World AM News Briefs For Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Good Morning Australia!! - Trump is about to profoundly threaten what peace is left in the Middle East - Russia is banned from the upcoming Winter Olympics - Weird political drama on the rooftops of Kiev - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
The International Olympic Committee is banning Russia from the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, just about two months away. This comes after an investigation led by former Swiss President Samuel Schmid found evidence of "the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system". The new findings support past allegations and evidence of the Kremlin's involvement in cheating international athletics. The IOC says, "This should draw a line under this damaging episode," although Russia athletes who can prove they are clean will be allowed to compete under a neutral flag.
White House infestation Donald Trump called Middle East leaders to inform them he has decided to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which will be a blow to Palestinians who claim East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. If Trump goes through with this, it would deliver a campaign promise that's been on the wish lists of Israeli hardliners and US evangelicals for years. It's already threatening to realign traditional relationships and the overall balance of power: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan went on TV to address the White House directly: "Mr Trump," he said, "Jerusalem is a red line for Muslims," adding, "We could go as far as cutting diplomatic ties with Israel over the issue." Jordan's King Abdullah told the orange clown that moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem would have "dangerous repercussions on the stability and security of the region".
Trump is reportedly weighing a plan to create a private espionage service answerable only to him and CIA directly Mike Pompeo, which would spy on the FBI and CIA and more than a dozen other US intelligence agencies in search of signs of "disloyalty". This vile and wholly unconstitutional idea was brought to the orange clown from Erik Prince, the rich boy from Michigan who founded the Blackwater mercenary company that caused so much trouble in the Iraq War (without achieving ANY American goals in that debacle). Oh, and Iran-Contra figure Oliver North is also involved, if you like 1980s trivia. It's based on the distrust that Trump and cronies have to what they call "the deep state" - career diplomats, military leaders, and intelligence officials who stop these ass clowns from nuking things at will.
One more orange clown story: US Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller has ordered Deutsche Bank to turn over all of its records of all transactions linked to Donald Trump. The bank, heavily backed by Russia, was the only institution in the world to extend credit to Trump's business interests after his credibility had run dry in the years before the 2016 presidential election. Deutsche Bank wouldn't directly comment on the story other than to say it "takes its legal obligations seriously and remains committed to co-operating with authorized investigations into this matter".
Supporters of former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili rushed police and freed him from a police van in Kiev, Ukraine. Saakashvili had earlier fled to the roof of his apartment in the Ukraine capital to avoid cops when they came to arrest him for allegedly assisting a criminal organization to overthrow the government. Check this out:
Once free of the cops, an angry Saakashvili led his supporters in a march to the Ukraine Parliament to demand the removal of President Petro Porochenko, a former ally whom he accuses of corruption. Saakashvili was once the darling of Washington, London, and Brussels - a westward-looking, pro-market leader in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia on the eastern shore of the Black Sea. He left that country in 2013 and Porochenko hired him to tackle corruption in Odessa; the two had a falling odd, and Saakashvili is technically stateless, although he clearly has supporters in Ukraine. Weird.
United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein