Two opposing factions regarding Syrian foreign policies have agreed to join forces in protecting a strategic Kurdish town against Turkey. The United States and Russia have turned against their ally with both forces using buffer zones to fend off Turkish assaults against the Kurdish Peshmerga Forces — the latter responsible for driving out ISIS in key locations in Iraq and Syria.
According to Middle East Conflict Centre’s head Alexander Shumilin, an Institute for US and Canada Studies in Moscow, the two countries have found themselves “thrown together” by circumstance. Washington directly sponsors the Kurdish forces. Russia also provides support for the Peshmerga for their capability to drive out IS forces in campaigns.
According to Bloomberg, it was Russia who took the lead to resolve the almost-decade long Syrian Civil War through diplomacy. Despite no official statement from US President Donald Trump regarding continuing support for anti-terrorism in the Syrian Civil War, analysts see that the two countries have now taken a mutual stance.
Previously, Turkey asked for the support of the United States and NATO forces to drive out Kurds in former IS-held areas — a request that the US denied as it sees the Kurds as a valuable asset of the battle against the Islamic state. Turkish Prime MInister Binali Yildirim said that a “terror group could not be destroyed by another terror group” and if “coordination could not be established the risk of confrontation” between Turkey and the two countries is inevitable.
The UK Prime Minister’s plan to bypass the parliament had backfired. Now, she is threatening would-be Tory rebels who would support the Parliament in cancelling the Brexit that they would be “halting the will of the people.”
UK Prime Minister Theresa May said that she will not proceed with talks if there is no deal between the UK government and parliament. Tory MPs against bypassing Parliament said the move could become unconstitutional and introduce serious economic consequences due to the lack of legal safeguards.
According to Prime Minister Theresa May, the UK’s European partners “now want to get on with negotiations.” She added the House of Commons vote for Brexit had seen a 384 majority support for the government to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty — a final article for leaving the European Union.
“But the message is clear to all – this House has spoken and now is not the time to obstruct the democratically expressed wishes of the British people. It is time to get on with leaving the European Union and building an independent, self-governing, global Britain,” she said. Tories who still wish the UK to remain in Europe could only deliver a 27 vote in the Parliament, a small number compared to the opposition.
Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange — slightly imprisoned in an embassy away from the prying hands of American politicians who would strangle him for exposing certain delicate information — had seen the future according to analysts including his critics. Assange had once said technology allowed higher powers to achieve “higher conspiratorial power,” which today appears as fake news and the shaping of public belief through technology.
One of Assange’s points include having political machineries more vulnerable to sabotage that a governing conspiracy is “slowed until it falls, stupefied; unable to comprehend and control the forces in its environment,” excerpted from his 2006 essay upon founding Wikileaks. According to NYTimes, six years later, Assange’s essay reveals the possibility of major data breaches of Democratic National Committee email accounts and Hillary Clinton adviser John Podesta.
While the links of Russian-sponsored hackers are yet to be proven, it had forced the hand of the US Democratic Party with the resignations of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, CNN Political Analyst and Interim Chair Donna Brazile and reinforced the position of US President-Elect Donald Trump in the political firefight of the time.
Wikileaks — according to Julian Assange and Wikileaks journalists — is not intended to advance political propagandas but only to expose the truth. However, without a Russian-speaking member of Wikileaks and most political scandals revealed by Wikileaks benefitting the European rival of the US, it could only mean one thing.
Brazilian Senate Head Renan Calheiros is charged with multiple corruption charges but the call for his suspension the Brazilian Supreme Court overturned. The Supreme Federal Tribunal had voted 6-3 on Wednesday to reinstate Calheiros. The senate leader had earlier disobeyed the suspension ruling but still won the sympathy of the supreme court.
Brazilian President Michel Temer is closely allied to Renan Calheiros. The latter is now deferred presidency because of his 12 corruption cases. If the trial clears him as innocent, he can run for President the next Brazilian elections.
According to sources, before the Supreme Court vote, the Brazilian President has met with the justices. Many suspect that this is to avert a crisis involving Calheiros that can affect the Brazilian government.
Calheiros is called for trial from corruption committed since 2007 receiving kickbacks from several lobbyists including the Mendes Junior Construction company — to which Calheiros denied as something that happened. The tribunals own investigators probes Calheiros’ activities with Petrobas. A former Petrobas director claims that Calheiros demanded to be paid $1.7m or else he will withdraw support for the oil company’s interests.
Another case involves a business executive who claims that Calheiros has received more than $10m in bribes over the last 10 years.
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failure of dialogue and cooperation between the United States coalition forces and Russian peace efforts had resulted to a breakdown of a unified stance on the issue.
The United States had accused Russia of supporting the Assad military as it bombed hospitals including rebel-held areas known to have heavy concentrations of civilians.
The use of indiscriminate weaponry such as barrel bombs have led to a high amount of civilian deaths.
Russia’s bombing runs have also flushed out and killed many US and Saudi-Arabia-backed opposition rebels against Syria’s regime.
According to Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova:
The problem is that for the whole time we were involved in Russian-American negotiations… we realized very clearly that the US had no joint position. Different organizations, different structures in Washington were taking different positions on what’s going on Syria. They had absolutely different views,” Zakharova said.
The Americans “were changing their opinion and their point of view on what’s going on in Syria, actually, every day… Probably, that was the main reason why they failed in fulfilling those agreements that we achieved,” she added.
According to the Spokeswoman, the United States should have been ‘honest’.
“The reality was very clear. We had two main tasks. First one was the separation of Jabhat al-Nusra [terrorists] and moderate opposition. And our American colleagues failed in fulfilling their promise. The second task was to pull back the governmental forces and moderate opposition forces from Castello Road. And our American colleagues, unfortunately, failed for the second time,” she said.
According to the spokeswoman, the Americans “told us that they have no possibilities to influence the moderate opposition.”
The Bank of America had announced its plans to cut about two dozen investment banking jobs in Asia. Some affected include top dealmakers in the region.
The job cut will coincide with the Goldman Sachs abandonment of several investment banking branches in Southeast Asia that amounts to 30% of its regional business.
Bankers handling coverage and deals would be made redundant this week.
The banks are facing pressure from investors as Hong Kong and other financial hubs are overtaken by Chinese Mainland banks, sweeping away the competition.
The banks have suffered consecutive losses in the last few quarters.
Meanwhile, Bank of America would post information of higher third quarter revenues in its investment banking business.
In July, Chief Executive Officer Brian Moynihan announced a new expense target of $53 billion for 2018, $3.3 billion less than its total expenses over the past four quarters.
The new target came after years of working through a sweeping cost-cutting project dubbed “New BAC” and an ongoing efficiency initiative called “Simplify and Improve.”
Besides Bank of America and Goldman, many western banks have announced plans to scale down their operations in Asia in the past year, as they grapple with slowing revenue growth and higher operating costs in the region.
A massive hole in Gatwick Airport’s main runway had delayed hundreds of flights nationwide as planes for Gatwick were diverted to other airports after the local management announced a shut-down.
Flights circled the skies for hours until they were redirected.
Passengers inside the planes said the waiting proved to be a “nightmarish” experience for many of them.
Many on-the-ground passengers said the delays had been uncontainable as a domino effect on all local flights had pushed back all flight landings for all incoming and outgoing schedules.
According to journalists, many were puzzled that the airport had shut down without mentioning the reason for the shut-down; a huge hole in the middle of the Gatwick runway.
After the announcement of closure, engineers had begun repairing the tarmac.
Airport authorities had also opened the second runway on site. This runway is only used with the main runway is unavailable.
The airport’s twitter account tweeted: “Our main runway is now open and operating and we are working hard to get you on your way.
“We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this evening. Your safety is our number 1 priority.”
A number of passengers expressed their confusion on social media after discovering their flights had been diverted to a different airport.
As if releasing the latest GeForce GTX 1080 were not enough, Nvidia had released its new plethora of cards including its Pascal GPUs designed for laptops.
A few weeks ago, Nvidia had also released its Titan X card for desktop systems.
The graphics card developerh ad dropped its ‘M’ suffix which it uses to differentiate laptop and desktop graphics cards. As with before, technology for graphics in laptops cannot par those made for desktop computers.
The new Pascal cards are focused on laptops to provide a gaming experience similar with their desktop counterparts.
The company claimed that the new GPUs are up to 76 per cent faster than their Maxwell-based predecessors, but built with the same 16nm FinFET process. Each laptop card features the same GPU as its desktop counterpart.
Nvidia said that the new range will enable 4K resolution gaming on laptops at playable frame rates for the first time, and that notebooks with 1080p panels will be able to drive a 120Hz refresh rate if, for some reason, you have advanced robotic eyes and are able to detect such things.
Laptops featuring the new cards have already been announced, and most of the big gaming laptop manufacturers are promoting high-end systems with the latest technology, including MSI and Origin, to name but two.
The UK’s refugee response to addressing the needs of 20,000 refugees is “lamentable” according to a committee of MPs overseeing the enquiry over the UK-France Calais “Jungle” of refugees. The committee noted that it was a “source of shame” to wealthy countries.
According to all-party Home Affairs commitee, they said former Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond’s efforts to resolve the Calais issue has been near non-existent. The now-Chancellor seemed “complacent” during the time with the situation of thousands of refugees journeying across the Mediterranean from Libya.
Criminal gangs and human smugglers have preyed on these migrants who had given up most of their possessions to get to Europe.
The committee report Migration Crisis highlights the uneven response of local councils to supplement former Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to have the UK help more than 20,000 refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war.
Under the scheme, about 1,602 were accepted with 610 in Scotland, 171 in Yorkshire and Humberside and 105 in Coventry. About 32 refugees have gone to london.
A UN report highlighted that about 65 million people would be displaced from their homes due to the war in Syria and persecution by extremist forces. The refugee figures are higher than those during the end of World War II in 1945.