Thursday, May 7, 2020

NEWS SUMMARY-INTELLIGENCE REPORT FRIDAY 5/8/2020   NEWSDUMP FRIDAY





(SERVICE WHEN ABLE THROUGH LATE FRIDAY PAST MIDNIGHT EASTERN US TIME THIS SUMMARY LAUNCHED AT 10 PM THURSDAY PACIFIC TIME)




The United States stopping a United Nations Security Council vote on the coronavirus situation citing the inclusion of "false narratives" from China in it.  



The State Department spokesperson saying that:




"The PRC  (Peoples Republic of China) has repeatedly blocked compromises that would have allowed the Council to move forward"



France and Tunisia have been working on developing a resolution and will be going back to the drawing board in seeking to find the language that all nations can agree to...THE NATIONAL UNITED ARAB EMIRATES STORY




The United States tightening visa guidelines for Chinese journalists in response to the treatment of US journalists in China.     The Department of Homeland Security saying that China is involved in "suppression of independent journalism"........REUTERS NEWS STORY





THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN THE UNITED STATES WAS 14.7 PERCENT FOR APRIL.    THAT COMPARES WITH A 14.6  PERCENT UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AT THE BACK END OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION IN DECEMBER OF 1940.



Tesla trying to resume work at its factory in Fremont, California despite a local government order to remain closed.     This report published Friday evening by the "New York Times"......LINK




OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY IS PAYING OUT SOME 41 MILLION DOLLARS TO SETTLE LAWSUITS WITH 162 SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ABUSE BY A FORMER SCHOOL DOCTOR.  DETAILS OF THE SETTLEMENT RELEASED TODAY IN THE CASES INVOLVING DR. RICHARD STRAUSS THAT OCCURRED FROM THE 1970'S UNTIL THE 1990'S......CNN NEWS STORY




(WARNING:  DISTURBING CONTENT)




The woman who's accused Joe Biden of sexually assaulting her in 1993 is ready to take a lie detector test if Joe Biden is willing to do so.    Tara Reade also calling on Biden to "step forward and be held accountable"  and she also wishes he would withdrawal from the President race adding:




"but he won't"



Reade interviewed by media personality Megyn Kelly and here's a portion of that interview......MEGYN KELLY-TARA READE INTERVIEW (MAY BE DISTURBING)......Reade quoting Biden as telling her during the alleged assault:




"I want to f**k you"







The US military is pulling four Patriot anti-missile batteries out of Saudi Arabia in the latest withdrawal of assets sent to counter a threat from Iran last year.    Two squadrons of US fighter jets have already left the Persian Gulf region and the US Navy may pull some of its presence out of the Gulf.  Its reported by the "Wall Street Journal" that the US believes Iran's capabilities in the region are now weakened.....AL JAZEERA QATAR NEWS STORY.....Also figuring in reporting and analysis of the withdrawal is President Trump's displeasure over Saudi Arabia's move to flood the oil market driving prices down and threatening the oil industry of the United States......




US Defense Secretary Mark Esper is said to be advocating for the withdrawal of 400 members of the US military from a United Nations-led peacekeeping mission in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.   According to the "Wall Street Journal", the proposal is opposed by the Israeli government and the US State Department.......TIMES OF ISRAEL NEWS STORY






The US Senate failed to override President Trump's veto of a resolution that would limit his powers to make war against Iran.      The resolution was approved 55-45 in response to the targeted assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad on January 3rd that was ordered by the President.      The vote to override was 49-44.......ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS STORY




ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU SPEAKING BY PHONE WITH RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN TODAY.      THE SITUATION IN SYRIA PART OF THEIR AGENDA ALONG WITH DISCUSSION OF COOPERATION IN DEVELOPING A  COVID-19 VACCINE.    PUTIN AND NETANYAHU ALSO COMMEMORATING THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF VICTORY IN EUROPE DURING WORLD WAR 2......TASS NEWS STORY




ISRAEL GETTING A VIP VISITOR WHEN ITS NEW UNITY GOVERNMENT STARTS NEXT WEDNESDAY.     US SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO WILL VISIT WITH PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU AND FORMER IDF CHIEF OF STAFF BENNY GANTZ, THE KINGPINS OF THE NEW GOVERNMENT.......PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD MET BOTH MEN SEPARATELY EARLIER THIS YEAR....ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS STORY




The war in Libya continuing between the Libyan National Army and the Government of National Accord.    The LNA launching airstrikes on the Misrata airbase which serves as a headquarters for the Turkish military assisting the GNA......SOUTHFRONT STORY




Turkish authorities charging seven people in connection with the escape of former Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn  from Japan.      The seven employees of a private jet company, MNG  Jet.   Company aircraft brought Ghosn from Japan to Istanbul and from Istanbul to Beirut, Lebanon.     Ghosn says Japan had rigged a legal case against him to prevent the French company Renualt from gaining power over the Japanese Nissan automaker ....BBC NEWS STORY






The nation neighboring Russia, Belarus, indicating it will hold discussions on obtaining oil from the United States.    Belarus traditionally a customer for Russian oil but US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered oil from the United States during a visit to the authoritarian country on Saturday February 1st......TASS NEWS STORY




A call on credit card companies to suspend payments to any pornographic websites.    The ten groups behind the appeal say the porn sites 'eroticize sexual violence, incest and racism' among other things.     One credit card company said they would investigate claims in the letter and act against any illegal activity.    One porn site, Pornhub, said that the letter from the groups was 'not only factually wrong but also intentionally misleading'.....BBC NEWS STORY




Coronavirus in the USA with Minnesota reporting 723 more cases today to bring the state's total to over 10-thousand.    A Honeywell plant in Minneapolis closing temporarily after workers tested positive for Covid-19.......CBS MINNEAPOLIS REPORT......PLANT CLOSING STORY CBS MINNESOTA




AN AIDE TO VICE-PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE TESTING POSITIVE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS.....IT TURNED OUT TO BE HIS PRESS SECRETARY IT WAS REVEALED LATER TODAY......ASSOCIATED PRESS STORY GLOBAL NEWS CANADA




THE VICE-PRESIDENT IN IOWA TODAY MEETING WITH AG-BUSINESS EXECUTIVES BUT BEFORE THAT PENCE SPOKE TO RELIGIOUS LEADERS IN THE DES MOINES AREA ACCOMPANIED BY LEADING REPUBLICAN ELECTED OFFICIALS. 

   

HE SAID THAT CANCELLATION OF RELIGIOUS SERVICES HAS 'BEEN A BURDEN'.    IOWA IS IN THE PROCESS OF ALLOWING RELIGIOUS SERVICES TO RESUME UNDER STRICT GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS......ASSOCIATED PRESS NEWS STORY



Dallas hair salon owner Shelley Luther, now freed from jail, received a visit at her salon from Senator Ted Cruz today.     Cruz sat in a chair while Luther gave him a haircut.    Luther was freed from jail yesterday following an order from the Texas Supreme Court.....CBS DALLAS FORT WORTH STORY




Coronavirus in Iran meanwhile with a neurologist in that country saying that his clinical experience with patients points to Covid-19 triggering strokes with the virus contributing to the development of blood clots.     The Iranian opposition Radio Farda published this story about that.....RADIO FARDA NEWS STORY




The coronavirus story around the world as reported by BBC News on its blog.....BBC NEWS CORONAVIRUS BLOG 5/8/2020





Roy Horn of the Siegfried and Roy magic duo is dead at the age of 75.     He died of complications from the coronavirus at a Las Vegas hospital today........ASSOCIATED PRESS NEWS STORY




In other news.........




President Trump commenting on the Nicolas Maduro government's allegation of a US government plot to overthrow the Venezuelan regime.    The President indicating that if the US was actually doing anything it would have been different.   It would have been called an "invasion".    He also said the US government was not involved......AL JAZEERA NEWS STORY.......The regime in Venezuela rolling out an audio recording said to be of a conversation between opposition leaders including Interim President Juan Guaido with the owner of the US security firm Silvercorp said to have involved in the plot against Maduro......ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY TURKEY NEWS STORY



Turkey is continuing its deployment of the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile system and activated some elements.    That word from the head of the Turkish defense  industry.    Ismail Demir says that the Russians will not have 'the desired access' to the Turkish S-400 systems.    The US has expressed its steadfast opposition to Turkish acquisition of the S-400......TASS NEWS STORY




Legendary conservative radio talk show pioneer and host Barry Farber is dead at the age of 90.    Farber died Wednesday after six decades in the broadcasting business, doing his final show just last week.    He was also the Conservative Party candidate for Mayor of New York in 1977......NEW YORK DAILY NEWS STORY



And the President of the Indian Ocean island nation of Sri Lanka has renounced his US citizenship.  President Gotabaya Rajapaksa filed the paperwork and his name was published Friday in the Federal Register making his loss of US citizenship official.     His dual American citizenship was an issue in last year's presidential election in Sri Lanka........HIRU NEWS SRI LANKA STORY



That's the way it really is Friday May 8th, 2020,   Newsdump Friday.........

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