the recent alleged airstrikes the militias have been silent on blaming Israel, however, the US-led Coalition has said in the past they were not responsible. This comes in the context of US-Iran tensions in Iraq. In May and June there were several incidents of militias accused of firing rockets and mortars near US bases and near the US embassy.  In the recent alleged airstrikes the militias have been silent on blaming Israel, however, the US-led Coalition has said in the past they were not responsible. This comes in the context of US-Iran tensions in Iraq. In May and June there were several incidents of militias accused of firing rockets and mortars near US bases and near the US embassy. 

Kansas Attorney Files Vaccine Lawsuit After State Attempts To Vaccinate Son

A Kansas City lawyer and his wife have filed a lawsuit in Blue Valley, Kansas that calls out Kansas vaccine requirements as “unconstitutional and archaic.”

For Linus and Terri Baker, this is not the first lawsuit filed over the issue of vaccines. In 2017, the couple sued the Kansas Department of Children and Families for proclaiming that the department would vaccinate their now 4-year-old son against their wishes. The department eventually backed down from the order. But a federal judge dismissed the Baker’s suit. Now that their son is nearly school age, the couple intends to reopen litigation.

The Bakers are the boy’s grandparents, however, they are now legally the adoptive parents. The current vaccine lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court of Kansas, takes on the Blue Valley school district, Attorney General Derek Schmidt, Secretary for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Lee Norman, and Gov. Laura Kelly.

“We have this right of having bodily integrity,” said Linus Baker in an exclusive interview with the Kansas City Star. “You can’t pump someone’s stomach against their wishes. You can’t make someone take drugs. You can’t make a woman have an abortion. You can’t do a lot of things because of bodily integrity. So why is it we can force a child to be injected with vaccines 24 times? It’s the same principle.”

US Navy ‘ready’ for Venezuela mission, says a top commander

The US Navy is ready to “do what needs to be done” on Venezuela, a top commander said on Monday, as America ramps up pressure on the crisis-wracked country.

US Southern Command chief Admiral Craig Faller made the remarks in Rio de Janeiro as the United States kicked off its annual UNITAS maritime exercise involving nine Latin American countries as well as the UK, Portugal and Japan.

“I won’t speak to details of what we’re planning and what we’re doing, but we remain ready to implement policy decisions and we remain on the balls of our feet,” Faller told reporters.

He added: “The United States Navy is the most powerful navy in the world. If a policy decision is made to deploy the navy, I’m convinced that we’ll be able to do what needs to be done.”

His remarks came just weeks after President Donald Trump said he was considering a “blockade or quarantine” of the Latin American country.

Trump subsequently intensified sanctions on Venezuela this month, ordering a freeze on all government assets in the United States and barred transactions with its authorities.

Faller said US sanctions against Maduro’s socialist regime were working and that the Venezuelan leader was isolated.

“The US government focus continues to be to place focused and targeted pressure on an illegitimate regime to ensure there’s a transition to a legitimate, democratic government,” Faller said.

“Part of that focus is to ensure that the right humanitarian assistance is allowed to get to the people who need it,” he added.

The United States is one of more than 50 countries to have recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president.

Oil-rich but cash-poor Venezuela is suffering one of the worst economic crises in its history, with a quarter of its 30 million population in need of aid, according to the United Nations.

Millions have fled, mostly to neighboring countries including Brazil.

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet has criticized the latest US sanctions as “extremely broad” with the potential to exacerbate suffering among an already vulnerable population.

The two-week maritime operation off the coast of Brazil, involving more than 3,300 military personnel, “sends a message to Maduro and other partners that don’t share the same values,” Faller said.

“Naval exercises send a message to the world of what democracies that work together can do across a range of complex threats,” he said.

Asked how he thought Maduro would react to the exercises, Faller said: “I don’t know how Maduro looks at anything.” Last Update: Tuesday, 20 August 2019 KSA 07:06 – GMT 04:06

Chinese company to launch mass sale of cloned cats after recreating its first kitten

A Chinese company has announced it is planning a mass sale of cloned cats to the general public.

Sinogene, China’s first biotech company to create cloned pets, is planning to sell the cats for around £29,000.

It is planning to target bereaved pet owners who have lost their feline.

The announcement comes after a scientist from the company cloned their first kitten named Garlic, born a month ago at the company’s laboratory in Beijing.

Sinogene only revealed its existence this week after the animal got stronger.

The original cat, which supplied the cells for cloning, and Garlic are identical in appearance but have different temperaments, memories and personalities….

11 Reasons Why So Many Experts Believe That A US Economic Crisis Is Imminent

Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

The numbers are telling us that we have never been closer to the next recession than we are right now.  The storm clouds that were gathering on the horizon are now directly above us, and suddenly the mainstream media is filled with storiesabout when the next recession will begin and the effect that this may have on President Trump’s chances of winning in 2020.  In fact, there has been so much chatter about this that even President Trump is talking about itAll over television, experts are breathlessly speculating about when the coming recession will begin, and they are dispensing lots of advice about how people should be preparing for it.

So what evidence has led so many of these talking heads to come to such a conclusion?

Well, the following are 11 reasons why so many experts now believe that a U.S. economic crisis is imminent…

#1 Last week, the “spread between the U.S. 2-year and 10-year yields” turned negative for the very first time in 12 years.  An inversion of the yield curve has occurred prior to every single U.S. recession since the 1950s, and this is one of the most important economic signals that we have seen yet.

#2 U.S. consumer sentiment just fell to the lowest level that we have seen in all of 2019.

#3 74 percent of the economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics believe that a recession will begin in the United States by the end of 2021.

#4 U.S. industrial production just slipped back into contraction territory.

#5 The IHS Markit Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index just fell to the lowest level that we have seen since September 2009.

#6 Just like we witnessed in 2008, fear and volatility have returned to Wall Street in a major way.  In fact, so far this month we have already seen the 4th and 7th largest single day point declines in U.S. stock market history.

#7 The total number of bankruptcy filings in the United States has been steadily shooting up, and it rose another 5 percent during the month of July.

#8 Major U.S. retailers continue to shut down more stores, and we have continued to stay on a pace that would break the all-time record for store closings in a single year.

#9 As I discussed yesterday, on a year over year basis U.S. freight shipment volume has now fallen for 8 months in a row.

#10 According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the probability that a recession will happen within the next 12 months is now the highest that it has been since the last financial crisis.

#11 President Trump is suggesting that the Federal Reserve should cut interest rates by 100 basis points and that the Fed should restart quantitative easing as soon as possible.  Both of those moves would be considered to be “emergency measures” that should only happen if a major economic downturn was imminent.

In that list, I didn’t even mention our rapidly escalating trade war with China.  The two largest economies on the entire planet are engaged in an extremely bitter trade dispute, and that alone has the potential to plunge the entire global economy into a very deep downturn.

On the surface, the Trump administration is trying to assure us that everything is going to be just fine, but behind the scenes they appear to be preparing for the worst.  For example, we have just learned that the Trump administration is actually considering pushing for an emergency payroll tax cut

Several senior White House officials have begun discussing whether to push for a temporary payroll tax cut as a way to arrest an economic slowdown, three people familiar with the discussions said, revealing the growing concerns by President Donald Trump’s top economic aides.

The talks are still in their early stages, and the officials have not decided whether to formally push Congress to approve the cut, these people said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to disclose internal discussions. But the White House in recent days has begun searching for proposals that could halt a slowing economy.

If the U.S. economy really was “booming”, an emergency payroll tax cut wouldn’t make any sense at all.

But if we are on the verge of a very serious economic crisis, then such a move would make perfect sense.

Of course the U.S. is definitely not the only major economy that is facing serious troubles.  In fact, signs of economic trouble have been emerging all over the globe lately

The economies in Germany, Brazil, Italy, Mexico and a number of other countries are also showing vulnerabilities, experts say. The uncertainty is exacerbated by fears of the potential financial fallout that could happen if the United Kingdom leaves the European Union in October without first reaching a deal on the terms of its departure.

In particular, developments in Germany are quite troubling.  Their economy actually contracted last quarter, and the German government is “preparing to embrace new fiscal stimulus measures should its economy stumble into a deep recession”

Nearly two weeks after Der Spiegel sent its first trial balloon about the prospects that the German government might crank up its fiscal stimulus if Europe’s largest economy slides into recession (which, as we explained last week, is already on the cusp of doing),the trial balloons have crossed the Atlantic.

Bloomberg reported on Monday that the German government is preparing to embrace new fiscal stimulus measures should its economy stumble into a deep recession, “citing two people with direct knowledge of the matter.”

We haven’t seen talk like this in a very, very long time.  For many people, the extreme pain caused by the economic crisis of 2008 and 2009 has almost faded from memory, but the truth is that many experts believe that what is ahead is going to be even worse.

If everything was going to be just fine, President Trump would not be trying to get the Federal Reserve to make extremely deep interest rate cuts.  In life, what people do is far more important than what they say, and the moves that global leaders are making right now are telling us that huge trouble is coming.

So enjoy the relative stability that we are currently experiencing while you still can, because it looks like it won’t be lasting for too much longer.

REALLY!!! – Big Govt ‘Energy Nanny State’ Tells Americans: Set Thermostat To 82 Degrees When Sleeping

Via The Conservative Treehouse,

Fresh from the same Dept. of Energy and EPA that gave us: toilets that don’t flush; light bulbs that don’t light; dishwashers that don’t wash; plant-based fuel that burns like carrots; and paper straws that dissolve in liquid…

Now we get this:

[…] Energy Star, the federal program from the DOE and the Environmental Protection Agency, said the coolest you should keep your home is 78 degrees when you’re home.

When you’re at work or away, the program recommends setting it at 85 degrees. When you’re sleeping, Energy Star said to set the thermostat at 82 degrees. (link)

Setting the thermostat at 82° at night is well recognized grounds for divorce. I swear these administrative state progressives are going to have us force-fed sustainable algae cakes if this keeps up.

Some journalist-type person published these new cooling standards on twitter, and the responses are quite funny.

“I see we’ve decided to give up on sleeping. Or going home for that matter. Or having pets that aren’t native to the rain forest.” (link)

“I’ve already embraced a dying Earth, so I keep my central air between 67-72 at all times.” (link)

“I’d be laying there making a giant sweat angel in my bed” (link)

“New report shows these as the recommended temps for smelling like an onion.” (link)

“I have no idea how my ancestors survived deserts. If the thermostat in my house showed a number that started with an 8 I would call the police” (link)

But seriously… given the track record for current energy efficient standards and how they end up being actually applied to life (toilets, dishwashers, lightbulbs etc.) it’s darned frightening to think the Feds believe 78° (when home), 85° (when away) and 82° (when sleeping) is a reasonable cooling standard.

Insta-misery; aka living in hell.

Watch out California…  Pretty soon you might not have options when the proletariat mandates the installation of compliance regulators inside the A/C system.

Jordanian parliament calls to reconsider peace treaty

The Jordanian Parliament has recommended that the Jordanian government re-examine its peace treaty with Israel, Sky News reported Monday.   According to the report, Jordan’s Parliament recommended the country expel Israel’s ambassador, recall the Jordanian ambassador to Israel, and re-examine the peace agreement between the two countries.   On Sunday, Jordan’s Foreign Ministry summoned Israeli Ambassador to Jordan Amir Weisbrod for a dressing down, emphasizing to him that Jordan condemns the Israeli activity at Al-Aqsa Mosque and on the Temple Mount, and demanding the activity and “violations of international law” cease immediately.   In fact, the “violations” Jordan complained of were Israeli police defending themselves from terrorists who attacked them on the Temple Mount during Eid al-Adha, as well as Israeli police using riot dispersal methods to disperse hundreds of Muslim worshipers violently rioting on Tisha B’av.   Last Tuesday, Jordan’s Foreign Ministry criticized Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) for saying Jews should be permitted to pray on the Temple Mount and that the current status quo is wrong.

Russian-Turkish air dogfight over North Syria narrowly avoided. Erdogan defies Putin

As the Syrian army advanced against Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham rebel forces in the key southern Idlib town of Khan Sheikhoun, Turkish Air Force F-16 fighters on Tuesday, Aug. 20 flew over the battle scene, causing Russian Su-35 fighters at the Khmeimim air base near Latakia to scramble in response. They warned the Turkish pilots to withdraw or else be shot down. DEBKAfile’s military sources report that the Russians accompanied their ultimatum by positioning the S-300 and S-400 air defense batteries deployed at the base at the ready. A short time later, when the Turkish air crews saw the Russian Su-35s flying alongside, they turned tail and left Syrian air space.   Western military sources tracking the fighting in Idlib believe that, although the Turkish pilots were told to break contact with their Russian pursuers on Tuesday, they may try again if the rebel force supported by Ankara falls back under the Russian-backed Syrian government offensive. The danger of a direct Turkish-Russian air engagement is therefore likely to recur. The last Turkish-Syrian aerial showdown occurred four years ago when, on Nov. 25, 2015, a Turkish F-16 fighter downed a Russian Su-24M strike plane over northern Syria. The crisis in Russian-Turkish relations lasted for several months. Our sources stress that Turkish President Recep Erdogan is evidently determined at all costs to thwart the Syrian-Russian drive in Idlib, so much as that he is willing to take on President Vladimir Putin in head-on operations to achieve his ends.   A colonel from a Syrian rebel faction confirmed that fighters from a Turkish-backed rebel force have joined the defense of Khan Sheikhoun. Our sources identify this force as a Turkman militia which fights under Turkish officers. According to earlier reports, a Syrian government air strike failed to stop a Turkish convoy heading to the northern Syrian town of Morek. The convoy is reported to have included about 50 armored vehicles, at least five of which were tanks.

Upcoming Annual Fed Meeting In Jackson Hole: Creation Of Cashless System?

Is next week’s Jackson Hole meeting where the Fed will seek to create the new cashless system built on negative interest rates?  While the world chokes on $15 trillion of debt bound to negative interest rates, the Federal Reserve has suddenly been laying down hints that they too are in preparation for bringing bond yields down below 0.

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said nothing is stopping the U.S. from getting sucked into the global trend of negative yielding debt, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. 

“There is international arbitrage going on in the bond market that is helping drive long-term Treasury yields lower,” Greenspan said in a phone interview. “There is no barrier for U.S. Treasury yields going below zero. Zero has no meaning, beside being a certain level.” – CNBC

Additionally, Chairman Powell hinted at something during his last FOMC meeting that has for the most part gone completely under the radar.

Part way through delivering a press conference following the Federal Reserve’s first rate cut since December 2008, chairman Jerome Powell let it be known that the central bank was ‘looking carefully‘ at developing a new faster payments system. Unsurprisingly, his words on the subject proved the equivalent of screaming into the face of a force ten gale. Besides a handful of financial outlets, nobody heard him. All that analysts and observers were really interested in was the Fed’s stance on interest rates. – Steven Guinness

So with these two nuggets being dropped leading up to this week’s annual Fed meeting in Jackson Hole, WY, the questions that needs to be asked are, is the Fed truly preparing to join the rest of the world in taking the Funds Rate negative, and in doing so, are they also preparing the banking system to go completely cashless in order to keep depositors from taking their money out of the system?
Perhaps the last hint regarding this was CNBC’s bringing on stage Larry Summers last week who has long been a staunch advocate of banning cash.

‘China’s Growing Arsenal Of Long-Range Missiles Poses Major Threat To American And Allied Bases, Airstrips, Ports, Military Installations In Western Pacific’

China could overwhelm the US military in Asia within HOURS  By CHARLOTTE DEAN FOR MAILONLINE The University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre’s new report Averting Crisis, said: ‘China’s growing arsenal of accurate long-range missiles poses a major threat to almost all American, allied and partner bases, airstrips, ports and military installations in the Western Pacific.  Following ten years of ‘delayed and unpredictable funding’ the U.S. military lost its standing in the Western Pacific, giving China a firmer holding ground. The Sydney-based body has suggested that ever advancing China now has the edge over the U.S. and would be able to overcome them within hours of conflict. ‘As these facilities could be rendered useless by precision strikes in the opening hours of a conflict, the PLA missile threat challenges America’s ability to freely operate its forces from forward locations throughout the region.’  In order to avoid this crisis America would need to undergo several expensive changes including advancing their military assets and enhancing their posture arrangements.  
The reports call for targeted funding in the north of the country as a way to combat China’s military expansion.  After Australia were warned its northern borders are exposed to attack amid an increasingly aggressive Chinese military presence in the Pacific, the country has been warned to prepare for ‘high-end’ conflict.  The Australian Strategic Policy Institute and the United States Studies Centre both issued assessments that a shortage of personnel and equipment in the Northern Territory is an urgent concern.  The American ally has been warned by the report to ‘increase stockpiles, create sovereign capabilities in the storage and production of precision munitions, fuel and other material needed’ for an attack. The two countries are currently at odds over a number of issues, including a ban on Huawei Technologies Co. from bidding for 5G contracts from the Australian government. 

Things To Come: Orwellian Social Credit System, Censorship And Modern-Day Book Burning

Chinas Orwellian Social Credit System Is A Huge Warning To America And Gives Us Another Reason To Prepare While We Still Can In this August 18th story over at Activist Post that Steve Quayle had linked to on his website on Monday morning, Chris Menahan reports upon a stunning announcement made by the Global Times; the nation of China had banned 2.56 million people, who they term ‘discredited entities‘, from purchasing plane tickets during the month of July while another 90,000 ‘entities‘ had been banned from buying high-speed rail tickets in July as well.  As the Activist Post story reported in its’ opening sentence, “this is the system our ruling oligarchs are trying to implement in America“. And with ‘big tech‘ already implementing their own form of ‘social credit‘ system where they have been cracking down upon and censoring Christians and Conservatives simply for their political and religious views, while censoring and doing anything they can to punish websites such as ANP who publish news which they disagree with and don’t want the masses to know, Paul Joseph Watson warns in this new story that the way we’re quickly headed, it’s only a matter of time before THIS arrives in the West.: Imagine going to buy groceries with your credit card, but then having your payment declined because someone in an office in San Francisco thinks you posted something “hateful” on the Internet. That’s our collective future. And while you may think that possibility to be a stretch here in the USA, we’ve already been rapidly hurdling in that direction and as Watson reports, “while many on the left and in the media decry China’s Orwellian social credit score system, they simultaneously advocate for a similar thing in the west, where people are deplatformed and have their right to engage in commerce revoked because of their political views.

Yet while Conservative/independent news websites attempting to get the truth out to Americans are punished, censored and de-platformed, as Menahan also reported within his story, “on the other hand, media outlets which push propaganda in accordance with the desires of our ruling oligarchs are rewarded by having their content algorithmically artificially boosted and handed millions of dollars.” So we’ll be taking a look within this story at not only where China is now, giving us a taste of where the ‘oligarchs‘ are attempting to take America in the ‘present‘ to ensure the globalists ‘desired future‘ for our country, but we’ll also re-visit the website, which has been bizarrely forecasting the United States to have a major ‘depopulation event or events‘ over the next few years which takes our 320+ million population down to only 100 million by 2025 as well as forecasting America to be a 3rd world nation by 2025. 
Before proceeding, let’s first take a look at this story over at Bored Panda titled “Here’s How China’s ‘Social Credit Score’ Punish And Reward Citizens, And It Sounds Like Dystopian Fiction” to get a look at just how China is punishing their own people based upon ‘behaviors‘, some as simple as distrusting the government. 

The ‘Dystopian future’ is here, and there’s literally no escape from it. While European countries fight for the safety of personal data on the Internet, China has adopted a Big Brother-style country-wide people tracking system. And we don’t mean the simple surveillance cameras as the Chinese took it to a whole another level with facial recognition and gait tracking so smart that you would never be able to cheat on.

Well, the tracking part might be counted as a security measure, but where the facial recognition software data is actually used is absolutely mind-blowing. The government records your credit history, fulfillment capacity, identity characteristics, social relationships, behavior and preferences, and based on your choices they will give you a social score from 350 to 950. If you fall into the ‘good citizen’ category with a score of more than 700, you’ll get better loan rates, you can skip queues, rent things without a deposit and even get better matches on dating sites. If you fall into the ‘bad’ category with lower scores you may be restricted from well-paying jobs, your kids will not be able to go to a good school and not only you’ll be banned from buying domestic flight tickets but also leaving the country. If that isn’t scary, we don’t know what is.

If you’ve read the dystopian fiction masterpiece by George Orwell called 1984, the eerie similarities will give you goose-bumps and probably some sleepless nights.

The future is now.
As Paul Joseph Watson had also reported within his story, should someone in China engage in any of the ‘behaviors‘ listed below, their social credit scores will be punished. Is there anybody reading this story who has taken part in any of the ‘behaviors‘ below? Take note that ‘posting fake news online‘ is one of the ‘behaviors‘, and with Democratic politicians here in America labeling any Conservative news as ‘fake news‘, just imagine the kind of abuse this system is absolutely ripe for! We’ve included the video Watson speaks about below at the bottom of this story. From Paul Joseph Watson.: 

As I document in the video below, Chinese citizens are punished by having their social credit score lowered for engaging in a number of different behaviors, including; 

– Bad driving. 
– Smoking on trains. 
– Buying too many video games. 
– Buying too much junk food.
– Buying too much alcohol. 
– Calling a friend who has a low credit score . 
– Having a friend online who has a low credit score.
– Posting “fake news” online. 
– Criticizing the government. 
– Visiting unauthorized websites. 
– Walking your dog without a leash. 
– Letting your dog bark too much.

The Bored Panda story also had the infographics within their story seen both above and below showing some of the punishments for ‘bad‘ and ‘ugly‘ behavior and take note, the Chinese government punishes the people of China just for having friends with poor social credit scores, “actively encouraging people to ostracize their friends who don’t toe the ‘Party line’“. Sound familiar in 2019? Talk about dictatorship.   The Censorship of Alternative Media Is Virtual Book Burning

Recent discussions about an executive order that would “help protect” conservatives from bias on social media have brought a bone of contention to the forefront. Are alternative and conservative media actually being censored or are non-mainstream journalists and bloggers just whining?

by Daisy Luther

As the owner of a website that is demonstrably facing censorship, I can tell you that from my point of view, we Americans are currently in the midst of a virtual “book burning” akin to the ones we look back on in shame. As early as 221 BC in China, the burning of books has always foreshadowed a crackdown on dissent and information. It’s probably no surprise that Adolph Hitler ordered the burning of “subversive” books in Nazi Germany, and the McCarthy era brought public burnings of any book that could be – if one’s imagination was stretched to the absolute limit – related to communism.  There are many cases of modern-day book-burning, and it generally links to opposing views, either religious, social, or political. In the past, torching texts was a tactic used by conquerors to wipe the slate of history clean. In 213 B.C., China’s Emperor Shih Huang Ti thought that if he burned all the documents in his kingdom, history would begin with him. (He went as far as burying alive those scholars who continued to teach old ideas.) Eight centuries later, legend says, Caliph Omar burned some 200,000 objectionable books belonging to the library of Alexandria, warming the city’s baths for six months. When the Mongols sacked Baghdad in 1258, the waters of the Tigris were said to have run black with ink from all the destroyed books. In 1492, after the Spanish conquered Granada, the last Muslim kingdom in Western Europe, they allegedly emptied many of the city’s treasured libraries and set their contents all to flame. Then there are those who have burned books to silence opposing views. Catholics torched the writings of Protestant reformer Martin Luther. The Nazis lit a towering bonfire of books by Jewish and leftist writers such as Franz Kafka, Sigmund Freud and Upton Sinclair. And many 1950s Americans, spurred by Senator Joseph McCarthy, hunted for procommunism books to burn. (source) How is silencing opposing views on the internet any different than burning a library filled with inconvenient information? Opposing views on the internet can be silenced in a number of ways. Keep in mind you don’t have to like the examples I provide here. If they came for these people or websites, they can come for your favorites next until all we have left is a government-controlled media. This has happened in China and Venezuela, just to name a couple of places. .Some of the ways our virtual books are being burned are deplatforming (when people can no longer publicly express their opinions), being hidden by search engines (when readers can no longer find the information), and financial starvation (when site owners can no longer afford to keep running the website or pay writers and researchers.)

Please remember what Carol Rosin all told us… – Is Space a War-Fighting Domain? Trump & Pence Think So

Dr. Carol Rosin’s Testimony –

  1. Nuke Terror
  2. Asteroids
  3. Weaponizing Space
  4. ET Threat

At the sixth meeting of the National Space Council, Vice President Mike Pence talks about Space being a war-fighting domain and announces the first leader of the United States Space Command.–Trump Signed Directive to Create Military Space Force in Feb. 2019:… VIDEO:

Barr Removes Federal Prisons Chief in Wake of Epstein Death

by Nwo Report
The Associated Press

Source: Joshua Caplan

U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Monday removed Hugh Hurwitz, the acting director of the federal Bureau of Prisons, a little over one week after alleged child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein died in a New York City prison.

Hurwitz, who has been in his role since May 2018, has been reassigned in the Bureau of Prisons as the assistant director of department’s Reentry Services Division. Barr named Kathleen Hawk Sawyer, the prison agency’s director from 1992 until 2003, to replace Hurwitz. “I am confident Dr. Hawk Sawyer and Dr. Kane will lead BOP with the competence, skill, and resourcefulness they have embodied throughout their government careers,” the nation’s chief legal officer said.

The bureau has come under intense scrutiny since Epstein’s death, with lawmakers and Barr demanding answers about how Epstein was left unsupervised and able to take his own life on August 10th while held at one of the most secure federal jails in America.

A statement from Barr gave no specific reason for the reassignment. But Barr said last week that officials had uncovered “serious irregularities” and was angry that staff members at the jail had failed to “adequately secure this prisoner.”

He ordered bureau last Tuesday to temporarily reassign the warden, Lamine N’Diaye, to a regional office and the two guards who were supposed to be watching Epstein were placed on administrative leave.

Those guards on Epstein’s unit failed to check on him every half hour, as required, and are suspected of falsifying log entries to show they had, according to several people familiar with the matter. Both guards were working overtime because of staffing shortages. Epstein was placed on the prison’s suicide watch list after he was believed to have attempted to take his own life on July 23rd. He was reportedly removed from the list days later.

Cameron Lindsay, a former warden who worked at several federal prisons, said he was shocked to learn of Epstein’s removal from the suicide list. “For them to pull him off suicide watch is shocking. For someone this high-profile, with these allegations and this many victims, who has had a suicide attempt in the last few weeks, you can take absolutely no chances. You leave him on suicide watch until he’s out of there,” Lindsay told NBC. “It’s too early to say what I think should happen, but if this did occur as we believe that it did, some staff are going to have some hard questions to answer.”

Epstein was facing charges of sex trafficking that stemmed from activities over a period of three years in the early 2000s. He served a 13-month prison sentence in Florida in 2008 after he was charged with similar offenses and was forced to register as a sex offender.
Federal prosecutors in New York are pursuing a parallel investigation into whether any of his associates will face charges for assisting him in what authorities say was his rampant sexual abuse of girls as young as 14.

New ‘Matrix’ Film Set With Keanu Reeves And Lana Wachowski

Weird, I just thought the same thing last night after watching Truthstreams video (at the 00:31sec mark –, that all this fast paced technocracy throwing us into a dizzying future reminds me soooo much of the Matrix and how accurate they were in telling there story. You can also see the recent article here:

I don’t know if I’m looking forward to this new movie or not (mostly because technocracy is getting super scary, but I thought it was worth sharing:). I’m hoping the Harpazo will happen before this movie ever makes it out:)

by Nwo Report


Keanu Reeves and Lana Wachowski are returning to the world of “The Matrix.”

Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich says Tuesday that a fourth “Matrix” is in the works.

Reeves will be reprising his role as Neo and Carrie-Anne Moss will return as Trinity in the film that will be co-written, directed and produced by Wachowski, who co-created “The Matrix” with Lilly Wachowski.

Lana Wachowski says in a statement that the ideas of “The Matrix” are more relevant than ever now and she’s happy to have the characters back in her life. Emmerich says Wachowski is a true visionary.

The first film hit theaters 20 years ago and spawned two sequels that cumulatively made more than $1.6 billion at the global box office.

No release date has been set.

Lies, Lies, and more Lies – Omar & Tlaib Criticize Israel

Just stating the facts, Omar published her “itinerary” to visit Israel and she was rejected specifically because she had contrary motives than making a peaceful visit. Check out her planned tips – Enough said:)

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib hold press conference criticizing Israel. –

House Democrats Weighing Action Against Israeli, U.S. Envoys over Tlaib, Omar Ban

by Nwo Report
The Associated Press

Source: Deborah Danan

TEL AVIV – Senior Democratic members of Congress are said to have launched discussions to formally censure the U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Jerusalem’s envoy in Washington over Israel’s decision to bar entry to congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar.

Around a dozen lawmakers, several of whom are Jewish, have begun talks to communicate a “deep lack of confidence and trust” in Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer and U.S. envoy to Israel David Friedman, the McClatchy news service reported, citing congressional sources.

According to the report, the Democrats are considering releasing a statement of no confidence in Dermer and opening an inspector-general investigation into Friedman.

Among the twelve are House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel and House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, two Jewish lawmakers from New York.

“We are reviewing all of our options,” McClatchy quoted a source as saying. “With Dermer, the issue is that there already was a severe lack of trust. But now there is a severe lack of confidence. It is completely unclear that he represents his government given he has made promises that he has not kept and wasn’t clear if he ever had any chance of keeping.”

Last month, Dermer assured lawmakers that Omar and Tlaib — open supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel — would be allowed into Israel “out of respect for Congress.”

However, on Thursday, Israel said the two would be denied entry.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a statement defending the decision to bar entry to Omar and Tlaib, said the two intended to use the visit to harm Israel.

“Several days ago, we received [Omar and Tlaib’s] trip itinerary,” Netanyahu said, “which clarified that they planned a visit whose sole purpose was to support boycotts and deny Israel’s legitimacy. For example, they called their destination ‘Palestine’ and not ‘Israel,’ and unlike all Democratic and Republican members of Congress before them, they did not seek any meeting with any Israeli official, whether government or opposition.”

On Friday, Omar claimed that she had planned to meet with Knesset members and security officials, although the jam-packed itinerary — released days before their planned visit — showed otherwise.

The trip, according to the itinerary, would be based exclusively in the Palestinian territories with the exception of the first day that would take place in the primarily Arab-populated eastern area of Jerusalem. The two were slated to meet only with Palestinian officials as well as representatives from human rights groups and other organizations.

The congresswomen were scheduled to meet with representatives from Palestinian groups Miftah, a sponsor of the trip, and the Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCI-P), groups that have endorsed terrorism and have ties to terror organizations.

“In addition, the organization that is funding their trip is Miftah, which is an avid supporter of BDS, and among whose members are those who have expressed support for terrorism against Israel,” Netanyahu said.

The prime minister said that Tlaib was welcome to apply to visit on humanitarian grounds to see her family, with the caveat that she not engage in promoting boycotts of Israel while in the country. Tlaib acquiesced, and quickly received permission to visit. However, she changed her mind hours later, saying that coming to Israel on its terms would be “humiliating” and she would not “bow down to their oppressive & racist policies.”

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who recently led a large Democratic delegation to Israel, issued a statement Thursday censuring Israel over the decision and said it contradicted what he and others had been told by Dermer.

McClatchy quoted the source as saying, “Dermer is saying privately that he expects this to go away within a day — it’s a real lack of understanding on the consequences of this.”

In the discussions Friday, the lawmakers raised an incident in 1975 in which Henry Waxman, a longtime Democratic congressman from California, was initially banned from Saudi Arabia for his Jewish roots. He was eventually granted entry following pressure from the State Department.

Friedman’s endorsement of Israel’s decision to bar Omar and Tlaib’s entry into the country broke with that precedent, they argued, and as a result called for an investigation “into the role the ambassador played in barring them from entering the country,” the report quoted another congressional source as saying.

The decision to bar the two Muslim lawmakers from entering Israel came shortly after President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter that, in doing so, Israel would be showing “great weakness.”

Both Trump and Dermer have denied that the president pressured Israel into backtracking.

Sorry I haven’t posted in a few days.

I just took a new job as an Administrative Assistant and I am going to be on and off posting for a few months until I get my job & time worked out on my end. If it works out, I’ll be able to work from home eventually and I’ll be posting regularly again.

Yahweh bless you all,


Killing Free Speech In Canada

Authored by Judith Bergman via The Gatestinbe Institute,

  • As has become standard in such cases, the charter contains no definition of what constitutes “hate”, making it a catchall for whatever the Canadian government deems politically inopportune. This is all exhaustingly familiar by now: Germany already has legislation that requires social media platforms to censor their users. France is working on it.
  • The Conservative members of the committee… recommended instead that sanctions regarding hate crimes online or elsewhere should be dealt with under the appropriate sections of the Criminal Code. They also recommended that “The definition of ‘hate’ under the Criminal Code be limited to where a threat of violence, or incitement to violence, is directed against an identifiable group” and that “rather than attempting to control speech and ideas, the Government explore appropriate security measures to address all three elements of a threat: intent, capability and opportunity”.
  • “Sickening ideologies which encourage individuals to take the lives of their fellow human beings have faced a concerning proliferation both at home and around the world. Yet sadly, Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Members of this Committee have tried to use these troubling events as a way to bolster their political fortunes. They have tried to paint anyone who doesn’t subscribe to their narrow value set as an extremist.” – Conservative Party dissenting opinion in “Taking Action to End Online Hate”.

In May, Canada launched a so-called Digital Charter, meant to promote “trust in a digital world”. The charter contains ten principles, three of which deal with “hate speech and disinformation”.

The charter, said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, will target fake news and hate speech online.

“The platforms are failing their users, and they’re failing our citizens,” he said. “They have to step up in a major way to counter disinformation. And if they don’t, we will hold them to account and there will be meaningful financial consequences.”

“The Government of Canada,” the charter says, “will defend freedom of expression and protect against online threats and disinformation designed to undermine the integrity of elections and democratic institutions. Canadians can expect that digital platforms will not foster or disseminate hate, violent extremism or criminal content.”

“There will be clear, meaningful penalties,” it adds, “for violations of the laws and regulations that support these principles.”

As has become standard in such cases, the charter contains no definition of what constitutes “hate”, making it a catchall for whatever the Canadian government deems politically inopportune. This is all exhaustingly familiar by now: Germany already has legislation that requires social media platforms to censor their users. Social media companies are obliged to delete or block any online “criminal offenses” within 24 hours of receipt of a user complaint; the German government can fine them up to 50 million euros for failing to comply with the law. France is working on it.

The Digital Charter was launched the week after Canada signed the “Christchurch Call to Action — yet another government-led drive for more censorship in the name of fighting “terrorist and violent extremist content online”.

Canada already has hate speech laws in its criminal code, according to which anyone who publicly “incites [or willfully promotes] hatred against any identifiable group” commits an indictable offence”. The “identifiable group “includes “any section of the public distinguished by colour, race, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or mental or physical disability.” Section 318 prohibits advocating or promoting genocide.

To some, however, the criminal code on hate speech is apparently not enough. In June, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, in a report titled “Taking Action to End Online Hate,” recommended that the Canadian government establish a “civil remedy” for those who claim that their human rights have been violated. After hearing a large number of witnesses, the majority of the Committee suggested that Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act — or something similar to it — be reinstated.

Section 13 was a very controversial provision, repealed in 2013 under the Stephen Harper government after being criticized by free-speech advocates for enabling censorship on the internet. Section 13 stated that it was discriminatory for people to communicate via computer or on the internet “any matter that is likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt by reason of the fact that that person or those persons are identifiable on the basis of a prohibited ground of discrimination”. [Emphasis added]

In its report, the House of Commons Committee also made a number of other recommendations to the Canadian government for the fight against “online hatred”, among them:

Increasing funding for law enforcement, crown attorneys and judges to ensure sufficient training “on the importance, and the need to combat online hatred, including being sensitive to complainants”.

Improving data collection, so that the government ensures that, “we have a more complete understanding of the extent of hatred in Canada, particularly hatred that is directed online”. This undertaking includes the establishment of “uniform pan-Canadian guidelines and standards for the collection and handling of hate crime data and hate incident data” and “a national database to retain and analyze hate crime and hate incident data”. To do this, the committee asks that the government address that “members of marginalized groups… feel more comfortable reporting hate incidents and hate crimes directly to civil society organizations which reflect their community rather than law enforcement officials… resources need to be allocated to assist in the collection of data, by both governmental institutions as well as civil society organizations”.

Crucially, police forces and other “agents of the state” who work with hate crimes must “reflect the racial, religious, LGBTQ and general diversity of the populations they represent. Police forces, particularly their hate crimes units, must work collaboratively alongside civil society organizations…”

A similar cooperative model with civil society organizations already exists in the UK, where the reportedly discredited civil society organization “Tell Mama”, for instance, has operated in cooperation with British police.

Furthermore, in order to “prevent online hate”, the government “should educate the population as to what on the Internet constitutes hate”.

Unlike many other such initiatives, the committee wants the government to formulate a definition of what constitutes “hate”, pointing out:

“It is critical that this definition acknowledges persons who are disproportionately targeted by hate speech including but not limited to racial, indigenous, ethnic, linguistic, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religious groups”.

Finally, and in line with European developments, the committee asks the government “to establish requirements for online platforms and Internet service providers with regards to how they monitor and address incidents of hate speech, and the need to remove all posts that would constitute online hatred in a timely manner”. As in Europe, the suggestion is that online platforms will be financially penalized if they fail to live up to the requirements:

“Online platforms must have a duty to report regularly to users on data regarding online hate incidents (how many incidents were reported, what actions were taken/what content was removed, and how quickly the action was taken). Failure to properly report on online hate, must lead to significant monetary penalties for the online platform”.

Not everyone, however, agrees with the proposed strategy for the Canadian government. The Conservative party wrote a dissenting opinion in the report, according to which:

“… many of the suggestions would, if implemented, have the dual impact of stifling free speech of those acting in good faith, while also serving to further radicalize bad actors by driving their communication out of the public square… Driving reprehensible ideas underground will not end them. It will merely prevent them from being debated and debunked.”

The Conservative members of the committee were against reintroducing the repealed section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. They recommended instead that sanctions regarding hate crimes online or elsewhere should be dealt with under the appropriate sections of the Criminal Code. They also recommended that “The definition of ‘hate’ under the Criminal Code be limited to where a threat of violence, or incitement to violence, is directed against an identifiable group” and that “rather than attempting to control speech and ideas, the Government explore appropriate security measures to address all three elements of a threat: intent, capability and opportunity”.

The Conservative members conclude:

“Far too many innocent individuals have been impacted by extremist violence in recent years. Sickening ideologies which encourage individuals to take the lives of their fellow human beings have faced a concerning proliferation both at home and around the world. Yet sadly, Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Members of this Committee have tried to use these troubling events as a way to bolster their political fortunes. They have tried to paint anyone who doesn’t subscribe to their narrow value set as an extremist. This is dangerous. Conservatives believe that Canadian society is resilient precisely because it offers a big tent for all sort of views, but that we also must hold those accountable who distribute material that radicalizes individuals and leads to extremist violence”.

If the government proves sympathetic to the recommendations of the committee, the prospects for free speech in Canada look increasingly bleak.

Hong Kong Activist Leader Calls For A Run On Chinese Banks Tomorrow

Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News,

Prominent Hong Kong pro-independence political activist Chen Haotian has called for a run on Chinese banks, asking that everyone withdraw their money on the same day.

Haotian is a founding member and the convenor of the Hong Kong National Party.

Arguing that large scale protests have only led to injuries and escalating police brutality, Haotian believes another method could be used to severely undermine China’s influence – a good old fashioned run on the bank.

He suggested that another method could be used, namely, impacting the financial system,” reports China Press.

“He called on Friday (August 16) that Hong Kong citizens take out all bank deposits. The primary goal is Chinese banks, but he said other banks should also be targeted, otherwise Chinese banks can borrow money from other banks to solve problems.”

Hong Kong has been rocked by weeks of violent protests by pro-independence campaigners. Earlier this week, riot police stormed Hong Kong International Airport to clear them out.

As we reported on Tuesday, while China is unlikely to invade using PLA troops, experts have suggested that soldiers could be disguised as Hong Kong police.

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UK PC Police “Draw The Line” – Ban Cream-Cheese & Car Ads Over ‘Gender Stereotypes’

The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Social Justice ad regulator has stricken two advertisements from the approved list for following longstanding gender stereotypes. 

On Wednesday, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) announced that they “drew the line” over ads by Volkswagen and cream cheese maker Philadelphia for perpetuating the offensive stereotypes, according to  

In Volkswagen’s case, their ad featured men participating in adventurous activities, while women sat on a beach next to a baby buggy. According to the ASA, “images of men in extraordinary environments and carrying out adventurous activities” vs. “women who appeared passive” were stereotypical and not nice. …

Things To Come…Isaiah 17 On The Horizon

13 years later, is the IDF ready for another war against Hezbollah? BY ANNA AHRONHEIM
Jerusalem has repeatedly slammed UNIFIL for failing to fulfill its duties by turning a blind eye to Hezbollah’s activities in southern Lebanon. Israel accuses the terrorist group of continuously violating the resolution and storing much of its weaponry in villages along the border. SENIOR IDF officers as well as politicians say that Israel’s military has the ability to end any future conflict with Hezbollah as quickly as possible, and will completely destroy the group’s capabilities and infrastructure, even if that means civilian casualties. The IDF hasn’t conducted a full and proper ground maneuver in enemy territory since troops entered Gaza in 2009 during Operation Cast Lead. During Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012 and Operation Protective Edge in 2014, the IDF and political leadership chose to rely mainly on the air force, leaving the ground troops and armored corps to stay out of the Strip or in the border area, to neutralize Hamas tunnels. The military knows that in a war in the north, it will not be able to rely solely on the air force, and has publicly boasted about the preparedness of the ground troops, showing off major drills simulating war with Hezbollah to journalists. The military states that the next war will be more lethal, and it has shown off new technology and techniques which it says will destroy the group and send Lebanon “back to the Stone Age” if need be. With the help of Iran, Hezbollah has rebuilt its arsenal since 2006 and has hundreds of thousands of short-range rockets and several thousand more missiles that can reach deeper into Israel. It is believed that in the next war the terrorist group will try to fire some 1,500-2,000 rockets per day until the last day of the conflict. With more than 40,000 fighters organized in battalions and brigades, Hezbollah fighters have gained battlefield experience from fighting in Syria on the side of President Bashar Assad.

But many of the group’s capabilities and infrastructure are intertwined with the civilian infrastructure of Lebanon, a country that receives millions of dollars in military aid and equipment from the United States and other Western countries. “Contrary to what the Americans think, the LAF is not an alternative to Hezbollah,” Zehavi said. “They coexist side by side in Lebanon, and in the next war the LAF will, of course, in my opinion, have to fight shoulder to shoulder with Hezbollah because they have to show the Lebanese population that they are protecting them. Otherwise, what good are they?”

She believes that the IDF is “as ready as it can be,” having undergone a big change in the amount of drills and operations (including the exposure and destruction of Hezbollah cross-border tunnels), but the civilian population will be greatly affected. “It’s hard for them to accept dead bodies. Can we beat Hezbollah? Yes. But at what price? Who knows? The Hezbollah we met in 2006 is different from the Hezbollah of 2019.” Former OC Northern Command Maj.-Gen. (res.) Amiram Levin told the Post that “the price on both sides will depend on the number of days the war lasts.”

“You hear about all sorts of words from the army: ‘lethality’ and ‘maneuvers.’ But that’s all garbage because, at the end of the day, the IDF and Hezbollah have specific numbers, be it of ground forces, missiles, everything. The IDF has one mission: to defeat Hezbollah as fast as possible, even if that means a high cost on both sides,” he said. Levin told the Post that since 2006 there has been a major change with the enemy on the other side of the border.

“There is a very big difference with the enemy. In the past Hezbollah was a terrorist group, and then they morphed into guerrilla terrorism, which saw them carry out a mix of guerrilla attacks and terrorist attacks. But now they are an army, even though they still target civilians,” he said. According to Levin, another change since the war is the understanding that Hezbollah has understood that it cannot defeat the IDF militarily. Therefore, “defeating Israel and the IDF means defeating the civilian population and politicians.” “Their war, from the beginning, will see them targeting the civilian population, because they know they can’t defeat the IDF,” he said.

Levin believes that the military must have strong defenses along the border in order to prevent any ground infiltrations into civilian communities by Hezbollah, an incident that could turn into a major psychological defeat for the Jewish state. Phillip Smyth, the Soref Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told the Post that both the IDF and Hezbollah have had the time to develop countermeasures to the opposing side’s strengths.

“Like chess, there’s always an opening and a counter – this time from both sides,” he said.

“One is in the cyber realm. Just as Hezbollah has performed before, it’s in the asymmetric fashion. Israel is loaded with a lot of great tech-based responses, so Hezbollah and Iran are stepping up ways to get information and go after what they need using social media, hacking and other means. They’re also practicing for future attacks by targeting the Saudis and other regional states.”

According to Smyth, “Hezbollah is also looking for more access within Israel itself. I would guess they are attempting to create future local cells to create problems ‘behind the lines’ in a future conflict.”
WHILE THE primary threat posed by Hezbollah remains its missile arsenal, the IDF believes that the next war will see the group trying to bring the fight to the home front by infiltrating Israeli communities to inflict significant civilian and military casualties.

Norway Detects Radiation Spike Near Russian Border After Explosion

Norway Detects Radiation Near Russian Border Days After Nuclear-Powered Missile Explodes Days after the Kremlin’s nuclear-powered missile exploded, killing seven and leading to evacuations, Norway detected tiny amounts of radioactive iodine in the air near the northern part of the country bordering Russia.  According to Norway’s nuclear safety authority (DSA), the radioactive iodine was detected between Aug. 9-12 at its air filter station in the border town of Svanhovd, just under 450 miles from the Arkhangelesk region of northern Russia where the deadly blast occurred on August 8.  “At present it is not possible to determine if the last iodine detection is linked to the accident in Arkhangelsk last week. DSA continues more frequent sampling and analysis,” said DSA.  Rosatom, Russia’s state nuclear agency, said on Saturday that the deadly blast involved “isotope power sources,” with no further details given.  According to Reuters, detecting radiation is not unusual in Norway, as it’s monitoring stations routinely pick up radioactive iodine around half-a-dozen times per year from unknown sources.  On Tuesday, however, Russia’s state weather service reported a 16x spike in radiation levels in the city of Severodvinsk. Meanwhile, first responders who treated victims of the accident were rushed to Moscow for medical examination according to Russian state-owned news outlet TASS.

China Blocks U.S. Navy Ships from Visiting Hong Kong

by Nwo Report
Protesters react to tear gas from Shum Shui Po police station in Hong Kong on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling for a peaceful solution to the unrest in Hong Kong amid fears China could use force to quell pro-democracy protests.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Source: Frances Martel

The U.S. Pacific Fleet confirmed on Wednesday that China had blocked a previously scheduled visit for two U.S. Navy ships to Hong Kong, adding that it hopes Beijing will soon reconsider and continue allowing the American military to have ties to the capitalist port city.

The denial comes amid months of protests against the communist regime attracting millions of the city’s residents and triggering a violent police crackdown. The Communist Party has repeatedly blamed President Donald Trump of fabricating the Hong Kong protests as a ploy to weaken the Chinese economy. Trump has denied any involvement, citing the lack of evidence present and expressing confusion about the accusations.

Many are blaming me, and the United States, for the problems going on in Hong Kong. I can’t imagine why?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2019

The most recent visit of a U.S. Navy ship to Hong Kong occurred in November, Stars and Stripes noted, months before the eruption of the pro-democracy protest movement that began in June.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Pacific Fleet confirmed to Stars and Stripes that Beijing would not allow two American Navy ships — the USS Green Bay and the USS Lake Erie, scheduled for stops in the city on Saturday and next month, respectively — to visit Hong Kong. The spokesperson added that the Navy does expect to visit Hong Kong once again in the future but did not say if Beijing specified any reasons to deny the port of call and directed questions on China’s motives to China.

Neither the Foreign Ministry nor the Defense Ministry issued statements on the matter, but the government-run Global Times newspaper called the request to visit Hong Kong “inappropriate” given the Communist Party’s conspiracy theory that Washington somehow convinced millions in Hong Kong to march for freedom.

“The security situation in Hong Kong is very severe and the US government had just issued a travel warning to US citizens,” Yang Yujun, a former Chinese Defense Ministry spokesperson identified as an “expert,” told the propaganda outlet. “At this time, the US request to have warships stop by in Hong Kong is contradictory to the warning and very inappropriate.”

“We are highly suspicious of US motives, now that it still expects to have warships visit Hong Kong,” Yang added.

Another “expert,” a professor identified as Li Haidong, told the outlet that the U.S. Navy wanted to dock in Hong Kong to exacerbate the “chaos” surrounding the protests, which were largely peaceful until Hong Kong police began liberally using tear gas and other anti-riot weaponry to agitate and injure those in the crowds. The police tactic of disguising undercover agents as protesters and having them attack legitimate protesters also triggered panic among those engaging in a sit-in against the government at the Hong Kong International Airport on Tuesday night. Some protesters began accusing others of being Chinese communist agents; the protesters tied up and beat two men, one of them a Global Times propagandist. On Wednesday morning, protesters began circulating multiple letters apologizing for the violence at the airport and asking inconvenienced travelers to forgive their tactic of forcing airport authorities to cancel flights.

Li went on to threaten that America would “suffer an even more serious and irreversible blow” than the denial of the Navy port visits if it did not “stop interfering” in Hong Kong. Like all Chinese agents accusing Washington of having a hand in the protests, Li did not provide any examples of evidence that indicated this claim was true.

The People’s Daily, the official publication of the Communist Party of China, accused America of fabricating the protests once again on Wednesday, citing as evidence the fact that “not a single U.S. politician” has supported the state violence against the pro-democratic protests.

“There is no question that the United States has its hand in what is going on in Hong Kong, though to what extent is hard to measure,” the People’s Daily asserted.

The Hong Kong protest movement began in early June as a rejection of the wildly unpopular extradition bill presented to the Legislative Council this year. The bill would allow China to abduct anyone present in Hong Kong that Beijing chooses to accuse of violating the Communist Party’s draconian laws, which do not allow for freedom of expression or religious belief, among other liberties. The protests have since expanded to demand an independent inquiry into police brutality in response to the protests and freedom for imprisoned protesters. Protesters are also requesting that the government grant them the full ability to directly elect lawmakers and that it apologize for calling the peaceful June 12 protest a “riot.”

Some protesters have adopted the American flag and the American national anthem as emblems of their values of individual freedom, fueling paranoid Chinese state media reports that the protests are a Washington fabrication. Last week, the Global Times attempted to insult protesters by asserting that they are seeking “democracy with U.S. characteristics.”

“Does democracy mean to make Hong Kong dependent on the US or the UK?” the newspaper asked.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry, primarily through top spokeswoman Hua Chunying, has repeatedly demanded America “withdraw its dirty hands from Hong Kong” and accused President Trump of instigating the movement.

Unknowledgeable woman hasn’t study her history books – She will be doomed to repeat them:(

by Nwo Report

Trump’s liberal daughter is having a heinous effect on public policy.

Source: Shane Trejo

Ivanka Trump has influenced her father to support gun control measures like red flag laws, and now she is working to convince Congress to do the same.

According to an Axios report, Ivanka has reached out to Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) recently to discuss gun control measures. She remains active in the nationwide push to restrict the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution.

“She called Manchin and said she was trying to get a sense of what bills are out there,” a Manchin aide said to Axios. “She had him explain how they drafted the bill, where it stands and what changes needed to be made in order for it to pass.”

A White House official has confirmed that Princess Ivanka “has trusted relationships on both sides of the aisle and she is working in concert with the White House policy and legislative teams.”

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Following the mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH earlier this month, Princess Ivanka posted an image on Instagram expressing her sympathy for gun control.

“Congress should enact Red Flag laws / Extreme Risk Protection Orders in every state, increase resources dedicated to mental health support nationwide and close background check loopholes,” she wrote.

She also took to Twitter to proselytize on behalf of gun control, using the tragedies to push for liberal public policy goals:

Congress should enact Red Flag laws/ Extreme Risk Protection Orders in EVERY state and increase resources dedicated to mental health support.

— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) August 4, 2019

Unfortunately for supporters of the 2nd Amendment, the president is taking cues from Ivanka on this issue. President Trump is sounding like an elected Democrat official in his push for gun control.

“I think we can get something really good done,” the president said to reporters on Friday. “I think we can have some really meaningful background checks. We don’t want people that are mentally ill, people that are sick — we don’t want them having guns. Who does?”

“We must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms and that if they do, those firearms can be taken through rapid due process,” Trump said last week in his televised address in the wake of the shootings. “That is why I have called for red flag laws, also known as extreme risk protection orders.”

One silver lining in the enaction of red flag laws may be the fact that it could rob CNN anchor Christopher ‘Fredo’ Cuomo, who recently went on a violent rant toward a Trump supporter in a viral video clip, of his ability to own guns.

Would Chris Cuomo be given a Red Flag for his recent rant? Filthy language and a total loss of control. He shouldn’t be allowed to have any weapon. He’s nuts!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2019

Evidence of Babylonian Conquest of Jerusalem Unearthed… Just as the Bible Describes

by Nwo Report
Evidence of Babylonian Conquest of Jerusalem Unearthed… Just as the Bible Describes

Source: Michael Foust | Contributor |

The Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem more than 2,500 years ago was one of the key moments in biblical history, representing God’s judgment but also his grace and mercy.

Now, archaeologists digging in modern-day Jerusalem say they have uncovered “clear” archaeological evidence affirming the account as described in 2 Kings 25.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte uncovered Babylonian-style arrowheads and layers of ash alongside lamps, potsherds and gold and silver jewelry they believe is either a tassel or earring.

The discovery is “clear evidence of the Babylonian conquest of the city” dating to 587/586 BC, according to a UNC Charlotte press release. Significantly, the pottery and lamps were found side-by-side with evidence of the Babylonian siege “represented by burnt wood and ashes,” the press release said.

The items were unearthed at the geographical location the siege would have occurred.

“For archaeologists, an ashen layer can mean a number of different things,” said UNC Charlotte professor of history Shimon Gibson. “It could be ashy deposits removed from ovens; or it could be localized burning of garbage. However, in this case, the combination of an ashy layer full of artifacts, mixed with arrowheads, and a very special ornament indicates some kind of devastation and destruction. Nobody abandons golden jewelry and nobody has arrowheads in their domestic refuse.”

The arrowheads were common and “known to be used by the Babylonian warriors,” he said.

“Together,” Gibson added, “this evidence points to the historical conquest of the city by Babylon because the only major destruction we have in Jerusalem for this period is the conquest of 587/586.”

The Babylonian conquest took place some four centuries after the reigns of King David and King Solomon and during a period when the people of Judah rejected God and worshipped false gods. The Babylonians burned the temple and took the people of Judah into captivity in Babylon, where they remained for 70 years.

The book of Lamentations records the prophet Jeremiah weeping over the destruction of Jerusalem but looking forward to a time when God would lift his hand of discipline: “The Lord will not cast off forever. … but though he cause grief, yet he will have compassion” (Lamentations 3:31-32). Jeremiah also rejoiced that God did not completely destroy the people of Judah. God was merciful (Lamentations 3:22-23).

OUTRAGEOUS! FALSE PROPHET Pope Francis Compares Matteo Salvini’s “Italians First” Language to Nazis

by Nwo Report

In May Italian media reported Pope Francis would not meet with Lega (League) Party leader and Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini.

Salvini is a devout Catholic who regularly attends mass but Pope Francis allegedly won’t meet with him because of his hardliner stance on immigration.

Salvini wants to protect the homeland from an invasion of third world and mostly Muslim illegal migrants.
Pope Francis disagrees.

Pope Francis has previously met with Fidel Castro, Evo Morales and far left pro-abortion socialist Michael Moore.

This week Pope Francis again slammed Matteo Salvini comparing him to the Nazis.
This is completely unacceptable!
What a disgrace.

Church Militant reported:

Pope Francis is again slamming Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini over his “Italians first” platform, comparing the right-wing leader’s rhetoric to that of the Nazi regime.

“I am concerned because we hear speeches that resemble those of Hitler in 1934,” Francis told Italian newspaper La Stampa on Friday. “‘Us first. We … We …’ These are frightening thoughts.”

The Pope also denounced Salvini’s defense of Italy’s national sovereignty, calling it “an attitude of isolation.”

At least someone has a brain left in this Earth. Why can’t we do that? – Israeli Deputy FM Says Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib Will Be Denied Entry

by Nwo Report
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., left, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., right, listen as President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Source: Joshua Caplan

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said Thursday that Israel will deny entry to far-left freshman Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) over their support for the BDS movement.

“Israel has decided — we won’t enable the members of Congress to enter the country,” Hotovely told Israeli public radio, according to the Times of Israel.

“We won’t allow those who deny our right to exist in this world to enter Israel. In principle this is a very justified decision,” she added.

Hotovely’s announcement followed a Channel 12 report stating Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was weighing a proposal to block the “Squad” members from entering the Jewish state upon their arrival on Sunday.

In 2017, Israel enacted a law that prohibits a foreigner entry who “knowingly issues a public call for boycotting Israel.” The Interior and Strategic Affairs ministries have used the rule to deny anti-Israel activists entry to the country.

The decision comes after Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer said last month that Omar and Tlaib would be allowed in the country.

“Out of respect for the U.S. Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America, we would not deny entry to any member of Congress into Israel,” said Dermer.

President Donald Trump in recent days reportedly voiced disapproval to White House aides regarding Israel’s decision to allow the Democrat congresswomen in and took to social media Thursday to make his displeasure public.

“It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds,” the president tweeted. “Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!”

In July, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution rejecting the BDS campaign targeting Israel — a measure Omar and Tlaib voted against.

The resolution, formally known as House Resolution 246, also called for additional security aid to Israel.

Omar previously introduced a measure countering the anti-BDS resolution which affirms Americans’ right to participate in boycotts. Tlaib is a co-sponsor of the bill.

The two lawmakers have sparked various political firestorms due to their repeated antisemitic remarks. Omar garnered fierce blowback for suggesting pro-Israel groups such as AIPAC bribe members of Congress to support the Jewish state. In 2012, Omar accused in a tweet that Israel had “hypnotized the world.” Earlier this year, Tlaib attacked pro-Israel senators, tweeting that they ”forgot what country they represent.”

UPDATE (12:07 P.M. EST): Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has issued a statement on the decision, saying, “The two-member congressional visitation plan shows that their intent is to hurt Israel and increase its unrest against it.”

Major Escalation Between India And Pakistan: Several Killed In Cross-Border Fire

Ongoing Kashmir Cross-Border Fire Kills 3 Pakistani, 5 Indian Soldiers; India DisputesA major exchange of fire has erupted along the contested Kashmir border separating India and Pakistan known as the Line of Control (LoC). Pakistan’s army says at lease three Pakistani and five Indian soldiers were killed during the cross-border fighting on Thursday.However, India is denying the Pakistani army’s account of the “ceasefire violations,” calling it “fictitious”. According to India Today “unprovoked fire” from the Pakistani side deliberately timed during India’s 73rd Independence Day forced a response. India claims there were no casualties on its side, while affirming that three Pakistani troops were killed. The incident was first revealed when chief spokesman of the Pakistan armed forces, Major General Asif Ghafoor, announced on Twitter that Indian forces had fired at the LoC, and that “Intermittent exchange of fire continues”. In efforts to divert attention from precarious situation in IOJ&K,Indian Army increases firing along LOC.
3 Pakistani soldiers embraced shahadat. Pakistan Army responded effectively. 5 Indian soldiers killed, many injured, bunkers damaged. Intermittent exchange of fire continues.

— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) August 15, 2019 In response to Pakistan’s claim of 5 Indian soldiers killed, a senior Indian Army official told national media“The claim made by Pakistan’s military is fictitious.” Sporadic shelling has continued along the LoC as a major Indian military crackdown on Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) continues after early last week New Delhi voted to revoke the Muslim majority region’s autonomous status. A complete communications blackout and state of martial law has continued in the restive region. Recently Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has vowed to support Kashmir amid the Indian crackdown “with all possible options”.  Analysts have predicted that India revoking J&K’s status could send it hurtling towards war with its nuclear-armed Muslim neighbor Pakistan. 

19 Million Acres Of Farmland Not Planted With Crops This Year

According To The Federal Government, 19 Million Acres Of Farmland Were Not Planted With Crops This Year
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, crops were not planted on 19.4 million acres of U.S. farmland this year.  The following comes directly from the official website of the USDAAgricultural producers reported they were not able to plant crops on more than 19.4 million acres in 2019, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This marks the most prevented plant acres reported since USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) began releasing the report in 2007 and 17.49 million acres more than reported at this time last year.
So this is the largest number that the USDA has ever reported for a single year, and it is nearly 17.5 million acres greater than last year’s final tally of less than 2 million acres.
If you have been following my articles on a regular basis, then you know exactly why this has happened.  The middle of the nation was absolutely pummeled by endless rain and unprecedented flooding throughout the first half of 2019, and this new USDA report shows that the vast majority of the acres that were not planted come from that area of the country… Of those prevented plant acres, more than 73 percent were in 12 Midwestern states, where heavy rainfall and flooding this year has prevented many producers from planting mostly corn, soybeans and wheat. “Agricultural producers across the country are facing significant challenges and tough decisions on their farms and ranches,” USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey said. “We know these are challenging times for farmers, and we have worked to improve flexibility of our programs to assist producers prevented from planting.” Of course the 19.4 million acres that were not planted are only part of the story. Most farmers were able to get seeds in the ground despite the challenging conditions, but in much of the country the crops are not in good shape.