Despite the government’s ban on marching, tens of thousands of Hongkongers took to the streets to participate in demonstrations Sunday. After two relatively quiet weeks, Sunday’s procession once again featured violent conflicts, putting the serious civil conflict back on display.
The United States will increase the sale of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Central America after the inauguration of a gigantic storage tank in Panama for distribution throughout the region. The 180,000 m3 tank is located at the entrance of the Panama Canal in the city of Colón, where the American company AES has a terminal with an LNG-based power generation plant.
The Kurds, who have faced Turkish attacks in northern Syria, are calling on Americans to assume their moral obligation to help them. They accuse the United States of leaving them alone, despite promises to provide them security. The Kurds, in a statement, also called on the United States to close the area’s airspace for Turkish planes. Meanwhile, France has suspended arms exports to its NATO ally because of Turkish military action.
A federal judge ruled Friday that the that the national emergency declaration proclaimed by US President Donald Trump is illegal. Therefore, his decision to divert money from other sources to finance the construction of a border wall is also illegal. Judge David Briones of the US Federal Court for the Western District of Texas responded to a lawsuit filed against the federal government by El Paso County, Texas, jointly with the Border Network for Human Rights.
The United Nations on Friday announced a series of measures to tackle its worst financial crisis in nearly a decade. The United Nations reported a deficit of $1.4 billion in its operational budget this year and blamed the funding gap on some 60 countries in arrears, seven of which caused 90% of the deficit, such as the United States, Brazil, Israel, and Iran.
Despite the deaths of dozens, including civilians, and the displacement of about 100,000 people from border towns in northern Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insists on continuing his military campaign, “Operation Spring Peace,” against Kurdish fighters. Erdogan said he would continue this “battle until all terrorists go south 32 kilometers away from our border.”
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem called the US and Turkish military presence in northern Turkey illegal and demanded the immediate withdrawal of its troops from its territory. Speaking at the UN General Assembly’s annual summit in New York on Saturday, Waleed Muallem stressed that the US and Turkey’s refusal to withdraw from Syria could trigger a response from Syrian forces.
Whenever a Bangladeshi hears the name of the Central Intelligence Agency, America’s spy outfit, the one thing that pops up in his mind is the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, founder of Bangladesh. When a group of military officers killed the nation’s founding leader, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, many Bengalis—as well as foreigners—blamed the United States. Mujib’s daughter, Sheikh Hasina, now prime minister of Bangladesh, decades later still believes that America was behind her father’s assassination.
The Commander in Chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, Hossein Salami, warned against attacking his country, saying that any such attack would result in the destruction of the invader. The statement of Gen. Salami comes after Washington’s announcement to send troops to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, following the attack on Saudi oil installations last week. Tehran denied the allegations of involvement in the attack.
It’s been five years since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi last stepped on American soil. At Madison Square Garden in New York City, Modi was treated like a rock star, after being barred from entering the United States for nearly a decade. On Sunday, the Indian leader will address an even bigger crowd of supporters in Houston, Texas, along with President Trump.
On Friday, US Department of Defense officials planned to present military options against Iran at a meeting with President Donald Trump. Last Saturday, Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities were attacked and severely damaged in two locations north of the country. The attack cut half of Saudi Arabia’s oil production and had an immediate impact on world oil prices. Although the Yemeni Houthi group claimed responsibility for the attacks, and said they carried out the simultaneous flight of ten UAVs, Saudi and US officials said the attack was carried out by Iran.
The Iranian Foreign Minister has wrarned that any attack on his country would be considered “all-out war,” after the US Secretary of State supported Saudi Arabia’s defense after the attack on Saudi oil facilities. Javad Zarif has said this after his US counterpart, Mike Pompeo, said that the attack on Saudi oil facilities was an act of war, that Iran’s actions were unbearable, and that the United States was following the recent attacks on Saudi Arabia’s crude oil facilities.
Saudi Arabia’s new ambassador to the UK has warned against hurrying to respond to Saturday’s attack on oil facilities in his country. Speaking to reporters, Prince Khalid bin Bandar Saud said the attacks were a blow to the world and their economy but warned that the Middle East could not afford more conflict.
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, says that if the US goes back to the nuclear deal, it can negotiate with Iran like other parties. Otherwise, he said, “Iranian officials, at any level, will never talk to American officials. This is part of their policy to put pressure on Iran.” Khamenei added, “their policy of maximum pressure will fail.”
In a move that angered the Syrian government, Ankara, and Washington yesterday morning launched their first joint patrols in the area east of the Euphrates River, which is under the control of the Kurds, in implementation of an agreement reached to establish a “safe zone” and prevent the launch of a new and complex military operation. Damascus has promised to bring down the “safe zone.”
China officially sued the United States at the World Trade Organization on Tuesday over American import duties. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce on September 2 said Beijing is “strongly dissatisfied” with the punitive tariffs on Chinese imports from the US that came into force a few days ago and resolutely opposed it.
The government’s media watchdog in Iraq has suspended Alhurra TV for three months. The panel accused Alhurra of bias, citing a documentary broadcast as “lacking professional credentials and credible evidence,” and ordered it be suspended for three and a half months to correct its position. The media watchdog has asked the television network to officially apologize for broadcasting the documentary.
Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan, says the US military will vacate five military bases in the first phase in the event of a peace deal with the Taliban. Khalilzad will arrive in Doha after the end of the ninth round of talks with the Taliban.
The US Army Command says it has targeted al-Qaeda’s headquarters in Syria for rocket attacks. The attack took place in an area of Idlib province that is still controlled by opposition and rebels against the government of Bashar al-Assad. Russia, meanwhile, has announced the start of a ceasefire in Idlib on Saturday.
Iran’s Communication and Information Technology Minister has denied reports by international institutions about the failure to launch a satellite rocket. US-based Planet Labs Inc., a privately owned imaging company, released satellite images of a rocket launcher on a launch pad at a space center in Iran yesterday.
France hosted the G7 summit in Biarritz from August 24th to 26th, 2019. Although China did not participate, and the China-US trade war is not an issue, it is an unavoidable topic. Only seven Western countries (and the European Union representing Europe) are present, but the group discussed pressing issues, such as the global economy, climate change, Libya, Iran, terrorism and immigration issues.
Monday is the third and final day of the 45th G7 summit in the French resort town of Biarritz. On Sunday, the American delegation received a surprise, in the form of a visit by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Saturday was host to a heated debate over whether to allow Russia to return to this elite club of the world’s developed countries.
For a long time, experts described the active modernization of China’s armed forces as that of a “growing power.” Perhaps this definition is outdated, and China is already able to challenge the United States in many military fields.
US President Donald Trump says he has issued an “enforceable order” for US companies to leave China, after Beijing announced tariffs on US goods and products. The White House did not say whether the president had the authority to force private US companies to leave China. Trump pledged to respond to Beijing after Chinese authorities unveiled a plan to impose a 10 percent tariff on US goods and products, worth up to $75 billion a year.
According to official British data, the number of Chinese students studying in the UK last year has increased by 30% from the previous year. This fall, the number of Chinese students studying in the UK will reach a new high. Although many universities in the UK have been in the new school year for a while, most students have already received admission notices, and are preparing for admission. That includes Chinese students going to the UK for undergraduate and postgraduate studies.
US President Donald Trump canceled his trip to Denmark because of Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s refusal to sell Greenland to the United States. Speaking in a tweet Tuesday, August 20, the president praised Denmark, and commented about the prime minister’s remarks that she had no interest in discussing the sale of Greenland to the United States.
Mike Pompeo has claimed that the White House sanctions on Iran’s oil exports have prevented the sale of 2.8 million barrels of oil. Iran claims to be able to sell its oil. The US secretary of state, speaking in an interview with MSNBC, said he was confident that the White House could continue its strategy. Pompeo made reference to the “Iran zero oil export” strategy that Donald Trump’s government has adopted since May. Mr. Pompeo has called on the United Nations Security Council to extend Iran’s arms embargo, which expires next year.
The United States has warned the Greek government and Mediterranean ports authorities against cooperating with the Iranian oil tanker which was released Sunday from Gibraltar after more than a month in detention. “It is unfortunate that this has happened,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.
US President Trump’s Chief Economic Adviser, Larry Kudlow said on August 18th that the Washington and Beijing authorities are actively working to resume trade negotiations to end the US-China trade war that disrupts the global market. Kudlow also said that despite the turmoil in the global financial market, there will be no economic recession, and the trade war against China has not harmed the US economy.
Reuters quoted two sources saying that the US Department of Commerce will extend the time for Chinese technology giant Huawei to purchase US corporate products. It is expected to be extended for another 90 days. If the ban is strictly enforced, it will seriously affect Huawei’s supply chain. However, it may also strike against US customers that Huawei is serving and suppliers that supply Huawei. In view of this, the United States proposed a delay in implementation shortly after the ban was issued.
An Iranian oil tanker, seized by Gibraltar authorities last month, left the port where it was detained. Traffic data in the region show that the tanker moved east in the Mediterranean, heading to Kalamata, a Greek city. Tehran expressed readiness to send Iranian naval forces to accompany the tanker, if necessary. The name of the tanker was changed from “Grace 1″ to “Adrian Darya 1” and is now carrying the Iranian flag.
Greenland’s government says it welcomes foreign investment but is not for sale. This came in response to comments by US President Donald Trump, which hinted at the possibility of Washington’s purchase of the island under the administration of Denmark.
An Egyptian, whose sister was detained on arrival at Cairo International Airport from Washington last month, said that family problems might be behind his sister’s arrest. Mustafa Desouki told news reporters that he was looking after his 13-year-old nephew, Mustafa Hamed, after his mother and other uncles were arrested.
Poland has announced that it will participate in the US-led International Maritime Mission in the Strait of Hormuz. The United States invited nine countries to participate in the mission of securing commercial shipping in the Persian Gulf. Germany and France are considering their own European force plan to secure shipping in the Gulf.
The Wall Street Journal quoted sources within the White House saying that the US president was interested in buying Greenland. It is the largest island in the world, the autonomous territory of Denmark. Mr. Trump, who was in the construction business before the presidency, is looking very seriously at the purchase.
This week, Durig Capital reviews one of the leading producers of steel products in the United States. AK Steel (NYSE:AKS) produces steel for the automotive, infrastructure and manufacturing sectors. There has been much talk of bringing back manufacturing jobs to the U.S., especially in the production and manufacturing of steel. AK Steel is one of the companies trying to ensure continued heavy manufacturing capabilities within the United States. It recently reported its second quarter results (for the three months ending June 30, 2019) with the highlights (listed above).
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.
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.