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    Today, 06:00 PM
    MATTEO Salvini sent a stern warning to the EU claiming the Brussels bloc would come to an end if the European Commission agreed to Emmanuel Macron's new costly budget whilst sanctioning Italy on the same issue.Speaking to the press on his visit to Israel, the Italian Deputy Prime Minister claimed his Government has come up with a solution to the ongoing budget row with the European Commission. But Matteo Salvini launched a scathing attack against the Brussels bloc at the news French President Emmanuel Macron has put forward new costly economic measures to respond to the deadly Paris riots. Mr Salvini claimed the European Union would come to an end if Brussels decided to approve President Macron's measures in this moment of difficulty for France but refused to budge on Italy's demands. He said: “We, as Italians, have found a solution. “I trust in Brussels’ common sense and I refuse to imagine that they would act as nothing happened in the face of Macron’s request of billions because he is obviously struggling while they reject Italians’ demands. “It would really be the end of this European Union.” Clemens Fuest, President of Germany’s IFO Institute, claimed the French President should face the same disciplinary procedure as Italy from the European Commission arguing Mr Macron's response to the riots is a mere "tax giveaway". He said: “Macron’s response suggests that a rioting and pillaging mob can dictate politics, while those who demonstrate peacefully - or not at all - are ignored.
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    Today, 05:59 PM
    THE European Commission is monitoring the budget impact of possible new fiscal measures to be introduced by the French government in early 2019, Brussels’ economy chief Pierre Moscovici said on Tuesday, in a major warning to Emmanuel Macron.The bloc’s executive arm “will closely monitor the impact of the announcements made by President Macron on the French deficit and any financing arrangements,” the economic affairs commissioner told AFP. He said: “We are in constant contact with the French authorities." More at: https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1058028/emmanuel-macron-france-budget-eu-fiscal-rules
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    Today, 05:54 PM
    Macron's government faces a vote of no confidence in parliament on Thursday amid nationwide anger at the French president which has seen violent riots across the country. To bring down the government, the motion would have to meet a majority. But this could be impossible due to the 62 elected on the left compared to the 577 deputies in the Assembly. Bloomberg reporter, Nikos Chrysoloras, tweeted: "O.K, this is an epidemic now: France’s government will face a no confidence vote in parliament on Thursday, AFP reports." More at: https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1057746/macron-news-france-no-confidence-vote-latest-yellow-vest-protests
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    Today, 05:48 PM
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday urged Senators to block an imminent vote on a historic war powers resolution that would end U.S. support of the Saudi-led strikes in Yemen. The Kentucky Republican said a bill sponsored by Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., “is neither precise enough or prudent enough,” to protect the 70-year alliance between the United States and Saudi Arabia. The measure, slated to come up Wednesday afternoon, would impose an unprecedented check on the executive branch to use military force abroad. McConnell urged lawmakers to instead back a forthcoming resolution drafted by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., which would condemn the Saudi government, and specifically Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October. “It’s a superior road to the outcome that most senators want,” McConnell said. “So I urge every member to vote against considering the Sanders-Lee resolution today and join me in supporting Chairman Corker’s responsible alternative.” Corker told reporters he believes the Sanders-Lee resolution has the backing both to proceed to debate and pass the floor, but has little future beyond the Senate this year.
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    Today, 05:26 PM
    What does NOT make sense is that the arrest happened on Saturday and markets did not find out about it until Wednesday night. Let’s try out one of those equivalence narratives so popular in the business press. If Google’s global CFO had been detained in Hong Kong for extradition to China, would the world have waited five days to find out? This is where what had to be a massive conspiracy of silence begins to raise some interesting questions. U.S. prosecutors are never shy about their victories. Their detention of Meng is a BIG story – it sends the message that not even the rich and well connected are immune from prosecution under the sanctions regime. Since those who violate the sanctions are at least well paid and well connected and not mere bank tellers, getting this message across is crucial. Our bet is that Bolton (or someone else) told them to keep the story under wraps, probably to protect the trade negotiations, not sabotage them. If Huawei were an American company, it would have been legally obligated to announce the detention of its CFO. That is a material fact that must be disclosed promptly. Chinese security laws are enforced in a more “flexible” way. But why wouldn’t the Chinese government want the information out if they are really so furious as they appear to be in the last few days? Something really begins to smell at this point. Then along comes a story in the South China Morning Post about an October meeting with employees in which Meng said that there are cases where, “the external rules are clear-cut and there’s no contention, but the company is totally unable to comply with in actual operations. In such cases, after a reasonable decision-making process, one may accept the risk of temporary non-compliance.” That statement is full of euphemisms, but it makes putting the corporate interest ahead of complying with the law the official position of management. Put that in the context of a four-year anti-corruption campaign by Xi and a purge of top-level tech executives who have gotten too big for their britches. In Xi’s new world it may be one thing to have said that it was ok to put China’s interests first, but she is putting the corporate interests ahead of China’s interests. Also note that these comments were in quotes from an internal (and closed) Huawei meeting. How did the SCMP acquire these direct quotes? The SCMP is one of the world’s truly great papers, publishing candid news and commentary focused on getting to the truth in a way that is only a distant memory in American newspapers. That said, it is also like Hong Kong – one nation, two systems. If Beijing really wanted a story out, it would provide the sources and the reporters would do the rest. And if they really wanted a story spiked it probably would be spiked. Those direct quotes obviously came from Chinese authorities and the story was printed at a very inconvenient time for Meng – when she was protesting her innocence. Somebody in Beijing thinks Meng is a loose cannon. Then there is the apparently bellicose Chinese reaction largely in the internal Chinese press. Any country is obligated to protest the detention of one of its leading citizens and to let its citizens know that it is loudly protesting. But consider a Friday story from the SCMP written by Zhou Xin, the head of the political economy section at the paper. “China has separated the arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer Sabrina Meng Wanzhou from trade talks between Beijing and Washington" Gao Feng, a spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce, said on Thursday that he had no information at all about Meng’s case. Gao also said China was confident about reaching a trade deal with the United States within the 90-day truce agreed by the two sides in Argentina last weekend. Separately, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang also refused to directly link the arrest of Meng – in Canada last Saturday at the request of...
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    Today, 05:19 PM
    It's official: May has won the leadership contest. 200 backed her while 117 voted against. Analysts said that if more than 100 Tories voted against May, it could create problems for her government and draw her credibility as prime minister into question. Sterling has started moving lower on the result (though it remains up on the day), as traders are correctly assessing that this doesn't bode well for May's Brexit deal (though she did receive more votes of support than when she was first elected prime minister, that margin improved by a mere 5 votes from 195 to 200). As ITV's Robert Peston pointed out, more than half of the independent Tory MPs (that is, those who don't hold a post in the government), voted against the prime minister, which hardly inspires confidence. Well over half of independent Tory MPs voted against her - and even then she had to concede she would not lead party into next election. — Robert Peston (@Peston) December 12, 2018 As Bloomberg's David Goodman points out, this doesn't bode well for May's Brexit deal. Assuming those 117 Tory MPs will vote against May's Brexit deal (obviously not a given), that result bodes pretty badly for her chances of getting it through Parliament. Already, May's intraparty rivals are piling on...
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    Today, 04:46 PM
    And Assange IS a reporter. You are attempting to defend their deliberate snub of the most important "Guardian of Truth" who is being persecuted for reporting the truth.
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    Today, 04:32 PM
    Does he have a male child? It isn't a very good idea if he doesn't.
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    Today, 04:24 PM
    And all we gave up was a temporary halt to new tariffs.
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    Today, 04:18 PM
    Saudi Arabia decided in 2016 to impose taxes on expat dependents as part of Crown Prince MbS drive of Saudisation of the economy. Bloomberg writes; Announced in 2016 as part of a drive to increase non-oil government revenue — a key goal of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s economic transformation plan — the fees have been unpopular with business owners in a country accustomed to cheaper foreign labor. Partly as a result, hundreds of thousands of foreigners have left the kingdom, hitting the already-struggling economy but failing to make much of a dent in Saudi unemployment. As of earlier this year over 800,000 expats had left the country. Now the country contemplates of removing or reducing the “fee/tax” as the economy falters. Bloomberg continues; While it’s unlikely the fees will be canceled altogether, a ministerial committee is looking at modifying or restructuring them, one of the people said. A decision is expected within weeks, two of the people said. All this comes back of the fact Saudisation is not working. The working age population in Saudi Arabia have in essence no desire to with work jobs equivalent to their skill levels. Business Insider reports; Many companies are reported to be circumventing the policy’s local employee quota requirement by hiring Saudis and paying them small salaries for what are in effect bogus jobs — a process termed “fake Saudisation. “Employers say young Saudi men and women are lazy and are not interested in working and accuse Saudi youth of preferring to stay at home rather than to take a low-paying job that does not befit the social status of a Saudi job seeker,” Bassnawi said, adding that fake Saudisation “could create a generation of young men and women who are not interested in finding a job and who prefer to get paid for doing nothing.” Saudi Arabia is in a difficult situation. Their disastrous war in Yemen costs about $200m/daily. Recent oil declines hit the Saudi economy harder than any other country. With its total dependence on foreigners on every facet of its society there is risk continues low oil prices and a lack of economic development in the country will lead to disaster. Maybe the only way Saudis might get some leeway is that there is a War in the Middle East. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-10/saudi-arabia-expat-exodus-hurting-saudis-country-totally-economically-and-military
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    Today, 04:15 PM
    The Turkish Lira tumbled to session lows after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that Turkey will start a new military operation in Syria east of the Euphrates river in northern Syria in a "few days". "It is time to realize our decision to wipe out terror groups east of the Euphrates," Erdogan said in a speech at the Turkish Defense Industry Summit held at the presidential complex in Ankara on Dec. 12. "We will start the operation in east of the Euphrates in a few days to save it from the separatist terrorist organization," Erdoğan added, referring to the YPG. "Turkey's target is never the U.S. soldiers, but rather the members of the terror group." Turkey has repeatedly threatened to attack Kurdish militants in the region, who are backed by the U.S. but viewed by Turkey as an extension of a terrorist organization, the PKK. The Pentagon had announced on Dec. 11 that American observation posts in northern Syria, meant to prevent altercations between the Turkish army and US-supported YPG, have been erected, despite Ankara’s request to scrap the move. The Turkish army since 2016 has already launched two military operations in Syria, the last of which saw Ankara-backed Syrian rebels take the border city of Afrin from the YPG in March. the United States has long been complained that tensions between Turkey and the SDF, of which the YPG is the backbone, have at times slowed down progress on fighting the ISIL. In the same speech, Erdoğan also slammed the new US plan for 'protecting terrorists, not Turkey.' "There is no Daesh threat in Syria any longer," Erdoğan said accusing the U.S. of "delaying tactics" regarding its promise to clear the northeastern Syrian town of Manbij from YPG members. "It is clear that the purpose of U.S. observation points in Syria is not to protect our country from terrorists but protect terrorists from Turkey," he noted. Turkey has also been skeptical about a U.S. plan to train around 40,000 locals in northeastern Syria:“We do not see them as well-intentioned approaches," the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) spokesman Ömer Çelik said Dec. 11, referring to the reported U.S. plan. He added that the move will be seen by Turkey as "lending fresh support to terror elements in Syria."
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    Today, 04:11 PM
    Superconductivity is the weird phenomenon of zero electrical resistance that occurs when some materials are cooled below a critical temperature. The best superconductors have to be cooled with liquid helium or nitrogen to get cold enough (often as low as -250 °C or -480 F) to work. The holy grail for researchers is the idea that a material could be made to superconduct at around 0 °C — so-called room temperature superconductivity. If such a thing was ever discovered it would unleash a wide range of new technologies, including super-fast computers and data transfer. The history of superconductivity is littered with dubious claims of high-temperature activity that later turn out to be impossible to reproduce. Indeed, physicists have a name for this: USOs, or unidentified superconducting objects. So new claims of high-temperature superconductivity have to be treated with caution. Having said that, the news today that the record for high-temperature superconductivity has been smashed is worth looking at in more detail. The work comes from the lab of Mikhail Eremets and colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany. Eremets and his colleagues say they have observed lanthanum hydride (LaH10) superconducting at the sweltering temperature of 250 K, or –23 °C. That’s warmer than the current temperature at the North Pole. “Our study makes a leap forward on the road to the room-temperature superconductivity,” say the team. (The caveat is that the sample has to be under huge pressure: 170 gigapascals, or about half the pressure at the center of the Earth.) Eremets has a fairly impressive pedigree in this field. Longtime readers of this blog will remember when he smashed the previous record for high-temperature superconductivity back in 2014. On that occasion, his team was able to measure superconducting activity in hydrogen sulfide at –80 °C, some 10 degrees warmer than any other material. He later raised that to –70 °C and published the work in Nature to huge acclaim. But the jaw-dropping surprise for physicists was the nature of the superconducting material. Superconductivity is well understood in conventional superconductors, which are rigid lattices of positive ions bathed in an ocean of electrons. Electrical resistance occurs when electrons moving through the lattice are slowed down by bumping into it, while superconductivity occurs when the lattice is cooled to a point where it becomes rigid enough for mechanical sound waves, or phonons, to ripple through it. These waves deform the lattice as they travel. And electrons can “surf” on this deformation. In fact, at low temperature, the electrons bond to each other to form so-called Cooper pairs. And it is these Cooper pairs surfing through the lattice that constitutes superconductivity.
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    "Might" Good policy is good policy, you can't oppose it because it MIGHT benefit someone.
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    Today, 03:58 PM
    In the latest incident to take place while a Tesla car was on Autopilot, at least the authorities were on the scene quickly. That, of course, is because the Tesla Model S in question, located on Freeway 3 in Hsinchu County, Taiwan, reportedly plowed directly into the back of a police car. Two officers that were directing traffic at the time narrowly escaped death or serious injury, reportedly jumping out of the way "just in time" before the accident occurred. The accident took place despite reports that there were "100 meters of traffic cones and flashing warning lights" placed behind the police car. After the first patrol car was hit, it subsequently wound up hitting a second patrol car. The damage was estimated to be around NT$3 million (~USD $97,300). The driver, who after feeling "drowsy", engaged his Autopilot on the highway was subsequently tested for alcohol. The test was found to be non-reactive. The driver told police he had finished a long shift at work that started at 6AM that morning, about 16 hours earlier than the accident occurred. Tesla's website, as a reminder, states: “Autopilot is intended for use only with a fully attentive driver who has their hands on the wheel and is prepared to take over at any time.” So, naturally, when Elon Musk demonstrated Autopilot for his recent controversial 60 Minutes interview, he did just the opposite, taking his hands off the wheel before his vehicle appeared to cut off another driver in traffic during a lane change.
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    Today, 03:56 PM
    Just a few days after Cisco "erroneously" advised its employees to avoid non-essential travel to China, Beijing has returned the favor, and according to the SCMP, Chinese researchers working in sensitive hi-tech sectors have been warned not to take any unnecessary trips to the United States "as unease grows in the business community following the arrest of a tech executive in Canada." Workers at a research agency who can't avoid crossing the Pacific were also told in an internal memo that if they did have to travel to the US, they should remove any sensitive information from their mobile phones and laptops, the SCMP reported citing an anonymous source. The soft travel ban is the result of tensions following the arrest of Huawei Technologies CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou in Canada, who despite being released on bail was not allowed to leave the country. The South China Morning Post reported last month that the US embassy in Beijing had revoked 10-year multiple-entry visas issued to some researchers specialising in China-US relations at government-backed institutions without explanation amid tightened visa scrutiny. Some researchers also had their computers and mobile phones subjected to checks by US customs officers. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-12/chinese-high-tech-researchers-told-not-travel-us-unless-its-essential
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    Today, 03:53 PM
    Despite numerous pitfalls and occasional arrests, the truce between Trump and Xi appears to be bearing fruit, or rather vegetables. According to Reuters, Chinese state-owned companies bought at least 500,000 tonnes of U.S. soybeans on Wednesday in the first major purchases since Trump and Xi met in early December and cobbled together a ceasefire in the trade war between the US and China. Citing one trader, Reuters said that at least nine cargoes traded and "there were probably more." A second trader with direct knowledge of the deals said Chinese state-owned firms bought at least 12 cargoes for shipment between January and March. "China was buying right out of the gate this morning. It looks like we're back in business now," the source said. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-12/first-major-purchase-trade-war-truce-china-buy-500000-tonnes-us-soybeans
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    Today, 03:50 PM
    Andrew McCabe - the FBI's former Deputy Director, advised then-national security adviser Michael Flynn that he wouldn't need a lawyer present during a January 24, 2017 White House interview with two FBI agents, according to the Washington Examiner, citing a sentencing memo filed Tuesday by Flynn's attorneys. During a phone call with Flynn, McCabe suggested that if anyone else was in the meeting, the FBI would have to escalate things to involve the Justice Department. Citing McCabe's account, the sentencing memo says that shortly after noon on Jan. 24 — the fourth day of the new Trump administration — McCabe called Flynn on a secure phone in Flynn's West Wing office. The two men discussed business briefly and then McCabe said that he "felt that we needed to have two of our agents sit down" with Flynn to discuss Flynn's talks with Russian officials during the presidential transition. McCabe, by his own account, urged Flynn to talk to the agents alone, without a lawyer present. "I explained that I thought the quickest way to get this done was to have a conversation between and the agents only," McCabe wrote. "I further stated that if LTG Flynn wished to include anyone else in the meeting, like the White House counsel for instance, that I would need to involve the Department of Justice. stated that this would not be necessary and agreed to meet with the agents without any additional participants." -Washington Examiner One of the agents conducting the interview was disgraced counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, whose text messages to his FBI mistress revealed that he harbored extreme animus towards President Trump - and ostensibly those in his orbit, which would include Flynn. According to the so-called "302 report" - a document FBI agents use to summarize interviews, the two agents were in Flynn's office within two hours of the phone call with McCabe, and said he was "relaxed and jocular," offering the agents "a little tour" of his section of the White House. "The agents did not provide Gen. Flynn with a warning of the penalties for making a false statement under 18 U.S.C. 1001 before, during, or after the interview," reads Flynn's memo. Also contained within the 302 report is an admission that McCabe and other FBI officials"decided the agents would not warn Flynn that it was a crime to lie during an FBI interview because they wanted Flynn to be relaxed, and they were concerned that giving the warnings might adversely affect the rapport." One has to wojnder if the FBI has been stalling on their investigation of McCabe's potential leak and coordinated "setup" with Strzok and Page in order to not interfere with their prosecution of Flynn? Twitter user and attorney @Techno_Fog and @TheLastRefuge2 (Conservative Treehouse) make some interesting points. AG Sessions on 02/18/2018
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    Today, 03:39 PM
    Members of the migrant caravan that paraded from Central American to the southern border attempted to extort the United States in a bold move Tuesday. “Two groups of Central American migrants made separate marches on the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana Tuesday, demanding that they be processed through the asylum system more quickly and in greater numbers, that deportations be halted and that President Trump either let them into the country or pay them $50,000 each to go home,” according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. Now that we know that they’re looking for handouts and that they’re willing to extort us, how could anyone possibly defend the caravan? Democrats will surely find a way. The caravan has been fairly quiet for the past week, but Tuesday was the one month anniversary of their arrival at the border. The report said that about 700 of caravan members have voluntarily returned home, while 300 have been deported and some 2,500 have applied for Mexican humanitarian visas. Around 3,500 are reportedly unaccounted for, and according to the Union-Tribune, have likely crossed the border illegally into the United States, or “simply fallen through the cracks.” “The first group demanding action, numbering about 100, arrived at the U.S. Consulate at about 11 am Tuesday. The migrants said they were asking that the Trump Administration pay them $50,000 each or allow them into the U.S,” according to the report. The organizer of the group is Alfonso Guerrero Ulloa of Honduras, who accused America of stealing from his home nation. Another migrant who harbors animosity towards the United States? Sounds like an excellent candidate for citizenship! “It may seem like a lot of money to you,” Ulloa reportedly said. “But it is a small sum compared to everything the United States has stolen from Honduras.”
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    Today, 03:35 PM
    President Donald Trump has fulfilled another populist promise by creating new Opportunity Zones in urban and rural areas, where developers will receive tax cuts and incentives to build up some of our most run-down neighborhoods. President Trump credited Senator Tim Scott for his cooperation in Congress, and BET head Bob Johnson also spoke at the White House event with Dr. Ben Carson and pastor Darrell Scott where the president announced the executive order. There are now 9,000 neighborhoods designated as Opportunity Zones. NBC News — apparently mad that Trump is helping poor people — ran a hit piece saying the Trump Organization might enjoy some of the tax breaks. What a sad mainstream media narrative! Populist Republican Jack Kemp, deceased, whom Paul Ryan pretends to idolize, wanted to create so-called “economic freedom zones” for many years, and Rand Paul has also pushed the idea. Trump railed against “geographic disparity” in our country’s economic opportunities in his signing ceremony at the White House. More at: https://bigleaguepolitics.com/president-donald-trump-creates-opportunity-zones-a-longtime-dream-of-jack-kemp/
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    All of which add extra cost and difficulty.
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    OPEC+ will need to stay 700,000 bpd below its agreed targets of 31.8 million bpd through 2019 in order to bring a recovery in Brent prices to the $70 level, Rystad Energy says. The OPEC countries and Russia agreed on December 7 to cut oil production by 1.2 million bpd in 2019 – slightly larger than the 1.0 million bpd cut expected by many observers. “The OPEC+ agreement predictably came up short of what Rystad Energy argued would be required to fully balance the market in 2019. The agreed production cuts will not be enough to ensure sustained and immediate recovery in oil prices. The muted market reaction seen thus far comes as no surprise to us”, Rystad Energy head of oil market research Bjornar Tonhaugen says. More at: https://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/OPEC-Came-Up-Short-Heres-What-They-Should-Do.html
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    Today, 03:24 PM
    Canadian miner Crystallex has accused Venezuela of breaching a US$1.4-billion settlement agreement as PDVSA continued to try and overturn a court order that allowed Crystallex to take control of the stock of Citgo’s parent company, Reuters reports. This is the latest blow to Citgo, PDVSA’s precious downstream business in the U.S. that the company—and Caracas through it—has tried to keep at all costs. What’s more, Crystallex had already hired banks to organize a forced sale of Citgo stock in order to get its US$1.4 billion, a lawyer for the Canadian mining company said, but the process has been suspended because Venezuela wasted no time in disputing Crystallex’ accusation. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Crystallex-Threatens-Venezuelas-Crown-Jewel-Citgo-Again.html
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    Today, 03:22 PM
    A variant of the Shamoon malware that hit Saudi Aramco’s servers six years ago is back, Axios reports, citing a release from the cybersecurity unit of Alphabet, Chronicle. According to the Chronicle release, the company had detected a file infected with Shamoon in its database VirusTotal. The malware, Chronicle said, was uploaded from Italy and is different from the previous two variants. Those moved through networks via pre-programmed credentials while this one stays on the computer it is installed on first. There is no command and control infrastructure that would allow the attackers to communicate with the virus, and what the virus does this time is encrypt all files irreversibley rather than replacing them with politically significant images, Axios reports. While the cybersecurity experts at Chronicle figure out what the malware is all about this time, they do note it comes on the heels of a report from Italy’s oilfield services major Saipem that it had become the target of a cyberattack, with the most severe blow suffered by its network in the Middle East. Reuters quoted Saipem’s head of digital and innovation operations, Mauro Piasere, as saying the company’s servers in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait had been affected by malware, with the origin of the attack Chennai, India. “The servers involved have been shut down for the time being to assess the scale of the attack,” Piasere said. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Virus-That-Haunted-Aramco-In-2012-Is-Back.html
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    Today, 03:01 PM
    Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview on Wednesday that lame-duck House Speaker Paul Ryan endangers the Farm bill by including a rule that prohibits a vote on America’s involvement with Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. One of House Republicans leadership’s final acts of this congressional term includes adding a rule on the Conference Report for the 2018 Farm bill which would block a potential War Powers resolution vote on America’s involvement in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. The House plans to vote on the Farm bill on Wednesday, leaving Massie and other America First foreign policy lawmakers limited time to fight against Ryan’s move to block their Yemen resolution. The House Rules Committee released a rule on the conference report for the Farm bill, which includes a rule that the War Powers resolution does not apply to Yemen, which would spark a debate on whether the United States should remain engaged in the foreign war in the Middle East. Massie chastised Speaker Paul Ryan, charging that the House Republican leadership should not jeopardize American farmers just to block a vote on a resolution condemning America’s involvement in Yemen. “This is definitely not America First. We shouldn’t be spending our blood and treasure in the Middle East, and furthermore on another level, we shouldn’t be jeopardizing the passage of domestic policy and domestic spending with a foreign policy/ war issue,” Massie told Breitbart News. “In other words, if you’re putting America First, why would you jeopardize passage of the Farm bill by sneaking in the War in Yemen through the Farm bill?” “It’s not America First; it’s not putting America’s farmers first,” Massie added. “I don’t’ think they would be excited find out that Paul Ryan used their bill to pull these shenanigans.” Does your Congressman know what’s hidden in a procedural vote on the Farm Bill today? Does he or she care? To avoid a debate on whether the US should be involved in a war in Yemen, today our leadership will trick members into suspending the provisions of the War Powers Act. SAD! pic.twitter.com/PVziN9d2lP — Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) December 12, 2018
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