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  1. WHY IS VLADIMIR PUTIN'S RUSSIA SO AFRAID OF JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES? http://www.newsweek.com/russia-and-religion-why-putins-regime-so-afraid-jehovahs-witnesses-638640 Jehovah’s Witnesses have no political affiliations, and they renounce violence. However, they make an easy target for governments looking for internal enemies, as they refuse to bow down to government symbols. Many nationalists call them “enemies of the state.” Many Jehovah’s Witnesses still attach a great importance to dates. Many Jehovah’s Witnesses are filled with foreboding, as April 20, the day the Russian Supreme Court first ruled against them, is also the birthday of Adolf Hitler. I'm baffled with the last sentence. Not sure where the author got the idea from
  2. From Anton Chivchalov's tweets "It's unlawful and unfair to judge anybody without their presence" "Jesus was judged unfairly, illegaly, but even the Sanhedrin didn't dare to judge him without his presense" "Hitler vowed to destroy JWs for their refusal to become extremists, and MOJ today wants to label JWs as extremists" "Isn't it strange that FSB failed to provide any evidence or recordings of any Witness giving anybody any extremist literature"? "There are law of nature dictated by God and law of revelation, they are higher than eveything else", quotes William Blackstone "The natural law finds absurd to persecute someone for teaching to "love neighbor as yourself" even if he thinks others are wrong" "And both court and MOJ agree that JWs are persecuted for teaching Russian citizens their Bible-based beliefs"
  3. From Anton Chivchalov's twitter It took court just 10 minutes to consider many motions, dozens of witnesses, lots of new facts of aggression against citizens
  4. Top U.S. general: No evidence that Islamic State leader is still alive http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/11/is-isis-leader-abu-bakr-al-baghdadi-alive-240409 The top American commander in the fight against the Islamic State said Tuesday that the elusive leader of the terrorist group, who has been hunted for years, may finally appear to be, well, no longer alive. Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend didn't go so far as to say that he believes Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead, but he did acknowledge in a briefing with Pentagon reporters that he has not seen evidence that he is still around. "I really don't know. ... I don't have reason to believe that he's alive. I don't have proof of life," Townsend said — the furthest U.S. officials have gone in the wake of repeated reports that the terrorist leader has been taken out.
  5. https://therealdeal.com/2017/06/26/end-is-nigh-for-watchtower-sign-iconic-placard-to-come-down-after-340m-sale/ The iconic Watchtower sign, a glowing fixture over Brooklyn Heights, will soon disappear from the skyline. Earlier this month, the Jehovah’s Witnesses filed a permit application seeking to remove the 15-foot-tall letters from the roof of the organization’s now-former headquarters. The request comes nearly a year after developers Kushner Companies, CIM Group and LIVWRK Holdings purchased the building at 25-30 Columbia Heights for $340 million. The sign has hovered over Brooklyn Heights for nearly 50 years. The religious organization purchased the building in 1969 from pharmaceutical giant E.R. Squibb & Sons. At the time, Squibb had its own sign on the roof. The departure of what many have described as a Brooklyn landmark is not necessarily a surprise. When the new owners unveiled plans in May to convert the building into a 635,000-square-foot office complex — dubbed “Panorama” — renderings show some sort of sign but not the iconic letters. At the time, the Brooklyn Eagle speculated that one of the building’s new tenants would secure the rights to put their own sign in the old one’s place.
  6. Powerful earthquake shakes Guatemala and El Salvador A major earthquake struck off the coast of Guatemala on Thursday, damaging buildings and downing trees as well as causing powerful tremors in neighboring El Salvador. There were no immediate reports of casualties. The quake, measured at a magnitude of 6.8 by the U.S. Geological Survey, struck 38 kilometers (24 miles) southwest of Puerto San Jose at a depth of 46.8 kilometers. A deeper earthquake of similar magnitude struck the interior of Guatemala last week, killing at least two people and damaging buildings.
  7. Thanks Jessica for the link. And welcome on board. Things are moving fast in the middle east with the renewed peace talk effort and ISIS being cornered. Islamic State blows up historic Mosul mosque where it declared 'caliphate' http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-mosul-mosque-idUSKBN19C2Q1 Islamic State militants on Wednesday blew up the Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its famous leaning minaret, Iraq's military said in a statement, as Iraqi forces seeking to expel the group from the city closed in on the site. It was from this medieval mosque three years ago that the militants' leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a self-styled "caliphate" spanning parts of Syria and Iraq. ''Blowing up the al-Hadba minaret and the al-Nuri mosque amounts to an official acknowledgement of defeat,'' Iraqi Prime Minister said in a brief comment on his website.
  8. Russia's military says may have killed IS leader Baghdadi http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-baghdadi-idUSKBN1970O2 Russia's Defense Ministry said on Friday it was checking information that a Russian air strike near the Syrian city of Raqqa may have killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in late May. The air strike was launched after the Russian forces in Syria received intelligence that a meeting of Islamic State leaders was being planned, the ministry said in a statement posted on its Facebook page. "On May 28, after drones were used to confirm the information on the place and time of the meeting of IS leaders, between 00:35 and 00:45, Russian air forces launched a strike on the command point where the leaders were located," the statement said. "According to the information which is now being checked via various channels, also present at the meeting was Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was eliminated as a result of the strike," the ministry said. The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State said it could not confirm the Russian report that Baghdadi may have been killed.
  9. The rise of the supercentenarians: five ways to live to 120 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/body/rise-supercentenarians-five-ways-live-120/ Fancy living to the age of 120? Increasingly, it’s a question of when, rather than if. The world’s leading gerontologists have long been searching for the most effective ways to hold back the years. But last month, at an international symposium on longevity held in Geneva, Switzerland – a country with the world’s second highest life expectancy (82.9 years compared to the average of 70.4) – new research showed how it might soon be possible to slow down the biological, or “inner”, ageing process. According to scientists, such breakthroughs may enable us to far exceed current life expectancies.
  10. The weaker sex? Science that shows women are stronger than men https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/11/the-weaker-sex-science-that-shows-women-are-stronger-than-men According to a tally maintained by the global Gerontology Research Group, today, 43 people around the world are known to be living past the age of 110. Of these supercentenarians, 42 are women. Interviews with the world’s current oldest person, 117-year-old Violet Brown, who lives in Jamaica, reveal she enjoys eating fish and mutton. She once worked as a plantation worker. Her lifestyle betrays few clues as to how she has lived so long. But one factor we know has helped is being a woman.
  11. Maybe golf club made from gold
  12. The finger pointing just started Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of destabilising the region. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-40155829 The Saudi-led Arab coalition fighting Yemen's Houthi rebels also expelled Qatar from its alliance because of Doha's "practices that strengthen terrorism" and its support to groups "including al-Qaeda and Daesh [also known as the so-called Islamic State], as well as dealing with the rebel militias", according to SPA.
  13. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/04/iraqi-forces-retake-key-town-of-baaj-from-isis Isis fighters who remain in western Mosul have barricaded themselves in the old city district and have little chance of escape. The withdrawal leaves just that pocket of Mosul and the border town of Bukamal as the only urban centres in Iraq with a significant Isis presence. The fight to reclaim lands seized by Isis is now expected to shift focus to Syria, where the next, and potentially final, leg of the campaign to eradicate the group’s presence is intensifying. A Guardian source who saw Isis’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in Bukamal earlier this year described him as thin and stooped. The source said Baghdadi was travelling with a small security detail in a convoy of four cars and spent only minutes in public before being escorted away. The crumbling of the Isis caliphate has also renewed focus on finding Baghdadi, who is known to have spent large parts of the past three years in Baaj under the protection of tribes that had been loyal to the cause of Islamic State and its earlier incarnations. Baghdadi has also been sighted in Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Isis caliphate in Syria. While the defeat of Isis seems assured, a plan to stop the group from re-emerging after the fighting is yet to take shape.
  14. The increasing terror attacks of late would intensify and unite world leaders in their efforts of destroying terror groups. The pundits expect ISIS to be driven out of Mosul this month and out of Raqqa by the end of the year. This, combined with the intensying effort to strike the Israel Palestine peace deal, could lead to the cries of peace. But the window of opportunity would be very short as we all know that terror attacks can't be eliminated by human leaders.
  15. http://time.com/4803382/drinking-tea-health-benefits/?xid=homepage Tea has been linked to numerous health benefits, from a reduced risk of heart attacks and high blood pressure to potential protection against certain cancers. Now, a study suggests that the biological effects of the beverage may extend to the genetic level: Drinking tea might change how DNA is expressed, which could play a role in disease susceptibility and overall health. Behavior or environment can trigger chemical modifications in the body that affect which genes are turned on and off, the study of which is known as epigenetics. In the new study, published in Human Molecular Genetics, tea drinking for women was associated with epigenetic changes in 28 different gene regions known to interact with cancer or estrogen metabolism. Coffee, on the other hand, was not associated with epigenetic changes—suggesting that while both beverages are rich in antioxidants and seem to have health benefits, they may affect the body in different ways. These changes were also not seen in men who drank tea. This could be because tea affects women differently (through estrogen-related pathways), the authors say, or because there were fewer male tea drinkers in the study, making it more difficult to find a significant association.