Bahrain, Oman could be next to normalize relations with Israel. Saudi Arabia? Not so fast

Bahrain, Oman could be next
to normalize relations with Israel.
Saudi Arabia? Not so fast 0 replies

Posted by poster 8/15/2020 5:43:00 PM Post Reply

The deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates to establish diplomatic relations could lead other countries in the region to carve out their own plans, but it’s unlikely that Saudi Arabia, arguably the most important geo-political Gulf state, will follow suit anytime soon, according to experts who specialize in the region. Whether any other Persian Gulf state follows the U.A.E.’s lead will first depend upon the domestic reaction and reaction across the Arab world to the agreement, said (snip) Center for Israel Studies. Autocratic leaders in the Gulf, who are facing economic challenges and can be sensitive to public opinion, might hesitate if there is a major uproar,
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China Is Saudi Arabia and
Iran’s New Friend. That’s a
Real Problem for Israel 1 reply

Posted by poster 8/15/2020 4:39:23 PM Post Reply

The multiplicity of crises, from political to economic to coronavirus-related, is distracting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz from an important shift in the Middle East, which has major implications for Israel’s security. Namely: China’s moves in Iran and Saudi Arabia. When Netanyahu and Gantz talk about Iran, they dwell on the Iranian-Syrian axis and insist that the international community, especially the United States, should escalate the sanctions against the Islamic Republic. But this policy to which they and the entire Israeli defense establishment have been adhering becomes ever less relevant as indications mount that China is stepping up its involvement in Iran and Saudi Arabia.

3 Mississippi police officers
indicted in death of Black man 5 replies

Posted by poster 8/15/2020 12:03:32 AM Post Reply

Three Mississippi police officers have been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a Black man last year, according to a recently unsealed indictment. A Hinds County grand jury indicted the officers in the January 2019 death of George Robinson, 62, according to the Aug. 5 indictment. It accuses the officers — Desmond Barney, Lincoln Lampley and Anthony Fox — with “willfully, unlawfully and feloniously” causing Robinson’s death, The Clarion Ledger reported. All three worked for the Jackson Police Department at the time.

State Dept. ‘Guts’ Donald Trump’s Curbs
on Fortune 500’s Visa Workers 12 replies

Posted by poster 8/13/2020 8:44:30 PM Post Reply

The State Department is allowing Fortune 500 companies to freely import H-1B visa workers for jobs needed by American voters, despite President Donald Trump’s June 22 Executive Order barring nearly all visa workers. “They have totally eviscerated the requirements” of Trump’s E.O., said (snip), a lawyer with the Immigration Reform Law Institute. “There is no doubt about it — whoever created this is thumbing their noses at President Trump,” he said, adding, “you can bet that the guys who did this are voting for [Joe] Biden.” ‘This is an insult to the President of the United States, it is an insult to working men and women of the United States

California to end eviction protections
as lawmakers mull fix 3 replies

Posted by poster 8/13/2020 7:38:31 PM Post Reply

California will resume eviction and foreclosure proceedings on Sept. 2, stoking fears of a wave of evictions during the coronavirus pandemic unless the governor and state Legislature can agree on a proposal to extend protections into 2021. The Judicial Council of California voted 19-1 on Thursday to end the temporary rules that had been in place since April 6. Since the pandemic began in March, more than 9.7 million people have filed for unemployment benefits in California. A survey from the U.S. Census shows more than 1.7 million renters in the state could not pay their rent on time last month.

Montgomery County Gave ICE A 28-Minute
Warning Before Releasing Illegal Immigrant
Charged With Second Degree Rape 3 replies

Posted by poster 8/12/2020 9:56:59 PM Post Reply

Officials in Montgomery County, Maryland, gave Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) a 28-minute notice before releasing an illegal immigrant charged with second-degree rape and sexual abuse back into the public, according to county data obtained by the Immigration Reform Law Institute. Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich had pledged to allow more cooperation with ICE on Nov. 4 when he rolled back a sanctuary policy he signed into law three months prior that prohibited county officials from working with ICE. But the data obtained by IRLI shows that ICE was given less than four-hours notification to pick up eight illegal immigrants from Montgomery County jails after Elrich’s policy was rescinded.

They tweeted, retweeted photo of
a cop at a Black Lives Matter
protest. Then came felonies. 12 replies

Posted by poster 8/9/2020 5:15:26 PM Post Reply

It began with a tweet of a police officer at a Black Lives Matter protest in June and a crude request to identify him. “If anyone knows who this b—h is, throw his info under this tweet,” the tweet read. Sitting home in Queens Village, New York, Georgana Sziszak saw the tweet appear on her Twitter timeline and clicked the “retweet” button. Nearly one month later, Sziszak was issued a summons charging her with a felony: fourth-degree cyber harassment with the intent to harm or place a person in fear of harm, after retweeting the post, (snip)Sziszak is one of five people charged with cyber harassment

Outrage as Manhattan’s district
attorney drops the felony charge
against BLM leader* 17 replies

Posted by poster 8/9/2020 4:47:51 PM Post Reply

The Manhattan District Attorney has dropped felony charges against the Black Lives Matter leader who was accused of assaulting a police officer, after an angry crowd chased off an NYPD team sent to arrest the man. DA Cyrus Vance personally ordered the charges against Derrick Ingram, 28, dropped from felony assault in the second degree to misdemeanor assault, a law enforcement source told the New York Post. Ingram is accused of injuring a female cop by shouting directly in her ear with a bullhorn on June 14, resulting in the officer being hospitalized with temporary hearing damage.

Marine amphibious assault vehicle
successfully recovered with remains of all
8 missing service members on board 9 replies

Posted by poster 8/8/2020 2:31:14 PM Post Reply

A Marine Corps amphibious assault vehicle that sank after a recent training accident was successfully recovered with the bodies of all the missing service members on board, the Corps announced late Thursday evening. The vehicle, that originally had 15 Marines and one sailor on board, was returning from San Clemente Island, California, on the evening of July 30 after completing a training raid with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The crew reported taking on water before the vessel “rapidly” sank. Eight Marines successfully escaped the vehicle, but one, Lance Cpl. Guillermo S. Perez, a 20-year-old from New Braunfels, Texas, was pronounced dead on the scene

Revealed: Deutsche Bank has already
handed over Donald Trump’s financial
records to NY prosecutors as criminal
probe into his businesses expands – 12 replies

Posted by poster 8/6/2020 2:20:51 AM Post Reply

New York prosecutors were able to obtain Donald Trump’s financial records from Deutche Bank last year, it has been revealed, as the state’s attorney general plans a mysterious major announcement on Thursday. The office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance sent a subpoena last year to Deutsche Bank as part of its investigation into Trump´s business dealings, the New York Times reported Wednesday, citing four people familiar with the inquiry. The bank complied with the subpoena, turning over records including financial statements Trump gave the bank when he was borrowing money, two of those people told the Times.

Meth lab found at San Francisco hotel
room used as city COVID-19 shelter 14 replies

Posted by poster 8/5/2020 4:37:36 PM Post Reply

Police arrested two adults accused of operating a low level meth lab at a San Francisco hotel designated as a safe shelter for people on quarantine, at risk for COVID19, or without housing. The call came in about a strong chemical odor coming from a hotel room and officers responded to the Civic Center Motor Inn about 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Police shut down alleged
meth lab in SF hotel
reportedly being used as
COVID-19 shelter 4 replies

Posted by poster 8/5/2020 4:26:44 PM Post Reply

The San Francisco Police Department arrested two individuals Saturday for allegedly operating a meth lab in the guest room of a hotel in the 300 block of Ninth Street in the city’s Civic Center neighborhood, officials said. Multiple news outlets reported the incident occurred at the Civic Center Motor Inn, which is being used to offer temporary shelter for people without housing and at risk for COVID-19.

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