While the White Helmets claim to be neutral, they have been accused of staging chemical attacks, and they are linked to the al-Nusra terror group. The US State Department is reviewing its support for the White Helmets that have received at least $32 million from US taxpayers. The White Helmets are well-funded for a group that claims to be self-organized.
Finland’s Supreme Court upheld the three-year prison term sentence for the rape of a ten-year old girl by a 23-year old asylum seeker, Juusuf Muhamed Abbudin, whose country of origin was withheld. The man had sexual intercourse with the girl in the yard of a deserted apartment block. The court didn’t recognize the incident as rape, saying the girl wasn’t forced into the sexual act or overcome by fear. The judges ordered the man to pay the child $3,600.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bill into law banning all abortions after six weeks, which is the time that a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The law requires physicians to perform an ultrasound test for a fetal heartbeat on any woman seeking an abortion and it bars abortion if a heartbeat is detected. If lawsuits are filed to challenge the bill, as expected, the law will not go into effect pending the outcome.
A federal judge told Mueller’s prosecutors that he knew they were not really interested in possible bank fraud committed by Paul Manafort but were just trying to force him to testify against Donald Trump. If Manafort can be frightened into thinking he will go to prison for the rest of his life on bank-fraud charges dating back to before he worked for Trump as his campaign manager, the chances are good that Manfort would say anything to avoid prison even if it were not true. Mueller’s prosecutors are determined to use Manafort as the path to destroy Trump.
Israel: Parliament passed a law allowing the prime minister and defense minister to decide alone whether the nation will go to war. This puts Netanyahu firmly in the driver’s seat. If Netanyahu declares war, it is certain that the US will back Israel – which means that Netanyahu now can bring America into war. In a video recorded a number of years ago, Netanyahu says that Israel has 80% support from Americans and that America can easily be maneuvered.