Patrick J. Buchanan – January 18, 2017
The war for dominance in the Middle East, following the crushing of ISIS, appears about to commence in Syria – with NATO allies America and Turkey on opposing sides.
Turkey is moving armor and troops south to Syria’s border enclave of Afrin, occupied by Kurds, to drive them out, and then drive the Syrian Kurds out of Manbij further south as well.
Says President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, “We will destroy all terror nests, one by one, in Syria, starting from Afrin and Manbij.”
For Erdogan, the Kurdish YPG, the major U.S. ally in Syria, is an arm of the Kurdish PKK in Turkey, which we and the Turks have designated as a terrorist organization.
While the Kurds were our most effective allies against ISIS in Syria, Turkey views them as a mortal peril and intends to deal with that threat.
If Erdogan is serious, a clash with the U.S. is coming, as our Kurdish allies occupy most of Syria’s border with Turkey.
Jews News – January 13, 2018
Norway and the European Union announced on Wednesday they will convene an “extraordinary session” at the end of the month in an attempt to push the “two-state solution” to end the Israel-Palestinian Arab conflict.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide and the EU’s High Representative Federica Mogherini said in a statement on Wednesday they had decided to convene the session of the international donor group for “Palestine”, the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC).
The meeting will be held in Brussels on January 31, according to the announcement.
“There is an urgent need to bring all parties together to discuss measures to speed up efforts that can underpin a negotiated two-state solution,” the statement said.
“Furthermore it is necessary to enable the Palestinian Authority to execute full control over Gaza, based on the Cairo agreement from October 12, 2017,” it added, referring to the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation agreement.
Heather Clark – January 18, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Senate has advanced a bill that would require the bodies of aborted babies to either be buried or cremated, instead of being steamed or incinerated and dumped in landfills, as had been discovered in 2015 by the state attorney general’s office.
S.B. 28, also known as the Unborn Child Dignity Act, passed the Senate 24-9 in a party line vote on Wednesday. It was primarily sponsored by Sen. Joe Uecker, R-Miami Township, to address what his office described as “the appalling abortion industry practice of desecrating aborted fetal remains by disposing of them via public landfills.”
“The abortion industry’s practice of sending these dead babies to landfills only further demonstrates an utter disregard for the sanctity of human life,” he said in a statement. “This law takes steps to help protect the dignity of babies whose lives ended too soon at the hands of abortionists.”
The bill grants mothers who obtain an abortion the right to determine how she wants her now dead baby disposed of and where.
Henry Holloway – January 15, 2018
Uganda’s health ministry has today finally admitted it is facing the risk of a large-scale explosion of the viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF).
VHF causes victims to suffer a burning fever before beginning to bleed from orifices including their eyes, anuses and mouths.
It comes after a girl, nine, was reportedly killed by the infection Uganda, and three people died in neighbouring South Sudan of similar symptoms.
Uganda health minster Sarah Opendi confirmed emergency response teams are now being deployed to the districts of Nakaseke and Luweero.
She also identified the mystery disease, saying tests have revealed the infection is Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF).
“CCHF outbreaks constitute a threat to public health services because of its epidemic potential, its high case fatality ratio (10-40%), its potential for nosocomial outbreaks and the difficulties in treatment and prevention,” WHO’s description of the virus reads.
Space Daily – January 16, 2018
As Cape Town suffers its worst drought in a century, residents were warned by the mayor on Tuesday that they face losing piped water to their homes by April 21.
If rains do not materialise and drastic consumption reductions are not achieved by “Day Zero”, the city’s people face the prospect of queueing at standpipes for daily rations of 25 litres (9.2 US gallons) of water.
The city, which attracts millions of tourists every year, has enforced strict waste controls including splash bans at municipal pools and hauling homeowners using more than a 87-litre daily limit before the courts.
In the past week, just 39 percent of Capetonians used less than that amount.
“Cape Town’s average daily collective consumption is still too high. It has increased to 618 million litres per day’ up from 578 million litres per day (since the first week of January)'” said mayor Patricia de Lille.
Every day that consumption exceeds 500 million litres, so-called “Day Zero” — the last day of normal water supply — draws closer.
Jeremiah Johnson – January 18, 2018
There was a 20-nation security meeting in Vancouver on Tuesday, 1/15/18, and the nations in attendance agreed to impose stronger sanctions against North Korea in a bid to stop their nuclear weapons buildup and tests. China and Russia did not attend, and stated the meeting was evidence of another Cold War forming. The most alarming rhetoric, however, emanated from the U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson, who flat out stated that if the North Koreans do not negotiate, it will bring about a military response. Here is the video clip and an excerpt heading as released by Reuters on 1/17/18, entitled US Warns Pyongyang on Military Option.
As headlines run, there is nothing that “jumps out” with this one, until you delve into the substance of it. This is very serious, as the U.S. has been narrowing the cone of the funnel toward war, now, for several months…a quiet escalation in the form of movements of military assets into the area, military exercises (designed to provoke North Korea), and steadily-increasing sanctions.
Bottom Line? Tillerson threatens a U.S. military response if North Korea does not negotiate: military action not to counter or prevent military action, mind you…but military action if they do not negotiate.
Sputnik News – January 17, 2018
The crisis in relations between Poland and the EU seems to have escalated beyond what either side anticipated. On Wednesday, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was forced to emphasize that the bloc was “not at war with Poland,” notwithstanding Brussels deployment of Article 7 of the Lisbon Treaty, which paves the way to sanctions, up to the deprivation of Poland’s voting rights in the European Council, unless Warsaw mends its ways.
According to Prokudin and Ardaev, to Russian observers, the issue is simple: “Warsaw doesn’t want to be an eternal periphery of the EU or any kind of ‘second-class Europe’.” Polish politicians, on the contrary, “intend to teach European bureaucrats about European and Christian values and, possibly, turn their own country into a new center of power.” But for this to happen, Warsaw would have to take the seemingly unlikely step of making friends with their eastern neighbor, Russia.
Last week, EC president Donald Tusk admitted the possibility of Poland may be the next country to leave the EU, saying that the government in Warsaw may push for “freedom from the burden” of continued membership once EU subsidies run out.
RT – January 18, 2018
The Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) has reached a significant growth rate and should continue its development, Russian President Vladimir Putin has told leaders of the five-state bloc, according to the Kremlin website.
We assume it is necessary to accelerate implementation of the whole ‘digital agenda’ of the union, and to coordinate efforts on development of the ‘internet economy,’ creation of general digital trade rules, equal standards of exchange, and protection of information,” he said in the statement.
Putin called for the enactment of high technologies in public administration, industry, customs regulation systems and other areas, as well as “launching joint competitive, innovative and knowledge-intensive industries.”
According to the Russian president, it is important to “continue working jointly with our integration partners to remove the remaining barriers, limitations and restrictions in the way of building a common economic space. Our task is to intensify efforts towards creating single markets for goods and services, and providing conditions for free capital and workforce flow.”
Michael Grybosk – January 18, 2018
The Department of Health and Human Services has unveiled a new division meant to defend the conscience rights of medical professionals who may hold moral or religious objections to things like abortions or gender reassignment surgery.
Known as the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, the entity will exist under HHS’ Office of Civil Rights and help to enforce conscience rights.
OCR Director Roger Severino said in a statement released Thursday morning that religious freedom laws are “just empty words on paper if they aren’t enforced.”
“No one should be forced to choose between helping sick people and living by one’s deepest moral or religious convictions, and the new division will help guarantee that victims of unlawful discrimination find justice,” stated Severino.
DW – January 18, 2017
A powerful storm packing hurricane force winds has left at least nine people dead across Europe and shut down transportation systems in parts of Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.
In Germany, five people were killed, including two firefighters working in emergency operations.
Winds reached up to 203 kilometers an hour (126 mph) as the storm, named Frederike, caused disruption for millions of people.
All long-distance trains and some regional trains were halted due to the storm raging across the country, according to Germany’s railway operator Deutsche Bahn. Full train service is not expected to resume until Friday.
Authorities shut down some airports, while in North Rhine-Westphalia, some motorways and bridges had to be closed, with water levels rising along the Rhine River — just over a week after it had burst its banks.
Meanwhile, power outages left 100,000 people without electricity in Germany.