13 Aug 2017

Trump Warns Xi: Trade War With China Begins Monday
Trump on Monday will call for an investigation into China over allegations that the nation violated U.S. intellectual property rights and forced technology transfers, the official said. While it’s unclear how much detail Trump will get into in the announcement, administration officials expect U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to open an investigation against China under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974.

MISSILE MADNESS: Satellite pics show North Korea is preparing a submarine missile launch
“Recent commercial satellite imagery reveals several developments suggesting that North Korea may be accelerating the development of the sea-based leg of its nuclear forces.

‘Historic’ Baal arch condemned as ‘ancient evil manifesting itself’
Around the world, hailed by the global elite, a symbol of a false god is rising. It has risen in London and New York City, the latter only a few steps away from Ground Zero. It was placed outside a global summit in Dubai. Most recently, it was even constructed for the G7 Summit in Florence, Italy. But the arch isn’t just a Roman ruin. It was originally an arch for the Temple of Baal, a terrible pagan god repeatedly mentioned in the Old Testament.

US air strike kills several ISIS leaders in Afghanistan
The attack on Thursday killed Abdul Rahman, identified by the US military as the Kunar provincial emir for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-Khorasan, according to a statement from the command in Kabul.

Netanyahu: Israel welcomes US efforts to ignite peace process
Israel will “welcome, as always,” US President Donald Trump’s envoys Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt when they come to the region to try to “ignite” the diplomatic process, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said…The White House announced…that Kushner, Greenblatt and Dina Powell…will be traveling…to meet with leaders representing Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Iran eyes more funds for missiles, troops after US sanctions
Iran’s parliament gave initial approval on Sunday to a bill to boost spending on Tehran’s missile program and the elite Revolutionary Guards in retaliation for new sanctions imposed by the United States. Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved the outlines of the bill to “counter America’s terrorist and adventurist actions” as some chanted “Death to America,” the state broadcaster IRIB reported.

UN Syria investigator: Enough evidence to convict Assad of war crimes
The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria has gathered enough evidence for President Bashar al-Assad to be convicted of war crimes…Carla del Ponte, said ….Del Ponte…who prosecuted war crimes in Rwanda and former Yugoslavia, announced last week that she was stepping down from her role in frustration at the UN Security Council’s failure to continue the commission’s work by setting up a special tribunal for Syria that could try alleged war criminals.

Philip Hammond and Liam Fox in post-Brexit deal call
The UK will need a transition period to help businesses adjust after Brexit, the chancellor and the international trade secretary have said. In a joint Sunday Telegraph article, Philip Hammond and Liam Fox stressed any deal would not be indefinite or a “back door” to staying in the EU. Their comments are being seen as an attempt to show unity between rival sides in Theresa May’s cabinet.

Venezuela crisis: Latin Americans condemn Trump over ‘military response’
The South American trading bloc Mercosur has condemned President Trump for saying he was considering military action in the Venezuela crisis. Argentina said dialogue and diplomacy were the only ways to promote democracy in Venezuela. Venezuela’s foreign minister said Mr Trump’s words had been hostile and disrespectful and risked destablising Latin America.

Is Alexa spying on us? We’re too busy to care — and we might regret that
It’s an experience every computer or smart phone user has had. After downloading new software or an app, a window pops up with a legal agreement. At the bottom is an “I agree” button. One click, and it’s gone. Most users have no clue what they’ve agreed to. That single action can empower software developers to extract reams of personal information – such as contacts, location, and other private data – from the devices.

Hezbollah claims to have discovered Israeli espionage device
Hezbollah announced Sunday that it had discovered an alleged Israeli spying device in Har al-Barouk, opposite Lake Qaraoun in the Beqaa Valley. According to the Al Manar network, the device was remotely detonated by Israel and pieces were scattered throughout the Har al-Barouk area. According to Hezbollah’s media arm, fiberglass in the shape of a boulder was covering the device, which was fixed on a rock overlooking the…Beqaa Valley…

Trump to ramp up trade pressure on China with call for probe on Monday
President Donald Trump on Monday will order his top trade adviser to determine whether to investigate Chinese trade practices that force U.S. firms operating in China to turn over intellectual property, senior administration officials said on Saturday.

Suspect Name, Mugshot Emerges In Charlottesville Car Attack That Killed 1, Injured 26
Charlottesville Police have officially named James Alex Fields, Jr., 20, of Ohio as the suspected driver in today’s attack in Charlottesville, Va. Fields was booked into the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail on Saturday on suspicion of second-degree murder.

Chief Economist: Only Thing Preventing 40% Stock Increases Over Next Two Years Is Janet Yellen and Federal Reserve
… In the past 10 years there have been only four Fed Funds rate increases. Three of those increases occurred since President Trump won the election on November 8th, 2016….No Fed Funds Rate increases took place between June 2006 and December 2015. CNBC reported in December 2015 that President Obama oversaw “seven years of the most accommodative monetary policy in U.S. history” (from the Fed). The Fed Funds rate was at zero for most of Obama’s time in office

Martin Armstrong Warns, Australia Is “Crossing The Line Into A Totalitarian State”
“Behind the Curtain, there seems to be no government going completely nuts more so than Australia…”

Hamas weighs dropping Gaza civilian gov’t for military rule
A senior Hamas official reported that leaders of Hamas’ Al-Qassam Brigade have proposed a general plan to Hamas leadership intended to alleviate the unlivable conditions in Gaza, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency said.

Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science Ranked Sixth Worldwide in Annual Innovation Index
The Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot was ranked sixth in an annual innovation index that was published this week by Nature. The Israeli public research university was the only non-US institution to finish in the top 15 of the list of 200 schools.