July 19, 2017

State Department to close Office of Global Criminal Justice. “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to shut down the U.S.’s office dedicated to advising his department on issues related to war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, according to a new report by Foreign Policy.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/18/downplaying-atrocities-trump-plan-close-war-crimes-office-sparks-concern   Could this have anything to do with executions of IS fighters in Mosul?

Iraqi officers admit to executing IS prisoners. “Speaking to The Associated Press, four Iraqi officers from three different branches of the military and security forces openly admitted that their troops killed unarmed and captured ISIS suspects, and they defended the practice.”   http://www.cbsnews.com/news/iraq-revenge-killings-iraqi-troops-admit-isis-extrajudicial-executions/

59% of Americans prefer diplomacy to war in Korea. “…U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has said North Korea is “quickly closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution”.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/18/75-percent-americans-fear-major-war-under-trump-most-favor-diplomacy

Trump spent almost an hour talking to Putin at G20 dinner, with no U.S. translator or State Department staff. “Asked if there was any depth to the conversation, (Senator) Coons said there was no way to know.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/18/politics/trump-putin-g20/index.html

NASA official tells Congress no evidence of previous civilizations on Mars. “I would say that is extremely unlikely.”   http://www.mediaite.com/online/gop-congressman-asks-nasa-if-there-was-a-civilization-on-mars-thousands-of-years-ago/

Australian government demands answers in police shooting death of woman in Minneapolis. “The Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, called the fatal shooting of Damond on the weekend “shocking” and “inexplicable” and said his diplomats were seeking answers from US authorities.”   https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jul/19/malcolm-turnbull-demands-answers-from-us-authorities-over-justine-damonds-death   Interesting how Australia stands up for its citizens. When a U.S. man went into a coma and died after being arrested by Japanese police in 2015, there was no mainstream news media coverage in English AT ALL, and the man’s name was not even released to the public! I’ve been waiting more than two years for a State Department response to my FOIA request.

Decline in U.S. home ownership due in part to student loan debt says Federal Reserve report. “Looking at nine student cohorts, they concluded that the increase in public tuition and resulting student debt can account for anywhere between 11 and 35 percent of the decline in home ownership for 28- to 30-year-olds in the years between 2007 and 2015.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/07/18/its-not-the-avocado-toast-federal-reserve-finds-student-debt-reducing-millennial-home-ownership/

Thai court finds prominent people among those guilty in Rohingya  hostage camp case. “…the 103 arrested suspects of 153 for whom warrants were issued included bureaucrats, local administrators, businessmen and police officers.”   http://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/crimecourtscalamity/2017/07/19/court-reads-verdict-traffickers-behind-rohingya-death-camp/

Harley-Davidson laying off production workers, planning to open factory in Thailand. “Retail sales by its dealers in the US fell 9.3% in Q2, compared to a year ago, to 49,668 motorcycles.”   https://seekingalpha.com/article/4088594-harley-davidson-spirals-announces-u-s-layoffs-builds-factory-thailand

Riverside, California deputies take down woman selling flowers without a permit. “The video shows the deputy approaching the woman and trying to take her flowers away.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/watch-california-cop-grabs-woman-selling-flowers-by-the-hair-and-slams-her-into-the-pavement/

Eighth person at meeting between Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer was reportedly businessman who set up corporations and opened bank accounts in the U.S. for Russians. “Prior to joining the Crocus Group, Kaveladze was part of a nine-month congressional inquiry into foreigners hiding their identities behind shell companies and laundering money.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/who-is-ike-kaveladze-the-person-at-trump-jr-meeting/


July 19, 2017

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