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Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Coming Up This Week The U.S. Federal Reserve meets tomorrow and Wednesday, and is widely expected to cut interest rates…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Iran Coordinated attacks on key Saudi oil facilities at Abqaiq and Khurais disrupted half of the Kingdom’s oil supply (five…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Afghanistan A couple good recaps, timed for the anniversary of 9/11, counted the costs of the Afghan war. Both are…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

U.S. Pres. Trump fired “Mr. Tough Guy” NSA Bolton with a  tweet. Analysts say Bolton’s departure will shift the balance…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Coming Up This Week Mexico’s Foreign Minister will visit Washington tomorrow to talk about Mexico’s progress in reducing migration to…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Afghanistan Pres. Trump dropped the bombshell that he’d been planning separate secret meetings with Pres. Ghani and Taliban leaders at…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Hong Kong Police derailed a planned protest at Hong Kong’s airport by checking people traveling there for their passports and…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Afghanistan The dust settled on yesterday’s Taliban car bomb in Kabul: at least 12 died, including one U.S. and one…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Afghanistan Time reported that SecState Pompeo refused to sign the U.S.-Taliban agreement expected out of Doha, but that may have been…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Hong Kong Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, finally formally withdrew the controversial extradition bill that started these protests months…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Hong Kong A recording surfaced purporting to show Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, lamenting the ongoing crisis last week…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Coming Up This Week News outlets are watching Hurricane Dorian, which is now a Category 5 storm expected to make…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

U.S. Hurricane Dorian is now a Category 4 storm, and Florida’s governor declared a state-wide state of emergency. Hong Kong…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

FARC Ex-FARC commander Iván Márquez issued a new video calling his followers to arms, indicating that he’d given up on…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Brexit PM Johnson asked the Queen to suspend Parliament in September, and she reportedly agreed.That’s a big deal because it…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Iran Pres. Macron of France said he was trying to set up a meeting between Pres. Trump and Pres. Rouhani…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Coming Up This Week The G7 summit wraps up today, and—for the first time—participants will not sign a formal agreement…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Hong Kong Protests in Hong Kong got rowdy again yesterday, with some violent clashes between demonstrators and police.Tens of thousands…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

China & Hong Kong 135,000 protesters in Hong Kong linked hands to create a giant human chain and call for direct…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Amazon Fires Brazil’s Pres. Bolsonaro said that wildfires destroying the Amazon rainforest “may have been initiated" by NGOs trying "to…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

China Beijing confirmed that it detained a local employee from the UK consulate in Hong Kong who has been missing…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Coming Up This Week Afghanistan was preparing to celebrate its 100th independence anniversary today, but called the party off after Saturday’s…

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Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

China A WSJ opinion editor thinks that Hong Kong authorities may be provoking protesters into violating overly restrictive rules on where they…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

U.S. Pres. Trump is said to be looking into the idea of buying Greenland from Denmark—something the U.S. previously tried…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

China Demonstrators in Hong Kong took a tiny step back from the brink with a kinda-sorta apology for their part…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

China Pres. Trump suspended new tariffs on approx. $156 billion of Chinese goods—just as spontaneously as he’d said he would…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

China Protesters staged sit-ins at Hong Kong’s airport, causing the airport to cancel 150 flights. Protesters are upset about increasingly…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Coming Up This Week Saudi Aramco releases results for 1H 2019 today, and is expected to try to impress potential…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Libya The LNA and GNA agreed to a temporary, UN brokered ceasefire in Tripoli for Eid, “so that Libyan citizens…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

China Hong Kong’s protesters are staging a sit-in at the airport, and calling for their “five demands” to be met.…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

China China warned that it could directly intervene in Hong Kong: “If the situation worsens further, and there is turmoil…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

China The head of Beijing’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs office said that Hong Kong’s crisis “is getting worse and…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

China The NYT called yesterday’s strike the “most dramatic day of demonstrations” in Hong Kong since this round of protests began in…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Coming Up This Week NSA Bolton and Commerce Secretary Ross will attend a summit on Venezuela in Peru this week,…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Afghanistan SIGAR released its latest quarterly report. Some tidbits:The report noted that the ANSF lost 42,000 troops in the last…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

DoD The Senate passed a budget bill, which will now head to Pres. Trump’s desk. The new bill allocates $738…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

GWOT U.S. officials said they now think Osama bin Laden’s son, Hamza, died sometime in the last two years—based on…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Migration The WSJ says that the U.S.-Guatemala immigration deal is likely to lead to a greater share of migrants entering the U.S.…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

China A court in China sentenced human rights activist Huang Qi to 13 years in prison for “deliberately leaking state…

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Blackwater USA – Daily Brief

Coming Up This Week Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell hopes to advocate for a rate cut this week—even though economic…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 7/28/19

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 7/28/19

Afghanistan Afghanistan’s state minister for peace affairs boasted that a 15-person government delegation was going to meet with Taliban reps…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 7/27/19

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 7/27/19

U.S. The Senate Intelligence Committee issued a heavily-redacted report saying that Russia targeted all 50 states’ election commissions during the…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 7/26/19

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 7/26/19

Saudi Pres. Trump vetoed three joint resolutions to prohibit arms sales to Saudi Arabia. The measures were intended to withdraw…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 7/24/19

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 7/24/19

Brexit Boris Johnson was officially proclaimed the winner of the Conservative Party’s leadership ballot, so he will succeed Theresa May…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 7/23/19

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 7/23/19

China The Washington Post says that Huawei secretly helped build and maintain North Korea’s wireless network, possibly contradicting U.S. sanctions on…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 7/21/19

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 7/21/19

Iran Iran released a video of its seizure of the Stena Impero tanker, which showed the IRGC troops who conducted…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 7/22/19

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 7/22/19

Coming Up This Week Today is the apparent deadline for Mexico to fix immigration, if you believe the “45 days”…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 6/19/19

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 6/19/19

Mining & Energy Cobalt 27 said it would sell all of its cobalt assets to a shareholder (Pala Investment Ltd)…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 6/18/19

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 6/18/19

China China is still supporting Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam—and reportedly blocking her from stepping down—but calls for her…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 6/17/19

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 6/17/19

Coming Up This Week Pres. Trump officially launches his 2020 reelection campaign tomorrow, though the WSJ says his 2016 campaign “never really…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 6/6/19

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 6/6/19

Strategic Minerals Reuters says the Pentagon has been reaching out to African and other rare earth producers, in an effort to…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 6/5/19

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 6/5/19

China An estimated 180,000 people turned out for a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong to remember the protesters who died…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 6/4/19

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 6/4/19

Mexico A Conservative Review op-ed on territorial security in Mexico is pasted below. Its conclusions are a bit aggressive, but it cites…

Blackwater USA – 	Daily Brief 6/3/19

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 6/3/19

Coming Up This Week Pres. Trump is in the UK for a three-day state visit, and he’s already caused a…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 5/29/19

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 5/29/19

China & Strategic Minerals The Chinese Communist Party’s People’s Daily printed an editorial that used some apparently very heavy language (if you…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 5/28/19

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 5/28/19

Afghanistan Al Jazeera had a good article on what’s stopping Afghanistan from profiting on its mineral resources. The answer is in…