Sputnik News – June 27, 2016
Arms shipments by the US and Saudi Arabia to Syrian rebel groups have ended up on the black market instead, but the situation was completely predictable, Middle East analyst Catherine Shakdam told Radio Sputnik.
Arms shipments by the CIA and Saudi Arabia to Jordan which were intended to be delivered on to Washington-backed Syrian rebels were systematically stolen by Jordanian intelligence operatives and sold to arms merchants on the black market, American and Jordanian officials told the New York Times on Sunday.
The theft includes millions of dollars of weapons, some of which were used in a shooting in November that killed two Americans and three others at a police training facility in Amman.
TruNews – June 29, 2016
(Reuters) Russia and the United States gave contradictory accounts on Tuesday of an incident involving the two countries’ navies in the Mediterranean Sea on June 17, each blaming the other for what they said were unsafe maneuvers.
The Russian Defence Ministry said a U.S. destroyer had approached dangerously close to a Russian warship, and protested at what it said was a flagrant U.S. violation of rules to avoid collisions at sea.
However, a U.S. Defense official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the Russian warship had carried out “unsafe and unprofessional” operations near two U.S. Navy ships.Recent months have seen a number of similar Cold War-style incidents at sea and in the air, with each country’s military accusing the other of dangerous approaches in international waters and airspace.
Michelle Kaske – June 29, 2016
Two days before a potential historical default, Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla made it clear that the commonwealth won’t pay bondholders even as Congress votes on a bill allowing the island to restructure its $70 billion in debt.
“On July 1, 2016, Puerto Rico will default on more than $1 billion in general obligation bonds, the island’s senior credits protected by a constitutional lien on revenues,” Garcia Padilla wrote in a editorial posted on a CNBC website.
Cécile Barbière – June 27, 2016
The El Niño phenomenon has compounded the woes of drought-stricken southern Madagascar, where 80% of the rural population is suffering from food insecurity. EurActiv France reports.
It has not rained in Tsihombe since January, Reho Ziry remembered as we crossed the bridge over the dry bed of the Mananbovo river. Since then, the sun has baked the arid land in this district of the southern Madagascar’s Androy region, drying out watercourses and crops.
June 29, 2016
First Lady Michelle Obama’s one night stay in Morocco cost taxpayers over $600,000 in hotel and car rental costs alone.
Mrs. Obama traveled to the North African country with her daughters Sasha and Malia and mother Marian Robinson to promote her education initiative “Let Girls Learn.” She arrived in Morocco wearing a $1,750 designer dress and ended the night with a “lavish dinner” with Princess Lalla Salma and actress Meryl Streep.
Rooms were booked at three five-star hotels for the 24-hour visit, according to contracts signed off by the State Department.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Co. — Officials in a Colorado city are reviewing the advertising policies of a local transit company after it prohibited an area pastor from using the name of Jesus in bus bench advertisements.
According to reports, Mountain Metro Transit told Lawson Perdue, pastor of Charis Christian Center in Colorado Springs that if the name of Jesus were allowed, the company would also have to accept ads considered hate speech.
Claire Bernish – June 29, 2016
Preparations by various cogs of the national security complex, including FEMA, indicate a coming worldwide food shortage — and a resulting crisis marked by extreme civil unrest around the globe.
As Motherboard noted of two reports published previously by CNA Corporation, but which largely escaped attention, the world’s food supply could be insufficient to maintain even current populations much further into the future. And the crisis — which several factors indicate may already be underway — may begin to worsen considerably as early as 2020.
Elizabeth Shim – June 27, 2016
SEOUL, June 27 (UPI) — North Korea said its military is “only waiting for the command to launch,” less than a week after test-firing midrange ballistic missiles into the sea.
Pyongyang propaganda outlet DPRK Today said Tuesday, local time, the United States and South Korea are escalating tensions, and the alleged threats have placed the entire People’s Army on standby, South Korean news service Newsis reported.
“At present the People’s Army soldiers cannot repress the rising anger in the face of the U.S. and South Korean military aggressors, who are spreading tensions from a West Sea hot spot to the Han River Estuary.”
Michael Snyder – June 27, 2016
If you believe that the Brexit vote is going to kill the idea of a “United States of Europe”, you might want to think again. In fact, it appears that the decision by the British people to leave the European Union is only going to accelerate the process of creating an EU superstate. As you will see below, one of the largest newspapers in the UK is reporting that the foreign ministers of France and Germany have drafted “a blueprint to effectively do away with individual member states”. So even though men like George Soros are warning that the eventual dissolution of the European Union is “practically irreversible” after the Brexit vote, the truth is that the globalists are not about to give up so easily.
DW – June 27, 2016
Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has removed the UK’s coveted top credit rating status because of its vote to leave the European Union. S&P was the last of the big three credit assessment agencies to do so.
US ratings agency Standard & Poor’s on Monday stripped the United Kingdom of its last remaining top-notch credit rating, slashing its AAA status by two notches and warning more downgrades could follow after Britons voted to leave the EU.
“In our opinion, this outcome [the pro-Brexit vote] is a seminal event and will lead to a less predictable and less effective policy framework in the UK,” the agency said in a statement.