With the U.S, Russia, and China all jostling for position in Iraq’s oil and gas industry both north and south, Iraq’s oil ministry last week reiterated its desire to have one or more foreign partners in the Mansuriya gas field. Situated in Diyala province, close to the Iran border, Mansuriya is estimated to hold around 4.6 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, with plateau production projected at about 325 million standard cubic feet per day. For the U.S., encouraging Iraq to optimise its gas flows so that it reduces its dependency for power from Iran is the key consideration.
For Russia... Securing oil and gas contracts across all of Iraq will allow Russia to establish an unassailable political sway across the entire Shia crescent of power in the Middle East, stretching from Syria through Lebanon (by dint of Iran), Jordan, Iraq (also helped by Iran), Iran itself, and Yemen (via Iran)...
Ultimately, the tech would let spy agencies rapidly identify people using cameras deployed on far off rooftops and unmanned aircraft, according to the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, the research arm for the CIA and other intelligence agencies.
[...] The program also aims to explore technologies that take in multiple types of biometric identifiers—such as face images, movement patterns, height and gender—instead of relying on a single data point. Building this composite image a subject would allow systems to accurately identify individuals even if certain data points aren’t the best quality. In the solicitation, IARPA asked teams to provide any data that might help train systems on these other modalities.
Under a separate research effort, IARPA is also working to develop artificial intelligence systems that can track people as they move through broad video surveillance networks...
Kyle R. Canning, who was a part-time judge in Altona, N.Y., was charged over a Facebook post that allegedly showed a photo of a noose, along with the statement "IF WE WANT TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN WE WILL HAVE TO MAKE EVIL PEOPLE FEAR PUNISHMENT AGAIN,” the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct said in a statement Tuesday. The language used in the post echoed President Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan. The commission said that Canning was charged with sharing an image that "conveyed racial and/or political bias."
Hong Kong democracy activists urged members of the U.S. Congress on Tuesday to pass legislation to combat human rights abuses in the city, rejecting any suggestion that such a move would be inappropriate U.S. involvement in another country’s affairs... The panel of witnesses also urged members of the commission, which includes senators and members of the House of Representatives from both parties, to take actions that might affect Hong Kong’s economy.
The Justice Department filed suit Tuesday against renegade former CIA and NSA employee Edward Snowden, saying his memoir "Permanent Record" violates non-disclosure agreements he signed with both agencies. The suit claims Snowden, living in exile in Moscow, violated the agreements by publishing the book without submitting for pre-publication review and by giving public speeches on intelligence-related matters. The suit doesn't seek a halt to distribution of the book, released Tuesday in more than 20 countries, but does press for recovery of all proceeds.
"I think the Saudi leadership has a great deal of explaining to do that a country that ranks third in terms of total defense spending ... was not able to defend its most critical, and I can't underscore that enough, its most critical oil facility from these kinds of attacks," said Grappo...
The committee sent Chao a letter today asking her for all communications since President Donald Trump‘s inauguration between DOT and her family business, the Foremost Group, as well as related documentation... A spokesperson for Chao said she looks forward to responding to the committee, then disparaged the news reports upon which the letter is based, saying they are "stale and only attempt to undermine her long career of public service."
Paul McHugh, a renowned psychiatrist from Johns Hopkins University, told The College Fix he believes transgender people are being experimented on because the doctors treating transgender patients with hormones “don’t have evidence that (the treatment) will be the right one.” He also criticized the manner of treatment given to many children who claim to be transgender...
At the beginning of the fall semester at Mesa Community College, English professor Douglas Belmore reportedly showed students a 14-minute video about the unfounded theory, which claims a conspiracy of Satanists and pedophiles control the world and that President Trump is secretly undermining them.
"According to my understanding, his services were no longer needed," Mesa spokeswoman Dawn Zimmer told the local paper...
DOJ IG and CIGIE Chair Michael Horowitz will testify tomorrow morning (9/18) at 11 am at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing: “Overseeing the Overseers: Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency @ 10 Years.” https://t.co/Uv0Yltwquzpic.twitter.com/50YMRDBcz3
Market prices currently imply a 90% chance the Federal Reserve will reduce short-term interest rates by a quarter-point to a range of 1.75%-2.0% when policy makers meet this week. Such a move would be consistent with the Fed’s “midcycle adjustment” that began in July. The interesting question, therefore, is not what the Fed will do to rates when its two-day policy meeting concludes Wednesday, but what it will indicate it wants to do over the next few years. Current pricing implies a 60% chance that the Fed’s rate band will be lowered again before the end of 2019, and an almost 50% chance of further reductions by next spring.
"Senator Warren knows how to kick Wall Street kleptocrats where it hurts, and she's got some truly visionary plans to make this country work for the many," Maurice Mitchell, the party's national director, told The New York Times. The announcement drew immediate rebuke from Sanders' supporters, some of whom accused the group of intentionally hiding its internal vote tally to promote Warren. WFP endorse Sanders in 2016's Democratic primary race. The unexpected move is a sign that the progressive left is uniting behind Warren, who offers a more mainstream vision of progressive politics than Sanders' democratic socialism...
Alexis Wilson, 18, is being held on $250,000 bond after she was arrested on accusations of making terroristic threats against her former school, McAlester High School in McAlester, Oklahoma. Authorities say one of Wilson’s coworkers at Pizza Inn reported the 18-year-old had threatened to “shoot 400 people for fun” and added she would like to shoot many people at her old school. She also allegedly showed the coworker videos of herself shooting an AR-15 rifle she’d just bought... Wilson says the alleged threat was a misunderstanding, and she would never shoot up a school. She told police she had purchased an AK-47 and was only telling her coworker about it to teach her not to be afraid of guns.
- The European Union is urging the United States to hold off trade sanctions and seek an agreement on aircraft industry subsidies, but Washington has shown no sign it wants to talk, EU trade chief Cecilia Malmstrom said on Monday. The World Trade Organization has approved a U.S. request to impose tariffs on European goods, according to people familiar with the case, part of a 15-year dispute over subsidies for U.S. planemaker Boeing (BA.N) and European rival Airbus (AIR.PA). The Geneva-based body is set to announce the scope of the sanctions in the week starting Sept. 30. It is also expected to clear the European Union to take action against U.S. imports early next year.
Deputy-level discussions will begin this week between the U.S. and China, as representatives from both countries prepare for the next round of high-level talks scheduled for October. Discussions will begin on Thursday, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s Office confirmed to Fox News on Monday. The pair of countries were expected to hold consultations in mid-September to prepare for the thirteenth round of trade talks in D.C. next month.
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