Category Archives: News

Study: Canola oil linked to Alzheimer’s, weight gain

Source: New Zealand Herald [New Zealand]

“Canola oil has been heavily marketed as a healthy choice because it is low in saturated fat. But according to the Daily Mail, a new study suggests the trendy kitchen staple could worsen memory loss and learning ability in Alzheimer’s patients. It may also increase the build-up of plaques in the brain, a hallmark of the degenerative disease. And despite its seemingly wholesome profile, researchers discovered it caused weight gain. The findings suggest for the first time that long-term consumption of canola oil is not beneficial to brain health.” (12/11/17)

France: Regime lures US scientists with anti-Trump climate grants

Source: CBS News

“Several U.S.-based climate scientists are about to win multi-year, all-expenses-paid grants to relocate to France. The ‘Make Our Planet Great Again’ grants are an effort by French President Emmanuel Macron to counter U.S. President Donald Trump on the climate change front. Macron announced a competition for the grants hours after Mr. Trump declared he would withdraw the U.S. from the global accord reached in Paris in 2015 to reduce climate-damaging emissions. Macron is unveiling the winners Monday evening ahead of a climate summit Tuesday aimed at giving new impetus to the Paris accord and finding new funding to help governments and businesses meet its goals.” (12/11/17)

Catalonia: Spanish occupation troops steal art work from museum

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Police in Spain’s Catalonia region are removing medieval artefacts on Madrid’s orders in an ownership battle with neighbouring Aragon. The operation, which started before dawn, involves 44 items stored in the Catalan Museum of Lleida but originally from Sijena monastery. Aragon claims they were sold illegally by the monastery’s nuns. The seizure comes as tension continues between Madrid and Catalonia over the region’s independence push.” (12/11/17)

Venezuela: Maduro bans opposition parties from 2018 presidential election

Source: Time

“As the President of Venezuela consolidated his party’s hold on power with what appeared to be a landslide win at municipal polls this weekend, he dealt another blow to the country’s main opposition groups by disqualifying them from next year’s bid for the presidency. None of the political parties that boycotted the mayoral race will be allowed to participate in the 2018 presidential election, incumbent Nicolas Maduro said …. In August, Maduro created the Constituent Assembly — a new, all-powerful body — to replace the opposition-dominated National Assembly and seen as vehicle for enforcing the president’s bidding. Maduro said barring opposition parties from next year’s presidential race was in keeping with criteria set by the Constituent Assembly, according to the BBC.” (12/11/17)

Saudi Arabia: Regime lifts 35-year ban on movie theaters

Source: CNN

“Saudis will soon be able to go to the movies for the first time more than 35 years. From early next year, commercial movie theaters will be granted licenses, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture and Information said in a statement on Monday. It expects the first cinemas to open their doors in March. … The government hopes that opening movie theaters will act as a catalyst for economic growth and diversification, creating new employment opportunities and providing Saudis with a greater range of entertainment options.” (12/11/17)

Fourth Day of Rage: Israeli bus shot at, 60 reported wounded in clashes

Source: Haaretz [Israel]

“An armored bus traveling in the West Bank near the settlement of Ofra was fired upon on Sunday. Israeli forces searching for suspects found 11 rounds of bullets in the area. No casualties were reported. In the northern Israeli town of Shfaram a woman was slightly injured when stones were thrown at a city bus. … The Palestinian Red Crescent reported Sunday that it treated some 60 wounded people in the West Bank and Gaza in what is now the fourth day of clashes between Palestinian protesters and security forces. According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, 10 of the casualties were wounded by live fire, while another 40 suffered from tear gas inhalation.” (12/10/17)

Kenya: Opposition group says protest mock inaugural postponed

Source: Newburgh Gazette

“The National Super Alliance (NASA) postponed the much anticipated controversial inauguration of its chief, Raila Odinga, as the ‘People’s President’ on Sunday evening. Speaking from Okoa Kenya, Lavington, Swearing-in Organising Committee chairman, Jarred Siswe confirmed NASA’s plans were in motion and the swearing in was still slated for December 12. Odinga successfully challenged Kenyatta’s August re-election but then boycotted a rerun vote in October, demanding electoral reforms. … Kenya’s government said last week the ceremony would amount to treason and the USA urged the opposition to cancel it amid concerns it might end in violence. Kenyatta won with over 98 percent of the votes and was inaugurated last week.”

AZ: Jurors acquit cop who executed compliant, unarmed victim on camera

Source: Arizona Republic

“A Maricopa County jury on Thursday found former Mesa police Officer Philip ‘Mitch’ Brailsford not guilty of second-degree murder charges in the 2016 shooting of an unarmed Texas man who was on his knees begging for his life. Jurors deliberated for less than six hours over two days, finishing Thursday afternoon. The eight-member jury also found Brailsford not guilty of the lesser charge of reckless manslaughter.” [editor’s note: Were the jurors selected for low IQ, or did they get friendly visits from The Thin Blue Line explaining what might happen to them if they convicted this walking human-shaped hunk of excrement? – TLK] (12/08/17)

Iraq: Regime declares complete victory in war against Islamic State

Source: Washington Post

“Iraq’s prime minister declared an end Saturday to the war against the Islamic State, more than three years after militants overran and captured one-third of the country and imposed a violent and austere rule over millions of Iraqis. Haider al-Abadi announced that the rugged, sparsely populated desert region bordering Syria has been ‘cleansed’ of Islamic State fighters and that the porous border that had underpinned the self-declared caliphate that straddled both countries has been fully secured. … Saturday’s declaration caps a war that has killed thousands of Iraqi troops in fierce battles for such cities as Tikrit, Ramadi and Beiji since 2015.” (12/09/17)

Trump’s border wall: Climbing tests begin on prototypes

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“US Customs and Border Protection officials are making sure the wall prototypes cannot be breached. President Trump says he will visit the site and pick the winning design after the tests.” (12/09/17)