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◆ The world’s leaders gather for annual UN General Assembly in NY
Comment: World leaders use the gathering for break-out meetings, one on one. There are several dangerous issues on the agenda, beginning with North Korea, but also including Iran, Russia, and, as the fighting in Syria ebbs, the return of many battle-hardened Islamic fighters to Europe.
The arrests are part of a major manhunt for the perpetrators of Friday’s attack. Police had previously arrested an 18-year-old suspect in the departure area of the port of Dover on Saturday. Dover is major port town about 80 miles southeast of London. –CNN
Comment: One particularly sad part of this attack is that some of the suspects are Syrian refugees who were taken in by a well-meaning elderly couple in the London area, a couple honored by Queen for their humanitarian work. Their kindness appears to have been repaid by a vicious attack on the country that welcomed them.
The protest became violent when demonstrators blocked roads and resisted efforts to disperse them by riot police, mounted officers and water cannon.
“Eight rioters who used violence against police were arrested,” a police statement said in Hebrew. –Daily Mail
Basic background: The ultra-orthodox were originally a tiny fraction of the Israeli population and were given a special exemption from serving in the military (so they could study full-time). That exemption became increasingly controversial as the percentage of ultra-orthodox increased, mainly because of their higher birthrate.
◆ High-tech hatred: Google and Facebook allowed advertisers to target racists and anti-Semites by offering them keywords to target people making those noxious searches (Jerusalem Post)
The companies said they have now corrected those issues, but the paper’s check showed some still remain.
Comment: I’m sure this was an inadvertent error, inevitable when algorithms automatically generate millions of keywords. The firms have done the right thing in trying to correct it.
According to US intelligence sources, it may be too late to stop the imports.
Comment: She strongly implies that only military options are now left.
◆ US may close embassy in Cuba over its sonic attacks on our diplomats (New York Times)
The Trump administration has already reversed crucial pieces of what President Trump has called a “terrible and misguided deal” with Cuba that was struck during the Obama administration, but closing the embassy would be the most dramatic action yet to return the relationship to its Cold War deep freeze. –New York Times
Trump: Putin said Russia didn’t do it. I accepted this.
Trump: We must work closely with Russia. (on Cyber Security, too?)
Trump in Warsaw: We will defend the West against threats from an expansive Russia.
Nikki Haley: We know it was the Russians. Everyone knows it was the Russians.
Nikki Haley: We don’t trust Russia, never will.
Trump: US and Russia agree not to meddle in each others domestic affairs.
Tillerson: Russia must restore Ukraine territory.
Comment: Well, thanks. That clarifies things.
There are not only too many hands on the driver’s wheel, there’s no clear sense of where this car is going.
Strategic ambiguity is fine–as long as the ambiguity is in their head, not yours.
Hat tip to Michael Lipson