Trump recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: reactions from the Arab world

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On Wednesday 6 December Donald Trump declared Jerusalem as capital of Israel, shattering decades of unwavering US neutrality on Jerusalem and triggering the rage of all Palestinians as well as the condemnation of the Arab leaders.

The United Nation and the European Union rejected the declaration and the Hamas leader said it “is a war declaration and opens the gates of hell”, while Netanyahu welcomed Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Protests have erupted in Gaza and some Palestinians burned pictures of President Trump and switched off Christmas lights at Jesus’ traditional birthplace in Bethlehem. At the moment there’s no sign of violence but worries of a new intifada are on the rise.

In the Arab world many leader rejected the Trump’s declaration. In Qatar the Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdurrahman Al-Sani called the decision a ‘death sentence for peace’; Bahrain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a written statement which says the decision threatens the peace process in the Middle East; in Tunisia the Ennahda movement also stressed that the decision is a violation of international decisions and Tunisian labour union said Jerusalem decision a ‘declaration of war’; Algeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also denounced the move and warned the U.S. saying that this is a dangerous step. Similar statements were made by Jordan’s government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani, by Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, by Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri, and the Saudi Arabia’s Royal Council also strongly condemned the decision with a written statement.

However, the announcement wouldn’t destroy the America’s Arab alliances. As Shadi Hamid writes on the Atlantic, “most Arab countries won’t care much about Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital” as “They all share, along with the Trump administration, a near obsession with Iran as the source of the region’s evils”.

Trump’s historic declaration will probably have an impact on Gaza and the nearby regions but it will not be enough to compact all Arabs countries and make them forget the old rivalries in the region.  

 

 

Those 5 disturbing experiments will let you lose trust in any government or institution

Project QKHILLTOP

Project QK-Hilltop was a human experimental program developed by CIA in 1954. The goal of this project, leaded by Dr. Harold Wolff of Cornell University Medical School, was to gain entrance of the human mind and manipulating it. The CIA studied ancient Chinese brainwashing techniques , which they then used to develop new methods of interrogation.

The project, also known as MK-SEARCH or MK-UKTRRA, leads to a series of experiments on humans subjects, at times illegal. CIA was obsessed with mind control and human manipulation and in that period conducted similar experiments, often using drugs such as LSD.

The CIA conducted at the time other two similar projects: Project Artichoke and Operation Midnight Climax.

Electroshock Therapy on Children

From early 1940 to 1953, Dr. Lauretta Bender experimented extensively with electroshock therapy on children who had been diagnosed with “autistic schizophrenia.”  Her experiments, however, didn’t bring the expected results: a child started acting increasingly aggressive and violent after the therapy; another child following five electroshock sessions had become nearly catatonic. Other Bender’s young patients, later in adulthood, reportedly were in and of trouble and prison for a battery of petty and violent crimes (one was convicted in court as a “multiple murderer”).

Lauretta Bender administered electroconvulsive therapy to at least 100 children ranging in age from three years old to 12 years. Her work brought her into contact  with others physicians, some of the working for the CIA’s MK/ULTRA.

In 1960 Bender stared to experiment LSD on children within the Children’s Unit, Creedmoor State Hospital in Queens, New York.

The Monster Study

The Monster Study was conducted in 1939 in Davenport, Iowa on a group of kids at the University of Iowa. The experiment was conducted by the graduate student Mary Tudor under the supervision of Dr. Wendell Johnson, a speech pathologist who wanted to get to the bottom of the underlying cause of stuttering .

Johnson divided 22 children in two groups and gave each group separate speech therapy. One group received positive speech therapy, and the other received negative speech therapy (the groups were mixed in a way that only half in the stuttering group actually had stutters). Many children who received bad therapy retained speech problem for the rest of their life and had psychology problems.

Johnson kept the experiment hidden to the public for years and the University of Iowa apologized for the Monster Study only in 2001.

Tuskegee Syphilis Study

The Tuskegee Syphilis Study involved hundred of poor African-American men. The experiment lasted 40 years, from 1932 to 1972, in Macon County, Alabama. All the subject in the experiment had the syphilis, a sexual transmitted infection, however the doctors didn’t diagnose the real disease. Instead, the men were told they were being treated for “bad blood”, a generic condition which can  be assimilated to syphilis, anemia, and fatigue.

None of the subject was ever treated, even after 1947,  when the penicillin had become the standard treatment for syphilis.

The experiment wanted to observe the natural progress of the disease. President Bill Clinton publicly apologized for the experiment in 1997.

Vanderbilt “Nutrition Study”

The Vanderbilt “nutrition study” was conducted at the Vanderbilt University. The experiment, funded by the U.S. Public Health Service, exposed 820 pregnant women to radioactive iron though the use of “vitamin drinks”. The women were told the drinks would improve the health of their unborn babies, however the cocktail contained radioactive iron. Nobody inform them what the drink really was, nor were they informed that they were part of an experiment.

The researchers,  under the direction of Dr. Paul Hahn, wanted to find out how quickly the radioisotope crossed into the placenta and to study the absorption of iron during pregnancy.

The experiment caused at least seven dead babies from cancers and leukemia, and the women themselves experienced rashes, bruises, anemia, loss of hair and tooth, and cancer.

 

Venezuela crisis: some Venezuelans are playing old video games to survive

venezuela flag

Venezuela is today one of the South America’s rotten economy and the country become a symbol of Latina America’s socialism failure. The currency is worth less than a dime, people are starving and fighting to have basic commodities and essential supplies, young brains continue to expatriate in other countries.

The country is sitting on the larger oil reserves in the world (397 billions barrels), and the Venezuela’s economy rely on oil export too much (oil accounts for about 95% of Venezuela’s export). Oil prices collapsed in late 2014 from $110 per barrels to $45 and reached a $25 low in early 2016, putting Venezuela’s economy under severe stress (Crude oil and Brent are now stable around $55 per barrel, which is still not enough to stop the economic bleeding).

Economic instability and political blockade turned Venezuela into a leaving hell since then. The hyperinflation, which soars above 800 per cent  in October and over 4.000 per cent compared to an year ago, made bolivar worthless and the government interrupted many social programmes, mostly financed through oil’s export revenues.

In a race for survival, Venezuelans need to find alternative ways to cover the family’s basic needs. Some of them are using old video games such as RuneScape or Tibia, where users can trade virtual gold for us dollars or cryptocurrencies, as Bloomberg reports.  Venezuelans gold farmers are becoming so familiar in Venezuela to a point to affect the games’ inflation. The practice, already used in other basket-case economies such as North Korea’s, is usually enough to earn about 2$ per day, more than what they made with their real jobs.

North Korea: radiation contamination is on the rise among North Koreans

North Korea's ballistic missile.

North Korean’s nuclear sites are causing problems to the nearby citizens, as they are spreading a “ghost disease” causing deformations. This is what Korean defectors are saying to the international press.

“So many people died we began calling it ‘ghost disease. We thought we were dying because we were poor and we ate badly. Now we know it was the radiation”, told to NBC News  Lee Jeong Hwa, a defector who was living near a nuclear testing site.

There’s no scientific consensus to support defectors claiming about the nuclear contamination. Lee Jeong Hwa tested negative for radiation, and it’s nearly impossible to prove a direct connection between nuclear testing and other contamination cases.

However, Seoul sources talk about rising problems with the local environment and a rise on babies birth defects.

Kim Jong-un has conducted in six years more tests that during Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung’s regimes combined together, as reported by CNN. Nuclear sites’ satellite images indicate other imminent nuclear tests, while U.S. experts think Pyongyang could conduct a new missile test within days, as reporter by Reuters.

READ ALSO: Making war with North Korea is not a good option

 

Italy: a tornado hits the city of Sanremo (Videos)

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Italy: a tornado hits the city of Sanremo (Videos)

On 1 December a tornado hit the Italian city of Sanremo. The tornado made damages on the coast but it didn’t provoke any victims. Sanremo, famous to host the Sanremo Music Festival, is located in the Liguria region, in Northern Italy.

The  meteorological phenomena lasted just few minutes, yet some people didn’t miss the opportunity to catch it with the smartphone. Below we can see two Youtube videos.

The weather is particularly cold in the Northern regions, with temperatures below the season’s average. Severe weather conditions and extreme meteorological phenomena are increasing on the Italian Peninsula. This last summer the country experienced an unprecedented series of heat waves that made serious damages.

Humanitarian crisis: “If 2017 did not look good, predictions for 2018 are no better”

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“If 2017 did not look good, predictions for 2018 are no better: violence and insecurity are likely to deteriorate in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Ethiopia, Mali, Somalia and Syria next year“. These are the words written by ACAPS director Lars Peter Nissen in a recent report (the full report can be downloaded here).

The ACAPS, a nonprofit organization that supports the global humanitarian sector, published Thursday a report in which examined the humanitarian crisis in 18 countries to “identify likely developments and corresponding needs”.

The forecast for 2018 is alarming. The humanitarian crisis will put security food under pressure in many countries: parts of the population are at risk of famine, especially in Yemen, Nigeria, Congo-Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Much of the humanitarian crisis are concentrated in Africa (Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Sudan, Yemen, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Central African Republic), in Middle East (Palestine, Syria and Iraq) and in Southern Asia (Afghanistan, Myanmar and Bangladesh). In South America the insecurity risks will in increase in Venezuela, due to the economic crisis and political deadlock.

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humanitarian overview
AN ANALYSIS OF KEY CRISES INTO 2018 – Credit: ACAPS

Most humanitarian crises are driven by conflict, with a spread in violence and shifts in tactics this year in several countries”, say the report.

This will put the Europe under pressure, with the immigration flows that are not going to cease towards the Old Continent. The European Union’s countries are divided on the issue, with the political parties more interested to defend their own vision than find a common solution.

Syria: China’s government will deploy troops to fight along Assad

Azaz, Syria

The mess in Syria is going to increase quite soon. The Chinese government decided to sent its troops in Syria to fight along with Al-Assad’s forces. The move comes as China becomes more concerned about the presence of Islamic militants in the East Turkestan region. The Uyghurs, an ethnic group also known as Chinese Muslim fighters,  are frequently blamed for terrorist activity in their own country.

The Chinese government will send on the territory two special units: the “Tigers of Siberia” and the “Night Tigers”. Those troops will be responsible of killing the Uyghur fighters.

The Chinese militias will also support the Assad regime in the fight against the Islamic terrorist group known as ISIL/ISIS (Islamic State).

This is not the first time that Beijing decided to send its troops on the Syrian front. In 2015 5.000 soldiers entered the Syrian territory and stationed in the Western region of Latakia.

The move has been seen by some analysts as part of an agenda to increase China’s authority on the international scene. In early November, China tested the Dongfeng-41,  Beijing’s next-gen Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM).

China: unveiled the Dongfeng-41, Beijing’s next-gen Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

Chinese military honor guard

China unveiled the Dongfeng-41, Beijing’s next-gen Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). The test was broadcast on Sunday over China Central Television.

The Dongfeng-41 is China’s most powerful weapon. With an operational range of 9300 miles, it’s the World’s longest range missile. The Dongfeng-41 can hit every corner of the World and can carry up to 10 nuclear warheads.

‘The missile can hit every corner of the earth, allowing China to counter a nuclear strike on the country,’ Yang said in the programme.

The Dongfeng-41 has been tested eight times: this last test occurred in early November, according to South China Morning Post. The first test occurred on July 2012, as reporter by the Washington Free Bacon. 

The new ICBM should be fully operational during the 2018, while former military officials have said on CCTV that the missile is already operational.

‘Once the Dongfeng-41 goes into service, China’s ability to protect its own safety and to prevent wars would greatly increase. The missile must have matured considerably if it is to be operational in 2018’, told to Global Times Xu Guangyu, a senior adviser of the China Arms Control and Disarmament Association.

A Russian diplomat said that an ‘Apocalyptic scenario’ is possible on Korean Peninsula

Kim Jong-un

“A scenario of the apocalyptic development of the situation on the Korean Peninsula exists and we cannot turn our blind eye to it,” said monday the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov, during a conference in South Korea, as reported by Russia’s Tass News Agency.

“I hope that a common sense, pragmatism and an instinct of self-preservation would prevail among our partners to exclude such negative scenario.”

Morgulov invited for a dialogue with Pyongyang over its nuclear program, stressing the fact the putting the reclusive country under pressure will not yield the desired results.

“We have told North Korea many times that for us [its] nuclear status is unacceptable,” Morgulov reportedly said.

“We continue this work with the North Korean counterparts presenting to them our position.”

The Trump administration has already urged China to pressure North Korea to end its nuclear ambitions.

In September, Kim Jong-un said it successfully tested a miniaturized hydrogen bomb that can be placed an ICBM. North Korea later that month fired a ballistic missile over Japan.

The president Trump exchanged bad words with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during his recent 12-day trip to Asia.

“Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’ Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!” Trump tweeted.

US stocks: the rally will continue? Why going short is a suicide move

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When I wrote for the Italian edition of International Business Times, I’ve alarmed many times the investors to not going short on the US market. There were no reasons for doing so. I felt obligated to wrote these articles since many “gurus” warned that the market was about to collapse. They said so in 2011 and then in 2015, when the Chinese economy gave some signs of slowdown. And now they are doing it again.

Since Trump arrives at the White House the US stocks gained momentum (again). And then again many start to warn for an imminent sell-off. Is this another false alarm or it is really going to happen?

Should we go short? What the monthly charts tell us

The Trump’s rally may looks impressive but if we open a monthly chart we can realise that it is coherent with the medium-term trend. Let’s have a look at the monthly chart of S&P 500.

S&P 500, monthly chart - 22/08/2017
The monthly chart of S&P 500 updated to 22/08/2017.
Credit: TBGlobalist / XTB

 

As we can see, the S&P 500 index is moving within an upward trend channel since 2008. The prices tend to remain within this channel: when it hits the lower trend line we have a rebound; otherwise, when it hits the upper trend line we have a little correction. But we have never seen a trend change. The same goes for Nasdaq and Dow Jones.

Back in 2015 the bullish trend lost momentum and the indexes started to go sideline. It was in August when the investors began to worry for a China’s market crash. Back then, I was quite surprise to read such alarming articles on many important newspapers. This article of The Economist, for example, is full of negative rhetoric. It forgot to mention that in the summer the low volumes could amplify the movements. All experienced traders know that. If we look again at the monthly chart we see that the drop was significant but not to the extend to reverse the trend. Indeed, the indexes remain within the bullish channel.

In 2016 the US equity markets recorded their worst start to a year record. And we had many good reasons to be worried: the Brexit referendum; the instability within Europe; the world economy slowdown. Then again it was like a market crash was imminent. However, people who focused on bad news lost a big opportunity to jump in the market.

Go with the trend, never go against it

This is a basic rule in trade but it is also the most easy to forget. I’ve seen many trying to anticipate the market, despite they were already familiar with trading. They start to accumulate short positions in the hope to catch the big drop. But it is a path which leads to ruin.

Now let’s back to the monthly chart of the S&P 500 and focus on the last two candles. Do you see some signs of reverse? There is absolutely nothing here. The body of the last candle is still within the previous one. The index need to break the lower trend line to reverse the trend and we are still far from this level.

What can we expect in the next few months?

If we look closely at the monthly charts we see that the S&P 500 is about to test the upper trend line, while the Dow Jones is testing it and the Nasdaq has already broke it.

Dow Jones, monthly chart 23/08/2017
Monthly chart of the Dow Jones updated to the 23/08/2017.
Credit: TBGlobalist / XTB

 

Nasdaq, monthly chart 23/08/2017
Monthly chart of Nasdaq updated to the 23/08/2017.
Credit: TBGlobalist / XTB

 

This bring us to think at two possible movements: the S&P 500 breaks the upper resistance and the bullish trend accelerates; the S&P 500 hits the resistance and we enter into a new sideline phase. In the latter case we can expect a test of the lower trend line. But again, if we don’t have the breakup of this support there’s no meaning to talk about the bear market.

It is true that we have many reasons to worry and the summer is not over yet. I’ve already expressed my pessimism on the US economy in this article, but the market doesn’t works like that. I will come back on this later and I will explain why the market goes up despite many variables many point to a crash. Meanwhile, stay safe, stay with the trend.