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International | August 4, 2021

Israeli Defense Minister Calls for Action following Alleged Iranian Drone Attack

International | August 4, 2021

Israeli Defense Chief Benny Gantz said this week that an alleged recent attack on Israel was a “stepping-up of the escalation” between Israel and Iran. Gantz was referring to an alleged attack on an Israeli-linked oil tanker off the coast of Oman last week. The attack killed two crew members, including one from the United Kingdom and one from Romania, which Gantz called a “violation of international law and human morality.”.. (Excerpts from Christian Headlines)

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District of Columbia, International | August 3, 2021

Another Iran Message for Biden

District of Columbia, International | August 3, 2021

The U.S. fingers Tehran for another attack but still wants a nuclear deal.

How many Iranian slaps in the face will it take for President Biden to accept that he can’t change Tehran’s malign behavior by returning to the 2015 nuclear deal?

The latest provocation was an attack Thursday night in the Arabian Sea on a commercial oil tanker that killed two crew members. The tanker Mercer Street is managed by a London-based company owned by an Israeli billionaire. Israel fingered Iran for the attack, and Iran denied it. On Sunday the U.S. and U.K. joined Israel in holding Iran responsible.

“Upon review of the available information, we are confident that Iran conducted this attack, which killed two innocent people, using one-way explosive UAVs, a lethal capability it is increasingly employing throughout the region,” said Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a statement. He said the U.S. is coordinating with allies on a response… (Excerpts from the Wall Street Journal)

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District of Columbia, International | August 2, 2021

Popular protests, violent crackdown put Biden’s Iran policy to the test

District of Columbia, International | August 2, 2021

It started two weeks ago as a small-scale demonstration over water shortages in a remote province, but like other Iranian protests in recent years, the outburst has spread to several major cities with large crowds calling for the downfall of the Iranian regime and chants of “Death to the dictator.”… (Excerpts from the Washington Times)

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International | August 1, 2021

US, UK, and Israel Blame Iran for Oil Tanker Attack; Tehran Denies

International | August 1, 2021

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—The United States and the United Kingdom joined Israel on Sunday in alleging Iran carried out a fatal drone strike on an oil tanker off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea, putting further pressure on Tehran as it denied being involved in the assault.

Calling it a “unlawful and callous attack,” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said his country and its allies planned a coordinated response over the strike Thursday night on the oil tanker Mercer Street. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken soon followed, saying there was “no justification for this attack, which follows a pattern of attacks and other belligerent behavior.”

The strike on the Mercer Street marked the first-known fatal attack after years of assaults on commercial shipping in the region linked to tensions with Iran over its tattered nuclear deal… (Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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International | August 1, 2021

Sky News Australia Suspended by YouTube

International | August 1, 2021

YouTube has temporarily suspended Sky News Australia from posting on its video platform, issuing a first strike to the popular conservative news channel over “COVID-19 misinformation,” according to a statement.

The tech giant said its decision to issue a strike was based on local and global health authority guidance, which Sky News Australia challenged as being constantly “subject to change” alongside updates to guidance from the various authorities.

Sky News Australia said the suspension was over “old videos” posted on its channel.

The strike means that Sky News Australia is suspended for a week from uploading content to its 1.85 million subscribers on its YouTube account.

“Specifically, we don’t allow content that denies the existence of COVID-19 or that encourages people to use hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin to treat or prevent the virus,” YouTube said in an early version of its statement that was sent to local media. “We do allow for videos that have sufficient countervailing context, which the violative videos did not provide.”

Sky News Australia said it “expressly rejects that any host has ever denied the existence of COVID-19 as was implied, and no such videos were ever published or removed.”

It added that the network acknowledges YouTube’s right to enforce its own policies and “looks forward to continuing to publish its popular news and analysis content back to its audience.”

“We support broad discussion and debate on a wide range of topics and perspectives which is vital to any democracy,” a spokesperson for the network added. “We take our commitment to meeting editorial and community expectations seriously.”

Local media reported that the strike came into effect on July 29.

According to YouTube’s policies, three strikes within a 90-day period will see a channel banned permanently from the platform.

One of Sky News’ reporters has consistently been the first to cover controversial updates on global efforts to track down the origins of COVID-19, some of which were initially dismissed as “conspiracy theories” by other outlets but have since gained wider recognition as possible explanations.

Sky News Australia investigative reporter Sharri Markson was among the first to report on existing footage of bat research from inside the Wuhan Institute of Virology, dating back to May 2017, while members of the World Health Organization’s investigative team continued to deny that live bats had ever been housed at the facility…. (Excerpts from Epoch Times)

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International | August 1, 2021

One Woman’s Struggle against the Cuban Regime

International | August 1, 2021

On July 22, 2012, in the neighborhood of El Cerro in Havana, Cuba, Rosa María Payá said goodbye to her father as she would have on any other day, with a kiss on the cheek. But that day would not be like every other day.

After lunch, she received a series of muddled texts: An accident. Militia everywhere. Three people taken to the hospital. “Help!” She called her father’s phone. Over and over again. No answer.

Finally, around 4 p.m., someone picked up. Immediately, Rosa María called out: “Papá, papá, papá.” A female voice responded, stumbled, claimed to be a doctor. Finally, the voice said: “There has been a fatality.”

That was the moment when Rosa María Payá understood her father had been murdered by the Castro regime.

Her father was Oswaldo Payá, head of the Varela Project, which he launched in the late ’90s, proposing freedom of speech, association, religion, and press, along with free elections, free enterprise, and the release of political prisoners in Cuba…. Excerpts from the National Review)

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