UN Rapporteur: Freedom of Expression in Iran is More Restricted

The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran says freedom of expression in Iran has been curtailed. In his second report in six months, he expressed concern about the impact of sanctions on Iran’s “food and drug safety.” Javid Rahman submitted his second report to the UN General Assembly on Friday and it emphasized that in the past year freedom of expression in Iran has been curtailed and human rights abuses have continued.

Brexit Chaos? Rising Costs, Food Shortages Predicted Once Britain Leaves the EU

Leaked British government documents say the UK could encounter a shortage of fuel, food, and medicine if they leave the European Union without an agreement in October. The documents, published in the Sunday Times, reveal predictions of chaos in the UK, and the return of roadblocks on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, which could fuel protests.

EU Warns Hong Kong Ahead of ‘Million March’

Protests continue in Hong Kong after ten weeks and could swell to a “million march” on Sunday. The EU has warned the Hong Kong government not to undermine the legal rights of protesting citizens. While China has not ruled out military intervention in Hong Kong, protests continue in the former British colony against local government and Beijing’s interference in domestic affairs.

Fast Food Workers Reveal What You Should Never Order – Once Again, Reddit Leads the Way

We have all learned that Reddit can be an invaluable resource for all kinds of news and information. But, perhaps it’s most useful for unvarnished truth-telling. Here are some comments from Redditors who have worked the other side of the counter at some famous fast food chain restaurants. If you think your biggest worry is employees spitting in your food (or, Yikes! – much worse!) what they have to say may make some customers swear off fast food for good. Let’s just call it “The Reddit Diet.

Police Keep it (Mostly) Peaceful in Portland Protests

Thirteen people were arrested and six people were injured, with one requiring hospitalization, after a day of protests in Portland Saturday.  The Portland Police Bureau, several other local and national law enforcement agencies, and civic organizations and leaders throughout the city had spent weeks preparing for much worse.  It was their stated mission to protect members of the right-wing group, Proud Boys, and left-wing Antifa protesters, from each other by keeping them separate.  For the most part, they succeeded.  However, the Proud Boys have already warned they’ll be back.

Tycoon Jeffrey Epstein Committed Suicide in Prison, Autopsy Confirms

It’s now crystal clear that American billionaire Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide by hanging himself. An autopsy performed on his body by the city’s forensic office eventually concluded so. America and the world at large was shocked by reports that the tycoon had been found dead last Saturday in a New York prison from where he was awaiting his trial for child sex trafficking charges.

China Has No Plans to Forcefully End Protests in Hong Kong

China has announced that it has no plans to forcefully end the protests in Hong Kong, but it will not be ruled out if necessary. China has said that if the Hong Kong executive government fails to bring peace, then China will intervene. Satellite imagery, which has been widely shared on social networks, indicates an increase in China’s military presence in the border town of Shenzhen. The pictures show dozens of Chinese police and military vehicles in the grounds of a sports stadium.

Israel News: Mysterious Bombing of Iranian Weapons Storage Depot in Iraq

The Golani Brigade, the pride of Israeli Defense Forces, foiled an attack at the Gaza border fence early this week. Four Palestinians armed with RPGs, assault rifles, and grenades attempted to breach the wall and infiltrate Israel.  They were shot dead and only one of the men was able to climb the fence and throw a grenade at the soldiers.  Two Israeli soldiers were slightly injured from shrapnel.  The body of the terrorist Abu Salah was taken by Israel. Abu Salah is a member of Hamas border patrol.

Iran and Other Islamic Countries Weigh In on Kashmir Crisis

Iran and Turkey have criticized India’s policy of ending the autonomy of the two states, Jammu and Kashmir. Many Muslim countries, however, have been more cautious about recent developments in Kashmir. Mohammad Hussein Bagheri, Iranian Armed Forces chief of staff, expressed concern over the situation in Kashmir and said in a telephone conversation with his Pakistani counterpart that a military approach to the Kashmir crisis could increase complexity throughout the region. Bagheri has called on the Indian government to respect the rights of Muslim residents of the two states.

Shooting in Philadelphia: At Least 6 Police Officers Injured, Attacker Arrested

Several police officers were injured Wednesday during a shooting in downtown Philadelphia, local authorities said, in an attack that preceded the August 3rd and 4th attacks in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, respectively. A Philadelphia Police Department official said on his Twitter account that there is an “ongoing” shooting in downtown Philadelphia and asked people to “avoid the area.”

A Liga of Their Own: Bayern Munich (1-3) and Barcelona (4-6) Favorites in Germany, Spain

Two more of the world’s biggest soccer leagues kick off their seasons this weekend.  Bayern Munich (2-11) will look to extend their period of unparalleled dominance of the German Bundesliga, as they take on Hertha Berlin (20-1) on Friday.  That same day, FC Barcelona (14-19) begin their quest for a three-peat in La Liga, away to Athletic Bilbao (4-1).  Both Bayern (1-3) and Barca (4-6) are heavily favored to win their respective leagues.  Both will seemingly have their sights set on the Champions League.

Side Effects of Removing Your Appendix – It’s Not a Useless Organ

The appendix is an unimportant small pouch or a tube-shaped structure that is attached to the large intestine. It is situated on the lower right side of the abdomen. It isn’t a vital organ, but many people largely believe or assume that it may help a person to recover from diarrhea, inflammation, or infections of both intestines. As its precise function is unknown, the body can function appropriately without an appendix.

Portland Leaders Nervously Prepare for Dueling Protests Saturday

A cursory glance at the extended weather forecast— and the local news— suggest that Portlanders might be advised to spend this weekend somewhere calm, like the Oregon coast.  Or, for that matter, perhaps Syria.  To be sure, there are plenty of events happening in and around the city.  The Portland Police want you to know that.  The main event, of course, is an expected right-wing rally, and left-wing counter-protest, at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.  To those expected to attend, including many from out of town (or out of state), Portland’s political and business leaders had a simple message: stay home.

Greek Island of Euboea Ravaged by Fire – “Huge Ecological Disaster”

A wildfire ravaged the island of Euboea in Greece, on Wednesday, for more than 30 hours. It’s one of the biggest disasters in the history of the country, and the country’s authorities have since described it as a “huge ecological disaster.”  The Greek firefighters put in a lot of efforts to contain the massive fire that ravaged one of the best-preserved wildlife sanctuaries on the island.

Severe Security Restrictions Lifted in Parts of Kashmir

Kashmir police have said severe security restrictions have been lifted in the Jammu region but will remain in place until further notice in the Kashmir Valley. Munir Khan, a senior official in Jammu and Kashmir police who spoke at a news conference in Srinagar, the center of the area, added that the reason for lifting security restrictions in Jammu is to give police forces full control.

Taliban Begins to Evaluate ‘Final Agreement’ Documents with the US

Inter-group talks have been underway since the end of Eid, both between members of the Taliban’s political bureau in Doha and at the level of the Taliban leadership, a source told news reporters in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday. According to the source, who did not want to be named, the Taliban group will make its final decision on a “final deal” with the US within two days. The source added that another meeting between the group’s representatives and the United States would soon be needed if changes were made to the final draft of the agreement with the United States.

United States Delays New Tariffs on Chinese Products

President Trump has given consumers a break with removing a number of key products from China’s list of imports that have been imposed with new tariffs beginning from September this year. Mobile phones, computers, and video game consoles, among others, will not be taxed until December 15, allowing US companies to stock up for Christmas holidays. The announcement, which led to a surge in the stock market, provides more time to try to open negotiations on a way out of a trade war fought by both powers.

Radioactive Material Increased Threefold Since Nuclear Accident in Russia

Radioactive radiation has risen by 3 to 5 times in the area and at the site of the missile explosion incident, Dass News Agency quoted the Russian Meteorological Service speaking about the incident. Five days after the explosion, Russian sources reported a five-fold increase in the level of radioactive radiation at the site of the explosion. Donald Trump also tweeted about the blast.

New Theory of Latest Russian Nuclear Explosion

This summer Russia suffered multiple tragedies in their defense sector, including the loss of lives on the “Losharik” nuclear submarine. The latest tragedy was an explosion during the Nenoksa Missile Test Site near Severodvink, a region in northern Russia. Both times, highly skilled Russian elite specialists died. The incident at the Russian defense nuclear testing facility claimed the lives of seven people and left others injured. Overall, it is the third incident within a week in the same geographical area.

Dogs of the Dow – Durig’s Continued Outperformance Over Time


This week,
Durig Capital recaps the recent performance of its own unique version of the Dogs of the Dow Strategy and benchmarks it to that of its closest peers. Also explored is the importance of portfolio correlation to the overall market, and how correlation can help to provide investors an idea of how a portfolio could theoretically perform under various market conditions.

Durig’s Dogs of the Dow – July Performance Highlights 

  • 12.41% Year-to-Date

  • 12.87% Trailing 1 Year Return

  • 15.98% Annualized Return Since Inception

  • Beta of 0.72 (vs. Benchmark*)

     

   (Performance shown  above is as of 7-31-19)

Over 500 Migrants Stranded in the Mediterranean Sea – No Port Willing to Let Them Dock

The Norwegian ship Ocean Viking saved another 105 migrants from Libya on Monday. There are a total of 356 people on board. At the same time, 150 migrants remain “trapped” on the Spanish Open Arms ship near the Italian island of Lampedusa. Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has ordered all  Italian ports closed for refugees and illegal migrants. Meanwhile, some migrants have reportedly been waiting on ships for over ten days.

Iran Says Grace 1 Tanker Carrying Iranian Oil Will Soon Be Released

According to some reports, the Grace 1 oil tanker carries two million barrels of Iranian crude and has been seized for more than a month, “soon to be released,” and reports say that the tanker has changed its next destination. Deputy director of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization Jalil Islami said Britain was “interested” in the release of Iran’s seized tanker, adding that “documents have been exchanged between the two countries to help the seized vessel.”

Do Spontaneous Urine Leaks Have You Feeling like Spontaneously Combusting?

There are certain problems people face that can just be extremely embarrassing, especially when they can happen unexpectedly at the most inopportune moments. Urinary incontinence while it can be extremely embarrassing and stressful for those who suffer from it; however, those who deal with this issue have nothing to be ashamed about. While many people feel embarrassed or self-conscious, a wide range of women suffer from this condition, meaning you are far from on your own. While it isn’t a popular topic of discussion for suffers, you may very well have friends or family dealing with this as well, you just simply aren’t aware as it’s often something people tend to want to keep to themselves. Don’t suffer in silence; help is available thanks to the V Institute.

Hundreds Dead, Thousands Displaced as Typhoon, Heavy Rains Wreak Havoc in China, India

Thirty-two people have lost their lives in Eastern China due to Typhoon Lekima that has ravaged the region. The information was relayed by the local government on Sunday, while the monsoon has caused the loss of at least 144 people in India. In China, searches for missing persons are in progress, and more than one million people have so far been evacuated.

Hong Kong Protests – Can Chinese Economy Survive?

Hong Kong is presently experiencing a political crisis. Large scale use of law enforcement and military is being used to disperse the protesters. However, the system itself is failing and it will lead to additional protests. Historically, an achievement of the Freudo-Marxists was the quantum leap through the rationalistic outlook which had dominated in the Marxist tradition. Furthermore, the escalation of the crisis in Hong Kong is inevitable due to the bygone times and political reality of the Chinese territory.

Is Amazon Putting Greed Ahead of Their Ethical, Moral and Legal Obligations? Another Company Fern & Willow With 100% Fake Reviews

Amazon started a new service that shows Amazon Hot New Releases but Amazon is doing little to nothing to stop the massive amount of fake reviews on their site, even after having it documented for them. Fake reviews and fake companies receive a big bang and advantage from Amazon when launching new products, which we have demonstrated in several articles. Amazon is giving another asymmetric advantage to the fake review cheaters that also launch new products and get listed as Hot New Releases.

Hong Kong Protests: City Plays Damage Control, Beijing Ratchets Up the Rhetoric

A day after massive anti-government protests effectively shut down one of the busiest airports in the world, life in Hong Kong had still not returned to normal.  Hundreds more flights were cancelled Tuesday at Hong Kong International Airport, which was still dealing with the effects of the sit-in.  The local authorities defended both the use of plainclothes policemen and their tactics, which viral videos showed turning violent over the weekend and into Monday.  The protests, which have gone on for more than two months, after an extradition bill to mainland China was pulled, show no sign of slowing down.  Meanwhile, Beijing ratcheted up the rhetoric, but remained at the gates.  Waiting.

Pakistan PM Imran Khan Declares He Will Take Kashmir Case to the UN

Pakistan’s political leadership celebrated Eid in Pakistan-administered Kashmir to express solidarity with Kashmiris, where Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said, “Not only Pakistan but China also rejects India’s unconstitutional measures.” Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi while addressing the Mank Payi refugee camp said, “We are not members of the Security Council. We needed a lawyer to fight for us.” So I went to China and congratulate you that I have brought a lawyer from China to fight our case to the Security Council.”

Temporary Libyan Ceasefire Broken After Mitiga International Airport Missile Attack

The UN-brokered temporary cease-fire in Libya did not last long. The parties involved in the Libyan war agreed to end the war temporarily in the capital of Tripoli. Released news said several rockets have been fired at Mitiga International Airport. The Libyan government’s army, as well as the forces affiliated with General Khalifa Khostar, accused each other of violating the ceasefire. According to officials at the Airport, all flights were canceled but the airport reopened after maintenance and cleaning.

Hong Kong Demonstrations: Now Airport Closed, All Flights Canceled

The Hong Kong airport authorities canceled all their flights after thousands of protesters occupied the city’s international airport terminal for the fourth consecutive day. The airport authority attributed the cancellations, which affected all flights after 4 pm local time (08.00 GMT) today to; “a large number of protesters that prevented passengers from checking-in” and have “seriously interrupted” the service.

Hong Kong Protests: All flights to Hong Kong International Airport Canceled

Hong Kong International Airport canceled all flights on Monday as the fourth day of protests at the airport’s main terminal continued. The Airport is one of the busiest in East Asia and the world. Thousands of protesters started rallying at the airport’s entrance and exit lounges four days ago trying to make their protest heard around the world.

Iran Increased Pressure – John Bolton’s Main Goals on His Trip to London

US National Security Adviser John Bolton has traveled to meet with UK Prime Minster Boris Johnson’s top officials to “keep London in line with pressure on Iran and secure shipping in the Gulf.” Iran and the US-UK joint approach to the country are expected to be among the most important issues of Bolton’s meetings and talks with British officials.