Tuesday, May 3, 2016

U.S. Troops Are Now Near The Front Lines Against The Islamic State In Iraq


Washington Post: U.S. troops are getting closer to the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq

MAKHMOUR, Iraq — At the base of a rocky ridge rising from the surrounding farmland, the barrels of American artillery poke out from under camouflage covers, their sights trained on Islamic State-held positions.

Less than 10 miles from the front lines in the push toward the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the U.S. outpost, known as Firebase Bell, is manned by about 200 Marines.

“Having them here has raised the morale of our fighters,” said Lt. Col. Helan Mahmood, the head of a commando regiment in the Iraqi army, as his truck bumped along the dirt track that divides his base from the American encampment, ringed by razor wire and berms.

“If there’s any movement from the enemy, they bomb immediately,” he said.

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WNU Editor: As the above graph shows .... mission creep has become the U.S. policy and strategy in Iraq .... and casualties are expected (see previous post).

U.S. Defense Secretary Carter: US Marine Killed In Combat In Iraq



FOX News: US service member killed in northern Iraq, Defense Secretary says

A U.S. service member has been killed in northern Iraq, defense secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday.

Carter gave no details about the service member who was killed. U.S. officials said the death occurred about 20 miles north of Mosul "in the neighborhood" of the city of Irbil, in Iraqi Kurdistan.

"It is a combat death, of course. And a very sad loss," Carter told reporters in Stuttgart, Germany, where he was attending a ceremony installing a new commander of U.S. European Command.

A statement by the U.S.-led coalition confirmed that the service member was killed by enemy fire. A defense official told Fox News the American was an adviser to Kurdish Peshmerga troops. He was killed by "direct fire" after ISIS forces penetrated the Peshmerga's forward line. The American was three to two to three miles behind that front line, the official said.

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WNU Editor: Apparently he was killed because of a major offensive being launched by the Islamic State, coupled with the many breaches that have occurred along the front .... Islamic State breaches peshmerga defenses north of Mosul (Reuters).

More News On Reports That A U.S. Marine Has Been Killed In Combat In Iraq

Defense Secretary Carter: American killed in combat in Iraq -- AP
U.S. service member killed in Iraq: U.S. defense chief -- Reuters
U.S. Service Member Is Killed in Northern Iraq in Fight With ISIS -- NYT
U.S. serviceman killed by 'enemy fire' in northern Iraq -- Washington Post
U.S. Soldier Killed in Iraq by Islamic State Fire -- WSJ
"Enemy fire" kills U.S. troop in northern Iraq -- CBS
American Serviceman Dies in Iraq Near Irbil -- NBC
US Serviceman Killed in Combat by ISIS Forces in Northern Iraq -- ABC News
Defense Secretary: U.S. serviceman killed in Iraq -- USA Today
US service member killed near Irbil, Iraq in 'enemy fire' -- RT
Update: US serviceman killed by enemy fire in northern Iraq -- RUDAW

Has Al Qaeda Been Defeated In Yemen?

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Michael Morell, Politico: The Giant Al Qaeda Defeat That No One’s Talking About

With little notice, the Saudis and UAE knocked out a key Al Qaeda stronghold in Yemen.

Something significant and positive just happened in the Middle East, and most Americans are not aware of it. The United Arab Emirates, under the banner of a Saudi-led coalition, late last month delivered a major blow to the most lethal Al Qaeda group on the planet—Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the primary Islamic extremist group operating in Yemen.

The Sunni Gulf states are often painted in the Western media as shying away from a fight, not being capable of a fight and not willing to deal with terrorists and extremists in their midst. The UAE operation in Yemen proved that none of these characterizations are true of Abu Dhabi.

AQAP has long been, and still is, a threat to the American homeland. The past three attempted terrorist attacks in the United States by an outside group were conducted by AQAP—the 2009 attempt to bring down an airliner flying to Detroit by the so-called underwear bomber, the 2010 attempt to bring down U.S.-flagged cargo planes flying from the Middle East to the United States by hiding bombs in printer cartridges, and the 2011 plot to bring down a civilian airliner flying to the United States with a sophisticated suicide vest containing no metallic parts.

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WNU Editor: I have been hearing stories on the defeat of Al Qaeda has been defeated for years .... I can add this one to the list.

The Islamic State And The Syrian Regime Cooperate On A Number Of Issues



SKY News: IS Files Reveal Assad's Deals With Militants

Islamic State forces pulled out of Palmyra in co-operation that has been going on for years, documents handed to Sky News show

Islamic State and the Assad regime in Syria have been colluding with each other in deals on the battleground, Sky News can reveal.

Our exclusive investigation into leaked secret IS files suggests one piece of co-operation was over the ancient city of Palmyra.

The files also show that the militant group has been training foreign fighters to attack Western targets for much longer than security services had suspected.

The revelations underscore fears in the United States that a network of sleeper cells is spread across Europe, avoiding detection, and is planning further Paris- and Brussels-style assaults.

IS defectors, meanwhile, have told Sky News that Palmyra was handed back to government forces by Islamic State as part of a series of cooperation agreements going back years.

Update: Assad and ISIS appear to be working in tandem (Business Insider)

WNU Editor:
This "collusion" has been ongoing for along time .... Russian Engineers Are Working With Both The Islamic State And With The Syrian Government To Provide Electricity To Syria.

European Banks Are Staying Out OfIiran

Bloomberg: Europe’s Banks Are Staying Out of Iran

* Banks want `maximum certainty' before returning to Iran
* Republican opposition to nuclear deal adds to hesitation

European companies flocking back to Iran are doing so without their favored lenders at their side.

Less than two years after BNP Paribas SA agreed to pay a record $9 billion U.S. fine in part for dealings with Iran, many of the continent’s biggest banks remain unwilling to go anywhere near Iran-related business for fear that they will run afoul of remaining U.S. sanctions on the country. That’s opened the way for Chinese and Persian Gulf lenders, as well as European institutions such as Belgium’s KBC Groep NV, to grab a slice of the business of funding companies’ investments in Iran.

The reluctance adds a complication for manufacturers from Airbus Group SE to PSA Group, the maker of Peugeot cars, as they seek to capitalize on growth in Iran. The funding issue has become a financial diplomacy hot-spot. In France, the government, worried that companies may lose exports, has started talks with the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control to get a commitment that banks can do business without incurring legal woes, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

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WNU Editor: Iran has a long history of financially supporting terror groups that target Western interests. As long as Iran refuses to cut this funding and support, institutions that do business with Iran will always be exposed liability claims and worse.

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The Crucible Is Where U.S. Marines Are Made



Task & Purpose: The Crucible Is Where Marines Are Made, And Here’s How

A drill instructor walks us through the Crucible, the last training event recruits must pass before becoming Marines.

Marines’ graduation from boot camp marks the end to a gruelling, three-month journey. Through each phase, the recruits are challenged and pushed by their drill instructors, each other, and themselves.

And at no point in their training is this more true than during the Crucible, a multi-day training event designed to test recruits physically, mentally, and even morally.

Only those who make it through go on to earn the coveted title of Marine.

Task & Purpose spoke with Staff Sgt. Thomas Phillips, a drill instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, to discuss the final obstacle in a recruit’s path to becoming a Marine.

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WNU Editor: No comment necessary.

Picture Of The Day

The 2S5 Giatsint 2S5 self-propelled guns shoot during a joint drill of the 5th Combined-Arms army of the Eastern Military District supported by the army aviation, bombers, fighter jets and long-range aircraft with Airborne Force units participation held at Sergeyevsky base in Primorsky Territory. © SPUTNIK/ VITALIY ANKOV

President Obama Spoof Retirement Video



Daily Mail: 'I can drink beer at 11.30am and Michelle won’t even know?' President Obama pokes fun at his retirement plans in hilarious spoof video

* Obama played spoof video about his retirement at Correspondents dinner
* It showed him wondering what to do when he leaves the White House
* He faces difficulty getting a driving license and using Snapchat on a cell
* But he is given advice by ex-Speaker John Boehner, who tells him to relax

He is set to leave the White House at the end of the year and speculation is mounting about what President Barack Obama will do when he leaves office.

And at his final White House Correspondents' Dinner the U.S. leader poked fun at his future plans with a spoof video, where he described himself as going from 'Commander-in-Chief' to 'Couch Commander'.

During his speech at Saturday night's dinner, the president alluded to life after the White House and asked guests to watch a clip on the big screens.

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WNU Editor: No comment necessary.

Monday, May 2, 2016

The U.S. Tells Pakistan That They Will Have To Pay For The F-16s Themselves

Pakistani F-16 fighter jets fly past during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad, Pakistan, March 23, 2016. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

Reuters: U.S. tells Pakistan it will have to fund F-16s itself

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has told Pakistan it will have to finance the purchase of U.S. F-16 fighter jets itself after members of the U.S. Congress objected to the use of government funds to pay for them.

The U.S. government said in February it had approved the sale to Pakistan of up to eight F-16 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp LMT.N, as well as radar and other equipment in a deal valued at $699 million.

However, Republican Senator Bob Corker said he would use his power as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to bar the use of any U.S. funds for the deal to send a message to Pakistan that it needed to do more in the war against militants.

Corker's stance reflected deep unhappiness among both Democrats and Republicans in Congress about what they see as Islamabad’s policy of supporting militant groups that target Afghans and Americans, and Pakistan's failure to support the reconciliation process for Afghanistan.

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WNU Editor: Pakistan is still optimistic that the U.S. will give them these fighters .... Still Negotiating F-16 Jet Deal With US, Says Pakistan (NDTV) .... but I suspect that this deal is dead.

More News On The U.S. Scrapping Its Subsidized Sale of F-16s To Pakistan

US 'drops planned Pakistan F-16 fighter jet subsidy' -- BBC
Obama Scraps Subsidy in $700Mln F-16 Sale to Pakistan -- Sputnik
Pakistan may use F-16 fighter jets against India, say US lawmakers -- Indian Express

Vice News Reports On The Ukraine War (Video)



VICE News: Shell-Shocked: Ukraine’s Trauma

It's been two years since pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine broke away from the rest of the country, triggering a war that has killed more than 9,000 people, displaced a million civilians, and left entire towns and villages in ruins.

Ukraine's government was wholly unprepared for the conflict, and its armed forces had been hollowed out by years of mismanagement even before the fighting began. As a result, Kiev has relied on tens of thousands of inexperienced volunteers to fight the brutal civil war. The country's healthcare system had little experience dealing with the range of physical and psychological injuries sustained by soldiers and civilians. Once demobilized, soldiers are eligible for a number of benefits, but only if they can obtain their official veteran status. With the process slow and bureaucratic, many have been left struggling to deal with the traumatic aftermath of the conflict.

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WNU Editor: My contacts and family members still in Ukraine tell me that eastern Ukraine is now a disaster zone far away from the  front lines ... never-ending war, economic and social collapse, and a central government not caring one bit on what is happening there.

Rising East - West Tensions In The Baltics



RT: NATO to send 4,000 troops to border with Russia - report

NATO is deploying an additional four battalions of 4,000 troops in Poland and the three Baltic States, according to a report citing US Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work.

Work confirmed the number of troops to be sent to the border with Russia, The Wall Street Journal reports. He said the reason for the deployment is Russia’s multiple snap military exercises near the Baltics States.

“The Russians have been doing a lot of snap exercises right up against the borders, with a lot of troops,” Work said as cited by the Wall Street Journal. “From our perspective, we could argue this is extraordinarily provocative behavior.”

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More News On Growing Tensions In The Baltics

Estonia expects 1,500 NATO troops for major Spring Storm drills -- RT
Finland Flexes Military Muscles Alongside US Troops, Armored Vehicles -- Sputnik
200 US Soldiers Due in Moldova for Military Exercises -- ABC News
NATO to place 4,000 troops in Poland and the region: report -- Radio Poland
NATO to deploy 4,000 troops to the Baltics and Poland -- Estonian World
NATO to deploy 4,000 troops on Russia's borders in Baltic region -- Baltic Times
NATO Allies Preparing to Put Four Battalions at Eastern Border With Russia -- WSJ
Russia challenges US after Baltic jet face-off -- BBC
Russia claims it sent fighter plane to intercept US aircraft approaching its border because it had turned off the transponder -- Daily Mail
‘Stay away from Russian borders or keep transponders on’: Russian MoD on US spy planes in Baltics -- RT
Navy boss: Russian jets should stop buzzing US planes, ship -- AP
US Navy chief hopes for 'normalization' with Russia in Baltic -- AFP
US Navy Chief Calls for Normalized Relations with Russia in Baltics -- VOA
US defense chief: NATO ponders ground force in Baltics -- AP

Venezuela Heading To The Brink Of Collapse



Miami Herald: Venezuela nearing total “collapse”

* A top International Monetary Fund economist says Venezuela could reach “total economic collapse” in 12-18 months
* Judging from similar cases in Latin America, it’s hard to see how President Nicolas Maduro can finish his term in 2019
* Democracies in the region should collectively press Maduro to respect democratic rules, and avoid a military coup.

A recent International Monetary Fund report that Venezuela will reach a 720 percent inflation rate this year — the highest in the world — has drawn a lot of media attention, but what I heard from a senior IMF economist this week was even more dramatic.

Robert K. Rennhack, deputy director of the IMF’s Western Hemisphere department, told me in an interview that Venezuela is on a path to hyperinflation — the stage where the economy reaches total chaos — and could reach a “total collapse of the economic system” in 12 to 18 months if there are no changes in economic policies.

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Update: We ignore Venezuela’s imminent implosion at our peril (Jackson Diehl, Washington Post)

WNU Editor: The opposition is getting the signatures that they need for a presidential recall/election .... Venezuela opposition submits 1.85 million signatures in recall effort (Reuters).

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 2, 2016

Osama bin Laden, left, with al-Qaeda's new leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in 2001. Bin Laden's death in 2011 was a symbolic defeat for the group, but it has continued to expand and strike allegiances with jihadist groups around the world. (Reuters)

Lucas Powers, CBC News: Al-Qaeda still 'very dangerous' 5 years after Osama bin Laden's death

Extremist group is likely to outlast its rival ISIS, experts on terror groups say

Five years ago today, elite U.S. special forces soldiers raided a walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and ended history's most intense manhunt.

The death of Osama bin Laden was a significant symbolic blow to al-Qaeda, the violent jihadist organization that he co-founded in the late 1980s.

But it was hardly the end of the group, which has lived on under the leadership of the bespectacled Egyptian doctor Ayman al-Zawahiri.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 2, 2016

5 years ago the U.S. killed Osama bin Laden. Did it matter? -- Nicole Gaouette, CNN

Why was the CIA tweeting about the Osama bin Laden raid? -- Reshmi Kaur Oberoi, Christian Science Monitor

The real war against Islamic State -- CSM editorial

Days of Chaos in Baghdad: Protest or Meltdown? -- Tim Arango, New York Times

How the ‘Green Zone’ Helped Destroy Iraq -- Emma Sky, Politico

Europe’s First Islamic Constitution? What Could Possibly Go Wrong? -- Thomas Seibert, Daily Beast

China Admits Its Statistics Are Wrong -- Jacob L. Shapiro, Geopolitical Futures

Tensions Rising Ahead of South China Sea Ruling -- William Ide, VOA

A chance for engagement with North Korea? -- Doug Bandow, Japan Times

In Congo, Wars Are Small and Chaos Is Endless -- Geoffrey Gentleman, NYT

On the Run in Burundi -- James Verini, The New Yorker

Historic Havana cruise: Can anyone go to Cuba now? -- Max Lewontin, CSM

The Selling of Obama: The inside story of how a great communicator lost the narrative. -- Michael Grunwald, Politico

Q&A: When is a Boot on the Ground not a Boot on the Ground? -- Lolita C. Baldor, AP

More Women Will Make a Stronger Military -- Bloomberg editorial

Confessions of a NATO Speechwriter -- Patrick Stephenson, Foreign Policy

World News Briefs -- May 2, 2016 (Evening Edition)



AFP: US launches bid to save Syria truce

Geneva (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry launched a desperate push Monday to salvage a ceasefire in Syria, as the country's second city of Aleppo reeled from a week of fighting that killed hundreds of civilians.

With the two-month old truce brokered by the United States and Russia under severe threat, Kerry said Washington and Moscow had made progress in trying to contain the bloodshed, but warned it was premature to promise success.

The top US diplomat gave some of his most downbeat comments yet after meeting the United Nations Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura in Geneva, saying the conflict was "in many ways out of control and deeply disturbing to everybody in the world, I hope."

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MIDDLE EAST

Turkey and US-led coalition pound IS group in Syria.

Aleppo: Push to include battered city in Syria truce. Syria conflict: Kerry hopes to salvage truce as new raids hit Aleppo. US Demands Assad forces halt Aleppo strikes as residents flee.

Russia says talks under way to include Aleppo in Syria's 'regime Of calm'. US once again forced to turn to Russia for help on Syria.

U.S. leads 25 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq, Syria: statement.

Turkish military kills 63 IS fighters in Syria. Drones, Turkish artillery hit Islamic State in Syria, 34 dead: military.

Bombs in Baghdad kill 14, including some Shi'ite pilgrims. Islamic State suicide attacks kill 32 in southern Iraq.

U.S. says Iraq's PM in 'strong position' amid political unrest.

Muqtada al-Sadr loyalists leave Baghdad's Green Zone. Iraq protests: Demonstrators begin to leave Green Zone. Protesters leave Iraqi Parliament building, but vow to return. Protesters leave Baghdad’s Green Zone a day after ransacking parliament.

Yemeni government suspends participation in peace talks. Yemen officials say peace talks suspended after Houthis seize base.

ASIA

Afghan forces begin mission to break Taliban’s grip on highway.

North Korea party congress to show unity around Kim Jong Un.

S.Korea suspects N.Korea to carry out nuclear test later this week.

SKorea worries about its citizens abroad after North threat. South Korea warns of risk North may abduct citizens abroad.

South Korea and Iran expected to sign major trade deals.

Nazarbaev warns of Ukraine-style turmoil as Kazakh land protests spread.

China trains 'fishing militia' to sail into disputed waters.

Wary of China's Indian Ocean activities, U.S., India discuss anti-submarine warfare.

Death toll from poisoned sweets in Pakistan rises to 33.

AFRICA

Egypt journalists jailed 15 days over incitement.

U.S. and Senegal sign defense cooperation deal.

Somalia: 11 soldiers killed as extremists retake town.

British Army team in Somalia on UN peacekeeping duties.

Scores of migrants feared dead in shipwreck off Libya.

East Africa: Police tighten security at Uganda - South Sudan border.

German and French foreign ministers pledge support for Mali.

Massive oil theft by pirates costs Nigeria $1.5 billion every month.

Egypt journalists protest against arrests in 'raid' on union.

EUROPE

EU executive to propose visa-free travel for Turks on Wednesday, sources say.

US defense chief: NATO ponders ground force in Baltics.

Armenia and Azerbaijan report on ceasefire violations in Karabakh.

Ukrainian city marks 2nd anniversary of fire that killed 43. Ukraine's tense Odessa marks two years since clashes killed 48.

Tensions, violence rise in Ukraine as Western powers urge reforms.

Kyiv sees no elections in eastern Ukraine until Russians leave.

Polish leader hails plan for NATO build-up on eastern flank.

Brussels airport departure hall reopens after deadly bombings.

Nearly 90,000 unaccompanied minors sought asylum in EU in 2015.

Germany AfD conference: party adopts anti-Islam policy.

AMERICAS

Puerto Rico defaults on $422 million. Puerto Rico skips bond payments, says Congress must help.

Puerto Ricans leaving island for U.S. in record numbers.

Quebec separatist leader quits politics.

Trump accuses China of 'raping' US with unfair trade policy.

Brazil attorney general requests probes into top politicians. Corruption probe requested against Brazil opposition leader Neves.

Brazil may face steeper contraction in 2016.

Brazil's Rousseff ups social spending as next impeachment ruling looms.

Venezuela opposition submits 1.85 million signatures in recall effort.

Venezuela clocks set forward to save money.

Venezuela raises minimum wage as high inflation bites.

Gerson Galvez: Peruvian drug lord deported from Colombia.

First US cruise in decades arrives in Havana.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Saudi minister confirms warning on proposed U.S. law on 9/11.

CIA chief on ISIS: Not just an organization, 'it's a phenomenon'.

On fifth anniversary Of Osama Bin Laden killing, CIA chief talks about eliminating ISIS head Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

Isis hackers: British-linked jihadists publish 'hitlist' of US drone pilots.

Islamic State boosts attacks in response to territorial losses: IHS.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Monday.

Apple's stock heads toward longest loss streak in 18 years.

Yahoo's Marissa Mayer gets $55M to leave.

Halliburton and Baker Hughes abandon $34.6bn takeover.

Australian Craig Wright outs himself as Bitcoin creator. Craig Wright revealed as Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto.

Turkey To Be Given Visa-Free Travel To Europe (Plus Ukraine, Kosovo, And Georgia)

A Turkish Gendarme officer detains a man believed to be a smuggler as Syrian refugees who are prevented from sailing off for the Greek island of Lesbos by dinghies wait in the background near a beach in the western Turkish coastal town of Dikili, Turkey, March 5, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

The Telegraph: 75 million Turks on course for visa-free travel in EU, despite not meeting key targets in refugee swap deal

Turkey is on course to be handed visa-free travel to the European Union for its 75 million citizens, despite not meeting a series of key targets.

On Wednesday the European Commission is expected to recommended a radical loosening of travel conditions for the country.

The giveaway is part of a €6bn aid-for-deportations migration deal struck with Ankara, which has resulted in a steep fall in the number of refugees attempting to cross into Europe.

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WNU Editor: Ukraine, Georgia, and Kosovo are are also included in this deal. Here is an easy prediction .... expect a massive surge of migrants into Europe .... Another 127 MILLION people from countries including Turkey and Ukraine could come into Europe visa-free under plans being pushed by Brussels (Daily Mail).

Update: The French and Germans are preparing for the rush .... France, Germany propose ‘emergency brake’ in Turkey visa deal (Politico).

More News On Turkey Being Given Visa-Free Travel To Europe

EU Commission to bow to Turkey's visa demands amid Brussels 'panic' over migration crisis - as Germany leads calls for extension of border controls -- Daily Mail
EU advances Turkey visa deal amid migration fears -- EU Observer
EU set to drive forward visas for Turks in migrant deal -- Reuters
Brussels prepares legal groundwork on visa-free travel for Turks -- Financial Times

Donald Trump Accuses China Of Trade 'Rape'



IBTimes: Donald Trump Says China Must Not Be Allowed To ‘Rape’ The US

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Sunday likened America’s trade deficit with China to "rape," accusing the Asian nation of “the greatest theft in the history of the world.” Trump, who is currently leading the GOP nomination race by a wide margin, was speaking at a rally in Indiana ahead of the state’s critical, and potentially decisive, primary later this week.

“We can't continue to allow China to rape our country, and that's what they're doing,” Trump said. “We're going to turn it around. And we have the cards, don't forget it. We're like the piggy bank that's being robbed. We have the cards. We have a lot of power with China.”

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WNU Editor: Some are disagreeing what Donald Trump is saying .... Donald Trump Is Wrong On China--Again (Tim Worstall, Forbes). What's my take. I worked in China developing trade first as a representative of the Soviet government .... later as a private citizen. The Chinese are all about tariffs, trade restrictions, and when they do buy from abroad .... it is primarily raw materials or high tech that they cannot copy. Donald Trump is 100% correct .... and if the U.S. should adopt the same trade policies, tariffs, and currency manipulation as China's .... the Chinese would find themselves priced out of the U.S. market. And as for the hundreds in billions that U.S. companies have invested in China .... they will find themselves up "shits-creek".Will there be retaliation .... probably. But since the U.S. already has a multi-hundred billion dollar trade deficit with China, I fail to see how retaliating against the U.S. will change the current situation .... in fact ... it may galvanize even further U.S. restrictions against China. Donald Trump's remarks are important because he is warning the Chinese that they better change .... unfortunately .... at least from what I am hearing from my Chinese contacts .... they are still tone-deaf .... in fact many of them feel confident that the U.S. Congress will (in the end) block him. Hmmmm .... that is a risky strategy if you ask me.

More News On Donald Trump Accusing China Of Trade 'Rape'

Donald Trump Calls China’s Trade Practice the ‘Greatest Theft in the World’ -- ABC News
Trump: 'We can't continue to allow China to rape our country' -- CNN
Trump: 'Can't Continue to Allow China to Rape Our Country' -- VOA
Trump accuses China of 'raping' US with unfair trade policy -- BBC
Trump compares China trade policy to rape in Indiana speech -- FOX News
Donald Trump in Indiana Says China Is 'Raping' America -- NBC
Experts Warn of Backlash in Donald Trump’s China Trade Policies -- NYT
Donald Trump Is Wrong On China--Again -- Tim Worstall, Forbes

The Americans Are Coming! The Americans Are Coming!



CNN: Historic U.S. cruise docks in Havana

Havana (CNN)The first cruise in decades to travel from the United States to Cuba docked in Havana Monday.

The Adonia's arrival in Havana marks the first stop on a historic, seven-day voyage that signals closer ties between the United States and its communist-run neighbor.

The boat set sail from Miami on Sunday as salsa music played and protesters picketed nearby.

Standing beside Cuban and American flags, the cruise manager touted the journey as "the beginning of a new era."

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WNU Editor:
Here is an easy prediction .... prices for tourists in Cuba will go up (if not already).

First U.S. Cruise Ship In Decades Docks In Havana

U.S. cruise ship pulls into Havana on historic Cuba voyage -- Reuters
A U.S. cruise arrives in Cuba for the first time in decades -- AP
Carnival's Adonia becomes first U.S. cruise ship to arrive in Cuba since 1978 -- UPI
Carnival’s Historic Cruise Arrives In Cuba -- CBS
Cruise passengers welcomed by hundreds of Cubans -- Sun Sentinel
Cruise ship from Miami arrives in Havana for historic trip to Cuba -- Miami Herald
After decades, historic cruise arrives in Cuba's Havana Harbor -- FOX News
Historic Havana cruise: Can anyone go to Cuba now? -- Max Lewontin, CSM