We can still make it!


Italy’s anti-establishment winners have consistently and firmly rejected a coalition government of technocrats and experts. Since election day, both M5S and LEGA were asking for a politically-oriented government and President Sergio Matarella very wisely agreed to their demands only a few days ago.

It is obvious as to why he did this and a very clear message to all, urbi et orbi, but especially orbi. Europe is undergoing a profound change from the “bottom up” and nothing can stop it.

Western society as a whole is changing – rapidly and irrevocably – and the intelligent politicians of the old guard must come to that realization, otherwise, they will not only find themselves out of the decision-making process once and for all, but they could discover that they are in deep trouble for years of past administrative mistakes and mismanagement.

Source: We can still make it!

Brussels looks to protect EU companies after Trump quits Iran deal


According to the senior EU official, the bloc is expected to send a clear message regarding Iran’s compliance with the agreement. European Council President Donald Tusk will have the E3 leaders – Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, and UK Prime Minister Theresa May – present their assessment on the situation following Trump’s decision.

The three EU Member States that originally signed the agreement with Trumps’ predecessor – Barack Obama, as well as with Russia and China – hope to fight to keep the landmark Iran deal alive.

Source: Brussels looks to protect EU companies after Trump quits Iran deal

Trump’s reversal on China’s ZTE, explained | Vox


“President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast. Too many jobs in China lost,” Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon.

His tweet wasn’t just a case of strange optics for a man who painted China as the US economy’s most menacing threat on the campaign trail. It was also a head-spinning policy reversal: Just last month, his Commerce Department banned US companies from selling parts or providing services to ZTE, a telecoms giant, because it shipped equipment to Iran and North Korea in defiance of US sanctions.

ZTE, which makes inexpensive smartphones, relies so much on components shipped from the US that the company immediately looked like it might go out of business.

Source: Trump’s reversal on China’s ZTE, explained – Vox

Healthcare, freelanced: Where will gig economy workers get coverage? | Reuters


If you have a lifetime corporate 9-to-5 gig, then you probably have group health insurance.

But what if that is not the kind of job you have? Well, good luck with that.

More Americans than ever are falling into that second category, a scrappy mix of the self-employed, solo entrepreneurs, freelancers and contract workers. More than 57 million Americans, or 36 percent of the workforce, freelance, according to a recent study by the Freelancers Union.

Among millennials, that number rises to 47 percent. By 2027, if trends continue, the majority of the workforce is expected to be freelance.

Source: Healthcare, freelanced: Where will gig economy workers get coverage? | Reuters

Threat Report 2018: North Korea’s Nuclear Doctrine


North Korea’s nuclear program was launched during the 1950s when it sent nuclear scientists to train in the Soviet Union (USSR) and reached cooperative agreements with the USSR to construct its Yongbyon Nuclear Research Center.

  • Throughout the 1980s, North Korea’s nuclear program expanded significantly as Pyongyang constructed a 5MWe (megawatt electric) nuclear reactor at Yongbyon and developed more advanced nuclear technologies, including plutonium reprocessing capabilities and light water reactors.

Source: Threat Report 2018: North Korea’s Nuclear Doctrine

Trump administration eliminates top cyber post | TheHill


The White House has decided to get rid of its top cyber policy adviser role, eliminating the policy position that aimed to help streamline the government’s overall approach to cybersecurity policy across federal agencies.

“The role of cyber coordinator will end,” Christine Samuelian, an aide to Bolton, reportedly said in the email to NSC staffers.

Citing a quote from Alexander Hamilton in Federalist No. 70, Samuelian said “eliminating another layer of bureaucracy delivers greater ‘decision, activity, secrecy and dispatch.’”

Rob Joyce, the latest official to hold this position, left last week, joining a handful of other national security officials who have left the White House.

Source: Trump administration eliminates top cyber post | TheHill

Trump administration preparing to hold immigrant children on military bases | The Washington Post


According to an email notification sent to Pentagon staffers, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will make site visits at four military installations in Texas and Arkansas during the next two weeks to evaluate their suitability to shelter children.

The bases would be used for minors under 18 who arrive at the border without an adult relative or after the government has separated them from their parents.

HHS is the government agency responsible for providing minors with foster care until another adult relative can assume custody.

Source: Trump administration preparing to hold immigrant children on military bases – The Washington Post

Warner vote clears path for Haspel confirmation | TheHill

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner (Va.), announced Tuesday that he will support Gina Haspel to lead the CIA, all but ensuring that she has the votes to be confirmed.

“I acknowledge that this has been a difficult decision,” Warner said in a statement. “I have been frank with Ms. Haspel that I wish she had been more open with the American public during this process.”

Source: Warner vote clears path for Haspel confirmation | TheHill

US allies fret about losing Iran business | TheHill


Countries like the United Kingdom, France and Germany took advantage of the Obama-era nuclear deal to forge business ties with Iran, seizing the opportunity to sell to the country’s large and growing middle class.

But once sanctions are reimposed, those companies could be at risk of losing access to the U.S. market and its financial system if they continue to do business with Iran.

“The aftershocks of President Trump’s announcement are really being felt around the world,” said Andrew Keller, a partner at Hogan Lovells who helped craft the Iran deal’s sanctions relief provisions as a deputy assistant secretary at the Obama State Department.

Source: US allies fret about losing Iran business | TheHill

Nothing says ‘peace’ like 58 dead Palestinians | The Washington Post

Because nothing says “peace” like 58 Palestinians killed, 2,700 wounded, renewed hostilities between Iran and Israel, the entire region aflame and U.S. allies reeling.

Kushner, who reminded the audience that he’s in charge of Trump’s “efforts to bring peace,” used his remarks to denounce the Palestinians.

The move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv could have been a moment of unity and brotherhood.

Instead, as with most everything Trump touches, it became a symbol of division and bitterness.

It could have been the capstone of a peace deal, as Republican and Democratic administrations alike had hoped. Instead, it all but dashed hope for a two-state solution.

Source: Nothing says ‘peace’ like 58 dead Palestinians – The Washington Post