Trump Calls Some Unauthorized Immigrants ‘Animals’ in Rant – The New York Times

The president’s language and his focus on California drew a sharp rebuke from Jerry Brown, the state’s Democratic governor. “Trump is lying on immigration, lying about crime and lying about the laws of California,” Mr. Brown said in a statement. “Flying in a dozen Republican politicians to flatter him and praise his reckless policies changes nothing. We, the citizens of the fifth-largest economy in the world, are not impressed.”

Report: NRA may have Kremlin ties | News | DW | 16.05.2018

“The Committee has obtained a number of documents that suggest the Kremlin used the National Rifle Association as a means of accessing and assisting Mr. Trump and his campaign.” They point to two specific individuals, including Alexander Torshin, deputy head of Russia’s Central Bank, as being involved in the use of the NRA as a back channel between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. The FBI is reportedly probing whether any of the $30 million dollars the NRA donated to the Trump campaign came from Russia.

Source: Report: NRA may have Kremlin ties | News | DW | 16.05.2018

The nightmare of proving that you live in East Jerusalem | +972 Magazine – Palestinian Irony: Living Kafka but not written by Kafka

The employee who hands out our number tells me that I don’t have an appointment. I show him a message from the Interior Ministry asking me to confirm my appointment, which I have done. The employee hands me another number and orders me to wait for my turn to be called. An hour later, at 2:30 p.m., the information desk calls my name and informs me that my appointment was at 11:45. I tell the man at the desk that I was unable to get through due to the overcrowding outside. He hands me another number and asks me to wait, again, for my name to be called.

Source: The nightmare of proving that you live in East Jerusalem | +972 Magazine

New Ebola virus disease case confirmed in a third DRC health zone

Alert, alert…

The Democtraic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Ministry of Health (MOH) today announced that 1 of 2 suspected EVD cases in the Mbandaka Health Zone has tested positive for Ebola virus.[1]

This weekend, two suspected cases of haemorrhagic fever were reported in the health zone of Wangata, one of the health zones of the city of Mbandaka. After analysis, one of the two samples was positive for Ebola virus disease.
-TRANSLATED from [1]

Zoomed in section of the adjacent DRC map highlighting the Wangata Health Zone (purple area) housing ta new EVD confirmed case, just below Mbandaka (Pin4), capital of Équateur Province.

What does it mean?

This is of particular concern as the cases lie adjacent to Mbandaka, the capital of Équateur province and a city of approximately 1 million people.[2]

Now is certainly a good time to have the experimental Ebola virus vaccine (V920) onsite and ready to be distributed to healthcare workers and contacts of cases in a ring vaccination format. This approach encircles cases with vaccinated people to prevent further spread from known foci of infection.[2]

New numbers

Case numbers have now changed again. As at the 15th May:


Table from DRC MOH.[1]

  • 44 total EVD cases (includes suspect, probable and confimred)
  • 2 new suspect cases, 1 each in Bikoro and Wangata health zones
    • 21 suspect cases
    • 20 probable cases
    • 3 confirmed cases
    • 23 deaths (proportion of fatal cases = 52%)

Case numbers are always changing so please use these as a guide only.

This latest turn of events is something to keep a close eye on. When EVD reaches more populated areas and transport hubs, we’ve seen how things can quickly spiral out of control. Hopefully the fast and collaborative response to date will stay on top of things.

It’s still too early to tell whether this outbreak is under control or not yet.


  1. Special Communication from His Excellency the Minister of Health on May 16, 2018 on the evolution of the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  2. Experimental Vaccine Will be Used against Ebola Outbreak in the DRC
  3. Effective Post-Exposure Treatment of Ebola Infection
  4. Recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus vector mediates postexposure protection against Sudan Ebola hemorrhagic fever in nonhuman primates
  5. Efficacy of Vesicular Stomatitis Virus-Ebola Virus Postexposure Treatment in Rhesus Macaques Infected With Ebola Virus Makona
  6. Postexposure Treatment of Marburg Virus Infection
  7. Recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus vector mediates postexposure protection against Sudan Ebola hemorrhagic fever in nonhuman primates

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ASIA/HOLY LAND – Catholic Bishops: the massacre in Gaza could have been avoided. Jerusalem can also be the capital of Palestine


Jerusalem – The dozens of deaths and about 3 thousand people wounded during the Palestinian protests organized at the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel could have been avoided “if non-lethal tools had been used by the Israeli forces”. The Catholic Bishops of the Holy Land are pointing their finger at the Israeli army, who yesterday, Tuesday, May 15, issued a statement about the tragic events that bring bloodshed to the land where Jesus Christ was born, died and resurrected. In their message, released through the official channels of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and also sent to Agenzia Fides, the Ordinary Catholic Bishops’ Assembly of the Holy Land calls to end the siege imposed on about two million Palestinians in Gaza Strip as soon as possible.
The Catholic Bishops add that the relocation of the US Embassy in the State of Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, like any other unilateral moves and decisions about the Holy City of Jerusalem, “does not contribute to advancing the long awaited peace between Israelis and Palestinians”. And they also refer to the need, insistently referred to by the Holy See, to make Jerusalem “a city open to all peoples, the religious heart of the three monotheistic religions”, avoiding unilateral measures that could alter the profile of the Holy City. “We believe”, say the Catholic Bishops of the Holy Land, “that there is no reason that could prevent the City from being the capital of Israel and Palestine,”, adding that this should be done through “negotiation and mutual respect”.
The Assembly of ordinary Catholic Bishops of the Holy Land gathers all the Bishops of the Catholic Churches – Latin, Greek Melkite, Armenian, Maronite, Chaldean and Syrian Catholic – present in that region, together with the Franciscan Custodian of the Holy Land. On Tuesday, May 15, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, also invited “all priests, religious men and women, seminarians, all the faithful of Jerusalem and those who wish “to take part in the prayer vigil for peace that will be celebrated in the afternoon of next Saturday, on the eve of Pentecost, in the church of Sant’Etienne.
Since March 30, when Palestinian demonstrations started along the Israeli border line, at least 110 Palestinian demonstrators have been killed and more than 3,000 have been wounded in the Gaza Strip.