Israeli Air Force jets bombed targets in the northern Gaza Strip early Saturday morning following rocket fire late Friday at cities in southern Israel.
The IDF said in a statement that Israeli planes struck three targets in the northern Gaza Strip belonging to Hamas. Local reports identified the locations as near the Gaza Strip town of Jabaliya.
Not only does the West facilitate the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, but in the West as well.
According to a recent NPR report, the U.S. supported “moderate” coalition fighting both Bashar Assad and the Islamic State in Syria “has extremists in its own ranks who have mistreated Christians and forced them out of their homes” — just as the Islamic State (IS) has done.
Christian minorities forced out of their homes who manage to reach Western nations — including the United States — sometimes encounter more trouble.
Despite having family members to sponsor them, a group of 20 Christians who fled the Islamic State in Iraq have been imprisoned indefinitely, some since February, at the Otay Detention Facility in San Diego, even though they have local family members and Christian leaders who vouch for them (a primary way that the majority of detained foreign nationals are released is to the supervision of American citizens who vouch for them).
There were rioters who had spent the night in the al-Aqsa Mosque stockpiling rocks, bricks, and firebombs otherwise known as Molotov Cocktails but using such an offensive wording is understood to be forbidden as the attacks of Arabs must be softened and appear to be restive or unruly conduct, not actual assault with intent to do bodily harm or even attempted murder, the charge I would face if I were to hurl a Molotov Cocktail, no, wait, firebomb except as I am not Muslim it would be the Molotov Cocktail and a charge of assault with intent to do bodily harm if not attempted murder. These ‘youths’ were a little high spirited this morning and were rightfully protesting the exclusion of two groups of people who cause disturbance and upset the mood for those visiting the Temple Mount by hurling insults, throwing objects, cursing, spitting, kicking and otherwise spoiling the…
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It is always difficult to explain to friends who picture themselves standing to my left why I cringe at words like the ones Jeremy Corbyn employed in his victory statement the other day.
Corbyn said: “Let us be a force for change in the world, a force for humanity in the world, a force for peace in the world, and a force that recognizes we cannot go on like this, with grotesque levels of global inequality, grotesque threats to our environment all around the world,” and so forth, on behalf of the safety of refugees and the well being of the poor.
I am in favor of every one of those points, and I think it is disgusting when I hear anybody sneer at any of them. And yet, when certain kinds of people invoke language of this sort, I hear a different speech entirely, which is in favor of dictatorship. I cannot point to the precise element that makes me hear the different speech, and yet I know imprecisely what is the element. It is the earnest tone. The more earnest the speech seems to be, the more frightening is the tone; and, if the speaker is unaware of the frightening tone, the frightening quality doubles or triples.
Parliament has now broken for the conference recess today and while the Westminster village remains transfixed by Jeremy Corbyn, we have a chance to look further afield at something bigger and rather more important: interest rates.
Today could mark the end of an era – the age of cheap money. If the US Federal Reserve raises interest rates from near-zero – the last time we had a hike was in 2006 – it will be the first change in the cost of borrowing since 2008. “If we do get a rate rise this month, analysts seem certain that we won’t get another until 2016,” Peter Spence notes. “So any hike would come with a “dovish” tone, indicating the next would be further away.”
Cheap money has underpinned our lives for nearly a decade now: governments, companies and households alike have been able to load up on debt to finance everything from public services to a new house. Pressure on the Fed is rising, with the OECD calling for higher US rates “soon” to reduce the risk of the economy overheating. “Financial markets have had lots of time to prepare for the coming interest rate rise, which has already been repeatedly put off”, writes Jeremy Warner. “Whatever the Fed does is almost bound to cause problems.”
How will politics look and feel when governments and voters have to pay more to service their debts? The Fed’s decision will come at 7pm London time. If it’s not this time, it will happen eventually, starting a global round of tightening that will eventually lead even the Bank of England to raise Bank rate. Whenever the Great Tightening begins, the effects will eventually be felt everywhere, including Westminster.
“The timing of the first rate hike is of secondary importance compared to the pace of increase” OECD
Prime Minister’s Jez-tion Time
Jeremy Corbyn’s first PMQs as Labour leader wasn’t a disaster, says Dan Hodges, “which is why it was”. I’ve argued that Corbyn’s “meandering” questioning meant he was a bit all over the place. This comes as Mark Carney warned that his agenda would “hurt” the poor, while a Labour donor offered to fund MPs who defect. “Far from being a populist,” writes Allister Heath in today’s paper, “Jeremy Corbyn is a Left-wing elitist who doesn’t really understand the new politics.”
The Labour leader has been forced to soften his position on Trident and the EU, and seemed befuddled by what was required to be in the Privy Council. He has also hired a “director of rebuttal”. Meanwhile, Corbyn’s driver has allegedly assaulted a BBC cameraman in a scuffle outside his home.
Republicans, Round II
Republican presidential candidates have spent another evening locked in debate. Follow our blow-by-blow liveblog of the CNN debate, including the best quotes and reaction.
Not Inevitable, But Not…Evitable
Scottish independence is not inevitable despite Nicola Sturgeon riding roughshod over her promise to respect last year’s referendum result, David Mundell will warn today in a major speech commemorating the vote’s first anniversary.
Cage Against The Machine
David Cameron will name and shame some of Britain’s top universities as havens for Islamist fanatics, Tom Whitehead reports. This comes as the government urged the National Union of Students to distance itself from controversial groups like Cage.
ABC: It’s Not Easy As 1-2-3
The Archbishop of Canterbury is preparing to gamble his legacy on a high-stakes plan to overhaul the 80 million-strong worldwide Anglican church in what he sees as a “last throw of the dice” to avert a permanent split over issues such as homosexuality, John Bingham reports.
All In The Family
Joice Mujuru, 60, once vice president of Zimbabwe, is rumoured to be forming her own political party to snatch power from former mentor Robert Mugabe. His one time protégé, she even referred to herself as his ‘daughter’. Peta Thornycroft has more.