Saudi King Accuses Iran of Threatening Global Oil Supplies

Saudi King Accuses Iran of Threatening Global Oil SuppliesLeaders of Gulf and Arab states held two emergency summits in Mecca on Thursday to present a united front to Iran. At the end of the meetings, Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit said it was too early to talk of war with Tehran. “What the Iranian regime is doing, from intervening in regional countries’ affairs and developing its nuclear program, threatening global maritime traffic and global oil supplies, is a blatant violation of the treaties and principles of the United Nations,” King Salman said in a speech at the Gulf leaders summit.


Tour boat sinking revives memories of SKorea ferry disaster

Tour boat sinking revives memories of SKorea ferry disasterSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The sinking of a boat carrying South Korean tourists in Hungary is touching a nerve in South Korea, where many are still traumatized over a 2014 ferry sinking that killed more than 300 people, mostly students. The grief is compounded by claims by some South Korean tour agents and travelers that there were past safety issues on the Danube River where the accident happened.


Ex-NBA Star Scottie Pippen Names 5-Year-Old in Lawsuit Over Home Damages

Ex-NBA Star Scottie Pippen Names 5-Year-Old in Lawsuit Over Home DamagesPhillip Faraone/GettyFormer Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen has named a 5-year-old girl in a lawsuit over alleged damage to his Florida mansion, claiming she ruined his pad by “defacing” it with crayons and markers.The former basketball player had initially filed the lawsuit against lawyer-turned-comedian Lindsay Glazer and her husband, Jacob Woloshin, in 2018, but amended it this week to include the couple’s young daughter. In court documents, Pippen accused Glazer and Woloshin of a “failure as parents” for supposedly allowing their child to “deface certain elements of the property with markers, crayons, and/or cause damage of similar nature” while they rented his six-bedroom, nine-bathroom mansion.The lawsuit alleges that damages totaled nearly $110,000 and seeks compensation “in excess of $15,000,” excluding legal fees, costs, and interest. In addition to the child’s alleged “defacing” of the property with crayons and markers, Pippen has also accused the couple of “neglecting the care of the home,” “causing the home to become infected with insects,” allowing pets to urinate in the home, and “literally stealing personal household items,” among other things. Glazer, who last year jokingly set up a GoFundMe page to “replace [Pippen’s] missing knife set” and raised over $700 for charity, laughed off the latest allegations. “All jokes aside, who would have ever thought that Dennis Rodman would be strengthening relations with North Korea, and Scottie ‘no tippin’ Pippen would be the crazy one suing little girls?” Glazer told the New Times Broward Palm Beach.“With all of the publicity this ridiculous case was getting, we thought it good to use it as an opportunity to raise funds for the Fisher House Foundation, which assists military and veteran’s families,” the comedian told the New Times about the fundraising page.According to The Sun-Sentinel, Pippen was ordered to pay $13,190 more in taxes on the home the same year he sued Glazer. Pippen misidentified the home as his primary residence when he was actually renting the home out, which makes him ineligible for a tax break.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


إيران لقمة مكة الإسلامية: القبلة الأولى هي الأولوية..والقدس ليست للبيع

وجه الرئيس الإيراني حسن روحاني رسالة إلى قمة منظمة التعاون الإسلامي التي تستضيفها مدينة مكة السعودية، الجمعة، داعيا إلى عدم تشتيت العالم الإسلامي بعيدا عن القضية الفلسطينية باعتبارها “القضية الرئيسية”.

Mueller Signals Congress Deserves His Evidence. Otherwise Trump Is Untouchable.

Mueller Signals Congress Deserves His Evidence. Otherwise Trump Is Untouchable.Jim Bourg/ReutersMany people were unhappy to hear that Special Counsel Robert Mueller does not want to testify about his report before Congress. But, in his remarks Wednesday, Mueller indicated that Congress has the constitutional authority to do something far more significant: Review all the evidence, and question all of the witnesses, discussed in the Mueller Report. Since Mueller released his report, Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr have been assiduously attempting to deny Congress access to Mueller’s underlying evidence, and even the redacted portions of his report. Accordingly, as Mueller noted, Congress’ ability to “access [Mueller’s] underlying work product is being decided in a process that does not involve our office,” that is, in the federal courts. While Mueller didn’t expressly take a position on the matter, the plain logic of his statement is that Congress should prevail.Mueller: My Hands Were Tied on Charging TrumpAs Mueller stated, “under longstanding [Department of Justice] department policy, a president cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office. That is unconstitutional.” But as Mueller also noted, that policy, which is set forth in formal opinions, also recognizes “that the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing.” As the most recent DOJ opinion explains, that process is impeachment, which, as Mueller recognized is the sole forum for adjudicating presidential culpability while Trump remains in office. Indeed, the existence of Congress’s constitutional power to impeach and remove a president is a central pillar of the DOJ’s rationale for concluding that presidents can’t be indicted while in office. That is, a president’s temporary immunity from prosecution does not make them unanswerable for wrongdoing, because Congress retains the power to bring a criminal president to heel.In that regard, contrary to Trump’s assertions, Congress is not seeking to engage in a “do over” of the Mueller investigation. As Mueller reiterated, because he was barred from indicting the president, Mueller assiduously avoided reaching any ultimate judgment regarding whether the president committed a criminal offense, and he certainly did not evaluate whether Trump engaged in “high crimes or misdemeanors” that might merit his impeachment.  Only Congress can do that. Yet, without access to the underlying evidence, Congress cannot perform its constitutionally assigned responsibility to adjudge the president. Despite two resounding judicial rejections of his stonewalling strategy so far, Trump apparently continues to believe that “Trump judges” will take his side. On Thursday, Trump said that he “can’t imagine the courts allowing” him to be impeached. But his confidence may not be well founded. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia recently stated (in an opinion joined by a Trump appointee to the bench) that when it considers the impeachment of a president, Congress acts in a judicial, and not a purely, legislative role; thus, the House serves much like a grand jury, by reviewing the evidence and determining whether to bring charges in the form of articles of impeachment, while the Senate serves much like a petite jury, hearing evidence presented by the House, and deciding whether to convict the president and remove him from office.A judicial proceeding in which the critical evidence is unavailable to the prosecutors in their investigation, or to the jury at trial would be nothing short of a sham. For that reason, the same federal appeals court decided in 1974 that the House had the right to review evidence presented by prosecutors to the grand jury in the Watergate investigation in connection with its review of potential grounds for impeaching President Nixon. Decades later, the same court likewise permitted Congress to review grand jury evidence that Kenneth Starr proffered in putative support of impeaching President Clinton and indeed did so before Congress itself had taken any steps to commence impeachment proceedings. Plainly, the same must be true as to the evidence that Mueller and his team obtained in their investigation.  Indeed, as I have previously observed, if Trump’s claim that he has a right to keep Mueller’s evidence from Congress, the sole body currently charged with determining if he engaged in wrongdoing, then Trump would be wholly immune from accountability: he can’t be charged or impeached. As Mueller recognized, his job was complete with the delivery of his report, which offers a comprehensive road map of the evidence regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election, as well as Trump’s efforts to disrupt the investigation of that serious wrongdoing. Now, as Mueller indicated, it is Congress’ job to review that evidence, and determine if the president abused his powers.Trump-Drunk Republicans Are Choosing Russia Over the ConstitutionRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


ميركل وبومبيو يبحثان “التصرفات العدائية لإيران” وبرنامجها النووي

قالت المستشارة الألمانية أنجيلا ميركل في بيان مشترك مع وزير الخارجية الأمريكي مايك بومبيو، الذي يزور ألمانيا حاليا، إن الملف الإيراني سيكون في مقدمة أولويات المحادثات، وسيبحث الجانبان كيفية وقف الممارسات العدائية لإيران.

Iran ‘reconsiders’ aggression in the Gulf after US intervention, says Bolton

Iran 'reconsiders' aggression in the Gulf after US intervention, says BoltonJohn Bolton on Thursday declared that recent US actions against Iran had proved an effective ‘deterrent’ against further attacks on America and its allies in the Gulf Region. “I don’t think this threat is over,” said Donald Trump’s national security adviser at  a briefing in the US embassy in London, “but the deployment [of an aircraft carrier to the Straits of Hormuz] and other steps we took did serve as a deterrent and did cause at least some in the Iranian leadership to reconsider plans that may have been in the works.” Mr Bolton, a lifelong hawk, also said that evidence Iran was behind the attacks on oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates earlier this month would likely be presented at a UN security council meeting next week. “I don’t think anybody familiar with the situation has come to any conclusion other than these attacks were carried out by Iran and their surrogates,” he said. In addition, Tehran’s support for the Houthis against Saudi-led forces in Yemen’s civil war also meant that the Houthi drone attack on Yanbu port could be blamed on Tehran, Mr Bolton said. “I think it’s fair to hold Iran accountable even without more information because of the foreseeable consequences of giving such weapons to the Houthis,” he said. Nevertheless the 70-year-old, who has often called for the overthrow of the Ayotallah-led regime, struck a softer tone on future conflict, stressing that the “policy we are pursuing is not a policy of regime change” and that he was able to separate his personal views from his responsibilities in the Trump administration. The remarks came after reports that the President has grown frustrated with Mr Bolton’s desire to escalate conflict with Iran, which culminated with a plan to send 120,000 troops to the Middle East should Tehran attack American soldiers. At the embassy briefing, Mr Bolton also addressed reports that the US has threatened to sanction European officials who work on providing companies a ‘wraparound vehicle’ to avoid US sanctions as they trade with Iran. “You will have to find somebody to use [the wraparound],” he said. “Unless and until companies are prepared to do business with Iran but not the US, even if the vehicle is created – which it has not been yet – it’s not clear it will have any utility.”


سوريا تدافع عن إيران.. وترفض “تدخل” بيان القمة العربية في شؤونها

أكدت وزارة الخارجية السورية، الجمعة، رفضها ما ورد في البيان الختامي للقمة العربية الطارئة، التي استضافتها المملكة العربية السعودية، عن التدخل الإيراني في الشؤون السورية، معتبرة أن بيان القمة العربية هو ما يمثل “تدخلا غير مقبول”