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Kimberly’s News Picks – 06/27/2017


Golan battles bring Hizballah near Israeli border

In the last 48 hours, Israel has conducted air strikes on and aimed tank fire at Syrian army positions near Quneitra’s northern suburb of Baath city, 3km from IDF Golan border defenses. (See map). Those positions were the source of the mortar shells that exploded on the Israeli Golan – 10 on Saturday, June 24 and three the next day. They came from a battle in which Syrian and Hizballah units were fighting off a Syrian rebel offensive around Quneitra.


Kushner talks ‘next steps’ to Middle East peace with Netanyahu, Abbas

Kushner, who was joined by Jason Greenblatt, the president’s top representative on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, and David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, discussed with the prime minister “potential next steps” in the effort to establish peace between Israel and the Palestinians, according to a White House statement.

Kushner and the Israeli officials “underscored that forging peace will take time” and emphasized the “importance of doing everything possible to create an environment conducive to peacemaking,” the White House said.

Kushner and Greenblatt also met Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his senior advisers in the West Bank city of Ramallah.


Russian Submarine Test-Fires ICBM

The Russian Northern Fleet’s Project 955 underwater missile cruiser, aka submarine, Yuri Dolgoruky has successfully test-fired a Bulava missile from the Barents Sea and hit all the designated targets at the Kura practice range in Kamchatka, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported on Monday according to Russia’s TASS news agency.

“The Project 955 Borey-class underwater missile cruiser Yuri Dolgoruky has made a successful launch of a Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile from the designated area of the Barents Sea towards the Kura practice range in Kamchatka. The launch was made from the submerged position in compliance with a combat training plan,” the Defense Ministry said.

It is unclear if the Russian launch was in response to any recent US or NATO drills: at the end of May, the Pentagon conducted its first successful test interception of a simulated  ICBM attack, modeling a possible escalation in hostilities with North Korea.

How China’s cyber command is being built to supersede its U.S. military counterpart

As U.S. leaders contemplate a proper definition for “cyberwar,” their counterparts in China have been building a unit capable of fighting such a large-scale conflict.

China’s rival to U.S. Cyber Command, the ambiguously named Strategic Support Force (SSF), is quietly growing at a time when the country’s sizable military is striving to excel in the digital domain.

Though the American government is widely considered to be one of the premier hacking powers — alongside Israel, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom — China is rapidly catching up by following a drastically different model.

US official announces cyber pact with Israel


The Islamic State militant group (ISIS) is increasingly turning to drone warfare in the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa as it loses swaths of territory in the de facto capital of its self-declared caliphate.

The city has been under siege by a U.S.-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters since June 6. But now ISIS fighters are using technological means to slow the advance of the coalition known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF.

According to France 24, its correspondents witnessed, firsthand, grenade-size munitions attached to unmanned drones that are difficult to stop because of their size and speed.

Even If ISIS Goes Down Soon, It Probably Won’t Stay Down Long


Great recession fears as bankers warn next global crash could arrive ‘with a vengeance’

A new financial crisis is brewing in the emerging economies and it could hit “with a vengeance”, an influential group of central bankers has warned.

Emerging markets such as China are showing the same signs that their economies are overheating as the US and the UK demonstrated before the financial crisis of 2007-08, according to the annual report of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).

Claudio Borio, the head of the BIS monetary and economic department, said a new recession could come “with a vengeance” and “the end may come to resemble more closely a financial boom gone wrong”.

Central banks raise alarm over new crash after steep rise in lending

Central Banks Buying Stocks Have Rigged US Stock Market Beyond Recovery

Illinois is about to declare a state of bankruptcy and seize all state pension funds, just as the Health Ranger repeatedly warned for the last year

Unlike the city of Detroit, states are not allowed by law to file bankruptcy and it would take an act of Congress for that to be permitted.



Johnny Depp slams Donald Trump at Glastonbury and asks: ‘When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?’

Elise Jordan Says Defending Trump ‘Like Hugging a Suicide Bomber’

Rob Reiner Calls for ‘All Out War’ to Resist Trump

30 GOP Congressmen Have Been Attacked or Threatened Since May

Obama Plans Return to Campaign Trail to Save Democrats

Four Senate Republicans Say They Can’t Support Health Care Bill Yet

“It looks like a reiteration or a keeping of Obamacare,” Sen. Paul told reporters Thursday afternoon. “I’m a ‘no’ on the bill currently.”


Texas, three more states on California’s banned travel list

California is restricting publicly funded travel to four more states because of recent laws that leaders here view as discriminatory against gay and transgender people.


Nebraska ‘Tri-Faith Initiative’ Building Church, Synagogue, Mosque Side by Side

A groundbreaking was recently held as part of a Nebraska building project that will erect a church, synagogue and mosque side by side on the same property. Temple Israel, the American Muslim Institute and Countryside Christian Church claim that they are being led by God to create the multi-faith location in Omaha. “We believe that we are being led by our God to continue the journey started by Abraham and that we are all called to be a blessing to each other and our community,” the FAQ section of the Tri-Faith Initiative website outlines.

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