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March 10, 2017- China Warns of Nuclear First Strike in Response to THAAD Deployment


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Headline:    Palestinians receive Obama’s $221 million secret gift

The US transferred $221 million to the Palestinian Authority (PA), funds former US President Barack Obama quietly released in his waning hours. The Trump administration initially announced a freeze on the move. During Wednesday’s press briefing, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said it was his “understanding” the funds had been released, after initially saying there was an ongoing review. The funds are meant for Palestinian programs, including “water, infrastructure, education, renewable energy, civil society, municipal governance, and the rule of law, as well as Gaza recovery,” he said. A small amount was transferred directly to Israeli PA creditors, as well as to Jerusalem Palestinian hospitals. “None of the funding was to go directly to the Palestinian Authority,” Toner stressed. He concluded the issue by saying he would “double-check.”
March 9, 2017

Headline:  Netanyahu urges Putin to help prevent Iranian military front in Syria

Headline:  Netanyahu: Iran seeks to build naval base in NW Syria

Headline:  Rejecting Purim spiel, Putin tells Netanyahu to stop dwelling on past

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu conveyed Israel’s interests in preventing an Iranian front against Israel in Syria, during his meeting in Moscow on Thursday with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “I made it clear that Israel has no objection to a (peace) agreement in Syria, but we are firmly opposed to such an agreement in which Iran and its proxies will be left with a military presence in Russia,” said Netanyahu after his meeting with Putin. The prime minister explained that he scheduled his meeting with Putin on Thursday in order to clarify Israel’s security concerns regarding Iranian attempts to build an open-ended military presence in Syria against the backdrop of peace talks in Kazakhstan. “We see Iran trying to build a military force, a military infrastructure, with the intention to be based in Syria, including the attempt by Iran to build a seaport,” explained Netanyahu. “All this has serious implications in terms of the security of Israel.” Earlier in his meeting, Netanyahu conveyed what he felt to be the threat of radical Shi’ite Islam, led by Iran, to the rest of the world at large. Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop living in the past Thursday, after the Israeli premier tried to tie tensions with Iran to an upcoming Jewish holiday about a thwarted genocide of Jews in ancient Persia. Adopting a conciliatory tone, Putin said that the events described by Netanyahu had taken place “in the fifth century B.C.” “We now live in a different world. Let us talk about that now,” Putin said.
March 10, 2017

Headline:  Report: Trump to speak to Abbas for first time since becoming president

Headline:  Abbas petitions Trump for Palestinian state alongside Israel

Headline:  Trump invites Abbas to the White House

US President Donald Trump and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will speak by telephone later on Friday, the White House and Palestinian officials said, their first contact since Trump took office. The call, scheduled for 12:15 p.m. Washington time  (7:15 p.m. Israel time), comes as Palestinians are concerned at Washington’s more favorable approach towards Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu since Trump came to power. It is not clear what issues will be discussed in Friday’s call, but Palestinian officials indicated Abbas would emphasize his concerns about Israeli settlement building on occupied land and the need for a two-state solution to the conflict. At a Feb. 15 news conference during Netanyahu’s visit, Trump was ambivalent about a two-state solution, the mainstay of US policy in the region for the past two decades. While one of the first calls to a foreign leader made by Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama was to Abbas, Trump has been cautious in his contacts with the Arab world. He has spoken to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi and met with Jordan’s King Abdullah, who took the initiative and flew to Washington for an impromptu visit.
One of the most heated issues between Israel and the Palestinians is Israel’s building of settlements in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) and eastern Jerusalem, territory the Palestinians want for their own state along with Gaza. In about two weeks, Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s special representative for international negotiations, is scheduled to arrive in Israel to begin talks with the government on construction in the settlements, The Jerusalem Post learned on Sunday.
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Headline:    Jordan: Israeli bill to quiet mosques is a violation of international law

Headline:  Arab mayor orders to raise the volume of the muezzin in protest

Headline:  Hamas condemns mosque loudspeakers bill, warns of Arab backlash

Jordan on Wednesday bashed Israel for approving a preliminary reading of a bill that proposes to prohibit religious institutions from using outdoor speakers and is understood to be aimed mostly at the country’s mosques. Jordan, with whom Israel has had official diplomatic relations since the peace treaty between the two countries was signed in 1994, voiced concern over the possibility of the bill being approved, slamming it as a law that could potentially violate international human rights laws and conventions. According to the Jordan Times, Jordan’s Minister of State for Media Affairs, who also serves as the government’s spokesperson, Mohammad Momani, warned that Israel would be violating its commitment to the peace treaty if it eventually passed the bill into law. He explained that a clear provision in the Jordanian-Israeli peace treaty stipulates that Israel respects Jordan’s role regarding Islamic sanctuaries in Jerusalem. By passing the bill, the Knesset would interfere with the Jerusalem Wakf’s management of mosque affairs in the capital, he said. Momani also noted that international and humanitarian law apply to east Jerusalem.
March 10, 2017


Headline:    New Lebanese army chief warns against ‘Israel’s plots’

The newly appointed Army Chief of Lebanon Joseph Aoun gave his first instruction to his soldiers on Friday, saying “be on full alert in the southern border to battle the destructive plan the Israeli enemy is plotting.” Lebanon appointed General Joseph Aoun as army commander on Wednesday, replacing General Jean Kahwaji who served as the army chief for the past 9 years.
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Saudi Arabia

Headline:       Firefight breaks out in Saudi Arabia’s restive Eastern Province

A firefight raged in Saudi Arabia’s restive Eastern Province between a suspected militant and police officers during a raid on Friday. The man was wanted in connection with alleged “terrorism” activities was shot dead and a police officer wounded in the firefight, the interior ministry. The incident in the Qatif area of the kingdom’s predominantly Shia, oil-rich region late Thursday saw the suspect open fire after refusing to surrender to security forces, a ministry spokesman said. Police fired back, resulting in the man’s death. The official SPA news agency reported that one officer was hospitalised after the altercation. Thursday’s shooting comes days after the killing by an unknown assailant of a policeman in Qatif, according to the ministry.
March 10, 2017

Headline:       At least 17 dead in airstrike on market in Yemen – medics

At least 17 people have been killed in a Saudi-led coalition airstrike on a marketplace in the town of Al Hudaydah in Yemen, medics told an RT stringer. More than 12 people were injured, with the medics warning that the death toll may rise to over two dozen. According to AFP, 26 people, including 20 civilians and 6 Houthi rebel fighters, were killed in the airstrike. The militants allegedly fled to the market to escape the bombardment, but were still targeted by the warplanes. A military source close to Saudi-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi told AFP that the rebels used civilians as “human shields.” Al-Masirah TV channel, controlled by the Houthis, reported that 27 people were killed and dozens wounded in the attack. The Red Sea port of Al Hudaydah is Yemen’s fourth-largest city, with a population of around 400,000, located in the west of the country. Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia has headed an international military coalition carrying out an unrelenting campaign of airstrikes against the Houthi rebels in Yemen.
March 10, 2017


Headline:       Warming relations between Egypt and Hamas

While the warming relations between Hamas and Egypt is leading to a sense of relief which Gaza residents have not experienced for many years, it is also causing concern both in Jerusalem and Ramallah. Among other things, for the first time in a decade, Egypt agreed to send concrete pumps into Gaza. According to an official in the Hamas-run enclave, two pumps were brought in on Tuesday through the Rafah crossing which they said were intended for private companies, not for Hamas. Israel has prohibited the entrance of such pumps being moved into the strip ever since the blockade of Gaza commenced, for fear that Hamas could use them to arm their bunkers or for their ‘tunnel industry.’ The thawing of the frosty relations between Egypt and Hamas culminated in a first visit to Cairo during the regime of al-Sisi, conducted by deputy Hamas leader, Ismail Haniyeh in January, during which he met with Egyptian intelligence officials. Haniyeh was accompanied by a slew of Hamas officials, including from its military wing. At the same time, there is a growing tension between Ramallah and Cairo, both in the context of Egypt’s warming relations with Hamas, and in light of Egypt’s support of Muhammad Abbas’s great rival, Mohammed Dahlan, who was dismissed from the ranks of Fatah and is trying to challenge the leadership in Ramallah as an alternative leader. A record high was marked last week when Egypt prevented a senior Fatah official, Jibril Rajoub, to enter its territory. Rajoub landed at Cairo airport but had to return in disgrace on the same flight to Amman.
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Headline:    Turkey warns US relations at risk if Kurds help retake Raqqa

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says the United States risks major damage to its relationship with NATO ally Turkey if Kurdish forces are included in the fight to retake Raqqa, the Daesh group’s de facto capital. Turkey and the US are locked in a heated dispute about US plans to liberate Raqqa, with Turkey suggesting its own military and allied forces in Syria should mount the fight. Yildirim says Turkey wouldn’t be part of any operation including the Syrian Kurdish force. He tells The Associated Press on the sidelines of a meeting with visiting foreign journalists that “if the US were to prefer terrorist organizations over Turkey in the fight against Daesh, that would be their own decision.” But he says Turkey wouldn’t consent.
March 9, 2017

Headline:  Syrian government urges U.N. to make Turkey withdraw from Syria

Headline:  UN Accuses Turkey of Massive Destruction, Torture in Kurdish Areas

The Syrian government has called on the United Nations to force Turkey to pull “its invasion forces” out of Syria, state media said on Friday. Turkey’s military shelled Syrian government forces and their allies in northern Syria on Thursday, causing deaths and injuries, state-run SANA news agency reported. Turkey launched its first major military incursion into Syria in August, deploying tanks and air power in support of rebel groups opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Turkey’s operation aims to drive Islamic State from the border and stop Kurdish militias from gaining ground in their wake. Syria’s foreign ministry urged the U.N. secretary general and security council to “force Turkey to withdraw its invasion forces from Syrian land and stop the attacks”, SANA said. The Syrian government blames Turkey for “killing tens of thousands of its innocent sons and destroying Syrian infrastructure”, it added.
March 10, 2017



Headline:     US-backed SDF says it can capture Syrian city of Raqqa

Headline:  Kurdish militants slice through the Islamic State heartland near Raqqa

 US-backed Syrian militias said on Thursday they have enough forces to capture the city of Raqqa from ISIS with support from the US-led coalition, underlining their opposition to any Turkish role in the attack. Raqqa is ISIS’s main base of operations in Syria and the US-backed campaign to capture it has been boosted with the arrival of a Marines artillery unit. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which includes the Kurdish YPG militia and Arab groups, have in recent days cut the road from the Raqqa to ISIS’s stronghold in Deir al-Zor province – the last main road out of the city. Deeply worried by the YPG’s influence, Ankara is pressing Washington to take part in the final assault on Raqqa. The SDF says it ruled out any Turkish role during meetings with US officials last month, though Turkey said on Thursday no decision had been made yet and the US-led coalition said a possible Turkish role remained a point of discussion. “The number of our forces is now increasing, particularly from among the people of the area, and we have enough strength to liberate Raqqa with support from the coalition forces,” Jihan Sheikh Ahmed, an SDF spokeswoman, said.
March 10, 2017

Headline:  Islamist rebels surrender Homs bastion to the Syrian Army

Moments ago, warring parties reached a verbal agreement over the Al-Waer district that would have rebel forces leave for Idlib and the northwestern Homs suburb completely restored under Syrian Arab Army (SAA) control. A new round of Al-Waer negotiations began on Wednesday and have now come to an end although the deal will formally be signed tomorrow, a military source told Al-Masdar News. The agreement was brokered by a Russian delegation. The source added that local Islamist factions wish to have their forces evacuated in batches while the SAA prefers to have them all depart at once; this represents the last point of dispute but is expected to be resolved shortly.
March 10, 2017

Headline:  New jihadist group sends reinforcements to northwest Aleppo

Earlier this week, the newly formed jihadist coalition, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, sent a large number of fighters from the Idlib Governorate to northwest Aleppo in anticipation for a large Syrian Arab Army (SAA) offensive. Opposition activists claimed a large convoy consisting of several militant groups were heading northeast from the Idlib Governorate to the Al-Malaah and Al-Zahra areas of Aleppo on Tuesday. This news coincides with the latest arrival of Syrian Arab Army reinforcements that were sent to the Al-Zahra front in order to participate in the upcoming offensive to take the Al-Layramoun District and enter Kafr Hamra.
March 10, 2017

Headline:    Syria Situation Report March 2 – 9, 2017


Headline:    Iraq says ‘no evidence’ of chemical weapons attacks in Mosul

Headline:  Mosul district liberated as ISIS are repelled at Tal Afar military airport

 Iraqi UN Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim said on Friday there was “no evidence” that Islamic State had used chemical weapons in Mosul, where the militants are fighting off an offensive by US-backed Iraqi forces. Alhakim said he spoke with officials in Baghdad at midday on Friday and “there was really no evidence that Daesh has used this chemical weapon.” Daesh is another name for Islamic State.  The United Nations said last Saturday that 12 people, including women and children, had been treated for possible exposure to chemical weapons agents in Mosul since March 1. Meanwhile, Combined Iraqi forces on Friday liberated another district in western Mosul from ISIS, whilst also repelling a failed assault on Tal Afar military airport. The district liberated was identified as al-Amle to the southwest of the city. This is in conjunction to the liberation of Nabi Sheet and Oakidat districtS, which lay on the outskirts of Mosul’s Old City.
March 10, 2017

Headline:    Control of Terrain in Iraq: March 9, 2017










Headline:      Putin: Russia-Turkey Relations ‘Being Re-established Quickly’

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Russian-Turkish relations are strengthening as the two countries seek ways to reduce the scale of fighting in the six-year Syrian conflict. “We are very happy that connections between our countries are being re-established quickly,” Putin told reporters as he hosted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Moscow. “We are actively working on solving the most serious crisis, first of all the Syrian one.” Russia and Turkey worked closely to broker a cease-fire in Syria in December. In addition to co-sponsoring two negotiating sessions this year between the Syrian government and the opposition, they collaborated on a campaign to neutralize the Islamic State militant group in Syria. Their increasingly close relationship comes after the two nations supported opposing sides in Syria, with Russia assisting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Turkey throwing its support behind some Syrian opposition forces.
March 10, 2017


Headline:   Iran claims it tested ballistic missile

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard claimed on Thursday it had successfully tested a ballistic missile, The Associated Press reported, citing Iran’s semiofficial Fars news agency. The Iranian report quoted Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, chief of the Guard’s airspace division, as saying the missile destroyed a target from a distance of 250 kilometers (155 miles). Hajizadeh claimed the sea-launched ballistic missile dubbed Hormuz 2 was tested last week. The Hormuz 2 is capable of hitting floating targets with high accuracy within a range of 300 kilometers (186 miles), Fars said. It provided no additional details. Another Iranian news outlet, the Tasnim news agency, quoted Hajizadeh as saying the Revolutionary Guard had prepared a ballistic missile for civilian purposes but plans to launch it were canceled after a threat by the United States.
March 10, 2017


Headline:       IS Taking New Strategy in Afghanistan

The attack in Kabul that killed at least 30 people this week, claimed by the Islamic State militants, was different in strategy from the group’s past assaults. Those, like the one on a Shi’ite Hazara minority group protest in Kabul last year, had been simpler. Large public gatherings are easy targets for a suicide bomber. An attack on a military hospital in a city like Kabul, where security is so tight one cannot get into a shopping mall without going through metal detectors, requires complex reconnaissance and pre-planning. It pointed to the group’s ability to carry out a sophisticated, intelligence-driven operation, according to Barnett Rubin, associate director of the Center on International Cooperation. “[T]hey were able to reconnoiter the hospital very well to figure out how to get into it, to smuggle all of the explosive material into Kabul, to have a safe house where they could set up everything, they obtained the proper clothing in order to disguise themselves as doctors and so on,” Rubin said.
March 10, 2017


Headline:   Russian private security firm says it had armed men in east Libya

Headline:  IS attempting regrouping in Libya – US African Command Head

A force of several dozen armed private security contractors from Russia operated until last month in a part of Libya that is under the control of regional leader Khalifa Haftar, the head of the firm that hired the contractors told Reuters. It is the clearest signal to date that Moscow is prepared to back up its public diplomatic support for Haftar — even at the risk of alarming Western governments already irked at Russia’s intervention in Syria to prop up President Bashar al-Assad. Haftar is opposed to a U.N.-backed government which Western states see as the best chance of restoring stability in Libya. But some Russian policy-makers see the Libyan as a strongman who can end the six years of anarchy that followed the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi. The presence of the military contractors was, according to the head of the firm, a commercial arrangement. It is unlikely though to have been possible without Moscow’s approval, according to people who work in the industry in Russia. Oleg Krinitsyn, owner of private Russian firm RSB-group, said he sent the contractors to eastern Libya last year and they were pulled out in February having completed their mission. In an interview with Reuters, he said their task was to remove mines from an industrial facility near the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, in an area that Haftar’s forces had liberated from Islamist rebels. He declined to say who hired his firm to provide the contractors, where they were operating or what the industrial facility was. He did not say if the operation had been approved by the U.N.-backed government, which most states view as the sovereign ruler of Libya.
March 10, 2017


Headline:     Armenia plans to build free economic zone with Iran

Armenia is currently in negotiations with southern neighbor Iran over plans to establish a free economic zone in Meghri, a town in the country’s southern region bordering Iran, Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan announced on Friday in Syunik. “For year 2017, we have prepared an investment package of 830 million U.S. dollars,” the prime minister announced. “55 million of these funds will be invested in Syunik’s mining, agricultural and other industries,” he added. Prime Minister Karapetyan said that an exporting company would be founded jointly with the Iranian side, which would be purchasing products from the Armenian market and sell them in Iran.
March 10, 2017

Headline:     No one is paying attention to the 2nd Islamic State that’s emerging in Syria- VIDEO

Headline:     U.S. to host 68-nation meeting on countering Islamic State

Headline:     ISIS Sanctuary Map: March 9, 2017

A new Islamic State is being constituted in Syria, and no one is paying attention— yet. “There’s a second Islamic State that has emerged,” says Theo Padnos, adding: “Nobody knows what is happening in the northwestern corner of Syria. I know because I’m in touch with some of these people, and they’re making videos all the time. We just haven’t connected the dots.” Padnos is a freelance journalist who, in 2012, was kidnapped in Syria and held captive by elements of Al Qaeda and the Nusra Front. He was released two years later, following negotiations led by the head of Qatar State Security. In a wide-ranging interview with RiskHedge’s Jonathan Roth, Padnos explains this new entity that’s growing in Syria. “There’s a second Islamic State; it’s right on the Turkish border,” Padnos explains. “To get to this second Islamic State from any European country, it’s a couple of days on the bus. Young kids are going every day — that’s what the guys on the ground in Syria are telling me: ‘Oh yes, we have new French people, new English people every day.'”
March 10, 2017









Headline:    Native Americans Bring Dakota Pipeline Protest To Trump’s Doorstep

Headline:  Pope Francis issues veiled warning about Donald Trump: ‘Populism is evil’

Thousands of demonstrators, including members of dozens of indigenous tribes, marched through the streets of the nation’s capital on Friday morning, capping a four-day protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline and President Donald Trump. Protesters gathered at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers headquarters before heading toward the White House, chanting, “You can’t drink oil. Keep it in the soil” as they marched. Raymond Kingfisher, of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe in Montana, told The Huffington Post that he traveled to Standing Rock six times over the last year to join the protests. His message to the Trump administration: “We’re still here.” “They need to start dealing with us because we are not going anywhere,” Kingfisher said during Friday’s march. “They need to honor our treaties and respect our rights.” The Native Nations March, organized by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Indigenous Environmental Network, comes a month after the Army greenlighted completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline without an environmental study. Tribes from around the county have been gathering in Washington, D.C., for days, erecting teepees on the National Mall near the White House.
March 10, 2017

Headline:  Legal challenges to Trump’s travel ban mount from US states

Headline:  Maryland to join lawsuit challenging Trump travel ban

Legal challenges against President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban mounted Thursday as Washington state said it would renew its request to block the executive order and a judge granted Oregon’s request to join the case. The events happened a day after Hawaii launched its own lawsuit, and Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said New York state also asked to join his state’s legal effort. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said the state is joining fellow states in challenging the revised travel ban. Washington was the first state to sue over the original ban, which resulted in Judge James Robart in Seattle halting its implementation around the country. Ferguson said the state would ask Robart to rule that his temporary restraining order against the first ban applies to Trump’s revised action. “My message to President Trump is — not so fast,” Ferguson told reporters. “After spending more than a month to fix a broken order that he rushed out the door, the President’s new order reinstates several of the same provisions and has the same illegal motivations as the original.” Robart on Thursday granted Oregon’s request to join Washington and Minnesota in the case opposing the travel ban.
March 10, 2017

Headline:  South Korea president Park Geun-hye ousted by court

Headline: Two Killed in clashes as South Korea ousts president

South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye has become the country’s first democratically elected leader to be forced from office. Judges unanimously upheld parliament’s decision to impeach Ms Park over her role in a corruption scandal involving her close friend, Choi Soon-sil. She now loses her presidential immunity and could face criminal charges. There have been angry scenes outside the court. Police said two protesters had died. The court ruling is the culmination of months of political turmoil and public protest. An election must now be held within 60 days. Ms Park’s office said she would not be leaving the Blue House, South Korea’s presidential palace, on Friday nor making any statement. Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn has called for calm, saying the government should remain stable to prevent internal conflict from spreading.
March 10, 2017


Headline:     Trump set to send B-52 NUCLEAR BOMBERS to South Korea after North fires missiles at Japan and US warns of ‘overwhelming’ response

Headline:  U.S. reaffirms alliance with South Korea, THAAD deployment

DONALD Trump is reportedly planning to send nuclear bombers to the Korean peninsula as tensions in the region reach breaking point. North Korea and the US have been teetering on the brink of war for months after Kim Jong-un carried out a series of controversial missile launches. Earlier this week, trigger-happy Kim pushed his luck once more when he fired off four ballistic missiles into the seas near Japan. Now US military chiefs are reportedly planning to fly in B-1 and B-52 bombers – built to carry nuclear bombs – to show America has had enough, according to the Korea Times. Secretary of Defence James Mattis said the US “remains steadfast in its commitment” to the defence of the South, according to Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt Jeff Davis. Capt David said: “He further emphasised that any attack on the United States or its allies will be defeated and any use of nuclear weapons will be met with a response that is effective and overwhelming.” Washington is reportedly expected to deploy a series of strategic assets from the US as well as from military bases in Guam and Japan, reports the Daily Mail.
March 10, 2017

Headline:  China Warns of Nuclear First Strike in Response to THAAD Deployment

Headline:  China Working on Stealth Military Drones

China warns that it is reconsidering its policy not to use nuclear weapons against South Korea in response to the U.S. deploying the THAAD missile system and sending B-52 bombers to protect its ally. THAAD is being deployed to shield South Korea from North Korean ballistic missiles after several tests by the Stalinist state in recent months. Beijing is furious because the system will also be capable of detecting and tracking missiles launched from China. It was also reported yesterday that the U.S. will send B-1 and B-52 nuclear bombers to South Korea in order to display a stern show of strength. An article in the Global Times, which is widely regarded as the voice of the Chinese government, says that Beijing will respond to America’s “strategic provocations” by actioning a “rapid increase in the number and quality of China’s strategic nuclear weapons” and that China isn’t worried about starting a limited “arms race”. Asserting that “the US must pay the price for the THAAD deployment,” the piece goes on to warn that, “If the US further intensifies its anti-missile attempts and strategic containment, China may reconsider its pledge of not being the first to use nuclear weapons.” In other words, Beijing is signaling that it would be prepared to use nuclear weapons against South Korea in the event of a conflict.
March 10, 2017


February 28, 2017 –  Nine tons of dead fish found floating in the sea by fishermen in Zhejiang, China

March 3, 2017 –  Birds to be culled after avian flu outbreak Suffolk England

March 3, 2017 –  Massive fish mortality due to heat wave in Córdoba Spain

March 6, 2017 –  Bird flu found at Tyson Foods chicken supplier Tennessee

March 7, 2017 –  Three more dolphins found dead on South Hams England beaches this week

March 8, 2017 – 10,000 dead fish found in dried up stream in Senftenberg, Germany

March 8, 2017 –  Leopard Sharks Wash Ashore at Ocean Beach California

March 8, 2017 – 200 head of cattle dead on the plains of northeastern Colorado

March 9, 2017 – Vietnam slaughters 23,000 chickens following latest bird flu outbreak

March 9, 2017 – Thousands of cattle dead due to wildfires in Kansas


Headline:  U.S. doctors sound alarm on yellow fever outbreak

Top infectious disease specialists are warning that a yellow fever outbreak in the jungles of Brazil could bring the disease to the United States. Over the past few weeks, the Latin American country has seen an uptick in yellow fever cases in some of its rural areas. According to the Pan American Health Organization, health officials have confirmed 371 yellow fever cases, including 241 deaths. Hundreds more cases are being investigated. This high number of cases is out of proportion to the number reported in a typical year, Anthony Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and colleague Catharine Paules, M.D., explain in a letter published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine. Since the areas in Brazil currently affected by the outbreak are close to major urban centers, including Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo where millions of people live, infectious disease experts are concerned that the virus could spread into city populations there for the first time in decades.
March 9, 2017

Headline:  UN: Cholera Reaches South Sudan’s Second-largest City

The United Nations says South Sudan’s cholera outbreak has reached the country’s second-largest city, as the number of cases nationwide rises beyond 5,500. The U.N. humanitarian agency said Friday that cases of the sometimes fatal gastrointestinal disease have been confirmed in Malakal, which has been ravaged by the country’s three-year civil war. The U.N. says cholera now has been confirmed in 14 South Sudan counties, with at least 137 deaths since June. Cholera cases have been reported in the two counties recently declared to be in the grip of famine, Mayendit and Leer. Many of the country’s cholera cases have been reported around the capital, Juba.
March 10, 2017

Headline:  Mumps outbreaks reported across USA

Hundreds of cases of mumps have been reported across the country since the start of 2017, according to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention. As of March 4, the CDC had received reports of 1,242 cases of mumps, a contagious viral infection that can result in swollen salivary glands and flu-like symptoms. In Washington state, Seattle and King County Heath officials said a dozen University of Washington students, all connected to sororities or fraternities, contracted the illness, KING-TV reported. This year, there have been 563 reported cases of mumps and probable mumps statewide, an increase from last year when 154 cases were reported in the state, according to the Washington State Health Department.  In Tulsa, officials investigated five confirmed cases of mumps in the area, KFOR-TV reported.In Illinois, the Lake County Health Department announced its partnering with Barrington School District 220 to hold a vaccination clinic after four cases of confirmed mumps were reported and 35 probable cases identified in the area. Though cases of the mumps fluctuate each year from a few hundred to a few thousand, the high number of cases so early in 2017 has some health officials concerned.
March 10, 2017


Headline:     Canada pushes to legalize, expand abortion worldwide

While Canada has some of the most libertine abortion laws in the world, with no national restrictions whatsoever on the termination of pregnancies and only limited local statues, the government of Justin Trudeau is looking to advance the cause of abortion even further, funding an effort to battle protections for unborn children abroad. Prime Minister Trudeau announced on Wednesday that his government would spend $650 million to promote birth control access and abortion abroad. Among other things, the plan entails funding for foreign NGOs battling laws restricting abortion in their home countries. According to an outline of the plan presented by the Trudeau government, Canada will fund efforts in foreign countries dedicated to “removing judicial and legal barriers to the fulfillment of sexual and reproductive health and rights.” That provision, says Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau, includes advocacy for expansion of abortion access. “Advocacy is included in our initiative, so yes, we will support local groups and international groups who advocate for women’s rights, including abortion.”
March 10, 2017


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