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Coming Up This Week Tuesday is the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, and China has massive celebrations planned. MilitaryTimes is eagerly watching a parade on Tuesday that will show off China’s ever-modernizing arsenal of next-generation weaponry—perhaps including the Dongfeng 41 nuclear-capable missile that can reach the U.S. in under five minutes. Because…

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Iran Iran finally released the British tanker it seized in July, but analysts say its release is only an attempt to divert attention from the criticism being leveled against Iran at UNGA this week. Iran is struggling to keep friends at UNGA. The UK, France, and Germany issued a joint statement blaming Iran for the…

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Coming Up This Week Afghanistan was preparing to celebrate its 100th independence anniversary today, but called the party off after Saturday’s bloody wedding attack in Kabul. Instead of fanfare about independence from Britain 100 years ago, I’m seeing a lot of articles about how the last 40 years have been Afghanistan’s worst. Deposed Sudanese dictator Omar…

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U.S. Pres. Trump is said to be looking into the idea of buying Greenland from Denmark—something the U.S. previously tried to do in 1867 (no price given) and 1946 (for $100 million). It’s possible that Denmark wouldn’t mind selling it: Denmark currently spends $591 million subsidizing 60% of Greenland’s budget. The WSJ says Trump’s motivation is probably…

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China The head of Beijing’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs office said that Hong Kong’s crisis “is getting worse and worse,” and is now the most significant upheaval in the territory since British rule ended in 1997. However, I didn’t see any other big news out of Hong Kong today. DRC Glencore announced that it’s…

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Coming Up This Week NSA Bolton and Commerce Secretary Ross will attend a summit on Venezuela in Peru this week, at which Ross is expected to lay out the U.S. plan for post-Maduro recovery. The eighth round of U.S.-Taliban negotiations began on Saturday, and will continue this week. The Taliban says its co-founder, Mullah Baradar,…

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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. being single, often male adults—since most asylum seekers from the countries affected tend to be families who will now be deterred by the idea of being sent to Guatemala. Mexico said that the number of…

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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…