By Russ Vensa–Translated by J. Arnoldski
Today we visited a wonderful village with the unusual name “Russiya”, which means “Russia” in Arabic.
This residential area is located in the Latakia province just 10 kilometers from the Russian air force base in Khmeimim. Russiya is home to around 1,800 people and the leadership of the small town is vested in the elder Ali Assad Hamoudi.
[ Ed. note – Hardly a surprise.]
Times of Israel
California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a measure that prevents companies that boycott or discriminate against any sovereign country, including Israel, from doing business with the state.
Entertainers endorsing political candidates–it’s something of a time-honored tradition in America. I’m not sure how many people make up their minds about who to vote for based upon what some singer or movie star might have to say about it all, but likely there are those who do.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Bruce Springsteen weighed in on the 2016 presidential race, stating that in his opinion Donald Trump is “a moron.”
This would be the same Bruce Springsteen who endorsed Obama for president–both in 2008 and again in 2012–which seems kind of moronic in itself now in retrospect.
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he “hoped” US President Barack Obama would not seek to establish a Palestinian state at the United Nations on Saturday.
In an interview aired on Israel’s Channel 2 on Saturday, Netanyahu was asked if Obama had promised him that he would not seek to establish a state of Palestine without Israel’s cooperation before the end of his term in January.
US officials are loudly calling for–demanding almost, although we haven’t quite reached that point yet, it seems–a no-fly zone over all of Syria–a no-fly zone in which Russian and Syrian planes would be grounded, while US coalition planes would continue to carry out bombing missions.