–Monday December 4th 2023— —Here are 3 big things you need to know— One — National Security Council spokesman John Kirby says it's unclear when talks aimed at resuming a truce between Israel and Hamas will restart. Appearing on NBC's Meet the Press, Kirby said the U.S. is working hard to try to get both sides back to the table. He also admitted that he honestly just doesn't know if negotiators can get something moving. Two— Gas prices in Michigan are up four-cents a gallon in the past week. Triple-A Michigan says the average price is now three-dollars-20-cents a gallon, 19-cents lower than last month and down 26-cents from last year. The state's highest price is in Jackson at three-28, and Benton Harbor's three-17 is the lowest average in the state. And number three — College football has announced its top four schools that will battle for a national title. Michigan, Washington, Texas and Alabama were selected by the Playoff committee on Sunday. Top-ranked Michigan faces Number-four Alabama in the Rose Bowl in the semifinal round, while second-ranked Washington takes on Number-three Texas in the Sugar Bowl.
This is the web version of Foreign Exchanges, but did you know you can get it delivered right to your inbox? Sign up today:TODAY IN HISTORYDecember 2, 1805: At the Battle of Austerlitz, Napoleon wins what was arguably his greatest victory against a larger joint Russian-Austrian army. The Allies suffered 36,000 dead/wounded/captured compared with only 9000 for the French. The French victory was so complete that not only did it end the War of the Third Coalition, it allowed Napoleon to create the Confederation of the Rhine among the German states that had become French clients. Emperor Francis II was then forced to dissolve the Holy Roman Empire, which had been in existence continuously since 962 and traced its origins back to Charlemagne's coronation as “emperor of the Romans” in 800.December 2, 1942: Enrico Fermi and his team create the first self-sustaining nuclear reaction at “Chicago Pile-1,” a rudimentary reactor built under the campus of the University of Chicago. This was the first milestone achievement for the Manhattan Project in its race to build a nuclear bomb before Nazi Germany.December 3, 1971: The Pakistani military undertakes preemptive airstrikes against several Indian military installations, beginning the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, itself the final phase of the Bangladesh Liberation War. India was preparing to enter the war on Bangladesh's side anyway, so when I say these strikes were “preemptive” I am not using that term in the phony, George W. Bush “hey they might attack us someday, you never know” sense of the term. The war, to put it mildly, was a complete disaster for the Pakistanis, who were forced to surrender a scant 13 days later and had to give up their claims on “East Pakistan” (Bangladesh) while suffering around a third of their military killed, wounded, or captured. In one of Henry Kissinger's more notorious acts, the Nixon administration opted to support Pakistan despite evidence of its armed forces committing major atrocities against Bangladeshi civilians.December 3, 1984: A Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, spews toxic methyl isocyanate gas overnight, resulting in the deaths of between 3800 and 16,000 people and causing injury to at least 558,000 more. Union Carbide maintains that the leak was caused by deliberate sabotage, though Indian courts subsequently found several officials at the plant guilty of negligence. The “Bhopal Disaster” remains one of the worst industrial catastrophes in history and its adverse effects are still being felt by people in that region to the present day.MIDDLE EASTISRAEL-PALESTINEThe Israeli military (IDF) was advancing on the southern Gazan city of Khan Younis on Sunday, with Hamas officials and residents both reporting indications of nearby fighting and the IDF later confirming that it has sent ground forces into southern Gaza. The IDF has been ordering civilians to evacuate the eastern reaches of Khan Younis, and of course it's posted a helpful interactive map on its website that warns civilians of imminent danger provided those civilians have reliable internet access and haven't lost their special IDF secret decoder rings. Residents of Khan Younis will likely move further south to Rafah, though that city is also under heavy IDF bombardment so it's not really safe either. Israeli officials say the IDF struck more than 400 targets over the weekend, and the official Gazan death toll had risen at last check to 15,523. The real death toll may be substantially higher, given the likelihood of bodies that haven't yet been recovered and the closure of most of the hospitals that were handling casualties.Elsewhere:* Aid shipments into Gaza have resumed. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society says that 100 truckloads of aid entered the territory from Egypt on Saturday and I believe the aim was to bring in a similar number of trucks on Sunday though I have not seen any information yet as to whether that was accomplished.* The Biden administration may be “pressing” Israel and Hamas to resume negotiations, as White House spokes-ghoul John Kirby told NBC on Sunday, but there's no indication it's having any success. After the ceasefire collapsed on Friday the Israeli government recalled its Mossad negotiators from Qatar, and for Hamas's part the Islamist group's political wing has sworn off any future prisoner swaps “until the war ends.”* The administration is continuing to send large quantities of ordinance to the IDF, including massive “bunker buster” bombs. So any claim that it's really pushing the Israeli government to negotiate a ceasefire or even demonstrate greater discernment in its bombardments really doesn't hold up terribly well.* Israel Hayom is reporting that “key figures” in the US Congress have been shown the text of a “new initiative” that would condition future US aid to Egypt, Iraq, Turkey, and Yemen (all of which it identified as “Arab states,” which would be news to the Turks) on the willingness of governments in those four states to enable the ethnic cleansing of Gaza by taking in refugees. That same outlet has also reported (in Hebrew, so here's a summary from Ryan Grim) that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked Minister of Strategic Planning Ron Dermer to put together a plan to “thin the population in Gaza to a minimum,” which if nothing else is an incredible euphemism. The Biden administration has rejected any forced and/or permanent relocation of Gazan civilians, a point that Vice President Kamala Harris reiterated during her visit to the COP28 climate summit in Dubai over the weekend. But it perhaps could be sold on the idea of a “voluntary” (in quotes because in reality it would be anything but) evacuation that is characterized as temporary even if there's no real intention to ever let the evacuees return.* The Guardian says its reporting has confirmed the findings of that bombshell +972 Magazine piece from a few days ago, which reported that the IDF has been using an AI system called “Habsora” (“The Gospel”) to identify targets under a process that's been likened to a “mass assassination factory.” The system is producing targets faster than the IDF can attack them, including private homes where the likelihood of civilian casualties is high. Israeli officials are apparently insisting that the AI is programmed to minimize civilian risk, an assertion that cannot be squared with the high number of civilian casualties incurred so far in this conflict.* Israeli settler mobs attacked two West Bank villages in separate incidents on Saturday, killing at least one Palestinian in one of those attacks. The human rights organization Yesh Din says it's catalogued some 225 settler attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank since October 7, resulting in at least nine deaths.* On a somewhat related note, one of the people killed in last Thursday's shooting in East Jerusalem turns out to have been an Israeli civilian who shot and killed the two Hamas attackers and then was mistakenly gunned down by Israeli soldiers. Video footage apparently shows the man disarming, kneeling, and opening his shirt to demonstrate to the soldiers that he was not a threat, but one of them killed him anyway. The incident has raised issues regarding the trigger happiness of Israeli security forces and the wisdom of the Israeli government's armed vigilante program, which in addition to risking civilian Palestinian deaths also risks more “friendly fire” shootings like this one.* The Washington Post published a story this weekend about the hasty evacuation of al-Nasr Children's Hospital in northern Gaza last month. Without going into some of the grislier details, the staff was forced to evacuate by the IDF and left behind four premature infants who likely would not have survived relocation. They say Israeli officials told them the infants would be taken out in Red Cross ambulances but apparently they were left to die and, eventually, decompose. Reporters discovered their remains during the ceasefire. Israeli officials insist that they never ordered al-Nasr's evacuation and have questioned the veracity of the story, despite video evidence and a recording of a phone call that the IDF itself released in which an Israeli official appears to acknowledge the need to rescue patients from the facility. The Red Cross says it never agreed to assist the evacuation and that conditions in northern Gaza would have made it impossible for its personnel to get to al-Nasr to retrieve the infants.* I mention the al-Nasr story because it strikes me as especially galling. In general I'm trying not to focus heavily on individual atrocities or allegations of atrocities in compiling these newsletters—there would be no space for anything else otherwise. I hope readers don't mistake that for apathy about any of these stories, going back to and including the atrocities committed/allegedly committed by Gazan militants on October 7 (I know cases of sexual violence have been receiving heavy coverage of late). I feel my role here is to try to provide an overview and for me that means keeping some distance from specific events. I'm sure I don't do that consistently but it is my aim.SYRIAAccording to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, that Saturday morning Israeli missile attack in the vicinity of Damascus killed at least two of its personnel who were in Syria on an “advisory” mission. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the strikes killed two Syrians who were affiliated with Hezbollah as well as two foreigners, presumably these IRGC members, while wounding five other people.YEMENHouthi rebels in northern Yemen fired a barrage of missiles and drones at ships in the Red Sea on Sunday. The group damaged three commercial ships and also fired at least three drones at the US naval destroyer USS Carney, which shot the projectiles down. There's no indication of any casualties and two of the vessels reported only minor damage (I'm unsure as to the status of the third). I would not be surprising if the US military were to retaliate against the Houthis in the near future, and there is a genuine risk that this could lead to a full-blown resumption of the Yemen war—though of course that would require Saudi Arabia's involvement.IRAQIraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shiaʿ al-Sudani reportedly told US Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a phone conversation on Saturday that Baghdad does not appreciate the US military carrying out attacks on Iraqi soil. The US attacked two Iraqi militia-linked targets on November 22 (during this newsletter's holiday pause), “killing nine pro-Iran fighters” in retaliation for attacks against US personnel according to AFP. Those attacks tapered off during the Gaza ceasefire, but as we know that ceasefire is no longer operative.On Sunday, US forces carried out a drone strike on a militia target in Iraq's Kirkuk province, killing at least five people and wounding five more. There was initially no indication as to responsibility (though one didn't exactly have to be Sherlock Holmes to solve this caper), but the US military later confirmed that it was responsible and characterized the strike as preempting “an imminent threat.”ASIAPAKISTANUnspecified gunmen attacked a bus in northern Pakistan's Gilgit-Baltistan region late Saturday, killing at least nine people and injuring at least 26 others. The bus driver was among those killed, along with the driver of a truck with which the bus collided. There's been no claim of responsibility and the main body of the Pakistani Taliban has taken the rare step of denying any involvement.PHILIPPINESA bombing targeting a Catholic mass killed at least four people and left several others wounded on the campus of Mindanao State University in the southern Philippine city of Marawi on Sunday. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack via Telegram. The previous day, the Philippine military said its forces killed at least 11 jihadist militants in nearby Maguindanao province in an attack targeting “suspected leaders and armed followers of the Dawla Islamiyah [i.e. ‘Islamic State'] and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters” to borrow the AP's verbiage. I don't know whether Sunday's bombing was planned in advance or was intended as a direct retaliation for Saturday's incident.AFRICAGUINEA-BISSAUThe president of Guinea-Bissau, Umaro Sissoco Embaló, characterized Thursday night's gun battle between elements of the National Guard and his Presidential Palace Battalion as an “attempted coup” in comments to reporters on Saturday. Embaló had been out of the country attending the COP28 summit when the incident took place and said it had delayed his return to Bissau. National Guard commander Victor Tchongo is now in government custody, but Embaló appeared to suggest that there were other coup plotters behind Tchongo and said he would open an investigation into the incident on Monday. The National Guard is part of the Interior Ministry, which AFP says is “dominated” by the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAICG). That party, which won June's parliamentary election and now controls the government, is opposed to Embaló.BURKINA FASOThe military governments of Burkina Faso and Niger announced on Saturday that they are both withdrawing from the G5 Sahel regional counterinsurgency force. That group was formed in 2014 with the aim of pooling resources to battle the various jihadist groups that were threatening Sahelian governments. It began deploying joint forces a couple of years later, but as you might already have concluded it's had minimal impact on the region's jihadist crisis. Mali's ruling junta quit last year, so of the original five member states only Mauritania and Nigeria still remain.ETHIOPIAOfficials in Ethiopia's Oromian regional government have accused the rebel Oromo Liberation Army of killing at least 36 civilians in attacks on three villages that took place on November 24 and 27. The OLA apparently hasn't commented and there's no confirmation of the government claim, but the alleged attacks took place not long after another round of peace talks between the OLA and Ethiopian government broke down, so it's conceivable the group decided to lash out in that moment. The OLA was formed as the military wing of the Oromo Liberation Front in the 1970s but broke away from the group's political leadership when the latter reached a peace accord with the Ethiopian government in 2018. It frequently attacks non-Oromo communities in Oromia, though authorities have only said that the victims of these attacks were Orthodox Christians without reference to ethnicity.EUROPEUKRAINERussian military operations in eastern Ukraine may have hit a couple of speed bumps over the weekend. For one thing, reports that emerged on Friday suggesting that the Russians had seized the town of Maryinka, southwest of the city of Donetsk, appear to have been a bit premature. Ukrainian forces are reportedly still in control of some parts of the town, including a coking plant, though that may change in relatively short order of course. Elsewhere, the Ukrainian military claimed on Saturday that Russian attacks on the city of Avdiivka had completely ceased for a full day. That too could change in a hurry, and indeed may already have changed by the time you read this, but it suggests the Russians were at least regrouping after spending the previous several days in what seemed like intense fighting to try to take the city.The Ukrainian government says it's investigating a claim that Russian soldiers summarily executed two surrendering Ukrainian military personnel. Details are minimal but there's a video of this alleged incident circulating on social media. Needless to say, intentionally killing surrendering soldiers is a war crime.FRANCEA knife-wielding attacker killed one German tourist and wounded two other people near Paris's Eiffel Tower late Saturday. The attacker is a French national who was on a French government “watch list,” had apparently pledged allegiance to Islamic State, and was also “known for having psychiatric disorders” according to Reuters. He cited the conflict in Gaza, among other triggers, to police after his arrest.AMERICASBRAZILBrazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said on Sunday that he has no intention of bringing Brazil into full membership in the OPEC+ bloc and would stick to “observer” status only, one day after he somewhat incoherently told reporters that he wanted to join the group of major oil producing nations to try to encourage them to stop producing oil. OPEC+ extended a membership offer to Brazil on Thursday, which I gather has raised some eyebrows given Lula's stated commitment to combating climate change. Brazil's state-owned oil company, Petrobras, is continuing to pursue new oil exploration, also despite Lula's climate change position, though he says his aim is to invest oil profits in non-fossil fuel energy alternatives (and to encourage OPEC+ nations to do likewise). Oil remains the cause of, and solution to, all of humanity's problems.VENEZUELAVenezuelans, or at least the ones who participated, apparently voted overwhelmingly in Sunday's referendum to support their country's territorial claim on western Guyana's Essequibo region. Election officials said that the vote was 95 percent in favor for all of its five clauses—the most contentious of which was a question about whether or not to declare Essequibo a new Venezuelan state and extend citizenship to its residents—though there's not much insight as to turnout. There's no indication that the Venezuelan government is planning any imminent steps to try to actualize its claim on Essequibo but the referendum has nevertheless caused some consternation in Guyana and internationally.UNITED STATESFinally, HuffPost's Akbar Shahid Ahmed offers some welcome reassurance that the worst Middle East “expert” in Washington is still central to the Biden administration's regional policy:Four men in Washington shape America's policy in the Middle East. Three are obvious: President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan. The fourth is less well-known, despite his huge sway over the other three ― and despite his determination to keep championing policies that many see as fueling bloodshed in Gaza and beyond.His name is Brett McGurk. He's the White House coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, and he's one of the most powerful people in U.S. national security.McGurk crafts the options that Biden considers on issues from negotiations with Israel to weapon sales for Saudi Arabia. He controls whether global affairs experts within the government ― including more experienced staff at the Pentagon and the State Department ― can have any impact, and he decides which outside voices have access to White House decision-making conversations. His knack for increasing his influence is the envy of other Beltway operators. And he has a clear vision of how he thinks American interests should be advanced, regarding human rights concerns as secondary at best, according to current and former colleagues and close observers.Indeed, even though McGurk has spent nearly 20 years giving bad advice about the Middle East to a succession of US presidents—and even though his fixation on Saudi-Israeli normalization at Palestinian expense may have helped trigger the October 7 attacks—his influence today appears to be greater than it's ever been. I'm sure that makes all of us feel a little better.Thanks for reading! Foreign Exchanges is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber. This is a public episode. If you'd like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.foreignexchanges.news/subscribe
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On today's podcast: 1) As the truce between Israel and Hamas enters its final 24 hours, negotiators from Qatar, Egypt and the US are pressing for an extension to try to secure the release of additional captives and avert a resumption of a war that erupted almost two months ago. 2) Charles Munger, the alter ego, sidekick and foil to Warren Buffett for almost 60 years as they transformed Berkshire Hathaway Inc. from a failing textile maker into an empire, has died. He was 99. 3) Billionaire investor Bill Ackman is betting the Federal Reserve will begin cutting interest rates sooner than markets are predicting. Full transcript: Good morning. I'm Nathan Hager and I'm Karen Moscow. Here are the stories we're following today. We begin with the war in the Middle East. This is the final day of an extended six day ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. The Palestinian group handed over a dozen more hostages last night, ten Israelis and two citizens of Thailand. White House National Security spokesman John Kirby says he hopes the ceasefire can be extended so more Americans can be freed. I don't want to I'll give you a handicap here on this or bet nods. I can just tell you that we want to see all the hostages out. The way to do that is these pauses. My White House spokesman John Kirby spoke with reporters outside Air Force one CIA director Bill Burns is and caught her for talks about extending the ceasefire. Secretary of State Anthony Blincoln will be back in Israel later this week, and in a post on ex President Biden called for an end of the fighting. He says Hamas fears nothing more than Israelis and Palestinians living side by side in peace and now Nathan the financial world. EA is mourning and remembering the life of Charlie Munger. Munger, who helped build Berkshire Hathaway with Warren Buffett, died yesterday at the age of ninety nine, and we have more with Bloomberg's John Tucker, John and Karen with wit, wisdom and one liners. Charlie Munger served as Warren Buffett's alter ego, often telling it with brutal honesty what wouldn't work. Munger was known for steering Buffett away from purchasing what Buffett called cigar butts mediocre companies had a puff of smoke left and could be bought for very cheap prices, and instead favoring quality. A lawyer by training, Monger recalled how he was steered toward investing when I met Warren. He immediately started telling me how much better his way of making a living was than mine, and that I was too smart to stay in such a silly businesses law practice when I could go into his business of running an investment partnership. And it took me about two or three years to realize he was right. His death, Lee's Buffett without his law time sounding board for investors, maybe his most enduring legacy is Berkshire's performance under their management. Berkshire average an annual gain of twenty percent from nineteen sixty five through twenty twenty two. I'm John Tucker, Bloomberg Radio. All right, John, thanks, of course. Charlie Munger is also going to be remembered for his roles as straight man and scold of corporate excesses at Berkshire's annual meetings in Omaha. Bloomberg Intelligence Senior analyst Matthew Pallasola remembers Monger's special relationship with Warren Buffett. They're recalling individual meetings that they had, you know, forty fifty years ago, and Bussett is forgetting a couple of things, and Munger's reminding him of, well, this guy said that, and we said this, and we made this much money in these meetings. I mean it was, you know, truly a partnership for all of that time. And their interaction was just amazing. They would finished each other sentences, and Bloomberg Intelligence Senior analyst Matthew Pallasola there. Charlie Munger died yesterday at a hospital in California. He was a longtime resident of Los Angeles. Well Nathan, we turn to the market, specifically the economy now and billionaire investor Bill Ackman, who's betting the Federal Reserve will begin cutting interest rates sooner than markets are predicting. I think there's a risk of a hard landing if the FED doesn't start cutting rates, you know, pretty soon. So I think the market expects sometime middle of next year. I think it's more likely, probably as early as key one and Bill Lackman added that he's not convinced the US economy is headed for a soft landing. The billionaire investor made the comments in an upcoming episode of The David Rubinstein Show. Here to Beer Conversations on Bloomberg Television. Well Karen Bill Ackman's comments come as two of the fed's most hawkish rate setter signal they could be comfortable holding rates steady for now. Here's what FED Governor Christopher Waller told the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. I am increasingly confident the policy is currently well positioned to slow the economy and get inflation back to two percent. Chris Waller's view as echoed by a fellow FED governor, Michelle Bowman, who said she remains willing to support great hikes if inflation progress stalls, but she did stop short of endorsing an increase next month. Well. In Washington, Nathan, the House of Representatives may be voting on whether to expel George Santos today or tomorrow, and Bloomberg's Ed Baxter has that story. Motions in the House have been formally introduced, saying ethics findings violate the accepted policies of the body. Now, many of those members who voted against the first one November one, are saying they will vote to expel now, and Santos has responded saying the body is just theater. I went to San Diego last week. It is terrible, terrible. That's what we should be putting our energy on, not on censuring one another, expelling one another, which hunts against the political class. Nobody cares. Congress has forty eight hours to act under the resolution. Ed Baxter Bloomberg Radio, Okay and thank you. President Biden won't be there, but Vice President Kamala Harris this is attending the COP twenty eighth Climate Summit in Dubai. We get details from Bloomberg's Amy Morris. Harris will join Secretary of State Anthony Blincoln and other US officials at the two week event that begins tomorrow. She is expected to address the summit this week. Formal negotiations at COP twenty eight will center on the response to warnings that countries are falling short and cutting their emissions, and possible commitments to phase down fossil fuels in Washington, Amy Morris, Bloomberg Radio. All Right, Amy, thanks for the Incorporate news and a surprise memo. Jack ma urged Ali Baba Group to correct course civilionaire call for fundamental change across the company he co founded decades ago. Ma has mostly stayed away from day to day operations since twenty twenty, and Ali Baba wants China's best candidate to become a trillion dollar company is trading at a fraction of its peak in twenty twenty. Time now for a look at some of the other stories making news around the world. For that, we're joined by Bloomberg's Amy Morris. Good morning, Good morning, Karen. Congressional negotiators are reportedly ready to drop plans to use the annual defense policy build of Titan controls on US investment in Chinese technology. Sourses tell Bloomberg that House Financial Services Chairman Patrick McHenry is effectively blocking a measure that would require firms to notify the government about certain investments in China and other countries of concern. The Biden administration meanwhile getting pushedback from auto dealers on those mandates for switching over to electric vehicle production. Bloomberg's Nancy Llons has that part of the story. The mandate calls for two out of every three vehicles sold in the US by twenty thirty two be battery electric, but nearly four thousand auto dealers, who are calling themselves EV Voice of the Customer say most car buyers, even with incentives, are disinterested in the technology due to the higher cost, the lack of charging stations, and the loss of driving range and hot and cold weather. The dealers are asking President Biden to slow down and let the battery technology and infrastructure improve before forcing EV purchases. The White House says the proposed standards are not a mandate and do not ban gas vehicles in Washington, Nancy Lyons Bloomberg Radio Republican Congressman Anthony Disposedesposito made a motion on the House floor to force a vote on House Ethics Committee Chairman Michael Guests resolution that would expel Congressman George Santos. Minutes later, Santos took to the House floor himself to defiantly say he will not resign. Are we to now assume that one is no longer innocent until proven guilty, and they are in fact guilty until proven innocent, Or are we now to simply assume that because somebody doesn't like you, they get to throw you out of your job. The House Ethics Committee report alleged Santos used campaign cash to pay for personal expenses. He's also facing federal charges. A US military Osprey aircraft carrying eight people as crashed into the sea off southern Japan. The Japanese Coast Guard is heading to the site for search and rescue operations. Host Guard official says they don't have details yet about what happened to the osprey nor to the people on board. He says the Coastguard received an emergency call from a fishing boat near the crash site off Yakushima. The osprey was believed to be heading to Okinawa. Global News twenty four hours a day and whenever you want it with Bloomberg News Now. I'm Maybe Morris and this is Bloomberg Karen. All right, Amy, thank you well. We do bring you news throughout the day right here on Bloomberg Radio. As Amy said, but now you can get the latest news on demand whenever you want it. You can just subscribe to Bloomberg News Now to get the latest headlines at the click of a button. Get informed on your schedule. You can listen and subscribe to Bloomberg News Now on the Bloomberg Business app, Bloomberg dot Com plus Apple, Spotify, and anywhere else you get your podcasts. Time now for the Bloomberg Sports Update, here's John stash Hour John Darren. The NBA started this season with an in season tournament to drum up some interest early in the regular season, taking a page out of what you see in European soccer. Last night they determined which eight teams are advancing to the knockout round next Monday. In the East, Boston will play at Indiana, and then on Tuesday it's the Knicks in Milwaukee. Monday in the West, New Orleans and Sacramento, followed the night later by Phoenix at the Lakers. The winners will advance in the semifinals December seventh in Las Vegas, with the championship on December ninth. Minnesota Timberwolves have the best wrecker in the West. They won last night. They're thirteen to four. They're not advancing, but the Knicks are. They beat Charlotte one fifteen to ninety one. The Celtics moving on. They're eight to zero. At home, they beat the Bulls one, twenty four to ninety seven. Jalen Brown scored thirty. Milwaukee got thirty three from Jannis on to the compo in a one to thirty one to one twenty four win at Miami College Hoops and the sec ACC Challenge the SEC one four, including twelfth rank Kentucky beating eighth rank Miami ninety five to seventy three. We heard from the College Football Playoff Committee. Time we'll hear from them will be Sunday with the final four announcing who's going to be in the playoffs. Georgia's rank number one. Michigan, with the big win over Ohio State, moves up to second. Everyone moves up a spot. Washington now third, Florida State fourth, Oregon fifth. Washington plays Oregon on Friday for the pac twelve Championship Ohio State. With the loss dropped the sixth John Stasheward Bloomberg Sports from coast to coast, from New York to San Francisco, Boston to Washington, DC, nationwide on siriusxam, the Bloomberg Business app in Bloomberg dot com. This is Bloomberg day Break. Good morning. I'm Nathan Hager. On this final day of an extended six day ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian militant group is handing over more hostages and pressure is building on both sides to see if this pause in the fighting can be extended even further. For the very latest, let's go to Tel Aviv and check in with bloom Israel Bureau chief Ethan Bronner. Ethan, it's good to have you back with us. What are the prospects that we could see this ceasefire extended beyond today? Hey, Nathan, I think the prospects are pretty good. I think that both sides have been comfortable with this pause, they would like it to extend. I think it's a breather for Hamas, it's a breezer for the Israeli defense forces, and also it allows more humanitarian aid to get into those in great need who are suffering from hunger and the outbreak of disease in Gaza. And of course it's bringing back to Israel hostages. So the deal is, you know, ten hostages a day, another day of a ceasefire, and it seems like that could go on at least two more days. Will it be a ceasefire or could it be a resolution to this conflict? We've seen commentary from President Biden himself one of his latest posts on the social platform X saying that Hamas fears nothing more than Israelis and Palestinians living side by side. To continue down the path of terror, violence, killing and war is something we can't do. Is pressure building to end this war? It is? And that was an interesting tweet. I don't know if you still call it a tweet. An interesting post on X by the President which suggests that he is slightly moving away from a full embrace of an Israeli continuation of the war. I think it's a little hard to tell. The Israelis very much want to destroy Hamas, and they believe they can, and they believe they must take this opportunity to do so. They believe that they want to get as many hostages out as possible and then go back into war. It is clearly the case with the President and many many people abroad think that the war has should stop. Too many people have died, too much suffering has occurred. And I think that politically President Biden is worried. He's also facing internal dissent in his own administration. But you know, it could also be that they sort of thread this needle in the way that allows the Israelis to go ahead in some days time, but in a way that is more targeted, there's less civilian death, and that allows them to declare a victory. We shall see. Are we seeing that play out in the thinking among Israeli officials leaders in Israel that we could see a more targeted approach and what would that look like? Yeah, and what would that look like is a great question. We are it's very very hard at the moment to get any transparency on what the next military phase will look like. When you ask, you're told, sorry, pal, we're not sharing it with you. But it is clear from public statements and also from pressure from Washington, that they have to reduce them the kind of bombardment that began in these first weeks of this. This is now almost an eight week conflict, and it is clear that they want to go after the leaders of Hamas and it's military infrastructure. They are saying that they've killed about five thousand Hamas guys. They were saying there were about thirty thousand of them, So you know, from their perspective, they've made progress, but they've hardly gotten everything they need. Now, what would it mean to go in a more targeted way. You're going to have two million people sort of crowded into the southern part of Gaza. I don't know how you're going to go get underground there without killing people. So I don't know how they're going to do it, but that's clearly something the Americans are demanding of them before they let this go forward. What do we know about the hostage releases that are expected today, Well, we know that these rulis have been given another list of ten. Again, only women and children have been and gate involved in these exchanges so far, and I expect there'll be more women and children in the next day or two. Then the question is would they get to some men, some soldiers and that's I think a more difficult thing. So far, it's been three Israeli three prisoners Palston prisoners for each hostage. That may have to change. Yeah, we do know that there have been talks underway and caught her with the CIA director Bill Burns to potentially get that ceasefire and hostage deal extended beyond women and children, something else for us to follow. And no, we will be doing that as well. Ethan Bronner, thank you so much for being with us this morning. Ethan Bronner, Israel bureau chief for Bloomberg News, joining us this morning from Tel Aviv. And now we want to bring you our conversation with the founder and CEO of Pershing Square Capital, Bill Ackman. He says the Fed's going to cut rates sooner than many of us expect. Bill Ackman joined Bloomberg's David Rubinstein for peer to peer conversations. They discuss the FED, the outlook for the US economy, and the twenty twenty four presidential elections. So let's bring you part of that conversation right now. I do think the economy is weakening. We're seeing evidence of that in some of our companies. You're seeing I have some concerns. There's been a huge subsidy in terms of low interest rates and companies. Most companies fix their rates or their debt at very low rates, and certainly real estate investors did the same. And that works until it doesn't work, And so I think we're what's going to be interesting is to see what happens when people get have to reprice their debt, and I think that can have sort of a cliff like effect, and you're certainly seeing that in real estate now. The markets are assuming, and the markets are not always right, but the markets are assuming that there's going to be a FED discount cut sometime next year. As we talk now just about the end of November. It's not clear what the Fed will do. But some people say that the Fed, if they were to cut interest rates next year year, would help the Democrats and therefore be seen as very political. The other hand, some people say the Fed can't wait till after the election because the economy might need a stimulus. So you have a view on what the Fed is likely to do. I think they're gonna cut rates, and you know, I think they're gonna cut rates sooner than people expect, because you know, what's happening is the real rate of interest ultimately, which is what impacts the economy, keeps increasing as inflation declines. Right, So if the FED keeps rates in the sort of middle fives and inflation is you know, trending below three percent or you know, that's a very high real rate of interest, and I think that is having a sort of retarding effect on the economy. And then of course, again you know, many businesses and certainly many individuals have the benefit of fixed rate debt, and that fixed rate debt, certainly for companies and for commercial real estate, starts to roll off. So I think there's a risk of a hard landing if the FED doesn't start cutting rates, you know, pretty soon. So you know, I think the market expects sometime middle of next year. I think it's more likely probably as early as key one by its own and miss and the FED probably missed inflation initially they said it was transitory, but they played catch up and they've increased rates considerably since that time. Do you think the FED made a mistake in not handling inflation differently at the beginning, And how do you think they've done since they started increasing interest rates? They certainly made a mistake. I mean, I think they would have FED generally as an institution, would admit that. I think that they caught up and effectively. So you give them credit for acknowledging the mistake and being pretty aggressive. And then I think, you know, you want to make sure that they're you know, German Powell's desire not to have a legacy of causing or contributing to long term inflation, doesn't, you know, cause them to make the opposite mistake, I mean, keep rates too high for too long, and I think the market expectation is you know, called it middle of next year, July something like this for the beginnings of easing. I think the economy will likely demand an earlier move. And I don't think of the FED as a or at least this FED, a particularly political institution. I think they're really trying to do the right thing. President Biden has called his economic program biden Nomics, which has met some derision in Republican circles. You've been an active supporter of Democrats, I think more than Republicans. Is that right? I would say historically I have you know, I would say today I certainly consider myself and have for years now a centrist, okay, and I'm much more open to Republican candidates that I am to re electing President Biden. So I you know, you would say otherwise. You know, again, I want to elect the best leader of the country, whether that person is a Republican or a Democrat. But you haven't publicly said you're supporting President Trump if he's the nominee. Ye. I've been supportive of you know, I've been supportive of Nikki Haley. I've been supportive of Chris Christy, I know, the vag Ramswani and I was, you know, pre his launch of his candidacy, I was, uh, you know, supportive of his having a young, smart, talented, uh you know, business leader as a next president. He's just been a little too far off, too far to the right, and also been disappointed a bit with his you know, geopolitics and how he's thinking about dealing with some of the wars that we find ourselves in the midst of today for the economy itself. Do you think it really is going to make a difference if President Trump is if he's the Republican nominee it gets selected, or President Biden is the Democratic nominee he's selected, who either one. Would it make a big difference for the economy in the next year or so if either one is the president or the economy is going to do what it's going to do. You know, I do think leadership matters enormously in everything from the economy to geopolitics, and I hope we're going to have a broader selection than Trump and Biden. There's actually an interesting candidate who just announced his candidacy on the Democratic side that I would say, no one has heard of a congressman named Dean Phillips. You probably have heard of him, may know him. Met with him recently. I was impressed. I think the best I think Biden done a lot of good things, but I think his legacy will not be a good one if he if he is the nominee, I do think the right thing for Biden to do is to step aside and to say he's not going to run and create the opportunity for some competition of alternative Do you think that I think that I think he's past his prime in kind of meaningful way. I think the global security, I would say, and is going to become a very high profile issue for I think the country. I think people are concerned about what's going on in terms of Russia, Ukraine, you know, the Israel Hamas situation. You know, Russia and China are pretty belligerent today. Our relationships are not good. So I think you know, you, I do think of It's a bit like being CEO of a major company. It's a it's a it's a full time job, and you need to be at your you know, you need to be strong, you need to be at your intellectual best. And I don't think Biden is there. This is Bloomberg Daybreak Today, your morning brief on the stories making news from Wall Street to Washington and beyond. Look for us on your podcast feed at six am Eastern each morning, on Apple, Spotify, and anywhere else you get your podcasts. You can also listen live each morning starting at five am Wall Street time on Bloomberg eleven three to zero in New York, Bloomberg ninety nine to one in Washington, Bloomberg one oh six to one in Boston, and Bloomberg ninety sixty in San Francisco. Our flagship New York station is also available on your Amazon Alexa devices. Just say Alexa Play Bloomberg eleven thirty plus. Listen coast to coast on the Bloomberg Business app, seriusxmb iHeartRadio app, and on Bloomberg dot Com. I'm Nathan Hager and I'm Karen Moscow. Join us again tomorrow morning for all the news you need to start your day right here on Bloomberg DaybreakSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
John Kirby and Libby Handros, acclaimed figures in documentary filmmaking, join forces in 'Four Died Trying,' a groundbreaking docuseries premiering on Apple TV+, Amazon Prime, and Google Play on November 22, 2023. Kirby, known for award-winning productions, directs the series, ensuring a compelling narrative that delves into the mysteries surrounding these tragic events. Handros, has over two decades of experience and brings her expertise as a producer.Seven years in the making, the series reexamines the untimely deaths of John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy, challenging established narratives.'Four Died Trying' goes beyond official doctrine, featuring candid interviews that offer fresh insights into the lives and legacies of these iconic figures. Premiering on multiple platforms, the series invites viewers to reevaluate their understanding of these pivotal events, showcasing Kirby and Handros' dedication to impactful storytelling and uncovering hidden truths."Remember to subscribe, rate, and review Eyewitness History.Follow the Show on Social Media!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EyewitnessHistoryTwitter: https://twitter.com/EyewitnessPodThis show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/5351305/advertisement
Today on the Rudy Giuliani Show, Rudy takes us on a history lesson as to why Trump bombed Syria and why exactly John Kirby is a traitor to his country. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Biden apologies to group of Muslim-Americans for doubting Hamas claims. Netanyahu on eliminating Hamas. Hostage negotiations. Fire alarm in NFL RedZone studios. Did Buck watch any football over Thanksgiving weekend? John Kirby, Biden, Joe Scarborough on Israel-Hamas pause, hostage release. Daily Wire releases trailer for "Lady Ballers" with cameos by Clay and Riley Gaines. Buck on Oppenheimer, Clay on Napoleon.Follow Clay & Buck on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/clayandbuckSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Former Israeli Ambassador to the US Danny Ayalon and National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby respond to the agreement for the release of some 50 women and children held captive in Gaza, with hopes of more to follow. With Teisha Bader.
Recorded 11/22/23. Clips used in this week's ep (content warning): Annihilation Choir, State Department employee Stuart Seldowitz, and NSC spokesman John Kirby. Listen to Part 2 of this episode at Patreon: www.patreon.com/trillbillyworkersparty
John Kirby gets angry about the word "genocide" regarding the Israel-Hamas war and states, "This word genocide is getting thrown around in a pretty inappropriate way by lots of different folks. What Hamas wants, make no mistake about it, is genocide." Biden admin officials see proof their strategy is working in the hostage deal.HOSTS: Ana Kasparian (@AnaKasparian)SUBSCRIBE on YOUTUBE: ☞ https://www.youtube.com/user/theyoungturksFACEBOOK: ☞ https://www.facebook.com/theyoungturksTWITTER: ☞ https://www.twitter.com/theyoungturksINSTAGRAM: ☞ https://www.instagram.com/theyoungturksTIKTOK: ☞ https://www.tiktok.com/@theyoungturks
After more than six weeks of heavy fighting, a pause in the battle between Israel and Hamas in Gaza is expected to start soon. That's after the Israeli government approved a deal that includes the release of at least 50 hostages held by Hamas. Nick Schifrin reports and Geoff Bennett discusses the Biden administration's role in negotiations with National Security Council spokesman John Kirby. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders
After more than six weeks of heavy fighting, a pause in the battle between Israel and Hamas in Gaza is expected to start soon. That's after the Israeli government approved a deal that includes the release of at least 50 hostages held by Hamas. Nick Schifrin reports and Geoff Bennett discusses the Biden administration's role in negotiations with National Security Council spokesman John Kirby. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders
Two people are dead after a vehicle crashed into the Rainbow Bridge checkpoint structure and exploded at the U.S.-Canada border in Niagara Falls. National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby discusses what lies ahead following a hostage release deal reached by Israel and Hamas. Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. shares how Americans can honor Native American Heritage Month.
P.M. Edition for Nov. 22. The FBI is investigating an explosion at the Rainbow Bridge, in Niagara Falls. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby says the U.S. wants Israel and Hamas to abide by a hostage deal and four-day pause in fighting. WSJ pharmaceuticals reporter Joseph Walker discusses why a pair of U.S. senators is seeking a federal investigation into the role of health insurers in driving up prices for generic drugs. Sabrina Siddiqui hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
C dans l'air du 21 novembre 2023 - Israël/ Hamas : vers une trêve ? Au 46e jour de la guerre, les pourparlers semblent s'accélérer. "Nous n'avons jamais été aussi proches d'un accord" a déclaré ce mardi le porte-parole du Conseil de sécurité nationale de la Maison-Blanche, John Kirby. Les négociations se trouvent dans la "phase finale" a renchéri dans la journée un représentant du Qatar, médiateur dans ce dossier. "Nous nous approchons d'un accord de trêve" avait également indiqué cette nuit le chef du Hamas, Ismaïl Haniyeh. Alors où en sont les négociations ? Certaines sources évoquent des discussions sur la libération d'une cinquantaine d'otages israéliens et binationaux contre 150 prisonniers palestiniens, de la nourriture, de l'aide médicale, des carburants et la promesse d'une trêve humanitaire de quelques jours. Des libérations qui pourraient s'effectuer par étape à raison de dix otages israéliens contre trente prisonniers palestiniens par jour. Mais tout cela reste, pour l'heure, très incertain. "Il reste du travail. Rien n'est fait tant que tout n'est pas fait", a indiqué John Kirby ce mardi, se montrant prudent. De son côté le gouvernement israélien n'a pas fait de déclarations officielles. Mais le Premier ministre israélien et son cabinet de guerre sont sous pression pour ramener les quelque 240 otages en Israël. "Récupérer nos otages est une tâche sacrée et suprême et je m'y engage", a déclaré Benjamin Netanyahu sur le réseau social X, après avoir rencontré, lundi des familles des otages. "Nous n'arrêterons pas les combats tant que nous n'aurons pas ramené nos otages chez eux, détruit le Hamas et veillé à ce qu'il n'y ait plus de menaces venant de Gaza", a-t-il ajouté. Pour l'heure, côté israélien, il n'est donc pas question d'arrêter l'offensive sur l'enclave palestinienne. L'hôpital indonésien au nord de la bande de Gaza serait toujours au cœur d'affrontements sanglants et les fouilles de Tsahal continue au sein de l'hôpital Al-Shifa, après avoir dit dimanche avoir découvert un tunnel long de 55 mètres utilisé "pour du terrorisme" sous l'établissement. Au Liban, les échanges de tirs entre le Hezbollah et l'armée israélienne sont également quotidiens. Au moins 90 personnes sont mortes depuis le 7 octobre. Un nombre de décès qui augmente aussi en Cisjordanie où la situation est jugée " explosive" par le Haut-Commissaire de l'ONU aux droits de l'homme qui a "sonné l'alarme la plus forte possible" la semaine dernière. Enfin les rebelles Houthis du Yemen continuent de s'impliqué dans le conflit. Après avoir ont lancé plusieurs drones et missiles en direction du territoire israélien depuis le 7 octobre, ils ont capturé dimanche en mer Rouge un navire qui appartiendrait, selon eux, à un homme d'affaires israélien. Un accord sur la libération des otages est-il proche ? Comment se déroulent les négociations ? Qui sont les huit Français disparus ou otages du Hamas ? Que se passe-t-il à Gaza et en Cisjordanie ? Enfin pourquoi les rebelles Houthis du Yémen s'impliquent-ils dans le conflit ? LES EXPERTS : - AGNÈS LEVALLOIS - Spécialiste du Moyen Orient et vice-présidente de l'IREMMO Institut de Recherche et d'Études Méditerranée Moyen-Orient - Alain BAUER - Professeur de criminologie - CNAM, auteur de "La guerre qui revient" - ALAIN PIROT - Journaliste spécialiste des questions de défense, ancien correspondant à Jérusalem - ISABELLE LASSERRE - Correspondante diplomatique - Le Figaro
Worldwide push to end child marriage could take 300 years. Tom Brady is not impressed with the current state of the NFL. NSC's John Kirby is rightly indignant with anti-Israel protestors misusing the word 'genocide'. // NBC cuts ties with journalist arrested by Israel for glorifying Hamas. BBC finally acknowledges terror tunnels under hospital in Gaza. // Seattle Indian Health Board will open a substance abuse treatment center. Resurfacing a William F. Buckley clip where the conservative commentator decried moral equivalence between the Soviet Union and the United States.
John Kirby addresses the phrase "Genocide Joe." Bill Mercer, former play by play announcer and author calls in to talk with Chris and Amy. He was present for Lee Harvey Oswalds murder by Jack Ruby. Mike Schildt has a job in San Diego.
In the 6 AM Hour: GUEST: 6:05 AM - INTERVIEW - SILVIE RIVERA - Real Housewives of WMAL co-founder and our beauty pageant correspondent to recap Miss Universe VIDEO: "White House spokesperson John Kirby hit the nail on the head today Biden marks ‘146th birthday' with flaming cake Jill Biden welcomes Christmas tree to the White House GUEST: 6:35 AM - INTERVIEW - NATALIE COMPTON - Washington Post Travel Reporter Larry shared a story about how his autistic son will be performing at Carnegie Hall tonight. Where to find more about WMAL's morning show: Follow the Show Podcasts on Apple podcasts, Audible and Spotify. Follow WMAL's "O'Connor and Company" on X: @WMALDC, @LarryOConnor, @Jgunlock, @patricepinkfile and @heatherhunterdc. Facebook: WMALDC and Larry O'Connor Instagram: WMALDC Show Website: https://www.wmal.com/oconnor-company/ How to listen live weekdays from 5 to 9 AM: https://www.wmal.com/listenlive/ Episode: Tuesday, November 21, 2023 / 6 AM HourSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Durham College, a public college in Ontario, Canada, has disavowed the pro-Hamas comments of student Sahar Shehadeh. Her viral social media post shared how "very proud" of Hamas she was and how she "would love it" if they attacked Israel again. White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby blasted leftists for claiming that Israel was committing a “genocide” against Palestinians inside Gaza, noting that Hamas was the genocidal entity, not Israel. Former troops are suing the U.S. government for lost pay and benefits due to the Biden administration's military vaccine mandate, one of the lawyers who successfully brought down the Anthrax vaccine told Breitbart News. PayPal quietly closed a Gaza fundraising account benefiting an Israeli-designated terrorist organization after facing pressure from a legal watchdog group, while the credit card processor Stripe launched an internal investigation into the same campaign, the Washington Examiner has learned. Pro-Palestinian protesters descended on the Yale Bowl on Saturday, but a few counter-protesters were also on hand. Though Newsom lacks the power to end capital punishment in California, he could take executive action to commute the sentences of the roughly 700 condemned awaiting execution in in the state—a death row figure that dwarfs those of all other American states. The House Republicans are inching closer to filing articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
On today's podcast: 1) President Joe Biden signed a stopgap bill to extend government funding into early 2024, averting a government shutdown for now but kicking a politically-divisive debate over federal spending into a presidential election year. 2) Gaza's telecommunications services stopped Thursday after providing companies said the fuel used for generators had been depleted, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said. Syria's aerial defenses intercepted some Israeli missiles that were fired against targets in Damascus, state-run Sana news agency reported. 3) Alphabet Inc. Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai said he expects China to be “at the forefront” of artificial intelligence, and said it's important for the US to collaborate with the Asian nation on both regulation and innovation. 4) Embattled New York Republican George Santos announced he will not run for reelection to his seat in the US House. The news came just after the GOP chairman of the House's ethics panel called Thursday for Santos's expulsion following a committee investigation that found “substantial evidence” the New York Republican violated federal criminal laws. 5) Cincinnati Bengals lose QB Joe Burrow with sprained wrist in loss to Baltimore Ravens. Ravens TE Mark Andrews is also injured. Full transcript: Good morning, I'm Nathan Hager and I'm Karen Moscow. Here are the stories we're following today. President Biden has ended the immediate threat of a government shutdown. He has signed a temporary spending bill that extends government funding into early next year. Bloomberg's Amy Morris has the details from Washington. President Biden signed the legislation yesterday while in California for a summit of APEC leaders. The bill maintains existing funding levels and pushes a fight over the federal budget into the new year. When Housublicans say they will push for stiff spending cuts. It splits the deadlines for passing full year appropriations bills into two days January nineteenth for some federal agencies February second for others. This short term package allows lawmakers to regroup over the Thanksgiving holiday while talks continue on spending in policy agreements in Washington. I maye more as Bloomberg Radio, Sorry, Amy, thanks by the stopgap bill does not include funding for Ukraine and Israel. In fact, new usaid for Ukraine risks slipping to mid December and maybe longer, casting doubt on Washington's ability to keep up the flow of weapons that both the Biden administration and the Ukrainian governments say is vital as soon as Congress could complete negotiations and pass new Ukraine assistance his mid December, nearly two months after President Joe Biden first requested sixty one billion dollars for the country in its war against Russia. Well, now, Karen, let's turn to the latest on the war in the Middle East. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Natanyahu is defending his country's raid on the Alshifa Hospital in Gaza City. He says, Israeli troops uncovered a Hamas command center underneath the facility. We had concrete evidence that there were terrorists chieftains and terrests. There are terrorists minions in the hospital, and in fact they fled as our forces approached. They fled. That's why we had no firefight. We entered that hospital with Arabic speaking Israeli doctors with incubators and we had no firefight. But Hamas was using the patients in that hospital as a human shield. Prime Minister n Antanyahu spoke on the CBS Evening News. Meanwhile, the Israeli military says it has taken control of Gaza's harbor. People in the southern city of Conyunis say Israel has dropped leaflets telling them to seek shelter and sirius as it's intercepted some Israeli missiles aimed at targets in Damascus. Well back in the U, asked Nathan. The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation some it is wrapping up in San Francisco, and we're learning more about President Biden's deal with China's Sheshin Ping to crack down on Fentanel. The White House agreed to remove a Chinese organization accused of human rights abuses from its sanctions list change for Beijing's WHO operation about an administration official tells Bloomberg taking the Institute of Forensic Science off the Commerce Department's entity list was the only way for the US to make progress on the Fentandel crisis, and at the APEX Summit, Karen the CEO of Alphabet, said he expects China to be at the cutting edge of artificial intelligence development. Speaking with Bloomberg, Soon Darpshai warned the world's two biggest economies will have to work together on developing a framework for AI. My senses, there is no way you make progress over the long term without China and the US deeply talking to each other on something like AI. So I think that has got to be an integral part of how you make progress. So I think I'm glad to see it, and you know, we have to lay the foundations. The good thing is we are still in early days of the technology. Alphabet CEO Soon Darpuchai's comments come after business titans including Apples, Tim Cook, and Black Rocks Larry Fink, attended dinner with China's president on the sidelines of the APEC summit. Well, Nathan, we're seeing fall out this morning from Elon Musk's endorsement of an anti semitic social media post. A Tesla investor is calling for must to resign, and IBM has now suspended its advertising on X because of the proximity of its ads to Nazi posts. Bloomberg's Ed Baxter has the story. This comes amidst a swirl of controversy surrounding X and Elon Musk. In the past couple of days, watchdog group Media Matters reported out that IBM, Apple Oracle, Exfanity, and Bravo all had a placement. IBM opted off, saying IBM has zero tolerance for hate speech and discrimination. Meanwhile, the White House has reacted to a Musk post so that it says is anti semitic. NC spokesman John Kirby, we certainly abhorror comments that are anti Semitic in tone and certainly don't associate ourselves with the comment. Musk endorsed a post that said the Jewish community pushed hatred toward whites in San Francisco. I'm at Baxter Bloomberg Radio, okay, and thank you. Moving to mark It's now we're watching shares of applied materials in the pre market. They're down more than seven percent. Reuter's is reporting the largest maker of chip making machinery in the country is facing a criminal investigation for allegedly violating export restrictions to China. The report says the Justice Departments looking at whether Applied Materials sold hundreds of millions of dollars of equipment without the proper licenses. And Nathan, the escalating fight between the US and China, where technological dominance has triggered one of the most stunning reversals of corporate strategy yet. Ali Baba Group has walked back plans to spin off in list it's eleven billion dollar cloud business. Ali Baba shares dropped nine percent yesterday, wiping out more than twenty billion of market value. On the flip side, Karen Watching shares of Gap they are hired by more than eighteen percent. The retailer reported third quarter profit that exceeded forecast. Same store sales fell for a fourth straight quarter, but that decline was less than expected. Stronger results at Old Navy, GAP's biggest brand offset weakness at Athleta and Banana Republic. Crude oil has collapsed into a bear market Nathan. It's down twenty percent from its September high. CRUs run of four straight weekly decline so long as losing streak since May has come despite collective and voluntary supply cuts by the Organization of petroleum exporting Countries and its allies. The losses have also been embedded by the evaporation of an Israel Hamas war risk premium as fears the conflict would expand and disrupt oil supplies have so far not materialized. And it's time now for a look at some other stories making news around the world, and for that we're joined by Bloomberg's Amy Morris. Amy, Good morning, Good morning, Karen. The pressure is building for New York Congressman George Santos to resign or face expulsion. It follows a scathing House Ethics Committee report. Bloomberg's Nancy Lyons has that story. Committee Chairman Michael Guest says the evidence uncovered in the House investigation is more than sufficient to warrant punishment, and he plans to file an expulsion resolution. Wisconsin Republican Congressman Brian stone File tells Bloomberg's sound on the findings are alarming. The illegal actions that are set forward in this report are incredibly concerning. The report alleged Santos used campaign money to pay off his personal bills and to make luxury purchases. Santos responded to the report saying he would not run for reelection in Washington. Nancy lyons Bloomberg Radio and that expulsion resolution Nancy was talking about is expected to be filed by nine o'clock this morning in Washington. A New York appeals court says the gag orders imposed on Donald Trump by the judge in the state's civil fraud trial against him are unconstitutional, and the restrictions were put on hold pending for their arguments. The decision is a major win for Trump, who has publicly lambasted the judge overseeing the case and accused him of frampant bias. This is just one of six trials Trump is facing as he seeks re election. California officials say a section of Interstate ten in Los Angeles that was damaged in a fire last week will reopen earlier then expected. Governor Gavin Newsom's said the mile long stretch of interstate will be open to traffic again weeks ahead of time after the state doubled the crews working on those repairs. One thing we can guarantee you is we will be opened five lanes in both directions at the latest Tuesday of next week. Fire officials say the fire was deliberately set in an arson investigation is ongoing. Secretary of State Antony Blincoln yesterday signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement with the Philippines. At the signing ceremony, Secretary Blincoln said it is part of the US support for clean energy projects there with the Philippines leadership, we're also working together to develop a nuclear energy sector in their country to fuel a reliable, secure, and affordable clean energy future. The agreement allows the US to legally export nuclear equipment and material to the Philippines for peaceful uses. Global news twenty four hours a day and whenever you want it with Bloomberg News Now. I'm Maybe Morris and this is Bloomberg Karen, all right, Amy, thank you well. We do bring you news throughout the day right here on Bloomberg. But now, as Amy said, you can get the latest news on demand whenever you want it. To subscribe to Bloomberg News Now to get the latest headlines of the click of a button. Get informed on your schedule. You can listen and subscribe to Bloomberg News Now on the Bloomberg Business app, Bloomberg dot Com plus apples, Spotify, and anywhere else you get your podcasts. It is time now for the Bloomberg Sports Update, and here's John stash Hour, John Karen. Big game in the AFC North the kickoff week eleven the Bengals and the Ravens. They both had four game industries come to an end this past Sunday. All the More started things off with a seventy five hour touchdown drive. The Ravens then trailed in the second quarters. Edwards in the backfield. Lamarta throw fires down the middle, It's deflected at part, have a reflection Milsan Hagalore twenty fifteen come bo. Heflected for six. Hagle a deflection rave into the end zone Wbal. About a minute a half later, another Lamar Jackson TD passed. The Ravens beat the Bengals thirty four to twenty. Baltimore's eight and three and in first place. Cincinnati is just five and five and in the last place NBA and Miami. They he won their seventh in a row. Jemmy Butler scored thirty six in a win over Brooklyn. Oklahoma City made it five to last six, winning one twenty eight one to nine at Golden State. The Warriors have lost five in a row. They're just one and five at home. They went thirty three at and eight at home. Last year. They rode out the injured Steph Curry and without the suspended Draymond Green. MLB owners approved thirty to nothing in the move of the Oakland A's to Las Vegas, and they waive the relocation fee. The A's will be in Oakland in twenty twenty four, but the plan is to beat a new stadium in Vegas by twenty twenty eight. It's unclear where they might be playing in between. It's the first time an MLB team has moved in Montreal. Expos went to Washington in two thousand and five. Baseball has given the twenty twenty five All Star Game to Atlanta, who had it taken away after that voting law was passed in twenty twenty one. John Stasha our Bloomberg Sport from coast to coast, from New York to San Francisco, Boston to Washington, d C. Nationwide on SYRIASXAM, the Bloomberg Business app, and Bloomberg dot Com. This is Bloomberg daybreak, Good morning, I'm Nathan Hager. China will be at the forefront of artificial intelligence. That's what the CEO of Alphabet soon Dar Pashai, is saying. He says it is important for the US to collaborate with China on both regulation and innovation when it comes to AI. Pieshai, along with executives from Microsoft, City Group and Tesla, have been meeting with Chinese President Shi Jinping and US President Joe Biden at the APEX summit in San Francisco. After those meetings, the Alphabet CEO joined Bloomberg's Emily Chang and told her the world's two biggest economies do need to work together on AI regulation and development. It's not going to be easy, but I would start from this PREMI is that AI will proliferate, So this is not the inherent nature of software. AI advances will get out to in all countries, and so it is naturally the kind of technology. I don't think there's any unilateral safety to be had. We all have a shared incentive to solve for safety. You know, you could have AI go wrong in one country that will impact every other country. So in some ways, it's like climate change. In the planet. We all share a planet. I think that's true for AI. So now that you know that that will be true, I think you have to start building the frameworks globally to make progress. I've seen encouraging progress when the G seven happened in Hiroshima, I think it was a good start. You've seen more progress the Uki summit last week. The administration here, the White House has been leading the way as well, and I saw good encouraging announcements even yesterday for US in China to start having a dialogue on AI, well, that was my next question. Should Chinese regulators be part of this conversation on AI regulation? My sense is there is no way you make progress over the long term without China and the US deeply talking to each other on something like AI. So I think that has got to be an integral part of how you make progress. So I think I'm glad to see it. And you know, we have to lay the foundations. The good thing is we are still in early days of the technology, so laying the foundations now will allow us to work through the tough issues and build a common framework over time. How do you think AI? And obviously the US presidential election coming up as well. How do you think AI is going to further test election integrity? I think you know, over time, it's going to lower the barrier for creating you know, artificial information which may or may not matror what's happening in the real world, right, and that barrier will come down. So in this cat and mouse game, how do we amp up our defenses against that. We are in early stages, right. You know, we were one of the first companies to announce a water marketing technology for image generation. It's called Synthide, done by deep Mind, and we are providing API access to it. But all of us need to tackle it. These are areas where regulation will have to play a role, right. I think governments will have to overtime pass regulations about what is okay for you some of this synthetic content and so, which is why I think you have to think about it together. Open AI CEO Sam Mollman has said repeatedly he wants to know more about what's happening with AI in China. What do you know and what do you not know about where China is on AI. From what I can tell, they're making deep investments in AI. The scale of AI research talent in China. It's just simply astounding to see. So I think, you know, in some ways this question, China is going to be at the forefront of AI, and you know, I think that's a given. And so the question is how do we work over time, both for you know, other countries to make sure you're making progress in AI and over time, how do we develop the frameworks where you know, countries can coexist peacefully in a world in which AI will be you know, everywhere. You know, President Biden actually just said he doesn't see the USD coupling with China, but the world does seem to be on a path to two separate internets. Do we continue in that direction? And what does that mean? It's tough to say. You know, things go through in phases. I think we are definitely in a phase where there are more forces pulling it apart. But you know, inherently these technologies also facilitate easy exchange of information, so I think there are countervailing forces as well, So I think it's tough to predict. I do think information wants to flow freely by nature, So you know, my hope is over time, you know, thanks to couple back again. This is Bloomberg Daybreak today, your morning brief on the stories making news from Wall Street to Washington and beyond. Look for us on your podcast feed at six am Eastern each morning, on Apple, Spotify, and anywhere else you get your podcasts. 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Guests: Yair Rosenberg, Harry Litman, Rep. Veronica Escobar, John KirbyAs antisemitism and hate grow around the country, the dangerous implications of the world's richest man suggesting Jews stoke hatred of white people. Then, will George Santos get bounced from Congress in the wake of today's devastating ethics report? Plus, how the judge in the stolen documents case is once again delaying justice. And Biden National Security spokesman John Kirby on what we know about the Israeli raid on Shifa hospital.
C dans l'air du 15 novembre 2023 - Gaza : l'armée israélienne mène une opération dans l'hôpital Al-Shifa Au quarantième jour de la guerre, tous les regards sont tournés vers l'hôpital Al-Shifa dans le nord de la bande de Gaza. C'est là que l'armée israélienne mène désormais une opération "ciblée" contre le Hamas "dans un secteur spécifique" de l'établissement de santé. Des dizaines de soldats sont entrés cette nuit dans les urgences du complexe hospitalier où dans les sous-sols se trouverait l'entrée du principal tunnel dont l'Etat hébreu pense qu'il rejoint l'un des centres du commandement du Hamas. Ce que dément le mouvement islamiste palestinien. Plus d'un millier de personnes, malades, personnels et civils déplacés par la guerre, se trouveraient encore sur le site de l'hôpital Al-Shifa, encerclé depuis plusieurs jours par l'armée israélienne. Le directeur de l'hôpital, Mohammed Abou Salmiya, a déclaré qu'au moins «179 corps» avaient été enterrés mardi dans une fosse commune. "Il y a des corps qui jonchent les allées du complexe hospitalier et les chambres frigorifiées des morgues ne sont plus alimentées" en électricité, avait raconté à l'AFP le directeur, avant l'opération israélienne dans l'hôpital. Tsahal dit avoir donné "douze heures aux autorités compétentes" pour permettre des évacuations. Mais la direction aurait refusé contrairement à un autre hôpital pour enfants sous lequel l'Etat hébreu a affirmé hier avoir trouvé des tunnels et des traces de la présence d'otages. Pour tenter de se prémunir des critiques, l'armée israélienne a également indiqué disposer sur place "d'équipes médicales et de personnes parlant arabe (…) dans le but qu'aucun tort ne soit causé aux civils utilisés par le Hamas comme boucliers humains". De leurs côtés, les États-Unis accusent aussi le Hamas ainsi que le Djihad islamique d'utiliser l'établissement de santé et "des tunnels situés en dessous, pour soutenir leurs opérations militaires et pour détenir des otage". Néanmoins "nous ne sommes pas favorables à une frappe aérienne contre un hôpital", a déclaré le porte-parole du département de la Défense John Kirby. Les États-Unis s'opposent également à ce qu'il y ait des "échanges de tirs" au sein de de l'hôpital. L'Autorité palestinienne a estimé ce mercredi que l'armée israélienne a "violé de façon flagrante" le droit international. Le président de l'Autorité palestinienne, Mahmoud Abbas, a déclaré dans un discours qu'Israël menait dans la bande de Gaza "une guerre contre l'existence des Palestiniens". Le dirigeant basé à Ramallah, en Cisjordanie occupée, a également évoqué un "génocide" qui "se déroule sous les yeux du monde". Dans un message publié sur X (ex-Twitter), le patron de l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS), le Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, s'est dit "extrêmement inquiet". Le secrétaire général de l'ONU s'est dit lui aussi "très inquiet de la situation horrible et des pertes humaines importantes dans plusieurs hôpitaux à Gaza". "Au nom de l'humanité", il a une nouvelle fois appelé "à un cessez-le-feu humanitaire immédiat". Depuis plusieurs semaines Antonio Guterres demande à Israël de stopper les violations du droit international humanitaire à Gaza et souhaite un cessez-le-feu. Ce qui provoque la colère de l'Etat hébreu qui a demandé sa démission. Le ministre des Affaires étrangères israélien s'en est pris à lui ce mardi affirmant que "Guterres ne mérite pas d'être à la tête des Nations unies". Que se passe-t-il au sein de l'hôpital Al-Shifa dans le nord de la bande de Gaza ? Quelle est la situation dans l'enclave palestinienne ? Pourquoi le secrétaire général des Nations unies, Antonio Guterres, s'est-il attiré les foudres de l'Etat israélien ? LES EXPERTS : - GÉNÉRAL CHRISTOPHE GOMART - Ancien directeur du renseignement militaire, ex-commandant des opérations spéciales - ALAIN BAUER - Professeur au CNAM, auteur de "Au commencement était la guerre" - ISABELLE LASSERRE - Correspondante diplomatique - Le Figaro - MARYSE BURGOT - Grand reporter - France Télévisions DIFFUSION : du lundi au samedi à 17h45 FORMAT : 65 minutes PRÉSENTATION : Caroline Roux - Axel de Tarlé - REDIFFUSION : du lundi au vendredi vers 23h40 PRODUCTION DES PODCASTS: Jean-Christophe Thiéfine RÉALISATION : Nicolas Ferraro, Bruno Piney, Franck Broqua, Alexandre Langeard, Corentin Son, Benoît Lemoine PRODUCTION : France Télévisions / Maximal Productions Retrouvez C DANS L'AIR sur internet & les réseaux : INTERNET : francetv.fr FACEBOOK : https://www.facebook.com/Cdanslairf5 TWITTER : https://twitter.com/cdanslair INSTAGRAM : https://www.instagram.com/cdanslair/
This is the web version of Foreign Exchanges, but did you know you can get it delivered right to your inbox? Sign up today:Friends, for family reasons and also because of my own mental exhaustion I will be taking a longer than usual break from the newsletter for this year's Thanksgiving holiday. The newsletter will be going quiet following Thursday's roundup and will return to our regular schedule on Tuesday, November 28. As I've written before here I can always tell when it's time for me to take a bit of a break from the newsletter and the truth is we probably passed that point around three or four weeks ago so I'm running on fumes. Thanks for reading and for supporting this venture!TODAY IN HISTORYNovember 14, 1965: The Battle of Ia Drang, the first major engagement between the United States and the North Vietnamese Army, begins. It ended on November 18 with both sides claiming victory, though the NVA's ability to fight the much better armed US Army to a draw was a boost to their morale and probably the battle's most important effect.November 14, 2001: Fighters with the Northern Alliance rebel coalition enter and occupy the city of Kabul, marking the end of the US war in Afghanista—just kidding. I had you going there for a second, didn't I?INTERNATIONALWith deaths due to “extreme heat” projected to increase five-fold by 2050, according to The Lancet Countdown, you'll no doubt be pleasantly surprised to learn that an AP investigative report shows that the “green transition plans” being formulated by most major fossil fuel companies are not green, not transitional, and not even really plans. Without any serious government pressure to force them to invest in genuinely renewable technologies, these firms are able to do things like, say, classify natural gas development as a “green” investment. That's absurd, of course, but who's counting?The main problem with these plans has long been, and continues to be, the fact that fossil fuel companies exempt the products they sell when assessing their progress toward “net zero” carbon emissions. Firms only account for “Scope 1” emissions, which are their direct carbon outputs, and “Scope 2” emissions, the indirect output that results from their production process. The emissions that ensue when people burn the products they sell are considered “Scope 3” and energy firms disavow any responsibility for them. Like tobacco companies, they argue that what the customer does with their products is the customer's business, not theirs. Maybe people just want to buy a barrel of oil and place it in their foyer as a conversation piece or put it to some other use that doesn't emit carbon. Who's to say?MIDDLE EASTISRAEL-PALESTINEEarly Wednesday morning Israeli forces began what they called “a precise and targeted operation against Hamas in a specified area in the Shifa hospital” involving “medical teams and Arabic speakers, who have undergone specified training to prepare for this complex and sensitive environment, with the intent that no harm is caused to the civilians.” There are hundreds of patients and thousands of other people who have been trapped in the hospital by the IDF and the chances that “no harm” will come to any of them in the next several hours are probably slim. Israeli officials have been insisting that Hamas's lair is located underneath the hospital but at this point it's too soon to know if that's the target or if this is a more limited operation. This is a developing story so there's not much more I can say about it at this time.What I can say is that the Biden administration gave a green light to this operation earlier in the day, when White House spokesperson John Kirby told reporters that the administration has “independent intelligence” (which is code for “we didn't get this from the IDF”) that “Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad use some hospitals in the Gaza Strip — including Al-Shifa — and tunnels underneath them to conceal and to support their military operations and to hold hostages.” According to Kirby this intelligence shows that the militant groups have a “command and control” center in Shifa and “have stored weapons there.” Kirby insisted that that the administration was not endorsing an Israeli attack on the hospital, but anybody with ears to hear or eyes to read what he said should have no doubt as to what the intent was.I wrote everything below prior to news of the Israeli assault breaking so some of it might no longer be relevant but I think most of it still is:Gazan health authorities said on Tuesday that some 40 patients at Shifa—three of them babies—have died since that facility ran out of generator fuel on Saturday. Without electricity the hospital cannot maintain its incubator units and so there are now 36 newborns who are at critical risk. With the IDF surrounding the hospital it's also become impossible to transfer the dead to a cemetery, so personnel are planning to bury some 120 bodies in a mass grave on site. Gazan officials have proposed evacuating the facility under the auspices of the Red Cross/Red Crescent and sending its remaining patients to Egypt but there had been no movement on that front at time of writing. The Israeli government has apparently offered to send the hospitals more incubators, a fascinating attempt at a humanitarian gesture that would be completely pointless because the problem isn't the incubators, it's the electricity.In other news:* David Ignatius at The Washington Post reported (I use that term loosely) on Monday that “Israel and Hamas are close to a hostage deal.” With the caveat that if David Ignatius told me the sky was blue I'd glance out the window to double check, the terms he reported are that Hamas would release (or facilitate the release) of the women and children that it and other Gazan militant groups took hostage during their October 7 rampage through southern Israel. This would be done in stages and be matched by the release of Palestinian women and children being held by Israeli authorities. It would also involve a ceasefire of unspecified duration but “perhaps five days” according to Ignatius. The ceasefire could allow some time to address humanitarian issues in Gaza though I don't know what that would entail and whatever it was would almost certainly be inadequate.* Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen met with International Committee of the Red Cross President Mirjana Spoljaric Egger on Tuesday and later told reporters that the ICRC has had no access to the aforementioned hostages. It's highly unlikely that the Israelis would agree to anything involving hostages without at least proof of life, so this could be a big sticking point with respect to the potential prisoner deal outlined above. Families of the hostages, meanwhile, are marching from Tel Aviv to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem to pressure him to take some action to secure the hostages' release.* Israeli occupation forces killed at least eight Palestinians in the West Bank on Tuesday, seven of them in Tulkarm. The IDF carried out a drone strike in that city, an occurrence that's still relatively rare in the West Bank though it's certainly become more common over the past year and in particular the past month.* Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich issued a statement on Tuesday endorsing what he laughably termed the “voluntary emigration of Gaza Arabs to countries around the world.” I guess “leave or die” is a choice, right? A couple of Israeli politicians floated this idea on Monday in a Wall Street Journal editorial that was less a serious proposal than a written middle finger to Western critics of the Israeli military campaign. That piece didn't go into extensive detail about what a mass relocation would look like—again, it wasn't meant as a serious proposal—but Smotrich's intent is much easier to guess, and that's the permanent ethnic cleansing of Gaza and the relocation of its population as far away from Israel as possible. Smotrich, whose ministerial brief also includes running the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories office, isn't part of Netanyahu's “war cabinet” but that doesn't mean he's completely lacking in influence.* The US and UK governments on Tuesday announced new sanctions targeting Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad members along with a Lebanese entity that allegedly facilitates money transfers from Iran to Gazan militant groups. This is the third round of sanctions the Biden administration has imposed since October 7. Also on Tuesday, over 400 employees of the Biden administration sent a joint letter to their boss, Joe Biden, expressing opposition to the administration's approach to the Gaza conflict.YEMENHouthi rebels say they fired another barrage of missiles toward Israel on Tuesday. There's no confirmation of this, though the IDF did say that its air defenses downed a single missile near Eilat that we can probably assume was of Houthi provenance. The leader of Yemen's Houthi movement, Abdulmalik al-Houthi, delivered a speech on Tuesday pledging that his rebel fighters would continue attacking Israel. In particular, Houthi suggested that they could target Israeli commercial vessels in the Red Sea, which would certainly be an easier target for them than Israel itself.IRAQA Turkish drone strike killed two people, both allegedly members of the Sinjar Resistance Units militia, in northern Iraq's Nineveh province on Monday evening. The Sinjar militia was formed in 2014 with assistance from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and is still allied with that group, which makes its personnel potential targets for the Turkish military.Elsewhere, the Iraqi Federal Supreme Court removed two members of the Iraqi parliament on Tuesday, one of whom just happened to be speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi. It's not clear why, though another MP named Laith al-Dulaimi had reportedly sued Halbusi alleging that the speaker forged Dulaimi's name on a resignation letter. Dulaimi was, as it happens, the other MP who had his term ended by the court (I assume that's not a coincidence). The ruling created a potential political crisis for Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shiaʿ al-Sudani. As speaker, Halbusi was Iraq's leading Sunni Arab politician, and his support was important to Sudani's government. Three members of his Progress Party quit their cabinet posts after the court ruling and it remains to be seen how that will impact Sudani's position.ASIAAFGHANISTANAfghan Commerce Minister Haji Nooruddin Azizi apparently visited Pakistan this week, where—according to the Afghan government—he pressed Pakistani Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani on the issue of all those Afghan migrants the Pakistani government is presently deporting. Specifically it sounds like Azizi raised the issue of allowing deportees to at least take some of their money and/or possessions to Afghanistan with them. Deportees are currently arriving with nothing and are being housed in what are effectively refugee camps—leaving aside the incongruity of being a “refugee” in one's home country—on the Afghan side of the border.MYANMARReports on Monday only hinted at some new fighting in western Myanmar's Chin state, but as more details are emerging the situation there sounds pretty serious. According to the Chin National Front, rebel fighters had by the end of the day seized two Myanmar military outposts and were working to seize control of the Myanmar-Indian border. According to Indian media the fighting has sent some 2000 people streaming across that border to escape. In neighboring Rakhine state, the rebel Arakan Army has also been seizing military outposts and authorities have imposed a curfew in the state capital, Sittwe, as a result. Rebel factions across Myanmar have launched new offensives in recent weeks, starting with the “1027” (for October 27) operations by the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army and the Ta'ang National Liberation Army in Shan state. Myanmar's ruling junta is clearly struggling to mount a response.CHINAJoe Biden told reporters on Tuesday that his main goal in meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in San Francisco this week is to restore “normal” communications between their governments. In particular this would involve a return to regular military-to-military contacts, something Beijing ended in the wake of former US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan last year. Any prospect of resuming those contacts was complicated by the fact that former Chinese Defense Minister Li Shangfu was under US sanction. But as he's no longer defense minister that complication is no longer an issue.AFRICALIBERIALiberian voters turned out on Tuesday for the second round of that country's presidential election, pitting incumbent George Weah against Joseph Boakai. Both candidates finished with just under 44 percent of the vote in last month's first round. Such a close finish might augur poorly for the incumbent in a head to head matchup, though that's just one of many factors that could sway this vote in either direction. Polls have closed in that contest but I have yet to see anything by way of preliminary or partial results.MALIMali's ruling junta says its security forces have seized control over the northern town of Kidal after battling with rebels in that region for several days. The Malian military and mercenary auxiliaries marched on Kidal after United Nations peacekeepers vacated the region as part of their ongoing withdrawal from Mali. Kidal has been a rebel stronghold since the initial northern Mali uprising in 2012 and government control there has been nebulous at best since then. There's been no comment as far as I know from the rebels and it's unclear what their disposition is at this point.ETHIOPIAAccording to Addis Standard, Fano militia fighters attacked a predominantly Oromo community in Ethiopia's Amhara region last week, killing at least 25 people and displacing some 3000 into the Oromia region. The Fano militia is still battling the Ethiopian government but Amhara paramilitary groups have also made a pastime of preying on ethnic Oromo communities (likewise, Oromo militias have preyed on ethnic Amhara). In this case they apparently demanded grain from the community and attacked after residents refused to comply.On a more upbeat note, the US Agency for International Development is reportedly planning to resume food distribution across Ethiopia next month under a “one-year trial period.” The agency suspended its Ethiopian food program earlier this year amid allegations that the aid was being diverted. It resumed providing food aid to Ethiopian refugees last month and is now planning to spend the next year testing whether procedural changes adopted by aid groups and the Ethiopian government are enough to stop that alleged diversion. Solid data is hard to come by but it's possible that hundreds or thousands of Ethiopians have died because of the decision (which the UN World Food Program joined) to suspend food aid.DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGOThe death toll from Sunday's Allied Democratic Forces attack on a village in the eastern DRC's North Kivu province has risen to 33, according to provincial officials. ADF fighters are also believed to have been responsible for attacking a village in neighboring Ituri province on Tuesday, killing at least 11 people.EUROPERUSSIAVladimir Putin signed a new law on Tuesday that permits elections to be held even in parts of Russia that are under martial law. This apparently clears the way for the portions of Ukraine that Moscow claims to have annexed to participate in next year's presidential election. The effect will be to try to stitch those regions a little more tightly to Russia and complicate any possible return to Ukrainian authority.UKRAINEThe European Union promised back in March to supply the Ukrainian military with 1 million 155 mm artillery shells within 12 months. You'll never guess how that went. German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius told a meeting of EU defense ministers on Tuesday that the bloc isn't going to fulfill its commitment and even went so far as to criticize the fact that it was made in the first place. The will was apparently there, but EU member states still don't have the collective capacity to churn out that many shells that quickly. The effort has apparently sparked a boost in production capacity but not enough to meet the 12 month deadline.SWEDENSweden's NATO accession may be moving slightly forward, as the Turkish parliament's foreign affairs committee will take up the issue on Thursday. It's been about three weeks since Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan submitted Sweden's accession to parliament and it should be clear by now that the folks in Ankara are in no particular hurry to work their way through that process. There may be some impetus on the part of other NATO members to have the issue resolved in time for the alliance foreign ministers summit on November 28, but Erdoğan has proven himself to be fairly impervious to that sort of pressure in the past.AMERICASUNITED STATESFinally, TomDispatch's William Hartung wonders whether the “Arsenal of Democracy” really cares all that much about the “democracy” part:The list of major human rights abusers that receive U.S.-supplied weaponry is long and includes (but isn't faintly limited to) Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Turkey, Nigeria, and the Philippines. Such sales can have devastating human consequences. They also support regimes that all too often destabilize their regions and risk embroiling the United States directly in conflicts.U.S.-supplied arms also far too regularly fall into the hands of Washington's adversaries. As an example consider the way the UAE transferred small arms and armored vehicles produced by American weapons makers to extremist militias in Yemen, with no apparent consequences, even though such acts clearly violated American arms export laws. Sometimes, recipients of such weaponry even end up fighting each other, as when Turkey used U.S.-supplied F-16s in 2019 to bomb U.S.-backed Syrian forces involved in the fight against Islamic State terrorists.Such examples underscore the need to scrutinize U.S. arms exports far more carefully. Instead, the arms industry has promoted an increasingly “streamlined” process of approval of such weapons sales, campaigning for numerous measures that would make it even easier to arm foreign regimes regardless of their human-rights records or support for the interests Washington theoretically promotes. These have included an “Export Control Reform Initiative” heavily promoted by the industry during the Obama and Trump administrations that ended up ensuring a further relaxation of scrutiny over firearms exports. It has, in fact, eased the way for sales that, in the future, could put U.S.-produced weaponry in the hands of tyrants, terrorists, and criminal organizations.Now, the industry is promoting efforts to get weapons out the door ever more quickly through “reforms” to the Foreign Military Sales program in which the Pentagon essentially serves as an arms broker between those weapons corporations and foreign governments.Thanks for reading! 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Live—from the campus of Hillsdale College in beautiful Hillsdale Michigan— this is Scot Bertram in for Steve on the Steve Gruber Show for –Wednesday November 15th 2023— —Here are 3 big things you need to know— Three— A stopgap funding bill has been passed in the House just days before a deadline that would have shut down the government. On Tuesday, the House voted in favor of the Republican plan. The bill now heads to the Senate where Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he would pass it "as soon as possible. Two— Firearm deer hunting season is open today in Michigan. The state Department of Natural Resources says it's expecting fewer hunters this year. Officials say the number of hunters has dropped from over 800-thousand in 2000 to around 550-thousand this year. And number one— The White House says Hamas operates out of several hospitals in Gaza. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters that includes Al-Shifa, the largest hospital in the city. Firefights near that facility have been common the past few days.
John Kirby says the Biden administration doesn't "want to see a re-occupation of Gaza by Israel”. Pro-Hamas protests occur in London. Dana makes a metaphor about Minecraft to people who don't contribute to society. Tim Scott drops out of the presidential race. Greta Thunberg gets interrupted by a protester after she starts rallying for Palestine. The IDF finds Hamas storing weapons in a children's school. The Secret Service protecting Biden's granddaughter, Naomi, opened fire after an attempted carjacking. Is Nikki Haley still running to be Trump's VP? Foreign policy expert Stephen Yates joins us to break down President Xi's trip to California and more.Please visit our great sponsors:Black Rifle Coffeehttps://blackriflecoffee.com/danaChange the lives of Veterans and their families with the Boot Campaign with every purchase of the Ready-to-Drink Coffee!Express VPNhttps://expressvpn.com/danaGo incognito and protect your privacy with 3 extra months FREE.Headrest Safehttps://theheadrestsafe.comUse code DANA for an exclusive $50 off. Hillsdalehttps://danaforhillsdale.comHillsdale College: Developing Minds. Improving Hearts. KelTechttps://KelTecWeapons.comSign up for the KelTec Insider and be the first to know the latest KelTec news. Patriot Mobilehttps://patriotmobile.com/danaGet FREE activation with the offer code DANA. Wise Food Storagehttps://preparewithdana.comSave $50 on your 4-Week Survival Food Kit plus free shipping when you order today!
On this week's episode of 'The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart': Breaking news out of Capitol Hill as Speaker Mike Johnson unveils a convoluted plan to keep the government open, despite a very uncertain fate in a divided Congress. Democratic ranking member on the House Budget Committee Rep. Brendan Boyle shares his thoughts on the proposal. And an update on Israeli forces pushing deeper into Gaza as Prime Minister Netanyahu continues to resist calls for a ceasefire. Rep. Madeleine Dean and Adm. John Kirby join Jonathan Capehart to detail how the U.S. is responding to the escalating international crisis. All that and more on “The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart”.
Ohio passes their abortion amendments, John Kirby takes a hit from a pro-palestinian gaza supporter, and Mike and Massey get into the Vivek demolishing of the GOP, RNC and NBC