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Bibi1581 Blog For 06/11/2018: Morning Edition

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1…………> “Love Is In The Air”: Trump, Un Lunch 

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who rarely observed outside his isolated country, visited tourist sites on Singapore’s waterfront, enjoying the “Gardens by the Bay”, Singapore’s famous waterfront park with futuristic installations, which boasts the largest glass greenhouse and tallest indoor, man-made waterfall in the world as onlookers had gathered outside the Marina Bay Sands hotel, which resembles a ship perched on three columns at the mouth of the Singapore River. 

Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, who accompanied Mr. Kim on his tour of the sites, posted a selfie to Facebook with the North Korean leader and Singapore Education Minister Ong Ye Kung. 

The Swiss-educated leader, who is believed to be 34, has not left his country since taking office in 2011 other than to visit China and the South Korean side of the border Demilitarized Zone, which separates the two Koreas. 

Earlier, US President Donald Trump forecast a “nice” outcome for his meeting with Mr. Kim, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the preparatory talks between the two nations had moved quite rapidly. 

“We anticipate that they will come to their logical conclusion even more quickly than we anticipated,” Mr. Pompeo said. 



2…………> We ‘been Cheated & Mistreated: Mr. Trump 

The president tweeted that America was paying disproportionately more towards the costs of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (Nato) than fellow members. 

“They pay only a fraction of the cost – and laugh,” he wrote, adding that the EU needed to pay “much more” to help fund the international military alliance, which comprises 28 members including the UK, US, Germany, Canada, and Turkey. Not all EU members are Nato members. 

Mr. Trump went on to say that the US gets “unfairly clobbered” on trade despite “protecting Europe at a great financial loss”. 

“Change is coming!” he warned. 

Donald J. Trump 


Sorry, we cannot let our friends, or enemies, take advantage of us on Trade anymore. We must put the American worker first! 

7:41 PM – Jun 10, 2018 


47.2K people are talking about this 

Mr. Trump has consistently said that countries that have a trade surplus with the US – meaning they export more to the US than they import – are “taking advantage” of the US. 

While only part of the greater US spending is directed to the collective defense of its Nato allies, President Trump has argued since before his election that the allies are freeloading on the backs of US taxpayers and are failing to spend enough of their own resources on their defense. 

Mr. Trump said his decision to reject the joint G7 communique was based on Mr. Trudeau’s “false statements… and the fact that Canada is charging massive tariffs to our US farmers, workers and companies”. 



3…………> A Place In History: Capella Hotel, Singapore 

Photo taken on June 6, 2018, shows swimming pools of the Capella Hotel in Singapore’s Sentosa Island. U.S. President Donald Trump and top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un will meet at the Capella Hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa Island on Tuesday. 

4…………> The Un Dynasty: Long-Term Threat 

Both Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump have a history of making provocative threats against each other. Will the dispute over nuclear weapons escalate and will the meeting between the North Korean leader and the U.S. president take place? 

Some attribute the recent chain of events to the long-term stability of North Korea’s ruling dynasty. North Korea has consistently refused to give up the nuclear program that it has been pursuing since 1962. Washington has been equally consistent in changing its policies toward Pyongyang. And what will become of the US commitment to protect South Korea and Japan? Our report outlines the history of North Korea’s nuclear program — and also explains how the US has helped to enhance Pyongyang’s strategic position. Every recent U-S administration — from Bill Clinton to Donald Trump — has changed the country’s policy toward North Korea. American presidents come and go, but the Kim dynasty remains in place. 




5…………> The “Mosul Eye”: Islamic State Atrocities 

Omar Mohammed, a young historian with a Ph.D. in history from the Iraqi city of Mosul, founded a platform to document the crimes committed by “Islamic State.” Has Mosul Eye made a difference? 

“Mosul Eye was for Mosul, but it was also addressed to the rest of the world,” Mohammed recently told DW, discussing the more than 300,000 online followers his platform has amassed. “‘Islamic State’ wanted to isolate the city so that there were no witnesses, so globalizing Mosul became an act of protection,” he added. 

And as a witness, he took it upon himself to relate the horrors committed by IS in Mosul that countered the group’s narrative in real time. “It was a way to protect the future of my city so that coming generations would know what happened here,” the 32-year-old scholar said. Mohammed began writing under the pseudonym Mosul Eye, along with other names that disguised his identity, shortly after IS issued its so-called Constitution of the City in June 2014 — 16 articles by which it ruled Mosul in accordance with a strict form of Sharia law, described by Mohammed as “the rules of death.” 

The list of atrocities he witnessed and documented included the mass displacement of Christians and the enslavement of Yazidis, execution by stoning of accused adulterers and throwing people believed to be homosexuals from high buildings. 

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