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World News

 

Trump puts the brake on new Russian sanctions, reversing Haley’s announcement

Washington Post – Preparations to punish Russia anew for its support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government over the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria caused consternation at the White House. Haley said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” that sanctions on Russian companies behind the equipment related to Assad’s alleged chemical weapons attack would be announced Monday by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

But as officials in Moscow condemned the planned sanctions as overly punitive, Trump conferred with his national security advisers later Sunday and told them he was upset the sanctions were being officially rolled out because he was not yet comfortable executing them, according to several people familiar with the plan…

The Trump team decided to publicly characterize Haley’s announcement as a misstatement. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Monday: “We are considering additional sanctions on Russia and a decision will be made in the near future.”

 

Moscow Claims ‘Irrefutable’ Evidence Syria Chemical Attack a False Flag

Infowars – Moscow is claiming to have evidence that the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria was a false flag.

The Russian envoy to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Monday that there is “irrefutable proof” that the chemical incident in the Syrian town of Douma was a “false-flag attack” orchestrated by UK security services with support from the United States.

“We have not just a ‘high level of confidence,’ as our Western partners uniformly put it; we have irrefutable proof that there was no chemical attack in Douma on April 7,” Russia’s Ambassador to the OPCW Aleksandr Shulgin said at a special meeting of the UN chemical watchdog’s executive council.

 

WATCH: Mainstream Media Cuts General’s Mic As He Tells the Truth On Syrian Gas Attack

The Free Thought Project – An interview between Sky News and one of Britain’s former senior military officials on reports of a chemical attack in Syria was cut short when Major-General Jonathan Shaw started to question the logic behind the narrative that the Syrian government would intentionally launch an attack on its own people.

After serving as the commander of the British Armed Forces in Iraq, Major-General Jonathan Shaw has seen a side of the United States’ War on Terror that is hidden from the general public and covered up by the mainstream media.

 

Video: Senator Exposes Syrian WMD False Flag; Says Hillary Ordered Murder Of Chris Stevens – Virginia Senator Dick Black exposes the WMD false flag in Syria, which was really carried out by the remnants of ISIS and not Syrian President Assad. Why would Assad use chemical weapons on civilians, knowing that it would draw world-wide condemnation and intervention, when the jihadists are surrounded and on the brink of annihilation?

 

The War in Syria was a US Intervention Since “Day 1”

Activist Post – In the aftermath of US-led missile strikes on Syria, the Western media has attempted to continue building the case for “US intervention.”

However, before the first agitators took to the streets in Syria in 2011, the US was already involved.

The New York Times in its 2011 article, “U.S. Groups Helped Nurture Arab Uprisings,” would admit (emphasis added):

A number of the groups and individuals directly involved in the revolts and reforms sweeping the region, including the April 6 Youth Movement in Egypt, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and grass-roots activists like Entsar Qadhi, a youth leader in Yemen, received training and financing from groups like the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute and Freedom House, a nonprofit human rights organization based in Washington, according to interviews in recent weeks and American diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks.

The work of these groups often provoked tensions between the United States and many Middle Eastern leaders, who frequently complained that their leadership was being undermined, according to the cables.

 

Evo Morales: “The Greatest Threat Against Freedom, Against Democracy, Against Mother Earth and Against Multilateralism Is the United States”

Global Research – Bolivia’s President Evo Morales has warned that the United States is the greatest threat to democracy, and that Latin America mustn’t serve its agenda, following the attacks waged by the United States, France and the United Kingdom against Syria.

 

Country Bans Online Sale of Bibles               

Restoring Liberty – In another move against the country’s lucrative religious scene, online sales of the Bible have been prohibited in China.

As reported by The New York Times, the Chinese Government has banned retailers such as Amazon, JD.com, Taobao and numerous others from selling the book. Internet searches for the Bible came up empty by Thursday morning.

However, some retailers still offered analyses of the religious text and even illustrated storybooks.

 

King Bluetooth treasure trove: Amateur archaeologist finds 1,000yo coins & jewels

RT – An amateur archaeologist and his teenage sidekick have unearthed a trove of silver artefacts thought to have belonged to Danish King Harald Bluetooth – the royal inspiration for the technology of the same name.

René Schön and 13-year-old Luca Malaschnitschenko found the hoard while searching northern Rugen Island with their metal detectors in January. A much more expansive dig undertaken in recent days revealed necklaces, pearls, brooches and up to 600 chipped coins that may have belonged to Harald Gormsson, better known as ‘Harry Bluetooth.’

 

The child rape cases that shook Indian politics

Al Jazeera – For days public discontent in India was simmering over the mishandling of two child rape cases. Over the weekend, anger boiled over and thousands took to the streets in several cities across the country to protest perceived inaction by the Indian authorities. Celebrities, writers, academicians, rights activists, lawyers and other professionals rubbed shoulders with the hoi-polloi.

 

Theresa May defends Syria strikes in parliament

Al Jazeera – Rejecting accusations of US pressure, UK PM says involvement in Saturday’s coordinated attack was in national interest.

 

Italy Refuses Military Action in Syria

Infowars – Party leader says Syrian victory achievable through diplomacy, not conquest

 

Russian Official: Trump’s Syria Strikes a “Declaration of War” on Sovereign State

Infowars – Attack can lead to unpredictable consequences, Russia warns

 

London: Two Killed in 30 Minutes Overnight, U.S. Visitors Fearful of ‘Crazy’ Violent City

Breitbart –

A young father and a woman were stabbed in London within 30 minutes last night, as the number murdered in the capital this year hits 59.

 

U.S. News, Politics & Government

 

Radio host Art Bell passes away at 72

(FOX5) – Longtime Pahrump resident and radio host Arthur Bell died Friday at the age of 72, according to the Nye County Sheriff’s Office.

Bell died at his home in Pahrump, the sheriff’s office said. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine his exact cause of death.

Bell was the original owner of radio KYNE. But he may have been best known for his conspiracy theory and paranormal radio show “Coast to Coast,” which was nationally syndicated.

Five Amazing Art Bell Clips:As a tribute to the passing of Art Bell, we present five free audio clips of some of his stellar moments on Coast to Coast AM, including calls from the Area 51 pilot, JC, and “aliens.” Listen here.

 

Scientists: Nuke Attack on Washington DC Would Kill 280,000 Within 48 Hours

Infowars – Amidst heightening tensions between the United States and Russia, researchers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University have developed a computer model that predicts at least 280,000 people would die within 48 hours if a nuclear bomb went off in Washington DC.

The scientists developed the program to predict the behavior of every individual in the city to help the government plan its emergency response.

 

Articles of Impeachment Drafted for Rosenstein               

By The Daily Wire. On Friday, Fox News reported that articles of impeachment have been drafted for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, although they have not yet been officially filed.

Fox News’ congressional reporter Chad Pergram reported that the articles of impeachment have been drafted although it is not clear which lawmaker drafted the articles and it’s not clear if they will go to a committee or to the floor.

 

Mitch McConnell Introduces Bill to Legalize Industrial Hemp

Green Market Report – Industrial hemp may soon be legal in the United States. On April 12, 2018, United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced the Industrial Hemp Act of 2018, a bill legalizing industrial hemp nationwide.

Although the United States is one of the largest importers of hemp in the world, and despite the fact that hemp contains no psychoactive substances, the cultivation of hemp is strictly illegal due to its close relation to cannabis. In recent years, however, there has been a growing movement to legalize hemp; thanks in part to the proliferation of legal cannabis across the nation.

Under the proposed legislation, hemp would become legal in the United States and would no longer be listed as a controlled substance. This would allow hemp farmers to have access certain services and rights that they were previously blocked from. For example, hemp farmers would gain access to banking services, waters rights, and would be able to apply for flood insurance. Individual states would be able to self-regulate hemp production so long as they develop a program to monitor its production.

 

3 Californias? The initiative to break up the state may be on the ballot in November

CNN – A local venture capitalist’s proposal to break up California, “CAL 3,” gained nearly double the necessary signatures to get it on the ballot in November, which will allow state voters to decide on the partition.

 

2nd Amendment defenders warn of ‘star chamber’ gun control

WND – One of the nation’s best-known advocates for the Second Amendment is warning of a new push for “star chamber” courtroom proceedings in which a prosecutor and a judge could decide to withdraw constitutional rights from individuals merely because someone claims they are a danger.

Moves toward gun control have come up after almost every major mass shooting in recent years. But such “star chamber” plans have not been widespread. Yet.

One reason is that there already are procedures to take guns away from someone who, given due process, is determined to be a danger to others.

But the advocacy group Gun Owners of America is warning the newest push is a danger.

The move is described by Michael Hammond, the group’s legislative counsel, as “probably the single biggest LEGISLATIVE threat to the Second Amendment.”

 

Prison Riot Leaves 7 Dead, 17 Injured in South Carolina

Breitbart – An overnight prison riot in South Carolina left seven inmates dead and 17 more injured. No guards were injured in the melee.

 

Economy & Business

 

Chinese exporters scramble to cope with Trump tariff hike

ABC – Facing a possible U.S. tariff hike, one of China’s biggest ball bearing makers, Cixin Group, is weighing plans to rush shipments to American customers before the increase makes its sales unprofitable.

The company in the eastern city of Ningbo is among exporters of goods from motorcycle parts to electronics that are scrambling to cope with President Donald Trump’s higher duties by shipping early, raising prices or finding new markets.

The 25 percent increase would turn Cixin’s profits to losses in the U.S. market, which takes 30 percent of its exports, according to Wang Liqiang, a company manager.

 

US bars China’s telecom giant ZTE from buying US components

Daily Journal – The U.S. Commerce Department is blocking Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp. from importing American components for seven years, accusing the company of misleading U.S. regulators after it settled charges of violating sanctions against North Korea and Iran.

 

Energy & Environment

 

Severe Storms Strike US From Hawaii to Virginia

USA Today – A wide range of severe weather is striking much of the U.S. 27 inches of rain fell in 24 hours in part of Hawaii, stranding dozens. Strong winds and possible tornadoes struck Virginia and North Carolina.

Related: Raw: Spring Storms Leave Thousands Powerless in NC

 

Science & Technology

 

Tesla Workers Claim Racial Bias and Abuse at Electric Car Factory

Bloomberg – A discrimination lawsuit filed by former factory workers will test the legal rights of contractors.

 

Humans will be genetically modified for the first time in Europe as scientists get the go-ahead to use DNA-splicing therapy to treat blood disorder

Daily Mail – Humans will be genetically modified for the first time in Europe after regulators have given the go ahead to trial DNA-splicing therapy.

A destructive blood disorder known as beta thalassaemia, which reduces the production of haemoglobin, could be cured using this therapy.

Haemoglobin carries the oxygen the body needs to its cells and without sufficient amounts those with the disease can be left with bone deformities, anaemia, slow growth, fatigue and shortness of breath.

Scientists at the biotech company Crispr hope that they can alter the body’s code to stop the genetic mutation and restore healthy levels of haemoglobin.

 

Health

 

FDA Wants to be Your Doctor and Restrict Access to Customized Medications

Green Med Info – FDA wants to act as your physician and regulate your access to customized medications. Action Alert!

With its new guidance, the FDA is further tightening the screws on pharmacies that produce customized medications for individual patients. The agency is inserting itself into the role of “doctor” by deciding for patients whether there is a “clinical need” for certain medicines to be made at pharmacies. The reason? We believe they want to protect the monopoly of FDA-approved drugs.

 

What Are Polyphenols? Polyphenols Foods, Benefits, Recipes & More

Dr. Axe – To put it simply, polyphenols are a type of micronutrient that contain health-promoting properties and can be found in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Plant polyphenols are rich in antioxidants, which can help fight off harmful free radicals and prevent damage to cells while lowering the risk of chronic disease. Polyphenols have also been associated with many other health benefits, ranging from better blood sugar control to a reduced blood clot formation.

There are four groups of polyphenols that are found in different food sources. These main types include:

  • Flavonoids
  • Stillbenes
  • Lignans
  • Phenolic acids

Top Polyphenols Foods

There are plenty of polyphenols food sources available that you can easily add into your diet. In particular, there are a high amount of polyphenols in coffee, berries, cocoa powder, and certain spices and seasonings, like cloves and star anise.

Here are a few of the top polyphenol foods that you may want to consider upping your intake of:

Fruits:

  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Plums
  • Apples
  • Black currants
  • Plums
  • Pomegranates

Vegetables:

  • Artichokes
  • Spinach
  • Red onions
  • Chicory

Beans:

  • Black beans
  • White beans

Nuts:

  • Hazelnuts
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Pecans

Beverages:

  • Black tea
  • Green tea
  • Red wine
  • Coffee

Other Foods:

  • Cloves
  • Cocoa powder
  • Dried peppermint
  • Star anise
  • Dark chocolate
  • Olive oil