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Your Highness the Prime Minister, this is what Kuwaitis want

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Your Highness the Prime Minister, this is what Kuwaitis want
          

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Valeriano.

Aunque ningún país está exento de tales dificultades, hay muchos que están inmersos en una crisis ambiental. Así pues, te presentamos los 10 países más sucios que, aunque seleccionados primordialmente por la contaminación del aire, no es el único factor que los ha traído a esta lista “sucia”:

- Nigeria: Uniendo a la mala calidad del aire y los desechos que en este país usualmente se depositan en las calles o vertederos no regulados, el 94% de la población está expuesta a niveles de contaminación que rebasan los parámetros establecidos por la Organización Mundial de Salud Algunos vertederos de este país pueden alcanzar las 2400 toneladas métricas de basura.

- Emiratos Árabes Unidos: La producción de petróleo y gas ha favorecido la contaminación del aire, además se han incrementado los vertederos de desechos y no existen normas que regulen esta situación. Frente a ello, la teocracia árabe del país se propuso la creación de una ciudad completamente limpia, es decir, libre de carbón. La hipotética ciudad tendría el nombre de Masdar, ‘Fuente’.

- Nepal. La suciedad de este país se debe a la contaminación del aire, la producción de petróleo y las insuficientes medidas sanitarias para producir alimentos y realizar la recolección de basura. En el 2015 la ciudad de Katmandú, capital de Nepal, sufrió un violento terremoto que afectó seriamente la infraestructura de la ciudad; derivado de ello, los trabajos de reconstrucción han generado un «coctel» perfecto de contaminantes.

- Kuwait. La industria petrolera y el consumo de dicho producto ha provocado la contaminación del agua, la muerte de diversas especies y altas emisiones de CO2. Hacia 1991 tuvo lugar un suceso que aún se comenta para contextualizar los perjuicios que causa la contaminación. Durante un día entero la ciudad se vio oscurecida por una nube ocre que redujo la visibilidad a menos de 500 metros e hizo bajar la temperatura 15 Cº.

- Mongolia. El uso de carbón en actividades cotidianas ha favorecido la mala calidad del aire, lo que provoca que miles de personas mueran al año debido a enfermedades respiratorias. Según los últimos registros, Mongolia ha aumentado el promedio de su temperatura hasta 2.2 Cº. En Ulán Bator, capital de Mongolia, durante algunos «malos días» el contador de pm 2.5 ha registrado un terrorífico 999, la cifra más elevada que puede consignar este aparato.

- Bahrein. Las industrias más populares del país —gas y petróleo— han elevado los niveles de contaminación del aire y agua, además este país ha desestimado el mantenimiento de áreas verdes y el manejo de residuos. De acuerdo con un estudio de la George Washington University, la incidencia del asma infantil está estrechamente vinculada con la polución ambiental; en Bahrein, la incidencia de ésta entre los menores de edad es de 26%.

- Afganistán. Aquí es común que los residuos -domésticos, industriales y médicos- sean tirados en las calles o en cloacas abiertas, contaminando así el río Kabul, principal proveedor de agua potable. Según el Ministerio de Salud de este país, un promedio de tres mil muertes anuales podrían ser adjudicadas a los altos niveles de contaminación; las enfermedades vinculadas a este fenómeno son principalmente respiratorias y cardiovasculares.

- India. Las grandes plantas industriales no sólo han provocado la mala calidad del aire si no la contaminación del río Ganges, uno de los más sucios en el mundo, pues carece de un sistema eficaz de recolección de basura. La contaminación en este país —considerado el más populoso, después de China— es ya legendaria. Los niveles de polución pueden llegar a producir fenómenos francamente patéticos, como en el caso de los «perros azules» de Gwalior, ciudad de la India. Los perros adquieren esta tonalidad por los residuos químicos que son desechados en el río Kasadi.

- Pakistán. Su aire es uno de los más dañinos para respirar, resultado de la actividad industrial. Además, la mayoría de su población no tiene acceso a agua potable segura o servicios sanitarios. Aquí las muertes atribuidas a la contaminación ascienden a 125 mil anualmente, según el Instituto de Métricas y Evaluación de la Salud de la Fundación Gates.

- Bangladesh. Este país se corona con el aire más tóxico del mundo. Así mismo, en algunas de sus ciudades se ha encontrado que el agua consumida contiene cantidades alarmantes de arsénico, lo cual ha incrementado enfermedades como el cáncer .

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Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Hester meets with service members deployed to Camp Arifjan [Image 3 of 13]

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Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Hester, the senior enlisted advisor for U.S. Army Central (center), meets with soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines deployed to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait at a Thanksgiving meal at the Zone 2 Dining Facility Nov. 28, 2019. On the menu this year: roasted and smoked turkey, steamship rounds, shrimp cocktails, corn, cranberry sauce, assorted pies and cake, eggnog and sparkling grape juice. Food orders for the Thanksgiving meal went in approximately nine months ago and have been tweaked over the months. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sean Harding)
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An Angviano enjoys a Thanksgiving meal [Image 2 of 13]

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An Angviano, a U.S. Army civilian assigned to Combined Joint Task Force – Inherent Resolve, enjoys a Thanksgiving meal at the Zone 2 Dining Facility at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Nov. 28, 2019. This year, U.S. Army Central planned for almost 50,000 meals at about 60 sites across the U.S. Central Command area of operations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sean Harding)
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Culinary soldiers assigned to the Indianapolis-based 38th Infantry Division [Image 4 of 13]

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Culinary soldiers assigned to the Indianapolis-based 38th Infantry Division pose in front of a Thanksgiving spread at the Zone 1 Dining Facility at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Nov. 28, 2019. Also known as the Oasis, this dining facility competed against other dining facilities in the Middle East to see who had the best Thanksgiving spread. Food for the Thanksgiving feast was ordered nine months ago and preparations began two weeks beforehand to ensure U.S. troops had a taste of home while deployed. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sean Harding)
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Lt. Gen. Terry Ferrell greets troops at Camp Arifjan [Image 5 of 13]

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Lt. Gen. Terry Ferrell, U.S. Army Central commanding general, greets troops at the Zone 1 dining facility at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, at a Thanksgiving meal, Nov. 28, 2019. This year, USARCENT planned to serve nearly 50,000 at 60 sites across the theater. While most meals were served in large dining facilities, soldiers at austere locations received their Thanksgiving meal in insulated food containers delivered by air. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sean Harding)
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Butter statue! [Image 6 of 13]

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A statue made entirely of butter stands watch at the Zone 2 dining facility at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Nov. 28, 2019. Surprisingly, it did not melt despite all of the kitchen activity surrounding it. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sean Harding)
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Senior leaders prepare to serve Thanksgiving meal [Image 7 of 13]

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Senior officers and noncommissioned officers assigned to the 1st Theater Sustainment Command prepare to serve a Thanksgiving meal at the Zone 6 Dining Facility at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, on Nov. 28, 2019. While most meals are served in large dining facilities, Soldiers at austere locations will receive their Thanksgiving meal in insulated food containers delivered by air. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sean Harding)
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Soldiers stand in line for Thanksgiving meal at Camp Arifjan [Image 8 of 13]

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Soldiers stand in line at a non-alcoholic bar at the Zone 6 Dining Facility at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Nov. 28, 2019. On the menu this year: roasted and smoked turkey, steamship rounds, shrimp cocktails, corn, cranberry sauce, assorted pies and cake, eggnog and sparkling grape juice. Food orders for this year’s Thanksgiving meal went in approximately nine months ago and were tweaked over the months. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sean Harding)
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Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Hester greets troops on Thanksgiving [Image 9 of 13]

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Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Hester, the senior enlisted advisor for U.S. Army Central, greets soldiers at the Zone 1 dining facility at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, at a Thanksgiving meal, Nov. 28. 2019. On the menu this year was: roasted and smoked turkey, steamship rounds, shrimp cocktails, corn, cranberry sauce, assorted pies and cake, eggnog and sparkling grape juice. USARCENT planned to serve nearly 50,000 at 60 sites across the theater. While most meals were served in large dining facilities, Soldiers at austere locations received their Thanksgiving meal in insulated food containers delivered by air. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sean Harding)
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A Thanksgiving meal at the Zone 6 Dining Facility at Camp Arifjan [Image 10 of 13]

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On the menu on Thanksgiving at the Zone 6 Dining Facility at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, this year: roasted and smoked turkey, green beans, corn, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, stuffing and cranberry sauce. Desert might have consisted of assorted pies and cake, eggnog and sparkling grape juice. Food orders for this year’s Thanksgiving meal went in approximately nine months ago and were tweaked over the months. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sean Harding)
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Long before Trump, impeachment loomed over multiple presidents

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As President George Bush prepared to order US troops into war to eject Iraqi invaders from Kuwait, he feared it could end his presidency. “If it drags out,” he dictated to his diary Dec. 20, 1990, “not only will I take the blame, but I will probably have impeachment proceedings filed against me.”
          

William to sample life in the desert as he starts Middle East tour

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The Duke of Cambridge is visiting Kuwait and Oman.
          

Desert stay to be the highlight of William’s visit to Kuwait

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The Duke of Cambridge is undertaking a four-day tour of Kuwait and Oman.
          

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The Duke of Cambridge is visiting Kuwait and Oman.
          

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The Duke of Cambridge is undertaking a four-day tour of Kuwait and Oman.
          

Kuwait- Briefing of KUNA main news for Sunday until 00:00 GMT

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(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA))  KUWAIT - British royal Prince William the Duke of Cambridge arrived in Kuwait in official visit. KUWAIT - Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled...
          

The Souk Al-Manakh Crash

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from the Cleveland Fed

-- this post authored by Ben R. Craig, Economic and Policy Advisor​

From 1978 to 1981, Kuwait's two stock markets, one the conservatively regulated "official" market and the other the unregulated Souk al-Manakh, exploded in size, growing to the point where the amount of capital actively traded exceeded that of every other country in the world except the United States and Japan. A year later, the system collapsed in an instant, causing huge real losses to the economy and financial disruption lasting nearly a decade.

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Comment on Is US Oil Production Growth Slowing??? by Matt Mushalik

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Thanks for this clarification. (a) Out of the 990 Gb undeveloped reserves how much is from Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and UAE? (b) 20% of the 148 Gb of tar sands is from shallow surface mining (produced at an annual 3% of current reserves), 80 % from in-situ (produced at an annual 0.8 % of current reserves). For the purpose of calculating a production peak much of the in situ reserve will not be relevant. It will moderate the decline, though. Provided bush fires don't burn down the production facilities https://www.oilsandsmagazine.com/technical/properties
          

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Accordo Quadro Consip Fuel Card 1 Numero Ordine: 4945738 del 15/05/2019 - Impegno e Liquidazione fattura alla ditta Kuwait Petroleum Italia Spa per la fornitura di carburante per gli automezzi comunali mese di Ottobre 2019
          

Abu Dhabi, Kuwait sovereign funds plan investment in Aramco IPO:sources

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The sovereign wealth funds of Abu Dhabi and Kuwait plan to invest in the initial public offering (IPO) of Saudi Aramco, which is relying mainly on Saudi and Gulf investors to raise up to $25.6 billion
          

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Kostas Fragogiannis’ speech at the 8th Business Forum of the Arab-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce (Athens, 27 November 2019)

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“Ladies and Gentlemen,Welcome to Athens and to the 8th Business Forum of the Arab-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce. Your presence here is a clear statement of our countries’ interest in moving ahead together on the path of dialogue and economic cooperation. Across the millennia, Greece’s strategic geographical position in the Eastern Mediterranean has secured for it a privileged relationship with the Arab world. This relationship served as a bridge of communication between the East and West, North and South, encouraging exchanges and interactions that facilitated dialogue and led to our building strong ties of friendship and cooperation.From the very outset, economy and trade were at the centre of the history of this special relationship, as attested to by a multitude of archaeological finds. This trade tradition continues in our day, with economic cooperation progressing constantly and clear prospects for very dynamic development in the future.Ladies and Gentlemen,The government elected this past July has a clear investment-friendly profile. One of the first reforms instituted by the Mitsotakis government in the sector of international economic relations and enhancement of the country’s openness was manifested in the upgraded role of Economic Diplomacy in the new architecture of the government.All of the state services and agencies focused on openness and attracting foreign direct investments have now been moved to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and operate under one roof. A few weeks ago, we passed the bill transforming Enterprise Greece into an open, modern and dynamic structure that contributes to the country’s economic, social and environmental development. Enterprise Greece, through the Commercial Sections of the Greek Diplomatic Missions abroad, now has ‘antennas’ throughout the world that contribute substantially to implementing its actions and targets. Also, of vital importance is the Greek government’s initiative for adopting structural and fiscal reforms aimed at encouraging investment activity by streamlining the relevant procedures. We are already seeing the first positive results. For the first time, Greece borrowed treasury bills at negative interest – fiscal responsibility and a lighter tax burden are creating new investment opportunities. In this way, Greece is reasserting itself on the international investment map, including the investment map of Arab countries, as a fertile ground for business opportunities and – of particular importance now – a country of low political risk.  I will mention a few examples of recent successes: •    In the tourism sector, the regional council of the South Aegean has already approved the plan for the “Mykonos Project”. A €50 million hotel investment from Abu Dhabi and Kuwait’s “AGC”. •     In the agrifood sector, the “Amerra Capital” and “Mubadala Investment Company” groups have already invested in the critical sector of aquaculture, through the company “Andromeda”. Up for approval from the Competition Commission is the merger of the companies “Selonta” and “Nireus” under the Andromeda group. •    In Crete, just a few weeks ago, the green light was given for an iconic project on the island of Crete: A solar thermal power station that includes construction of a central concentrated solar power (CSP) tower using molten salt storage technology, which will cover 10% of the island’s needs. Looking forward, Greece is implementing an extensive privatisation programme. Greek-Arab cooperation is welcome in this sector as well. •    The privatisation of Athens International Airport – Eleftherios Venizelos – is already in its early stages, and very soon the concessions will be awarded for operation of 10 regional ports until 2042. •    A public-private partnership is opening the way for development of another 23 regional airports and concession of seven major marinas to private companies. •    A 24% stake in the Thessaloniki Water Supply and Sewerage Company (EYATH) will also be made available to private investors. Ladies and Gentlemen,In the unstable environment of the current global economic state of affairs, there is a need to capitalise fully on all potential for further development of economic cooperation, in such a way that the excellent level of political relations is also reflected in economic relations. Recently, Prime Minister Mitsotakis presented a plan for complete elimination of lignite from Greece’s energy mix by 2028. I take the opportunity of today’s event to invite you, too, to take part in this vital initiative. The six-year investment (2019-2025) will exceed €20 billion. Two major projects are being promoted in Northern Greece. The depleted natural gas deposit in Kavala is now being converted into an underground gas storage facility, with a budget of €240 million. An LNG gasification plant is being built in Alexandroupoli, requiring capital of close to €400 million. In the renewable energy sources sector we are promoting: •    a hydroelectric storage complex in Amfilochia, with a capacity of 680 MW and a budget of €500 million. •    a hybrid complex in Sitia and Rethymno that will combine wind and hydroelectric energy. It will generate 304 MW annually and absorb €280 million in capital. •    At the same time, private energy initiative – wind parks, photovoltaic parks and hydroelectric projects – are at €4.2 billion, with the aim of providing over 2,300 MW of new power. Ladies and Gentlemen,The longstanding interaction between Greece and the Arab world – and by extension, between Arab countries and Europe – has always promoted stability and peace. In our day, the challenges emerging in the context of increasing geopolitical instability are complex and require joint and coordinated solutions. Based on the increasing dynamic governing Euro-Arab and, specifically, Greek-Arab relations, we are convinced that we will succeed in responding to these challenges in a spirit of innovation and resolve. Through the economic cooperation at the center of this dynamic, we hope to bring to pass the joint development effort for the countries and peoples of Europe and the Arab countries. Having overcome the painful economic crisis of recent years, Greece guarantees its continued role as a bridge of understanding between Europe and the Arab states, with a sense of responsibility and with the will and faith required to perform the task entailed by this role. 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There is no Deep State, by Scott Sumner

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I’ll eventually get around to discussing the Trump administration. Because this issue is so emotionally charged, however, it might be helpful to start with a less controversial analogy.

At the end of 2018, the Fed announced that it was likely to boost interest rates several times during 2019. In fact, they cut rates on three occasions. Were their intentions thwarted by a “deep state”?

The answer is clearly no. Rather, the Fed is under enormous pressure to “follow the market”, to set policy rates at a level close to the underlying equilibrium interest rate, which changes over time. On any given day, they have discretion as to whether they follow the market.  But over long periods of time, a decision to ignore the market will produce severe economic problems and ultimately lead to a loss of Fed independence.

I suppose you could call the market a sort of “deep state”, but it’s clearly not a Deep State in the sense of a secretive conspiracy to control the course of events. Each trader is just trying to make some money.

The political equivalent of the market is the zeitgeist, the general sense of what sort of policies are sensible. Over at TheMoneyIllusion, I recently did a post pointing out that presidents were far less powerful than most people assume. I used the example of President Trump’s recent decision to bring troops back to Syria.

One commenter pointed out that Trump gave the order to bring the troops back to Syria:

I agree with your larger point that Presidents powers are overrated, but I don’t see how this article is an example of that. In the fifth paragraph of the article, it specifically says:

“Separately, several hundred other troops, some with armored Bradley fighting vehicles, arrived in Syria from Iraq and Kuwait under a subsequent order from Mr. Trump”

The President made both orders, the order to withdraw and the order to put troops back in. It’s an example of Trump using his powers erratically, not that he doesn’t have power.

In my view, this is analogous to claiming that because the Fed determines the fed funds rate on any given day, we can think of the Fed as determining the path of interest rates over time.

I certainly agree that presidents (like the Fed) have some power, some policy discretion.  But I also believe that people underrate the extent to which their actions are circumscribed by the zeitgeist.  So why can’t we call this mysterious “zeitgeist” a sort of Deep State?

Words matter.  The term “deep state” has clear implications that go well beyond the prevailing views of various people, or the hassles of dealing with a bureaucracy.  As we saw in the Syrian case, Trump did issue the specific order, it wasn’t that the bureaucracy refused to carry out his order to withdraw from Syria.

In addition, many of the Deep State theories revolve around people that Trump himself appointed, such as the heads of organizations like the FBI, CIA, NSA, etc.  The leaders of these organizations occasionally directly contradict Trump on questions such as whether Russia meddled in the 2016 election.  If that’s the Deep State, then Trump appointed its leaders.

But there are much bigger problems with the Deep State theory.  The zeitgeist is much more than government bureaucrats.  Trump also needs the support of Republicans in the Senate, which will soon act as jury in an impeachment trial.  It’s not surprising that Trump cares about their opinions on foreign policy.  Many were opposed to his decision to withdraw from Syria.  On other occasions, Trump has been impacted by complaints from media outlets such as Fox News, and has subsequently adjusted his policies.  And yet I rarely hear Deep State theorists complain that Fox News is part of the conspiracy.  It seems that the Deep State metaphor only applies when the president’s views are altered in a direction that his supporters don’t happen to like.

Many people believe that the world is like a Hollywood movie, where evil masterminds concoct grand conspiracies.  The actual world is much messier.  There is no organized conspiracy to undercut Trump, rather there are a myriad of individual interest groups, some pressuring Trump to be even more Trumpian, and some pressuring Trump to be more of an establishment Republican.

All presidents face similar pressures.  If Trump is being undercut by a Deep State, then all previous presidents have also been thwarted by a Deep State.  But that drains the metaphor of all significance.  It’s like when people say, “everything is political”.  OK, then what should I infer from the statement that event X is political?

There’s another irony here.  When Trump ran for president, one of his strongest arguments was that only he could tame the government.  He claimed that other Republicans such as Jeb Bush were “weak”, and that America needed a strong leader that would force Congress to do his bidding.  In fact, even with the GOP controlling both houses of Congress, Trump was completely unable to get Obamacare repealed.  You could argue that this is because health care is a tricky issue.  But he couldn’t even get the GOP controlled Congress to fund a wall on the Mexican border, even though that was a signature issue in the election.

We now know that this was all just empty rhetoric.  Trump does have a more forceful personality than Jeb Bush, but Bush would have gotten a tax cut through the GOP Congress and would have appointed two conservatives to the Supreme Court.  And Bush would have failed in many other policy initiatives, just as Trump has failed.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Mueller, Barr, Giuliani, Comey and Kallstrom Once Fought Terror Together—Now Trump Has Them Fight Each Other

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Mueller, Barr, Giuliani, Comey and Kallstrom Once Fought Terror Together—Now Trump Has Them Fight Each OtherPhoto Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyThe constellation of federal investigators, attorneys, prosecutors and judges orbiting Donald Trump in the last three years have a unique, shared history.Relatively unknown to the American public is the fact that before many of them became household names, cast as either the heroes or villains of the Trump saga (depending on where you stand on Trump), they were colleagues in the trenches of some of America’s biggest terrorism cases. They crossed paths numerous times in courtrooms and at crime scenes, often united by a single case.  From my perch working for the House Intelligence Committee, at the FBI as a congressional liaison, and then on the 9/11 Joint Inquiry, I observed what in many respects were their finest achievements, how those played out politically, how they fought their turf battles at home and with foreign governments, how they learned to communicate with the American public after each tragedy—and ultimately, fundamentally how they changed America’s approach to national security.  If Trump’s Rage Brings ‘Civil War,’ Where Will the Military Stand?In the 1990s, as hundreds of Americans were being slaughtered in acts of terrorism from Oklahoma City to Kenya to lower Manhattan—and while Donald Trump was hosting teenage beauty pageants—these men helped capture, extradite, prosecute, and put away for life some of the worst mass murderers of American citizens in our nation’s history. But now they have become caricatures and cable news fodder—and their reputations are part of the professional carnage that comes to almost everyone who is part of the Donald Trump story. They are known to the American public primarily for the things they have said, for one reason or the other, about Trump—and even more to the point, for what he has said about them.Rudy Giuliani, James Comey, Robert Mueller, William Barr, James Kallstrom, and Louis Freeh have all taken divergent paths over the past few years. But in the more than two decades that preceded Trump’s descent down the golden escalator on election night 2016, their résumés overlapped as they worked to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice in such cases as Pan Am 103, a 747 blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland; the devastated Federal Building in Oklahoma City; the Khobar Towers full of American personnel, blown up in Saudi Arabia; the Atlanta Olympics bombing; the devastated American embassies in Tanzania and Kenya; the attack on the USS Cole at anchor in Yemen; then, of course 9/11. And it’s a sad fact that the work they did during their impressive law enforcement careers got lost in the noise created by Trump’s presidency.Most interesting of all, however, is the fact that for most of these men, what they thought of Trump in 2016 had a lot to do with their opinion of the occupants of the White House—Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton—during those years their lives had intersected. Those opinions proved to be enduring and consequential. * * *THE DIRECTOR* * *In September 1993, Federal Judge Louis J. Freeh walked out of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and into FBI Headquarters as its new Director. Both his youth, 43 years of age, and his background as a former FBI agent, made him an inspired choice to lead the Bureau when nominated by the new American President, Bill Clinton. Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/Cynthia Johnson/The LIFE Images Collection viaGettyFreeh’s predecessor, William Sessions, had not completed his 10-year term as director before a report alleging ethical improprieties was released by President George H. W. Bush’s Attorney General William Barr (yes, the same William Barr who is today Trump’s Attorney General).Sessions refused to exit his position voluntarily, so it was left to Clinton’s new attorney general, Janet Reno, to fire him. Clinton may wish he had held on to Sessions. The new president and the new FBI Director would soon be at loggerheads. Although there was still a sense of excitement in Washington over the generational shift that the 1992 election represented, the fact was the Clinton administration began as an unmitigated disaster. It seemed undisciplined and chaotic to Freeh, and its early days were consumed with FBI investigations into Filegate, Travelgate, Whitewater, Paula Jones and Jennifer Flowers, and even an investigation into China’s attempts to meddle in the 1992 elections. And, most mysteriously, there was the investigation into the shocking suicide of Bill and Hillary’s long-time friend from Arkansas, Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster. FBI agents walked around the halls dispirited, talking about their affection for George H.W. Bush and their disdain for the dirty campaign they felt the Clintons had waged against him. While Clinton came off cool (playing sax on The Arsenio Hall Show, for example), “The Wimp Factor” tagline stuck to George H.W. Bush—a man who had flown 50 combat missions during World War II, had been one of the Navy’s youngest aviators and was a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross.  Freeh, who had been appointed a federal judge by the senior Bush, had a deep affection for him. He accepted the job as FBI Director even though he believed not only that the wrong man had won the presidency, but was firmly convinced that the winner, Clinton, was dirty. In those years, the FBI’s antipathy towards the Clintons flowed from the top down—and would become ingrained in its organizational culture. For his part, had Clinton wanted an FBI Director who would do his bidding and sweep his scandals under the rug (which the current president seems to believe is part of the job description), he knew damn well it wouldn’t be Freeh. Yet, he courted Freeh. Freeh, considered tough and clean as a hound’s tooth, would give the new Clinton Administration a patina of ethical validity it desperately needed. But Freeh’s FBI was immediately immersed in investigating Clinton’s skeletons. Freeh gave back his White House pass that had allowed him unlimited, unrecorded, access to the White House believing it would pose a conflict of interest while the Clintons were under investigation. Clinton, now realizing Freeh would be breathing down his neck, was not happy with this slap in the face. But during his entire administration, and with the endless ethical clouds that hung over him, Clinton did not dare fire Freeh.Freeh and Clinton would not speak for four years, until the bombing of the USS Cole.* * *THE HILL* * *Freeh was an instant darling with Members of Congress, and was accorded great deference and latitude. He would need it. The FBI Freeh walked into had a plethora of problems and investigations of its own to contend with. His earnest demeanor served him well—and he was complemented by his equally earnest Congressional liaison chief, John Collingwood, who was spectacularly effective at putting out the FBI’s fires. Without a drop of arrogance and possessing a deep belief in the mission of the Bureau, Collingwood was also a master at turning every FBI screw-up into an opportunity—for more resources or more law enforcement authorities. He was perhaps the greatest asset the Bureau had when facing its many challenges with Congress. When I worked in his office, I learned from Collingwood a simple formula for dealing with the Hill that most federal agencies refused to learn: Congress can be your best friend if you don’t treat its members and staff like the enemy. Give them (most of) what they ask for, be personable and on a first-name basis with staffers, and give them a heads-up to important stories before they hit the media—even if its means calling them at home at 2 a.m. (which we often did). If trust is built, Congressional staffers will, in turn, give you a heads up to potential problematic or embarrassing issues that could otherwise blindside the Director at an oversight hearing. (The first rule of any good staff work, anywhere: never, ever allow your boss to be surprised by bad news.)Collingwood could wrap his arm around the shoulder of Senator Robert Byrd (the most powerful man in Congress at the time), and Byrd would feel the entire goodwill of the FBI in that gesture—especially after Byrd made it possible for the FBI to move its badly outdated Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) to Clarksburg, West Virginia, Byrd’s home state. The CJIS is the largest division of the FBI responsible for, among other things, its automated fingerprint identification lab and national instant criminal background check system. Byrd was known as “the king of pork” for his ability to shovel millions of dollars to West Virginia. The FBI was smart enough to seize on the opportunity Byrd was offering, thus giving him a stake in the sustainability of the FBI, as well as much needed jobs for West Virginians.And the FBI’s sustainability was not a given. Freeh took charge of an FBI still reeling from its role in the carnage that occurred at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and Waco, Texas. Both locations had been the site of standoffs between citizens and federal agents, and Waco and Ruby Ridge had become rallying cries for anti-government militias. The overly aggressive actions of federal agents had left 83 Americans dead. The country’s faith in federal law enforcement was at an all-time low. Armed, anti-government militia groups were sprouting up across the nation. At the same time, far removed from Ruby Ridge and Waco, in lower Manhattan an even more insidious threat was about to make itself known. On Feb. 26, 1993, a rental truck carrying 1,400 pounds of ammonium nitrate exploded under the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Six people were killed in an attack right in the heart of America’s financial center.The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan had energized the jihadist movement around the world. After the Soviets pulled out of Afghanistan, mujahideen veterans and fellow-travelers seemed to replace their anti-Soviet fervor with an extreme anti-American ideology. Many began congregating in Islamic centers and mosques across the U.S., including New York and New Jersey. Although American military assistance had helped turn the tide for the mujahideen in their war against the Soviets, they now turned their sights toward the U.S. This was known as “blowback.” But blowback would not be coming just from Afghanistan’s jihadists. It was also developing in America’s heartland.* * *OKLAHOMA CITY* * *The security guard sitting outside the offices of the House Intelligence Committee stopped me and pointed to the television on his desk. On the screen was a horrific scene coming out of Oklahoma City. A building was sheared in half. Under tons of rubble lay an unknown number of bodies. A moon-like crater was obvious in the street where a Ryder rental truck had detonated 4,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate—a much bigger and more powerful bomb than the one used in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.  Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/Ralf-Finn Hestoft/CORBIS viaGettyWhen Timothy McVeigh was apprehended, the motive for the carnage became clear. The date of the slaughter was April 19, 1995, exactly two years after the federal standoff at David Koresh’s compound in Waco, Texas. This was McVeigh’s revenge—blowing up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 people, including 19 children.The scale of the Oklahoma City attack, the very audacity of it, the very cruelty of it, committed by an American against other Americans, seemed like evil incarnate. Here was an “all-American white boy,” as people said, brutally killing fellow innocent Americans and children right in America’s heartland because of his hatred for federal agencies. If this level of anger existed out there in the country, how and where else might it express itself? Federal law enforcement and the media became obsessed and slightly hysterical over the idea of anti-government militias, even though McVeigh had no formal ties to any of them. Ultimately, however, McVeigh’s actions had an effect opposite to the one he intended. Instead of adding fuel to the anti-government movement, militia members resented the fact that the Feds would now be breathing down their necks. And they certainly were disgusted by the killing of so many innocent children. Some militia members began cooperating with the Feds, alerting them to possible violent extremists in their midsts. The FBI created a Domestic Terrorism Planning Section which found itself handling mostly threats against abortion clinics and crimes committed by radical animal rights groups, like the Animal Liberation Front (ALF). Without reasonable cause, there was little the FBI could do to surveil American citizens traipsing through the woods with legally owned firearms playing weekend warrior. They couldn’t be arrested simply for their views. But after Oklahoma City, the FBI drafted a wish list of expanded authorities to monitor potential terrorists domestically. A coalition of left and right civil libertarians on the Hill thwarted attempts to pass these measures. (Some of the expanded authorities gained new life after 9/11 when they became part of The Patriot Act.)Trump Is First to Use PATRIOT Act to Detain a Man Forever* * *THE SAUDI MIRROR* * *One again the terror spotlight was about to shift. On June 26, 1996, just weeks after the FBI had successfully concluded an 81-day standoff with the anti-government Freeman group in Montana, a truck bomb exploded in a housing complex in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, killing 19 Air Force personnel who were there to enforce the no-fly zone imposed on the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Hezbollah in the Hijaz (or “Saudi Hezbollah”) took credit for the attack. Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyThe Saudis knew more than they let on to the FBI about this group, but getting information from the Saudis involved a very delicate diplomatic dance—something FBI agents abhor. The deference paid to the Saudis after Khobar would never be accorded to another country within whose borders American servicemen had been killed. Less than a year before the Khobar bombing, another bomb had exploded in Riyadh, killing five U.S. Defense Department contractors. But before the FBI could interrogate the suspects, the Saudis extracted confessions from them and had them beheaded. Now 19 American airmen had been killed in Saudi Arabia, and the United States was once again saying “pretty please” to Saudi royals to get them to share information. It’s hard to determine whether it was Freeh’s strained relationship with the Clinton administration, or the Clinton administration’s hope for a rapprochement with Iran that led to other roadblocks in the Khobar investigation. Iran was clearly behind Saudi Hezbollah, but it was the Saudis, and the Saudis alone, who held the key to the investigation. With the information they possessed on the attack the year before, Khobar might have been prevented.  To shake information loose from the Saudis, and with less than enthusiastic support from the Clinton Administration, Freeh turned again to his friend, former President George H.W. Bush, who had liberated Kuwait from Saddam’s occupation and guaranteed the security of Saudi Arabia four years earlier. Freeh also weighed in with his own pal, the flamboyant Saudi ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan.  As Lawrence Wright reported in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Looming Tower, John O’Neill, the chief of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Section, had angered Freeh (who valued his relationship with Bush, Prince Bandar, and his ability to gain access to Saudi Arabia without help from the Clinton White House) by telling him on a flight home from the Kingdom, “Boss, they’re blowing smoke up your ass.” The FBI did finally get access of sorts to the Khobar detainees held by the Saudis—but only by watching behind a two-way mirror as members of the Mabahith, the Saudi secret police, asked the questions. * * *PRECEDENTS* * *To understand how the Bureau developed its response to terrorist attacks you’d have to go back to the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed 270 people. Pan Am 103 was the first major terrorist attack against American civilians. A Hezbollah bombing of the US Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon three years earlier had killed 220 Marines and 21 civilians. But Pan Am 103 was a watershed: 190 passengers had been American citizens on their way home for the Christmas holidays; 43 were British, and at least 19 other nationalities were represented among the lost. Among those killed were 35 students from Syracuse University returning to the U.S. after a semester studying in London. The U.N. Commissioner for Namibia, the CEO for Volkswagen America, the CIA’s Beirut Deputy Station Chief and a group of other U.S. Intelligence specialists were on that flight, raising suspicion that it might have been specially targeted. Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/Bryn Colton/GettyLegislation was passed giving the FBI extraterritorial jurisdiction over investigations wherever Americans were killed, and the Pan Am 103 investigation would be handled by the Justice Department’s Criminal Division—headed by one Robert S. Mueller—a recent Bush 41 appointee. Mueller had been overseeing the prosecution of Manuel Noriega and mob boss John Gotti, but Pan Am 103 had the greatest emotional impact on him. As recently as 2018, Mueller met once again with family members of that ill-fated flight, including the now-adult children of victims, telling them, “There are those who say that time heals all wounds. But you know that not to be true. At its best, time may dull the deepest wounds; it cannot make them disappear.”  Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/Ron Sachs/Consolidated News Pictures/GettyOn Nov. 19, 1991, Acting Attorney General William Barr (yes, the same William Barr who is attorney general today), announced the indictments of two Libyan intelligence operatives for placing the bomb that destroyed Pan Am 103. A trial would not begin until 2000. In 2003, Libya would pay $2.7 billion in compensation to the families of the victims. The man found guilty, Abdelbasit Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, would ultimately die at home in Tripoli in 2017.But in 1988, never having dealt with a terrorist attack on the scale of Pan Am 103, the Bureau received very poor marks for its outreach to the grieving families. So when the Khobar Towers bombings occurred, Freeh would go out of his way to promise justice to the victims’ families—a justice that would, however, have to be finessed to suit Saudi sensibilities.In his 2005 memoir, My FBI, Freeh credits the ultimately successful indictments of the Khobar Tower suspects to his hand-picked choice as prosecutor, James B. Comey. (Yes, that James Comey.) “I will always be grateful for his leadership and pursuit of justice,” Freeh wrote of Comey, who was responsible for a federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia returning a 46-count indictment against 14 defendants charged with the bombing of the Khobar Towers.But the Bureau barely had time to catch its breath. Just three weeks after the Khobar Towers attack, the genuine, overwhelming desire by the FBI to convince grieving families they would receive justice would be tested in unimaginable ways. On July 17, 1996, TWA 800 exploded over the Atlantic shortly after taking off from JFK airport, killing 240 people.END OF PART ONETOMORROW: CONSPIRACIES AND DISASTERSRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



          

Chasing seat on the dysfunctional UN Security Council is a waste of Canada's time

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Canada would make an important contribution to the world if it proposed serious reforms to the UN, tying voting rights to respect for defined human rightsby Conrad BlackFrom all accounts, the great foreign policy effort of the semi re elected federal government is to win a two year term on the Security Council of the United Nations. This is as inane and worthless a policy objective as could possibly be devised. The UN is a moribund and corrupt organization that instead of providing a first step to world government is primal scream therapy for the world s most poorly and despotically governed and economically impoverished countries. According to the UN s own figures, 91 of the UN s 192 member states have average per capita incomes of less than 10 per cent of Canada s (and Canada has descended to number 14 in the prosperity list, leaving out petro states and tax haven states Kuwait, Monaco, Luxembourg, etc.). Approximately half of the member states seriously fail to comply with the Uni...
          

Jan 01, Kuwait: New Year's Day

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QNB launches end-of-year campaign for international spenders

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QNB Group, the largest financial institution in the Middle East and Africa, recently announced the launch of a new end-of-year promotional campaign for its Mastercard cardholders.

During the campaign period, set to run from 1 December 2019 to 31 January 2020, customers with QNB Mastercard debit, credit or prepaid cards will be eligible for an exciting range of benefits when they use their card to make international spends, including e-commerce transactions.

Furthermore, QNB customers will automatically be granted one entry into the campaign raffle draws upon spending the equivalent of QAR 100 in foreign currency. Up to five daily winners will be eligible to win up to QAR 5,000 in cashback. Ms. Heba Al-Tamimi, General Manager, QNB Group Retail, said, “This campaign is another clear demonstration of the effort of the QNB Cards Business to reward customers based on transaction behavior. Our cardholders enjoy best in class and award-winning products and loyalty benefits. We are very proud to collaborate with Mastercard on this campaign to bring great delight to our customers.”

QNB’s cards and payment products continue to lead the market with their wide range of benefits and privileges. Besides being simple to use, as well as boasting cutting-edge safety and security features, cardholders are automatically rewarded each time they use their card locally or abroad at both Point of Sale machines and e-commerce transactions. Reward points can then be redeemed in hundreds of outlets in Qatar and overseas, including Harrods. Somu Roy, General Manager, Qatar, Kuwait and Iraq, Mastercard, said: “At Mastercard, we place the consumer at the heart of all our initiatives. We are delighted to collaborate with our longstanding partners at QNB to launch this exciting campaign to reward QNB Mastercard cardholders this travel season. Together, we are making their international journeys more priceless, wherever they may go.”    

QNB Group’s presence through its subsidiaries and associate companies extends to more than 31 countries across three continents, providing a comprehensive range of advanced products and services. The total number of employees is more than 29,000 operating through 1,100 locations, with an ATM network of more than 4,300 machines.

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¿Qué nos jugamos en la cumbre climática de Madrid?

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Bajo una presión social sin precedentes por las divergencias entre lo que los Gobiernos deben hacer según la ciencia, y lo que hacen, la cumbre COP25 en Madrid disparará la carrera entre los países para pasar a la acción y presentar planes climáticos más ambiciosos que habrán de estar listos en 2020.

Los mercados de carbono, las aportaciones al Fondo Verde del Clima, el mecanismo de daños y compensaciones por fenómenos climáticos extremos, el apoyo a los países en vías de desarrollo en su transición a un nuevo modelo energético y los próximos pasos a seguir a partir de 2020 son algunos de los principales asuntos de las negociaciones de esta cumbre.

La COP25 debe ser «la punta de lanza» para que la acción climática se haga transversal y «permee» en todas las administraciones y en los sectores económicos y sociales, ha asegurado esta semana la ministra en funciones para la Transición Ecológica, Teresa Ribera, en el acto EFE Foro Líderes de la Agencia EFE.

En virtud del Acuerdo de París, que empezará a funcionar el próximo año, los planes climáticos deberán ser mejores que los anteriores para intentar alcanzar la neutralidad de emisiones contaminantes a mediados de siglo.

En esta cumbre en Madrid, bajo presidencia chilena, deberá definirse la periodicidad de revisión de las contribuciones a nivel nacional o NDC, y es posible que en el marco de la misma, según los expertos, la UE anuncie su plan neto cero emisiones para 2050.

Asimismo, un centenar de países o más podrían comprometerse a la neutralidad de carbono en ese mismo horizonte, generando mayor presión sobre los grandes contaminadores del planeta para que dejen de hacerlo.

Para España, la COP25 en Madrid es una gran oportunidad para mostrar los grandes avances del Ejecutivo socialista en el apoyo a las energías renovables y la transición energética justa, con un ambicioso plan nacional de Energía y Clima para 2030 y un proyecto de ley de cambio climático cuya aprobación será prioritaria para el nuevo Gobierno.

Según el secretario general de la ONU, António Guterres, «más ambición» es lo que se espera de esta cumbre, que volverá a llevar a las calles el fervor social en defensa del clima, con una movilización mundial prevista tres días antes del inicio de la COP, siguiendo el clamor de las protestas de la popular joven activista sueca Greta Thunberg, que está ya rumbo a Madrid. Los puntos calientes de la cumbre son los siguientes:

Mercados de carbono

Se necesita determinar el papel de los mercados de carbono para contribuir en los esfuerzos globales que permitan alcanzar los objetivos del Acuerdo de París de reducción de emisiones. El desarrollo de las reglas del Artículo 6 será una de las negociaciones políticas más complicadas de la cumbre. Por un lado, está el tema de la transferencia de compensaciones país a país, que seguirá adelante incluso sin reglas, que exige que estas se determinen rápido y se establezca un sistema contable fiable. Por otro, está la configuración de un mercado global de carbono que permita a los países (y a través de ellos a las empresas) intercambiar compensaciones, con el establecimiento de un sistema totalmente nuevo que vincule los mercados de carbono existentes.

[Gráfico elaborado por Statista]

Mecanismos de pérdidas y daños

Los costos crecientes de las pérdidas y daños relacionados con los fenómenos climáticos extremos vuelven a estar en la agenda de los gobiernos, y serán un tema de gran importancia en la COP25. Los países más vulnerables piden que el organismo de la ONU que trata el tema -conocido como el Mecanismo Internacional de Varsovia (WIM, por sus siglas en inglés)- tenga acceso a recursos financieros en beneficio de los afectados.

La ciencia en el candelero

El mensaje de los científicos es claro: el mundo necesita reducir a la mitad las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero entre 2020 y 2030 y tener un balance neto cero a mediados de siglo, al mismo tiempo que se debe regenerar la naturaleza, para tener más posibilidades de no superar los 1,5 grados de aumento de temperatura global.

El panel de expertos sobre cambio climático de la ONU, conocido como IPCC, ha elaborado tres informes en poco más de un año sobre las consecuencias del calentamiento global en el planeta: uno sobre el grave impacto de una subida de la temperatura por encima de 1,5 grados; otro sobre los efectos del clima a causa de los cambios de uso del suelo y la deforestación y un tercero sobre océanos y la criosfera. Estos informes serán debatidos en Madrid y los países decidirán cómo enfocar las recomendaciones científicas para avanzar en la lucha contra la crisis climática. No será fácil: a principios de este año, países como Arabia Saudí, Irán, Kuwait y Estados Unidos se opusieron a que las referencias del informe sobre el calentamiento de 1,5 grados del IPCC fueran incluidas en las negociaciones políticas.

Próximos pasos a seguir

Los enviados a esta cumbre, que representarán a casi 200 países, también discutirán qué nuevos pasos seguir a partir de 2020 cuando se activará el Acuerdo de París. Los países en desarrollo piden garantías de que se les apoye cuando se comprometan con nuevos planes climáticos más severos. Es esperable que en Madrid se plantee la cuestión del compromiso de los 100.000 millones de dólares de las economías avanzadas para 2020 en favor de los países en desarrollo. Las nuevas promesas de contribuciones al Fondo Verde para el Clima garantizan hasta ahora una cantidad lejos de lo que se necesita para hacer frente a la emergencia climática.

La mirada hacia un cambio transformador

También con la vista puesta en 2020, se empezará a perfilar la próxima cumbre climática prevista en Glasgow, Reino Unido, a la que los expertos se refieren ya como la de «la ambición». A su juicio, para esa cumbre, el mundo deberá aceptar un cambio realmente transformador, con planes climáticos nacionales más potentes y deberá cuajar un cambio de mentalidad global que trate la crisis climática como lo que es, un desafío planetario.


          

Daily Kos Elections Live Digest: 11/26

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Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 · 4:02:40 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

AK-Sen: Former Democratic Sen. Mark Begich is hosting a fundraiser next month for orthopedic surgeon Al Gross, an independent who is seeking the Democratic nomination. Gross already had the support of the state Democratic Party in his bid to take on Sen. Dan Sullivan, the Republican who narrowly ousted Begich in 2014, and he currently faces no serious primary opposition.

Alaska backed Donald Trump 51-37, and neither party is acting like they expect this to be a major Senate battleground next year. Gross, though, may have the resources to make things interesting. The challenger, who entered the race in early July, raised $800,000 from donors and self-funded an additional $210,000 during the third quarter, and he ended September with $682,000 in the bank. Sullivan hauled in a smaller $667,000 during this time, but he finished the quarter with a $3.34 million war chest.  

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 · 4:28:35 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

AL-Sen: The anti-tax Club for Growth has long detested the establishment-aligned Rep. Bradley Byrne, and they’re out with a TV spot hitting him well ahead of the March GOP Senate primary. The commercial takes aim at Byrne for supporting the Export-Import Bank, which is another favorite Club target.

The narrator accuses Byrne of voting “to fund a government giveaway program that hands out billions of dollars to help big companies make more profits overseas.” The narrator continues by saying that this group, which goes unnamed in the spot, sends “U.S. tax dollars to countries like China, Russia, and even Sudan, a state sponsor of terrorism.”

There is no word on the size of the buy, but Politico says it will run in the Mobile market, which includes all of Byrne’s 1st Congressional District, on Saturday during the Iron Bowl between in-state football rivals Auburn University and the University of Alabama. Politico also says that the commercial will run later on Fox News.

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 · 4:57:57 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

WV-Gov: GOP Gov. Jim Justice is going up with his first TV spot on Tuesday, a move that comes about five months after his main primary rival, former state Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher, first began airing ads. Advertising Analytics reports that Justice’s inaugural ad campaign will run for $56,000 through Dec. 8, which is a fraction of the $879,000 that they say Thrasher has already spent on advertising.

Justice’s commercial opens with two well-known former West Virginia college football coaches, West Virginia University’s Don Nehlen and Marshall University’s Bob Pruett, declaring that most politicians are “full of empty promises,” but that Justice is different. The ad then shows people praising Justice for building roads, fighting for programs to combat opioid addiction, and being “a lot like Trump.” The spot concludes with Justice’s wife, state First Lady Cathy Justice, telling the audience that the governor “serves for all the right reasons. He loves West Virginia.”

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 · 5:26:01 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

AL-01: The anti-tax Club for Growth is out with another poll from WPA Intelligence that finds their endorsed candidate, former state Sen. Bill Hightower, taking first place in the March GOP primary for this open seat with 35% of the vote.

That’s still well short of the majority Hightower would need to win outright, though, and the survey finds state Rep. Chris Pringle edging Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl 16-13 for the second spot in a hypothetical runoff. Two other candidates, businessman Wes Lambert and Army veteran John Castorani, take just 2% and 1%, respectively.

All of these numbers are all almost identical to WPA’s late July poll, which showed Hightower at 34% as Pringle led Carl 16-12. Lambert also took 2% then, while Castorani had not yet joined the race and so wasn’t tested.

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 · 7:24:48 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

MO-Gov: The Democratic Governors Association is out with a survey from Public Policy Polling that gives GOP Gov. Mike Parson a 45-36 lead over Democratic state Auditor Nichole Galloway. The DGA argues in their memo that, while Parson holds a clear lead right now, the fight over the eight-week abortion ban that he signed into law over the summer could “drastically alter” the contest. A federal judge halted the law in August one day before it was to go into effect, and the state is currently appealing the ruling.

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 · 7:28:21 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

NC-05: GOP Rep. Virginia Foxx announced earlier this month that she would seek re-election even though it’s not yet clear what map she’ll be running under. The GOP legislature recently passed a congressional map, but plaintiffs are challenging it in state court.

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 · 7:42:03 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

NY-01: Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming announced Tuesday that she would seek the Democratic nomination to take on GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin. Fleming was elected to represent the Southampton are on the county legislature in 2015, three years after she unsuccessfully ran for the state Senate, and she won her third term earlier this month by a 60-40 margin.

Fleming joins 2018 nominee Perry Gershon and Stony Brook University professor Nancy Goroff in the primary in what is already shaping up to be an expensive contest for this eastern Long Island seat. Goroff entered the contest in July and raised a hefty $518,000 during her opening fundraising quarter, and she ended September with $418,000 in the bank.

Gershon, who lost to Zeldin 51-47 last year, hauled in just shy of $200,000 during the third quarter of 2019, and he had $475,000 to spend. Zeldin has always been a strong fundraiser, and he took in $601,000 and had $1.17 million in the bank.

This seat swung from 50-49 Obama to 55-42 Trump, but it shifted back to the left last year. However, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo still only carried the district by just a 49.1 to 48.6 spread while he was winning a 23-point blowout statewide, so this is still challenging turf for Team Blue even in a good year.

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 · 7:58:03 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

NY-17: This week, two new candidates joined the crowded Democratic primary for this open and reliably blue seat. One of the new arrivals is Army veteran and combat veteran Asha Castleberry-Hernandez, who served as engagement officer in Iraq and Kuwait in 2014 and 2015 and later worked on the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign as a Middle East foreign policy advisor.

Castleberry-Hernandez, who is the first black woman in the race, stressed her support for gun safety by saying, “I was almost a victim of gun violence in White Plains when I was almost shot at walking through a line of fire with my sister … where a young man has a small arm shooting at one of his opponents.”

The other new Democratic candidate is former federal prosecutor Adam Schleifer. Schleifer was involved in the Operation Varsity Blues investigations of several wealthy parents in the college admissions scandal, and he represented the government when actress Felicity Huffman appeared in court in March after being charged with bribery.

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 · 8:19:04 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

TX-13: Asusena Reséndiz, who finished a stint last year as head of the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, announced Tuesday that she would seek the GOP nod for this seat in the Texas Panhandle. Reséndiz also was appointed in 2017 to serve on the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs by GOP Gov. Greg Abbott.

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 · 9:08:03 PM +00:00 · David Nir

GA-Sen-B: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has the ordinarily enviable opportunity to make someone's political career by appointing them to the Senate when Sen. Johnny Isakson resigns at the end of the year, but like so much else in Republican politics, Donald Trump has managed to make the once-pleasurable suddenly miserable.

Kemp recently squired his preferred pick, wealthy financial services executive Kelly Loeffler, to a secret White House meeting last weekend to secure Trump's blessing, but by all accounts, it went very poorly. According to the Wall Street Journal, the gathering "turned tense and ended quickly" because Trump strongly prefers Rep. Doug Collins, a loudmouth who has aggressively defended Trump throughout the impeachment process and will soon have an even more visible perch to do so as the top-ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee.

Trump reportedly even asked Kemp what the purpose of their meeting was if the governor had already made up his mind, though it's not clear that he has. Choosing Loeffler would make a certain amount of sense, though: As a first-time candidate, she doesn't have the same sort of baggage the arch-conservative Collins would bring in next year's special election, and she hails from the fast-growing Atlanta area while Collins represents a rural district in the state's northeast corner.

Loeffler is also fantastically rich: She's a part-owner of the Atlanta Dream, a WNBA team, and her husband, Jeffrey Sprecher, purchased the New York Stock Exchange (yes, he bought the stock exchange itself) for $8.2 billion in 2012. With the Peach State playing host to two competitive Senate elections in 2020, a self-funder could take some pressure off Republican Sen. David Purdue. Given Georgia's left-ward political trends, all of this suggests Loeffler would make for a more appealing nominee than Collins (though the fact that she's a woman likely won't help the GOP as much as Republicans would like to believe).

But these considerations, of course, mean little to Trump—though what Trump cares about means a lot to Kemp. Trump's unexpected intervention in last year's GOP primary for governor was a major factor in Kemp's dominant come-from-behind win in the runoff over the establishment favorite, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who’d led the voting in the first round. Trump also campaigned for Kemp in central Georgia just before Election Day; whether or not that rally was actually a boon is an open question, but Kemp's indebtedness to Trump is not.

That debt might explain the statement a Kemp spokesperson provided after the WSJ published its article, saying the governor "plans to appoint a strong supporter of the President who will end the impeachment circus and advance conservative policies that Keep America Great." But while that might sound like a nod toward Collins, Loeffler similarly pledged to "stand with President Trump … to Keep America Great" in her application for the soon-to-be-vacant Senate post.

As for when all this drama might finally conclude, no one's sure. Isakson has said he'll step down on Dec. 31, though there's nothing stopping Kemp from acting before then. The WSJ says that Kemp's team "has discussed announcing the decision after Thanksgiving," but the upshot of that discussion we aren't privy to.

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 · 9:39:48 PM +00:00 · David Nir

Programming note: In celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no Live Digest for the rest of the week. The Morning Digest will resume publication on Tuesday. Happy Turkey Day!

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 · 9:58:51 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

MO-02: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that both parties expect Democratic state Sen. Jill Schupp to challenge GOP Rep. Ann Wagner next year in this suburban St. Louis seat, though Schupp has not yet said anything publicly. Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District backed Donald Trump 53-42, but Wagner only won re-election last year 51-47.

Schupp flipped an open GOP-held seat during the 2014 red wave by defeating Republican Jay Ashcroft 50-47 in a district that had backed Barack Obama by the same spread two years before. Senate District 24 went on to support Hillary Clinton 53-42 in 2016 (Ashcroft was elected secretary of state that same year), and Schupp won re-election in 2018 61-37 after raising what the paper describes as a “menacing $1 million.”

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 · 10:00:43 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

TX-17: Republican Renee Swann, who runs an eye surgery practice in Waco, announced Tuesday that she was joining the March primary for this open seat.

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 · 10:19:36 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

FL-15 : The Justice Department is currently investigating whether freshman Rep. Ross Spano violated campaign finance laws during his 2018 GOP primary, and he could face a rematch with the person he beat in that contest. The Ledger recently asked former state Rep. Neil Combee, who lost 44-34 last year, if he was considering running in next year’s GOP primary, and while he responded, “I have not,” Combee didn’t stop there.

After speaking at length about Spano's predicament, Combee concluded, "I would not do anything until this is settled." That could just be some free consulting advice to anyone who might be listening, or could mean that Combee is waiting to see how everything wraps up before deciding whether to run for this seat a second time.

Combee did say that he’d heard that other Republicans are considering challenging Spano, but he refused to name anyone. However, Sean Harper, who took third place in the primary with 10%, told the paper he didn’t plan to run, though there’s no quote from him in the story. 

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 · 10:36:53 PM +00:00 · David Nir

PA-16: Republican Rep. Mike Kelly was busted hard by a local news station earlier this year for selling used cars that were subject to safety recalls, including some with deadly airbags, so what has he done since then? Continued to sell used cars that are still subject to safety recalls—including some with deadly airbags.

Kelly, who represents the 16th Congressional District in Pennsylvania’s northwest corner, had refused to comment when dogged WTAE report Paul Van Osdol first broke this story in May, but Van Osdol was finally able to track down Kelly in person. Kelly was non-responsive, though, when Van Osdol directly asked him, "Why were you selling vehicles with open safety recalls?" But when asked if he was still selling such cars, Kelly made an offer that he now wishes he could take back: "Why don't you come up and check it like you did last time?" the congressman proposed. "You can do that, come up and check them and maybe we'll have someone show you through our lot. You can take a look and see."

Of course, Van Osdol did just that. He found 15 vehicles still under active recalls at just one Kelly dealership, with one sedan still carrying a type of airbag, made by a company called Takata, that's been responsible for at least 24 deaths. Those killed include 26-year-old Jewel Brangman, who died in 2014 when a Takata airbag went off after a minor crash, firing a burst of metal fragments into her neck that severed her carotid artery.

Van Osdol also discovered that Kelly's website was advertising five affected cars as "GM-certified," even though General Motors only allows vehicles to be designated as such if all outstanding recalls have been addressed. A GM spokesperson insisted that the vehicles had been removed from the "certified" list but couldn't explain why the dealership was still describing them that way. Meanwhile, Kelly's son Brendan, who runs the lot in question, declined to speak with Van Osdol.

You may be wondering at this point how it's even possible Kelly could sell such cars in the first place. It turns out that in his home state, it's perfectly legal: After an organized push by used car dealers in at least 11 states, both Pennsylvania and Tennessee changed their laws to allow dealers to sell vehicles that have been recalled—as long as they note the recall "somewhere in a stack of sales documents," as one in-depth investigative report put it.

As Van Osdol noted in his original exposé, when a similar bill came before Congress in 2015, one key supporter insisted, "There is not a single person in our business that would ever put one of our owners in a defective car or a car with a recall." That congressman's name? Mike Kelly.

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 · 11:06:33 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

NJ-02: Freshman Rep. Jeff Van Drew infuriated progressives across the country after he was one of just two Democrats to vote against formalizing the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump, but he may have more immediate problems with Democratic power brokers at home in this competitive South Jersey seat.

Six unnamed Democratic leaders tell the New Jersey Globe’s David Wildstein that Van Drew “could lose contests for organization lines at county conventions early next year,” which would be a very big setback for him in the June primary. In New Jersey primaries, a candidate endorsed by the local party appears in a separate column on the ballot along with other party endorsees, a designation known colloquially as the “organization line.” Party machines are still quite powerful in the Garden State, so Van Drew could struggle if a rival can win over enough organization lines next year.

Van Drew doesn’t currently face a serious intra-party foe, but Montclair University political science professor Brigid Callahan Harrison says she’s considering taking him on. Harrison declared that the congressman's opposition to impeachment has “made himself persona non grata within his party and the House leadership, which impacts every resident of New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District.”

Harrison also argued that Van Drew’s stance has already hurt his party at home. Harrison pointed to the results of the Nov. 5 legislative election in Van Drew’s old 1st Legislative District where a trio of Democratic incumbents, who ran as the “Van Drew team,” all lost. Harrison said that the result in LD-01, where the GOP scored their only pickup of the night, demonstrated that local Democratic voters “rejected the Van Drew team because of his impeachment vote and crossed party lines” to support the Republicans.

Harrison has only run for office once. Back in 1993, she ran what Wildstein describes as a “strong race for Atlantic County Freeholder” where she narrowly lost to a GOP incumbent.

Other Democrats may also be interested in challenging Van Drew. One local leader mentions Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo and Adam Taliaferro as possibilities, though Mazzeo quickly said it was unlikely he’d take on the incumbent.

If Van Drew does win renomination, he’ll need to quickly prepare for an expensive general election in a seat that Trump carried 51-46. Wealthy businessman David Richter, who is the only notable Republican in the race right now, only raised $113,000 from donors during his opening quarter, but he self-funded another $300,000 and had $390,000 to spend at the end of September. Van Drew took in $529,000 during this time and had $932,000 in the bank.


          

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Personnel flying commercial aviation from the following countries into the United States and the United Kingdom are now required to secure all personal electronic devices larger than a smartphone in their checked baggage. Approved medical devices are not effected by this. The countries in question are:-Saudi Arabia-Qatar-Jordan-Egypt-United Arab Emirates-Kuwait-Turkey-Lebanon-Tunisia-MoroccoThis restriction is believed to be based off of intelligence gained during a raid by US Special Operations [...]
          

Video: Prince William takes golf buggy for nature reserve tour in Kuwait

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Prince William arrives in the Middle East for his four-day visit to Kuwait and Oman. The Duke of Cambridge is seen taking a tour in a golf buggy at the Jahra Nature Reserve.
          

Video: Prince William visits Jahra Nature Reserve on visit to Kuwait

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Prince William arrives in the Middle East for his four-day visit to Kuwait and Oman. The Duke of Cambridge is seen scouting for birds at the Jahra Nature Reserve.
          

Prince William arrives for his first visit to Kuwait

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Duke of Cambridge arrives for his first visit to Kuwait as part of his four day tour to the region. Sheikh Ali Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah, minister of the Amiri Diwan, the Amir's court, welcomed the duke and walked him into the building.
          

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Kuwait landmark for ALE Mega Jack 300

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Heavy lift and move specialist’s jacking system performs 100th task in oil refinery project

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QU’s SESRI conducts survey to gauge views on the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup

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During November 19-22, 2019, the Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) at Qatar University (QU) surveyed nationally representative samples of Qatari citizens (n = 695) and white-collar residents (n = 721) on the upcoming 24th Arabian Gulf Cup. Responses to a short telephone survey revealed that both Qataris and white-collar expatriates are quite aware of the forthcoming Gulf Cup and are positive about its potential impacts.

The vast majority of Qatar’s citizens and white-collar residents are aware of the participation of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates in the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup to be held in Doha, Qatar.
Overall, the vast majority of Qatari nationals (92%) and white-collar expatriates (84%) reported being aware of the upcoming 24th Arabian Gulf Cup, which is being held in Doha, Qatar from November 26 to December 8, 2019. Moreover, 95% of Qatari nationals and 87% of white-collar expatriates are aware of the participation of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the games.

Qatari nationals (82%) and white-collar resident expatriates (94%) in large numbers said that they welcome the participation of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE in the 2019 Arabian Gulf Cup.

With regard to whether football fans from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE should be permitted to fly directly to Doha to attend these games, the results differ between Qatari nationals and expatriates. About one quarter (24%) of Qatari nationals think the fans should come directly to Doha, whereas nearly two-thirds (63%) want them to come to Doha indirectly via Kuwait or Oman. By contrast, among white-collar expatriates,a majority (58%) feel that the fans should travel directly to Doha and 25% indirectly through Kuwait or Oman. The remainder of both groups responded that they did not know.


The majority of white-collar expatriates and about half of Qataris think that the participation of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE in the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup in Doha is likely to lead to the end of the blockade of Qatar.

Nevertheless, the survey indicates that Qatari nationals and white-collar residents hope that the games will lead to an end of the blockade of Qatar. About half (48%) of Qatari nationals and slightly more than three-quarters (76%) of white-collar expatriates think the participation of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE is either very likely (12% of Qataris) or somewhat likely (36% of Qataris) to lead to the end of the blockade. These percentages are significantly higher among white-collar expatriates (at 34% and 42%, respectively). The remainder of both groups were neutral or said they did not know.

In terms of public awareness of the games, the Internet, social media, and the television were most commonly cited by Qataris and expats as their initial source of news about the Gulf Cup.

A total of 1,416 Qatari nationals (695) and white-collar expatriates (721) completed the survey, yielding a response rate of 48.6 percent and a maximum sampling error for a percentage at the 95% confidence level of +/- 3.02 percentage points. The calculation of this sampling error takes into account design effects. The final dataset was weighted to adjust for probability of selection and non-response. SESRI thanks everyone who participated to ensure that public opinion would be fairly represented.


          

Nine new members elected to World Heritage Committee

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The 22nd General Assembly of the States Parties to the World Heritage Convention is meeting on 27 and 28 November 2019 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, convening the 193 States Parties to the World Heritage Convention, under the chairmanship of H.E. Mr Adam Al Mulla, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the State of Kuwait to UNESCO. During the session, the General Assembly elected nine new members to the World Heritage Committee: Egypt, Ethiopia, Mali, Nigeria, Oman, Thailand, ...
          

Argentine's Grossi takes up new duties as IAEA chief

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(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) VIENNA, Dec 2 (KUNA) -- Argentine diplomat Rafael Grossi on Monday took the helm as new Secretary General of the International Atomic Energy Ag...
          

Prince William embarks on Persian Gulf visit to Kuwait, Oman

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Prince William is getting another chance to show his diplomatic chops in the Persian Gulf, where he's on a four-day mission representing Britain.
       

          

Prince William heads to Persian Gulf for visit spotlighting his growing diplomatic profile

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Prince William is off to Kuwait and Oman on Dec. 1 for a four-day official Persian Gulf visit that will show off his growing diplomatic profile.
       

          

Why Are Oil Markets Suddenly So Volatile?

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Market Movers - The newsfeed this week has been inundated with updates on Aramco’s IPO developments. On the retail side, the Aramco IPO has reached $7.21 billion in subscriptions, bringing the total value for the IPO to somewhere near $25.6 billion. For the institutional side, which was a little slower going, it is possible it is oversubscribed. Abu Dhabi is considering a $1 billion to $1.5 billion stake, and Kuwait is planning to invest $1 billion. Other institutional investors have been less interested, however, with Russia, Petronas, and…
          

Soldier adopts homeless puppy from Kuwait | Militarykind

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ICAI signs MoU with Kuwait Accountants and Auditors Association

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Signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Kuwait Accountants and Auditors Association (KAAA)...
          

In Pictures: William visits nature reserve during tour of Kuwait

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The Duke of Cambridge also heard about conservation efforts to protect Kuwait City’s wetlands.
          

William to sample life in the desert as he starts Middle East tour

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The Duke of Cambridge is visiting Kuwait and Oman.
          

Electronic Engineer (Trojan/Prophet Tech) - Kuwait (Secret Clearance Required)uwait - General Dynamics Information Technology - Chantilly, VA

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Specific systems may include Trojan Spirit II (V)2/3, Trojan Spirit LITE (V)1/2/3, and Prophet T- LITE. Strong background in electronics, and communications to…
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Nueva Representación Subregional de la OIE en los Emiratos Árabes Unidos

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En el marco de la 15.a Conferencia de la Comisión Regional de la OIE para Oriente Medio, la OIE inauguró oficialmente su Representación Subregional en Abu Dhabi, para los seis países del Consejo de la Cooperación del Golfo (Arabia Saudita, Baréin, Catar, los Emiratos Árabes Unidos, Kuwait y Omán) y Yemen. Esta nueva oficina reforzará la cooperación regional entre la OIE y sus Miembros, respondiendo así a sus principales preocupaciones, tales como el control de las enfermedades animales transfronterizas, zoonosis incluidas, y el bienestar animal en el contexto particular del comercio.


          

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In December, the Council is expected to receive a briefing by the Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, on the most recent developments in the situation in Iraq and on the two latest Secretary-General’s reports—on UNAMI and on the issue of missing Kuwaiti and third-country nationals and missing Kuwaiti property, including the national archives.
          

In Pictures: William visits nature reserve during tour of Kuwait

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External Audit - Senior Associate - Kuwait

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External Audit - Senior Associate - Kuwait Job Description &amp SummaryA career within External Audit services will provide you with the opportunity to provide a range of Assurance services and business advice to a variety of clients from small fast growing clients to large entities Our clients are often well known br
          

Site Mechanical Inspector

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Job description RoleWhat we are looking forSSH are looking for talented Mechanical Inspectors specialising in FFPL to join our team in Kuwait The Mechanical inspector must demonstrate a minimum of 8 yrs experience working as a Site Inspector on projects in the Middle EastWhat will my responsibilities look like in this role&bull Able to exe
          

Site Senior Quantity Surveyor

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Job description RoleWhat we are looking forWe are currently searching for a Quantity Surveyor to join our team in Kuwait The Quantity Surveyor must demonstrate a minimum of 15yrs experience working on building projects in the Middle EastOur portfolio of live projects includes cultural healthcare hospitality and retail projects across the Mid
          

Site Electrical Inspector

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Job description RoleWhat we are looking forSSH are looking for talented Electrical Inspectors to join our team in Kuwait The Electrical inspector must demonstrate a minimum of 8 yrs experience working as a Site Inspector on projects in the Middle EastWhat will my responsibilities look like in this role&bull Able to execute all the assigned
          

Site Civil Inspector

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Job description RoleWhat we are looking forWe are currently searching for a Civil Inspector to join our team in Kuwait The Civil Inspector must demonstrate a minimum of 7yrs experience of working on building projects in the Middle East The Civil Inspector would supervise installations and construction activities to ensure work is performed
          

Site Laboratory Technician

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Job description RoleWhat we are looking forWe are currently searching for a Laboratory Technician to join our team in Kuwait The Laboratory Technician must demonstrate a minimum of 10yrs experience of working on building projects in the Middle East The Laboratory Technician conducts materials equipment and resources maintenance in all labo
          

Head of Data Architecture and Data Services

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A well-established bank in Kuwait is seeking for a Head of Data Architecture and Data Services who will be leading and managing Bank-wide data architecture and will offer knowledgeable data librarian services to Businesses and Functions This newly created role will focus on establishing the department with the required people and tools and mak
          

Audit Intern &ndash EY Kuwait Assurance Audit Work Experience Program

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The opportunityGet a real feel for the business world with on-the-job experience and opportunities to meet influential experts You will learn about what it takes to audit a business while developing skills that will compliment your careerWe work to make sure that businesses are protected from risks that can affect their reputation and performa
          

Audit Intern &ndash EY Kuwait Assurance Audit Work Experience Program

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The opportunityGet a real feel for the business world with on-the-job experience and opportunities to meet influential experts You will learn about what it takes to audit a business while developing skills that will compliment your careerWe work to make sure that businesses are protected from risks that can affect their reputation and performan
          

Senior - Transaction Diligence

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The opportunityAs part of our expansion plans we are looking for a Transaction Diligence professional to join our team in Kuwait ideally at Senior Rank You will be working in teams with experienced due diligence professionals where you will learn and develop the skills you need to perform due diligence in a range of situations and sectors Th
          

Director of Internal Audit (Real Estate)

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Director of Internal Audit (Real Estate)Director of Internal Audit (Real Estate) required to join a Global Property Investment company to be based in KuwaitThe Ideal candidate would have experience of working with real Estate Projects and Project managementOverviewJoin as Director of Internal Audit and manage all aspects of this groups internal au
          

Head of Data Architecture and Data Services

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Job description RoleA well-established bank in Kuwait is seeking for a Head of Data Architecture and Data Services who will be leading and managing Bank-wide data architecture and will offer knowledgeable data librarian services to Businesses and Functions This newly created role will focus on establishing the department with the required people
          

Vice President - Enrollment and Student Life

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Job description RoleAre client is looking to recruit for a Vice President for Enrollment and Student Development to join their team in Kuwait The ideal candidate should be ready to mobilize in the next few monthsOur client seeks an accomplished leader who will grow enrollment and enhance student success The successful candidate will be a highl
          

Autonomous Cloud Sales Representative

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Job description RoleAutonomous Cloud Sales Representative - KuwaitDetailed Description and Job RequirementsSells a subset of product or services directly or via partners to a large number of named accountsnon-named accountsgeographical territory (mainly Tier 3 accounts)Primary job duty is to sell technology software products and related servic
          

Document Controlle

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Job description RoleDocument Controller KuwaitThrough Parsons&rsquo engineering and construction management services we deliver innovative safe and sustainable infrastructure in Abu Dhabi Dubai Qatar Oman Bahrain and Kuwait Our focus is on delivering air rail road and highway transportation water conveyance andor wastewater treatment
          

Business Accounts Manager - Finance (General Ledger) - Kuwait

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The RoleThe Business Accounts Manager will be required to have in-depth knowledge on all accounting finance taxation and audit matters The role requires high level of expertise in the Middle Eastern market along with a preference for a retail background Managing a team will be a key requirement of this role as wellRequirementsAccounting &a
          

Cyber Security Service Orchestrator

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We are looking for a Cyber Security Consultant to work on a project based in Kuwait on a 12 month extendable contractYou must be available immediately&nbspRate 800 KWD a month&nbspYou must have experience in the following technologies&nbspExperienced Security Analyst with a demonstrated history of working in the SOCSplunk SIEMMSS exp
          

CHEF Manager

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We are looking for a talented enthusiastic HEAD CHEF to lead our client&rsquos dedicated catering team producing outstanding food using the finest and freshest ingredients in this prestigious organisation BASED IN KUWAITIf you are an innovative and creative Head Chef passionate about using top quality fresh ingredients and looking for a role w
          

Head Chef Italian

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Mac Recruit Group are working one of the best Fine Dining Restaurant (Italian) We are looking for a Head Chef in Kuwait Below is the specificationsHead ChefWe are looking for a talented enthusiastic Head Chef to lead our dedicated catering team producing outstanding food using the finest and freshest ingredients in this prestigious contractIf
          

DevOps Engineer

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Job description RoleDevOps Engineer - KuwaitAs a DevOps engineer you will be responsible for managing releases server deployments maintenance and optimization of the AWS servers You will be in charge of developing security reports performance reports and managing release cycles You will be closely working with functional agile teams responsi
          

Nine new members elected to World Heritage Committee

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The 22nd General Assembly of the States Parties to the World Heritage Convention is meeting on 27 and 28 November 2019 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, convening the 193 States Parties to the World Heritage Convention, under the chairmanship of H.E. Mr Adam Al Mulla, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the State of Kuwait to UNESCO. During the session, the General Assembly elected nine new members to the World Heritage Committee: Egypt, Ethiopia, Mali, Nigeria, Oman, Thailand, ...
          

Kuwait plays against Bahrain, seeks qualification to Gulf Cup's semifinal

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Kuwait- KUNA main news for Monday, Dec. 2, 2019

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Royal Diary: upcoming royal engagements 2nd-8th December

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It’s going to be quite a week for the Royal Family: Prince William is in Kuwait and Oman, Charles and Camilla are attending the Royal Film Premiere and we’ll see…

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A Lecture by His Excellency Prof. Abdul-Rahim Lakuwait Entitled: ‘Environmental Impact of Engineering Projects’

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Atlas of Makkah Attracts the Attention of School Students in the Kuwait International Book Fair

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Atlas of Makkah Attracts the Attention of School Students in the Kuwait International Book Fair
          

Umm Al-Qura University Displays Its Cultural and Scientific Production at the 44th Kuwait International Book Fair

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Umm Al-Qura University Displays Its Cultural and Scientific Production at the 44th Kuwait International Book Fair
          

Communications and Partnership Consultant

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UNDP: Communications and Partnership Consultant in Homebased and Kuwait. Closing date: 2019-12-01
          

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“Reign of Terror” – Operation Desert Storm – Sabaton History 043 [Official]

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