Turkish President Erdogan is urging ethnic Turks living in Europe to become involved in the local politics in Europe, and to suppress the Kurds. He urged them to remain loyal to Islam and their country of origin. He is organizing a foreign population inside European borders to act in the interest of Turkey and Islam, which may contradict the interests of the European host country. This is a soft coup through demographics.
Israeli soldiers have killed 32 Palestinians near the border fence in Gaza. The Palestinian Authority says that the unarmed civilians have been egged on by Hamas to sacrifice themselves to gain international attention. Israeli fear has caused the dehumanization of the Palestinians who are protesting the loss of their land and their dire living conditions.
The attack was in retaliation to air raids on Yemen by the Saudis, backed by the West. The United Nations says 10,000 people have died in the three-year-old war, and three quarters of Yemen’s population, 22 million civilians, are starving and need relief aid. [The timing is inconvenient as the US is threatening to strike Syria, an ally of Iran, Israel has threatened Iran, the Saudis support Israel against Iran, and the Saudis agree with France in ‘curbing’ Iran.]
The program automatically activates the teen’s registration at age 18. There has been a 10% increase in registration since the Parkland High School shooting. Young people often lean left: 43% of the pre-registered teens chose not to be affiliated with a party, 38% chose Democrat and only 10% chose the Republican party.
UK Daily Mail Online article from 2013 that reported leaked emails showing the Obama White House had given approval for US-backed rebels in Syria to covertly carry out a chemical weapons attack on civilians and blame it on Syrian President Assad, as justification for US military action against Syria. Children’s corpses were posed in photos, making a strong emotional impact – Jake says the photos were taken by the White Helmets in Douma.
Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announced he will retire and is not seeking reelection in the 2018 midterms. Under Ryan’s leadership, Republicans failed to repeal Obamacare, fund the wall, and pass pro-American immigration reform. There is a good chance Democrats will win the majority in the House, and Ryan’s retirement could influence Republican donors to shift funding away from House candidates, to Mitch McConnell, and trying to save the Senate.