Archive for May 17, 2018

The Blame Game

May 17, 2018

Source Link: Legal Insurrection Branco Cartoon

{Yep. – LS}

Israeli Researchers Announce Patent of Molecule that Could Reprogram Cancer Cells

May 17, 2018


The Tower

Source Link: Israeli Researchers Announce Patent of Molecule that Could Reprogram Cancer Cells

{Saving mankind one cell at a time. – LS}

A novel molecule that not only inhibits growth of cancer cells but also has the ability to reprogram the cancer cells back to normal-like cells is patented and ready to be further developed with a commercial partner, according to BGN Technologies (the tech-transfer company of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) and the National Institute for Biotechnology, a research institute at the university.

The potentially groundbreaking approach, which came out of a research group led by BGU Prof. Varda Shoshan-Barmatz, is based on preventing the expression of VDAC1, a protein that is highly overexpressed in many solid and non-solid tumors.

VDAC1 serves as the gatekeeper of the mitochondria, organelles that control cell metabolism, and is therefore crucial for supplying the high energy demands of malignant cells.

Shoshan-Barmatz showed that silencing VDAC1 expression using the siRNA method leads to inhibition of cancer cells (but not healthy cells), both in vitro and in mouse models of glioblastoma, lung cancer and triple negative breast cancer.

Treating cancer cells with VDAC1-specific siRNA also induces metabolic rewiring of the cancer cells, reversing their oncogenic properties and prompting normal cell differentiation.

“Although still in early stages, we are excited with our results that demonstrate the potential of this novel molecule for cancer treatment,” said Shoshan-Barmatz.

The paper revealing the results of the studies was published in July 2017 in the journal Neuro-Oncology.

Dr. Ora Horovitz, senior vice president of business development at BGN Technologies, said, “We are now seeking partners for the further development and advancement of this promising patented treatment towards the clinic in the hope that it will lead to a novel path for cancer treatment.”

(via Israel21c)

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Turkish Banker Sentenced to Prison for Helping Iran Evade U.S. Sanctions

May 17, 2018

In this courtroom sketch Mehmet Hakan Atilla, second from left, listens to the judge during his sentencing, flanked by his attorneys Cathy Fleming, left, and Victor Rocco as Atilla’s wife, upper right, listens to the proceedings Wednesday, May 16, 2018, in New York. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman imposed a sentence of 32 months in prison on the Turkish banker convicted of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)

OAN Newsroom Thurs. May 17, 2018 One America News Network

Source Link: Turkish Banker Sentenced to Prison for Helping Iran Evade U.S. Sanctions

{Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time. – LS}

A Turkish banker is sentenced to 32-months in prison for helping to execute one of the largest sanction evasion cases ever prosecuted in the U.S.

A New York-based federal court announced the decision against Mehmet Hakan Atilla on Wednesday, just months after he was convicted of bank fraud and conspiracy in January.

A judge is granting Atilla time served for the 14-months he already spent behind bars following his arrest in 2017 during a trip to the U.S. This means the 47-year-old could return to Turkey in little more than a year.

The sentence comes as a disappointment to prosecutors, who recommended Atilla serve at least 20-years for jeopardizing U.S. national security.

They say he abused his top position at a state-owned Turkish bank a decade ago to help Iran circumvent U.S. sanctions and access frozen assets.

The move helped to pour billions of dollars of Iranian oil profits into the world market, creating a slush fund for the country to use.

Eight other Turkish and Iranian defendants were indicted along with Atilla for their alleged roles in the evasion.

One of the men — prominent gold trader Reza Zarrab — shocked the world by pleading guilty and helping the U.S. to unravel the scheme.

The judge ruled Atilla was more of a minor player in the overall plan, and not the mastermind prosecutors tried to paint him out to be.

The decision came in part after more than 100 letters from Atilla’s friends, family and colleagues were read by the courts attesting to his character as a family man.

Turkish President Tayyib Erdogan has weighed in on the case, blasting it as a slight towards the whole country.

The legal proceedings have caused further division between the U.S. and its NATO ally Turkey. Lawyers for Atilla say he plans to appeal the ruling.

Guatemala Opens Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel

May 17, 2018

by Jim Hoft May 17, 2018 Gateway Pundit

Source Link: Guatemala Opens Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel

{Congrats ! – LS}

Guatemala became the second country following the United States to open its new embassy in Jerusalem, Israel.

Guatemala held an opening ceremony in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

The United States opened its embassy in Jerusalem on Monday following decades of promises.

Congress to Consider Recognition of Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights

May 17, 2018

New measure recognizes Israel’s control of Syrian territory

Israeli soldiers are seen in the Golan Heights

Israeli soldiers are seen in the Golan Heights / Getty Images


Congress is set to consider a new measure to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the contested Golan Heights region that separates Israel from Syria, a key piece of territory that has become all the more important since the civil war in Syria brought scores of jihadist fighters, including those backed by Iran, into the region.

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced on Thursday a resolution that could lead to an historic recognition by the United States that the contested area fully belongs to Israel, according to a copy of the amendment obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Israel annexed the Golan Heights in 1981 following the Six Day War with Arab nations in the region. The United States has declined for decades to take a position on the status of this territory, but following President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, DeSantis and others see an opportunity for the United States to recognize another territorial reality—that the Golan Heights will not be given back to Syria, particularly in light of the strife gripping the country.

The amendment puts the United States on Israel’s side in the land dispute and describes the Golan Heights as a key piece of territory that cannot fall into the hands of Iran, which has staked claims in Syria and continues to threaten Israel’s northern border.

“It is the sense of the Congress that the Golan Heights represent an integral part of the state of Israel and are crucial to the ability of Israel to safeguard its borders and maintain its existence,” the measure states.

“Given the civil war in Syria and the expansion of Iranian influence in Syria, the United States should recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” the amendment adds.

The House Rules Committee is in possession of the measure, but have yet to take a stance.

DeSantis told the Free Beacon the Golan Heights territory is key to thwarting Iranian influence across the region and that the United States’ recognition that Israel owns the territory could send a powerful message across the region.

“The continuing turmoil in Syria and the steady expansion of Iranian influence illustrate why the Golan Heights are so important to the state of Israel and the anti-terror alliance,” DeSantis said. “The Golan provides Israel with a necessary buffer against the malevolent actors that are wreaking havoc in Syria.”

If Israel was forced to give back the territory it would leave itself vulnerable to an increase in terror attacks from Iranian controlled forces and other malevolent actors who would use the Golan region to stage strikes, DeSantis said.

“Indeed, Israel would be hard-pressed to ward off such threats without the Golan,” the lawmaker explained. “Given the interest of the U.S. in rolling back Iranian influence and combating terrorism, it is time for the United States to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.”

As with the United States’ recent recognition that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital city, the recognition that the Golan Heights cannot be given back to Syria represents a factual reality on the ground, DeSantis said.

“There is no conceivable scenario in which it makes sense for Israel to abandon such a strategically significant location so that terrorists can fill the vacuum left behind,” he said.

One dead after protesters set fire to police station in southern Iran

May 17, 2018

Six others reportedly wounded and over 100 arrested in latest demonstration over decision to divide region’s administration

MEE and agencies Thursday 17 May 2018 09:35 UTC Middle East Eye

Source Link: One dead after protesters set fire to police station in southern Iran

{Trouble in paradise. – LS}

One person was killed and six others injured in violence in a city in southern Iran that has seen several protests in recent months, the Fars news agency reported on Thursday.

It said a group of people gathered in Kazerun on Wednesday evening to chant “subversive slogans” and set fire to a local police station.

Videos of the incident were shared on social media overnight.

Residents of Kazerun have held sporadic demonstrations for weeks against a government decision to establish an administrative division in the region.

One video posted on Twitter purported to show protesters chanting “They support Gaza, but betray Kazerun”.

Wednesday’s scuffle was the first reported unrest in the town in two weeks after a decision to shelve the reform initiative, the semi-official Fars agency said.

According to Iran Human Rights Monitor, which is associated with the exiled opposition group the National Council of Resistance of Iran, state security forces opened fire on demonstrators, killing two protesters, and arrested more than 100.

Citing local reports, IHRM said 40 armoured police vehicles were sent to the city to quell protests and residents in a nearby town blocked roads in an attempt to stop the police forces from reaching Kazerun.

Middle East Eye could not independently verify NCRI’s account.

At least 25 people were killed in a wave of social unrest that swept towns and cities across Iran between 28 December and 1 January.

The largest demonstrations since the 2009 Green Movement, the protests were fuelled by harsh economic conditions in the country.


Britain warns US sanctions on Iran make 3rd-party trade difficult

May 17, 2018

Source: Britain warns US sanctions on Iran make 3rd-party trade difficult – Israel Hayom