1. President-Elect of Brazil plans to close Palestinian Embassy
In addition to moving his country’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro plans to shut down the Palestinian embassy in Brasilia.
“Is Palestine a country? Palestine is not a country, so there should be no embassy here,” said Bolsonaro recently. “You do not negotiate with terrorists.”
Bolsonaro won his national election on Sunday with 55.1 percent of the votes, according to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal.
He has stated that his first international trip as president will be to Israel. On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated Bolsonaro on his electoral victory and invited him to Israel.
Brazil announces exit from UN Global Migration Compact:
Bolsonaro explained why Brazil would leave the pact in December 2018:
2. French journalist vents her frustration with mainstream media coverage of Yellow Vests: “I am ashamed of my colleagues”
Related French language article: "Big manipulation" of the media: when a journalist gets loose against his colleagues
"When will it stop?" Asked Laetitia Monsacre, who runs Jim the Pariser, a site inspired by the famous New Yorker. Highly criticized, she is critical of TV journalists such as LCI, BFM TV and CNews. According to her, these big media "do not inform anymore", but orchestrate a "big manipulation.”
3. Far-right German politician Frank Magnitz severely injured in “assassination attempt”
WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES Magnitz, chairman of Germany’s AfD party, was left for dead after being brutally beaten by three alleged assailants on Monday.
A far-right German politician has been left for dead in brutal attack, his party has said.
Frank Magnitz, chairman of Germany’s AfD party, was badly beaten by three alleged assailants on Monday.
He is believed to have been jumped after leaving a New Year's reception in Frankfurt's Goethe Square.
Graphic images posted on the AfD Bremen Facebook page showed Magnitz lying in a hospital bed with a gaping head wound.
Describing the attack as a “politically-motivated attempted assassination”, the AfD said Magnitz was knocked unconscious and suffered a number of blows to the head.
Related items on attack:
Statement from AfD leader, Alice Weidel:
Media interview with AfD Federal Spokesman Jörg Meuthen:
Various news reports:
4. The two leaders of Italy's ruling populist coalition -- Luigi Di Maio and Matteo Salvini -- have thrown their support behind the "yellow vest" protesters unsettling neighbouring France
#UPDATE The two leaders of Italy's ruling populist coalition -- Luigi Di Maio and Matteo Salvini -- have thrown their support behind the "yellow vest" protesters unsettling neighbouring France https://t.co/2eagJQR8U5 #GiletsJaune pic.twitter.com/Ch1wqoU6fg— AFP news agency (@AFP) January 7, 2019
Italy: Salvini backs Yellow Vests, says Macron is “harming the French people”
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini gave his backing to the Yellow Vest movement in France while speaking in Rome on Monday, but also denounced the violence of the protests.
"I side with the millions of Frenchmen who are complaining about a president who is harming the French people," Salvini said.
However, Salvini also criticised the violence which has become commonplace during the Yellow Vest protests.
5. Belgium bans halal and kosher slaughter methods which see animals killed without being stunned first
A Belgian region has banned halal and kosher slaughter unless the animal is stunned before it is killed, despite critics saying it violates freedom of religion.
The northern region of Flanders is the first in Belgium to implement the ban, followed by the southern region of Wallonia in September.
When proposed, the law was slammed as “the greatest assault on Jewish religious rights since Nazi occupation” by the European Jewish Congress.
Both the Muslim halal and Jewish kosher rituals require that butchers slaughter the animal by slitting its throat and draining the blood.
Under the new law, animals will have to be stunned electrically before being killed, which most animal rights campaigners say is more humane than the halal and kosher rituals.
6. Judge dismisses lawsuit alleging FBI role in 2015 terror attack in Texas
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a security guard who was injured during a 2015 terror attack by ISIS radicals in Garland, Texas. Bruce Joiner alleged the FBI was liable, arguing the bureau had prior knowledge of the impending violence and had even helped incubate the idea with attackers, but then failed to stop it.
Joiner was shot in the lower leg after Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi opened fire at a perimeter checkpoint at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, where inside "The First Annual Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest" was taking place.
ISIS later claimed responsibility, marking the first time the terror group ever carried out an attack on U.S. soil. Simpson and Soofi were fatally shot within yards of where their attack began.
7. Canadian senator's personal data leaked online in apparent Twitter hack
Conservative Senator Linda Frum’s Twitter account was hacked Sunday night, with those responsible sharing personal information including her drivers licence and using racial slurs in their Tweets.
“hi linda, can u drive us to the mall please?” read one Tweet.
The Tweet then shared an image of both the front and back of her drivers licence, showing personal information including her address.
No motive for the hack was made readily apparent, but the perpetrators tweeted that they “don’t appreciate corrupt politicians” and included an emoji of the Palestinian flag.
8. France: MSM cries “sabotage” as consultation shows voters reject globalism
A national consultation in France, launched in response to protesters’ calls for more direct democracy, was denounced as having been “sabotaged” after citizens backed conservative policies.
Mainstream media networks over the weekend claimed the consultation had been 'hijacked' by “militant conservative networks” after the initial results revealed a distinct lack of enthusiasm in France for progressive, globalist politics.
Journalist Vincent Glad, from the liberal-left newspaper Libération, highlighted that a proposal to repeal same-sex marriage had garnered the most approval, blasting the consultation as “a joke.”
9. Candice Malcolm tweet on UN demands for Canada's repatriation of Islamic State terrorists
More proof the UN is worse than useless, they’re evil. And the CBC is more than willing to cheerlead and push their disastrous recommendations. https://t.co/gRu0qYYvwa— Candice Malcolm (@CandiceMalcolm) January 8, 2019
10. Exclusive: New Documents Link Huawei To Suspected Front Companies In Iran, Syria
LONDON/HONG KONG (Reuters) – The U.S. case against the chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies, who was arrested in Canada last month, centers on the company’s suspected ties to two obscure companies. One is a telecom equipment seller that operated in Tehran; the other is that firm’s owner, a holding company registered in Mauritius.
U.S. authorities allege CFO Meng Wanzhou deceived international banks into clearing transactions with Iran by claiming the two companies were independent of Huawei, when in fact Huawei controlled them. Huawei has maintained the two are independent: equipment seller Skycom Tech Co Ltd and shell company Canicula Holdings Ltd. [...]
The documents reveal that a high-level Huawei executive appears to have been appointed Skycom’s Iran manager. They also show that at least three Chinese-named individuals had signing rights for both Huawei and Skycom bank accounts in Iran. Reuters also discovered that a Middle Eastern lawyer said Huawei conducted operations in Syria through Canicula.
The previously unreported ties between Huawei and the two companies could bear on the U.S. case against Meng, who is the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, by further undermining Huawei’s claims that Skycom was merely an arms-length business partner.