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The Global Security News: Counterintelligence from Michael_Novakhov (50 sites): Eurasia Review: New York: Man Arrested Entering St. Patrick’s Cathedral With Gasoline

By Christine Rousselle

A man is in custody after he attempted to bring containers of gasoline into St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City Wednesday night.

The man was apprehended by cathedral security around 8 p.m. and taken into police custody by officers with the NYPD Critical Response Command. He attempted to start a fire using a lighter, and police said he had a car nearby to escape the scene.

Police have not yet released the identity of the man, other than
confirming he is 37-years-old and from New Jersey. He is thought to be
“mentally disturbed.”

The last scheduled Mass for Wednesday was celebrated at 5:30 p.m., per the cathedral’s website.

A spokesperson from the Archdiocese of New York told CNA that “the
individual was stopped as he tried to come into the cathedral” before he
was turned over to the police.

The New York Daily News reported that the man was able to spill
gasoline on the floor of the church, but this has not yet been
confirmed.

The NYPD told CNA they will be holding a press conference later
Wednesday night to update the public with more details of the incident.

On Tuesday, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York City expressed concern
for the safety of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which, like Cathédrale
Notre-Dame de Paris, also has a wooden roof.

“I thought of St. Patrick’s. I said, ‘Oh my Lord, are we safe?’” said Dolan of the Paris fire.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral recently underwent a $177 million restoration project, which included new fire safety features.

“Thank God the FDNY has been extraordinarily vigilant and helpful, because we’ve got a wooden roof too,” said Dolan.

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The Global Security News: 1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (87 sites): Eurasia Review: New York: Man Arrested Entering St. Patrick’s Cathedral With Gasoline

By Christine Rousselle

A man is in custody after he attempted to bring containers of gasoline into St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City Wednesday night.

The man was apprehended by cathedral security around 8 p.m. and taken into police custody by officers with the NYPD Critical Response Command. He attempted to start a fire using a lighter, and police said he had a car nearby to escape the scene.

Police have not yet released the identity of the man, other than
confirming he is 37-years-old and from New Jersey. He is thought to be
“mentally disturbed.”

The last scheduled Mass for Wednesday was celebrated at 5:30 p.m., per the cathedral’s website.

A spokesperson from the Archdiocese of New York told CNA that “the
individual was stopped as he tried to come into the cathedral” before he
was turned over to the police.

The New York Daily News reported that the man was able to spill
gasoline on the floor of the church, but this has not yet been
confirmed.

The NYPD told CNA they will be holding a press conference later
Wednesday night to update the public with more details of the incident.

On Tuesday, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York City expressed concern
for the safety of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which, like Cathédrale
Notre-Dame de Paris, also has a wooden roof.

“I thought of St. Patrick’s. I said, ‘Oh my Lord, are we safe?’” said Dolan of the Paris fire.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral recently underwent a $177 million restoration project, which included new fire safety features.

“Thank God the FDNY has been extraordinarily vigilant and helpful, because we’ve got a wooden roof too,” said Dolan.

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Congress has recessed for two weeks without
passing a desperately-needed disaster relief bill. Why not? Because
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn’t want to anger Donald Trump
by adding money for Puerto Rico that Democrats have sought but Trump
doesn’t want.

America used to have a Senate. But under
McConnell, what was once known as the worlds greatest deliberative body
has become a partisan lap dog.

Recently McConnell used his
Republican majority to cut the time for debating Trump’s court
appointees from 30 hours to two – thereby enabling Republicans to ram
through even more Trump judges.

In truth, McConnell doesn’t give a fig about the Senate, or about democracy. He cares only about partisan wins.

On
the eve of the 2010 midterm elections he famously declared that his top
priority was for Barack Obama “to be a one-term president.”

Between
2009 and 2013, McConnell’s Senate Republicans blocked 79 Obama
nominees. In the entire history of the United States until that point,
only 68 presidential nominees had been blocked.

This unprecedented
use of the filibuster finally led Senate Democrats in 2013 to change
the rules on some presidential nominees (but not the Supreme Court) to
require simple majorities.

In response, McConnell fumed that
“breaking the rules to change the rules is un-American.“ If so,
McConnell is about as un-American as they come. Once back in control of
the Senate he buried Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland for the
Supreme Court by refusing even to hold hearings.

Then, in 2017,
McConnell and his Republicans changed the rules again, ending the use of
the filibuster even for Supreme Court nominees and clearing the way for
Senate confirmation of Trump’s Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

Step by step, McConnell has sacrificed the Senate as an institution to partisan political victories.

There
is a vast difference between winning at politics by playing according
to the norms of our democracy, and winning by subverting those norms.

To
Abraham Lincoln, democracy was a covenant linking past and future.
Political institutions, in his view, were “the legacy bequeathed to us.”

On the eve of the Senate’s final vote on repealing the
Affordable Care Act in July 2017, the late John McCain returned to
Washington from his home in Arizona, where he was being treated for
brain cancer, to cast the deciding vote against repeal.

Knowing he
would be criticized by other Republicans, McCain noted that over his
career he had known senators who seriously disagreed with each other but
nonetheless understood “they had an obligation to work collaboratively
to ensure the Senate discharged its constitutional responsibilities
effectively.”

In words that have even greater relevance today,
McCain added that “it is our responsibility to preserve that, even when
it requires us to do something less satisfying than ‘winning’.”

In
politics, success should never be measured solely by partisan
victories. It must also be judged by the institutional legacy passed
onward. The purpose of political leadership is not merely to win. It is
to serve.

In any social or political system it’s always possible
to extract benefits by being among the first to break widely accepted
norms. In a small town where people don’t lock their doors or windows,
the first thief can effortlessly get into anyone’s house. But once
broken, the system is never the same. Everyone has to buy locks. Trust
deteriorates.

Those, like Mitch McConnell, who break institutional
norms for selfish or partisan gains are bequeathing future generations a
weakened democracy.

The difference between winning at politics by
playing according to the norms and rules of our democracy, and winning
by subverting them, could not be greater. Political victories that
undermine the integrity of our system are net losses for society.

Great
athletes play by the rules because the rules make the game.
Unprincipled athletes cheat or change the rules in order to win. Their
victories ultimately destroy the game.

In terms of shaping the
federal courts, McConnell has played “the long game”, which,
incidentally, is the title of his 2016 memoir. Decades from now,
McConnell will still be shaping the nation through judges he rammed
through the Senate.

But McConnell’s long game is destroying the Senate.

He
is longest-serving leader of Senate Republicans in history but Mitch
McConnell is no leader. He is the epitome of unprincipled power. History
will not treat him kindly.

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The Global Security News: 1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (87 sites): Eurasia Review: Robert Reich: How McConnell Is Killing The Senate – OpEd

Congress has recessed for two weeks without
passing a desperately-needed disaster relief bill. Why not? Because
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn’t want to anger Donald Trump
by adding money for Puerto Rico that Democrats have sought but Trump
doesn’t want.

America used to have a Senate. But under
McConnell, what was once known as the worlds greatest deliberative body
has become a partisan lap dog.

Recently McConnell used his
Republican majority to cut the time for debating Trump’s court
appointees from 30 hours to two – thereby enabling Republicans to ram
through even more Trump judges.

In truth, McConnell doesn’t give a fig about the Senate, or about democracy. He cares only about partisan wins.

On
the eve of the 2010 midterm elections he famously declared that his top
priority was for Barack Obama “to be a one-term president.”

Between
2009 and 2013, McConnell’s Senate Republicans blocked 79 Obama
nominees. In the entire history of the United States until that point,
only 68 presidential nominees had been blocked.

This unprecedented
use of the filibuster finally led Senate Democrats in 2013 to change
the rules on some presidential nominees (but not the Supreme Court) to
require simple majorities.

In response, McConnell fumed that
“breaking the rules to change the rules is un-American.“ If so,
McConnell is about as un-American as they come. Once back in control of
the Senate he buried Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland for the
Supreme Court by refusing even to hold hearings.

Then, in 2017,
McConnell and his Republicans changed the rules again, ending the use of
the filibuster even for Supreme Court nominees and clearing the way for
Senate confirmation of Trump’s Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

Step by step, McConnell has sacrificed the Senate as an institution to partisan political victories.

There
is a vast difference between winning at politics by playing according
to the norms of our democracy, and winning by subverting those norms.

To
Abraham Lincoln, democracy was a covenant linking past and future.
Political institutions, in his view, were “the legacy bequeathed to us.”

On the eve of the Senate’s final vote on repealing the
Affordable Care Act in July 2017, the late John McCain returned to
Washington from his home in Arizona, where he was being treated for
brain cancer, to cast the deciding vote against repeal.

Knowing he
would be criticized by other Republicans, McCain noted that over his
career he had known senators who seriously disagreed with each other but
nonetheless understood “they had an obligation to work collaboratively
to ensure the Senate discharged its constitutional responsibilities
effectively.”

In words that have even greater relevance today,
McCain added that “it is our responsibility to preserve that, even when
it requires us to do something less satisfying than ‘winning’.”

In
politics, success should never be measured solely by partisan
victories. It must also be judged by the institutional legacy passed
onward. The purpose of political leadership is not merely to win. It is
to serve.

In any social or political system it’s always possible
to extract benefits by being among the first to break widely accepted
norms. In a small town where people don’t lock their doors or windows,
the first thief can effortlessly get into anyone’s house. But once
broken, the system is never the same. Everyone has to buy locks. Trust
deteriorates.

Those, like Mitch McConnell, who break institutional
norms for selfish or partisan gains are bequeathing future generations a
weakened democracy.

The difference between winning at politics by
playing according to the norms and rules of our democracy, and winning
by subverting them, could not be greater. Political victories that
undermine the integrity of our system are net losses for society.

Great
athletes play by the rules because the rules make the game.
Unprincipled athletes cheat or change the rules in order to win. Their
victories ultimately destroy the game.

In terms of shaping the
federal courts, McConnell has played “the long game”, which,
incidentally, is the title of his 2016 memoir. Decades from now,
McConnell will still be shaping the nation through judges he rammed
through the Senate.

But McConnell’s long game is destroying the Senate.

He
is longest-serving leader of Senate Republicans in history but Mitch
McConnell is no leader. He is the epitome of unprincipled power. History
will not treat him kindly.

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The Global Security News: “Andrew McCabe” – Google News: Dems, AG clash in Mueller report countdown – Reuters TV

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“fbi surveillance” – Google News: Live: Kirsten Gillibrand campaigns in Iowa – WCTI12.com
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00:00:00 with special counsel Robert Muller is four hundred page report due for release on Thursday the world will finally get its first look at how balor himself sizes up his nearly two year probe of Russia’s role in the twenty sixteen presidential election until now the only clues have been in a four page summary from Attorney General William Barr from which said molar crown trump’s campaign had not conspired with Russia but it left many other questions unanswered Reuters correspondent sterile Lynch will be at the justice department when the report is released to Congress and the public and we’re going to be going through it with a fine tooth comb to look for any new information that is already not been reported the big question how much of it will look like this skeptics worry the blacked out sections notice redactions like these from a previous court filing related to the probe could keep large portions of motors report unavailable to the American public bar has said his reductions will come in four categories sensitive intelligence grand jury material details of current investigations in specific some people who have not been charged but barchart dot one tantalizing exception bar told Congress not long ago in testimony that the evidence related to obstruction of justice in the president’s behavior will not be redacted that’s important because in his summary to Congress last month Barr said Miller left open whether or not trump himself had obstructed justice the bar said no charges would be filed there was evidence presented on both sides of the question evidence for an evidence against and what we will be looking for is any information particularly information that is not yet publicly known that is potentially damning for president trump and exonerating for president trump much of this evidence is expected to be revealed we would assume for example that that would include the firing of James call me there’s been a lot of instances of trump bashing the justice department and the FBI a particular certain officials like former , deputy director Andrew McCabe who was eventually fired those sorts of examples are things that we know and we would expect would be in this report on top of that court documents filed by Miller refer to numerous contacts between trump campaign figures and Russia in the probe revealed an openness to outreach from Russians including by trump son done junior who in June twenty sixteen along with other top aides took a trump tower meeting with the Russian lawyer offering dirt on Hillary Clinton there are number of names high profile names that have come up time and again connection with this investigation especially the president’s son in law Jared Kushner and Donald junior and we would be looking to see if there could be any information about why those individuals are not facing prosecution historically the justice department does not reveal such information %HESITATION because it can damage their reputation bars due to have a news conference about the release at nine thirty AM on Thursday
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Special Counsel Robert Mueller has long been a source of curiosity for the general public as he and his team have quietly investigated Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
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Live: Kirsten Gillibrand campaigns in Iowa WCTI12.comWASHINGTON (SBG) – Kirsten Gillibrand is concluding her night campaigning alongside Kirsten Anderson, a former Republican Iowa Senate staffer who was …
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Police found the body of Sol Pais, an 18-year-old from Florida, at the base of Mount Evans, Dean Phillips, the agent in charge of the FBI office in Denver, said at a news conference.
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Yale University scientists have succeeded in restoring basic cellular activity in pigs’ brains hours after their deaths in a finding that may one day lead to advances in treating human stroke and brain injuries, researchers reported on Wednesday.

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Hundreds of Nicaraguans opposed to President Daniel Ortega took to the streets of the capital Managua on Wednesday in protests deemed illegal by the government and several dozen were arrested, according to an opposition group.

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The Global Security News: 1. World from Michael_Novakhov (24 sites): Voice of America: Germany Struggles in UN Push to Address Sexual Violence

A German-led bid to step up efforts to combat sexual violence in conflicts has run into resistance at the U.N. Security Council, diplomats said Wednesday, just days before Nobel laureate Nadia Murad is to appear before the U.N. body to issue a call for justice.

Germany is pushing for the adoption of a draft resolution next Tuesday during a council debate that will feature Nobel Peace Prize winners Denis Mukwege and Murad, a Yazidi human rights activist.

Murad, who was held by the…

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Facebook teams with rightwing Daily Caller in factchecking program  The Guardian

Site co-founded by Fox News host Tucker Carlson has promoted misinformation and is known for pro-Trump *content*. Sam Levin in San Francisco. @SamTLevin.

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(TNS) –– Say goodbye to standing in long lines clutching boarding passes and other travel documents. Step this way, instead. Look into the camera lens and off you go. Sound convenient?
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A recent national poll has found that nearly 4 out of 10 American voters believe President Donald Trump’s campaign was spied on during the 2016 presidential election. According to the Politico and Morning Consult’s National Tracking Poll (pdf), 38 percent of the survey participants said they believe Trump was spied on, while 28 percent said his campaign was not.
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By – The Washington Times – Sunday, April 14, 2019 loyalists fed the ’s upper echelon an assortment of anti- criminal accusations during the 2016 campaign and his presidency, according to a string of interview transcripts released in recent weeks.
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The Justice officials: Robert Mueller The former FBI director was appointed to oversee the probe into Russian election interference and whether there was any collusion with Donald Trump or his campaign.
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Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams alongside parents, leaders and supporters of charter schools rallied together today on the Steps of City Hall against a secretly proposed measure put forth by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Department of Education (DOE) to undercut educational transparency. The rally came as the de Blasio administration is considering […]

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The Global Security News: Global Security News from Michael_Novakhov (27 sites): 1. Russia from Michael_Novakhov (114 sites): Voice of America: Instagram Blocks Iranian Guard Commanders’ Pages

With 800,000 followers, the Instagram page of the commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force was among the most popular pages of Iranian officials on the photo-sharing website.

The Instagram comments, public appearances, travels and promotional posters of Qassem Soleimani — who as head of Quds commands the vaunted Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) outside Iran — were shared on the Instagram page, which is one of the only major social media sites that has not been blocked by Iran.

On April 16, a day after Washington’s designation of the IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization came into effect, Soleiman’s page, along with the Instagram pages of several other IRGC commanders, were blocked.

“Sorry, this page isn’t available,” a message on the page reads. “The link you followed may be broken, or the page may have been removed.”

An Instagram spokesman said it was operating “under the constraints of U.S. sanctions laws.”

“We work with the appropriate government authorities to ensure we meet our legal obligations, including those relating to the recent designation of the IRGC,” the spokesman said.

Iranian media reported that the English-language Instagram page of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the page of judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi were also blocked.

Khamenei’s Persian-language Instagram page, with 2.5 million followers, remains available. Khamenei’s English-language page was back up on April 17.

‘Take reciprocal actions’

The blockages were condemned in Tehran and prompted renewed calls from hard-liners for a blocking of Instagram, the second most popular social media platform in Iran after the communications app Telegram, which was blocked last year.

“When you tear out a man’s tongue, you aren’t proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you FEAR what he might say,” Communications Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahrom wrote on Twitter, blocked in Iran since 2019, quoting the cult TV series Game of Thrones.

Other hard-liners, including Hossein Allah Karam, a leader of the paramilitary Ansar-e Hezbollah group, blacklisted by the U.S. for human rights abuses, also agreed that the time had come for the Islamic Republic to block Instagram.

“Social media sites use any opportunity to harm national interests. We need to be ready to confront these plots and take reciprocal actions,” Allah Karam was quoted as saying by Iranian media.

“Under the current conditions it is needed more than ever to filter these social media sites in support of the IRGC,” he said, adding that “the blocking of hostile social media sites such as Instagram will [prevent] them from doing what they want.” 

The conservative chairman of the parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Alaeddin Borujerdi, said he would stop posting on Instagram to protest the blocking of the pages of Khamenei and the IRGC commanders.

In a video posted on Instagram, Borujerdi said the “unwise move” reflected “the depth of America’s hostility” toward the Islamic establishment.

​To block or not to block?

Iranian hard-liners have long called for tighter Internet censorship, including the blocking of Instagram.

Earlier this year, Javad Javidnia, secretary of Iran’s state committee on online censorship and deputy state prosecutor in charge of cyberaffairs, was quoted by domestic media as saying that the country was ready to block Instagram once the authorities agreed.

The move has been opposed by the government of President Hassan Rouhani, who came to power in 2013 promising people more freedom and less censorship. 

Iran blocks tens of thousands of websites, including news sites and social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter, but many Iranians access banned sites through virtual private networks and other anti-filtering tools.

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After 17 days of recounts and controversies, Turkey’s opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) was confirmed the official winner Wednesday in the Istanbul mayoral election.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seeking to overturn the historic vote, which ends his Justice and Development Party’s (AKP), and other Erdogan-affiliated parties’, 25-year control of Turkey’s largest city. 

Ekrem Imamoglu, Istanbul’s new mayor, addressed thousands of jubilant supporters outside the city’s mayoral building.

“I take this victory for Turks, Kurds, Greeks and Armenians,” Imamoglu said, referring to Istanbul’s diverse population. 

Imamoglu’s victory speech included a theme of inclusivity that underpinned his winning campaign, which secured a narrow victory by 14,000 votes out of 9 million ballots cast.

Potential game changer

Victory for the CHP in Istanbul, the country’s industrial, financial and cultural capital, is already touted as a potential political game changer for an opposition that has suffered nearly two decades of defeat at the hands of the AKP.

“The unquestionable significance of this election is that power can be changed through the ballot box, and that is a big change,” said Soli Ozel, professor of international relations, at Istanbul’s Kadir Has University. “On the other hand, it will be quite disastrous for the (AK) party — in terms of finances, power, psychology, morale— to lose Istanbul.”

The AKP vigorously challenged the result, calling for numerous partial recounts of the millions of votes. In an attempt to prove fraud, interior minister Suleyman Soylu sent police to knock on the doors of Istanbul residents to confirm voter lists. 

Erdogan is calling for the vote to be annulled. Tuesday, AKP officials delivered five suitcases of evidence to the Supreme Electoral Board to back calls to rescind the Istanbul election.

Analysts warn of the dangers a vote annulment holds.

“All the opponents from various parties and different ways of life are tired of this regime, and people are rejoicing now,” political scientist Cengiz Aktar said. “The annulation of the vote will have a devastating effect on them. I worry about the reaction.”

The High Election Board (YSK) is predominantly made up of government and presidential appointees. Opposition parties have in recent polls questioned the board’s impartiality, but have raised few criticisms of its handling of the Istanbul result.

Evidence of impartiality

On election night, the YSK declared Imamoglu to be provisionally ahead, contradicting claims of victory by AKP candidate Binali Yildirim. Analysts cite the electoral board’s decision to give Imamoglu the mayoral mandate, and with it further political momentum to his claim for power, as further evidence of impartiality.

“The credibility of the electoral board was on the line,” Ozel said. “I think they have been compromised in other places, but at least the procedural lines were at last followed (in Istanbul).

“In that sense, it’s both a political victory for Mr. Imamoglu, and at least a somewhat legal victory, too. So we are, in my judgment, on a different plateau. A threshold has been crossed,” he added.

Observers suggest the AKP will be lobbying the YSK hard behind the scenes to overturn the vote, given the importance of Istanbul to the party.

“Istanbul presents so many patronage opportunities. It greases the wheels of politics for those who control it,” Ozel said. “And for the AKP, in the last 25 years, they have truly mastered that, as well.”

“They’ve generated enormous urban rents, which they used to help the dependent and poorer sections of society, but also enrich contractors, who in turn supported the party. So, that wheel of fortune will be broken,” he added.

Significant risks

Any rerun of the Istanbul vote brings with it significant risks for the AKP, as well as for Erdogan. The underlining causes for the AKP’s defeat — high unemployment and inflation — remain unchanged. Observers also point out that voters usually punish the party blamed for re-elections, especially any considered unjustified.

There are unconfirmed reports that the AKP has conducted private polls in Istanbul that indicate Imamoglu would win with a larger margin of victory in a revote. 

Analysts also warn that Turkey’s current economic woes could be further exacerbated by another Istanbul poll held in a profoundly polarized atmosphere.

Analyst Atilla Yesilada of Global Source Partners suggests while Erdogan is publicly calling for another vote, he may not be too disappointed if his calls for a new ballot are rejected.

“Erdogan’s finely honed political instincts tell him repeating the elections carry several political and economic hazards, which are costlier than losing the center of cronyism,” Yesilada said.

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Is this possible? 

The Air Force has additional ideas for making its future tankers more survival, including incorporating active protection systems to shoot down incoming missiles—yes, possibly with lasers. Another concept, however, would involve using next-generation radar jammers that employ a cognitive intelligence system to automatically adjust frequencies to keep up with frequency-agile radars. Such jammers could obscure or even misrepresent the position of an aircraft on radar. The Pentagon also would like its next-generation tankers to feature more autonomation to reduce the number of necessary crew and speed up the refueling process.

The United States has devoted billions of dollars to building stealth fighters, stealth bombers, stealth cruise missiles and stealth spy drones. Surely a stealth tanker for refueling aircraft midflight would be an extravagance too much?

(This first appeared late last year.)

However, the concept of a stealth tanker is not as absurd you’d think for one simple reason: the Pentagon’s F-35 and F-22 stealth fighters, which it has made the lynchpin of its twenty-first century air warfare strategy, simply can’t fly far enough.

At first glance, the F-35’s six to eight-hundred-mile range doesn’t seem bad compared to conventional fighters like the Super Hornet or F-16. But those non-stealth designs can carry fuel in in underwing tanks into combat—meanwhile, an F-35 can’t carry those extra lumps of metal under its wings if it wants to preserve its miniscule radar cross-section.

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Hundreds of police prevented a march Wednesday to commemorate a year since Nicaraguan protesters took to the streets to oppose the government of President Daniel Ortega. 

 

Hours before the scheduled start, police vehicles lined a main thoroughfare in the capital where the march was to take place and more filled side streets. Officers watched from overpasses, and riot police with helmets and shields surrounded a monument where the march was planned to end. 

 

Still more police filled a popular mall and other businesses in the area, keeping many citizens from venturing out.  

  

The opposition had sought permission to hold the march, but police denied their request for a permit.  

Surrounded by officers

  

As small groups of protesters gathered near the march route, they were quickly surrounded by police who did not allow the groups to merge. The protesters, many holding Nicaragua’s blue-and-white flag, chanted “Freedom! Freedom!” in place. 

 

Student leaders and negotiators from the opposition Civic Alliance were surrounded by police. An opposition coalition said at least 22 people, including a journalist from a Nicaraguan outlet, were detained. 

 

“People are really scared to come out into the street because of this police presence. Ortega put his police in the street because he’s afraid the people will rise up,” said Harley Morales, a student leader.  

  

Alejandra Centeno, another student leader, said: “Ortega is not complying with the signed agreements. We defend our right to free demonstration.”  

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights said in a statement that a year after protests began, the government continues to impose a police state. “State repression and a strategy to silence dissident voices persist,” it said. 

 

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and foreign governments have urged Ortega to allow people to peacefully demonstrate. Public protests have been effectively banned since last year. 

 

Protests against cuts to social security benefits began April 18, 2018, and were violently repressed by police and Ortega supporters. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights says at least 325 people have been killed. 

 

U.S. pressure

Meanwhile, in Miami on Wednesday, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton announced that the Trump administration was turning up the pressure on Ortega’s government.  

  

Bolton announced sanctions on financial services provider Bancorp, which he claimed is a “slush fund” for Ortega. The bank had already been sanctioned by the U.S. for its links to Venezuela’s state-owned oil company. 

 

He also said the U.S. was imposing sanctions on Laureano Ortega, one of the eight children of Ortega and Vice President Rosario Murillo. Bolton accused him of being involved in “vast corruption under the guise of leading Nicaragua’s investment agency.” 

 

Laureano Ortega is an adviser to the Nicaragua’s state investment agency. A tenor and opera lover, the younger Ortega is rumored to be being groomed by his parents to one day assume power. 

 

Last week, members of a delegation from the European Parliament who visited Nicaragua in January sent a letter to the vice president of the European Commission arguing that it was time for Europe to sanction Nicaragua, because negotiations with Ortega were not advancing.  

  

Mario Arana, a negotiator for the Civic Alliance opposition group and president of the American Nicaraguan Chamber of Commerce, said the U.S. sanctions were “inevitable, given that the negotiation process has been slow and the government has not fulfilled practically any of the agreements it signed at the table.”

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Travel to Cuba will only be allowed for family visits and there will also be new limits on money sent by Cuban Americans to relatives.

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea announced that it has test-fired a new type of tactical guided weapon.

The Korean Central News Agency says Chairman Kim Jong Un observed the firing of the weapon Wednesday by the Academy of Defense Science.

The agency reports that Kim said “the development of the weapon system serves as an event of very weighty significance in increasing the combat power of the People’s Army.”

The agency says Kim mounted an observation post to learn about the test-fire of the new-type tactical guided weapon and guide the test-fire.

The announcement came after reports of new activity at a North Korean missile research center and long-range rocket site where the North is believed to build long-range missiles targeting the U.S. mainland.

The White House said it was aware of the report and had no comment.

The Associated Press could not immediately and independently verify North Korea’s claim.

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(LISBON, Portugal) — An official on Portugal’s Madeira Island says a tour bus crash has killed 28 people, most of them German tourists.

Local mayor Filipe Sousa tells cable news channel SIC that the victims include 17 women and 11 men.

He says the bus carrying 55 people rolled down a steep hillside Wednesday after veering off the road on a bend east of the capital, Funchal.

Local television shows bodies scattered over the rural hillside next to the Atlantic Ocean.

Residents say the weather was fine at the time of the accident, which happened in daylight in the early evening.

Authorities say they are investigating the possible cause.

Madeira is a popular vacation destination for Europeans.

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin revealed last week on CNBC that U.S. and Chinese negotiators have reached agreement on an “enforcement mechanism” as part of negotiations over a bilateral trade deal. Mnuchin specified that both sides “will establish enforcement offices that will deal” with matters of compliance. Over the weekend, Mnuchin further underlined the two-way nature of the proposed enforcement system, noting that the U.S. is willing to face “repercussions” if it does not hold up its end of the trade deal.

Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. trade representative, has yet to comment on recent progress over enforcement provisions, but if Mnuchin is right, that would mean negotiators have cleared one of the biggest hurdles to a potential trade deal. Lighthizer has consistently stressed the importance of effective enforcement mechanisms. In late February, he told the House Ways and Means Committee that negotiators had agreed to an enforcement mechanism consisting of semiannual gatherings at the ministerial level—that is, between Lighthizer and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He—as well as more frequent meetings at lower levels. The relationship between the meetings detailed by Lighthizer and the enforcement offices detailed by Mnuchin has not been clarified.

The Chinese have emphasized throughout negotiations that any trade deal needs to impose responsibilities on both parties. Wang Shouwen, a top negotiator, put it bluntly: The new trade regime must be “two-way, fair and equal.” Mnuchin’s recent statement that the U.S. is willing to face Chinese repercussions indicates that American negotiators have taken heed of their counterparts’ position, at least to some extent. The focus on two-way enforcement, however, may meet domestic opposition. As a Financial Times article said, “[A]llowing China to impose punitive measures on the U.S. … could raise eyebrows in corporate America, since they would likely be on the receiving end of those countermeasures”—countermeasures that the U.S. “would have committed not to challenge in the WTO [World Trade Organization].”

Still, agreement over enforcement mechanisms means that negotiations are likely entering the “final round,” to borrow Mnuchin’s phrase. American and Chinese negotiators have successfully worked through a number of other issues too. American officials have indicated that both sides agreed to measures that would deter Beijing from currency manipulation. Yi Gang, governor of the People’s Bank of China, had already stated last month that China would no longer engage in “competitive devaluation.” Moreover, according to the New York Times, “negotiators have already worked out the bulk of a 150-page agreement on issues including intellectual property protections, purchases, [and] subsidies.”

Trump Administration Unveils New 5G Efforts Amid Concerns Over Chinese Equipment

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unveiled on April 12 a set of new efforts to facilitate the rollout of 5G networks in the United States. The initiative comes amid mounting concerns about the dominance of Chinese companies in the market for 5G network equipment. 5G refers to the fifth generation of mobile networks, which will operate at higher speeds and facilitate new technologies such as autonomous vehicles and smart cities.

The 5G initiative consists of two main components. First, in December, the FCC plans to hold its biggest-ever auction for high-frequency airwaves in which it will auction to mobile carriers as much as 3.4 gigahertz (GHz) of “millimeter-wave” spectrum airwaves. Expanding access to airwaves in this spectrum will allow more providers to build out their networks and provide services to support machine-to-machine communications. The FCC is currently seeking comment on the auction bidding procedures, which will be for access to space in the upper 37 GHz, 39 GHz and 47 GHz bands. (Currently two carriers—Verizon and AT&T—already have early-stage networks operating in the United States as an evolution built on existing 4G infrastructure.)

Second, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced the launch of a $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to encourage the construction of fiber-optic cable networks in rural areas. The construction of such infrastructure will help reduce the current “digital divide” between those with strong internet access and those without. The announcement also emphasized the role of the private sector in building the United States’s 5G networks. Some advisers had advocated that the Trump administration pursue a government-operated nationwide 5G network comparable to the model used by China, where the government controls the major mobile operators. Last week’s rollout, however, made clear that the nationalization idea would not be adopted.

At the announcement of the 5G initiative, which highlighted both the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund and the airwave auction, President Trump framed the issue starkly in terms of geopolitical competition, declaring, “The race to 5G is on and America must win,” and underscoring that the U.S. could not permit “any other country to outcompete the United States” in this area. The role of Chinese companies in providing 5G network equipment—particularly Huawei and ZTE—has drawn increasing scrutiny in both the United States and Europe. The U.S. government has cited national security risks and the potential for espionage in pressuring its allies to avoid Huawei equipment. While an executive order banning the use of Huawei equipment in the United States has long been under consideration, no such announcement accompanied the Trump administration’s latest 5G initiative.

The Trump administration’s efforts may accelerate the creation of 5G networks in the United States, but the country still lacks a major domestic producer of 5G network equipment like the Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE. Additionally, while the United States has been earlier to roll out commercial 5G services, which Chinese firms don’t plan to do until 2020, China has taken the lead on the construction of national 5G infrastructure and expects to complete the process by 2023.

In Other News

  • According to the Nikkei Asian Review, California-based Applied Materials, a materials engineering firm that makes chips and display equipment, has “halted all deliveries and servicing” for Xiamen San’an Optoelectronics, China’s “biggest LED chip maker.” Applied Materials decided to halt business with the Chinese company immediately after the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security placed the company on its “Unverified List,” which was updated most recently on April 11. The Unverified List contains the addresses and names of parties whose bona fides—“i.e., legitimacy and reliability relating to the end use and end user of items”—the bureau has been unable to verify. The list does not “embargo dealings with listed entities,” but it does require “American companies to treat them with caution.”
  • Chinese authorities have employed a sweeping facial-recognition technology system to identify and track the movements of the 11 million members of the Uighur ethnic minority. According to the New York Times, this “is the first known example of a government intentionally using artificial intelligence for racial profiling.” Although high degrees of surveillance in the autonomous region of Xinjiang have been well documented, recent reports suggest use of video cameras and other surveillance devices has become more widespread in other parts of the country. While government agencies and police departments are the main purchasers of cameras and facial recognition software, the controversy over racial profiling in Xinjiang has also drawn attention to the large private firms that produce the technology, including CloudWalk, SenseTime, Yitu, Megvii, and Hikvision.
  • The People’s Bank of China released its March credit data on April 12. As Bloomberg reports, Chinese credit growth “exceeded all estimates … signaling a further firming of the nascent economic recovery ahead.” Aggregate financing “totaled 2.86 trillion yuan” in March, “compared with about 700 billion yuan in February.” According to Axios China, these figures indicate that Chinese policymakers have added “credit growth to all the other stimulative measures … to keep the economy stable” and that such efforts “may be working, at least in the short term.”
  • There continues to be, however, a more troubling side to the China credit story. Caixin has released a two-part, in-depth investigation into the “local government debt crisis that just won’t go away.” In the articles, Caixin journalists contend that “local government debt, in particular the trillions of yuan of liabilities in financing vehicles, is threatening to overwhelm dozens of authorities across the country.” The total debt of local governments amounts to ”more than 70% of the country’s” 2018 GDP,” according to Chinese officials. The investigation focused on Zhenjiang, a city in China’s eastern Jiangsu province, and on how the city is struggling to repay debt issued by local government financing vehicles.
  • The Wall Street Journal has reported that Chinese e-commerce firm JD.com is cutting costs, laying off employees and closing foreign offices in order to “cope with a slowing economy and rising competition.” Last week, Richard Liu, JD’s chief executive, wrote a scathing post on his WeChat feed, arguing that his firm was filled with “slackers.” In recent weeks, the Chinese tech scene has been racked by debate over the “996 schedule,” a common schedule at a number of Chinese tech firms whereby employees work from 9 am to 9 pm, six days a week. Jack Ma, founder of the Alibaba Group, initially defended that schedule before changing tack this past weekend and decrying a forced 996 schedule as “inhumane” and “unsustainable.” Clearly, however, JD’s financial woes are not just a function of employee laziness; as the Wall Street Journal contends, the trade war has “crimp[ed] financial and consumer spending” and the rise of e-commerce competitors has likewise cut into JD’s profit margins.

Commentary

For Brookings, Sarah Bauerle Danzman and Geoffrey Gertz discuss whether Beijing Kunlun Tech’s stake in the dating app Grindr really poses a national security threat, as a recent  Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States review suggests. At the Center for Strategic and International Studies, James Lewis assesses whether the woman who recently appeared at Mar-a-Lago was actually engaging in espionage for the Chinese government. As part of the New York Times’s new privacy project, Jianan Qian describes how the rise of technological surveillance has altered Chinese attitudes toward public security.

At Project Syndicate, Joseph Nye considers whether the United States has been overestimating China’s future strength. Niall Ferguson wonders whether the United States will be able to balance China’s power as more European countries are drawn to trade deals with China. Eswar Prasad and Ethan Wu warn of a dimming outlook on global trade in the Nikkei Asian Review. Meanwhile, in the Financial Times, Janan Ganesh analyzes the underlying issues in the U.S.-China relationship that President Trump’s fixation on trade currently obscures. Australian National University released its annual China Story Yearbook; this year’s theme is “power,” and the book encompasses articles on everything from military bases to e-commerce.

For Lawfare, Bobby Chesney considers what recently obtained Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) orders against Huawei may reveal about the company’s relationship to the Chinese government, while Stephanie Zable offers context on Huawei’s recently filed lawsuit against the U.S. government. Herb Lin analyzes common themes in AI governance proposals from Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce. Meanwhile, Cameron Kerry proposes language on data collection for a possible federal privacy law, and Michael P. Fischerkeller and Richard J. Harknett discuss how nations can work toward a state of “agreed competition” in cyberspace. On the Cyberlaw Podcast, Stewart Baker interviews Adam Segal of the Council on Foreign Relations on where the U.S.-China relationship is headed with respect to trade and technology (at 38:50) and discusses the outcomes of the EU-China Summit with Matthew Heiman (at 26:00).

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