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Bibi1581 Blog For 09/04/2018: Morning Edition

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1…………> Putin To Trump: “We Are In Idlib”


Russian fighter jets attacked west of Idlib and north of Hama, bombing civilian residential areas in Jisr al-Shughur City; areas of Basanqul, Ghani, Innab, Sirmaniyah, west of Idlib; Zayzun area, north of Hama; as well as the Assad’s opposition’s frontlines.

Twenty attacks were carried out by three Russian warplanes, which took off from Hmeimim airbase. The attacks are continuing, with the number of casualties still unknown, and despite a stern warning by President  Trump.

He tweeted:

“President Bashar al-Assad of Syria must not recklessly attack Idlib Province. The Russians and Iranians would be making a grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy. Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. Don’t let that happen!”

Responding to Trump’s tweet, Russian Presidential Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said it was “necessary to deal with the problem” in Idlib.

“The situation in Idlib continues to be a topic of special concern in Moscow, Damascus, Ankara, and Tehran.” He said terrorists in the region were sending drones to Russian military bases posing “a significant threat”, he added.





2…………> Churchill’s Bungles: A Century Later


The current Trump administration’s diplomatic skirmish with Turkey is reminiscent of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s “bungles” during World War I which resulted in the Ottoman Empire joining the war on the side of Imperial Germany, according to a U.S. expert.

Martin Sieff, who worked as a senior correspondent for United Press International and The Washington Times for 24 years and also appeared on CNN, NPR, Fox News and BBC as a commentator, made the remarks in an article published on the U.S.-based Strategic Culture Foundation’s website.

“Today, Washington’s reckless and abusive policies towards Turkey are repeating the catastrophic bungles that Churchill inflicted more than a century ago. Repeating Churchill’s Bungles: Will US Drive Turkey into Joining the Shanghai Pact?” he wondered.





3…………> Applied Global Warming: Jebi Pounds Japan


Six people died, more than 90 injured and a 2,591-tonne tanker crashed into a bridge connecting an airport to the mainland as high winds and heavy rain soaked the Japanese cities of Kobe and Osaka and surrounding areas, when the powerful typhoon Jeb made landfall on the mainland.

The strongest typhoon to hit Japan since 1993, Typhoon Jebi was heading north across a swath of Japan’s main island of Honshu towards the Sea of Japan with sustained winds of 110 miles per hour with gusts to 140 miles per hour, according to Japan Meteorological Agency.





4…………> Hoarding Gold,Dumping Dollars: India


Due to the relentless US sanctions levied on countries around the world, and corresponding unwillingness to hold US dollar nominated securities due to fears of Forex market interventions, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), a major member of the BRICK Block purchased 8.46 metric tons of gold during the last fiscal year (April 2017 to March 2018).

In its annual report, the RBI revealed that it had 566.23 metric tons of gold as of June 30, 2018, compared to 557.77 metric tons in June 30, 2017, indicating that the bank had purchased gold for the first time since 2009 when it had acquired 200 metric tons of the precious metal following America’s sub-prime crisis.

“Diversification of India’s Foreign Currency Assets continued during the year [2017-18] with attention being ascribed to risk management, including cybersecurity risk. The gold portfolio has also been activated,” the report added.





5…………> Rio Museum Reduced To Ashes: Fire


The National Museum of Brazil, a cherished historical repository build in 1818 that lacked a sprinkler system and had suffered years of financial neglect, was destroyed by fire, sparking angry protests on the streets of Rio de Janeiro as police in riot gear shot tear gas into an angry crowd that tried to enter the site,

” The rumbling tensions reflect anger over the destruction  of the much-loved yet old museum, which suffered from declining federal funding. The museum’s decline did not happen overnight,” said Renato Rodriguez Cabral, a teacher in the geology and paleontology department.

“This was a tragedy foretold. Successive governments would not provide funds; they would not invest in infrastructure.”


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