The Numbers Behind the Paris Climate Accord and Reactions

President Donald Trump announced yesterday that the United States would leave the Paris Climate Accord, making it one of three countries not to sign the agreement.  The United States joins Nicaragua and Syria as the only countries not to sign the accord.  Nicaragua will not sign the accord because it does not punish countries who cannot meet their voluntary contributions to developing countries.  Syria, on the other hand, it facing major sanctions from the West and the state of their government makes it very difficult to take part in the arguments in Paris.

The Climate Deal is Costly in both Dollars and Jobs

Wealthy nations agreed to provide $100 billion a year to help developing countries move away from fossil fuels and use more renewable power supplies.  It was predicted by a UN official that those payments would increase to nearly $450 billion a year by the United States in 2020.  This money would be going to less developed countries in the Green Climate Fund to help them develop clean and renewable sources of energy so that they too can lower their carbon emissions.  But, as seen numerous times before, corrupt government officials in developing countries have a tendency of losing track of much of that money.

Besides costing the United States a massive amount of money, it requires certain American industries to greatly reduce in size. In total, 2.7 million jobs will be lost by 2025 according to the National Economic Research Associates.  The President stated in his announcement, “paper down 12 percent; cement down 23 percent; iron and steel down 38 percent; coal — and I happen to love the coal miners — down 86 percent; natural gas down 31 percent.  The cost to the economy at this time would be close to $3 trillion in lost GDP and 6.5 million industrial jobs, while households would have $7,000 less income and, in many cases, much worse than that.”

The Proposed Environmental Effects are Negligible

While the environmental effects of pulling out of the Paris accord did not influence the President’s decision all that much, he emphasized that China and India will get a much better deal than the U.S.  For Many Washington Republicans, this rejection of an accord is a big “déjà vu” to them.  In 2001, George W. Bush said that the U.S. would not be taking part in the Kyoto Protocol on global warming because of similar reasons.  Since that time, CO2 emissions have been reduced in the U.S. by nearly 18%, mainly due to new innovations and advances in clean energy not mandated by the government.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt stated yesterday that this was at a much quicker rate than most of the European countries who have led the way with the Paris Accord, but this is commonly disputed. A side note: there have already been 30 cities, 3 states, and over 100 companies who will submit a plan committed to the Paris Climate Accord, according to the New York Times.

The Reaction has been mostly Negative

This decision by Trump has many on the left beginning to talk about the apocalypse.  Paris Climate Accord leaders and European leaders have said that the agreement will still live on and that it cannot be renegotiated.  Leaders from every country in the world have expressed disappointment that the United States will leave the accord, which President Trump says is because they want to gain a huge economic advantage over the United States.  He also called the agreement a huge wealth redistribution scheme from the United States to other countries.

5 Facts: President Trump Signs Waiver that Keeps U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv

Today, President Donald Trump signed a waiver that would keep the U.S. embassy in Israel in Tel Aviv, pushing his campaign promise to the side in hopes of peace between Israel and Palestine. Here are the facts of the signing:

President Trump Signed a Waiver to Keep the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv

Earlier today, President Donald Trump signed a waiver that would keep the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, the location the embassy is currently at.

The waiver, which has to be signed biannually, guarantees that the embassy will remain in Tel Aviv for at least six months, when the waiver will need to be signed again.

Had the Waiver not been signed, half of the State Department’s funding would have been cut

Today was the deadline for President Trump to either verify that a new U.S. embassy had been opened in Jerusalem or affirm that the embassy would stay in Tel Aviv.

Had he not signed the waiver stating the location of the embassy, the State Department would lose about half of its funding for overseas buildings, which does include the embassy.

The President made it a Campaign Promise to move the Embassy back to Jerusalem

During his campaign for the Presidency, Mr. Trump repeatedly promised to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from its current location of Tel Aviv to the capital city of Jerusalem.

Due to this promise, Israelis and United States-based Israel supporters hoped that President Trump would support Israel’s interests better than the former President, Barack Obama, had (Mr. Obama had been notably anti-Israel and anti-two-state solution).

The Move comes as President Trump is trying to restore Peace between Israel and Palestine

Moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem could set any peace talks between the two nations back, even possibly ending all current discussion. Palestinian officials have already stated that this action would discredit the United States’ role as a mediator between the two countries.

With talks seemingly going well between the three nations (both Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas have shown confidence in their conversations with the President), acting quickly on his campaign promise may not be the best answer to creating a lasting peace treaty that would set a two-state solution.

However, the President is not backing off his Promise to move the Embassy to Jerusalem

Despite the claims that President Trump is backing off his promise to move the embassy to Jerusalem, White House officials have stated that Mr. Trump is not backing off his pledge at all.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer commented on the issue, saying “the question is not if that move happens, but only when.” He also noted that President Trump was delaying the move in an attempt to achieve a solid peace deal.

10 Facts of the Trump/Russia Investigation

Here are the facts of the recent Trump/Russia investigation:

Trump-Russia Issue Started with the DNC

On October 7, 2016, the website WikiLeaks released a batch of emails from the email account of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager. Named the ‘Podesta Files,’ these documents detailed the Democratic National Convention’s doings and forced the resignation of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Immediately after the leaks, the Democrats were quick to blame Russians hackers, despite a lack of evidence to prove their claim truthful. Then, rather randomly, came up with the belief that the Russians were aiding the campaign of Donald Trump in hopes of his victory.

However, WikiLeaks denied getting the email messages from the Russians, and implied it was someone from inside the DNC. While the name of the leaker is unknown (they went by the username ‘Guccifer’), some reports state that the leaker may have been Seth Rich, a DNC employee surrounded by a mysterious death.

Even though WikiLeaks firmly stated that the Russians were not the suppliers of the information, the Democrats began to push this Trump-Russia collusion narrative.

Mike Flynn is at the Center of the Controversy

During their first meeting (11/10/16) after Mr. Trump’s victory, then President Barack Obama warned Mr. Trump about the potential conflicts of interest of Michael Flynn, a retired general and a Trump supporter. In 2014, President Obama had removed Mr. Flynn from the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Later evidence proved Mr. Flynn had contacted the Russian ambassador (he contacted the ambassador five times in one day) to discuss the relief of tough sanctions levied against Russia by President Barack Obama.

Because of his involvement with Russia, documents pertaining to Mr. Flynn have been subpoenaed. Although the documents have not been provided by Mr. Flynn, he is expected to cooperate, as opposed to the past reports that he was not going to cooperate.

As for now, Mr. Flynn has been the poster boy for Democrats to prove that the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia, despite the fact that President Trump has not followed through on any of the things Mr. Flynn discussed with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

Several in Mr. Trump’s Admin have Russian Ties

Several members in President Trump’s current Administration have ties to Russia:

    • Michael Flynn, who we discussed in the prior point. Mr. Flynn had also been a frequent commentator on the Russian state-run website RT.com and had also been paid to visit Russia.
    • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: Mr. Tillerson, once the Chief Executive Officer of the gas company Exxon Mobil, had a friendly relationship with the Kremlin in order to further the business’ ventures. Tillerson is also a good friend with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and received the Order of Friendship medal from Mr. Putin himself.
    • Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross: Mr. Ross had part ownership of the Bank of Cyprus, a bank that a clientele of Russian oligarchs and has allegedly harbored laundered Russian money. Mr. Ross has since stepped down from the bank.

Other members in Trump’s campaign for President did have ties to Russia, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former Russia advisor Carter Page, and Roger Stone.

Mr. Trump’s Team did Contact the Russians

A recent Reuters report has shown that members of the campaign team of President Donald Trump had contacted the Russians at least 18 times during the last six months of the campaign, including at six contacts made by Michael Flynn.

However, the report also uncovers that the calls, email, or other forms of communication were legal and no wrong was done in the conversations, dispelling the left’s narrative that the calls involved collusion between the two parties.

Mr. Trump Gave Classified Information to the Russians

On May 10, 2017, President Donald Trump had a closed-door meeting with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislyak.

In the meeting, in which no media outlets were allowed to sit-in on, it has been reported that Mr. Trump and Mr. Kislyak spoke about highly classified information regarding ISIS’ development of lethal bombs that fit inside of a computer.

Again, there was no wrongdoing in the conversation, as President Trump is allowed to declassify any information as he sees fit (a law signed by President Barack Obama).

In addition, if this information was in fact “classified,” it was the worst kept secret ever. Almost every single mainstream media website had reported on the possibility of ISIS using computers as bombs on planes over a month before the meeting took place.

Therefore, this meeting could not be used as a basis for impeachment, instead, experts are saying the worst “crime” you could charge the President with is negligence.

CIA/NSA/FBI Reports

Separate CIA, FBI, and NSA reports concluded that Vladimir Putin had influenced the election in favor of Donald Trump.

However, the reports stated that Russia interfered in the United States election via WikiLeaks, the website that had released incriminating emails from the Democratic National Convention, despite WikiLeaks consistent appeals that their source was not Russia, but instead a leaker inside the DNC.

As Donald Trump has said, these same agencies also concluded that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction, when in fact he did not.

FBI Director Comey’s Involvement

In a Congressional Hearing in late March, FBI Director James Comey stated that the FBI was indeed investigating the Trump-Russia issue, especially Michael Flynn, Mr. Trump’s pick for National Security Advisor.

On May 9, 2017, President Trump fired Mr. Comey, leading to a wave of cries of “cover up” from the left. However, shortly after announcing the firing, Trump’s team revealed the reason they fired Mr. Comey: he was ineffective and had failed to properly investigate many cases, including that of Hillary Clinton.

A few days later, Mr. Comey released a memo stating that, in a private conversation, Mr. Trump had asked him to end the Mike Flynn investigation. However, the date of the memo was after the date in which the FBI ended the Flynn case, proving that

A Special Council has Been Formed to Investigate

On May 17, 2017, the U.S Justice Department, due to rising pressure from lawmakers on Capitol Hill, named former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate any linkage between the administration of President Donald Trump and Russia.

Mr. Mueller’s powers include charging anyone with criminal charges and subpoenaing any necessary people or items that would be pertinent to the investigation. However, Mr. Mueller must run any “significant” actions by the Attorney General before carrying them out.

Mr. Trump is calling the Investigation a “Political Witch Hunt”

As he frequently does, President Donald Trump took to his Twitter account to protest the investigation, calling the probe a “political witch hunt.”

Judging by the definition of witch-hunt – “campaign directed against a person or group holding unorthodox or unpopular views” – the Russia/Trump investigation could definitely be called a political witch-hunt as a way to impeach Mr. Trump.

Mr. Trump has Lifted Zero Sanctions

Although people from the left have pushed that Mr. Trump will work to lift sanctions with Russia and ultimately use his influence to support Russia, the President has shown no inclination to do either.

On April 21, 2017, President Trump blocked Exxon Mobil, the company in which Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the CEO before taking his job in the White House, from drilling in Russia due to the current sanctions.

So, despite what the Democrats are trying to push, President Donald Trump has not aided Russia in any way and does not look like he will.

10 Fast Facts: France Police Shooting

PARIS (RWB) – A tragic and fatal shooting took place today in Paris, France. Here are 10 facts of the latest attack on French soil:

1. Suspect Came out of Car and Shot

The attacker jumped out of the car he was driving and began to shoot his gun at a targeted group of people (read more below).

2. Targeted Police Officers

The attacker specifically targeted the police in his shooting. He first aimed at a group of policemen and then proceeded to shoot at a police van.

This attack on police comes at a time when more officers have been deployed on the streets in preparation for the upcoming election. Recent attacks at rallies for the candidates, specifically Marine Le Pen, have sparked a uptick in the number of policemen guarding major places of interest.

Also, more policemen have been deployed recently to thwart any potential terrorist attacks that have rattled all of France in the past few years and have caused a constant state of emergency throughout the country.

3. Armed with an Automatic Weapon

Police have now confirmed that the attacker used an automatic weapon to carry out the shooting, not unlike other recent shooting that have targeted Frenchmen and woman on French soil.

4. One Officer dead, Two Others Wounded

The attack left one police offer dead and two others injured. No civilians were injured in the shooting, but many civilians in the area quickly fled at the sound of gunshots.

5. Shooter Killed

Policemen not injured in the shooting were able to take down the gunmen by fatally shooting him, stopping any more potential casualties that could have taken place without the quick response by the police.

6. Took Place on Elysees Boulevard

The shooting took place on Elysees Boulevard in Paris, France, a popular tourist destination and also a very crowded street. Reports have claimed that many civilians and police were on the street at the time of the shooting.

7. Assailant was Labeled as an Extremist

The assailant, whose name has not been released by police yet, was on the country’s watch for some time. He was labeled an extremist by the country’s counter terrorism unit, but was never arrested nor imprisoned for his extremist beliefs.

Another important fact of the shooter is that he is a Belgian national. Many of the recent terror attacks have been carried out by terrorists that have most recently lived in Belgium, like the Paris massacre a few years ago.

8. ISIS has Claimed Responsibility

The belief that many had immediately after the attack was confirmed – this was an Islamist terrorist attack.

It quite shocking that the shooter did not scream “Allah Akbar” (“God is Great” in Arabic) while carrying out the attack, as many Muslim terrorists do yell this statement while killing the “non-believers” to please their god.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. This comes at no shock since the self-described Islamic State has been vocal to its supporters about hurting and killing police officers in various countries.

The latest ISIS-inspired attack increases the death toll of deaths due to Muslim terrorist attacks to 235, according to the Associated Press.

9. Police Investigation – Could There be Accomplices?

The French Police have opened up a complete investigation in to this attack, designating it a terror attack and investigating it as such.

The police and the national counterterrorism units are specifically looking to see if there were any accomplices in the attack, as there frequently are in terror attacks. Usually an attack is planned out by someone with good knowledge of the area and carried out someone willing to risk their lives for Allah, the Muslim God.

10. French Candidates and U.S. President Trump have offered Condolences

United States President Trump was the first to offer his condolences for the French people. He stated that this attacks “looks like another terrorist attack,” and he was right before investigators were able to confirm his statement.

The three most notable French candidates in the upcoming election, Marine Le Pen, Francois Fillon, and Emmanuel Macron, offered their condolences to the dead police officers and their families. Mr. Fillon and Ms. Le Pen have shown anti-Islamic sentiments during the campaign, while Mr. Macron has been vocal about accepting refugees into society.

10 Facts of North Korea’s Failed Missile Launching

Here is everything there is to know about North Korea’s Failed Missile Launching:

1. Medium-Range Missile

The missile that was fired from the mainland was only a medium-range missile. “Only” meaning that it was non-nuclear and did not have the capability to reach the United States.

2. Failed Upon Launch

Officials are reporting that the missile “blew up almost immediately” after launch. Multiple reports have put the time before explosion at 4-5 seconds, meaning it did not travel far before premature detonation.

3. Day After Major Parade

This failed launch came a day after the highly publicized military parade in the North Korean capital. The event has been called the “Biggest Propaganda event” in North Korea in which the military and North Korean inhabitants celebrate the birthday of Kim II Sung, the founder of the DPRK and Kim Jong Un’s grandfather, with a grand display of the active members of the military and any major weapons the government is in control of.

4. Launched from City of Sinpo

The missile was launched from the eastern port city of Sinpo, the site of an earlier failed missile launching:

5. Second Fail… In a Month

This recent missile launch was the second of its kind out of Sinpo. Earlier this month, Kim Jong Un authorized a missile that exploded prematurely and ended up in the Sea of Japan.

6. Former UK Foreign Minister: It was Hacked

Although not quite a fact, Ex-British Foreign Minister Malcolm Rifkind thinks the missile failed due to a United States Hack. He told the BBC: “It could have failed because the system is not competent enough to make it work, but there is a very strong belief that the US – through cyber methods – has been successful on several occasions in interrupting these sorts of tests and making them fail.” Mr. Rifkind presented no evidence for his claim and the United States government has not responded to this claim. As of now, it is considered a far-reaching claim and even conspiracy.

7. The President Has Not Directly Responded Yet

Secretary of Defense James Mattis commented on the incident, stating that President Donald Trump had been briefed on the incident but has no furthur comment. The President, despite having tweeted about other topics, did not send out a message on his Twitter about the failed launch.

8. Pence in Town

This failed launch came the day Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Seoul, South Korea to discuss defense against North Korea with the South Korean President. Mr. Pence was quickly briefed on the incident and has been in contact with the President.

9. No Military Action… Yet

President Trump has made no plans to fight back against North Korea’s latest attempted missile launch. It had been rumored that the United States was planning a strike similar to the one in Afghanistan on North Korea’s nuclear facilities, but either the government is being hush about any plans or there are no plans to bomb the nuclear facilities.

10. Tension

This failed launch comes at a time when it seems like every country in the world is against North Korea. China, the DPRK’s only major ally, has agreed to help the United States conquer the threat that Kim Jong Un poses on the world.

Sources:

1. Fox News: North Korea missile test: Latest launch ‘blew up almost immediately’

2. NY Post: Ex-British Foreign Minister thinks US hacked North Korea Missile

3. CNN: North Korean missile test fails, US and South Korea say

4. Reuters: U.S., allies weigh options after North Korea’s missile test: Trump adviser

5. USA Today: North Korean medium-range missile test fails, U.S. says

ISIS Bomb Kills 37 Christians in Egypt; Hundreds more Injured

TANTA, EGYPT – A series of Bombs went off in two separate Coptic Christian Churches in Egypt this morning as worshippers were celebrating the feast of Palm Sunday. The Islamic Terror Group ISIS has claimed responsibility for both attacks.

The first bomb exploded in Saint George Church in the Nile Delta town Tanta, where there are now at least 26 reported dead and at least 71 people injured according to Fox News.

The second explosion took place in a Church in the Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria. The death toll at this location is at least 11, which almost three dozen injured according to NPR. The bomb exploded shortly after the head of the Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, said the mass. He was uninjured.

CNN has reported that the bomb that exploded in the first Church was placed under one of the seats in the Main prayer hall of the Church. The location of the bomb in the second Church is unknown, and officials are unsure if there was a suicide bomber or the bomb was strapped to a seat.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the bombings. Recently ISIS has waged a war on Egypt’s Christians, who the majority are Coptics, in order to spread their Islamic Caliphate in a country that is 90% Muslim.

Other ISIS acts that ring similar to this tragic even include a deadly suicide bomber that killed 25 people in December at a Coptic Church. ISIS has also been reported to have released a video about two years in which they beheaded a group of Coptic Christians.

This attack comes only a week before the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, is set to visit Egypt to celebrate Easter. Shortly after, the Catholic Pope offered his condolences to the victims and the entire Coptic Church, expressing “deep condolences to my brother, Pope Tawadros II, the Coptic church and all of the dear Egyptian nation.”

As of now, Francis has not changed his gameplan to visit Egypt.

10 Facts of the British Parliament Attack (Facts/Summary)

Earlier today, there was an attack on the British Parliament. For the first time in a while, the United Kingdom was attacked in what is now considered a terroristic act. It also happened in one of the most historic and busy places in London, in front and in the Parliament, and overlooking many historic buildings like “Big Ben.” Here are eight facts you need to know about the British Parliament Attack:

The Attack Started with a Vehicle

First, the attacker drove his car into a large group of people on the Westminster Bridge, injuring at least ten and fatally injuring two. One woman ended up in the Thames River, also, but was recovered alive and is expected to make a full recovery. The others may not be as lucky, because many of the others who were hit have very serious, possibly life-threatening injuries.

The Attacker Entered the Parliament

Surprisingly enough, the attacker exited his vehicle and was somehow able to bypass the front door security to the Parliament. The terrorist was also able to bypass the regular security staff inside of the building, who notably do not carry guns.

The Attacker Proceeded to Stab People

The terrorist, after he exited his car, deployed a knife and entered the building. He stabbed one police officer, fatally injuring him. It is unknown whether any other people were stabbed at this point, but there is only one death by knife so far.

Four Dead

As of now, there are a total of four people dead. One policeman has died from a stabbed wounded, two pedestrians died from getting hit by the attacker’s car, and the attacker is dead, having been shot shortly after entering the Parliament.

Full House – Including PM May

Today was a full house at the British Parliament, full with all of the lords, lawmakers, other staff, and the most important person in British politics – Prime Minister Theresa May.

Although the attacker did reach the inside of the Parliament, he was not able to reach any of the lawmakers. However, the Prime Minister was only about 40 yards away from the attacker while he was on a stabbing rampage – meaning she could have been involved in the attack had it happened a minute or so later.

Immediately after the initial breech, the entire Parliament went on lockdown, but has since been open to allow the lawmakers to leave the building.

The Attacker was a Muslim Jihadist

It is now confirmed that the attacker and terrorist was a British-born Muslim named Khalid Masood. He was under MI5 investigation for some time for religious extremist sentiments, but was never formally arrested. Also, a house in his town was raided last night, showing that the intelligence agencies were aware of someone in Masood’s town, but were just a tad late in stopping the attack.

ISIS has Claimed Responsibility

Simply put, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. This comes at no surprise, since the attacker was a known Muslim and a known religious extremist, and the attack was very close to other ISIS-inspired attacks.

More Arrests Were Made Afterwards

An overnight raid by British police netted eight more people in London and Birmingham. It is unknown as to whether or not these eight people were connected to the terrorist or not, but they certainly have some link to terrorism.

Britain was Already on Watch for Terrorism

The United Kingdom had already been on high alert, as the threat level for international terrorism was listed as severe before the attack, meaning an attack was imminent.

1 Year Anniversary of the Brussels Train Station Attack

Although the two terrositic attacks seem to be disconnected, today (March 22), is the one year anniversary of the Brussels airport and subway station attack(s) that claimed the lives of 32 people.

US and UK Ban Select Electronics from Middle Eastern Countries

Typically, a passenger on any airline can carry a choice of an electronic to their seat to enjoy during the flight.

Now, that has changed.

Passengers from major airports in Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Cairo; Istanbul; Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar; and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates are forbidden from carrying many electronic devices on their flights to the United States. This group of countries seemed to have been selected due to many links to terror, especially many citizens that may or may not come from terror-stricken countries.

Only a day after the United States instituted this, the United Kingdom followed suit and issued their own notice that replicates the one the United States issued. But, unlike the United States, the UK notice only includes six countries, unlike the eight that the US featured.

The main concern was, of course, safety from terrorism. In the United States, fear of al-Qaeda attempting to “build bombs that contain little or no metal content to target commercial aircraft,” which could take down an entire airplane. Some sources even indicate further knowledge on this subject came from the Yemen raid that took place last month. Britain had similar reasons to institute this, but at least a small fraction of the motivation was because of the recent attacks on Airports not too far from the UK: France, Somalia, and the plane that was downed last year in Egypt.

The banned devices in question are electronics larger than 16cm long, 9.3cm wide or 1.5cm deep; meaning not cell phones, but mainly tablets, laptops, and other e-readers. “US officials said bombs could be hidden in a series of devices,” which would include many of the larger electronic devices.

There seems to be cooperation by airlines thus far; for example, Etihad Airways in the United Arab Emirates has agree to comply with the request from Homeland Security, Saudi Arabian Airlines has agreed to move forward with this initiative, and many other airlines are still reviewing the claim, but are expected to agree.

According to multiple sources, this measure had been in the works for a few months, but recently gained intelligence has moved the order forward as of late. Also, this measure has nothing to do with the Travel Ban that President Donald Trump has proposed, and there are no known links between this airline order and the President.

Orly Airport Attack (Facts/Summary)

Yesterday, a civilian was shot to death in the Orly Airport in Paris, France, when he attempted to grab a soldier’s gun. The Associated Press has just now reported that the man had taken the Special Forces officer hostage with an air gun and had then tried to steal the soldier’s high power assault rifle before being shot by another on-duty soldier. It has also been reported that the man had attempted to use the soldier, who has not been named, as a human shield to avoid being shot. Ultimately, he failed, as the guards fired eight rounds at the man.

The man was later identified as 39-year-old Ziyed Ben Belgacem, a French-born citizen who has been on France’s watch list after drug and robbery charges, and had even served prison time and was later monitored by French authorities. Earlier in the day, Ben Belgacem had been stopped by police for speeding, in which he pulled out his pellet gun and fired at a group of three policemen who had pursued him, injuring one officer who will recover after getting shot in the head with the gun that is for use on birds. French broadcaster BFMTV reported that the attacker had text messaged a friend that reads: “I screwed up, I shot the police.” After the initial attack, which happened at about 6:50 AM Paris time, he hijacked and stole a car to avoid further police detection.

During the attack on the airport, Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins has noted that the attacker had invoked the name of Allah, the Muslim god, and yelled “whatever happens, there will be deaths”. This tidbit of information is particularly of interest because France’s security and intelligence services have labeled Ben Belgacem as a “radicalized Muslim,” according to Independent/UK. He had also been a subject in an investigation into potential jihadis in France in 2015, but was not placed on the high-level threat list. From the information gathered, it seems conclusive that Ziyed Ben Belgacem is an Islamic terrorist.

This is yet another Islamist terror attack on France, who has recently been riddled by deadly assaults in Paris and Nice and has been on

Trump’s New and Revised Travel Ban 2.0 (Facts/Summary) + POLL

After his first travel ban was blocked by a court, President Donald Trump did not back down on his promise to temporarily (the keyword here) halt the refugee program to fix what Trump considers a broken immigration system that is letting terrorists flood into the country. Here are the main points of the new Immigration ban:

Residents of 6 Countries will be Targeted in the Ban

The six countries in question are Libya, Syria, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.

President Trump ended up dropping Iraq off of his new list of countries due to urges from U.S. military and diplomatic leaders, according to the Associated Press. It was formerly on his original travel ban, but specific evidence that the Iraqi government is working with the United States to fight terrorism has led to a complete flip-flop in the state of Iraq on the travel ban.

90 Day Suspension of New Visa Applications

Directly from the Homeland Security website:

“For the next 90 days, foreign nationals from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen who are outside the United States on the effective date of the order, do not currently have a valid visa on the effective date of this order, and did not have a valid visa at 5:00 eastern standard time on January 27, 2017, are not eligible to travel to the United States.”

This particular suspension is to “allow for proper review and establishment of standards to prevent terrorist or criminal infiltration by foreign nationals” (Source: DHS.gov).

To look into this issue, the first 20 days of the ban will be spent to review any information a country gives to the United States of visa applicants. Homeland Security will ask the six countries of interest to either update or improve the information, or they will continue to be on the “black list.”

However, citizens from the six listed nations do have a slim chance of receiving a visa, as either the DHS and the Department of State can allow a person to get a visa, but it will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Any Person from The Six Countries with Valid Visas Will NOT be Affected

Trump revised his earlier plan, which including halting all active visas (as well as stopping new applications) from his original seven barred countries. After facing hostility on his first bill, Trump will allow Homeland to accept any visas that were filed before January 27th on his second.

120 Day Suspension of the Refugee Program

A complete halt of the Refugee program will be put in effect. This measure is to fix the so-called “broken” (as Trump calls it) vetting process that supposedly allowed terrorists to infiltrate American soil. The DHS cited specific numbers to support the executive action, stating that “approximately 300 persons who entered the United States as refugees are currently the subjects of counterterrorism investigations,” alluding to an FBI study on refugees from the six aforementioned countries.

Decrease the Number of Syrian Refugees to 50,000 for 2017

As part of the temporary halt of the refugee ban, the number of accepted Syrian refugees for the fiscal year 2017 will be decreased to 50,000. Of course, that would mean that the President would have to allow Syrian refugees in, but, with a travel ban, zero would be let in for the remainder of the fiscal year.

Will Take Effect on March 16

Although the order was officially signed today (3/6/17), it will take effect on March 16, 2017 at 12:01 AM.

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