RT – August 30, 2017
Solving the Korean Peninsula crisis through diplomacy is in everyone’s interests, geopolitical experts have told RT, citing potential scenarios of South Korea being turned “into a desert,” or other states, not directly involved, being severely affected by a “stray missile.”
If the current situation in East Asia is not resolved, a number of countries “will be living under a threat of a nuclear volcano erupting,” Russian diplomat and an expert in Asian studies, professor Georgy Toloraya told RT.com.
“Everyone understands perfectly well that for North Korea, if it initiates an aggressive strike, a military conflict will mean a complete and immediate destruction, because no one can deny the US military might,” Toloraya said.
“However, for the US, attempts to solve this problem militarily also bring on a retaliatory strike by North Korea that would turn South Korea into a desert,” he warned, saying the North doesn’t even need nuclear weapons for that.
Arutz Sheva – August 30, 2017
The Trump Administration is increasing pressure on the United Nations to prevent its publishing a blacklist of companies that do business in Judea, Samaria, the Golan Heights, and eastern Jerusalem.
Channel 2 News reported that US Ambassador to the UN Nikky Haley conveyed messages through diplomatic channels to senior UN officials to the effect that the US will cut all funding to the UN Human Rights Council if the blacklist the UNHRC drafted is published.
Ambassador Hailey also reportedly threatened that the US would leave the council altogether if the blacklist was published.
The Israeli delegation to the UN, which is closely following the Council’s repeated attempts to publish the list, is waiting to see how members will react to the American threat.
Chloe Farand – August 30, 2017
At least 1,200 people have been killed and millions have been left homeless following devastating floods that have hit India, Bangladesh and Nepal, in one of the worst flooding disasters to have affected the region in years.
International aid agencies said thousands of villages have been cut off by flooding with people being deprived of food and clean water for days.
South Asia suffers from frequent flooding during the monsoon season, which lasts from June to September, but authorities have said this year’s floods have been much worse.
Heather Clark – August 30, 2017
SANTIAGO, Chile — A week after a Chilean court allowed the nation to ease its complete ban on abortion, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has presented a bill that would “legalize” same-sex “marriage” in the country.
“We can’t let old prejudices be stronger than love,” she said as she signed the proposal during a ceremony at the presidential palace on Monday. “We do this with the certainty that it is not ethical or fair to put artificial limits on love, or to deny essential rights just because of the sex of those who make up a couple.”
The bill, which would also allow homosexuals to adopt children, now heads to Congress for deliberation and debate. It would change existing law that defines marriage as being between a man and woman to rather being a “union between two people.”
DW – August 30, 2017
Saudi Arabia is welcoming Muslims from around the globe for one of the world’s largest annual gatherings as the ancient hajj ritual begins. This year’s pilgrimage has wide political significance.
Almost two million Muslims from around the world on Wednesday descended on Islam’s holiest site Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj pilgrimage.
As one of the five pillars of Islam, every able-bodied Muslim of appropriate financial means is required to complete the five-day ritual at least once in their lifetime.
Political significance I: In a shrewd political move, the Saudi king will grant visas to pilgrims from major rival Qatar and will pay their costs.
Political significance II: Iranian pilgrims will return this year after a one-year hiatus. Iran abstained after a deadly stampede in 2015 and a diplomatic row over the execution of a Shiite cleric in Saudi Arabia.
RT – August 29, 2017
China has warned that the situation on the Korean Peninsula has reached “tipping point,” just hours after Pyongyang launched a ballistic missile. Meanwhile, North Korea has accused the US of driving the region towards an “extreme level of explosion.”
Speaking at a regular news briefing on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the situation is “now at a tipping point approaching a crisis. At the same time there is an opportunity to reopen peace talks.
“We hope relevant parties can consider how we can deescalate the situation on the peninsula and realize peace and stability on the peninsula,” she added, as quoted by AFP.
DW – August 30, 2017
The United Nations Security Council unanimously condemned Pyongyang’s latest missile test on Tuesday, after the Japanese government called for an emergency meeting to seek a more exacting punishment on North Korean regime.
The US-drafted statement, agreed to as well by China and Russia, said the launches are “deliberately undermining regional peace and stability and have caused grave security concerns around the world.”
However, the statement will not immediately lead to new or stricter sanctions against North Korea.
Raoul Wootliff – August 28, 2017
Senior members of the Trump administration and Israeli officials renewed talks over the possibility of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a promise repeatedly made by the president in the 2016 election campaign, during high-level meetings in Israel last week, the Times of Israel has learned.
Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, peace envoy Jason Greenblatt and Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday as part of a visit to the region in a bid to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.
During that meeting, the embassy move “was brought up by both sides as part of a productive broad conversation about a number of issues,” a US source familiar with the discussions said Sunday, declining to reveal the specifics of discussion.
Tea Party.org – August 28, 2017
(Christian News Alerts) – The violence in Charlottesville, Virginia occurred just two weeks ago, and a week later, intense violent protests broke out in Boston, Massachusetts. Now, another group of so-called anti-fascists planned for an attack at Berkeley this past weekend.
This particular arm of Antifa is led in part by a woman named Yvette Felarca. The group, By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), specializes in using violence as a tactic for achieving their goal of anti-fascism. according to Front Page Mag. Felarca took to her Facebook page and announced plans for continued violence at the rally. In fact, the first page of her post starts out, “Updated important information for BAMN contingent this weekend to beat up more whites.”
Felarca then went into detail explaining where the protests will be held. She explained that she believes they have the Right on the run and that they have to stay persistent.
Then, in what is undoubtedly the most disturbing part of the post, Yvette wrote, “We’ve gotta hospitalize most of them (remember to bring your metal pipes and nailed bats). Make those whites vegetables!”
AFP – August 29, 2017
Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazilian scientists on Tuesday began to unleash the first of millions of mosquitoes infected with a bacteria meant to prevent the insects from transmitting the dengue virus to humans.
Thousands of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes carrying the bacteria were released in front of journalists by scientists from the Fiocruz institute in Rio de Janeiro.
The hope is that they will then breed and spread the bacteria, denting the insect population’s ability to spread dengue and other viruses including Zika and chikungunya.
Scientists have been preparing the project — developed by Australians who first put the Wolbachia bacteria into mosquitoes — since last year.