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Bibi1581 Blog For 06/15/2018: Morning Edition 

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1…………> Tariff Sledge Hammer: China

The U.S. will implement a 25% tariff on goods worth $50 billion from China that come “in light of China’s theft of intellectual property and technology and its other unfair trade practices”, a part of President Trump’s pressure campaign of impose tariffs, a move that escalates trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies.

The administration could impose additional tariffs if China engages in retaliatory measures, with U.S. stock market opening with heavy losses, down more than 200 points, or 0.8%.

2…………> Hit On Taliban: Drone Strike

A notorious leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Mullah Fazlullah, has been killed in a U.S. drone strike in the Afghan province of Kunar, officials and local media confirmed on Friday.

Hailing from Pakistan’s Swat district, the Tehrek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader is believed to have been operating from his hideouts in the forests of eastern Afghanistan since 2009.

Mohammad Radmanesh, the deputy Defense Ministry spokesman in Kabul, told Anadolu Agency that Fazlullah — wanted under the U.S. State Department’s Rewards for Justice since this March — was killed in a drone strike carried out two days ago.

In a statement released by the TTP, the group acknowledged its leader had been killed. The terrorist group accused Afghan intelligence service NDS – long suspected by Pakistan of harbouring Fazlullah – of providing information for the U.S. hit.

Lt. Col. Martin O’Donnell, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan spokesman, also confirmed the strike, telling local TOLO news: “U.S. forces conducted a counterterrorism strike, June 13, in Kunar province, close to the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, which targeted a senior leader of a designated terrorist organization.” 


3…………> Inspecting The Fleet: Mr.Xi

China’s President Xi Jinping,  general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), made the call during an inspection to the navy under the Northern Theater Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, a part of his implementation of the “new Party socialism” thinking on strengthening the military for the new era, enhancement of the political loyalty of the armed forces, strengthening them through reform and technology, and running them in accordance with law. 

Xi also spoke of the need for the navy to meet the requirements of transformation.


4…………> Hitler’s Obsession: Grandiose Operas

Someone said years ago that Richard Wagner is the “Father of Nazi Germany”, and a new exhibition shows how the Nazis used opera as a powerful tool of propaganda, especially during the Nuremberg Rallies, with Hitler being personally involved in the staging of some epic Wagner productions.

Adolf Hitler, a dark Austrian house painter with a tooth-brush “Charlie Chaplin” mustache, became the exponent of the super-race of blond, blue-eyed goons who would guide his 1000 year Reich into immortality by labeling Nuremberg the “City of the Nazi Party Rallies” in 1933,  providing the backdrop for his epic, annually staged million men hypnotic gatherings, a prelude to madness that will claim more than 50 million lives.

But for both Hitler and Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels — who oversaw the censoring and distribution of film, music, theatre and the visual arts in the Third Reich — German music, and especially opera, would lend vital propagandistic impact to these mass Nazi military gatherings.

5…………> One Against The Wind: “Deep State” Cronies

Ex-CIA and ex-NSA chief Michael Vincent Hayden, a brilliant man fluent in Russian who described Mr.Trump as “poleznii durak”, or “useful fool”,  has written nothing short of a manifesto, calling upon his former colleagues,  many of whom are on record of lying to Congress and on National TV, including John Brennan, James Clapper, Jim Comey and Robert Mueller, to oppose US President Donald Trump, according to Israeli political analyst Avigdor Eskin.

“We in the intelligence world have dealt with obstinate and argumentative presidents through the years,” Hayden wrote in his op-ed for The New York Times. “But we have never served a president for whom ground truth really doesn’t matter.” 

Admiral Hayden also hinted that the US president is up in arms about the American intelligence community: “[Trump] humiliated the attorney general, undercut his national security adviser and engaged in personal vendettas against senior FBI officials.” 

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