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Kimberly’s News Picks – 08/25/2017


US will not show ‘bias’ by supporting 2-state solution before talks

President Donald Trump has agreed with Netanyahu that there should be no preconditions. However, the Palestinians are expected to give an ultimatum to the Kushner team stating that unless progress is made within 45 days on launching talks with the Israelis, Abbas will no longer remain committed to the US mediation. Furthermore, in that case, the PA could turn to an alternative plan to push for unilateral United Nations recognition of a Palestinian state.

Amid Iran Nuclear Fears, Israel To Bolster Its Fighter Jet Arsenal

An additional two jets will arrive by October, and in December Israel is set to declare Initial Operational Capability of its F-35 stealth fighter jets, making it the first air force outside the United States to do so.

The Iranian Threat in Syria: As Bad as It Seems?

Taking Israeli aid, Syrian rebel says crisis on Golan overrides old hatreds

Knesset members allowed trial visit to Temple Mount

Knesset members will be allowed to visit the Temple Mount one day next week following months of unrest at the holy site.  The trial visit was coordinated between the Israel Police and the Prime Minister’s Office.

Rabbis to forgo annual High Holy Days call with president over Charlottesville remarks


Russian nuclear bombers fly near North Korea in rare show of force

Russian nuclear-capable strategic bombers have flown a rare mission around the Korean Peninsula at the same time as the United States and South Korea conduct joint military exercises that have infuriated Pyongyang.

Iran Caught Shipping Soldiers to Syria on Commercial Flights in Violation of Nuclear Deal

New photographs obtained by congressional leaders show Iran shipping militant soldiers to Syria on commercial airline flights, a move that violates the landmark nuclear agreement and has sparked calls from U.S. lawmakers for a formal investigation by the Trump administration, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.

North Korea Aiding Syrian Chemical Attacks: UN

New Syrian Missile Factories Look a Lot Like Ones in Iran

Billions In Oil Deals Shield Iran From U.S. Sanctions

A U.S. armored vehicle patrols in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 23, 2017. In a national address Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump reversed his past calls for a speedy exit and recommitted the U.S. to the 16-year-old conflict, saying U.S. troops must "fight to win." Russia, US Trade Accusations on Afghanistan Policies

In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed regret that the main focus of U.S. President Donald Trump’s new Afghanistan strategy is “regulation by methods of force.”

“We are certain this is a futile course,” Lavrov said.

Asked for a response by VOA, a senior U.S. administration official said what Trump put forward Monday in a nationally televised address “is not a military-only strategy. There’s a strong diplomatic, political element, even economic element to the strategy. So, it’s just factually incorrect to say that this is just an overly militaristic strategy.”

Still Fighting Over Ukraine: Mattis Says U.S. ‘Stands With Ukraine’ and Accuses Russia of Menacing Europe

Isis Faces Another Defeat, This Time In The Syrian Desert

Victory for the Syrian government in this region would boost Damascus and Moscow’s hope of recapturing Deir Ezzor from ISIS, one of the last bastions of the group in the country.

Even More US-Made Anti-Tank Weapons Are Turning Up In ISIS Hands

Qatar Restores Full Relations With Iran, Deepening Gulf Feud

Qatar restored full diplomatic relations with Iran on Thursday, the latest volley in an 11-week-old geopolitical feud that has set the tiny yet fabulously wealthy Persian Gulf nation against its neighbors and rattled a previously placid part of the Middle East.

Iran, Saudi Arabia to exchange diplomatic visits: Iranian foreign minister


China’s 4-Pronged Gold Hoarding Strategy

This a game-changing event that could, with little warning, propel the price of gold upward by hundreds – even thousands – of dollars per ounce in the space of a few weeks… conceivably overnight!

Chinese Dealmaker Raises Billions From Shadow Banks

There Is a $3.6 Trillion Mega Economy Forming That Not Everyone Knows About

Expect a mega-economy to emerge amid growing linkages in the Greater Bay Area, with a mind-boggling US$3.6 trillion in annual economic output from the region in a little more than a decade, according to new research.

22 Retailers Closing the Most Stores

Did the economy just stumble off a cliff?


U.S. Suspends Nonimmigrant Visa Issuance in Russia

On August 21, 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Russia announced that it would suspend the issuance of nonimmigrant visas for eight days starting on August 23, in response to the recent Russian decision to reduce U.S. diplomatic staff.

Japan says to impose additional sanctions against North Korea

Japan will impose additional sanctions against North Korea following the reclusive country’s repeated missile launches and unresolved abduction issue, its top government spokesman said on Friday.

In Early Concession, Trump Plans Meeting With GOP, Democrat Leaders

In what appears to be the first major concession to Congressional Republican (and Democrat) leaders from the confrontational, “post-Phoenix rally” Trump, whose vow to “build that Wall” even if it means shutting down the government has spooked markets and sent Oct 12 T-Bill yields surging, Politico reports that the president is quietly organizing a meeting with McConnell and Ryan as well as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi shortly after the August recess ends. The key topics of conversation will be avoiding a federal default and a government shutdown.

Former CIA officer wants to buy Twitter to kick Trump off

Valerie Plame Wilson launched the fundraiser last week, tweeting, “If @Twitter executives won’t shut down Trump’s violence and hate, then it’s up to us. #BuyTwitter #BanTrump.” The GoFundMe page for the fundraiser says Trump’s tweets “damage the country and put people in harm’s way.”


Boy In ISIS Propaganda Video Claims To Be An American Soldier’s Son

ISIS, the global terrorist organization that once held huge swaths of Iraq and Syria and is now fighting to defend what little remains of its failed caliphate, has released a propaganda video featuring a child who claims to be the son of a U.S. soldier.

Multiple agencies are working to gather information about the boy

venice.jpgVenice mayor: Anyone shouting ‘Allahu akbar’ in St Mark’s Square will be shot

Venice’s controversial mayor has declared that anyone shouting “Allahu akbar” in the city’s famous St Mark’s Square will be shot “after three steps”. Luigi Brugnaro also said the Italian city was safer than Barcelona, where terrorists killed 13 people earlier this month in a van attack at the La Rambla tourist hotspot.


Image result for hurricane harveyHurricane Harvey: Rainfall will be ‘life-threatening

Highways in Texas filled with cars Thursday into the night as coastal residents made their way north and out of the path of a hurricane that forecasters say will bring “life-threatening” amounts of rain.


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