NEWS SUMMARY-INTELLIGENCE REPORT MONDAY 5/11/2020
The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strongly condemns Orthodox Jewish bonfires that have drawn large crowds in Israel tonight in violation of coronavirus emergency rules but first.....
THE LINES ARE BEING DRAWN HERE IN PENNSYLVANIA OVER A REGULATED RE-OPENING OF BUSINESS IN THE STATE WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP AND LOCAL REPUBLICAN OFFICIALS ON ONE SIDE AND DEMOCRAT GOVERNOR TOM WOLF ON THE OTHER.
FOUR SOUTH-CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA COUNTIES WITH REPUBLICAN MAJORITY COMMISSIONERS (DAUPHIN, LANCASTER, LEBANON AND YORK) SETTING THIS FRIDAY AS THE DATE FOR MOVING TO A 'YELLOW' PHASE BUT WOLF WARNING OF 'CONSEQUENCES' INCLUDING LOSS OF STATE FUNDING IF THEY DO SO......
DISAGREEMENT OVER TIMING HERE, NOT THE NATURE OF THE "NEW NORMAL" IN THIS PART OF PENNSYLVANIA WHERE I POST FROM. SOME ACTIVISTS HAVE SAID THAT THE CORONAVIRUS WAS HYPE FROM THE BEGINNING AND REGARDLESS OF ITS SERIOUSNESS ABSOLUTELY NOT A JUSTIFICATION FOR SHUTTING DOWN BUSINESS AND RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES IN VIOLATION OF THE US CONSTITUTION.
Interpol has issued a "red notice" for the arrest of the wife of a US diplomat accused by British police in the killing of a motorcylist in 2019. The US refused a British request to extradite Anne Sacoolas in the death of Harry Dunn. Sacoolas, whose husband also works for the CIA, claimed diplomatic immunity.
A "red notice" means that Sacoolas could be arrested in any foreign country under Interpol's jurisdiction........
Dunn's parents were welcomed at the White House where President Trump tried to get them to meet Sacoolas for an apology, but they refused such a meeting. They say they want justice in the death of their son......NY DAILY NEWS STORY PUBLISHED BY 'STARS AND STRIPES'
An Iranian naval support vessel, the Konarak (Kenarak), involved in a "fatal accident" acxording to an initial Iranian media report with other reports calling it a "friendly fire" incident and unofficial reports of dozens killed......PRESS TV IRAN...The Iranian navy said initially that one person was killed and others wounded......MEHR NEWS AGENCY IRAN....Late reporting from Iran's state television says that the support vessel was struck by a missile and even later reporting is that 19 were killed and 15 wounded....LATER PRESS TV STORY
The new official reporting says that the frigate Jamaran fired an anti-ship missile too early before the support vessel could pull away from a target it had left behind for the firing......BBC NEWS
This incident comes hours after a report in Israeli media that its Diplomatic and Security Cabinet met last Thursday to discuss a cyber attack on Israel's water system. An attack that Fox News has reported was conducted by Iran.
A senior Israeli official told Israel's "News 13" that such an attack was in his words:
"This is an attack which it's forbidden to conduct"
Saudi Arabia once able to depend on oil revenues to finance its government now forced to cut spending and triple its Value Added Tax as the country has helped to flood the world's oil markets driving prices down and as the country contends with the economic impact of Covid-19.....AFP NEWS STORY
More than 200 pro-democracy protesters arrested in Hong Kong during the Mothers Day protests at shopping malls.....VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS
The coronavirus story around the world with more than 221-thousand cases now reported in Russia, the third highest number in the world......11,656 more Covid-19 cases reported today.
RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN ANNOUNCING TODAY THAT THE NATIONWIDE PAID NON-WORKING DAYS WILL END ON WEDNESDAY. PUTIN'S ANNOUNCEMENT SIGNALS A PHASED RE-OPENING OF RUSSIA BASED ON LOCATION AND TYPE OF BUSINESS......TASS NEWS STORY
ISRAELI POLICE LAUNCHING A MASSIVE OPERATION TODAY TO PREVENT A RELIGIOUS GATHERING THAT'S BEEN BANNED UNDER CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY RULES.......ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS
RELIGIOUS ACTVITIES LIKE BONFIRE LIGHTING FOR THE LAG BA'OMER ("HOLIDAY OF THE HUMBLE ONES") OBSERVANCE BANNED TONIGHT BUT LARGE CROWDS GATHERING IN THE MEA SHEARIM NEIGBORHOOD OF JERUSALEM AND IN ANOTHER COMMUNITY.
PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU STRONGLY CONDEMNED THE ILLEGAL GATHERINGS AND ORDERED INCREASED ENFORCEMENT WITH POLICE MOVING IN TO DISPERSE THE CROWDS.......ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS STORY (VIDEO EMBEDDED)
BBC News reporting the coronavirus story from its perspective around the world today on a blog......BBC NEWS CORONAVIRUS BLOG 5/11/2020
And also tonight a special "Unplugged" post continues later into the evening........NEXTRUSH UNPLUGGED: DC 19 SPECIAL BOOTLEG HAIRCUTS, THIS IS COMMUNIST, CRACKDOWN ON THE 'HOLIDAY OF THE HUMBLE ONES'
That's the way it really is Monday May 11th, 2020........