NiMB 58: Monday 2-5-2018
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TODAY: ‘Where is the coalition?’ Mosul still a corpse-filled ruin months after liberation. Riyadh explores anti-Iranian embrace of Israel – but risks 1979-like blowback. GSDF member killed as helicopter crashes into Japanese home, girl escapes. Japan protests over South Korea Olympics flag showing disputed islands
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The FBI and UK intelligence services warned us against the national security risks of President Trump’s release of the intelligence committee memo. Now that we read the actual text, it is clear that was untrue.
Sun:Britain’s first ‘private police force’ has 100 per cent conviction rate and is now investigating murder and rape
A PRIVATE police force probing hundreds of crimes including murder and rape has a 100 per cent conviction rate.
The firm – Britain’s first – has successfully prosecuted more than 400 criminals and is led by former Scotland Yard senior officers.
In two years, the company has successfully convicted 403 criminals for fraud, intellectual property theft and other offences.
Police for the haves.
RT:‘Where is the coalition?’ Mosul still a corpse-filled ruin months after liberation
Iraq’s once-bustling second largest city, Mosul now looks like a battle-scarred shadow of its former self. More than seven months after Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi swooped into Mosul to declare “total victory” over Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorists there, large swathes of the city are still nothing but deserted crumbling ruins.
The piece reveals the city is littered with bombed out buildings, bodies, and overcome with a stench of rotting flesh.
In early January, the US announced it would double the sum of reconstruction aid to the Iraqi government in 2018 to $150 million, but this is just a fraction of what is needed. The Iraqi government estimates that some $100 billion is required to get the city somewhat functioning again. The reconstruction of Mosul alone could take billions of dollars and as long as five years, Iraqi officials said.
RT:Riyadh explores anti-Iranian embrace of Israel – but risks 1979-like blowback
The semi-secret security alliance between Saudi Arabia and Israel may be expanding into the sphere of ideology and street politics, but Riyadh may be at risk of tripping a conservative Islamist backlash.
The existence of some form of security and intelligence cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Israel is hardly news for Middle East observers. United by their mutual opposition to Iran and strong ties with the US, the two countries have plenty of things in common. Whatever differences people in the two countries may have over issues like the treatment of Palestinians by Israel, or of gay people by Saudi Arabia, their governments seem to stick to pragmatism in their relations.
Kyodo: GSDF member killed as helicopter crashes into home, girl escapes
A Ground Self-Defense Force member died and another was missing after a helicopter crashed in a residential area in southwestern Japan on Monday afternoon, with an 11-year-old girl in a house that was set ablaze managing to escape, the central and local governments said.
The AH-64D attack helicopter, which was based at the GSDF’s Metabaru Camp, crashed into the two-story home in the city of Kanzaki in Saga Prefecture at 4:43 p.m. during a flight believed to have been made to confirm aircraft maintenance.
The girl suffered minor injuries to her knee as she fled the house, which was home to a family of four. No other injuries were reported among local residents, police said.
The girls aged grandmother also escaped. The helicopter fleet has been grounded pending investigation.
Kyodo:Japan protests over South Korea Olympics flag showing disputed islands
Japan has lodged a protest with South Korea as flags hoisted during an exhibition match by the unified Korean women’s ice hockey team for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics showed a pair of Japanese-claimed islets, the government’s top spokesman said Monday.
“We cannot accept the flag in light of Japan’s stance over the sovereignty of Takeshima and it is extremely regrettable,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference, referring to the South-Korean controlled, Japanese-claimed islets, which are known as Dokdo to Koreans.
Yahoo: DOW at 25,232 on inflation fears.
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