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Trump: U.S. Military ‘Locked and Loaded’ for North Korea

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President Donald Trump issued a new warning on Friday stating that U.S. plans for military action against North Korea are “locked and loaded.”  Hardening his stance against North Korea in the escalation of tough talk, Trump warned that actions would be taken if the country acts “unwisely!”

In his war on words, via a Twitter post on Friday, Trump urged the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un to “find another path” amid escalating tensions on both sides of the Pacific. The Tweet would come on the heels of Kim Jong-un’s threat to target the US Pacific territory of Guam.

Trump later retweeted a message from the U.S. Pacific Command’s official Twitter account, stating that “#USAF B-1B Lancer #bombers on Guam stand ready to fulfill USFK’s #FightTonight mission if called upon to do so.”

Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully, Kim Jong-un will find another path!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2017

#USAF B-1B Lancer #bombers on Guam stand ready to fulfill USFK’s #FightTonight mission if called upon to do so https://t.co/O3oVeFrNrG pic.twitter.com/IAm2qLwcWY

— U.S. Pacific Command (@PacificCommand) August 11, 2017

The U.S. military in the region surrounding the Korean Peninsula always remains prepared with both defensive and offensive capabilities, should North Korea launch an attack. “Ready to fight tonight,” is their motto.

The Pacific Island of Guam is home to the US air Force’s Andersen air base

The warring words escalating into a volley of bullying rhetoric has prompted concern and fears of imminent war in the Korean Peninsula.

Military analysts and defense officials perceive any new conflict with North Korea would likely escalate into the use of nuclear weapons, bringing catastrophic casualties not seen since World War II.

Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea escalated on Friday, as President Donald Trump doubled down on military threats.

North Korea’s state-run KCNA news agency was quick to call the White House “warmongers” unaware of the fact that even a single shell dropped on the Korean Peninsula might lead to the outbreak of a new world war, “a thermonuclear war.”

In a statement responding to escalating tensions between North Korea and the United States, Pyongyang said, “We consider the U.S. no more than a lump which we can beat to jelly any time.”

On Friday, a Chinese state-run media suggested China would remain neutral if North Korea strikes first in a conflict with the US, despite a mutual defense pact with North Korea. The imminent watch sounded an alarm for Pyongyang over its threats to fire missiles near the U. S. Pacific territory of Guam.

Trump’s latest tweets were posted hours after Chinese state-run newspaper said China should remain neutral if North Korea launches an attack that threatens the United States, sounding a warning for Pyongyang over its plans to fire missiles near the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.

The White House has accused China of complacency in not being proactive in reigning in its long-standing ally—stating that political dialogue, thus far is likely the most reasonable solution.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, rejecting a military solution to the North Korean crisis—called for resolving tensions, in the escalation in language between the U.S. and North Korea.

“An escalation of the language is for me the wrong response,” Merkel said on Friday.

“I also don’t see a military solution to the conflict and do not consider it necessary.”

Amid the hostilities between countries, Merkel called for all sides to the crisis, including the U.S., South Korea, and Japan to work closely together with the UN.

Merkel’s comments were in response to Trump’s rhetoric on Thursday against North Korea.  At the time President Trump said his earlier threat to unleash “fire and fury” on Pyongyang if it launched an attack might not have been tough enough.

North Korea’s most important ally and trading partner China, has repeatedly called for calm during the crisis between North Korea and the U.S.

Amid the building tensions, Beijing expressed concern and frustrations with both Pyongyang’s repeated nuclear and missile tests, to include South Korea and the U.S., military drills, which bring about more tension.

Earlier this week, Trump said Kim Jong-un was not going to get away with his “horrific” comments by disrespecting America.

“Let’s see what he does with Guam. He does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody’s seen before, what will happen in North Korea,” Trump told reporters from the steps of his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., on Thursday.

Shortly after Trump spoke, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters the United States still preferred a diplomatic approach to the North Korean threat and that a war would be catastrophic.

Asked if the United States was ready if North Korea made a hostile act, he said: “We are ready.”

On Friday, the Kremlin also weighed in—Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the rhetoric from Washington and Pyongyang was “going over the top.”

By LeNora Millen    08-11-17

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Former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. Fired by Morgan Stanley for Alleged Misconduct

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Harold Ford Jr., a former congressman, was fired by the financial services firm Morgan Stanley following allegations of misconduct, NBC confirmed on Thursday.

Morgan Stanley declined to say specifically what prompted the firing. The allegations were presented after a woman who was not employed at the firm accused Mr. Ford of acting inappropriately in a professional setting.

Mr. Ford’s termination reported by HuffPost as an exclusive has been challenged by the former Congressman as “false claims.”

Harold Ford Jr., a former congressman, was fired from his position as a managing director at the financial services firm Morgan Stanley for what the company described as behavior “inconsistent with our values.”CreditMike Groll/Associated Press

In a statement provided by his lawyer, Mr. Ford denied the sexual harassment allegations, stating in a tweet on Thursday that he will be bringing legal action against the reporter, for making false claims against him, as well as Morgan Stanley for wrongful termination.

“This simply did not happen,” Mr. Ford wrote. “I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life.” He added that socializing with members of the press was part of his job, and said that “false claims like this undermine the real silence breakers.”

Mr. Ford served five terms in Congress as a Democrat representing a Tennessee district after first being elected in 1996—serving as Congressman from 1997 to 207.

He joined Morgan Stanley as a managing director and senior client-relationship manager in 2011 as a vice chairman and senior policy adviser at Bank of America.

Amid the heightened scrutiny of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior toppling key figures in the entertainment and political arena, Mr. Ford is the latest high profiled man to lose his job in recent days for similar allegations.

Time magazine on Wednesday named the “Silence Breakers” its Person of the Year. They shared personal stories about harassment and assault and sparked the #MeToo movement.

According to Time, the #MeToo became a hashtag, a movement, a reckoning. But it began, as great social change nearly always does, with individual acts of courage.

In a tweet acknowledging his thoughts on the “Silence Breaker” quite pointed in his statement, Mr. Ford said the following in regards to news of his firing on Thursday, “This simply did not happen.  I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life.”

In another tweet, Mr. Ford spoke about his professional demeanor and his tremendous respect for the brave women speaking out “in this important national dialogue.”  Mr. Ford was pointed in stating that false claims alleged against him “undermine the real “Silence Breakers.”

Mr. Ford appeared as a frequent guest on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” MSNBC – which is owned by NBC 4 New York’s parent company.

“We are looking into the report about Harold Ford Jr.,” a spokeswoman for MSNBC said. “During that time he won’t be a guest on MSNBC.”

LeNora Millen            12-7-17

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TV One Cancels Roland Martin’s Morning Show ‘News One Now’

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TV One is canceling Roland Martin’s morning show “News One Now,” Roland made the announcement in a tweet Wednesday.

“Fam, the sad news is true. The staff of @tvonetv #NewsnewOneNow was informed this afternoon that after four years of doing groundbreaking and award-winning work, the show will cease production at the end of the year,” Martin tweeted.

Martin, who thanked audiences for their support, said the last episode will air on Dec. 21.

Roland Martin’s morning show “NewsOne Now” was cancelled due to budget cuts according to various reports from reliable sources.

“They called a meeting on Wednesday and told the staff they were canceling the show. They’re having significant financial problems and they have to scale back,” a source said. “After four years of award-winning programming and distinguished service to our viewers as the only black daily newscast on television, the network has made the difficult decision to suspend the production of NewsOne Now as a daily morning news show. The last live show is scheduled [Dec. 21],” TV One’s interim GM, Michelle Rice wrote in a memo.

Host of “News One Now” Roland Martin speaks on stage during ColorofChange.org 10 Year Anniversary Gala. (Rob Kim/Getty Images for ColorOfChange)

The news of “NewsOne Now” cancellation shocked Martin and staffers according to sources. The network had recently expanded the morning show to two hours in September.

The memo added: “While we will continue our long-standing partnership with Roland Martin to ensure his important voice can be heard across all Urban One platforms examining issues of importance to the black community, we regret this decision adversely affects several of our valued colleagues whose positions will be eliminated with the suspension of the show.”

The network issued a statement on Twitter that read, “We are committed to providing quality news to our viewers and to our long-standing relationship with @rolandsmartin #NewsOneNow who will continue to have a voice on #TVOne.”

LeNora Millen         12-07-17

 

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President Donald Trump will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

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Why declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is so controversial?

The final status of Jerusalem has always been one of the most difficult and sensitive questions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. If the United States declares Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, it would be seen as prejudging that question, deciding an issue that was supposed to be left to negotiations and breaking with the international consensus on the holy city.
Recognizing Jerusalem as the capital also moves the United States one major step closer to relocating the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which would be seen as cementing Israeli sovereignty over the city.

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