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  • Section 232 Investigation of Uranium Imports (Russia Involvement)

    01/19/2018 1:54:43 PM PST · by Hadean · 5 replies
    National Law Review ^ | January 18, 2018
    Energy Fuels Resources (USA) Inc. and Ur-Energy USA Inc., on January 16, 2018, filed a petition requesting an investigation of uranium imports under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act. Section 232 authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to investigate whether an “article” is being imported into the United States “in such quantities, or under such circumstances as to threaten to impair the national security.” Section 232 investigations are rare. While the Department of Commerce (DOC) is in the process of completing Section 232 investigations into aluminum and steel imports that it self-initiated in 2017, the most recent investigation prior to...
  • The Return of the Jolly Roger (Hillary's Private Intel Network)

    03/28/2015 11:52:20 AM PDT · by mojito · 32 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 3/27/2015 | Richard Fernandez
    ...Hillary’s private email server acted as portal to a private intelligence network that included retired members of special operations, former CIA clandestine personnel and foreign informers. Acting in some indeterminate capacity over it was Sidney Blumenthal, former aide to president Bill Clinton and now apparently a retainer to the family dynasty. It was the compromise of Blumenthal’s emails by the Romanian hacker Guccifer that in part led to journalists to discover Hillary’s private email account. Publicly available sources describe Guccifer as a taxi driver who penetrated the email accounts of the Bush family, Colin Powell and of course Sidney Blumenthal...
  • A New Clinton Scandal? (Giustra-Richard Miniter)

    02/01/2008 10:05:16 AM PST · by STARWISE · 16 replies · 636+ views
    PajamasMedia/ ^ | 2-1-08 | Richard Miniter
    Former President Bill Clinton invited Frank Giustra, a Canadian mining executive, to travel with him to Almaty, the capital of Kazakhstan in September 2005. Apparently, they were not simply sight-seeing. Every Quid was finding its Pro. Hours after his arrival in that mountainous dictatorship, Clinton endorsed Kazakhstan’s bid to join an international pro-democracy organization. Human-rights activists have long blocked Kazakhstan’s admission to the group because, ahem, its one-party rule has filled a lot of body bags. Clinton’s companion got what he wanted, too. Guistra who runs UrAsia, a relatively small Uranium mining concern with no reputation in the region, suddenly...
  • Nikki Haley Wins Tweet of the Year

    12/21/2017 4:39:24 AM PST · by simpson96 · 35 replies ^ | 12/20/2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Nikki Haley, our U.N. ambassador, had the tweet of the year. Nikki Haley tweeted the following: “At the U.N. we’re always asked to do more & give more,” meaning America. The U.N., we, the United States. We’re always asked to do more and give more. “So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl, abt where to locate OUR embassy, we don’t expect those we’ve helped to target us. On Thurs there’ll be a vote criticizing our choice. The U.S. will be taking names.” That is her tweet about the vote today at the U.N....
  • UN votes resoundingly to reject Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as capital

    12/21/2017 10:52:46 AM PST · by DFG · 163 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12/21/2017
    The United Nations general assembly has delivered a stinging rebuke to Donald Trump, voting by a huge majority to reject his unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The vote came after a redoubling of threats by Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, who said that Washington would remember which countries “disrespected” America by voting against it. Despite the warning, 128 members voted on Thursday in favour of the resolution supporting the long-standing international consensus that the status of Jerusalem – which is claimed as a capital by both Israel and the Palestinians – can only be settled...
  • Nikki Haley warns UN: Americans don't want to 'pay for the privilege of being disrespected'

    12/21/2017 8:59:47 AM PST · by GonzoII · 44 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 21, 2017 | Joel Gehrke
    World leaders rebuking the United States at the United Nations shouldn’t expect the American people any longer to “pay for the privilege of being disrespected,” U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned Thursday. “In the case of the United States, we are asked to pay more than any other nation for that dubious distinction,” Haley told the UN General Assembly. “We have an obligation to demand more for our investment. And if our investment fails, we have an obligation to spend our investment in more productive ways.”
  • Trump threatens Jerusalem opponents with US funding cutoff

    12/20/2017 6:24:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 109 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 20, 2017 7:08 PM EST | Edith M. Lederer
    President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to cut off U.S. funding to countries that support a resolution criticizing his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “We’ll save a lot. We don’t care,” he said, alluding to U.S. aid. The president strongly supported U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley who said Tuesday that the United States “will be taking names” of countries that vote in favor of a General Assembly resolution Thursday declaring that Jerusalem’s status can be changed only by direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. “For all these nations, they take our money and then vote against us. They take hundreds of millions of...
  • In Rare Move, Trump Threatens to Cut Aid to UN Members Who Vote Against Jerusalem

    12/20/2017 11:40:22 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 100 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Dec 20, 2017 | Boa Landeu (Reuters)
    U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that vote in favor Thursday of the United Nations resolution rejecting Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.Speaking to reporters at the White House Wednesday, Trump also expressed support for a letter sent by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, in which she warned member states against supporting the resolution. (Snip) "They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us," Trump said. "Well, we're watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We'll save a lot....
  • Haley Vetoes Jerusalem Resolution; Slams Obama For Not Backing Israel a Year Ago

    12/18/2017 5:22:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 18, 2017 | 6:42 PM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    As U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley on Monday vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution seeking to overturn President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, she also sharply criticized the Obama administration’s decision a year ago not to back Israel in the same forum, calling the implications of that move “a stain on America’s conscience.” Monday’s resolution was backed by all other 14 members of the council — the ten temporary members and permanent members Russia, China, Britain and France — but Haley declared that she was casting the sole dissenting vote “proudly.” “The fact that this veto...

    12/20/2017 7:08:46 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 37 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/20/2017 | TOVAH LAZAROFF
    The United States has publicly warned United Nations member states not to support Thursday’s UN General Assembly resolution denouncing US President Donald Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. The text will also call for nations, including the US, not to relocate their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. To date, the US is the only country who said it will do so. The UN General Assembly is scheduled to hold a special emergency session to disavow Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem on Thursday at the request of Yemen, Turkey and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. The resolution is expected to...
  • Britain just betrayed America at the United Nations

    12/18/2017 5:05:55 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 91 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 18, 2017 | By Benny Avni
    Haley berated UN member states for their hypocrisy. On the one hand, she noted, they complained that Trump’s decision “prejudges” final-status issues. On the other, she said, they rely on the United Nations, despite being “disproportionally hostile” to Israel, to weigh in on all kinds of issues regarding Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. Prior to the vote, knowing full well Haley would veto the proposed resolution, Rycroft and other envoys from American-allied countries worked behind the scenes to make sure the United States would stand alone in opposition. They watered down the language, weeded out explicit anti-American statements and dutifully anchored the text...
  • Haley warns US ‘taking names’ of UN opponents on Jerusalem move

    12/20/2017 6:28:46 AM PST · by simpson96 · 30 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/20/2017 | Tovah Lazaroff
    The United States has publicly warned United Nations member states not to support Thursday’s UN General Assembly resolution denouncing US President Donald Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. The text will also call for nations, including the US, not to relocate their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. To date, the US is the only country who said it will do so. The UN General Assembly is scheduled to hold a special emergency session to disavow Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem on Thursday at the request of Yemen, Turkey and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. The resolution is expected to...
  • [Flashback] FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama admin. approved nuclear deal with Moscow

    11/18/2017 9:44:10 AM PST · by mojito · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/17/2017 | John Solomon and Alison Spann
    Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews. Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks...
  • Mysterious Radioactive Cloud Over Europe Hints At Accident Farther East

    11/10/2017 5:30:47 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    NPR ^ | November 10, 20172:05 PM ET | Geoff Brumfiel, Alina Selyukh
    European authorities are providing new details about a cloud of mysterious radioactive material that appeared over the continent last month. Monitors in Italy were among first to detect the radioactive isotope ruthenium-106 on Oct. 3, according to a fresh report by France's Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety Institute, known as IRSN. In total, 28 European countries saw the radioactive cloud, the report says. The multinational Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation, which runs a network designed to monitor for nuclear weapons tests, also confirmed to NPR that it had detected the cloud. Based on the detection from monitoring stations and meteorological data, the...
  • Uranium One deal led to some exports to Europe, memos show

    11/02/2017 7:51:30 AM PDT · by gubamyster · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/02/2017 | JOHN SOLOMON AND ALISON SPANN
    After the Obama administration approved the sale of a Canadian mining company with significant U.S. uranium reserves to a firm owned by Russia’s government, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission assured Congress and the public the new owners couldn’t export any raw nuclear fuel from America’s shores. “No uranium produced at either facility may be exported,” the NRC declared in a November 2010 press release that announced that ARMZ, a subsidiary of the Russian state-owned Rosatom, had been approved to take ownership of the Uranium One mining firm and its American assets. A year later, the nuclear regulator repeated the assurance in...
  • Former Kazakhstan uranium czar blames imprisonment on sale of Clinton-linked Canadian company to ...

    11/02/2017 12:12:22 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    National Post ^ | 11/2/17 | Tom Blackwell
    Mukhtar Dzhakishev is by all accounts in miserable shape.Languishing in a “harsh” Kazakhstan prison colony that was once part of Stalin’s gulag system, he suffers from hypertension, hardened arteries and kidney disease likely triggered by a severe beating.“His life is constantly at risk,” one human-rights group warned in September, as it urged the international community to advocate on Dzakishev’s behalf.Largely unable to communicate with the outside world, the former head of Kazakhstan’s state uranium conglomerate has made one thing clear: he blames his arrest and 14-year prison term at least in part on a Canadian company’s corporate dealings.More specifically, Dzakishev...
  • Kazakhstan to change from Cyrillic to Latin alphabet

    10/27/2017 9:34:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 10.27.2017 | cw/sms (AFP, dpa, Reuters)
    Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Friday announced the country’s alphabet will gradually switch from Cyrillic to Latin script. Kazakh, a Turkic language, currently uses a modified Cyrillic alphabet with 42 letters. The Latin alphabet will have 32 letters. Certain sounds will be covered by the use of apostrophes. The changeover is scheduled to be fully implemented by 2025. Officials said the switch is part of a modernization drive and an attempt to make use of technology easier. The Kazakh Cyrillic keyboard, for example, uses all number and punctuation keys in order to cover the 42 letters of Cyrillic alphabet. The...
  • Donald Trump invites Nursultan Nazarbayev to visit Washington (President of Kazakhstan)

    09/01/2017 11:20:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    KazInform ^ | September 2, 2017
    Head of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has held a telephone conversation with the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, Kazinform cites the Akorda press service. During the conversation, the US President congratulated Nursultan Nazarbayev on the successful hosting of the Astana Expo 2017 International Exhibition and highly appreciated the results of the American delegation's participation in the event. The President of Kazakhstan extended his condolences on the natural disaster that killed dozens of people in the State of Texas, and wished soonest infrastructure rehabilitation in the affected areas and return to normalcy. The leaders of the two countries...
  • Calm prevails in southern Syria ahead of truce

    07/08/2017 9:40:49 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    ARA News (Syria) ^ | July 9, 2017 | Agencies
    A day before a new ceasefire deal takes effect in southwestern Syria, the concerned areas are relatively calm with the exception of sporadic strikes by the Syrian regime, a monitoring group have said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday, the Syrian regime shelled two villages in the northern countryside of Daraa, one of three provinces affected by the ceasefire. The Observatory said at least one person was killed and a total of 16 such bombs were dropped in the area, wounding several. The US-Russian-Jordanian brokered deal is to be enforced by midday on Sunday, in the provinces...
  • Iran becomes a major problem

    01/26/2017 7:44:49 PM PST · by Mariner · 22 replies
    Pravda ^ | January 23rd, 2017 | Dmitry Nersesov
    Following the strange story with the use of the military airfield in Iran's Hamadan, it has become clear that Russia should not trust Iran. The events of the recent years can only reinforce the impression. Russia and Iran have different approaches not only to Syria - Iran shows influence on Russia's relations with the United States. The talks between Russia, Turkey and Iran started in the Kazakh capital of Astana on January 23. The talks are of paramount importance for Russia, because they could become the first platform for establishing a dialogue with the new US administration. "We think it...