906,000 unemployed Saudis

The unemployment rate of Saudis aged 15 and older during the first quarter of 2017 reached nearly 12.7 per cent, based on the Labour Force Survey. Of those out of work, 7.2 per cent are males and 3.3 per cent are females, according to the newly released figures. The number of jobseekers has reached 906,552 people, 219,017 of whom are male and 687,535 of whom are female. According to the government agencies’ administrative records, 50.3 per cent of the Saudis looking for work have university degrees. The results also indicated that 11.6 per cent of unemployed Saudis have held jobs before, and that 31.6 per cent of unemployed Saudis left their previous jobs after being laid off by their employers. […]

Turkey, Israel agree to stop Twitter war of words

Officials at the Turkish and Israeli foreign ministries have recently agreed to stop the arguments and accusations that the two ministries exchanged via Twitter over the recent event at Al-Aqsa Mosque. Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth news site reported today that the two ministries’ exchange of accusations intensified to trigger increased tension, which could have resulted in both countries recalling their ambassadors for consultation. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticised Israeli policies and practices in Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa. The Israeli foreign ministry responded with strongly-worded statements and remarks by its spokespersons. Yedioth Ahronoth said that Ishak Ibrahimzadeh, the head of the Jewish community in Turkey, was among those who called for Turkish-Israeli reconciliation. He called on Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to intervene, because he […]

Turkey, Israel agree to stop Twitter war of words

Officials at the Turkish and Israeli foreign ministries have recently agreed to stop the arguments and accusations that the two ministries exchanged via Twitter over the recent event at Al-Aqsa Mosque. Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth news site reported today that the two ministries’ exchange of accusations intensified to trigger increased tension, which could have resulted in both countries recalling their ambassadors for consultation. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticised Israeli policies and practices in Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa. The Israeli foreign ministry responded with strongly-worded statements and remarks by its spokespersons. Yedioth Ahronoth said that Ishak Ibrahimzadeh, the head of the Jewish community in Turkey, was among those who called for Turkish-Israeli reconciliation. He called on Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to intervene, because he […]

Egypt’s war on Sinai

Last week in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula an army tank crushed a car beneath its tracks then seconds later the vehicle exploded into black smoke and orange flames. The military released a statement afterwards to say that the car had contained 100 kilogrammes of explosives and that the terrorists inside were planning an attack on the army. The video didn’t hit the international press until Tuesday, one week after the actual incident. In itself this is an indication of the information blackout that engulfs North Sinai, a result of the government’s war on terror that has closed down media outlets and arrested activists and journalists across the governorate. Read: Egypt tank runs over car bomb in Sinai Not that long ago […]

Egypt’s war on Sinai

Last week in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula an army tank crushed a car beneath its tracks then seconds later the vehicle exploded into black smoke and orange flames. The military released a statement afterwards to say that the car had contained 100 kilogrammes of explosives and that the terrorists inside were planning an attack on the army. The video didn’t hit the international press until Tuesday, one week after the actual incident. In itself this is an indication of the information blackout that engulfs North Sinai, a result of the government’s war on terror that has closed down media outlets and arrested activists and journalists across the governorate. Read: Egypt tank runs over car bomb in Sinai Not that long ago […]

Gauntlet Thrown: House Judiciary Demands Special Counsel To Investigate Comey, Lynch, And Clinton

Roughly a month ago, we noted that Republicans might be well served to stop sitting around twiddling their thumbs waiting for the next Russia ‘bombshell’ to drop and actually go on the offensive against an ‘investigation’ that has obviously morphed into mass hysteria courtesy of free-flowing leaks from a conflicted “intelligence community” intent upon bringing down a presidency rather than finding out the truth.  Here’s what we said:

Of course, until someone within the Trump administration or Republican Party smartens up and calls for the appointment of a ‘Special Counsel’ to look into Hillary’s email scandal, something that should have been done long ago, and not for retaliatory reasons but simply due to Comey’s and AG Lynch’s blatant mishandling of the investigation (a point which Deputy AG Rosenstein obviously agreed with), the Democrats have no reason to calm their mass hysteria.  Then, and only then, do we suspect that Hillary might just be able to ‘convince’ her party to exercise some form of reasonable judgement.

Well, it seems that some folks on the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), seem to agree.  As such, 20 Republican Representatives have sent a letter to Attorney General Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein demanding the appointment of a Second Special Counsel to look into a laundry list of potential scandals surrounding Hillary Clinton, James Comey, Loretta Lynch and many others from the Obama administration.

We are writing to you to request assistance in restoring public confidence in our nation’s justice system and its investigators, specifically the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). While we presume that the FBI’s investigation into Russian influence has been subsumed into Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, we are not confident that other matters related to the 2016 election and aftermath are similarly under investigation by Special Counsel Mueller. The unbalanced, uncertain, and seemingly unlimited focus of the special counsel’s investigation has led many of our constituents to see a dual standard of justice that benefits only the powerful and politically well-connected. For this reason, we call on you to appoint a second special counsel to investigate a plethora of matters connected to the 2016 election and its aftermath, including actions taken by previously public figures like Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

 

Many Democrats and members of the Washington media previously called for a “special prosecutor” to investigate Russian influence on the election and connections with the Trump campaign. Not surprisingly, once you actually made the decision to appoint a special counsel, the calls for further investigations by congressional committees continued, focused on allegations that have heretofore produced no evidence of criminality, despite the fact that over a year has passed since the opening of the original FBI investigation. Political gamesmanship continues to saturate anything and everything associated with reactions to President Trump’s executive decisions, and reveals the hypocrisy of those who refuse to allow the Special Counsel’s investigation to proceed without undue political influence. It is an unfortunate state of affairs.

Among other things, the letter specifically highlights the inappropriate handling of the Clinton investigation by James Comey and efforts on the part of Loretta Lynch to obstruct justice in order to assist a political ally.

Your stated rationale for recommending Director Comey’s termination as FBI Director was his mishandling of former Secretary Clinton’s email investigation and associated public disclosures concerning the investigation’s findings. We believe this was the correct decision. It is clear that Director Comey contributed to the politicization of the FBI’s investigations by issuing his public statement, nominating himself as judge and jury, rather than permitting career DOJ prosecutors to make the final decision. But many other questions remain unanswered, due to Mr. Comey’s premature and inappropriate decision, as well as the Obama Justice Department’s refusal to respond to legitimate Congressional oversight. Last week, the Republican Members of this Committee sent a letter to the Justice Department, asking for responses to those unanswered inquiries. These questions cannot, for history’s sake and for the preservation of an impartial system of justice, be allowed to die on the vine.

 

As we referenced above, Democrats and the mainstream media called for a special counsel to be appointed to investigate any Russian influence on President Trump’s campaign. Their pleas were answered, but there are many questions that may be outside the scope of Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation. This was clear following Mr. Comey’s recent testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8, 2017, which ignited renewed scrutiny of former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and the actions she took to mislead the public concerning the investigation into the Clinton email investigation. Last year, this Committee inquired repeatedly about the circumstances surrounding that and other matters, but our inquiries were largely ignored.

 

During his testimony, Mr. Comey referenced a meeting on the Phoenix airport tarmac between Ms. Lynch and former President Bill Clinton. Mr. Comey raised concerns about Ms. Lynch’s conduct, and questioned her independence, stating:

 

At one point, the attorney general had directed me not to call it an investigation, but instead to call it a matter, which confused me and concerned me. That was one of the bricks in the load that led me to conclude, ‘I have to step away from the department if we’re to close this case credibly.

And here is the full list of things the “Second Special Counsel” would be instructed to investigate:

1.  Then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch directing Mr. Comey to mislead the American people on the nature of the Clinton investigation;

 

2.  The shadow cast over our system of justice concerning Secretary Clinton and her involvement in mishandling classified information;

 

3.  FBI and DOJ’s investigative decisions related to former Secretary Clinton’s email investigation, including the propriety and consequence of immunity deals given to potential Clinton co-conspirators Cheryl Mills, Heather Samuelson, John Bentel and possibly others;

 

4.  The apparent failure of DOJ to empanel a grand jury to investigate allegations of mishandling of classified information by Hillary Clinton and her associates;

 

5.  The Department of State and its employees’ involvement in determining which communications of Secretary Clinton’s and her associates to turn over for public scrutiny;

 

6.  WikiLeaks disclosures concerning the Clinton Foundation and its potentially unlawful international dealings;

 

7.  Connections between the Clinton campaign, or the Clinton Foundation, and foreign entities, including those from Russia and Ukraine;

 

8.  Mr. Comey’s knowledge of the purchase of Uranium One by the company Rosatom, whether the approval of the sale was connected to any donations made to the Clinton Foundation, and what role Secretary Clinton played in the approval of that sale that had national security ramifications;

 

9.  Disclosures arising from unlawful access to the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) computer systems, including inappropriate collusion between the DNC and the Clinton campaign to undermine Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign;

 

10.  Post-election accusations by the President that he was wiretapped by the previous Administration, and whether Mr. Comey and Ms. Lynch had any knowledge of efforts made by any federal agency to unlawfully monitor communications of then-candidate Trump or his associates;

 

11.  Selected leaks of classified information related to the unmasking of U.S. person identities incidentally collected upon by the intelligence community, including an assessment of whether anyone in the Obama Administration, including Mr. Comey, Ms. Lynch, Ms. Susan Rice, Ms. Samantha Power, or others, had any knowledge about the “unmasking” of individuals on then candidate-Trump’s campaign team, transition team, or both;

 

12.  Admitted leaks by Mr. Comey to Columbia University law professor, Daniel Richman, regarding conversations between Mr. Comey and President Trump, how the leaked information was purposefully released to lead to the appointment of a special counsel, and whether any classified information was included in the now infamous “Comey memos”;

 

13.  Mr. Comey’s and the FBI’s apparent reliance on “Fusion GPS” in its investigation of the Trump campaign, including the company’s creation of a “dossier” of information about Mr. Trump, that dossier’s commission and dissemination in the months before and after the 2016 election, whether the FBI paid anyone connected to the dossier, and the intelligence sources of Fusion GPS or any person or company working for Fusion GPS and its affiliates; and

 

14.  Any and all potential leaks originated by Mr. Comey and provide to author Michael Schmidt dating back to 1993.

Seems the gauntlet has officially been thrown down…what say you Mr. Sessions?

 

The full letter can be reviewed here:

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Israel to penalise Amnesty supporters

Israel’s finance minister is working on a set of measures to revoke tax benefits for anyone that supports Amnesty International’s campaign for a boycott against the Israeli occupation. Sources in Israel have reported that the Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon is working to introduce a set of measures to revoke tax benefits from Amnesty International’s supporters, in accordance with the Boycott Law. Kahlon’s remark reflects the growing anxiety within the country over the snowballing of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS). Since its launch in 2005 dozens of artists, academics, human rights organisations and various institutions around the world have joined the campaign against Israel’s occupation and its discriminatory policies against Palestinians. The new measures to fight the global BDS […]

Israel to penalise Amnesty supporters

Israel’s finance minister is working on a set of measures to revoke tax benefits for anyone that supports Amnesty International’s campaign for a boycott against the Israeli occupation. Sources in Israel have reported that the Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon is working to introduce a set of measures to revoke tax benefits from Amnesty International’s supporters, in accordance with the Boycott Law. Kahlon’s remark reflects the growing anxiety within the country over the snowballing of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS). Since its launch in 2005 dozens of artists, academics, human rights organisations and various institutions around the world have joined the campaign against Israel’s occupation and its discriminatory policies against Palestinians. The new measures to fight the global BDS […]

Indian court rejects abortion for 10-year-old rape victim

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INDIA: India’s Supreme Court on Friday rejected a plea by a 10-year-old rape victim to have an abortion because doctors said it was a threat to her life.
The girl is eight months pregnant and her lawyers said her family had accepted the verdict.
“The court ruling is based on the opinion received from the qualified medical panel and we are content with the ruling,” Alakh Alok Srivatav, a lawyer for the victim’s family, told AFP.
The Supreme Court judges said they cannot allow a termination because the medical report suggested it was “neither good for the mother nor the fetus.”
The girl, who has not been named, was allegedly raped several times by an uncle. He has been arrested for multiple rape.
The pregnancy was only discovered recently after her parents took her to hospital complaining of stomach pain. The parents then approached the courts to allow an abortion.
Their initial plea at a local court was declined over similar safety fears. The family challenged the ruling at the Supreme Court.
Indian law does not allow medical terminations after 20 weeks unless there is a threat to the mother’s life.
Indian courts have considered many pleas from rape victims seeking permission to terminate pregnancies following abuse.
In May the top court allowed a 10-year-old rape victim from the northern state of Haryana to abort her nearly 21-week fetus.
India has a grim record of sexual assaults on minors with 20,000 cases of rape or sexual assaults reported in 2015, according to government data. A UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in 2014 said one in three rape victims was a minor.

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UMich Consumer Confidence Tumbles To Lowest Since Before Election As Trumphoria Fades

Despite a rebound in business survey hope, a number of consumer confidence measures have been tracking lower in recent months as Trumphoria fades. July’s final UMich consumer confidence data confirms this trend printing at 93.4 – the lowest since Oct 2016. While current conditions rose to the highest since July 2005, the biggest driver of the overall decline was a tumble in the ‘expectations’ index.

Although a slight improvement on the early month preliminary print, the trend remains lower…

 

The partisan divide over confidence remains extreme…but the partisan gap has narrowed in recent weeks, mostly due to Republicans tempering their optimism. The recent declines among Republicans were somewhat predictable, but the continuation of extreme pessimism among Democrats is more surprising; although, a partisan pessimism is easier to maintain when personal finances are at the highest levels recorded since 2000. Overall, the data continue to indicate a gain of 2.4% in personal consumption in 2017.

 

Moreover, UMich notes that while current conditions were judged strictly on the performance of the economy, expectations continue to be significantly influenced by partisanship: the difference on the Expectations Index between Democrats and Republicans was 45 Index-points (63.7 versus 108.7); among self-identified Independents, in contrast, the Expectations Index was exactly equal to the weighted difference between the partisan extremes (80.5).

Partisan perceptions of recent economic developments have lessened, although the change was mainly due to less extreme Republican views.

Overall, fewer consumers anticipated an improved economy in the year ahead, falling to 28% from 42% three months ago.

Long term prospects for the economy were still dominated by partisanship, as 70% of Republicans expect a continuous expansion and 66% of Democrats expect a renewed downturn sometime in the next five years. Unemployment, a top concern of consumers, was expected to fall from its current low level by 52% of Republicans, and to increase by 43% of Democrats.

The only partisan consensus was by the three-quarters of consumers that expected interest rates to increase.

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