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Ex-Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia

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US prosecutors allege that Saudi agents sought personal information about known Saudi critics. from BBC News – Technology https://ift.tt/2CkPJZ2
          

MAKUBALIANO YAFIKIWA KATI YA SERIKALI NA WAASI WA YEMEN

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Serikali ya Yemen inayotambulika kimataifa na wapiganaji wanaotaka kujitenga upande wa kusini wametia saini makubaliano ya kugawana madaraka na kumaliza mapigano baina ya makundi hayo. 

Mwanamfalme wa Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman alitangaza kufikiwa makubaliano hayo katika televisheni ya taifa jana, akisema ilikuwa hatua muhimu kufikisha mwisho vita vya miaka minne nchini Yemen. 

Makubaliano yanayoitwa ya Riyadh , yanakamilisha mwezi mmoja wa mazungumzo ya moja kwa moja ya amani kati ya serikali hiyo inayotambuliwa kimataifa, ikiongozwa na rais Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi na wapiganaji wanaotaka kujitenga wakiungwa mkono na Umoja wa Falme za Kiarabu wanofahamika kama baraza la mpito la kusini mwa Yemen STC. 

Pande hizo mbili zimekuwa zikipigana licha ya kuungana dhidi ya majeshi ya wahouthi yanayoungwa mkono na Iran, ambayo yanashikilia mji mkuu Sanaa, pamoja na miji mingine mingi nchini Yemen.

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Saudi mall operator Arabian Centres plans debut dollar bond sale: Report

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Saudi Arabian mall operator Arabian Centres is planning an inaugural sale of US dollar-denominated sukuk, or Islamic bonds, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The company,
          

Saudi Arabia’s non-oil private sector growth hits four-year high

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Saudi Arabia’s non-oil private sector growth kicked off the fourth quarter of 2019 on a strong note, as the business climate in October improved at its fastest rate in four years, a corporate
          

Lower oil returns main factor in Saudi Arabia’s budget revenue cut

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Saudi Arabia is set to record an 84 billion riyals ($22.4 billion) decrease in revenue in 2020 compared to 2019, according to budgetary details released by the Minister of Finance Mohammed al-Jadaan
          

Saudi Aramco, PIF amend terms of payment for SABIC acquisition

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Saudi Aramco said it has agreed to change the terms of payment related to its acquisition of a 70 percent stake in Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) by issuing four bonds to fund a portion of
          

Saudi Crown Prince approves kick-off of Aramco IPO on Sunday: Sources

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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Friday agreed that the initial public offering of state oil giant Aramco will be announced on Sunday, five sources familiar with the matter
          

The Global Franchise Market Concludes in Dubai Today

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Dubai - United Arab Emirates, 6 November 2019 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The 4th edition of The Global Franchise Market – TGFM concluded today on a high-note attracting more than 1600 investors and franchisees coming from different parts of the world while also featuring the participation of 80 leading brands, representing a variety of business industries and sectors. The event succeeded in showcasing new franchise concepts and emerging key trends that are rapidly transforming the franchise landscape across many fields and sectors.

Throughout the 2 days, the exhibition floor witnessed a number of successful meetings and lucrative business partnerships and agreements. Golden Fork Seafood Restaurants, a 33-year old Dubai based seafood restaurants chain, signed a master franchise agreement with Uganda based Rawda Holdings Limited. The agreement was signed in the presence of Mohammed Shanavas, Managing Director, Golden Fork Seafood Restaurants LLC and Tarig Mohamed, Chairman of Rawda Holding Ltd, Uganda. Through this agreement, Golden Fork Seafood Restaurants will develop 25 outlets across 5 countries in Central Africa, where the first fine dining outlet is expected to open at Kampala city in Uganda by January, 2020. Golden Fork currently has 20 operating outlets and plans to expand to 20 countries by 2022 targeting 100 outlets.

Besides that, Ruky perfumes, the Dubai based perfume brand, signed a regional franchise development agreement, which involves a 30-outlet expansion across Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait. The agreement was signed in the presence of Dr. Shanith Mangalat, MD, Ruky Perfumes LLC and Mohammed Salem of Al Salem Group, Al Ain. Ruky Perfumes currently has 20 operating outlets and it aims to expand to 300 outlets across Arab Gulf region by 2025.

On another note, Rolf G. Kirst, Board Member, Franchise Pool International, commented on their participation saying, “On behalf of Franchise Pool International, it gives me great pleasure to attend TGFM, which has truly evolved into a major franchise event in the region. TGFM is a unique platform to meet with the ever-growing list of potential investors and leading franchise brands from the UAE, Middle East and the globe who prefer face-to-face interactions. Over the years, Dubai has grown immensely to become a lucrative competitive market in the franchise landscape and it retained its status as the top destination for franchising in the region. Moreover, Dubai is the best location for us franchise exhibitors, as it is home to those visitors who have the capital to start a real business and the imagination to succeed and expand their business.”

On her part, Romany Ward, Marketing Executive, Coffee Planet, Dubai said, “With a strong and established trading base across our foodservice, retail and C-store platforms in Dubai, it is indeed a great opportunity for us to be a part of a regionally focused franchise event such as TGFM here in Dubai, the homeland of our business and roastery. At TGFM, we met many serious F&B investors looking to partner with us, and we hope to continue growing the success story of our brand in the UAE and wider GCC countries.”

She added, “Dubai is the place where franchisors can make their dreams come alive and it offers both an inspirational and aspirational place to set up a shop. In today’s franchise market, only the very best operational brands setting up the highest retailing standards can survive the demands of the knowledgeable and culturally diverse breadth of customers in this region. We are constantly increasing our efforts to succeed and continue to drive more to share our coffee experience and expertise.”

Commenting on their participation, Umair Tariq, CFO, Kido Schools, said, “This is the first time we participate in TGFM, and it was indeed a great opportunity for us to meet and connect with many potential partners and investors who could help us in expanding the Kido Brand to the lucrative markets in the UAE and other parts of the GCC region. Since its inception in 2014, with its first school in Hong Kong, Kido School has today opened more than 24 schools spanning many cities such as Dubai, London and 4 cities in India. By 2020, we plan to open our first branch in Houston, Texas and another 10 schools across many countries worldwide.”

He added, “The UAE has historically led the wave of growth in the region’s education sector and still represents an attractive market opportunity. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are among the largest and the most popular markets for educational investors. While the franchise industry is rapidly evolving in many countries of the GCC and MENA regions, the UAE remains a preferred destination for franchisors and franchisees, given its easy accessibility, stability of its legal and regulatory systems and its openness to foreign investment.”

The Global Franchise Market (TGFM) is held under the patronage of Dubai Economy and is organized annually by INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions – a member of INDEX Holding. The event witnesses the support of Ministry of Economy – National Program for Small and Medium Enterprises and Projects and the strategic partnership of Franchise Souq and Francorp Middle East as Platinum Sponsor.

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11/7/2019: Middle East: RIYADH HAS ‘OPEN CHANNEL’ WITH AL HOUTHIS

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Riyadh has an “open channel” with Yemen’s Iran-backed rebels with the goal of ending the country’s civil war, a Saudi official said yesterday, weeks after the rebels offered to halt attacks on the kingdom. The comment comes after Saudi Arabia brokered...
          

Comment on U.S. senator blasts Apple for ‘risking compromise to authoritarianism’ in China by North American Wanderer

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one starring me won’t change the truth of what i have seen or heard. To the down voters have you been to Hong Kong? i didn’t go this trip but i’ve been there twice and also been to Taiwan. writing this in singapore which is 90% overseas Chinese. been to Malaysia, cambodia and Thailand. ‘ i bet many of the people downing Apples actions don’t give a rats ass about helping oppressed Chinese, they just don’t like China. Most i doubt have even spoken to Chinese person or visited Asia. BTW some local news reports show arrested Hong Kong ‘protestors’ as former triad (mafia) members who were looting shops etc (just as Apple hinted at in their statement) Blogs say some of those arrested claim they were paid and armed by USA agents Also imagine this, try Changing USA to China in headlines for the last 20 years and see how you feel like: “China invades Iraq on pretext of WMD. Chinese kills hundreds of iraqis (that did not attack China) and begins decades long war that kills, maims hundreds of thousands. Chinese invasion causes rise of ISIS and destabilizes region all the way to Syria causing millions of refugees to flee. Hundreds of Chinese drone strikes kills thousands including women and children. etc: Many believe China did this to control middle East oil. China did not attack Saudi arabia although most of the 9/11 attackers hitting beijing came from Saudi Arabia. “ see when you put china instead of USA it looks different huh? That’s how the world sees USA like it or not. Americans live in a world of their own media and politicians illusion
          

US charges ex-Twitter staff with spying for Saudi Arabia

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Prosecutors say two employees accessed thousands of accounts as government pursued dissidents
          

Kuwait says conveyed messages from Iran to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain 

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TEHRAN - Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled al-Jarallah said on Tuesday that his country conveyed messages from Iran to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain regarding the situation in the Persian Gulf region, and “until now no answers have emerged”, Reuters reported on Tuesday.
          

NAHCON Chairman commends Nigeria’s bilateral agreements with Saudi Arabia

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“The Commission’s Chairman praised the Saudi Crown Prince for the respect demonstrated to Nigeria by honouring President Muhammadu Buhari with a royal visit in the President’s hotel room instead of the other way round.” Press release The (NAHCON) National Hajj Commission of Nigeria’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Barr Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad expressed delight over ...

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Riyadh Deal Not to Sooth Crisis in Yemen

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The Iranian foreign ministry announced on Wednesday that the agreement signed between fugitive President Mansour Hadi and the UAE-backed separatists in Southern Yemen will not help soothe the crisis in the war-torn country. “Signing such documents will not help resolution of problems in Yemen and it will be a step to prolong Saudi Arabia and
          

Kushner Gives Saudi Crown Prince Bin Salman Permission to Arrest Khashoggi: Report

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Al- Thawra Net US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner gave permission to his friend, Saudi Arabia’s de-facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) to arrest the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi before he was brutally murdered last year, a whistleblower alleges. Weekly British magazine The Spectator said investigators on the US House
          

UPDATE 1-Two former Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia

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Two former employees of Twitter and a third man from Saudi Arabia face U.S. charges of spying for the kingdom by digging up private user data and giving it to Saudi officials in exchange for payment, according to a complaint filed on Wednesday.

          

Two former Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia

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Two former employees of Twitter and a third man from Saudi Arabia face U.S. charges of spying for the kingdom by digging up private user data and giving it to Saudi officials in exchange for payment, according to a complaint filed on Wednesday.

          

Ex-Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia

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US prosecutors allege that Saudi agents sought personal information about known Saudi critics.
          

Macron warns of 'profound shift' in Iran deal as new report finds Tehran is dominant power in Middle East

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Macron warns of 'profound shift' in Iran deal as new report finds Tehran is dominant power in Middle EastIran’s breach of the 2015 nuclear agreement by enriching uranium at an underground facility “marks a profound shift” which could signal the ultimate collapse of the deal, Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday.  The French president, who has worked vigorously to save the nuclear deal since Donald Trump withdrew the US last year, said he was deeply alarmed Iran’s decision to resume enrichment at Fordow, a nuclear facility carved into a mountain. “I think that for the first time, Iran has decided in an explicit and blunt manner to leave the JCPOA agreement, which marks a profound shift,” Mr Macron said during a visit to China.  His comments mark the gloomiest public assessment yet by a European leader about the chances of salvaging the agreement after the US withdrawal and as Iran continues to escalate its breaches of the deal.  Meanwhile, a new report claims Iran has become the dominant power when it comes to fighting wars in the Middle East as a result of the “networks of influence” it has built throughout the region. Mr Macron spoke shortly after Iran began injecting uranium gas into 1,044 centrifuges at Fordow, a facility that Iran hid from the world until 2009 and which Western and Israeli officials have long feared could be used for developing a nuclear weapon.  Iran tensions | Read more The 2015 nuclear agreement forbids any uranium enrichment at Fordow and Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president acknowledged the sensitivity of the site when he announced the move earlier this week.  Mr Rouhani insisted that the move was reversible and said Iran would return to full compliance with the agreement if European countries found a way around US sanctions to deliver the economic benefits Iran was promised in 2015.    The reopening of Fordow comes days after Iran announced it was deploying advanced new centrifuges that can enrich uranium faster. But neither move brings Iran significantly closer to obtaining a nuclear weapon. A weapon would require uranium enriched at 90 per cent, whereas Iran is currently enriching at around 5 per cent.  Iran insists it has no intention of developing a nuclear weapon. The latest breaches have nonetheless alarmed European states and Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, repeated his warning this week it would take military action to stop Iran getting a bomb.  “This is not only for our security and our future; it’s for the future of the Middle East and the world,” he said.  Amid the growing tensions, it emerged that Iran briefly detained an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspector last week and seized her travel documents, the first such encounter since the nuclear deal.  Q&A; | The 2015 Iran nuclear deal Iran confirmed it had stopped the inspector from entering its Natanz nuclear site out of suspicion she was carrying “suspicious material”.   Iran is believed to have begun secretly constructing the Fordow facility in the early 2000s but it was only known to the world when Barack Obama exposed it in 2009 and accused Iran of covertly working on a weapons programme.  The base is around 80 metres underground, making it difficult to destroy with an airstrike, and is protected by anti-aircraft batteries. Israel came close to bombing the site in 2011 but ultimately decided not to move ahead.  The network of alliances Iran has built with terror groups such as Hizbollah in Lebanon, as well a pro-Iranian Shia militias in Iraq, mean the balance of power in the Middle East is now in Iran’s favour, according to the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) think tank. At a glance | Key players in Tehran Iran’s ability, moreover, to fight and win wars in the Middle East without resorting to conventional military forces has been allowed to develop because there has been no effective international response to Iran’s activities in the region. According to the IISS’s latest report, “Iran’s Networks of Influence in the Middle East” which is published on Thursday, while the US and its allies still retain military superiority over Iran in terms of conventional forces, Tehran has proved to be more effective in waging war in what it calls the “Grey Zone” of conflict. This means Iran is able to avoid risking a traditional “state-on-state” confrontations, which it would be likely to lose. Instead, by building what the report calls “networks of influence” with proxies throughout the region, Tehran has succeeded in gaining a distinct advantage over rivals in the region, such as Saudi Arabia. “Iran is fighting and winning wars ‘fought amongst the people’, not wars between states,” the report concludes.



          

Ex-Twitter Employees Charged in Saudi Government Spy Plot

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Two former Twitter employees and a Saudi national were charged by the U.S. with helping the Saudi government spy on dissidents who used the social network.

“Saudi agents mined Twitter’s internal systems for personal information about known Saudi critics and thousands of other Twitter users,” U.S. Attorney David Anderson in San Francisco said Wednesday in a statement announcing the criminal complaint.

Twitter said it’s committed to protecting those who use its service and applauded the Justice Department’s actions.

The two former Twitter employees are Ali Alzabarah, 35, of Saudi Arabia, and Ahmad Abouammo, 41, of Seattle. According to the complaint, they were recruited by a third Saudi, Ahmed Almutairi, 30, to “use their employee credentials to gain access without authorization to certain nonpublic information about the individuals behind certain Twitter accounts.”

All three are charged with acting as illegal agents of a foreign government. In addition, Abouammo is charged with destroying, altering, or falsifying records in a federal investigation.

“We recognize the lengths bad actors will go to try and undermine our service,” Twitter said in a statement. “Our company limits access to sensitive account information to a limited group of trained and vetted employees. We understand the incredible risks faced by many who use Twitter to share their perspectives with the world and to hold those in power accountable. We have tools in place to protect their privacy and their ability to do their vital work.”

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Read more: https://fortune.com/2019/11/06/ex-twitter-employees-charged-saudi-government-spy-plot/


          

Riyadh has ‘open channel’ with Yemen rebels: Saudi official

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Riyadh has ‘open channel’ with Yemen rebels: Saudi official

Riyadh: Riyadh has an “open channel” with Yemen’s Iran-backed rebels with the goal of ending the country’s civil war, a Saudi official said Wednesday, weeks after the rebels offered to halt attacks on the kingdom. Saudi Arabia brokered power sharing agreement The comment comes after Saudi Arabia brokered a power sharing agreement between Yemen’s internationally …

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Maths Teacher - Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, ASAP Experience Required: 2 years Curriculum: UK Sponsorship: Single teachers Salary: 9000 - 12000 SAR per month depending on experience and qualifications Contract: 2 years renewable This new international School is an English medium, K - 12 private ...
          

Two former Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia

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Federal prosecutors accused two former Twitter employees of spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

          

Two former Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia

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Two former employees of Twitter Inc and a third man from Saudi Arabia face U.S. charges of spying for the kingdom by digging up private user data and giving it to Saudi officials in exchange for payment, according to a complaint filed on Wednesday.

          

Two former Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia

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WASHINGTON: Two former employees of Twitter and a third man from Saudi Arabia face US charges of spying for the kingdom by digging up private user data and giving it to Saudi officials in exchange for payment, according to a complaint filed on Wednesday (Nov 6). Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo ...
          

Singapore accepts invitation to G20 Summit in Saudi Arabia

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President Halimah Yacob is in Saudi Arabia in Singapore’s first state visit to the Gulf country, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Wednesday (Nov 6.
          

Two former Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia - CNN

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  1. Two former Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia  CNN
  2. Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia by digging into the accounts of kingdom critics  The Washington Post
  3. Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on critics of Saudi regime, U.S. charges  NBCNews.com
  4. Former Twitter Employees Charged With Spying for Saudi Arabia  The New York Times
  5. Ex-Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia  BBC News
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Former Twitter Employees Charged With Spying for Saudi Arabia

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The charges unsealed in a San Francisco court said Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo used their employee credentials to access information about specific Twitter users
          

Saudi royals used ex-Twitter employees to help spy on political enemies: Justice Department

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On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that the Justice Department is charging two former Twitter employees, Ahmad Abouammo and Ali Alzabarah, in an alleged scheme to help the government of Saudi Arabia spy on the accounts of their political enemies. Abouammo, a U.S. citizen, is accused of spying on the Twitter accounts of three users that discussed […]
          

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Two former employees of Twitter Inc and a third man from Saudi Arabia face U.S. charges of spying for the kingdom by digging up private user data and giving it to Saudi officials in exchange for payment, according to a complaint filed on Wednesday.

          

Ex-Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia by accessing user accounts - CNET

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One worker is accused of accessing the personal information of more than 6,000 Twitter accounts.
          

Formula E: More than 5,000 test kilometres of preparation for maiden Formula E season

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The countdown has started: in 23 days, the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team will contest its maiden race in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. At the official Formula E Test Drives in Valencia, the team undertook in-depth preparations for its first race.
          

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الحصول على المال بشكل أسرع من القرض

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2 former Twitter employees spied on thousands of accounts for Saudi Arabia, U.S. prosecutors say

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The Saudi government, frustrated by growing criticism of its leaders and policies on social media, recruited two Twitter employees to gather confidential personal information on thousands of accounts that included prominent opponents, prosecutors alleged Wednesday.

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Former Twitter Employees Charged With Spying for Saudi Arabia

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The Justice Department’s charges raised questions about the security of technology companies.
          

Customer Service Representative - Part Time

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Job Description Please note this is a part-time job posting for upcoming training classes; targeted start date is discussed during interview. We hire all positions as temporary employment that have the opportunity to become regular based on employee performance and client need. Job Description Summary Part Time Customer Service Representatives (CSR) at MAXIMUS make an impact everyday by delivering healthcare information to millions of Americans who need to maneuver through complex healthcare plans. Our agents deliver this vital information to callers via phone, web chat or written correspondence. To prepare you for this role, MAXIMUS provides paid, comprehensive training which ensures our customer service representatives care for each caller with the highest levels of knowledge and professionalism. Our MISSION SUCCESS starts with you. Ensure your own success, join our MISSION.Pay and Benefits:
  • Great pay + an additional $4.48/hr for health and wellness benefits
  • A variety of shifts that meet lifestyle and family goals
  • Potential bonuses for excellent work and referrals
  • Leadership support to ensure success in a meaningful career
  • Fun, professional atmosphere
  • Many opportunities for promotion and career advancement into global company Responsibilities:
  • Responding to numerous phone inquiries
  • Using standard technology: telephones, e-mail and web browsers
  • Assisting callers in finishing online applications
  • Completing daily electronic call logs
  • Filling out timesheets
  • Adhering to privacy rules
  • Connecting callers with leadership as needed
  • Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of regulations and policies as they apply to the healthcare programs we service
  • Reporting problems through an easy online system
  • Responding to telephone inquiries within set time parameters
  • Completing all assigned training as necessary Education:
  • High School diploma or equivalent requiredQualifications:
  • Have 6 months+ of customer service experience
  • Speak and read English clearly
  • Type a minimum of 20 WPM
  • Work effectively within deadlines
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and like helping people
  • Easily organize simultaneous tasksWhat are we looking for in our Customer Service Agents? Watch to learn more:'Last Chance' Hiring Event Tuesday, Nov. 12th10am - 4pm3833 Greenway Drive - Lawrence, KS 66046*On the spot interviews & offers - Walk ins welcome! OR to reserve your interview time:#Lawrence#CB #NeuvooAbout MAXIMUS:Since 1975, MAXIMUS has operated under its founding mission of Helping Government Serve the People--, enabling citizens around the globe to successfully engage with their governments at all levels and across a variety of health and human services programs. With more than 30,000 employees worldwide, MAXIMUS is a proud partner to government agencies in the United States, Australia, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and the United Kingdom. Launch your career with MAXIMUS through one of our dynamic customer service centers. Active military service members, their spouses, and veteran candidates often embody the core competencies MAXIMUS deems essential, and bring a resiliency and dependability that greatly enhances our workforce. We recognize your unique skills and experiences, and want to provide you with a career path that allows you to continue making a difference for our country. We're proud of our connections to organizations dedicated to serving veterans and their families. If you are transitioning from military to civilian life, have prior service, are a retired veteran or a member of the National Guard or Reserves, or a spouse of an active military service member, we have challenging and rewarding career opportunities available for you. A committed and diverse workforce is our most important resource. MAXIMUS is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. MAXIMUS provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disabled status.
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    11/6/2019: WORLD: WRESTLING STARS ‘HELD HOSTAGE’ AT AIRPORT

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    WWE wrestlers were “held hostage” in Saudi Arabia and stopped from boarding flights back to the U.S. in a row over payment, according to reports. Nearly 200 stars of the wrestling brand SmackDown and their entourages were ordered to wait on the tarmac...
              

    Customer Service Representative - Night Shift

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    Job Description Please note this job posting for evening shifts is for upcoming training classes; targeted start date is discussed during interview. We hire all positions as temporary employment that have the opportunity to become regular based on employee performance and client need. Job Description Summary Customer Service Representatives (CSR) at MAXIMUS make an impact everyday by delivering healthcare information to millions of Americans who need to maneuver through complex healthcare plans. Our agents deliver this vital information to callers via phone, web chat or written correspondence. To prepare you for this role, MAXIMUS provides paid, comprehensive training which ensures our customer service representatives care for each caller with the highest levels of knowledge and professionalism. Our MISSION SUCCESS starts with you. Ensure your own success, join our MISSION.Pay and Benefits:
  • Great pay (+ an additional 10% for overnight shifts) + an additional $4.48/hr for health and wellness benefits
  • $1,450+ in bonuses for excellent work and attendance
  • $200+ in referral incentives
  • A variety of shifts that meet lifestyle and family goals
  • Leadership support to ensure success in a meaningful career
  • Fun, professional atmosphere
  • Many opportunities for promotion and career advancement into global company Responsibilities:
  • Responding to numerous phone inquiries
  • Using standard technology: telephones, e-mail and web browsers
  • Assisting callers in finishing online applications
  • Completing daily electronic call logs
  • Filling out timesheets
  • Adhering to privacy rules
  • Connecting callers with leadership as needed
  • Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of regulations and policies as they apply to the healthcare programs we service
  • Reporting problems through an easy online system
  • Responding to telephone inquiries within set time parameters
  • Completing all assigned training as necessary Education:
  • High School diploma or equivalent requiredQualifications:
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  • Speak and read English clearly
  • Type a minimum of 20 WPM
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    The View from Riyhadh

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    Surely, the story is monumentally important. It’s so important that our news media have largely ignored it. 

    Happily, Karen Elliott House has traveled to Saudi Arabia to witness the cultural transformation taking place in the kingdom. We recall the bright eyed New York Times columnists who camped out in Tahrir Square to welcome democracy to Egypt—how did that one work out?—so we ought at least to give passing mention to the one place where Islam is being modernized, rapidly.

    Considering how many of the world’s problems derive from the fact that one of its major religions has failed to modernize, we ought to pay some attention to what is happening in Saudi Arabia. Surely, we prefer the course taken by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to that proposed by the reactionary forces running the Islamic Republic of Iran.

    And yes, I know, Jamal Khashoggi was most likely murdered by people who are very close to the crown prince. Unfortunately, we do not choose our allies on the basis of a moral purity test. How does it happen that everyone is up in arms about Khashoggi and no one cares about the thousands of people who have been executed in Iran for crimes like…homosexual behavior.

    As for life on the ground, House offers this sense of the public mood:

    During a three-week visit, the public delight is visible everywhere from the capital city to remote rural provinces like Jizan in the south and Tabuk in the north. Teenage Saudi girls scream hysterically at a performance here by the Korean boy band BTS. Young Saudi women with bared faces run a 5K through city streets clad only in short-sleeved T-shirts and tight leggings. Groups of young men and women relax together in Starbucks. Hotels are no longer permitted to ask Saudi couples for proof of marriage at check-in. All this change and more in a society where until very recently women, uniformly clad in floor-length abayas, couldn’t exercise, drive or appear in public with men other than close relatives.

    House believes that the nation is anticipating the day when it will no longer be able to rely on oil revenue. She suggests that it is modernizing in order to attract tourism and investments, but I suspect that there is a larger and more profound reason. The crown prince, whatever his faults, has correctly decided that Islam needs to be part of the modern world. It cannot stand apart and watch other cultures surpass it.

    House continues:

    This most puritanical of Islamic societies is increasingly mirroring Western mores as the government seeks to attract foreign tourists and investors whose money is needed to diversify the kingdom’s oil-dependent economy.

    The regime no longer worries about the erosion of the kingdom’s distinctive culture. Its view is that in a world of ubiquitous social media all cultures are destined to blend and it is no longer feasible, let alone desirable, for Saudi Arabia to shut itself off from inexorable global trends.

    As it happens, the kingdom does not allow dissenting opinions. It does not have first amendment rights to free speech and free expression. Naturally, this offends us to the marrow. And yet, do you believe that change would have been possible if the religious police had been allowed to constitute a countervailing faction:

    There is no doubt that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 34, effective ruler of the kingdom, has decided to press ahead full speed with economic and social change (the former much tougher than the latter). Nothing will deter him. The crown prince, those close to him say, is absolutely convinced his reforms are essential and urgent. So in his view, debate is pointless. There is no possibility of reversing course—and no apparent concern about a conservative backlash. The once-powerful religious authorities have been reduced to mouthpieces for the regime and are widely ignored by the public. Even immediate foreign threats are more distraction than deterrent to Crown Prince Mohammed’s domestic agenda.

    To be clear, such rapid change is difficult to impose, even when one can exercise authoritarian control over the culture. Attitudes and social habits change more slowly:

    The government is spending billions on bringing entertainment—wrestling, tennis, car racing, expensive restaurants, musical performers—to the kingdom to jump-start tourism. Joining a Saudi family for dinner, I am driven by golf cart through a park to the restaurant by a young Saudi woman with a bare face, cropped hair and no abaya. Such dress or employment for a Saudi woman was unthinkable even a few months ago. “I feel out of place in my own country,” says one Saudi woman in shock at seeing a Lebanese singer entering a Riyadh hotel in a sleeveless midthigh dress. Such “indecency,” unlike dissent, runs no risk these days.

    Given its neighborhood the Saudi government requires American assistance. It needs a reliable ally in Washington, especially since Western European nations want to align themselves with Iran. Some say that we should completely withdraw from the region, but we are also part of the world oil market. It’s nice to be self-sufficient energy wise, but what happens if our vendors, suppliers and customers run out of fuel.

    Meantime, the Saudi government is putting maximum pressure on the U.S. to provide additional military support to the regime. Failure to stand visibly with Saudi Arabia, say officials here, could encourage Iran to strike again and lead to higher oil prices for the U.S. and world-wide. Or the Saudis could opt to price oil in a currency other than the dollar, with severe ramifications for the U.S. and the global economy.

    Crown Prince Mohammed is said to have been livid about the slow U.S. reaction but mollified by the Trump administration’s recent decision to dispatch 2,000 additional American troops to Saudi Arabia along with two Patriot missile batteries and a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or Thaad. The American buildup looks intended to deter future Iranian aggression, but whether the Trump administration would engage or duck is anyone’s guess given the lack of a formal U.S.-Saudi mutual-security treaty. The Saudis are understandably nervous after President Obama failed to enforce his “red line” in Syria and President Trump made no response to Iran’s downing of an American drone in June or its attack on Aramco six weeks ago.

    The Trump administration seems to have come to this understanding. If it does not support the Saudi reform effort, the chances for backsliding will increase exponentially.


              

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    WINCLY: WWE - Saudi Arabia Issues, Joey Mercury - ROH (Feat. Mick Foley, AJ Gray & Tito Santana)

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    Wrestling Inc. Managing Editor Nick Hausman is back to host the latest episode of the WINCLY! Our WINCLY podcast will now be released each Tuesday-Thursday afternoon going forward. Subscribe to Wrestling Inc Audio on iTunes to get each episode as soon as it's released. Today's WINCLY episode includes: Wrestling Inc's Michael Wiseman joining Nick to break down the news of the past four days, including, the WWE - Saudi Arabia controversy, the Joey Mercury - ROH controversy, NXT invading Smackdown and RAW, the latest WWE Performance Center class, Nick Jackson shooting down the idea of an AEW - NJPW partnership and more Scott Fishman's interview with WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley Nick's interview with Black Label Pro Midwest Champion AJ Gray. Featuring Gray discussing who AJ Gray is, teaming with GCW to present "For The Culture", the Jordan Myles - ACH controversy, why FTC will be different than other GCW shows, WWE pulling the carpet out from under Kofi Kingston, how pro wrestling can better engage people of color and more Andy Malnoske's interview with WWE Hall of Famer Tito Santana
              

    Saudi Arabia allegedly recruited former #Twitter employees to access user data

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    The complaint, unsealed on Wednesday, alleges that Saudi officials recruited employees at Twitter to look up the private data of thousands of Twitter accounts and remove certain content from the ...
              

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    Alzabarah reportedly met with a member of the Saudi royal family in Washington, D.C. in 2015, and within a week he had begun accessing data on thousands of users, including at least 33 that Saudi ...
              

    By Failing to Maintain Its Deterrence in the Middle East, the U.S. Is Emboldening Iran

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    According to a recent State Department report, the Islamic Republic attempted nearly 100 attacks, hostage takings, and the like between May and September of this year, of which 40 were successful. The most notable of these include the attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq oil refinery (the world’s largest), the harassment of oil tankers in and around the Persian Gulf, and the firing of rockets at U.S. troops in Iraq. In addition, Tehran has been openly violating the 2015 nuclear deal. Whatever the merits of the American drawdown in northeastern Syria, writes John Hannah, it confirms the impression that Washington is unwilling to use force in response to Iran’s behavior:
    President Trump’s response to the most serious incidents has by now fallen into a predictable pattern of issuing over-the-top verbal threats (to “end” or “obliterate” Iran), imposing further economic sanctions, deploying additional troops and weapons to the Gulf, and, on at least two occasions, launching limited cyberattacks against Iran. . . . By now it’s abundantly clear that the administration’s playbook to deter further Iranian escalation has not worked. Tehran has continued to escalate. Based on the experience of the past several months, it’s hard not to believe that Iran’s leaders have come to the conclusion that for all Trump’s bombast, he wants no part of a military dustup. . . . The alternative to taking meaningful steps to reestablish the credibility of America’s will to use force is simply to sit back, absorb Iran’s provocations, and wait until the regime caves to the steadily mounting pressure of U.S. sanctions. It’s by no means impossible for it to work eventually—Iran’s economy is being absolutely hammered. But the big question is how long it will take and what amount of damage an increasingly desperate Iranian regime, unconstrained by the fear of U.S. military retaliation, is capable of inflicting in the meantime on the interests of the United States and its friends and allies. If the brazen attack on Abqaiq is any indication, the answer may be a great deal of damage indeed.

              

    Saudi Cup Next for Midnight Bisou

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    Jeff Bloom doesn’t need any more time to decide what’s next for his star filly Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute). She’s headed to Saudi Arabia. Bloom, whose Bloom Racing Stable partnership owns Midnight Bisou along with partners Madaket Stables and Allen Racing, told the TDN that Midnight Bisou will not run in the GI Pegasus World

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    Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia

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    5 Ups And 8 Downs From Last Night's WWE Raw (Nov 4)

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    Foraging Ahead

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    Yemen agreement to end southern power struggle 'important step' towards peace: UN Special Envoy

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    INTERNATIONAL, 5 November 2019, Peace and Security - The top UN official in Yemen has welcomed an agreement to end infighting between the Government and separatist allies in the south of the country, known as the Southern Transitional Council, signed on Tuesday in Saudi Arabia.

    Special Envoy Martin Griffiths described the Riyadh Agreement as “an important step for our collective efforts to advance a peaceful settlement to the conflict in Yemen."

    Internationally-recognized Yemeni Government forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, have been battling rebels known as Houthis for more than four years.

    The Southern Transitional Council is part of the coalition but has been pushing for self-rule.

    General Guha condemned violations by air, sea & land on areas agreed by the Agreement. He called on all parties to adhere to the ceasefire in , support the monitoring tasks of & provide freedom of movement to its personnel. 

    Read: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/note-correspondents/2019-11-04/note-correspondents-statement-the-chair-of-the-redeployment-coordination-committee-lt-gen-%28ret%29-abhijit-guha-ceasefire-violations-hudaydah-yemen-scroll-down 

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    Fighting broke out between the former allies in August when the Southern Transitional Council seized control of Aden, where the Government is based. Houthi rebels have held the national capital Sana’a since late 2014.

    Mr. Griffiths expressed thanks to Saudi Arabia for its diplomatic efforts that led to the Riyadh Agreement.

    “I hope that this agreement will strengthen stability in Aden and the surrounding governorates and improve the lives of the citizens”, Mr. Griffiths said in a statement.

    According to news reports, the deal is expected to see ministries shared equally between the Government and STC, paving the way for services and stability to return to Aden, along with the full return within seven days, of the Government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

    Hudaydah ceasefire must continue

    Elsewhere in Yemen, the UN is urging parties to adhere to a shaky ceasefire in Hudaydah Governorate, as agreed last December in Sweden, during peace talks between the Government and Houthi leaders. Houthis had controlled the key port city, and progress has subsequently been made in releasing detainees and meeting the terms of the Stockholm Agreement.

    Last month, Mr. Griffiths told the Security Council that there was “cause for optimism” in ending Yemen’s complex civil war, but still a long way to go.


              

    Saudi Arabia Recruited Twitter Workers to Spy on Users: U.S. Investigators

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    Brock Lesnar Takes Down UFC Nemesis Cain Velasquez At WWE Crown Jewel

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    U.S. accuses two former Twitter employees of spying for Saudi Arabia

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    Two former employees of Twitter and a third man from Saudi Arabia face U.S. charges of spying for the kingdom by digging up private user data and giving it to Saudi officials in exchange for payment, a complaint from the Department of Justice shows.

              

    The market is governed by political blackmail

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    The British court accuses the Prime Minister; a fresh impeachment is in the USA; Saudi Arabia looks for the peace with Houthis; Europe waits for new duties, and China and the USA exchange false peacefulness.
              

    Federal prosecutors charged two former Twitter employees with spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia (TWTR)

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    • Federal prosecutors have charged two former Twitter employees with spying on behalf of the Saudi Arabian government, The Washington Post first reported.
    • The criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday alleges that the former employees snooped on the accounts of people who were critical of Saudi Arabia.
    • The defendants allegedly spied on more than 6,000 Twitter accounts beginning in 2015 at Saudi Arabia's behest.
    • A Twitter spokesperson said the company is thankful for the Justice Department's investigation but declined to answer questions about what role the employees held in the company.
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    Two former employees of Twitter have been charged with spying on more than 6,000 users' accounts at the request of the Saudi Arabian government, according to a federal criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday.

    The Justice Department complaint, first reported by The Washington Post, alleges that Ali Alzabarah, a Saudi Arabian citizen, and Ahmad Abouammo, a US citizen, both used their positions at Twitter to spy on users who were critical of Saudi Arabia. Abouammo was arrested Tuesday, according to the Post.

    A Twitter spokesperson said in a statement to Business Insider that the company was grateful for the Justice Department's investigation, but declined to answer questions about what positions the two former employees held at the company, or whether Twitter was aware of any spying before prosecutors intervened.

    "We would like to thank the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice for their support with this investigation. We recognize the lengths bad actors will go to try and undermine our service. Our company limits access to sensitive account information to a limited group of trained and vetted employees," the spokesperson said.

    The spokesperson went on to say that Twitter "understand[s] the incredible risks faced by many who use Twitter to share their perspectives with the world and to hold those in power accountable. We have tools in place to protect their privacy and their ability to do their vital work. We're committed to protecting those who use our service to advocate for equality, individual freedoms, and human rights."

    According to the Post, one of the accounts that the employees snooped on belonged to Omar Abdulaziz, a prominent activist who was critical of Saudi Arabia and became close with Jama Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist killed by Saudi government officials last year.

    "The criminal complaint unsealed today alleges that Saudi agents mined Twitter's internal systems for personal information about known Saudi critics and thousands of other Twitter users," U.S. Attorney David L. Anderson told the Post. "We will not allow U.S. companies or U.S. technology to become tools of foreign repression in violation of U.S. law."

    Abouammo worked as a media partnerships manager for Twitter, according to the criminal complaint. A LinkedIn profile that appears to belong to Abouammo says he was at the company from 2013-2015, and that he "spearheaded Twitter partnerships with media organizations (TV, sports, government, entertainment, music, and news)" in the Middle East and Africa.

    SEE ALSO: Twitter has published its rules for world leaders, including what types of tweets won't be allowed

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    Two former employees of Twitter and a third man from Saudi Arabia face U.S. charges of spying for the kingdom by digging up private user data and giving it to Saudi officials in exchange for payment, a complaint from the Department of Justice shows.

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    Saudi Arabian officials allegedly paid at least two employees of Twitter to access personal information on users the government there was interested in, according to recently unsealed court documents. Those users were warned of the attempt in 2015, but the full picture is only now emerging. According to an AP report citing the federal complaint, […]
              

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    Three charged in US with spying on Twitter users for Saudi ArabiaTwo former Twitter employees and a third man were charged in San Francisco Federal Court Wednesday with spying on Twitter users critical of the Saudi royal family, the US Justice Department announced. The two Saudis and one US citizen allegedly worked together to unmask the ownership details behind dissident Twitter accounts on behalf of the government in Riyadh and the royal family, the department said. According to a court filing, they were guided by an unnamed Saudi official who worked for someone prosecutors designated "Royal Family Member-1," which The Washington Post reported was Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.



              

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    You Sunk My Battleship

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    Preface

    People who make military policy and amateurs who follow it alike are in something of a vacuum when it comes to naval warfare.  While the Navy is a very large share of the United States Defense Department budget, there have been so few skirmishes in the past fifty years or so that it is hard to get a reality check on the multi-billion dollar expenditures involved. The few incidents which have occurred, meanwhile, have taken on disproportionate importance.  

    While some naval history is too distant to be of much use, from the ramming battles between glorified rowboats of the Greeks, to the days of sails and cannons, it is fair, at least, to look at the experience of World War II, the last full fledged blue sea naval campaign in world history.  This experience has informed much of the current conventional wisdom regarding naval warfare, and while the lessons learned in World War II need to be updated to reflect technological advances that have taken place since then, they are too recent to safely ignore.

    Among other things, World War II taught the lesson that the heavy armor of a battleship was no match for modern offensive weapons. 

    As the Wikipedia article linked above explains:
    Battleships were the largest and most complex, and hence the most expensive warships of their time; as a result, the value of investment in battleships has always been contested. 
    As the French politician Etienne Lamy wrote in 1879, "The construction of battleships is so costly, their effectiveness so uncertain and of such short duration, that the enterprise of creating an armored fleet seems to leave fruitless the perseverance of a people". The Jeune École school of thought of the 1870s and 1880s sought alternatives to the crippling expense and debatable utility of a conventional battlefleet. It proposed what would nowadays be termed a sea denial strategy, based on fast, long-ranged cruisers for commerce raiding and torpedo boat flotillas to attack enemy ships attempting to blockade French ports. 
    The ideas of the Jeune École were ahead of their time; it was not until the 20th century that efficient mines, torpedoes, submarines, and aircraft were available that allowed similar ideas to be effectively implemented. The determination of powers such as Germany to build battlefleets with which to confront much stronger rivals has been criticised by historians, who emphasise the futility of investment in a battlefleet that has no chance of matching its opponent in an actual battle.
    Large Warships In Existing Navies

    Today, there are only two ships of the battleship class in the world, both in the Russian Navy, only one of which is in active service, the 28,000 ton Admiral Nakhimov commissioned in 1988 is currently undergoing refit and is out of service, and the 28,000 ton Pyotr Velikiy, of the same class commissioned in 1998 is in active service.  

    The 14,564 ton Zumwalt class destroyer of the U.S. Navy, the largest warship in the U.S. Navy that is not an aircraft carrier or non-combatant logistics ship, and is is arguably misclassified as a destroyer deserves a battleship designation. Just three Zumwalt class destroyers have three have been built (and no more have been ordered). One was commissioned in 2016, one was commissioned in 2019, and one is awaiting a commission later this year. It cost $7.5 billion per ship of total cost to build and has been severely criticized:
    Mike Fredenburg analyzed the program for National Review after Zumwalt broke down in the Panama Canal in November 2016, and he concluded that the ship's problems "are emblematic of a defense procurement system that is rapidly losing its ability to meet our national security needs." Fredenburg went on to detail problems relating to the skyrocketing costs, lack of accountability, unrealistic goals, a flawed concept of operations, the perils of designing a warship around stealth, and the failure of the Advanced Gun System. He concludes:

    "The Zumwalt is an unmitigated disaster. Clearly it is not a good fit as a frontline warship. With its guns neutered, its role as a primary anti-submarine-warfare asset in question, its anti-air-warfare capabilities inferior to those of our current workhorse, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, and its stealth not nearly as advantageous as advertised, the Zumwalt seems to be a ship without a mission."
    Indeed, only twenty navies in the world have surface warships (including aircraft carriers, but not transport ships) larger than a frigate: U.S. (111), Japan (48), China (33), Russia (20), India (14), France (14), United Kingdom (7), Norway (5), Italy (4), Taiwan (4), Netherlands (4), Denmark (3), Germany (3), South Korea (3), Egypt (3), Saudi Arabia (3), Spain (2), Brazil (1), Thailand (1), and Morocco (1).

    Only seven of these countries (China, Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Thailand and Morocco) would plausibly be U.S. naval warfare adversaries in the foreseeable future (while many of the remaining thirteen countries would likely be allies of the U.S. in an future naval warfare in their region). These seven plausible adversaries have 62 large surface warships ships combined. Of these only China and Russia are really serious concerns militarily and they have 53 large surface warships combined.

    The Russian fleet's large ships, moreover, are split between several global regions that are distant from each other in some case (Northern, Baltic, Black Sea and Pacific). The aircraft carrier, the battleship, one smaller cruiser, and six destroyers are in Russia's Northern fleet. One smaller cruiser and five destroyers are in Russia's Pacific fleet. One of its smaller cruisers and one of its destroyers are in Russia's Black Sea fleet. Three of its destroyers are in Russia's Baltic fleet.

    Several other plausible U.S. naval warfare adversaries such as Iran and North Korea have submarines but no large surface combatants.

    Currently, the U.S. has 20 aircraft carriers (11 "super carriers" of 100,000 tons or more, and 9 amphibious assault ships which can carry helicopters, Osprey aircraft, Harrier aircraft or F-35B aircraft of 40,000-45,000 tons), Italy has 2, Japan has 4, France has 4, Australia has 2, Egypt has 2, and Brazil, China, India, Russia, Spain, Thailand and the United Kingdom each have one. In all there are 42 aircraft carriers in active naval service in the world.

    Five aircraft carriers (one each from the U.K., China, Russia, India and France in order of size) are between the size of a U.S. super carrier and the smallest U.S. amphibious assault ship ranging from 42,000 to 65,000 tons (and only four of these from the China, Russia, India and France, and the ten U.S. super carriers, allow for something other than a vertical landing). The other eighteen aircraft carriers range from 11,486 tons to 27,100 tons (eleven of which are restricted to vertical takeoff and landing aircraft such as helicopters and the MV-22 Osprey). All twenty-seven carriers under 42,000 tons and two larger aircraft (one from the U.S. at 45,000 tons and one from the U.K. at 65,000 tons) are restricted either to short takeoff vertical landing aircraft such as an F-35B or a Harrier, or to vertical takeoff and landing aircraft.

    Eleven more carriers (including two that are only VTOL carriers) are undergoing sea trials or ordered: the U.S. 3, China 3, and South Korea, India, Italy and Turkey one each.

    Currently, the U.S. has 22 cruisers (10,000 tons each) and Russia has 4 (one battleship with 28,000 tons and three cruisers with 12,500 tons) in active service. In all there are 27 cruisers in active naval service in the world. The U.S. cruisers are virtually indistinguishable from its destroyers and slightly inferior to them as they are older designs.

    Currently, the U.S. has 69 destroyers (including 2 of the Zumwalt class), Japan has 44, China has 32, Russia has 15, India has 13, France has 10, the U.K. has 6, Norway has 5Taiwan has 4, the Netherlands has 4Germany has 3, Denmark has 3South Korea has 3Saudi Arabia has 3, Italy has 2, Egypt has 1, Morocco has 1, and Spain has 1. The largest destroyer in active service (other than the two Zumwalt class destroyers in active service) is 10,290 tons and many of which are considerably smaller. Some of the destroyer class ships are larger, more capable ships actually called frigates in an effort to make comparisons comparable. All ships classified as frigates for these purposes are under 5,000 tons, although a few particularly capable frigates between 4,000 and 5,000 tons are classified as destroyers. There are 219 destroyers in all of the world's navies combined.

    In all there are 42 aircraft carriers over 11,000 tons and 7 other surface combatants over 11,000 tons in naval service in the world. Of those, 20 aircraft carriers and 2 other surface combatants are in the U.S. Navy and 1 aircraft carrier and 4 other surface combatants (one battleship and three cruisers) are in the Russian Navy. The other navies of the world have 21 aircraft carriers, only 10 of which are more than VTOL helicopter carriers. There are 244 other surface combatants bigger than frigates in the world in active naval service (of which 67 are in the U.S. Navy and 15 are in the Russian Navy).

    The Japanese Naval Experience

    The case that really brought this home for the Japanese was the sinking of the battleship Yamato.  This 71,000 ton ship with massive 18 inch guns was tough.  It  had previously survived a hit from a torpedo delivered by a U.S. submarine on Christmas Day in 1943, and two bombs that hit it in October of 1944, in the Leyte Gulf.  Two more 36,000 ton Japanese battleships, the Fuso and the Yamashiro, were sunk by naval gunfire and torpedoes in that same October battle.  Bombs damaged the 39,000 ton Japanese battleship Nagato in the battle of the Leyte Gulf badly enough to remove it from action. Ultimately, air power prevailed over the big guns and heavy armor of the pinnacle of the battleship era.  On April 7, 1945, the Yamato was sunk by carrier based U.S. aircraft and it took 2,498 Japanese sailors with it.  The 32,000 ton Japanese battleship Ise (already removed from service nine months earlier by a mine), and Japanese battleships Hyunga and Haruna were sunk by carrier based U.S. aircraft in July of 1945.

    Japan had already lost its 32,000 ton battlecruiser Kirishima to 16” naval gunfire from the 47,000 ton American battleship Washington in 1942 in one of the last of the battles that went according traditional naval models of close range ship to ship combat, in this case, at a range of a mile and a half.  The 28,000 ton Japanese battleship Kongo was sunk by a submarine in November of 1944.  Its three sister ships were sunk by U.S. aircraft in World War II.

    The American Naval Experience in World War II

    Americans remember Pearl Harbor.  Yes, this carrier based air attack was a surprise.  But, a heavily armored hull did not prevent this attack from sinking the 32,000 ton U.S. battleship Arizona and three other battleships.  Four more battleships were seriously damaged, the 29,000 ton American battleship Nevada among them, although the Nevada was ultimately returned to service and survived further battle damage on multiple occasions.  Few naval strategists before Pearl Harbor had realized how vulnerable the fleet was to aerial attack.

    The 33,000 ton American battleship Idaho ran aground off Okinawa in June of 1945.  American battleship Pennsylvania,  a sister ship of the Arizona, was taken out of action by enemy aircraft in August of 1945.

    The 45,000 ton American battleship Indiana did exhibit the resilience in the face of damage which battleships are legendary for notwithstanding a mixed experience in real life.  It survived both a collision and a hit by a kamakazi pilot in 1944, and serious storm damage in 1945, yet survived until decommissioning in 1963.  The 45,000 ton South Dakota similarly sustained and survived repeated battle damage. The 56,000 ton American battleship Iowa likewise survived serious damage from shore fire sustained in March of 1944, and the 47,000 ton battleship Washington survived a 1942 torpedo hit from a Japanese submarine and a 1945 friendly fire incident.

    The German Naval Experience in World War II

    Germany’s 51,000 ton battleship the Bismark found its fate at the bottom of the sea in May of 1941.  The British Royal Air Force damaged the 40,000 ton German battleship Gneisenau to the point that it never again was useable as a battleship in 1942.  Sister German battleship Scharnhorst, however, survived in the face of a seemingly never ending barrage of hits sustained.

    The Italian and Vichy French Naval Experiences in World War II

    Both Italy and Vichy France both saw battleships destroyed in port before they were ever launched.  

    The planned 48,000 ton battleship Clemenceau was destroyed in its French port during a bombing raid in August 1944.  The 36,000 ton battleship Dunkerque, in the hands of the Vichy French, was damaged sufficiently to be taken out of action, and lost one in seven of its crew members, in July of 1940, by a combination of British warship attacks and torpedoes in two separate incidents.

    The 30,000 ton Italian battleship Duilio wasn’t actually sunk, but a British bombing raid in November of 1940 took it out of service for about a year, and the ship served only a brief secondary role in World War II thereafter.  The 46,000 ton battleship Vittorio Veneto was taken out of action by British aircraft in 1941, then by a submarine, and then 1943 by another aircraft.  The 47,000 ton Italian battleship Littorio was taken out of commission by British aircraft by June of 1942.

    The Spanish Naval Experience in World War II

    The 16,000 ton battleship Espana was sunk by a “friendly” mine in July of 1937 during the Spanish civil war, killing a third of the sailors on board.

    The British Naval Experience in World Wars I and II.

    While it predates World War II, it is worth recalling that the 22,000 ton British battleship Dreadnought (the second of that name launched in 1906) which became synonymous with the very notion of a battleship, sank only one enemy vessel, a German submarine, in all of World War I.  It achieved this end not with its ten 12” guns, but with a methodology as old as Greek naval warfare.  It rammed it.

    German dive bombing planes took the 30,000 ton British battleship Iron Duke out of service on October 17, 1939.  It Italian airplane’s torpedo took the 38,000 ton British battleship Nelson out of service for a year on September 27, 1941.  The British lost the 42,000 ton battleship Prince of Wales in December of 1941 to an attack by Japanese aircraft, after having suffered serious damage from naval guns, which was repaired, earlier that same year.  The 33,000 ton British battleship Queen Elizabeth was removed from service when an Italian frogman bombed it while it was in harbor that same month.

              

    Saudi Arabia Recruited Twitter Workers to Spy on Users: U.S. Investigators

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    By The Free Iranian Staff   Tehran’s Foreign Ministry, while attacking the Riyadh agreement to end disputes between the Yemeni constitutional government and the “Transitional Council of the South”, claimed that the agreement would not help solve the Yemeni crisis. In a move welcomed by international leaders, under the watchful eye of Saudi Arabia, on […]

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    Is this Iraq's Arab Spring?

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    Iraq is currently facing such an alarming array of economic, political and social problems that many observers fear no-one will be up to the task of delivering the much-needed reforms. By Stasa Salacanin | Since the beginning of October thousands of protesters, mostly young Iraqis, from central and southern Iraqi major cities have been voicing their opposition to the deteriorating economic conditions, sectarian politics and rampant corruption that plague the country. Indeed, the country has been one of the most corrupt in the world for decades – according to Transparency International’s 2018 Corruption Index, Iraq ranks 168 out of 175 countries. Protestors are also expressing their anger over high unemployment and the common governmental practice of political staffing, where sectarian or ethnic quotas rather than qualifications apply. The majority accuse the ruling elite of abusing public funds and mismanaging the country’s national resources while completely failing to meet the needs of the Iraqi population. But perhaps one of the main – and most surprising – characteristics of the October protests is the fact that the protestors are mostly younger Shia citizens who have turned against a Shia-led political establishment. While there are very few Sunni Arabs or Iraqi Kurds among the protestors, with demonstrations taking place in central and southern Iraq, where the population is predominantly Shia, there has been an increase in the use of national symbols. Transcending sectarian and ethnic divisions The sentiment is Iraqi; these young people are not demonstrating as Shia Arabs, but as citizens who are furious with the system which was imposed upon them following the toppling of Saddam Hussein and the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. How the unrest in Iraq will impact on the region remains to be seen, but it is clearly posing a major threat to Tehran. Iran's state news agency IRNA has accused the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Israel of fomenting unrest in Iraq in order to sabotage Iran’s ties with Iraq and Syria. However, many Iraqis including the Shia are less than enamoured of the Popular Mobilisation Units (PMU), powerful non-state actors over which Bagdad has limited control, as many of them are heavily under the influence of Tehran. Among Iraqis, there is the overriding perception that their country is becoming a fiefdom for foreign political and paramilitary factions that many view as a blatant violation of Iraqi national sovereignty. Arab Spring in Iraq While the protests in southern Iraq in summer 2018 addressed similar issues, this time they are becoming increasingly militant and are not only calling for the resignation of the current government but aim to overthrow and change the entire political system.As the demonstrations appear to be leaderless and without a specific agenda, except for expressing general dissatisfaction and impatience with conditions in the country, it remains unclear, however, whether the protests will produce any of the desired changes.   Imad Harb, director of research and analysis at the Arab Center in Washington DC, writes that the protests "offer another example of an approaching, painful, and final collapse of the traditional Arab political order that has shown its impotence in addressing the myriad problems besetting Arab societies today." Furthermore, a commentary published by Middle East expert and head of research at Gulf State Analytics Giorgio Cafiero on LobeLog, posits that the recent unrest in Iraq should be interpreted in the wider context of turmoil that has been spreading all over the Arab region, as the citizens of Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Sudan express their deep dissatisfaction with their corrupt governments. According to him, "it is fair to conclude that the Arab Spring has reached Iraq." Can the government regain control of the situation? The government’s brutal response to the unrest and the high number of civilian casualties has put Iraqi Prime Minister Abdel Mahdi under great pressure. Despite promising reforms and ordering a broad cabinet reshuffle, he has so far struggled to address the protesters’ complaints and instead continues to make blunder after blunder. At the beginning of October, for instance, Staff Lieutenant General Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, widely perceived as a national hero due to his role in fighting Islamic State, was demoted. Then there is the ongoing use of live ammunition and tear gas to disperse the protesters, which could prove the final nail in the prime minister’s coffin. In such circumstances, it is highly unlikely that mere promises will be able to calm tensions in the country. What is more, the fragile coalition over which Abdel Mahdi presides has begun to crack, making his position even more uncertain. While it is hard to imagine that the current Iraqi government will be able to introduce any major reforms, since the prime minister is actually a hostage to the powerful political and paramilitary factions, Mahdi is right about one thing – in his speech after the first wave of protests he declared that there are "no magical" solutions to the problems. The problems faced by the Iraqis are so numerous and complex that many observers fear that no-one will be up to the task of delivering the much-needed reforms. Solving the social and economic crisis that is at the heart of the protests would require painful cuts to the public sector, which already employs over 3 million Iraqis, as well as removing subsidies for gas, food and electricity. Unpopular at the best of times, such measures would merely be likely to provoke more unrest in the current climate.  Last but not least, even though the protests are not sectarian in motivation, sectarianism remains firmly rooted in Iraqi society. Powerful political factions such as the pro-Iranian Fatah party of Hadi al-Ameri, the Axis party of Khamis Khanjar favoured by Iraqi Sunnis and the Barzani clan’s Kurdistan Democratic Party all aim to limit the power of Bagdad’s central government and are thus largely contributing to the impotence of the Iraqi state. We must hope that Iraq is not heading towards disaster along Syrian lines.  Stasa Salacanin © Qantara.de 2019
              

    Saudis recruited Twitter employees to spy on critics, prosecutors say

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    SCHIPHOL - Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) komt definitief naar Schiphol. De luchtvaartmaatschappij, die tot 1991 ook al lijnvluchten naar Nederland onderhield, bevestigt dat er vanaf maart volgend jaar vier keer per week tussen Jeddah en Schiphol wordt gevlogen.


              

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    SCHIPHOL - Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) is van plan om in het zomerseizoen passagiersvluchten vanaf Schiphol uit te gaan. De SkyTeam-maatschappij heeft volgens Routes Online een voorlopig vliegschema voor vier wekelijkse vluchten op de route Jeddah-Amsterdam ingediend, uit te voeren met een Boeing 787-9.


              

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Saudi government, frustrated by growing criticism of its leaders and policies on social media, recruited two Twitter employees to gather confidential personal information on thousands of accounts that included prominent opponents, prosecutors alleged Wednesday.

    The complaint unsealed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco detailed a coordinated effort by Saudi government officials to recruit employees at the social media giant to look up the private data of Twitter accounts, including email addresses linked to the accounts and internet protocol addresses that can give up a user's location.

    The accounts included those of a popular critic of the government with more than 1 million followers and a news personality. Neither was named.

    The complaint also alleged that the employees — whose jobs did not require access to Twitter users' private information — were rewarded with a designer watch and tens of thousands of dollars funneled into secret bank accounts. Ahmad Abouammo, a U.S. citizen, and Ali Alzabarah, a Saudi citizen, were charged with acting as agents of Saudi Arabia without registering with the U.S. government.

    The Saudi government had no immediate comment through its embassy in Washington. Its state-run media did not immediately acknowledge the charges.

    The complaint marks the first time that the kingdom, long linked to the U.S. through its massive oil reserves and regional security arrangements, has been accused of spying in America.

    The allegations against two former Twitter employees and a third man who ran a social media marketing company that did work for the Saudi royal family comes a little more than a year after the execution of Jamal Khashoggi. The Washington Post columnist and prominent critic of the Saudi government was slain and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in...


              

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    China considering up to $10 billion stake in Aramco IPO

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    Gas issue resolved

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    Gas issue resolved

    The officials of the two main gas companies have given their assurance to the Cost of Living Committee that the gas distribution would be restored from this week and there would not be any shortage.

    The daily supply of domestic gas cylinders has been increased from 75,000 to 100,000, ending the gas shortage, said the Sales Director of Litro Gas Janaka Pathiratne.

    Meanwhile, the CEO of Laughs Gas Chaminda Ediriwickrama said that his company would increase the number of gas cylinders issued to the market by 35% and that they would maintain a buffer stock of 27,000 tons of gas.

    Gas shortage ends this weeks

    Agriculture Minister P. Harrison said that the gas shortage will end by this week and supply will be ensured.

    The sudden surge in gas usage due to the price reduction, the crisis in Saudi Arabia and the recent inclement weather hindering the ships from transporting the gas stocks had contributed to the gas shortage.

    However, he assured that the gas stocks required to meet the Christmas demand is already being met.


              

    INCREDIBLE INDIA?

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     The Taz Mahal. Photo taken by Neneng Tarigan.

    INCREDIBLE INDIA?
    By: Neneng Tarigan
    BSD City, 7 September 2010.

    Visiting India especially the Taz Mahal is always in my dream. In my childhood we used to have calendars with pictures about interesting places all over the world. Watching the pictures I got the feeling as if I were living there once in the past, because those pictures seemed so close to my heart. Some pictures were about few places in my country but most of them were about interesting and historical places abroad. I wonder if reincarnation is a true story, but as a Christian I would rather trust, that was only because my heart and soul was extremely possessed by the beauty of the places and the history behind it, that was why I feel so close with the pictures. As it proved, I was lucky to have been visited more than 40 countries in the world.

    It was 09.00 pm when I landed at Indira Gandhi International, the new airport of New Delhi, India, on 30th  August 2010. The airport is huge and it has just been operational since early of August 2010. The size maybe equal to Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok and the floor was totally covered by wall to wall carpet like Changi airport of Singapore. The security check was so tight, may be it happens after India has a very bad experience with the Mumbai terrorist attack. (Mumbai is the second largest city of India)


    Upon arrival, I was fetched up by the Embassy people who then brought me with Toyota old van 1990 to Ramada Hotel which I booked through the internet. It took about 30 minutes from the airport to the hotel and my eyes caught by the glitter of the road studs. I also observed that many fully equipped military guards stand between the airport to the center of New Delhi. Later, I knew that they guarded the city day and night. Incredible!

    When I arrived, there were so many cars queuing at the hotel gate, a wedding party of the rich had taken place in the hotel, so I asked the driver to just drop me, so that we would not blocked other cars to get in.

    After passing the scanning machines, I went inside then submitted the hotel voucher and asked for the room. Unfortunately however, the receptionist told me that I was not registered in that hotel but to another Ramada Hotel in Gurgaon about 2 hours from Ramada Hotel New Delhi.

    I showed them that what was written on the voucher is clearly Ramada Gurgaon New Delhi, and since I had never been to India before, I presumed that the one I booked was totally correct, which is the one that I stand now; I had no idea, that there are two different Ramada hotel in Delhi. (Well, if they assumed that Gurgaon which is 2 hours from Delhi is also in Delhi)

    Feeling tired and sleepy, I then asked them whether I can simply move to this hotel instead of staying at the other Ramada in Gurgaon, of course with additional cost I don't mind. Again, according to the hotel management I can't do that, simply because the two Ramada is only the same hotel chain under the same franchise system and name, but different ownership. How incredible! They are very strict with the rule here, the cancellation meant that all of the booking cost for 4 days stay which I have already made with Ramada Gurgaon that cost USD 400.- will automatically deducted from my credit card and gone, if I stay in Ramada New Delhi! (Well, that is the rule)

    After long arguments, they advice me to use a hotel taxi to bring me to Ramada Gurgeon. I said: “Okay no problem, how much would the price be?” and then they said:”7000 rupees or about USD 170” I answered:”Well, that will be the problem, just get me another taxi not from this hotel.” They nodded, then I got an outside taxi with the price of only 900 rupees” Can you imagine the price different just in a minute? Well, that was incredible!

    After about one hour drive, I then arrived at Ramada Hotel Gurgaon. There the manager said: "You can't cancel your booking". So, I had to stay in that hotel for the 4 nights I booked in the first place. It was already 01.00 am. Feeling tired and disappointed, I could do nothing than to accept their policy. Here I am, in the middle of nowhere; I then called the embassy personnel to inform them the situation and where I am about. Of course the embassy staff offered me the transportation facility, but knowing the distance and the fact that I had already chartered a taxi for pick and drop during I stay in the hotel, I gently refuse the offer and ask them to only fetch and drop me when I was about going back to Indonesia later.

    Before sleeping, I asked the hotel manager for the free internet facility as they promoted in the web . We worked on it, and after one hour my laptop get connected with the internet, but with very low signal or meaning no connection at all! Another incredible story.

    Gurgaon itself is a new industrialized modern city in the outskirt of New Delhi. It will take only 45 to 90 minutes from Ramada Hotel Gurgaon to Ramada Hotel New Delhi, depends on the traffic. There will be a small metro train station located in front of the Ramada Gurgaon once it is finished in early 2011. The Ramada Gurgaon Hotel is a small 8 stories 3.5 star hotel, built about 2 years ago. It is a very clean hotel and with a very helpful and polite staff too. I had no complain at all about the hotel condition. It is a good hotel to stay, especially for businessmen or investors who have business in Gurgaon; and else the infrastructure facilities in India is good or at least better than in Indonesia, so almost every part of India is reachable.

    The next morning, I went to the meeting with the chartered taxi as recommended by the hotel manager. It was a small car with a Nepalis driver named Tapha who only speak a little English. No smile in his face, he seemed full with anger. he didn't even greet me a good morning but just drove and murmured, may be because I was a bit late for our appointment that morning.

    Arriving at the toll gate, Tapha asked me to pay 20 rupees for the toll. Getting furious, I sternly said to him: “You know what, why are you so impolite to your costumer? I supposed to pay only 800 rupees for pick and drop, but the manager then told me to add 500 rupees more, for toll , miles, parking and bla bla bla. I have already agreed about that and now with your long face you force me to pay more and more. Why don't you just check to the hotel manager?” He called and checked and then with grim he said: “Okay, okay”

    On the way to the meeting, I asked Tapha whether he can stop the taxi at Ramada Hotel Delhi, just to check, whether the meeting will be taken place at Ramada Delhi or Le Meridien. Actually they are at the same direction, and we could pass Ramada Delhi before Le Meridien, however he said: “No, no, no, miles, miles, miles”. “Okay” I said: “no problem, just drop me at Le Meridien”. (Ghost, it was incredible!)

    At Le Meridien, I check, whether the venue of the meeting is in their hotel or in Ramada Delhi. They politely check and inform me that, it is not in their hotel, so I phoned the committee and they told me that the venue is at Ramada Delhi.

    From Le Meridien I walked about 3 minutes to Ramada Delhi, because the two hotels are very closed by. The problem is, no one at Ramada Delhi knows where the meeting would take place when I asked them at the night when I firstly arrived where the meeting would be. (Another incredible story!)

    In the afternoon, I called the manager of Ramada Gurgaon to ask Tapha to fetch me at 05.30 pm; and there Tapha came with a man whom he called his body guard. They both have very strong sweating smell which made me almost choked to death. I just sat quietly till I arrived at Ramada Gurgaon and paid Tapha 1300 rupees (+ USD 32) for the transportation I made with him that day.

    The next morning, Tapha was totally 100% changed. He came alone and became so very polite and full with smile. He asked me to talk to his wife who is Indian and has two master degree and of course she speaks very fluent English much better than me. After talking in the phone to his wife then I chat with Tapha and from his broken English I knew that he has one beautiful 9 years old daughter and 3 of his siblings married to different nationalities such as married to a Malaysian, a Kuwaiti, a Saudi Arabian and he himself married to a beautiful and smart Indian lady. Well, that was really a beautiful incredible story.

    Along the way back from Ramada Delhi to Ramada Gurgaon I sang along with Tapha a beautiful Indian song entitled Kuch-Kuch Hota Hae which is originally sung by a famous Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan. It was like an ice breaking song that we both enjoy. We sang and dance along the way and every car just looked at us dancing and singing and beep us to be careful because we disturbed other cars to pass by.

    It was a pity because the next day, I had to go with the embassy van to visit the famous Taz Mahal, and the day after that I had to go back to my beautiful country Indonesia. So no more Tapha.

    It takes 4 hours to go to the Taz Mahal from Ramada Gurgeon. I had to pay about 12,000.- rupees (+USD 300.-) if I use the hotel taxi (not Tapha taxi), or I pay only USD 75.- per person if I use tourist bus, that is already included lunch and entrance tickets. With the embassy car the two of us (me and my colleague) pay only USD 150.- for the tip, since 2nd September was a holiday in all over India as they celebrating the Khrisna day.

    Along the way to Taz Mahal, we pass by the country sides. They are all green but also dusty and rocky. The Northern parts of India are quite dusty because they are close to Gobi desert, one of the largest desert in the world. Sometimes, we can see sky scrapers enacted in the middle of nowhere. The way they built them there were to create equal distribution of wealth across the states.

    Not many houses exist along the way. With 1.2 million people, India seems so quiet. Most Indians seems tend to live in the cities rather than in the country sides. Well that is my observation at glance and that may not be 100% correct. (*PS: Later I found from my Indian friend that only + 35% Indians living in the cities)

    The road to Agra is full with trucks. Well, I am sorry to say that most of the trucks or vehicles in India seemed old but still work well. The bus there all surrounded by concrete bars, so it seems like a jail bus to me, but they say it was because India has a large poor population and the majority of them use buses as main transportation, so in order to avoid them from falling out of the bus, they put bars in all of the windows, so that they would be more secure inside. The famous public vehicle is the three wheels Bajaj. (We also have Bajaj in Indonesia, as one of our public transportation in the cities. We imported a lot from India, but the size of the Indonesian Bajaj is smaller than the Indian one). What amazed me is the Indian Bajaj fit for 12 persons and still moving, whereas in Indonesia may be for 6 or 7 person can fully pack in one roof. Wow, another incredible story!

    Agra is one of the cities in Uttar Pradesh (UP) state of India. UP has about 130 million people, who live in trade, crafting, agriculture and mining. The majority of Agra people is Moslem, but they seem so poor, or at least that was I observed along the way. The Taz Mahal built by King Shah Jahan (a Moslem King) in 17 century as a dedication to his most beloved queen Mumtaz. (The King himself has + 200 wives, according to our driver). Incredible! It took 22 years to build such a magnificent and beautiful landmark. As everyone knows, Mumtaz died when delivering her 14th baby much earlier before the Taz Mahal itself finished.

    The king himself then murdered by his own son who disagreed with his royal father lavish live and plan to built another Taz Mahal for himself. If you go to Taz Mahal compound, there is no other Taz Mahal or the black Taz Mahal around. Every building in Taz Mahal compound was built asymmetrically and in harmony with its surrounding. The buildings erected in the edge of the river, so it has incredibly beautiful natural landscape in itself.

    Made of first class marble and crafted and decorated with semi precious stones such as Lapis Lazuli , Malahit etc, it makes Taz Mahal one of the world expensive and grandeur royal tomb ever exist man made!

    The King and his Queen buried in the ground of Taz Mahal. What we can see in the first floor or the entrance is the replica of their tombs. The entrance fee is 750 rupees for an adult, that is included a bottle of small mineral water and a pair of wet shoe cover since the temperature around Agra could reach up to 50 centigrade degree Celsius we need the shoe cover to stand the heat. No chewing gum allowed into the Taz also no pictures taken inside the building in order to maintain the color of the stone. The marble wall itself is translucent, it gives white color in the morning, yellow to light orange in the afternoon and blue in the evening. When we pointed out our light or lit the matches to the wall, the light can go through the wall, so it is magnificently incredible!

    There are many professional photographer around the The Taz Mahal, so we don't have to worry if we forget to bring our camera along. It will costs us only 700 rupees for ten pictures, so its no money at all considering the professional result we could get. The pictures will turn to be very fantastic!

    On the way back to the hotel, our tour guide, the one who has been recommended by the embassy, lead us to the handicraft shop, who sells some souvenirs made of translucent marble. The ancestors of the handcraft men were the one who crafted the Taz Mahal, so according to our guide they produce only high quality handicrafts, but the price is extremely expensive, especially for a civil servant like me. I bought the cheapest one, not so nice, but it cost me already USD 150.- only for a simple marble plate and small elephant crafts. Gee...that was only some I could bring from India since I had a condense meeting and must commute every day from Gurgaon to the meeting venue in New Delhi. I didn't even know how New Delhi actually looks, but I thanks God and my government and myself because of the small mistake I made in booking the hotel, I was then able to commute and see how the real India looks and I could take some pictures which you can see in this website.

    I return home on 3rd September to Indonesia and stayed over night in Bangkok Thailand. I bring along a beautiful and incredible memory of India which I will treasure the beauty of India until I die.


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    Slog PM: Happy Birthday, Alexa; T.I. Needs to Back off His Daughter's Hymen; "I'm Always Happy to Meet with People"

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    Today is Alexa's birthday: She's five. But everyone only wants to talk about how much money her dad spent in Seattle's election. Rude.

    Tim Eyman is a sub for lawsuits: And lucky him, more are coming.

    Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, told impeachment investigators there was direct quid pro quo: He made the statement during private testimony last month, but his words became public today. Taylor said Rudy Giuliani was the "originator" of the quid pro quo plan. Giuliani tweeted that this new testimony was "a frame-up and hoax." Read the full transcript here.

    After the first round of ballot drops, infamous KIRO Radio host Dori Monson had "mixed feelings" about Sawant seemingly losing: "As you know, very few people have generated the kinds of soundbites that fuel a talk show host like Kshama Sawant. It was fun listening to her screeching for the past six years. And now her reign could be coming to an end in Seattle," he joked. Reminds me of something Rich Smith wrote:

    If these Republicans were good at politics, they would be pumping as much money as possible into Sawant's campaign. Republicans have been blaming Sawant for problems in Spokane since she first took office, and now they're just going to let her go? Who will they use to scare away centrists in Kirkland if she loses? Who are they going to use as an excuse not to catch up to California and Oregon on statewide rent control legislation? Oh wait, that's not the Republicans. That's Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle.

    Speaking of ballot drops: Here are today's returns. Many races won't be settled until at least Friday. Counting votes takes time, people!


    A good amount of Seattle votes have yet to be counted: So hold onto your butts.

    Bill Gates suggests Warren isn't "open-minded": because she probably wouldn't "be willing to sit down with somebody who has large amounts of money." He made the comments today at the New York Times DealBook conference. He also said he made a "mistake in judgement" by meeting Jeffrey Epstein and disagrees "with people who think a corporation should sit there and do fact-checking against that thing," in reference to political advertising on Facebook. He also said "Jeff [Bezos] likes artificial planets." LOL.

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    Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper never dated: They're actors. Breaking news.

    Trouble in the Twitter kingdom: Two former Twitter employees have been charged by the Justice Department for "exploiting their access to the company’s internal systems to help Saudi Arabia," writes the New York Times. This is the "first time federal prosecutors have publicly accused the kingdom of running agents in the United States," writes the Washington Post.

    Jeff Sessions is expected to run for the Alabama Senate: I'm sure the KKK is thrilled.

    Rep. Ayanna Pressley endorses Elizabeth Warren: which is expected, because they're both from the same state, Massachusetts. Other members of "the Squad," AOC and Ilhan Omar, have backed Bernie.

    T.I., the rapper of "Whatever You Like" and actor best known for starring in ATL, checks his daughter's hymen on the reg: Well, a gynecologist does, but that gynecologist reports back to T.I., which is... something else. He said in a podcast interview that aired yesterday that he makes sure his daughter's hymen is in tact... yikes. What about butt stuff? The passage:

    "Not only have we had the conversation — we have yearly trips to the gynecologist to check her hymen," T.I. said. "Yes, I go with her."

    He then mentioned that after her 16th birthday party, he "put a sticky note on the door: 'Gyno. Tomorrow. 9:30.'"

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    Is Turkey-Qatar alliance in danger?

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    Pro-government Turkish news outlets have begun attacking Qatar-owned Al Jazeera’s coverage of Turkey’s Syria offensive, pointing toward potential trouble in the supposedly cosy Turkey-Qatar alliance. 

    Turkey and Qatar have in recent years become close allies and strategic partners. When the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and their allies placed a blockade on Qatar in mid-2017, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan dispatched emergency food supplies and troops to Qatar and committed to expanding Turkey’s military presence there. 

    When the Turkish lira tumbled in August 2018, Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani promised $15 billion in Qatari investment for Turkey. 

    “Today, that seemingly unshakable alliance is now under threat – from within,” Turkish pro-government Daily Sabah said in an editorial on Monday, expanding on a similar complaint made in a lengthy analysis by state-run broadcaster TRT World at the weekend. 

    “Al Jazeera English, Qatar's flagship news channel, has been spreading anti-Turkey propaganda,” said Daily Sabah. “Under the pretext of independent and objective journalism, the network has succumbed to bias and fake news to mis-portray known terrorists and fugitives from law as oppressed activists. Jumping on the Western media's Turkey-bashing bandwagon, the network smeared last month's Turkish operation into northeastern Syria.”

    Turkey’s position is that the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and its affiliate the People’s Protection Units (YPG) are extensions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which has led an insurgency in Turkey for 35 years and is labelled a terrorist group by the United States and the European Union, as well as Turkey. 

    This, Ankara argues, made the Kurdish entity along the Syrian border an existential threat and necessitated Turkey’s incursion, despite the fact that the SDF played a crucial role in the U.S.-led effort to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS). 

    The TRT World analysis detailed anti-Turkey reporting in both Al Jazeera and Saudi-owned Al Arabiya, pinning the former’s as worse. 

    “Al Jazeera English goes a step further and even describes the PKK parent organisation as simply ‘Kurdish fighters’- completely whitewashing it of its bloody history,” said the report

    “By labelling the YPG as ‘Kurds’ or ‘Kurdish forces’, they are de-facto elevated to the role of representatives of the Kurdish people as a whole.”

    Since its Oct. 9 launch, Turkey’s offensive in northeast Syria has led to hundreds of deaths and displaced some 300,000 people. International media and Western news outlets have in recent weeks charged Ankara with ethnic cleansing, war crimes and worse.

    The SDF has used the word genocide to describe Turkey’s actions, as have a number of British newspapers and at least one U.S. senator. 

    Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives appeared to doubly punish Turkey for its offensive, voting for sanctions against Erdoğan and other officials for the Syria offensive and passing a resolution to officially acknowledge the Armenian genocide, which Turkey officially denies. 

    All of this appears to have put Turkey’s NATO allies in an uncomfortable position. The Times reported on Monday that the UN had decided against looking for traces of white phosphorous in a recent attack by Turkey-backed rebels, which it said suggests NATO members seem reluctant to investigate possible war crimes committed by Turkey and its partners in Syria. 

    Daily Sabah went on to say that Al Jazeera had charged Turkey with deporting Syrian refugees, “without a shred of evidence”. Last week, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said Turkey had been deporting Syrians and warned against any future returns to a conflict zone. 

    The editorial said that while Al Jazeera Arabic continued to provide the necessary nuance on Syria, Al Jazeera English sought to reshape regional geopolitics. 

    “A small group of people within Al Jazeera English are deliberately dismantling the network's own legacy and undermining the Turkey-Qatar partnership in an attempt to dictate the Gulf nation's foreign policy,” said Daily Sabah. 

    Dr. Ali Bakeer, an Ankara-based political analyst, pointed out that he wrote an article for Al Jazeera English last month defending Turkey’s Syria offensive, so the site appears not to have taken a fully anti-Turkey position on the issue. 

    Yet Bakeer did view Daily Sabah as a poor choice of medium for airing grievances between allies. “I think that whatever the problem regarding the coverage of Al Jazeera English, the Qataris would have certainly preferred that such an issue should have been conveyed through the appropriate channels,” he told Ahval. 

    David Roberts, lecturer at King’s College London and non-resident fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, sees Ankara being overly sensitive in this case, as about 90 percent of the time Al Jazeera staffers make their own editorial decisions.   

    “I tend not to get excited about ‘Al Jazeera slanders x or y,’ kind of stories,” said Roberts, author of Qatar: Securing the Global Ambitions of a City State. 

    “They are a bureaucracy and all bureaucracies are punchy and resilient in their own ways,” he explained. “I rarely believe that the Qatar government has forced Al Jazeera to do anything. I think it's more likely that Al Jazeera people decided by themselves, to curry favour with Qatari bosses, or they just thought their story was right.”

    Either way, Turkey’s pro-government media is not taking any chances, perhaps because Turkey expects to open a new military base in Qatar by the end of the year. 

    “The Turkey-Qatar partnership's future is at stake,” said Daily Sabah. “Before it is too late, Al Jazeera needs to weed out all individuals seeking to poison that alliance behind the smokescreen of independent journalism.”


              

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    America vs. China vs. Russia: Who Should You Buy Your Fighter Jets From?

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    The U.S. government has a message for those nations that would buy Russian and Chines weapons: buyer beware.

    “We have come a long way since the AK-47 became the ubiquitous symbol of Soviet-backed insurgencies from Southeast Asia to Africa,” R. Clarke Cooper, Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs, said during a speech at the Meridian International Center.  “Today, Russia is working hard to foist variants of its S-400 air defense system around the world, while China is supplying everything from armored personnel carriers to armed drones.  To quote another Latin phrase – caveat emptor! – Buyer, beware.  We have seen countries around the world leap at the chance to obtain high-tech, low cost defensive capabilities, only to see their significant investments crumble and rust in their hands.”

    Cooper cited examples where Chinese weapons haven’t lived up their sales pitches. “In Africa, Cameroon procured four Harbin Z-9 attack helicopters in 2015: one crashed shortly after being handed over.  Kenya invested in Norinco VN4 armored personnel carriers – vehicles that China’s own sales representative declined to sit inside during a test firing.”

    “And similarly, amongst our partners in the Middle East, we’ve seen instances in which countries that have procured Chinese CH-4 armed drones have found them to be inoperable within months, and are now turning around to get rid of them,” he added. “Caveat emptor!”

    Cooper’s sales pitch for U.S. weapons comes as U.S. weapons have taken a bit of a black eye. The recent drone and missile attack on Saudi Arabian oilfields, launched by Iran or its Houthi allies, led to criticisms that Saudi Arabia’s array of American-made Patriot air defense missiles had failed to detect and destroy the hostile munitions. Naturally, Russia hasn’t missed the opportunity to tout its S-400 air defense system as the better option.

    Significantly, Cooper mentioned the S-400 twice in his speech.

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    Yasir Seaidan snatches early lead in AlUla-Neom race

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    ALULA: Yasir Seaidan was the early leader of the AlUla–Neom Cross-Country Rally, the third round of the Saudi Toyota Desert Rally Championship, after setting the fastest time of 1hr 47min 08sec on the opening loop stage of 212km around AlUla on Wednesday.

    The MINI All4 Racing driver and French navigator François Cazalet won the stage by 5min 45sec from Abu Dhabi Racing Sheikh Khalid Al-Qassimi and French co-driver Xavier Panseri in a Peugeot 2008. “It was a fast stage with nice scenery but we lost a few minutes after 46km and tried hard to catch the time up again,” said Al-Qassimi, a former FIA Middle East rally champion. 

    Pre-race favorite Yazeed Al-Rajhi lost more time than anticipated trying to change a left rear puncture when one of the bolts wouldn’t free itself. The Toyota Hilux driver finished third with Russian navigator Konstantin Zhiltsov and returned to AlUla 6min 24sec off the lead.

    Two-time former FIA Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso quickly got into the groove across the Saudi deserts with navigator Marc Coma and was pleased to complete the day’s action in fourth place, 79 seconds behind his Toyota teammate. 

    Alonso said: “The first stage in Saudi Arabia was okay for me, over 200km, without any issues and this is a good start for us because we had a lot of problems in South Africa and Morocco. This is good for our preparations. Tomorrow I hope we have a day with a little bit more pace. The terrain today was amazing. It is nice to see it.”

    Former Ha’il Rally winner Essa Al-Dossary was the best of the rest in fifth place in his ED Racing Nissan Navara. 

    Czech Miroslav Zapletal rounded off the top six on the high-speed opening stage of the four-day event being organised by the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation (SAMF), under the chairmanship of Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al-Abdullah Al-Faisal and supervision of former FIA Middle East champion Abdullah Bakhashab. 

    Yousef Al-Suwaidi led the TL2 category for series production cross-country vehicles in 14th place in a Nissan and Saleh Al-Saif topped the T3 standings in 15th at the helm of his Can-Am. Saudi driver Saeed Al-Mouri retired from the day’s action suffering from back pain. 

    Mishal Alghuneim was the only motorcycle rider to complete the full stage on his KTM in a time of 3hr 07min 42sec. The Saudi built up a massive lead when time penalties were imposed on rivals Mohammed Al-Oraini and Abdullah Al-Helal. 

    Competition was far closer in the quad category, where recent Rally Qassim winner Abdulmajeed Al-Khulaifi edged into a 3min 07sec advantage over fellow Yamaha rider Riyadh Al-Orafan. Sufyan Al-Omar was third of the nine quad riders who started the stage. Abdulsalem Hamam crashed and sustained a leg injury and was supported by Nissan driver Ahmed Al-Shegawi at the scene of the incident. 

    Teams will tackle a second loop of 212km around AlUla on Thursday. 

    The event is running with the support of the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation, the General Sport Authority, Abdul Latif Jameel Motors (Toyota), the MBC Group, Al-Arabia outdoors and the Saudi Research and Marketing Group. 

     

     

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    Japanese team Urawa FC land in Saudi Arabia in preparation for AFC Champions League final

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    RIYADH: Japanese football club Urawa arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday evening at King Khalid Airport in Riyadh in preparation for their AFC Champions League final first leg match against Al-Hilal on Saturday.
    Urawa trained on Wednesday at the King Saud University Stadium, where they will be based until Friday.

    Urawa and Al-Hilal coaches will hold a press conference on Friday at the Marriott Hotel to talk about their preparations for the final.
    Urawa coach Satoshi Otsuki and one of his players will start at 4:15 pm Riyadh time. Al-Hilal coach Razvan Lucescu and one of the players of his team will start at 4:45 pm.
    The AFC will hold a technical and coordination meeting for the match on Friday afternoon in the presence of the match observer and the regulatory and security authorities to arrange all matters related to the match inside and outside the stadium.

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    Formula E event shows world what Saudi Arabia is capable of: GSA chairman Prince Abdulaziz

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    RIYADH: The hosting of Formula E has been a turning point for Saudi Arabia and has shown what the Kingdom is capable of, according to the chairman of the General Sports Authority.
    Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, speaking ahead of the new season of motor racing that features battery powered cars, said last year’s inaugural event in the Kingdom was a platform for other achievements in Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 reform program.
    “Last year was a turning point for Saudi Arabia on many levels, we saw women driving, movie theaters pop up and so much more,” he said.
    “This all paved the way to host events such as Formula E, through this event, we launched the first tourist visas and welcomed 80 different nationalities to the Kingdom.”
    Saudi Arabia was awarded the hosting rights for a stop on the Formula E championship last year.
    The all-electric racing series, which began in 2014, aims to provide a platform for new technologies for electric vehicles.
    Saudi Arabia hosted its first race in December last year and this year the event takes place on Nov. 22 and 23 at the Diriyah Circuit set inside a UNESCO World Heritage site in Riyadh.
    “The whole world saw what we are capable of as a nation, remembering as well we were building it all from scratch,” Prince Abdulaziz said.
    “The results showed that our capabilities exceeded not only the Middle East standards, but we also shined as one of the best Formula E rounds of the season.”
    The chairman said Saudi Arabia can be a regional leader in promoting electronic motorsport.
    “I think Saudi Arabia and Formula E benefit each other very well, the country provides a great platform for Formula E’s message of being eco (friendly) throughout the entire region,” he said.
    “The Middle East is new to the concept of electric motorsport and the race in Diriyah helped amplify that message.”
    The prince said the number of the tourists visiting the Kingdom for the event was good for the country, but was also pleased with interest in the sport from Saudis and its impact on the country.
    “We have seen a rise in the number of tourists visiting Saudi Arabia for such events and our ambition is for the world to see Saudi as a welcoming destination for sports business and entertainment,” he said.
    “The people in Saudi Arabia have embraced the sport rather quickly, and we have seen how the tickets sold out last year, the demand was much higher than the supply — this year we believe two rounds are adequate for the market.
    “The benefits of hosting such events a numerous, we have seen an increase in job creation both directly and indirectly and these types of events are good in catalyzing the economy.”
    The prince said Formula E is just a small part of the government’s sporting vision to inspire young Saudis. The Kingdom will host heavyweight boxing, tennis and golf events as well as the upcoming Saudi Cup horse race.
    “Hopefully soon, we can also see Saudi citizens competing and becoming champions in each and everyone one of these sports,” he said.

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    From fencing and football to the wrestling ring: the incredible rise of WWE’s first Saudi star

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    RIYADH: Mansoor Al-Shehail, World Wrestling Entertainment’s first Saudi star, celebrated another career milestone last week, in front of a hometown crowd.

    The rookie defeated veteran Swiss wrestler Cesaro in their first one-on-one encounter, during the WWE Crown Jewel 2019 event at Riyadh’s King Fahd International Stadium on Oct. 31.

    Mansoor introduced himself to the global WWE audience in memorable style in June when, during the televised Super ShowDown event at King Abdullah International Stadium in Jeddah, he outlasted 50 other wrestlers to win the largest Battle Royal in WWE history.

    The 24-year-old said that training to become a wrestler had been a completely different experience from the sports in which he had participated when he was younger.

    “My sports history was with football (soccer) in Saudi Arabia, and fencing in America,” said Mansoor.

    His interest in fencing grew out of a love of the Star Wars movies, in particular their sword-fighting-style lightsaber battles.

    “Fencing wasn’t what I expected — in a good way,” said Mansoor. “It required a lot more finesse and tremendous footwork and balance control. Football, meanwhile, was a lot more about conditioning, precision and also footwork, to a different degree.”

    The training that was required when he decided to switch to wrestling was completely different from both of his previous sports.

    “There are people who look at what we (wrestlers) do and say, ‘Hey, I think I could do that.’ But so many of us are specially trained and are good at what we do, we make it look easy — and that’s by design.”

    Mansoor was invited to train at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, after he was spotted by WWE scouts during tryouts in Jeddah ahead of the Greatest Royal Rumble event in 2018. He said that many of the athletes he met at the center who had come from other sports, including boxing and American football, told him that training for the wrestling ring was the hardest thing they had ever done.

    “It’s something that you need to have a passion for and love, otherwise the punishment and the pain that you experience just simply isn’t worth it,” he said. “If you don’t have that love for what we do, for the sport, in your heart then your body is not going to be able to withstand the punishment.

    “It’s different in the sense that it’s an emotionally grueling process — I can’t even describe it. Physically, it puts you at the absolute top of your game. The strength and conditioning they have with the coaching and the program is something that I had never encountered before coming (to the WWE Performance Center).

    “I was not on a really strict regimen — I was always sort of athletic, in a sense, so I could naturally do quite a bit and I was very grateful for that — but the limits that (the coach) can push you through and the maximum potential that he can push you to is amazing.”

    The performance center, which has 26,000 square feet of training facilities, is at the heart of the WWE’s talent-development program. It has seven full-size wrestling rings, a fully equipped strength and conditioning room, a sports-medicine facility, and a promo room with a private studio for perfecting on-camera techniques, including character development and performance skills. There is also a cutting-edge production and editing suite with a studio and voice-over booth.

    Mansoor said that thanks to the training he received there, wrestling moves are now second nature to him.

    “When I’m in the ring it’s not so much as case of thinking about what I’m going to do next, its that I’ve done this so much I just naturally know what to do in any situation, at any given time and in any scenario,” he explained.

    “I think that’s what I’m most grateful for: the ability to make wrestling second nature, to make what I do in the ring more of an instinct than a planned thought. I think that will help me a lot in the long run.”
     

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    Fully charged: Diriyah gets ready for return of the E-Prix electric speedsters

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    RIYADH:  Formula E racing, which came to Saudi Arabia for the first time last year, returns to the Diriyah circuit this month for two days of high-speed thrills.

    The 2019 Diriyah E-Prix weekend on Nov. 22 and 23 not only marks the start of season six of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s premier all-electric motorsport series, it also kicks off Diriyah Season, a month-long program of world-class sport and entertainment.

    The second-generation “Gen2” electric racing cars, which debuted in Saudi Arabia last year in the opening race of season five of Formula E, represented a considerable upgrade from the Gen1 cars that had been used since the launch of the event in 2014. They are faster, the power has been boosted from 200 to 250 kilowatts, and the energy storage is almost double that of their predecessors. As a result, they can reach speeds as high as 280km/h and accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds. A Gen3 car is already in development that is expected to increase the power to 450-500 kW.

    “Formula E has revolutionized motorsport in its few years of existence, but I’m more fascinated about how it will carry on changing and transforming the industry,” said Alejandro Agag, the chairman of Formula E.

    “Formula E debuted five years ago but it feels like it was yesterday. Now we have Gen2 and it won’t be long until we welcome Gen3: a bigger, stronger and definitely faster racing car.”

    Power of 500 kW is equivalent to 670 horsepower, which would allow the cars to exceed 300km/h.

    “The way I envision Gen3 in my mind is with lighter batteries, ultrafast charging and two pitstops,” said Agag. “That way you get more power with maybe 100 kilograms less of battery.

    “That automatically means significant improvement in performance, while showcasing ultrafast charging technology. For pitstops, they would allow cars to get as much power as they can in a 60-second window. That is the direction I would like to see Formula E go, down the line.”

    The Gen1 cars could only complete between 12 and 17 laps of a circuit before drivers had to stop and switch to a second, fully charged vehicle to complete the race. Gen2 cars can complete a full race. The Gen2 battery, an all-new unit provided by McLaren Advanced Technologies, significantly boosted the vehicle’s output, speed and endurance. Gen3 is scheduled to be introduced after the 2021/22 season.

    “Gen1 was all about introducing electric vehicles to motorsport and establishing them as viable racing cars that can compete, and we successfully achieved that,” said Formula E CEO Jamie Reigle.

    “Once we delivered that, Gen2 was all about the battery and demonstrating innovation in longevity, to address any consumer concerns over the adoption of electric vehicles.”

    The 2019 Diriyah E-Prix, the hosting of which reflects the aims of Saudi Vision 2030, marks the second year of a 10-year partnership between ABB FIA Formula E, the Kingdom’s General Sports Authority and the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation. It will be staged once again by promoter CBX.

    Season 6 of the FIA ABB Formula E Championship will feature 24 cars from 12 teams, with Mercedes and Porsche making their debuts. The event will be accompanied by live music, entertainment and culture at historic Diriyah, the birthplace of Saudi Arabia, which is a UNESCO heritage site on the outskirts of Riyadh.

    The E-Prix is just one of the sporting highlights during Diriyah Season. Others include: the “Clash On The Dunes” on Dec. 7, when Andy Ruiz Jr. will defend his world heavyweight boxing title in a rematch against Anthony Joshua, from whom he took the title in June this year; the Diriyah Tennis Cup (Dec. 12-14), featuring eight top international male players; and the elite Diriyah Equestrian Festival on Dec. 12-14 and 19-21. International music stars will perform concerts to accompany the sporting action.


     

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    Saudi Arabia’s AlUla-Neom Cross-Country Rally races to life

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    ALULA: The AlUla-Neom Cross-Country Rally, the third round of the new Saudi Toyota Desert Rally Championship, roared into life with a fanfare ceremonial start outside AlUla on Tuesday afternoon.

    A large crowd of visitors and local residents gathered at Al-Dawarat center to witness Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al-Abdullah Al-Faisal, president of Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation, and AlUla Gov. Rashid Abdullah Al-Qahtani flag off 60 cars and 16 motorcycles from 22 nations at the start of the third round of the championship.

    Before the podium start, racing icons including two-time former Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso, winner of the second-round of Rally Qassim 2019 Yazeed Al-Rajhi and top Emirati rally driver Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi attended the official pre-press conference.

    The rally began between AlUla and Neom yesterday with a first phase of 212 km, which will be followed by a second phase on Wednesday of 212 km. On Thursday, racers will pass through the village of Abu Qazzaz in a stretch of 231 km, before finally facing the 175 km fourth stage in the Neom area on Saturday.

    “This is a ground-breaking event for Saudi Arabia and we are extremely proud to see so many famous names from the world of cross-country rallying here with us,” said Al-Faisal.

    He welcomed Alonso for taking part in the rally: “We are very pleased to have such a legendary name in our local rally list and we hope that he will have a successful experience before joining the Dakar Rally, which will be hosted by the Kingdom.”

    Alonso will be seen behind the wheels of one of the eight Hiluxes to be fielded by Overdrive Racing and Toyota Gazoo Racing Team South Africa.

    Speaking during the pre-event press conference, Alonso said that the AlUla Neom rally will be “excellent training” for him on similar terrain to the Dakar stages next January.

    He said: “I am very happy to be here in Saudi Arabia for the first time and would like to express my gratitude for the great welcome and hospitality I have received since I landed here.”

    He added “This is my second desert rally after Morocco. I am sure my team will enjoy the stay in this beautiful country and hope to see you again at the Dakar Rally.”

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    Backstage News On WWE Stars Being Delayed In Saudi Arabia

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    Yesterday afternoon the remaining WWE Superstars and crew that were delayed in Saudi Arabia landed successfully at JFK Airport in New York City. WWE confirmed flight issues coming out of Saudi Arabia, which led to a number of blue brand Superstars missing Friday’s SmackDown. NXT stars were flown in from Florida, making it to Buffalo at 7:55 pm ET and required a police […]
              

    Multiple WWE Stars Venting On Social Media Over WWE’s Statement About Saudi Arabia Delays

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    WWE posted a statement on their website in regards to a portion of the WWE roster being delayed in Saudi Arabia after Crown Jewel, causing this past Friday Night SmackDown to be rewritten, and NXT stars flown in for the show. Due to the initial delay, WWE attempted to charter out a smaller group of talent, in an attempt to get them to SmackDown […]
              

    Best Astrologer In Saudi Arabia | Famous Astrologer In Saudi

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    Our astrologer is Black Magic Removal Specialist Best Astrologer in Saudi Arabia,he is No.1 Psychic Reading Specialist Famous Astrologer in Saudi Arabia If your mind gets disturbed because of problem...
              

    Former Twitter employees charged in US with spying on accounts for Saudi Arabia

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    Two former Twitter employees and a third man were charged in San Francisco Federal Court Wednesday with spying on Twitter users critical of the Saudi royal family, the US Justice Department announced.
              

    Mỹ buộc tội hai cựu nhân viên Twitter làm việc cho 'Thành viên Hoàng gia số 1' Saudi Arabia 

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    TGVN. Ngày 6/11, Bộ Tư pháp Mỹ tuyên bố, hai cựu nhân viên của Twitter và một đối tượng thứ 3 khác đã bị Tòa án Liên bang Mỹ tại San Francisco buộc tội vì do thám những người dùng mạng này để chỉ trích Hoàng gia Saudi Arabia.  
              

    Netflix CEO Defends Dropping ‘Patriot Act’ Khashoggi Murder Episode For Saudi Arabia

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    The cities of the future, here today

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    About 12,000 years ago, the Neolithic Revolution marked the transition in human history from nomadic hunting and gathering to settling in permanent communities. In all probability, from that time forward mankind has fantasized about a city of the future.

    Plato’s Atlantis was the source of inspiration for numerous literary and Utopian concepts, some of which have survived to this day.

    Many a child of the Silent Generation can vividly recall watching the 1939 movie “Wizard of Oz” — following Dorothy and the gang along the yellow brick road to the gleaming Emerald City. And how many kids in the 1960s were left wishing they too lived in Orbit City where, like the Jetsons, they could fly to school and have a robot maid.

    More recently, we can thank Walt Disney Studios for creating Tomorrowland, a 2015 movie filled with sleek buildings and teeming with robots, jet packs and space ships. The plot merited a barrage of rotten tomatoes but the filmmaker’s vision of what a city of the future might look like certainly fired the imagination.

    Fictional renditions of the post-modern metropolis aside, we’ve discovered a number of real-life brick-and-mortar — or rather, glass, steel, ashcrete and carbon fiber — developments that suggest that cities of the future may be nearer at hand than we think.

    Songdo, South Korea, is generally recognized as the world’s first smart city. Built on 1,500 acres of reclaimed land near Incheon, it is a low-carbon, eco-friendly, master-planned metropolis that is loaded with technological innovations.

    The city’s buildings and streets bristle with sensors that monitor everything from energy use to traffic flow. The district boasts more than 20 million square feet of LEED-certified space, the highest concentration of LEED-certified projects in the world.

    Pneumatic tubes send trash from residential units to an underground waste facility where it’s sorted and then recycled or burned for energy generation. Lighting, temperature controls and appliances can be adjusted via a central control panel or remotely from a cellphone. There’s a state-of-the-art water recycling facility and generous swaths of greenery sprinkled throughout — the largest one being the 100-acre seaside park modeled and named after New York City’s Central Park.

    Trikala, Greece, may seem an unlikely candidate for a leading smart city, owing to its remote location in the country’s agricultural heartland. Inspired by an innovative, tech-savvy mayor who collaborated with the European Commission and some of the continent’s major tech companies, Trikala has taken a big step into the future.

    The most substantial impact on residents’ lives was the digitalization of municipal operations, including an e-complaint system to help speed up services, traffic light monitoring and control, a driverless bus system, and the implementation of robotics labs in the city’s public schools.

    A few American communities have made some promising futuristic advances as well.

    Thanks to a huge 75 MW solar facility built by Florida Power & Light, the small Florida town of Babcock Ranch, just northeast of Fort Myers, has become the country’s first completely solar-powered community — and the first to introduce a self-driving public shuttle network. The town, with a potential for 50,000 fiber-optically connected residents, was designed and constructed from scratch by developers Kitson & Partners, in coordination with state and local governments.

    Emerging from a gritty railyard on Manhattan’s West Side, Hudson Yards is a bold $25 billion development that touts itself as “Tomorrow’s City Today,” and is on its way to becoming the largest real estate development in United States history. This grove of crystalline skyscrapers comprises a mixed-use business, retail and residential complex, encompassing 18 million square feet of built space and about 15 acres of open public space.

    Hudson Yards is seen as a cutting-edge model for the future of so-called smart cities, i.e., those with fully integrated infrastructures where internet and communications systems, water services, and electrical and power grids are all connected and unified. Although one critic described it as a “surface spectacle,” big name business (BlackRock, Warner Media, L’Oreal) and retail (Neiman Marcus, Dior, Gucci) have enthusiastically embraced the development.

    Apartments and condos are reportedly filling at a rapid clip. A second phase of the project is slated to open in 2025.

    Another exciting smart city concept being advanced internationally is Saudi Arabia’s planned Red Sea city of the future, named Neom. A master-planned smart city and tourist destination on the Red Sea coast near the borders of Egypt and Jordan, it is a pet project of controversial Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has pledged $500 billion to get the project moving.

    Some of that funding is to come from the bounty the kingdom expects from its planned IPO of state-owned Saudi Aramco. That IPO, however, has been delayed until late 2020, so development of Neom could be slowed. Toxicity surrounding the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, widely believed to be at the hands of the prince, has turned off some international investors in the project, but analysts suggest the smell of money will eventually find them back on board.

    The Neom initiative emerged from Salman’s Saudi Vision 2030, a plan that aims to reduce Saudi dependency on oil by diversifying its economy and developing its long-neglected tourism industry.

    Plans call for robots to perform functions such as security, logistics, home delivery and caregiving — and for the city to be powered solely with wind and solar power. The first phase of Neom Bay Airport was completed in June 2019, and the facility is now capable of handling international air traffic.

    Perhaps the most interesting and feasible future city concept comes from no less than (trumpets, please) Google. The search engine giant’s parent company, Alphabet, has tendered a proposal to build a smart city named Quayside on 350 currently unused acres of Toronto’s eastern waterfront.

    “Googleville,” as pundits have tagged it, would feature a long list of high-tech amenities such as solar power, geothermal heat, fiber-optics, and wireless 5G internet for everyone. A subterranean network of tunnels would be used for robotic waste collection and walkways and bike lanes would be heated in the winter.

    The design relies on a vast range of data collection, including sensors literally everywhere to track things like the speed of people crossing the streets and park bench and restroom usage.

    This has raised suspicion among those who distrust large tech companies that Google will use its vast financial resources and surveillance powers to usurp privacy and exert control over the populace. The project is estimated to cost about $3 billion, with Alphabet putting up $900 million. The plan still needs approval from Canadian regulators and the city of Toronto.

    Looking a bit farther into the future, we will likely see such seemingly radical concepts as floating cities and self-contained biospheres become realities. If it can be imagined, there’s no doubt it will be built one day.


              

    Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia by digging into the accounts of kingdom critics

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    The Justice Department has charged two former Twitter employees with spying for Saudi Arabia in a case that raises concerns about the ability of Silicon Valley to protect the private information of dissidents and other users from repressive governments.

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    Former Twitter employees charged with spying on critics of Saudi Arabia

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    The Department of Justice charged two former Twitter employees for spying on users at the behest the Saudi Arabian government, according to charges unsealed Wednesday. Three individuals are charged in all, part of an alleged scheme that was carried out by the Saudi Arabian government that started in 2014. The employees accessed the personal information of Saudi dissidents, including email addresses, phone numbers, and IP addresses that could reveal user location. According to the criminal complaint, Ahmad Abouammo, who formerly was head of the company’s media partnerships in the Middle East and North Africa, met with a Saudi official in London in 2014. One week later, he began accessing the private information of a Twitter user who has been a prominent critic of the Saudi government. Another former Twitter employee, Ali Alzabarah, is also alleged to have accessed sensitive information about Twitter users. According to the complaint, Alzabarah was charged with […]

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    US: Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on critics

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    DEMOCRACY UNDER SIEGE: The urgency of preserving and protecting voting rights in St. Augustine, Florida

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    Who should pick St. Augustine's Mayor? 
    You? 
    Or them?


    Some St. Augustine Commissioners, developers, want to divest you of your vested voting rights to vote for Mayor.

    St. Augustine burghers demand to rig the rules against citizens. First they wanted to allow nonresident business owners to vote (illegal). Now they want an end to electing Mayors. The Establishment demands to prevent St. Augustine from ever again electing a reformer quite like Nancy Shaver, ending the threat to the livelihood of those who look to government as a cash register, or "an annex to their own affairs," as FDR put it.  

    In response, I've asked USDOJ Civil Rights Division to investigate St. Augustine City Commission's October 28 move toward eliminating cherished rights to vote for Mayor, 

    Beware "a small group of selfish [people] who would clip the wings of the American eagle in order to feather their own nests." So said Franklin Roosevelt in his "Four Freedoms" speech in 1941. 


    In a democracy, one needs damn good reason to wall off voting, or any of our system's "checks and balances." 

    "Good fences make good neighbors," as Robert Frost put it:  
    "Before I built a wall I'd ask to know
    What I was walling in or walling out."


    There is NO principled reason for walling out vested rights to vote for St. Augustine Mayor,

    As Mayor, Nancy Shaver served as the accessible conscience of our community, presiding at meetings, representing the City, and serving as a "bulwark against oppression," as Justice Wiliam Rehnquist said about jury trials. 

    Since the 1980s, St. Augustine voters voted, twice, to elect our Mayors.  There's no need to insult or second-guess voters with a third ballot.  

    St. Augustine residents first elected their Mayor in 1812 under the landmark Spanish Constitution.  Voting rights for Mayor were later deleted  and Commissioners rotated as Mayor by vote of Commissioners in the bad 'ole days, when Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called St. Augustine :the most lawless city in America in 1964.   Long trains of abuses by successive City Managers include dumping a landfill in a lake, polluting our saltwater marsh, seeking to develop buildings on top of old garbage dumps, racist annexations diluting minority voting strength; First Amendment violations harassing artists, musicians and journalists -- all dutifully reported for decades in Folio.

    Lessons learned: After four (white, male) Commissioners deposed Ramelle Petroglu, the City's first woman mayor, in 1985, residents voted -- twice -- to amend their Charter to protect their right to vote for Mayor.  During 2014-2018, residents thrice elected a reform Mayor Nancy Shaver, who served with honor for 1550 days. She asked questions, demanded answers and expected democracy in St. Augustine.  The New York Times reported in 2017 how she was the object of a "money bomb"  from Sheriff David Shoar. 

    She had a stroke, resigned and was replaced by former Mayor Tracy Upchurch, ad interim. 

    "We get to overthrow our government every two years," as the character "Josh Liman" said on The West Wing.  Who could be against that?   Opponents of reform want "their" town back.  They'd like to residents' constitutional right to vote for Mayor, without ever doing any constitutional law research.  They have two hollow arguments, data-free, solving non-existent problems:

    • "Confusion": some of you are "confused" that we have a "strong Mayor," when we have a "strong City Manager" form of government.
    • Only "team players" will be Mayor, thereby ending "turbulence" (read: "Democracy.")

    "Team player" is NO qualification to be Mayor.  A "team player" in government and business parlance means one who willingly keeps wrongdoing secret.  When Pentagon cost analyst A. Ernest Fitzgerald in retaliation for his truthful Congressional testimony -- candid answers about C-5A cargo aircraft cost overruns -- President Richard Milhous Nixon gave tape-recorded orders to fire him, stating he was not a "team player."  Case law is replete with examples of "team players" in coverups of crimes.  We want honest representation, not an oath of omertà.  https://cleanupcityofstaugustine.blogspot.com/2019/10/city-of-st-augustine-establishment.html

    I agree with Mayor Upchurch: the elected mayor's position is a check and balance on the City Manager. Commissioner Nancy Sikes-Kline agrees  . 

    • Any "confusion" is de micromis.  Checks and balances on the power of the City Manager are provided by an elected Mayor, our chosen leader. 
    •  There is a long list of cities with strong city manager form of governments AND elected mayors.  

    Who wants to "rotate" Commissioners into the Mayor's job, like the old "Queen for a Day" tv show (as in deeply-dysfunctional St. Augustine Beach)?  

    • An eleven-year Commissioner who never ran for Mayor, but wants it on her resume.  Vice Mayor Leanna Sophia Amaru Freeman, local divorce lawyer, had ethics charges dismissed last month in Tallahassee, with NO testimony at a one minute and 16 second Florida Ethics Commission hearing that cleared her of ethics charges of conflict of interest for not recusing herself from voting on a dubious land purchase.   (Freeman bragged on Facebook she would increase neighboring Davis Shores property values, including her own.  Citing dozens of academic articles, de hors the record, the Florida Ethics Commission developed no actual appraisal or testimony, relying on "warm fuzzies" from City officials.  Freeman and the "Gang of Four often blocked Nancy Shaver, even on a bathroom break and a 450th commemoration forensic compliance audit.  Freeman's a close ally of former Mayors LEN WEEKS and JOE. BOLES, who have a long-term no-bid lease on 81 St. George Street City property at 1/5 market rent (Folio, August 2014, http://folioweekly.com/THE-BLOGGER-THE-LEASE-AND-THE-ST-AUGUSTINE-MAYORS-RACE,10719)
    • Steve Cottrell, St. Augustine Record columnist, reclusive former unelected mayor of Nevada City, California (pop. 3068), who's demanded since 2015 we stop electing Mayors here. 
    • Developers and campaign contributors, who support Commissioner JOHN OTHA VALDES, a third generation Florida contractor/ developer who describes himself as a "fixer -- I fix things," https://cleanupcityofstaugustine.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-fixer-john-otha-valdes-makes.html, who moved to St. Augustine from Saudi Arabia after selling his company to Saudi and British partners, who --
    • claimed 100% homestead property tax exemption while renting his garage apartment on AirBnB as "oceanfront" property in Lincolnville. 
    • was fined only $224 by Code Enforcement Board after an illegal demolition after being denied a permit, saying "I can make it fall down.: 
    • testified in support of controversial zoning favors as a candidate.
    Commissioners ignored repeated requests to create the City's first-ever Charter Review Commission (recommended by City consultant, Gulf Coast State University Prof. Robert E. Lee, Ph.D., a former city manager who in 2015 recommended one, after Commissioners imported him to lecture them about becoming "team players"). 

    No response to my suggestions to allow votes on charter amendments creating an Ombudsman, Inspector General, ethics commission, lobbying disclosures or other improvements that will preserve, protect and enhance liberty.  Why wonder why?

    What's next?

    Commissioners must hold two (2) public hearings before  putting this turkey on a March 2020 primary ballot. If passed, there would be no more elected Mayors, only rotating figureheads.  

    Speak out Tuesday, November 12, 2019 and Monday, December 9, 2019 at 5 pm.  The swing vote is Commissioner Roxanne Horvath, an architect, who initially seconded Mayor Upchurch motion to "table" the idea and to "send it into outer space forever."  (She wants more discussion.)






              

    Comment on Ohio: Muslim pleads guilty to plot jihad terror plot to kill President Trump and his immediate family and bomb July 4th parade by Gizmo

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    11/7/2019: World: Govt, separatists sign deal

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    Yemen’s Saudi-backed government and southern separatists have signed an agreement to end a power struggle in the south of Yemen that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammad bin Salman hailed as a step towards a wider political solution to end the...
              

    Iran says three tankers attacked in Red Sea in six-month period

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    SAUDI ARABIA: New Format for Work and Commercial Visit Visas

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    Yemen agreement to end southern power struggle 'important step' towards peace: UN Special Envoy

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    The top UN official in Yemen has welcomed an agreement to end infighting between the Government and separatist allies in the south of the country, known as the Southern Transitional Council, signed on Tuesday in Saudi Arabia.
              

    A New Middle East Is Coming

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    Middle East: A Complex Re-alignment Dispatches From The Edge Oct. 28, 2019     The fallout from the September attack on Saudi Arabia’s Aramco oil facilities is continuing to reverberate throughout the Middle East, sidelining old enmities—sometimes for new ones—and … Continue reading
              

    Three charged in US with spying on Twitter users for Saudi Arabia

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    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 7 — Two former Twitter employees and a third man were charged in San Francisco Federal Court yesterday with spying on Twitter users critical of the Saudi royal family, the US Justice Department announced. The two Saudi citizens...
              

    Saudi Arabia ‘recruited Twitter workers to spy on critics’

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    A complaint unsealed in a US District Court detailed a co-ordinated effort by Saudi government officials to recruit Twitter employees.
              

    Why Qatar Is Better Off Without OPEC

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    One of the many disasters for Saudi Arabia that has come after the accession of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) as its effective leader was the ostracism of neighboring Qatar, to such a degree that the tiny but influential emirate left OPEC in December last year after 57 years as a core member. Not only did this compound MbS’s growing reputation as being politically and economically reckless but it also pushed the gas-rich Qatar out of the increasingly small U.S.-coalition in the Middle East straight into the welcoming arms of Iran…
              

    Correction: Yemen story

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    CAIRO (AP) — In a story Nov. 5 about the signing of a power-sharing deal in Yemen, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has been in exile since 2014. He fled Yemen in 2015.

    A corrected version of the story is below:

    Yemen's government, separatists sign deal to stop infighting

    Yemen's internationally recognized government signed a power-sharing deal with southern separatists backed by the UAE that aims to end months of infighting

    By SAMY MAGDY

    Associated Press

    CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's internationally recognized government signed a power-sharing deal on Tuesday with southern separatists backed by the United Arab Emirates. The deal aims to end months of infighting in the country's south.

    The two groups are in an alliance against Yemen's Houthi rebels. But their deadly clashes have exposed a potential rift in the anti-Houthi bloc and threatened to further destabilize the Arab world's poorest country.

    Saudi Arabia's state TV broadcast the signing ceremony in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. That's where Yemen's president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, has been in exile since 2015, when the Houthis took control of the capital Sanaa and much of northern Yemen.

    In August, the UAE-backed southern separatists took control of Aden, the temporary capital, from forces loyal to Hadi, which are backed by Saudi Arabia.

    Tuesday's power-sharing deal allows for President Hadi to return to Aden and envisages a new Cabinet.

    A copy of the deal obtained by The Associated Press also shows the separatists agreed to disband their militias, which would be integrated into Hadi's forces within three months.

    In return, the southern separatists are to take part in United Nations-brokered talks between Hadi's government and the Houthi rebels.

    Those talks aim...


              

    Stuck on US terror list, Sudan turns to wealthy Gulf for aid

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    CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's new prime minister has repeatedly urged the West to end his country's international pariah status. He says it's the only way to save the nation's fragile democratic transition from a plunging economy.

    In September, Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok said he was expecting a "big breakthrough" that would lead to removing Sudan from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism and unlocking desperately needed foreign aid.

    But so far, nothing has changed — except that Hamdok is now turning to two wealthy Gulf Arab monarchies, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, to secure the funds to keep his government afloat. Both countries are known for bankrolling military rulers in Egypt, Libya and, previously, Sudan.

    The U.S. named Sudan a state sponsor of terrorism in 1993, and the designation stuck throughout President Omar al-Bashir's rule. The U.S. began a formal process to de-list Sudan in January 2017, but this was put on hold when Sudan's mass protests erupted last year. The uprising toppled al-Bashir and eventually forced the military into a power-sharing agreement with civilians.

    Sudanese officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to talk to reporters, are warning the slow response and "empty promises" from Western governments could weaken Sudan's new civilian leaders, only three months after they were appointed.

    "The West has not taken any concrete steps to help the Sudanese," said one official, a government minister. "What we see now are words but no actions. They are demanding things that might take years to address."

    The officials said American and European officials have set conditions that include reaching a peace agreement with the country's rebel groups, as well as addressing the role of Sudan's security forces in the transition.

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    Former Twitter Employees Charged With Spying For Saudi Arabia

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    The Justice Department has charged two former Twitter employees for allegedly spying on behalf of the Saudi government. A third man is also being charged but didn't work at Twitter. Instead, he allegedly served as an intermediary for the Saudi government and the Twitter staffers. Engadget reports: The Justice Department has charged Ali Alzabarah (the one whose activities first surfaced) and Ahmad Abouammo with using their combined access to monitor Twitter accounts on behalf of the Saudi government. Abouammmo, an American citizen, reportedly snooped on three accounts that included one revealing inner details of Saudi leadership. Alzabarah, a Saudi citizen, is alleged to have obtained personal info for more than 6,000 accounts, including that of high-profile dissident (and Jamal Khashoggi ally) Omar Abdulaziz. A third man charged at the same time, Ahmed Almutairi, is also facing spying charges but didn't work at Twitter. Instead, he allegedly served as a go-between for the Saudi government and the Twitter staffers. According to both clues in the indictment and a Washington Post source, the trio supposedly partnered with Bader Al Asaker, a Saudi official who runs a charity belonging to Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. The Justice Department claimed that Asaker started grooming the Twitter employees in 2014 in a bid to obtain info. Asaker paid Abouammo a minimum of $300,000 (plus a $20,000 Hublot watch) for his espionage work, while Alzabarah reportedly became the director of bin Salman's private office. Twitter says that sensitive info was limited to a group of "trained and vetted employees," and that there were "tools in place" to protect both users' privacy and their ability to do "vital work." The Washington Post reports that this marks "the first time federal prosecutors have publicly accused the kingdom of running agents in the United States."

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    The List & Ya Boy Wrestling Podcast #146 11/6/19: WWE-Saudi Arabia, Rollins, Mercury

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    SRS and Jimmy Van are back for a huge wrestling news week!

    - Seth Rollins speaks to Fightful

    - Saudi Arabia situation

    - NXT invasion

    - Joey Mercury

    - Hear from Arn Anderson


              

    WWE Raw vs. NXT 11/4/19 Full Show Review & Results | Fightful Wrestling Podcast

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    Sean Ross Sapp (@SeanRossSapp) and Denise Salcedo (@_denisesalcedo) of Fightful.com and FightfulWrestling.com review this week's Raw, bring backstage news and more!

    - Saudi Arabia travel woes

    - Rollins vs. Adam Cole

    - Becky Lynch and Shayna Baszler

    - A dead crowd

    - AEW Full Gear picks

    - NXT invasion


              

    Aramco, MBS, and the Deferred IPO

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    "This is the lifeblood of Saudi Arabia," said Ellen Wald, who runs her own energy and political consulting firm and is author of the 2018 book "Saudi, Inc.: The Arabian Kingdom's Pursuit of Profit and Power." Senior leaders "see themselves as stewards of this incredible national resource," she said.


              

    Metals & Mining focused Investment Executive, Global PE Fund, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | PER, Private Equity Recruitment

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    Morning News Brief

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    The first witnesses in the public impeachment hearings are announced. Two ex-Twitter employees are charged with spying for Saudi Arabia. Kentucky's governor requests his election race be examined.
              

    DOJ Charges 2 Former Twitter Employees With Spying For Saudi Arabia

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    NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Washington Post reporter Greg Bensinger about two ex-Twitter employees, charged with spying for Saudi Arabia after digging into the accounts of kingdom critics.
              

    Green jobs now employ 10x more people than fossil fuel

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    • The United States green economy now employs 10 times more people than the fossil fuel industry, providing nearly 9.5 million jobs.
    • In the face of a global climate catastrophe, the green economy is destined to keep rising at an exponential rate over the next decade.
    • Rather than seize this golden economic opportunity, the Trump administration has promised to protect coal and mining jobs while eviscerating funds from green energy.


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    According to a pair of economic researchers in the United Kingdom, the United States green economy now employs 10 times more people than the fossil fuel industry.

    And that isn't to say that the fossil fuel industry hasn't been growing. In fact, from 2015 to 2016, the fossil fuels industry, which includes coal, oil, and natural gas, employed approximately 900,000 people in the U.S. according to government figures. But the two British researchers — they are based at University College London — found that over the same period this was eclipsed by the green economy, which actually provided nearly 9.5 million jobs.

    That's 4 percent of the population of working age individuals.

    The Rise of the ‘Green Economy’


    Because the green economy is so dispersed, figures detailing green job statistics have probably underestimated how many jobs that sector was creating.

    In this study, the researchers calculations accounted for 26 sub-sectors. These included marine pollution regulators, carbon capture, biodiversity, wind and solar power, and air pollution. The analysis showed that the green economy is worth a total of $1.3 trillion, contributing to a substantial chunk — 7 percent — of the U.S. GDP.

    As nation's find themselves under increasing pressure to rapidly shift away from fossil fuels to renewable energy in order to avoid 1.5°C global warming and meet the emissions standards set forth in the Paris Agreement, it's looking like the green economy is destined to keep rising at an exponential rate over the next decade. As the world heats up, so does the market demand for green energy and technology.

    Already, renewable energy accounts for 15 percent of our total electricity generation according to the United States Energy Information Administration. Investments in renewable energy are proliferating, and even places once known as petroleum meccas are being yanked into the tides of change. For instance, Texas now attributes a portion of its energy production to renewable resources. Some researchers are even predicting that the world will be ready to go 100 percent renewable by the year 2050.

    Some say that we have the technology to do it right now. For example, a new study published in September made an extraordinary finding: Maximizing onshore wind energy potential in Europe could power the entire continent via wind farms up to 100 times over. That's enough to power the whole world until 2050.

    All around the world transitions to green energy are being made. Kenya, on a mission to go totally emission-free by 2020, recently began one of Africa's largest wind power farms. Over in the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates just launched one of the world's largest solar farms while Saudi Arabia is said to be working on a solar farm.

    Meanwhile, the fossil fuel empire has faltered. Once the safest bet on the market, the industry is now an increasingly floundering enterprise. According to the Guardian in 2018, researchers at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis claimed that the industry was the weakest it's been in decades.

    Losing Economic Opportunity


    Of course, if you're someone who believes the bulk of scientific evidence telling us that fossil fuels contribute to rising CO2 emissions that threaten human life on earth, investing in the green economy goes beyond numbers and dollar signs. It means investing in public health, national security and the existence of the next generation. But according to the researchers at University College London who conducted this latest study, the investment in the green economy is a good economic choice as well.

    "If you want to be a hard-nosed neoliberal economist you would say, 'Let's support the green economy as much as possible," Mark Maslin, one of the researchers, told New Scientist. He also noted that the Trump Administration's plan to promote fossil fuels was "stupid when it comes to economics."

    Rather than seize this golden economic opportunity, the Trump administration has promised to protect coal and mining jobs while eviscerating funds from green energy. Considering the math, this is an economically misguided move.

    According to the researchers, this research demonstrates how other countries could tap into a huge source of potential to develop their own green economies. Their findings suggest that the U.S. is at risk of losing its competitive edge in the global economy if it doesn't work to better develop energy, environmental and educational policies to support its green economy.

    In other words, despite what the president has harped at, the "America First Energy Policy" is looking to be a bad deal for the United States.
              

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    Offer - Outlook of Elevator and Escalator Market in Saudi Arabia - INDIA

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    Markets Forecast By Types(Elevator(Passenger, Cargo & Home), Escalator(Moving Stairs & Moving Walkways)), By Applications(Commercial, Industrial, Residential), By Services(Maintenance & Modernization) And Competitive Landscape.Saudi Arabia Elevator and Escalator Market registered high installation during 2015-16 due to completion of ongoing construction projects in the country. However, in 2017 and 2018, the market saw a decline due to halt in government projects in the country, lack of funding owing to the growing fiscal deficit and decline in oil prices, that in turn, resulted in decrease in government revenues. Browse our full report with Table of Contents: http://www.marketreportsonsaudiarabia.com/marketreports/saudi-arabia-elevator-and-escalator-market-2019-2025-/642725Healthy growth is anticipated during the forecast period on account of projected growth in the construction market especially of high rise building along with upcoming new hotels & shopping malls and increasing inflow of FDI in the construction and retail sectors.Request a free sample copy of Elevator and Escalator Market Report @http://www.marketreportsonsaudiarabia.com/marketreports/sample/reports/642725
              

    Certified Executive Personal Assistant - LEORON Professional Development Institute , Saudi Arabia, UAE, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Jeddah,Dubai,Riyadh

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    This course is designed to enable executive assistants and other office professionals to realize their value and pivotal role in the organisation. By unpacking present demands and requirements from executive leaders of today and top executive assistants, delegates will add relevance to their profession and the emerging roles that are required of the executive secretary in today’s global environment. The role of the Executive Personal Assistant/Secretary, is growing exponentially. From humble beginnings, the Executive Personal Assistant/Secretary is normally university qualified and required to perform demanding roles on behalf of their boss such as preparing executive reports, making presentations, attending and even making contributions during executive board meetings. Executive Personal Assistants/Secretaries now have a highly visible and demanding role in the blue chip corporations and government organisations. This demanding role makes it imperative that the Executive Personal Assistant/Secretary has sufficient knowledge and understanding of the key fundamentals of Strategic Thinking, Project Management, Corporate Finance and Reporting, Leadership, HR, Procurement and Informational Technology. Being a well trained Executive Personal Assistant/Secretary is therefore a source of security, prosperity and power! Upon completion of this five day training course you will receive your certification from the International Academy of Business and Financial Management (IABFM), which is recognized in over 145 countries.

    Cost: 4390 USD

    Duration: 5 Days


              

    Strategic Workforce Planning Certification Program - LEORON Professional Development Institute , Saudi Arabia, UAE, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Jeddah,Dubai,Riyadh

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    Move your career, and your business, forward with the most sought after skill in talent management today. HCI’s Strategic Workforce Planning Certification. Program provides you with the skills required to integrate quantitative measures such as headcount planning and workforce analytics into a qualitative decision framework that can inform and transform organizational strategy. An Agile Framework Is strategic workforce planning a strength in your organization? If not, you’re not alone. Only 13% of organizations report they are good at predicting future skills. In fact, two thirds of US employers have no planning for their talent needs. In an economy driven by innovation, disruption and constant change, strategic workforce planning is a crucial competency for HR professionals seeking to align workforce strategy with overarching business goals. Move the Needle By arming yourself with the most sought-after talent management competency, you’ll be able to demonstrate the value of HR as a strategic partner to the business. This course will arm you with a keen understanding of workforce planning methodology, bolstered by in-depth case studies from organizations like GE, Google and Procter & Gamble. You’ll gain the consultative and change management skills necessary for developing an action plan to make effective strategic workforce planning a reality in your organization. Course participants will receive the official SWP Toolkit, which contains dozens of practical job aids that reinforce principles learned in order to save time and simplify execution. The kit includes tools for environmental scanning, assessing current state, risk mitigation, talent segmentation, cascading competencies and more.

    Cost: 2390 USD

    Duration: 2 Days


              

    Certificate in Organizational Leadership - LEORON Professional Development Institute , Saudi Arabia, UAE, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Jeddah,Dubai,Riyadh

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    Many have observed that there is a leadership crisis in organizations of all types, worldwide. Marketplace and technology challenges abound in an a VUCA environment: volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. In such an environment, organizational leadership is more than just “management,” and more than just “; Yet while organizational leadership may never be easy, it can be made simple. One way to look at leadership is as an agile function that sustains and enhances organizational outcomes. A common understanding of organizational features and leadership competencies is necessary to maximize the potential for organizational success.

    Cost: 4390 USD

    Duration: 5 Days


              

    Train the Trainer - LEORON Professional Development Institute , Saudi Arabia, UAE, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Jeddah,Dubai,Riyadh

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    Training is critical to the success of organisations and individuals. Training and being a trainer is complex and challenging and involves a wide range of skills and knowledge and consideration of a wide range of other factors. The course is accredited and endorsed by the LSBF (London School of Business and Finance) and assessed by: » A final practice training session » A 20-question multiple choice, knowledge-based examination This intensive, practical, interactive and engaging course will: » Advance the communication skills so that trainers can dynamically develop their trainees. » Probe the multicolored training atmospheres that the trainers will probably function in and correspond to different training characteristics. » Equip trainers with appropriate skills and instructional techniques to authentically expatiate difficult occurrences. » Develop trainers to be able to manage and run workshops and conferences. » Develop trainers to have skills to administer and manage training. » Develop trainers to search and identify trends, ideas and themes in relation to different topics. » Develop trainers to know how to search and introduce games for different topics. » Develop trainers to know how to create simulations, case studies, role-plays, games, video shows and more.

    Cost: 4390 USD

    Duration: 5 Days


              

    Professional in HR - International - LEORON Professional Development Institute , Saudi Arabia, UAE, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Jeddah,Dubai,Riyadh

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    Why HRCI Certification? The HR Certification Institute offers a comprehensive portfolio of advanced professional credentials for HR professionals worldwide. Through the combination of formal education and experience, adherence to high ethical Standards, demonstrated knowledge and achievement through exam and a renewed commitment to continuing professional development, certified HR professionals enhance their credibility and the organizations they serve. 120,000+HR professionals worldwide proudly maintain the HR Certification Institute’s credentials as a mark of high professional distinction.

    Cost: 4390 USD

    Duration: 5 Days


              

    Certified Ethical Hacker - CEH V10 - Hippo Cyber Institute , Dubai

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    Certified Ethical Hacker V10
    A Certified Ethical Hacker is a skilled professional who understands and knows how to look for weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems and uses the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker, but in a lawful and legitimate manner to assess the security posture of a target system(s). The CEH credential certifies individuals in the specific network security discipline of Ethical Hacking from a vendor-neutral perspective.

    Hippo Cyber Institute Premium CEH V10 Training program 
    • Officially EC-Council Accredited training Centre
    • Certified EC-Council Trainer with 8+ year of industrial training experience in more than 8 countries and delivered training to people from America, Canada, Brazil, UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Angola, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Cameroon, Egypt, Syria, Australia, Hongkong, Mongolia, Philippines, Indian, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Argentine, Qatar, Tanzania, Lesotho, Seychelles, Afghanistan, Burundi, Sweden, Pakistan, Russia
    • Official EC-Council courseware material includes Book, Tools, & Exam Voucher
    • Official EC-Council Test Centre
    • Intense hands on training and demonstration
    • One free repeat training if not you are not ready for the exam
    • Exam tips, practice questions, and in-depth explanations
    • Post-training support
    • Exam Registration support
    • Exam cost of all the training are included
    • Refreshments
    About the Program

    Our security experts have designed over 140 labs which mimic real time scenarios in the course to help you “live” through an attack as if it were real and provide you with access to over 2200 commonly used hacking tools to immerse you into the hacker world.
    As “a picture tells a thousand words”, our developers have all this and more for you in over 1685 graphically rich, specially designed slides to help you grasp complex security concepts in depth which will be presented to you in a 5 day hands on class by our Certified EC-Council Instructor.
    The goal of this course is to help you master an ethical hacking methodology that can be used in a penetration testing or ethical hacking situation. You walk out the door with ethical hacking skills that are highly in demand, as well as the internationally recognized Certified Ethical Hacker certification! This course prepares you for EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker exam 312-50.

    The Purpose of the CEH credential is to:
    • Establish and govern minimum standards for credentialing professional information security specialists in ethical hacking measures.
    • Inform the public that credentialed individuals meet or exceed the minimum standards.
    • Reinforce ethical hacking as a unique and self-regulating profession.
    What is New in CEH Version 10 Course
    • Module 01: Introduction to Ethical Hacking
    • Module 02: Footprinting and Reconnaissance
    • Module 03: Scanning Networks
    • Module 04: Enumeration
    • Module 05: Vulnerability Analysis
    • Module 06: System Hacking
    • Module 07: Malware Threats
    • Module 08: Sniffing
    • Module 09: Social Engineering
    • Module 10: Denial-of-Service
    • Module 11: Session Hijacking
    • Module 12: Evading IDS, Firewalls, and Honeypots
    • Module 13: Hacking Web Servers
    • Module 14: Hacking Web Applications
    • Module 15: SQL Injection
    • Module 16: Hacking Wireless Networks
    • Module 17: Hacking Mobile Platforms
    • Module 18: IoT Hacking
    • Module 19: Cloud Computing
    • Module 20: Cryptography
    About the Exam
    • Number of Questions: 125
    • Test Duration: 4 Hours
    • Test Format: Multiple Choice
    • Test Delivery: ECC EXAM, VUE
    • Exam Prefix: 312-50 (ECC EXAM), 312-50 (VUE)

    Cost: 5000 AED

    Duration: 40 Hours


              

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    Supervisor/Site in-charge

    Qualification: Bachelor degree in fire projection, Mechanical or electrical 
    Experience : Should have Minimum 10 to 12 years experience in Oil, Gas, Petrochemical industry (Gulf Experience Must)

    Certified NFPA 25, 72 .. Or equivalent

    Any of Safety Courses (e.g. OSHA, IOSH .. Etc.)

    Ability to lead, supervise and allocate project plans, PM schedules for Fire Protection Project

    Highly Experienced & Hands-on Knowledge of all related to Fire Alarm & suppression Systems components

    Well understanding of all integrations between systems and other utilities and site lines

    Full commitment to Standard Safety Procedures, rules and regulations

    Ability to lead, supervise and allocate project plans, PM schedules for Fire Protection Project

    Highly Experienced & Hands-on Knowledge of all related to Fire Alarm & suppression Systems components

    Well understanding of all integrations between systems and other utilities and site lines

    Full commitment to Standard Safety Procedures, rules and regulations

    Nationality : Indian 
    Email : rec12@asmacs.net
    Client Name :  ASMACS

    Experience : 10-12  Location :  SAUDI ARABIA
    Qualification : BE / B.Tech, Certification  FunctionalArea : Site Technical Personnel, Health, Safety & Environment [HSE}
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    Fire & Gas Team Leader/Site Supervisor

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    Fire & Gas Team Leader/Site Supervisor 

    Qualification: B.E in fire protection, Mechanical Or Electrical (Certified NFPA 25, 72 Or equivalent)
    Experience : Should have Minimum 6 to 8 years experience in Oil, Gas, Petrochemical industry (Gulf Experience Must)

    Ability to lead, supervise and allocate project plans, PM schedules for Fire Protection Project

    Highly Experienced & Hands-on Knowledge of all related to Fire Alarm & suppression Systems components

    Well understanding of all integrations between systems and other utilities and site lines

    Experience Certificates from Well-known Fire House of Expertise Co.


    Nationality : Indian 
    Email : rec12@asmacs.net

    Client Name :  ASMACS

    Experience : 6-8  Location :  SAUDI ARABIA
    Qualification : BE / B.Tech  FunctionalArea : Site Technical Personnel, Health, Safety & Environment [HSE}
    QualificationSpecialization : Electrical, Mechanical           FunctionalSpecilalization :  
     
              

    Fire Alarm Technicians

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    Fire Alarm Technicians

    Qualification: Diploma In mechanical
    Experience : Should have Minimum 4 to 6 years experience in Oil, Gas, Petrochemical industry

    To install, test, maintain and repair fire safety and security systems

    Must also assure their work complies with relevant codes and regulations

    Toi perform either PM or CM to all/any Fire Alarm device or equipment and connections.

    Reporting to Team Leader / Supervisor on immediate basis all related to job progress


    Nationality : Indian 
    Email : rec12@asmacs.net

    Client Name :  ASMACS

    Experience : 4-6  Location :  SAUDI ARABIA
    Qualification : Diploma  FunctionalArea : Technician
    QualificationSpecialization : Mechanical           FunctionalSpecilalization :  
     
              

    Fire Mechanical Technicians

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    Fire Mechanical Technicians

    Qualification: Diploma In Mechanical 
    Experience : Should have Minimum 4 to 6 years experience in Oil, Gas, Petrochemical industry (Gulf Experience Must)

    To Inspect, repairs and tests fire extinguishers using hand tools, hydrostatic test equipment, and monitoring devices.

    To check the sprinkle & hydrant line and valve.

    To carry out the routine and PM of all fire protection system (included sprinkler system, hydrent system, and all pump)

    To install, operate and maintain all mechanical network components


    Nationality : Indian 
    Email : rec12@asmacs.net
    Client Name :  ASMACS

    Experience : 4-6  Location :  SAUDI ARABIA
    Qualification : Diploma  FunctionalArea : Technician
    QualificationSpecialization :            FunctionalSpecilalization :  
     
              

    Fire Safety Officer

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    Fire Safety Officer

    Qualification: bachelor degree/ Diploma In HSE (3 certificate years)
    Nebosh / Iosh Certificate 
    Experience : Should have Minimum 4 to 6 years experience in Oil, Gas, Petrochemical industry (Gulf Experience Must)

    The FSO provides specialized advice on fire safety responsibilities to Collegues, staff and stakeholders.

    To prepare tool box at work site on daily basis

    Well knowledge about fire equipment and inspection method.

    First ad and fire protection trained.

    Well knowledge about NFPA with MSDS properties of gases and liquids and raw materials.

    Organize the evacuation and emergency rescue system.

    To prepare the check list job risk analysis


    Nationality : Indian 
    Email : rec12@asmacs.net
    Client Name :  ASMACS

    Experience : 4-6  Location :  SAUDI ARABIA
    Qualification : BE / B.Tech, Diploma  FunctionalArea : Health, Safety & Environment [HSE}
    QualificationSpecialization : fire Safety           FunctionalSpecilalization :  Safety Officer
     
              

    Fire Inspector

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    Fire Inspector

    Qualification: SSC/Diploma
    Experience : Should have Minimum 4 to 6 years experience in Oil, Gas, Petrochemical industry (Certified NFPA Inspector) (Gulf Experience Must)

    Fire inspector visits and inspects buildings and other structures

    Search for fire hazards and to ensure that state, and local fire codes are met.

    Test and inspect fire protection and fire extinguishing equipment to ensure that it works

    To be aware rooy cause analysis for all Fire Procedures, Operation & Maintenance Processes

    Nationality : Indian 
    Email : rec12@asmacs.net
    Client Name :  ASMACS

    Experience : 4-6  Location :  SAUDI ARABIA
    Qualification : Diploma, 10th  FunctionalArea : Site Technical Personnel, Health, Safety & Environment [HSE}
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    Planner

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    Planner

    Qualification : Bachelor Degree of Engineering (Electrical / Mechanical)
    Experience : Should have minimum 4 to 6 years experience in Oil & Gas, Petrochemical industry 

    Well understanding and highly experienced in MS office & Ms project

    Engineering offices background will be highly considered

    Allocating Time Schedules as full understanding of Maintenance Projects Progress

    Monitoring of daily activities related to Site, Workers, Procurement, Warehousing ..etc.


    Nationality : Indian 
    Email : rec12@asmacs.net

    Client Name :  ASMACS

    Experience : 4-6  Location :  SAUDI ARABIA
    Qualification : BE / B.Tech  FunctionalArea : Site Technical Personnel
    QualificationSpecialization : Electrical, Mechanical           FunctionalSpecilalization :  
     
              

    SCADA Operator

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    SCADA Operator

    Qualification : Diploma in Computer Science or equivalent 
    Experience : should have minimum 5 to 7 years experience in Maintenance

    Nationality : Indian 
    Email: rec8@asmacs.net  
    Client Name :  Zamil Operations & Maintenance Co. Ltd., (ZOMCO)

    Experience : 5-7  Location :  SAUDI ARABIA
    Qualification : Diploma  FunctionalArea : Operator
    QualificationSpecialization :            FunctionalSpecilalization :  
     
              

    Planning Engineer

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    Planning Engineer

    Qualification : Bachelor Degree 
    Experience  : should have minimum 7 to 10 years experience in Maintenance 
    O & M Organization in preparation and implementation of O & M Preventive & corrective maintenance schedules of various types of mobile & stationary equipment, pump stations, pipe lines, etc he shall the knowledge & experience in the preparation of maintenance procedure & checklist 

    Nationality : Indian 
    Email : rec8@asmacs.net 
    Client Name :  Zamil Operations & Maintenance Co. Ltd., (ZOMCO)

    Experience : 7-10  Location :  SAUDI ARABIA
    Qualification : BE / B.Tech  FunctionalArea : Planning, Site Technical Personnel
    QualificationSpecialization :            FunctionalSpecilalization :  Engineer
     
              

    TQAD Manager

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    TQAD Manager 

    Qualification: Degree in Civil Or Mechanical Engineering 
    Experience : Should have minimum 10 to 12 year experience in maintenance, With 5 years at level equal to the responsibilities of this position 
    in Planning, Development, regulatory standards design, operation, maintenance and construction of municipal irrigation system, pump stations & building shall have also a knowledge & experience in preparation of contract/subcontract documentations Quality Control assurance and health & safety codes & Standards & its Implementation

    Nationality : Indian 
    Email : rec8@asmacs.net
    Client Name :  Zamil Operations & Maintenance Co. Ltd., (ZOMCO)

    Experience : 10-12  Location :  SAUDI ARABIA
    Qualification : BE / B.Tech  FunctionalArea : Site Technical Personnel, QA/QC
    QualificationSpecialization : Civil, Mechanical           FunctionalSpecilalization :  
     
              

    Stock Controller

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    Stock Controller

    Qualification: Technical school Graduate 
    Experience : should have minimum 5 to 7 years experience in Building maintenance project (Irrigation Projects)
    Must have also knowledge in using computer word process, database & spread sheet program

    Nationality : Indian 
    Email : rec8@asmacs.net 
    Client Name :  Zamil Operations & Maintenance Co. Ltd., (ZOMCO)

    Experience : 5-7  Location :  SAUDI ARABIA
    Qualification : Any Graduation  FunctionalArea : Site Technical Personnel
    QualificationSpecialization :            FunctionalSpecilalization :  
     
              

    Gas Mechanic

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    Gas Mechanic

    Qualification : SSC/ITI
    Experience : Should have minimum 6 to 8 years experience in Oii & Gas, building maintenance project (Irrigation Project)
    experience in trouble shooting repair & overhauling of gas or diesel engine, under chassis hydraulic system, mobile pumps, light & heavy equipment  
    Nationality : Indian 
    Email : rec8@asmacs.net
    Client Name :  Zamil Operations & Maintenance Co. Ltd., (ZOMCO)

    Experience : 6-8  Location :  SAUDI ARABIA
    Qualification : I.T.I., 10th  FunctionalArea : Trades
    QualificationSpecialization :            FunctionalSpecilalization :  
     
              

    Auto Cad Operator

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    Auto Cad operator

    Qualification : Diploma In Engineering & Certificate in Auto CAD Operation
    Experience : Should have minimum 5 to 7 years experience in building maintenance project
    surveying sires for preparing the design & Construction drawing  by Auto CAD

    Nationality : Indian 
    Email : rec8@asmacs,net
    Client Name :  Zamil Operations & Maintenance Co. Ltd., (ZOMCO)

    Experience : 5-7  Location :  SAUDI ARABIA
    Qualification : Diploma  FunctionalArea : Draftsman / Autocad Draftsman, Site Technical Personnel
    QualificationSpecialization :            FunctionalSpecilalization :  
     
              

    IT coordinator

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    IT coordinator

    Qualification : bachelor’s degree of Computer EngineerComputer ScienceSoftware Engineer or equivalent degree
    Experience : Should have minimum 5 to 7 years experience in fire fighting, safety and security equipment Manufacturing & relevant industry

    Experience in supporting and implementation of multiple SAP Projects (end to end).

    Should have managed and handled projects on SAP Technologies such as ECC/ MM, SD,  HR, FICO and ABAP

    Knowledge/experience on following aspect will be a plus: S/4 HANA, Success Factors, Ariba, Hybris etc.

    Will be working closely with offshore teams to ensure business continuity and success

    Will support all business issues and tickets raised for all different area of SAP modules

    Should have relevant experience in handling KSA projects/support.

    nationality : Indian 
    Email : rec10@asmacs.net


    Client Name :  ASMACS

    Experience : 5-7  Location :  SAUDI ARABIA
    Qualification : BE / B.Tech  FunctionalArea : Site Technical Personnel
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    Two Former Twitter Employees Accused of Spying for Saudi Arabia

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    US federal prosecutors accused two former Twitter employees of spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. Ali Alzabarah, a Saudi national, and Ahmad Abouammo, a US citizen, used their access at the social media giant to gather sensitive and nonpublic information on dissidents of the Saudi regime, the Justice Department alleged in a criminal ...
              

    DOJ charges former Twitter staff with spying for Saudi Arabia, digging into MBS critics' accounts

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    Twitter has some very serious security explaining to do.

    The Department of Justice is charging former Twitter employees with espionage on allegations of improperly accessing the accounts of people who were critical of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, including specifically Saudi Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

    One of the suspects has been arrested.

    The charges were unveiled Wednesday. You can read the U.S. charges here.

    MBS and the KSA are believed to have murdered Washington Post journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi by cutting off his head and dismembering him alive.

    “One of those implicated in the scheme, according to court papers, is an associate of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who the CIA has concluded likely ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last year.” Greg Bensinger and Ellen Nakashima for the Washington Post report:

    The charges, unveiled Wednesday in San Francisco, came a day after the arrest of one of the former Twitter employees, Ahmad Abouammo, a U.S. citizen who is alleged to have spied on the accounts of three users — including one whose posts discussed the inner workings of the Saudi leadership — on behalf of the government in Riyadh.

    Abouammo is also charged with falsifying an invoice to obstruct an FBI investigation.

    The second former Twitter employee — Ali Alzabarah, a Saudi citizen — was accused of accessing the personal information of more than 6,000 Twitter accounts in 2015 on behalf of Saudi Arabia. One of those accounts belonged to a prominent dissident, Omar Abdulaziz, who later became close to Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who advocated for free expression in the Arab world.

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    Saudi Arabia Recruited Twitter Workers to Spy on Users: U.S. Investigators

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    The complaint alleged that the employees were rewarded with tens of thousands of dollars
              

    Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University | Perkins+Will, Dar Al-Handasah

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    Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University Perkins+Will, in collaboration with Dar Al-Handasah (Shair and Partners) (Dar), designed the campus of Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University (PNU) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The campus offers state-of-the-art educational facilities in all major academic disciplines to as many as 60,000 female undergraduate students. The largest university designed for women in […]
              

    Ex-Twitter employees spied for Saudi Arabia with user data: feds

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    Two former Twitter employees from Saudi Arabia have been charged with spying for funneling inside information about users of the social-media site to an agent of the Middle Eastern kingdom, federal officials said Wednesday. Ali Alzabarah and Ahmed Almutairi allegedly used their positions to gather private Twitter data about Saudi critics, giving it to a...
              

    Ex-Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia by digging into accounts of kingdom critics

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    The case raises concerns about the ability of tech firms to protect users’ data from repressive governments.
              

    Former Twitter Employees Charged With Spying for Saudi Arabia

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    The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday announced charges against two former Twitter employees, accusing them of spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia, the Washington Post reports.

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    11/7/2019: NEWS: The Aramco IPO is a referendum on Saudi Arabia

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    Former Canadian ambassador to Saudi Arabia and head of mission in Iran from 2009-2012. He retired after a 31-year diplomatic career. The long-awaited announcement by Saudi Arabia that it will put part of the world’s largest oil company, Saudi Aramco,...
              

    2020 Dem Gabbard: U.S. Government ‘Hiding Truth’ About 9/11 Terror Attacks

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    The post 2020 Dem Gabbard: U.S. Government ‘Hiding Truth’ About 9/11 Terror Attacks appeared first on I Love My Freedom.

    As if she hasn’t made enough enemies, it looks as if Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is starting to make some more. ***The Best Looking Trump Beanie On The Planet – YOURS FREE*** From Breibart: Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, reacted to the difficulties Chris Ganci and Brett Eagleson, two relatives of victims of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks were having in their quest to obtain more information about Saudi Arabia’s involvement in 9/11. Gabbard accused the federal government of undermining efforts of achieving more transparency,

    The post 2020 Dem Gabbard: U.S. Government ‘Hiding Truth’ About 9/11 Terror Attacks appeared first on I Love My Freedom.


              

    Two Former Twitter Employees Accused of Spying for Saudi Arabia

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    US federal prosecutors accused two former Twitter employees of spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. Ali Alzabarah, a Saudi national, and Ahmad Abouammo, a US citizen, used their access at the social media giant to gather sensitive and nonpublic information on dissidents of the Saudi regime, the Justice Department alleged in a criminal ...
              

    APPLY3 - (FRESHERS) 'KAAR TECHNOLOGIES' : Off-Campus : BE / BTECH : Software Trainees : On 9 November 2019 @ Chennai

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    (FRESHERS) 'KAAR TECHNOLOGIES' : Off-Campus : BE / BTECH : Software Trainees : On 9 November 2019 @ Chennai Saveetha Engineering College (www.saveetha.ac.in) - Exclusive Job for Chetanaites... Recruitment for the company - Kaar Technologies Kaar Technologies is a global consulting firm focused at designing, delivering and deploying the finest ideas and SAP expertise to empower companies in achieving new heights of excellence in today’s challenging business landscape. Our combined thrust drawn from the business vision of our leadership team and assimilated SAP capability propels us to partner with our clients in identifying and architecting their business agenda. Kaar Technologies believes in being a trusted advisor to clients and fosters long-term working relationships by exceeding customer expectations. Driven by the steadfast pursuit of excellence, Kaar Technologies exudes professionalism and proficiency in all areas of function. Every day we are inspired to impact businesses with original and imaginative approaches and help cultivate tomorrow’s breakthroughs. Kaar Technologies is a global digital transformation company focused on Mobility, Cloud, Advanced Analytics, AI & IoT with SAP at the core, helping customers transform their organizations. Kaar Technologies has 3250+ man years of SAP consulting experience, 750+ SAP Consultants & Employees, 1000+ Successful SAP projects, 200+ Global customers, 15+ Industry verticals & 10+ years of SAP partnership and have global offices in India, USA, UK, Netherlands, China, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman & UAE. Dear ChetanaS, We would like to publish below job requirement in your ChetanaSforum.com (Freshers) Walk-In : Pooled Off-Campus : BE / B.Tech : 2019 Passout : Software Trainees @ Chennai (Tamilnadu) Greetings to ChetanaS from Placement Team of 'Saveetha Engineering College' ! We are organizing a Pooled Off-Campus event for the company 'Kaar Technologies'. The event details are as mentioned below: Dear Candidate, If your ‘Desire’ is a ‘Career’…‘In pursuit of Excellence’, then ‘Kaar Technologies’ is ‘The Dream Company’ to be in. To make that dream come true then this is the first step to pursue your career with Kaar technologies. Job Position : Trainee - Software (SAP Consulting) Job Category : IT | Software Walk-In Location : Chennai, Tamilnadu Job Location : Chennai, Tamilnadu Qualification - Eligibility Criteria : (Mandatory) # BE - CSE / IT / ECE & EEE (Full Time) # Year of Passing: 2019 Batch Only # Criteria: 10th - 80%, 12th - 80% & BE - 80% (NO HISTORY OF ARREARS) Desired Experience : 0 Years Eligibility Criteria : # Consistent 80% score in 10th, 12th, Engineering, without a history of arrears and standing arrears. # Candidates interested in pursuing full-time higher education sooner or later are not eligible. # Candidates who are not willing to relocate to Chennai are not eligible. # Candidates who are not ready to travel to project locations in India and abroad, will not be eligible. # Candidates who do not possess constant learning appetite or upskilling their knowledge can refrain from applying Please Carry below documents (mandatory) : # Updated Resume - Multiple Copies # A printout of this ChetanaS job posting # Government Photo ID Proof (Passport/PAN-Card/Aadhar-Card/Voter-ID/Driving-License) # Passport Size Photograph # College ID Card Note: Only for Invited 2019 Batch Colleges - No Registration Fee - Walkin Drive - Criteria Must. Note: You can mention the reference as 'ChetanaS'. Walk-In Date : On 9th November 2019 (Saturday) Reporting Time : 8.30 AM sharp Walk-In Venue : Saveetha Engineering College, Placement Cell, Chennai Contact Person : Placement Officer How to Apply for this Job ? Register Online Here Note: Apply before the link is expired/removed.
              

    Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on users, prosecutors say

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    The Saudi government recruited two Twitter employees to get personal account information of their critics, prosecutors said Wednesday.

    A complaint unsealed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco detailed a coordinated effort by Saudi government officials to recruit employees at the social media giant to look up the private data of thousands of Twitter accounts.

    The accounts included those of a popular journalist with more than 1 million followers and other prominent government critics.

    It also alleged that the employees — whose jobs did not require access to Twitter users’ private information — were rewarded with a designer watch and tens of thousands of dollars funneled into secret bank accounts. They were charged with acting as agents of Saudi Arabia without registering with the U.S. government.

    The Saudi government had no immediate comment through its embassy in Washington.

    Ahmad Abouammo, who left his job as the media partnership manager responsible for Twitter’s Middle East region in 2015, was also charged with falsifying documents and making false statements when questioned by FBI agents at his Seattle home — offenses that carry a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison if convicted.

    At his appearance in federal court in Seattle on Wednesday, Abouammo was ordered to remain in custody pending a detention hearing set for Friday.

    His lawyer, Christopher Black, declined to comment, as did Abouammo’s wife, who did not give her name.

    Investigators allege that a Saudi working as a social media adviser for the Saudi royal family recruited Twitter engineer Ali Alzabarah by flying him to Washington for a private meeting with an unnamed member of the family.

    “Within one week of returning to San Francisco, Alzabarah began to access without authorization...


              

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    TOKYO — Over nearly four decades, Masayoshi Son, CEO of SoftBank Group of Japan, has spent vast amounts of money to build an investment empire that spans countries and industries and that has shaken up the technology world.

    On Wednesday, Son, 62, defended that legacy in the face of his biggest setback in years. SoftBank reported that it took a nearly $4.6 billion hit from its investment in WeWork, the troubled office-space company that has come to symbolize the excesses of startup culture.

    “In the case of WeWork, I made a mistake,” he told investors at a news conference in Tokyo. “I won’t make any excuses. It was a very harsh lesson.”

    But he vowed to press on with his grand plan to make major bets on ambitious companies and their founders, hoping to find visionaries whose companies will go on to dominate entire industries.

    “From my perspective, there is no change in our journey,” he said. “No change in our vision. No strategic change. All we will do is to just keep going, keep moving forward.”

    SoftBank is the world’s largest tech investor, and it has used its $100 billion Vision Fund — backed with its own money as well as major stakes from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and others — to become a kingmaker in the space.

    But the company and Son have come under pressure to rein in their stable of potential unicorns — startups worth $1 billion or more — after the spectacular implosion of WeWork’s plans for an initial public offering in late September.

    On Wednesday, SoftBank said its profit for the six months that ended in September totaled nearly $3.9 billion, about half the level of the same period a year ago. The figures imply that SoftBank lost more than $6.4 billion in the most recent three-month period.

    SoftBank cited the...


              

    Former Twitter Employees Charged With Spying for Saudi Arabia

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    Saudi Arabia has priced its lighter crude at the widest premium to heavier oil in almost two years as new rules mandating cleaner shipping fuels drive demand for less-sulfurous grades. Arab Extra Light’s premium over Arab Heavy ballooned to $4.65 a barrel for December sales to Asia, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That’s the ...
              

    Former Twitter Employees Charged With Spying For Saudi Arabia

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    The case raises concerns about the ability of tech firms to protect users' data from repressive governments.


              

    Why Were A Bunch Of Wrestlers From 'SmackDown' Trapped In Saudi Arabia?

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    Reports suggest some wrestlers characterized the experience as a "hostage" situation.


              

    2 Former Twitter Employees Charged With Spying For Saudi Arabia

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    Picture Of The Day

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:24 PM PST

    A B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber, assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, sits on the flight line, Oct 24, 2019. Consistent training and exercising validates the B-2Õs ability to respond to challenges all over the globe. (Sr. Airman Thomas Barley/Air Force)

    WNU Editor: The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... Best photos of the week: Nov. 4, 2019 (Defense News).

    Majority Of U.S. Voters Say President Trump Will Be Re-Elected In 2020 Despite Impeachment Process

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:16 PM PST

    U.S. President Donald Trump sits for an exclusive interview with Reuters journalists in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

    Daily Mail: Comfortable majority of voters say Trump WILL be re-elected in 2020 despite impeachment process – including one-third of Democrats

    * A new poll found that 56 percent of registered voters believe President Trump will win again in 2020
    * That includes 85 percent of Republicans, 51 percent of independents and 35 percent of Democrats, according to the Politico/Morning Consult survey
    * Pollsters found that voters believed that Trump's voters were twice as likely than Hillary Clinton's to be 'very motivated' to go vote
    * Another poll found that the percentage of voters who believe Trump should win re-election hasn't significantly changed since the impeachment inquiry opened

    A majority of registered voters believe President Trump will win again in 2020.

    A new Politico/Morning Consult poll found that 56 percent of all voters said Trump will be re-elected next year. The president obviously has an edge with Republicans, with 85 percent saying a Trump 2.0 is happening.

    But a majority of independents - 51 percent - agreed. Even a third of Democrats, 35 percent, said they believed there would be four more years of President Trump.

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    WNU Editor: He will be difficult to defeat. President Trump has the advantage of the incumbency and the bully-pulpit. The economy is also doing well, and his base overwhelmingly supports him. The Democrat candidates for President are also not inspiring, and I have trouble seeing them being able to attract independent voters. But the election is still far away. A lot can happen in 12 months.

    Should CIA Director Gina Haspel Protect The Ukraine Whistleblower From President Trump?

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:10 PM PST

    CIA Director Gina Haspel is sworn by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence as President Donald Trump looks on and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds the bible during ceremonies at the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Virginia, U.S. May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque © Reuters

    NBC: Intel officials want CIA Director Gina Haspel to protect Ukraine whistleblower from Trump

    As Trump allies denounce the whistleblower, pressure is building on CIA Director Gina Haspel to take a stand, say current and ex intelligence officials.

    WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump and his allies continue to denounce the CIA whistleblower whose complaint led to an impeachment investigation, pressure is building on the spy agency's director, Gina Haspel, to take a stand on the matter, current and former intelligence officials tell NBC News.

    "It will be incumbent on her to protect the whistleblower — and by extension, the organization — moving forward," Marc Polymeropoulos, a recently retired CIA officer who oversaw operations in Europe and Russia, said in an interview. "This is a seminal moment for her leadership, and I'm confident she will do the right thing."

    So far, Haspel has been publicly silent as Trump has railed about the whistleblower, a CIA analyst, on Twitter. So has the director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire.

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    WNU Editor: There is a problem with this "CIA analyst". He was removed from the White House for lying and leaking. He is implicated in filing a complaint against President Trump and Ukraine that has led to this impeachment inquiry, even though his complaint is at odds with the transcript that was released. He is a well known Democrat activist who is closely affiliated with former Obama intelligence officials whose opposition to President Trump is well known. Bottom line. This is a person who has used his CIA position to pursue a political agenda against the President and his policies. In this context, this is someone that I am sure CIA Director Gina Haspel does not want to step in and defend.

    Democrats' 'Star Impeachment Witness' Admits He Was Not On The Trump-Ukraine Call, And That His Sole Source Of Information Was From The NY Times

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 09:17 PM PST


    Zero Hedge: Democrats' 'Star Witness' Admits He Wasn't On Trump-Ukraine Call, Sole Source Was NY Times

    House Democrats have released the latest in the series of heavily-redacted transcripts of the secret hearings they had undertaken in recent weeks - that of Bill Taylor - the top US diplomat in Ukraine - ahead of his public testimony next week.

    As The Hill notes, Taylor is viewed as a key witness who previously testified in meticulous detail about what he considered an effort by Trump and his allies to pressure Ukraine into opening investigations that would benefit Trump politically.

    In leaked copies of his 15-page opening statement, Taylor voiced concerns that the Trump administration had withheld nearly $400 million in aid as leverage to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open investigations into interference in the 2016 election and former Vice President Joe Biden, one of his leading 2020 political rivals.

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    WNU Editor: When you listen to the main stream media they are saying that Ambassador Bill Taylor is a critical witness to President Trump's demand for a quid-pro-quo from the Ukraine government on military aid and an investigation on the Bidens .... Why William Taylor's testimony is central to the impeachment inquiry (PBS). But when you read his transcript .... READ: Testimony Of William Taylor, Acting U.S. Envoy To Ukraine (NPR), the story is very different where he admits that his source of information comes SOLELY from the New York Times?!?!?! You gotta be kidding me. His sole source of information that he is basing his testimony on is from the New York Times?!?!?! It is not surprising that the main stream media is ignoring this critical admission. Kudos to the above post from Zero Hedge and The Federalist .... Testimony Transcript Shows William Taylor Never Talked To Trump, Wasn't Even On July 25 Phone Call (The Federalist) for their summary and analysis on Bill Taylor's testimony. As for the Democrats hoping that he will be their "star witness" next week, my advice to them is that they find a better witness.

    Saudi Arabia Recruited Twitter Workers To Spy On Critics Of Saudi Regime

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 08:47 PM PST



    CNBC: Justice Department charges two former Twitter employees with spying for Saudi Arabia

    * The Department of Justice on Wednesday charged two former Twitter employees for spying on users on behalf of Saudi Arabia.
    * The charges allege that Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo used their employee credentials to access information about specific Twitter users, including their email addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and internet protocol addresses.

    The Department of Justice on Wednesday charged two former Twitter employees for spying on users on behalf of Saudi Arabia.

    The charges allege that Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo used their employee credentials to access information about specific Twitter users, including their email addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and internet protocol addresses. A third individual, Ahmed Almutairi, was also charged for acting as an intermediary between the Twitter employees and the Saudi government, the Justice Department said.

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    More News On Saudi Arabia Recruiting Twitter Workers To Spy On Critics Of Saudi Regime

    US: Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on users -- AP
    Two former Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia -- Euronews/Reuters
    Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia -- The Hill
    Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on critics of Saudi regime, U.S. charges -- NBC
    Twitter employees recruited by Saudi Arabia to spy on kingdom's critics, US prosecutors say -- The Independent
    Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia by digging into the accounts of kingdom critics -- The Washington Post
    Three charged in US with spying on Twitter users for Saudi Arabia -- Twitter

    Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 6, 2019

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 04:00 PM PST

    Jesse Barajas searches for the remains of his brother José, who was was dragged from his ranch on 8 April 2019 and has not been seen since, last month near the town of Tecate. Photograph: Emilio Espejel/The Guardian

    Tom Phillips, The Guardian: 'The disappeared': searching for 40,000 missing victims of Mexico's drug wars

    José Barajas, who was snatched from his home, joins the ever-swelling ranks of thousands of desaparecidos, victims of the drug conflict that shows no sign of easing

    As he set off into the wilderness under a punishing midday sun, Jesse Barajas clutched an orange-handled machete and the dream of finding his little brother, José.

    "He's not alive, no. They don't leave people alive," the 62-year-old said as he slalomed through the parched scrubland of tumbleweed and cacti where they had played as kids. "Once they take someone they don't let you live."

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    Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 6, 2019

    Deadly ambush shows Mexico lost control of area -- Peter Orsi and Maria Verza, AP

    The epic struggle behind Iraq's protests -- CSM Editorial

    A Month of Anti-government Protests in Iraq -- Alan Taylor, The Atlantic

    As US dithers over human rights, China opens its arms to Prabowo Subianto, the Indonesian defence minister with a chequered past - Amy Chew, SCMP

    From Singapore to Sweden, China's overbearing campaign for influence is forcing countries to resist and recalibrate relations with Beijing -- Drew Thompson, SCMP

    New Silk Road money is paving the Old Silk Roads -- Alexander Kruglov, Asia Times

    Why India pulled out of the RCEP free trade deal -- Rahul Mishra, DW

    Why is India's pollution much worse than China's? -- BBC

    One year to go for Tanzania's President Magufuli and the reviews are mixed -- Cristina Krippahl, DW

    Study: Russia's web-censoring tool sets pace for imitators -- Tami Abdollah, AP

    UK election campaign: Who wants what on EU issues? -- Rob Mudge, DW

    Explainer: Chile's constitutional conundrum - To change or not to change? -- Natalia A. Ramos Miranda, Reuters

    Revisiting the End of the Cold War -- John Lewis Gaddis & Elmira Bayrasli, Project Syndicate

    Why Are So Many Countries Witnessing Mass Protests? -- The Economist

    World News Briefs -- November 6, 2019

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 03:36 PM PST

    An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo

    Reuters: Iran fuels centrifuges, resumes uranium enrichment at Fordow

    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran resumed uranium enrichment at its underground Fordow nuclear facility, the country's Atomic Energy Organisation (AEOI) said on Thursday, further stepping away from its 2015 nuclear deal with major powers.

    The agreement bans enrichment and nuclear material from Fordow. But with feedstock gas entering its centrifuges, the facility, built inside a mountain, will move from the permitted status of research plant to being an active nuclear site.

    "After all successful preparations ... injection of uranium gas to centrifuges started on Thursday at Fordow ... all the process has been supervised by the inspectors of the U.N. nuclear watchdog," the AEOI said in a statement, Iranian media reported

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    MIDDLE EAST

    Turkey's Erdogan speaks with Trump, to visit Washington next week.

    Houthis fire missiles at Yemen's Mokha port, military coalition says.

    Iraqi security forces break up protests in Battle of the Bridges.

    Civilian deaths as Idlib hospital struck by Russian air raids.

    Turkey says Kurdish fighters still remain in safe zone near Syrian border.

    Iran begins process of fuelling centrifuges at Fordow.

    Riyadh has 'open channel' with Yemen rebels: Saudi official. Riyadh in talks with Yemen rebels, Saudi official says.

    Lebanon protesters seek to shut down key state institutions.

    World Bank urges Lebanon to form govt, warns of recession.

    Jordan police arrest man after stabbing attack at popular tourist site.

    ASIA

    China urges re-elected Canadian government to free Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

    Over a dozen killed in attack in Thailand's Yala province. 15 defense volunteers killed in Thailand attack. 15 killed in suspected rebel attacks in Thailand's south.

    Tajikistan: 17 killed in border outpost attack. ISIL blamed for deadly attack on Tajik border outpost.

    Two suspected suicide bombers from Egypt killed in Philippines.

    Hong Kong protesters don Guy Fawkes masks to mark month since mask ban. Water cannons deployed in Tsim Sha Tsui as Hong Kong protesters wearing 'V for Vendetta' masks test new 'flash mob' tactic of assembling at short notice.

    Pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho stabbed in Hong Kong.

    Facebook video shows PNG police kicking, hitting and stomping on group of men.

    Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy announces Saturday return.

    South Korea promotes DMZ 'peace zone' with new video.

    AFRICA

    At least 37 killed in attack on Canadian miner Semafo convoy in Burkina Faso.

    Water crisis builds in Egypt as dam talks falter, temperatures rise.

    France says its troops killed a leading jihadist in the Sahel.

    10 civilians killed in militia attack in eastern DRCongo.

    Sudan rebels insist new parliament be formed only after peace deal.

    UN calls for action as Somalia floods affect 200,0000 children.

    US Nile talks 'not a negotiation', says Ethiopia.

    Two killed in strike on Libya police station: ministry.

    Libya migrant attack: UN investigators suspect foreign jet bombed centre.

    Mozambique detains elite police chief over election observer's murder.

    EUROPE

    Mike Pompeo carries divisive US messages to Germany.

    Sweden charges man with spying on Iranian exiles.

    Johnson tries to shake off rocky start as UK election begins.

    PM's election campaign launch marred by gaffe, resignation and doctored video.

    Spain's far-right Vox surges in wake of Catalan independence protests.

    Local German conservatives cause uproar with call for talks with far right.

    Putin: New weapons will offer Russia reliable protection.

    EU urges faster Greece vetting of migrants as arrivals soar.

    Hungarian mayor resigns after yacht orgy video.

    Netherlands: '4,000 schools shut' in teacher strike.

    Italy to become first country to make studying climate change compulsory in schools.

    AMERICAS

    Exclusive: Brazil likely to vote with U.S. against Cuba at U.N. over embargo.

    US Diplomat had 'clear understanding' of Ukraine quid pro quo.

    McConnell says Senate would acquit Trump if trial held today.

    Democrats win control of Virginia Legislature. Democrat declares upset victory in Kentucky governor race.

    Heavily armed hitman of rival El Chapo cartel is arrested over Mormon massacre after a stand-off at the US border where he held two HOSTAGES as heartbreaking photos show devastated relatives visiting the scene of the massacre.

    Mexico ambush: Boy, 13, walked 23km for help after gun attack.

    United States sanctions 5 Venezuelan officials.

    Chile: president promotes minimum wage hike to quell unrest.

    Chile's Pinera resists call to resign over protests.

    Chilean protest footage captures police officers on fire after molotov cocktail explosion.

    Thousands of Bolivians march over disputed election.

    TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

    Pakistan failed to stop terror groups from recruiting & raising funds, US report сlaims.

    German man fighting for Kurds killed in Syria.

    Turkey captured al-Baghdadi's wife and didn't make fuss like US – Erdogan.

    ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

    Wall St. ends near flat; healthcare shares gain but trade deal delay weighs.

    Europeans look to China as global partner, shun Trump's US.

    Xi Jinping's Brazil trip 'may be too soon' for China to sign partial US trade war deal.

    Macron in China: Xi hails $15 billion trade contracts as 'strong signal of free trade'.

    Michael Jackson's iconic moonwalk socks are tipped to sell for over $1MILLION at auction... more than a decade on from his passing.

    Israel Expects To Be Engaged In A Major War Very Soon

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 03:01 PM PST

    Ali Hashisho / Reuters

    Michael Oren, The Atlantic: The Coming Middle East Conflagration

    Israel is bracing itself for war with Iranian proxies, as Tehran escalates its provocations. But what will the United States do if conflict comes?

    The senior ministers of the Israeli government met twice last week to discuss the possibility of open war with Iran. They were mindful of the Iranian plan for a drone attack from Syria in August, aborted at the last minute by an Israeli air strike, as well as Iran's need to deflect attention from the mass protests against Hezbollah's rule in Lebanon. The ministers also reviewed the recent attack by Iranian drones and cruise missiles on two Saudi oil installations, reportedly concluding that a similar assault could be mounted against Israel from Iraq.

    The Israel Defense Forces, meanwhile, announced the adoption of an emergency plan, code-named Momentum, to significantly expand Israel's missile defense capacity, its ability to gather intelligence on embedded enemy targets, and its soldiers' preparation for urban warfare. Israeli troops, especially in the north, have been placed on war footing. Israel is girding for the worst and acting on the assumption that fighting could break out at any time.

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    WNU Editor: The Syrian conflict, unrest in Iraq, and the Yemen war is where the focus in the Middle East is right now. Another Hezbollah - Israel and/or Hamas - Israel war is not on people's radar.

    Media Upset That Trump's Son Tweets Name Of Alleged Whistleblower Even Though His Name Was Revealed Last Week

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 01:00 PM PST


    AFP: Impeachment: Trump's son tweets name of alleged whistleblower

    Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump's son published on Wednesday the name of the alleged anonymous whistleblower whose complaint fired the impeachment inquiry against Trump, breaking strict conventions for protecting officials who reveal wrongdoing in government.

    Amid calls by the president himself to expose the whistleblower, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the name of a CIA analyst which has circulated online for weeks, and linked to a Breitbart news article implying the person was pro-Democrat and anti-Trump.

    AFP could not independently verify the whistleblower's identity and is not publishing the name.

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    WNU Editor: This is actually old news. The identity of the "whistle-blower" was revealed last week .... The Identity Of The Anonymous 'Whistleblower' Who Triggered Impeachment Proceedings Against President Trump Is Suspected To Be A Well Known Democrat Activist (October 31, 2019). A picture of the "whistle-blower" is below.

    Special Operations Air Force Member Goes Missing During Training Jump Over Gulf Of Mexico

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 12:40 PM PST

    The airman was a part of the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field in in Okaloosa County, Florida. He disappeared four miles south of the field over the Gulf of Mexico

    Daily Mail: Desperate search launched for airman who fell out of Special Operations military plane 1,500 feet over the Gulf of Mexico and was last seen treading water after deploying his parachute

    * A search is underway for a staff sergeant in training who disappeared into the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday afternoon during a training exercise
    * The unidentified Air Force airman was from the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida
    * He exited a C-130 four engine aircraft around 1.45pm from a height of 1,500 feet
    * He deployed his parachute and was last seen treading water in the Gulf, approximately four miles south of Hurlburt Field
    * As the aircraft turned to retrieve the man, crewmen lost sight of him
    * Several vessels, three Air Force aircraft were deployed in the search
    * The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Coast Guard are also on the scene

    A desperate search is underway for a missing airman who disappeared into the Gulf of Mexico after suffering a parachute-jump mishap while exiting a Special Operations military plane.

    The unidentified Air Force airman from the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field was exiting a C-130 four-engine aircraft over the Gulf of Mexico during a training exercise around 1.45pm Tuesday when he suddenly vanished into the water below.

    'The fall happened during a parachute-jump training exercise out of Hurlburt Field,' a report from the Air Force Times said.

    The Coast Guard said the airman was a staff sergeant in training and fell out of the aircraft at 1,500 feet, according to WEAR.

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    More News On A Special Operations Air Force Member Going Missing During A Training Jump Over The Gulf Of Mexico

    Special tactics airman missing in Gulf of Mexico; search underway -- Air Force Times
    Airman who fell from plane above Gulf of Mexico still missing -- NBC
    Mobile area Coast Guard continue search for airman who fell from plane into Gulf of Mexico -- Al.com
    Air Force member goes missing during training jump over Gulf of Mexico -- CBS
    Airman fell from C-130 military aircraft while training over the Gulf of Mexico -- Defence-Blog
    Coast Guard, Air Force, local agencies searching for a airman in the water near Destin -- FOX 10

    ISIS Launched A Failed Attack On A Tajikistan Border Outpost With Uzbekistan

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 11:00 AM PST


    DW: Tajikistan: 17 killed in border outpost attack

    Twenty masked gunmen launched a failed attack on a Tajik outpost on the border with Uzbekistan. The rare attack was quashed when border forces launched a counter operation and killed most of the raiders.

    At least 17 people were killed in an overnight raid by armed men on an outpost on the border between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Tajik authorities said on Wednesday.

    "An armed group of 20 unknown masked individuals attacked a border outpost … using firearms," said Tajikistan's national security committee, according to Russian state-run news agency TASS.

    Tajikistan's border forces said the assailants were members of the "Islamic State" (IS) militant group in Afghanistan.

    At least five of the gunmen were detained and later provided critical intelligence during interrogations, authorities said.

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    WNU Editor: I agree with this analysis .... Reported Attack In Tajikistan Could Have Broad Implications For Central Asia (RFE).

    More News On Today's ISIS Attack On A Tajikistan Border Outpost With Uzbekistan

    Many dead in Tajikistan 'firefight with IS' -- BBC
    Fifteen IS jihadists killed in Tajikistan border attack -- AFP
    Tajikistan: 17 killed in attack on border checkpoint -- Eurasianet
    ISIL blamed for deadly attack on Tajik border outpost -- Al Jazeera

    World Leaders Warn Iran To Stick To Nuclear Deal

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:24 AM PST



    ABC News Online: World leaders warn Iran to stick to nuclear deal, as it begins injecting uranium gas into centrifuges

    World leaders have called on Iran to fulfil the terms of its 2015 nuclear deal, after it begins injecting uranium gas into centrifuges at its underground Fordow nuclear facility.

    Iran has begun to further distance itself from a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers that curbed its atomic work, local media reported on Wednesday (local time).

    The deal bans nuclear material from Fordow and, with the injection of uranium gas into its centrifuges, the facility will move from its permitted status of research plant to become an active nuclear site.

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    WNU Editor: Aside from their rhetoric that everything is still OK .... Long way before JCPOA collapses, says Rouhani's chief of staff (MEHR News Agency), the Iranians are becoming more and more nervous .... Exclusive: Iran briefly held IAEA inspector, seized travel documents - diplomats (Reuters).

              

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    Fires Are Ravaging Brazil’s Pantanal, the World’s Largest Tropical Wetlands

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:38 PM PST

    (RIO DE JANEIRO) — Fires in Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands have ripped through the biodiverse region, consuming an area the size of London in just the past 10 days, burning some animals alive and sending others fleeing.

    The inferno in the world’s largest tropical wetlands is the latest environmental disaster facing Brazil, coming after a mysterious oil spill that is afflicting beaches in the northeast and August fires that raged in the Amazon region.

    The Pantanal, which sprawls over parts of Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay, is a popular ecotourism destination considered one of the best places to see wildlife in South America. During the wet season, rivers overflow their banks and make most of the region accessible only by boat and plane. In the dry season, wildlife enthusiasts flock to see jaguars lounging on riverbanks, as well as macaws, giant river otters and caiman.

    But this year’s dry season has extended much longer than usual.

    “Any spark in this area these days of high temperatures and very low humidity will start fires like those we’ve seen in recent days,” Júlio Cesar Sampaio, chief of WWF Brasil’s Cerrado Pantanal program, said by phone. “Only rain will decrease the risk of fire.”

    Rescue efforts have so far found burned remains of caimans, iguanas and snakes. SOS Pantanal, a local group, reported that hyacinth macaws, a vulnerable species, lost much of their primary food source as coconut and palm trees went up in flames, and the blue-and-yellow birds have been seen flying about aimlessly.

    Between January and November, the area had 516% more fires than the same period last year, according to data from Brazil’s National Institute of Space Research.

    While there have been more fires in the Amazon, they have been dispersed across an area roughly half the size of the United States. The blazes in the Pantanal, by contrast, are concentrated in Corumba, a municipality in Mato Grosso do Sul state. Corumba has had about twice as many fires as the worst-affected municipalities in the Amazon.

    “There is no precedent for a fire of this scale,” said Angelo Rabelo, president of the Instituto Homem Pantaneiro, an environmental group based in Corumba.

    Fires in the Pantanal this time of year are abnormal because heavy rains usually start in October. Rabelo said waters in the rivers and wetlands drained much faster this year. The Paraguay River, one of the region’s main fluvial veins, is at a 20-year low.

    “Climate change is here,” he said.

    With little precipitation, high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds, fires are spreading fast through the low vegetation, authorities say.

    The Mato Grosso do Sul state government said in a press release that the fires are “of a proportion never-before registered” and that the causes were both the dry conditions and “criminal activity.”

    Firefighters say the cause is likely local people setting fires to clear land of vegetation, a practice also blamed for many of the Amazon fires. Such burning is particularly common among cattle ranchers, who use fire rather than costly equipment to prepare pastures.

    Fires in the Pantanal this year have been overshadowed by the months-long period of blazes seen in the Amazon region. The governor of Mato Grosso do Sul declared a state of emergency on Sept. 11 after over 10,000 square kilometers (nearly 3,900 square miles) burned in the previous five weeks in the state’s portion of the Amazon.

    The Hyacinth Macaw Institute, an environmental group, released a report Wednesday saying the Pantanal destruction in September and October hit the area’s biggest center for hyacinth macaw reproduction and also came in the middle of mating season. Of 98 nests monitored, at least four baby birds died, their nostrils clogged with soot.

    The fires have only worsened since, and still the rain hasn’t fallen.

    “I’ve been a firefighter for 23 years,” said Waldemir Moreira, who runs the state fire department’s environmental protection unit. “We’ve certainly had fires before, but it’s much more serious now. We want the world to pay attention to our Pantanal, too.”

    Northern Mexico Town Prepares Funerals After Nine Americans Were Killed in Drug Cartel Violence

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:30 PM PST

    (LA MORA, Mexico) — Under a strong security presence, this remote farming community prepared to hold the first funerals Thursday for some of the nine American women and children killed by drug cartel gunmen.

    Dozens of high-riding pickups and SUVS, many with U.S. license plates from as far away as North Dakota, bumped across dirt and rock roads over desert, arid grasslands and pine-covered mountains Wednesday as night fell on this community of about 300 people. Many of the residents are dual U.S. and Mexican citizens who consider themselves Mormon but are not affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    At least 1,000 visitors were expected to bunk down in the hamlet overnight ahead of Thursday’s funerals, filling floor space in the 30 or so homes or sleeping in tents they brought with them. At least one cow was slaughtered to help feed the masses, as well as the few dozen Mexican soldiers guarding the entrance to La Mora.

    Steven Langford, who was mayor of La Mora from 2015 to 2018, said he expected the killings to have a “major” impact on the community. Once upon a time he didn’t think about moving around the area in the middle of night, but in the last 10 to 15 years things “got worse and worse and worse.” As many as half of the residents could move away, he feared.

    “It was a massacre, 100% a massacre,” said Langford, whose sister Christina Langford was one of the women killed. “I don’t know how it squares with the conscience of someone to do something so horrible.”

    When gunmen opened fire on them Monday, the Mexican army, the National Guard and Sonora state police were not there to protect them. It took them about eight hours just to arrive.

    To many, the bloodshed seemed to demonstrate once more that the government has lost control over vast areas of Mexico to drug traffickers.

    “The country is suffering very much from violence,” said William Stubbs, a pecan and alfalfa farmer who serves on a community security committee in the American-dominated hamlet of Colonia LeBaron. “You see it all over. And it ain’t getting better. It’s getting worse.”

    The lack of law enforcement in rural areas like the northern states of Chihuahua and Sonora once led the dual U.S.-Mexican residents of places like Colonia LeBaron to form their own civilian defense patrols.

    Stubbs said that after the 2009 killing of anti-crime activist Benjamin LeBaron, residents positioned themselves each night for two years with high-powered binoculars to keep watch from the large “L” for “LeBaron” that stands on a hillside above the town.

    Since then, he said, the cartels have left Le Baron and the town of Galeana a few kilometers to the north alone. But he said they have watched the cartels get stronger in the past two decades, with nearby communities in the mountains suffering from violence and extortion.

    This week, he said, the military told him that the town of Zaragoza had been about 50% abandoned.

    The army’s chief of staff, Gen. Homero Mendoza, said Wednesday the attack that killed three American mothers and six of their children started at 9:40 a.m. Monday, but the nearest army units were in the border city of Agua Prieta, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) and 3½ hours away.

    Soldiers didn’t start out for the scene until 2:30 p.m. and didn’t arrive until 6:15 p.m. — even while five surviving children lay hiding in the mountains with bullet wounds.

    “There are areas where the government’s control is very fragile,” said Alejandro Hope, a Mexican security analyst.

    President Andrés Manuel López Obrador created the militarized National Guard after he took office last December to help law enforcement, but its 70,000 troops have to cover a vast territory.

    “The government’s main policy tool, the National Guard, is not where it should be,” Hope said. “It should be in the mountains, and it’s not there.”

    He noted that Sonora and Chihuahua states, with over 160,000 square miles (420,000 square kilometers) between them, have only about 4,100 National Guard agents stationed there, or about one for every 40 square miles.

    Questions have also arisen over whether the army can do its job even when it is present. On Oct. 17, in Sinaloa state, soldiers were forced to release the captured son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to avoid further bloodshed after Sinaloa cartel gunmen counterattacked in greater numbers in the city of Culiacan.

    Colonia Le Baron is a place where the U.S. influence is evident everywhere: pickup trucks with license plates from California, Idaho, Colorado, Washington, and English-speaking customers eating hamburgers at Ray’s Restaurant, Coffee & Grill. Many of the dual citizens were born here, and their families have been here for decades.

    Stubbs predicted that some people will move their families to the United States out of fear but will ultimately come back, as happened after the 2009 killing.

    He dismissed López Obrador’s “hugs, not bullets” security strategy of trying to solve underlying social problems instead of battling drug cartels with military force.

    “I’m really shocked actually of his way of thinking, and it ain’t going to solve the problems,” Stubbs said.

    Residents know they can’t fight the cartels on their own.

    “We’re not experts in military and war and weapons,” Stubbs said. “We’re farmers, and we have great families and big families, and we definitely want our families to be peaceful.”

    Mexican officials said the attackers may have mistaken the group’s large SUVs for those of a rival gang. The Juarez drug cartel and its armed wing, known as “La Linea,” or “The Line,” are fighting a vicious turf war against a faction of the Sinaloa cartel known as the “Salazar.”

    “Those who attacked the occupants (of the vehicles), they let the children go, so we can deduce that it was not a targeted attack” on the families, said Mendoza, the army chief of staff.

    Most of the victims lived in La Mora, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of Douglas, Arizona. Many in the hamlet are related to the extended LeBaron family.

    The killers were believed to be from La Linea, whose gunmen entered Sinaloa cartel territory the previous day and set up an armed outpost on a hilltop near La Mora and an ambush farther up the road. The Juarez cartel apparently wanted to prevent Sinaloa gunmen from entering their territory in Chihuahua state.

    On Wednesday dozens of army soldiers, federal and state police and National Guard troops provided security along the bumpy route from Chihuahua state to La Mora, in neighboring Sonora, retracing in reverse the route the victims were on when they were ambushed. People in the caravan clapped the agents on the back in thanks and gave them food, bottles of water and baseball caps.

    Langford said he and others come and go frequently between La Mora and the United States, working north of the border to build lives and families in a place he described as a “paradise” for children to grow up. Behind the lot where he and his wife raised 11 kids, they are fond of fishing and swimming.

    “We’ve always known the dangers. We’ve seen the people doing their deal. We always had the policy, ‘We don’t bother them.’ We never dreamed something like this could happen,” said Langford. “Now this place is going to become a ghost town. A lot of people are going to leave.”

    U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson Shakes Off a Rocky Start to the Elections

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 06:41 PM PST

    (LONDON) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson told British voters Wednesday that they have to back his Conservatives if they want an end to Brexit delays, as he tried to shake off a rocky start to the governing party’s election campaign.

    Speaking outside his No. 10 Downing St. office on the first official day of Britain’s five-week campaign, Johnson said the political impasse over Britain’s departure from the European Union made him want to “chew my own tie in frustration.”

    “I don’t want an early election, and no one much wants to have an election in December, but we have got to the stage where we have no choice,” he said.

    Johnson, trying to set the stage for a people-versus-Parliament campaign, said lawmakers were “refusing time and again to deliver Brexit and honor the result of the referendum.”

    In fact, lawmakers approved Johnson’s EU divorce deal in principle last month, but asked for more time to scrutinize it. Johnson then withdrew the bill and pushed for an early election instead.

    Johnson also slammed his main rival, left-wing Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, comparing him to former Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and — erroneously — claiming he had sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin over a nerve-agent attack on British soil.

    All 650 seats in the House of Commons are up for grabs in the Dec. 12 election, which is coming more than two years early. Some 46 million British voters are eligible to take part in the country’s first December election in 96 years.

    Johnson urged voters to deliver a Conservative majority so Britain could “put uncertainty behind us.” With that support, Johnson vowed he would get Parliament to ratify his Brexit deal and the country would leave the EU as scheduled on Jan. 31.

    Brexit was supposed to happen on Oct. 31, but with Britain’s politicians deadlocked, the bloc granted the U.K. a three-month delay.

    While unofficial campaigning has been ramping up for weeks, the campaign formally began when Parliament was dissolved Wednesday. Johnson went to Buckingham Palace to notify Queen Elizabeth II of the dissolution before unveiling the party’s election slogan — “Get Brexit done and unleash Britain’s potential” — at a rally in the central England city of Birmingham.

    The Conservative campaign has had a bumpy start. Just minutes before Johnson spoke Wednesday, Cabinet Minister Alun Cairns resigned over allegations about a former aide’s role in a rape trial.

    Cairns said he was quitting as Welsh secretary because of “speculation” surrounding the “very sensitive matter,” which is under investigation. He said he was confident he would be cleared of wrongdoing.

    Cairns denies allegations that he knew his former staffer Ross England made claims about a victim’s sexual history when he was a witness in a 2018 rape trial. That is not allowed, and the trial collapsed. The judge accused England of deliberately sabotaging the trial. Cairns later endorsed England as a candidate for an upcoming Welsh Assembly election.

    On Tuesday, another Conservative, outgoing House of Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg, was forced to apologize for suggesting that the victims of a 2017 London apartment block inferno that killed 72 people lacked common sense for following fire department advice to wait in their apartments for help.

    The comments drew sharp rebukes from opposition politicians — and from rap star Stormzy, who urged the Conservative lawmaker to resign and tweeted: “These politicians are actual aliens.”

    The Conservatives were also criticized for posting a doctored video of a senior Labour figure on Twitter that appeared to show him failing to answer a question, when in fact he did. Conservative Party chair James Cleverly claimed Wednesday the ad was just “a lighthearted satirical video.”

    In another over-the-top political insult, Johnson used a column in the Daily Telegraph to accuse the Labour Party under Corbyn of attacking the rich “with a relish and vindictiveness not seen since Stalin persecuted the kulaks,” the wealthier peasants targeted by the Soviet regime in the 1930s.

    In his Downing Street speech, Johnson also claimed inaccurately that Corbyn had “sided with Putin” after a former Russian spy and his daughter were attacked with a nerve agent in the English city of Salisbury.

    Corbyn initially asked for “incontrovertible evidence” that Moscow was behind the 2018 attack, as Britain’s Conservative government had insisted. He later said he believed Russia was responsible for the poisoning.

    Other parties in the race include the Liberal Democrats, who want to cancel Brexit; the Scottish National Party, which opposes Brexit and wants Scotland to leave the U.K.; and the Brexit Party, which says Britain should leave the bloc without a deal.

    The Labour Party has its own woes, with many of the party’s lawmakers uneasy about Corbyn’s firm left-wing views and ambivalence over the EU. On Wednesday, deputy leader Tom Watson, who has often clashed with Corbyn, announced that he was stepping down from politics.

    Watson acknowledged his “political differences” with Corbyn in a resignation letter but said the decision was personal rather than political.

    Labour wants to shift the election debate away from Brexit and onto domestic issues such as health care, the environment and social welfare, saying it will reverse Britain’s increasing social inequality.

    Corbyn has labelled Johnson’s economic plans “Thatcherism on steroids,” in reference to the free-market, low-spending ideology of the late former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

    “I don’t do personal attacks,” Corbyn told supporters in Telford, central England. He said, if elected, he would be “a very different kind of prime minister.”

    “I was not born to rule,” Corbyn said, contrasting himself with the affluent, Oxford University-educated Johnson. “I don’t pursue the kind of politics that thinks it’s all a game, a parlor game, a debating society game.”

    An Ambush on a Canadian Mining Company Convoy Has Killed 37 People in Burkina Faso

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 06:09 PM PST

    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Gunmen attacked a convoy near a Canadian mining site in Burkina Faso, killing at least 37 people and wounding 60 others, the regional governor said late Wednesday.

    Montreal-based Semafo said the bloodshed happened about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from its Boungou mine in Burkina Faso’s Eastern region and involved five buses of employees who were being accompanied by a military escort.

    Col. Saidou Sanou, the region’s governor, gave the provisional casualty toll in a statement. The mining company said only that it was aware of “several fatalities and injuries.”

    “Boungou mine site remains secured and our operations are not affected,” Semafo said in its statement. “We are actively working with all levels of authorities to ensure the ongoing safety and security of our employees, contractors and suppliers.”

    The area has become increasingly precarious for Semafo, which operates two gold mines in Burkina Faso. Last year, an employee and subcontractor were killed when a bus was targeted by bandits, according to Canadian Press. Later last year, five members of Burkina Faso’s security forces were killed in an attack near the Boungou mine.

    Sylvain Leclerc, spokeswoman for the Canadian foreign ministry, said there were no reports of any Canadian citizen among the casualties. She added that Canada’s government condemns the attack and supports efforts to bring peace to Burkina Faso.

    The violence underscores the rapidly deteriorating security situation in once peaceful Burkina Faso, which has been infiltrated by jihadists who have been active for years in neighboring Mali. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Islamic extremists have staged dozens of attacks on churches and public officials across the north of Burkina Faso the last few years.

    Concerted military actions by five regional countries, along with a French operation, have failed to stem the growing violence.

    The country, which experienced its first major extremist attack in 2015, is a gateway south into coastal West Africa, and regional leaders worry the extremists could be moving into Togo and Benin.

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    Associated Press writer Krista Larson in Dakar, Senegal, contributed to this report.

    Saudi Arabia Recruited Twitter Workers to Spy on Users: U.S. Investigators

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 03:07 PM PST

    SAN FRANCISCO — The Saudi government recruited two Twitter employees to get personal account information of their critics, prosecutors said Wednesday.

    A complaint unsealed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco detailed a coordinated effort by Saudi government officials to recruit employees at the social media giant to look up the private data of thousands of Twitter accounts.

    The accounts included those of a popular journalist with more than 1 million followers and other prominent government critics.

    It also alleged that the employees — whose jobs did not require access to Twitter users’ private information — were rewarded with a designer watch and tens of thousands of dollars funneled into secret bank accounts. They were charged with acting as agents of Saudi Arabia without registering with the U.S. government.

    Ahmad Abouammo, who left his job as the media partnership manager responsible for Twitter’s Middle East region in 2015, was also charged with falsifying documents and making false statements when questioned by FBI agents. He was expected to make his initial court appearance in Seattle federal court Wednesday afternoon.

    That same year, investigators alleged that a Saudi working as a social media adviser for the Saudi royal family, recruited Twitter engineer Ali Alzabarah by flying him to Washington, D.C., for a private meeting with an unnamed member of the family.

    “Within one week of returning to San Francisco, Alzabarah began to access without authorization private data of Twitter users en masse,” the complaint said.

    The effort included the user data of over 6,000 Twitter users, including at least 33 usernames for which Saudi Arabian law enforcement had submitted emergency disclosure requests to Twitter, investigators said.

    After being confronted by his supervisors at Twitter, Alzabarah allegedly admitted to accessing user data and said he did it out of curiosity.

    Alzabarah was placed on administrative leave, his work-owned laptop was seized and he was escorted out of the office. The next day, he flew to Saudi Arabia with his wife and daughter and has not returned to the United States, investigators said. A warrant for his arrest was issued as part of the complaint.

    False Alarm Triggers Hijacking Protocol at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, Airline Says

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 12:48 PM PST

    Passengers and crew on board a plane at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam were reported safe after Dutch police began investigating a “suspicious situation” on Wednesday.

    A tweet from the official Schiphol airport’s account said the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, the Dutch military police, is looking into the situation on board of a plane at the airport. The police’s official Twitter account also confirmed the investigation.

    Details about what police were investigating on the plane were not immediately available.

    About an hour after announcing the start of the investigation, police and airport officials said the passengers and crew were safely off the plane. The investigation on the plane continues, they said.

    The airline Air Europa said Wednesday afternoon that a false alarm prompted the investigation. A warning that “triggers protocols on hijackings at the airport” was activated by mistake on a flight from Amsterdam to Madrid, according to a tweet from the airline.

    Air Europa noted in a followup tweet that its flight to Madrid would take off shortly. Schiphol airport said later Wednesday afternoon that regular operations had resumed at the airport.

    Schiphol airport is one of the world’s busiest hubs, with more than 70 million passengers passing through each year.

     

    The ‘OK Boomer’ Meme Has Officially Entered Parliamentary Record in New Zealand

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 09:20 AM PST

    The decisive rise of the “OK Boomer” meme continues.

    On Monday, an MP from New Zealand’s Green Party, 25-year-old Chlöe Swarbrick, delivered a speech in support of a Zero Carbon Bill, which would provide a framework to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions and establish a new Climate Change Commission. The government’s previous plan to limit greenhouse gases has been criticized by climate activists as insufficient.

    “Mr. Speaker, how many world leaders for how many decades have seen and known what is coming, but have decided that it is more politically expedient to keep [climate change] behind closed doors?” she asked. “My generation and the generations after me do not have that luxury.”

    Read more: Why TIME Devoted an Entire Issue to Climate Change

    “In the year 2050 I will be 56 years old… yet, right now, the average of this 52nd Parliament is 49-years old,” she continued. In response, another MP began to heckle her.

    “OK boomer,” Swarbrick shot back.

    Not sure what she’s referring to? The phrase “OK boomer” comes from a viral meme that originated on the social media site TikTok. The videos usually include an audio clip of an older man saying, “The millennials and Generation Z have the Peter Pan syndrome, they don’t ever want to grow up.” Teens then include their reactions, always a variation on the phrase “OK Boomer.”

    The phrase has taken off across the Internet and beyond, and become a common retort used by young people when confronting condescension from older people, usually those of the Baby Boomer generation.

     

    In an interview with Stuff, Swarbrick explained her use of the phrase: It’s a “simple summarisation of collective exhaustion,” she said. “Young people have suffered a decade of jibes about how millennials have ruined everything and need to ‘pull our socks up,’ or something.”

    “‘OK boomer’ acknowledges that you cannot win a deeply polarized debate — facts don’t matter,” she continued. “It’s better to acknowledge that perhaps energy is better spent elsewhere.”

    Hungarian Mayor Resigns Amid ‘Yacht Orgy’ Scandal

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 07:36 AM PST

    (Bloomberg) — The mayor of western Hungary’s largest city, who was re-elected despite the publication of a video showing him participating in an orgy on a luxury yacht, has resigned less than a month after winning a fourth term.

    Zsolt Borkai, the mayor of Gyor and a 1988 Olympic champion gymnast, said in an open letter on Wednesday that he was stepping down because of his “moral predicament.” His resignation is effective Friday. Under pressure, Borkai had already quit Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling party last month.

    Hungary’s opposition had seized on the Borkai scandal during the campaign for nationwide municipal elections as evidence of moral decay under Orban’s nine-year rule. The video was widely seen as having helped tip close races in favor of a united opposition, including in Budapest, and deal the Hungarian leader his worst electoral setback in more than a decade.

    Child Survivors of Mexico Ambush Hid in Brush, Walked as Much as 14 Miles for Help

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 07:25 AM PST

    (GALEANA, Mexico) — The eight children, some mere infants, who survived the ambush in northern Mexico not only escaped the drug cartel gunmen who killed their mothers but managed to hide in the brush, with some walking miles to get help despite grisly bullet wounds.

    In a testament to a mother’s devotion, one woman reportedly stashed her baby on the floor of her Suburban and got out of the vehicle, waving her arms to show the gunmen she wasn’t a threat. She may have moved away from the vehicle to distract their attention; her bullet-ridden body was found about 15 yards (meters) away from the SUV.

    The mother was one of nine U.S. citizens — three women and six children all living in northern Mexico — slaughtered Monday when cartel gunmen ambushed three SUVs along a dirt road in an attack that left one vehicle a burned-out, bullet-riddled hulk. Mexican officials said the gunmen may have mistaken the group’s large SUVs for those of a rival gang amid a vicious turf war.

    The five wounded children were seriously enough injured that Mexican authorities flew them to the border in a military helicopter to receive hospital care in the United States. Sonora state health officials said they were “stable” at the moment of transfer. Three other children who were not wounded are in the care of family members in the tiny hamlet of La Mora in northern Mexico.

    But what the children went through in the remote, mountainous area of Sonora state is nearly indescribable.

    Kendra Miller, a relative, said in an account of the shootings that Devin Blake Langford, 13, was one of the few uninjured young people and quickly took charge, eventually walking about 14 miles (22.5 kilometers) back to La Mora for help.

    “After witnessing his mother and brothers being shot dead, Devin hid his six other siblings in the bushes and covered them with branches to keep them safe while he went for help,” according to the account. “When he took too long to return, his 9-year-old sister left the remaining five to try again.”

    That girl, Mckenzie Rayne Langford, walked for hours in the dark before she was found several hours after the other children were rescued. She was listed as missing for a while.

    Altogether, the kids were on their own from about 1:00 p.m., when the ambush began, until about 7:30 p.m., when they were rescued. Relatives from La Mora tried to reach them before that, but were turned back by gunfire. The area is the site of a cartel turf war.

    In recordings of calls between the rescuers, they can be heard debating whether it was better to risk more lives, or wait for an hour or two until Mexican army troops arrived. It was an agonizing decision.

    What they saw when they found the children was terrifying.

    Cody Greyson Langford, 8, had been shot in the jaw and bled profusely. Another girl had been shot in the foot and the back.

    The killers were apparently members of the Juarez drug cartel and its armed wing, La Linea — “The Line” — whose gunmen had entered Sinaloa cartel territory and set up an armed outpost on a hilltop and an ambush further up the road. The Juarez cartel apparently wanted to send a message that it controlled the road into Chihuahua. It was this invasion force that the American mothers and their three vehicles drove into.

    It was only after the first vehicle was shot up and set afire that 50 or 60 Sinaloa cartel gunmen showed up to see what had happened.

    But it isn’t the cruelty of the cartel, but the bravery, innocence and sacrifice of the victims that relatives want remembered.

    Austin Cloes, a relative of the victims, said from his home in Salt Lake City that they were good people who loved their children and enjoyed their quiet lives based around a successful pecan farming operation.

    “This sort of thing shouldn’t go unnoticed,” said Cloes, who works with at-risk youth and coaches high school basketball. “And these sorts of people shouldn’t just be buried without their names being put out there. These are great people.”

    The dead in the attacks included a mother, her 8-month-old twins, her 10-year-old daughter, a 12-year-old son. Another mother lay dead in the front seat of another Suburban, along with the bullet-riddled bodies of her sons, ages 11 and 2.

    The victims lived in Sonora state, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of Douglas, Arizona, in the hamlet of La Mora, which was founded decades ago by an offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many La Mora residents call themselves Mormons but are not affiliated with any church.

    A number of such American farming communities are clustered around the Chihuahua-Sonora state border. Many members were born in Mexico and have dual citizenship. While some of the splinter groups were once polygamous, many no longer are.

    All of the victims were apparently related to the extended LeBaron family in Chihuahua, whose members have run afoul of the drug traffickers over the years. Benjamin LeBaron, an anti-crime activist who founded neighborhood patrols against cartels, was killed in 2009.

    The victims had set out to visit relatives in Chihuahua. One woman was headed to the airport in Phoenix to meet her husband.

    While a drug-related violence has been raging for years in Mexico, the attack underscored the way cartel gunmen have become increasingly unconcerned about killing children as collateral damage. In August in Chihuahua state, cartel gunmen fired 123 bullets at a man and also killed three girls, ages 4, 13 and 14. In June, a young boy was killed along with his father in Sonora state. In July, a 10-year-old was killed during a robbery in Puebla state.

    Criminal investigators said late Tuesday that a suspect was arrested, but it was unclear whether the person had taken part in the ambush.

    In a statement posted on Facebook, the Agency for Criminal Investigation for the state of Sonora said that the suspect was found in the town of Agua Prieta, right at the border with the U.S. state of Arizona, holding two hostages who were gagged and tied inside a vehicle.

    The suspect, whose gender was not specified in the statement, was also found in possession of four assault rifles and ammunition, as well as various large vehicles including a bullet-proofed SUV, the agency said.

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    AP Writer Brady McCombs in Salt Lake City contributed to this report.

    Buckingham Palace Says Queen Elizabeth’s New Clothes Will No Longer Feature Real Fur

    Posted: 06 Nov 2019 05:13 AM PST

    (LONDON) — Buckingham Palace says new outfits designed for Queen Elizabeth II will not use real fur.

    The palace said Wednesday the decision does not mean the queen will dispose of all the fur outfits she already has. The palace statement says “the queen will continue to re-wear existing outfits in her wardrobe.”

    The decision pleased animal rights activists, who have sometimes criticized the monarch for the fur pieces in her collection of designer clothes.

    Claire Bass, director of the Humane Society International/UK, says “we are thrilled Her Majesty has officially gone fur-free.” She says the queen’s decision will send a positive message that fur is no longer considered fashionable.


              

    English Speaking Governess for G5 Required in Riyadh

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    A VIP family based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is seeking and educated and experienced live-in governess for the care, education and advancement in English language skills for their 5 year old daughter.

    Their daughter is a very active and energetic child who loves sports, especially gymnastic and swimming. The idea is to educate her through age appropriate activities inside and outside of the home through fun, educational, active and imaginative play. They would also like someone that reinforces positive behaviour as well as good manners and discipline.

    The ideal candidate will be a well presented, active, imaginative, kind, patient and flexible governess seeking their next long-term role. Somebody that has been culturally exposed and thrives off the idea of working in a new climate, unless you have previously worked in the Middle East which would be a plus. Although fluency and articulation in English is most important, candidates with knowledge of French as a second language are favoured, however it is not essential.

    This is a fully staffed household, therefore someone with a kind and friendly disposition that enjoys working within a team would be best fit to this role. A team player is essential. With regards to the duties the governess will be focussing on educating and caring for the child, of course ensuring the play area is clean and hygiene standards are kept to, however other staff will take care of cleaning, cooking and bathing etc.

    There will be a lot of travel involved within the role, therefore someone who enjoys travelling with the family and experiencing different cultures would be a great fit.

    The working schedule shall be 6 days per week, 12 hours daily. Due to the nature of the family having many commitments and events, a person who is flexible to change their working pattern on occasion if need be.

    This is a live-in role whereby the governess is provided with live-in accommodation within the Palace with own room and private bathroom. The salary on offer is from £1200 per week and the family is ready to start interviewing candidates immediately.

    Requirements:

    • Fluent English-speaker
    • 3+ years experience working with pre-school children
    • Ready to commit to at least 1 year contract
    • Excellent previous references
    • DBS check cleared

    Package:

    • Salary from £1200 npw
    • Separate room with en-suite bathroom
    • Visa and flights paid
    • One return flight per year
    • 28 days paid holiday
    • Medical insurance cover

    Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    Salary: £1200+ Npw
    Hours: Full-time
    Type: Permanent
    Starting: Immediately
    Duration: Ongoing


              

    Experienced Governess for B3 Required in Riyadh, 1000 Npw

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    A family based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, well-recommended to Great British Nannies, is seeking a kind, flexible and experienced Governess for the care and education of their 3 year old boy, who is a very active, positive and creative little boy.

    The idea is that the governess can teach the boy English through fun and educational age appropriate activities inside and outside of the home. They would like him to enjoy time outdoors engaging in sports and learning about the environment. The governess should be active herself and love the outdoors so that they can enjoy the time learning and playing. There will be no formal lessons required initially, however teaching through play as well as singing, reading and through the arts is preferred.

    The ideal candidate will be a fluent English speaker, with a genuine love for children, have a good understanding of different cultures and who has worked in the Middle East before so that they can quickly integrate into their new role. A good team player is essential and great communication skills so that you are able to get on well with other members of staff and family members at all times. The candidate will have minimum 3 years of experience with this age group.

    It is a fully staffed household, therefore no housekeeping duties are required, besides keeping the children’s playroom clean and tidy whilst adhering to good standards of hygiene. The family travels often, mostly during the summer months and the governess would be required to accompany them during their travels.

    The working schedule is 6 days per week 12 hours daily, a degree of flexibility is expected from the governess especially when the family is travelling overseas.

    The salary on offer starts from £1,000 net per week. The governess will be offered live-in accommodation with her own room with private en-suite, this is provided within the grandparents home not far from the family’s home. You will have adequate privacy.

    The position is to start as soon as possible and they are ready to interview candidates via video call immediately.

    Requirements:

    Fluent English-speaker

    3+ years experience working with toddlers

    Ready to commit to at least 1 year contract

    Previous experience in the Middle East

    Excellent previous references

    DBS check cleared

    Package:

    Salary £1,000 npw

    Separate room with en-suite bathroom

    Visa and flights paid

    One return flight home per contract year

    Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    Salary: £1000 Npw
    Hours: Full-time
    Type: Permanent
    Starting: Immediately
    Duration: Ongoing


              

    Overseas Governess Prepare a 5-Year-Old Girl for School!!

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    Ref Number: ELC170

    Title: Overseas Governess

    Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    Salary: £1,200+ net per week

    Children Age: Girl aged five

    Contract length: Permanent

    Working Days & hours: 6 days per week 8-10 hours per day

    Start Date: ASAP

    Benefit: No nursery duties required for this governess role to prepare a 5-year-old girl for school next September!

    Job Summary: Family in Riyadh are searching for a governess to start ASAP. The family have a little girl who is 5 years old. The governess will be responsible for the educational development of the girl as well as teach manners and etiquette. The little girl will be starting school in September 2020 and your role will be to prepare her for this. Day to day you will plan lessons/activities to help her work on her weaknesses. She struggles with social interaction, so the governess should encourage her to spend time with her peers. No nursery or household duties involved.

    Accommodation: Separate bedroom and bathroom.

    Candidate requirements: The family are looking for a fun and presentable governess. You should be comfortable targeting the little girl’s weaknesses and planning activities to help her overcome these. There will be travel involved in the role and the family would like the governess to travel with them. You must be comfortable working in a fully staffed household.

    Applying for this position: Please email your interest in this position to (email address removed). Please ensure you include the reference number for the position you are applying for (found at the top of the advert). For candidates who are not currently registered with Eden Private Staff, please include an up-to-date CV when applying. Applicants for this position should have excellent checkable references and a valid DBS [CRB]. Please note we only register candidates with a minimum 3 years’ experience in a similar role.

    Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    Salary: £1,200+ Net per Week
    Hours: Full-time
    Type: Permanent
    Starting: Immediately
    Duration: Ongoing


              

    Overseas Nanny/Governess Twins (B&G) Aged Four!!

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    Ref Number: ELC169

    Title: Overseas Nanny/Governess

    Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    Salary: DOE – please state what salary you would expect for this role

    Children Age: Boy and girl twins aged 4

    Contract length: Permanent

    Working Days & hours: Six days per week 12 hours per day

    Start Date: January 2020

    Benefit: Great role in Saudi Arabia with two delightful twins!

    Job Summary: Family based in Riyadh are looking for a nanny/governess to work with their twins aged four. The twins have previously had a nanny, who will be leaving around Christmas time. There are no cooking or laundry duties as there are other household staff to take care of this. The role will include nanny/nursery duties, such as organising daily activities and the bed and bath time routines. The family would also like the candidate to take on governess duties to help the children with their educational development, for example planning age appropriate educational activities.

    Accommodation: Separate bedroom and bathroom in the family home

    Candidate requirements: The family are looking for a candidate who will is positive and proactive, with a muck in attitude who is able to cover both nanny and governess duties. The overseas nanny/governess should be comfortable working in a team alongside the other household staff. There may be travel included with the role and the ideal candidate will be comfortable travelling with the family.

    Applying for this position: Please email your interest in this position to (email address removed). Please ensure you include the reference number for the position you are applying for (found at the top of the advert). For candidates who are not currently registered with Eden Private Staff, please include an up-to-date CV when applying. Applicants for this position should have excellent checkable references and a valid DBS [CRB]. Please note we only register candidates with a minimum 3 years’ experience in a similar role.

    Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    Salary: Doe Please State Expected Salary
    Hours: Full-time
    Type: Permanent
    Starting: Immediately
    Duration: Ongoing


              

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    Employment Opportunity - Group Leader

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    Title: Group Leader

    Employer: Multinational Defense and Security Solutions Company

    Salary: $94,470 to $110,000 + expat package (Includes secure Western compound with single occupancy accommodations, utilities, internet/satellite TV, and active Saudi military security. Provided a 2015/2016 Tahoe vehicle to drive.)

    Location: Jubail, Saudi Arabia

    Start date: As soon as possible

    Type: Full-time

    Experience: Minimum 10-15 years

    Education: BA/BS

    Responsibilities

    Duties include, but are not limited to:

     Overseeing the development and delivery of instructional services on assigned projects.

     Managing and directing the project team to ensure all technical, schedule, and delivery requirements are met.

     Working closely with Program Manager to provide detailed project data for formal cost, schedule and performance tracking and reporting.

     Being responsible for the performance of employees working contract tasks.

     Ensuring the appropriate resources are provided and available for project execution IAW contract requirements.

     Interfacing with the customer project lead to ensure products and services are delivered in accordance with contract requirements.

     Coordinate contract requirements and reports with appropriate stakeholders including Kratos senior management.

    Minimum Qualifications

     Valid US passport with at least two-years until expiration is mandatory.

     BA/BS degree in business management, education or equivalent.

     Former US Navy, Marine, Army, Air Force, or Coast Guard Senior Enlisted or Officer.

     A minimum of 10-15 years of specialized experience in managing training projects preferably for military related requirements.

     Experience with management techniques, especially with Academic Instruction in a formal classroom setting

     Experience managing multi-disciplinary training teams for the development of complex instructional tasks

     Demonstrated ability to provide guidance and direction to large teams in the required tasks.

     Proven expertise in the management and control of project resources.

     Proven successful interaction with senior military and Government personnel.

    Preferred Qualifications

     A degree in TEFL or TSOL certification is desirable

     Prior service or retired US Navy E-8/E- 9 or O-4/O- 5

     Experience with English Language Training in the Gulf Region, including familiarity and experience in teaching and managing the execution of the DLI/ALC curriculum in a formal military environment and/or significant experience teaching in the ESL community.

     Management or administrative experience in a military academy - overseeing faculty, facility, and classroom logistics and processes.

    Contact: Inquiries@GlobalProfessionalSearch.com



              

    Employment Opportunity - Senior ELT Project Manager

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    Senior ELT Project Manager $78,000 to $100,000 + expat package

    Employer: Multinational Defense and Security Solutions Company

    Salary: $78,000 to $100,000 + expat package

    Location: Jubail, Saudi Arabia

    Start date: As soon as possible    

    Type: Full-time

    Years Experience: Minimum 10-15 years

    Education:           BA/BS

    Responsibilities

    Duties include, but are not limited to:

    • Overseeing the development and delivery of instructional services on assigned projects.
    • Managing and directs the project team to assure all technical, schedule, and delivery requirements are met.
    • Working closely with Program Manager to provide detailed project data for formal cost, schedule and performance tracking and reporting.
    • Being responsible for the performance of employees working contract tasks and ensuring the appropriate resources are provided and available for project execution IAW contract requirements.
    • Interfacing with the customer project lead to ensure products and services are delivered in accordance with contract requirements.

    Minimum Qualifications

    • US or UK passport is mandatory.
    • BA/BS degree in business management, education or equivalent.
    • Experience with management techniques, especially with Academic Instruction in a formal classroom setting
    • Experience managing multi-disciplinary training teams for the development of complex instructional tasks
    • A minimum of 10-15 years of specialized experience in managing training projects preferably for military related requirements.
    • Demonstrated ability to provide guidance and direction to large teams in the required tasks.
    • Proven expertise in the management and control of project resources.
    • Proven successful interaction with senior military and Government personnel.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • A degree in TEFL or TSOL certification is desirable
    • Former military experience.
    • Experience with English Language Training in the Gulf Region, including familiarity and experience in teaching and managing the execution of the DLI/ALC curriculum in a formal military environment and/or significant experience teaching in the ESL community.
    • Management or administrative experience in a military academy - overseeing faculty, facility, and classroom logistics and processes.


    Contact: Inquiries@GlobalProfessionalSearch.com



              

    Will Do Everything to Win against Saudi Arabia: India U-19 Coach Floyd Pinto

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    Indian under-19 football team will look to get their first win of AFC U-19 Championships 2020 Qualifiers when they take on hosts Saudi Arabia.
              

    Saudi Arabia: SAMA signs mutual cooperation MoU with DFSA

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    The Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) and the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) have enhanced their relationship when they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen mutual cooperation in the supervision of banking and insurance.
              

    U.S. accuses two former Twitter employees of spying for Saudi Arabia

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    Two former employees of Twitter and a third man from Saudi Arabia face U.S. charges of spying for the kingdom by digging up private user data and giving it to Saudi officials in exchange for payment, a complaint from the Department of Justice shows.

              

    BREAKING: Ex-Twitter Employees Charged For Spying For Saudi Arabia, Reports Say

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    The Department of Justice announced on Wednesday charges against two former Twitter employees for allegedly spying for Saudi Arabia which analysts believe is the first time that the United States government has accused Saudi Arabia of spying in the United States.


              

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    Two Former Twitter Employees Charged With Spying For Saudi Arabia, May Be Involved In Khashoggi Murder
    For all those still seeking details about Saudi Arabia’s murder of Jamal Khashoggi, it may be time to give Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey a call.

    Two former Twitter employees were charged with spying for Saudi Arabia, the Justice Department unveiled on Wednesday in San Francisco, in a case which the WaPo said "raises concerns about the ability of Silicon Valley to protect the private information of dissidents and other users from repressive governments."

    The complaint unsealed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco detailed a coordinated effort by Saudi officials to recruit employees at the social media giant to look up the private data of thousands of Twitter accounts. The accounts included those of a popular journalist with more than 1 million followers and other prominent government critics.

    The charges come one day after the arrest of one of the former Twitter employees, Ahmad Abouammo, a U.S. citizen who is alleged to have spied on the accounts of three users, including one whose posts discussed the inner workings of the Saudi leadership, on behalf of the government in Riyadh. Abouammo was also charged with falsifying an invoice to obstruct an FBI investigation.

    The second former employee, Ali Alzabarah, a Saudi citizen, was accused of accessing the personal information of more than 6,000 Twitter accounts in 2015.

    And here is the punchline: one of those accounts that was accessed belonged to a prominent dissident, Omar Abdulaziz, who later became close to Jamal Khashoggi, the WaPo columnist who was killed by Saudi government agents last year.

    A third individual, Saudi citizen Ahmed Almutairi, allegedly acted as an intermediary between Saudi officials and the Twitter employees. He is also charged with spying. Alzabarah and Almutairi are believed to be in Saudi Arabia. Analysts said it is the first time federal prosecutors have publicly accused Saudis of spying in the United States.


              

    BREAKING: Feds accuse two Twitter employees of using employee access to spy for Saudi Arabia

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    SoftBank's latest valuation of WeWork is lower than previously thought — at under $5 billion

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    • SoftBank slashed its pre-bailout valuation of WeWork by 83% in three months to $4.9 billion, according to an investor presentation dated for release on Friday.
    • SoftBank Investment Advisors, which manages the Japanese conglomerate's $100 billion Vision Fund I, cut WeWork's valuation by 74% even after accounting for parts of SoftBank's rescue deal, from $29.6 billion on June 30 to $7.8 billion on September 30.
    • Vision Fund I posted an $8.8 billion investment loss last quarter.
    • Read more of Business Insider's WeWork coverage here.

    SoftBank slashed its pre-bailout valuation of WeWork by 83% in three months to $4.9 billion, according to an investor presentation dated for release on Friday.

    SoftBank Investment Advisors — which manages the $100 billion Vision Fund I that counts Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi's sovereign wealth funds among its investors — cut the shared-workspace group's valuation by 74% even after accounting for parts of SoftBank's rescue deal, from $29.6 billion on June 30 to $7.8 billion on September 30.

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    2 Former Twitter Employees Charged With Spying For Saudi Arabia

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    One of the accused accessed more than 6,000 Twitter accounts allegedly looking for information about critics of the Saudi government, according to court documents.
              

    Twitter Staff Charged with Spying for Saudi Arabia

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    Two former Twitter employees have been charged by the US justice department for spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia, having been paid thousands of dollars to expose information about critics of the regime. The pair are alleged to have accessed the data of thousands of Twitter users.

    The post Twitter Staff Charged with Spying for Saudi Arabia appeared first on Tech.co.


              

    10 things in tech you need to know today

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    Mark Zuckerberg at Georgetown University

    Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday.

    1. Thousands of explosive internal Facebook documents were published online in full. Facebook has fought vigorously against the release of the documents, arguing that they presented an unbalanced picture of the company.
    2. California's attorney general revealed he's investigating Facebook, and says it's not complying with subpoenas. California has been quietly investigating Facebook over privacy issues and its business model for more than a year.
    3. Facebook admitted to another data leak, saying that up to 100 developers accessed people's data from Groups. In April 2018 Facebook implemented new rules restricting the amount of personal data third parties could access following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but some apps seem to have been unaffected by the new rules.
    4. Federal prosecutors charged two former Twitter employees with spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia. The criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday alleges that the former employees snooped on the accounts of people who were critical of Saudi Arabia.
    5. Alphabet's board has launched a probe into the company's handling of sexual misconduct charges, including those made against its top attorney. David Drummond, Alphabet's chief legal officer, had an affair and a child with a subordinate and is accused of having other affairs with women in his department.
    6. Bill Gates addressed his multiple meetings with Jeffrey Epstein, saying he "I made a mistake in judgment." Gates said he thought affiliating with Epstein would encourage the financier to commit money to global health initiatives, but that the money never materialized.
    7. Airbnb is rolling out major safety changes following five deaths at a Halloween party last week. Airbnb will now verify all listings and have a 24/7 help line available, among other changes.
    8. China's biggest ridehailing company Didi will bar female passengers from using its carpooling service after 8 p.m. after two women were murdered. The curfew is part of its relaunch of Hitch, a carpooling app which Didi suspended after the murder of a female passenger in August 2018.
    9. China will ban gamers under 18 from playing video games after 10 p.m. in order to curb a growing online addiction. Underage gamers will also be restricted to 90 minutes of gameplay on weekdays according to China's General Administration of Press and Publication.
    10. Airbnb lost a high-stakes vote in Jersey City that will put increased restrictions on short-term rentals. This was a major defeat for Airbnb, which spent more than $4 million campaigning against the increased regulation ahead of the vote and its upcoming IPO.

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    Federal prosecutors charged two former Twitter employees with spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia (TWTR)

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    • Federal prosecutors have charged two former Twitter employees with spying on behalf of the Saudi Arabian government, The Washington Post first reported.
    • The criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday alleges that the former employees snooped on the accounts of people who were critical of Saudi Arabia.
    • The defendants allegedly spied on more than 6,000 Twitter accounts beginning in 2015 at Saudi Arabia's behest.
    • A Twitter spokesperson said the company is thankful for the Justice Department's investigation but declined to answer questions about what role the employees held in the company.
    • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

    Two former employees of Twitter have been charged with spying on more than 6,000 users' accounts at the request of the Saudi Arabian government, according to a federal criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday.

    The Justice Department complaint, first reported by The Washington Post, alleges that Ali Alzabarah, a Saudi Arabian citizen, and Ahmad Abouammo, a US citizen, both used their positions at Twitter to spy on users who were critical of Saudi Arabia. Abouammo was arrested Tuesday, according to the Post.

    A Twitter spokesperson said in a statement to Business Insider that the company was grateful for the Justice Department's investigation, but declined to answer questions about what positions the two former employees held at the company, or whether Twitter was aware of any spying before prosecutors intervened.

    "We would like to thank the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice for their support with this investigation. We recognize the lengths bad actors will go to try and undermine our service. Our company limits access to sensitive account information to a limited group of trained and vetted employees," the spokesperson said.

    The spokesperson went on to say that Twitter "understand[s] the incredible risks faced by many who use Twitter to share their perspectives with the world and to hold those in power accountable. We have tools in place to protect their privacy and their ability to do their vital work. We're committed to protecting those who use our service to advocate for equality, individual freedoms, and human rights."

    According to the Post, one of the accounts that the employees snooped on belonged to Omar Abdulaziz, a prominent activist who was critical of Saudi Arabia and became close with Jama Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist killed by Saudi government officials last year.

    "The criminal complaint unsealed today alleges that Saudi agents mined Twitter's internal systems for personal information about known Saudi critics and thousands of other Twitter users," U.S. Attorney David L. Anderson told the Post. "We will not allow U.S. companies or U.S. technology to become tools of foreign repression in violation of U.S. law."

    Abouammo worked as a media partnerships manager for Twitter, according to the criminal complaint. A LinkedIn profile that appears to belong to Abouammo says he was at the company from 2013-2015, and that he "spearheaded Twitter partnerships with media organizations (TV, sports, government, entertainment, music, and news)" in the Middle East and Africa.

    SEE ALSO: Twitter has published its rules for world leaders, including what types of tweets won't be allowed

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    China Considers up to $10 Billion Investment in Aramco Oil

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    Chinese state-possessed companies are considering jointly committing 5 billion to 10 billion bucks in the IPO of the Saudi status essential oil organization Saudi Aramco.   Insiders reported this towards the Bloomberg reports company. Based on the resources, the idea has been discussed with the businesses. The celebrations that could invest funds in Saudi Aramco would include the Chinese condition purchase fund Silk Highway Fund, although status-possessed oil organization Sinopec would also love to participate within the purchase rounded. The Chinese involvement within the Saudi Aramco IPO would improve ties between The far east and Saudi Arabia. Allegedly Russia is […]

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    US court charges former Twitter employees for spying on thousands of users for Saudi Arabia

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    A US Justic Department on Wednesday anounced that a San Francisco Federal Court has charged two former Twitter employees and an unnamed person over spying on the users of the social networking site who remained critical of the Saudi Royal family.

    The third unnamed person is reportedly a US citizen while the two former employees are said to US Saudi citizens. It has also been reported that they spied on behalf of the government in Riyadh. According to a prosecutors statement mentioned in the court filing, the three persons worked for a entity named "Royal Family Member-1".

    According to The Washington Post, this was Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

    "The criminal complaint unsealed today alleges that Saudi agents mined Twitter's internal systems for personal information about known Saudi critics and thousands of other Twitter users," said US Attorney David Anderson.

    "US law protects US companies from such an unlawful foreign intrusion. We will not allow US companies or US technology to become tools of foreign repression in violation of US law," Anderson was quoted as saying in a statement.

    The latest lawsuit comes on the heels of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was dismembered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Khashoggi's death according to the Post had been Riyadh-sanctioned and has continued to strain US-Saudi relations.


              

    Great Galloping Gobs of Gasoline

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    I don't know what triggered it but the gas station right across the street from my apartment complex raised the price of a gallon of gas by 0.13 cents per gallon today. Yesterday it was $2.179 (effectively $2,.18) per gallon - today the price is 2.309 (effectively $2.31) per gallon. Now, for my Toyota Corolla that means about $135.oo more per year if it stays there and if I by jst about two full tanks per week. I can't imagine what that means for a large SUV or pick-up truck.

    What is Hades made the price jump that much overnight is beyond me; suppose I should check the news and see if Saudi Arabia had some wells bombed again. Then again, I just saw gas for $2.099 at Murphy's and I topped off my tank just in case theirs goes up as well.

    All the best,
    Glenn B

              

    Twitter Employees Accused Of Spying For Saudi Arabia

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    WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Two former employees of Twitter and a third man from Saudi Arabia face U.S. charges of spying for the kingdom by digging up private user data and giving it to Saudi officials in exchange for payment, a complaint from the Department of Justice shows.
              

    Is Russia Living Up To World Cup Expectations? | From Russia With Love Ep 1

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    World Cup 2018 is underway and many of the world's questions about Russia's ability to host have already been answered. Political drama aside, people from around the world have brought their incredible spirit and energy to the host country. 'From Russia With Love' kicks off in Moscow around the opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia. COPA90 US is North America’s voice in the global soccer conversation. We're here to share how football feels and passionately tell the stories no one else does, in our region and beyond. This is the soccer generation that we're building together. Also follow us on:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/COPA90/Twitter: https://twitter.com/copa90usInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/copa90us/
              

    Former Saudi, US Twitter Employees Charged With Spying For Saudi Arabia

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    The Department of Justice on Wednesday announced charges against two former Twitter employees.
              

    Two former Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia

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    Two former employees of Twitter and a third man from Saudi Arabia face U.S. charges of spying for the kingdom by digging up private user data and giving it to Saudi officials in exchange for payment, according to a complaint filed on Wednesday. Chris Dignam has more.
              

    US: Saudi Arabia recruited Twitter employees charged for spying

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    Two Saudi citizens, one American accused of working together to unmask ownership of dissident Twitter accounts.
              

    Yemeni Government, Separatists Sign Deal To End Power Struggle

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    The two sides signed the agreement Tuesday in Saudi Arabia's capital.
              

    Saudi Arabia kicks off IPO of world's biggest oil company

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    Saudi Aramco started its initial public offering on Sunday, seven weeks after crippling attacks on its oil facilities. David Doyle reports.
              

    Saudi Arabia kicks off IPO of worldandapos;s biggest oil company

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    Saudi Aramco started its initial public offering on Sunday, seven weeks after crippling attacks on its oil facilities. David Doyle reports.
              

    Brock Lesnar Gets Revenge On UFC Nemesis Cain Velasquez At WWE Crown Jewel, Retains Title

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    Brock Lesnar retained the WWE Championship at the Crown Jewel pay-per-view in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, scoring revenge on Cain Velasquez. Katie Johnston reports.
              

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    Comment on Headlies – Vince McMahon Entertains Wrestlers During Delayed Flight From Saudi Arabia by Thomas Moffatt

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    An insider said, "Everyone was glad they ditched Braden Walker when they did otherwise they'd have had to put up with 'knock, knock' jokes all the way back...
              

    Comment on Headlies – Vince McMahon Entertains Wrestlers During Delayed Flight From Saudi Arabia by John C

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    Mr. McMahon then ordered a DVD be played featuring AEW “Superstars” like Orange Cassidy and the third grader Marko Stunt at the end he asked (via speakerphone) who’s ready to sign up and sell for those world class talents.
              

    Authorities say two inside Twitter spied for Saudis

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    On Wednesday, the Justice Department accused the two men of using their positions and their access to Twitter’s internal systems to aid Saudi Arabia by obtaining information on American citizens and Saudi dissidents who opposed the policies of the kingdom and its leaders.

              

    2 former Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia

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    Two former Twitter employees are accused of using their access at the social media giant to gather sensitive and nonpublic information on dissidents of the Saudi regime.
              

    US says 2 former Twitter workers spied for Saudi Arabia

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    Umrah is one of the religious practices offered by Muslim Ummah. Every Muslim dream of visiting the holy land of Makkah and Madinah. For performing the Hajj, there are the specific dates in the month of Zill-hajj. For Umrah there is no restriction, Muslim can perform Umrah whenever he wanted. In this regard if you are looking for performing Umrah in October then you must know the facilities in very affordable rates. We offer the cheapest Umrah packages for 2019 which are all inclusive. Our different Umrah Packages 2019 includes the most excellent hotels range start from 5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars which offer comfortable and luxury accommodation. We have organized rooms at Makkah and Madina keeping in view the present situation of expansion project in the sacred cities. In Makkah, for Umrah 2019 we have organized rooms for pilgrims near to Haram. Perform Umrah with 5 Start Umrah 2019 Packages, visa, flights, hotels to Makkah and Madina. Umrah is an act of worship, which we Muslims perform comprising of four things wearing Ihram, Tawaf of the Khana Ka’aba, and shaving the head (men) or cutting the hairs (women). The Umrah is the second most holy act of worship of the ALLAH almighty after Hajj. Millions of Muslims from different parts of the world visit to Saudi Arabia for performing Umrah every year using Umrah Packages 2019 offered. Our October Umrah packages include every facilities for pilgrims. Through our packages, we are providing the cheap and best facilities for the Muslims families to perform Umrah in the month of October. We give best and cheap to keep the October Umrah packages at the minimum cost. Our packages which we claim to be most affordable for the Muslim. We kept the comforts of the pilgrims food, hotel and traveling are included in all packages including the October Umrah packages. For more detail: https://www.cheapesthajjandumrahpackages.co.uk/ Book Umrah package 2019-2020 today with us. We have different Umrah packages available. Call us on: +44 2038870089 Whatsapp on: +44 7487790097 Email us: info@airlead.co.uk Address: 13 Station Road, London, SE25 5AH, United Kingdom
              

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    The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) to the U.S. Educational system, culture and values. Deadline : 31 December 2019

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    The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) to the U.S. Educational system, culture and values. Deadline : 31 December 2019

    The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) brings future leaders to the U.S. to experience the U.S. educational system, share their culture, and explore U.S. culture and values.

    Application is open November 4th, 2019 through December 31st, 2019.

    Global UGRAD is administered by World Learning on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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    • The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia reportedly uses hacks, social media surveillance, and spies to keep tabs on dissidents, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch.
    • An alleged instance of this global spying operation surfaced earlier this week, when federal prosecutors charged two former Twitter employees with snooping on users on behalf of Saudi Arabia.
    • The Kingdom reportedly used surveillance tech to hack online accounts of dissidents, installed spyware on critics' phones, and steered online harassment campaigns against its adversaries.
    • The report of Saudi Arabia's alleged online spying and harassment comes at a time when the Kingdom is becoming a heavy-hitter in tech funding, pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into Silicon Valley startups.
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    Saudi Arabia is reportedly weaponizing big tech to carry out surveillance and smear campaigns against dissidents and critics.

    New reports this week shed light on Saudi Arabia's alleged efforts to quash dissent using big tech. On Wednesday, Federal prosecutors charged two former Twitter employees with spying on users on behalf of the Saudi government. And earlier this week, Human Rights Watch published a report detailing the broader methods Saudi Arabia uses for surveillance and harassment online.

    The reports build on previous allegations that Saudi Arabia has tracked down its critics online at the behest of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. A 2018 report by Citizen Lab found that a Saudi activist's phone was targeted with spyware, and other activists have come forward to report similar hacking.

    Prince Mohammed's alleged vindictiveness towards critics has at times led to violence — the CIA determined that he likely ordered the assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.

    But publicly, Saudi Arabia is a rising power-player in Silicon Valley, pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into startups and venture capital funds like Softbank's Vision Fund, which funded WeWork, Slack, Wag, and Doordash. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that a Saudi-backed fund pumped $400 million into CloudKitchens, the new startup from Uber founder Travis Kalanick.

    Here's a rundown of the ways Saudi Arabia is allegedly using big tech to surveil and retaliate against critics.

    SEE ALSO: Federal prosecutors charged two former Twitter employees with spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabia reportedly used "commercially available surveillance technologies" to install spyware on dissidents' phones.



    According to a Citizen Lab study, Saudi Arabia used a spyware known as Pegasus, sold by the Israeli firm NSO group.

    Source: Citizen Lab



    Pegasus spyware essentially makes everything on a phone accessible.

    "Once a phone is infected [with Pegasus spyware], the customer has full access to a victim's personal files, such as chats, emails, and photos. They can even surreptitiously use the phone's microphones and cameras to view and eavesdrop on their targets," according to Citizen Lab.



    Multiple other Saudi dissidents say they've been targeted by Pegasus hacks .

    Human rights activist Yahya Assiri and comedian Ghanim al-Masarir are among those targeted in recent years, according to Human Rights Watch.



    Saudi officials also reportedly used their public Twitter accounts to harass dissidents using the hashtag "#The_Black_List."



    The hashtag was started by Saud al-Qahtani, the Saudi government's former director of cybersecurity, using his official Twitter account.

    The tweet was screenshotted by the news outlet Bellingcat.



    Dissidents have previously speculated that the Saudi government is able to unmask anonymous accounts — a theory that's become more credible with the spying charges involving two former Twitter employees.



    The alleged online spying and harassment ramped up following Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's rise to power, according to Human Rights Watch.



    The Human Rights Watch report recommends that Twitter and other tech companies investigate possible spying and advocate for the release of dissidents detained for criticizing Saudi Arabia.




              

    Ex-Twitter staff charged with spying for Saudi royals: Duo accused of leaking account records, including those of critics

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    Two now-ex Twitter employees have been charged with spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia – after they allegedly leaked internal records for accounts linked to critics of the Saudi royal family, including the assassinated journalist Jamal Khashoggi, while working for the social network.…


              

    [أخبـار] الخطوط الباكستانية PIA تسير رحلاتها إلى الطائف مرتين أسبوعياً بدأً من ديسمبر 2019

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    11/07 Links Pt1: Ron Prosor: For UNRWA, the party is over; Shin Bet: We thwarted over 450 terror attacks in the past year; Apartheid on Temple Mount: Police Block Jews from Using Drinking Fountains

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    Ron Prosor: For UNRWA, the party is over
    When I heard that United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Commissioner Pierre Krahenbuhl resigned, I was shocked. After all, the UN does not have the best track record when it comes to investigating corruption allegations against its own agencies, let alone when it comes to the UNRWA, which until recently had airtight immunity from criticism.

    For 70 years, UNRWA has been something of a separate entity in the UN, one dedicated solely to the issue of Palestinian "refugees," alongside the agency that handles all other refugees – the UNHCR. But unlike the former UNRWA never even tried to solve the refugee problem and seemed dedicated to perpetuating it.

    Case in point: When UNRWA was founded in 1949, there were around 700,000 Palestinian refugees in the world. Today, their number stands at 5.7 million.

    But UNRWA's data must always be taken with a grain of salt, as they tend to artificially inflate. A census that took place in Lebanon in 2017 found that 300,000 people included in the agency's data simply do not exist and that the true number of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon was 66% smaller than stated on its reports.

    At the same time, the budgets appropriated to UNRWA put the UN's actual refugee agency to shame.

    Not only is UNRWA's budget per-refugee four times greater than that of any other refugee, it employs 30,000 people. The UNRCR, which deals with 70 million refugees, employs only 10,000 people.

    But it seems that UNRWA's party is coming to an end.
    Head of Shin Bet: We thwarted over 450 terror attacks in the past year
    Head of Shin Bet Nadav Argaman claimed on Thursday that the Shin Bet thwarted over 450 terror attacks in the past year. Argaman spoke at the Unmanned Systems Conference, UVID 2019, initiated by Israel Defense.

    "We are an agency with excellent people, the best technology and synergy within the agency and with Israeli security authorities, which allows us to have an edge on very challenging enemies," Argaman said. "All that allowed us to thwart over 450 terror attacks in the past year and try to provide the citizens of Israel with safe and peaceful daily life without knowing what happens behind the scene."

    Meanwhile, the IDF mapped on Thursday the house of Kassem Shabli, one of the terrorists who carried out an attack near the West Bank town of Dolev in August, in which 17-year-old Rina Shnerb was murdered.

    The mapping was done in order to prepare for the demolition of the house in Kfar Kobar on Wednesday night.

    Kassem a-Karim Ragah Shabli, 25, a member of the PFLP, has been arrested in the past for involvement in terrorist activities. Kassem provided the explosives that were used in the IED as well as assisted in assembling it, and took part in the killing of Shnerb.

    Two other terrorists were arrested for involvement in the attack.

    PMW: Why is Martyrdom-death “unique in Palestine”?
    Death as a "Martyr" for Allah and for "Palestine" - during terror attacks and other violent confrontations with Israel - has been promoted as an ideal by the Palestinian Authority for years, as documented by Palestinian Media Watch.

    The elevated status "Martyrs" enjoy in the PA was recently stressed by a host on official PA TV, who bragged that "Martyrdom in Palestine is unique," because a Martyr's funeral is considered "a wedding." A mother of a "Martyr" present in the TV studio expressed her opinion that death as a Martyr is "an honor":
    Official PA TV host: "Praise Allah, I want to say that this Martyrdom always is-"

    Mother of a "Martyr": "An honor."

    Official PA TV host: "Exactly! Martyrdom in Palestine is unique. We are the only ones who celebrate the news of a Martyr's wedding." [Official PA TV, Palestine This Morning, Aug. 27, 2019]


    A Martyr's funeral is considered a wedding to the 72 Virgins in Paradise in Islam.

    These expressions of support for dying as a "Martyr" come as no surprise. PMW has documented numerous mothers and fathers who have expressed joy when their terrorist children died as "Martyrs." This is what the PA has taught them and what is expected of them. The following are examples of mothers praising their dead children's Martyrdom, collected in one video (additional texts below):

    "I hold my head high. The honor is mine. I have a son who is a Martyr." [Official PA TV, Sept. 24, 2002]

    "[My son] told me: 'In this entire world, I can't think of anyone to marry... I want to marry the Dark-Eyed (i.e., Virgins of Paradise).' I said: 'If these are his thoughts, I wish him Martyrdom.'" [Official PA TV, Jan. 21, 2003]

    "I ask Allah to give him the reward of a Martyr... I greet all the people who came today to accompany my son at his wedding (i.e., to the Virgins of Paradise). My son is a sacrifice for the homeland, for Palestine, for Islam, and a sacrifice for all of Palestine." [Official PA TV, Feb. 17, 2018]






    Apartheid on Temple Mount: Police Block Jews from Using Drinking Fountains
    Zionist watchdog group Im Tirtzu on Wednesday released a video showing Israeli police officers physically blocking Jewish visitors on the Temple Mount from using the compound’s water fountain.

    Im Tirtzu’s Tamir Baram, who was among the Jews prevented from drinking water on the Temple Mount, said: “We’ve gotten to such an absurd situation on the Temple Mount in which something so elementary as drinking water is being prevented from Jews. For those who forgot, the Temple Mount is Judaism’s holiest site – and we deserve to be treated there with respect rather than with discrimination.”


    Netanyahu requests U.S. transfer funds to PA, Trump refuses
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requested that Washington allow the transfer of $12 million to Palestinian security forces, but President Donald Trump denied the request, Channel 13 reported.

    “If it’s so important for Netanyahu, he should pay the Palestinians $12 million,” Senior White House officials told Channel 13, quoting the president.

    Netanyahu's administration was supposedly one of the key factors in Trump's decision to cut aid to the Palestinians in the first place, i24 reported. The cuts were made slowly over time, but the US State Department found that the money was still being transferred to Palestinian security forces, according to Israel National News.

    Israeli ambassador to the US Ron Dermer, among other Israeli officials, reportedly asked the US to allow the transfer.

    "All US security assistance to the PA has ceased," a US official told Axios. "The US security coordinator and his team continue to conduct a security cooperation-only mission. These activities are not funded with foreign assistance resources."

    The transfer of funds did not occur, according to Israel National News.
    Security Agencies in India on Alert for Possible Terrorist Attacks on Jewish, Israeli Targets
    Security agencies in India are on alert for possible terrorist attacks on the country’s Jewish community or visiting Israeli tourists.

    News site DNA India reported that both al-Qaeda and ISIS could both be involved in such attacks, as intelligence agencies have traced messages being shared online by the terror groups.

    In addition, a jihadist group in the southern state of Kerala may be collecting information on the Jewish community in the district of Kochi. Kochi is home to the Cochin Jews, an ancient community most of whose members have immigrated to Israel.

    There may also be plans to kidnap Israeli tourists in the country. India is a popular destination for Israeli travelers, especially for young Israelis who have just finished their military service.

    DNA speculated that the terror groups could also be motivated by Israel’s support for the Indian government’s decision to impose direct rule on the disputed Kashmir region.
    Netanyahu lauds pro-Israel fmr Canadian PM Stephen Harper
    RELATING TO the project that will link Harper’s name in perpetuity with the State of Israel, Netanyahu said that Israel is a hub on many levels, including bird migration from Europe to Africa and back. He saw the center as an important facility for ornithological research, combining beauty and science.

    In a reference to the many friendships that Israel has developed over the years with the leaders of different countries, Netanyahu said that, “the best friendship is based on an alliance of values. Stephen has stood up for these values time and again.”

    Harper, acknowledging that he is not supposed to be partisan in another country, recalled that he had first come across Netanyahu in the 1980s and had seen him on television when he had “virtually exploded off the screen.” He had predicted at the time that Netanyahu would one day become prime minister of Israel.

    Not only did that happen, he said, but Netanyahu had become Israel’s longest serving prime minister and had transformed the country and its image on the world stage.

    Harper described Netanyahu as “the most consequential figure in the history of the State of Israel.”
    Bipartisan group of US congresswomen visits to show ‘no daylight’ on Israel
    A bipartisan delegation of women members of Congress is visiting Israel this week to underline that there is “no daylight” between the Democratic and Republican parties when it comes to ensuring the strength of US-Israel relations, and in supporting Israel as a Jewish, democratic state, the leader of the group said Thursday.

    Speaking to The Times of Israel by phone as the delegation toured the country, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat of Florida, said the group had met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz, and former chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, and found it “heartwarming” to hear how similar they sounded about the imperative to enable Israelis and Palestinians to “live side by side in peace.”

    Two other members of the delegation were also on the call — Martha Roby (a Republican of Alabama) and Angie Craig (a Democrat of Minnesota). The delegation also included Congresswomen Bonnie Watson Coleman, Brenda Lawrence, Mikie Sherrill and Susie Lee.

    Asked about concerns in Israel that some high-profile members of the Democratic party have been loudly critical of Israel, and that three Democratic presidential candidates — Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg — have talked of leveraging US military aid in order to compel Israel to change its policies on settlements and the Palestinians, Wasserman Schultz replied: “Quite the contrary: The message given to us, particularly by Prime Minister Netanyahu, is that he does not perceive or believe that there is any erosion of support.”
    Jewish Democratic congressman visiting W. Bank blasts treatment of Palestinians
    A Democratic congressman from Michigan has criticized Israel for its treatment of Palestinians following a tour of the West Bank earlier this week.

    Rep. Andy Levin said Wednesday he was enraged by the situation in Susya, where Palestinian villagers are denied water access, while Jewish settlers nearby are granted government-supplied amenities.

    “Yesterday, I traveled to the southern West Bank, including the Palestinian village of Susya, which the Israeli government has destroyed twice and currently denies access to water,” he wrote. “Yet we watched the government utility, right before our eyes, lay in pipes right across the village’s land to deliver tap water to an illegal Israeli outpost nearby.” He did not name the outpost.

    Israel has several times in the past demolished Palestinian buildings in Susya, saying they were built without permits.

    “It was simply incredible. As angry as the situation made me, the resilience of the Palestinian villagers left an even stronger impression,” wrote Levin, a former synagogue president and chair of the steering committee of Detroit Jews for Justice.
    French far-left leader accuses Jews of 'violent sectarianism'
    The leader of the French far left accused French Jews of inciting to assault him and promoting “violent sectarianism” that he said doesn’t occur among Muslims.

    Jean-Luc Melenchon, leader of the France Unbowed movement, inveighed against the CRIF federation of Jewish communities and organizations on Sunday during a televised interview with France Inter.

    “Sectarianism’s always been a problem for the republican idea,” Melenchon, who has been accused of anti-Semitic rhetoric in the past, said. “Take CRIF. It practices blatant, violent and aggressive sectarianism, namely against me, right? To the point of encouraging people to hit me during a demonstration like the one for Mirelle Knol.”

    Mirelle Knol was a Holocaust survivor who was murdered in her Paris apartment last year, allegedly by a Muslim neighbor. CRIF asked Melenchon and the leader of the rightist National Rally party, Marine Le Pen, not to attend a commemorative march for Knol. Both politicians came to the march, where participants booed them until police escorted them away.

    CRIF did not call for violence, which did not occur at the event, and condemned the booing.

    Melenchon, who continued to call CRIF “bizarre, folkloristic and ridiculous,” did not name any other group as responsible for sectarianism.
    BREAKING: Ex-Twitter Employees Charged For Spying For Saudi Arabia, Reports Say
    The Department of Justice announced on Wednesday charges against two former Twitter employees for allegedly spying for Saudi Arabia which analysts believe is the first time that the United States government has accused Saudi Arabia of spying in the United States.

    The two former Twitter employees that were charged are Ahmad Abouammo, who reportedly is a U.S. citizen, and Ali Alzabarah, who is a Saudi citizen.

    In a statement, the DOJ wrote that the “information could have been used to identify and locate the Twitter users who published these posts.”

    Prosecutors alleged that Abouammo “spied on the accounts of three users — including one whose posts discussed the inner workings of the Saudi leadership – on behalf of the government in Riyadh,” The Washington Post reported. Abouammo was also charged for allegedly “falsifying an invoice to obstruct an FBI investigation.

    Prosecutors accused Alzabarah of “accessing the personal information of more than 6,000 Twitter accounts in 2015 on behalf of Saudi Arabia,” The Post added. “One of those accounts belonged to a prominent dissident, Omar Abdulaziz, who later became close to Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who was killed by Saudi government agents last year.”

    A second Saudi national, Ahmed Almutairi, was also charged for allegedly spying as prosecutors say that he acted as a middle man between the Saudi government and the two Twitter employees.
    ‘They Are Leading by Leaps and Bounds’: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa Lauds Israeli Economic Innovation in Policy Speech
    South African President Cyril Ramaphosa lavished praise on Israel’s technology sector during a recent major economic policy address to women business leaders in Johannesburg, describing it as a model for his own country to follow.

    When it came to growth and innovation, Israel was “leading by leaps and bounds,” Ramaphosa told the 2019 Presidential Dialogue of the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa on Oct. 29.

    “They are innovative in a number of sectors in the economy — in agriculture, in maritime, in many other areas,” Ramaphosa said, in remarks that were also broadcast live on South Africa’s national television network.

    “They have shown that they can lead, and we can learn a lot from what they do,” he said.

    Ramaphosa’s comments about Israel came in response to an audience question from prominent venture capitalist Polo Leteka — the co-founder of IDF Capital, a South African-owned equity firm that invests in businesses owned by black women.

    Leteka told Ramaphosa that Israel’s status as a global technology leader had been secured by the financial support of its government.

    “It was the government of Israel who put up a challenge fund back in 1992 — it was essentially a matching fund that put millions of dollars into the private sector,” Leteka said. “That’s how the industry there has developed as it has.”
    Iran said to pull out of deaf futsal championships to avoid facing Israeli team
    After the Iranian Judo federation was banned by international sports authorities from all competitions over its boycott of Israeli athletes, another Iranian sports team has reportedly pulled out of a competition to avoid facing an Israeli squad.

    Israel and Iran were placed in the same group in the upcoming World Deaf Futsal Championships, along with Argentina and Sweden. Israel was due to play against Iran on Saturday.

    The Iranians said they wouldn’t show up to the tournament in Switzerland unless they were moved to a different group, Israel’s Kan public broadcaster reported Thursday. When that didn’t happen, they withdrew from the competition entirely.

    Futsal is similar to soccer, with five players per side on a small court.

    The Iranian team had won the Asia Pacific Deaf Futsal Championships in February.

    Iran does not recognize Israel as a country and Iranian sports teams have for several decades had a policy of not competing against Israelis. Iranian passports remind holders in bold red that they are “not entitled to travel to occupied Palestine.”

    Last month, the International Judo Federation (IJF) banned Iran from competition indefinitely over the country’s refusal to face Israeli competitors.
    Jordan bans Israeli farmers from border enclave
    The Jordanian government announced that as of Sunday, Israeli farmers will be banned from entering the Naharayim enclave, Jordan Valley Council head Idan Greenbaum said Thursday.

    Under the 1994 peace agreement with Jordan, the Naharayim enclave and the Tzofar enclave were leased to Israel for 25 years, allowing the Israeli farmers living in the enclave to continue managing their farms.

    About a year ago, the Hashemite Kingdom announced that it wanted to terminate the lease agreement and take over the two enclaves.

    Various attempts were made both in public and in private to change the Jordanian decision, but the decision is apparently final.

    About a month ago, a Naharayim farmer in the Jordan Valley approached with an urgent letter to King Abdullah II and asked him to stop the process of restoring the enclave to the possession of the Kingdom of Jordan.

    Idan Greenbaum wrote to the Jordanian King on behalf of all the farmers of the Naharayim enclave: "I am taking an extraordinary step of writing directly to you, to prevent what is a disaster for us. I sincerely ask you to have the opportunity to present our suggestions to you or to someone you trust, through a meeting with us at the Island of Peace itself.
    Khaled Abu Toameh: Hamas bans rally to commemorate Yasser Arafat
    The Palestinian ruling Fatah faction on Thursday accused Hamas of banning Palestinians in the Gaza Strip from holding a rally to commemorate former Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat on the 15th anniversary of his death.

    Fatah had called on its supporters to gather on Thursday afternoon at the Square of Unknown Soldiers in Gaza City to mark the anniversary of the death of Arafat, who died on November 11, 2004. Another event, planned for next Monday, has also been banned by Hamas.

    The ban came as Fatah and Hamas have been holding indirect negotiations on PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s initiative to hold new Palestinian parliamentary and presidential elections.

    Mahmoud al-Aloul, deputy chairman of Fatah, said that the ban shows that Hamas’s announcement welcoming the new elections is nothing but “slogans.”

    The ban, Aloul said, is a “frustrating and unreasonable message” from Hamas.

    He said that Fatah was optimistic that matters were moving in the right direction after Hamas welcomed Abbas’s initiative to hold long overdue elections. “But Hamas took this unwise and unexpected decision to ban the event commemorating Arafat,” Aloul added.
    Gaza Protests Erupt after Police Throw Arrested Man Out the Window of His Home
    A rare public anti-Hamas protest took place in Gaza following the death of a 28-year-old man who’d been thrown from the window of his own home by the terror group’s security services.

    Three Hamas police officers arrived at the home of Anan Abu Jameh in the city of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza last Friday. According to the family, the security forces went upstairs to his room, arrested him and then threw him out of the window of his room. He sustained a serious injury to his head and later died from his wounds in the hospital.

    "They knocked on the door very hard and as soon as I opened it they said, 'We want Anan,’” said the father. He said he had asked to see a search warrant but was pushed aside by Hamas men who told him they will “do whatever we want.”

    The 28-year-old had recently graduated from a local university with a degree in communications and journalism.

    The incident led to an uproar among the local residents, who labeled Anan’s death as a "cold-blooded murder." The subsequent protests forced the Hamas police spokesman to make a statement, presenting a different version of events where the 28-year-old was arrested based on a warrant for his arrest.

    The police did not specify what the victim was accused of, but claimed Abu Jameh tried to evade the arrest by jumping from his window onto the nearby tree, from where he fell and sustained fatal wounds.

    Abu Jameh's family rejected the police’s account of events, calling it a gross lie. The family also added the police didn’t try to investigate the circumstances of their son’s death at any point.

    During Abu Jameh’s funeral in Khan Younis a rare anti-Hamas demonstration erupted, with the participants chanting: “Hamas are murderers.”
    Middle East: The Anti-Iran Revolution is Well Underway
    Iran's attempts to expand its malign influence throughout the Middle East have suffered a severe setback as a result of the unprecedented anti-government protests that have erupted in Lebanon and Iraq in recent weeks.

    The most obvious source of discontent in these two key Arab states has been the endemic corruption that has taken hold in both Beirut and Baghdad; in both countries, it has been the prime motivation in persuading tens of thousands of demonstrators to take to the streets.

    The desire to end corrupt practices and force the governments in Beirut and Baghdad to undertake a radical overhaul of their respective countries' governments is, though, only part of the story.

    The nationwide protests taking place in both Arab states are also driven by a burning desire to end Iran's blatant attempts to turn them into de facto fiefdoms of Tehran.

    Iran's attempts to seize control of the political agenda in Lebanon dates back to the early 1980s, when Iran established its Hezbollah militia in the southern part of the country to launch a series of terrorist attacks against Israeli forces operating in the area. Since then, Hezbollah -- with Iran's backing -- has gradually extended its influence in the country to the point where Hezbollah is now widely recognised as Lebanon's most influential political organisation.


    Seth J. Frantzman: U.N. slams bleeding Iraqi protesters for closing roads, harming oil supply
    The Special Representative for the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq slammed protesters for closing roads and disrupting oil on its way to ports, raising the ire of Iraqis who wonder why the UN cares more about oil and roads than people’s lives. It came days after the UN Secretary-General visited Turkey and appeared open to a plan by Turkey to settle Syrian refugees in an area that 200,000 have been forced to flee from due to fighting, leading to questions about the overall UN blind-spot on suffering in the region.

    Jeanine Hennis, a Dutch politician who serves as a diplomat and Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Iraq, tweeted on Wednesday that the protests in Iraq, where more than 200 protesters have been shot by security forces, are disrupting critical infrastructure.

    “Also of grave concern. Responsibility of all to protect public facilities. Threats, closure of roads to oil installations, ports causing billions in losses. Detrimental to Iraq’s economy,” she wrote.

    It was undermining fulfilling the protesters’ legitimate demands.

    “Losses to whom?” wondered the Twitter account Mosul Eye, which is run by survivors of the ISIS occupation of Mosul. “Most young Iraqis have no work. The schools are bare. The hospitals are completely unsupplied. No electricity. No assurance of clean water.”
    JCPA: Iran’s Strategy: Negotiate Using the Threat of Reneging on Its Commitments
    Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Behrouz Kamalvandi said Iran would begin transferring nuclear materials to the Fordow site on November 6, 2019, as part of its fourth phase of reneging on its nuclear agreement obligations. He made it clear that the nuclear agreement prohibited Iran from transferring any nuclear material to Fordow, “but Iran is in the process of transferring nuclear material to the site.” He added that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was updated that the transfer of nuclear materials – before being fed into centrifuges – would take place on November 6, 2019. The spokesman said that by the end of the week, Iran would provide reporters with more details on the nuclear issue.

    On November 5, 2019, President Hassan Rouhani said that he instructed the AEOI to implement the fourth stage of moving away from Iranian commitments to the nuclear accord. He said that like the previous stages of Iranian violations of the nuclear agreement, these steps are “reversible,” and if the other nations that also signed the deal will fulfill their side of the agreement and restore Iran to their previous position (January 2017), then Iran will return to fulfill their commitments. Rouhani noted that the IAEA would be allowed to monitor their activities.

    The Iranian president said that the facility in Fordow currently has 1,044 centrifuges in which uranium gas will be injected, in direct violation of the nuclear accord, where it was agreed that the centrifuges would be operated in a vacuum without being injected with gas. Under the agreement, Iran also pledged to drastically reduce the number of centrifuges at the Fordow enrichment site and banned uranium enrichment by 2031. At the same time, Rouhani made it clear that Iran continues to be committed to behind the scenes negotiations with several countries to resolve the crisis. Rouhani claims that Iran “had hoped to achieve results before taking these current measures, but that didn’t happen; No results were achieved, so we had to take this fourth step.”
    IAEA accuses Iran of evading attempts to probe uranium production – report
    The top inspector for the UN’s nuclear agency has reportedly accused Iran of evading attempts to gather information on Tehran’s uranium production at a warehouse that was flagged by Israel and where particles were found earlier this year.

    Bloomberg, in a report Thursday, cited two officials as saying that Massimo Aparo told diplomats in a closed-door meeting in Vienna on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic was “evading attempts to discover the source of manmade and natural uranium particles detected at a warehouse in Tehran.”

    The extraordinary meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s board of governors was convened by Cornel Feruta, the organization’s acting head, to discuss the latest concerns about Iran’s nuclear program, the report said.

    In September, Reuters reported that traces of uranium were found at a facility in Tehran that was alleged by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be a “secret atomic warehouse.”

    Iran has not provided an explanation for why uranium was found at the site to the IAEA, which is investigating the facility in the Iranian capital, the news agency reported at the time.
    Top Iranian Official Targeted by New US Sanctions Is Wanted by Argentina for 1994 Bombing of AMIA Jewish Center
    One of the nine top Iranian officials targeted by new US sanctions on Monday is wanted by the Argentine authorities for his alleged involvement in the 1994 terrorist bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in downtown Buenos Aires.

    Ali Akbar Velayati was among the list of senior aides to the Tehran regime’s so-called “supreme leader,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, sanctioned by the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in order to “block funds from flowing to a shadow network of Khamenei’s military and foreign affairs advisors who have for decades oppressed the Iranian people, exported terrorism, and advanced destabilizing policies around the world,” an OFAC statement said.

    Velayati was Iran’s foreign minister at the time of the AMIA atrocity on July 18, 1994, when 85 people died and hundreds more were wounded when a van packed with explosives was driven into the Jewish organization’s main building in the Argentine capital. He was also alleged to have been present at a meeting of Iranian security officials in the city of Mashhad on Aug. 14, 1993, where the decision to bomb the AMIA building is understood to have been taken.

    In July 2018, Argentine Judge Rodolfo Canicoba Corral requested Velayati’s arrest by Russian authorities while he was on an official visit to Moscow. Velayati met with Russian President Vladimir Putin one day after Corral’s request was issued.

    Judge Corral originally issued international arrest warrants in 2006 for Velayati and seven other Iranian and Lebanese operatives wanted in connection with the AMIA bombing. Corral also tried unsuccessfully to secure Velayati’s arrest under the same warrant in 2016, when the Iranian visited Singapore and Malaysia.


    Mike Pompeo: Iran positioning itself for rapid nuclear break-out
    Iran has positioned itself to rapidly break out into a nuclear power by resuming uranium enrichment at Fordow, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday.

    “Iran’s expansion of proliferation-sensitive activities raises concerns that Iran is positioning itself to have the option of a rapid nuclear breakout,” Pompeo said.

    The biggest obstacle to build a nuclear weapon is stockpiling enough fissile material — highly enriched uranium or plutonium — for the core of a bomb. A central objective of the 2015 deal was to extend the time Iran would need to do that, if it chose to, to a year from about 2 to 3 months.

    Tehran’s latest "nuclear escalations" reflect the regime’s intentions all along: to extort the international community into accepting its violence and terror while it undermines the sovereignty of its neighbors. Members of the international community who are rightly concerned with Iran’s latest attacks and provocations should imagine how Iran,” Pompeo said.

    He called on the international community to supports sanctions against Iran.
    MEMRI: Even As UK, France Acknowledge That Iran Is Violating The JCPOA, The Trump Administration, After Ostensibly Withdrawing From It, Continues To Preserve It – By Means Of Its Waivers For Civilian Nuclear Cooperation With Iran
    On November 5, 2019, Iran announced that it was taking its fourth step to cut back on its obligations under the JCPOA nuclear agreement. This step includes reviving uranium enrichment at the Fordo nuclear facility and activating an array of advanced centrifuges that will enable it in future to double and triple its enrichment capability. In effect, Iran is systematically stripping the JCPOA of all meaning, ostensibly with the approval of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

    France and Britain have issued a public response to this fourth step by Iran, saying for the first time that it is violating the JCPOA.[1]

    Although the U.S., in May 2018, announced its withdrawal from the JCPOA,[2] it is in effect preserving it by continuing to grant significant waivers to the U.S. sanctions. These waivers allow some countries to help Iran develop its nuclear program under the heading of development for civilian needs – allowing Europe, Russia, and China to continue to uphold the agreement (see for example July 2019 statements on this matter by then-U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton on the continuation of the waivers[3]).

    This report will set out the significance of this fourth step in Iran's withdrawal from its obligations under the JCPOA, as explained by two top regime officials, and will discuss the ramifications of the third step – the cancellation of the JCPOA's research and development timetable for it – for the development of Iran's nuclear program. These ramifications were previously discussed in a MEMRI report published in October.[4]




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    Unpacking the PACBI Excuse (Divest This!)

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    Last time, I pointed out the various excuses the boycott-Israel crowd uses when forced to confront their clear double-standard on human rights stances (i.e., Israel deserves to be boycotted for building a fence to keep suicide bombers from its cities, but Syria and China should not be boycotted since they merely killed 3-500,000 or 70,000,000 of their own people).
    As noted, most of these excuses have the distinction of being both transparently self-serving and unbelievably lame. But one “reason,” the one claiming that the call to boycott Israel wells up from Palestinian civil society and is thus unique, begs for a more careful review.
    The claim that BDS is a response to boycott calls originating from people in the region is based on the 2004 Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (or PACBI). Whenever Naomi Klein or some other boycott advocate talk about a boycott call endorsed by over 200 Palestinian civic organizations, the groups on the list of original PACBI signatories is what they’re talking about.
    Within that original list of participating organizations (which I can no longer find now that PACBI has been folded under a general BDS Web umbrella), 10-15% of the signatories were identified as originating outside Israel, the West Bank or Gaza, including over 20 organizations from surrounding countries (13 from Syria, 6 from Lebanon and 2 from Jordan) and another 9 from Europe or North America. Now it may be that some of these (as well as some of the organizations not identified by location) are refugee or Diaspora groups.  But given the large Syrian contingent on PACBI’s original roster, the notion that we’re talking entirely about un-coerced volunteers becomes shaky.
    Second, as the name implies PACBI stands for an academic and cultural boycott (the least popular form of BDS, by the way), meaning those who signed up in 2004 were not necessarily joining a movement for wholesale economic isolation of the Jewish state. So those claiming that PACBI is the origin for broad-based BDS activities may be putting words into the mouths of Palestinian agricultural, medical and industrial unions/organizations, many of whom may not be that excited about economic boycotts that punish them as well as Israel.
    On more meatier matters, the first group that topped the list of “Unions, Associations, Campaigns” supporting the PACBI boycott call is the Council of National and Islamic Forces in Palestine, a coalition that includes Hamas, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and some of the more violent sub-sets of Fatah. Call me crazy, but I suspect that it’s much easier for this Council to get the Palestinian Dentist’s Association (also a PACBI signatory) to agree to its requests that vice versa.
    The potential that the PACBI boycott call arises from coercion within Palestinian society (vs. being a consensus welling up from the grass roots) also points out an interesting paradox. The claim that Israel uniquely deserves the BDS treatment is, to a certain extent, based on Israel supposedly being exceptional with regard to its level of human rights abuses (vs. Iran, China, North Korea, etc.). And yet the members making up PACBI can only be seen as legitimately representing Palestinian civic society if Israel’s “repression” does not extend to eliminating such civic space in both Israel and the West Bank.
    Like the claim that Israel is inflicting a “Holocaust” on a Palestinian population that is simultaneously experiencing a population explosion, the very existence of PACBI demonstrates that the level of repression found in countries ignored by BDS activists (Sudan, Saudi Arabia, etc.) does not exist in Israel. And thus we are led back to the conclusion that the best way to avoid being a target of alleged “human rights” activists pushing boycott, divestment and sanction is to actually be a repressive dictatorship that crushes civic society rather than letting it exist to sign boycott petitions.
    Finally, a note on dates. PACBI, as stated on their own Web site, made its “plea” for academic BDS in 2004, years after divestment programs originating at the 2001 Durban conference were well underway in North American and European universities, unions, churches and municipalities. In other words, the PACBI call was the result of the success BDS was seeing between 2001-2004, and being the result it could not have simultaneously been the cause.
    Time travel underlies much of the BDS project, as is underlies much of what passes for analysis of the Middle East. My favorite example of this is the projection of today’s US support for Israel (which didn’t really kick into high gear until the 1970s) back to 1948 and beyond in hope of finding a US-Zionist conspiracy going back to before the founding of the Jewish state.
    If ignorance is bliss, then the folks behind the PACBI excuse for BDS are either the happiest people on earth, or at least the most manipulative.





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    11/05 Links Pt1: ‘I like your frame on this’: Warren nods as supporter claims US backs 'genocide in Palestine'; It’s Time to Close Down UNRWA; Israel’s Supreme Court rules HRW Director can be deported over BDS

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    ‘I like your frame on this’: Warren nods as supporter claims US backs 'genocide in Palestine'
    Elizabeth Warren nodded along with an attendee at her town hall event while he claimed the American military supported genocide.

    The Massachusetts senator and 2020 presidential hopeful took questions from the crowd in Grinnell, Iowa, on Monday, with one attendee saying, “Right now, the United States is bombing at least seven countries. We support genocides in Palestine and in Yemen. The U.S. military is actually the biggest polluter of any organization in the world.”

    He continued, “United States sanctions on Venezuela caused over 40,000 deaths, and we also have sanctions on many other countries like Iran, North Korea, and you can name many more.”

    The attendee asked Warren, “I’m wondering, as president, will you stop U.S.-supported murder, whether it’s through sanctions, arms support, or boots on the ground?”

    Warren responded, “I like your frame on this.”


    Republican Jewish group’s campaign slams Democrats as a ‘disgrace’ — in Yiddish
    The Republican Jewish Coalition on Sunday launched a $10 million campaign — an unprecedented amount in partisan Jewish advertising — with online ads depicting 2020 Democratic US presidential candidates as a “disgrace.”

    Videos titled “Shanda,” Yiddish for “disgrace,” blast the Democrats for saying they would consider reducing aid to Israel.

    “The radical Left has taken the reins of the Democratic Party, and their policy proposals will devastate our national security, our alliance with Israel, our economy, and our health care system,” Matt Brooks, the RJC’s executive director, said in a statement announcing the release of the 15- to 30-second ads.

    The placement of the videos on Facebook, YouTube and other media will cost $50,000. Brooks confirmed to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency a report in Axios that the RJC had budgeted $10 million for its 2020 efforts.

    In the spots, “leading Democrats” are accused of “turning their back” on Israel. They show House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who is Jewish.





    It’s Time to Close Down UNRWA
    UNRWA’s top official, Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl, was accused of appointing as an adviser a woman with whom he was romantically involved. The pair traveled on business class flights across the globe. Deputy Commissioner-General Sandra Mitchell was accused of bullying and of manipulating the system to find a well-paid job for her spouse, Robert Langridge, who was promoted. Chief of Staff Hakam Shahwan was accused of behaving like a thug, placing people loyal to him in positions of power, and lobbying to take over UNRWA operations in Jerusalem.

    Perhaps not surprisingly in view of the above, the agency has adopted a culture of secrecy about itself. It employs about 30,000 people (compared to the UNHCR’s 11,000 for the rest of the world’s 17 million refugees and displaced persons). Most of its staff are Palestinians and many are known members of Hamas (indeed, Hamas membership helps one get a UN job). Peter Hansen, UNRWA’s former Commissioner-General (1996–2005), admitted in an interview with CBS that there are Hamas members on the UNRWA payroll. For example, the chairman of UNRWA’s Palestinian workers’ union, Suhail al-Hindi, is a member of Hamas’ new political leadership.

    Retired IDF Col. Yoni Fighel, a former military governor in the territories, notes that as long as UNRWA employees are members of Hamas, they are going to pursue the interests of that organization within the framework of their job.

    The agency was threatened with closure after the Trump administration implemented severe cuts following reports that proved rockets had been hidden inside UNRWA schools. UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who sat on the ethics findings for months, claims he is “committed to acting swiftly on the corruption allegations.”

    The UN originally made clear that UNRWA’s mandate would be short-term, indicating that the refugee issue should be solved expeditiously through repatriation or resettlement. In the words of former UN Secretary-General Trygve Lie, “The refugees will lead an independent life in countries that have sheltered them. Except for the ‘hardcore’ cases, the refugees will no longer be maintained by an international organization as they are at present. They will be integrated into the economic system of the countries of asylum and will themselves provide for their own needs and those of their families.”

    Palestinian residents of Arab states — all of whom are considered refugees by UNRWA — should become citizens of those states, as they are in Jordan.


    Israel’s Supreme Court rules HRW Director can be deported over BDS
    In a landmark anti-BDS ruling the High Court of Justice has paved the way for Israel to deport Human Rights Watch’s local director Omar Shakir for his support of boycott activity against Israel.

    Human Rights Watch is weighing an appeal to a larger judicial panel of the verdict by a three judges. If not appeal is lodged, Shakir could be asked to leave the country within 20-day.

    The ruling is a victory for those who hold that advocates of the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment Movement are acting against the state and are not engaged in legitimate criticism of Israel. Opponents view it as part of a movement to suppress human rights advocacy in Israel.

    Shakir, who is a US citizen, immediately tweeted that if the HCJ decision is upheld, Israel will “join ranks of Iran, N Korea & Egypt in blocking access for @hrw official. We wont stop. And we wont be the last.”

    Minister for Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan [Likud] expressed his satisfaction over the verdict.

    "I applaud the decision of the Supreme Court that accepted my Ministry and the Interior Minister's position that a work visa should not be given to a foreign boycott activist who wants to harm Israel and its citizens," he said in a statement.

    "Omar Shakir is a BDS activist who took advantage of his stay in Israel to harm it, something no sane country would allow. Israel sees great importance in the activities of real human rights organizations, granting hundreds of visas every year to human rights activists. HRW is welcome to appoint another representative in Israel in place of Shakir if it chooses to do so," he added.
    NGO Monitor: Resource Page on Omar Shakir (HRW) Court Case
    On November 5, 2019, the Supreme Court rejected Shakir’s appeal and upheld the ruling of the Lower Court that his work visa will not be renewed.

    In October 2016, Human Rights Watch (HRW) hired Omar Shakir to serve as its “Israel and Palestine Country Director.” Shakir has been a consistent supporter of a one-state framework and advocate for BDS (boycotts, divestment, sanctions) campaigns, fitting the longstanding HRW practice of hiring anti-Israel activists to serve in key positions relating to Israel.

    In May 2018, due to Shakir’s BDS ties, the Israeli Ministry of Interior chose not to renew his work visa. HRW and Shakir have been challenging this decision in Israeli courts. In April 2019, he lost his case in the Jerusalem District Court and immediately appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court. The hearing took place on September 24, 2019. While Shakir regularly assails Israel for its “lack of democracy,” in fact, the Israeli courts allowed him to remain in the country during his appeal process despite having no obligation to do so.

    Omar Shakir’s background and history of anti-Israel activity exemplifies the organization’s troubling ideological approach to Israel and retreat from the universal principles of human rights.1


    Guardian fails to challenge the lies of HRW’s Omar Shakir
    The Guardian is adept at amplifying, and failing to critically scrutinise, the unsubstantiated claims and accusations of anti-Israel NGOs, and today’s article about the Israeli Supreme Court decision on Human Right Watch’s regional director Omar Shakir – a long time BDS activist – follows this pattern.

    First, as we predicted in a tweet before the article by Oliver Holmes (“Israel can deport Human Rights Watch official, court rules”, Nov. 5th) was published, the piece uncritically cites Shakir’s simply unhinged response to the court’s decision:
    Shakir wrote on Twitter that if he was kicked out, Israel would join the ranks of Iran, North Korea and Egypt in blocking access to Human Rights Watch staff. “We won’t stop. And we won’t be the last,” he said.

    The truth is that democracies all over the world reserve the right to deny entry to those seen as intent on harming the state. Moreover, there are in excess of 350 NGOs (such as HRW) operating freely in Israel, even those who continually deligitimise the state, support BDS and even reject Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.

    The denial of a work visa to one employee of one of these NGOs – after careful consideration by the country’s internationally respected supreme court – wouldn’t even minimally change the democratic nature of Israel. The human rights organisation Freedom House continually ranks Israel as the only truly free and democratic country in the region, and the suggestion that this status will change due merely to the supreme court’s decision on Shakir’s work visa is risible.

    In a subsequent paragraph in the article, Holmes makes the following claim about the broader effort by Israel to fight BDS – a movement, let’s remember, whose leaders oppose the continued existence of a Jewish state.
    'A unity government is dead, and Israel is on its way to a 3rd election'
    There is virtually no chance, and if there is no dramatic breakthrough in negotiations, Israel will be facing its third general election in a year, senior political officials from the Likud, Blue and White, Yisrael Beytenu, and the New Right were saying Monday.

    According to one official, the two sides are farther apart than ever, particularly since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's spokespeople were questioned by police last week.

    The same official said that Blue and White was waiting for Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit to decide whether or not to indict Netanyahu. Mendelblit is expected to make his decision in early December. For Blue and White, even if Mendelblit were to drop the count of bribery, any indictment would be the final nail in the coffin of any possibility of forming a government with Netanyahu, he explained.

    On the other hand, the official said, Netanyahu wants to remain prime minister, even if he is indicted. Therefore, he will not step down, and will apparently retain the support of the Likud and the smaller right-wing parties when and if he is under indictment.

    The official said that as of Monday night, it was clear that neither the Likud nor the right-wing bloc would oust Netanyahu and would prefer to hold a third election, even at their detriment.

    He also said that Blue and White leader Benny Gantz's position was shaky and even if he wanted to adopt the compromise put forth by President Reuven Rivlin, he would not be able to negotiate it.

    "A unity government is dead, and Israel is on its way to a third election," the official said.
    Sderot youth challenge MKs to take up their cause
    In the middle of Sderot, near the Gaza border, 120 chairs sat empty on a lawn on Sunday, waiting for MKs to fill them.

    The chairs were set up by young residents of Sderot to represent the 120 MKs who they say they feel abandoned them as rockets continue to be fired at them from Gaza on a regular basis, including on Friday.

    “Elections are important and coalition negotiations are important,” organizers wrote. “Even investigations are important, recordings are important, indictments are important. And also a memorial ceremony [for former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin] is important.”

    “Hey, how did we forget?” they continued. “A plane for the prime minister is important and so are demonstrations outside the attorney-general’s house, but wait, rockets on the residents of the South are not a little important.”

    The residents said they’re sick of promises that are not being fulfilled.

    “After a Shabbat full of fireworks in the sky, after the horror show organized by terrorists on the other side of the fence, we decided to stop being quiet.”

    Dvir Sasi, a spokesman for the protest, said: “We welcome all the MKs to come to us and explain the situation to us, and listen to us, and tell us their solution.”

    What does conviction of IDF soldier mean for ICC war crimes battle?
    Twenty months into the Gaza border conflict, the IDF courts issued their first conviction of a soldier for shooting one of the approximately 350 Palestinians who have been killed.

    At the same time, the sentence was a mere one month of community service since the conviction was not for a more serious charge, like manslaughter, but essentially for the low-grade offense of violating the rules of engagement for opening fire.

    Why was this the result, and what does all of this mean for the broader big battle before the International Criminal Court (ICC) over whether Israel’s legal system complies with international law or whether it has committed war crimes?

    Official and unofficial statements from the IDF were short on details, leaving some critics to speculate about potential improper intentions.

    Essentially, they said that the unnamed IDF soldier had violated open fire regulations in shooting toward the 15-year-old Palestinian Othman Helles as he was climbing the Gaza security fence, but that IDF investigators could not establish for sure one way or another whether that soldier’s bullet was the one that killed him.

    What does this mean? How can the IDF know the soldier fired illegally toward Helles without knowing whether his bullet was the “kill-shot”?
    JPost Editorial: Recognize the Armenian genocide
    About 105 years ago, the Armenian genocide began. Members of the Armenian community living in the Ottoman Empire were systematically exterminated at the orders of the governing authorities. As many as 1.5 million Armenians, an ethnic minority, were rounded up and murdered or deported to the deserts of Syria to die.

    The Armenian genocide was well known in its time. The German military attaché to the Ottoman Empire described it as “total extermination” and other accounts provided graphic details of the horrors the survivors went through. Women were sold into slavery and raped, children were left to starve. In a prelude to the Holocaust and the crimes of ISIS, the slaughter of Armenians was an opening to a hundred years of similar mass murder events.

    As a state founded in the wake of genocide, Israel knows too well what it means to be a small minority subjected to massacre and the systematic murder by a government. Like Armenians, Jews had to live as minorities under regimes such as the Germans or the Poles, enjoying “protection” so long as they did not get in the way of the state’s interests.

    In late October, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution to recognize the Armenian genocide. It overwhelmingly passed with 405 votes and affirms that the US will record the genocide and provide “solemn remembrance of one of the great atrocities of the 20th century.” The US was moved to act because of recent tensions with Turkey.


    Turkey protected Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
    Turkey protected ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – and Trump should have known.

    In his national address announcing that US Special Forces had killed Baghdadi, President Donald Trump commended Turkey while turning a blind eye to Turkey’s collusion with ISIS. While Trump thanked “the Syrian Kurds for certain support they were able to give us,” he downplayed the importance of intelligence provided by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which was critical to the mission.

    We know that Turkey institutionalized support for jihadis after Syria’s President Bashar Assad attacked Syrian rebels in Ghouta using chemical weapons in September 2013, and that Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency (MIT) provided weapons, money and logistical support to jihadi groups that evolved into ISIS. Wounded ISIS warriors regularly showed up at Turkish hospitals in Gaziantep to receive medical care.

    Baghdadi founded ISIS in the spring of 2014. ISIS attacked Mosul and Sinjar in June, terrorizing Yazidis and Kurds. Over five years, the so-called ISIS caliphate grew to the size of Great Britain, with eight million people under its control.

    According to the SDF, “Turkey provides all kinds of support to the terrorist groups. These forces, trained and funded by Turkey, are engaged in a planned ethnic cleansing against our people.” Turkish-backed jihadis in the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) commit crimes on a daily basis in Turkish-occupied areas of Syria such as Afrin, Azaz, Bab, Jarablus and Idlib.
    MEMRI: Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad: It Is Possible That Al-Baghdadi Has Been Kidnapped, Hidden, Or Had His Appearance Surgically Altered; Israel Has Been Behind The Scenes Throughout The War; Erdoğan Is Our Enemy
    Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad was interviewed on Syria TV on October 31, 2019. He said that the extremist Wahhabi doctrine represented by Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and ISIS will continue to exist even after ISIS is gone and that Al-Baghdadi had been released from American prisons in Syria in order to lead ISIS. Questioning whether Al-Baghdadi was really killed by the Americans, President Al-Assad suggested that he may have already been dead or that he may have been kidnapped, hidden, or had his appearance surgically altered. He said that the American operation to kill Al-Baghdadi was a trick and that American politics rely on imagination and resemble Hollywood. Later in the interview, President Al-Assad said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is Syria's enemy and that U.S President Donald Trump is the best president America has ever had because he is transparent about American policy and America's interest in Middle Eastern oil.

    In addition, President Al-Assad said that even though Turkey is occupying parts of Syria, negotiating with it would not suggest that Syria could also negotiate with Israel, because Syria does not recognize Israel as a state or the Israelis as a people the way it does Turkey and the Turks. He also said that Syria wants to gradually regain sovereignty in Kurdistan. Furthermore, President Al-Assad said that Israel's influence is ever present in Syria, that Israel's involvement in the Syrian civil war is a given even though it is not openly apparent, and that everything that has taken place in Syria has served the interests of Israel through proxies, agents, flunkies, or the United States. The English-subtitled version of the interview was uploaded to the Syrian Presidency's YouTube channel.
    Halkbank Says It Will Seek Dismissal of US Indictment, Judge’s Recusal
    A lawyer for Turkey’s state-owned Halkbank, which has been criminally charged by US prosecutors with helping Iran evade sanctions, said in a letter on Monday that it would seek to dismiss the case and have the judge assigned to it recuse himself.

    In a letter to US District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan, Andrew Hruska, a lawyer for Halkbank, said the bank was not agreeing to appear in court on the charges. He asked that he be allowed to represent the bank for the limited purpose of arguing the dismissal and recusal motions.

    A hearing is scheduled in the case on Tuesday, and prosecutors have said they may seek a fine against Halkbank if it refuses to appear.

    A spokesman for the office of Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman, which is prosecuting the case, declined to comment. Hruska did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Federal prosecutors in Manhattan brought the criminal charges against Halkbank on Oct. 16. The bank called the charges an escalation of Washington’s sanctions on Ankara over its military incursion in Syria, while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called them an “unlawful, ugly” step.

    Hruska said in Monday’s letter that the bank’s “incidental contacts with the US are insufficient to establish… jurisdiction” in the New York federal court.
    Khaled Abu Toameh: Fatah official: Abbas won't seek reelection
    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is not planning to run in the next presidential election, senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub said in an interview with Palestine TV on Monday.

    Rajoub’s announcement contradicts a statement by another senior Fatah official, Hussein al-Sheikh, who recently said that the only candidate of Fatah in the presidential election will be the 84-year-old Abbas.

    “President Abbas is the only candidate of Fatah and honorable Palestinians,” Sheikh said.

    Rajoub, who also heads the Palestinian Football Association, described Abbas as a “national treasure.” Abbas, he revealed, does not want to run in the election, and he won’t agree to be a candidate.

    “Let us make him the sheikh of the tribe and the spiritual father of the democratic process,” Rajoub said. “In two months, President Abbas will celebrate his 85th birthday.”

    In September, Abbas announced in a speech before the United Nations General Assembly that he intends to call for “general elections” in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem.

    Rajoub, a former head of the PA’s Preventive Security Force in the West Bank, is seen by some Palestinians as a potential successor to Abbas. However, Rajoub did not say in the interview whether he intends to present his candidacy in the presidential election.

    Rajoub’s announcement that Abbas won’t seek another term in office is likely to trigger a “war of succession” between several veteran PLO and Fatah officials who see themselves as suitable candidates to succeed the PA president.

    Abbas himself has not said whether he intends to contest the next election. Moreover, he still hasn’t announced a date for holding new presidential and parliamentary elections.

    The last Palestinian presidential election was held in 2005, when Abbas was elected for a four-year term. The last parliamentary election, held in 2006, resulted in a Hamas victory.

    Rajoub expressed hope that Abbas would set a date for the new elections before the end of this year.
    PMW: “The most despicable plot” – Palestinian reactions to the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration
    The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Zionist leader Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”

    Every year, PA officials condemn the Balfour Declaration and seem to compete in calling it names, denying its legitimacy, and refuting the validity of Jews’ right to a national home in “Palestine” as Palestinian Media Watch has reported. This year is no exception. Here are some examples of statements by PA officials and others about Balfour’s “ominous promise”:

    PA Minister of Culture Atef Abu Saif stated that the Balfour Declaration is an “invalid promise” that Britain had no right to give, and that the Jews had no right to receive. He called it “a mark of disgrace in the history of humanity” and a “historic mistake,” and predicted that Israel/the Jews will disappear like previous “invaders”:
    Minister Abu Saif: “Palestine belongs to the Palestinians, and the invaders will go away as those who preceded them went away...

    He added: ‘The ominous promise, in which the one giving the promise permitted giving what is not his to one who has no right, was a mark of disgrace in the history of humanity. The historic mistake will only be corrected when the right returns to its owners.’”

    [Donia Al-Watan, independent Palestinian news agency, Nov. 2, 2019]


    The PA claims of the illegitimacy of Britain’s actions and Israel's creation is illustrated by this image printed by the official PA daily, which shows the British and the Israeli flags in a no entry sign on the Balfour Declaration together with an image of Balfour and “Palestine”:

    The PLO factions issued a joint statement on the anniversary that named the Balfour Declaration “the most despicable plot in the history of the peoples.” The PLO claimed that the “ominous promise” was the result of the convergence of interests of the “colonialist states” Britain and the US and the Zionist movement. The PLO repeated the PA claim that the colonial powers used the Jewish people as a pawn in the Middle East to gain control in the region, steal its resources, and prevent the Arab countries from developing:
    Fatah: “We will defend our holy sites with our blood and our souls” “Jerusalem is ours”
    Text: “The deal of the century will never pass. We will defend our holy sites with our blood and our souls” PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "This is not allowed. This cannot happen. This is a decisive moment, a dangerous moment for us. Our entire future is at stake. If Jerusalem is lost, what will you say afterwards?" Text: “Jerusalem is ours and you will never have a place in it” PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "This is a crucial moment that demands that every Palestinian present themselves immediately to quickly discuss the fate of the eternal capital [Jerusalem]. In politics: It’s the capital. In religion: It’s the capital. In geography: It’s the capital." Text: “The shining rage will uproot the tyranny from our land” PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "Here we are sitting, here we are remaining. We will never repeat the mistakes of the past. We will not repeat the mistakes of 1948 or the mistakes of 1967. We are remaining here – occupation, settlements, whatever – We are remaining here!" Song lyrics: "The home is ours and Jerusalem is ours" Text: “The home is ours and Jerusalem is ours. And with our hands we will liberate it, Allah willing” Text: “Fatah Al-Asifa” (The Fatah logo includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.) [Official Fatah Facebook page, July 28, 2019]


    Khaled Abu Toameh: Hamas Joins Iranian Plan to Foil Arabs' Anti-Corruption Protests
    Alnehaiwi added that the "popular revolutions against the [Iranian] occupiers and [Arab] executioners are a luminous point and milestone that will serve the interest of the Palestinian issue." Noting that Hamas did the right thing when it sided with the Syrian people in their uprising against the regime of President Bashar Assad, the political analyst said:
    "Hamas may regret its support for Iran. Hamas will lose a great deal if it continues to side with Iran and stands against the people who have revolted against [Iranian] occupation and the executioners."

    Such criticism, however, is unlikely to deter Hamas from pursuing its agenda of promoting Iran's interests in the region. The Arabs who are risking their lives to demand good governance and an end to corruption are now being targeted by Iran and its puppets in the Gaza Strip, Lebanon and Iraq.

    It now remains to be seen whether the Arabs who have finally woken up to realize that Iran -- and not Israel -- is the real threat to their well-being will be able to keep up the momentum and continue their uprising against corruption and Iranian dominance over their countries.

    By continuing to align itself with Iran, Hamas is leading its people straight toward even greater suffering. The only way for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to alleviate their misery is by revolting against their "leaders" in Hamas. Instead of firing rockets at Israel and demonstrating at the Gaza-Israel border, Palestinians ought to learn from their brothers in Lebanon and Iraq who their real enemies are: Iranian-backed dictators and fake Palestinian leaders, who only know how to lead their people towards further suffering.
    Hamas Encouraging Youth Drug Use as Qatar Support Comes to an End
    As the year comes to an end, the Gaza Strip is preparing to return to the familiar, suffocating financial crises that is sure to result from Qatar’s ending its grant to poor families. Qatari envoy in the Strip, Mohammed al-Emadi, has informed Hamas and other terror factions there that his government is having difficulties renewing the grant, Al-Akhbar reported Tuesday.

    These funds did not cover all of Gaza’s poor families, and the most each lucky family received was $100 each month, but it was a reliable stopgap measure to stave off the explosion that’s sure to come without this charity. There will be two more payments until the end of 2019, Al Emadi told the local leaders, after which they are on their own.

    Over the weekend, Hamas made it clear that it was blocking the security escalation with Israel and is not interested in keeping it up. But then, on Monday, Yahya Sinwar, the Hamas leader in Gaza, bragged that he had been the one to determine in recent years whether or not there would be war.

    Kan 11 TV on Monday night provided a glimpse into the other wars Hamas has been waging: internal leadership wars, a cruel, Darwinian effort to literally “thin the herd” with violent border fence riots, and an unofficial operation to induce as many as 200,000 Gazan youths to using drugs, mostly hashish and opiates – to help them forget the hardships of their daily lives.
    Hamas official: Egypt has barred Haniyeh from traveling abroad for past 3 years
    Egyptian authorities have barred Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh from traveling outside the Gaza Strip and Egypt for almost three years to prevent him from meeting with their political rivals, a senior official in the terror group said in an interview published Tuesday.

    The last time Haniyeh traveled beyond Gaza and Egypt was in late 2016 and early 2017 before he was elected Hamas head.

    “The Egyptians are not permitting the head of the politburo to travel abroad because they do no want him to meet their political rivals,” Musa Abu Marzouk, a senior official in the terror group, told Dar al-Hayat, an Arabic-language news site. “This ban [has been in place] for about the last three years.”

    Hamas, which frequently meets with Egyptian intelligence officials mediating between the terror group that rules the Strip and Israel, also maintains close ties with countries that Cairo views as foes such as Qatar and Turkey.




    In chilling detail, ex-envoy to US Oren warns of Israel-Iran ‘conflagration’
    Former Israeli ambassador to the US Michael Oren has described in chilling detail how a conflict between Israel and Iran could easily be sparked and descend into a massive conflagration, devastating Israel and other countries in the region.

    Israel is already girding for a war with the Islamic Republic, and has carried out hundreds of strikes against Iran-linked targets in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. A single miscalculation during one of those airstrikes could draw retaliation by Iran, Oren wrote in a column published in The Atlantic on Monday.

    “The senior ministers of the Israeli government met twice last week to discuss the possibility of open war with Iran,” he began. “Israeli troops, especially in the north, have been placed on war footing. Israel is girding for the worst and acting on the assumption that fighting could break out at any time. And it’s not hard to imagine how it might arrive. The conflagration, like so many in the Middle East, could be ignited by a single spark.”

    An Israel Defense Forces bombing run could inadvertently hit a sensitive target, or an Israeli official could step out of line and say something to embarrass Iran following an attack, Oren wrote.

    “The result could be a counterstrike by Iran, using cruise missiles that penetrate Israel’s air defenses and smash into targets like the Kiryah, Tel Aviv’s equivalent of the Pentagon. Israel would retaliate massively against Hezbollah’s headquarters in Beirut as well as dozens of its emplacements along the Lebanese border. And then, after a day of large-scale exchanges, the real war would begin,” he continued.
    The Revolt Against Iran
    Unsurprisingly, Iran and its allies in Iraq and Lebanon are blaming recent unrest on the usual suspects: a conspiracy of foreign actors that includes the United States, Saudi Arabia, and the Zionists.

    How will this end? In 2008, civil unrest led to Hezbollah’s armed seizure of Beirut. Hezbollah and Iran have poured thousands of fighters and billions of dollars into neighboring Syria to help crush the rebellion against their Syrian ally. In 2009, Iran’s green movement protests over stolen elections finally ebbed in the face of torture, beatings, and detentions meted out by the regime. “We in Iran know how to deal with protests,” Iran’s second-most powerful man assured Iraqi officials this month. “This happened in Iran and we got it under control.”

    Ten years ago, when Iran saw its largest uprising since the 1979 revolution, Obama was not only reluctant to express solidarity with Iranians, he also refused to acknowledge the rigged elections, dismissed advisers who urged active assistance, and blocked CIA resources earmarked for supporting democratic uprisings. In The Iran Wars, former Wall Street Journal reporter Jay Solomon reveals how Obama’s peculiar reticence was largely motivated by his worry that American involvement would ruin his secret overtures to Tehran in hopes of brokering an agreement. While President Trump has also expressed a desire to strike a deal with Iran, he has already retweeted two videos of Iraqi demonstrators storming the Iranian consulate in Karbala. Whether this administration is able to leverage these protests into successful policy beyond tweets remains to be seen. And perhaps more importantly, it is too early to tell whether the nascent political revolts in Lebanon and Iraq can survive the backlash from Iranian-backed militias and snipers long enough to evolve into a meaningful, organized political opposition.
    Rep. Cheney to Introduce Legislation Mandating Full Dismantling of Iran Nuclear Deal
    Rep. Liz Cheney (R., Wyo.) will soon introduce new legislation that would compel the Trump administration to eradicate the remaining vestiges of the landmark Iran nuclear deal, the lawmaker told the Washington Free Beacon.

    Cheney's legislative effort comes as GOP hawks in Congress have launched an offensive against the Trump administration's decision to again grant Iran sanctions waivers that permit it to conduct sensitive nuclear work, including at an underground bunker site that once housed the regime's atomic weapons program.

    The legislation is yet another sign of mounting frustration among hawkish Republicans over the Trump administration's mixed signals on Iran. Critics allege the administration is backtracking on its own "maximum pressure" campaign on Iran in order to preserve possible diplomacy with Tehran down the road.

    The Free Beacon reported last week that the Trump administration's State Department had signed off on the nuclear waivers, despite public and private pressure from anti-Iran voices on Capitol Hill. The debate marks one of the clearest divides yet between typically faithful Trump administration supporters in Congress and those inside the administration.

    Cheney told the Free Beacon that the waivers have helped legitimize Iran's nuclear infrastructure and paved a way for it to continue working on sensitive nuclear issues with help from countries such as China and Russia.
    The Islamic Zealots Who Seized U.S. Embassy 40 Years Ago Today Weren't 'Students'
    These were first and foremost religious zealots blindly following the will of clerics (Ali Khamenei and Mousavi Khoeini among them) who often visited the hostages, too. Many attended Amir Kabir University, "strictly allied with Khomeini and the new Mullah establishment," according to Mark Bowden in Guests of the Ayatollah (2006). As Bowden puts it, they "were all committed to a formal Islamic state and were allied, some of them by family, with the clerical power structure around Khomeini."

    Bruce Laingen, who was the chargé d'affaires at the embassy, wrote in his journal that Khoeni was "the clerical link with the 'students' at the embassy since the day of the seizure and . . . the link before that, too, in the planning for the seizure." On July 21, 1980, he wrote with certainty that Khoeni was Khomeini's "liaison with the 'students' of the embassy" and that there "can be no question of the extent to which the clerical forces are solidly in control."

    The term "students" was inaccurate and misleading in 1979, and it is all the more so now. After four decades, the time has come finally to get it right.


    40 Years On: How US-Iran Hostility Affects the World Today
    With anti-American slogans and effigies mocking President Donald Trump, thousands rallied outside the former US embassy in Tehran on Monday to mark the 40th anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis. Amid renewed tensions with Washington, state television showed rallies taking place in several other cities, including Mashhad, Shiraz and Esfahan, four decades after revolutionary students stormed the diplomatic mission. "They will continue their enmity against us. They are like a lethal scorpion whose nature is to have a poisonous sting," the head of the army, General Abdolrahim Mousavi, said in a speech at Tehran. "We are ready to crush this scorpion and will also pay the price."






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    "Cash strapped" Palestinian Authority has given $1 million to Harvard U

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    In September, the Clarion Project released an incredible report showing a minimum of how much various dictatorships and repressive regimes have been donating to American universities.

    Dominating the field is Qatar, which has given an astonishing $1.5 billion to some 28 universities.


    Other huge amounts were given by China, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

    These gifts aren't because these foreign countries love American universities. These are attempts to influence what the university teaches, and with that to influence the next generation of American leaders.

    Even the Palestinian Authority, supposedly with no money to pay its own bills, manages to give a million dollars to Harvard University, in 2017.

    In case you are wondering, many other countries do this as well. Israel gave some $53 million since 2012. The largest amount was to Johns Hopkins University, and the next two are USC and UCLA.

    Every country from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe gives money to US universities. The largest single gift I saw was $750 million from Bermuda to Carnegie Mellon University, which might be a typo. A handful of countries gave gifts to individual universities of over $100 million, besides Qatar - India to University of Phoenix, Hong Kong and England to Harvard, France to Duke.

    (h/t Yerushalimey)




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    OPEC considers production cuts as the Aramco IPO complicates its December meeting

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    Saudi Arabia, Russia and their oil-producing allies are considering a range of options to maintain stability in the oil market.
              

    Bangladeshi migrant domestic workers are returning from Saudi Arabia with shocking tales of abuse

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    900 female domestic workers have returned from Saudi Arabia in 2019 accusing their employers of physical and sexual abuse -- more than 100 have died.
              

    Saudi Aramco prepares IPO on Tadawul

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    The US Justice Department has charged three people, including two Saudis, with spying on Twitter users critical of the kingdom's royal family.
              

    U.S.: Saudis Recruited Twitter Workers to Spy on Critics

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    Saudi Arabia, frustrated by growing criticism of its leaders and policies on social media, recruited two Twitter employees to spy on thousands of accounts that included prominent opponents, prosecutors alleged Wednesday.
              

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    Investors are dumping oil. So why would anyone buy Saudi Aramco?

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    Saudi Arabia's state oil monopoly makes more money than any other company on Earth. But low oil prices, the climate crisis and geopolitical risk could deter investors from buying into the partial privatization of Saudi Aramco.

    The concerns may cause fund managers in London, New York and Tokyo to balk at what could be the largest IPO in history, forcing Aramco to rely heavily on rich local families, sympathetic sovereign wealth funds or major customers such as China signing up for shares.

    The biggest risks are tied to Aramco's core business: oil. Demand growth for crude is slowing — an inconvenient truth for bankers pitching the company at a valuation of up to $2 trillion. Add growing pressure on institutional investors to ditch oil assets they already own, as well as a tough political environment in the Middle East, and the investment case for Aramco weakens.

    "It's hard to see how the company grows over time," said Anish Kapadia, director of energy at Palissy Advisors, an investment advisory firm based in London.

    $1 trillion or $2 trillion?

    Aramco announced its intention to float shares on the Riyadh stock exchange this week. It made clear it wants this to be a global affair.

    "We want to get financial investors from all over the world," chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan told reporters at a press conference on Sunday.

    Global investors are sure to give the company a good look. Aramco, which could reportedly list a stake as large as 5%, sits on massive crude reserves. It posted a $68 billion profit for the first nine months of 2019, a slowdown from the previous year, when annual earnings totaled $111 billion.

    "Aramco is the largest and lowest cost producer of oil, and the scale of spare capacity still makes it uniquely strategic in the global oil market," Hasnain Malik, the Dubai-based head of equity strategy at Tellimer, an investment bank focused on developing markets, wrote in a recent note to clients.

    The company has also committed to a $75 billion annual dividend through 2024. Analysts say what investors earn from the payouts could compete with ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell, depending on Aramco's valuation. Some potential investors may hold out for even more.

    The next few weeks could be tumultuous. Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has reportedly sought a valuation for Aramco near $2 trillion. But the model run by Palissy Advisors puts Aramco's value at just $1 trillion. That's a massive range — and some investors will worry about overpaying. Some may decide to just stick with existing oil and gas holdings, many of which have been traded publicly for years and offer more transparency.

    "There [are] plenty of existing stocks which give exposure to oil," Malik told CNN Business. "Occupying a minority position in a state-owned oil company may not be that appealing."

    Oil's dimming outlook

    Brent crude, the global benchmark, is currently worth about $62 per barrel. If oil prices were between $70 and $80 per barrel, it would be easy to tack on a few $100 billion more in value to Aramco, Kapadia said.

    But prices aren't headed in that direction. Global economic growth is weakening, reducing demand, and climate crisis fears are escalating. OPEC said in a report published this week that annual demand growth for oil will slump to just 500,000 barrels per day at the end of the next decade, as developed countries shift to renewable sources of energy. Aramco could tighten its grip on supply to boost prices — but not without stoking division among the cartel and allied producers.

    "It's essentially a one product company, and the price of that product is very volatile," said Tarek Fadlallah, chief executive of the Middle East unit of Nomura Asset Management.

    Additionally, many big institutional investors are under enormous pressure to dump oil assets because of the greenhouse gas emissions they generate and declining performance. Norway's giant wealth fund said it would phase out oil and gas stocks earlier this year. According to Carbon Tracker, a think tank, every major oil and gas company, including Aramco, has committed to recent projects that don't align with the Paris Climate Agreement, which aims to limit the increase in global average temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

    "There are an increasing number of funds that have it as a stated policy that they will not invest in hydrocarbon-related companies," Fadlallah said. "That necessarily decreases the universe of funds that can invest in the Aramco IPO."

    Aramco could fare better than its peers should climate concerns reduce demand for fossil fuels because its production costs are so low, said Andrew Grant, senior analyst at Carbon Tracker. But the company would still be hit if reduced demand eats into oil prices, making its margins much less attractive.

    The Saudi factor

    International investors that don't need to curry favor with Saudi's rulers could also hold out for a cheaper price on shares due to geopolitical risks. Aramco proved in September that it can quickly get production back up and running following a serious attack on its facilities. But the company still operates in a very volatile region and is beholden to its majority owner, the Saudi royal family.

    "With any national oil company, the valuation is inextricably linked to the politics of that country," Kapadia said. He views Aramco as less politically risky than Russia's Rosneft or Brazil's Petrobras, but more exposed than the big oil companies based in developed markets.

    The murder one year ago of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul chilled international business ties with the kingdom. Relations have only been partially repaired since.

    Of course, some are more comfortable stomaching that political risk. China — which counts Saudi Arabia as its No. 1 source of crude oil — is in talks to invest between $5 billion and $10 billion in Aramco's IPO, Bloomberg reported Wednesday.

    Sonja Laud, chief investment officer at Legal and General Investment Management, said Monday at a Reuters investment summit that her firm has not yet decided whether to invest in Aramco. "Concerns from a corporate governance viewpoint are well-flagged," she noted.

    "LGIM is currently reviewing the Saudi Aramco investment case under consideration of business, valuation and corporate governance concerns," the asset management company said in a statement.

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    U.S. Charges Former Twitter Employees With Spying for Saudi Arabia

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    Wrestling Mayhem Show 689: Wrestling Makes Me Feel Good

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    This week’s episode brought to you by Indy Wrestling US, Slice on Broadway, Sidekick Media Services, and Pittsburgh Wrestling. There are no laws as Happy Hour joins the crew to discuss the wrestling news of the week including...
    • We're talking the WWE NXT war starting amid Saudi Arabia travel woes on Smackdown
    • All Elite Wrestling's size and execution
    • The fallout from the Saudi Arabia trip this year
    • Ring of Honor's dirty laundry via Joey Mercury
    • A Happy Hour Virgil Story
    • Big Question: What is a surprise encounter you've had with a wrestling star?
    • Rick and Morty at All Elite Wrestling
    • What did YOU learn in wrestling this week?
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    U.S. Coal Bankruptcies Reveal The Future Of Alberta Tar Sands

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    London on April 18, 2018, as they protest against the Trans Mountain oil pipeline from Alberta's oil sands to the Pacific Ocean. In 2016, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government approved tripling the 1,150-kilometer (715-mile) Trans Mountain pipeline's capacity to carry 890,000 barrels of oil for shipping overseas from landlocked Alberta's oil sands to the port of Vancouver. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMEN (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)AFP/GETTY IMAGES
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    By some estimates, “the price of oil could permanently plummet to $25 a barrel by the mid-2020s. Only the cheapest oil in places like Saudi Arabia could be economically produced. Canada's oil sands, where most projects need an oil price of $60 to $80 a barrel just to break even, would cease to make financial sense.”
     
    The U.S. coal industry is in big trouble. This year alone, eight companies have filed for bankruptcy protection, Murray Energy is the latest one. Bob Murray’s friendship with President Trump could not save the company. After all, the death of coal is due to fracking, not regulation.

    While these bankruptcies might be good news for climate change, they have caused havoc for coal miners and coal communities. Typically, bankrupt coal companies renege on their pension and healthcare obligations. Miners and pensioners are virtually left penniless. Just follow any story on Appalachia to get a sense of the social and economic chaos that collapsing coal inflicts on local communities.

    Coal implosion should hold important lessons for Alberta’s oil sands economy. After all, both coal and oil contribute to climate change. Both are vulnerable to regulatory and market challenges. It seems that Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau does not see the decline of oil to be inevitable. In 2018, courts blocked the construction of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline, which would carry Alberta’s oil to the Pacific Ocean. Trudeau’s government intervened and purchased the pipeline for $4.5 billion (and has committed additional billions of dollars for its expansion).

    But Albertans remain suspicious of Trudeau and Ottawa. Some even want to secede from Canada! In 2019 election, his Liberal party drew blank in Alberta. So how does he win over Albertans? At his first Press conference after the 2019 reelection, Trudeau declared that his government is committed to fighting climate change and building the Trans Mountain Pipeline. 

    This is where a leadership deficit is showing. Instead of pandering to Alberta, Trudeau should have shown tough love. The reason is simple: the pipeline provides a false sense of economic security and discourages Alberta from diversifying away from the tar sands.

    The Trudeau Syndrome: Real Climate Champions Love Oil Sands

    Alberta tar sands are an important economic resource for CanadaNatural Resources Canada, a government body, notes: “The oil sands comprise 167.2 billion barrels of crude oil – 97 percent of Canada’s 172.5 billion barrels of proven oil reserves—and are a vital part of the Canadian economy. The industry is one of Canada’s largest employers, with more than 400,000 people deriving direct, indirect and induced employment from the oil sands and supporting sectors.”

    To justify his support for the pipeline to his pro-climate base, Trudeau is playing the nationalist card, which for Canadians means a dose of Anti-AmericanismTrudeau said: "For too long we have been selling our natural resources to the United States at a discount ... Getting our resources to markets other than the United States and getting that done as quickly as possible remains a priority.”

    The Stranded Asset Problem

    Trudeau might support the pipeline pointing to the projected growth in energy demand. There are over 1 billion cars in the world, and an additional 70 million are added every year. If there are cars, the logic goes, there will be a demand for oil, not to mention the increasing demand for petrochemicals. It is not surprising that almost every country (Norway probably being the only exception) continues to explore for new oil reserves.

    In the short run (10-20 years), this argument probably makes sense. But in the medium term (20-40 years), the auto industry might look different and the demand for oil will probably begin to soften. This is when Alberta will begin facing the problem of stranded oil sands assets.

    An asset is stranded when it becomes nonperforming during its useful economic life. The reasons include technological innovations that render it obsolete, shifts in consumer preferences, or changes in the regulatory structure.

    Faced with extreme weather events, governments may enact even more stringent laws to discourage combustion-engine automobiles. Second, courts may announce large verdicts against major oil firms for imposing harms on individuals, cities, and other actors. As a part of the settlement, oil firms may accept penalties such as a large dose of a carbon tax in exchange for immunity. This sort of carbon tax could reduce demand for oil. Third, increased energy-efficiency of gasoline cars and the rapid expansion of electric cars and trucks might dampen the demand for oil. Alongside, there could be a “drive shame” movement encouraging individuals to take public transportation (or simply walk) as opposed to driving. Indeed, millennials are less interested in car ownership than the previous generations.

    With oil demand softening, only the most efficient oil producers will survive. By some estimates, “the price of oil could permanently plummet to $25 a barrel by the mid-2020s. Only the cheapest oil in places like Saudi Arabia could be economically produced. Canada's oil sands, where most projects need an oil price of $60 to $80 a barrel just to break even, would cease to make financial sense.”

    Will Alberta Become the New Appalachia?

    An investment of more than $200 billion is at risk. What if oil sands industry becomes uncompetitive and these assets become nonperforming? Mass bankruptcies will follow. Governmental revenue will plummet and local communities dependent on oil jobs will be devastated.

    Just see how the bankruptcy of the coal industry is playing out in Appalachia and the Powder River Basin regions of the United States. David Roberts notes: “Coal mines have shut down, hundreds of people are out of work, unemployment offices are overwhelmed, and there appears to be worse to come. The coal industry, long seen as a friend and economic linchpin in the state, is falling apart, and the very communities that have supported it most are getting screwed over in the process.”

    Labor unions are worried that a bankrupt coal sector will not be able to fulfill its pension and healthcare obligations. Further, bankrupt coal firms tend to renege on mine clean up obligations as well.

    Preparing for a Soft Landing

    Trudeau wants to become another Trump who promised to bring coal back. One might argue that the decline of oil will be delayed by rolling back climate laws or massive government funding for carbon removal technologies. The reality is that coal jobs have not come back and probably never will. Oil could follow a similar trajectory.

    Generating false hopes for the revival of oil is irresponsible because it is making Alberta, a high-cost oil producer, even more vulnerable to oil downturns. The wise policy is to start preparing Alberta for a soft landing. The basic idea is to invest in creating non fossil-fuel jobs. At minimum, Trudeau’s government should not throw a lifeline to the Trans Mountain Pipeline because it is creating an even bigger stock of stranded assets.

    The Trudeau syndrome reveals the perils of democracy where leaders embrace policies to secure short term political gains. Trudeau’s false populism did not fetch him votes in Alberta. Maybe it is time for him to reverse course on the pipeline and guide Alberta towards a more diversified economy with a sustainable economic trajectory.

    Nives Dolsak is Professor and Director of the School of Marine & Environmental Affairs. Aseem Prakash is the Walker Family Professor and the Director of the Center for Environmental Politics. Both are at the University of Washington, Seattle.

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    Muslim preachers must speak German to work in the country under proposed law

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    Muslim preachers must speak German to work in the country under proposed lawAll imams who work in Germany will in future have to prove they can speak the German language, under a draft law for religious leaders introduced by the government. The bill, which passed cabinet on Wednesday, means that foreign preachers will only be granted work visas if they can demonstrate basic German. They would then need to show improvements in their language skills after a year in order to prolong their stay.  Although it applies to all religious preachers, the coalition treaty signed by the German government - which includes the rule - specifically refers to imams. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer hailed it as “a vital contribution for successful integration in Germany.” The government justified the move by saying that imams have a central role to play as models of integration for other immigrants, who often turn to mosques for help when they first arrive. However, the media has reported concerns about clerics preaching in other languages for several years. There are no official figures on the number of mosques in Germany, nor on where their funding comes from. But authorities suspect that Gulf states including Saudi Arabia have been financing the construction of some mosques in order to spread the fundamentalist Wahhabi Islam practised on the Arabian peninsula. Conservatives complain that, as long as imams preach in other languages, they will feel free to espouse views hostile to democracy. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said the bill was 'a vital contribution for successful integration' but others disagree Credit: Abdulhamid Hosbas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images But Germany's Green party attacked the draft law, saying it will exacerbate the already acute shortage of imams to serve the country’s growing Muslim population. According to a recent study, over 90 percent of imams active in Germany come from abroad. Criticism also came from the Islamic community. Bekir Altaş, head of the Millî Görüş mosque association, said that many Muslim associations had made German language skills a requirement for preaching in their mosques years ago. “The government’s plans smack of populism. The portrayal of language skills equating with ‘good imams’ is dangerous - it downplays German-speaking hate preachers who use their rhetorical abilities to gain notoriety, while ignoring the good work done by other preachers in their native tongue,” Altaş said. The bill now goes to the Bundestag, where it is expected to be approved.



              

    Two ex-Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia

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    The US Justice Department has charged two former Twitter employees with spying for Saudi Arabia in a case that raises concerns about the ability of Silicon Valley to protect the private information of dissidents and other users from repressive governments.The charges, unveiled on Wednesday in San Francisco, came a day after the arrest of one of the former Twitter employees, Ahmad Abouammo, a US citizen who is alleged to have spied on the accounts of three users – including one whose posts…
              

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    Two then-employees of Twitter used their position to provide the Saudi government with information about its critics on the platform, say prosecutors, who have charged them with espionage. The men rifled through "thousands of private accounts seeking personal information" of use to the kingdom's security forces, reports NPR.

    Ahmad Abouammo, a U.S. citizen, was a media partnerships manager at Twitter who was not authorized to access Twitter users' private information. He allegedly did exactly that for which he received payments of up to $300,000 from a Saudi source identified in the complaint only as "Foreign Official-1." Abouammo also received a Hublot watch with a value of about $20,000. Abouammo is charged with acting as a foreign agent and falsifying records to obstruct a federal investigation. ...

    Ali Alzabarah, a Saudi citizen worked at Twitter beginning in August 2013 as a "site reliability engineer." Between May 21, 2015, and November 18, 2015, Alzabarah, without authorization, accessed "the Twitter data of over 6,000 Twitter users, including at least 33 usernames for which Saudi Arabian law enforcement had submitted emergency disclosure requests to Twitter," the complaint said. Among the accounts he accessed were those belonging to well-known critics of the Saudi government.

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    Yemen signs peace deal

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    Yemen (MNN) – Desperate to stop the bloody conflict tearing Yemen apart, Saudi Arabia brokered a deal this week between the government and southern separatists. According to the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), the war has cost over 100,000 lives in the five years since it began. It began with the Houthi rebel takeover of the northern and central parts of the country. Their advance drove the government out of the capital city, Sana'a.

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    Costly war

    Open Doors USA's president and CEO, Dr. David Curry says there is nothing simple about this conflict. "The backers behind the civil war are almost as important as what's happening in Yemen itself." There's a Shia and Sunni tug of war within Yemen—the two main branches of Islam separated by centuries of hostility. "Saudi Arabia has an interest in what happens there. It's directly on its southern border. Iran has an interest in the Shia groups having some strength, and it's just created a massive humanitarian crisis." In other words, Iran, which follows Shia Islam, backs the Houthi rebels. Saudi Arabia, which is Sunni, supports the government. Within those main groups are splinter groups vying for control.  This week's developments are worth noting, Curry says. "We're looking at this agreement now, which is essentially a brokered deal with Saudi Arabia in the midst of the discussions to share power, try to put some system in place where they're not going to keep battling over what ruins are left in Yemen."

    Caught in the middle

    Meanwhile, Christians find themselves pincered between the warring groups. They have been under tremendous pressure for a long time, he says. The chaos brought on by war led to even more persecution. "I think stability right now would benefit everybody in the region, including Christians. This ability, if they can pull it off to share power, may bring some calm. I think it would benefit the Christian communities there." At present, Christian communities practice underground. Even private worship is risky in some areas. Family and societal pressure create additional pressure on converts to Christianity from Islam. He says, "There are leaders there that can be salt and light in this situation, or they can show the love of Jesus, bring kindness, bring some civility to a country that's been torn apart by incivility for so long. " 

    Building toward hope

    (Map courtesy of Open Doors USA)

    Open Doors supports persecuted believers wherever they are. In tricky situations like the one in Yemen, he declined to share specifics. However, "There are projects available for pastors, churches, individuals who want to support the Church in Yemen but in a more practical way." One of those avenues is through prayer. The best way to pray begins by getting informed.  Curry suggests looking at a map to get familiar with the terrain of Yemen. "There's a mountain range that runs from Sa'ada, a city, down to Taez. These are highly populated areas. I think if you wanted to pray over those cities, that God would touch that place. That's the heartbeat of the country, along that mountain range. That's where the change needs to be. That's where we need the greatest amount of peace."   Pray over territory, too. "Territory matters in the Bible. It seems to be indicative of what God is doing. So let's pray for territory. Let's pray that God brings peace to the cities along that mountain range and to those port cities."     Headline photo courtesy Open Doors USA
              

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    Natalya Neidhart: Making history with first ever women’s match in Saudi Arabia

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    Facebook: we would let Tories run 'doctored' Starmer video as adFootage of an interview with Keir Starmer on ITV was misleadingly edited by the Conservatives. Photograph: ITVFacebook would allow the Conservative party to promote its “doctored” video of Keir Starmer as a paid-for advert during the election campaign, the social network has confirmed. But the company has announced a policy aimed at cracking down on pages that conceal their ownership in order to mislead users.The executive Rebecca Stimson said the public debate that followed the airing of footage of the senior Labour MP in an ITV interview justified the company’s policy of allowing political misinformation on the site.“You can see, in the UK, what that has meant is that what the Conservatives put in that ad has been the subject of ferocious political debate and discussion, as a result of our policies,” said Stimson, the company’s head of UK public policy.In the controversial video, posted to Twitter on Tuesday, footage of an interview between Starmer and Piers Morgan was edited in a way that suggested the shadow Brexit secretary was lost for words when asked about the party’s Brexit policy.The Conservative party maintains that the video was edited not to try to misinform people, but to shorten the clip for social sharing. Morgan himself accused the Conservatives, of having “doctored” the video; a charge denied by the party chairman, James Cleverly.Facebook’s approach to political advertising suggests the company is unlikely to heed calls from civil society groups to pause political adverts in the run-up to the election.Stimson said: “Political advertising on Facebook and Instagram is now more transparent than other forms of election campaigning, whether that’s billboards, newspaper ads, direct mail, leaflets or targeted emails.“We believe it’s important that candidates and politicians can communicate with their constituents and would-be constituents. Online political ads are also important for both new challengers and campaigning groups to get their message out. Our approach is therefore to make political messages on our platforms as transparent as possible, not to remove them altogether.”On misinformation, Stimson argued: “In general, we believe political speech should be heard and we don’t feel it is right for private companies like us to fact-check or judge the veracity of what politicians and political parties say. In our country it’s always been up to the media and the voters to scrutinise what politicians say and make their own minds up.”Facebook said a policy aimed at cracking down on pages that conceal their ownership in order to mislead users would bring greater transparency. Its head of security policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said: “If we find that a page is doing this, we require it to show more information on the page itself about who is behind it, including the organisation’s legal name, and the city it’s set up in.”The rules appear to finally close a loophole uncovered by the Guardian earlier this year that allowed a lobbying firm owned by the political strategist Lynton Crosby to freely run a widespread propaganda campaign on the social network. CTF Partners, Crosby’s firm, which has worked for Conservative campaigns, owned and ran Facebook pages that purported to be independent news sources on topics ranging from Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to bike lanes in London.The company then used them to push content created by CTF employees that aimed to promote a particular viewpoint. At times, CTF would build pages that appeared to take opposing sides of the same campaign, in order to more effectively manipulate public sentiment.Facebook had initially argued that, since the CTF employees were not using fake accounts, the operation did not meet the company’s definition of coordinated inauthentic behaviour, even if users had no way of discovering the lobbying firm’s involvement.In a similar campaign, operated by Daily Wire, the rightwing US news site ran 14 large Facebook pages anonymously, according to a report by Popular Information. The pages, which disclosed no link to the publisher, funnelled millions of engagements back to Daily Wire content.Under Facebook’s new policy, however, both Daily Wire and CTF Partners could be required to have their legal names displayed in their pages’ information boxes, possibly preventing the worst abuses.



              

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    K 2019: It’s a wrap

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    It’s official and, to be honest, quite predictable: K 2019 was an unqualified success. The plastics and rubber trade show in Düsseldorf, Germany, from Oct. 16 to 23 attracted approximately 225,000 visitors from 165 countries, according to Messe Düsseldorf. They ogled stunning displays from the likes of Sabic—featured as one of PlasticsToday’s coolest things at the show—and Reifenhäuser—check out the video below—and kicked some tires as they pondered purchasing new plastics processing equipment. Visitors had an embarrassment of riches from which to choose: Organizers said that 3,330 exhibitors from 63 countries took part in this year’s event.

    Members of the press were keenly interested in learning about new technologies, and the K, as always, did not disappoint. Stephen Moore and I combed the aisles and attended what seemed like wall-to-wall press conferences hunting down news for PlasticsToday readers. Articles that we posted leading up to, during and after the show are archived at www.plasticstoday.com/k-show. You will find some interesting reading there, including reports on how blockchain can be be applied to plastics traceability and sustainability, why Lanxess is using artificial intelligence to accelerate materials development, and the shape of cars to come. But wait, there’s more.

    Following the K, I took a one-week vacation in Paris. With apologies to Charles Aznavour, it was “for me, for me, formidable.” Thanks for asking. On the downside, though, I wasn’t able to report on some innovations I discovered the second week of the show and share conversations I had with exhibitors . . . until now. Turn the page.

    Image courtesy Messe Düsseldorf

    ExxonMobil puts flexible packaging on path to circular economy

    Sustainability was the buzz word at K 2019, as we noted it would be ahead of the show. ExxonMobil (Irving, TX) was rigorously on message with a number of innovations and projects designed to advance the circular economy.

    The chemicals giant announced at the event a collaboration with plastics extrusion company Reifenhäuser to produce new heavy duty sacks partly using recycled polyethylene from former sacks without sacrificing performance, even when fourth-cycle recycled PE is used. It also introduced Rethink Recycle technology with Vistamaxx performance polymers that enables increased use of recycled content in high-value applications. A key environmental benefit is that addition of Vistamaxx acts like a “compatibilizer” between PE and PP—the incompatible plastics mix in the melt, reducing the need for separation of the materials in preparation for recycling. The technology is being used in Patagonia to convert discarded plastic fishing ropes into high-quality end products. Closer to home, ExxonMobil also has collaborated with three partners to produce stand-up pouches (SUPs) made partly from recycled material from full-PE-laminated SUPs. The packaging is fully recyclable at the end of its life cycle.

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    Peter Paul de Moor (left) and Adeline Duponchel of ExxonMobil show samples of a full-PE-laminated stand-up pouch and its cousin made partly with recycled content.

    Flexible packaging typically requires different material layers to meet a range of property requirements, including stiffness, toughness and sealing and optical properties. Multi-material packaging, however, is difficult to recycle. ExxonMobil’s solution is an SUP made from a combination of 30% recycled material from a full-PE-laminated SUP and 70% virgin PE. The technology came about through a collaboration with Erema, Henkel and Hosokawa Alpine.

    “We are committed to doing more with less at ExxonMobil,” Adeline Duponchel, Market Development Manager for PE in Europe, Middle East and Africa, told PlasticsToday. Recycled full-PE-laminated packaging furthers that commitment by using recycled PE from existing packaging in combination with performance PE polymers to manufacture new SUPs, she noted. The properties of the packaging with recycled content are not 100% identical to those using only virgin resin, conceded Duponchel, but they are more than good enough in terms of stiffness, toughness and shelf appeal. And they are recyclable, moving industry closer to the goal of circularity of flexible packaging.

    Nova Chemicals' wants to 'STOP' waste plastics from ending up in marine environments

    Sustainability was also a key feature at the Nova Chemicals (Calgary, AB) stand, which it shared with Borealis and Borouge. All three companies have a shared ownership but operate independent of each other, although they are pooling their resources and expertise in Project STOP.

    “The initiative was co-founded in 2017 by Borealis and SystemIQ to bring circular economy solutions to cities in Southeast Asia with poor or mismanaged waste infrastructure programs,” Sarah Marshall, Director of Sustainability at Nova Chemicals, told PlasticsToday. The goal is to prevent plastic waste from ending up in marine environments by “engaging with communities and developing stable, long-term solutions to waste management,” she added.

    Nova Chemicals' Sarah Marshall
    Project STOP aims to bring circular economy solutions to cities in Southeast Asia with poor or mismanaged waste infrastructure programs, explained Sarah Marshall, Director of Sustainability at Nova Chemicals.

    The program has now expanded to three cities and has welcomed the Alliance to End Plastic Waste as a strategic partner. The three-year partnership will focus on the regency of Jembrana on the northwest coast of Bali and study the feasibility of achieving a future free of unmanaged plastic waste throughout the island. Nova Chemicals is a founding member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, added Marshall.

    Remote healthcare, powered by 5G and Sabic

    Sabic (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) sees the adoption of 5G wireless technology as critical to enabling many new application areas, notably in remote healthcare, and it sees opportunities for its materials in this fast new world.

    Futurist medical research concept art

    Lower latency will provide an almost instantaneous transmission of high volumes of data between devices, noted Sabic in its press release, enabling surgeons to remotely conduct procedures as if they were physically next to the patient. This evolution will stimulate the increasing adoption of robotics in surgical instrumentation, allowing doctors to perform surgery remotely from anywhere in the world, said Sabic.

    Sabic believes that this trend can lead to growing use of its Ultem resins, LNP compounds and co-polymers in internal and external parts of next-generation surgical instruments because of their desirable properties, such as biocompatibility, lubricity, sterilization compatibility, and certification that can assist manufacturers in achieving regulatory compliance.

    Image: Viacheslav Iakobchuk/Adobe Stock

    Stork spreads its wings

    Just before K 2019 opened its doors in Düsseldorf, Germany, injection molding machine maker Stork Plastics Machinery (Hengelo, Netherlands) announced that Hydratec Industries was in far-reaching discussions to acquire a 75% interest in the company. Hydratec operates in the industrial systems and components space, serving the agricultural, automotive and healthcare markets. The remaining 25% share would remain with current shareholder Wadinko, a financial services company.

    Stork IMM at K 2019

    The half-century-old Stork is one of the smaller players in the injection molding machine marketplace, but it has earned a global reputation, particularly for its large-tonnage, high-cavitation, thin-wall packaging machines, said Benjamin Sutch, Managing Partner at Chudleigh Sutch UK Ltd., which represents the company in foreign markets. It started working with Stork in Asia/Pacific about three years ago, Sutch told PlasticsToday from the Stork stand at K, and is now seriously looking at establishing a footprint for the company throughout North and South America.

    “We are actively seeking sales and service partners in the Americas and, indeed, several are ready to come on board,” said Sutch. “It’s very important to Stork to have live, zone-sensitive service for its customers.”


              

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    Saudi Spies Inside Twitter?

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    The case actually began in 2013/2014. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has a fund for educational scholarships in foreign countries. Social media being so full of international intersections along with having the whole political correct agenda of employing foreign citizens to enhance global integration, Twitter in this case brought on their own problem. Twitter fired […]

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Saudi Arabia, frustrated by growing criticism of its leaders and policies on social media, recruited two Twitter employees to spy on thousands of accounts that included prominent opponents, U.S. prosecutors have alleged.

    A complaint unsealed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco detailed a coordinated effort by Saudi government officials to recruit employees at the social media giant to look up the private data of Twitter accounts, including email addresses linked to the accounts and internet protocol addresses that can give up a user's location. It appeared to link Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the powerful 34-year-son of King Salman, to the effort.

    The accounts looked at included those of a popular Saudi government critic with more than 1 million followers and a news personality who were not named in the complaint. It marks the first time that the kingdom, long linked to the U.S. through its massive oil reserves and regional security arrangements, has been accused of spying in America.

    The complaint alleged that the employees were rewarded with a designer watch and tens of thousands of dollars funneled into secret bank accounts. Ahmad Abouammo, a U.S. citizen, and Ali Alzabarah, a Saudi citizen, were charged with acting as agents of Saudi Arabia without registering with the U.S. government.

    Abouammo was in custody Thursday following a court appearance in Seattle Wednesday and was scheduled for a detention hearing on Friday. Investigators said Alzabarah is in Saudi Arabia.

    Shirine Hossaini, a friend of Abouammo, said she previously worked with him at Middle East Broadcasting Networks in Virginia and that she never recalled him as being political.

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on allegations from U.S. prosecutors that Saudi Arabia recruited two Twitter employees to spy on accounts that included prominent opponents (all times local):

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    A former co-worker and friend of a man accused of working for the Saudi government to gather confidential personal information from thousands of Twitter accounts says she never recalled him as being political.

    Shirine Hossaini said Thursday that she and former Twitter employee Ahmad Abouammo worked together for several years at the headquarters of the Middle East Broadcasting Networks in Springfield, Virginia.

    She described Abouammo as "really sweet, happy, very thoughtful, really trustworthy."

    He and Saudi citizen Ali Alzabarah are charged with being agents of Saudi Arabia without registering with the U.S. government. Abouammo is detained and Alzabarah is in Saudi Arabia.

    Hossaini says she worked in promotions and he headed social media management while the two worked at the non-profit media company financed by U.S. government funding that also goes to Voice of America.

    She says she and other friends are considering writing letters of support to the court for Abouammo and offering to testify as character witnesses.

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    U.S. prosecutors say Saudi Arabia recruited two Twitter employees to spy on thousands of accounts that included prominent opponents.

    A complaint unsealed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco detailed a coordinated effort by Saudi government officials to recruit employees at the social media giant to look up the private data of Twitter accounts.

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    Ex-Twitter Workers Charged with Spying for Saudis as part of Kingdom’s Growing Crackdown on Dissent

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    The U.S. Department of Justice has charged two former Twitter employees with helping Saudi Arabia spy on thousands of the kingdom's critics. Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo are accused of giving the Saudi government detailed information about users, including telephone numbers and email addresses linked to the accounts, as well as internet protocol addresses that could be used to identify a user's location. The charges are being filed just over a year after the brutal murder of Saudi journalist and critic Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Turkey. A new report by Human Rights Watch finds that one year after Khashoggi's brutal murder Saudi Arabia continues to arbitrarily detain countless activists, regime critics and clerics. The report says there is a "darker reality" behind Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's widely touted initiatives for Saudi women and youth, including mass arrests of women activists, some of whom have allegedly been sexually assaulted and tortured with electric shocks. We speak with Adam Coogle, Middle East researcher at Human Rights Watch.
              

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    How do I feel about Trump at this point in his presidency? Good news: He has kept the US out of more wars. IMO, as president, Hilary Clinton would have overthrown Bashar al-Assad in Syria and produced another quagmire as in Libya and Iraq. Even under Trump Venezuela had a new leader "declared" from outside the country so Maduro may have been put under even more serious duress under a President RegimeChange Clinton. These wars are for multinational corporations and do not benefit either Americans or the hapless citizens of the targeted countries. It is pure hypocrisy to claim that the wars are for "liberation" from "brutal dictators" when one of the most repressive countries in existence, Saudi Arabia - from which most of the alleged 9/11 hijackers hailed and which allegedly kidnapped a journalist in Turkey this year and dismembered him - has America as a staunch ally in its war against Yemen and was a major Clinton Foundation donor. Trump exists outside the national security apparatus with its entrenched doctrines and came into the Oval Office promising to keep America out of wars. It's likely that he has faced a lot of resistance from the establishment within the military, FBI and CIA. The fact that people like Bill Kristol, who were cheer-leading the Bush wars on Fox, are not critical of Trump says a lot to me. Consequently, I've had a healthy suspicion of reports emanating from that part of the government which seek to undermine his presidency. However, it seems that he did overstep bounds in his attempt to strong arm Ukraine into opening an investigation into an American. Pity he wasn't smart enough to set up private servers and communications to conduct such business! /sarc Bad news: The Economy, perhaps Admittedly, many of the issues are systemic and not completely Trump's fault. The ease with which people can get into debt is masking the inadequacy of many incomes. Unemployment numbers can also be deceptive; one can google how it is computed. Furthermore, the banks are being bailed out by the Fed right now every day under our noses with hardly a whisper from the media. https://fortune.com/2019/09/26/the-feds-repo-market-bailout-is-a-sign-of-deeper-problems-that-are-getting-worse-over-time/ <blockquote> The Fed’s Repo Market Bailout Is a Sign of Deeper Problems—That Are Getting Worse Over Time The repurchase, or repo, market is the grease gun that keeps financial markets lubricated, by banks and companies temporarily trading bonds for cash and then redeeming them, usually overnight. And it once worked smoothly. Last week it hit a liquidity pothole, with a big cash shortage. The Federal Reserve swooped in with an immediate temporary $75 billion liquidity injection. According to Bank of America estimates, the Fed will need to undertake a further $400 billion bailout by purchasing bonds from the banks over the next year. The term for the latter action is quantitative easing (QE) and it looked like a minor replay of the global financial crisis. The irony? Banks together had more than $1.3 trillion in extra cash sitting with the Fed and earning interest—far more than the roughly $75 billion the Fed immediately pushed into the markets or even the entire $400 billion the rescue is estimated to run in its first year. According to experts who spoke with Fortune, the bailout is a sign of something seriously wrong. There are issues with big banks, the Fed, and regulatory oversight. Until addressed, future liquidity crises seem increasingly likely, which could slow or even shut down lending, undercutting the economy. </blockquote> That article was from the end of September and claimed the "liquidity injection" was "temporary". The bailouts continued in October and are ongoing, as far as I know. So much of the economy is based on perception and "consumer confidence" so we'll be told everything is fine until one day it suddenly isn't. I'm pretty sure that's how it happened in 2008. Bad News: Fox has gone full propaganda with very little subtlety. CNN and MSNBC are often biased as well, but that will be reflected more in what they refuse to cover (like Sanders leading in a poll) or the kind of questions they'll ask in interviews rather than outright misrepresentation of facts. Many presenters on Fox will nonchalantly do the latter. Bad News: The Republican party will tolerate anything from Trump (except his anti-war instincts). The Republican party has shifted because the Dems moved towards the position of the former Republican Party. The "establishment" of both parties are largely in agreement on foreign policy (perpetual war) and corporatism. Back in 2016, Americans were fed up with the status quo so both Trump and Sanders became popular anti-establishment figures on the "left" and "right". Trump was allowed to win his party's nomination and Sanders was not. The rest is history: Trump is the party now.
              

    Daily Crunch: Former Twitter employees charged with spying

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    After several years, the truth is finally out regarding the fact that whether Omar Borkan Al Gala was deported for been too handsome after he and his friends found themselves in Saudi Arabia somewhere in 2013. According to reports; Omar Borkan Al Gala and two friends were apparently kicked out of the country for being []The post Man Deported For Being Too Handsome, Reveals Truth appeared first on Miss Petite Nigeria Blog.
              

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    U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Lance Haul, 378th Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron, attaches screws onto the arch of a 6,500 square foot structural dome Oct. 18. 2019, at Prince Sultan Air Base (PSAB), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The U.S. is partnering with the KSA in PSAB to enhance operational flexibility while maintaining security and stability in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Alexandra Minor)
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    How Saudi Arabia Used Twitter To Spy On Dissidents

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    Following the historic ‘Crown Jewel’ event in Riyadh, WWE (NYSE: WWE) and the Saudi General Entertainment Authority (GEA) have expanded

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    Former Twitter Employees Charged With Spying for Saudi Arabia by BY KATE CONGER AND NICOLE PERLROTH

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    Saudi Arabia Reported to Have Planted Two Spies Inside Twitter Inc.

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    The Global Franchise Market Concludes in Dubai Today

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    Dubai - United Arab Emirates, 6 November 2019 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The 4th edition of The Global Franchise Market – TGFM concluded today on a high-note attracting more than 1600 investors and franchisees coming from different parts of the world while also featuring the participation of 80 leading brands, representing a variety of business industries and sectors. The event succeeded in showcasing new franchise concepts and emerging key trends that are rapidly transforming the franchise landscape across many fields and sectors.

    Throughout the 2 days, the exhibition floor witnessed a number of successful meetings and lucrative business partnerships and agreements. Golden Fork Seafood Restaurants, a 33-year old Dubai based seafood restaurants chain, signed a master franchise agreement with Uganda based Rawda Holdings Limited. The agreement was signed in the presence of Mohammed Shanavas, Managing Director, Golden Fork Seafood Restaurants LLC and Tarig Mohamed, Chairman of Rawda Holding Ltd, Uganda. Through this agreement, Golden Fork Seafood Restaurants will develop 25 outlets across 5 countries in Central Africa, where the first fine dining outlet is expected to open at Kampala city in Uganda by January, 2020. Golden Fork currently has 20 operating outlets and plans to expand to 20 countries by 2022 targeting 100 outlets.

    Besides that, Ruky perfumes, the Dubai based perfume brand, signed a regional franchise development agreement, which involves a 30-outlet expansion across Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait. The agreement was signed in the presence of Dr. Shanith Mangalat, MD, Ruky Perfumes LLC and Mohammed Salem of Al Salem Group, Al Ain. Ruky Perfumes currently has 20 operating outlets and it aims to expand to 300 outlets across Arab Gulf region by 2025.

    On another note, Rolf G. Kirst, Board Member, Franchise Pool International, commented on their participation saying, “On behalf of Franchise Pool International, it gives me great pleasure to attend TGFM, which has truly evolved into a major franchise event in the region. TGFM is a unique platform to meet with the ever-growing list of potential investors and leading franchise brands from the UAE, Middle East and the globe who prefer face-to-face interactions. Over the years, Dubai has grown immensely to become a lucrative competitive market in the franchise landscape and it retained its status as the top destination for franchising in the region. Moreover, Dubai is the best location for us franchise exhibitors, as it is home to those visitors who have the capital to start a real business and the imagination to succeed and expand their business.”

    On her part, Romany Ward, Marketing Executive, Coffee Planet, Dubai said, “With a strong and established trading base across our foodservice, retail and C-store platforms in Dubai, it is indeed a great opportunity for us to be a part of a regionally focused franchise event such as TGFM here in Dubai, the homeland of our business and roastery. At TGFM, we met many serious F&B investors looking to partner with us, and we hope to continue growing the success story of our brand in the UAE and wider GCC countries.”

    She added, “Dubai is the place where franchisors can make their dreams come alive and it offers both an inspirational and aspirational place to set up a shop. In today’s franchise market, only the very best operational brands setting up the highest retailing standards can survive the demands of the knowledgeable and culturally diverse breadth of customers in this region. We are constantly increasing our efforts to succeed and continue to drive more to share our coffee experience and expertise.”

    Commenting on their participation, Umair Tariq, CFO, Kido Schools, said, “This is the first time we participate in TGFM, and it was indeed a great opportunity for us to meet and connect with many potential partners and investors who could help us in expanding the Kido Brand to the lucrative markets in the UAE and other parts of the GCC region. Since its inception in 2014, with its first school in Hong Kong, Kido School has today opened more than 24 schools spanning many cities such as Dubai, London and 4 cities in India. By 2020, we plan to open our first branch in Houston, Texas and another 10 schools across many countries worldwide.”

    He added, “The UAE has historically led the wave of growth in the region’s education sector and still represents an attractive market opportunity. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are among the largest and the most popular markets for educational investors. While the franchise industry is rapidly evolving in many countries of the GCC and MENA regions, the UAE remains a preferred destination for franchisors and franchisees, given its easy accessibility, stability of its legal and regulatory systems and its openness to foreign investment.”

    The Global Franchise Market (TGFM) is held under the patronage of Dubai Economy and is organized annually by INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions – a member of INDEX Holding. The event witnesses the support of Ministry of Economy – National Program for Small and Medium Enterprises and Projects and the strategic partnership of Franchise Souq and Francorp Middle East as Platinum Sponsor.

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    Nov. 7, 2019: Afternoon News In 90

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    Saudi Arabia reportedly paid Twitter employees to spy on users. Cybersecurity experts say insider spying is an issue that goes beyond Twitter.

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    ReutersSaudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right.Two former Twitter employees were charged by federal prosecutors with spying on users on behalf of the Saudi Arabian government - and experts warn that it could happen again.Three cybersecurity experts told Business Insider about broader "insider threats," or the risk of surveillance and data breaches carried out by people employed by tech companies.The experts warned that tech companies should implement safeguards by addressing workplace culture, setting up ways to detect unusual behavior by employees, and more robustly protecting user data across the board.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Federal charges unsealed Wednesday allege that Saudi Arabia carried out a massive online spying operation, snooping on the
              

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    11/7/2019: Financial Post: China weighs stake in Aramco IPO, sources say

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    Why Spy on Twitter? For Saudi Arabia, It’s the Town Square

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    Emirates Airline profits nearly triple in half-year

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    DUBAI: Emirates Airline, the largest carrier in the Middle East, has reported a 282-percent rise in half-year net profits, mainly thanks to a drop in operating costs and fuel prices.

    The result was a change of fortunes for the Dubai carrier, which for the full-year to the end of March took a heavy hit from high oil prices and currency fluctuations.

    The carrier said it posted a net profit of $235 million in the first six months of the current financial year compared to just $62 million in the same period last year.

    The airline attributed the soaring profits to a sharp drop in the cost of fuel which accounts for almost a third of company spending.

    An 8 percent drop in operating costs and a rise in the number of passengers per flight also contributed to the healthy results.

    “The lower fuel cost was a welcome respite as we saw our fuel bill drop by AED 2 billion ($545 million) compared to the same period last year,” Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman and CEO of Emirates Airline and Group, said in a statement.

    “However, unfavorable currency movements wiped off approximately AED 1.2 billion ($327 million) from our profits,” Sheikh Ahmed said.

    On average, fuel costs were 13 percent lower compared to the same period last year, the airline said.  In the last full year, Emirates’ net profit dived 69 percent to just $237 million due to high oil prices and currency fluctuations.

    “The global outlook is difficult to predict, but we expect the airline and travel industry to continue facing headwinds over the next six months,” Sheikh Ahmed said.

    The airline said its revenue in the April to September period dropped 3 percent to $12.9 billion compared to $13.3 billion in the same period last year. Emirates carried 29.6 million passengers in the six-month period.

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    Saudis scramble to raise cash for Saudi Aramco share sale

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    RIYADH: From tapping lenders to selling personal assets, Saudis are scrambling to raise cash to invest in Saudi Aramco stocks after the oil giant announced its blockbuster market debut.

    The company said it plans to sell an unspecified number of shares on the Saudi stock exchange Tadawul. Retail investors in Saudi Arabia still appear to be salivating at the prospect of owning a piece of the world’s most profitable company.

    “Some (Saudis) have started to sell other stocks in preparation to buy Aramco (shares),” said Ibrahim Ahmed, a Saudi energy industry analyst who is also considering investing his savings.

    “People look at it as a sound investment. (But) I’m aware that it is a long-term investment that is good to have in a portfolio and not some kind of lottery ticket.”

    Fahad Hashemi, portfolio manager at the Riyadh-based Middle East Financial Investment Co, said his firm had a “strong intention” to participate.

    Eid Al-Shamri, chief executive of investment bank Ithraa Capital, said some Saudis were considering selling their homes or borrowing money to purchase shares.

    “This is definitely a serious event that will be recorded in the history of Saudi Arabia,” Shamri told Bloomberg News. “A lot of people are talking about it. But what is the extent of the people’s participation? We are tightening our belts.”

    In a 21-page document released by the company, the company called the IPO a “unique investment proposition.”

    Aramco Chief Executive Amin Nasser said the company was committed to offer shareholders “long-term value creation.”

    To promote participation by all sections of Saudi society, divorced women or widows with minors will be eligible to receive bonus shares, local media reported.

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    Seorang Melayu M'sia, Di Balik Pembinaan Royal Clock Tower, Makkah.

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    KISAH ini diceritakan oleh Tuan Azmil Abrar, seorang Pengurus Pembangunan dan Kawalan Konten di TV Al Hijrah.
    Ia berkisarkan tentang Tuan Wan Nazri Wan Aria, seorang Jurutera Struktur yang dipertanggungjawabkan sebagai Ketua Konsultan untuk pembinaan Royal Clock Tower, Makkah oleh sebuah syarikat terkemuka di German, SL Rasch.
    Struktur binaan ini disifatkan sebagai the Miracles of Modern Engineering adalah mengkagumkan, dan kisah bagaimana seorang lelaki yang dibesarkan di Segambut, dan kemudian dipercayai oleh sebuah syarikat ternama German, adalah lebih mengkagumkan.
    Kita ikuti kisahnya di bawah:
    A MALAYSIAN LEGEND – FIND YOUR TURNING POINT
    Siapakah lelaki muda, multi millionaire berusia 33 tahun di bawah ini? Mungkin ramai yang tidak mengenali beliau. Tetapi semalam adalah hari yang sangat mengujakan saya. Saya berpeluang untuk beliau yang saya sifatkan sebagai a Malaysian Legend, A Living Legend.
    Nama beliau adalah Wan Nazri Wan Aria. Apa hebatnya beliau?
    Royal Clock Tower, Makkah yang disifatkan sebagai the Miracles of Modern Engineering. (Boleh tonton pelbagai video berkenaan pembinaan Royal Clock Tower itu di Youtube). Dinyatakan di pelbagai tempat bahawa Clock Tower it dibina oleh sebuah syarikat terkemuka di German, SL Rasch.
    Selain itu, projek pembesaran Masjidil Haram agar dapat memuatkan 10 juta jemaah haji juga telah disiap dirangka dan dirancang.
    Berdasarkan kajian dilakukan, dapat diketahui bahawa individu yang dilantik selaku ketua untuk menjalankan projek Clock Tower berkenaan serta bertanggungjawab merangka pelan pembesaran Mekah adalah seorang anak muda dari Malaysia, bernama Wan Nazri Wan Aria.
    Kebetulan dia sedang berada di Malaysia, maka kesempatan itu digunakan saya untuk bertemu beliau.
    Kehebatan sebelum ini memang diketahui berdasarkan kajian. Tetapi setelah duduk berbual, banyak lagi perkara hebat diketahui mengenai individu ini.
    Beliau berasal dari sebuah keluarga yang susah dan menetap di sebuah kawasan belum membangun di Kuala Lumpur. Bukan lulusan mana mana sekolah hebat. Hanya bersekolah biasa di Segambut. Kemudian menyambung pelajaran dan berjaya lulus Degree di dalam engineering dari UiTM dan pada mulanya bekerja di sebuah syarikat tempatan. Pada usia 25 tahun, beliau berasa tidak puas dan ingin mencabar diri.
    Maka beliau meletakkan jawatan dan bertekad menyambung belajar peringkat Master di Germany menggunakan wang sendiri.
    This is what i always said “all successful people had their turning point some point in life. We just have to make ours.
    Mengapa Germany? Sebab beliau merasakan bahawa di situlah tempat paling utama dan paling mencabar untuk seseorang engineer di Dunia. Walaupun pada mulanya tidak pandai berbahasa Germany, beliau telah memaksa diri untuk belajar segera. Sebab semua pelajaran adalah di dalam bahasa berkenaan. Belajar Engineering dah susah, belajar peringkat Master dah susah, belajar bahasa german dah susah, apatah lagi belajar kesemuanya serentak!
    But he did. And he did very well. Selepas berjaya mencapai keputusan yang cemerlang, pelbagai syarikat besar terutamanya di dalam otomobil berebut menawarkan beliau kerja. Namun semuanya ditolak beliau di atas minat beliau kepada Structural Engineering. Maka beliau telah memohon kerja di sebuah syarikat SL Rasch, sebuah syarikat Germany yang terkenal di dalam bidang structural engineering.
    Pada mulanya, syarikat berkenaan tidak minat untuk mengambil beliau kerana mereka tidak percaya akan kebolehan engineer bukan dari Germany atau Eropah. Kerana bagi mereka, orang Germany paling pandai di dalam bidang engineering dan mereka sudah mempunyai ramai German Engineers.
    Namun, the boss opened the door for him. “Impress me in 6 months or you have to go”, he said. Impress him he did. Dia terus ditawarkan kerja berkenaan.
    Kemudian syarikat berkenaan telah berjaya mendapatkan tender membina Royal Clock Tower di Mekkah, melalui design yang dibuat oleh Wan Nazri. Atas kejayaan itu, SL Rasch telah menghantar Wan Nazri sebagai ketua konsultan untuk projek berkenaan bagi mengawasi pembinaannya dari A – Z.
    Engineer Arab sangat skeptikal terhadap Engineer dari Asia juga. Tetapi memandangkan Wan Nazri datang dari German, beliau sangat dihormati, apatah lagi beliau memperlihatkan kecekapan dan kepakaran beliau. Sehingga ada syarikat besar di arab menawarkan gaji ratusan ribu sebulan untuk memancing beliau.
    Kini beliau ada di Malaysia dengan tujuan kata beliau adalah untuk mencari bakat – bakat baru di Malaysia dan melatih mereka bagi mengenengahkan mereka di peringkat dunia. Beliau tidak mencari engineer yang berpengalaman, tetapi beliau mengumpulkan ramai anak muda yang baru graduate dan mempunyai potensi besar.
    Beliau kata, the world is a different game altogether. Before accepting any project outside to give to my fellow Malaysian, i need to prepare them first.
    Seorang world player, tetapi tidak lupa untuk kembali ke negara asal bagi memberi ruang dan peluang kepada anak muda lain. Kata beliau, “my boss at SL Rasch helped to open the door for me, now i am helping to open the door for others. I am just returning the favour”.
    Bila diterangkan kepada beliau mengenai projek yang sedang kami usahakan, beliau sangat supportive dan berjanji memberi apa jua bantuan yang boleh beliau berikan.
    Soalan terakhir saya, “Encik Wan, boleh cakap melayu tak?”
    “Sudah tentu, saya orang Melayu”
    (http://www.alumniuitm.org.my/site/?p=7266  By admin on April 17, 2015)
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