Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Westerm Politics Is Now Being Driven My Immigration Fears

Reuters

AFP: Immigration fears fuel crisis in Western politics

Washington (AFP) - One issue now dominates political debate within the major Western democracies, and that one issue could now divide the West upon itself: migration.

Donald Trump is trying to ride a tide of anti-immigration feeling to a victory for his Republican supporters in the US mid-term elections in November.

Angela Merkel is hoping to rise above the waves with her shaky German coalition intact, without ceding too much ground to the hardline mood.

New coalition governments in Austria and Italy have brought hardline voices from the fringe of the migration debate into the halls of power.

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WNU Editor: This blog has been raising the issue of migration for ten years, so I am not surprised with what is now happening. Out of curiosity I went down memory lane and I found this post that I put up seven years ago on February 22, 2011 ..... Europe Now Fearful Of A Massive Influx Of Refugees From Libya And Neighboring States. I predicted at the time that 2,000,000 from Libya would make their way to Europe if the Libyan state should collapse, and even more from other states.  So of course .... wanting to see if my analysis was correct, I checked tonight and found that since 2011 the number of migrants from Libya and surrounding countries that have gone to Europe is (drum roll) over 5,000,000 and counting.

Has Life Changed On The North Korean Side Of The DMZ?

North Korean soldiers photograph Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, the commander of U.S. Forces Korea, in March as he visits the Joint Security Area inside the Korean Demilitarized Zone. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Sean K. Harp/ Army)

WNU Editor: An interesting post on what life is like on the North Korean side of the DMZ .... North Korean side of DMZ sounds quieter now, even peaceful (AP). I am not there but I sense that the tensions that have been a hallmark on the DMZ and the Korean peninsula for decades are now changing. Among all my South Korean friends there is an expectation that things are going to change .... and they may be right. As for myself .... the last time that I felt like this was in 1988 and it pertained to China and in eastern Europe. At that time change was definitely in the air .... and a year later we had the Tienanmen Square massacre, and in eastern Europe the Berlin Wall fell down.

Top Chinese Government Official Warns OF A Financial War Against The U.S.

Reuters

Asia Times: Chinese official raises specter of ‘financial war’ with the United States

Economist Mei Xinyu says the escalating trade dispute between Washington and Beijing could have consequences "beyond our imagination"

As the trade row between the United States and China heats up, a previously dovish senior Chinese government economist has taken the gloves off, quoting Mao Zedong in an interview with SpiegelOnline: “You lead your war, and I lead mine.”

Mei Xinyu, a member of the Ministry of Commerce’s Chinese Academy of World Trade and Economic Cooperation, warned that the two economic giants may be on the brink of a “financial war” with a potential outcome that is “beyond our imagination.”

He told the German website that the dispute over tariffs with the US, which he provocatively dismissed as a country that is going “downhill” and has “lost its fighting spirit,” has undeniably escalated into a full-blown trade war.

“We’ve been in a trade war for about two months. US President Donald Trump has imposed punitive tariffs on Chinese imports worth $ 50 billion and threatens to expand by $ 200 billion. If this is not a trade war, what else?”

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WNU Editor: China has been waging a trade and financial war against the U.S. for a very long time .... not two months as the above Chinese official claims. The difference now is that the U.S. is standing up for itself, and the trade and financial models that countries like China have built their success stories on are now being threatened.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 20, 2018

Proclaiming a “people’s struggle” against the country’s “power mafia,” Andrés Manuel López Obrador is regularly mobbed on the Presidential campaign trail. Photograph by Meghan Dhaliwal for The New Yorker

Jon Lee Anderson, New Yorker: A New Revolution in Mexico

Sick of corruption and of Trump, voters embrace the maverick leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

The first time that Andrés Manuel López Obrador ran for President of Mexico, in 2006, he inspired such devotion among his partisans that they sometimes stuck notes in his pockets, inscribed with their hopes for their families. In an age defined by globalism, he was an advocate of the working class—and also a critic of the PRI, the party that has ruthlessly dominated national politics for much of the past century. In the election, his voters’ fervor was evidently not enough; he lost, by a tiny margin. The second time he ran, in 2012, the enthusiasm was the same, and so was the outcome. Now, though, Mexico is in crisis—beset from inside by corruption and drug violence, and from outside by the antagonism of the Trump Administration. There are new Presidential elections on July 1st, and López Obrador is running on a promise to remake Mexico in the spirit of its founding revolutionaries. If the polls can be believed, he is almost certain to win.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 20, 2018

Invisible Scourge: The Danger of Chemical or Biological Attack on America is Growing Fast -- Loren Thompson, Lexington Institute

Death of a Terrorist Leader -- Claude Rakisits, The Strategist

Is China Bringing Peace to Afghanistan? -- Sudha Ramachandran, The Diplomat

Putin on the Ritz in China -- The Diplomat

Russia as It Is: A Grand Strategy for Confronting Putin -- Michael McFaul, Foreign Affairs

Is Cambodia moving towards a one-party military state? -- David Hutt, Asia Times

Incorrigble Corbyn -- Andrew Stuttaford, National Interest

The Italian far-right won’t get a Roma census, but its anti-minority propaganda is working -- Francesco Zaffarano, New Statesman

Trump’s Family Separation Order Does Nothing for Families He Already Broke Up -- Betsy Woodruff & Justin Glawe, Daily Beast

President Trump moves to Navarro-Navarro Land -- David Goldman, Asia Times

Trump’s dangerous approach to the ‘supreme court’ of global trade -- Simon Lester, Reuters

Oil Producers Face Their 'Life or Death' Moment -- David Sheppard & Anjli Raval, Financial Times

How to ‘fix’ social media without censorship -- David Kaye, Reuters

World News Briefs -- June 20, 2018 (Evening Edition)

Chinese President Xi Jinping talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during his visit in Beijing, China, in this undated photo released June 20, 2018 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency. KCNA via REUTERS

Reuters: North Korea, China leaders agree to boost 'strategic, tactical' cooperation: KCNA

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed measures to bolster “strategic and tactical” cooperation between the two countries in a second meeting on Wednesday, the North’s state media said on Thursday.

The meeting between Kim and Xi came on the North Korean leader’s second and last day of his latest visit to Beijing where he briefed the Chinese president on his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump last week.

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MIDDLE EAST

Saudi-led coalition displays Yemeni arms allegedly from Iran.

Yemeni forces claim progress in battle for Hodeida’s airport.

Saudi, UAE coalition enters airport compound of Yemen's Hudaida.

No breakthrough in Turkey-Iran-Russia talks on Syria constitution.

Syrian army steps up attacks in southwest, Jordan concerned.

Biggest Iraqi tribe calls for arms to defend against IS.

Gaza rocket barrage triggers Israeli air strikes. Israeli jets carry out strikes in Gaza. Gaza fires 30 rockets into Israeli territory.

'Kite war' as Palestinians use new weapon to burn farmland, forest in conflict with Israel.

Saudi, Iran face off ahead of tense OPEC meet.

Saudis host Kushner, Trump envoy after Israel-Gaza flare-up.

ASIA

Kim leaves China as S. Korea urges ‘concrete’ plan on nukes.

Taliban kill dozens of soldiers despite government ceasefire.

US forces preparing for North Korea to hand over war dead.

Philippines: Thousands flee as army hits ISIL-linked Maute group.

PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill visits Beijing to sign One Belt, One Road trade deal.

India Kashmir: Direct rule imposed after BJP quits alliance.

Top Philippines court rules against recovery of Marcos' $1B loot.

Indonesia raises number of ferry sinking missing to 180 as search for survivors continues. Divers join search for 192 missing in Indonesia mishap.

Donald Trump a 'critical threat' to Australia's interests as trust in US hits record low, Lowy survey reveals.

New Zealand PM in hospital to give birth.

AFRICA

UN losing patience with Mali as peacekeeper death toll rises.

Algeria goes offline to stop students cheating.

Clashes at Libya oil ports cut output by nearly half.

South Sudan rebel chief in Ethiopia for talks with President Kiir.

Eritrea to send delegation to Ethiopia for talks.

Hope in the Horn as Eritrea-Ethiopia thaw takes shape.

Mali says troops implicated in killings after mass graves found.

Power woes hit Nigeria's football fans.

Tunisia commission proposes sweeping liberal reforms.

EUROPE

Italy, Austria signal new hard-line axis on migration.

Europe is facing a migrant 'catastrophe' to rival the 2015 crisis, Austria warns - and blames Merkel for forcing countries to reinstate border controls.

EU to launch counter-tariffs against US on Friday.

Key EU states to hold mini-summit on migration Sunday.

Migrant deadlock: Just 18% of Germans say Merkel will find EU-wide solution, poll reveals.

Hungary set to criminalise aiding migrants with 'Stop Soros' bill.

Far-right Italy minister vows 'action' to expel thousands of Roma.

At least 60 dead after migrant boat sinks: survivors.

Merkel, Macron announce plans for new eurozone budget.

UK Commons set for Brexit vote showdown.

Russia warns against Trump's 'alarming' plans for US space domination.


AMERICAS

In reversal, Trump orders halt to his family separation rule.

For migrant families in Mexico, threat of separation puts plans in doubt.

Mexico condemns Trump's 'inhuman' border policy.

House GOP gets little direction from Trump on immigration.

Protesters heckle DHS secretary at Mexican restaurant.

US top asylum-seekers' destination in OECD in 2017.

Nicaragua peace talks put on hold amid violence.

Canada legalizes recreational marijuana use. Canada becomes second nation in the world to legalize marijuana.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Germany foiled bio attack with Tunisian arrest: police.

US need to ‘squeeze out’ safe havens from Pakistan, says Pentagon Commander.

Blue is the new orange as Guantánamo preps for new prisoners, maybe ISIS fighters.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Stocks finish mostly higher as tech and media companies lead.

Facebook's Instagram has more than a billion users.

China cuts US investments by 92% amid escalating trade war.

General Electric booted from Dow after 110 years.

Stock markets roiled as US-China trade dispute escalates.

U.S. economy less exposed to oil price shocks.

Wealth of world's millionaires tops $70 trillion for first time.

Canada Is The Second Country In The World To Legalize Marijuana Use



CBC: Trudeau says pot will be legal as of Oct. 17, 2018

Jody Wilson-Raybould says progressive policy will replace failed model that made criminals rich.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that Canadians will be able to consume marijuana recreationally without criminal penalties starting on Oct. 17, 2018 — many months later than the government's initial target date.

"One of the things that we heard very clearly from the provinces is that they need a certain amount of time to get their bricks and mortar stores — their online sales — ready. Producers need time to be able to actually prepare for a regimented and successful implementation of the regime ... This is something that we want to get right," Trudeau told reporters at a press conference held today before the House of Commons rises for its summer recess.

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Update #1: Senate passes cannabis legalization bill in final vote (CTV)
Update #2: Canadians will be able to legally puff pot starting Oct. 17 (Toronto Star)

WNU Editor: A very very very long time ago I got involved with a UN group that did a study on why did the U.S. pass laws at the turn of the century to prohibit drugs like cocaine, morphine/heroin and other opiates, and yes .... marijuana (at the time they were all legal). We found out very quickly that the reason why these drugs were readily available was to satisfy the addiction needs of many of the wounded from the Civil War who had become dependent on morphine. But once this population died off, and a new generation started to be consumers of these drugs, the decision was made to stop it. The reason why was simple. Medical and social experts at the time were alarmed on how gateway drugs were being used, and how a small percentage of these users were quickly becoming consumers of "harder drugs". Flash forward a century .... with our political leaders conveniently forgetting about history .... it looks like we are about to repeat it.

Germany Wants To Know If The Eurofighter Can Carry U.S. Nuclear Weapons

FILE PHOTO: Eurofighter Typhoon (L) and a Dassault Rafale are seen at the ILA Air Show in Berlin, Germany, April 26, 2018. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt/File Photo

Reuters: Germany presses U.S. on potential Eurofighter nuclear role

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is pressing Washington to clarify whether it would let the Eurofighter Typhoon carry nuclear bombs as part of shared Western defenses, an issue that could help decide whether Berlin orders more of the jets, sources familiar with the matter said.

Although not a nuclear power, Germany hosts some U.S. nuclear warheads under NATO’s nuclear-sharing policy and operates a number of Tornado warplanes that can deliver them. New jets will need to be certified by Washington to carry out nuclear missions, a process which can take years.

Germany’s defense ministry sent a letter to the U.S. Defense Department in April asking whether certification of the European jets was possible, how much it would cost, and how long it would take, the sources told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

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WNU Editor: German fighters carrying U.S. nuclear bombs. This is not going to go well in Russia.

Inspector General Investigating If FBI Bias Against President Trump Influenced Their Decision To Open An Investigation On Trump - Russian Collusion



Politico: DOJ reviewing whether anti-Trump bias infected Russia probe launch

It's the first time DOJ has specified it is examining the origin of the much-scrutinized probe into Russia’s attempts to contact the Trump campaign.

The Justice Department's internal watchdog indicated Tuesday that he's examining whether a senior FBI agent’s political bias infected the bureau's decision to open an investigation into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia.

"That’s a matter we’ve got under review and are looking at right now," Inspector General Michael Horowitz told lawmakers at a hearing on Capitol Hill.

The statement is the first time Horowitz has specified he is reviewing the origin of the much-scrutinized probe into Russia’s attempts to cooperate with the Trump campaign as part of its effort to meddle in the 2016 election.

And it comes on the heels of a weighty DOJ IG report that detailed the animosity expressed for then-candidate Donald Trump by Peter Strzok, one of the senior agents that helped launch the Russia probe.

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Update: IG confirms he is reviewing whether Strzok's anti-Trump bias impacted launch of Russia probe (FOX News)

WNU Editor: This could be immediately resolved if the FBI complies to Congressional demands to furnish their reports and memos on what was the evidence that motivated them to launch an investigation over allegations that Trump colluded with the Russians. But as of this writing, the FBI has not complied . Hmmmm .... you have to wonder why. As for the Mueller Investigation .... they can only assume the worse .... that the entire FBI Trump-Russian collusion investigation was tainted because of political bias, and this will be used against them to delegitimize their entire investigation. Bottom line .... do not be surprised if the Mueller Counsel rushes to produce a report before the Inspector General issues his.

Report: President Trump To Sign Executive Order To Detain Migrant Families Together Instead Of Being Separated

U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a Cabinet meeting, where he discussed immigration policy at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 20, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Milllis

FOX News: Trump plans executive action to prevent family separations at border

President Trump is planning to sign an executive order to allow children to stay with parents caught crossing the border illegally -- a step that could avoid the family separations that have triggered a national outcry and political crisis for Republicans.

The action under consideration would allow children to stay in detention with parents for an extended period of time, Fox News has learned. This comes as congressional Republicans scramble to draft legislation to address the same issue, but face challenges mustering the votes.

Trump previewed the new measure, while holding out hope for legislation, during remarks to reporters during a meeting Wednesday with lawmakers.

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Update #1: Trump says he’ll be ‘signing something’ on detained children (AP)
Update #2: Trump to sign order on family separations at U.S. border (Reuters)

WNU Editor: From what I understand (and I could be completely wrong) .... these kids are now going to be detained with their parents in these detention centers instead of being separated. Here is an easy prediction .... when the press and the open borders crowd figure this one out .... they are going to go into an even greater meltdown because they do not want these migrants to be detained in the first place.

U.S. Officials Are Expecting North Korea To Send The Remains Of Up To 200 American Service Members

Kim Jong Un's North Korea is expected to transfer up to 200 sets of US servicemen's remains. (Korea Summit Press Pool via AP, File)

FOX News: North Korea to send US remains of up to 200 American service members, officials say

Up to 200 sets of remains belonging to American servicemen are expected to be transferred from North Korea to the U.N. command in South Korea in the next few days, two U.S. defense officials confirmed to Fox News.

The officials say the returned remains will be shipped to Hawaii, where they will be examined by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency for identification purposes. The number of remains expected to be transferred was first reported by CNN.

Word of the transfer comes one day after the Pentagon announced it was suspending joint military exercises with South Korea before the next major war game, Ulchi Freedom Guardian involving some 17,500 American troops and 50,000 South Korean forces scheduled for August.

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WNU Editor:  I read somewhere that there are 5,500 U.S. servicemen missing in North Korea.

North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un Returns To Pyongyang After Spending Two Days In China

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju walk upon arriving in Beijing, China, in this undated photo released June 20, 2018 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency. KCNA via REUTERS

Reuters: North Korea, China discuss 'true peace', denuclearization: KCNA

SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping came to an understanding on issues discussed at a summit of the two leaders, including denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, the North’s state media said on Wednesday.

Kim and Xi assessed the historic meeting Kim had with U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore last week and exchanged opinions on ways to resolve the issue of denuclearization, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

The North Korean leader also promised during a meeting with Xi in Beijing to cooperate with Chinese officials to secure “true peace” in the process of “opening a new future” on the Korean peninsula, it said.

Xi told Kim the neighbors’ joint efforts could definitely ensure peace and stability on the Korean peninsula, China’s official Xinhua news agency said.

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WNU Editor:  A lot of praise from both sides .... but no real changes happening on the ground (for now).

With Worries On An Escalating Trade War, China Cuts U.S. Investments By 92%

© Lucas Jackson / Reuters

RT: China cuts US investments by 92% amid escalating trade war

The US market saw a significant plunge in investment from China in the first five months of the year amid a growing trade row between the world's two largest economies.

Chinese investments totaled $1.8 billion from January through May, representing a 92-percent drop against the same period a year ago. That’s the lowest level in seven years, according to the latest report by Rhodium Group, a research provider that tracks Chinese foreign investment.

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WNU Editor:  I suspect the same can be said about U.S. investments in China.

Ethiopia And Eritrea Move Forward On Peace Talks



Al Jazeera: Eritrea to send delegation to Ethiopia for talks

Move by Asmara comes after Addis Ababa said it will comply with peace deal and withdraw from contested border regions.

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki said the East African country will dispatch a delegation to Addis Ababa to "gauge current developments" in the region following peace overtures from Ethiopia's new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

"We will send a delegation to [Addis Ababa] to gauge current developments directly and in depth as well as to chart out a plan for continuous future action," Isaias said on Wednesday during a speech in Eritrea.

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WNU Editor: Finally there is hope in the Horn of Africa.

More News On Ethiopia And Eritrea Moving Forward On Peace Talks

Eritrea sending delegation to rival Ethiopia for peace talks -- AP
Eritrea welcomes Ethiopia PM's olive branch, raising hopes of breakthrough -- Reuters
Hope in the Horn as Eritrea-Ethiopia thaw takes shape -- AFP
Eritrea’s Isaias Accepts Ethiopia’s Offer for Peace Talks -- Ethiopia Observer
Eritrea to send 'peace' delegation to Ethiopia: diplomat -- Africa News

World News Briefs -- June 20, 2018


The Guardian: Saudi-backed Yemeni forces capture Hodeidah airport

Military advance comes after UN envoy fails to broker ceasefire with Houthi rebels

Saudi-backed Yemeni government forces have captured the airport at Hodeidah and have started preparations for the more complex task of capturing the city and its port nine miles (15km) to the north. The port is critical to the supply of aid to the rest of the famine-struck country.

Confirmation that the airport on the southern outskirts of the city had been seized after three days of fighting came from both TV pictures and eyewitness accounts. At least 40 Houthi fighters who had held the airport were killed, but most retreated into the city, preparing to fight a potentially intense street-by-street campaign that could endanger tens of thousands of civilians.

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MIDDLE EAST

Saudi, UAE coalition enters airport compound of Yemen's Hudaida.

No breakthrough in Turkey-Iran-Russia talks on Syria constitution.

Syrian army steps up attacks in southwest, Jordan concerned.

Biggest Iraqi tribe calls for arms to defend against IS.

Gaza rocket barrage triggers Israeli air strikes. Israeli jets carry out strikes in Gaza. Gaza fires 30 rockets into Israeli territory.

'Kite war' as Palestinians use new weapon to burn farmland, forest in conflict with Israel.

Saudi, Iran face off ahead of tense OPEC meet.

ASIA

Taliban kill dozens of soldiers despite government ceasefire.

US forces preparing for North Korea to hand over war dead.

Philippines: Thousands flee as army hits ISIL-linked Maute group.

PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill visits Beijing to sign One Belt, One Road trade deal.

India Kashmir: Direct rule imposed after BJP quits alliance.

Top Philippines court rules against recovery of Marcos' $1B loot.

Indonesia raises number of ferry sinking missing to 180 as search for survivors continues. Divers join search for 192 missing in Indonesia mishap.

Donald Trump a 'critical threat' to Australia's interests as trust in US hits record low, Lowy survey reveals.

AFRICA

Clashes at Libya oil ports cut output by nearly half.

South Sudan rebel chief in Ethiopia for talks with President Kiir.

Eritrea to send delegation to Ethiopia for talks.

Hope in the Horn as Eritrea-Ethiopia thaw takes shape.

Mali says troops implicated in killings after mass graves found.

Power woes hit Nigeria's football fans.

Tunisia commission proposes sweeping liberal reforms.

EUROPE

Europe is facing a migrant 'catastrophe' to rival the 2015 crisis, Austria warns - and blames Merkel for forcing countries to reinstate border controls.

EU to launch counter-tariffs against US on Friday.

Key EU states to hold mini-summit on migration Sunday.

Migrant deadlock: Just 18% of Germans say Merkel will find EU-wide solution, poll reveals.

Hungary set to criminalise aiding migrants with 'Stop Soros' bill.

Far-right Italy minister vows 'action' to expel thousands of Roma.

At least 60 dead after migrant boat sinks: survivors.

Merkel, Macron announce plans for new eurozone budget.

UK Commons set for Brexit vote showdown.

Russia warns against Trump's 'alarming' plans for US space domination.


AMERICAS

For migrant families in Mexico, threat of separation puts plans in doubt.

Mexico condemns Trump's 'inhuman' border policy.

House GOP gets little direction from Trump on immigration.

Protesters heckle DHS secretary at Mexican restaurant.

US top asylum-seekers' destination in OECD in 2017.

Nicaragua peace talks put on hold amid violence.

Canada legalizes recreational marijuana use. Canada becomes second nation in the world to legalize marijuana.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Germany foiled bio attack with Tunisian arrest: police.

US need to ‘squeeze out’ safe havens from Pakistan, says Pentagon Commander.

Blue is the new orange as Guantánamo preps for new prisoners, maybe ISIS fighters.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

China cuts US investments by 92% amid escalating trade war.

General Electric booted from Dow after 110 years.

Stock markets roiled as US-China trade dispute escalates.

U.S. economy less exposed to oil price shocks.

Wealth of world's millionaires tops $70 trillion for first time.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 20, 2018

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Popular Mechanics: The U.S. and Russia Are Shrinking Their Nuclear Arsenals—But China Isn't

And then, of course, there’s North Korea to think about.

The number of nuclear weapons worldwide dipped slightly in 2017, with the world’s nine nuclear powers collectively downsizing by 500 weapons.

The United States and Russia entered 2018 with fewer weapons, while China, India, and Pakistan gave their modest arsenals a slight boost. The world’s newest nuclear power, North Korea, is still a mystery with an unknown quantity of nuclear weapons.

The nonprofit Stockholm International Peace Research Institute tracks the arms trade, current conflicts, and the number of worldwide nuclear weapons through its annual yearbook. The 2018 yearbook, just released, has some interesting figures on the state of nukes.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 20, 2018

Which nations increased the size of their nuclear arsenal in 2017? -- Defense News

Despite 17 years of war, next US commander in Afghanistan sees progress -- Military Times

Seoul expects 'reciprocal' act from North to military drill suspension -- UPI

If the US military withdraws from Korea, China will be a big loser -- Michael Heng, SCMP

The US is trying to boost its military ties with India, but Russian weapons are getting in the way -- Business Insider

Philippines' Duterte approves $5.6-billion military upgrade -- Euronews/Reuters

Pakistan Army team wins military drill competition in Sandhurst, UK -- Geo TV

Iran says no plans to increase missile range, rejects talks with Trump -- Reuters

China warns Trump about dangers of new Space Force -- Washington Examiner

The Rise of Russia's Military -- National Interest

France, Germany kick off race for ‘quantum leaps’ in aircraft and tank tech -- Defense News

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg wants fewer tensions, improved relationship with Russia -- DW

German arms sales drop almost 10 percent -- DW

Costs of hearing-related health claims on the rise in Canadian military -- CBC

Thanks To NATO Infighting, the Future of the F-35 Is Shrinking -- Defense One

Air Force reveals risks, bravery behind B-1 emergency landing and blown hatch -- Air Force Times

V-22 Ospreys to receive ballistic protection panels -- UPI

BAE wins Marine Corps contract to build new amphibious combat vehicle -- Defense News

Navy contracts for LCS mission module support -- UPI

U.S. military budget inches closer to $1 trillion mark, as concerns over federal deficit grow -- Washington Post

US Chamber of Commerce wants Trump to put America’s defense industry first -- Defense News

The U.S. Army is Buying Pepper Spray Paintball Guns -- Popular Mechanics

Fleet Cyber Command has a new leader -- Fifth Domain

The U.S. Military Has Been in Space From the Beginning -- Smithsonian

Robert Reich: Trump Increased Military Spending By Over $200 Billion. Here's How That Money Could Be Spent -- Robert Reich, Newsweek

Twins killed together during World War II finally reunited after 74 years -- CBS

Do Service Dogs Help Military Veterans with PTSD? -- Psychology Today

Can A Cyber Attack Bring Down A Fighter Jet?

An Air Force F-22 Raptor (left) flies with an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter over Florida. USAF Photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy T. Lock

Reuters: Israel's Netanyahu warns of cyber risks that can down fighter jets

TEL AVIV, June 20 (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on governments worldwide on Wednesday to join forces to defend against cyber threats that he said could even bring down military and civilian aircraft.

Cybersecurity also represents an enormous business opportunity, Netanyahu told a cyber conference at Tel Aviv University, adding that Israel receives about 20 percent of global investment in the sector.

"We cannot go back to the world of levers, pulleys and couriers. Since we are going forward, we are absolutely vulnerable. Our airlines can be brought down, our fighter planes can be brought down," he said.

While Israel monitors attacks at its cybersecurity centre in the southern city of Beersheba, Netanyahu said there was "no silver bullet".

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WNU Editor: Software does play a critical role in aviation .... and I can see certain dangers for passenger jets. But are modern fighter jets that vulnerable to a cyber attack? I have my doubts.

EU Parliament Committee Approves Copyright Law That Will Change The Internet As We Know It


Reuters: EU Parliament committee votes for tougher EU copyright rules to rein in tech giants

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Google (GOOGL.O), Facebook (FB.O), Microsoft (MSFT.O) and other tech giants could face more curbs on their market power after a European Parliament committee voted in favor of tougher copyright rules on Wednesday.

The copyright rules, proposed by the European Commission two years ago, are designed to take account of the growing role of online platforms, forcing them to share revenues with publishers and bear liability for copyright infringement on the internet.

The vote by the Legal Affairs Committee is likely to be the Parliament’s official stance as it heads into negotiations with EU countries on a common position, unless dissenting lawmakers force a vote at the general assembly next month.

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Update #1: 'Disastrous' copyright bill vote approved (BBC)
Update #2: EU takes first step in passing controversial copyright law that could ‘censor the internet’ (Verge)
Update #3: EU committee approves new rules that could 'destroy the internet as we know it' (The Independent)

WNU Editor: This EU vote is a disaster, and it is going to severely limit the information that EU customers can get on the internet. I am not sure how this will impact this blog .... because I do aggregate the news .... but my preliminary reading of the bill is that it is going to severely limit (if not ban) my use of news sources from Europe. And here is the kicker .... before the final vote of this bill by the EU parliament that is expected in 6 months .... all discussions will now be done behind closed doors.

Nicaragua's Political Unrest And Violence Hits 2 Months





BBC: More deaths in Nicaragua violence as talks collapse

At least three people were killed and many injured as government forces in Nicaragua launched an operation to regain control of the city of Masaya.

Residents say security forces and militias used disproportionate force to clear barricades on Tuesday.

The operation was launched a day after the collapse of talks between President Daniel Ortega's government and the opposition.

More than 180 people have died in two months of anti-government protests.

Residents in Masaya say militias loyal to Mr Ortega were responsible for most of the violence.

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WNU Editor: A tipping has now been reached .... and past. I do not see Ortega family relinquishing power, and I do not see the protestors giving up. Here is an easy prediction .... this is going to get worse.

More News On Nicaragua's Political Unrest And Violence Hitting 2 Months

Violence flares up in Nicaragua after suspension of peace talks -- Reuters
Nicaragua's political unrest hits 2 months -- FOX News
Nicaraguan city Masaya vows to govern itself, break from president amid crisis -- Toronto Star/Washington Post
My Nicaragua Motorcycle Diary: Racing Through a Revolution -- Joe Tustin, Daily Beast
What is Happening in Nicaragua? At Least 170 Killed in Crackdown on Protests Against Ortega's Government -- Newsweek