Acting Defense Secretary Shanahan tells top Pentagon officials his focus will be ‘China China China.’ [Link]
Kim Jong-un travels to China and meets with President Xi. [Link]
China’s president calls for reunification of China and Taiwan. Taiwan’s president calls for international support of Taiwanese independence. [Link]
Eric Margolis on the increasing tensions between the US and China. [Link]
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warns Iran against launching rockets into space. Pompeo claims Iran launching rockets into space is the violation of a UN Security Council resolution. Iran denies this is a violation. [Link]
John Bolton hires Iran hawk Richard Goldberg to the National Security Council.
Anti-Tank Guided Missiles are increasingly in the hands of terrorist and insurgent groups. The ATGMs are a threat to US forces. [Link]
Israeli police clash with Israeli settlers protesting a court order evicting them from their settlement. 23 Israeli police and three settlers were injured. [Link]
Saudi prosecutors will seek the death penalty for five suspects in the Khashoggi murder. [Link]
Al-Qaeda linked Syrian rebels capture 20 towns and villages from Turkish backed Syrian rebels. [Link]
Saudi backed forces are attacking Houthi forces east of Sanaa. Saudi is giving air support to the attackers. The Yemeni government claims 15 Houthi were killed in the attack. [Link]
Gareth Porter writes on the possible rapid end to the war in Yemen. [Link]
AFRICOM claims a US airstrike killed ten militants in Somalia. [Link]
A Somali district police chief was murdered. [Link]
The US carried out at least 46 airstrikes in Somalia during 2018. [Link]
The Pentagon is planning to scale back in Somalia. The Pentagon plans to remove some special operation forces from Somalia. Under the Pentagon plan, the CIA would take over calling in airstrikes. The plan reflects the Pentagon’s assessment that al-Shabaab is not a direct threat to the US. [Link]
Trump deploys 80 troops to Gabon in preparation for unrest in the Congo. [Link] The Democratic Republic of the Congo delays the announcement of the results of last week’s presidential election. [Link]
A coup attempt in Gabon was defeated. Two of the plotters were killed, and seven were arrested. [Link]
US News Bernie Sanders drops out of the presidential race. [Link] Los Angeles requires people to wear masks when shopping. [Link] The US will seize all personal protective equipment that someone attempts to export. [Link] Hospitals are accusing the federal government...
US News DHS announces the implementation of the REAL ID Act will be delayed by a year to October 2021. [Link] The Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly resigns. Modly fired the captain of the USS T Roosevelt last week. Then, Modly addressed the ship slamming its...
US News The US daily output dropped 29% since the first week of March. [Link] The Secretary of the Navy gave a speech to the crew of the USS T Roosevelt slamming the recently fired captain of the ship. The secretary is receiving a lot of backlash and calls to resign....
US News The FDA will allow medical staff in the US to use Chinese made KN-95 respirators. The respirators are an alternative to the N-95s. [Link] Trump invokes the Defense Production Act to prevent 3M from exporting respirators. [Link] The fired Captain of the USS T...
US News Over 6.6 Americans filed for unemployment this week. That is nearly double last week’s record-setting number. New York City police are arresting people for failing to social distance. Once arrested, they are put in a holding cell with dozens of other people....
US News The US will allow the sailors on the USS T Roosevelt to quarantine sick sailors in Guam. The Captain of the aircraft carrier wrote a letter warning about a catastrophic situation on the ship as he was unable to stop the spread of coronavirus. [Link] Trump...