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  • Mexico's president-elect will cancel planned U.S. helicopter order

    07/16/2018 4:05:04 PM PDT · by BBell · 48 replies
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he would cancel the planned purchase of eight military helicopters from the United States as part of cost-cutting measures.Lopez Obrador, who handily won this month’s presidential election on pledges to fight corruption and cut government waste, said there had been plans to pay 26 billion pesos ($1.36 billion) for the helicopters to be used by Mexico’s navy. “This purchase is going to be canceled because we can not make this expenditure,” Lopez Obrador told reporters on Wednesday after meeting with incoming legislators from his MORENA party. Lopez Obrador is...
  • Is This The Answer To The Looming U.S. Healthcare Crisis?

    07/13/2018 9:58:03 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 22 replies
    Safehaven.com ^ | 07-13-2018 | Alex
    America has a big, big problem on its hands. Healthcare costs are rising at astronomical and unsustainable rates, and the country’s leader seems powerless to stem the tide. Perhaps that would not be a big problem if the economy was keeping pace. But it isn’t. In fact, growth in healthcare spending is projected to outflank economic growth by a factor of more than 2:1. The U.S. might be the largest economy in the world, but it still spends a disproportionately large amount on healthcare. In 2016, health care expenditure per capita clocked in at $10,348--about double the average spend by...
  • 'Erdoganism' makes Western debut at NATO summit

    07/12/2018 12:06:52 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | July 11, 2018 | Cengiz Candar
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro describes his close friend Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a “leader of the new multipolar world.” Maduro has been enthusiastically tweeting Erdogan's praises since July 8. Though Maduro may not be a good example of a statesman with wide international stature/prestige, his characterization of Erdogan is quite accurate.Erdogan’s July 9 inauguration might as well have been called a coronation with all the pomp that surrounded it. In addition to Maduro and the leaders of Pakistan, numerous countries in Africa, the Balkans, Southeast Europe and some of Turkey’s immediate neighbors, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev attended, plus old friends of Erdogan — former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi...
  • On Fourth of July, US cities celebrate America’s newest citizens

    07/04/2018 7:17:06 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 4, 2018 | MEENA VENKATAR
    This Fourth of July, nearly 14,000 immigrants become America’s newest citizens, swearing the oath of allegiance at 27 naturalization ceremonies across the nation that coincide with the country’s 242nd birthday and the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. “When oath ceremonies are tied to the Fourth of July, it’s a message that immigrants believe in this country. It’s a beautiful and emotional thing,” Joshua Hoyt, executive director of the National Partnership for New Americans, said. “United nations, from Albania to Yemen, are represented in the ceremonies.” Hoyt added that NPNA believes “naturalization is good for the immigrants, their...
  • US reiterates Turkey travel warning, citing detention risk (detention risk from Turkey)

    06/30/2018 9:45:04 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 30 replies
    Stockholm Center for Freedom ^ | June 29, 2018 | SCF
    The United States on Thursday warned its citizens against travelling to Turkey, citing a nationwide crackdown that has led to the arrest of thousands of people, including US passport holders.“Reconsider travel to Turkey due to terrorism and arbitrary detentions,” the State Department said, retaining a travel warning already in place.US citizens had also been subject to travel bans that prevented them from leaving the country, the State Department said on its website. “Under the State of Emergency, security forces have detained tens of thousands of individuals, including US citizens, suspected of affiliation with alleged terrorist organizations based on scant or secret...
  • Breaking: Russia officially enters southwest Syria offensive despite US warnings

    06/25/2018 3:41:31 PM PDT · by BBell · 21 replies
    https://mobile.almasdarnews.com ^ | 6/24/18 | Leith Aboufadel
    BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 A.M.) – The Russian military officially entered the southwest Syria offensive this evening, a source told Al-Masdar from the Dara’a Governorate. The Russian Aerospace Forces unleashed a massive assault over northeastern Dara’a, tonight, targeting several areas controlled by the jihadist rebels. According to a military source in the government stronghold of Izra’a, the Russian Aerospace Forces launched over 20 airstrikes across northeastern Dara’a tonight. The source told Al-Masdar that the Russian Aerospace Forces specifically launched airstrikes over the towns of Masikah, Aeeb, and Busra Al-Harir. The added that the majority of the airstrikes were launched on the...
  • Small Arms Survey Shows U.S. with 40% of Firearms

    06/24/2018 5:04:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 52 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 June, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from Small Arms Review According to the Small Arms Survey, world wide private firearms ownership has increased from about 650 million in 2006 to 857 million at the end of 2017. That is a 32% increase over the eleven year period, or 207 million firearms. The estimate for the United States increased from 270 million in to 393.3 million, a 46 percent increase or 123.3 million firearms, over the same period. The United States accounted for 60 percent of the total global increase. From smallarmssurvey.org: Uncertainty about any firearms data requires systematic estimation that relies on a broad...
  • U.S. Withdraws From UN Human Rights Council Travesty

    06/20/2018 10:38:46 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/20/18 | Joseph Klein
    Trump administration’s decision to withdraw the United States from this charade sends a signal that the United States, the UN’s largest funder, will no longer tolerate business as usual, including double standards and hypocrisy, at the UN The United States has withdrawn from the United Nations Human Rights Council. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced the Trump administration’s decision at the State Department Tuesday afternoon. “We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of...
  • LIVE: President Trump Meets Kim Jong Un - North Korea Summit In Singapore [FOX 10 Phoenix]

    06/11/2018 4:59:52 PM PDT · by Company Man · 66 replies
    Fox 10 Phoenix via Youtube ^ | June 11, 2018 | LIV
    A White House statement confirmed that Trump and the reclusive North Korean leader will meet at 9 a.m. local time on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET on Monday) in Singapore.
  • Prayer For the Singapore Summit!

    06/11/2018 2:18:38 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 34 replies
    11 June 2018 | US Navy Vet
    Get on your KNEES Prayer Warriors!
  • Mattis Links US Pullout from Syria to Political Process

    06/10/2018 7:01:14 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) ^ | 6-9-18 (09/06/2018) | none stated
    US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis linked Friday the pullout of US-led coalition forces from Syria to an agreement on a political process. Speaking at a meeting of coalition defense ministers at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, Mattis said: “As the operations ultimately draw to a close, we must avoid leaving a vacuum in Syria that can be exploited by the (Bashar) Assad regime or its supporters.” He added that in Syria, “leaving the field before the special envoy Staffan de Mistura achieves success in advancing the Geneva political process we all signed for under the UN security council resolution would...
  • China Offers to Buy Nearly $70 Billion of U.S. Products to Fend Off Trade Tariffs

    06/05/2018 9:14:18 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 35 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 6/5/2018 | Lingling Wei in Beijing and Bob Davis in Washington
    China offered to purchase nearly $70 billion of U.S. farm, manufacturing and energy products if the Trump administration abandons threatened tariffs, according to people briefed on the latest negotiations with American trade officials. In weekend talks in Beijing, Chinese negotiators led by Liu He, President Xi Jinping’s economic envoy, presented a U.S. team headed by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross a package that includes Chinese companies buying more U.S. soybeans, corn, natural gas, crude oil, coal and manufactured goods. Chinese and U.S. officials estimated the value of the package at nearly $70 billion in the first year. President Donald Trump has...
  • Senior State Department Officials on the U.S.-Turkish Working Group on Syria

    06/05/2018 4:57:17 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    The U.S. Department of State ^ | June 5, 2018 | Senior State Department Officials
    Special BriefingSenior State Department Officials Via Teleconference June 5, 2018 MODERATOR: Good morning, and thanks so much for joining us for today’s background call on the U.S.-Turkish working group on Syria. Joining us today we have [Senior State Department Official One]. He’ll be referred to as Senior State Department Official One. Also joining us is [Senior State Department Official Two]. He’ll be referred to as Senior State Department Official Number Two. As a reminder, the call is on background and the contents of the call are embargoed until the call ends. With that, I’ll hand it over to our Senior...
  • Exclusive: Under U.S. pressure, EIB balks at EU plan to work in Iran

    06/05/2018 2:23:40 PM PDT · by BBell · 8 replies
    https://www.reuters.com/ ^ | 6/5/18 | Alissa de Carbonnel, Robin Emmott
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Investment Bank has balked at an EU proposal to do business in Iran to help offset U.S. sanctions and save the 2015 nuclear deal, EU sources told Reuters, under pressure from the United States - where the bank raises much of its funds.The resistance from the European Union’s lending arm underscores the limits of the bloc’s ability to shield trade with Iran from the reimposition of U.S. sanctions after President Donald Trump abandoned the nuclear accord last month. European Commissioners are expected on Wednesday to endorse the EU executive’s plan to encourage the EIB to...
  • US, Turkey agree on withdrawal of Kurdish militia from Manbij

    06/05/2018 1:37:38 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/05/18 02:57 PM EDT | Ellen Mitchell
    The Syrian Kurdish YPG on Tuesday said it will leave Manbij after Turkey and the United States the day prior agreed on the militia’s withdrawal.Turkey has long demanded the YPG withdraw from Syria’s northern border with the nation. In a new roadmap agreed upon by Ankara and Washington on Monday, the Syrian Kurds will leave and the U.S. and Turkey will jointly maintain security in the city.“We affirm that our forces will heed the call when necessary to offer support and help to the people of Manbij should it be needed,” the YPG said in a statement. The YPG said fighters left Manbij...
  • Report: 110 Confederate monuments removed in U.S. since 2015

    06/04/2018 9:35:22 AM PDT · by BBell · 57 replies
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — It took generations to erect all the nation's Confederate monuments, and a new report shows they're being removed at a pace of about three each month. The study — released Monday by the Southern Poverty Law Center — shows that 110 Confederate monuments have been removed nationwide since 2015, when a shooting at a black church in South Carolina energized a movement against such memorials. The number — which includes schools and roads that have been renamed in California, a repurposed Confederate holiday in Georgia, plus rebel flags and monuments that have been taken down in...
  • Kazakhstan Grants U.S. Access to Ports for Afghan-Bound Goods

    06/02/2018 8:37:57 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Eurasia Net ^ | Mar 7, 2018
    Kazakhstan Grants U.S. Access to Ports for Afghan-Bound Goods By gaining access to Aktau and Kuryk, the United States adds additional routes to circumvent Russia. Mar 7, 2018 Lawmakers in Kazakhstan have approved an agreement allowing the United States to use two of the nation’s Caspian Sea ports as transit points for shipping nonmilitary material to Afghanistan. By gaining access to the ports of Aktau and Kuryk, the United States will gain an additional option in circumventing Russia, which has previously also provided transit options for NATO supplies to Afghanistan. Speaking on March 7, Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Kairat Adrakhmanov repeatedly...
  • US vetoes UN resolution denouncing violence against Palestinians

    06/02/2018 3:26:33 PM PDT · by BBell · 29 replies
    The United States vetoed on Friday a Kuwaiti-drafted UN Security Council resolution that condemned Israel's use of force against Palestinian civilians, underlining Washington's differences with friends and foes alike over the Israeli-Palestinian issue. Later, a second, US-drafted resolution that blamed Hamas for the violence and upheld Israel's right to defend itself failed to attract any other country's support when it was put to vote in the 15-member council. Blasting the council majority, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the two votes showed it was willing to blame Israel and unwilling to blame Hamas, the Islamist group that...
  • Why are deaths among U.S. kids, teens on the rise?

    06/02/2018 9:24:45 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 40 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 1, 2018 | Dennis Thompson
    A perfect storm of murder, addiction and carelessness has fueled a recent and troubling increase in deaths among U.S. children and teens, a new government report shows. The total death rate for those aged 10 to 19 rose 12 percent between 2013 and 2016, mostly due to an increase in deaths from accidental injury, homicide and suicide, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. In short, the United States is becoming less safe for teenagers. The primary causes of injury deaths were motor vehicle accidents, suicide, firearms-related murders and drug overdoses, the report discovered. "For children...
  • US troops arrive on Mount Shingal to set up military base: Deputy Mayor

    06/01/2018 5:54:22 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies
    Kurdistan 24 News ^ | 6-1-2018 | Sangar Ali / Editing by John J. Catherine
    ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – US forces have reached on the top of Mount Sinjar (Shingal) to establish a new a military base, a Kurdish Ezidi official said on Friday. “Today, 15 military vehicles of US troops arrived on top of Mount Shingal and stationed themselves near Mira peak on the mountain,” Jalal Khalo, deputy mayor in Shingal, told Kurdistan 24. The US forces are preparing to build a military base on the mountain, Khalo added. Mount Shingal is one of the most strategic locations in Iraq, lying near the border with Syria and 125 km west of Mosul. The Kurdish...