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|Why Iran Wants to Get Bombed ||Boxer Dadashev dies from Friday fight injuries |
Rarely has a foreign country seemed so eager to get bombed by the United States as Iran does right now.In its latest provocation, Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday. It wasn’t a subtle operation. Revolutionary Guard forces rappelled onto the tanker from a helicopter, and if you have any doubt, it was all captured on videotape.The act raised the stakes in the regime’s confrontation with the West. After the last round, when the Iranians shot down a U.S. drone, President Trump ordered a retaliatory strike that he abruptly cancelled, citing his fears of disproportionate casualties. Our natural instinct would be to hit Iran hard for its depredations and to establish a deterrent against such attacks before they get worse. But in this case, Iran clearly wants to provoke a reaction, which suggests the administration’s more cautious, “rope-a-dope” approach may be the right one.Skeptics doubted that the administration’s unilateral sanctions could truly bite after the nuclear deal opened Iran for business with Europe. They were wrong. The oil embargo and banking sanctions, imposed after Trump pulled out of the deal, have been cratering the Iranian economy. The regime’s aggressions are an attempt to find a way out of the economic punishment.The mullahs hope to exploit daylight between the Europeans and the United States (although poking the British won’t advance that goal) and to send a message to the White House that its pressure campaign doesn’t come without costs. Tehran also has begun breaching nuclear limits imposed under the Iran deal, another front in an effort to spook the West into rallying around the Iran deal and convincing Trump to relent.What to do now? The administration should obviously render whatever assistance the British may request. It should continue to send more forces into the region as a message of resolve, and to work with allies to better secure shipping in the Strait. It should ratchet up the pressure campaign against Tehran, and revoke the remaining waivers that allow the Europeans to cooperate with Iran’s purportedly peaceful nuclear program.It is quite possible that Iran considers its provocations a prelude to another nuclear negotiation. For his part, Trump continues to dangle the prospects of talks, even blessing diplomatic outreach by Senator Rand Paul. But the regime has a strong incentive to try to wait Trump out and hope the election of a pro-deal Democrat delivers what it wants without any more trouble. Perhaps the Iranians believe that Trump getting embroiled in a conflict advances that goal. Regardless, they obviously want to escape from the box that they are in, and Trump shouldn’t let them.
| Maxim Dadashev died as a result of injuries he suffered during Friday's fight. |
|Kim Jong-un inspects new submarine as North Korea sends message to US ||Lawyer: Peterson in debt, trusted wrong people |
Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, has inspected a new submarine, potentially signalling continued development of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) programme. North Korean state media has released images of Mr Kim admiring the submarine in a covered fabrication building. The reports have not identified the location of the facility, but satellite images in recent months have shown the construction of new facilities at the Sinpo South Shipyard, on the east coast, and components being stockpiled nearby. The Korean Central News Agency reported that Mr Kim expressed “great satisfaction” after being informed to the vessel’s capabilities, and that it will “perform its duties in the operational waters of the East Sea of Korea, and its operational deployment is near at hand”. The North Korean dictator also “stressed the need to steadily and reliably increase the national defence capability” through the development of naval weapons. The release of the photographs coincides with the arrival in Tokyo of John Bolton, the US national security adviser, and is likely to be a signal to Washington that Pyongyang is continuing to develop its military capabilities in the face of international sanctions. “It’s a typical North Korean tactic; to talk tough and to show that they are not intimidated by the US, that they don’t care that Bolton is in the region and that they are going to continue to take a hard line,” said Robert Dujarric, a professor of international relations at the Tokyo Campus of Temple University. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits a submarine factory in an undisclosed location, North Korea Credit: Reuters “The other message that they are sending is that if the US does not hurry up and do a deal soon, then the North will have even more weapons and an even better military capability”, he said. North Korea has a large submarine fleet but only one known experimental submarine capable of carrying a ballistic missile. North Korea has made rapid progress in the submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) programme and in 2016, after a few years of development, successfully test-fired a ballistic missile from a submarine, while pursuing an intercontinental ballistic missile programme (ICBM). Talks on the denuclearisation of North Korea have stalled since the collapse of the Hanoi summit in February. Washington says it is committed to the complete, verifiable and irreversible elimination of the North’s nuclear weapons capabilities and insists that sanctions will stay in place until that happens. Pyongyang is standing firm in its demand for the lifting of sanctions in return for phased moves towards denuclearisation - a tactic that some believe will enable the North to ultimately avoid abolishing its nuclear arsenal. Lance Gatling, a Tokyo-based military analyst, said that while it is impossible to state categorically based on the photos that this is the North’s first submarine built specifically to deliver nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, that fact that it is in an “enclosed facility to frustrate overhead reconnaissance” indicates that the regime is trying to keep it away from prying eyes. “They have gone to a tremendous amount of effort and expense to build this thing and to keep it hidden and the only way that we are going to find out exactly what it is will be when they have to bring it out to start doing sea trials”, he told The Telegraph. Experts have expressed concern in the past about North Korea deploying a submarine that is capable of traversing the Pacific ocean and threatening the continental US with ballistic missiles, although Mr Gatling is confident that US and Japanese forces are devoting a lot of time to assessing the new vessel’s capabilities and will be able to monitor its movements very closely if it ever ventures outside North Korean waters. Analysts said that based on the apparent size of the new submarine it appears designed to eventually carry missiles. "We can clearly see that it is a massive submarine - much larger than the existing one that’s been well known since 2014," Ankit Panda, senior fellow at the US-based Federation of American Scientists, told Reuters. "What I find significant about the political messaging here is that this is the first time since a February 2018 military parade that he has inspected a military system clearly designed to carry and deliver nuclear weapons." "I take that as an ominous signal that we should be taking Kim Jong-un’s end-of-year deadline for the implementation of a change in US policy with the utmost seriousness."
| Redskins running back Adrian Peterson is deep in debt to creditors, according to a report, after "trusting the wrong people and being taken advantage of," his lawyer said. |
|Venezuela Says Widespread Power Outage Caused by Electromagnetic Attack ||Dodgers to renovate stadium, add Koufax statue |
(Bloomberg) -- The lights are returning for millions in Venezuela after a major power failure knocked out electricity to about two-thirds of the country on Monday afternoon.The incident, which the government said was caused by an “attack,” was reminiscent of another failure in March which dragged on for as long as 10 days in some areas and prompted Nicolas Maduro’s administration to begin power rationing outside of the capital city Caracas to normalize the grid.Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said that school and work activities would be suspended on Tuesday in order to keep power demand lower and state-run electricity company Corpoelec said that service had been restored to all of Caracas, with work still to be done in other states nationwide.Maduro and his government have insisted that the country’s electrical problems are a product of sabotage and sophisticated attacks by the U.S. and local opposition who are seeking to remove him, while industry experts and critics point to a lack of investment and maintenance.Opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has claimed to be the legitimate leader of Venezuela and is recognized as such by more than 50 countries following Maduro’s dubious re-election in 2018, said he’ll take to the streets on Tuesday to rally people against the government.“They tried to hide the tragedy with rationing across the country but their failure is evident,” he wrote in a post on Twitter. “They destroyed the electric system and they don’t have any response.”Power failures in March cut into Venezuela’s already flagging oil production, with output falling to zero in some areas for several days. Electricity was cut off at joint venture crude operations involving Petroleos de Venezuela SA, Chevron and Rosneft on Monday afternoon in the east of the country, according to two people with knowledge of the situation who aren’t authorized to speak publicly on the issue. PDVSA, as the state producer is known, didn’t reply to a request for comment.Since the crippling blackout in March, the government has been rationing electricity in more than 20 states, excluding Caracas from the restriction to avoid spurring protests. Still, for many the only assurance is trying to buy a generator in preparation for the next failure.On Monday, crowds of Venezuelans packed the Caracas sidewalks as shops and restaurants closed. Many trekked home after the buses provided by the city’s transit system filled up and with the subway system closed. Amid Internet disruptions, drivers parked along the city’s highways seeking a signal from cell phone tower.“The only thing that matters to me is getting home as soon as possible to avoid getting robbed,” said Julio Penalver, a 52-year-old handyman as he walked home to Petare, the large area of slums in eastern Caracas.To contact the reporters on this story: Alex Vasquez in Caracas Office at firstname.lastname@example.org;Fabiola Zerpa in Caracas Office at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Patricia Laya at firstname.lastname@example.org, Jose Orozco, Robert JamesonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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|7 striking photos show how massive the Puerto Rico protests really are ||Indians 'thankful' boy, 3, escaped serious injury |
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has been deep in controversy over leaked text messages containing misogynistic and homophobic language.
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|Sorry, Al Franken: 7 senators regret pushing Franken to resign, as new reporting casts doubt on key allegation ||DWI charges for Gooden; 2nd arrest in 2 months |
Seven of former Sen. Al Franken's Democratic colleagues now say they regret calling on him to resign in 2017 before a full investigation was completed.
| Former Cy Young Award winner Dwight Gooden has been charged with DWI, his second arrest in two months. |
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