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Trump’s Full-Court Press Against North Korea Is Working

Austin Bay, NY ObserverIn March of this year, the Trump foreign policy team of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, and the Tweeter-in-Chief himself began a coordinated attack on Kim Jong-un’s regime, with the interim goals of disrupting its political and military plans, psychologically rattling its leaders, and exposing the regime’s grave weaknesses. The ultimate goal was to set conditions for achieving the long-range goal: denuclearizing the Korean peninsula. … Read the referenced story here: Trump’s Full-Court Press Against North Korea Is Working

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US: Islamic State Has Committed ‘Genocide’ Against Religious Believers

The United States accused Islamic State insurgents on Tuesday of carrying out a reign of violence targeting religious minorities and opposition ethnic groups, even as they have been losing control of large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Islamic State “is clearly responsible for genocide … and crimes against humanity.” Tillerson, speaking as he released the State Department’s annual report on religious freedom in 199 countries and territories around the globe, said, “Religious persecution and intolerance remains far too prevalent.” The top…

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Charges Sought Against Those Who Toppled Confederate Statue

Investigators are working to identify and charge protesters who toppled a nearly century-old Confederate statue in front of a North Carolina government building, the sheriff said Tuesday. Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews issued a statement that investigators are using video footage to identify those responsible for toppling the statue during a rally Monday night. Law enforcement officers took video throughout the protest but didn’t intervene as protesters brought out a ladder, climbed up to attach a rope and then pulled the bronze Confederate soldier from its pedestal. After it fell,…

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Charges sought against those who toppled Confederate statue

AP Photo/Jonathan Drew DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff is working to identify and charge protesters who toppled a nearly century-old Confederate statue. Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews issued a statement Tuesday that investigators are using video footage to identify those responsible for toppling the statue. Law enforcement officers took video throughout the protest Monday in downtown Durham. But they didn’t intervene as demonstrators climbed a ladder, attached a rope and then pulled down the statue. The protest was in response to … Read the referenced story here: Charges…

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Armed militia, clergy, more unite against white nationalists

AP Photo/Steve Helber CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of people from all walks of life turned out to protest a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, seeming to outnumber the attendees. Opponents of the Saturday event that descended into chaos included clergy, students, Black Lives Matter activists, armed militia members and protesters with the anti-fascist movement known as “antifa.” Local groups helped organize the opposition and bring out a crowd, but attendees came from out of state as well. The counter-protesting groups didn’t organize … Read the referenced story here: Armed…

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Advocates stage first big Texas protest against border wall

AP Photo/Eric Gay MISSION, Texas (AP) — Hundreds of protesters wearing white and chanting in English and Spanish marched Saturday in Texas’ first major protest against a border wall, crossing the earthen Rio Grande levee where President Donald Trump’s administration wants to build part of the first phase. The protesters launched what’s expected to be a fierce movement against Trump’s best-known immigration policy priority. Many of the participants acknowledged they might not be able to stop a project that the U.S. government is already … Read the referenced story here: Advocates…

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Oil-state Senators Advise Against US Ban on Venezuela Oil

Four U.S. Senate Republicans from oil-refining states Thursday urged the Trump administration not to block oil shipments from Venezuela as part of U.S. sanctions against the country, saying it could raise costs for U.S. fuel consumers. The United States sanctioned President Nicolas Maduro and other Venezuelan officials after Maduro established a constituent assembly run by his Socialist Party loyalists and cracked down on widespread opposition. It has not placed sanctions on the OPEC member’s oil industry. Four senators Senators John Cornyn of Texas, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, and Thad Cochran…

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Trump Stiffens Resolve Against North Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump stiffened his resolve against North Korea Thursday, saying that if Pyongyang initiates warfare “things will happen to them like they never thought possible.” In his latest bellicose warning, Trump said that his earlier comments vowing to inflict “fire and fury” on the reclusive communist regime for its nuclear weapons development program maybe were not “tough enough.” Asked what would be tougher, Trump told reporters at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, “You’ll see. … North Korea better get their act together, or they’re going to…

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China’s Ready for War Against the U.S. If Necessary

Graham Allison, LA TimesTo mark the 90th birthday of the People’s Liberation Army on Aug. 1, China’s President Xi Jinping went to the Inner Mongolian steppe to the site whereGenghis Khan began his conquest of Eurasia. There, at Zhurihe, he was welcomed by an impressive display of China’s martial might: a parade of Chinese troops, tanks, helicopters, aircraft and missiles. But the main course was a massive war game demonstrating the state of China‘s preparation to “fight and win” future military conflicts. … Read the referenced story here: China’s Ready for…

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