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الذهب يغلق منخفضا مع ارتفاع الدولار والأسهم

تراجعت أسعار الذهب خلال تداولات الخميس وسط ارتفاع واسع النطاق للدولار مقابل أغلب العملات الرئيسية بالإضافة إلى انتعاش أسواق الأسهم. وانخفضت العقود الآجلة للذهب تسليم يونيو/حزيران عند التسوية بنسبة 0.7% أو 8.80 دولار إلى 1248 دولارا للأوقية. في غضون ذلك، ارتفع مؤشر الدولار – الذي يقيس أداءه مقابل سلة من العملات الرئيسية – بنسبة 0.4% […]

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Palestinian options dwindle without reinforcement of collective memory

President Donald Trump generated considerable discussion earlier this year with his vague suggestion that the US may no longer abide by the two-state “solution”, albeit while offering no alternative in the process. In 2016, international institutions started voicing the very obvious observation that the two-state imposition is obsolete, yet still insisted upon negotiations tethered to the same paradigm. Debates over two-state or one-state drew two main conclusions. Israel is opposed to both, although the cycle of negotiations based upon the two-state hypothesis provides it with an unregulated opportunity to colonise more and more Palestinian territory. A one-state possibility is, apparently, unacceptable to Israel due to its demography altering the concept of a “Jewish state”; there would be “too many” Palestinians […]


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‘No leader of the ANC Youth League can support Israeli Apartheid’

The ANC Youth League (ANC YL) has reiterated its policy to discourage relations with Israel. This, announced Secretary General Njabulo Nzuza in a press release on Thursday, was made very clear by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma in his 8 January address. The ANC YL said that it is “disturbed” that a certain individual is parading around on a pro-Israel trip in the USA claiming to be a youth leader of the ANC. “This violates our stance and is dishonest, as the individual is no leader of ours,” said Nzuza. “Furthermore, it is shocking to see that the individual concerned is apparently listed on the website of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an official at the Israeli Embassy [in […]



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NY Times Outs White House Sources Who Provided Intel Reports To Nunes

In the latest development surrounding last week’s announcement by Devin Nunes, according to which President Trump and his associates were incidentally swept up in foreign surveillance by American spy agencies, the NYT reports that the pair of White House officials who played a role in providing Nunes with the intelligence reports behind his claim, have been identified.

The NYT has outed the Nunes sources, who it claims are Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence at the National Security Council, and Michael Ellis, a lawyer who works on national security issues at the White House Counsel’s Office and formerly worked on the staff of the House Intelligence Committee.

 As reported previously, Nunes had refused to identify his sources, saying he needed to protect them so others would feel safe coming to the committee with sensitive information. He first disclosed the existence of the intelligence reports on March 22, and in his public comments he has described his sources as whistle-blowers trying to expose wrongdoing at great risk to themselves.

Amusingly, the NYT adds that “the officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the intelligence, and to avoid angering Mr. Cohen-Watnick and Mr. Ellis.”

 In other words, the US has devolved to the point where one set of anonymous sources is doxxing another set of anonymous sources in the pursuit of a political agenda.

Cohen-Watnick is a former Defense Intelligence Agency official who was originally brought to the White House by Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser. The officials said that earlier this month, shortly after Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter about being wiretapped on the orders of President Barack Obama, Mr. Cohen-Watnick began reviewing highly classified reports detailing the intercepted communications of foreign officials.

Some further background on Cohen-Watnick from forward.com:

President Donald Trump reportedly overruled a decision by National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster in order to keep a Jewish National Security Council aide in his current position. Trump overruled the decision on Sunday after Cohen-Watnick, 30, appealed to White House advisers Stephen Bannon and Jared Kushner, Trump’s Jewish son-in-law, Politico reported

 

McMaster had told Ezra Cohen-Watnick, senior director for intelligence programs at the NSC, that he would be moved to a different position at the NSC after CIA officials had pushed for his ouster, according to Politico.

 

A Washington consultant told Politico that Cohen-Watnick and Flynn “saw eye to eye about the failings of the CIA human intelligence operations,” and that the “CIA saw him as a threat, so they tried to unseat him and replace him with an agency loyalist.

Additionally, the NYT adds, that the intel reports consisted primarily of ambassadors and other foreign officials talking about how they were trying to develop contacts within Mr. Trump’s family and inner circle in advance of his inauguration. 

Cohen-Watnick has allegedly been reviewing the reports from his fourth-floor office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, where the National Security Counsel is based.

Perhaps more importantly, the NYT sources say the description of the intelligence is in line with Mr. Nunes’s own characterization of the material, which he has said was not related to the Russia investigations when he first disclosed its existence in a hastily arranged news conference on March 22.

It was not immediately clear if now that the identity of the Nunes sources has been revealed, whether Nunes will make the contents of the confidential documents public.

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Trump’s Deputy Chief Of Staff Is Leaving The White House

President Trump’s deputy chief of staff and long-time staffer for Reince Priebus, Katie Walsh, is leaving the White House according to Politico. She’s expected to work on outside efforts to support the Trump administration, the AP noted, including helping the RNC and the independent group America First.

“Katie Walsh has accepted a position with an outside organization,” a White House official said. “She has been a tremendous asset to the president and we are confident she will be so in her new role as well.”

The move comes after a rough week for Trump, capped by the failure of his healthcare plan last Friday.  As The Hill notes, Trump allies inside and outside the White House were frustrated by the level of involvement from political non-profits, such as the pro-Trump America First Policies, in touting the measure. More from Politico:

The move has the blessing of the highest ranks of the White House. “You’ve got to have somebody from the inside who has the blessing of the man himself,” said the source close to the White House.

 

Walsh is expected to serve as an adviser both to a pro-Trump nonprofit and the RNC. The non-profit, America First, is stocked with veterans of the campaign and has been struggling to get off the ground.

 

An official close to the outside group said the final decision on Walsh’s move was made mid-morning on Thursday. Walsh will be running the day-to-day operations of America First and will replace Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign official who had been in that role, the official said. The outside group has been in talks with the White House for the last two months about personnel matters, the official added.

Walsh is close to Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, who has been blamed by some Trump supporters for the president’s early stumbles. She served as Priebus’ chief of staff when he led the Republican National Committee. As Politico adds, the move could also have significant implications for Priebus, who is losing one of his top lieutenants in the West Wing.

“He basically took away Reince’s political secret service. She was his eyes and ears inside,” said a source close to Trump quoted by Politico.

Walsh has had a rapid rise within the political ranks: she was named deputy finance director at the RNC in January 2013 before her 30th birthday, and was elevated to the top finance job just six months later. She helped lead the RNC’s mammoth fundraising operation through the 2014 midterm elections, and she became chief of staff under Priebus at the RNC in 2015. As an RNC veteran, she brought her ties to the Republican establishment with her to the White House, contrasting with insurgent Republicans like policy adviser Stephen Miller and chief strategist Steve Bannon.

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Russia Reaches 2/3 Of Oil Output Cut Target

Russia has cut crude oil production by 200,000 barrels daily, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said. That’s two-thirds of the amount it agreed to cut under the OPEC-non-OPEC agreement closed at the end of last year. The 300,000-bpd reduction that Russia agreed to represents 2.7 percent of its October output, which exceeded 11 million bpd. This went up to 11.23 million bpd in November – the month that was taken as the basis, from which individual cut quotas were assigned. The country, which was the largest non-OPEC producer that signed…