Geopolitical News, 13 Jan 2019

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Poland could consider limits on use of Huawei products

Poland could consider a ban on the use of Huawei products by public bodies and possible legislation to curtail their use by private citizens, a senior government official said on Sunday, following the arrest of a Chinese Huawei official in Poland.
White House asked for options to strike Iran: WSJ

The White House’s national security team last fall asked the Pentagon to provide it with options for striking Iran after a group of militants aligned with Tehran fired mortars into an area in Baghdad that is home to the U.S. Embassy, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.
French media denounce violent “yellow vest” attacks on press

French media and reporters’ organizations on Sunday denounced attacks on journalists by “yellow vest” anti-government protesters and called for better protection after a series of incidents this weekend.


After arrest, Poland could limit use of Huawei products

Poland could consider a ban on the use of Huawei products by public bodies, a senior government official said on Sunday, following the arrest of a Chinese Huawei official in the east European country last week.
U.S.-backed Syrian force: Islamic State in ‘its final moments’

Islamic State militants are “living their final moments” in the last enclave they hold in Syria, near the Iraqi border, where the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have stepped up their attacks in the last two days, an SDF official told Reuters on Sunday.
Swedish Liberal party to back Social Democrat Lofven as PM

Sweden’s center-right Liberal party voted on Sunday to back a deal that could give Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven a second term in office after months of deadlock since the tied election.
Bangladesh garment manufacturers raise workers’ pay amid further protests

Garment manufacturers in Bangladesh have agreed to raise workers’ pay, the commerce minister said on Sunday, urging people to return to work after a week of violent demonstrations.
Greek parliament speaker suggests January 16 for confidence vote

The speaker of Greece’s parliament will propose the vote of confidence in the government, called by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras earlier Sunday, be held on Jan. 16, he said.
Damascus seeks ‘intensified’ talks with Kurds: official

The Syrian government hopes dialogue with Syrian Kurdish groups will intensify, a minister said on Sunday, signaling support for talks the Kurds hope will lead to a political deal between two of the main players in the multi-sided war.
Bangladesh raises wages for garment workers after violent protests

Bangladesh raised wages for garment workers on Sunday following a week of demonstrations calling for higher salaries, the country’s commerce minister said.
Ahead of vote, UK PM May warns it would be catastrophic to halt Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May warned lawmakers on Sunday that failing to deliver Brexit would be catastrophic for democracy, in a plea for support two days before parliament is expected to reject her deal with Brussels.
EU may need rules to stop doctors emigrating: German minister

The European Union should consider regulating to stop member states from poaching each other’s doctors and other professionals, German Health Minister Jens Spahn said.
Human Rights Watch calls for sanctions against new Afghan defense minister

International rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged major donors to impose sanctions on Afghanistan’s newly appointed acting defense minister over alleged war crimes and human rights abuses.
Poland’s Kaczynski cancels campaign appearance due to health problems

Polish ruling party chief Jaroslaw Kaczynski has canceled a campaign event on Sunday ahead of European Parliament elections due to poor health, officials said, amid uncertainty in Poland over his ability to run the conservative grouping.
Congo should recount presidential election vote: Southern African bloc

An influential African bloc urged Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday to recount the votes of its chaotic presidential election, raising pressure on Kinshasa to ensure the legitimacy of the next government and avert widespread violent unrest.
Italian militant Battisti arrested in Bolivia after 1981 jailbreak

Italian former leftist guerrilla Cesare Battisti, who has been on the run for almost four decades after being jailed for murder, has been arrested in Bolivia and is expected to be extradited to Italy, officials said on Sunday.
Secretary of State Pompeo urges Gulf states to heal rift

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that a rift between Qatar and its Gulf Arab neighbors had gone on for too long and was threatening regional unity needed to counter Iran.
Yemen’s Houthis threaten more drone attacks

The Iranian-aligned Houthi group threatened on Sunday to launch more drone attacks after a deadly strike last week on a Yemeni government military parade, stoking tension between the warring parties amid U.N. peace efforts.
UK parliament will act to stop no deal Brexit: pro-EU party leader

The British parliament will act to stop a no deal Brexit from happening, Vince Cable, the leader of the pro-EU Liberal Democrats, said on Sunday.
Greece’s Tsipras calls confidence vote after ally quits coalition

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Sunday said he would call a confidence vote in his government after his coalition ally quit, leaving him bereft of a parliamentary majority and raising the possibility of snap elections.
Southern African bloc calls for recount of Congo’s contested election

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) suggested on Sunday that Democratic Republic of Congo recount votes from a contested Dec. 30 presidential election that the runner-up says was rigged and which has sparked isolated violence across the country.
Congo poll leaves uncertainty for miners at heart of EV revolution

The surprise outcome of Congo’s election – a vote meant to bring closure to years of turmoil under President Joseph Kabila – has done little to ease uncertainty for miners and investors in a country crucial to the electric vehicle revolution.
UK opposition leader Corbyn says no deal Brexit would be ‘catastrophic’

British opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Sunday that exiting the European Union without a deal would be “catastrophic” and he would prefer an agreement is reached than a second referendum held.
Increased risk UK parliament acts to frustrate Britain’s EU exit: Brexit minister

The risk of the British parliament seeking to frustrate Brexit has increased, Brexit minister Stephen Barclay said on Sunday.
Greek right-wing coalition partner says will not back government in a confidence vote

Greek right-wing coalition partner Panos Kammenos said on Sunday he would not support Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in a confidence vote in parliament.
Congo should consider unity government: southern African bloc

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) thinks the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) should consider a government of national unity after its disputed presidential election, South Africa’s foreign minister said on Sunday.
Israel claims Syria air strike, says hunt for Hezbollah tunnels over

Israel acknowledged on Sunday that it carried out a weekend air strike on what it called an Iranian arms cache in Syria, and that it also completed a hunt for cross-border tunnels dug by Tehran-allied Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas.
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Until next time,
Russ Roberts

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