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Dollar and Sanction - US News

US Weaponization of the Dollar Now Backfiring

The number of countries switching to national currencies to settle bilateral trade deals is growing in the face of the US weaponization of the dollar. Nigeria’s central bank sold yuan at its first auction of the Chinese currency, two months after it agreed a $2.5 billion swap with Beijing.

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Emmerson Mnangagwa - ZIMBABWE NEWS HEADLINES

Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa Takes Stand Against Chamisa’s Election Court Challenge

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has filed submissions in the land’s highest court opposing a court challenge to his victory by main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, one of his lawyers said on Wednesday. “We have successfully filed our opposition papers to this application, which we think is just a waste of time but that’s for the courts to decide,” Mangwana told reporters outside the Constitutional Court.

Baba Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe - South Africa News Today

Baba Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe Passes Away

Born Zondeni Veronica Mathe‚ she had four children: Miliswa‚ Dinilesizwe‚ Dalindyebo and Dedanizizwe‚ according to Thando Sipuye‚ an executive member of the Africentrik Study Group at Fort Hare‚ who paid tribute to her last year to commemorate her 90th birthday.

“The life story of this indomitable woman is one marked by constant neglect‚ pain and erasure‚” said Thando Sipuye‚ an executive member of the Africentrik Study Group at Fort Hare.

Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Bukola Saraki Headline News in Nigeria

Bukola Saraki’s Amoral Political Life And The Gathering Tempest

People like Bukola Saraki, the hugely compromised and controversial Senate President, believe that Nigeria is perpetually indebted to them. How he and his likes came about that ingrained entitlement mentality beats me. How they had come to the conclusion that Nigeria owes them baffles me.

Silas Ramaite - SOUTH AFRICA NEWS

Cyril Ramaphosa Appoints Silas Ramaite Acting NPA Head

This time Silas Ramaite replaces Shaun Abrahams, who was forced to vacate the office following the Constitutional Court ruling on Monday. The court found that Abrahams’ appointment was invalid because his predecessor, Nxasana, was wrongfully removed by then-president Jacob Zuma.

Asia-Pacific

Fraser Anning - Australian Politics News

Australian Fraser Anning Wants ‘Final Solution’ On Immigration

“We as a nation are entitled to insist that those who are allowed to come here predominantly reflect the historic European-Christian composition of Australian society. Those who come here need to assimilate and integrate,” Fraser Anning.

Narendra Modi - India Independence Day Speech 2018 - Indian News

India PM Narendra Modi 2018 Independence Day Speech

“From being seen as one among the ‘fragile five’, India is now the land of ‘reform’, ‘perform’ and ‘transform’ and the country is poised for record economic growth,” he said. “We want to make a India which is revered globally and our Constitution is our guiding light,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi remarked emphatically, adding, “India is the investment destination for multi-trillion dollars.”

Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un - Russia News - North Korea Headline Story

Vladimir Putin to Meet North Korea’s Kim Jong-un Soon

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was confident that North Korea, South Korea and Russia can work together on joint projects in “mutually beneficial cooperation.” He also said he would be willing to meet Kim “soon” to discuss urgent issues, both bilateral and regional. No specific date has been set.

Comfort Women Japan South Korea

South Korea, Taiwan Take Center Stage to Mark First ‘Comfort Women’ Day

People in South Korea and Taiwan unveiled monuments and staged protests on Tuesday to mark Japan’s wartime use of “comfort women”, a euphemism for girls and women forced to work in Japan’s wartime brothels. “My hope is that this issue will not lead to a diplomatic dispute between South Korea and Japan. I also do not think that this will be solved by a bilateral diplomatic solution,” South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in commemoration of the day.

Europe

Brexit - UK NEWS

Can Britain Alone Halt Brexit? Appeal Now In Scottish Court

Knowing whether Article 50, the part of the European Treaty which triggers a member state leaving, can be reversed is essential to keeping Britain’s options open, said Jo Maugham, a lawyer supporting this and other legal challenges to Brexit.

“This case – if it succeeds – means that when parliament looks again it will know whether we can just withdraw the Article 50 notice and keep all the opt-outs we presently enjoy. (We) will have the option of treating Brexit as just a bad dream.”

Recep Tayyip Erdogan - TURKEY NEWS

US Ally Turkey Hits Back With Tariff On Key Products

The hikes were published in Turkey’s Official Gazette in a decree signed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has repeatedly described the crisis as an “economic war” that Turkey will win. The tariff increases amount to a doubling of the existing rate, the state-run Anadolu news agency said, in an apparent parallel response to Trump’s move.

Hashim Thaci - Kosovo News

Kosovo’s Thaci Says Wants to ‘Correct’ Border With Serbia

A redrawing of the border to bring parts of Serbia with a majority Albanian population into Kosovo could end persistent tensions between Belgrade and Pristina and allow both nations to move towards EU membership, Kosovo’s president said on Tuesday. “Correcting borders will definitely avoid Kosovo’s partition, swapping territories, more crises or problems or even possibly a new war,” Hashim Thacisaid.

Benjamin Netanyahu vs Jeremy Corbyn - Israel News - UK Top Headline Stories

Corbyn, Netanyahu Fallout Over Israeli-Palestinian Bloodshed

Unimpressed, Netanyahu said in a tweet:

“The laying of a wreath by Jeremy Corbyn on the graves of the terrorists who perpetrated the Munich massacre and his comparison of Israel to the Nazis deserves unequivocal condemnation from everyone – left, right and everything in between.”

Corbyn responded: “Netanyahu’s claims about my actions and words are false. What deserves unequivocal condemnation is the killing of over 160 Palestinian protesters in Gaza by Israeli forces since March, including dozens of children.”

Middle East

Riad Darar - Syrian News - Syria Top Headline Stories

Syrian Kurdish-Led Council Visits Damascus For New Talks

The “long dialogue” included a proposal from Damascus for the de facto autonomous region to take part in the state’s local elections next month, Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) co-chair Riad Darar said.

Benjamin Netanyahu and Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi - Israel News - Egypt Headline Story

Secretly Israeli PM Netanyahu Visited Egypt For Gaza Talks

Netanyahu and Sisi also examined the possible return of the Palestinian Authority to the territory, an easing of Israel’s blockade and reconstruction of Gaza’s war-scarred infrastructure, the report said. Gaza has seen mass protests since the end of March as Palestinians demand the right to return to homes their families fled or were expelled from in 1948 during the war surrounding the creation of Israel.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - Iran News Headlines

Iran’s Khamenei Rejects Trump Offer Of Talks

“More than the sanctions, economic mismanagement (by the government) is putting pressure on ordinary Iranians… I do not call it betrayal but a huge mistake in management,” state TV quoted Khamenei as saying.

“With better management and more efficient planning we can resist the sanctions and overcome them,” Khamenei said, in an apparent effort to deflect public anger over the deteriorating economy towards Rouhani’s government.

Bashar al-Assad - Syria News - Bashar al Assad - Syrian

Iranian Delegation in Syria For Post-War Ties

“The focus of the meeting is to make necessary arrangements for the meeting of the High Commission for Economic Affairs, which will be held in the coming days with the participation of senior Iranian and Syrian officials to finalize the contracts,” IRNA said.

USA, Americas, Canada

Dollar and Sanction - US News

US Weaponization of the Dollar Now Backfiring

The number of countries switching to national currencies to settle bilateral trade deals is growing in the face of the US weaponization of the dollar. Nigeria’s central bank sold yuan at its first auction of the Chinese currency, two months after it agreed a $2.5 billion swap with Beijing.

American Soldiers in Afghanistan - War News

Like In Vietnam, US Now Losing In Afghanistan

US and Afghan forces have all but abandoned any COIN strategy which then Gen. David Petraeus employed first in Iraq and then used it in Afghanistan with promising results.

“He was, after all, the person who, more than any other, brought Iraq back from the brink of total disaster after he assumed command of US forces there in 2007,” said war correspondent Peter Bergen.

Jim Mattis - USA NEWS - U.S. HEADLINE STORY

US Jim Mattis Pitches Closer US Ties With Brazil

“We choose Brazil not because it lies along the equator in a happy accident of geography, but because we want to work with Brazilians — our hemispheric neighbor whose values we share politically, as well as your impressive technological orientation,” U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said. “Others cannot credibly say the same.”

Cristina Kirchner - Argentina News Headline

Defiant Kirchner Takes Stand In Anti-Corruption Probe

Former Argentine president Cristina Kirchner appeared before a judge leading a major probe into corruption under her government, hitting out at what she described as “judicial persecutions” to rule her out of next year’s elections. “This is a new regional strategy to outlaw leaders, movements and political forces that expanded rights and allowed millions of people out of poverty during the first decade and a half of the 21st Century,” Kirchner wrote Monday on Twitter.

Political Opinion

American Soldiers in Afghanistan - War News

Like In Vietnam, US Now Losing In Afghanistan

Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Bukola Saraki Headline News in Nigeria

Bukola Saraki’s Amoral Political Life And The Gathering Tempest

Malcolm Turnbull - Australian News - Australia Headline Stories

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull Now Unpopular: New Poll

Politicians Political Quotes

Ike Ekweremadu

‘My Hands Are Clean’: Ike Ekweremadu Political Quote

Ike Ekweremadu political quote: “So, when Justice Innocent Umezulike and his cohorts wrote a petition to the EFCC that I was given money to go and develop the south-east zone and I used it to buy 32 properties, I laughed at them because nobody gives you money to go and develop your house let alone developing a zone. Nobody has ever given me money to do any contract. So, my hands are clean. But if the EFCC wants me to come and answer that, I am prepared to answer any call from anybody as a responsible citizen. Even at that, I will continue to advocate justice, rule of law, and equity.”

Books > Politics & Government

Unhinged An Insider's Account of the Trump White House By Omarosa Manigault Newman

Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House By Omarosa Manigault Newman

“I didn’t want to believe it,” Former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman writes. “I rejected what other people said about him because they didn’t know him like I did. I had to go through the pain of witnessing his racism with my own eyes, and hearing it with my own ears, many times, until I couldn’t deny it any longer.” The accusations are among a long list of scandalous claims contained in her new book, “Unhinged,”

Fractured Continent Europe’s Crisis and the Fate of the West By William Drozdiak

Fractured Continent: Europe’s Crisis and the Fate of the West By William Drozdiak

“Europeans and Americans alike would benefit from heeding Drozdiak’s warning: That European unification may go into reverse and unravel due to blinkered nationalism on both sides of the Atlantic.” –Politico Europe

“…fascinating…” –International New York Times

Red Notice How I Became Putin's No. 1 Enemy By Bill Browder

Red Notice: How I Became Putin’s No. 1 Enemy By Bill Browder

“A sizzling account of Mr Browder’s rise, fall and metamorphosis from bombastic financier to renowned human-rights activist … Reads more like a financial thriller than a real-life story.” (The Economist).

“The story of Sergei Magnitsky’s life and death is a shocking true-life thriller, and Bill Browder was the man to write it.” (Tom Stoppard).

Records of the Emirates 1820–1960 12 Volume Hardback Set Including Boxed Genealogical Table and Maps Primary Documents, 1820-[1960] By P. Tuson

Records of the Emirates 1820–1960 12 Volume Hardback Set Including Boxed Genealogical Table and Maps: Primary Documents, 1820-[1960] By P. Tuson

In these 8000 pages Archive Editions presents a key selection of facsimile original British government documents detailing the history and development of the United Arab Emirates from 1820 to modern times.

Diplomacy & Foreign Policy

Justin Trudeau - Canada Politics Headline Story

Saudi Arabia, Canada Feud Gets Out of Control

Bashar al-Assad - Syria News - Bashar al Assad - Syrian

Iranian Delegation in Syria For Post-War Ties

Moon Jae-in - Kim Jong Un - South Korea - North Korea

North, South Korea To Hold Summit In Pyongyang

My Life Story

Kem Monovithya - Cambodia News

Exiles Seek Global Scrutiny of Cambodian Political Crackdown

Kem Monovithya, a Cambodian political activist, was visiting Switzerland in September when she got a phone call from her father. Kem Sokha, the leader of Cambodia’s main opposition party, told his daughter that government agents were raiding their family’s home in Phnom Penh.

“He told me: ‘They’re handcuffing me now,’” Kem Monovithya, 36, recalled.

Letty Stegall - Leticia Stegall, right, poses with her husband, Steve Stegall, and her daughter, Jennifer Uscanga

Un-American!

Letty Stegall’s face only appears on a screen, and her words come in unreliable cell connections and a barrage of texts. Lives once lived together are divided by some 1,600 miles. A woman who married an American and gave birth to an American and who came to think of herself as American, too, is now deported to her native Mexico. Stegall’s husband is depressed and has taken to clutching a pink teddy bear in bed, when he’s not hustling to maintain their business. Stegall’s in-laws, who built lives in Kansas City like their parents before them, have put off retiring to their lake house because they’re needed at the bar to fill in for the woman they consider a daughter.

Most of all, though, a teen who thinks of her mom as her best friend has been left without her confidante.

Lydia Joshua - Boko Haram Captive

My Life Story: Lydia Joshua (Chibok Girl)

Lydia Joshua, one of the 276 girls kidnapped at Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state, on April 14, 2014, has disclosed that during the three years she spent in the captivity, she only drank water when it rained. Joshua was among the captives released through a negotiation with the Boko Haram sect in 2017. She is now trying to adjust to life outside the strange environment. She narrated her experience in bondage and the plight of those who are yet to be free.

Abdul Aziz

Refugees By Treacherous Ocean Voyages Not Allowed Into Australia

When Abdul Aziz reached Australia’s Christmas Island aboard a smuggler’s boat in 2013, he had no idea that weeks earlier his fate as a refugee from Sudan seeking a new life in a new world had been sealed. “I believe no matter how long we spend on this island, we are not going to go to Australia,” Abdul Aziz said.