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Acid attack on 4 female tourists in France not being treated as terrorist attack

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France Acid Attack

The woman was mentally ill. That’s the story from Marseilles, France, after a 41-year-old French woman attacked four 20-something female Boston College students with cleaner containing hydrochloric acid. Immediately following the attack, the woman displayed photos of her own acid burns. Early reports indicate there were no cries of “Allahu Akbar” or other actions associated with terrorism.

The problem here is that media and law enforcement, particularly in Europe, are so hesitant to call any crime an act of terror until the evidence is so overwhelming they have no way of covering it up. This does appear to be an exception based upon the information we’re given; it appears that this was just a woman committing a violent crime as a result of her mental illness. We will continue to monitor the story for changes.

As for the victims, two were hit in the face and two were hit in the legs. All four were treated at a local hospital.

Perspectives

Four U.S. Tourists Attacked With Acid in France, Official Says | Philippe Sotto, Bloomberg

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-17/urgent-official-4-us-tourists-attacked-with-acid-in-marseilleThe Paris prosecutor’s office said earlier Sunday that its counter-terrorism division had decided for the time being not to assume jurisdiction for investigating the attack. The prosecutor’s office in the capital, which has responsibility for all terror-related cases in France, did not explain the reasoning behind the decision.

4 American women attacked with acid at French train station

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/4-american-women-attacked-with-acid-at-french-train-station/article/2634702A 41-year-old woman was arrested in connection with the attack. Two of the female tourists suffered facial injuries from the incident, which occurred at the Saint Charles train station. One of the women may have an eye injury, a spokeswoman for the Marseille prosecutor’s office told the Associated Press.

Four American Tourists Attacked With Acid In Marseilles Train Station, Suspect Arrested | Zero Hedge

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-09-17/four-american-tourists-attacked-acid-marseilles-train-station-suspect-arrestedTwo of the tourists were injured in the face in the attack in the city’s main Saint Charles train station and one of them has a possible eye injury, a spokeswoman for the Marseille prosecutor’s office said.  All four of the tourists, who are in their 20s, have been hospitalized, two of them for shock. She said a 41 -year-old female suspect has been arrested.

Four female U.S. tourists targeted by ACID ATTACK in France! | SooperMexican, The Right Scoop

http://therightscoop.com/four-female-u-s-tourists-targeted-by-acid-attack-in-france/I wouldn’t jump to conclusions here – unfortunately, acid attacks are now being used by European natives in an obscene and horrifying act of cultural appropriation. ON the other hand, authorities often put off declaring terrorist motives until they absolutely cannot escape admitting it….

 

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Caspian Sea deal prompted by pressure on Iran

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Caspian Sea deal prompted by pressure on Iran

It was supposed to be the deal that never came to be. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the Caspian Sea has been hotly disputed by 2, then 3, then 5 countries claiming rights to its resource-rich seabed and sturgeon-filled waters. Oil, natural gas, and caviar-producing fish are abundant, making it one of the most coveted landlocked bodies of water in the world.

Suddenly, a deal has apparently been reached.

Caspian Sea: Five countries sign deal to end dispute

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-45162282Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan – all bordering the Caspian Sea – have agreed in principle on how to divide it up.

Their leaders signed the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea in the Kazakh city of Aktau on Sunday.

What changed? Why all of a sudden did Iran, the biggest roadblock in reaching a deal because they have the smallest coastline on the Caspian, have a change of heart and push the deal forward? The answer can be found in recent sanctions from the United States and a chance that others may sanction them as well.

Despite denials, Iran is in a deepening economic crisis. Little is known about how deep it really is, but they are feeling the heat and likely did not properly save the massive amounts of money released to them by the last U.S. administration. Now, they need friends and fresh commerce to mitigate the damage.

Russia knows this and are behind the scenes giving Iran just enough aid to stay afloat. They will exert as much control over the situation in the Middle East as they can and a desperate Iran is just the in they need. They’ve been partners in Syria until recently. Now, they have the upper hand.

While news of the Caspian Sea deal will go unnoticed by most, it’s a pretty big deal. It gets Iran a boost they need even if it’s not the deal they wanted. It also lets Russia creep closer and closer to being a real power in the Middle East.

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Trump expects Harley to lose money on his behalf one way or the other

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Trump expects Harley to lose money on his behalf one way or the other

American motorcycle motorcycle manufacturer Harley Davidson is in a tough spot. Tariffs imposed from Europe against imported motorcycles in response to President Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum have forced Harley to consider moving some production to Europe to avoid the tariffs. It’s a fair response, but the President is having none of it.

He has ratcheted up calls to boycott Harley over the potential move.

It’s imperative for President Trump’s reelection that these tariffs work. If they have the expected effect of bringing some jobs back while pushing others away, then they will be painted by the media as a failure. He knows this and therefore must do everything he can to keep jobs in America even if it means painting one of the most beloved American companies as the bad guys.

Trump backs boycott of Harley Davidson in steel tariff dispute

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-harley-davidson-tariffs-trump/trump-backs-boycott-of-harley-davidson-in-steel-tariff-dispute-idUSKBN1KX0J9The Wisconsin-based motorcycle manufacturer announced a plan earlier this year to move production of motorcycles for the European Union from the United States to its overseas facilities to avoid the tariffs imposed by the trading bloc in retaliation for Trump’s duties on steel and aluminum imports.

In response, Trump has criticized Harley Davidson, calling for higher, targeted taxes and threatening to lure foreign producers to the United States to increase competition.

My Take

What does he expect them to do? They will lose tens of millions of dollars if they continue to try to export motorcycles to Europe. They will lose even more if they stop selling motorcycles in Europe. If they try to mitigate the damage by moving some operations to Europe, the President wants them to lose money as a result. This, too, will likely result in cuts to the workforce.

In other words, President Trump will make certain Harley Davidson, an iconic American company, loses money and cuts American jobs no matter which direction they go. If he has an alternative for them that does not hurt Americans, I’m sure they’re all ears.

Most tariffs are bad in the 21st century. It’s impractical to believe we can maintain our supremacy as the world’s consumer if we continue to slap tariffs on some of our best trading partners. He either lacks the understanding of how this all works or has chosen to ignore the facts for the sake of spinning it for votes when his term concludes.

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Omarosa releases recording of her firing, looks worse as a result

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Omarosa releases recording of her firing looks worse as a result

When the headline came across the wire that Omarosa Manigault-Newman released a secret recording of her firing, most expected it to have some dirt on Chief of Staff John Kelly or even President Trump. It definitely had dirt. Unfortunately for her, it was all on her.

The goal of releasing the tape was allegedly to clear her name of reports she stormed through the White House setting off alarms and had to be removed physically by the Secret Service. It was a story that most probably forgot about until now. Then, it was revealed in the tape that she was fired over serious “integrity issues.”

Here’s the important portion of the video.

Even leftist journalist Chuck Todd had to point out there’s nothing out of the ordinary with a Chief of Staff running the staff, as they’re supposed to do.

 

One portion the media is latching onto for headlines is her claim that President Trump is “mentally declined.”

This will likely help her sell more books, of course. But the cost to her own reputation is making it difficult to believe this was a good move in the long term. NY Post columnist Karol Markowicz summed the whole Omarosa ordeal up nicely in one Tweet:

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