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10 July 2019

 

Policy in Washington

 

Trump’s Newest ‘Central Casting’ General

 

10 July 2019

 

By David Brown, Daniel Lippman, and Wesley Morgan

 

Cross Reference: United States and Canada, Europe

 

Source: Politico

 

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/10/trump-mark-milley-general-1571426

 

 

 

Farm States Slammed by Double Whammy of US-China Trade War and Immigration Woes

 

10 July 2019

 

Cross Reference: East Asia, United States and Canada

 

 

 

 

US to Ease Huawei Trade Restrictions with Heavy Caveats

 

10 July 2019

 

By Jon Porter

 

Cross Reference: East Asia, United States and Canada

 

Source: The Verge

 

https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/10/20688686/usa-huawei-ban-restrictions-eased-national-security-concerns-entity-list

 

 

 

 

 

Al-Qaeda

 

Al Qaeda releases maiden video on Kashmir; issues threats to army, govt

 

10 July 2019

 

Cross reference: South Asia

 

Source: Economic Times

 

//economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/70158497.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

 

 

 

ISIS

 

Germany rebuffs US request for ground troops in Syria to fight ISIS

 

10 July 2019

 

Cross reference: Europe, Middle East

 

Source: Military Times

 

https://www.militarytimes.com/flashpoints/2019/07/08/germany-rebuffs-us-request-for-ground-troops-in-syria-to-fight-isis/

 

 

 

ISIS Terrorist Involved in Paris Attacks that Killed Over 130 Awarded Compensation

 

10 July 2019

 

By Brendan Cole

 

Cross reference: Europe, Homegrown, Legal Issues

 

Source: Newsweek

 

https://www.newsweek.com/bataclan-paris-attacks-abdeslam-figaro-berton-1448061

 

 

 

Indonesia to decide whether to take back families of ISIS fighters

 

10 July 2019

 

Cross reference: Southeast Asia

 

 

 

 

Afghanistan

 

Seeking Revenge, Taliban Target Afghan Soldiers’ Families

 

10 July 2019

 

By David Zucchino and Farooq Jan Mangal

 

Cross reference: South Asia

 

Source: The New York Times

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/10/world/asia/taliban-revenge-afghanistan.html

 

 

 

Airstrikes target Taliban militants in Nejrab of Kapisa and Andar of Ghazni

 

10 July 2019

 

Cross reference: South Asia

 

Source: Khaama Press

 

https://www.khaama.com/airstrikes-target-taliban-militants-in-nejrab-of-kapisa-and-andar-of-ghazni-03878/

 

 

 

Iraq

 

Iraq to allegedly export oil through Syria

 

10 July 2019

 

Cross reference: Middle East, Finance

 

Source: Al Masdar News

 

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/iraq-to-allegedly-export-oil-through-syria/

 

 

 

Israeli-Arab Conflict

 

Report: 3,987 Palestinian refugees killed in Syria since 2011

 

10 July 2019

 

Cross Reference: Middle East

 

 

 

 

Middle East

 

Report: 3,987 Palestinian refugees killed in Syria since 2011

 

10 July 2019

 

Cross Reference: Arab-Israeli Conflict

 

 

 

At least 3,626 Palestinian refugees have been killed in Syria between March 2011 and June 2019, the Action Group for Palestinians in Syria revealed yesterday. The number included the Palestinian refugees killed in attacks in the war-torn country, in prisons and during the migration journeys. According to the Action Group, 1,977 were killed in refugee camps – an increase of 24 victims when compared to last year. Nearly 75 per cent of the refugees killed were from Yarmouk refugee camp, amounting to 1,422, the group said, stating that scores starved to death as a result of the siege on the area.

Source: Middle East Monitor

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190710-report-3987-palestinian-refugees-killed-in-syria-since-2011/

 

UAE troop drawdown in Yemen was agreed with Saudi Arabia

10 July 2019

By Aziz El Yaakoubi

 

The United Arab Emirates had been planning its recent troop drawdown in Yemen for over a year and coordinated its move with key ally Saudi Arabia, a senior Emirati official said on Monday. The UAE, a leading member of the Western-backed Sunni Muslim coalition battling the Iran-aligned Houthi movement, is reducing its military presence as worsening U.S.-Iran tensions threaten security closer to home, Reuters reported last month.cThe Gulf state has pulled some troops from areas including the southern port of Aden and the western coast, but says it remains committed to the internationally-recognised government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

 

Source: Reuters

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-emirates/uae-troop-drawdown-in-yemen-was-agreed-with-saudi-arabia-official-idUSKCN1U31WZ

 

Russian-led assault in Syria leaves over 500 civilians dead: rights groups, rescuers

10 July 2019

 

By Sulieman Al-Khalidi

 

Cross reference: Europe

 

 

 

At least 544 civilians have been killed and over 2,000 people injured since a Russian-led assault on the last rebel bastion in northwestern Syria began two months ago, rights groups and rescuers said on Saturday.Russian jets joined the Syrian army on April 26 in the biggest offensive against parts of rebel-held Idlib province and adjoining northern Hama provinces in the biggest escalation in the war between Syrian President Bashar al Assad and his enemies since last summer.

 

 

 

Source: Reuters

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-casualties/russian-led-assault-in-syria-leaves-over-500-civilians-dead-rights-groups-rescuers-idUSKCN1U200Q

 

 

 

Germany rebuffs US request for ground troops in Syria to fight ISIS

 

10 July 2019

 

Cross reference: Europe, ISIS

 

 

 

A government spokesman says Germany isn’t considering sending ground troops to Syria as part of its contribution to fighting the Islamic State group. German media reported over the weekend that the U.S. envoy for Syria, James Jeffrey, asked the German government last week to contribute ground troops to the anti-ISIS coalition led by the United States. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Monday that "Germany has for years made a considerable and internationally recognized contribution" to the coalition that includes training Iraqi troops, doing aerial reconnaissance and refueling allied aircraft.

 

Source: Military Times

 

https://www.militarytimes.com/flashpoints/2019/07/08/germany-rebuffs-us-request-for-ground-troops-in-syria-to-fight-isis/

 

 

 

Iraq to allegedly export oil through Syria

 

10 July 2019

 

Cross reference: Finance, Iraq

 

 

 

Iraq will allegedly export oil through the neighboring countries of Jordan and Syria, the Al-Watan publication reported, citing an announcement from Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi. According to the publication, Abdul-Mahdi expressed Iraq’s desire to diversify their trade partners and reestablish oil export routes. Iraq has lost its export routes of oil and needs to diversify its export lines,” Abdul Mahdi said at a news conference on Tuesday, as reported by Al-Watan.

 

Source: Al Masdar News

 

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/iraq-to-allegedly-export-oil-through-syria/

 

 

 

Iran enriching uranium to 4.5% purity, IAEA tells member states

 

10 July 2019

 

Iran is enriching uranium to 4.5% fissile purity, above the 3.67% limit set by its deal with major powers, the U.N. nuclear watchdog policing the deal told member states in a closed-door meeting on Wednesday, diplomats familiar with the figures said. The International Atomic Energy Agency had previously only said Iran was over the 3.67% limit. It also said on Wednesday that Iran's stock of enriched uranium was now 213.5 kg, over the deal's 202.8 kg limit, and more than the 205 kg verified on July 1.

 

 

 

Source: Yahoo News

 

https://news.yahoo.com/iran-enriching-uranium-4-5-103808019.html

 

 

 

U.S. and Iran set to clash at U.N. nuclear watchdog

 

10 July 2019

 

By Francois Murphy

 

Cross reference: International Organizations, US & Canada

 

Source: Reuters

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-iran-usa/us-and-iran-to-clash-at-un-nuclear-watchdog-idUSKCN1U510D

 

 

 

Central Asia

 

A Spy Case Exposes China’s Power Play in Central Asia

 

10 July 2019

 

By Thomas Grove

 

Cross reference: East Asia

 

 

 

In a top-secret operation earlier this year, Kazakh counterintelligence officers swooped in on a Soviet-era apartment block and detained a senior government adviser on charges of spying for China. Months later, the authorities did something unusual. They allowed information about the case to leak in local media, a rare instance of open push back against Beijing’s growing influence in Central Asia’s largest and richest country. The arrest of Konstantin Syroyezhkin—a former Soviet KGB agent accused of passing classified documents to Chinese agents, according to people with knowledge of the investigation—comes as Kazakhstan’s leaders struggle to balance a hunger for Chinese investment with fears of encroachment by their giant eastern neighbor.

 

Source: The Wall Street Journal

 

https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-spy-case-exposes-chinas-power-play-in-central-asia-11562756782

 

 

 

South Asia

 

Al Qaeda releases maiden video on Kashmir; issues threats to army, govt

 

10 July 2019

 

Cross reference: Al-Qaeda

 

 

 

In its first video on Kashmir, al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahari has asked terrorists to inflict "unrelenting blows" on the Indian Army and the government to "bleed" the economy and make the country suffer.  In the video, Zawahari, who took over the reins of al Qaeda after the death of Osama bin Laden, said, "I am of the view that the Mujahideen (armed terrorists) in Kashmir- at this stage at least- should focus with single mind on inflicting unrelenting blows on the Indian Army and government

 

 

 

Source: Economic Times

 

//economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/70158497.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

 

 

 

Seeking Revenge, Taliban Target Afghan Soldiers’ Families

 

10 July 2019

 

By David Zucchino and Farooq Jan Mangal

 

Cross reference: Afghanistan

 

 

 

Afghanistan — Muhammad Didar Mukhlis Afghan, a sergeant serving at a remote Afghan Army base, was pleased when his nephew invited his wife and son to his wedding back home in eastern Afghanistan. The sergeant pitched in almost $400 to help with the nephew’s wedding costs. But instead of a wedding, the event became a murder scene. The nephew, Qari Aziz, was among a group of Taliban fighters who killed the sergeant’s wife and son inside Mr. Aziz’s home in May, according to Sergeant Afghan and government officials in Paktia Province.

 

 

 

Source: The New York Times

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/10/world/asia/taliban-revenge-afghanistan.html

 

 

 

Airstrikes target Taliban militants in Nejrab of Kapisa and Andar of Ghazni

 

10 July 2019

 

Cross reference: Afghanistan

 

 

 

The security forces carried out airstrikes against Taliban militants in Kapisa and Ghazni provinces in the past 24 hours. The informed military officials said Wednesday that an airstrike killed 2 Taliban militants in Nejrab district of Kapisa. The officials further added that a similar airstrike killed 1 Taliban militant in Andar district of Ghazni. The Taliban group has not commented regarding the airstrikes so far. The security situation in Ghani and Kapisa provinces has deteriorated during the recent months. Taliban militants are active in some districts of the two provinces and often conduct terrorist related activities.

 

Source: Khaama Press

 

https://www.khaama.com/airstrikes-target-taliban-militants-in-nejrab-of-kapisa-and-andar-of-ghazni-03878/

 

 

 

Southeast Asia

 

Indonesia to decide whether to take back families of ISIS fighters

 

10 July 2019

 

Cross reference: ISIS

 

 

 

Indonesia may be made to choose between being humane and protecting its security as it considers whether to take back more than 100 of its citizens believed to be family members of Indonesians who joined the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). These Indonesians have been stranded in a refugee camp in Syria since the failed caliphate was ousted by US-led coalition forces in March. Indonesia's counter-terrorism agency (BNPT) chief, Inspector General Suhardi Alius, said on Monday night (July 8) that Indonesia is open to letting them all return, but was quick to set a condition: each must first be thoroughly investigated in Syria, as they have reportedly burnt their Indonesian passports and all forms of identification.

Source: Strait Times

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-to-decide-whether-to-take-back-families-of-isis-fighters

 

 

 

 

 

East Asia

 

China June exports seen falling, adding to fears of global slowdown

 

10 July 2019

 

Cross reference: Finance

 

 

 

China’s exports likely fell in June as weakening global demand and a sharp hike in U.S. tariffs took a heavier toll on the world’s largest trading nation, a Reuters poll showed. Imports are expected to have fallen for a second straight month, pointing to continued weakness in domestic demand and highlighting the need for Beijing to roll out more economic support measures. If Friday’s trade data are in line with the downbeat forecasts or worse, it could spark concerns about a sharper-than-expected slowdown in China and the risk of a global recession.

 

 

 

Source: Reuters

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-economy-trade/china-june-exports-seen-falling-adding-to-fears-of-global-slowdown-reuters-poll-idUSKCN1U50W0

 

West, Japan rebuke China at U.N. for detention of Uighurs

 

10 July 2019

 

By Stephanie Nebhay

 

Cross reference: International Organizations

 

 

 

Nearly two dozen countries have called on China to halt its mass detention of ethnic Uighurs in the Xinjiang region, the first such joint move on the issue at the U.N. Human Rights Council, according to diplomats and a letter seen by Reuters. U.N. experts and activists say at least 1 million Uighurs and other Muslims are held in detention centres in the remote western region. China describes them as training centres helping to stamp out extremism and give people new skills.

 

 

 

Source Reuters

 

https://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFKCN1U51D3

 

 

 

A Spy Case Exposes China’s Power Play in Central Asia

 

10 July 2019

 

By Thomas Grove

 

Cross reference: Central Asia

 

Source: The Wall Street Journal

 

https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-spy-case-exposes-chinas-power-play-in-central-asia-11562756782

 

 

 

Africa

 

Terrorism ‘spreading and destabilizing’ entire regions, Guterres warns States, at key Kenya conference

 

10 July 2019

 

 

 

Speaking in Nairobi at the opening of a conference on counter-terrorism, Mr. Guterres recalled how attackers had laid siege to a hotel complex in the capital in January, killing 21 people. The deteriorating situation in the Sahel and “increasing risks” in West Africa are also deeply concerning, the UN chief continued, amid ongoing attacks by armed militants in the Lake Chad region, central Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. In light of these developments, “there is an urgent need for the international community to support Member States in this region”, Mr. Guterres said, noting that the people of Africa “are on the front line of efforts to tackle terrorism and the spread of violent extremism”.

 

Source: UN News

 

https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/07/1042131

 

 

 

Nigeria Tops Pirate Attacks in Gulf of Guinea - IMB

 

10 July 2019

 

Cross Reference: Maritime

 

 

 

Nigeria has again been rated number one in pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea, according to a new report by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB). IMB is a specialised department of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) whose responsibilities include fighting crimes related to maritime trade and transportation, particularly piracy and commercial fraud and protection of the crews of ocean-going vessels.

 

Source: AllAfrica

 

https://allafrica.com/stories/201907100108.html

 

US missiles found in Libya compound belonged to France

 

10 July 2019

 

Cross Reference: Europe

 

 

 

France's Defense Ministry acknowledged Wednesday that U.S.-made missiles captured from the self-styled Libyan National Army belonged to the French military. A statement said the missiles were originally intended to protect French anti-terrorism forces in Libya and so did not violate an arms embargo. It said they were damaged and no longer operational, and were put into storage for destruction.

 

Source: ABC News

 

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/us-missiles-found-libya-compound-belonged-france-64234785

 

 

 

Nigeria parliament on lockdown after clash with Shi’ite group

 

10 July 2019

 

 

 

Nigeria’s National Assembly was locked down on Tuesday after shots were fired outside during clashes between police and a group of Shi’ite Muslim protesters.

 

Both sides blamed the other for the shooting. In a statement, Nigerian police said two officers were shot and wounded in the legs, and six other officers were injured by individuals using clubs and stones. But Abdullahi Muhammad Musa, a protester and member of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), told Reuters that police fired the shots, killing two protesters, after they peacefully tried to enter the assembly building.

 

 

 

Source: CGTN Africa https://africa.cgtn.com/2019/07/10/nigeria-parliament-on-lockdown-after-clash-with-shiite-group/

 

 

 

Somalia executes three al Shabaab members over 2017 hotel attack

 

10 July 2019

 

 

 

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia executed three men on Wednesday convicted of participating in the bombing of a Mogadishu hotel that killed 18 people in 2017 as members of the insurgent group al Shabaab, the state-run news agency said.

 

 

 

Source: Reuters

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-somalia-security/somalia-executes-three-al-shabaab-members-over-2017-hotel-attack-idUSKCN1U51RD

 

 

 

Sudan activists say internet restored after crackdown

 

9 July 2019

 

By Fay Buelgasim and Samy Magdy

 

 

 

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudanese activists said Wednesday the ruling generals restored internet service in the country, following a weeks long blackout imposed during a deadly crackdown early last month.

 

 

 

Source: Washington Post

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/sudan-activists-say-internet-restored-after-crackdown/2019/07/10/c23808fa-a314-11e9-a767-d7ab84aef3e9_story.html?utm_term=.b8745834905e

 

 

 

Europe

 

UK ambassador to US who criticized Trump resigns, British Foreign Office says

 

10 July 2019

 

By Nicole Darrah

 

Cross Reference: U.S. and Canada

 

 

 

The British ambassador to the U.S. who criticized President Trump has resigned, the U.K. Foreign Office said Wednesday. Ambassador Kim Darroch — in documents leaked in recent days — slammed the Trump administration as "diplomatically clumsy and inept," and said he doubted it would become "substantially more normal."

 

 

 

Source: Fox News

 

https://www.foxnews.com/world/uk-ambassador-to-us-who-criticized-trump-resigns-british-foreign-office-says

 

 

 

ISIS Terrorist Involved in Paris Attacks that Killed Over 130 Awarded Compensation

 

10 July 2019

 

By Brendan Cole

 

Cross reference: ISIS, Homegrown, Legal Issues

 

 

 

The man thought to be the sole survivor of the group that carried out the Paris terror attacks was awarded 500 euros ($560) in compensation because the level of surveillance he was under in jail was deemed illegal, it has been reported. Belgian-born Salah Abdeslam, 29, had links to Isis which claimed responsibility for the co-ordinated attacks that killed 130 people and left around 360 people injured in the French capital.

 

 

 

Source: Newsweek

 

https://www.newsweek.com/bataclan-paris-attacks-abdeslam-figaro-berton-1448061

 

 

 

Bulgaria to buy 8 new F-16s from US

 

10 July 2019

 

By John Bowden

 

Cross reference: Aviation

 

 

 

The government of Bulgaria on Wednesday approved a plan to purchase eight new U.S.-manufactured F-16 fighter jets in a bid to bring the country's air force up to NATO standards. The Associated Press reported that Bulgaria's deputy defense minister announced Wednesday that Lockheed Martin had beaten out two European manufacturers to secure a contract with the government worth $1.25 billion, with an option for the U.S. Congress to contribute $60 million to the deal.

 

Source: The Hill

 

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/452441-bulgarias-government-to-buy-8-new-f-16s-from-us

 

 

 

 

 

Russian-led assault in Syria leaves over 500 civilians dead: rights groups, rescuers

10 July 2019

 

By Sulieman Al-Khalidi

 

Cross reference: Europe

 

Source: Reuters

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-casualties/russian-led-assault-in-syria-leaves-over-500-civilians-dead-rights-groups-rescuers-idUSKCN1U200Q

 

 

 

Germany rebuffs US request for ground troops in Syria to fight ISIS

 

10 July 2019

 

Cross reference: ISIS, Middle East

 

Source: Military Times

 

https://www.militarytimes.com/flashpoints/2019/07/08/germany-rebuffs-us-request-for-ground-troops-in-syria-to-fight-isis/

 

 

 

As Trump closes US doors to migrants, Latin Americans look to Europe

 

10 July 2019

 

By Daniel Boffey and Sam Jones

 

Cross reference: US & Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean

 

Source: The Guardian

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/10/latin-american-migrants-europe-belgium-spain-eu

 

 

 

US missiles found in Libya compound belonged to France

 

10 July 2019

 

Cross Reference: Europe

 

Source: ABC News

 

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/us-missiles-found-libya-compound-belonged-france-64234785

 

U.S. and Canada

 

Trump’s Newest ‘Central Casting’ General

 

10 July 2019

 

By David Brown, Daniel Lippman, and Wesley Morgan

 

Cross Reference: Policy in Washington, Europe

 

 

 

Army Gen. Mark Milley headed to the White House in November to be interviewed for the top military job in Europe. He emerged from the meeting with an even loftier prize: President Donald Trump asked Milley if he wanted to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

 

Source: Politico

 

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/10/trump-mark-milley-general-1571426

 

 

 

Farm States Slammed by Double Whammy of US-China Trade War and Immigration Woes

 

10 July 2019

 

Cross Reference: East Asia, Policy in Washington

 

 

 

Farm Belt states are great for business. The “I” states — Iowa, Illinois, Indiana — along with Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, California, Texas and others, are powerhouse food producers. U.S. agriculture typically harvests enough for our own consumption and about 20% more for export. But the farm economy — never a sure thing — is challenged this year like at no other time in recent history, at least since the mid-1980s. Ironically, the problem this time is agriculture’s amazing productivity in the U.S. and other developed nations. Five straight years of bumper crops have resulted in excess supply, depressing commodity prices and eroding the savings and equity on the balance books.

 

Source: CNBC

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/10/farm-states-slammed-by-us-china-trade-war-and-immigration-woes.html

 

 

 

US to Ease Huawei Trade Restrictions with Heavy Caveats

 

10 July 2019

 

By Jon Porter

 

Cross Reference: East Asia, Policy in Washington

 

 

 

The Trump administration has clarified how it plans to ease the restrictions on US companies trading with Huawei. Officials said that the Chinese tech giant would remain on the Entity List, but that licenses to trade with the company would be issued under certain circumstances. Huawei was placed on the Entity List back in May, which means US companies are unable to sell technology to the company without government approval. In a speech given yesterday reported by the New York Times, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said that his department “will issue licences where there is no threat to US national security.” However, he clarified that “Huawei itself remains on the Entity List, and the announcement does not change the scope of items requiring licenses.”

 

 

 

Source: The Verge

 

https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/10/20688686/usa-huawei-ban-restrictions-eased-national-security-concerns-entity-list

 

 

 

U.S. and Iran set to clash at U.N. nuclear watchdog

 

10 July 2019

 

By Francois Murphy

 

Cross reference: Middle East, International Organizations

 

 

 

The United States will use an emergency meeting of the U.N. nuclear watchdog’s board on Wednesday to raise pressure on Iran over breaches of its nuclear deal, but diplomats expect no concrete action as parties to the deal consider their next move. . . President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that Iran’s measures were within the framework of the deal, rejecting a warning by European parties to the pact to continue its full compliance.

 

 

 

Source: Reuters

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-iran-usa/us-and-iran-to-clash-at-un-nuclear-watchdog-idUSKCN1U510D

 

 

 

UK ambassador to US who criticized Trump resigns, British Foreign Office says

 

10 July 2019

 

By Nicole Darrah

 

Cross Reference: U.S. and Canada

 

Source: Fox News

 

https://www.foxnews.com/world/uk-ambassador-to-us-who-criticized-trump-resigns-british-foreign-office-says

 

 

 

As Trump closes US doors to migrants, Latin Americans look to Europe

 

10 July 2019

 

By Daniel Boffey and Sam Jones

 

Cross reference: Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean

 

Source: The Guardian

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/10/latin-american-migrants-europe-belgium-spain-eu

 

 

 

Latin America and the Caribbean

 

As Trump closes US doors to migrants, Latin Americans look to Europe

 

10 July 2019

 

By Daniel Boffey and Sam Jones

 

Cross reference: Europe, US & Canada

 

 

 

It is on the frontline of a dash to Europe by Latin Americans, as growing numbers of migrants reject the mortal risks now inherent in trying to secure a new life in the USA.

 

The European Asylum Support Office reported this month that an 11% increase in people seeking political asylum in Europe since last year is being driven by people fleeing economic disasters, political repression and criminal violence in Venezuela, El Salvador, Colombia, Honduras, Nicaragua and Peru. Many Latin American migrants are judging it better to buy a plane ticket and face the bureaucracy of the European immigration authorities rather than risk the cruelty of the people smugglers and the apparent indifference of the US administration.

 

 

 

Source: The Guardian

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/10/latin-american-migrants-europe-belgium-spain-eu

 

 

 

‘Mafia state’: How Venezuela became ‘worse than a narco state'

 

10 July 2019

 

By Kristin Myers

 

Cross reference: Narcoterrorism, Finances

 

 

 

According to U.S. indictments, former government officials, and regional experts, officials linked to the Iran-backed militant group Hezbollah and members of Maduro’s government built a massive drug syndicate — while most of the country increasingly struggled to find food to eat, or medicine to care for the sick. “Venezuela was a narco state several years ago, but it has become darker and more ominous,” Mike Vigil, former DEA Chief of International Operations, told Yahoo Finance. “I consider it to be a mafia state. Because it's not only drug trafficking — it's financial crimes, it's money laundering, it's piracy, and all kinds of trafficking. So it has become worse than a narco state.”

 

 

 

Source: Yahoo News

 

https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/venezuela-cocaine-aeroterror-hezbollah-iran-142154553.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAFW7jo22vSOZvyNb2W2v9o2ZnUzVjDaIFsfEkFpAanYmxcAAuO9AmdS7ntGWell8_sCx4AbWMWvmZhdOZBJZOUb-gZ0biazF39Rj9M3NvNoNApfNFQFPTQiBwK7mOYB8wPEfjf5x34gvIeKYpa1WOQC0JOJYSVjlGBElgy_ZGZQw

 

 

 

Colombia Supreme Court seeks former FARC leader for drug trafficking

 

10 July 2019

 

Cross reference: Narcoterrorism, Legal Issues

 

 

 

Colombia’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the arrest of a former FARC guerrilla leader for alleged drug trafficking, after he became a fugitive for failing to appear in court. Jesus Santrich, 52, who helped negotiate a 2016 peace deal between FARC and the Colombian government, became a member of the country’s Congress under the terms of the peace agreement that saw the guerrilla group transform into a political party. He was arrested in April 2018 before he could take his seat on a United States extradition request for alleged drug trafficking, but freed in May on orders of the Colombian Supreme Court. On Tuesday, Santrich, who has been missing since June 30, failed to appear in court to testify about an alleged attempt to sell cocaine after having signed the peace accord in 2016.

 

 

 

Source: Daily Times

 

https://dailytimes.com.pk/427470/colombia-supreme-court-seeks-former-farc-leader-for-drug-trafficking/

 

 

 

Technology & Cyber

 

 

 

Propaganda & Incitement

 

 

 

Finances

 

 

 

‘Mafia state’: How Venezuela became ‘worse than a narco state'

 

9 July 2019

 

By Kristin Myers

 

Cross reference: Latin America and the Caribbean, Finances

 

Source: Yahoo News

 

https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/venezuela-cocaine-aeroterror-hezbollah-iran-142154553.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAFW7jo22vSOZvyNb2W2v9o2ZnUzVjDaIFsfEkFpAanYmxcAAuO9AmdS7ntGWell8_sCx4AbWMWvmZhdOZBJZOUb-gZ0biazF39Rj9M3NvNoNApfNFQFPTQiBwK7mOYB8wPEfjf5x34gvIeKYpa1WOQC0JOJYSVjlGBElgy_ZGZQw

 

 

 

Iraq to allegedly export oil through Syria

 

10 July 2019

 

Cross reference: Middle East, Iraq

 

Source: Al Masdar News

 

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/iraq-to-allegedly-export-oil-through-syria/

 

 

 

China June exports seen falling, adding to fears of global slowdown

 

10 July 2019

 

Cross reference: East Asia

 

Source: Reuters

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-economy-trade/china-june-exports-seen-falling-adding-to-fears-of-global-slowdown-reuters-poll-idUSKCN1U50W0

 

 

 

International Organizations

 

U.S. and Iran set to clash at U.N. nuclear watchdog

 

10 July 2019

 

By Francois Murphy

 

Cross reference: Middle East, US & Canada

 

Source: Reuters

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-iran-usa/us-and-iran-to-clash-at-un-nuclear-watchdog-idUSKCN1U510D

 

West, Japan rebuke China at U.N. for detention of Uighurs

 

10 July 2019

 

By Stephanie Nebhay

 

Cross reference: East Asia

 

Source Reuters

 

https://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFKCN1U51D3

 

 

 

Legal Issues

 

ISIS Terrorist Involved in Paris Attacks that Killed Over 130 Awarded Compensation

 

10 July 2019

 

By Brendan Cole

 

Cross reference: Europe, Homegrown, ISIS

 

Source: Newsweek

 

https://www.newsweek.com/bataclan-paris-attacks-abdeslam-figaro-berton-1448061

 

 

 

Colombia Supreme Court seeks former FARC leader for drug trafficking

 

10 July 2019

 

Cross reference: Latin America and the Caribbean, Legal Issues

 

Source: Daily Times

 

https://dailytimes.com.pk/427470/colombia-supreme-court-seeks-former-farc-leader-for-drug-trafficking/

 

 

 

Homegrown

 

ISIS Terrorist Involved in Paris Attacks that Killed Over 130 Awarded Compensation

 

10 July 2019

 

By Brendan Cole

 

Cross reference: Europe, Legal Issues, ISIS

 

Source: Newsweek

 

https://www.newsweek.com/bataclan-paris-attacks-abdeslam-figaro-berton-1448061

 

 

 

Narcoterrorism

 

‘Mafia state’: How Venezuela became ‘worse than a narco state'

 

9 July 2019

 

By Kristin Myers

 

Cross reference: Latin America and the Caribbean, Finances

 

Source: Yahoo News

 

https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/venezuela-cocaine-aeroterror-hezbollah-iran-142154553.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAFW7jo22vSOZvyNb2W2v9o2ZnUzVjDaIFsfEkFpAanYmxcAAuO9AmdS7ntGWell8_sCx4AbWMWvmZhdOZBJZOUb-gZ0biazF39Rj9M3NvNoNApfNFQFPTQiBwK7mOYB8wPEfjf5x34gvIeKYpa1WOQC0JOJYSVjlGBElgy_ZGZQw

 

 

 

Colombia Supreme Court seeks former FARC leader for drug trafficking

 

10 July 2019

 

Cross reference: Latin America and the Caribbean, Narcoterrorism

 

Source: Daily Times

 

https://dailytimes.com.pk/427470/colombia-supreme-court-seeks-former-farc-leader-for-drug-trafficking/

 

 

 

Suicide

 

 

 

WMD

 

Iran enriching uranium to 4.5% purity, IAEA tells member states

 

10 July 2019

 

Cross reference: Middle East

 

Source: Yahoo News

 

https://news.yahoo.com/iran-enriching-uranium-4-5-103808019.html

 

 

 

Maritime

 

Nigeria Tops Pirate Attacks in Gulf of Guinea - IMB

 

10 July 2019

 

Cross Reference: Africa

 

Source: AllAfrica

 

https://allafrica.com/stories/201907100108.html 

 

 

 

Aviation

 

Bulgaria to buy 8 new F-16s from US

 

10 July 2019

 

By John Bowden

 

Cross reference: Europe

 

Source: The Hill

 

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/452441-bulgarias-government-to-buy-8-new-f-16s-from-us

 

 

 

First Responders

 

 

 

 

 

IUCTS Highlights

Seminars

 

May 20, 2019

"Jerusalem and Washington: A Life in Politics and Diplomacy” with Ambassador Zalman Shoval"

 

May 14, 2019

"The Role of Diplomacy in the World's Future"

 

April 30, 2019

"The Current State of American Diplomacy and Future Outlook"

 

March 28, 2019

"Biological Terrorism: International Dimensions"

 

July 25, 2018

"The Role of Diplomacy in Combating Terrorism: Past Lessons and Future Outlook"

 

April 30, 2018

"Combating Terrorism: National, Regional, and Global Lessons for the Next Decade and Beyond"

 

March 1, 2018

"Balkan Security Challenges: Past Lessons and Future Outlook"

 

February 27, 2018

"Punctuated Equilibria Paradigm and Security in the Modern World"

 

February 9, 2018

Combating Terrorism: Reflections over the Generations

 

January 31, 2018

National, Regional, and Global Terrorism: An Israeli Perspective

 

December 19, 2017

Security Challenges in the Balkans: Quo Vadis?

 

December 7, 2017

Egypt-U.S. Strategic Partnership

 

November 20, 2017

Spanish-U.S. Strategic Partnership

 

November 13, 2017

Czech Republic-U.S. Strategic Partnership

 

October 31, 2017

Can the State System and Separatism Co-Exist?

 

September 11, 2017

Al-Qa'ida: Sixteen Years After 9/11 and Beyond

 

August 24, 2017

Combating Biological Terrorism: Roadmaps for Global Strategies

 

June 29, 2017

The Role of Diplomacy in Combating Terrorism

 

June 9, 2017

European and U.S. Counter-Terrorism Strategies: Quo Vadis?

 

May 24, 2017

"Is a New Middle East Strategic Order Emerging?"

 

April 20, 2017

"Terrorism and the Media: Dilemmas for Government, Journalists, and the Public"

 

April 13, 2017

"Security Challenges in Africa: Review of 2016 and Outlook for 2017"

 

March 23, 2017

"Preventing WMD Terrorism: Past Lessons and Future Outlook" 

 

February 23, 2017

"International Cooperation in Combating Terrorism: Review of 2016 and Outlook for 2017"

 

December 16, 2016

"Latin America's Security Outlook: Challenges and Opportunities in the Post-Castro Era"

 

Additional past events 

Seminars

 

April 30, 2019

"The Current State of American Diplomacy"

 

March 28, 2019

"Biological Terrorism: International Dimensions"

 

July 25, 2018

"The Role of Diplomacy in Combating Terrorism: Past Lessons and Future Outlook"

 

April 30, 2018

"Combating Terrorism: National, Regional, and Global Lessons for the Next Decade and Beyond"

 

March 1, 2018

"Balkan Security Challenges: Past Lessons and Future Outlook"

 

February 27, 2018

"Punctuated Equilibria Paradigm and Security in the Modern World"

 

February 9, 2018

Combating Terrorism: Reflections over the Generations

 

January 31, 2018

National, Regional, and Global Terrorism: An Israeli Perspective

 

December 19, 2017

Security Challenges in the Balkans: Quo Vadis?

 

December 7, 2017

Egypt-U.S. Strategic Partnership

 

November 20, 2017

Spanish-U.S. Strategic Partnership

 

November 13, 2017

Czech Republic-U.S. Strategic Partnership

 

October 31, 2017

Can the State System and Separatism Co-Exist?

 

September 11, 2017

Al-Qa'ida: Sixteen Years After 9/11 and Beyond

 

August 24, 2017

Combating Biological Terrorism: Roadmaps for Global Strategies

 

June 29, 2017

The Role of Diplomacy in Combating Terrorism

 

June 9, 2017

European and U.S. Counter-Terrorism Strategies: Quo Vadis?

 

May 24, 2017

"Is a New Middle East Strategic Order Emerging?"

 

April 20, 2017

"Terrorism and the Media: Dilemmas for Government, Journalists, and the Public"

 

April 13, 2017

"Security Challenges in Africa: Review of 2016 and Outlook for 2017"

 

March 23, 2017

"Preventing WMD Terrorism: Past Lessons and Future Outlook" 

 

February 23, 2017

"International Cooperation in Combating Terrorism: Review of 2016 and Outlook for 2017"

 

December 16, 2016

"Latin America's Security Outlook: Challenges and Opportunities in the Post-Castro Era"

 

Additional past events 

Op-ed

 

The Times of Israel
on January 25, 2019: "There's good reason to fear Iran's global reach" by Prof. Yonah Alexander and Dr. Milton Hoenig

 

The Times of Israel on September 26, 2018: "The battle for the new Syria"

by Prof. Yonah Alexander and Dr. Milton Hoenig