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News Roundup 6/22/17

LibertarianInstitute - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 08:31
  • A North Miami police commander was fired in connection with a 2016 officer involved shooting. The police commander was found to heave misled and lied to investigators. [Link]
  • Russia cancels official talks with the US over the US extending sanctions against Russia. [Link]
  • The UAE says it may cut intelligence-sharing ties with the US over the JASTA law. The JASTA law allows victims of 9/11 sue countries who supported the terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attack. [Link]
  • A US F-16 intercepted the plane of the Russian Defense Minister over the Baltic Sea. [Link]
  • World arms sales rose .4% in 2016 to $1.69 trillion. [Link]
  • In May, 2,186 murders occurred in Mexico. This is the most murders in a single month in 20 years. [Link]
  • The UN has passed a resolution that approves the forming of a five-country African coalition to fight Islamists. The five countries are the Sahel region of Africa. The US opposed the resolution, so a reference to chapter 7 was dropped from the resolution. [Link]
  • The Taliban release a video of an American and an Australian hostage asking their governments to negotiate with the Taliban for their release. [Link]
  • Since 2008, the US Army has spent more than $28 million on camouflage uniforms meant for a forest terrains. The soldiers who use the uniforms are stationed in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • In Afghanistan, at least 29 people have been killed in a car bombing. [Link]
  • Five million children in Iraq are in need of urgent humanitarian aid. [Link]
  • Wednesday night, the Grand al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul was destroyed by an explosion. ISIS is being held responsible for the explosion. ISIS claims a US weapon blew up the Mosque. [Link]
  • Iraqi security forces estimate that there are 500 ISIS fighters remaining in Mosul. [Link]
  • Civilians living in Mosul are facing terrible situations. ISIS is carrying out mass executions. Civilians caught fleeing are killed. Civilians who successfully leave the city risk ISIS killing their family members who did not escape. Many civilians do not have food or water. [Link]
  • Airwars now says coalition airstrikes have killed at least 4,118 civilians in the fight against ISIS. [Link]
  • SDF forces are moving in on the South side of Raqqa. The SDF is trying to surround the city. [Link]
  • Australia will resume airstrikes in Syria on Thursday. Australia halted airstrikes in Syria after the US shot down a Syrian plane. [Link]
  • The US continues to claim that the US policy in Syria is to fight ISIS. However, as ISIS loses territory, this claim is being exposed as a lie. [Link]
  • The Assad army, backed by Hezbollah, is capturing territory from Syrian rebels around Damascus. [Link]
  • The Pentagon claims that the Syrian plane that was shot down by a US plane was targeting SDF units. A humanitarian organization says the Syrian plane was targeting ISIS. [Link]
  • Senator Kaine says that US actions in Syria against Assad are completely illegal. [Link]
  • The AP reports widespread abuse and torture in Southern Yemeni prisons. Prisoners report one method of torture is to roast the victim over a fire. The prisons are run by the Yemeni government and UAE. US military members may have carried out interrogations in the prisons where the torture is occurring. [Link]

On Foreign Policy Focus #56, I discuss Congress taking the first steps towards passing a new AUMF. The new AUMF will allow the president to wage war across the globe. The bill will go to the Senate Foreign Relation Committee tomorrow. I also update Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, Mosul, and North Korea. LISTEN HERE!!

News Roundup 6/22/17 was first posted on June 22, 2017 at 7:31 am.

Russian ForMin: high degree of certainty IS leader is dead - RIA

Top Reuters News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 08:28
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday there was high degree of certainty that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was dead, RIA news agency reported.

American Airlines's stock surges after Qatar Airways discloses 'significant' investment interest

MarketWatch Market Pulse - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 08:20

Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. jumped 5.5% in premarket trade Thursday, after the air carrier disclosed that it received unsolicited notice that Qatar Airways intended to make a "significant investment." In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, American said Qatar has submitted a filing regarding a potential investment under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, which would be required for an acquisition of more than $81 million worth of American's common stock. The notice said Qatar plans to buy at least $808 million worth of American common stock, and has indicated interest in acquiring a 10% stake. American's market capitalization as of Wednesday's close was $23.86 billion. "The proposed investment by Qatar Airways was not solicited by American Airlines and would in no way change the company's Board composition, governance, management or strategic direction," American stated in the filing. The stock has gained 3.u% year to date through Wednesday, while the NYSE Amex Airline Index has tacked on 3.8% and the S&P 500 has gained 8.8%.

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Dear Lebanese politicians: If you want to honour Roy Hamouch, start showing respect for the law

MiddleEasteye - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 08:20

The murder of the 24-year-old is the most recent in a spate of road rage killings involving assailants who thought they were above the law. Politicians should put an end to the days of wasta and impunity

Israeli Ministers to Saudi King: Invite Netanyahu to Riyadh

MiddleEasteye - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 08:14
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Israeli Ministers have also welcomed King Salman's promotion to Crown Prince

Mourners in Ohio remember U.S. student held prisoner by North Korea

Top Reuters News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 08:06
WYOMING, Ohio (Reuters) - Friends and family members will gather in Ohio on Thursday to say goodbye to an American student who died days after being returned to the United States in a coma following 17 months in captivity in North Korea.

UAE threatened to withdraw intelligence cooperation with US over 9/11 bill

MiddleEasteye - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 08:06
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Saudi Arabia has also been lobbying US politicians to dilute the act, which would allow victims' families to sue

Israeli court rules airline cannot move women at request of Orthodox men

MiddleEasteye - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:55
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El Al told it must ban staff from practice, and awards claimant cash for her 'deep humiliation' on being forced to move

UAE accused of running 'secret prisons' in Yemen: Rights group

MiddleEasteye - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:47
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Human Rights Watch says Emirates sending high-profile prisoners to Eritrea, and accuses their Yemen militia allies of torture

Shhh...EU leaders try to take migration feud off table, for now

Top Reuters News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:45
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders meeting in Brussels will try to gloss over their feud about who takes in refugees, a change of tactic that some diplomats have linked to Germany's election in September.

High Noon in North Korea: Is Trump Ready for War?

RealClearPolitics - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:36
Gordan Chang, The Daily Beast
The horrific death of Otto Warmbier looks like it forced the hand of President Trump. A day after the 22-year-old student passed away, the American leader, in what may end up as the world’s most consequential tweet, signaled that the United States will soon act on its own to disarm North Korea. “While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out,” Trump tweeted Tuesday afternoon. “At least I know China tried!”

Accenture's stock slips after results; sales beat but GAAP margin outlook trimmed

MarketWatch Market Pulse - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:23

Shares of Accenture PLC declined 1.3% in premarket trade Thursday, after the business consulting company reported a fiscal third-quarter profit that matched expectations, but trimmed its margin outlook. Net profit for the quarter to May 31 fell to $692.5 million, or $1.05 a share, from $939.8 million, or $1.41 a share, in the same period a year ago. Excluding non-recurring items, such as a pension settlement charge, adjusted earnings per share came to $1.52, in line with the FactSet EPS consensus of $1.52. Net revenue rose to $8.87 billion from $8.43 billion, above the FactSet consensus of $8.82 billion, as both consulting and outsourcing revenue were slightly above expectations. New bookings were $9.8 billion. Looking ahead, company revised the fiscal 2017 GAAP EPS outlook to $5.37 to $5.44 from $5.31 to $5.48, but cut the GAAP operating margin outlook to 13.3% from previous guidance of 13.5% to 13.7%. The adjusted margin outlook was revised to 14.8% from previous guidance of 14.7% to 14.9%. Adjusted EPS is now expected to be $5.84 to $5.91, compared with the FactSet consensus of $5.88. The stock has rallied 8.5% year to date through Wednesday, while the S&P 500 has gained 8.8%.

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Why the White House Is Reading Greek History

RealClearPolitics - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:19
Michael Crowley, Politico
The Trump White House isn’t known as a hot spot for Ivy League intellectuals. But last month, a Harvard academic slipped into the White House complex for an unusual meeting. Graham Allison, an avuncular foreign policy thinker who served under Reagan and Clinton, was paying a visit to the Trump National Security Council, where he briefed a group of staffers on one of history’s most studied conflicts—a brutal war waged nearly 2,500 years ago, one whose lessons still resonate, even in the administration of a president who doesn’t like to read.

Republicans Undefeated--& They Haven't Even Cut Taxes Yet

RealClearPolitics - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:18
James Freeman, WSJ
Georgia’s Karen Handel pins another defeat on the anti-Trump left.

Why Handel's Win Isn't a Disaster for Democrats

RealClearPolitics - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:18
David Wasserman, Cook Political Rpt
It's a devastating psychological blow for a party to spend over $30 million on a House special election and still lose. For Democrats, Jon Ossoff's defeat to Karen Handel stings, and the blame game is already raging: "Why did Ossoff run such a bland campaign? Why didn't he take a sledgehammer to Trump and the AHCA? Don't Democrats need to recruit little league coaches with deeper ties to their communities?"

Dispute Shows Importance of Intellectual Property Rights

RealClearPolitics - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:13
Boyden Gray, RCPolicy
Legal protections for intellectual property (IP), undergirded by the U.S. Constitution, are a major reason why our economy has led the world over the past century. But that historical legacy cannot be taken for granted. A high-profile lawsuit between leading U.S. and European life sciences companies illustrates some of the dangers.