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Bibi1581 Blog For 05/14/2018: Morning Edition

1…………> The “Days Of Wine & Roses: Ivanka In Jerusalem


“Remember this moment. This is history. President Trump, by recognizing history, you have made history,” Israel PM Netanyahu said. “The embassy of the most powerful nation on earth, the United States of America, our greatest ally, today its embassy opened here.”

“We are in Jerusalem, and we are here to stay,” Netanyahu added, to loud applause. “Thank you, president Trump, for having the courage to keep your promises.”

A visibly jubilant Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sat next to Ivanka Trump and presidential adviser Jared Kushner during the ceremony, said that today was a “glorious day.”

 The festive ceremony held despite violent protests by Palestinians which have already claimed nearly 40 lives, including a 14-year-old boy, and wounded hundreds more, 27 critically, included a congratulatory video message from President Trump, who didn’t attend the ceremony.

2…………> Shia Super-Power: Iran

Iran, a major military power in the Middle East with an estimated 534,000 active personnel in the army, navy, air force and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), ranked No. 13 in the world out of 136 countries. 

Iran’s population of 82 million offers a deep reservoir of manpower, a key factor in sustaining long wars of attrition such as the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War.

Iran’s asymmetric strategy uses regional allies and proxies, known as the “axis of resistance,” as leverage to weaken, bog down, deter or fight Iran’s enemies away from its soil.

Will Quds Force and its Hezbollah allies start a new war against Israel following the Jerusalem embassy initiation? Don’t bet against it.





3…………> Gun Runner: Italy

An Italian national named Giovanni Zannoni, 35, a former member of the Italian military was convicted of weapons trafficking and was returned to his home country ICE officers.

In May 2017, Zannoni entered the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) with authorization to remain in the United States until August 2017. One day after his entry, Zannoni was arrested by HSI and charged in U.S. District Court-Eastern District of New York (EDNY) with weapons trafficking. On Sept. 22, 2017, Zannoni was convicted in EDNY of a violation of the Arms Export Control Act and sentenced to 11 months imprisonment. Additionally, he agreed to forfeit $436,673, gun parts, and night vision and thermal imaging devices. Zannoni was transferred to ICE custody in April 2018, while the agency finalized his return.


4…………> US Jerusalem Embassy: War Drums? 

At least 41 people had died, and more than 1000 people had been injured in the fighting, about 450 of them by live bullets in the highest Palestinian death toll in a single day since a series of protests dubbed the Great March of Return began at the border with Israel on March 30 and since the 2014 Gaza war. 

Senior White House adviser, and the US President’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, officially opened the relocated embassy.
“On behalf of the 45th President of the United States of America, we welcome you officially, and for the first time, to the embassy of the United States here in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel,” she said. 

The protests intensified on the 70th anniversary of Israel’s founding, with loudspeakers on Gaza mosques urging Palestinians to join a “great march of return”, and black smoke from tires burned by demonstrators rose into the air at the border. 

“Today is the big day when we will cross the fence and tell Israel and the world we will not accept being occupied forever,” said Gaza science teacher Ali, who declined to give his last name. 
“Many may get martyred today, so many, but the world will hear our message. Occupation must end.” 
Among the Palestinians killed on Monday were a 14-year-old boy and a man in a wheelchair. 
The man in the wheelchair had been pictured on social media using a slingshot. 
The latest casualties raised the Palestinian death toll to 84 since the protests began on March 30. No Israeli casualties have been reported. 

Most countries say the status of Jerusalem — a sacred city to Jews, Muslims and Christians — should be determined in a final peace settlement and that moving their embassies now would prejudge any such deal.





5…………> AG Sessions Precedent: Immigration Ax

The fate of tens of thousands of illegal border crossers and immigration law violators court cases could be soon in the hands of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has intervened into the immigration system by reviewing, and rewriting, precedent-setting decisions affecting hundreds of thousands of pending immigration court backlog rulings, including all those who are arrested and put into the deportation process in future.

By taking cases from the Board of Immigration Appeals — the Department of Justice agency that serves as a quasi-appellate body for immigration court cases — and referring them to himself to issue a decision instead, he could make it impossible for cases to be resolved or paused by using attorney general power to set immigration precedents.

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Bibi1581 Blog For 03/23/2018: Morning Edition

1………….> Nine Trey Gangsta: Busted

Three members of the Nine Trey Gangsters were convicted by a federal jury in the Eastern District of Virginia for their roles in a racketeering conspiracy that included five murders, six attempted murders, and various drug trafficking, robbery, and firearms crimes that spanned all five cities in South Hampton Roads, Virginia in 2015.

“The Nine Trey Gangsters are a violent set of the Bloods that was responsible for a wave of cold-blooded murders that terrorized Hampton Roads during the 2015 holiday season,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Cronan.  “I commend our dedicated law enforcement partners and federal prosecutors for their tireless efforts to stand up for the five men and women who were senselessly murdered by this vicious gang.  Today’s guilty verdicts – which followed a seven-week trial with over 100 witnesses – ensure that these three members of the Nine Trey Gangsters will now face justice for their participation in the gang’s murderous conspiracy.”




2……………>Iran Cybertheft: Quds Brigade

Mabna Institute hackers who penetrated systems belonging to private and public US institutions in order to steal research, academic, and proprietary data, and intellectual property were charged for a coordinated campaign of cyber intrusions into computer systems belonging to 144 U.S. universities, 176 universities across 21 foreign countries, 47 domestic and foreign private sector companies.

The defendants were listed as follows: Gholamreza Rafatnejad, 38; Ehsan Mohammadi, 37; Abdollah Karima, aka Vahid Karima, 39; Mostafa Sadeghi, 28; Seyed Ali Mirkarimi, 34; Mohammed Reza Sabahi, 26; Roozbeh Sabahi, 24; Abuzar Gohari Moqadam, 37; and Sajjad Tahmasebi, 30, all citizens and residents of Iran, who were each leaders, contractors, associates, hackers-for-hire or affiliates of the Mabna Institute, that stole more than 31 terabytes of academic data and intellectual property from universities, and email accounts of employees at private sector companies, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations.


3…………> Cyclone Cluster: Australia

A very active cyclone season is growling up around the Australian tropics, with four significant systems loitering around the country’s north, including severe Tropical Cyclone Marcus, Tropical Cyclone Nora off Australia’s north-west and two tropical lows to the north east.

Tropical Cyclone Marcus with recorded maximum average wind speeds near its centre of 142 mi/h and wind gusts of up to 200mi/h battered Darwin as a category two system over the weekend, developed into a category five system this week to become the strongest in Australian waters for more than a decade.
Wind speeds above this intensity have not been witnessed in Australian waters since Severe Tropical Cyclone Monica in 2006.

4…………> Budget Ax: Trump

While firing the 1st salvo against the out-of-bound irresponsible Congress creatures, Mr. Trumps tweet  threatened a government shut-down this Friday:

Donald J. Trump


I am considering a VETO of the Omnibus Spending Bill based on the fact that the 800,000 plus DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded.

5:55 AM – Mar 23, 2018

• 98.3K91.4K people are talking about this

The $1.3 trillion bill provides only $1.6bn in new wall funding, and has numerous strings attached, including a requirement that no new wall designs could be funded, after the White House offered Democrats a two-and-a-half or three-year Daca extension in return for including the $25b that Mr. Trump wanted for the wall.


5…………> Eye For Eye: China Tariffs

China announced that it is considering higher tariffs for imported U.S. products worth about $3 billion dollars to balance losses caused by tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from China on March 23, 2018, after President Donald Trump signed a memorandum that could impose tariffs on up to 60 billion U.S. dollars of Chinese products, fueling fears that the world’s two largest economies could be sliding towards a trade war.

Washington is pressing China to reduce its 375-billion-dollar trade surplus with the United States by 100 billion dollars, and will fight targeting of 128 U.S. products, including pork, wine, and seamless steel tubes.

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