1…………> Lock Horns: Mr. Xi vs Turnbull
Three Australian warships, namely HMAS “Anzac”, HMAS “Toowoomba” and HMAS “Success” were challenged by the PLA Navy as they traveled through the disputed South China Sea transiting towards Vietnam on a three-day goodwill visit in Ho Chi Minh City.
The confrontations with the People’s Liberation Army are believed to have occurred as China was conducting its largest-ever naval exercises in the hotly contested waters.
Welcome HMAS Anzac, HMAS Toowoomba and HMAS Success on their #goodwillvisit to #Vietnam in celebration of 20 years of Defence relations and 45 years of diplomatic relations @Australian_Navy @DeptDefence #navyrelationship
1:41 AM – Apr 19, 2018
“The Australian Defence Force has maintained a robust program of international engagement with countries in and around the South China Sea for decades. This includes bilateral and multilateral military exercises, port visits, maritime surveillance operations and ship transits. As they have done for many decades, Australian vessels and aircraft will continue to exercise rights under international law to freedom of navigation and overflight, including in the South China Sea,” ,” the Aussie War Department said.
2…………> Israel’s Birthday: Happy 70th
On May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion, first prime minister of Israel, declared the state’s independence, outlining the Jewish story:
“The people kept faith with (the land) throughout their Dispersion and never ceased to pray and hope for their return to it and for the restoration in it of their political freedom.”
It was the birth of an internationally recognized Jewish homeland, this year marked again with the annual Memorial Day for the “Fallen Soldiers”, then sirens sounding throughout the country at 11:00 a.m. local time on Wednesday, when even in Israel’s most vibrant cities life is being paused for two silent minutes, with cars pulling over at the side of the road and people standing still, paying their respects to the dead. The 70th Independence Day itself, however, was just beginning.
3…………> Human Rights Abusers: In ICE Jail
ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations officers arrested 33 fugitives sought for their roles in known or suspected human rights violations during a nationwide operation this week, mostly foreign nationals who all have outstanding removal orders and are subject to repatriation to their countries of origin. Of the 33 known or suspected human rights violators arrested during Operation No Safe Haven IV, eight individuals are also criminal aliens with convictions for crimes including, but not limited to battery, weapons offenses, driving while intoxicated, and resisting arrest. This operation surpassed the number of known or suspected human rights violators arrested during the first nationwide No Safe Haven operation, which took place in September 2014.
“This operation continues ICE’s work to ensure that the United States does not serve as a safe haven for those who commit human rights violations in their countries of origin,” said Thomas D. Homan, Deputy Director of ICE. “We will continue to pursue these individuals as priorities for enforcement— using our agency’s unique authorities to investigate criminal activity and to enforce immigration laws.”
4…………> Guerero Murders: Clash With Army
Six state police officers were among 16 people killed last night in violent clashes in two municipalities in the state of Guerrero, with incidents occurring in the Costa Grande region, one in Zihuatanejo, the other in Petatlán.
“In the vicinity of El Coacoyul, a state police patrol car was attacked by about 15 armed civilians who were carrying AK-47-style assault weapons. Public security forces repelled the aggressors and killed three [gunmen],” State security spokesman Roberto Álvarez Heredia said.
He explained that the rest of the armed men then ran to a nearby hill, while the state police called for backup.
“. . . The army, the navy and ministerial police arrived at the location provoking a second confrontation that left a toll of seven civilian deaths . . .” the official said.
In the neighboring municipality of Petatlán, six state police officers were ambushed by civilians also wielding AK-47s, resulting in the deaths of all six men.
5…………> Market Report 04/19/2018, sell stop 24450, CG(9042), 11/22/17
Current position long at 24,000, sell stop at 24300 was triggered for a gain of 300 DIA points and closed. New short position established at 24,250, cover short stop at 24300 for a loss of 50 DIA points was triggered, after a market reversal due to the subsiding of fears of war between US and Russia. New position long 24100, sell stop 24450 for a gain of 350 points.
In anticipation of missile strikes against Syria market slid nearly 300 points, triggering sell stop at 24400 for a gain of 50 points, and initiating a sell short position at 24,000 with a cover short stop at 24050 for a loss of 50 DIA points.
After a sharp reversal following President Trump “mission accomplished” announcement in Syria, market opened on a gap, forcing short covering, triggering stop at 24050, leading to a loss of 50 points. New position long 24100, sell stop 24450 for a paper gain of 350 DIA points.
Stock market old timers have said that “you buy the rumor, and sell the news”, and that is exactly what is happening right now, with the news that President Trump is about to start a metal tariff war, slapping 25% surcharge on steel and 10% on aluminum. DIA resistance is in the 27,000 area, with supports at 24135, 21354 and 18900 level, US dollar in a downtrend, resistance at 1.003319 CHF, support at .92 and 0.9: Gold in an uptrend, watch break resistance of 1377 to be taken soon. The massive Fed balance sheet contraction will result in a $600 billion dollars being dumped on the credit markets each quarter, a leftover of the horrendous $4.3 trillion money printing of Obama’s septic tank that will surely exert a severe pressure on stocks and financial assets.
We warned long ago that an organized attempt to remove President Trump from office is underway, and if this activity is not curtailed soon, the market will open on gap below 20,000 with next stop 17300 and 11800 support levels.
Stocks were down 83 to 24885, DJ futures at -24
Gold down to 1346.8 and USD/CHF up at 0.97 despite President Trump setting tariffs on Chinese products. Translation? As the dollar goes down, we have to wait and see if the new Fed Chair Jerome Powell will continue pressuring gold and the Eurasian block with it down below $1000/oz in an economic WW3. Watch sell stop at 24,450. We have to wait and see if new Fed chair Powell will attempt to destroy Eurasian block by sending gold prices below 1000, despite the fact both Russia and China have been buying their whole gold production in local gold backed currency instead of money printing machines. In other words, US has lost controls of the precious metals complex, and with Trump’s infrastructure and tax cut campaign the National debt will soon be at, or over 30 trillion dollars, since D.C. swamp alligators have no intention dropping their pet projects. Read “Ziban Must Die” for more details on the coming collision of Trump’s administration with “Deep State” operators funded by the billionaires’ supporters of the New World.
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