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Bacon envy: Israeli Rabbi proclaims that lab-grown pork meat is Kosher

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Abstinence from eating pork is a pinnacle of Jewish religious dietary laws, which also prohibit the consumption of meat and dairy together

Pork meat would be kosher if it were "grown" in a lab, Israeli Modern Orthodox Rabbi Yuval Cherlow told Calcalist on Sunday. Mr. Cherlow addressed the issue at a panel on kosher food and genetic modification on Thursday at Bar-Ilan University near Tel Aviv. According to Mr. Cherlow, existing kosher laws could not be applied to lab-grown meat, since, well, it was never alive.

Jewish religious law prohibits consumption of pork, shellfish, and the eating of meat and dairy products together. Kosher laws also dictates the manner in which animals should be slaughtered and the way meat is processed. Technological advancements in the field of genetic modification and synthesized foods are pressing religious leaders to reevaluate, and at times, redefine these long-standing traditions.

Comment: He's right about that this last point - if the stuff is grown in a lab then it becomes something else altogether, no? Some call it shmeat.

Red Flag

Leftist indoctrination: High school history book suggests Trump is mentally ill and his supporters are racists

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An updated edition of a high school history textbook promotes an anti-Trump narrative and is laced with innuendos that his supporters and white people in general are racists.

Alex On-Air, a talk show host with WNOW-FM radio in Indianapolis, Indiana, posted several examples from the textbook on Twitter, and the story was also reported by The American Mirror.

What does this reflect?

"In case you didn't think there was an effort going on in public schools to indoctrinate kids with an anti-conservative agenda, a friend of mine took pictures and highlighted parts of this AP US History book," the WNOW radio host wrote on Twitter.


China seeking support from European countries to build 'firewall' in trade war with US

Beijing's international trade representatives have held multiple meetings with their counterparts in leading European economies as China seeks support in its trade brawl with the US, according to Reuters.

US President Donald Trump is threatening $150 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports. Beijing officials met ambassadors from France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and Italy last Thursday and Friday to propose a firewall against Trump's protectionism, the news agency reports, citing various sources.

"The message was that we have to stand together against US protectionism in favor of free trade," a European diplomat told Reuters. "China is showing confidence, but internally they appear quite concerned. They have apparently underestimated Trump's resolve on trade," the diplomat said, adding that Beijing is nervous that many of China's trading partners could side with the US.

Besides imposing tariffs on Chinese goods, the Trump administration has also levied European countries with tariffs on steel and aluminum exports to America. Brussels has said that it will seek compensation from Washington through the World Trade Organization.

The US trade deficit with China stood at $375 billion in 2017. A lot of the imported goods are from American manufacturers, who send raw materials to China due to cheap labor. When the goods are shipped back to the US, they are considered imports in the trade balance.


Syrian Army discovers mass grave in Douma

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The Syrian Army troops found a mass grave while carrying out mop-up operation in the town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta on Wednesday that contains the bodies of tens of people believed to have been executed by the terrorists of Jeish al-Islam.

The army discovered the mass grave of Jeish al-Islam's victims South of al-Jala Garden in Douma, where 30 bodies had been buried.

In the meantime, the army men found a large workshop of Jeish al-Islam in Douma that was used for making mortar shells.

Syria's state-run news network reported on Tuesday that the army men found a series of documents in the house of Jeish al-Islam's commander in Eastern Ghouta that proved the terrorist group was working on making chemical weapons.


From the mouths of babes: Syrian boy caught in White Helmets FAKE chemical attack video reveals truth

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Members of the Syrian Civil Defence, known as the White Helmets, take a selfie with their certificates after taking part in a training session in the rebel-held eastern Ghouta area, east of the capital Damascus, on November 22, 2016
Earlier the White Helmets, a Western-backed NGO known for its ties with terrorist groups, released a video showing alleged victims of the false-flag chemical attack in Douma. The US and its allies used the video as a pre-text to conduct a missile strike on Syria.

The Russia 24 TV channel released an exclusive interview on April 18 with a boy, who participated in filming a fake video, as evidence of the false-flag chemical attack in Douma by the White Helmets. In the interview, Hassan Diab says that he and his mother heard loud voices on the street, urging everyone to rush to the hospitals. When Hassan entered the hospital, unknown people grabbed him, poured water on him and then put him with other patients.



'Huge mistake': Hundreds protest outside Downing Street over British attack on Syria

protest outside Downing Street over British attack on Syria
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Anti-war campaigners gathered outside Downing Street to condemn Prime Minister Theresa May's "huge mistake" in authorizing airstrikes against Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad without parliamentary consent.

Several hundred protesters holding 'Don't bomb Syria' banners and chanting "Theresa May hear us say, airstrikes no way", came out in protest at Saturday's intervention, which Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn branded "legally questionable."

Emma Dent Coad, Labour MP for Kensington, was among the protesters slamming Britain's airstrikes as she told RT: "I think she made a huge mistake, we should have discussed this in Parliament but more than anything we should have waited for the results from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the UN security council's agreement if it was forthcoming."

Comment: In a variety of polls, less than a quarter of British citizens thought an attack on Syria was appropriate action; no UN approval, no verdict from the OPCW, no debate in Parliament, and no support from the people - this is democracy in 2018: Also check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Humpty Trumpty? Western Reality Creation Taken to Breaking Point in Syria Strikes


A Look Inside The White Helmets Headquarters in Aleppo

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Join Bolivian actress Carla Ortiz as she takes a tour of the headquarters of the propaganda group White Helmets, the group that has been behind the staging of chemical attacks in Syria. Despite claiming to be a humanitarian group, as you can see in this walk through, they clearly have close ties with terrorist groups such as ISIS, Al Nusra and other so-called 'rebel' groups and were essentially supporting them in Syria. Although most of the evidence was burned, on site are items such as gas masks, ambulances and medical supplies furnished by NATO member countries.

The details of the most recent attack in Syria came from White helmets videos and reports, all of which were unverified by any official body and which the mainstream news and leaders of France, UK, US nevertheless used as the basis for their missile attack on Syria on April 13, 2018.


Saudi Arabia wants to construct a moat around Qatar

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Saudi Arabia wants to cut off Qatar - literally.

The Middle Eastern kingdom is considering building a 60-kilometer-long moat around Qatar, which would virtually isolate the country.

Saudi state-linked news outlets reported this week that digging the so-called Salwa Marine Canal project would cost $750 million and aims to generate economic activity and tourism in the area. Other reports, from Saudi's Al-Riyadh newspaper, suggest the kingdom would construct a military base on one part of the border, while the other portion would be used as a dumping ground for nuclear waste. The project is still awaiting official approval, according to the reports.

The construction plans come nine months after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the UAE imposed a blockade on Qatar - cutting off trade and transport routes - in response to Qatar's ties with Iran and alleged terrorism financing. Food imports were blocked, air travel barred, and Qatari diplomats were expelled from the quartet of countries.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, met in Washington this week to discuss de-escalating the tensions in the region and fighting ISIS.

Comment: Well this will be truly 'ground breaking' news should the Saudis follow through with their plans. The proposed nuclear waste dumping ground is a perfect place for this idea.

Snakes in Suits

Supreme Court strikes down Trump felon deportation law

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The US Supreme Court has struck out part of a federal law that makes it easier to deport immigrants convicted of crimes. Justice Neil Gorsuch, appointed by Trump in 2017, cast the deciding vote.

In a 5-4 decision on Tuesday, the court found that the law, which mandated deportations for immigrants convicted of a "violent felony," was vague and unenforceable and therefore unconstitutional.

The decision was made in the case of James Dimaya, a Filipino immigrant living in the US since 1992. Dimaya was found guilty of two charges of burglary in California in 2007 and 2009, and the US government pressed for his removal from the country, arguing that his crimes were sufficiently violent to trigger deportation.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco had previously struck down the deportation provision, when it heard the case in 2015.

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US cities sees protest against tripartite aggression on Syria

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Anti-war on Syria protests broke out in Washington and Los Angeles cities on Sunday.

The demonstrators gathered in front of the White House and chanted slogans condemning the tripartite US-British-French aggression which was launched on Syria Saturday.

Another protest was set up in downtown Los Angeles, demanding the US and its allies to refrain from launching further attacks and to not interfere in the Middle East's affairs.