OPEC Considering Cuts Ahead of March Meeting

OPEC is considering extending its oil production cuts until the end of the year, as the markets are still looking downward, but discussions remain at an early stage. Russia’s TASS news agency quoted a source within the organization on Friday. The source said the group, which includes two oil exporters, was due to meet in March, but it might also meet in June to decide on the policy.

Houthi Militia Losses Exacerbates in al-Dhalea

The Houthi militia’s losses were exacerbated in confrontations with the joint forces in al-Dhale governorate, while the National Army affirmed that the battle to liberate Sanaa was an irreversible option. Military sources said to reporters that the Houthi militia suffered great human and material losses when the joint forces responded to a major attack launched by the Houthi militia in the western al-Dhale governorate.

Israel in the Center of the World for International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Israel this week is in the center of the world as it is receiving guests from nations of the world to join together on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  The remembrance of the six million Jews that died in the holocaust is also connected to the remembrance of the forty million people that died in World War II. Technology has brought the whole world together. The goal of every human being is united with the memory of the six million; to prevent a third world war. World leaders arrive in Israel for the country’s biggest diplomatic event.

Griffiths in Sanaa to Meet With Houthis

Martin Griffiths, the UN Special Envoy to Yemen, arrived today in Sana’a to discuss halting the military escalation and ways to hold a round of Yemeni political consultations. A news source at Sanaa International Airport said that Griffiths arrived with his assistant, Muin Shreim. Political sources confirmed that Griffiths will meet with the leaders of the Houthi militia to discuss reducing the military escalation, as part of his attempts to persuade the parties to the conflict to move towards a new round of consultations, without conditions to discuss arrangements for a political solution to the crisis in Yemen.

Full International Holocaust Remembrance Day Coverage

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived Thursday for the commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day, and sat next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Before this, he met with the mother of Naama Issachar, the woman imprisoned in Russia for drug smuggling, whom Netanyahu has tried to free. Considering that she only possessed nine grams of cannabis, many have pleaded that the sentence of 7.5 years is unjust. Putin listened to her, and hinted that everything will be fine.

Iran Threatens to Withdraw from Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that his country will withdraw from the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) if the Europeans present its violations of the Iran Nuclear Deal to the UN Security Council. “If the Europeans continue their improper behavior or send Iran’s file to the Security Council, we will withdraw from the NPT,” he said.

Israel Roundup: Immunity for Netanyahu, a Pardon for Yissachar

Discussions will begin next week in the Knesset on whether to grant Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immunity from prosecution. Netanyahu has been indicted for fraud, bribery and breach of trust, which he feels are not severe to interfere with his ability to be Prime Minister. Blue and White, his opponents in the next elections, have pushed for hearings on immunity to be held before the elections in March.

Iran Confirms it Fired Missiles at PS752

Iran confirmed on Tuesday that it fired two missiles on January 8 at Ukrainian International Airlines flight 752, a catastrophic error that caused the deaths of the 176 people that were on board. As per the contents of a preliminary report by the Civil Aviation Organisation of Iran (CAOI) released today, investigators who had access to military information “found that two Tor-M1 missiles were fired from the north at the plane.”

Assad Army Bombings Displace Thousands in Aleppo Countryside

About six thousand families from the western countryside of Aleppo have been displaced, amid intense Russian and Syrian bombing of the area during the past three days, since the ceasefire collapsed within the de-escalation zone. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, in a report, stated that the wave of displacement from the towns and villages of the west of Aleppo escalated against the backdrop of the intense bombing. The area is mainly exposed to Russian planes since the ceasefire collapsed in the region subject to Russian-Turkish misunderstandings.

Iranian Clubs to Boycott AFC Champions League

The main Iranian football clubs decided not to participate in the AFC Champions League for 2020, in response to an alleged ban on home matches in the country. The move is ostensibly related to the security atmosphere, and comes following the accidental downing of a Ukrainian airliner by missiles from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps that killed 176 people near the capital, Tehran, local media reported on Saturday.

The Battle Between Conservative and Liberal Ideals in the World

Progressive liberal influences are affecting Orthodox Muslims, Christians, Hindus and Jews throughout the world. In the news is an article regarding the Catholic church Pope Benedict warns against relaxing priestly- celibacy rules. Pope Benedict resigned from his position and Pope Francis is his successor. Many people guess the reason for his resignation which was very unusual for a Pope to resign.  He may have seen that in the future there would be pressure on the Catholic Church to institute reforms and he was not willing to make these changes. One of the changes is being talked about by Pope Francis regarding priestly celibacy rules under the pressures of his opponents that have pressured the church on the issue of immunity of Priests to sexual abuse accusations. Pope Francis has opened the Catholic Church to gays, and has endorsed interfaith dialogue.

UN and European Union Calls to Stop Military Operations in Syria

On Friday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, called for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Idlib, saying that the latest ceasefire in Syria “failed again to protect civilians.” This came the day after 10 people, including 3 Turkish soldiers, were killed in an explosion that rocked Raqqa. “It is deeply distressing that civilians are still being killed on a daily basis in missile strikes from both the air and ground,” Bachelet said in a statement about the Russian-Turkish ceasefire, which was supposed to be implemented about a week ago in Idlib.

Canadian Foreign Minister: The World Waits for Iran’s Proper Response

Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne promised that Iran would be “pressured” to respond to the “exact cause” of the downing of the Ukrainian aircraft. “The world is waiting for the answer and will not calm down until the right answer is received,” he said in London today. Foreign ministers of five countries whose citizens were killed by two Iranian Revolutionary Guards missiles fired on Ukrainian planes met on Tuesday to pressure Tehran into conducting “full and transparent” investigations into the tragedy.

UN: Five Million Syrian Children Have Been Displaced

A new report by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria shows that armed militant groups in Syria are abusing children on a wide scale. Approximately 1.5 million children have been displaced inside Syria, and 3.7 million have fled the country. The United Nations Commission announced in its new report Thursday that there have been several violations against Syrian children since last year. The Commission’s report referred to cases of children being used in suicide bombings, using child soldiers for war and raping them.

Lebanon: Dozens Detained After Protesters Hit Banks

Dozens of Lebanese demonstrators were released by security forces after two nights of angry movements in Beirut. A number of them targeted banks, and were arrested, according to attorneys accompanying them to their files. The Lawyers Committee to defend the demonstrators, through its Facebook account, announced that “all detainees were released during the demonstrations in Hamra and Mazraa on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the exception of seven foreigners who will be referred to General Security.”

Macrocosm and Microcosm – Faith and Religion

Democracy is the result of six thousand years in the development of civilization. Democracy is the macrocosm of the story of life and civilization from the first day of creation until today. The microcosm of creation and civilization are the religions in the world, the nations of the world with a law. The macrocosm democracy with the ideology of freedom is one, the aspect of unity. The microcosms are multiple nations each with their own law. The law of a democracy is like is written in the Declaration of Independence, One nation under God with liberty and justice forever. Within a democracy is a microcosm which is called its constitution. There is no nation without boundaries, without a constitution. In a democracy the macrocosm is freedom as an ideal. In a microcosm a theocracy or secular dictatorship there is no statute of freedom written in the law. The people are called subjects, servants of their nation. President Trump declared at the Evangelist rally, America worships God and not its nation.

World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi Attracts 800 Exhibitors

The 2020 session of the World Future Energy Summit opened today at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center, amid wide participation of hundreds of exhibitors and the presence of tens of thousands from across the region and the world. Business leaders, experts, suppliers and buyers were there, seeking to conclude commercial deals and exchange knowledge and experiences on the latest innovations and technologies. It is the largest event in the field of sustainability and future energy in the Middle East and Africa.

Trump Open to Negotiations With Iran

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday night that he was open to negotiating a new nuclear deal with Iran, but the first step depends on the Iranian regime. His only conditions, as he made clear, are “no nuclear weapons and don’t kill protesters.” Trump tweeted, “National Security Adviser suggested today that sanctions & protests have Iran ‘choked off,’ will force them to negotiate. Actually, I couldn’t care less if they negotiate. Will be totally up to them but, no nuclear weapons and ‘don’t kill your protesters.”

US, Iran and the Geopolitical Future of the Middle East

2020 started with mass casualties of innocent lives. Iran shot down a Boeing airplane operated by Ukrainian airlines, resulting in the loss of human lives.  The attack happened after the US successfully executed (via drone strike) Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in Iraq. It is plausible to believe Iran was trying to murder the Iranian-Canadians on the plane, considering them traitors for leaving the regime.

Chief Rabbi’s Comments Illustrate Secular, Religious Tensions in Israel

Israel is faced with external and internal tensions. External tensions are the confrontations with its neighbors— Lebanon, Syria, and Iran. America is assisting Israel in self-defense of its nation. Israel will not accept the presence of Iran in Syria. In the news on Friday, after a tense week between Iran and America, Israel again attacked storehouses of weapons located at the border of Syria and Iraq.

Emirates Space Launches “New Space” Innovation Program

The Emirates Space Agency announced its cooperation with Krypto Labs, the Abu Dhabi-based Global Innovation Center, to launch a “New Space” innovation program nationwide. The initiative aims to boost the growth of companies operating in the private space flight sector in line with the Agency’s efforts to accelerate the growth of emerging technology companies in the field of space science.

Sharjah Welcomes Companies and Brands to Steel Fab 2020

At least 300 companies and 700 brands from 35 countries will showcase advanced technology and participate in the 16th metal industry and steel exhibition, Steel Fab 2020, from January 13-16 at the Expo Centre Sharjah. The most recent innovations in the forefront in the steel industry, metal forming, surface preparation, finishing and cutting, welding tools and techniques, and machinery manufacturing reflect the importance of the exhibition. It is the most prominent trade event specialized in the field of steel industry at the level of the UAE and the region.

Iran Admits “Unintentionally” Shooting Down Ukrainian Plane

Iran’s Armed Forces General Staff admitted on Saturday that, by “human error,” a missile launched by its army shot down the Ukrainian Airlines Boeing 737 plane with 176 people aboard. In a statement, the Iranian government said the aircraft was wrongly identified as a “hostile aircraft,” and hit it at the time the enemy threat was “at the highest level.” Tehran has apologized for the incident.

Did Iran Down Ukrainian Plane to Punish as Traitors Iranian-Canadians Who Left Iran?

Canada and UK claim to have intelligence the Boeing downing that was operated by Ukrainian airlines was done by Iran. Recent reports state that there were over 60 Canadians out of 138 people on board en route to Canada.  Many innocent lives were senselessly lost in this tragedy. Canada is a home to over 210,000 Iranian Canadians. There are no direct flights to Iran from Canada. That is one of the reasons many fly to Kyiv and transfer there to reach Canada.

Trump to Attend Davos Summit, Claims Soleimani Killing was Self Defense

US President Donald Trump plans to attend the World Economic Forum in Switzerland later in January. Last year, the President didn’t attend the meeting because of the record-long federal government shutdown. The annual World Economic Forum Summit, held in the popular ski resort of Davos, attracts high-profile businessmen and politicians, as well as academics and other community leaders.

America Confronts Iran – Democracy vs. Theocracy

The world is waiting to see what type of retaliation will be made by Iran for the assassination of Solimeini their general chief of staff. Iran shot eighteen missiles at US headquarters in Iraq. Democracy is at war with theocracy in the Middle East. In democracy freedom is of first importance in life. In theocracy the law, the Koran, The Torah is most important. Progressive Jewish Spirituality and Baha”i faith teach that freedom and the law are of equal importance but just like God is unknown his law is an unknown law. Koran and Torah are two attempts both claim to be the Law of God but they are in truth the Law of the Israel nation or the Law of the Islamic nation.  The prophets like Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Jerimiah taught the truth that there is a third law whose specifics are unknown which is the Law of God. Teach this in a theocracy and you will be put to death immediately.

US Counterfeit Currency – Where is it Coming From?

The US Constitution gives Congress the power to “coin money and regulate the value thereof.” Currently, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing produces paper money in two locations: Washington D.C. and Fort Worth, Texas. The money printed by the US government facilities are the only ones that are legit paper currency. According to the Federal Reserve, up to 80% of US paper currency ends up outside of the US, equivalent to 2.5 trillion US dollars.

Danger to US – How Truly Close are Russia and Iran?

The US and Iran are embroiled in a recent escalated conflict, ever since the death of Iran’s Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani. He was killed in a drone strike at the Baghdad Airport. Iran retaliated by striking US bases in Iraq. There is talk in the Russian media of Russia supplying C-400 weapon systems to Iraq. The information came from a member of the Russian Ministry of Defense. The S-400 Triumf, previously known as the S-300PMU-3, is an anti-aircraft weapon system developed in the 1990s by Russia’s Almaz Central Design Bureau as an upgrade of the S-300 family. It has been in service with the Russian Armed Forces since 2007.

Poland Will Not Attend Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel

January 27 will be International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Jerusalem. Israeli Holocaust Remembrance Day is in May of each year, but International Holocaust Remembrance Day falls out in January of each year. The function is dedicated to the remembrance of 75th anniversary of the liberation of Jews from Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. The occasion will also give its attention to the problems of Anti-Semitism in Europe, America, and throughout the world.

Iran: Ukrainian Airliner Crashes, IRGC Attacks U.S. Bases

A plane flying from Tehran, the capital of Iran, to Kyiv, Ukraine, crashed at dawn Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board, the local Iranian press reported. The aircraft crashed shortly after taking off from Imam Khomeini International Airport. The model is a Boeing 737-800 of the company Ukraine International Airlines, and had 167 passengers and nine crew members on board.

From Sadness to Joy – The State of Israel

The 10th day of the month of Tevet which falls out this year on January 7, is a sad day in Jewish history and a Jewish fast day.  It commemorates the day that Nebuchadnezzer the Baylonian King began the siege of Jerusalem and the holy temple built by King Solomon. Through the conquest of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple the Jewish people were exiled from their land almost completely. However they continued their religion in other places in the world. Seventy years later they returned to their land and built the second holy temple in Jerusalem which lasted over four hundred years. At one point in Jewish history Israel had sovereignty over the land of Israel. Even in the time of the second temple they did not have sovereignty and were a satellite nation.

Stampede at Soleimani Funeral Kills 50, Injures 212

More than 50 people were killed and 212 were injured in a stampede today, during during the funeral procession of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Kerman. The semi-official ISNA, citing Kerman relief chief Mohammad Sabéri, said of the 212 people injured in the stampede, “a small number” is in “serious condition.” Abbas Amian, chief of the forensic institute, said the 50 victims were asphyxiated, as reported by the Iranian media.

Trump Threatens Sanctions Over Iraq Resolution

The Iraqi parliament has voted to pass a resolution calling for foreign troops to withdraw from Iraq, including US and German troops. U.S. President Donald Trump also threatened the Iraqi government with sanctions for the first time. The resolution was passed by lawmakers, asking the government to terminate the agreement reached with Washington in 2014. The agreement allowed the United States to deploy 5,200 soldiers in Iraq.

Iran Abandons Nuclear Deal Over Soleimani Slaying

Iran announced, through its national television station Sunday, that it would no longer comply with any restrictions under the 2015 Nuclear Agreement (JCPOA). Although Tehran will continue to cooperate with the United Nations’ nuclear oversight agency, the (IAEA), it will no longer fully comply with the restrictions of the nuclear agreement, with the intervention of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

Can the Low Cost Global Gig Revolution Improve the Egyptian and Arabic Language “Jobless Growth Economy”?

Egypt has a massive population of over 98 million people, with the current GDP per capital at just over $3,000. Egypt has invested in human capital but according to Professor Ragui Assaad, Egypt’s economic growth is “jobless growth,” and has “no impact on employment rates or the quality of jobs…but poverty and inequality have increased. Growth has essentially not been creating good jobs despite the apparent decline in unemployment.”

Trump Threatens Iraq with Sanctions if it Kicks Out US Troops

US President Donald Trump threatened Iraq with drastic sanctions on Sunday if the country dares to kick out US troops out of the country in a hostile manner. The Iraqi Parliament has called on the government to send the US-led coalition out of Iraq after Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani was killed Friday in a US drone attack in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, by the US. But should Iraq fail to meet the US conditions for a possible retreat, the country will suffer sanctions “like never before,” Trump said.

Iraqi Parliament Approves Resolution to Expel U.S. Troops

The Iraqi parliament approved a resolution Sunday calling on the government to end the presence of foreign troops in the country following the attack by the United States that killed Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani at Baghdad airport, the capital of Iraq. “The government commits to revoke its request for assistance from the international coalition fighting Islamic State due to the end of military operations in Iraq and the achievement of victory,” the resolution read in part.

Progressive Evangelists Rule the World with Trump as Their Leader

President Trump is fighting for America and freedom. He considers Israel his partner because Israel is a democracy supporting America and defending freedom. The goal of President Trump as an Evangelist is to light up the country of America through adding to America faith in God which it is slowing losing. Israel although it is a secular state, the land of Israel represents to Evangelists as the homeland where was born Jesus Christ and his followers. Israel is the land of the Bible.

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week to Focus on Youth, Artificial Intelligence and Society

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2020 will start from January 11 to 18, and will be hosted by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company “Masdar.” The week takes place under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. Activities will focus on discussing the global sustainability agenda and the role of development in the areas of artificial intelligence, big data and the Internet of Things. All of this is accelerating the pace of sustainable development and other issues that contribute to shaping the future of development in the world.