North Korea and EMP: “The image of an America gone dark, an America suddenly transported from an era of iPads to an era of horse and buggy travel is not science fiction but a very real possibility”

AMERICAN THINKER
Could North Korea Destroy the US?
By Daniel John Sobieski
April 19, 2017

….What is not being discussed is a much bigger and more imminent threat that makes action imperative, an existential one for the United States.  The nightmare scenario of an America sent back centuries in time before electricity, refrigeration, and smart phones has grown unnervingly closer with the presence of two North Korean satellites with orbits over a blissfully unaware American populace and an Obama administration that was indifferent to the apocalyptic threat of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack...Technologically, such an EMP attack is easy — since the weapon detonates at high-altitude, in space, no shock absorbers, heat shield, or vehicle for atmospheric re-entry is necessary. READ MORE

WASHINGTON EXAMINER Getting ready: Pentagon to protect electric grid from massive attack

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Chelsea Clinton: “The last thing the left needs is the third iteration of a failed political dynasty”

VANITY FAIR
Please, God, Stop Chelsea Clinton from Whatever She Is Doing
by T.A. Frank
April 21, 2017

Amid investigations into Russian election interference, perhaps we ought to consider whether the Kremlin, to hurt Democrats, helped put Chelsea Clinton on the cover of Variety. Or maybe superstition explains it. Like tribesmen laying out a sacrifice to placate King Kong, news outlets continue to make offerings to the Clinton gods. In The New York Times alone, Chelsea has starred in multiple features over the past few months: for her tweeting (it’s become “feisty”), for her upcoming book (to be titled She Persisted), and her reading habits (she says she has an “embarrassingly large” collection of books on her Kindle). With Chelsea’s 2015 book, It’s Your World, now out in paperback, the puff pieces in other outlets—Elle, People, etc.—are too numerous to count. READ MORE

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Last week’s terrorist-murderer “knew that if he committed an act of terror, he would be lionized by the Palestinian Authority and  that, if he were killed or sent to prison, his family would be taken care of financially”

GATESTONE
Why Is the US Still Funding Palestinian Terrorism? (At Least Close the PLO Office in Washington)
by Shoshana Bryen
April 19, 2017

British exchange student Hannah Bladon was stabbed to death on a Jerusalem light rail train last Friday. Her murderer was identified as an East Jerusalem resident who had previously been convicted of molesting his daughter and had tried to commit suicide. Failing at that, he apparently opted for terrorism, on the assumption that the police would kill him. They didn’t. “This,” the Shin Bet said in a statement, “is another case, out of many, where a Palestinian who is suffering from personal, mental or moral issues chooses to carry out a terror attack in order to find a way out of their problems.”  READ MORE

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“In a particularly obnoxious move, Tufts’ Students for Justice in Palestine chapter engineered the vote to occur just before Passover, thus blindsiding many Jewish defenders of Israel who had already headed home for the holiday”

ALGEMEINER
A Predictable BDS Win at Tufts
by Andrea Levin
April 19, 2017

…A key question is why such measures succeed on some campuses, but fail on many others — or never come up at all on the roughly 4,000 US college and university campuses. There have been…just over 100 such measures introduced in total over the last five years on 54 separate campuses, with slightly fewer than half passing…On the other hand, on campuses with active, outspoken, pro-Zionist faculty members that support pro-Israel students and feature robust pro-Israel programs, the presence of hostile SJP and JVP chapters can be neutralized and BDS efforts are often defeated. READ MORE

ALGEMEINER ‘We Were Ambushed,’ Say Claremont Colleges’ Jewish Students After Senate Passes Sudden Pro-BDS Motion on Passover, Easter Sunday

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Mattis in Israel: “As far as Centcom is concerned, Israel is not part of the Middle East. Israel is in Europe”

JERUSALEM POST
General Mattis and the Fatah tautology
by Caroline B. Glick
April 19, 2017

…[General[ Mattis is reputedly a very smart, well-read man. And yet, his claims show that despite his intelligence, he has a stunning lack of intellectual curiosity about Israel and the Palestinians and their positions in the wider Middle East. Lest we give in to the temptation to believe that Mattis’s ignorant, tautological thinking was simply a function of his service in the Obama administration, during his Senate confirmation hearings as President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as Defense Secretary, Mattis doubled down. When asked point blank to name Israel’s capital, Mattis refused to acknowledge that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Instead, he stunned lawmakers when he proclaimed that Tel Aviv is the capital of the Jewish state. READ MORE

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US efforts to respond to Holocaust “pushed back by anti-semites in the US State Department”

THE INDEPENDENT
Allied forces knew about Holocaust two years before discovery of concentration camps, secret documents reveal
by Andrew Buncombe
April 18, 2017

The Allied Powers were aware of the scale of the Jewish Holocaust two-and-a-half years earlier than is generally assumed, and had even prepared war crimes indictments against Adolf Hitler and his top Nazi commanders. Newly accessed material from the United Nations – not seen for around 70 years – shows that as early as December 1942, the US, UK and Soviet governments were aware that at least two million Jews had been murdered and a further five million were at risk of being killed, and were preparing charges. Despite this, the Allied Powers did very little to try and rescue or provide sanctuary to those in mortal danger. READ MORE

US STATE DEPARTMENT Department of State Commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day

TIMES OF ISRAEL Even as horrors exposed, AP news agency kept secret pact with Nazis

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Iran helped Assad murder Syria’s civilians

JERUSALEM POST
How Iran enables Syria’s chemical warfare against civilians
by Benjamin Weinthal
April 17, 2017

The 59 Tomahawk missiles the US fired at the Shayrat Air Base served to punish dictator Bashar Assad for his use of chemical weapons against civilians. The strikes on April 6 also helped shine a spotlight on Iran’s role in Assad’s repeated use of nerve agents, because the mullahs’ Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps were at Shayrat. What the rapid-fire news cycle didn’t say early this month was that Tehran and Damascus jump-started a program to develop a sophisticated Syrian chemicals arsenal as early as 2004. The British publication Jane’s Defense Weekly reported in 2005 that the Islamic Republic would work with Syria to build an “innovative chemical warfare program.” READ MORE

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