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Blackwater USA | Daily Brief 2019

Syria The U.S. and Turkey agreed to a five-day ceasefire in northern Syria, in exchange for the U.S. dropping new sanctions on Turkey, and the Kurds evacuating a 30 km border area. However, reports say the fighting continues all the same. The Kurds accused Turkey of using napalm and white phosphorus against them, which isn’t…

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Coming Up This Week The Swedish Academy will announce this year’s Nobel Prize winners today, and award the prizes on Thursday. Pres. Trump thinks he deserves one “for a lot of things,” but also complained that the system is rigged against him. The U.S. and China resume trade talks on Thursday and Friday in Washington….

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U.S. The Economist had a good opinion piece that explains why it’s a big deal that Pres. Trump may have pressured a foreign leader to investigate a rival’s son. In short: “In a country as corrupt and vulnerable as Ukraine the link between American support and investigating the Bidens—you give us dirt on Joe and we’ll…

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China China’s birthday parade today was apparently quite a spectacle, with over 100,000 performers and soldiers taking part. The PLA showed off 16 of the highly anticipated Dongfeng-41 long-range ballistic missiles to much fanfare (note: I’m now reading the missiles would take ~30 minutes to reach the U.S., not five minutes as I saw yesterday)…

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Coming Up This Week The UN holds its annual General Assembly this week in New York. Naysaying presidents Xi of China, Putin of Russia, and Maduro of Venezuela won’t attend. The issues certain to get a lot of airtime include: Iran’s troublemaking India’s revocation of Kashmir’s special status New voluntary carbon emissions reduction targets that…

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Amazon Fires Brazil’s Pres. Bolsonaro said that wildfires destroying the Amazon rainforest “may have been initiated” by NGOs trying “to bring problems to Brazil,” but then—when pressed—he conceded that was just an unfounded hunch. Analysts think the fires were probably started by farmers trying to clear land during a drier spell than usual. Bolsonaro also…

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China A court in China sentenced human rights activist Huang Qi to 13 years in prison for “deliberately leaking state secrets”—by running a website that tracks accusations of human rights abuses. Huawei said its 1H revenues were up 23% vs. last year—despite the U.S. blacklisting its technology. Afghanistan An apparent insider attack killed two U.S….

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Coming Up This Week Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell hopes to advocate for a rate cut this week—even though economic indicators look good—because the economy isn’t responding to Fed policy as theory would expect. The second Democratic primary debate will take place over two nights—tomorrow and Wednesday—in Detroit. China Hong Kong saw another round of…

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 2016 cycle. It’s only the first of five volumes the Committee is producing on Russian interference. The Senate confirmed Gen. Mark Milley as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff by 89-1. Saudi…

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 U.S. support for Saudi, in protest of Saudi’s poor human rights record, but Trump said they were “ill conceived” and didn’t address the “root causes” of the war in Yemen. China Reuters reports that an official…