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  • Small Arms Survey Shows U.S. with 40% of Firearms

    06/24/2018 5:04:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 39 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 June, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from Small Arms Review According to the Small Arms Survey, world wide private firearms ownership has increased from about 650 million in 2006 to 857 million at the end of 2017. That is a 32% increase over the eleven year period, or 207 million firearms. The estimate for the United States increased from 270 million in to 393.3 million, a 46 percent increase or 123.3 million firearms, over the same period. The United States accounted for 60 percent of the total global increase. From smallarmssurvey.org: Uncertainty about any firearms data requires systematic estimation that relies on a broad...
  • U.S. Withdraws From UN Human Rights Council Travesty

    06/20/2018 10:38:46 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/20/18 | Joseph Klein
    Trump administration’s decision to withdraw the United States from this charade sends a signal that the United States, the UN’s largest funder, will no longer tolerate business as usual, including double standards and hypocrisy, at the UN The United States has withdrawn from the United Nations Human Rights Council. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced the Trump administration’s decision at the State Department Tuesday afternoon. “We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of...
  • LIVE: President Trump Meets Kim Jong Un - North Korea Summit In Singapore [FOX 10 Phoenix]

    06/11/2018 4:59:52 PM PDT · by Company Man · 66 replies
    Fox 10 Phoenix via Youtube ^ | June 11, 2018 | LIV
    A White House statement confirmed that Trump and the reclusive North Korean leader will meet at 9 a.m. local time on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET on Monday) in Singapore.
  • Prayer For the Singapore Summit!

    06/11/2018 2:18:38 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 34 replies
    11 June 2018 | US Navy Vet
    Get on your KNEES Prayer Warriors!
  • Mattis Links US Pullout from Syria to Political Process

    06/10/2018 7:01:14 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) ^ | 6-9-18 (09/06/2018) | none stated
    US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis linked Friday the pullout of US-led coalition forces from Syria to an agreement on a political process. Speaking at a meeting of coalition defense ministers at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, Mattis said: “As the operations ultimately draw to a close, we must avoid leaving a vacuum in Syria that can be exploited by the (Bashar) Assad regime or its supporters.” He added that in Syria, “leaving the field before the special envoy Staffan de Mistura achieves success in advancing the Geneva political process we all signed for under the UN security council resolution would...
  • China Offers to Buy Nearly $70 Billion of U.S. Products to Fend Off Trade Tariffs

    06/05/2018 9:14:18 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 35 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 6/5/2018 | Lingling Wei in Beijing and Bob Davis in Washington
    China offered to purchase nearly $70 billion of U.S. farm, manufacturing and energy products if the Trump administration abandons threatened tariffs, according to people briefed on the latest negotiations with American trade officials. In weekend talks in Beijing, Chinese negotiators led by Liu He, President Xi Jinping’s economic envoy, presented a U.S. team headed by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross a package that includes Chinese companies buying more U.S. soybeans, corn, natural gas, crude oil, coal and manufactured goods. Chinese and U.S. officials estimated the value of the package at nearly $70 billion in the first year. President Donald Trump has...
  • Senior State Department Officials on the U.S.-Turkish Working Group on Syria

    06/05/2018 4:57:17 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    The U.S. Department of State ^ | June 5, 2018 | Senior State Department Officials
    Special BriefingSenior State Department Officials Via Teleconference June 5, 2018 MODERATOR: Good morning, and thanks so much for joining us for today’s background call on the U.S.-Turkish working group on Syria. Joining us today we have [Senior State Department Official One]. He’ll be referred to as Senior State Department Official One. Also joining us is [Senior State Department Official Two]. He’ll be referred to as Senior State Department Official Number Two. As a reminder, the call is on background and the contents of the call are embargoed until the call ends. With that, I’ll hand it over to our Senior...
  • Exclusive: Under U.S. pressure, EIB balks at EU plan to work in Iran

    06/05/2018 2:23:40 PM PDT · by BBell · 8 replies
    https://www.reuters.com/ ^ | 6/5/18 | Alissa de Carbonnel, Robin Emmott
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Investment Bank has balked at an EU proposal to do business in Iran to help offset U.S. sanctions and save the 2015 nuclear deal, EU sources told Reuters, under pressure from the United States - where the bank raises much of its funds.The resistance from the European Union’s lending arm underscores the limits of the bloc’s ability to shield trade with Iran from the reimposition of U.S. sanctions after President Donald Trump abandoned the nuclear accord last month. European Commissioners are expected on Wednesday to endorse the EU executive’s plan to encourage the EIB to...
  • US, Turkey agree on withdrawal of Kurdish militia from Manbij

    06/05/2018 1:37:38 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/05/18 02:57 PM EDT | Ellen Mitchell
    The Syrian Kurdish YPG on Tuesday said it will leave Manbij after Turkey and the United States the day prior agreed on the militia’s withdrawal.Turkey has long demanded the YPG withdraw from Syria’s northern border with the nation. In a new roadmap agreed upon by Ankara and Washington on Monday, the Syrian Kurds will leave and the U.S. and Turkey will jointly maintain security in the city.“We affirm that our forces will heed the call when necessary to offer support and help to the people of Manbij should it be needed,” the YPG said in a statement. The YPG said fighters left Manbij...
  • Report: 110 Confederate monuments removed in U.S. since 2015

    06/04/2018 9:35:22 AM PDT · by BBell · 56 replies
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — It took generations to erect all the nation's Confederate monuments, and a new report shows they're being removed at a pace of about three each month. The study — released Monday by the Southern Poverty Law Center — shows that 110 Confederate monuments have been removed nationwide since 2015, when a shooting at a black church in South Carolina energized a movement against such memorials. The number — which includes schools and roads that have been renamed in California, a repurposed Confederate holiday in Georgia, plus rebel flags and monuments that have been taken down in...
  • Kazakhstan Grants U.S. Access to Ports for Afghan-Bound Goods

    06/02/2018 8:37:57 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Eurasia Net ^ | Mar 7, 2018
    Kazakhstan Grants U.S. Access to Ports for Afghan-Bound Goods By gaining access to Aktau and Kuryk, the United States adds additional routes to circumvent Russia. Mar 7, 2018 Lawmakers in Kazakhstan have approved an agreement allowing the United States to use two of the nation’s Caspian Sea ports as transit points for shipping nonmilitary material to Afghanistan. By gaining access to the ports of Aktau and Kuryk, the United States will gain an additional option in circumventing Russia, which has previously also provided transit options for NATO supplies to Afghanistan. Speaking on March 7, Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Kairat Adrakhmanov repeatedly...
  • US vetoes UN resolution denouncing violence against Palestinians

    06/02/2018 3:26:33 PM PDT · by BBell · 29 replies
    The United States vetoed on Friday a Kuwaiti-drafted UN Security Council resolution that condemned Israel's use of force against Palestinian civilians, underlining Washington's differences with friends and foes alike over the Israeli-Palestinian issue. Later, a second, US-drafted resolution that blamed Hamas for the violence and upheld Israel's right to defend itself failed to attract any other country's support when it was put to vote in the 15-member council. Blasting the council majority, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the two votes showed it was willing to blame Israel and unwilling to blame Hamas, the Islamist group that...
  • Why are deaths among U.S. kids, teens on the rise?

    06/02/2018 9:24:45 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 40 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 1, 2018 | Dennis Thompson
    A perfect storm of murder, addiction and carelessness has fueled a recent and troubling increase in deaths among U.S. children and teens, a new government report shows. The total death rate for those aged 10 to 19 rose 12 percent between 2013 and 2016, mostly due to an increase in deaths from accidental injury, homicide and suicide, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. In short, the United States is becoming less safe for teenagers. The primary causes of injury deaths were motor vehicle accidents, suicide, firearms-related murders and drug overdoses, the report discovered. "For children...
  • US troops arrive on Mount Shingal to set up military base: Deputy Mayor

    06/01/2018 5:54:22 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies
    Kurdistan 24 News ^ | 6-1-2018 | Sangar Ali / Editing by John J. Catherine
    ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – US forces have reached on the top of Mount Sinjar (Shingal) to establish a new a military base, a Kurdish Ezidi official said on Friday. “Today, 15 military vehicles of US troops arrived on top of Mount Shingal and stationed themselves near Mira peak on the mountain,” Jalal Khalo, deputy mayor in Shingal, told Kurdistan 24. The US forces are preparing to build a military base on the mountain, Khalo added. Mount Shingal is one of the most strategic locations in Iraq, lying near the border with Syria and 125 km west of Mosul. The Kurdish...
  • Political Islam Rising In U.S. Amid European Calls To De-Islamize(video)

    06/01/2018 12:42:48 PM PDT · by BBell · 4 replies
    A new survey shows the majority of Europeans are supporting the de-Islamization of western countries. One America’s Kristian Rouz explains.
  • ERA That Could Overturn Every Pro-Life State Law Nationwide Ratified in Another State

    05/31/2018 5:55:23 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    LifeNews ^ | May 31, 2018 | Micaiah Bilger
    The Illinois legislature ratified a dangerous constitutional amendment Wednesday that could overturn every pro-life law in the United States.According to supporters, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) would amend the U.S. Constitution to guarantee equal rights for all citizens no matter what their sex is. However, pro-life advocates and conservatives long have warned that abortion activists would use the amendment to destroy the limited protections that America provides to unborn babies.Illinois became the 37th state to ratify the ERA on Wednesday after a state House vote of 72-45, the AP reports. If just one more state passes the amendment, it could...
  • Bloomberg: US Overtakes Hong Kong, Singapore as World's Most Competitive Economy

    05/30/2018 4:26:17 AM PDT · by Eddie01 · 2 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 24 May (few days old) | Cathy Burke
    The United States knocked Hong Kong out of first place among the world's most competitive economies — fueled in part by the nation's faster economic growth, Bloomberg reported. Switzerland-based IMD World Competitiveness Center placed Hong Kong second in its annual rankings, edging out regional rival Singapore, with remained in the No. 3 spot from 2017, Bloomberg reported. [snip] Bloomberg pointed out Austria and China both made impressive gains in the rankings of 63 countries: Austria moved up seven slots to 18th place, and China jumped five spots to No. 13. Venezuela ranked as the worst economy, and Mongolia maintained its...
  • U.S. boots Hong Kong from top spot and reclaims title of world’s most competitive economy

    05/29/2018 7:15:29 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 22 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | May 19,2018 | Frieda Powers
    President Trump is making good on his promise to make America great again as the nation roared back to reclaim the title of the world’s most competitive economy. The U.S. beat Hong Kong for the top spot, retaking the position for the first time since 2015, according to Switzerland-based IMD World Competitiveness Center’s annual rankings, Bloomberg reported. Faster economic growth as well as scientific and technological innovation launched the U.S. up from 4th place last year, as the nation scored best in international investment, domestic economy and scientific infrastructure sub-categories. “The renewed top ranking aligns with the positive U.S. growth...
  • Poland Pushes For Permanent US Military Base, Offers Up To $2B

    05/28/2018 8:02:26 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 55 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 05/28/18 | Arathi M
    In order to have a permanent United States’ military presence in the country, Poland is willing to put in as much as $2 billion, a defense military proposal by the latter claimed. The proposal comes a month before the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit begins in Brussels, and is another push in Poland’s desire to have American troops in the country. Poland has expressed this need since its entry into NATO in 1999; however, the current urgency is due to Russia’s annexation of the Crimea region. “Following Russian invasions in Georgia and Ukraine, countries in Central and Eastern Europe...
  • China scolds U.S. for withdrawing invite to naval drills

    05/25/2018 5:25:30 AM PDT · by BBell · 13 replies
    https://www.reuters.com/ ^ | 5/24/18 | Ben Blanchard
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s Defence Ministry expressed regret on Thursday after the United States withdrew an invitation to China to attend a major U.S.-hosted naval drill, saying that closing the door does not promote mutual trust and cooperation.The Rim of the Pacific exercise, known as RIMPAC and previously attended by China, is billed as the world’s largest international maritime exercise and held every two years in Hawaii in June and July. RIMPAC enabled the armed forces of the world’s two largest economies to directly engage with each other. It was viewed by both countries as a way to ease tensions...