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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says diplomatic talks with Saudi Arabia continue but he is not backing down on Canada's criticism of the kingdom over the arrest of several social activists last week. Reported by CP24 1 hour ago.
          Saudi Arabia crusified a person as a warning to Canada      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Saudi Arabia crusified a person acused for different crimes. It is looked upon as a warning towards Canada for their protest of Saudis arrest of an US citizen Samar Badawi, who is a internationally known human right activist fighting for women rights in Saudi Arabia. This came just two days after official Saudi twitter acount published a photo of a plane flying into Toronto's skyline. So far US has not made any comment on its citizen being arrested.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not apologizing for his government's insistence that Saudi Arabia release detained human rights activists. But Trudeau said Wednesday Canada is working towards diplomatic solutions to the spat.
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday Canada will keep pressing Saudi Arabia on its human rights record, even as a dispute with Riyadh over criticism from Ottawa continued to escalate. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
          Former Canada Minister of Affairs on Nafta Talks, Saudi Arabia Threat      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Aug.08 -- Former Canada Minister of Affairs John Baird discusses the prospects for Nafta negotiations and the escalating tensions between Canada and Saudi Arabia with Bloomberg's Amanda Lang and Shery Ahn on 'Bloomberg Markets.'
          Saudi Arabia Rules Out Mediation In Canada Row, May Take More Measures      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
According to Reuters, Saudi Arabia said that there is no room for mediation in the country's deepening diplomatic dispute with Canada, and that Canada knew what it needed to do to “fix its big mistake”. Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that the kingdom was still “considering additional measures” against Canada, but did not elaborate.
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          Human Rights Advocate Sees Bias in Canada's Accusations of Saudi Arabia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Saudi Arabia has suspended Toronto flights amid an ongoing row with Canada. According to reports, Riyadh has also frozen all trade and expelled the Canadian ambassador from the country. The news comes after Canada criticized human rights in Saudi Arabia. Sputnik discussed this with Dr. Denis Rancourt, a civil rights advocate and social theorist.
          Riyadh's New Prince Should Act Differently - Canadian Politician      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The expulsion of the Canadian ambassador by Saudi Arabia in response to Ottawa's call to release human rights activists detained in the kingdom indicates that the rule of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman continues the course of his predecessors, former Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler told Sputnik Wednesday.
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          Daily 2 Cents: The Night Aunt Milly Died -- Fisherman Recalls 'Sea Monster' Encounter -- Saudi Arabia 'Crucified' Condemned Man      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Night Aunt Milly Died

Stacy wrote to tell of her bizarre experience:

“I'm in my 50s and do not have many encounters. I'm not a ghost chaser and I'm not good at spinning yarns but I have had two experiences in my life that have convinced me that there are ghosts, hence, something after death. One has actually taken me 40 years to find out the truth about - my Aunt Milly.

When I was very young, my Aunt Milly and I had one of those special bonds. She doted on me and I loved her to death. She would always bring me Pop Tarts when she visited. When I was about seven she came to spend the night at our house as she often did. I went to bed and then in the early AM hours, I woke up to hear my aunt crying and I figured out she was feeling sick. Then I heard the ambulance arrive and the paramedics coming in the house to help her. I heard them climb the stairs to go to her room. When they arrived, her crying became worse and I could hear the terror in her voice. It was tearing at my heart to hear her fear. She kept talking to my father saying, 'Please, Bobby! I don't want to go! Don't let them take me!' It was just heart-wrenching. I can still hear that fearful crying to this day. I guess you could say it was haunting me my entire life. Well when I got up in the morning, my parents told me she had died.

Over the years I never talked about that night with my parents as it was so upsetting to me. Finally, 40 years later my mother and I were talking about Aunt Milly. I finally told her I was awake when she got sick and heard her cries and fear. My mother then told me that it wasn't possible, that she had actually died in her sleep and was dead long before the ambulance arrived to take her away. How had I heard her cries and fear if she was already dead? Why did no one else hear it? It took me 40 years to realize that I'd heard her from wherever comes next.”

Source: Darkness Radio – October 17, 2016

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Saudi Arabia 'Crucified' Condemned Man

Saudi Arabia executed and crucified a Myanmar man in the holy city of Mecca on Wednesday in a rare form of punishment reserved for the most egregious crimes.

Elias Abulkalaam Jamaleddeen was accused of breaking into the home of a woman from Myanmar, firing a weapon in it then repeatedly stabbing her, which led to her death, the official Saudi Press Agency reported, citing an Interior Ministry statement. He was also accused of stealing weapons and trying to kill another man whose home he broke into, as well as attempting to rape a woman.

The ruling was supported by the country’s supreme court and endorsed by the king.

Crucifixions in Saudi Arabia entail hanging a body in public after an execution, and are unusual. A Yemeni man was crucified in 2010 for raping and killing a girl and shooting dead her father. - Saudi Arabia Carries Out Rare Crucifixion for Murder, Theft

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Fisherman Recalls 'Sea Monster' Encounter

CAPE SABLE ISLAND, N.S. – The 1967 Shag Harbour UFO crash is not the only strange, unexplained occurrence that has happened in Shelburne County over the years.

Shag Harbour UFO Festival goers were treated to an eye witness account of a sea creature encounter, experienced by Cape Sable Island fisherman Rodney Ross in July 1976, while fishing with his father on the fishing grounds known as Pollock Shoal.

The opening night of the UFO Festival (Aug. 3) was only the third time that Ross has told the story to an audience. He is the last of the five fishermen aboard three different boats that saw the creature during a one-week period 42-years ago.

“Some like to call it the South Side sea monster and I think I probably agree it looked like a monster,” said Ross.

The story begins on a Monday when a fellow fisherman, the late Eisner Penney, was out fishing on the Pollock Shoal. He had finished fishing for the day and started for home when he turned around and saw this strange looking creature following behind him, said Ross. Read more at Cape Sable Island fisherman recalls 'sea monster' encounter 42 years later

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Join me as I welcome psychic, rescue medium and author Amy Major to Arcane Radio. Amy has been a successful medium and healer in the New England area for 17 years, conducting many spirit investigations and rescues. Always interested in her development, Amy has studied under some of the best mediums in the area as well as specialized schools focusing on psychic and mediumship abilities. Amy is a spiritualist and active member of the Church of Spiritual Life in Derry, NH for over 12 years, where she provides mediumship and gallery readings. Her first book, "Toward the Light: Rescuing Spirits, Trapped Souls, and Earthbound Ghosts" has gained popularity throughout the spiritual and paranormal communities. Her newest book is "Light the Way: A Guide to Becoming a Rescue Medium." Amy's website can be found at www.amymajor.com. This should be a very informative show! Join us this Friday, August 10th at 9PM ET / 6PM PT on ParanormalKing.com - Meet us in the chat room...just click the banner or go to www.paranormal.olicentral.com

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TODAY'S TOP LINKS

This Unusual Meteorite Flew Around in Space Before Earth Was Born

A Strange Case of a Real Vampire in England

Fewer people are reporting UFO sightings – and experts suspect it's because reports are being 'intercepted by the government'

DeLonge’s UFO Team Studying Alien Metal

Woman Says She’s Trying to Have a Baby with a Ghost

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John Dee and the Empire of Angels: Enochian Magick and the Occult Roots of the Modern World

Stories from the Messengers: Owls, UFOs and a Deeper Reality

Time Slips: Real Stories of Time Travel

Inspected By Extraterrestrials: Gray Barker's Extreme Book of UFO Abduction

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          8/8/2018: FRONT PAGE: CANADA, U.S. DIFFER ON SAUDI RELATIONS      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON, D.C. • When Donald Trump became U.S. president, his first foreign trip was not to Canada, Mexico or anywhere in Europe, his closest neighbours and allies. It was to Saudi Arabia for a lavish state welcome that left Trump literally...
          8/8/2018: CANADA: The women at the centre of diplomatic spat      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

OTTAWA • Until recently, if Samar Badawi was known in Canada at all, it was because of her brother Raif — a Saudi Arabian blogger who was arrested in 2012 and sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for criticizing Islam. His family fled to...
          8/8/2018: CANADA: What we know about the expelled diplomat      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Saudi Arabia expelled Canada’s ambassador and accused Ottawa of violating its sovereignty over a tweet from Global Affairs Canada that called for the immediate release of civil and women’s rights activists. After the statement was reposted in Arabic on...
          8/8/2018: CANADA: SAUDI ARABIA PULLS STUDENTS, SUSPENDS FLIGHTS      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Universities across Canada are scrambling to get information after Saudi Arabia suspended scholarships to Canada and planned to relocate its students already in the country. Staterun television has reported that Riyadh will stop training, scholarship...
          8/8/2018: WEDNESDAY OPINION: Human rights are everyone’s business      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
SAUDI ARABIA has offered a telling response to Canada’s complaint about the arrest of two prominent female activists, Samar Badawi and Nassima al-Sadah. The Saudi Foreign Ministry protested that Canada was engaging in “blatant interference in the...
          8/8/2018: ISSUES & IDEAS: Canada right to not back down on Saudi Arabia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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CALGARY• Saudi Arabia’ s threat to suspend all further business with Canada could leave Quebec and Atlantic Canada oil refineries scrambling to find alternative supplies. Analysts are concerned about how the diplomatic spat between Saudi Arabia and...
          Canada PM does not back down on rights defense in Saudi spat      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Canada PM does not back down on rights defense in Saudi spatCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday refused to apologize for calling out Saudi Arabia on its human rights record, after Riyadh said it was considering further punitive measures against Ottawa over its criticisms of the kingdom. Tensions have been high between the two countries since Monday, when Riyadh expelled Canada's ambassador, recalled its own envoy and froze all new trade and investments. Riyadh also said it will relocate thousands of Saudi students studying in Canada to other countries, while state airline Saudia announced it was suspending flights to Toronto.



          Stocks go nowhere as US-China trade war drags energy lower      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Stocks were mixed Wednesday despite a recent wave of upbeat corporate earnings as a new round of tariffs between the US and China dragged energy companies lower. The dollar and Treasury yields fell. 

Here's the scoreboard:

Dow Jones industrial average25,583.55 −45.36 (-0.18%)

S&P 500: 2,861.20 +2.75 (+0.096%)

Nasdaq Composite 7,888.33 +4.66 (+0.06%)

  1. Another $16 billion worth of US exports to China — including oil products and cars — will be subject to a 25% tax. After the Trump administration followed through with a 25% tariff on an additional $16 billion of Chinese goods, Beijing retaliated in kind. The latest tariffs, which bring the running total of targeted goods to $50 billion for both China and the US, are set to take effect August 23.
  2. Washington rolled out punitive sanctions against Moscow for the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in March. The measures came amid pressure from Congress and months after the UK issued sanctions penalizing the Kremlin for the poisoning, which took place on British soil.
  3. Saudi Arabia's central bank ordered its fund managers to dump Canadian bonds, stocks and cash. The move came after Canada's foreign ministry criticized Saudi Arabia for its arrests of prominent human-rights activists and called for their release. Saudi Arabia's state airline is also set to suspend flights to and from Toronto Pearson International beginning next week. 
  4. Earnings season rolls on. 21st Century Fox and Roku report after the bell — follow Business Insider here for live updates. 

And a look at the upcoming economic calendar:

SEE ALSO: Tesla's surging stock has cost short sellers $3 billion this month

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          The SEC has reportedly made inquiries into Tesla about Elon Musk's tweet regarding possibly taking the company private (TSLA)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • The Securities and Exchange Commission made an inquiry into Tesla about whether one of Elon Musk's tweets regarding the possibility of taking the company private was truthful, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
  • According to the publication, the SEC is also looking into why Musk's first statement about the potential of taking Tesla private was made on Twitter instead of in a regulatory filing.
  • The agency also asked the company whether it believes Musk's tweet follows SEC rules about protecting investors, The Journal reported.
  • "Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured," Musk said on Tuesday via Twitter before issuing a formal statement on Tesla's website.
  • The SEC declined Business Insider's request for comment, and Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

The Securities and Exchange Commission made an inquiry into Tesla about whether one of Elon Musk's tweets regarding the possibility of taking the company private was truthful, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

According to the publication, the SEC is also looking into why Musk's first statement about the potential of taking Tesla private was made on Twitter instead of in a regulatory filing. The agency also asked the company whether it believes Musk's tweet follows SEC rules about protecting investors, The Journal reported.

The SEC declined Business Insider's request for comment, and Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured," Musk said on Tuesday via Twitter before issuing a formal statement on Tesla's website.

Tesla's share price surged after the tweet, rising by as much as 12%, to over $381, before trading closed.

No details about funding have been disclosed though. And according to Musk's statement, no final decision has been made. And that has some experts raising an eyebrow.

James Rosener, a partner at the law firm Pepper Hamilton, told Business Insider that Twitter was not the right medium for a securities disclosure since the platform's 280-character limit prevented Musk from disclosing enough information relevant to investors — including the structure of the deal, its tax impact, and the amount of debt it would require — to ensure he's not misleading them.

According to Rosener, Musk's tweet likely ran afoul of the SEC's anti-fraud rules.

"There's definitely material omissions," Rosener said. "Clearly, it was not what any lawyer with any experience in this kind of stuff would advise to put out."

David Whiston, an equity strategist at Morningstar who covers the US auto industry, said he was confused by Musk's tweets, which he said indicated Musk had both the funding and the shareholder votes necessary to take the company private.

"I'm still trying to understand why he even went public like this," Whiston said, "because I don't see a point in going public to say you are considering going private unless you're trying to get, perhaps, the price higher than $420 a share, or you're just really eager to hurt the short-sellers. Otherwise, why wouldn't you just wait until you're definitely doing a deal to say something?"

Tesla's board released a statement on Wednesday morning, but it was very brief and offered few details besides that Musk met with the board last week to bring up the possibility of going private. Musk said via Twitter on Tuesday that the deal was contingent on a shareholder vote but that "investor support is confirmed."

Tesla has been public since 2010, but Musk has said in the past that he would like to take Tesla private.

"I wish we could be private with Tesla," Musk said in an interview with Rolling Stone published in November. "It actually makes us less efficient to be a public company."

Musk has also said on multiple occasions that Tesla will become profitable by the end of this year and won't need to raise additional funds, despite its increased cash-burn rate in recent quarters.

At the end of June, Tesla said it achieved its goal of making 5,000 Model 3 sedans in one week. Musk previously said that the company would hit that number by the end of 2017 and that sustaining such a production rate is critical for Tesla to become profitable.

The Financial Times reported on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund had acquired a $2 billion stake in the company. The fund owns between 3% and 5% of Tesla's total stock, meaning the stake is likely worth $1.7 billion to $2.9 billion.

Read The Wall Street Journal's full story here.

Have a Tesla news tip? Contact this reporter at mmatousek@businessinsider.com.

Read more about Tesla possibly going private:

SEE ALSO: Elon Musk boosted his net worth by $1.4 billion with just one short tweet

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          Elon Musk reportedly met with Japan's SoftBank last year about taking Tesla private (TSLA)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk met with SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son about taking the electric-car maker private last year, Bloomberg reports.
  • The news comes one day after Musk said he was considering taking Tesla private.
  • SoftBank has previously invested in Uber, Nvidia and GM's Cruise. 
  • Follow Tesla's stock price in real-time here. 

Tesla's chief executive Elon Musk met with SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son in April 2017 about the Japanese investment firm assisting in taking Tesla private, Bloomberg reported Wednesday.

The report came the day after Musk said he was considering taking Tesla private and that funding had been secured, but did not offer any specifics about the unprecedented move.

Bloomberg's Selina Wang and Giles Turner reported that Musk and Son failed to reach an agreement over the structure of the company, citing sources. Tesla was trading around $300 per share in April 2017 when the talks reportedly fell through. The talks are no longer underway, Bloomberg said.

SoftBank and its $100 billion Vision Fund have made a slew of investments in tech firms around the world. So far, it has bought a 20% stake in GM's Cruise autonomous driving unit and made smaller investments in Uber, Nvidia, WeWork, and more. 

Musk tweeted on Tuesday that he would like to leave public markets at $420 per share — a 20% upside to their price that day. At that price, and given Musk's 20% stake in Tesla, roughly $60 billion would be needed to go private. 

Also on Tuesday, the Financial Times reported that Saudi Arabia's public investment fund — a major backer of SoftBank's fund — had invested roughly $2 billion in Tesla for a stake representing 3% to 5% of the company.

Shares of Tesla skyrocketed Tuesday when the plan was announced, but sank about 1.5% in trading Wednesday.

A Tesla spokesperson declined to comment. 

Read the full Bloomberg report here>>

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SEE ALSO: SoftBank will invest $2.25 billion in GM's Cruise self-driving-car division

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  • Snap reported its first-ever decline in daily active users on Tuesday.
  • Shares initially popped 10% after the company said it lost less money than Wall Street expected, but sank when markets opened Wednesday.
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Shares of Snap sank more than 6% Wednesday, falling to their lowest price since June, after the company reported active user numbers that disappointed investors.

For the second quarter, Snap said its total losses per share were smaller than Wall Street had feared and that revenue was more than analysts had expected. However, the company also saw its first-ever decline in daily active users.

Shares initially popped as much as 11% following the earnings report — which coincided with news that Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed had invested $250 million for a 2.3% stake in the company — before sinking into the red early Wednesday as traders digested what the falling active users metric might mean for Snapchat's future.

Also weighing on the slumping share price Wednesday was the leak of some of Snapchat's source code on GitHub, a code-hosting side recently acquired by Microsoft. The forum quickly complied with a  DMCA takedown request, but not before the snippet could be downloaded and shared widely.

"While our monthly active users continue to grow this quarter, we saw 2% decline in our daily active users," CEO Evan Spiegel said on a conference call with analysts.

He added: "This was primarily driven by a slightly lower frequency of use among our user base due to the disruption caused by our redesign. It has been approximately six months since we broadly rolled out the redesign of our application and we have been working hard to iterate and improve Snapchat based on the feedback from our community. We feel that we have now addressed the biggest frustrations we’ve heard and are eager to make more progress on the tremendous opportunity we now have to show more of the right content to the right people."

Snap is now trading more than 50% off its first trading price when it went public in March 2017, and Wall Street thinks it will only sink more. Analysts polled by Bloomberg give the stock an average price target of $11.76.

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Saudi Arabia puts Canada on blast for its human rights violations... wait.
Saudi Arabia puts Canada on blast for its human rights violations... wait. studio-laska / Getty Images

China’s retaliatory tariffs are no good for Washington farmers: The farmers are anxious. More than $480 million worth of Washington agricultural exports are impacted by Chinese tariffs, reports KING 5. China struck back against Trump’s latest tariffs. It slapped $16 million of tariffs on American goods.

New Yorker sued by WA AG for fake charities: This guy, a New York stockbroker, is heavily involved with organized crime. He’s being sued by Washington State attorney general Bob Ferguson for setting up six fake charities. He’s allegedly done this same thing in eight other states. He hasn’t been charged criminally in Washington State, reports the Seattle Times.

What the fuck is going on between Canada and Saudi Arabia? Good question, glad you asked. The two are in some sort of a human-rights tiff. Canada’s ambassador rebuked Saudi Arabia for arresting human-rights and women’s-rights activists. Saudi Arabia clapped back immediately and expelled the ambassador, giving him 24 hours to get his ugly, yella, no-good keister off its property. Then, Saudi Arabia announced it was canceling all flights to and from Toronto. Now it’s barring all of its citizens from receiving treatment in Canadian hospitals. Saudi Arabia has put Canada’s human-rights policies on blast. Meanwhile, they executed a man by crucifixion today. The worst part? The United States says it’s caught in the middle of this quarrel between its two allies. Doesn’t seem like too hard of a choice here, America.

Durkan loves the Showbox too! But will she act? She’s sending representatives to talk with a real-estate developer about the future of the venue today. She’s not ready to support Council Member Kshama Sawant’s legislation to expand the Pike Place Historic District to cover the Showbox. This extension would include other businesses other than the Showbox, such as a restaurant and a strip club.

Attack the fire from the air: Washington firefighting crews are finding quick successes by utilizing aircraft. According to the Washington Department of Natural Resources, there have been 830 fires so far on the land it oversees. A typical fire season averages 817 fires, according to KING 5. Crews have been knocking out these fires with their “Huey Helicopters, along with eight single-engine Fire Boss aircraft.”

BREAKING: We’re all too familiar with how initial reports like these play out.


Election night breakdown: What do you mean you weren’t keeping up with SECB all night? Yeah, there’s a lot to read, but we had a lot to say. The short list: We got banned from the GOP election night party (but then got let in), Dino Rossi won, Joey Gibson lost, the Washington version of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn’t manage to make it through to the next round, and we had to listen to Coldplay on our Uber ride home. There’s probably more. Why don’t you take the morning and catch up?

Election nights outside Washington: It’s still too close to call in the Kansas Republican Primary — a mere 191 votes separate the candidates. This is why voting matters! The Ohio special election is also too close to call. The Republican candidate, Troy Balderson, had a lead of 1,754 votes as of this morning but there are still more than 3,000 ballots yet to be counted. It’s heated!

The Seattle Times write-up about the Automated Fingerprint Identification System levy omits one small detail: That it isn’t just about fingerprint identification. Nah, sorry, voters ignorantly (an assumption) voted to give the Seattle Police Department facial recognition technology. Everything will be fine, right? The police having a database full of our scanned faces can’t possibly be bad… can it?

Don’t get my hopes up, National Weather Service: I am currently sweating in a Capitol Hill Starbucks. It isn’t even 6:30 a.m. yet. Someone was already arrested in here this morning. That’s not about the heat, but it’s been a day already. The good news is that there’s apparently a significant cool down on the way. Maybe even light showers? I won’t believe it until I see it.


But... it's not the end of the week yet, is it? Beat the hump day slump, beat the heat.


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Amazon continues to thrive off our thirst for convenience: It’s steadily introducing drive-up grocery pick-up at Whole Foods locations. So far, it’s only available in Sacramento, California, and Virginia Beach, Virginia. It’s also only available to Prime Now members, but you could’ve guessed that. Additionally, only Prime Now members will be saved in the Rapture.

New York Republican charged with insider trading: Representative Chris Collins, an outspoken Trump supporter, is having a rough day. Looks like there may be another seat open for the blue wave to scoop up.


Everyone bands together to ban Alex Jones — except Twitter: Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO, says Alex Jones, notorious conspiracy theorist and flagrant asshole, hasn’t violated Twitter’s rules. YouTube, Facebook, Spotify, and Apple have already banned Jones. This just confirms that Twitter truly is the cesspool we love to hate and cannot bear to stop using.

Maryland man goes to take driving test, forgets about all the drug-dealing paraphernalia in the car: The man, 22, was just trying to get his driver’s license. Nerves must’ve gotten to him — trust me, they got to me like two times during the, uh, two driver’s tests I took — because he forgot about the pound of marijuana in the car. He also forgot about the loaded Glock and the $15,000 in drug-related money. He didn’t get his license. He did get arrested, though.

Tonight's best Seattle entertainment options include: The Trap Kitchen Cookout Tour: Compton 2 Tha 206 (a pop-up lauded by the likes of Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, and Snoop Dogg), the opening of That Summer, which reveals footage of Edith and Edie Beale not shown in the 1975 documentary Grey Gardens, and The Phantom of the Opera, which Christopher Frizzelle calls "fog-machine technology’s greatest achievement."

Now, what you're eating for breakfast today:

For Lissa: A blueberry scone with raspberry jam and a side of cherries.

The Bunny Mug proves it is my truest friend. Lissa writes: "The Bunny Mug extends its congratulations to you as you join the Stranger for realz!"

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From DeeDee: "I call these Cheater Deviled Eggs: boiled eggs with a dab of aioli on the top. Slice of deli turkey and some grapes on the side. Creamer with some coffee mixed in to drink."

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A crazy good breakfast for Ken.

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Rudolpho rewarded himself with this after his bike ride to work. You're living your best life, Rudolpho.

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Did you make this, Jim???

"English muffin, peppered Spam, red bell pepper and onions, fried egg with harissa spice, cheddar cheese, avocado."

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Harry sent me a picture of his breakfast and then quickly realized it contained sensitive work information. He pivoted and sent me this as a follow-up. It takes a keen eye to see what he's having for breakfast this morning.

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My 13-year-old brother is fueling up before his Junior Lifeguards practice this morning and football practice this afternoon.

That chocolate milk means hes bulking up. Hes trying to be the hot one in the family.
That chocolate milk means he's bulking up. He's trying to be the hot one in the family. Lisa G.

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          Trudeau standing firm on Saudi Arabia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir leaves the stage after speaking during the opening session of the 8th Ministerial Meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum in Beijing, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Saudi Arabia's foreign minister says there is nothing to mediate when it comes to the diplomatic dispute between his kingdom and Canada and is stepping up retaliation including selling Saudi-owned Canadian assets. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ AP/Mark Schiefelbein

"Nothing to mediate," in dispute with Canada, says Saudi foreign minister


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By social-media standards these days, a tweet sent last Thursday by Canada's Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland, was hardly surprising—or a deviation from what other Western governments have said for years about Saudi Arabia's egregious human-rights ...
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          Canada PM says will press Saudi Arabia on rights, offers olive branch      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday said he would keep pressing Saudi Arabia on civil liberties amid a major diplomatic dispute but also offered an apparent olive branch, saying the kingdom had made some progress on human rights.

          Saudi trainee doctors set to head home from Canada in diplomatic row      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Saudi Arabia has told hundreds of trainee doctors to leave Canada with only weeks' notice in the midst of a diplomatic spat, a move that could disrupt Canadian hospitals and end a 40-year-old program to train specialists for the kingdom.

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          Canada PM says will press Saudi Arabia on rights, offers olive branch      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday said he would keep pressing Saudi Arabia on civil liberties amid a major diplomatic dispute but also offered an apparent olive branch, saying the kingdom had made some progress on human rights.

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The diplomatic brawl between Canada and Saudi Arabia showed no signs of abating today as the kingdom's foreign affairs minister publicly demanded that Canada withdraw its criticism of his country's human rights record — something Prime Minister Justin Trudeau refused to do Wednesday.


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As a diplomatic showdown escalates, Saudi Arabia has told about 800 medical residents and fellows they must leave Canada and do their training elsewhere.


          Saudi Arabia 'allergic to criticism', making example out of Canada, analysts say      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Saudi Arabia's diplomatic retaliation against Canada is likely the result of several factors, analysts say, including Riyadh's thin skin, its frustration with Ottawa, and its Crown prince's penchant for a muscle-flexing foreign policy that seeks to make one thing clear: Criticism won't be tolerated.


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Hours before he was set to be deported Wednesday morning, the United Nations stepped in and asked the Canadian government not to expel a Saudi Arabian man to his home country.


          Studies of nearly 100 Saudi students in Waterloo Region in jeopardy      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Nearly 100 international students in Waterloo Region could be affected as tensions heat up between Saudi Arabia and Canada.
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RIYADH/DUBAI: Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday there is no room for mediation in the kingdom's rapidly deepening diplomatic dispute with Canada, and that Ottawa knew what it needed to do to "fix its big mistake".
          Amid Spat With Saudis, Trudeau Vows That Canada 'Will Always Speak Strongly'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Since Canada's top diplomat criticized Saudi Arabia's human rights record, the Saudis have hit back hard. Still, despite the retaliations, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sees no need to say sorry.
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Tesla stock (NASDAQ:TSLA) is still feeling the aftermath of Elon Musk’s bombshell on Tuesday, when he announced on Twitter that he is considering taking Tesla private. Tesla’s shares were already on a roll prior to Musk’s update, climbing 5% amidst reports that a Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund has taken a $2 billion stake in […]

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          CANADA FX DEBT-C$ rebounds from two-week low as investors look past Saudi dispute      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
TORONTO, Aug 8- The Canadian dollar strengthened against its U.S. counterpart on Wednesday, with the loonie recovering from an earlier two-week low as investors decided that potential Canadian asset sales by Saudi Arabia will have a short-lived impact on the currency. "There has been some two-way volatility, indicative of not just price pressures on commodity...
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Elias Abulkalaam Jamaleddeen is said to have entered a Burma woman’s home firing a gun, then stabbed her to death. He was convicted of robbing her home and another home, attempted rape, and stealing firearms and ammunition. The report said his conviction was upheld by the courts and his execution was endorsed by King Salman.
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While Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund might be attracting all the hype, business is brisk a little to the east in Abu Dhabi.
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Health officials across Canada were trying to determine Wednesday the potential impact if about 800 medical residents and fellows from Saudi Arabia suddenly leave the various networks next month.


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Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir says there is nothing to mediate when it comes to the diplomatic dispute between his kingdom and Canada and is stepping up retaliation, including selling Saudi-owned Canadian assets.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says diplomatic talks with Saudi Arabia will continue but he’s not backing down on Canada’s criticism of the kingdom over the arrest of several social activists last week.


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Saudi Arabia's diplomatic dispute with Canada will not affect state oil firm Aramco's clients in Canada, the country's energy minister said.

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Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Twitter he is considering taking Tesla Inc private at $420 per share as the electric car maker faces the challenges of fast growth and financial constraints, sending its shares up more than 6 percent. At $420 per share, a deal would represent a 22.8 percent premium to Tesla’s closing price on Monday, making it one of the biggest go-private deals with a price tag of about $72 billion. Musk took to social media writing, 'Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured,' When asked on Twitter whether he was serious, Musk replied: “Yes.... It saves a lot of headaches.” Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for clarification. Tesla’s shares jumped to $362.74 in afternoon trading. The company had a market value of $58 billion as of Monday’s close. Musk owns nearly 20 percent of the company. Earlier in the day, the Financial Times reported that Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, overseen by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has built an undisclosed stake of between 3 and 5 percent stake in Tesla.
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No, Iran is not going to haul off and attack Israel, either in Syria or Israel proper. It's government in Tehran is many things, but stupid is not one of them. What Israel is attempting to do is create a false flag, to be blamed on Iran, as the justification for attacking it, and bringing it the US in on its side, militarily. And unfortunately, Netanyahu's ventrilloquist dummy, here in the US, AKA President Trump, has just made it very painfully clear this morning, that the US's withdrawal from the P5+1, and the sanctions which will ensue, are the US government's prelude to a war against Iran. Just because something isn't the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do, is no guarantee that it will not do it, and President Trump's speech about the US withdrawing from the P5+1 deal, is no exception to this very dark reality. He is making claims about Iran's actions and capacities which bear absolutely no basis in reality. The IAEA, which is staffed by amazinglingly bright people, has looked at the suspected facility, and said that there is no "there" there. And if that is what the IAEA is telling the world, I would very much tend to believe them. What Netanyahu and Trump are doing is tantamount to calling members of the IAEA, in their inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities, idiots and liers, and members of this organization is neither. With a potential corruption indictment hanging over his head, Netanyahu is going to want to jump start this war as quickly as possible, which is most probably the reason President Trump made the decert announcement today, rather than wait until this coming Saturday, 12 May, which was the actual deadline. Look for this war to generate the revival of the draft in this country, and this time, the US military will be coming after both our young women, as well as our young men. And here is how I see the forces lining up; China, Russia, and Iran on one side, with the US; NATO, Saudi Arabia, and Israel on the other. There is no way that this will be allowed to stay regional; my sense is, it will go global in a heartbeat. Memo to Israeli Defense Minister Ya'alon: the American people have gotten extraordinarily tired of the demands, bullying, and blackmail the American government has received from the fully nuclear armed, viciously apartheid, theocracy which is what Israel has become in the 21st century. And we have one word for you: enough!! We will provide you no more American military to get slaughtered or maimed for life in the process of "neutralizing" all your alleged existential threats in the Middle East. And of course, as we both know, that includes all of your neighbors in the region. And on top of that, sir, we would appreciate it greatly if the US government immediately pull all financial and military aid from your country immediately, as all this aid is completely illegal under the Symington Amendment. We the people would like to see this accomplished and immediately, sir. The days of the host/parasite relationship between the Us government and that of Israel may well be coming to a very abrupt halt, and it is damn well about time, sir!!!
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          Saudi-Canada dispute will not affect oil supplies: Saudi minister      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Saudi Arabia's diplomatic dispute with Canada will not affect state oil firm Aramco's clients in Canada, the country's energy minister said.

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  1. Trudeau does not back down on rights defense in Saudi spat  India Today
  2. Saudi Investment Freeze Doesn't Amount to Much in Canada  Bloomberg
  3. Canada PM says will press Saudi Arabia on rights, offers olive branch  Reuters
  4. Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Picks a Very Strange Fight with Canada  The New Yorker
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          Canada PM says will press Saudi Arabia on rights, offers olive branch      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday said he would keep pressing Saudi Arabia on civil liberties amid a major diplomatic dispute but also offered an apparent olive branch, saying the kingdom had made some progress on human rights.

          Saudi-Canada dispute will not affect oil supplies: Saudi minister      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Saudi Arabia's diplomatic dispute with Canada will not affect state oil firm Aramco's clients in Canada, the country's energy minister said.

          Saudi-Canada row could further rattle foreign investors eyeing kingdom      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A worsening row between Saudi Arabia and Canada about human rights threatens to undermine Riyadh's foreign investment drive, a campaign already unsettled by a series of assertive political and diplomatic initiatives by the top oil exporter.

          Saudi trainee doctors set to head home from Canada in diplomatic row      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Saudi Arabia has told hundreds of trainee doctors to leave Canada with only weeks' notice in the midst of a diplomatic spat, a move that could disrupt Canadian hospitals and end a 40-year-old program to train specialists for the kingdom.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday he would keep pressing Saudi Arabia on its human rights record, even as a dispute with Riyadh over criticism from Ottawa continued to escalate.

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Mumbai: On Friday, a Jet Airways flight was not even on the runway when it tried to take off from the Riyadh airport in Saudi Arabia. Its two pilots are close to losing their flying licence after they allegedly attempted take-off from a taxiway instead of the runway, endangering nearly 150 on board. Aviation sources have told NDTV that the taxiway, which runs parallel to the designated runway, had not been properly mapped into the plans of Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport. The Mumbai-bound Boeing 737 tried to take off a little after midnight on Friday, according to the Saudi Arabian aviation bureau. The visibility was high and there were no "foreign object debris" or obstacles on the taxiway.
          More than 100 students affected in Kingston by Saudi Arabia-Canada dispute      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In an act of retaliation, the Saudi government has suspended scholarships for all its foreign students studying at Canadian institutions.
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Rising tensions between Canada and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have upturned the lives of the over 170 Saudi post-secondary students across studying across Saskatchewan.
          Justin Trudeau vows to speak out on human rights, refuses to back down in Saudi Arabia dispute      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that Canada will continue to speak out “clearly and firmly” on human rights around the globe, refusing to back down in an escalating dispute with Saudi Arabia sparked by Ottawa’s criticism over the detention of activists in that country.

In his first comments since the crisis with Saudi Arabia blew up over the weekend, Trudeau was unbowed by the sharp reaction from the kingdom’s leaders who seem determined to make Canada pay an economic price for raising human rights concerns.

“Canadians have always expected our government to speak strongly, firmly, clearly and politely about the need to respect human rights at home and around the world. We will continue to do that, we will continue to stand up for Canadian values and indeed for universal values and human rights at any occasion,” Trudeau said during a Wednesday visit to Montreal.

Trudeau was unwilling to serve up the apology apparently sought by Saudi Arabia, which has called on Canada to “fix its big mistake.” Instead, he vowed that the federal government would continue to voice concerns publicly and privately about human rights abuses.

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The prime minister said “it’s no secret” that Canada raises such topics in its discussions with other leaders as part of what he called “constructive engagement,” the very approach he said the government has taken with Saudi Arabia.

“We will also remain firm on standing up for human rights,” Trudeau said.

He also defended the fact that Canada’s concerns related to Saudi Arabia were delivered via social media, saying that the federal government has to use as “many tools as we can to get our message across in a modern world.”

But the prime minister did reveal that Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland had a “long” conversation with her Saudi Arabia counterpart on Tuesday though he would say nothing about that discussion.

“We continue to engage diplomatically and politically with Saudi Arabia,” Trudeau said.

“We do not wish to have poor relations with Saudi Arabia. This is a country of some importance around the world that is making some progress when it comes to human rights.

“But at the same time we have to talk about the challenges that are being faced there and elsewhere,” the prime minister said.

Amnesty International is among the organizations that has flagged concerns with Saudi Arabia’s human rights record, citing severe restrictions on freedom of expression, detention of activities, extensive use of the death penalty, sometimes following what it called “grossly unfair trials” and systemic discrimination of women.

Yet Freeland’s conversation appeared to have done little to resolve the bitter dispute as Saudi’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Wednesday ruled out mediation to defuse the crisis, declaring that Canada knew what it needed to do to “fix its big mistake”

“There is nothing to mediate. A mistake has been made and a mistake should be corrected,” al-Jubeir told a news conference in Riyadh, according to a Reuters report.

He hinted that further repercussions could be coming in the fast-moving spat that has already seen the Middle East country freeze future trade and investment with Canada, suspend diplomatic ties, begin withdrawing more than 15,000 Saudi students enrolled in Canadian universities, halt the purchase of Canadian wheat and barley and suspend air service to Toronto.

The Financial Times reported Wednesday as well that the Saudi central bank and state pension funds have issued orders to asset managers to sell off Canadian holdings “no matter the cost.”

All of this is the angry reaction to social media comments by Freeland and her department calling for the release of activists recently detained in the kingdom.

Subsequent tweets from the Saudi foreign ministry Wednesday drove home the sense of offence felt by the kingdom as it cited Canada’s “blatant and unacceptable interference” for the sudden chill in relations.

It said the issue was about national security, not human rights.

“There is no need for mediation. #SaudiArabia did not interfere in the affairs of #Canada in any way. Therefore, Canada must correct its actions towards the #Kingdom,’ the ministry said.

It’s not the first time that Saudi Arabia has lashed out at countries. In 2015, the country reacted in similar fashion after Sweden criticized the scheduled flogging of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, whose case is one of those at the centre of Canada’s concerns.

And earlier this year, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered that German companies were to be shut out of government contracts, apparently irritated by German policy in the Middle East, according to a Reuters report.

Experts say that Saudi Arabia’s sharp reaction to Canada is a deliberate attempt to make other countries think twice before speaking out on human rights concerns.

Few countries have rushed to Canada’s defence. The U.S. and U.K. both declined to support Ottawa’s position, a view that Trudeau shrugged off Wednesday. “Every country has its right to make its own decisions and make its own diplomatic choices,” he said.

Other nations have joined Saudi Arabia and chided Canada for what they deem as interference in the kingdom’s affairs. Russia on Wednesday said that Saudi Arabia is on the path to “large-scale socioeconomic reform” and should make its own decisions as to how it proceeds on human rights.

“We have always said that the politicization of human rights matters is unacceptable,” foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said.

“What one probably needs in this situation is constructive advice and assistance rather than criticism from a ‘moral superior’,” she said, adding that she hopes the two countries find a “civilized” solution to the dispute.

Bruce Campion-Smith is the Star’s Ottawa bureau chief and a reporter covering national politics. Follow him on Twitter: @yowflier


          Amid Spat With Saudis, Trudeau Vows That Canada 'Will Always Speak Strongly'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Since Canada's top diplomat criticized Saudi Arabia's human rights record, the Saudis have hit back hard. Still, despite the retaliations, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sees no need to say sorry.
          Kommentar zu Propagandameldungen vom 08. August 2018 von Anonymoose      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
"....and Saudi Arabia have right to atta.. atta... take out some of these bad actors..."
          Why is Canada helping Jordan when that country declines to support Canada?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Saudi Arabia continues its diplomatic and public relations war with Canada. The diplomatic dispute began last week after Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland tweeted concerns about news that several social activist had been arrested in Saudi Arabia, including Samar Badawi, who has advocated for women’s rights in her country. Her brother, blogger Raif Badawi, has […]
          The Wall Street Journal: Saudi fund managers ordered to liquidate their Canadian assets as feud escalates      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Saudi Arabia’s central bank has instructed its fund managers to sell off their Canadian holdings, three people familiar with the matter said, the latest move in a widening diplomatic row that has also hit trade between the two countries as well as Saudi students studying abroad.

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The sister of Raif Badawi, a man who once criticized Islam and remains in prison over it, is at the center of an escalating international battle.
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Saudi Arabian flag carrier Saudia is suspending services to and from Toronto following a diplomatic spat with Canada.

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It was the Turks that bought only castrated black men from the Arabs and killed or aborted the babies conceived by the black women slaves Moroccan Arabs, not Beduins. Have a lot of black blood. Including the royal family. Southern Egyptians are heavily black as anyone who goes to Egypt can see. A president of Egypt, Anwar Sadat was the son of an Egyptian Arab father and a black woman from Congo. The Sudanese Arabs are so heavily mixed with black Africans they are actually black Africans by now. They deny it,. claiming to be Arabs. But 2 Arab and 14 Black gr gr grandparents makes them blacks. Same thing with the Taurags. They were Caucasian until the 1500s when black slaves were brought in. Now they are as black African as the skates although they deny it. Saudi Arabia has a big mulatto population as well. If they couldn’t get their slave girls from Europe, they got them from Africa.
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Saudi Arabia has ordered its ambassador to Canada to come home and has expelled the Canadian amba

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Shyamala Tejomurty, an instructor at the Techno Canada Centre of Excellence, in Scarborough, could be losing her job following the loss of 10 Saudi Arabian students due to a dispute with Canada over human rights. The students, who are nearly finished their term, have been ordered to leave by Aug. 13, and a new batch scheduled to start soon may never arrive.

THE ISSUE: SAUDI SANCTIONS ON CANADA THE IMPACT: SCARBOROUGH SCHOOLS ARE LOSING STUDENTS


          Why Saudi Arabia is lashing out at Canada      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

In recent days, Saudi Arabia has thrown a fit over Canada's call for the release of recently-jailed activist Samar Badawi, an outspoken champion of women’s rights.

Between the lines: By the standards of the old pantomime act in which Western governments criticize Saudi Arabia’s appalling human rights record but more or less leave the energy-rich and strategically aligned kingdom alone, Canada’s statement hardly stands out. So why the furious response?


The latest...

  • Riyadh has kicked out the Canadian ambassador, recalled its own envoy, cancelled flights between the two countries, and put a freeze on new bilateral trade and investment.
  • A pro-government youth club went so far as to post (but then remove) an image that seemed to threaten Canada with a 9/11 style terrorist attack. 

The bigger picture...

First, there’s a domestic angle. Saudi Arabia’s young Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman is liberalizing parts of Saudi society as part of a broader bid to attract foreign investment and reduce his country’s dependence on oil revenues. 

  • But as part of that plan, he’s staged a power grab and crushed dissent to minimize challenges from rival princes or from conservative circles who hate what he’s up to. This, for example, explains why Prince Mohamed sees no contradiction in allowing women to drive while also arresting the women who have campaigned for allowing women to drive. 
  • By lashing out at Canada – a country big enough to matter, but small enough not to risk any serious fallout – he is sending a signal: external criticism is now just as off-limits as internal criticism. 

Second, there’s an external angle: the Trump effect. Just to be clear, the US has never – under any administration -- really put the screws to Saudi Arabia (or any other Sunni Arab allies) over human rights. But no modern US President has been as unapologetically uninterested in human rights issues as Donald Trump. 

  • At the same time, Trump has signaled he is firmly in Saudi Arabia’s corner when it comes to the Kingdom’s key foreign policy objective, which is to crush Iran. Where Obama’s embrace of the Arab Spring and the Islamic Republic raised fears in Riyadh, Trump has set the House of Saud at ease. 

What to watch: Will Trump intervene on behalf of “very weak and dishonest” Justin Trudeau? Doubtful. And while Ottawa and Riyadh will probably eventually work this all out, other authoritarians will surely take notice that on Trump’s watch there’s room to be tougher at home and pricklier abroad.

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          Saudi Arabia Crucifies Suspect in Muslim Holy City of Mecca      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Saudi Arabia says it executed and crucified a man from Myanmar convicted of killing a woman and carrying out other crimes. The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported on the execution Wednesday, saying it was carried out in the Muslim holy city of Mecca. It said Elias Abulkalaam Jamaleddeen entered a Myanmar woman’s home firing a…
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Saudi Arabia on Wednesday ruled out any mediation in an escalating diplomatic row with Canada, adding that the kingdom was considering further punitive measures against Ottawa.
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Saudi Arabia is simply furious that Canada’s Foreign Minister had the audacity to say SA shouldn’t arrest human rights activists.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, said the kingdom was still “considering additional measures” against Canada. He did not elaborate.

“There is nothing to mediate. A mistake has been made and a mistake should be corrected,” he told a news conference in Riyadh.

Several countries have expressed support for Saudi Arabia, including Egypt and Russia, which both told Ottawa it was unacceptable to lecture the kingdom on human rights.

Yes, that’s unacceptable all right. Violations of human rights are just fine, in fact they’re glorious, but lecturing states about human rights, that is … Read the rest


          Canada PM says will press Saudi Arabia on rights, offers olive branch      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday said he would keep pressing Saudi Arabia on civil liberties amid a major diplomatic dispute but also offered an apparent olive branch, saying the kingdom had made some progress on human rights.

          Saudi-Canada dispute will not affect oil supplies -Saudi minister      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Saudi Arabia's diplomatic dispute with Canada will not affect state oil firm Aramco's clients in Canada, the country's energy minister said.

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The government has granted BGN 1 612 510 for the opening of an embassy in Bulgaria in Riyadh, the press service of the Cabinet announced. During the visit of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov in Saudi Arabia in November 2017 the concrete dimensions for opening a Bulgarian embassy in the Saudi capital were expressed. Priority in the bilateral relations between the two countries is to attract investment in Bulgaria, as well as to stimulate bilateral contacts between business representatives....
          Saudi Arabia Crucifies Man While Attacking Canada For Its Human Rights Record…      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Wahhabi justice. Via Business Insider: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia put a man to death on a cross in the holy city of Mecca on Wednesday, while waging a public relations battle to call out alleged human rights violations in Canada. The execution came during a deepening dispute between the two countries sparked by Canadian […]
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Health officials across Canada were trying to determine Wednesday the potential impact if about 800 medical residents and fellows from Saudi Arabia suddenly leave the various networks next month.


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Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir says there is nothing to mediate when it comes to the diplomatic dispute between his kingdom and Canada and is stepping up retaliation, including selling Saudi-owned Canadian assets.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says diplomatic talks with Saudi Arabia will continue but he’s not backing down on Canada’s criticism of the kingdom over the arrest of several social activists last week.


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Mumbai: On Friday, a Jet Airways flight was not even on the runway when it tried to take off from the Riyadh airport in Saudi Arabia. Its two pilots are close to losing their flying licence after they allegedly attempted take-off from a taxiway instead of the runway, endangering nearly 150 on board. Aviation sources have told NDTV that the taxiway, which runs parallel to the designated runway, had not been properly mapped into the plans of Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport. The Mumbai-bound Boeing 737 tried to take off a little after midnight on Friday, according to the Saudi Arabian aviation bureau. The visibility was high and there were no "foreign object debris" or obstacles on the taxiway.
          Saudi Arabian crude oil imports to Canada easy to replace, says energy economist      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In the midst of a diplomatic feud between Canada and Saudi Arabia, economic concerns about the trade relationship abound. But the Saudis provide less than 10 per cent of Canada's crude imports
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Saudi Arabia has declared a freeze on new trade with Canada
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"Canada made a big mistake... and a mistake should be corrected." Jubeir added that Saudi Arabia was "considering additional measures" against Canada. Saudi Arabia on Monday expelled Canada's ambassador, freezing all new trade, after Ottawa denounced a new crackdown on rights activists.
          Saudi FM Says ‘Nothing To Mediate’ In Diplomatic Row With Canada      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
By Noor Nugali

There is “nothing to mediate” in Saudi Arabia’s dispute with Canada and Ottawa knows what it must do to “fix its big mistake,” Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said on Wednesday.

“I’m sure it was a mistake and they now must rectify that mistake. The ball ... Reported by Eurasia Review 22 minutes ago.
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          Tesla shares soar after Elon Musk floats plan to take company private      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Musk tweets plan as it emerges Saudi Arabia has built up $2.9bn stake in tech giantElon Musk has launched a campaign to take Tesla private on a day that included several provocative tweets, a suspension (and resumption) of trading in the company’s shares, reports of a significant Saudi investment, a surge in stock price, and […]
          Saudi Retaliation Follows Long History of Canada ‘Making Them Look Bad’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The growing row between Saudi Arabia and Canada following the latter’s criticism of the Saudi government’s treatment of political dissidents isn’t a major economic issue, but really about repaying one embarrassment with another, a human rights lawyer told Radio Sputnik Wednesday.
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The ongoing political row between Canada and Saudi Arabia over Ottawa’s demand that the kingdom release detained women’s rights activists in the country is picking up momentum. Earlier this week, Saudi Arabia ordered the Canadian ambassador to leave Saudi Arabia “within 24 hours” after his country criticized the recent arrest of Saudi women’s rights activists. However, Saudi Arabia, showing heightened sensitivity into what it perceives as foreign intrusion into its own affairs, upped the ante even more, by saying it…
          Saudi Arabia sells off Canadian assets as feud escalates      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Saudi Arabia has been selling Canadian assets since Tuesday, according to a report. Riyadh is angry at Canada's demand that two women's rights activists be released from jail. But Canada has said it will "always stand up for human rights."
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Saudi-Canada row leaves US in tight diplomatic spotThe sharp diplomatic row between Saudi Arabia and Canada has left Washington -- partners and allies of both -- in a bind, but the State Department on Tuesday nevertheless urged Riyadh to respect due process for detained activists. Saudi Arabia has expelled Canada's ambassador, recalled its own envoy and cut off trade ties with Ottawa after the US neighbor denounced a crackdown on rights activists in the kingdom.



          Saudi Arabia and Canada      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Saudi Arabia has ordered its ambassador to Canada to come home and has expelled the Canadian amba

          Canada PM says will press Saudi Arabia on rights, offers olive branch      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday said he would keep pressing Saudi Arabia on civil liberties amid a major diplomatic dispute but also offered an apparent olive branch, saying the kingdom had made some progress on human rights.

          Saudi-Canada dispute will not affect oil supplies -Saudi minister      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Saudi Arabia's diplomatic dispute with Canada will not affect state oil firm Aramco's clients in Canada, the country's energy minister said.

          Saudi trainee doctors set to head home from Canada in diplomatic row      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Saudi Arabia has told hundreds of trainee doctors to leave Canada with only weeks' notice in the midst of a diplomatic spat, a move that could disrupt Canadian hospitals and end a 40-year-old program to train specialists for the kingdom.

          Russia Backs Saudis In Dispute With Canada Over Jailed Rights Activists      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Russia on August 8 came out in support of Saudi Arabia in its dispute with Canada over Riyadh's arrest of womens' rights activists, saying it is "unacceptable" for Ottawa to lecture the kingdom on human rights.
          The Wall Street Journal: Saudi fund managers ordered to liquidate their Canadian assets as feud escalates      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Saudi Arabia’s central bank has instructed its fund managers to sell off their Canadian holdings, three people familiar with the matter said, the latest move in a widening diplomatic row that has also hit trade between the two countries as well as Saudi students studying abroad.

          Saudi Arabia sells off Canadian assets, loonie falls      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
It’s being reported by FT that the Saudi’s are selling off Canadian assets in response to Ottawa’s criticism of the arrest of a female activist last week. Apparently, the Saudi central bank and state pension funds have been instructed to dispose of their Canadian equities, bonds and cash holdings. There is no Canadian dollar amount […]
          Canada PM says will press Saudi Arabia on rights, offers olive branch      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday said he would keep pressing Saudi Arabia on civil liberties amid a major diplomatic dispute but also offered an apparent olive branch, saying the kingdom had made some progress on human rights.

          Saudi-Canada dispute will not affect oil supplies -Saudi minister      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Saudi Arabia's diplomatic dispute with Canada will not affect state oil firm Aramco's clients in Canada, the country's energy minister said.

          Prospect of Eastern Canada losing oil from Saudi Arabia dredges up Energy East debate      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

EDMONTON—The prospect of losing oil imports from Saudi Arabia has left industry observers asking why Canada should be importing oil from the regime in the first place when Alberta could supply the market.

Saudi Arabia has engaged in a campaign of retaliation since Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland tweeted about the Middle Eastern nation’s human-rights record on Aug 2. In the last week, Saudi Arabia has frozen future trade deals with Canada, ejected Canada’s ambassador and suspended around 16,000 Saudi students’ scholarships.

The conflict has residents of Eastern Canada wondering if they will have to find other sources for oil if the dispute escalates further. The potential hit to the region, which imports around 75,000 to 80,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Saudi Arabia, could open the door for Alberta to fill the void — though not in the short-term.

“We are still export constrained here in Alberta and don’t have the capacity to ship additional oil to Eastern Canada, the U.S. or Western Canada,” said University of Alberta economics professor Tilman Klumpp.

Meanwhile, there’s already substantial oil infrastructure between America and Canada in the east.

“It’s much more likely that any interruptions of Saudi deliveries to Eastern Canada will be filled by the U.S.,” said Klumpp.

Yet the idea of one day shipping oil from Alberta to Eastern Canada has its champions.

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University of Calgary professor and Suncor Energy chair Harrie Vredenburg has been raising the question for years, even before the Energy East Pipeline debate got into full swing in 2014.

“Had the Energy East pipeline gone through a couple of years ago, and not been blocked by Quebec, then the oil would, if not be completely flowing by now, it would be very close to flowing from Alberta,” Vredenburg said.

The project was shut down by TransCanada last year. It would have seen an estimated one million barrels of oil flowing each day from the western provinces to the east by converting an existing natural-gas pipeline into an oil pipe. The infrastructure has been transporting natural gas for decades, he said.

Vredenburg said he was puzzled by the cancellation because, while he accepts environmental concerns about fossil fuels, oil isn’t going anywhere while the world still consumes it.

In fact, if Canada stopped producing oil entirely, the country would have to be supplied by regimes like Saudi Arabia, which has a history of human-rights abuses, he said.

Vredenburg related the situation to consumers’ aversion to “blood diamonds” — minerals procured through rebel or security-force activity in parts of Africa that may perpetrate human-rights abuses. Back in 2014, Parliament began debating the Conflict Minerals Act, which required Canadian companies to practise due diligence in the mineral trade. The act was eventually defeated, but Vredenburg said it sparked a desire among Canadian consumers for ethically sourced diamonds. Local businesses reacted, he said, and as a result “the Canadian diamond industry is now seen as an exemplary industry as having the best human rights.”

Canada could seize this opportunity to build more infrastructure, becoming a country the world could rely on for ethical oil, said Vredenburg.

“It makes a lot of sense for Canada to take control of its own destiny and say, ‘We’re not going to be at the whim of the crown prince of Saudi Arabia and we will use our own oil,” he said.

Many environmentalists argue that Canada should wean itself off oil completely, but Vredenburg counters that won’t happen. Instead, Canadians should pressure oil companies to produce cleaner energy, he said.

If oil production were to be halted, “that oil would be supplied from other less attractive places than Canada,” he said.

With files from The Canadian Press

Kieran Leavitt is an Edmonton-based reporter. Follow him on Twitter: @kieranleavitt


          Amid Spat With Saudis, Trudeau Vows That Canada 'Will Always Speak Strongly'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Since Canada's top diplomat criticized Saudi Arabia's human rights record, the Saudis have hit back hard. Still, despite the retaliations, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sees no need to say sorry.
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Saudi Arabia has executed a man by crucifixion inside Mecca, considered Islam’s holiest city, Bloomberg reports. It was carried out Wednesday, during the same week a Saudi spat with Canada over human rights criticisms has dramatically escalated into a full-blown diplomatic and economic ...
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Snap gets a $250 million investment from Saudi Arabia

Snap was once perhaps the hottest prospects in the messaging startup game but they've fallen quite a bit from their perceived glory. Now they've once again been trusted with hundreds of millions of foreign investments.

Thanks to Facebook, and others, who've been copying Snapchat's innovative features, and surpassing them in other ways, Snapchat has been struggling to stay relevant and afloat. A $353 million net loss previous quarter is just one of the signs of the waning platform.

Fortunately now Saudi prince Al-Waleed Talal has put forth $250 million to acquire 2.3% stake in the company.

Snap is nowadays known not only from its self-destructive messages, and AR filters called World Lenses that were released last year, but also social media sunglasses, 2016 launched Spectacles, that were revamped earlier this year.

Snapchat has currently just under 200 million users while Facebook-owned Instagram has recently surpassed a billion users according to Statista.



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          Justin Trudeau vows to speak out on human rights, refuses to back down in Saudi Arabia dispute      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during an investment announcement at CAE in Montreal on Aug. 8, 2018. Trudeau would not apologize to Saudi Arabia over comments made by Canada’s foreign affairs department.

The prime minister says Canada will continue to speak out “clearly and firmly” on human rights around the globe, as reports say Saudi Arabia plans to sell off all Canadian holdings.


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(Telecompaper) Saudi Arabian government departments and agencies owed nearly SAR 19 billion to Saudi Telecom Company by the end of 2017, Al-Watan reported, citing the operator...
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But, AMERICAN families victimized by 9/11 attacks were prohibited from suing FOREIGN governments (Saudi Arabia, et. al.). Good to know where we Deplorables stand ...
          A couple reasons why Elon Musk could actually pull off his wild plan to take Tesla private (TSLA)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • Elon Musk's plan to take Tesla private has generated a lot of buzz, and it has been met with a lot of skepticism
  • But there are several reasons why he might actually be able to pull off the deal.
  • He's got a few things going for him, including a market with mountains of uninvested cash, an army of believers, and ties to some massive backers that could help him make his plan a reality. 

Since setting Wall Street ablaze on Tuesday with an unexpected tweet about taking his car company Tesla private, Elon Musk has been met with a healthy dose of skepticism over his proposed plan as well as his unconventional method of announcing it. 

Analysts are taking Musk at his word that he has indeed secured funding, has investor support, and is seriously considering taking the company private — he could face serious legal consequences if he wasn't entirely truthful. But many nonetheless find the $420 a share price tag he's floated exceptionally high given that Tesla ended trading on Wednesday at $370.34 a share.

It would be the largest buyout of all time and would require gargantuan amounts of capital to complete at the more than $70 billion valuation implied by Musk's tweet. The company would need roughly $57 billion in committed financing to buy up the 80% of the company Musk doesn't own, according to Goldman Sachs estimates. 

"We don't believe the current fundamentals of Tesla support a valuation anywhere close to $420 per share," Cowen analyst Jeffrey Osborne said. He set a price target of $200.

Colin Langan at UBS set a target of $195, taking an even more dubious view: "Disclosing news of this nature via Twitter is unprecedented and, according to a former SEC chairman, may constitute fraud if Tesla does not already have the financing lined up.

"The deal would likely require participation from numerous banks and institutional investors, and we think it likely that news of the deal would have leaked had Tesla already held discussions to secure funding," Langan added.

In short, the skepticism around Musk's proposed deal is abundant.

So let's focus instead on a couple reasons why he might actually be able to pull it off.

Lots of capital sloshing around

Musk's take-private of Tesla would be unprecedented. 

But so is the amount of capital available for investment right now — a byproduct of the ultra-low interest rate environment the decade following the financial crisis.

Private equity shops having been accumulating record amounts of dry powder as funding remains plentiful while smart deals are comparatively scarce. Pitchbook estimated in March that PE funds had amassed nearly a trillion in undeployed funds.  

Sovereign wealth funds and other large backers, such as Japanese investor SoftBank, have billions in cash to throw around and the appetite to do so, too. 

A market ripe with cash looking to be invested is ideal for Tesla's charismatic leader.

"Right now there is so much money sloshing around the system that has no place to go," Rita McGrath, a professor at Columbia Business School, told Business Insider.

As McGrath sees it, there are two types of Tesla investors: Those who view the company as just another car company, akin to Ford or General Motors. These tend to be the skeptics.

Then there are those who believe the company is on the cutting edge of batteries, energy transmission, and renewable energy and that "owning Tesla is a front-seat ticket to whatever the future holds."

An investment like Musk is seeking would carry a lot of risk given the rich price tag, but for those in the latter camp who believe Tesla offers incredible upside, that may be a bet worth making "if you've got nothing else to do with that cash."

Forget about the debt

Many have pointed out that the math on a leveraged buyout for Tesla looks dicey. The company doesn't generate enough free cash flow to justify massive amounts of additional debt burden, which would create crushing interest payments for company. 

Given the cash-flow pressures and the ongoing Model 3 ramp-up, "adding as much as $50 billion of net debt to the capital structure would clearly intensify the outcomes of such an action," Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas wrote. 

"Given Tesla's financials, we don’t believe lenders would sign up to support the deal," RBC's Joseph Spak added. 

But people shouldn't be viewing this as a potential LBO, according to David Erickson, a lecturer at the Wharton School.

The deal would instead be a debt-light transaction focused on converting existing public shareholders into private shareholders, and then raising enough additional equity to cash out the shareholders that want to exit.

"What it would have to be, predominantly, is an equity take out," said Erickson, who spent 25 years on Wall Street, including several years as the global co-head of equity capital markets at Barclays. "They would have to come up with enough cash to monetize whoever doesn’t want to stay in. Most of that I would assume would be equity related." 

Getting a large chunk of existing shareholders to convert isn't that far-fetched. Large mutual funds have grown increasingly willing to invest in promising private companies.

As Musk himself has pointed out, Fidelity, the third-largest Tesla shareholder with an 8% stake, has already invested in private tech companies, including the likes Uber, Blue Apron, and his own SpaceX. 

T. Rowe Price, the second-largest shareholder with a 9% stake, has as well.

While funds that hold Tesla stock in their publicly traded indexes would be different, they could potentially cash out and shift their investment to a different arm of the company. 

The unknowable question at this point is how many shareholders would want to exit, and how much Tesla would need to raise to cash them out. 

"Let’s assume $20 billion is required. Is there somebody going to write equity checks for $20 billion?" Erickson asked, noting that Japanese investor SoftBank could be a possibility, as could a sovereign wealth fund.  

SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son held talks with Musk about a potential investment in 2017, though a deal failed to materialize and discussions are no longer active, Bloomberg reported Wednesday

Musk has assured us the funding has been secured.

And it's quite possible it has. 

Don't sleep on the Saudis

Who has that kind of money laying around?

As previously mentioned, private equity funds have mammoth amounts of capital to deploy. However, they tend to prefer companies that already generate gobs of cash rather than those that are still rapidly burning it as they carve out a business model. 

A large private investor or a sovereign wealth fund are considered more likely candidates, with many suggesting the aforementioned SoftBank and the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia as potential suitors.

The Saudis could make for a particularly good fit.

Under the direction of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the country has been trying to reduce its dependence on its vast oil reserves and diversify its income streams. The much ballyhooed initial public offering of state oil giant Saudi Aramco has yet to materialize as a solution.

"The Saudi angle is interesting to me. Their existential problem is their whole economy is based on oil," McGrath said.

Tesla's rich price could seem justifiable to the Saudis if they believe Tesla isn't just car company, but rather a bet on the future that hedges their oil riches with a "window into batteries and renewable energy," McGrath said. 

And there's evidence that of the two types of Tesla investors that McGrath highlights, the Saudis are Musk believers: The Financial Times reported Tuesday that the Saudi sovereign wealth fund had acquired a nearly 5% stake in Tesla. 

Would they be willing add substantially to that stake? Or would several other large players need to step up as well?

Musk has a great track record of wooing big investors to back his projects. Even so, it still won't be easy. 

"He'll have to convince an awful lot of people with very deep pockets," McGrath said. 

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  • The Securities and Exchange Commission made an inquiry into Tesla about whether one of Elon Musk's tweets regarding the possibility of taking the company private was truthful, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
  • According to the publication, the SEC is also looking into why Musk's first statement about the potential of taking Tesla private was made on Twitter instead of in a regulatory filing.
  • The agency also asked the company whether it believes Musk's tweet follows SEC rules about protecting investors, The Journal reported.
  • "Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured," Musk said on Tuesday via Twitter before issuing a formal statement on Tesla's website.
  • The SEC declined Business Insider's request for comment, and Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

The Securities and Exchange Commission made an inquiry into Tesla about whether one of Elon Musk's tweets regarding the possibility of taking the company private was truthful, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

According to the publication, the SEC is also looking into why Musk's first statement about the potential of taking Tesla private was made on Twitter instead of in a regulatory filing. The agency also asked the company whether it believes Musk's tweet follows SEC rules about protecting investors, The Journal reported.

The SEC declined Business Insider's request for comment, and Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured," Musk said on Tuesday via Twitter before issuing a formal statement on Tesla's website.

Tesla's share price surged after the tweet, rising by as much as 12%, to over $381, before trading closed.

No details about funding have been disclosed though. And according to Musk's statement, no final decision has been made. And that has some experts raising an eyebrow.

James Rosener, a partner at the law firm Pepper Hamilton, told Business Insider that Twitter was not the right medium for a securities disclosure since the platform's 280-character limit prevented Musk from disclosing enough information relevant to investors — including the structure of the deal, its tax impact, and the amount of debt it would require — to ensure he's not misleading them.

According to Rosener, Musk's tweet likely ran afoul of the SEC's anti-fraud rules.

"There's definitely material omissions," Rosener said. "Clearly, it was not what any lawyer with any experience in this kind of stuff would advise to put out."

David Whiston, an equity strategist at Morningstar who covers the US auto industry, said he was confused by Musk's tweets, which he said indicated Musk had both the funding and the shareholder votes necessary to take the company private.

"I'm still trying to understand why he even went public like this," Whiston said, "because I don't see a point in going public to say you are considering going private unless you're trying to get, perhaps, the price higher than $420 a share, or you're just really eager to hurt the short-sellers. Otherwise, why wouldn't you just wait until you're definitely doing a deal to say something?"

Tesla's board released a statement on Wednesday morning, but it was very brief and offered few details besides that Musk met with the board last week to bring up the possibility of going private. Musk said via Twitter on Tuesday that the deal was contingent on a shareholder vote but that "investor support is confirmed."

Tesla has been public since 2010, but Musk has said in the past that he would like to take Tesla private.

"I wish we could be private with Tesla," Musk said in an interview with Rolling Stone published in November. "It actually makes us less efficient to be a public company."

Musk has also said on multiple occasions that Tesla will become profitable by the end of this year and won't need to raise additional funds, despite its increased cash-burn rate in recent quarters.

At the end of June, Tesla said it achieved its goal of making 5,000 Model 3 sedans in one week. Musk previously said that the company would hit that number by the end of 2017 and that sustaining such a production rate is critical for Tesla to become profitable.

The Financial Times reported on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund had acquired a $2 billion stake in the company. The fund owns between 3% and 5% of Tesla's total stock, meaning the stake is likely worth $1.7 billion to $2.9 billion.

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          Surveillance Market to Grow at a CAGR of 12.0% During 2018-2025      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The global Surveillance market is valued at 28000 million US$ in 2017 and will reach 69400 million US$ by the end of 2025, growing at a CAGR of 12.0% during 2018-2025.

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This report focuses on surveillance system used for residential, commercial and Public & Government Infrastructure.

In the report, the surveillance market refers to the video surveillance market. The video surveillance market includes hardware segment, Software and Service segment.

The hardware comprised of cameras, recorders, storage, encoders and monitors.
Software and Service segment includes Video Analytics, Video Management Systems, VSaaS Service and Installation & Maintenance Service etc.

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Currently, there are many producing companies in the world. The main market players are Hikvision, Dahua Technology, Axis Communications AB, Panasonic, Honeywell Security, Hanwha, United Technologies, Tyco, Bosch Security Systems, Pelco, Huawei Technologies, Siemens AG, Avigilon Corporation, Uniview, Flir Systems, Inc and so on. The revenue of Surveillance is about 22308 Million USD in 2016.

China is the largest consumption region of Surveillance, with a consumption market share nearly 38.30% in 2016. The second place is North America; following China with the consumption market share over 20.68% in 2016. Europe is another important consumption market of Surveillance.

Surveillance used in industry including Residential Use, Commercial Use and Public & Government Infrastructure. Report data showed that 13.60% of the Surveillance market demand in Residential Use, 36.56% in Commercial Use, and 49.84% in Public & Government Infrastructure in 2016.

The major manufacturers covered in this report
Hikvision
Dahua Technology
Axis Communications AB
Panasonic
Honeywell Security
Hanwha
United Technologies
Tyco
Bosch Security Systems
Pelco
Huawei Technologies
Siemens AG
Avigilon Corporation
Uniview
Flir Systems, Inc

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Europe
China
Japan
India
Southeast Asia
Other regions (Central & South America, Middle East & Africa)

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On the basis of product, this report displays the production, revenue, price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into
Camera
Other Hardware
Software &Services

By Application, the market can be split into
Residential Use
Commercial Use
Public & Government Infrastructure

The study objectives of this report are:

To analyze and study the global Surveillance capacity, production, value, consumption, status (2013-2017) and forecast (2018-2025);
Focuses on the key Surveillance manufacturers, to study the capacity, production, value, market share and development plans in future.
Focuses on the global key manufacturers, to define, describe and analyze the market competition landscape, SWOT analysis.
To define, describe and forecast the market by type, application and region.
To analyze the global and key regions market potential and advantage, opportunity and challenge, restraints and risks.
To identify significant trends and factors driving or inhibiting the market growth.
To analyze the opportunities in the market for stakeholders by identifying the high growth segments.
To strategically analyze each submarket with respect to individual growth trend and their contribution to the market.
To analyze competitive developments such as expansions, agreements, new product launches, and acquisitions in the market.
To strategically profile the key players and comprehensively analyze their growth strategies.

In this study, the years considered to estimate the market size of Surveillance are as follows:
History Year: 2013-2017
Base Year: 2017
Estimated Year: 2018
Forecast Year 2018 to 2025

For the data information by region, company, type and application, 2017 is considered as the base year. Whenever data information was unavailable for the base year, the prior year has been considered.

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Surveillance Manufacturers
Surveillance Distributors/Traders/Wholesalers
Surveillance Subcomponent Manufacturers
Industry Association
Downstream Vendors

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          Printed Sensor Sales Market Report 2018-2025: Europe Held the Largest Share in 2017      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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The smart packing application is expected to grow at a high CAGR during the forecast period. Printed sensors play a major role in the smart packaging application as they help the manufacturers to keep track of their inventories. They are also used to monitor temperature, humidity, and gas for sensitive products, especially food and beverages. Moreover, given the rise in the adoption of smart packaging across the globe to increase the visibility, hygiene, quality, and safety of the product, there is a demand for printed sensors.

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Interlink Electronics
Thin Film Electronics
GSI Technologies
ISORG
KWJ Engineering
Peratech Holdco
Canatu
Mc10
Polyic
PST Sensors
Tekscan

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By Type
Printed Biosensor
Printed Touch Sensor
Printed Gas Sensor
Printed Humidity Sensor
Printed Image Sensor
Printed Pressure Sensor
Printed Temperature Sensor
Printed Proximity Sensor
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Gravure Printing
Inkjet Printing
Screen Printing
Flexography
Others

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Base Year: 2017
Estimated Year: 2018
Forecast Year 2018 to 2025

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Printed Sensor Manufacturers
Printed Sensor Distributors/Traders/Wholesalers
Printed Sensor Subcomponent Manufacturers
Industry Association
Downstream Vendors

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          Smart Wearables Market to Grow at a CAGR of 14.4% During 2018-2025: Apple Is World Leading Brand to Account Market Share of 37.68%      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The global Smart Wearables market is valued at 11300 million US$ in 2017 and will reach 33000 million US$ by the end of 2025, growing at a CAGR of 14.4% during 2018-2025.

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/08/2018 -- This report studies the Smart Wearables market, which covers the consumer Smart Wearables device. Smart wearable technology is defined as the gadgets which are worn on, or attached to, the body, while being used; and smart wearables use application-enabled advanced computing and wireless technologies to process the inputs. Some of the consumer smart wearable devices are Google Glass, Samsung Gear, Nike wristbands and Google cardboard. These devices are used for fitness, healthcare, lifestyle, and entertainment purposes.

Wearable technology is the incorporation of technology with regular accessories which allow users to make their life easier. It has changed the lifestyle of users in order to achieve their particular goals. This technology has immense potential for rapid growth and can provide benefits to the different classes of people in their daily lives.

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Apple is the world leading brand in global Smart Wearables market with the market share of 37.68%, in terms of revenue, followed by Fitbit, Samsung and Huawei.

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The major manufacturers covered in this report
Fitbit
Xiaomi
Apple
Garmin
Samsung
Jawbone
Misfit
Polar
Moto
Huawei
BBK(XTC)
Lifesense
Razer

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India
Southeast Asia
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Rest of Europe
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Brazil
Argentina
Rest of South America
Middle East & Africa
Saudi Arabia
Turkey
Rest of Middle East & Africa

On the basis of product, this report displays the production, revenue, price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into
Fitness Band
Smart Watches
Smart Glasses
Others

By Application, the market can be split into
Fitness and Wellness
Infotainment

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To strategically analyze each submarket with respect to individual growth trend and their contribution to the market.
To analyze competitive developments such as expansions, agreements, new product launches, and acquisitions in the market.
To strategically profile the key players and comprehensively analyze their growth strategies.

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History Year: 2013-2017
Base Year: 2017
Estimated Year: 2018
Forecast Year 2018 to 2025

For the data information by region, company, type and application, 2017 is considered as the base year. Whenever data information was unavailable for the base year, the prior year has been considered.

Key Stakeholders
Smart Wearables Manufacturers
Smart Wearables Distributors/Traders/Wholesalers
Smart Wearables Subcomponent Manufacturers
Industry Association
Downstream Vendors

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          Battery Market Will Reach 119700 Million US$ by the End of 2025      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The global Battery market is valued at 89200 million US$ in 2017 and will reach 119700 million US$ by the end of 2025, growing at a CAGR of 3.7% during 2018-2025.

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/08/2018 -- This research study involved the extensive usage of both primary and secondary data sources. The research process involved the study of various factors affecting the industry, including the government policy, market environment, competitive landscape, historical data, present trends in the market, technological innovation, upcoming technologies and the technical progress in related industry, and market risks, opportunities, market barriers and challenges. The following illustrative figure shows the market research methodology applied in this report.

For industry structure analysis, the Battery industry is concentrated. These manufacturers are large multinational corporations. The top ten producers account for about 88% of the revenue market.
The production of Battery increased from 56918 K MT in 2013 to 63641 K MT in 2017 with an average growth rate of 2.25%.

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Asia-Pacific occupied 45.20% of the sales market in 2017. It is followed by South America and Europe, which respectively account for around 19.23% and 18.43% of the global total industry. Other countries have a smaller amount of sales.

This report studies the global Battery market status and forecast, categorizes the global Battery market size (value & volume) by manufacturers, type, application, and region. This report focuses on the top manufacturers in North America, Europe, Japan, China, India, Southeast Asia and other regions (Central & South America, and Middle East & Africa).

The major manufacturers covered in this report
Johnson Controls
LG Chem
Panasonic
SAMSUNG
GS Yuasa
Exide
EnerSys
East Penn
BYD
ATL
Duracell
Energizer
BAK
Tianjin Lishen
SONY
GP Batteries
Furukawa Battery
AtlasBX
C&D Technologies
Maxell
Nanfu Battery
FUJIFILM
Zhongyin (Ningbo) Battery

Geographically, this report studies the top producers and consumers, focuses on product capacity, production, value, consumption, market share and growth opportunity in these key regions, covering
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Europe
China
Japan
India
Southeast Asia
Other regions (Central & South America, Middle East & Africa)

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Europe
Germany
France
UK
Italy
Spain
Russia
Rest of Europe
Central & South America
Brazil
Argentina
Rest of South America
Middle East & Africa
Saudi Arabia
Turkey
Rest of Middle East & Africa

On the basis of product, this report displays the production, revenue, price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into
By Electrolyte
Alkaline Battery
Acid Battery
Organic Battery
By Use Type
Primary Battery
Rechargeable Battery
By Positive and Negative Matetials
Lead-acid Battery
Lithium Battery
Other

By Application, the market can be split into
Home Use
Commercial Use

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To analyze and study the global Battery capacity, production, value, consumption, status (2013-2017) and forecast (2018-2025);
Focuses on the key Battery manufacturers, to study the capacity, production, value, market share and development plans in future.
Focuses on the global key manufacturers, to define, describe and analyze the market competition landscape, SWOT analysis.
To define, describe and forecast the market by type, application and region.
To analyze the global and key regions market potential and advantage, opportunity and challenge, restraints and risks.
To identify significant trends and factors driving or inhibiting the market growth.
To analyze the opportunities in the market for stakeholders by identifying the high growth segments.
To strategically analyze each submarket with respect to individual growth trend and their contribution to the market.
To analyze competitive developments such as expansions, agreements, new product launches, and acquisitions in the market.
To strategically profile the key players and comprehensively analyze their growth strategies.

In this study, the years considered to estimate the market size of Battery are as follows:
History Year: 2013-2017
Base Year: 2017
Estimated Year: 2018
Forecast Year 2018 to 2025

For the data information by region, company, type and application, 2017 is considered as the base year. Whenever data information was unavailable for the base year, the prior year has been considered.

Key Stakeholders
Battery Manufacturers
Battery Distributors/Traders/Wholesalers
Battery Subcomponent Manufacturers
Industry Association
Downstream Vendors

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — A rift between Saudi Arabia and Canada widened Wednesday as the Saudi government rejected any outside mediation in the dispute and announced that it was transferring Saudi patients in Canadian hospitals to other countries.
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Saudi Arabia's oil supplies to Canada will not be impacted by a dispute between the two countries, the kingdom's energy minister said on Thursday, reassuring customers after Riyadh froze new trade with Canada and ruled out mediation efforts.

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Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday there was no room for mediation in the kingdom's deepening diplomatic dispute with Canada over human rights, adding that Ottawa knew what it needed to do to "fix its big mistake".

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Saudi Arabia has told hundreds of trainee doctors to leave Canada with only weeks' notice in the midst of a diplomatic spat, a move that could disrupt Canadian hospitals and end a 40-year-old program to train specialists for the kingdom.

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RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it had stopped all medical treatment programs in Canada and was working on the transfer of all Saudi patients from hospitals there, in an escalating war of words after Ottawa urged the kingdom to free...
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          Comment on The Abiy Phenomenon by saay7      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Selamat Semere T: How can you make bold predictions and not have anything in caps? Kidding! Everybody is so touchy. Ok, lets see: <blockquote>1. - The current Ethio-Eritrean "warm" relation was was cooked way, way, way back. It was just marketed and sold to the public during Abiy/Isaias visits to Asmara and Addis to maximize the political capital of both leaders and their team.</blockquote> Agree, and I have said as much many times. In facts, Reuters has a report about that: that it started in 2017 during the reign of Hailemariam Desalegn who says that after the death of Meles Zenawi, EPRDF had agreed that it needs to unconditionally accept Algiers Agreement. Then came the UAE and Saudi Arabia with their dinars, for the purposes of blocking out Qatar, Turkey and China. Bribed Ethiopia big bucks; Eritrea was already bought. <blockquote> 2. - Among the many issues that were discussed and agreed upon (border demarcation, trade, movement of people, opposition forces to both Addis and Asmara, the Woyane role in future Ethiopia, Ethiopia's role in the Red Sea Horn region, Eritrea's role in the region as trusted and loyal ally of Ethiopia.....) I truly believe Western and regional powers as brokers and guarantors (a) a blueprint for peaceful transfer of power in Eritrea (b) political immunity (sovereignty) with an ironclad guarantee (assurance) for Isaias Afewerki, the aging and frail top PFDJ leaders, and to the senior PFDJ cadres was agreed by all.</blockquote> Agreed, for the most part. The immunity was for IA only, and it was given by US via UAE and Qatar. Neither IA nor the rest of the countries give a hoot about the "frail top PFDJ leaders." <blockquote>3. - When Isaias Afewerki showed all the emotions when he was with Dr. Abiy, it was an expression of trust he put on on Abiy (his life, the life of his family, his legacy, the life of his friends and colleagues, and the fate of his country). Because the power, influence, and access to the powerful Ethiopia has can't be underestimated. Because Isaias Afewerki, his family, his legacy, the safety and security of his colleagues and friends, the peace and security of the nation is as good as the honest commitment of Ethiopian leaders.</blockquote> Agreed, but I would put it differently. It was the happiness and marvel of a guy who learned that he just got away with it. He was on the path to ICC just a few months ago, and now serious people are talking about MoIbrahim Award and Nobel Peace Prize. <blockquote> 4. - That as an objective to move foreword, Isaias Afewerki has invested heavily on Ethiopia and Ethiopian leaders (since Ghedli years) in all Ethiopian political denominations. And today, outside the Woyane circle, he has earned a lot of respect from all, especially from the Amara and Oromo political brands.</blockquote> Mixed. I agree that he has always been about Ethiopia, but about Ethiopia of his vision: One Ethiopia. That's why he hated TPLF's vision for Ethiopia and that's why he was so comfortable with Gnbot 7 even when it ocassionally said that to it, "One Ethiopia" means Ethiopia with Eritrea and ports. There was an EPLF veteran, the front's representative to Somalia during Ghedli who was interviewed by Assenna a few years ago (I forget his name; iSem will come up with it.) He says he arranged a meeting for the Sidama Liberation Front to meet with Isaias and when they told him their objective included secession from Ethiopia he was so mad and so incensed by this heresy he shouted at them. Some of my oppo comrades have attributed all sorts of heritage-ancestry explanation for this, but it was an ideology for him: Emama Ethiopia must be unified and it must be a unitary state. (And yes I believe Mesfin Hagos' narration: he wouldn't have minded Eritrea being part of Ethiopia if he could rule it and if it could remain a unitary state, which was heretical to TPLF's vision of Ethiopia as a federal system. <blockquote>5. - Soon, the usual will happen (a) world wide PFDJ conference (congress) will take place (b) laws, constitution, policies...... would be revised (c) new PFDJ blood would assume leadership role (d) the new leadership will grant immunity to all Tegadelti and Non-Tegadelti PFDJ top and senior leaders</blockquote> The Front will forgive itself? Or the leaders of the front will forgive themselves and, in the process, forgive those whom they victimized? I don't see it as in the nature of petty Isaias: there will always be someone who want make the cut. And, no, it won't be "the PFDJ' making the decision; but Isaias Afwerki, personally, going over every file of the thousands (I am going to say tens of thousands but please don't faint) of prisoners. <blockquote> 6. - If there is a good consensus on the PFDJ congress, very young leaders with a long term will be elected/nominated. If there is not much consensus, an older guy will take a leadership role with a shorter term limit to help build higher consensus.</blockquote> There is no such thing as PFDJ consensus. There is an IA wish list, and that's all. And yes, as I said, there will be a PFDJ-II. <blockquote>7. - To reward and to honor Isaias, the Ghedli leaders, and the Ghedli generation, Ethio-Eritrean border will be demarcated with a funfair before PFDJ congress and the new leadership.</blockquote> This is creative, something that a PR mastermind would come up with. I will make a bolder prediction: it will happen with TPLF presence and by then TPLF will have shed its decrepit leadership and the PFDJ will declare that one as its victory too:) <blockquote> 8. - Isaias Afewerki, as an ex president of Eritrea, his safety and security protected, will live in Eritrea antil his time of death.</blockquote> Agree, except it will follow the model of another moralizing dictator, Julius Nyerere, who died in Ireland. Isaias will be in a Saudi hospital. Remember, African tyrants never build anything worthwhile, not even a hospital they have enough faith to die in. <blockquote> 9. - The Eritrean opposition, former Tegadeltis and Non former Tegadeltis alike, should stop criminalizing Isaias and PFDJ and join this political venue to stay relevant.</blockquote> Yeah, Eritrean oppositionist, why are you such party-poopers? We arent you celebrating when there is nothing in it for you? Things your boldness got timid on: * The fate of the exiled Eritrean freedom fighters now in opposition * The fate of Eritrean refugees in Sudan, Ethiopia, Israel * The fate of the non-PFDJ prisoners * The fate of National Service. saay
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          Ten Bombshell Revelations From Seymour Hersh's New Autobiography       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Among the more interesting revelations to surface as legendary investigative journalist Seymour Hersh continues a book tour and gives interviews discussing his newly published autobiography, Reporter: A Memoir, is that he never set out to write it at all, but was actually deeply engaged in writing a massive exposé of Dick Cheney a project he decided couldn't ultimately be published in the current climate of aggressive persecution of whistleblowers which became especially intense during the Obama years.

Hersh has pointed out he worries his sources risk exposure while taking on the Cheney book, which ultimately resulted in the famed reporter opting to write an in-depth account of his storied career instead — itself full of previously hidden details connected with major historical events and state secrets

In a recent wide-ranging interview with the UK Independent, Hersh is finally asked to discuss in-depth some of the controversial investigative stories he's written on Syria, Russia-US intelligence sharing, and the Osama bin Laden death narrativewhich have gotten the Pulitzer Prize winner and five-time Polk Award recipient essentially blacklisted from his regular publication, The New Yorker magazine, for which he broke stories of monumental importance for decades.

Though few would disagree that Hersh "has single-handedly broken more stories of genuine world-historical significance than any reporter alive (or dead, perhaps)" — as The Nation put it — the man who exposed shocking cover-ups like the My Lai Massacre, the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, and the truth behind the downing of Korean Air Flight 007, has lately been shunned and even attacked by the American mainstream media especially over his controversial coverage of Syria and the bin Laden raid in 2011.

But merely a few of the many hit pieces written on this front include The Washington Post's "Sy Hersh, journalism giant: Why some who worshiped him no longer do," and elsewhere "Whatever happened to Seymour Hersh?" or "Sy Hersh's Chemical Misfire" in Foreign Policy — the latter which was written, it should be noted, by a UK blogger who conducts chemical weapons "investigations" via YouTube and Google Maps (and this is not an exaggeration). 

The Post story begins by acknowledging, "But Sy Hersh now has a problem: He thinks 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue lied about the death of Osama bin Laden, and it seems nearly everyone is mad at him for saying so" — before proceeding to take a sledgehammer to Hersh's findings while painting him as some kind of conspiracy theorist (Hersh published the bin Laden story for the London Review of Books after his usual New Yorker rejected it). 

Seymour Hersh broke the story of CIA's illegal domestic operations with a front page story in the New York Times on December 22, 1974.

However, the mainstream pundits piling on against his reporting of late ignore the clearly establish historical pattern when it comes to Hersh: nearly all of the biggest stories of his career were initially met with incredulity and severe push back from both government officials and even his fellow journalists, and yet he's managed to emerge proven right and ultimately vindicated time and again. 

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Here are ten bombshell revelations and fascinating new details to lately come out of both Sy Hersh's new book, Reporter, as well as interviews he's given since publication...

1) On a leaked Bush-era intelligence memo outlining the neocon plan to remake the Middle East

(Note: though previously alluded to only anecdotally by General Wesley Clark in his memoir and in a 2007 speech, the below passage from Seymour Hersh is to our knowledge the first time this highly classified memo has been quoted. Hersh's account appears to corroborate now retired Gen. Clark's assertion that days after 9/11 a classified memo outlining plans to foster regime change in "7 countries in 5 years" was being circulated among intelligence officials.)

From Reporter: A Memoir pg. 306 — A few months after the invasion of Iraq, during an interview overseas with a general who was director of a foreign intelligence service, I was provided with a copy of a Republican neocon plan for American dominance in the Middle East. The general was an American ally, but one who was very rattled by the Bush/Cheney aggression. I was told that the document leaked to me initially had been obtained by someone in the local CIA station. There was reason to be rattled: The document declared that the war to reshape the Middle East had to begin "with the assault on Iraq. The fundamental reason for this... is that the war will start making the U.S. the hegemon of the Middle East. The correlative reason is to make the region feel in its bones, as it were, the seriousness of American intent and determination." Victory in Iraq would lead to an ultimatum to Damascus, the "defanging" of Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas, and Arafat's Palestine Liberation Organization, and other anti-Israeli groups. America's enemies must understand that "they are fighting for their life: Pax Americana is on its way, which implies their annihilation." I and the foreign general agreed that America's neocons were a menace to civilization.

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2) On early regime change plans in Syria

From Reporter: A Memoir pages 306-307 — Donald Rumsfeld was also infected with neocon fantasy. Turkey had refused to permit America's Fourth Division to join the attack of Iraq from its territory, and the division, with its twenty-five thousand men and women, did not arrive in force inside Iraq until mid-April, when the initial fighting was essentially over. I learned then that Rumsfeld had asked the American military command in Stuttgart, Germany, which had responsibility for monitoring Europe, including Syria and Lebanon, to begin drawing up an operational plan for an invasion of Syria. A young general assigned to the task refused to do so, thereby winning applause from my friends on the inside and risking his career. The plan was seen by those I knew as especially bizarre because Bashar Assad, the ruler of secular Syria, had responded to 9/11 by sharing with the CIA hundreds of his country's most sensitive intelligence files on the Muslim Brotherhood in Hamburg, where much of the planning for 9/11 was carried out... Rumsfeld eventually came to his senses and back down, I was told...

3) On the Neocon deep state which seized power after 9/11

From Reporter: A Memoir pages 305-306 — I began to comprehend that eight or nine neoconservatives who were political outsiders in the Clinton years had essentially overthrown the government of the United States — with ease. It was stunning to realize how fragile our Constitution was. The intellectual leaders of that group — Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, and Richard Perle — had not hidden their ideology and their belief in the power of the executive but depicted themselves in public with a great calmness and a self-assurance that masked their radicalism. I had spent many hours after 9/11 in conversations with Perle that, luckily for me, helped me understand what was coming. (Perle and I had been chatting about policy since the early 1980s, but he broke off relations in 1993 over an article I did for The New Yorker linking him, a fervent supporter of Israel, to a series of meetings with Saudi businessmen in an attempt to land a multibillion-dollar contract from Saudi Arabia. Perle responded by publicly threatening to sue me and characterizing me as a newspaper terrorist. He did not sue. 

Meanwhile, Cheney had emerged as a leader of the neocon pack. From 9/11 on he did all he could to undermine congressional oversight. I learned a great deal from the inside about his primacy in the White House, but once again I was limited in what I would write for fear of betraying my sources...

I came to understand that Cheney's goal was to run his most important military and intelligence operations with as little congressional knowledge, and interference, as possible. I was fascinating and important to learn what I did about Cheney's constant accumulation of power and authority as vice president, but it was impossible to even begin to verify the information without running the risk that Cheney would learn of my questioning and have a good idea from whom I was getting the information.

4) On Russian meddling in the US election

From the recent Independent interview based on his autobiography — Hersh has vociferously strong opinions on the subject and smells a rat. He states that there is “a great deal of animosity towards Russia. All of that stuff about Russia hacking the election appears to be preposterous.” He has been researching the subject but is not ready to go public… yet.

Hersh quips that the last time he heard the US defense establishment have high confidence, it was regarding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. He points out that the NSA only has moderate confidence in Russian hacking. It is a point that has been made before; there has been no national intelligence estimate in which all 17 US intelligence agencies would have to sign off. “When the intel community wants to say something they say it… High confidence effectively means that they don’t know.”

5) On the Novichok poisoning 

From the recent Independent interview — Hersh is also on the record as stating that the official version of the Skripal poisoning does not stand up to scrutiny. He tells me: “The story of novichok poisoning has not held up very well. He [Skripal] was most likely talking to British intelligence services about Russian organised crime.” The unfortunate turn of events with the contamination of other victims is suggestive, according to Hersh, of organised crime elements rather than state-sponsored actions –though this files in the face of the UK government's position.

Hersh modestly points out that these are just his opinions. Opinions or not, he is scathing on Obama – “a trimmer … articulate [but] … far from a radical … a middleman”. During his Goldsmiths talk, he remarks that liberal critics underestimate Trump at their peril.

He ends the Goldsmiths talk with an anecdote about having lunch with his sources in the wake of 9/11. He vents his anger at the agencies for not sharing information. One of his CIA sources fires back: “Sy you still don’t get it after all these years – the FBI catches bank robbers, the CIA robs banks.” It is a delicious, if cryptic aphorism.

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6) On the Bush-era 'Redirection' policy of arming Sunni radicals to counter Shia Iran, which in a 2007 New Yorker article Hersh accurately predicted would set off war in Syria

From the Independent interview: [Hersh] tells me it is “amazing how many times that story has been reprinted”. I ask about his argument that US policy was designed to neutralize the Shia sphere extending from Iran to Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon and hence redraw the Sykes-Picot boundaries for the 21st century.

He goes on to say that Bush and Cheney “had it in for Iran”, although he denies the idea that Iran was heavily involved in Iraq: “They were providing intel, collecting intel … The US did many cross-border hunts to kill ops [with] much more aggression than Iran”...

He believes that the Trump administration has no memory of this approach. I’m sure though that the military-industrial complex has a longer memory...

I press him on the RAND and Stratfor reports including one authored by Cheney and Paul Wolfowitz in which they envisage deliberate ethno-sectarian partitioning of Iraq. Hersh ruefully states that: “The day after 9/11 we should have gone to Russia. We did the one thing that George Kennan warned us never to do – to expand NATO too far.”

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7) On the official 9/11 narrative

From the Independent interview: We end up ruminating about 9/11, perhaps because it is another narrative ripe for deconstruction by sceptics. Polling shows that a significant proportion of the American public believes there is more to the truth. These doubts have been reinforced by the declassification of the suppressed 28 pages of the 9/11 commission report last year undermining the version that a group of terrorists acting independently managed to pull off the attacks. The implication is that they may well have been state-sponsored with the Saudis potentially involved. 

Hersh tells me: “I don’t necessarily buy the story that Bin Laden was responsible for 9/11. We really don’t have an ending to the story. I’ve known people in the [intelligence] community. We don’t know anything empirical about who did what”. He continues: “The guy was living in a cave. He really didn’t know much English. He was pretty bright and he had a lot of hatred for the US. We respond by attacking the Taliban. Eighteen years later… How’s it going guys?”

8) On the media and the morality of the powerful

From a recent The Intercept interview and book review  If Hersh were a superhero, this would be his origin story. Two hundred and seventy-four pages after the Chicago anecdote, he describes his coverage of a massive slaughter of Iraqi troops and civilians by the U.S. in 1991 after a ceasefire had ended the Persian Gulf War. America’s indifference to this massacre was, Hersh writes, “a reminder of the Vietnam War’s MGR, for Mere Gook Rule: If it’s a murdered or raped gook, there is no crime.” It was also, he adds, a reminder of something else: “I had learned a domestic version of that rule decades earlier” in Chicago.

“Reporter” demonstrates that Hersh has derived three simple lessons from that rule:

  1. The powerful prey mercilessly upon the powerless, up to and including mass murder.
  2. The powerful lie constantly about their predations.
  3. The natural instinct of the media is to let the powerful get away with it.

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9) On the time President Lyndon B. Johnson expressed his displeasure to a reporter over a Vietnam piece by defecating on the ground in front of him

From Reporter: A Memoir pages 201-202 — Tom [Wicker] got into the car and the two of them sped off down a dusty dirt road. No words were spoken. After a moment or two, Johnson once again slammed on the brakes, wheeling to a halt near a stand of trees. Leaving the motor running, he climbed out, walked a few dozen feet toward the trees, stopped, pulled down his pants, and defecated, in full view. The President wiped himself with leaves and grass, pulled up his pants, climbed into the car, turned in around, and sped back to the press gathering. Once there, again the brakes were slammed on, and Tom was motioned out. All of this was done without a word being spoken.

..."I knew then," Tom told me, "that the son of a bitch was never going to end the war."

10) On Sy's "most troublesome article" for which his own family received death threats

From Reporter: A Memoir pages 263-264 — The most troublesome article I did, as someone not on the staff of the newspaper, came in June 1986 and dealt with American signals intelligence showing that General Manuel Antonio Noriega, the dictator who ran Panama, had authorized the assassination of a popular political opponent. At the time, Noriega was actively involved in supplying the Reagan administration with what was said to be intelligence on the spread of communism in Central America. Noriega also permitted American military and intelligence units to operate with impunity, in secret, from bases in Panama, and the Americans, in return, looked the other way while the general dealt openly in drugs and arms. The story was published just as Noriega was giving a speech at Harvard University and created embarrassment for him, and for Harvard, along with a very disturbing telephone threat at home, directed not at me but at my family. 

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — A rift between Saudi Arabia and Canada widened Wednesday as the Saudi government rejected any outside mediation in the dispute and announced that it was transferring Saudi patients in Canadian hospitals to other countries.
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Wall Street Salivates After Elon Musk Floats Taking Tesla Private

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Translation: No one in this field knows anything about the financing for this alleged deal and the only way to pull it off is the route that penny stocks take.


Some senior executives at top Wall Street banks, including JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup, did not hear about Mr. Musk’s idea until his tweet sent Tesla shares soaring shortly after noon on Tuesday, according to people close to the banks. Some bankers grumbled on Wednesday that they had not even been able to get Tesla executives to return their phone calls, much less explain the company’s plans.



Some of Tesla’s big institutional investors — including Fidelity and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund — also were blindsided by Mr. Musk’s comments, according to people close to those companies.


Why in the heck would institutional investors want to be dragged into illiquid, opaque and unaccountable markets? This makes no sense.
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          Amid Spat With Saudis, Trudeau Vows That Canada 'Will Always Speak Strongly'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fipUkAksQDw It hasn't been that long since Canada's top diplomat criticized Saudi Arabia for arresting a pair of prominent women's rights activists — less than a week, in fact. Which makes the amount and scope of the Saudis' furious retaliations all the more astonishing. Consider: Since Sunday, when the Saudi Foreign Ministry first responded by calling the criticism "blatant interference" in Saudi affairs, Riyadh has ... announced it is suspending "all new business and investment" with Canada expelled the Canadian ambassador to the country recalled its own ambassador from Canada grounded Saudi Arabian Airlines flights to and from Toronto starting next week pulled the scholarships of Saudi students in Canada — about 16,000 people, the Toronto Star reports — and instructed them to transfer to other countries ended all its treatment programs in Canada and begun the transfer of all Saudi patients from Canadian hospitals to medical centers in other countries
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PressTV Published on Aug 7, 2018 A Saudi twitter account has posted a message that apparently threatens Canada with a 9/11-style attack. Saudi Arabia is angry at Ottawa’s demand for the release of jailed activists in the Arab kingdom. The Saudi tweet warned Canada against interfering in issues not related to the western country. The account […]
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I doubt if the Canadian govt. ever thought that the tweet would have such a result. Oops.

But that said, I think in this instance, most Canadians would support the government . So its a plus for Trudeau.

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Yemeni militias backed by Saudi Arabia, the United States and the United Arab Emirates are actively paying off al-Qaeda-allied factions to abstain from the fighting, and are recruiting al-Qaeda members to fight against Shiite rebels, according to a new investigative report.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fipUkAksQDw It hasn't been that long since Canada's top diplomat criticized Saudi Arabia for arresting a pair of prominent women's rights activists — less than a week, in fact. Which makes the amount and scope of the Saudis' furious retaliations all the more astonishing. Consider: Since Sunday, when the Saudi Foreign Ministry first responded by calling the criticism "blatant interference" in Saudi affairs, Riyadh has ... announced it is suspending "all new business and investment" with Canada expelled the Canadian ambassador to the country recalled its own ambassador from Canada grounded Saudi Arabian Airlines flights to and from Toronto starting next week pulled the scholarships of Saudi students in Canada — about 16,000 people, the Toronto Star reports — and instructed them to transfer to other countries ended all its treatment programs in Canada and begun the transfer of all Saudi patients from Canadian hospitals to medical centers in other countries
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Saudi Arabia's oil supplies to Canada will not be impacted by a dispute between the two countries, the kingdom's energy minister said on Thursday, reassuring customers after Riyadh froze new trade with Canada and ruled out mediation efforts.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. • When Donald Trump became U.S. president, his first foreign trip was not to Canada, Mexico or anywhere in Europe, his closest neighbours and allies. It was to Saudi Arabia for a lavish state welcome that left Trump literally...
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OTTAWA • Until recently, if Samar Badawi was known in Canada at all, it was because of her brother Raif — a Saudi Arabian blogger who was arrested in 2012 and sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for criticizing Islam. His family fled to...
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Saudi Arabia expelled Canada’s ambassador and accused Ottawa of violating its sovereignty over a tweet from Global Affairs Canada that called for the immediate release of civil and women’s rights activists. After the statement was reposted in Arabic on...
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Universities across Canada are scrambling to get information after Saudi Arabia suspended scholarships to Canada and planned to relocate its students already in the country. Staterun television has reported that Riyadh will stop training, scholarship...
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Iam proud of Canada for challenging Saudi Arabia in the matter of Raif Badawi and his sister, Samar Badawi, and I hope the rest of the Western world will stand with us as well. As a Canadian Muslim imam, I believe it is essential that we make our voice...
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CALGARY• Saudi Arabia’ s threat to suspend all further business with Canada could leave Quebec and Atlantic Canada oil refineries scrambling to find alternative supplies. Analysts are concerned about how the diplomatic spat between Saudi Arabia and...
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The PM says he will always take a strong stand on human rights

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Saudi Arabia shot down a missile fired by Yemen's Huthi rebels, with debris killing a Yemeni man and wounding 11 others, a Riyadh-led coalition fighting the insurgents said.
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As the diplomatic rift between Saudi Arabia and Canada continues, universities across the country were scrambling to get information after Saudi Arabia suspended scholarships to Canada and planned to relocate its students already here.
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Vodafone Ghana has introduced a comprehensive package to support Ghanaian patrons attending the Hajj Pilgrimage to Mecca this year.   In an effort to provide unmatched customer experience for its customers making the trip, Vodafone is giving an amazing 95 per cent discount on voice and data services for all prepaid customers roaming in Saudi Arabia from August 5 to [...]

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It's been almost two days since the perfumed prince of the barbarous kingdom of Saudi Arabia, launched an insane assault on Canada for having had the nerve to stand up for human rights.

But strangely enough Con leader Andrew Scheer has yet to stand up for Canada, or say a word about the Saudi offensive.

Or maybe not so strangely, since he's not exactly a human rights champion himself.

But it does raise the disturbing question, whose side is he on?
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Saudi Arabia stops medical treatment programs in Canada as row escalates

RIYADH − Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it had stopped all medical treatment programs in Canada and was working on the transfer of all Saudi patients from hospitals there, in an escalating row after Ottawa...


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Thu, 2018-08-09 03:42

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's petroleum supplies to countries around the world will not be affected by the ongoing diplomatic dispute between Canada and the Kingdom, Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said on Thursday.

Al-Falih reaffirmed the policy that the Kingdom’s petroleum supplies are not to be impacted by political considerations, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted the minister as saying.

"He reiterated that this is a firm and longstanding policy that is not influenced by political circumstances," the SPA report said.

Riyadh on Sunday froze new trade with Canada and expelled the Canadian ambassador in a dispute sparked by Canada's demanding the release of jailed Saudi rights activists. It also ended state-backed educational and medical programs in Canada.

On Wednesday, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir ruled out the possibility of a third party mediating to mend the rift between the two countries.

He said Canada needed to “fix its big mistake”. He also said Saudi Arabia is "considering taking further measures".

Despite the dispute, Al-Falih said the current diplomatic crisis will not, in any way, impact Saudi Aramco's relations with its customers in Canada.

He stressed that the Kingdom continues to invest in its production capacity, which is considered a key factor in protecting from market volatility that is damaging to the interests of producers and consumers alike and the global economy at large.

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JEDDAH: The Saudi Arabian Boy Scouts Association on Wednesday arrived to take part in the International Scout Camp. It is being hosted by Poland on Sobieszewo Island. More than 15,000 Scouts from a number of national associations around the world are taking part in the event. The head of the Saudi Scouts delegation, Ahmad Al-Qahtani, said that the camp’s program includes many activities that will take place over nine days. They include marine games, outdoor programs, visits to heritage sites, tours of Gdansk and participation in the World Cultural Exchange Day.

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          ‘Intelligent Hajj’ program launched to provide Muslim pilgrims with the best digital services       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Thu, 2018-08-09 00:39

JEDDAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal inaugurated the “Intelligent Hajj” program on Wednesday.

The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology is carrying out the initiative.

The aim of the program is to provide pilgrims with the best digital services during the pilgrimage. 

Prince Khaled stressed the need to further improve digital services at the holy sites in Makkah and Madinah.

Makkah Deputy Gov. Prince Abdullah bin Bandar was also present at the launching ceremony.

On Wednesday, the deputy governor also inspected different holy sites in Makkah. Regional officials apprised him of the projects launched for the pilgrims.

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Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Abduljabbar has been the president of the Saudi Post Corp. since September 2017.

Al-Abduljabbar joined Saudi Post in 2009 and worked in different departments — logistics, investment and marketing — in various positions.

Prior to his current appointment, he served as vice president of Saudi Post and vice president of the corporation’s investment and marketing department.

Al-Abduljabbar graduated from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in 1979. He has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.

In 1994, he received an MBA in management from Warwick Business School at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England. 

Al-Abduljabbar has been a member of the Board of Directors and Excom of Etihad Jawraa since July 2013. Etihad Jawraa is a licensed mobile virtual network operator and a partner with Mobily since 2013.

The president of Saudi Post aspires to enhance the corporation’s services and expand its capabilities and customer choice using state-of-the-art technology. 

As the president of the corporation, he has taken several measures to improve the overall functioning of the Saudi Post and has introduced several services to benefit citizens and residents.

Saudi Post infrastructure includes a postal network of 6,000 postal points and 600 offices supported by an ultra-modern logistics transport network comprising a fleet of 1,900 trucks serving more than 2,000 customers. 

Al-Abduljabbar recently called on Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal to apprise him of the achievements of the corporation and to discuss further plans.

The Makkah governor reviewed the corporation’s preparations to serve the Hajj pilgrims in Makkah and other holy sites. 

He was also briefed about the operational postal plan and the services and products to be offered to the pilgrims during this year’s Hajj season.

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Wed, 2018-08-08 22:50

JEDDAH: The Department of Health Affairs in Taif has launched programs to advise and educate local and foreign pilgrims who arrived by land and air in Taif. The Director of the Department of Clinical Education at Taif Health Affairs, Turki Deghreiri, said he had been told to activate the “Health Ambassadors” program to educate pilgrims. “We have already begun by educating pilgrims coming on international flights at Taif Regional Airport from both Dubai and Cairo,” he said. Health instructors have so far managed to advise and educate 1,442 pilgrims by holding 59 group lectures, in addition to 1,442 on health matters individual lectures.

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          Saudi Civil Defense ready to deal with risks and threats during Hajj      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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JEDDAH: The General Directorate of Civil Defense on Tuesday revealed that more than 18,000 highly trained personnel, supported by 3,000 vehicles, have been deployed to provide pilgrims with the highest level of safety and deal with any risks or threats they might face during Hajj.

The directorate said forces, stationed at all sacred sites, are ready to carry out its plans for Hajj in cooperation with 32 government bodies. New technology and digital maps of the holy sites have been introduced to make this easier.

The experience gained during previous Hajj seasons provided lessons for the development of units and squads, and the performance of awareness-raising missions, preventive supervision and other civil defense works, the directorate added.

Maj. Gen. Salim bin Marzouq Al-Matrafi, commander of the civil defense forces for Hajj, said that its plan for Hajj season rests upon three main pillars.

“The first pillar deals with the preventive side, through predicting the emergencies that might occur and adopting the necessary measures to mitigate the potential risks,” he explained. “The second side deals with intervention and confrontation through the field forces that address any event in the appropriate time and place. The third pillar deals with the work that supports all field work and complements all procedures to ensure that pilgrims can perform their rituals with safety and ease.”

Brig. Gen. Hamoud bin Sulaiman Al-Faraj, assistant director of civil defense for Hajj, added that the preparations and plans focus on the prevention and safety, through analysis of data from previous years and geological surveys of problem areas by a committee featuring representatives of all concerned parties.

Brig. Gen. Abdulrahman bin Abdul Hamid Al-Harbi, director of civil defense in Madinah region, said that Prince Faisal bin Salman, head of the Hajj committee in Madinah, has adopted the general plan for civil defense measures in Madinah, in line with the decision of the Minister of Interior, while the Directorate of Civil Defense in Madinah has harnessed all its capabilities to serve pilgrims during their stay in the city.

Brig. Gen. Khalid bin Abdulkarim Al-Awdah, director of civil defense in Mina, said that his forces are working to achieve the overall goal of the planning, which is to ensure safety and reduce risks.

Brig. Gen. Abdullah bin Eid Al-Qurashi, director of civil defense in Makkah, added that it was following a detailed annual plan that includes four main sections, including operational and preventive plans. He said the overall objective was to harness and prepare all materials and human resources, and take appropriate measures to protect pilgrims and citizens from all potential dangers.

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Wed, 2018-08-08 23:27

JEDDAH: An urban heritage district in Madinah, preserving and celebrating the historical customs and traditions of the city’s neighborhoods, was officially launched on Wednesday with a special cultural evening.

Guests from across the Muslim world attended the official launch, along with a number of officials. They were given a tour of the district, including the shops along Al-Einiyah Street, one of the most notable streets in the city, displaying traditional products, food and local handicrafts. They were also told of the area’s heritage and the history of Madinah’s neighborhoods.

The evening began with a speech by Mohammed bin Mustafa Al-No’man, the general supervisor of Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah Studies and Research Center. He said that the plan for the heritage district was initiated by Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman to preserve the area’s cultural heritage and the architectural history of its old neighborhoods.

“The district gets constantly developed to meet the heritage, culture and history needs of the different age groups, and is today entering a new stage to complete the previous stages it underwent and become a heritage site and tourist attraction that brings together families in a historical atmosphere,” he said.

He also highlighted the fact that the heritage district recreates one of the most historically important streets in Madinah, Al-Einiyah Street.

“The heritage district is today a tourist destination for Madinah’s residents and visitors,” he added, explaining that scheduled tours will begin soon. Al-No’man also said that the district is steeped in the heritage, history and traditions of the city, including its traditional foods. The evening concluded with an introduction to Madinah’s folk arts.

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          DiplomaticQuarter: Week-long German tour for best Saudi, Bahraini entrepreneurs      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Wed, 2018-08-08 22:47

JEDDAH: To foster local talents and in support of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, the German-Saudi Arabian Liaison Office for Economic Affairs (GESALO) aims to find the best Saudi and Bahraini high-tech start-ups in the fields of smart cities, mobility/logistics, and insurance technology at the Start.Up! Germany Pitch Night at the Ritz-Carlton Bahrain on Sept. 6.
Following the success of the first German-Saudi Startup Competition in March, the winners of the Start.Up! Germany Pitch Night will be awarded fully sponsored participation in this year’s Start.Up! Germany Tour in Dusseldorf, Cologne, and the Ruhr area (Oct. 7-12, 2018), with a special welcoming day for Saudi and Bahraini start-ups in Berlin on Oct. 5.
“Providing a platform for local start-ups to unleash their innovative ideas and potential is one of our duties. In that regard, Start.up! Germany is the perfect meeting point of the old and new economy,” said GESALO Project Manager Fabian Zittlau.
Given the Kingdom’s rising ecosystem, start-ups from Saudi Arabia will participate in the tour for the first time. Last year, 46 start-ups from 16 countries such as Brazil, France, Kenya, Russia, and South Korea took part in last year’s roadshow through Germany’s innovation hubs.
The start-ups can expect a series of meetings and matchmakings with German and international investors, public institutions and companies such as Thyssenkrupp, Vodafone, Henkel, Trivago, WILO, Ergo, Evonik, KPMG and DB Schenker.
In addition to pitch events within the individual categories, various workshops are offered to all start-ups. Berlin and the Ruhr area are Germany’s startup hotspots: More than 44 percent of new businesses in Germany are founded in these regions, and 41 percent of venture capital is flowing to Berlin and the Ruhr area.
Saudi and Bahraini start-ups can submit their applications via presentation and/or video until Aug. 14. In Bahrain, the best candidates will compete against each other in a three-minute presentation in their personal categories in front of a high-level jury of company and association representatives from the three countries.
The most promising ideas and business models will qualify for the Start.Up! Germany Tour 2018. Registration is open to Saudi and Bahraini start-ups founded after Jan. 1, 2015, and which have at least one founder from the respective countries. Applications can be submitted at the following link: www.gesalo-startup.com.

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          ‘World must act on Houthi piracy,’ warns OIC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Wed, 2018-08-08 22:44

JEDDAH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has called on the global community to counter Houthi piracy and offer protection to international shipping in the Red Sea. OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen condemned recent Houthi attacks on two Saudi oil tankers in the Strait of Bab Al-Mandeb, which he said “caused harm to the interests of all countries.”
Al-Othaimeen was speaking at a meeting of the permanent representatives of the 57 member states, held at the OIC headquarters in Jeddah on Wednesday.
The meeting was called by Saudi Arabia to discuss the Houthi attacks on the Saudi oil tankers, and the militia’s “targeting of freedom of navigation and international trade.”
Oil shipments through the strait were temporarily suspended on July 25 after the failed terror attack on the tankers.
Much of Europe’s crude oil imports from the Middle East pass through the Red Sea, while essential refined products from Europe are sent to the Middle East and Asia through the strait.
Al-Othaimeen told the OIC meeting on Wednesday that the Houthis, “which did not hesitate to target Makkah, the holiest place on earth, also targeted two Saudi oil tankers in the Bab Al-Mandeb strait in a series of terrorist acts against the territory of Saudi Arabia and its interests and residents.”
He reaffirmed the OIC’s condemnation of the militias for targeting international shipping and promised “full solidarity” with Saudi Arabia in the face of terrorism.
The Kingdom’s measures to “preserve its security, stability and territorial integrity” had the full backing of the OIC, he said.
Al-Othaimeen reiterated the OIC’s support for UN efforts to reach a political solution in Yemen that would reinforce the legitimate state authorities and deliver more humanitarian and development assistance.
He also praised the support and aid provided by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and called on member states to continue to provide political, security, economic and financial support to the Yemeni government to aid reconstruction.
In a final communique, the OIC meeting said: “These heinous attacks are perpetrated amid similar terrorist operations by Iran-backed putschist Houthi militias against international maritime traffic and international trade. The laying of hundreds of naval mines is intended to cause damage to the interests of the countries of the region and the entire world, in total disregard for the possible disastrous environmental and economic repercussions of oil spills.”
The OIC urged the international community to condemn the attacks and counter “terrorist acts by the Yemeni militias and all those supporting and financing them” to ensure protection for international shipping.
It also called on the UN Security Council to implement resolutions to prevent the escalation of Houthi attacks, which increased regional tensions and the dangers of regional confrontation.
The council should “hold the Houthi militias and their Iranian sponsors accountable for countless crimes against international law,” the OIC said.
The meeting noted a recent UN panel’s report on Yemen that identified Iran’s supplying of Houthi militias with ballistic missiles and weapons as “a flagrant violation of Security Council resolutions.”

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Wed, 2018-08-08 22:11

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Aerial Defense Forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militias in Yemen towards Jazan, Al-Arabiya reported.

The attack is the latest attempt by the Iran-backed militia to target the Kingdom.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

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Saudi Arabia is selling off Canadian securities in response to Ottawa's criticism of the arrest of a female activist, the Financial Times reports. Riyadh says it's ready to take the step despite possible financial losses. According to the newspaper, Saudi Arabia's overseas asset managers were told to dump Canadian equities, bonds and cash holdings "no matter the cost." Saudi Arabia is not a major investor in Canada, according to the FT source, but the Kingdom wants to send a strong signal to authorities in Ottawa. The diplomatic rift between the two countries began after Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland demanded the release from prison of Saudi women's rights activist Samar Badawi, who has family in Canada.
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Saudi Arabia is ordering its citizens to leave Canada, selling its financial assets there and freezing trade between the two countries as part of an extraordinary diplomatic spat that has brought into global view the kingdom’s extreme sensitivity to Western criticism.
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 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during an investment announcement at CAE in Montreal on Aug. 8, 2018. Trudeau would not apologize to Saudi Arabia over comments made by Canada’s foreign affairs department.

The prime minister says Canada will continue to speak out “clearly and firmly” on human rights around the globe, as reports say Saudi Arabia plans to sell off all Canadian holdings.


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The proposed Saudi Arabian takeover of Galway United is on the verge of collapse.
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The University of British Columbia is doing everything it can to support Saudi Arabian students ordered to leave over a dispute between Canada and Saudi Arabia, says UBC president Santa Ono. In a statement Wednesday, Ono said UBC has about 280 new and returning students with Saudi Arabian citizenship in English-language, undergraduate, postgraduate, and graduate […]
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Saudi Arabia’s oil supplies to Canada will not be impacted by a dispute between the two countries, the kingdom’s energy minister said Thursday, reassuring customers after Riyadh froze new trade with Canada and ruled out mediation efforts. The world’s largest oil exporter has a “firm and long-standing policy” that petroleum supplies are not influenced by political considerations, Khalid al-Falih said in a statement. “The current diplomatic crisis between Saudi Arabia and Canada will not, in any way, impact Saudi Aramco’s relations with its customers in Canada.” Canada’s demand Saudi Arabia, infuriated by Canada’s demand last week that jailed rights activists in the kingdom be released immediately, expelled the Canadian ambassador Sunday, blocked imports of Canadian grain and ended state-backed educational and medical program in Canada. Bilateral trade between Canada and Saudi Arabia is worth nearly $4 billion a year. Canadian exports to Saudi Arabia were about $1.12 billion in 2017, or 0.2 percent of the total value of Canadian exports. Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir ruled out any mediation efforts and called on Ottawa Wednesday to “fix its big mistake,” saying the kingdom was considering implementing more measures against Canada for interfering in Saudi Arabia’s domestic affairs. Trudeau olive branch Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau later appeared to extend an olive branch, saying he would keep pressing Saudi Arabia on civil liberties but also saying the Gulf Arab state had made some progress on human rights. “Diplomatic talks continue ... we don’t want to have poor relations with Saudi Arabia. It is a country that has great significance in the world, that is making progress in the area of human rights,” Trudeau said. Saudi Arabia has in recent months detained several women’s rights activists, some of whom had previously campaigned for the right to drive and an end to the kingdom’s male guardianship system, the latest to be swept up in a government crackdown on activists, clerics and journalists. Since rising to power in 2015, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has courted Western allies to support his reform plans to modernize and open up the kingdom, offering billions of dollars in arms sales and promising to fight radicalism in the kingdom. Prince Mohammed has launched a campaign of social and economic change, but has not eased the absolute monarchy’s total ban on political activism. He has taken a more aggressive stance toward archrival Iran, began a three-year war in Yemen and led a boycott of fellow Gulf Arab state Qatar. In addition to the trade freeze, Riyadh has stopped sending patients to Canadian hospitals and suspended educational exchanges, moving Saudi scholars to other countries.
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Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: In the past year and a half, the price of oil has fallen dramatically, from over a hundred dollars a barrel to less than $40 a barrel. That one number, the price of oil, has consequences for countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran but also for some towns here in the United States. David Kestenbaum, with our Planet Money podcast, checked in with Williston, N.D. DAVID KESTENBAUM, BYLINE: I visited Williston three years ago. Back then Williston was this perfect example of a fracking boomtown - thousands of workers flooding into this little town to drill wells. The population had doubled, and in the early days, there was not space for everyone to sleep. Back then, Rich Vestal, who runs a supply company in town, needed some place for his new workers to stay so he bought an extra house. That's how it started. RICH VESTAL: It was down by our old warehouse. We paid about $10,000 for it. KESTENBAUM: Then he bought another one. VESTAL: We
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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — A rift between Saudi Arabia and Canada widened Wednesday as the Saudi government rejected any outside mediation in the dispute and announced that it was transferring Saudi patients in Canadian hospitals to other countries.
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          Augmented Reality Gaming Market Size, Trends, Challenges and Forecast Report 2018-2025: Augmented Pixels, Aurasma, Blippar, Catchoom      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Qyresearchreports include new market research report "Global Augmented Reality Gaming Sales Market Report 2018" to its huge collection of research reports.

Brooklyn, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/09/2018 -- This report studies the global Augmented Reality Gaming market status and forecast, categorizes the global Augmented Reality Gaming market size (value & volume) by key players, type, application, and region. This report focuses on the top players in North America, Europe, China, Japan, Southeast Asia India and Other regions (Middle East & Africa, Central & South America).

Augmented reality (AR) is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. It is related to a more general concept called mediated reality, in which a view of reality is modified (possibly even diminished rather than augmented) by a computer. As a result, the technology functions by enhancing ones current perception of reality.

North America is anticipated to emerge as a leading global augmented reality market in overall gaming business. This growth has been spurred by growth in consumers disposable income and constant technological innovation. However, South Korea and China in Asia Pacific region are poised to remain as lucrative growth regions throughout the forecast period. From the global standpoint, factors such as technological breakthroughs are foreseen to drive market growth, whereas the upgrade cost of augmented reality devices and high maintenance is expected to curtail growth to some extent.
The global Augmented Reality Gaming market is valued at xx million US$ in 2017 and will reach xx million US$ by the end of 2025, growing at a CAGR of xx% during 2018-2025.

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The major players covered in this report
Augmented Pixels
Aurasma
Blippar
Catchoom
Infinity Augmented Reality
Metaio
Qualcomm
Total Immersion
VividWorks
Wikitude
Zappar

Geographically, this report studies the key regions, focuses on product sales, value, market share and growth opportunity in these regions, covering
United States
Europe
China
Japan
Southeast Asia
India

We can also provide the customized separate regional or country-level reports, for the following regions:
North America
United States
Canada
Mexico
Asia-Pacific
China
India
Japan
South Korea
Australia
Indonesia
Singapore
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Europe
Germany
France
UK
Italy
Spain
Russia
Rest of Europe
Central & South America
Brazil
Argentina
Rest of South America
Middle East & Africa
Saudi Arabia
Turkey
Rest of Middle East & Africa

On the basis of product, this report displays the production, revenue, price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into
Head Mounted Display
Handheld Display
Spatial Display
On the basis on the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, sales volume, market share and growth rate for each application, including
Commercial Use
Home Use

The study objectives of this report are:
To analyze and study the global Augmented Reality Gaming sales, value, status (2013-2017) and forecast (2018-2025);
To analyze the top players in North America, Europe, China, Japan, Southeast Asia and India, to study the sales, value and market share of top players in these regions.
Focuses on the key Augmented Reality Gaming players, to study the sales, value, market share and development plans in future.
Focuses on the global key manufacturers, to define, describe and analyze the market competition landscape, SWOT analysis.
To define, describe and forecast the market by type, application and region.
To analyze the global and key regions market potential and advantage, opportunity and challenge, restraints and risks.
To identify significant trends and factors driving or inhibiting the market growth.
To analyze the opportunities in the market for stakeholders by identifying the high growth segments.
To strategically analyze each submarket with respect to individual growth trend and their contribution to the market
To analyze competitive developments such as expansions, agreements, new product launches, and acquisitions in the market
To strategically profile the key players and comprehensively analyze their growth strategies.

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In this study, the years considered to estimate the market size of Augmented Reality Gaming are as follows:
History Year: 2013-2017
Base Year: 2017
Estimated Year: 2018
Forecast Year 2018 to 2025

For the data information by region, company, type and application, 2017 is considered as the base year. Whenever data information was unavailable for the base year, the prior year has been considered.

Key Stakeholders
Augmented Reality Gaming Manufacturers
Augmented Reality Gaming Distributors/Traders/Wholesalers
Augmented Reality Gaming Subcomponent Manufacturers
Industry Association
Downstream Vendors

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          Global Digital Signage Software Market Report 2018 Analysis, Key Players, Segments, Development, Opportunities & Forecast to 2025      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Qyresearchreports include new market research report "Global Digital Signage Software Market Research Report 2018" to its huge collection of research reports.

Brooklyn, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/08/2018 -- This report studies the global Digital Signage Software market status and forecast, categorizes the global Digital Signage Software market size (value & volume) by manufacturers, type, application, and region. This report focuses on the top manufacturers in North America, Europe, Japan, China, and other regions (India, Southeast Asia, Central & South America, and Middle East & Africa).

Digital signage plays a crucial role in the in the field of information and advertising network. The growth of the market is propelled by the increasing demand for digital signage in public and commercial sectors, along with its high cost efficiency and assured return on investment. The growth of the market is propelled by the increasing demand for digital signage in public and commercial sectors, along with its high cost efficiency and assured return on investment. The market is further driven by factors such as increasing focus on energy consumption, the rising demand of OLED-based displays, and improvements in technology offerings & infrastructure expansions. However, the lack of standardization and the lack of awareness about digital signage are inhibiting the growth of the digital signage market globally.

Moreover, the protection of digital signage from power issues and the development of equipment suitable for all weather conditions are the key challenges for the players in this industry. Technological innovations such as touch screen technology, near-field communication technologies, and so on have created opportunities for this market. The market is wholly and solely depended on the end-results when it is viewed by individuals at different places and locations. Its visibility and user-friendly features easily attract people, as compared to the printed media formats, which require high investments and more time. Digital signage is a more effective source as the information can be changed instantly without any investment over the content creation.

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The global Digital Signage Software market is valued at xx million US$ in 2017 and will reach xx million US$ by the end of 2025, growing at a CAGR of 10.5% during 2018-2025.

The major manufacturers covered in this report
Scala Inc.
Signagelive
Broadsign International LLC
Omnivex Corporation
Navori
Planar Systems Inc.
Intuilab Sa
Mvix, Inc.
Novisign Digital Signage Inc.
Four Winds Interactive (Fwi)
Rise Vision
Panasonic Corporation
NEC Display Solutions Ltd.
Adflow Networks
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

Geographically, this report studies the top producers and consumers, focuses on product capacity, production, value, consumption, market share and growth opportunity in these key regions, covering
North America
Europe
China
Japan
Southeast Asia
India

We can also provide the customized separate regional or country-level reports, for the following regions:
North America
United States
Canada
Mexico
Asia-Pacific
China
India
Japan
South Korea
Australia
Indonesia
Singapore
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Europe
Germany
France
UK
Italy
Spain
Russia
Rest of Europe
Central & South America
Brazil
Argentina
Rest of South America
Middle East & Africa
Saudi Arabia
Turkey
Rest of Middle East & Africa

On the basis of product, this report displays the production, revenue, price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into
Edge Server Software
Content Management System
Others
On the basis of the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, consumption (sales), market share and growth rate for each application, including
Commercial
Infrastructural
Infrastructural
Industrial
Others

The study objectives of this report are:
To analyze and study the global Digital Signage Software capacity, production, value, consumption, status (2013-2017) and forecast (2018-2025);
Focuses on the key Digital Signage Software manufacturers, to study the capacity, production, value, market share and development plans in future.
Focuses on the global key manufacturers, to define, describe and analyze the market competition landscape, SWOT analysis.
To define, describe and forecast the market by type, application and region.
To analyze the global and key regions market potential and advantage, opportunity and challenge, restraints and risks.
To identify significant trends and factors driving or inhibiting the market growth.
To analyze the opportunities in the market for stakeholders by identifying the high growth segments.
To strategically analyze each submarket with respect to individual growth trend and their contribution to the market
To analyze competitive developments such as expansions, agreements, new product launches, and acquisitions in the market
To strategically profile the key players and comprehensively analyze their growth strategies.

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In this study, the years considered to estimate the market size of Digital Signage Software are as follows:
History Year: 2013-2017
Base Year: 2017
Estimated Year: 2018
Forecast Year 2018 to 2025

For the data information by region, company, type and application, 2017 is considered as the base year. Whenever data information was unavailable for the base year, the prior year has been considered.

Key Stakeholders
Digital Signage Software Manufacturers
Digital Signage Software Distributors/Traders/Wholesalers
Digital Signage Software Subcomponent Manufacturers
Industry Association
Downstream Vendors

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          Global Cloud Infrastructure Market Forecast 2018-2025 : Dell, Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., IBM Corporation, Salesforce.Com      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Qyresearchreports include new market research report "Global Cloud Infrastructure Market Professional Survey Report 2018" to its huge collection of research reports.

Brooklyn, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/08/2018 -- This report studies the global Cloud Infrastructure market status and forecast, categorizes the global Cloud Infrastructure market size (value & volume) by manufacturers, type, application, and region. This report focuses on the top manufacturers in North America, Europe, Japan, China, India, Southeast Asia and other regions (Central & South America, and Middle East & Africa).

Cloud Infrastructure refers to online services that provide high-level APIs used to dereference various low-level details of underlying network infrastructure like physical computing resources, location, data partitioning, scaling, security, backup etc. A hypervisor, such as Xen, Oracle VirtualBox, Oracle VM, KVM, VMware ESX/ESXi, or Hyper-V, LXD, runs the virtual machines as guests. Pools of hypervisors within the cloud operational system can support large numbers of virtual machines and the ability to scale services up and down according to customers' varying requirements.

Several healthcare organizations are progressively automating their IT infrastructure to unify the complex IT infrastructures by combining storage, applications, network, and data. Having their IT infrastructure automated, it simplifies healthcare organizations patient care and facility management data, which help to optimize the flow of information between the facilities equipment, medical systems, and applications. The automation of healthcare organizations IT infrastructure can help in simplify command and control through their own protocol and reduce the facilities overall cost of operation.

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Currently, most organizations are investing heavily in developing software and applications that are deployed on-premises. By embracing the cloud services, the storage infrastructure and equipment costs within the organizations are getting optimized due to the faster deployment capabilities, along with business activities and productivity at employees end. This fact is increasing the adoption trends of infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) in various industries, thereby driving the growth of the market for cloud services.

The global Cloud Infrastructure market is valued at 151000 million US$ in 2017 and will reach 384800 million US$ by the end of 2025, growing at a CAGR of 12.4% during 2018-2025.

The major manufacturers covered in this report
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (HPE)
Dell, Inc.
Cisco Systems, Inc.
EMC Corporation
IBM Corporation
AWS (Amazon Web Services)
Salesforce.Com
Alphabet Inc. (Google)
Netapp, Inc.
Intel Corporation (U.S.)
Lenovo Group Limited
AT&T, Inc.
Rackspace
Oracle Corporation
Quanta Computer Inc.
Foxconn Technology Group (Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.)

Geographically, this report studies the top producers and consumers, focuses on product capacity, production, value, consumption, market share and growth opportunity in these key regions, covering
North America
Europe
China
Japan
India
Southeast Asia
Other regions (Central & South America, Middle East & Africa)

We can also provide the customized separate regional or country-level reports, for the following regions:
North America
United States
Canada
Mexico
Asia-Pacific
China
India
Japan
South Korea
Australia
Indonesia
Singapore
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Europe
Germany
France
UK
Italy
Spain
Russia
Rest of Europe
Central & South America
Brazil
Argentina
Rest of South America
Middle East & Africa
Saudi Arabia
Turkey
Rest of Middle East & Africa

On the basis of product, this report displays the production, revenue, price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into
Hardware
Services

By Application, the market can be split into
Consumer Goods and Retail
Telecommunications
Healthcare
Energy
Government
Education and Research
Media & Entertainment
Manufacturing
Business & Consulting Services
Others

The study objectives of this report are:
To analyze and study the global Cloud Infrastructure capacity, production, value, consumption, status (2013-2017) and forecast (2018-2025);
Focuses on the key Cloud Infrastructure manufacturers, to study the capacity, production, value, market share and development plans in future.
Focuses on the global key manufacturers, to define, describe and analyze the market competition landscape, SWOT analysis.
To define, describe and forecast the market by type, application and region.
To analyze the global and key regions market potential and advantage, opportunity and challenge, restraints and risks.
To identify significant trends and factors driving or inhibiting the market growth.
To analyze the opportunities in the market for stakeholders by identifying the high growth segments.
To strategically analyze each submarket with respect to individual growth trend and their contribution to the market.
To analyze competitive developments such as expansions, agreements, new product launches, and acquisitions in the market.
To strategically profile the key players and comprehensively analyze their growth strategies.

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In this study, the years considered to estimate the market size of Cloud Infrastructure are as follows:
History Year: 2013-2017
Base Year: 2017
Estimated Year: 2018
Forecast Year 2018 to 2025

For the data information by region, company, type and application, 2017 is considered as the base year. Whenever data information was unavailable for the base year, the prior year has been considered.

Key Stakeholders
Cloud Infrastructure Manufacturers
Cloud Infrastructure Distributors/Traders/Wholesalers
Cloud Infrastructure Subcomponent Manufacturers
Industry Association
Downstream Vendors

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          Global Augmented Reality (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR) in Healthcare Market Size and Forecast 2025: SAMSUNG, MICROSOFT, GOOGLE, Sony      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Qyresearchreports include new market research report "Global Augmented Reality (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR) in Healthcare Sales Market Report 2018" to its huge collection of research reports.

Brooklyn, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/08/2018 -- This report studies the global Augmented Reality (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR) in Healthcare market status and forecast, categorizes the global Augmented Reality (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR) in Healthcare market size (value & volume) by key players, type, application, and region. This report focuses on the top players in North America, Europe, China, Japan, Southeast Asia India and Other regions (Middle East & Africa, Central & South America).

Virtual reality or virtual realities (VR), also known as immersive multimedia or computer-simulated reality, is a computer technology that replicates an environment, real or imagined, and simulates a user's physical presence and environment to allow for user interaction. Virtual realities artificially create sensory experience, which can include sight, touch, hearing, and smell.
Augmented reality (AR) is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. It is related to a more general concept called mediated reality, in which a view of reality is modified (possibly even diminished rather than augmented) by a computer. As a result, the technology functions by enhancing ones current perception of reality.

Hardware components for augmented reality are: processor, display, sensors and input devices. Modern mobile computing devices like smartphones and tablet computers contain these elements which often include a camera and MEMS sensors such as accelerometer, GPS, and solid state compass, making them suitable AR platforms.

North America dominated the market in 2016 with a revenue share of 43%, which can be attributed to constant technological advancement of related products, prevalence of neurological & psychological disorders, increased adoption of such advanced technologies, and presence of a sophisticated healthcare infrastructure. Furthermore, growing technological advancements in information technology and government support for integration of these technologies in medical field contribute to the large share of the market.

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The global Augmented Reality (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR) in Healthcare market is valued at xx million US$ in 2017 and will reach xx million US$ by the end of 2025, growing at a CAGR of xx% during 2018-2025.

The major players covered in this report
SAMSUNG
MICROSOFT
GOOGLE
FaceBook
Carl Zeiss
Baofeng
Sony
Razer
HTC
Daqri
AMD
Atheer
Meta
CastAR
Skully
HP
Antvr
Lumus
Fove
Sulon
JINWEIDU
Virglass
Emaxv
Epson

Geographically, this report studies the key regions, focuses on product sales, value, market share and growth opportunity in these regions, covering
United States
Europe
China
Japan
Southeast Asia
India

We can also provide the customized separate regional or country-level reports, for the following regions:
North America
United States
Canada
Mexico
Asia-Pacific
China
India
Japan
South Korea
Australia
Indonesia
Singapore
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Europe
Germany
France
UK
Italy
Spain
Russia
Rest of Europe
Central & South America
Brazil
Argentina
Rest of South America
Middle East & Africa
Saudi Arabia
Turkey
Rest of Middle East & Africa

On the basis of product, this report displays the production, revenue, price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into
Mobile
PC/Home Console
Headset AR
On the basis on the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, sales volume, market share and growth rate for each application, including
Surgical Training
Surgical Navigation
Others

The study objectives of this report are:
To analyze and study the global Augmented Reality (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR) in Healthcare sales, value, status (2013-2017) and forecast (2018-2025);
To analyze the top players in North America, Europe, China, Japan, Southeast Asia and India, to study the sales, value and market share of top players in these regions.
Focuses on the key Augmented Reality (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR) in Healthcare players, to study the sales, value, market share and development plans in future.
Focuses on the global key manufacturers, to define, describe and analyze the market competition landscape, SWOT analysis.
To define, describe and forecast the market by type, application and region.
To analyze the global and key regions market potential and advantage, opportunity and challenge, restraints and risks.
To identify significant trends and factors driving or inhibiting the market growth.
To analyze the opportunities in the market for stakeholders by identifying the high growth segments.
To strategically analyze each submarket with respect to individual growth trend and their contribution to the market
To analyze competitive developments such as expansions, agreements, new product launches, and acquisitions in the market
To strategically profile the key players and comprehensively analyze their growth strategies.

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In this study, the years considered to estimate the market size of Augmented Reality (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR) in Healthcare are as follows:
History Year: 2013-2017
Base Year: 2017
Estimated Year: 2018
Forecast Year 2018 to 2025

For the data information by region, company, type and application, 2017 is considered as the base year. Whenever data information was unavailable for the base year, the prior year has been considered.

Key Stakeholders
Augmented Reality (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR) in Healthcare Manufacturers
Augmented Reality (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR) in Healthcare Distributors/Traders/Wholesalers
Augmented Reality (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR) in Healthcare Subcomponent Manufacturers
Industry Association
Downstream Vendors

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          Market Insights : Global Music Synthesizers Market Research Report 2018-2025 : Casio, Korg, Roland, Allen & Heath      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Qyresearchreports include new market research report "Global Music Synthesizers Sales Market Report 2018" to its huge collection of research reports.

Brooklyn, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/08/2018 -- This report studies the global Music Synthesizers market status and forecast, categorizes the global Music Synthesizers market size (value & volume) by key players, type, application, and region. This report focuses on the top players in North America, Europe, China, Japan, Southeast Asia India and Other regions (Middle East & Africa, Central & South America).

Music synthesizer, also called electronic sound synthesizer, machine that electronically generates and modifies sounds, frequently with the use of a digital computer. Synthesizers are used for the composition of electronic music and in live performance.
The adoption of web-based learning materials will lead to the growth of this market over the years. Learning materials are readily available on platforms, such as YouTube, that use videos and reference articles to assist people who want to learn to play the music synthesizer. These materials simplify the learning process and are available at competitive prices. The ample availability of various web-based learning materials is expected to increase the adoption of synthesizers during the forecast period.
The global Music Synthesizers market is valued at xx million US$ in 2017 and will reach xx million US$ by the end of 2025, growing at a CAGR of xx% during 2018-2025.

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The major players covered in this report
Casio
Korg
Novation Digital Music Systems
Roland
Allen & Heath
Arturia
Dave Smith Instruments
Elektron
Focusrite
Hercules
Kurzweil Music
Medeli Electronics
Moog Music
Stanton

Geographically, this report studies the key regions, focuses on product sales, value, market share and growth opportunity in these regions, covering
United States
Europe
China
Japan
Southeast Asia
India

We can also provide the customized separate regional or country-level reports, for the following regions:
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Australia
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Europe
Germany
France
UK
Italy
Spain
Russia
Rest of Europe
Central & South America
Brazil
Argentina
Rest of South America
Middle East & Africa
Saudi Arabia
Turkey
Rest of Middle East & Africa

On the basis of product, this report displays the production, revenue, price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into
Electronics
Non Electronic
On the basis on the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, sales volume, market share and growth rate for each application, including
General Retailers
Online
Other

The study objectives of this report are:
To analyze and study the global Music Synthesizers sales, value, status (2013-2017) and forecast (2018-2025);
To analyze the top players in North America, Europe, China, Japan, Southeast Asia and India, to study the sales, value and market share of top players in these regions.
Focuses on the key Music Synthesizers players, to study the sales, value, market share and development plans in future.
Focuses on the global key manufacturers, to define, describe and analyze the market competition landscape, SWOT analysis.
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          Tensions rise between Saudi Arabia and Canada      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In a tweet, the Canadian Foreign Ministry said it was "gravely concerned" by the arrest of Saudi activist Samar Badawi and other women's rights campaigners, and called for their release. CNN's Lynda Kinkade has the details.

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Saudi Arabia's oil supplies to Canada will not be impacted by a dispute between the two countries, the kingdom's energy minister said on Thursday, reassuring customers after Riyadh froze new trade with Canada and ruled out mediation efforts.

          Canada PM says will press Saudi Arabia on rights, offers olive branch      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday said he would keep pressing Saudi Arabia on civil liberties amid a major diplomatic dispute but also offered an apparent olive branch, saying the kingdom had made some progress on human rights.

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When asked about Canada's ongoing spat with Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government won't be withdrawing its criticism of the kingdom's human rights record.
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A Saudi man seeking asylum was to be deported from Canada today, but will stay as the United Nations examines his case. The man - whose identity CBC News has changed for his safety - fled Saudi Arabia after he was accused of criticizing its actions in Yemen. {{embed|t=alOnC_1533789741}}
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Washington Post

Saudi Arabia dismisses talk of mediation with Canada, escalating dispute over imprisoned activists
Washington Post
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — A rift between Saudi Arabia and Canada widened Wednesday as the Saudi government rejected any outside mediation in the dispute and announced that it was transferring Saudi patients in Canadian hospitals to other countries.
Amid Spat With Saudis, Trudeau Vows That Canada 'Will Always Speak Strongly'NPR
Saudi Investment Freeze Doesn't Amount to Much in CanadaBloomberg
Saudi Arabia reassures Canada on oil supplies as dispute drags onReuters
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A look at the escalating diplomatic dispute between Canada and Saudi Arabia:HOW IT STARTEDThe dispute is centered on two Canadian government tweets that...
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National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, has confirmed the death of a female Nigerian pilgrim in
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Aug 9 (Reuters) - Former Asian Player of the Year Omar Abdulrahman has joined Al Hilal on a one-year loan deal from Al Ain, the Saudi Arabian club have...
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By Hesham HajaliCAIRO, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's oil supplies to Canada will not be impacted by a dispute between the two countries, the kingdom's...
          8/9/2018: LETTERS: Think you’re being treated unfairly? Try life in Saudi      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
I WOULD like to take issue with Sarah Khan (Letters, August 8) where she states: “Many of these women wear a hijab and nobody bullied them into doing so.” In the early 1980s my husband worked in Saudi Arabia for some years. I joined him with my son,...
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By John KempLONDON, Aug 8 (Reuters) - The shift in oil market power away from OPEC towards a bilateral relationship between Saudi Arabia and Russia is the...
          Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Picks a Very Strange Fight with Canada      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Robin Wright writes about the fight between Mohammed bin Salman and the government of Canada over tweets and human rights.
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Saudi Arabia is ordering its citizens to leave Canada, selling its financial assets there and freezing trade between the two countries as part of an extraordinary diplomatic spat that has brought into global view the kingdom’s extreme sensitivity to Western criticism.
          A couple reasons why Elon Musk could actually pull off his wild plan to take Tesla private (TSLA)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

elon musk

  • Elon Musk's plan to take Tesla private has generated a lot of buzz, and it has been met with a lot of skepticism
  • But there are several reasons why he might actually be able to pull off the deal.
  • He's got a few things going for him, including a market with mountains of uninvested cash, an army of believers, and ties to some massive backers that could help him make his plan a reality. 

Since setting Wall Street ablaze on Tuesday with an unexpected tweet about taking his car company Tesla private, Elon Musk has been met with a healthy dose of skepticism over his proposed plan as well as his unconventional method of announcing it. 

Analysts are taking Musk at his word that he has indeed secured funding, has investor support, and is seriously considering taking the company private — he could face serious legal consequences if he wasn't entirely truthful. But many nonetheless find the $420 a share price tag he's floated exceptionally high given that Tesla ended trading on Wednesday at $370.34 a share.

It would be the largest buyout of all time and would require gargantuan amounts of capital to complete at the more than $70 billion valuation implied by Musk's tweet. The company would need roughly $57 billion in committed financing to buy up the 80% of the company Musk doesn't own, according to Goldman Sachs estimates. 

"We don't believe the current fundamentals of Tesla support a valuation anywhere close to $420 per share," Cowen analyst Jeffrey Osborne said. He set a price target of $200.

Colin Langan at UBS set a target of $195, taking an even more dubious view: "Disclosing news of this nature via Twitter is unprecedented and, according to a former SEC chairman, may constitute fraud if Tesla does not already have the financing lined up.

"The deal would likely require participation from numerous banks and institutional investors, and we think it likely that news of the deal would have leaked had Tesla already held discussions to secure funding," Langan added.

In short, the skepticism around Musk's proposed deal is abundant.

So let's focus instead on a couple reasons why he might actually be able to pull it off.

Lots of capital sloshing around

Musk's take-private of Tesla would be unprecedented. 

But so is the amount of capital available for investment right now — a byproduct of the ultra-low interest rate environment the decade following the financial crisis.

Private equity shops having been accumulating record amounts of dry powder as funding remains plentiful while smart deals are comparatively scarce. Pitchbook estimated in March that PE funds had amassed nearly a trillion in undeployed funds.  

Sovereign wealth funds and other large backers, such as Japanese investor SoftBank, have billions in cash to throw around and the appetite to do so, too. 

A market ripe with cash looking to be invested is ideal for Tesla's charismatic leader.

"Right now there is so much money sloshing around the system that has no place to go," Rita McGrath, a professor at Columbia Business School, told Business Insider.

As McGrath sees it, there are two types of Tesla investors: Those who view the company as just another car company, akin to Ford or General Motors. These tend to be the skeptics.

Then there are those who believe the company is on the cutting edge of batteries, energy transmission, and renewable energy and that "owning Tesla is a front-seat ticket to whatever the future holds."

An investment like Musk is seeking would carry a lot of risk given the rich price tag, but for those in the latter camp who believe Tesla offers incredible upside, that may be a bet worth making "if you've got nothing else to do with that cash."

Forget about the debt

Many have pointed out that the math on a leveraged buyout for Tesla looks dicey. The company doesn't generate enough free cash flow to justify massive amounts of additional debt burden, which would create crushing interest payments for company. 

Given the cash-flow pressures and the ongoing Model 3 ramp-up, "adding as much as $50 billion of net debt to the capital structure would clearly intensify the outcomes of such an action," Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas wrote. 

"Given Tesla's financials, we don’t believe lenders would sign up to support the deal," RBC's Joseph Spak added. 

But people shouldn't be viewing this as a potential LBO, according to David Erickson, a lecturer at the Wharton School.

The deal would instead be a debt-light transaction focused on converting existing public shareholders into private shareholders, and then raising enough additional equity to cash out the shareholders that want to exit.

"What it would have to be, predominantly, is an equity take out," said Erickson, who spent 25 years on Wall Street, including several years as the global co-head of equity capital markets at Barclays. "They would have to come up with enough cash to monetize whoever doesn’t want to stay in. Most of that I would assume would be equity related." 

Getting a large chunk of existing shareholders to convert isn't that far-fetched. Large mutual funds have grown increasingly willing to invest in promising private companies.

As Musk himself has pointed out, Fidelity, the third-largest Tesla shareholder with an 8% stake, has already invested in private tech companies, including the likes Uber, Blue Apron, and his own SpaceX. 

T. Rowe Price, the second-largest shareholder with a 9% stake, has as well.

While funds that hold Tesla stock in their publicly traded indexes would be different, they could potentially cash out and shift their investment to a different arm of the company. 

The unknowable question at this point is how many shareholders would want to exit, and how much Tesla would need to raise to cash them out. 

"Let’s assume $20 billion is required. Is there somebody going to write equity checks for $20 billion?" Erickson asked, noting that Japanese investor SoftBank could be a possibility, as could a sovereign wealth fund.  

SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son held talks with Musk about a potential investment in 2017, though a deal failed to materialize and discussions are no longer active, Bloomberg reported Wednesday

Musk has assured us the funding has been secured.

And it's quite possible it has. 

Don't sleep on the Saudis

Who has that kind of money laying around?

As previously mentioned, private equity funds have mammoth amounts of capital to deploy. However, they tend to prefer companies that already generate gobs of cash rather than those that are still rapidly burning it as they carve out a business model. 

A large private investor or a sovereign wealth fund are considered more likely candidates, with many suggesting the aforementioned SoftBank and the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia as potential suitors.

The Saudis could make for a particularly good fit.

Under the direction of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the country has been trying to reduce its dependence on its vast oil reserves and diversify its income streams. The much ballyhooed initial public offering of state oil giant Saudi Aramco has yet to materialize as a solution.

"The Saudi angle is interesting to me. Their existential problem is their whole economy is based on oil," McGrath said.

Tesla's rich price could seem justifiable to the Saudis if they believe Tesla isn't just car company, but rather a bet on the future that hedges their oil riches with a "window into batteries and renewable energy," McGrath said. 

And there's evidence that of the two types of Tesla investors that McGrath highlights, the Saudis are Musk believers: The Financial Times reported Tuesday that the Saudi sovereign wealth fund had acquired a nearly 5% stake in Tesla. 

Would they be willing add substantially to that stake? Or would several other large players need to step up as well?

Musk has a great track record of wooing big investors to back his projects. Even so, it still won't be easy. 

"He'll have to convince an awful lot of people with very deep pockets," McGrath said. 

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          Soccer - Abdulrahman joins Al Hilal on one-year loan      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
REUTERS: Former Asian Player of the Year Omar Abdulrahman has joined Al Hilal on a one-year loan deal from Al Ain, the Saudi Arabian club have announced. Abdulrahman, who was named the continent's leading player in 2016 when he guided UAE side Al Ain to the final of the Asian Champions League ...
          Saudi Arabia Executes, Crucifies Man Convicted of Murder      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

For the first time in eight years, Saudi Arabia has crucified a man’s body as

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Former Asian Player of the Year Omar Abdulrahman has joined Al Hilal on a one-year loan deal from Al Ain, the Saudi Arabian club have announced.Abdulrahman, who was named the continents leading player in 2016 when he guided UAE side Al Ain to the final of the Asian Champions League, will join the Jorge Jesus-coached Al Hilal for the upcoming Saudi league season and play alongside current Asian Player of the Year Omar Khrbin.The 26-year-old Abdulrahman represented Al Hilal at youth level before moving to Al Ain as a teenager and, according to media reports in the region, the midfielder turned down offers from several European clubs to sign with the Riyadh-based side.Al Hilal kick off the defence of their title at the end of the month when they host Al Feiha.REUTERS AKC 0742
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Saudi Arabias diplomatic dispute with Canada will not affect state oil firm Aramcos clients in Canada, the countrys energy minister said.Saudi oil supplies are not subject to political considerations, Khalid al-Falih said in remarks quoted by Saudi Arabias state press agency early on Thursday.Riyadh on Sunday froze new trade with Canada and expelled the Canadian ambassador. It also ended state-backed educational and medical programs in a dispute that was sparked by Canada demanding the release of jailed rights activists. REUTERS AKC 0450
          Canada and Saudi Kingdom, a dispute or a real crisis? - الأزمة الكندية السعودية وهل يتسع العالم للمزيد من الأزمات؟      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

the crisis between Canada and Saudi Arabia over Human rights issues is growing. 

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طالبت كندا بإطلاق سراح ناشطين مدافعين عن حقوق المرأة في المملكة السعودية ودخلت واشنطن على خط الخلاف الكندي السعودي وطلبت من الرياض معلومات مفصلة عن المحتجزين لديها


          Big Plans For Jeddah Tower Spark "Skyscraper Alert" For Looming Economic Crisis      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

In a 2005 article I first explained how otherwise unrelated events — skyscrapers and business cycles — are connected. Of course skyscraper construction does not actually cause business cycles and economic crises. Both phenomenons are caused by monetary expansion and artificially low interest rates.

On January 1, 2016, I published a “skyscraper alert.” A skyscraper alert occurs when a new world record-setting skyscraper project is underway and highly likely to be completed. At that time, media reports indicated that the construction project was fully financed. At the time I noted:

Above ground construction on the long-delayed Jeddah Tower started in September 2014, but there was considerable doubt that the financing of the one-kilometer (3,280.84 feet) tower could be obtained, given the shaky financial conditions in Saudi Arabia.

A skyscraper alert should cause some concern, but it actually is a sign of a boom in asset prices. Since the alert was given, the NASDAQ Composite Stock Index is up by 2/3 of its value!


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Saudi Arabia's oil supplies to Canada will not be impacted by a dispute between the two countries, the kingdom's energy minister said on Thursday, reassuring customers after Riyadh froze new trade with Canada and ruled out mediation efforts.

          8/9/2018: Al Jubeir: No room for mediation in Saudi-Canada dispute      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
There will be no negotiation with Canada until it backtracks over comments criticising Saudi Arabia for detaining activists, the kingdom’s foreign minister said. Canada has called on the UK and UAE to help to mediate in the dispute with Saudi Arabia,...
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MBS unlikely to back down, experts say, as Saudi students, medical patients ordered to leave Canada amid diplomatic row.
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Riyadh's move comes after Ottawa denounced a crackdown on human rights activists in the kingdom.
          Ten Bombshell Revelations From Seymour Hersh's New Autobiography       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Among the more interesting revelations to surface as legendary investigative journalist Seymour Hersh continues a book tour and gives interviews discussing his newly published autobiography, Reporter: A Memoir, is that he never set out to write it at all, but was actually deeply engaged in writing a massive exposé of Dick Cheney a project he decided couldn't ultimately be published in the current climate of aggressive persecution of whistleblowers which became especially intense during the Obama years.

Hersh has pointed out he worries his sources risk exposure while taking on the Cheney book, which ultimately resulted in the famed reporter opting to write an in-depth account of his storied career instead — itself full of previously hidden details connected with major historical events and state secrets

In a recent wide-ranging interview with the UK Independent, Hersh is finally asked to discuss in-depth some of the controversial investigative stories he's written on Syria, Russia-US intelligence sharing, and the Osama bin Laden death narrativewhich have gotten the Pulitzer Prize winner and five-time Polk Award recipient essentially blacklisted from his regular publication, The New Yorker magazine, for which he broke stories of monumental importance for decades.

Though few would disagree that Hersh "has single-handedly broken more stories of genuine world-historical significance than any reporter alive (or dead, perhaps)" — as The Nation put it — the man who exposed shocking cover-ups like the My Lai Massacre, the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, and the truth behind the downing of Korean Air Flight 007, has lately been shunned and even attacked by the American mainstream media especially over his controversial coverage of Syria and the bin Laden raid in 2011.

But merely a few of the many hit pieces written on this front include The Washington Post's "Sy Hersh, journalism giant: Why some who worshiped him no longer do," and elsewhere "Whatever happened to Seymour Hersh?" or "Sy Hersh's Chemical Misfire" in Foreign Policy — the latter which was written, it should be noted, by a UK blogger who conducts chemical weapons "investigations" via YouTube and Google Maps (and this is not an exaggeration). 

The Post story begins by acknowledging, "But Sy Hersh now has a problem: He thinks 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue lied about the death of Osama bin Laden, and it seems nearly everyone is mad at him for saying so" — before proceeding to take a sledgehammer to Hersh's findings while painting him as some kind of conspiracy theorist (Hersh published the bin Laden story for the London Review of Books after his usual New Yorker rejected it). 

Seymour Hersh broke the story of CIA's illegal domestic operations with a front page story in the New York Times on December 22, 1974.

However, the mainstream pundits piling on against his reporting of late ignore the clearly establish historical pattern when it comes to Hersh: nearly all of the biggest stories of his career were initially met with incredulity and severe push back from both government officials and even his fellow journalists, and yet he's managed to emerge proven right and ultimately vindicated time and again. 

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Here are ten bombshell revelations and fascinating new details to lately come out of both Sy Hersh's new book, Reporter, as well as interviews he's given since publication...

1) On a leaked Bush-era intelligence memo outlining the neocon plan to remake the Middle East

(Note: though previously alluded to only anecdotally by General Wesley Clark in his memoir and in a 2007 speech, the below passage from Seymour Hersh is to our knowledge the first time this highly classified memo has been quoted. Hersh's account appears to corroborate now retired Gen. Clark's assertion that days after 9/11 a classified memo outlining plans to foster regime change in "7 countries in 5 years" was being circulated among intelligence officials.)

From Reporter: A Memoir pg. 306 — A few months after the invasion of Iraq, during an interview overseas with a general who was director of a foreign intelligence service, I was provided with a copy of a Republican neocon plan for American dominance in the Middle East. The general was an American ally, but one who was very rattled by the Bush/Cheney aggression. I was told that the document leaked to me initially had been obtained by someone in the local CIA station. There was reason to be rattled: The document declared that the war to reshape the Middle East had to begin "with the assault on Iraq. The fundamental reason for this... is that the war will start making the U.S. the hegemon of the Middle East. The correlative reason is to make the region feel in its bones, as it were, the seriousness of American intent and determination." Victory in Iraq would lead to an ultimatum to Damascus, the "defanging" of Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas, and Arafat's Palestine Liberation Organization, and other anti-Israeli groups. America's enemies must understand that "they are fighting for their life: Pax Americana is on its way, which implies their annihilation." I and the foreign general agreed that America's neocons were a menace to civilization.

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2) On early regime change plans in Syria

From Reporter: A Memoir pages 306-307 — Donald Rumsfeld was also infected with neocon fantasy. Turkey had refused to permit America's Fourth Division to join the attack of Iraq from its territory, and the division, with its twenty-five thousand men and women, did not arrive in force inside Iraq until mid-April, when the initial fighting was essentially over. I learned then that Rumsfeld had asked the American military command in Stuttgart, Germany, which had responsibility for monitoring Europe, including Syria and Lebanon, to begin drawing up an operational plan for an invasion of Syria. A young general assigned to the task refused to do so, thereby winning applause from my friends on the inside and risking his career. The plan was seen by those I knew as especially bizarre because Bashar Assad, the ruler of secular Syria, had responded to 9/11 by sharing with the CIA hundreds of his country's most sensitive intelligence files on the Muslim Brotherhood in Hamburg, where much of the planning for 9/11 was carried out... Rumsfeld eventually came to his senses and back down, I was told...

3) On the Neocon deep state which seized power after 9/11

From Reporter: A Memoir pages 305-306 — I began to comprehend that eight or nine neoconservatives who were political outsiders in the Clinton years had essentially overthrown the government of the United States — with ease. It was stunning to realize how fragile our Constitution was. The intellectual leaders of that group — Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, and Richard Perle — had not hidden their ideology and their belief in the power of the executive but depicted themselves in public with a great calmness and a self-assurance that masked their radicalism. I had spent many hours after 9/11 in conversations with Perle that, luckily for me, helped me understand what was coming. (Perle and I had been chatting about policy since the early 1980s, but he broke off relations in 1993 over an article I did for The New Yorker linking him, a fervent supporter of Israel, to a series of meetings with Saudi businessmen in an attempt to land a multibillion-dollar contract from Saudi Arabia. Perle responded by publicly threatening to sue me and characterizing me as a newspaper terrorist. He did not sue. 

Meanwhile, Cheney had emerged as a leader of the neocon pack. From 9/11 on he did all he could to undermine congressional oversight. I learned a great deal from the inside about his primacy in the White House, but once again I was limited in what I would write for fear of betraying my sources...

I came to understand that Cheney's goal was to run his most important military and intelligence operations with as little congressional knowledge, and interference, as possible. I was fascinating and important to learn what I did about Cheney's constant accumulation of power and authority as vice president, but it was impossible to even begin to verify the information without running the risk that Cheney would learn of my questioning and have a good idea from whom I was getting the information.

4) On Russian meddling in the US election

From the recent Independent interview based on his autobiography — Hersh has vociferously strong opinions on the subject and smells a rat. He states that there is “a great deal of animosity towards Russia. All of that stuff about Russia hacking the election appears to be preposterous.” He has been researching the subject but is not ready to go public… yet.

Hersh quips that the last time he heard the US defense establishment have high confidence, it was regarding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. He points out that the NSA only has moderate confidence in Russian hacking. It is a point that has been made before; there has been no national intelligence estimate in which all 17 US intelligence agencies would have to sign off. “When the intel community wants to say something they say it… High confidence effectively means that they don’t know.”

5) On the Novichok poisoning 

From the recent Independent interview — Hersh is also on the record as stating that the official version of the Skripal poisoning does not stand up to scrutiny. He tells me: “The story of novichok poisoning has not held up very well. He [Skripal] was most likely talking to British intelligence services about Russian organised crime.” The unfortunate turn of events with the contamination of other victims is suggestive, according to Hersh, of organised crime elements rather than state-sponsored actions –though this files in the face of the UK government's position.

Hersh modestly points out that these are just his opinions. Opinions or not, he is scathing on Obama – “a trimmer … articulate [but] … far from a radical … a middleman”. During his Goldsmiths talk, he remarks that liberal critics underestimate Trump at their peril.

He ends the Goldsmiths talk with an anecdote about having lunch with his sources in the wake of 9/11. He vents his anger at the agencies for not sharing information. One of his CIA sources fires back: “Sy you still don’t get it after all these years – the FBI catches bank robbers, the CIA robs banks.” It is a delicious, if cryptic aphorism.

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6) On the Bush-era 'Redirection' policy of arming Sunni radicals to counter Shia Iran, which in a 2007 New Yorker article Hersh accurately predicted would set off war in Syria

From the Independent interview: [Hersh] tells me it is “amazing how many times that story has been reprinted”. I ask about his argument that US policy was designed to neutralize the Shia sphere extending from Iran to Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon and hence redraw the Sykes-Picot boundaries for the 21st century.

He goes on to say that Bush and Cheney “had it in for Iran”, although he denies the idea that Iran was heavily involved in Iraq: “They were providing intel, collecting intel … The US did many cross-border hunts to kill ops [with] much more aggression than Iran”...

He believes that the Trump administration has no memory of this approach. I’m sure though that the military-industrial complex has a longer memory...

I press him on the RAND and Stratfor reports including one authored by Cheney and Paul Wolfowitz in which they envisage deliberate ethno-sectarian partitioning of Iraq. Hersh ruefully states that: “The day after 9/11 we should have gone to Russia. We did the one thing that George Kennan warned us never to do – to expand NATO too far.”

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7) On the official 9/11 narrative

From the Independent interview: We end up ruminating about 9/11, perhaps because it is another narrative ripe for deconstruction by sceptics. Polling shows that a significant proportion of the American public believes there is more to the truth. These doubts have been reinforced by the declassification of the suppressed 28 pages of the 9/11 commission report last year undermining the version that a group of terrorists acting independently managed to pull off the attacks. The implication is that they may well have been state-sponsored with the Saudis potentially involved. 

Hersh tells me: “I don’t necessarily buy the story that Bin Laden was responsible for 9/11. We really don’t have an ending to the story. I’ve known people in the [intelligence] community. We don’t know anything empirical about who did what”. He continues: “The guy was living in a cave. He really didn’t know much English. He was pretty bright and he had a lot of hatred for the US. We respond by attacking the Taliban. Eighteen years later… How’s it going guys?”

8) On the media and the morality of the powerful

From a recent The Intercept interview and book review  If Hersh were a superhero, this would be his origin story. Two hundred and seventy-four pages after the Chicago anecdote, he describes his coverage of a massive slaughter of Iraqi troops and civilians by the U.S. in 1991 after a ceasefire had ended the Persian Gulf War. America’s indifference to this massacre was, Hersh writes, “a reminder of the Vietnam War’s MGR, for Mere Gook Rule: If it’s a murdered or raped gook, there is no crime.” It was also, he adds, a reminder of something else: “I had learned a domestic version of that rule decades earlier” in Chicago.

“Reporter” demonstrates that Hersh has derived three simple lessons from that rule:

  1. The powerful prey mercilessly upon the powerless, up to and including mass murder.
  2. The powerful lie constantly about their predations.
  3. The natural instinct of the media is to let the powerful get away with it.

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9) On the time President Lyndon B. Johnson expressed his displeasure to a reporter over a Vietnam piece by defecating on the ground in front of him

From Reporter: A Memoir pages 201-202 — Tom [Wicker] got into the car and the two of them sped off down a dusty dirt road. No words were spoken. After a moment or two, Johnson once again slammed on the brakes, wheeling to a halt near a stand of trees. Leaving the motor running, he climbed out, walked a few dozen feet toward the trees, stopped, pulled down his pants, and defecated, in full view. The President wiped himself with leaves and grass, pulled up his pants, climbed into the car, turned in around, and sped back to the press gathering. Once there, again the brakes were slammed on, and Tom was motioned out. All of this was done without a word being spoken.

..."I knew then," Tom told me, "that the son of a bitch was never going to end the war."

10) On Sy's "most troublesome article" for which his own family received death threats

From Reporter: A Memoir pages 263-264 — The most troublesome article I did, as someone not on the staff of the newspaper, came in June 1986 and dealt with American signals intelligence showing that General Manuel Antonio Noriega, the dictator who ran Panama, had authorized the assassination of a popular political opponent. At the time, Noriega was actively involved in supplying the Reagan administration with what was said to be intelligence on the spread of communism in Central America. Noriega also permitted American military and intelligence units to operate with impunity, in secret, from bases in Panama, and the Americans, in return, looked the other way while the general dealt openly in drugs and arms. The story was published just as Noriega was giving a speech at Harvard University and created embarrassment for him, and for Harvard, along with a very disturbing telephone threat at home, directed not at me but at my family. 

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China, Russia and Turkey have already indicated that they will not buckle to U.S. pressure.

On Tuesday night, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani went on television to talk about the reinstatement of sanctions by the United States against his country. He prepared the country for more privations as a result of the sanctions. Responding to Trump’s offer for a meeting, Rouhani said pointedly, “If you stab someone with a knife and then say you want to talk, the first thing you have to do is to remove the knife.”

It is clear to everyone outside the U.S. government that Iran has honored its side of the 2015 nuclear deal that it made with the governments of five permanent members of the UN Security Council (the U.S., the UK, France, China and Russia) as well as the European Union. In fact, quite starkly, the European Union’s foreign policy chief—Federica Mogherini—said, “We are encouraging small and medium enterprises in particular to increase business with and in Iran as part of something that for us is a security priority.” In other words, Mogherini is asking companies to resist Trump’s policy direction. What she is saying, and what Rouhani said, is that it is the United States that has violated the nuclear deal and so no one needs to honor the U.S. sanctions that have been reinstated.

Mogherini pointed to “small and medium enterprises” because these would not be the kind of multinational corporations with interests in the United States. But it is more than small and medium enterprises that are going to challenge the U.S. sanctions. China, Russia and Turkey have already indicated that they will not buckle to U.S. pressure.

China: “China’s lawful rights should be protected,” said the Chinese government. China has no incentive to follow the new U.S. position. First, China imports about $15 billion of oil from Iran each year and expects to increase its purchases next year. Chinese state energy firms, such as China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and Sinopec, have invested billions of dollars in Iran. CNPC and Sinopec have also got shares in Iran’s major oil fields—CNPC has a 30 percent share in the South Pars gas field and has investments in the North Azadegan oil field, while Sinopec has invested $2 billion in Yadavan oil field. China’s Export Import Bank, meanwhile, has financed many large projects in Iran, including the electrification of the Tehran-Mashhad railway. Other Chinese investment projects include the Tehran metro and the Tehran-Isfahan train. These projects are worth tens of billions of dollars.

Second, China is in the midst of a nasty trade war with the United States. In late August, Trump’s government slapped 25 percent tariffs on $16 billion of Chinese imports into the United States. China responded with its own tariffs, with the Chinese Commerce Ministry saying that the U.S. is “once again putting domestic law over international law,” which is a “very unreasonable practice.” The “once again” is important. China is seized by the unfairness of the reinstatement of sanctions on Iran, not only for its own economic reasons but also because it sees this as a violation of international agreements and a threat to Iranian sovereignty—two principles that China takes very seriously. Sinopec, knee-deep in Iran’s oil sector, has now said that it would delay buying U.S. oil for September. Iran has now been drawn into the U.S. “trade war” (on which, read more here). The Chinese have been quite strong in their position. The Global Times, a Chinese government paper, wrote in an editorial, “China is prepared for protracted war. In the future, the U.S. economy will depend more on the Chinese market than the other way around.” This fortitude is going to spill over into China’s defense of Iran’s economy.

Russia: Russia and Iran do not share the kind of economic linkages that Iran has with China. After the 2015 sanctions deal, Iran did not turn to Russian oil and gas companies for investment. It went to France’s Total—which signed a $5 billion deal. Russia and Iran did sign various massive energy deals ($20 billion in 2014), but these did not seem to go anywhere. Russia’s Gazprom and Lukoil have toyed with entry into Iran. In May, Lukoil directly said that it would be hesitant to enter Iran because of the proposed U.S. reinstatement of sanctions. Lukoil’s hesitancy came alongside that of European firms such as Peugeot, Siemens and even Total, which decided to hold off on expansion or cut ties with Iran. Daimler has now officially halted any work in Iran. It was a surprise earlier this year when the Iranian Dana Energy firm signed a deal with the Russian Zarubezhneft company to develop the Aban and West Paydar oilfields. The contract is for $740 million, which in the oil and gas business is significant but not eye-opening.

In July, Iran’s senior leader Ali Akbar Velayati met Russia’s Vladimir Putin in Moscow. He left the meeting saying, “Russia is ready to invest $50 billion Iran’s oil and gas sectors.” Velayati specifically mentioned Rosneft and Gazprom as potential investors—“up to $10 billion,” he said. When Putin had been in Tehran last November, Russian companies signed preliminary deals worth $30 billion. Whether these deals will go forward is not clear. But, after Trump’s reinstatement of sanctions, Russia’s foreign ministry said that it would “take appropriate measures on a national level to protect trade and economic cooperation with Iran.” In other words, it would see that trade ties are not broken.

Turkey: Both Iran and Turkey face great economic challenges. Neither can afford to break ties. Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said that his government will only honor international agreements, and that the U.S. reinstatement of sanctions is not part of an international framework. Turkey, therefore, will continue to trade with Iran. Iran’s oil and gas are crucial for Turkey, whose refineries are calibrated to Iran’s oil and would not be able to easily and cheaply adjust to Saudi Arabian imports. Almost half of Turkey’s oil comes from Iran.

Turkish-U.S. relations are at a low. Conflict over the detention of a U.S. pastor—Andrew Brunson—has led to the U.S. sanctioning two Turkish ministers—Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gul and Minister of Interior Suleyman Soylu. Gul is a leader of the ruling party, AKP, while Soylu came to the party at the personal invitation of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. These are not men to be intimidated by U.S. pressure.

A U.S. mission—led by Marshall Billingslea, assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury—went to Turkey to convince the government to join the U.S. sanctions. Meanwhile, the U.S. has begun to put pressure on Turkey’s Halkbank, one of whose senior officials was found guilty of violation of the U.S. sanctions on Iran by a court in the United States earlier this year. This kind of pressure is not sitting well with the Turkish government.

Inside Iran: Pressure mounts inside Iran. Protests have begun across the country, a reflection of the distress felt by the population as the country’s currency—the rial—slides around and as fears of inflation mount. Last week, the Iranian government fired the head of Iran’s central bank—Valiollah Seif—and replaced him with Abdolnasser Hemati. It reversed the foreign exchange rules, including the failed attempt to fix the value of the rial that was put in place in April. Hemati had been the head of Iran’s state insurance firm and before that of Sina Bank and Bank Melli. He is a highly trusted person by the government, which had already appointed him as ambassador to China before hastily rescinding that offer and moving him to the central bank. Whether Hemati will be able to balance the stress inside the Iranian economy is to be seen. Faith in the currency will need to be strengthened.

As part of that, Iran’s government has cracked down harshly against financial fraud, particularly scandals over foreign exchange. The man who signed the 2015 nuclear deal—Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi—now watches as his nephew—Ahmad Araghchi, the central bank’s vice governor in charge of foreign exchange—is arrested with five other people as part of an inquiry over fraud. The message: no one, not even the Araghchi family, is immune from the long arm of the law.

Trump’s belligerence, the refusal of key countries to abide by Trump’s sanctions (including the European Union, but mainly Russia and China) as well as the internal pressure in Iran could very likely create the conditions for a military clash in the waters around Iran. This is a very dangerous situation. Sober minds need to push against the reinstatement of these sanctions—which the Iranians see as economic warfare—as well as the escalation into military war.

This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

 

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    Gas-based elemental sulphur will remain sough-after in the market, with sales pegged to surpass 50,000 '000 tonnes by 2027-end. In addition, sales of oil-based elemental sulphur will completely closely with those of gas-based elemental sulphur, to reach nearly 47,000 '000 tonnes by 2027-end. Demand for mine-based elemental sulphur will remain sluggish in the market during the forecast period.

    Although agrochemicals are expected to be the most attractive application of elemental sulphur, chemicals & petroleum refining is estimated to exhibit highest CAGR through 2027, in terms of volume. In addition, sales of elemental sulphur in rubbers & plastics, and paper & pulp are estimated to exhibit parallel expansion at 3% CAGR. However, sales of elemental sulphur in rubbers & plastics application will remain comparatively higher than those in paper & pulp.

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              Trump Opens the Door to Chaos in Asia and Europe by Reinstating Sanctions on Iran      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    China, Russia and Turkey have already indicated that they will not buckle to U.S. pressure.

    On Tuesday night, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani went on television to talk about the reinstatement of sanctions by the United States against his country. He prepared the country for more privations as a result of the sanctions. Responding to Trump’s offer for a meeting, Rouhani said pointedly, “If you stab someone with a knife and then say you want to talk, the first thing you have to do is to remove the knife.”

    It is clear to everyone outside the U.S. government that Iran has honored its side of the 2015 nuclear deal that it made with the governments of five permanent members of the UN Security Council (the U.S., the UK, France, China and Russia) as well as the European Union. In fact, quite starkly, the European Union’s foreign policy chief—Federica Mogherini—said, “We are encouraging small and medium enterprises in particular to increase business with and in Iran as part of something that for us is a security priority.” In other words, Mogherini is asking companies to resist Trump’s policy direction. What she is saying, and what Rouhani said, is that it is the United States that has violated the nuclear deal and so no one needs to honor the U.S. sanctions that have been reinstated.

    Mogherini pointed to “small and medium enterprises” because these would not be the kind of multinational corporations with interests in the United States. But it is more than small and medium enterprises that are going to challenge the U.S. sanctions. China, Russia and Turkey have already indicated that they will not buckle to U.S. pressure.

    China: “China’s lawful rights should be protected,” said the Chinese government. China has no incentive to follow the new U.S. position. First, China imports about $15 billion of oil from Iran each year and expects to increase its purchases next year. Chinese state energy firms, such as China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and Sinopec, have invested billions of dollars in Iran. CNPC and Sinopec have also got shares in Iran’s major oil fields—CNPC has a 30 percent share in the South Pars gas field and has investments in the North Azadegan oil field, while Sinopec has invested $2 billion in Yadavan oil field. China’s Export Import Bank, meanwhile, has financed many large projects in Iran, including the electrification of the Tehran-Mashhad railway. Other Chinese investment projects include the Tehran metro and the Tehran-Isfahan train. These projects are worth tens of billions of dollars.

    Second, China is in the midst of a nasty trade war with the United States. In late August, Trump’s government slapped 25 percent tariffs on $16 billion of Chinese imports into the United States. China responded with its own tariffs, with the Chinese Commerce Ministry saying that the U.S. is “once again putting domestic law over international law,” which is a “very unreasonable practice.” The “once again” is important. China is seized by the unfairness of the reinstatement of sanctions on Iran, not only for its own economic reasons but also because it sees this as a violation of international agreements and a threat to Iranian sovereignty—two principles that China takes very seriously. Sinopec, knee-deep in Iran’s oil sector, has now said that it would delay buying U.S. oil for September. Iran has now been drawn into the U.S. “trade war” (on which, read more here). The Chinese have been quite strong in their position. The Global Times, a Chinese government paper, wrote in an editorial, “China is prepared for protracted war. In the future, the U.S. economy will depend more on the Chinese market than the other way around.” This fortitude is going to spill over into China’s defense of Iran’s economy.

    Russia: Russia and Iran do not share the kind of economic linkages that Iran has with China. After the 2015 sanctions deal, Iran did not turn to Russian oil and gas companies for investment. It went to France’s Total—which signed a $5 billion deal. Russia and Iran did sign various massive energy deals ($20 billion in 2014), but these did not seem to go anywhere. Russia’s Gazprom and Lukoil have toyed with entry into Iran. In May, Lukoil directly said that it would be hesitant to enter Iran because of the proposed U.S. reinstatement of sanctions. Lukoil’s hesitancy came alongside that of European firms such as Peugeot, Siemens and even Total, which decided to hold off on expansion or cut ties with Iran. Daimler has now officially halted any work in Iran. It was a surprise earlier this year when the Iranian Dana Energy firm signed a deal with the Russian Zarubezhneft company to develop the Aban and West Paydar oilfields. The contract is for $740 million, which in the oil and gas business is significant but not eye-opening.

    In July, Iran’s senior leader Ali Akbar Velayati met Russia’s Vladimir Putin in Moscow. He left the meeting saying, “Russia is ready to invest $50 billion Iran’s oil and gas sectors.” Velayati specifically mentioned Rosneft and Gazprom as potential investors—“up to $10 billion,” he said. When Putin had been in Tehran last November, Russian companies signed preliminary deals worth $30 billion. Whether these deals will go forward is not clear. But, after Trump’s reinstatement of sanctions, Russia’s foreign ministry said that it would “take appropriate measures on a national level to protect trade and economic cooperation with Iran.” In other words, it would see that trade ties are not broken.

    Turkey: Both Iran and Turkey face great economic challenges. Neither can afford to break ties. Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said that his government will only honor international agreements, and that the U.S. reinstatement of sanctions is not part of an international framework. Turkey, therefore, will continue to trade with Iran. Iran’s oil and gas are crucial for Turkey, whose refineries are calibrated to Iran’s oil and would not be able to easily and cheaply adjust to Saudi Arabian imports. Almost half of Turkey’s oil comes from Iran.

    Turkish-U.S. relations are at a low. Conflict over the detention of a U.S. pastor—Andrew Brunson—has led to the U.S. sanctioning two Turkish ministers—Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gul and Minister of Interior Suleyman Soylu. Gul is a leader of the ruling party, AKP, while Soylu came to the party at the personal invitation of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. These are not men to be intimidated by U.S. pressure.

    A U.S. mission—led by Marshall Billingslea, assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury—went to Turkey to convince the government to join the U.S. sanctions. Meanwhile, the U.S. has begun to put pressure on Turkey’s Halkbank, one of whose senior officials was found guilty of violation of the U.S. sanctions on Iran by a court in the United States earlier this year. This kind of pressure is not sitting well with the Turkish government.

    Inside Iran: Pressure mounts inside Iran. Protests have begun across the country, a reflection of the distress felt by the population as the country’s currency—the rial—slides around and as fears of inflation mount. Last week, the Iranian government fired the head of Iran’s central bank—Valiollah Seif—and replaced him with Abdolnasser Hemati. It reversed the foreign exchange rules, including the failed attempt to fix the value of the rial that was put in place in April. Hemati had been the head of Iran’s state insurance firm and before that of Sina Bank and Bank Melli. He is a highly trusted person by the government, which had already appointed him as ambassador to China before hastily rescinding that offer and moving him to the central bank. Whether Hemati will be able to balance the stress inside the Iranian economy is to be seen. Faith in the currency will need to be strengthened.

    As part of that, Iran’s government has cracked down harshly against financial fraud, particularly scandals over foreign exchange. The man who signed the 2015 nuclear deal—Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi—now watches as his nephew—Ahmad Araghchi, the central bank’s vice governor in charge of foreign exchange—is arrested with five other people as part of an inquiry over fraud. The message: no one, not even the Araghchi family, is immune from the long arm of the law.

    Trump’s belligerence, the refusal of key countries to abide by Trump’s sanctions (including the European Union, but mainly Russia and China) as well as the internal pressure in Iran could very likely create the conditions for a military clash in the waters around Iran. This is a very dangerous situation. Sober minds need to push against the reinstatement of these sanctions—which the Iranians see as economic warfare—as well as the escalation into military war.

    This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

     

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    Source: UN Department of Public Information
    Country: Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, World, Yemen

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    Tarik Jasarevic of the World Health Organization, updating on what Dr. Salama said on oral cholera vaccination in three districts in Yemen last Friday, said very preliminarily, as they still expected full figures to come, in the first two days, more than 3,000 local health workers had reached more than 200,000 people wither oral cholera vaccine in the three districts. These three districts had been chosen because they were assessed to be the most vulnerable to an escalation of cholera. The figures for the third day of the campaign, yesterday, were now being collected. Oral cholera vaccination normally involved two doses, with the second dose being administered in about six weeks. Some 32 tonnes of vaccines came from the Global Oral Cholera Vaccine stockpile, funded by GAVI, had reached Sanaa in mid-July in response to Yemen facing the worse cholera outbreak with more than 1.1 million cases and more than 2,000 deaths. They wanted to pre-empt a possible new wave to cholera. In response to a question, Mr. Jasarevic said he did not have information on the military situation but the fact was that vaccination teams went into these three districts and administered the vaccinations.

    Joel Millman of the International Organization for Migration said that yesterday, IOM and partners launched a regional migrant response plan for the Horn of Africa and Yemen, through which they are appealing to the international community for $ 45 million to support migrants on the move in the Horn of Africa and Yemen from 2018 to 2020. The response plan, developed in coordination with regional and country level non-governmental and intergovernmental partners, was a migrant-focused humanitarian and development strategy for vulnerable migrants from the Horn of Africa, specifically those from Somalia, Djibouti and Ethiopia, moving to and from Yemen. The plan targeted some 81,000 persons.

    Irregular migration from the Horn of Africa to the Gulf countries had been steadily increasing over the past few years, with approximately 100,000 people entering Yemen, a major transit point on this route, in 2017. The plan estimated that, like in 2017, up to 100,000 new arrivals from the Horn of Africa would reach Yemen in 2018, while 200,000 migrants and refugees would return from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Yemen to the Horn of Africa countries in the same period. Of these, 150,000 and 50,000 would return to Ethiopia and Somalia, respectively. This issue involved displacement and the conflict in Yemen itself, but also parallel and somewhat related programmes of encouraging citizens of those two nations to come home from Saudi Arabia. Over the weekend, Mr. Millman said IOM assisted both Ethiopian and Somali refugees leaving Yemen to go home, 132 Ethiopian migrants left from Hodeidah and 116 Somalis left from Aden. There were more statistics in the notes.

    William Spindler of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said there had been another movement of 160 Somali refugees who travelled by boat from Aden on Sunday and arrived yesterday in Somalia. This was the latest assisted spontaneous return facilitated by UNHCR, in cooperation with IOM and the authorities of both Yemen and Somalia. With this group, the number of refugees to have returned to Somalia since the programme started in 2017 had surpassed 2,000. So far this year, 1,321 Somalis, including the 116 who left on Sunday, had returned to their places of origin in Somalia. For the past two months, weather conditions had prevented the boats from sailing. Among the refugees were female heads of household looking forward to joining their extended families. Several students were hoping to resume their education. The assisted spontaneous return programme was initiated in 2017 in response to the demand from refugees for UNHCR help in returning home. Yemen currently hosted 270,000 refugees, the vast majority of whom were Somalis. The ongoing conflict in Yemen has affected not just Yemenis but also refugees living among them. There were more details in the briefing notes.


              World: Humanitarian Funding Update July 2018 - United Nations Coordinated Appeals      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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    Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Ukraine, World, Yemen

    Funding Required: $25.41B
    Funding Received: $9.39B
    Unmet Requirements: $16.02B
    Coverage: 37.0%

    People in need: 134.0M
    People to receive aid: 95.8M
    Countries affected: 41

    As of the end of July 2018, 21 Humanitarian Response Plans (HRP) and the Syria Regional Response Plan (3RP) require US$25.41 billion to assist 95.8 billion people in urgent need of humanitarian support. The 21 HRPs and the Syria 3RP were funded at $9.52 billion: 37 per cent of financial requirements for 2018. Humanitarian organisations still require $16.02 billion to meet the needs covered by these plans.

    Requirements are $2 billion higher than last year at the same time. Overall coverage is also slightly higher (three per cent), with $1.4 billion more received this year than last.

    Pooled funds

    Between 1 January and 31 July 2018, the Emergency Relief Coordinator approved $333 million through the Central Emergency Response Fund, including $233 million through the rapid response window and $100 million through the underfunded emergencies window. In July, $24 million was approved in rapid response grants to respond to displacement in Ethiopia, population movement from Venezuela into Colombia, worsening food insecurity in Niger, and a volcanic eruption in Guatemala. The largest allocation was $15 million to provide relief items, safe water, sanitation facilities, and health and nutrition treatment to 800,000 people displaced by inter-communal violence in Gedeo and West Guji in Ethiopia.

    Between 1 January and 6 August 2018, 17 country-based pooled funds (CBPF) received $536 million in contributions from 30 donors (including $80 million in pledges). During this period, $369 million were allocated to a total of 663 humanitarian projects, implemented by 443 partners, with the funds in Yemen ($92 million), DRC ($36 million) and Iraq ($34 million) allocating the largest amounts. During July, the funds in Afghanistan, Jordan, Nigeria, South Sudan and Turkey were processing allocations. As for overall CBPF allocations, 58 per cent were disbursed to NGOs, including 19 per cent ($71 million) directly to national and local NGOs. Another 41 per cent ($150 million) was allocated to UN agencies and 1 per cent of funding was allocated to Red Cross/Red Crescent organizations.

    Country updates

    Yemen is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Some 22.2 million people – about 75 per cent of the population – require humanitarian assistance or protection. This includes 8.4 million people who do not know where their next meal is coming from. An unprecedented outbreak of cholera and acute watery diarrhoea has resulted in more than 1.1 million cases since April 2017. Escalating conflict in Hudaydah has displaced more than 350,000 people since 1 June. More than 90 per cent of these people have received emergency relief packages distributed by humanitarian partners. Sustained hostilities in Hudaydah city, interruptions to port operations or a siege would be catastrophic and must be avoided. Humanitarian programmes have expanded significantly across Yemen. In June, partners provided emergency food assistance to 7.5 million people – an increase of 200,000 people since January. Similar increases have occurred in other sectors. As of mid-year, about 60 per cent of people targeted with assistance had been reached. Generous and flexible funding has been key. Donors have provided more than 60 per cent of the HRP’s $3 billion requirements – including an early, unearmarked $930 million contribution from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Partners recently sequenced the HRP to show first-line, second-line and full response activities, and require full funding to deliver all programmes based on this plan.

    Needs remain high in Ethiopia with 7.88 million people food insecure, as per the Humanitarian and Disaster Resilience Plan (HDRP) released in March. There has been a major surge in displacement since the beginning of June around Gedeo (SNNPR) and West Guji (Oromia) zones resulting in the release of a response plan which seeks $117.7m to assist the 818,250 recently displaced people. Some funding has already been mobilized by Government and partners, primarily through reallocating resources that were originally intended for important response elsewhere in the country under the HDRP.

    Fighting in south-west Syria continued to impact hundreds of thousands of civilians, with 180,000 people remaining newly displaced as of the end of July. Aerial bombardment and artillery shelling resulted in civilian deaths and destruction of civilian infrastructure in many areas. Humanitarian workers and service providers were caught up in the violence, with many displaced alongside other civilians. Humanitarian response continued in Dar’a governorate, building on cross-border prepositioning and subsequently drawing on programming from inside Syria. However more than 100,000 newly displaced people remained largely cut off from sustained assistance in Quneitra governorate. Partners identified priority requirements of $85 million to cover the most urgent protection and assistance needs of 300,000 people across the south-west up until mid-October. Concerns also persist around the threat of further military escalation in the north-west of the country, where the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in Aleppo and Idleb governorates had increased by close to 600,000 by mid-year, to a total of 4.2 million, of whom half were in acute need. Response across the north-west continues to depend on cross-border assistance delivered from Turkey.

    At least 3.4 million people in Cameroon need humanitarian assistance and protection. Six out of ten regions are affected by humanitarian crises related to Boko Haram in the Far North, the conflict in the Central African Republic and the worsening situation in the Anglophone regions. Further, growing levels of food insecurity and malnutrition are affecting over 2.6 million people, including 1.5 million children, and there is an ongoing cholera outbreak in the Center and North regions. The 2018 HRP calls for $319.7 million but is only 23 per cent funded. Additional donor support is critical to ensure life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable populations, especially the newly displaced persons in the Far North and the South-West.

    Although the number of IDPs in the Central African Republic (CAR) fell to 608,000 during June, a seven per cent decrease compared to May, this does not indicate an improvement of the situation. The tensions and armed violence that erupted in April continue, and are causing new displacements in areas with very limited access. More than half (354,017) of the IDPs are staying with host families, while some 249,522 are in IDP sites and settlements, and another 4,489 are scattered in the bush, in desperate need of assistance. Increasing insecurity is affecting the delivery of aid, as five humanitarian workers have been killed since the beginning of 2018, making CAR one of the most dangerous countries in the world for the delivery of humanitarian aid. Moreover, underfunding remains one of the biggest impediments to stepping up the humanitarian response. At mid-year, the 2018 HRP had only received 26 per cent of its $515.6 million requirement. Without additional funding, humanitarian actors will be unable to address the needs of 1.9 million people targeted in the Plan.

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    Afghanistan is in the midst of a drought, the scale of which has not been seen since 2011. It has already resulted in some 84,000 people being displaced to Hirat City in western Afghanistan, with up to 150,000 at risk of being displaced. In 2017, wheat production was at an all-time low (57 per cent under the five-year average) and the expected shortfall in production in 2018 is decreasing further -- from 4.2 million metric tonnes to 3.5 million metric tonnes. This decrease is impacting some two million already food insecure people across two thirds of Afghanistan. The ongoing drought led the Humanitarian Country Team to increase the Afghanistan 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan requirements by $117 million, for a total of $547 million. The HRP is currently only 29 per cent funded. Additional funding is required to provide food security, agriculture, water, sanitation, hygiene and nutritional support. The humanitarian community is currently conducting a multi-sectoral humanitarian-development assessment, led by OCHA and UNDP, to examine both humanitarian needs and the wider, long-term complexities underpinning the drought crisis, that would need structural support through development programming.

    Four years of conflict have put a tremendous strain on the civilian population in eastern Ukraine. Disrupted access to critical facilities and diminished livelihoods mean that some 3.4 million people are without basic supplies and services and need assistance for protection and survival. Some 200,000 people live under constant fear of shelling every day. One and a half million Ukrainians have been displaced across the country and cannot return home due to hostilities or lost livelihoods. Over 1 million civilians cross the “contact line” every month through operational checkpoints, which lack required shade, cooling spaces and healthcare facilities. Under these conditions, coupled with prolonged waiting hours and summer heat, civilians—many of them elderly—suffer health-related complications. Funding for the Humanitarian Response Plan is urgently needed, as only 27 per cent of the required $187 million has been received so far to respond to the urgent needs of 2.3 million vulnerable Ukrainians with assistance and protection throughout 2018.

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              Comment on Tim Newman and Ezra Levant on the persecution of Tommy Robinson by Paul Marks      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    On the continued establishment smearing of "Tommy Robinson" - anyone who has actually watched his interviews knows that he was fair in relation to prison staff, pointing out the ways in which some prison staff in some establishments behaved well. And his basic case that he was moved from a prison with relatively few followers of Islam to a prison with a lot more followers of Islam is clearly true. However, one must not side tracked - the establishment hate EVERYONE who tells the truth about Islam. The idea (that one sometimes hears) that "if we let them destroy "Tommy Robinson" the establishment will let other people speak freely" is not correct. The establishment will continue to work very hard to find some way (any way) to destroy anyone who tells the truth about Islam in a way that the truth will reach the public. The establishment is not just interested in smearing "Tommy Robinson" - they will smear ANYONE who is successful in getting the truth to the attention of the public. The key to dealing with the rise of Islam is NOT bullets and bombs - not wars in the Middle East launched in the well intentioned, but sadly mistaken, view that the problem is a few nasty dictators and if only the people of these Islamic countries could elect their governments all-would-be-well. The key to dealing with the rise of Islam is in the West itself. It is not reasonable to suppose that a democratically elected government in, say, Afghanistan will allow Muhammed and his teachings to be publically condemned - and we should not expect that. But it is reasonable to expect that in WESTERN countries it will be allowed for people to condemn the personal conduct and the teachings (doctrines) of Muhammed in the strongest terms - seeking to limit (or if possible peacefully roll back) the rise of Islam in WESTERN countries. This is why the conflict with the establishment (not with Islam - with the Western establishment itself) is so important. For if people are not allowed to DENOUNCE Muhammed (his personal conduct and the doctrines that he taught and which his most devoted followers carry out to this day) then all-is-lost. A country that bans such people as Lauren Southern or Robert Spencer from speaking against Islam is clearly in terrible trouble. And it is NOT the forces of Islam who ban anyone from speaking in Britain or who put anyone in prison in Britain - it is the establishment (the British establishment) who do these things. The British establishment are NOT "closet Muslims" or whatnot (the "Secret Barrister" and co are NOT rushing off to get orders from some Mullah) - the British establishment, and the Western establishment generally, are just terrified of "trouble" - they think if they just prevent people telling the truth about Islam ("you can do it private, or with your friends down the pub - just please do not do it ways that will reach the public" that is the real message) then there will be "peace" - and peace (to the establishment) is vastly more important than courage or basic truth (the same people who are obsessed with the accuracy of irrelevant details are the last people to be interested in getting the BASIC truths correct). But sadly the Western establishment is mistaken, "keeping the lid on" and making sure everyone "keeps their heads down" and does not "offend" the forces of Islam will NOT maintain the peace. On the contrary it will lead to Islam getting stronger and stronger in Western countries - and this will end in terrible tragedy. Those who think that "Tommy Robinson" denounces Islam in the wrong language or just dislike his "working class" accent and manner, have the solution to the problem in their own hands. They need to denounce Islam themselves (thus removing the need for "Tommy Robinson") - explain (in ways the public will hear) why Muhammed was a bad man (not a good man) and explain that the doctrines that he taught (for example that infidel women and girls may be taken by the right hand of the faithful) are bad (not good). It must also be remembered (as his followers remember to this day) that Muhammed maintained that none of these doctrines, for example than anyone who mocked him must be killed, came from him. Muhammed was very clear that all the doctrines he taught came from GOD (not from him - not from Muhammed) and so could not be changed by people - not in his time, or ever. The establishment needs to stop desperately trying to destroy "Tommy Robinson" (and anyone else who stands against Islam) and needs to stand against Islam themselves. Then they would not need to worry about X person using the wrong language (or whatever) as they, the establishment, would be choosing the language themselves. Presently the establishment does nothing to oppose the rise of Islam in the West (on the contrary the establishment, the "education system" and the "mainstream media" and....., actually pretends that Muhammed was a good man, and that he taught peace and tolerance) - and yet desperately smears and tries to destroy anyone else who seems to be successful in getting the truth about Islam to the public. The establishment should either do the job themselves or, if they will not do the job, get out of way and let "Tommy Robinson" and co do the job - "but he does it wrong", then do the job of denouncing Islam yourselves. The establishment must stop desperately smearing a man, "Tommy Robinson", who is engaged in the vitally important task of opposing Islam in the West (he is not rushing off to Saudi Arabia or other Islamic countries to attack Islam - he is seeking to oppose its rise in NON Islamic countries such as the United Kingdom) - establishment either get out of the way and let other people oppose the rise of Islam in the West (stop desperately trying to smear anyone who tries to oppose Islam in the West), or do the job yourselves. To oppose Islam publically does indeed carry terrible personal risk - and risk to the family of the person who opposes Islam. But I am not asking establishment types to be heroes (although it would be nice if they were heroic) - just stop smearing (and stop trying to destroy) people who undertake the work (the vitally important work) that you, the establishment, refuse to do. Preventing this work being done (if you prevent it being done by smearing and destroying ANYONE who tries to do it) will NOT produce "peace", on the contrary establishment people - preventing the work of opposing Islam in the West being done will produce horrible consequences, and may well lead to the destruction of the West.
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              Sharia in Saudi Arabia: Man is crucified for stabbing a woman to death      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Sharia in Saudi Arabia: Man is crucified for stabbing a woman to death
    No one should be surprised. This is the Qur’an, this is Sharia. “Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be […]

              Trudeau Unapologetic as Saudi Arabia Accuses Canada of 'Blatant' Interference      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The diplomatic and economic standoff between Canada and Saudi Arabia escalated after Riyadh ousted the Canadian ambassador and suspended trade and investment ties with the country in response to Ottawa’s calls for the release of civil society activists detained in the kingdom.
              Women are learning to ride motorcycles in Saudia Arabia.... I did NOT see that coming!       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    In a bit more than a month since women in Saudi Arabia won the historic right to drive, a group of them is headed out on the road on not four wheels, but two.

    “We have been waiting a lifetime for this,” said Aliya, an enthusiastic 23-year-old student from Jeddah who is set on motorcycling. “Always watching my brothers ride. Now they’re teaching me.”

    The ‘Ladies of Harley’ Riyadh chapter opened with eight founding female members

    Saudi women are slowly amassing those needed motorcycle skills through weekly gatherings at the Bikers Skills Institute. Set inside a racetrack on the periphery of the capital city center, and under the instruction of an experienced rider originally from the Ukraine, an all-female riding class convenes on Wednesday nights.

    The lifting of the female driving prohibition, announced in September last year and implemented on June 24, is part of a sweeping litany of reforms by the ambitious young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salam, designed to bring the genders closer to equality - and squash the nation’s undercurrent of religious extremism.

    Women remain bound by guardianship laws requiring male permission to obtain a license. And the standard dress code of a long flowing abaya is both impractical and inherently dangerous for motorcycle riding.

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/08/08/saudi-women-free-to-drive-kickstart-harley-davidson-bike-chapter.html

               Saudi Arabia: Fragments of missile from Yemeni rebels...       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Saudi Arabia says fragments of a missile fired by Yemen's Shiite rebels into kingdom's south have killed one civilian and wounded...
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    DUBAI, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Fragments from a missile launched into Saudi Arabia from Yemen by Houthi forces killed one civilian and wounded 11, Saudi state...
              Prospect of Eastern Canada losing oil from Saudi Arabia dredges up Energy East debate      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    It’s a debate Canadians have had before: Should Alberta be supplying the Canadian oil market rather than foreign imports? - Source: www.thestar.com
              Justin Trudeau vows to speak out on human rights, refuses to back down in Saudi Arabia dispute      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The prime minister says Canada will continue to speak out “clearly and firmly” on human rights around the globe, as reports say Saudi Arabia plans to sell off all Canadian holdings. - Source: www.thestar.com
              Tension Escalates After Canada Criticizes Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Record      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Saudi Arabia continues to strike back at Canada for criticizing the kingdom's human rights record. The Canadian prime minister says his country will keep speaking out.
              News Brief: Russia Probe, Canada Takes Aim At Saudi Arabia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Trump lawyers say he'll sit for an interview with Robert Mueller only if he agrees to conditions. Canada criticizes Saudi Arabia's human rights record. New York City caps ride-hailing licenses.
              How Saudi Arabia is doubling down      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    IT ALL started with a single tweet.
              Tension Escalates After Canada Criticizes Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Record      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Saudi Arabia continues to strike back at Canada for criticizing the kingdom's human rights record. The Canadian prime minister says his country will keep speaking out.
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    Lawyers say Trump will sit for an interview with Robert Mueller only if Mueller agrees to conditions. Canada criticizes Saudi Arabia's human rights record. New York City caps ride-hailing licenses.
              In the news today, Aug. 9      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Seven stories in the news for Thursday, Aug. 9
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    PM TRUDEAU STANDING FIRM ON SAUDI ARABIA
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says diplomatic talks with Saudi Arabia will continue but he's not backing down on Canada's criticism of the kingdom ove...

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              Houthi missile launched into Saudi Arabia kills one      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Fragments from a missile launched into Saudi Arabia from Yemen by Houthi forces killed one civilian and wounded 11, Saudi state media said on Thursday.

              08/08 Links Pt1: Senior UN official blasted for floating Israel's suspension; Trudeau Gave $50M To The Palestinians. Then They Sided With Saudi Arabia; Iran has only begun to feel the pain of Trump’s sanctions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    From Ian:

    Senior UN official blasted for floating Israel's suspension from world body
    A United Nations human rights expert is under fire after suggesting Israel could have its member status at the world body suspended over alleged violations of international law.

    Michael Lynk, the special rapporteur for human rights in the Palestinian territories, made the remarks at a side event during a July session of the Human Rights Council -- the controversial panel the U.S. withdrew from last month.

    Audio of the event, “Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory: Systematic Violations with Impunity,” was obtained by Fox News from NGO Monitor -- a Jerusalem-based research institute analyzing non-governmental organizations (NGOs) claiming to advance humanitarian agendas.

    In that audio, Lynk describes Israel as an “illegal occupant,” and says “the international community has not simply the ability, but also the responsibility and obligation to bring [settlements] to an end.”

    He then goes on to say that there are “a number of tools” that the international community can use to bring Israel back in line.
    Amb. Danon blasts official who suggested Israel be suspended from U.N.
    Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon harshly criticized a suggestion by UN official Michael Lynk that Israel be suspended from the world body over what the United Nations characterizes as violations of international law, Fox News reported Wednesday.

    Lynk's comments is “another reason why the [Human Rights Council] lost its credibility,” Danon said.

    “Mahmoud Abbas knows that actions such as this do nothing to encourage peace," Danon said in an interview on Fox News. "In fact, it actively works against it, and encourages incitement and a culture of hate."

    “The international community has not simply the ability, but also the responsibility and obligation to bring [settlements] to an end,” Lynk, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories for the UN, told a July session of the Human Rights Council, adding that there are “a number of tools” the international community can use to change Israeli actions.

    “It may mean reviewing or suspending Israel’s privileges as a state member in the United Nations,” Lynk said. “It may mean that countries in the world, particularly those with significant trading or political relationships with Israel, would review their relationships with Israel in the military, political, diplomatic and economic investment spheres. It may mean that Israel would face some forms of restrictions in its abilities to wind up trading.”

    The United States withdrew from the Human Rights Council in June, citing what it characterized as the body's biased treatment of Israel and its failure to address serious abuses throughout the world.
    Elliott Abrams: Saudi Arabia and Canada
    What was the Canadian action that led to this fierce reaction? A tweet from Canada’s foreign minister saying “Very alarmed to learn that Samar Badawi, Raif Badawi’s sister, has been imprisoned in Saudi Arabia,” and that “Canada stands together with the Badawi family in this difficult time, and we continue to strongly call for the release of both Raif and Samar Badawi.” And the following day a tweet from the foreign ministry saying “Canada is gravely concerned about additional arrests of civil society and women’s rights activists in #SaudiArabia, including Samar Badawi. We urge the Saudi authorities to immediately release them and all other peaceful #humanrights activists.”

    These are not harsh or shocking statements. The Raif Badawi case has long been a matter of international concern and comment. The United States commented in 2015 that “We are greatly concerned by reports that human rights activist Raif Badawi will start facing the inhumane punishment of a 1,000 lashes, in addition to serving a 10-year sentence in prison for exercising his rights to freedom of expression and religion. The United States Government calls on Saudi authorities to cancel this brutal punishment and to review Badawi’s case and sentence.” This is surely tougher than the Canadian comments. Moreover, the United States had no actual link to the case whereas Badawi’s wife and three children are now Canadian citizens. In addition, there has been plenty of comment about the current combination in Saudi Arabia of social and economic reform with the government’s absolute insistence on setting the pace of change—and punishing Saudis who seek to increase it. For example, just days before the kingdom allowed women to drive it punished women activists who had long sought that change.

    The Saudi position amounts to this: no government may comment on anything that happens in the kingdom. Any such comment is a violation of Saudi sovereignty. Thus the phrase in the Saudi statement that the Canadian comments were “against basic international norms and all international protocols.”
    PATHETIC: Trudeau Gave $50 MILLION Of Our Taxpayer Dollars To The Palestinians. Then They Sided With Saudi Arabia & Condemned Us
    Once again, Justin Trudeau has let Canada get played like a fool.

    As I recently reported, the Trudeau government gave $50 MILLION of our taxpayer dollars to the Palestinians.

    “$12.65 million will go to the Palestinians through the United Nations and other ‘international organizations,’ while most of the rest will go towards other NGOs who will disperse the money.”

    But did that get us any goodwill?

    NOPE.

    After relations between us and the Saudis broke down, the Palestinians sided with Saudi Arabia and condemned us:

    As noted in a recent report, “Palestinian news agency Wafa reported on Monday that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas stands with Saudi Arabia in a political row with Canada, rejecting what it called Ottawa’s “blatant interference” in Riyadh’s internal affairs. He also called on the Arab countries to stand by the Kingdom to reject and condemn the Canadian intervention in its internal affairs.”

    So, Justin Trudeau took $50 million away from the Canadian People, and gave it to the Palestinians, who then sided with our opponent and condemned us.

    How stupid can a government possibly be?

    Why the hell are we giving our money to people who hate us and oppose everything we stand for?



    Israel and Gaza: How did we get here?
    In the years to follow, Hamas continued to misuse funds and supplies in Gaza. Over $120 million worth of concrete originally intended to develop civilian infrastructure was used to build terror tunnels to infiltrate Israel. These tunnels were used as early as 2006 in the kidnapping of IDF soldier, Sergeant 1st Class Gilad Shalit.

    Since then, Hamas has continued to waste concrete on terror tunnels, and in the construction process, has killed more than 400 Palestinians, including at least 160 children. Attempts were made to smuggle weapons into Gaza via the Mediterranean Sea, which led to the imposition of a legal naval blockade. Additionally, rocket and mortar shell fire continued, inflicting wide-spread damage and trauma on Israel’s southern residents in particular, which lead to the development of the Iron Dome aerial defense system.

    Today, the relationship between Israel and Gaza remains tense. Yet Gazan civilians are still allowed to enter Israel to receive medical treatment, pray, study, travel, and work on a daily basis. Israel regularly facilitates the transfer of humanitarian supplies to the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom Crossing, even in times of conflict, including during Operation Protective Edge in 2014.

    Hamas remains accountable for controlling the Gaza Strip, and continues to put its terror-based goals above the needs of its people. They insist on inciting violence and wasting vital supplies on terror activity. The IDF will continue to operate as necessary to safeguard the security needs of the State of Israel, and is ready to defend Israeli civilians and sovereignty.
    Hamas Source: 5-Year Truce to Include Return of 4 Israelis at Some Point
    A truce between Hamas and Israel will be officially unveiled by the end of August, according to Turkey’s official news agency Anadolu, quoting a Hamas source.

    The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that as part of the deal, which was brokered by Egypt and the UN with input from Turkey and Qatar, Hamas and Israel would initially observe a two-week trial cease-fire.

    The truce, which is planned to last five years, would include the release of four Israelis: the remains of two fallen IDF soldiers and two living, mentally handicapped men who wondered across the Gaza border including two soldiers.

    The Anadolu report did not specify at which stage of the truce the release would be carried out, nor whether or not it would involve releasing Hamas terrorists who are behind bars in Israel.

    Under the agreement’s terms, according to the same Hamas official, the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip would be opened on a permanent basis, and Israeli restrictions on the Kerem Shalom border crossing would also be eased “dramatically.”
    IDF closes roads near Gaza over fears of revenge attack
    The military closed off a highway in southern Israel on Wednesday out of concerns that the Hamas terrorist group in the Gaza Strip may open fire at Israeli vehicles as revenge for an exchange the day before in which the army killed two Hamas members.

    The military said the decision to close Route 25 and several smaller service roads near the border was made in light of recent threats by Hamas and after IDF soldiers saw that the terror group had begun abandoning several of its positions in the Strip — a move Hamas generally takes as a precaution before carrying out attacks against Israel.

    “In light of Hamas statements and the evacuation of Hamas outposts, the Southern Command decided to increase readiness and to close a number of roadways in the Gaza periphery,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.
    Terrorists shoot at civilians near Gaza
    Terrorists from the Gaza Strip opened fire on civilian workers engaged in the construction of the barrier along the security fence near the northern Gaza Strip Wednesday afternoon.

    According to the IDF, an engineering vehicle was struck by gunfire from Gaza.

    No injuries were reported.

    Earlier Tuesday, the IDF Southern Command decided to reinforce the Gaza Division and close several access routes in the area adjacent to the Gaza Strip in response to threats from the Hamas terrorist organization.
    UN humanitarian agency calls on Israel to let fuel into Gaza Strip
    A UN aid agency on Wednesday urged Israel to let emergency fuel into the Gaza Strip to avert the shutdown of hospitals and sanitation facilities.

    Jamie McGoldrick, from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, called Israel’s restriction of fuel imports “a dangerous practice, with grave consequences on the rights of people in Gaza.”

    Israel halted the supply of petroleum and natural gas to Gaza last week after there was no pause in incendiary kites and balloons launched from Gaza into southern Israel, arson attacks that have gone on for months accompanied by border clashes. The violence has at times escalated into exchanges of fire on the border, rocket attacks from Gaza on southern Israeli cities, and Israeli airstrikes on Hamas targets.

    Israel temporarily suspended fuel shipments to Gaza in July for similar reasons. The airborne arson attacks have started hundreds of fires that consumed thousands of acres of farmland and countryside, causing millions of shekels in damage.
    Hearing the real story from Jewish National Fund-USA
    A tour around “the Gaza Envelope,” the western Negev, reveals a conventional life dealing with unconventional circumstances.

    Along open roads are bomb shelters, some even painted with beautiful patterns to make something so unnatural not seem intimidating to children who rely on fleeing to these shelters often on a daily basis – or even multiple times a day.

    Some playgrounds are indoors, like the Indoor Recreation Center in Sderot. With a mere 15 seconds to run for cover, playing out in the open is a luxury children of the South can ill afford.

    “We established the world’s first protected playground with the amazing Jewish National Fund-USA, spearheaded by CEO Russell F. Robinson, who invested heavily in the playground so children could play without fear,” remarked Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi.

    “Sadly, the hundreds of kids who come here every day are used to this,” playground manager Shmuel Ohayon laments. “They are used to frequent drills in school, running to bomb shelters at home, and if there’s trauma, they have psychologists to speak to. Seventy-four percent of them have some sort of post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD].”
    A Democratic Nation State of the Jewish People
    As Prime Minister Netanyahu's Advisor for World Communities, part of my job is to listen to what people around the world have to say. Much of what I have heard from critics following the passage of Basic Law: Israel - Nation State of the Jewish People is mistaken and misinformed. The accusations about the new law's effects on Israeli democracy have no connection to the actual content or context of the law.

    The new Basic Law was passed to fill a constitutional void. Israel, like the United Kingdom, lacks a written constitution and instead relies on a set of basic laws. Israel already has basic laws to protect individual freedoms (such as Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty). Israel lacked a basic law defining the identity and purpose of the state.

    During the seven-year debate surrounding the Nation State Law, there was a broad consensus that a basic law was needed to define the identity of the country. However, the new basic law does not contradict or supersede the basic laws that protect and guarantee individual rights of all citizens regardless of ethnicity, religion or gender.

    The new law does not erode a single right or protection of any minority. It actually reaffirms Israel's commitment to minority groups.

    The new law also, for the first time, constitutionally enshrines Arabic as a language with "special status." It affirms that "the status given to the Arabic language before this law came into effect will not be harmed."
    Isi Leibler: Hysteria over nation-state law
    Most Israeli Arabs are happy to live in Israel – the only democracy in a region of barbaric conflict and dictatorships. They enjoy a higher standard of living and better opportunities than they would in any Arab country. An increasing number are engaged in professions and one need only enter an Israeli hospital where Arab and Jewish medical staff treat Jewish and Arab patients on a basis of equality, in order to repudiate slanders of apartheid or racism.

    The rule of law applies to Arab citizens as it does to any other Israeli. They enjoy freedom of religion and do not live in fear of punitive amputations or decapitation as prevails in much of the region.

    This law was designed to ratify classical Zionism, reject post-Zionism and reiterate that Israel is a Jewish state. Yet not a single clause can be construed as racist, denigrates minorities or suggests that they will be denied state support. Israel remains a democratic Jewish state with or without the law, which merely seeks to reinforce its identity.

    There are legitimate grounds for criticizing the law, particularly errors of omission by the government due to a lack of foresight, but the hyperbole used by some of those opposing it is malicious and will foment hatred within Israel and provide aid to those nations seeking to besmirch us.
    The masquerade is over
    What's all the fuss about? The spirit of the nation-state law has engulfed Israel for decades already. The law says that the land of Israel is the historical homeland of the Jewish people; and that the state established in this land is the nation-state of the Jewish people in which they are realizing their natural, cultural, religious, and historical right to self-determination. According to the law, the realization of the right to self-determination in the State of Israel is exclusive to the Jewish people.

    Here are a few other trivialities: Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Hebrew is the national language, and Arabic has a special status. The nation will be open to aliyah [Jewish immigration] and to an ingathering of the exiles. The state will be responsible for ensuring the safety of its citizens and other members of the Jewish people who are in distress or imprisoned because of their Jewishness or their Israeli citizenship. The state will work in the Diaspora to uphold the ties between it and the Jewish people abroad and will work to preserve the Jewish people's cultural, historical, and religious legacy in the Diaspora. The state sees national value in developing Jewish settlement and will take steps to encourage and promote new and existing settlements.

    Any honest person will admit that the nation-state law is a clear expression of the political consensus in Israel. Most members of the Zionist parties would certainly sign a declaration like this one, if it wouldn't cause a political scandal. What's more, the vast majority of high school graduates can't understand the objection to it.
    EU skips over Israel
    The European Union has formulated a plan to establish a transportation infrastructure to connect Gaza to Judea and Samaria without informing or involving elements in Israel.

    According to today's report on Reshet Bet as part of the plan it is proposed to build huge infrastructures also including "Area C" - places retained in the Oslo Accords under full Israeli control.

    Formulation of the plan in the European Union took 18 months and is scheduled to take 30 years to implement. According to the plan, air- and seaports will be established, plus an extensive network of railways and roads that would connect all parts of Judea and Samaria to Gaza.

    Although the plan includes many areas under Israeli control including in East Jerusalem, the EU did not bother to update the Civil Administration or other elements in Israel.

    Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said the plan was known to him. "I made it clear that Gaza will not connect to Judea and Samaria. All their plans are on paper and are completely unacceptable," Katz said in an interview with Reshet Bet.
    Brazil presidential front-runner vows to close Palestinian embassy
    Brazil’s front-running presidential candidate has announced he will close the Palestinian embassy in Brasilia in addition to moving his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

    “Is Palestine a country? Palestine is not a country, so there should be no embassy here,” Jair Bolsonaro, a lawmaker from the Social Liberal Party, declared on Tuesday when the National Congress reopened after a three-week recess. “You do not negotiate with terrorists,” he added.

    He particularly slammed the fact that Palestinian Authority diplomatic representation is located less than two miles (3.2 kilometers) from the Planalto Palace, Brazil’s government headquarters.

    The right-wing lawmaker is a strong admirer and supporter of Israel. Elections are scheduled to be held in Brazil on October 7.

    Brazil recognized Palestine as an independent state in 2010 as part of former far-left President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva’s alignment with extremist governments such as Iran and Libya. At that time, Brazil donated $10 million to the Hamas terror group, which rules the Gaza Strip and is vowed to Israel’s destruction. Lula’s political heir, Dilma Rousseff, continued the anti-Israel sentiment during her term until she was impeached in 2016.
    French President Macron cancels Israel visit
    A year ago, Macron said he would visit Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the spring of 2018 to push for the renewal of Israeli-Palestinians peace talks. The visit was then postponed from the spring to the fall, and has now been cancelled entirely.

    Paris did not provide a reason for the cancellation, but it is likely tied to the political crisis Macron is facing at home after his bodyguard was filmed assaulting May Day protesters.

    The incident sparked the biggest political crisis of Macron's tenure. Critics say Macron’s office failed to properly punish the head of his security detail or refer him promptly to judicial authorities over the incident. They say Macron’s handling of the case shows he has lost touch with ordinary people since taking office 14 months ago.

    Footage showed the bodyguard, Alexandre Benalla, hitting a male protester and dragging away a woman while off duty and wearing a riot helmet and police tags.

    “I alone bear responsibility. They can come and get me. I answer to the French people,” Macron told a gathering of members of parliament from his party.
    Israel is suspected again of assassinating an enemy’s rocket scientist. Do these killings pay off?
    Does the plan work?

    Sometimes it backfires. The attempts on Arafat fed his legend and lent him stature among Palestinians. Israeli commandos in 1988 killed Khalil al-Wazir, also known as Abu Jihad, in Tunis in 1988. Abu Jihad, Arafat’s second-in-command, also was among the Palestinian leaders seeking accommodation with Israel. The killing did nothing to stop the first intifada. Israeli leaders believed that Abu Jihad was directing its violence, but it was a homegrown affair.

    Other times, when a critical actor is killed, it appears to have results. The 1996 assassination of Ayyash, “The Engineer,” was followed by a rash of bus bombings believed to have been planned before his death – and then several years of relative quiet.

    Schanzer said the policy may work in conjunction with an overall strategy. The campaign against Iran’s nuclear scientists, he said, was coupled with cyber warfare that for a time crippled Iran’s uranium enrichment and tough sanctions that slowed its nuclear program.

    “Israelis have always used targeted assassination as not the only means but as one element of a broader strategy,” he said.
    Russia and Israel reach understanding on Golan border line
    Israel and Russia have reached an understanding to ensure the preservation of the 1974 cease-fire line on the Golan Heights, according to Israel’s Ambassador to Russia Gary Koren.

    According to a TASS Russian News Agency report, Koren – who met with Russian journalists in Stavropol in southern Russia Monday – said, “we coordinated the arrangement under which Russia pledged to make sure, as it were, that the Syrian Army will not cross the cease-fire line established under the 1974 agreement. It looks like everything is functioning for the time being. I hope it will be so in the future, as well.”

    Koren said Israel insisted on the full withdrawal of Iranian troops from Syria.

    The 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement between Israel and Syria, which followed the Yom Kippur War, separated Israel and Syrian troops and created a 235-km. buffer zone in the Golan Heights. Israel demands the buffer zone be respected, even as it is deeply concerned that Iranian or Shia forces moving south with Syrian President Bashar Assad’s troops may try to violate it.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed during his visit to Moscow in July that respecting the Separation of Forces Agreement was a red line for Israel in Syria.
    Israeli UN Envoy Urges New Head of South Lebanon Peacekeeping Force to Push Back Harder Against Hezbollah
    Italian Maj. Gen. Stefano Del Col replaced Irish Maj. Gen. Michael Beary as the new commander of the UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon on Tuesday — a development that was welcomed by a top Israeli diplomat.

    “UNIFIL is an important force, with more than 10,000 soldiers,” Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said in a statement. “Its more robust mandate is designed to push back against the blatant, unauthorized arms buildup of Hezbollah, a proxy of Iran, in southern Lebanon. With a new commander, there is a new opportunity to fulfill more of this important mission.”

    Danon’s office explained: “UNIFIL’s mandate has been to restore peace and security to the Israeli – Lebanese border. Following the Second Lebanon War in 2006, its mandate was expanded to include monitoring the area between the Blue Line and Litani River, and keep it free of armed personnel, other than Lebanese government or UNIFIL forces. Last September, the US and Israel worked together to further expand UNIFIL’s mandate by authorizing patrols with Lebanese forces and requiring reports when peacekeepers run into Hezbollah roadblocks.”

    Recent UNIFIL commanders — including Beary, who assumed the position in July 2016 — have all served terms of 2-3 years.
    Druze-Israeli advances as Iraqi foe refuses to fight
    Israel’s Amit Mdah advanced to the semifinals at the IFMA Youth Muaythai World Championships in Bangkok this week when his Iraqi opponent refused to compete in their quarterfinal match.

    Mdah, 17, a resident of the village of Kisra-Sumei in the Western Galilee, holds the European title and won a bronze medal at the World Youth Championships a year ago. This time he was guaranteed a medal after his Iraqi rival Mohammed Jalal did not appear in the battle against him. Before that he won 10-9 against Hamdan Mohammed from the United Arab Emirates.

    The protest of the Druze community in the wake of the Nation-State Law occupies one of the main topics of discussion in Israeli society these days. However, Druze athletes continue to represent the country successfully, bring honor, and also suffer from anti-Israeli behavior by competitors from Arab countries.

    Mdah, who competes in the under-57 kg category, faced Russian Mohammed Yusuf Momonhomov late Tuesday in the semifinals.

    The Israeli delegation to the championships includes eight male athletes and two female athletes, aged 11 to 17. Before the competition, the young athletes were in a training camp in Thailand.
    Israel helps PA Arabs make pilgrimage to Mecca
    The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), headed by Maj. Gen. Kamil Abu Rokun, prepares every year for the passage of thousands of Arabs from all over Judea and Samaria to Mecca, Saudi Arabia via the Allenby Bridge.

    In a post to the Arabic COGAT Facebook page, Maj. Gen. Kamil Abu Rukun wrote to the Palestinian Authority residents: "We are prepared for a quick and easy passage for all the pilgrims from Judea and Samaria who are observing the holiday. I wish you and the Muslim world a pleasant and happy journey, and a blessed holiday."

    Approximately 5,200 PA residents are expected to cross the Allenby Bridge this week to make the pilgrimage to Mecca, which is known as the Hajj. The pilgrimage is being coordinated with the Palestinian Authority, Jordan and the Airports Authority. 88 buses were organized to bring the pilgrims across on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

    In addition, a special area was established in the city of Jericho, called "State of Al-Khawaja", to arrange and register residents in advance for the Allenby Bridge buses. From the Allenby Bridge the pilgrims continue on buses through Jordan to Mecca.
    Palestinians jailed for trying to rob biblical archaeological site
    Three Palestinians were sent to 36 days in prison on Tuesday for damaging and attempting to rob a major archaeological site in the northern West Bank last month.

    The men, whose names haven’t been released, were arrested at 1:00 a.m. on July 18 at the location of the ancient town of Sebastia, which contains overlapping layers of history dating back nearly 3,000 years.

    They were caught by an inspector for the archaeology division of the Civil Administration, the Israeli body that oversees civilian affairs in the West Bank, while carrying digging equipment and a metal detector. The site, just outside the city of Nablus, was found vandalized, Hebrew-language media reported.

    A hilltop capital of biblical kings later ruled by Roman conquerors, crusaders, and Ottomans, Sebastia — also known nowadays as the Samaria National Park — is caught between conflicting Israeli and Palestinian jurisdictions, and the site has been largely neglected by both sides for the past two decades. Beyond the decay, unauthorized diggers and thieves have taken advantage of the lack of oversight to make off with priceless artifacts.
    The New Face of Palestinian Protest: Ahed Tamimi
    We're all looking for role models, and news we can trust. We deserve to know the full story, so we can make our own decisions. AJ+ interviewed Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi. Here's what they left out. #MonitorTheMedia


    Congress Forces Al Jazeera, Other Foreign Media to Disclose Ties
    Congress recently approved new legislation that would force foreign-owned media organizations such as Qatar's Al Jazeera to register as a foreign agent under U.S. law.

    The legislation, included in the annual National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, would mandate that foreign-owned media organizations register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, a move that would shine greater sunlight on these organizations' ties to foreign governments.

    Al Jazeera in particular has become a poster child for those in Congress backing the legislation. A delegation of lawmakers, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) and Rep. Lee Zeldin (R., N.Y.), have been championing the legislation for months, arguing that Al Jazeera and others should be forced to admit their close ties to foreign governments.

    Proponents of the legislation argue that media outlets such as Al Jazeera have tried to hide their agenda behind the guise of objective journalism. Al Jazeera, for instance, recently faced intense scrutiny on Capitol Hill for running a secret, months-long spy operation on American Jewish activists and their allies in Congress on order from the Qatari government.
    Iran has only begun to feel the pain of Trump’s sanctions
    As the Iranian regime reels under the strain of renewed sanctions, the Trump administration is already preparing the next phase.

    We see too little of it in our press, but Iranians are increasingly taking to the streets and the clerics’ hold on power is weakening.

    And it’s about to get worse for the regime. A new round of US sanctions, announced in advance, kicked in Monday. It restricts currency transfers and bans trade in gold, silver, aluminum, steel and other metals.

    Most of the new sanctions have already been factored in, changing the way the world does business in Iran. European politicians, who’ve sanctified President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal, are calling on companies to stay put and do business in Iran, as the seven-party Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action dictates.

    But business is business.

    After the nuke deal was signed, France’s Renault was eager to position itself for the day all sanctions would be removed, cutting deals to dominate Iran’s car market. Anticipating Monday’s sanctions, however, Renault announced an end to all its Iran businesses in July — even though it sells no cars in America.
    Experts: New U.S. Sanctions on Iran Impose Cost on Regime’s Hostile Behavior
    The first round of U.S. sanctions reinstated against Iran this week makes clear to the Islamic Republic the Trump administration's willingness to financially squeeze the regime until it curbs its destabilizing behavior, according to regional experts.

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned that firms doing business with Iran would be blocked from the U.S. market as new sanctions hit the country despite appeals from Washington's allies.

    The sanctions are part of a steadily increasing pressure campaign implemented after Trump in May decided to withdraw the United States from the Obama-era Iran nuclear accord that sought to limit Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

    The administration will ratchet up pressure on Tehran's economy in early November when U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil are due to snapback.

    The renewed U.S. sanctions go into effect as protests escalate against Iran's hardline ruling party over its immense military spending, which has crippled an already weak Iranian economy.
    Trump's Ambassador To Germany Scores Another Victory Against Iran
    U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell is quietly convincing German companies to discontinue business with Iran.

    Grenell has scored a series of victories in recent days by successfully lobbying against a $400 million payment from the German central bank to the Islamic Republic and convincing car company Daimler to cancel expansion plans in the country.

    Many German businesses rushed to do business with Iran after the signing of the nuclear deal in 2015.

    The Trump administration, however, has pulled out of the nuclear deal and announced Monday that it would re-impose the same economic sanctions on Iran that the Obama administration removed as part of the deal. The new economic sanctions will limit Iranian ability to use the U.S. dollar, to trade in precious metals, and target its import/export businesses to the United States.

    The sanctions also affect any business that wishes do business with U.S. entities.

    “The Trump administration intends to fully enforce the sanctions reimposed against Iran, and those who fail to wind down activities with Iran risk severe consequences,” the White House warned in a Monday release.
    Will US sanctions really stop Iran from backing terror?
    Will the economic sanction imposed by Washington on Iran cause it to abandon the path of terror? For the time being, as one expert told Israel Hayom on Tuesday, the answer appears to be no.

    "To understand the influence of sanctions on the Iranian regime's behavior, you must first understand the modus operandi of Iranian banks and the Revolutionary Guard Corps,"explained Yossi Mansharof, a researcher of Iran and Shiite militias at the University of Haifa's Ezri Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies.

    "More than a few Iranian banks were included in the sanctions that were in place before the nuclear deal in 2015, because they were involved in money laundering for the Revolutionary Guards. Over the past six years, several European banks have been fined billions of dollars by the American authorities after admitting to helping the Iranian regime bypass the sanctions and launder billions of dollars," he said.

    "The method that keeps recurring in Iran is the use of straw companies, which the U.S. authorities keep trying to expose, just as we saw in the United Arab Emirates recently. The U.S. administration still has its work cut out for it in this department, it appears," Mansharof said.
    Yazidi Slavery, Child Trafficking, Death Threats to Journalist: Should Turkey Remain in NATO?
    Addressing the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee on December 9, 2015, Mirza Ismail, founder and chairman of the Yezidi Human Rights Organization-International, said, in part:

    "We Yezidis are desperate for your immediate help and support. During our six-thousand-year history, Yezidis have faced 74 genocides in the Middle East, including the ongoing genocide. Why? Simply because we are not Muslims. We are an ancient and proud people from the heart of Mesopotamia, the birth place of civilization and the birth place of many of the world's religions. And here we are today, in 2015, on the verge of annihilation. In response to our suffering around the World there is profound, obscene silence. We Yezidis are considered 'Infidels' in the eyes of Muslims, and so they are encouraged to kill, rape, enslave, and convert us."
    ...
    "I am pleading with each and every one of you in the name of humanity to lend us your support at this crucial time to save the indigenous and peaceful peoples of the Middle East."


    Three years after this impassioned plea, Yazidis are still being enslaved and sold by ISIS, with Turkish involvement, while the life of the journalist who exposed the crime is threatened. Reuniting the kidnapped Yazidis with their families and bringing the perpetrators to justice should be a priority of civilized governments worldwide, not only to help stop the persecution and enslavement of Yazidis, but also to defeat jihad.

    The question is whether NATO member Turkey is a part of the solution or part of the problem. Should Turkey, with the path it is on, be allowed even to remain a member of NATO?
    Trump Admin Offers $10 Million Bounty on Top al Qaeda Leaders
    The Trump administration announced on Wednesday that it is offering $10 million for information leading to the location, arrest, or conviction of two top al Qaeda leaders, doubling the bounty from its previous amount of five million dollars.

    The bounty was first placed on the al Qaeda leaders in December 2000, but the United States has yet to apprehend or locate the individuals.

    "The U.S. Department of State's Rewards for Justice Program is increasing reward offers for information leading to the location, arrest, or conviction of al-Qaida key leaders Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah and Sayf al-Adl to $10 million," the State Department said in a release. "This represents a doubling of the previous reward offers of $5 million each announced in December 2000."

    "Both individuals served as members of al-Qaida's leadership council, and al-Adl also served on the group's military committee," according to the State Department.

    The terrorist leaders were initially charged by a federal grand jury in November 1998 for their role in the bombing of the U.S. embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and in Nairobi, Kenya.



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