Defying international calls, Venezuela holds contentious election; 14 reported dead
About to get ugly...
About to get ugly...
Protests getting ugly in Venezuela....
Something to keep an eye on today....
Maduro set to attack political opposition once this vote of the Assembly to write Constitution is completed.
Crowds turn out for the National Constituent Assembly today in Venezuela.
SIX national police motorcycles were burnt by protesters in #Altamira.
#BREAKING Venezuelan youth opposition leader Ricardo Campos was killed in the northeastern town of Cumana, prosecutors say
nytimes: One by one, the markers of Venezuela’s democracy have been pushed aside http://nyti.ms/2uIxuJY
#Mexico "Venezuela's Leader Casts Unusual Vote, Decries 'Terrorism'" por THE ASSOCIATED PRESS via NYT
#DW: “Venezuela votes in election that opposition says will end democracy | News | DW” http://magaratimes.com/en/2017/07/30/dw-venezuela-votes-in-election-that-opposition-says-will-end-democracy-news-dw/ …
News related to Russia Counter-sanctions....
As collusion meme hits brick wall of absence of evidence , new meme of Trump as Dictator who will stage coup being rolled out.
Graham warns against making Sessions Homeland Security secretary http://hill.cm/78FZN2Q
Rumor mill: Sessions to get a lateral move rather than the boot http://hotair.com/archives/2017/07/30/rumor-mill-sessions-get-lateral-move-rather-boot/ …
"Can our minds get past partisanship?" http://hill.cm/dUl97nh
Vulnerable GOP senators may pay a price for backing skinny repeal
Police reject Trump’s comments about “roughing up” suspects
Why Trump has an opportunity in Kelly
Shedding light on Fusion GPS.....
THIS-point of Kremlin’s assault on Election 2016 was defame both candidates , sow chaos & thereby discredit the American system of gov't.
THIS - In order to report honestly on the Trump scandals, a weakened press would have to report honestly on Fusion GPS—which would 2
mean lifting the lid on the incompetence and malfeasance of their own institutions and colleagues, which would reveal a scandal as 3
threatening to democracy as anything Trump has said or done. “Imagine if they subpoena Fusion GPS’s emails,” said a veteran Washington 4
reporter, “there are going to be lots of journalists in there who’ve taken stories from them. Big names, senior figures in the field. 5
It will look like an apocalypse.” 6
Sunday morning talking heads
Trump tries to regroup as the West Wing battles itself
Net international reserves dropped 30 percent in June , foreign deposits at Qatar’s banks fell the most in almost two years.
Quartet is back to insisting Qatar must meet 13 demands.
LIVE: Four Arab countries say they are ready for dialogue with Qatar if it shows willingness to fight terrorism http://aje.io/xfsz3
Watch LIVE: Foreign ministers of the countries blockading Qatar hold press conference in Bahrain's capital Manama http://aje.io/7fh8b
Saudi-led bloc in Manama: Will talk with Qatar if it fights terror Accuses Doha of politicising Hajj Admits Qataris negatively impacted
Believe parliament job is to organise the referendum. Do they also get a vote on whether to accept constitution?
No need for HoR approval. No HoR vote required. HoR will call for referendum & legislate for it. #Libya
Despite attempts to disrupt the CDA's vote yesterday, the constitution draft was approved with 43 votes out of 44 present in favor. #Libya
Following the vote, some CDA members were assaulted by armed protesters who stormed the old parliament hall where CDA convened. #Libya
Hardline federalists protested CDA's vote on constitution draft yesterday. The draft paves the way for Haftar to run as Prez. #Libya
Key thread ( 7 requirements to run for President follow this introductory tweet ) , as a spoiler - the draft paves a way for Haftar to run.
1- Candidate must be Muslim born to Muslim parents. Both mother and father must be Libyan. #Libya
2- Candidate cannot be dual national. If they have a 2nd nationality, they must renounce it at least 1 yr before call for candidates open.
3- Candidate must NOT be married to foreigner. #Libya
4- Candidate must have a university degree. #Libya
5- Candidate must be 35 years of (or older) at time of candidacy. #Libya
6- Candidate must enjoy political and civilian rights and must not be convincted in any criminal or honor cases. #Libya
7- The candidate must have the capacity to perform his/ her duties. #Libya
North Korea hints at fresh military provocation if U.S. imposes new sanctions
As North Korea intensifies its missile program, the U.S. opens an $11 billion base in South Korea http://wapo.st/2u81qLY
North Korea says latest ICBM test was "warning" targeting the US for its efforts to slap new sanctions on Pyongyang http://u.afp.com/4Bvq
The U.S. and its allies are prepared to use “rapid, lethal and overwhelming force,” says U.S. Pacific Air Forces commander.
North Korea warns of action against sanctions after ICBM test
US have just conducted a second THAAD missile test.
It has shot down a medium-range ballistic missile over Pacific ocean.
The test by the United States was a success.
China, India and Thailand largest precious metal traders with N.Korea since UN sanctions were implemented in 2006 http://buff.ly/2hdxlJD
What can the U.S. do about North Korea? http://buff.ly/2vP2vKy
Seoul has “no concrete plan” for inter-Korean talks at ASEAN forum: MOFA http://buff.ly/2uFarOA
A “slow squeeze”: The U.S.’s next move against North Korea http://buff.ly/2haJrmJ
When are Kim's maps intended to offer a strategic signal? Well, here's one famous example. (via @DaveSchmerler.)
This is where the Hwasong-14 tested on July 4 splashed down:
NEW: GOP begins massive sales pitch on tax reform after ObamaCare failure http://hill.cm/Ri6AVr5
Border checks after Brexit could cost more than £1bn - report: http://bit.ly/2vURt6M
Philip Hammond 'looking at tax rises': http://bit.ly/2vVg0Zd
Luxembourg PM tells UK: We want our money back: http://bit.ly/2vip3q7
Liam Fox rejects Philip Hammond’s claim of agreement on Brexit transitional deal: http://bit.ly/2u9pnlZ
WATCH Jeremy Corbyn Isn't Real, Headlines He Generated Suckered Students [VIDEO] https://order-order.com/2017/07/30/corbyn-generated-headlines-suckered-students/ …
At least someone is fighting to honour the referendum result. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/30/liam-fox-no-cabinet-deal-free-movement-brexit/ …
Odds & Ends...
SAA control all areas and heights south and south-west of Sukhnah as well as all surroundings of Hayl field. Now in position to storm city.
SAA/NDF dug 280m trench in Cemetery area and cut 1 of IS main supply routes between Cemetery - Tharda valley in DeirEzzor
Brigadier General Muhsin Jum'a (commander of 5th Regiment) & RT reporter Khalid al-Khateeb both martyred near Sukhnah during IS attack
Syrian Army has cut ONE of Da'esh's supply lines to the provincial cemetery in Deir Ezzor - the terrorist group still has another.
More special operations being carried out in Deir Ezzor. Army is using tunnels to target Da'esh's supply lines around the provincial capital
Islamic State recaptured Huwayjat Shinan from Government Forces Map: http://syriancivilwarmap.com
Islamic State reportedly recaptured Ghanim al-Ali, Qubbat Abu Ahmad, al-Atshana and Muqla Saghir Map: http://syriancivilwarmap.com
#Aleppo | Kurdish-Led #SDF, #Turkey-backed militants exchange fire in northern #Syria http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13960508001292 …
#Homs | #SAA dispatches more troops, equipment to Eastern Homs http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13960508001066 …
Major counter-attack by ISIS vs SAA near Ghan Al-‘Ali and Shinan ( Saturday ) , successful counterattack on Sunday by SAA.
Government Forces are stretching their frontlines in Raqqa CS and are getting targeted by Islamic State SVBIEDs. Reportedly 40+ killed
#ISIS targeted Khaled's car with an ATGM, his camera man is badly injured too. The incident took place near Al Bagalyh
Quiet as such news is often kept , ISIS members still being rounded up in West Mosul even today....
#Iraq | Three #IS leaders killed escaping to eastern #Mosul via #Tigris http://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/three-leaders-killed-escaping-eastern-mosul-via-tigris/ …
#Damascus | #SAA restarts anti-terrorism operation in Eastern Damascus http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13960508001359 …
This image of Moqtada al-Sadr arriving in Saudi Arabia is really quite interesting. Worth watching evolving Saudi-Iraqi relations.
Muqtada Al-Sadr heads to Saudi Arabia after receiving an official invitation. #Iraq_elections_2018
IMPORTANT (1) #Iraq Falcon cell (intelligence) foiled THE MOST DANGEROUS TERRORIST SCHEME in the history of Iraq.
(2) The terrorist plan was aimed to target the shrines of imams in Najaf, Karbala, Samarra and the house of religious authority al-Sistani.
(3) The plan aimed is to start a "sectarian conflict" in the entire country.
(4) The operation was planned to be carried out by dozens of car bombs and suicide bombers wearing explosive vests.
(5) The operation was well coordinated with sleeper cells that have planned all the routes to smuggle the suicide bombers.
(8) 7 locations were targeted just hours before #ISIS were meant to launch the operation.
(9) Dozens of car bombs, foreign and local suicide bombers were killed.
(10) This operation can go down as one of the biggest in #Iraq history because it has literally saved the entire country.