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9/19/19

USA: Trump denies promise that led to formal complaint from US spy

Trump denies promise that led to formal complaint from US spy
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US backs Saudi 'right to defend itself,' Iran warns of 'all-out war'

US backs Saudi 'right to defend itself,' Iran warns of 'all-out war'


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Israel elections: Netanyahu struggles to hold on to power as Gantz claims victory

Netanyahu struggles to hold on to power as Gantz claims victory

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USA: Revealed: how US senators invest in firms they are supposed to regulate

Revealed: how US senators invest in firms they are supposed to regulate

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9/18/19

IRAN: The Real Reason Trump Won’t Attack Iran – Emily Meierding

A war in the Persian Gulf would profoundly destabilize the global oil system. If the Trump administration strikes Iran, unilaterally or in conjunction with Saudi Arabia, and targets the state’s oil facilities, these attacks will take more resources offline. Although Iran’s oil output has declined significantly since the United States reimposed sanctions in 2018, the country still produces more than 2 million barrels of oil per day and exports about half a million barrels per day of petroleum products and liquefied petroleum gas to a variety of resource consumers.  Airstrikes would remove these supplies for the market, while other oil producers are struggling to compensate for the loss of Saudi resources.

Unsurprisingly, Chinese and European officials have adopted a cautious attitude toward the crisis. Although China’s foreign ministry condemned the attack, spokesperson Hua Chunying advised the parties “to avoid taking actions that bring about an escalation in regional tensions.” She also refrained from attributing responsibility for the strikes to a specific actor. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pushed for an international response to the attacks. However, they also emphasized the “importance of avoiding the further escalation of tensions in the region.” Given this reticence, if the United States wants to strike Iran, it will have to go it alone.

Starting a war to protect oil markets will only backfire for the US.

Read more: The Real Reason Trump Won’t Attack Iran – Foreign Policy

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EU-Brexit chaos is lesson to other EU states, ECB governor says

British chaos over Brexit has dampened other member states' potential appetite for leaving Europe, Villeroy de Galhau, a French governor of the European Central Bank (ECB), said Tuesday. "It is a gratitude we have to the British today," he said at an event in the London School of Economics, Reuters reported, in comments which risked giving ammunition to British claims the EU was trying to punish the UK for leaving.

 

Read more: Brexit chaos is lesson to other EU states, ECB governor say

 

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USA - National Security Trump selects Robert O'Brien to be his next national security adviser

U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday he plans to name hostage negotiator Robert O'Brien to be his new national security adviser.

Trump's announcement about O'Brien comes a week after the departure of John Bolton from the national security adviser's post, citing policy disagreements. Trump and Bolton offered differing views on whether the longtime Republican policy adviser resigned or was fired.


As the special presidential envoy for hostage affairs at the State Department, O'Brien worked closely with the families of American hostages and advised administration officials on hostage issues.

He previously helped lead the department's public-private partnership for justice reform in Afghanistan during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations.

From 2008 through 2011, O'Brien was a presidentially appointed member of a government committee that advises on issues related to the trafficking of antiquities and other cultural items. In 2005, Bush nominated O'Brien to be U.S. Representative to the United Nations General Assembly, where he worked with Bolton. O'Brien was confirmed by the Senate.

Read more at: Trump selects Robert O'Brien to be his next national security adviser | CBC News

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Israel Elections: Netanyahu Is in Trouble, and Other Takeaways From the Israeli Election - by Megan Specia


A day after Israel’s general election — the second in five months — there is still uncertainty about the final outcome, but it appears the long reign of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could be coming to an end.

As expected, neither Mr. Netanyahu nor his main rival, the former army chief Benny Gantz, a centrist, won enough votes to claim an outright majority in the Israeli Parliament. Crucially, neither seems to have a straightforward path to forming a governing coalition with at least 61 of the 120 lawmakers in Parliament.

That means the contest for prime minister will be decided not by the vote tally but by coalition talks, and Mr. Gantz and his Blue and White party seem likely to be given the first chance to form a government. The support of a smaller third party, Yisrael Beiteinu, could prove essential, putting the power to decide the future Israeli government into the hands of that party’s leader, Avigdor Liberman.

Read more: Netanyahu Is in Trouble, and Other Takeaways From the Israeli Election - The New York Times

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The Netherlands: the Dutch Healthcare system is among the most costly in Europe - by RM

Dutch citizens did not get a good deal under the current Dutch health insurance law.

It has become an extremely expensive business to get health Insurance in the Netherlands.

Especially if you add up all nthe costs.

First of all there is the obligatory deductible of Euro 385, then the monthly premium, which  on average is around Euro 250 per month.

That makes a total "out of pocket expense" of Euro 3,385 per year, and even than you are not there yet.

There are also a variety of other provisions, whereby certain costs incurred for pharmaceuticals, and medical services, are not reimbursed.

Not only is Dutch healthcare  too costly for the average citizen, it also is a cash machine for Dutch Insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry.

Healthcare Insurance services and costs should also be uniformly regulated throughout the EU, which is not the case right now.

It is high time that the "political establishment" and the voters start paying more attention to the fact that this issue needs to get fixed without delay.

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9/17/19

SPAIN: New elections scheduled for November

Spain sets new elections for November as attempts to form a government collapse.

Spain's caretaker prime minister says fresh elections will take place in November as no leader can win enough parliamentary support to be able to form a government.

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The Netherlands economy: big budget boost for housing, youth - care and migration, as opposition voices criticism


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NSA SURVEILLANCE: Germany a primary example of NSA SURVEILLANCE cooperation says Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden: Germany a 'primary example' of NSA surveillance cooperation


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CLIMATE CHANGE: EU plans energy tax to combat climate change

EU plans energy tax to combat climate change

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9/16/19

Middle East - Iran: President Trump Tweets About Possible Iran Strike After Saudi Arabia Oil Bombing

In this edition of America First, the President of the United States tweeted that we're "locked and loaded" to go to war with Iran and we're just waiting for Saudi Arabia to tell us what to do. This really is not an exaggeration. "Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked," Donald Trump said on the Tweet Machine. "There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!"

Yes, we are waiting for word from Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman—the guy who allegedly orders journalists critical of him chopped up and thrown in an oven in the backyard of one of his ambassadors, who leads the regime that is helping to perpetuate a human-rights catastrophe in Yemen using American-made weapons, the same regime that just happens to be spending a fortune at Trump's hotels. If the crown prince gives us the go-ahead, we're bombing Iran! America First.

You would think that, having just marked the 18th anniversary of September 11—a reminder we're now poised to send kids to Afghanistan who were not born when the attacks happened—we'd be a little more worried about getting pulled into another quagmire of death and suffering. You would think that, at this point, we would be re-evaluating our strategy in the region, including our unbreakable bond with Saudi Arabia. And yet you could flip on Fox News this morning and find a Democratic senator from a solid-blue state mongering the war.

How many times are we going to do this? What is the best-case scenario if we enter armed conflict with Iran, which has missiles that can reach deep into Europe and a standing army of well over half a million people? Will we just bomb them and run? Will we try to topple the regime? Who will rise to power in the vaccuum? What would victory even look like? Can anyone tell us what it will look like in the multiple armed conflicts we're already engaged in nearby?

Have we learned fucking anything? How many American kids have to die in the sand and rock before we learn the United States cannot win when it starts blowing things up in the Middle East?

Read more: President Trump Tweets About Possible Iran Strike After Saudi Arabia Oil Bombing

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Middle East - Saudi Arabia: Putin proposes Russian missile defence for Saudi after oil attack

Tensions in the Middle East have escalated following drone attacks on two major oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.

The pre-dawn strikes on Saturday knocked out more than half of crude output from the world's top exporter - five percent of the global oil supply - and cut output by 5.7 million barrels per day.

Yemen's Houthi rebels, who have been locked in a war with a Saudi-UAE-led coalition since 2015, claimed responsibility for the attacks, warning Saudi Arabia that their targets "will keep expanding".

But US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo swiftly accused Iran of being behind the assault, without providing any evidence. The claim was rejected by Tehran which said the allegations were meant to justify actions against it.

Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, has promised to "confront and deal with this terrorist aggression", while US President Donald Trump hinted at possible military action after Riyadh concluded its investigation into the attacks.

Note EU-Digest: The recent Saudi and US so-called "investigations", based on how the Jamal Khashoggi murder by Saudi Arabia was handled, does not give much reasons for "optimism", that the present investigations, by Saudi-Arabia and the US,  re: the bombing of the Saudi oilfields and refineries, will be handled in an impartial manner.   

Read more: Putin proposes Russian missile defence for Saudi after oil attack | Saudi Arabia News | Al Jazeera

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Britain - EU meeting today butnNo new backstop proposal at Juncker-Johnson lunch

UK prime minister Boris Johnson had a lunch in Luxembourg on Monday with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. After the meeting, Juncker said it was "the UK's responsibility to come forward with legally-operational solutions", adding the commission was open to proposals to replace the backstop. However, Juncker continued, "such proposals have not yet been made" and that the "EU-27 remain united".

Read more: No new backstop proposal at Juncker-Johnson lunch

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Oil Exploration - The Guyana-Suriname Basin: An Emerging Petroleum Province

Once in a while, a new petroleum province appears in a previously under-explored frontier or blind spot, broadening the horizon of the explorers and security analysts alike, lending fresh hopes to both oilmen and the local economy, and offering new opportunities to the E&P industry as well as investors. Onshore, the shale play in the Permian Basin is one of such revolutionary new discoveries - perhaps a case of rejuvenation, to be exact. Offshore, such new frontiers were West Africa in the 2000s, East Africa in early 2010s, and Guyana in late 2010s.

In this report an in-depth look at the emerging Guyana-Suriname Basin, including its geology and resource potential, exploration history, discoveries made so far, to lay a foundation for future discussions on how we as security investors can profit from the rise of this frontier.

Read more at: The Guyana-Suriname Basin: An Emerging Petroleum Province | Seeking Alpha
 
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9/15/19

EU: On-Line Shopping - New rules for online shopping in EU take effect

New EU rules on online shopping, which came into force on Saturday 14 September, should make it easier and safer for consumers to pay for goods and services online and to manage their personal finances.

European consumers are also set to enjoy improved protection against online fraud, as well as better access to more innovative forms of online and mobile payments.

Over time, the Commission says the new rules will give consumers more choice since new and innovative operators will enter the payment market.

With the entry into force, all elements of the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) are now in place, says the Commission.

Some stakeholders are still working to put these technological and practical changes in place, in line with a gradual approach suggested by the European Banking Authority.

The Commission is now calling on all EU Member States to ensure speedy and full implementation of all the rules. Once the new framework is fully operational everywhere, it says EU consumers should be able to benefit from a safer and easier online payment environment in two key ways.

First, electronic payments will be even more secure thanks to the introduction of “strong customer authentication” (SCA) which will improve our means of tackling online payments fraud. SCA ensures proper identification or authentication for all payments over €30 and will now take place via an authentication process based on two specific factors supplied by the user, e.g. a password, PIN code, a mobile phone or a fingerprint. Customers will receive practical advice from their banks or payment providers on the new system.

Second, the new rules will facilitate the entry of new operators in the EU payment services market by applying equally to both traditional and new, innovative companies that offer regulated payment services. Consumers will be able to make payments and manage their personal finances more efficiently thanks to a wider offering of applications.

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EU - Russian Relations: How should the EU handle Russia now? - by Andrew Rettman

The Russian regime got a bloody nose in local elections last weekend. At the same time, Russia exchanged prisoners with Ukraine and agreed to hold peace talks.

But what does it all mean?

Is Russian president Vladimir Putin losing his grip on power and having second thoughts about waging war in Europe?

Should the West help the opposition to topple him? Or should it try to make new deals with the Kremlin, as French president Emmanuel Macron is keen to do?

"United Russia's campaign across the country was very, very successful," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said after local elections last Sunday (8 September).

Putin's political party held on to its majority in most big cities and all 16 of his governor candidates won their posts, he added.

But its majority in the Moscow city council plunged from 38 to 25 out of 40.

It did even worse in other parts of Russia, such as Khabarovsk and Irkutsk, and it lost half its support in Russia-occupied Crimea in Ukraine.

With the UK distracted by Brexit and with the German chancellor on her way out of office, French leader Macron has become Europe's spokesman on the world stage.

But for some experts, such as James Nixey from Chatham House, the 41-year old French leader still had "a lot to learn". 

Macron will "get nothing" from his Russia summit because Putin "wants something so fundamentally - legally, morally - different [to what the EU stands for] that it cannot be granted", Nixey said.

"Most Western leaders come into power believing their predecessors were incompetent and only someone truly capable such as themselves can succeed in this task," Nixey added.

"Macron will fail because - as he will come to realize - Russia has no interest in being 'brought round'. It's just not that kind of regime," Nixey said.

Read more: How should the EU handle Russia now?

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Britain-Brexit: Lib Dems pledge to cancel Brexit if they win general election

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to cancel Brexit if they come to power at the next general election.

Members voted for the new policy at their party conference in Bournemouth by an overwhelming majority.

Previously, the party has backed another referendum or "People's Vote", saying they would campaign to Remain.

After the vote, their leader Jo Swinson, said: "We will do all we can to fight for our place in Europe, and to stop Brexit altogether."

The commitment only comes into force if the party wins the election as a majority government.

Ms Swinson also confirmed that before an election is called, the Lib Dems would continue to work with other opposition parties to campaign for a further referendum, and to prevent a "dangerous" no-deal Brexit

Read more at: Lib Dems pledge to cancel Brexit if they win general election - BBC News

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Israel - US Relations: Trump floats possible defense treaty days ahead of Israeli elections

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he had spoken with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about a possible mutual defense treaty between the two nations, a move that could bolster Netanyahu's re-election bid just days before Israelis go to the polls.

"I had a call today with Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss the possibility of moving forward with a Mutual Defense Treaty, between the United States and Israel, that would further anchor the tremendous alliance between our two countries," Trump said on Twitter.

He added that he looked forward to continuing those discussions later this month on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session in New York.

Netanyahu thanked Trump, saying in a tweet that Israel "has never had a greater friend in the White House," and adding that he looked forward to meeting at the U.N. "to advance a historic Defense Treaty between the United States and Israel."

The timing of Trump's tweet, just days before Israel's election on Tuesday, appeared aimed at buttressing Netanyahu's bid to remain in power by showcasing his close ties to Trump.

Note EU-Digest: Hopefully the Jewish voters won't swallow this Trump nonsense, which is a clear move to try and help a desperate and "soon to be jailbird" Nethanyahu win the upcoming elections  

Read more at: Trump floats possible defense treaty days ahead of Israeli elections

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9/14/19

Saudi Arabia: Houti drones hit Saudi Oil sites sources say, supplies disrupted

Yemen Houthi drones hit major Saudi oil sites, sources say supplies disrupted.

Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group on Saturday attacked two Saudi Aramco plants at the heart of the kingdom's oil industry, including the world's biggest petroleum processing facility, sparking fires in the latest violent flare-up in the Gulf.

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Big Pharma: playing dangerous games with human health

Big Pharma nixes new drugs despite impending 'antibiotic apocalypse'


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The Netherlands: Dutch multi-nationals will be forced to pay profit tax

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Eurozone Economy: the shadow of recession deepens over the Eurozone - by John Weeks


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Argentina: back to chaos?


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9/13/19

The Netherlands - Money laundering: major Dutch banks team up to fight money laundering


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Israel: Nethanyahu in close election fight for power in Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu in close election fight for power in Israel

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BRITAIN: Scottish court rules Johnsons parliament, suspension, Illegal


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France: Google agrees to double tax settlement with France to nearly EURO 1 billion

Google agrees to double tax settlement with France to nearly €1 billion Google said on Thursday it agreed to pay 465 million euros in additional taxes to French authorities, boosting the total settlement to end a fiscal fraud probe in the country to nearly 1 billion.


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Turkey: Turkish ex-Prime Minister Davutoglu leaves Erdogan's party

Turkish ex-Prime Minister Davutoglu leaves Erdogan's party

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9/12/19

International Money Transfers: How to find the best rate when sending money abroad

Thousands of miles away in Cameroon, Swiss brothers François and Pascal Briod were having a light-bulb moment. The Briods first set up a non-profit organization when they were youngsters to fund projects such as AIDs prevention workshops in Cameroon. However, despite their good work, they encountered high fees when transferring the funds they had raised to the African country. And their regular work visits to Cameroon were also an eye opener.

“You would see advertising for money transfers everywhere but there was a lack of transparency about it all. Africa has always had a reputation for high money transfer fees; the global average is 7 percent, while in Africa it is still 12 percent,” says François

Together in 2013, the trio founded a price comparison money transfer website and christened it Monito -- think Skyscanner but for money transfers. The business model is simple: users get to choose the best deal within a matter of seconds of entering their search request. Success has been forthcoming for the Swiss entrepreneurs with Monito scooping numerous start-up awards.

In the space of just six years, the founders of Monito have established strong relationships with money transfer operators as well as with their many returning customers. Their goal of saving consumers $28 billion in fees remains an ongoing motivator.

For the complete report click here: : How to find the best rate when sending money abroad - The Local

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Journalism Awards: Reporters Without Borders honors journalists who fear for their lives

Three female journalists, from Malta, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam have received this year's press freedom prizes awarded by the NGO Reporters Without Borders. Two were not allowed to travel to collect their award.

Only Caroline Muscat was able to appear in person to collect her "Prize for Independence." Vietnamese blogger Pham Doan Trang, who won the "Prize for Impact," and Saudi Arabian women's rights activist Eman al-Nafjan, winner of the "Prize for Courage," both remain barred from leaving their countries, their websites blocked, and under constant threat of detention and harassment.

Read more at: Reporters Without Borders honors journalists who fear for their lives | News | DW | 12.09.2019

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Denmark: Like a freshers fair, but for new arrivals to the country not college – by Edward Owen

International House Copenhagen is hailing this as the biggest international event in the capital, and they’re probably not talking porkie pies.

Free advice will be available on the most important things you need to know as an international living in Copenhagen and Denmark.

Whether you’ve just arrived or been here for some time, this is a chance to get invaluable guidance from industry experts on housing and careers, whilst meeting face-to-face representatives from cultural and leisure activities clubs.

Read more" Like a freshers fair, but for new arrivals to the country not college – The Post

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9/11/19

EU Commission: A new team to defend Europe’s economic sovereignty – by Jorge Valero

Achieving a “more assertive” Europe that can improve its competitiveness and sovereignty in an increasingly hostile world.

These are the main guidelines of President-elect Ursula von der Leyen to the new College of Commissioners, unveiled on Tuesday (10 September).

Europe is losing ground in the digital race that is reshaping the economy and society at large. China is now considered a “systemic rival”, while the US is no longer a reliable partner since the election of Donald Trump, with preparations underway in Washington to step up the trade war against Europe. 

According to Ursula von der Leyen, this is why the protection of Europe’s sovereignty – and its economic might – has to be top of the agenda for her new team of commissioners.

 Read more: A new team to defend Europe’s economic sovereignty – EURACTIV.com

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Britain - Second Referendum could end drama? UK MPs put second referendum back on agenda

Boris's days as UK's PM could be counted
A cross-party group of British MPs is in the making to bring back one of the Brexit deal proposals of Theresa May, and of organising a second referendum in the last two weeks of October, according to the Guardian.

Not only members of the opposition, but also current and former Conservatives would be open to the idea, amidst worries that PM Boris Johnson is still backing a no-deal Brexit.

Read more at: UK MPs put second referendum back on agenda

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Britain: Boris Johnson’s EU tour: A week gambling

In a series of bilateral meetings on Brexit on the eve of and in the margins of the Biarritz G7, with French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Council President Donald Tusk told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that, while they were willing to consider new proposals to avoid the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without an agreement on 31 October, London would bear the responsibility of such an eventuality.

On the other hand, Johnson was praised by US President Donald Trump, who referred to a "very large trade agreement" with the United Kingdom once it had left the EU.

Note EU-Digest: So far Boris has lost every proposal he did to parliament and is now in a legal battle as to why he disbanded the Parliament. 


Read more: Boris Johnson’s EU tour: A week gambling – VoxEurop (English)

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USA - 2020 Presidential Elections: Democrats, Stop Helping Trump - by David Leonhardt

How important do Democrats think it is to beat President Trump in 2020?

Obviously, most Democrats would say it’s vitally important. Four more years of the Trump presidency could allow him to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. It would worsen the climate crisis. It could cement his paranoid racism and scorn for democracy as the new American normal.

Given these consequences, you would think that Democrats would be approaching the 2020 campaign with a ruthless sense of purpose. 

But they’re not, at least not yet. They are not focusing on issues that expose Trump’s many vulnerabilities. They have instead devoted substantial time to wonky subjects that excite some progressive activists — and alienate most American voters. Recent polls suggest that the Democrats really are increasing the chances Trump will win re-election.

The good news is that the campaign is still just getting started. Many Americans haven’t yet paid much attention. The next phase starts Thursday night, with a debate in Houston featuring the 10 leading candidates.

t’s a chance for Democrats to start treating the 2020 campaign with the urgency it deserves.

Read more at: Opinion | Democrats, Stop Helping Trump - The New York Times

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9/10/19

China-US relations: Trump wants US businesses to cut all ties with China: why that’s a lose-lose plan - by Winston Mok

Donald Trump “ ordered” American companies by tweet to stop doing business with China. Even with the US president’s shifting whims, what if his wish were to come true?

In an extreme scenario, if US-China trade and US manufacturing in China were to grind to a halt – when US companies no longer had any business with or in China – what would be the implication for American consumers, its companies, workers and innovation?

US consumers would suffer considerably, with a narrower selection of shoddier goods costing more, driving up inflation.

Had Trump not delayed tariffs for the not-yet-targeted Chinese goods until mid-December, US consumers would have had a foretaste of US-China decoupling this Christmas.

"Without the Chinese supply chain and the vast China market, many US companies would be displaced by non-US rivals. In decoupling, the US would not be isolating China, but itself, from the global production
network".

Read more at: Trump wants US businesses to cut all ties with China: why that’s a lose-lose plan | South China Morning Post

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EU poll - Large majority of Europeans say in Poll that Europe should chart its own course in world affairs

EU should 'chart its own course' in world affairs, Europeans say in Poll
 
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USA: Trump fires hawk John Bolton from his Cabinet

Donald Trump says he has fired US national security advisor John Bolton


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Russia: Vladimir Putin's in trouble, and the Moscow election results are just the start of his problems - by James Rodgers

Since Vladimir Putin first became president of Russia almost 20 years ago, the unwritten rules governing the relationship between political power and the people have been clear: Citizens accept less political freedom in return for receiving greater prosperity. 

But five years of falling incomes mean that the Kremlin is no longer keeping its side of the deal.

Russia's leadership is increasingly worried that more people will demand change. The results of Sunday’s elections in Moscow for local government positions suggest they are right to be afraid.

Russia's strict laws governing political protests — not encouraged, and requiring permission which is only sometimes granted (often merely to give the impression that freedom of assembly exists) — were not enough to stop demonstrators taking to the streets by the tens of thousands in the months leading up to Sunday's vote.

The rallies — which resulted in police beating demonstrators and more than 2,000 protesters being detained— were sparked by the government's refusal to allow opposition candidates to register for the elections. Though the majority of the protesters were released shortly afterwards, the heavy-handed approach seemed to only steel the protesters' determination.

Denied the chance to vote for candidates opposed to Putin, the rebels endorsed the practice of tactical voting, supporting candidates from parties other than United Russia, the party that exists mainly to support whichever policies the Kremlin is pursuing.

Things are different now, as that stability has eroded. With living standards falling, there are Russians taking to the streets to improve their financial prospects. Some of the most significant before this summer's demonstrations over the elections have been against pension reforms proposed raising the retirement age.

For the complete report click here: Vladimir Putin's in trouble, and the Moscow election results are just the start of his problems

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Britain - Boris Johnson Outfoxed: For Boris Johnson, Another Bad Day and Another Big Defeat in Parliament - by Stephen Castle

British lawmakers, capping what may be one of the most abysmal starts any British leader has ever endured, on Monday rejected Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s bid to hold a new national election.

For Britain’s bare-knuckled new prime minister, it was a day of defeat. Parliament’s rejection of a snap election came as a new law went into effect on Monday blocking Mr. Johnson from pursuing a “no deal” withdrawal from the European Union.

Parliament is now suspended until mid-October, the result of earlier political maneuvering by the prime minister. But by Monday’s end, it seemed clear that if Mr. Johnson had thought he could outfox Parliament by suspending it, sidelining lawmakers at a critical moment in the Brexit debate, he was the one who had been outmaneuvered.

Read more at: For Boris Johnson, Another Bad Day and Another Big Defeat in Parliament - The New York Times

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9/9/19

The EU's Migrant Problem:Will the EU continue paying to keep migrants away? - by Elena Sánchez Nicolás

Four years since the peak of the migration crisis in Europe, member states still have not found a coordinated solution to tackle migratory consequences in an effective way.

Since populist and anti-migration governments succeed entering into European politics, the EU has made deals with several countries, such as Libya, Turkey or Niger, to keep asylum seekers away from Europe's shores.

In February 2017, EU leaders agreed on increasing cooperation with Libya to reduce irregular immigration - providing the country with €237m to fund programmes addressing migration challenges.

But, after deadly airstrikes hit detention centres this summer around Libya's capital, Tripoli, the EU is now planning on evacuating vulnerable migrants and refugees to Rwanda.

The east African country will receive some 500 migrants evacuated from Libya, although it is unclear when this will happen, according to the New York Times.

Read more: Will the EU continue paying to keep migrants away?

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The Bahamas: Two Ways To Help The Bahamas Hurricane Recovery: Donate, Then Plan To Travel There - by Lea Lane

Before (left) and after (right)
There are two major ways to help the Bahamas recover from the unprecedented devastation from monster hurricane Dorian. First, donate money, goods or time right now to the organizations you’ll find at the end of this post.

Then, as hard as it may be to conceptualize right now, plan to travel to one of the many Bahamian islands that remain unscathed by the hurricane.

The Bahamian economy revolves around tourism, and the island-nation needs funds generated by travelers to continue recovery.

Yes, hotels in the Abacos and Grand Bahama Island are closed now, but that comprises less than 15% of the country’s hotel inventory. The southeastern and central Bahamas were far less affected by the hurricane, and hotels and resorts in the capital of Nassau and in neighboring Paradise Island remain open, as do those in the majority of Bahamas 700-plus islands and cays.

These include Eleuthera, Harbour Island and Andros, The Exumas, Cat Island, San Salvador, Rum Cay, Long Island, Acklins/Crooked Island, Ragged Island, Mayaguana and Inagua.

If you had made previous travel plans to go to any of these islands, check ahead and keep them, if possible. And if you don’t yet have plans, consider making them.

Donating to established groups is the immediate way to help, and giving money is the most effective support. Here are some links:
– American Red Cross is online.
The Salvation Army is accepting money.
Project Hope, an international health-care organization, is accepting donations.
Americares sends aid and medicine.
Habitat for Humanity will be helping rebuild houses.
Team Rubicon is a veteran support organization, staging resources and support.
World Central Kitchen teams are providing food on Grand Bahama and the Abacos. Chef José Andrés’ organization is once again helping the hungry.

 Read more: Two Ways To Help The Bahamas Hurricane Recovery: Donate, Then Plan To Travel There

Aircraft Industry: Why the age of electric flight is finally upon us - by Tim Bowler

Aerospace firms are joining forces to tackle their industry's growing contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, with electric engines seen as one solution. But will this be enough to offset the growing demand for air travel?

The Paris Airshow in July this year saw the launch of the world's first commercial all-electric passenger aircraft - albeit in prototype form.

Israeli firm Eviation says the craft - called Alice - will carry nine passengers for up to 650 miles (1,040km) at 10,000ft (3,000m) at 276mph (440km/h). It is expected to enter service in 2022

Read more at: Why the age of electric flight is finally upon us - BBC News

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