Brexit: All Eyes on “Super Saturday”

After a week of intense negotiations, the British government and the European Union yesterday formalized a new Brexit agreement that will allow the UK to leave the EU on October 31. However, the new agreement has to be approved by the British Parliament for the process to proceed. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has until Saturday to convince his party’s Eurosceptics, Northern Ireland Unionists, and opposition members to vote for the deal. None are so far keen on endorsing it.

No Agreements Yet in Making United Government in Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was given first chance to make a government.  The deadline will soon be in one week.  In the meantime he has presented a proposal to the Blue-White party of Benny Gantz which they have refused.  They claim that Netanyahu is only stalling because of his possible indictment which will be finalized in November. These were the conditions Netanyahu gave to Gantz:

Moroccan Journalist Pardoned by King for “Abortion”

Moroccan King Mohammed VI has pardoned journalist Hajar Raissouni, who was sentenced to a year in prison for having sex outside marriage and then having an abortion. The Justice Ministry said the king’s intervention in the case, which sparked widespread reactions, came out of “compassion.” The 28-year-old Moroccan journalist was released and was lifted out of prison on Wednesday with her Sudanese fiancé, who was also charged in the case.

Iran Arrests Second French Researcher

The French Foreign Ministry confirmed Wednesday that another French researcher, Roland Marshall, had been arrested in Iran several months ago. A French research group said Wednesday that he was arrested along with Fariba Adelkhah in June. The Sciences Po university in Paris, both of which Marshall and Adelkhah are members, published the news of Mr. Marshall’s arrest on its website.

6.3 Magnitude Earthquake Leaves Five Dead, Dozens Injured, in Philippines

At least five people have lost their lives, and scores others have sustained injuries following a series of earthquakes that have struck the Philippines. The 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit the southern part of the country on Wednesday night. The quake triggered landslides and caused a fire in the Gaisano shopping mall in General Santos city shortly after the quake, but shoppers and employees managed to escape without injuries, the civil defense office said.

Dark Web Child Porn Site Busted, Hundreds Arrested Worldwide

Law enforcement investigators say more than 338 people have been arrested following the dismantling of one of the biggest child pornography markets on the dark web. It contained more than 7,000 videos downloaded more than a million times. The site was shut down a year ago after British research into a sex offender revealed it. Authorities, however, revealed on Wednesday that 337 suspected users had been arrested in twelve countries.

Brexit: EU and UK Agree on New Deal

The European Union and the UK negotiating teams have reached an agreement for Britain to leave the EU at a meeting in Brussels. “We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control— now Parliament should get Brexit done on Saturday so we can move on to other priorities like the cost of living, the NHS, violent crime, and our environment,”  Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a tweet.

Does Ukraine Have its Own Assange? Perhaps Russian Meddling?

On October 9, 2019, the Interfax-Ukraine conference center held a press conference for journalists. The Interfax-Ukraine News Agency is a Kiev-based Ukrainian news agency founded in 1992. The company belongs to the Russian news group Interfax Information Services. The press conference allowed for the release of supposed facts pertaining to the US embassy influence on the Ukrainian law enforcement agencies meddling in the US democratic elections process.

All Blacks (13-10) Still Favorites in World Cup Quarterfinals

Three grueling weeks of pool play have produced upsets, controversy, several cancelled matches, and at least one suspension.  On Saturday, the 2019 Rugby World Cup moves along, as eight teams take to the pitch for the quarterfinals.  Saturday’s contests include England (-300) taking on Australia (+260) in Oita, followed by favorites New Zealand (-460) against pre-tournament #1 Ireland (+390) from Tokyo.  Sunday’s action features Wales (-225) versus France (+235), also from Oita, then surprising hosts Japan (+459) face South Africa (-600) at Tokyo Stadium.

Europe Recorded “412,000 Premature Deaths” from Air Pollution

Air pollution caused 412,000 premature deaths in 41 European countries in 2016, 2% less than the previous year, according to a report by the European Environment Agency (EEA). The last report was published today Wednesday on the agency’s official website. The EEA argues that binding regulations and local measures have had positive effects on air quality, and although records may change from year to year due to weather variations, the figure is consistent with the data since 1990, with a reduction of half a million deaths.

Hong Kong Leader Cancels Speech After Chaos in LegCo

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam was forced to read her annual speech via video after protests from pro-democracy legislators. They reportedly shouted and mocked Lam in the middle of the speech. Lam is being pressured by protests against Chinese intervention which had taken place four months ago. In her speech, she promised to remain committed to restoring trust in the government and asking people to “put aside differences.”

Erdogan: “We Will Never Declare a Ceasefire” Against Kurds

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has unequivocally rejected all US calls for an end to military operations in northern Syria. Instead, the Turkish army has continued bombing Syrian border posts. Forces affiliated with the Syrian army are stationed in the border. Despite the US’ calls for a ceasefire, and sanctions on its ministers, President Erdogan has said he will continue his military operations in northern and eastern Syria. Meanwhile, the Syrian army is said to have been entrusted with Russian support.

Hydrogen Infrastructure Market Domination: China is the Elephant in the Room

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering announced on October 14th their intend to form the Midwest Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Coalition to raise awareness of the potential for hydrogen and fuel cells to provide energy resilience and security, reduce emissions and foster economic growth.

China’s Draconian Verification Process – Social Credit True Danger

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced that from December 2019, it will use facial recognition to control over 800 million mobile internet users. According to China’s laws, a person using any online service needs to be identified. There is no such thing as anonymity in China.

The chronology of the evolution of the Chinese totalitarian laws:

Prince William and Princess Kate Arrive for “Most Complex Tour” in Pakistan

Britain’s Prince William and Princess Kate arrived at Noor Khan Airbase in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on October 14 for their “most complex tour” ever. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Thomas Drew, and other members of the Pakistani Foreign Office were present on the occasion to welcome them. The Guard of Honor was also presented to both guests. On this occasion, the strictest security arrangements have been made in the capital of Islamabad. One thousand policemen are stationed around Islamabad where the royal couple is staying.

Guinea Opposition Calls for New Protests After Five Killed

Guinea’s opposition convened a new series of anti-government demonstrations on Tuesday, after at least five protesters and a police officer were killed in clashes between security forces and opponents in the capital, Conakry. Demonstrators protested on Monday against a possible third term of President Alpha Condé. According to a hospital source, five young protesters were shot dead by police in the capital. The government said a policeman was also shot dead in the town of Mamou, east of Conakry.

Jacob Zuma, Former South African President, to Stand Trial for Corruption

Former South African President Jacob Zuma, splashed in scandals that led to his forced resignation in 2018, will be tried for bribery in relation to a 20-year old arms deal involving the French group Thales. Zuma, who was in power from 2009 to 2018, is being prosecuted for corruption, money laundering and racketeering linked to a huge armament contract worth 30 billion rands (or about $2.5 billion at the current rate) awarded in 1999.

Barcelona Airport in Chaos After Pro-Catalan Protests

Protests broke out in various parts of Catalonia Monday after the Spanish Supreme Court sentenced nine independence leaders to between 9 and 13 years for sedition and embezzlement. Thousands gathered at Barcelona–El Prat Josep Tarradellas Airport in Barcelona.

The acting Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, called a meeting with the main parties while ensuring that his office will “fully comply” with the sentences. The political reaction confirms that the sentences will become one of the main issues in the November 10 elections.

Mexican Ambush Leaves 14 Police Officers Dead

At least 14 police officers died in an armed attack in the municipality of Aguililla, in the western Mexican state of Michoacán, authorities said on Monday. The region has been hit by violence linked to organized crime. According to the local press sources, state police were ambushed in the morning by men aboard armored vans when they were on their way to serving a court order in the area.

Nobel Prize in Physics 2019 – First Discovery of Planet Orbiting Solar-type Star Outside Our Solar System

Nobel Prize in Physics is a yearly award given by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for those who have made the most outstanding contributions for mankind in the field of physics. The 2019 Nobel Prize in physics depends on the atomic physics.

The 2019 Nobel Prize is split between Michel Mayor (University Geneva), Didier Queloz (University of Geneva, University of Cambridge) and James Peebles ( Princeton University) for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star, which is based on the radial velocity method. Also known as Doppler spectroscopy, it is the most effective method for locating extrasolar planets with existing technology.

Turkish Offensive Analysis in Syria

Russian military officials are voicing concerns over the humanitarian crisis in Syria due to Turkish involvement. Turkey started an operation against the Kurds on October 9, 2019 under the guise of “counterterrorism.” The Kurdish population of Syria is that country’s largest ethnic minority, comprising between 7% and 10% of the population.  Kurds are one of the indigenous peoples of the Mesopotamian plains and the highlands in what is now south-eastern Turkey, north-eastern Syria, northern Iraq, north-western Iran and south-western Armenia.

Catalan Separatists Sentenced for Sedition, Embezzlement

Spain’s Supreme Court on Monday sentenced nine separatist leaders involved in Catalonia’s attempted independence in October 2017, to terms ranging from nine to 13 years in prison. All defendants were acquitted of the most serious charge of rebellion. The group was convicted of crimes ranging from sedition to embezzlement of public funds, in an expected decision. Three defendants were found guilty of disobedience crimes and were not sentenced to prison.

Kaïs Saïed Wins Tunisian Run-Off in Landslide

Independent presidential candidate and professor Kaïs Saïed has officially been elected as the new president of Tunisia with a clear victory. He apparently convinced about 75% of Tunisian voters in a true electoral landslide. His opponent, the controversial media magnate Nabil Karoui, earlier called the competition an unfair battle, but he has since acknowledged Saïed’s victory.

Ecuador’s Government, Protestors Reach Agreement to Restore Peace

The government of Ecuador and the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) announced an agreement Sunday night that is likely to bring to an end a wave of 11 days of protests in the country and restore peace. President Lenin Moreno stepped back and agreed to the repeal of the decree removing fuel subsidies. Protesters celebrated the deal on the streets of the capital, Quito.

Thousands Rally in Berlin After Anti-Semitic Attack

Thousands of people took to the streets of Berlin on Sunday in protest against extreme right-wing violence and anti-Semitism, in a gesture of repudiation of the attack that left two dead this week in the east German city of Halle. The protest began on Bebelplatz square, in front of the Humboldt University in the heart of the German capital. It was in this square where, in 1933, the Nazis burned books by Jewish authors considered “subversive” by Adolf Hitler’s regime.

Putin Tours Middle East for Clout and Crude

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Saudi Arabia Monday to meet with Saudi leaders.  Putin also held talks with King Salman, as well as with Saudi Arabia over Iran and Syria. The leaders’ talks focused on the issue of oil production and the price of the product in world markets. Political analysts believe that tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, as well as Turkey’s progress in Syria, are among the issues to be discussed at the summit of the leaders of the two countries.

Khamenei Meets With Khan in Tehran, Presents Plan to End Yemen War

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who traveled to Tehran to mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia, met with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday. The Supreme Leader praised the Pakistani government’s concern for peace and security, saying, “the Islamic Republic of Iran has for a long time presented a four-point plan to end the war in Yemen.” He added, “the end of this war in the proper way can have positive effects on the region.”

Netanyahu Indictment Proceeding – Holding Back Progress in Making New Government

Israel is celebrating the holiday of Succot.  The holiday begins Monday night and lasts for seven days. During this time, Jews will appear to be camping out eating and living in booths which are temporary dwelling places. On the eighth day of the holiday is Simchat Torah when is completed the reading of the entire five books of Moses.  On the holiday of Simchat Torah (translated as the Joy of the Torah), Jews dance with Torah rejoicing in being the chosen people on earth to receive the Torah.

Kais Saied Appears to Win Tunisian Presidential Election

More than 7 million voters were called back to the polls on Sunday for the third time in less than a month to elect a new president who faces the challenge of taking the country out of its economic crisis. Independent constitutional law professor  Kais Saied and his rival, businessman and media magnate Nabil Karoui, a candidate for the “Heart of Tunisia” party, competed Sunday in the second round of the presidential elections.

Polish Nationalists Win Most Votes in General Election— Outright Majority Unclear

Poles went to the polls on Sunday to decide general elections, and whether the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) will repeat its victory and win an absolute majority in Parliament. The polling stations in Poland opened today at 07:00 local time (05:00 GMT). More than 25,000 polling stations are enabled for this day and remained open until 9 PM local time (19.00 GMT).

Hong Kong Police Arrest More as “Lady Liberty” Looks On

Hong Kong police carried out new arrests during protests on Sunday, organized in different neighborhoods by pro-democracy protesters. Security forces stormed a shopping center which protesters had vandalized for supporting the pro-Beijing Hong Kong government. On the other hand, a group of protesters secretly transported a statue that became a symbol of their mobilization on top of an emblematic mountain of the ex-British colony, the “Lion Rock” (495 meters), which dominates the peninsula from Kowloon.

Typhoon Hagibis: Death Toll Escalates in Japan’s Worst Storm in 60 Years

At least 35 people have been killed in a devastating typhoon that hit Japan this weekend. Many others are missing. This is considered to be Japan’s most severe storm in the last 60 years. The typhoon hit shortly before 9 PM local time on the Izu Peninsula in southwestern Tokyo. It is now moving along the east coast of Japan’s main island. The wind speed of this storm has reached a maximum of 225 kilometers per hour.

Kurds Call for Help, Europe Cuts Off Weapons to Turkey in Syria

The Kurds, who have faced Turkish attacks in northern Syria, are calling on Americans to assume their moral obligation to help them. They accuse the United States of leaving them alone, despite promises to provide them security. The Kurds, in a statement, also called on the United States to close the area’s airspace for Turkish planes. Meanwhile, France has suspended arms exports to its NATO ally because of Turkish military action.

Trump Gets Bad Decisions, Another Resignation, in Frantic Friday

A federal judge ruled Friday that the that the national emergency declaration proclaimed by US President Donald Trump is illegal. Therefore, his decision to divert money from other sources to finance the construction of a border wall is also illegal. Judge David Briones of the US Federal Court for the Western District of Texas responded to a lawsuit filed against the federal government by El Paso County, Texas, jointly with the Border Network for Human Rights.