Global Security News from Michael_Novakhov (27 sites): 1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (87 sites): GlobalSecurity.org: Trump Announces Beginning of ‘Long Overdue Pullout’ of US Troops from Syria

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US President Donald Trump tweeted that Washington is beginning its pullout of US troops from Syria.

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Global Security News from Michael_Novakhov (27 sites): 1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (87 sites): GlobalSecurity.org: Opposition and Democracy Activists Criticize Election Coverage in Bangladesh

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In the wake of Bangladesh’s recent general election, opposition coalition and pro-democracy activists expressed disappointment with alleged episodes of vote manipulation going largely unreported in the local media. But several journalists argue that fear of government reprisals led many media outlets to avoid publishing stories about the alleged wrongdoing.

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Global Security News from Michael_Novakhov (27 sites): 1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (87 sites): GlobalSecurity.org: Chad, CAR Threaten to Abandon Cameroon Port, Blame Corruption

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Landlocked Chad and the Central African Republic have dispatched senior customs officials to Cameroon to look into allegations of corruption in the Atlantic Coast port of Douala.

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1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (87 sites): Stars and Stripes: Trump says US will hurt Turkey economically if it hits Kurds

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President Donald Trump warned Sunday that if Turkey attacks U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria, the United States will “devastate Turkey economically.”

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1. World from Michael_Novakhov (22 sites): World – TIME: A Coal Mine Collapsed in China’s Shaanxi Province, Killing 21 People

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Twenty-one miners were killed when the roof of a coal mine collapsed in China’s northwestern Shaanxi province over the weekend, according to state media reports.

The Jan. 12 accident is the latest to hit China’s deadly coal industry.

At the time the roof gave way, 87 people were underground in the Kijiagou mine in Shenmu city. Sixty-six miners were initially rescued, but 21 remained trapped underground, according to the Global Times, a newspaper run by the ruling Communist Party. All of the missing miners were later found dead.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident, which was the deadliest reported so far this year, according to Reuters. Mining companies in other major Chinese coal-producing regions like Shandong and Henan were instructed to suspend operations for upcoming inspections, which will reportedly last until June. High-risk mines in nearby Shanxi province will also be inspected, Reuters reports.

Read more: The Ever-Growing Human Cost of China’s Coal

China’s coal and other mining industries are notorious for frequent accidents and lax enforcement of safety regulations. China reported 375 deaths from coal mine accidents in 2017, a decrease of nearly 29% from the previous year, according to state-run news agency Xinhua.

Another deadly blast in Shaanxi last month killed five miners, according to Xinhua. In 2009, over 430 miners were trapped after an explosion in a mine in Shanxi province. An eight-day rescue effort ultimately saved 115 coal miners, many of whom suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning. Another 74 miners died in the incident.

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1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (87 sites): Washington Free Beacon: Trump Rips Warren Over ‘Beer Catastrophe’ Video, References Wounded Knee, Little Bighorn

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President Donald Trump continued to train fire on possible 2020 challenger Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) on Sunday, sending a pair of tweets mocking her “beer catastrophe” Instagram video.

Warren has formed a presidential exploratory committee and all but officially announced her bid for the Democratic nomination. She drew some scorn for pandering by posting a New Year’s Eve Instagram video of herself answering viewers’ questions while swigging a beer in her kitchen. She also awkwardly thanked her husband, Bruce, for “being here” when he showed up on the video.

Trump hit her for it nearly two weeks later, writing Sunday, “If Elizabeth Warren, often referred to by me as Pocahontas, did this commercial from Bighorn or Wounded Knee instead of her kitchen, with her husband dressed in full Indian garb, it would have been a smash!”

He added, “Best line in the Elizabeth Warren beer catastrophe is, to her husband, “Thank you for being here. I’m glad you’re here” It’s their house, he’s supposed to be there!”

“Wounded Knee” refers to the 1890 massacre of Lakota Indians by U.S. troops, while “Bighorn” refers to the 1876 Battle of Little Bighorn, often called “Custer’s Last Stand.”

Trump has gleefully tagged Warren as “Pocahontas” for years, mocking her claims of Native American ancestry that until last year were unproven. Warren released a DNA test in October showing she could have such an ancestor as far back as 10 generations, meaning she could be as little as 1/1,024th Native American.

The test largely backfired, with some progressives slamming Warren for delving into race science and letting Trump get to her with his taunts.

When Warren visited Iowa last week, an audience member at one of her events asked her why she released the test. She replied she was “not a person of color” but wanted to “put it all out there” when Republicans made an issue of her ethnicity.

Trump tweeted a mock campaign slogan for Warren on Jan. 3: “1/2020th.”

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1. World from Michael_Novakhov (22 sites): World – TIME: President Trump Says the U.S. Will ‘Devastate’ Turkey’s Economy if the Kurds Are Attacked

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(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump warned Sunday that if Turkey attacks U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria, the United States will “devastate Turkey economically.”

Trump’s decision to pull American troops out of Syria has left the United States’ Kurdish allies vulnerable to an attack from Turkey. Ankara views the Kurdish forces as terrorists aligned with insurgents inside Turkey.

In a tweet, Trump also warned the Kurdish forces not to “provoke Turkey.”

The U.S. withdrawal has begun with shipments of military equipment, U.S. defense officials said. But in coming weeks, the contingent of about 2,000 troops is expected to depart even as the White House says it will keep pressure on the IS network.

Once the troops are gone, the U.S. will have ended three years of organizing, arming, advising and providing air cover for Syrian, Kurdish and Arab fighters in an open-ended campaign devised by the Obama administration to deal the militants, also known as ISIS, a lasting defeat.

“Starting the long overdue pullout from Syria while hitting the little remaining ISIS territorial caliphate hard, and from many directions,” Trump tweeted. “Will attack again from existing nearby base if it reforms. Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds.”

Trump’s decision to leave Syria, which he initially said would be rapid but later slowed down, shocked U.S. allies and angered the Kurds in Syria. It also prompted the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and drew criticism in Congress. Sen. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, called the decision a “betrayal of our Kurdish partners.”

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Trump Investigations Report: 1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Tulsi Gabbard already in trouble for her anti-gay remarks

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When Tulsi Gabbard announced her 2020 campaign for president on Friday, Palmer Report pointed out that she’s a “Democrat” in name only. She praises Putin while bashing Obama, she loves Assad, she’s actively buddied up to Trump, his base loves her, and Russia Today has heaped praise on her. In addition, she’s made absolutely horrible anti-gay remarks in the past. We wondered when this would catch up with her. It looks like it’s already happening.




Here’s what Tulsi Gabbard said in 2004. Yes, it was years ago, but she was already an elected office holder by that time: “To try to act as if there is a difference between ‘civil unions’ and same-sex marriage is dishonest, cowardly and extremely disrespectful to the people of Hawaii … As Democrats, we should be representing the views of the people, not a small number of homosexual extremists.”


Fortunately, it looks like the media isn’t willing to give Tulsi Gabbard a free pass for this. Huffington Post put out an article highlighting her bigoted remarks, and the article ended up being shared by prominent actor and activist D.L. Hughley. CNN is also making some rumblings about the matter. Andrew “KFILE” Kaczynski of CNN tweeted this: “I realized Tulsi Gabbard was anti-gay, but didn’t quite realize how anti-gay she was in the 2000s.” Interestingly, the only people defending Gabbard on this matter are the likes of pro-Trump political strategist Chris R. Barron.




The question now is whether cable news is willing to expose Gabbard on-air for who she is. It’s one thing to tweet about it. It’s another to put the scandal on the air, where it would probably bring a swift end to her presidential campaign. If Gabbard remains in the race as a “Democrat” who’s hated by most everyone on the left, the resulting controversy will be a ratings goldmine for CNN and MSNBC. Are they willing to do the right thing and report the ugly truth about her now, or are they going to drag this out for six months before finally flashing the “breaking news” across the screen that Gabbard has an entire warehouse full of skeletons?



This is not someone who was slow to acknowledge gay rights. This is someone who said vicious things about gay people, and actively campaigned against their civil rights, while trying (and failing) to convince the entire Democratic Party to support her bigotry on the issue. Tulsi Gabbard’s more recent voting record suggests that she’s done a 180 on this. But we’ve thrown people out of office, out of the movie industry, and out of public life in some instances, for having said things roughly this horrible in the past. Even if you want to forgive her because she’s sorry for it, you don’t turn around and make someone like her President of the United States. And that’s before getting to her love of Assad, Putin, Trump, and her overall right-wing views.

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Global Security News from Michael_Novakhov (27 sites): 1. Podcasts from Michael_Novakhov (19 sites): Voice of America: International Edition 2330 EDT – January 13, 2019

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International Edition delivers insight into world news through eye-witnesses, correspondent reports and analysis from experts and news makers. We also keep you in touch with social media, science and entertainment trends.

Download audio: https://av.voanews.com/clips/VEN/2019/01/14/20190114-033000-VEN060-program_hq.mp3

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