Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Wikipedia's Article of the Day August 21, 2019: Hillary Clinton


Hillary Clinton (born 1947) is an American politician, diplomat, lawyer, and writer.

She was First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001, a U.S. senator from New York from 2001 to 2009, and the 67th secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

As a Democrat running in the 2016 presidential election, she became the first woman to receive the nomination of a major U.S. political party. Clinton was raised in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge. She graduated from Wellesley College, and in 1973 earned a law degree from Yale, where she met future president Bill Clinton; they married in 1975.

She was appointed the first female chair of the Legal Services Corporation in 1978. As U.S. secretary of state in the Obama administration, Clinton helped organize international sanctions against Iran in an effort to curtail that country's nuclear program, leading to the multinational Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreement in 2015.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillary_Clinton

Australian court upholds Cardinal Pell child sex convictions

Cardinal George Pell arrives at the Supreme Court in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
MELBOURNE, Australia (Associated Press) — An Australian court by a 2-1 majority ruling Wednesday upheld convictions against Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of children sex abuse.

The Victoria state Court of Appeal rejected Cardinal George Pell’s appeal of the unanimous verdicts a jury issued in December finding Pope Francis’ former finance minister guilty of molesting two 13-year-old choirboys in Melbourne’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral in 1996 and 1997.

At the time, Pell had just become archbishop of Australia’s second largest city and had set up a world-first compensation arrangement for victims of clergy sexual abuse.

His lawyers are expected to appeal the decision in the High Court, Australia’s final arbiter.

Pell, 78, showed no emotion when Chief Justice Anne Ferguson read the verdict to a packed courtroom but bowed his head moments later. He wore a cleric’s collar but not his cardinal’s ring. Pell had arrived at the court in a prison van and was handcuffed as he was led away by a guard.

The Vatican, which is conducting its own investigation into sex abuse allegations against Pell, is expected to comment on the court’s ruling later Wednesday.

Pell is no longer a member of Pope Francis’ council of cardinals or a Vatican official.

Clerical sexual abuse and the Catholic church’s handling of such cases worldwide have thrown Francis’ papacy into turmoil.

In a little more than a year, the pope has acknowledged he made “grave errors” in Chile’s worst cover-up, Pell was convicted of abuse, a French cardinal was convicted of failing to report a pedophile, and a third cardinal, former U.S. church leader Theodore McCarrick, was defrocked after a Vatican investigation determined he molested children and adults.

Pell’s lawyers had to prove to the appeals court that the jury that unanimously convicted him in December must have held a reasonable doubt about his guilt. An earlier trial had ended in a deadlocked jury. An 11-to-1 majority decision to either convict or acquit could have been accepted, but at least two jurors held out.

Prosecutors replied that the evidence of more than 20 priests, choristers, altar servers and church officials showed there were “possible hindrances” to the prosecution case, but did not preclude the jury from being satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt of Pell’s guilt.

Pell’s lawyers argue the events in 1996 as described in the prosecution case were “improbable and even impossible” to have happened quickly and in part of the cathedral where altar servers and priests were likely to walk in at any moment.

One of the choirboys, identified by the sentencing judge as J.J., was the key prosecution witness. His friend, identified as M.R., died of a heroin overdose in 2014 at the age of 31 without ever complaining he had been abused.

The father of the dead choirboy, neither of whom can be named, attended the court hearing on Wednesday, the father lawyer’s Lisa Flynn said before the hearing.

Flynn said a Pell win would be “devastating” for the father, but the father would continue with a civil suit against Pell and the church regardless of the outcome.

“Survivors and victims of child sex abuse all over the world will be watching with bated breath this morning as this decision is handed down,” Flynn told Nine Network television outside court.

“I do think it’s one of the most important legal outcomes for survivors of abuse in recent history and I think that the outcome will have an impact right around the world,” she added.

Pell did not testify at either of his trials. But both juries saw a video of a police interview of him in Rome in 2016 in which Pell rejected the allegations as “absolutely disgraceful rubbish” and a “deranged falsehood.”

When sentencing Pell to six years in prison in March, the trial judge accused Pell of showing “staggering arrogance” in his crimes.

Pell was ordered to serve a minimum of 3 years and 8 months before he was eligible for parole.

Kenya's First Football Team of People Living with Albinism (VIDEO)



NAIROBI - Growing up with albinism, 24-year-old Allan Herbert, a Kenyan journalism graduate, knew he was different. While he did not experience the same stigmatism and discrimination of his peers living with albinism, he had to be shielded from the sun by his peers. It is this special treatment and media stories of the brutal attacks suffered against albinos that made Herbert start a football team — his way of helping people with the genetic disorder fight for their space in Kenya. This past weekend, the team won its debut match in what Herbert says he hopes is a first of many.

Herbert, founder and team captain of Black Albinism Football Club, Kenya’s first football team made up entirely of young people living with albinism, says the sport brings people together.

“Football brings people of different diversity together, and when we decided on a sport, we said football is the easiest, and it is also in the school curriculum so people relate with it easier,” Herbert said.

Across East Africa, people with albinism have been targeted in brutal ritual killings for their body parts to be used in witchcraft, mainly due to their white skin — a condition that is caused by lack of pigmentation. Isaac Mwaura, a senator in Kenya, has been campaigning for the rights of people with albinism. He is Kenya’s first and only lawmaker living with albinism.

"People with albinism really suffer because they are black but not black enough, white but not white enough, disabled but not disabled enough. So, we are caught in between. And when you are caught in between it, you really don’t belong. So, we have to self-define. These are self-definition activities,” Mwaura said.

In their debut match, the 6-month-old team carries the day 4 to 2 in a penalty shootout.

“Once we fight the discrimination, once we beat the stigmatization, then we can see the greatness in us. We have won fair and square,” Herbert said.

As the match comes to an end, and Herbert celebrates with his teammates, the journalism graduate says there is no turning back on the dream of one day playing in the Kenyan premier league, and hopefully representing his country on the international stage.

"We are not different in any way. The only thing is our skin is a bit pale and we have issues with our eyesight. But that does not make us less as people,” Herbert said.

Burkina Faso Leader Laments 'Dark Stain' After Attack Kills 24 Soldiers

FILE - Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore speaks during a news conference at the Presidential Palace in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, May 1, 2019.
OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters)  - Gunmen killed 24 soldiers in an attack on an army unit in Burkina Faso, the deadliest yet in the West African nation's fight against Islamist militants, which the president on Tuesday called a "dark stain" on the country's history.

Seven other soldiers were wounded in the attack on Monday and five are still missing, the military and President Roch Marc Kabore said in separate statements.

The army, which earlier put the death toll at 10, said it had launched a land and air operation in response to the attack in Koutougou, in northern Burkina Faso's Soum province.


"August 19th is a dark stain on the life of our national army," Kabore said in the statement posted on the presidency website. "It is a heavy toll, which ... saddens us."

Once a pocket of relative calm in the Sahel, Burkina has suffered a homegrown insurgency for the past three years, which has been amplified by a spillover of jihadist violence and criminality from its chaotic neighbor Mali.

Large swathes of Burkina's north are now out of control, and France's military Sahel mission began limited operations there earlier this year.

The main opposition party, the Union for Progress and Change (UPC), called for the government to step down, accusing it of failing to counter a jihadist threat which has killed hundreds of civilians and caused more than 150,000 to flee.

"It's a team overwhelmed by the turn of events, which is currently crossing its arms, waiting for how fate will play them and the Burkinabes," UPC said in a statement.

Deteriorating security prompted the Ouagadougou government to declare in December a state of emergency in several northern provinces bordering Mali, including Soum.

Sudan forms 11-member sovereign council, headed by military leader


CAIRO (Reuters) - Sudan on Tuesday completed the formation of an 11-member sovereign council that will run the country for a three-year transitional period until elections, a spokesman for the ruling military council told a news conference.

The sovereign council will be led by Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who is the head of the transitional military council (TMC), which has ruled Sudan since April, when the military deposed veteran leader Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

Members of the sovereign council and the prime minister will be sworn in on Wednesday.

Last week Sudan’s main opposition alliance nominated economist Abdalla Hamdok to serve as prime minister in the country’s transitional government.

A power-sharing agreement signed on Saturday paves the way for a transitional government and eventual elections. It provides for a sovereign council as the highest authority in the country but largely delegates executive powers to the cabinet of ministers.

According to the agreement, the opposition coalition is allowed to choose five members of the council and the military another five, with the two sides jointly choosing a civilian as an eleventh member.

The agreement also provides for a 300-member legislative assembly to serve during the transitional period and a cabinet of technocrats.

The main challenge for the new government will be an economic crisis stemming from a shortage of foreign currency, resulting in a cash crunch and long lines for fuel and bread.

UGANDA: Opposition parties need to learn from ANT - @HeBobiWine @MugishaMuntu @KizzaBesigye1 @FDCofficial1 @SejuDav

I will just put down some few points for opposition including links from prior posts. LONG POST ALERT.

It is a fact that Military Dictator Yoweri Museveni will never hand over power to any opposition party in Uganda unless mandated by the money givers. Museveni will never lose an election and elections only legitimize him.

However, what Dr. Kizza Besigye has been doing since 2001 has been exposing the Museveni regime and awakening Ugandans.  This work cannot be despised and we owe him a lot. The only thing that happened to FDC while they were fighting to...liberate us... is they became a monopoly.  NO OTHER PARTY EXISTS IN UGANDA EXCEPT NRM AND FDC.  Such arrogance.  You will all remember how some FDC diehards beat the crap out of all opposition and then Gen. Mugisha Muntu even when he was president of FDC.

Then shit hit the fan.  Bobi Wine campaigns for Kyandondo East and there is when FDC lost it.  For the fact that Dr. Kizza Besigye never distanced himself from the attacks and slander of Gen. Mugisha Muntu, then never distanced himself from the attacks on Bobi Wine. To this day. DIGITAL FOOTPRINTS.
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We must not be so naive as to think that the elections of 2021 will usher in Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) as president.  We have walked this path before with Dr. Kizza Besigye who has been trying since 2001 and has never been declared a winner even when he won.

Now we have Bobi Wine whom some innocents think will be declared a winner in 2021 (or 2023 depending).

It is naive of all of us who call ourselves opposition and activists for change not to say these historical facts to People Power. To say that People Power needs to take all the lessons from FDC / KB and make plans, it is not to attack People Power.  UGANDANS ARE HUNGRY FOR CHANGE. Let us give them something worth fighting for because so far, who is giving them anything to fight for. These FDC diehards have sucked the life out of us because some of us do not consider Besigye a messiah.  Then the People Power just shoot off with..we have the numbers, Bobi Wine will win in 2021 and be president. ARE YOU SURE.... HOW SURE ARE YOU....
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Now, go look at ANT.  ANT has not stated that Gen. Mugisha Muntu (RTD) will run for President of Uganda.  We have seen pundits say he will not run and will support Bobi Wine.  Sometimes I wanna smoke the shit you are smoking.  MM is on record for saying that ANT will work with other opposition to front only one candidate for every election including for president.  But then these UPE USE illiterate school drop outs from some schools like Bufumbo PS or Busitema University have the audacity to claim that MUGISHA MUNTU WILL NOT STAND FOR PRESIDENT IN 2021.

I think we need to revamp our education system.  Our kids are graduating with full degrees and have ZERO common sense and you want some of these kids want to be your future MPs.  I think this is very Tupid.

Back to why MM is being coy about declaring that he will run for president.  He is much smarter than most of you people.  MM puts the country before self.  AND to think that at this early phase in electineering he will put his name across then scare some of you off.  PERHAPS HE SHOULD.  then we will not have to read your rubbish with your FB live, Youtube live, Twitter live, WhatsApp...nawalala nawalala.  We have to at least get serious you people.

MARTHA LEAH NANGALAMA
Moncton, Canada
Bududa, Uganda

https://nangalama.blogspot.com/2018/09/uganda-of-mugisha-muntu-and-bobi-wine.html

https://changeofguards.blogspot.com/2018/08/uganda-museveni-steps-up-youth.html

The amount of time we wasted labelling, blackmailing and calling Gen. Mugisha Muntu a mole, we could have done so much better.  NOW YOU ALL KNOW.
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https://changeofguards.blogspot.com/2014/10/gen-mugisha-muntu-agreat-leader-at.html

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

GEN. MUGISHA MUNTU - AGREAT LEADER AT THE WRONG TIME AND PLACE



At the tender age of 23 years, Muntu left Makerere University after doing his last paper for his political science course to join Museveni's bush war. He was driven by the urge to restore rule of law and human rights to Uganda that had broken down at the time courtesy of Yoweri Museveni who had created a situation to justify his bush war. Being a son of a prominent UPC leader (Enock Muntuoyera) who was a personal friend of the then President Obote, Muntu would have been given a better job in government but his resolute character and urge for the freedom of others took him to the bush. Initially, in the bush he was placed under close watch on suspicion that possibly the UPC government had sent him to spy on guerrillas.

In the bush Muntu belonged to the category of 'intellectuals' whom the senior Commanders majority of whom were non university graduates so much detested and harassed. Because of the greed mentality of these commanders at one time Muntu together with other NCOs and led by Enock Mondo at one time planned to escape from the Museveni's NRA and form their own fighting group. In the bush he was shot in the leg and chest and was smuggled to Kampala for treatment. Upon recovery, he rejoined the bush war. During the same time the remains of his father who had died in exile during Iddi Amin's regime were brought back and accorded a state funeral that was graced by the then President Milton Obote who used the occasion to call on the young Mugisha Muntu to abandon the bush and return home but to no avail.

In the bush Muntu rose through the ranks to become first the Director of Civil Intelligence and later Director of Military Intelligence (DMI) - a position he held even during and after capturing power. As a DMI Muntu is re-known for living a very simple life while his colleagues rushed for the spoils of war that went with victory. His Aides would face difficulty in explaining the source of expensive house items that they would get for him from the army headquarters. His official car was an old blue Land Rover that he would use to carry any junior staff member that he would find on the war to and from work. This vehicle remained a  property of DMI/CMI until recently when it was stolen by Charles Tumusiime Rutarago. In one of the interviews this is what Muntu had to say about grabs "....as the war progressed, we were sure we could take over power people started talking about what they were planning, where they wanted to live,or saying I will be this, I will live in this neighborhood. It became intense when we took overpower. After taking over our intentions were to all go into the barracks but that was heavily resisted as soon as we arrived here. People started running to live in Kololo, Nakasero and I think that is where we lost it. This started creating the sense of acquisition and that went into business of and the feeling of everyone getting in to get something for himself. It has now gone into what we see today." 

As a senior officer at the timeof taking over government, Muntu was made a Lt. Col when formal ranks were introduced. He was moved from DMI and appointed as the the army's Chief Political Commissar (CPC) before appointing him as the Division Commander of one of the NRA Divisions. Within less than a year Muntu was elevated to the rank of Maj. Gen and assigned to take charge of of the NRA as the Army Commander. Museveni's choice of Muntu at the time was not in good faith but was meant to promote his usual divide and rule policy. While Muntu was capable of being the Army Commander, there were other more senior officers at the time who would have been elevated to the same position. The likes of Joram Mugume, Cheif Ali, Tinyefuza, Kyaligonza a.k.a Kumanyoko, Ivan Koreta, Okecho, Maruru, Nanyumba and a few others would have as well served in that capacity.As a result, there are some senior officers who vowed never to salute Mugisha Muntu as a sign of disapproval. 

Through Mugisha Muntu, Museveni embarked and implemented his designs of purging certain army officers. It was during Muntu's time that the practice of Katebe (rendering redundant) started. As a result, some unsuspecting senior officers petitioned Museveni through Gen. Saleh but to no avail. The cool headed Mugisha Muntu sailed though the rough storm. The army laid a foundation for professionalism, estalishment of terms and conditions of service, accounting systems, procurement of equipments etc. Its during Muntus time that the army faced seven internal rebel groups and three cross border conflicts (Rwanda, Sudan and Kenya) but by the time he left office only one (LRA) was thriving with total victory in Rwanda while diplomatic means took care of Sudan and Kenya. 



Muntu's tenure of office failed to get a partner in Museveni his Commander in Chief to fight abuse of office by senior officers who were all out to grab for personal resources that were meant to improve the welfare of ordinary soldiers. Creation of ghost soldiers and outright theft and diversion of army supplies intensified during Muntu's tenure. In the early 90s, Muntu took the initiative to stamp it out by instituting a team headed by Serwanga Lwanga, Ivan Koreta and Fred Bogere. The team started from the eastern region to physically identify, photograph and document every member of the NRA and auxiliary forces. From the eastern region, the team proceeded to the northern region but half way into the exercise, Museveni called it off. Even in the units that had already been covered, Museveni blocked arrests and prosecution of the suspects arguing that it is the same commanders that were fighting the insurgency that were about to be punished. Since then vice took root and has become a traditional measure of personal loyalty and allegiance to Museveni. Unknown to Muntu at the time was the fact that thieving by army officers was Museveni's weapon of ensuring loyalty. In aninterview this is what Muntu had to stay "....a kind of warlord mentality emerged - that you fight to take over power ; you must be recognised for it. As we moved on President Museveni's long term plans and the warlord mentality found a meeting point. He found it difficult to deal with or punish those that participated. Eventually he became a key representative of that very mentality. He says he killed his animal......." Muntu is one of the many people who followed Museveni to Luwero without realising that his intention was gain and hold the presidency till death.

However, the practice of Museveni purging officers whom he suspected of disloyalty flourished under Muntu's tenure. Rendering officers redundant (Katebe) and arbitrary arrest and detention without trial took its toll. The affected officers unsuspectingly mistook Muntu to be the architect of their woes thus developing personal hatred. At one time during the funeral vigil of the late Col. Kyatuka in Old Kampala where Mugisha Muntu was among the mourners, a number of junior army officers led by Rwashande openly attacked Muntu accusing him of complicity in the death of senior officers by rendering them redundant and dying from deprivation. They openly and publicly insulted him by calling him names like 'Omwiru'. The incident sent shook waves within the army but no disciplinary action was taken against the said junior officers who are now very Senior officersunder the Muhoozi project.  Years after he had retired from the army, during a rally in Kamuli district Muntu broke down and cried mid sentence thus "When I recall the times I was forced to arrest my friends and relatives........" Who was forcing him and who were those friends and relatives?

After serving for nine stormy years as army commander, Muntu got the rare opportunity to see tfrom the inside and grasp Museveni's hidden intents. When Muntu decided to quit the army Museveni offered him the position  of Minister of Defence which the former rejected. Museveni ordered the army to give him fifty million shillings to boost his(Muntu) stone quarry business - the only private economic means he had acquired from his earnings in army. Muntu is the only NRA officer who never stole or illegally acquired any personal wealth by virtue of his position. He is a poor man by all standards. However, it is said that his property on 10 Kyandondo Road houses the NRM headquarters. 

When Muntu the former Army Commander joined the opposition, desperate Ugandans who have lost all hope of democratic change of government saw a messiah in him. They anticipated an army man who would employ militaristic approach to the sitting military government under Gen. Museveni. At worst they anticipated Gen. Mugisha Muntu to eat into Musevei's power base - the military and run him down. Instead, Mugisha Muntu embarked on building and strengthening the leading opposition party. Some sections of Ugandans who don't fully understand Muntu think that he is a Museveni sympathiser. Ugandans should not be fooled that Mugisha Muntu is not fully aware that Museveni can not accept to loose power through democratic means. In the current efforts to rescue the country, Muntu's role and method of work should be compared with DP's Paul Ssemogerere who led his party to form the opposition during the 2nd UPC government. Let us not underrate the role that was played by DP's Ssemogere to check the excesses of the UPC government which role in turn afforded breathing space and survival of the NRA fighters. There were democratic institutions during the 2nd UPC government unlike the current military dictatorship under Museveni. The other difference is that Muntu has bullet wounds in his chest and leg. Does he fear to be shot again? For those who doubt Muntu's capability, ask Museveni and you will be surprised. No amount of money, intimidation, blackmail or offer of top position can buy off Mugisha Muntu.

INFORMATION IS POWER

ENERGY: Oil report for August 20, 2019 (CHARTS)


By OILPRICE.COM

- The volume of natural gas that is flowing to export terminals in the U.S. reached a record high in July, hitting 6 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d), or 7 percent of total U.S. natural gas production, according to the EIA.

- U.S. LNG exports reached a record high 5.2 bcf/d in July.

- Two more LNG export facilities – Elba Island LNG in Georgia and Freeport LNG in Texas – are set to begin operations within the next two months.

Market Movers

- Chevron (NYSE: CVX) has an edge over ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) because of its “superior” cash position, according to Barclays.

- Range Resources (NYSE: RRC) rose more than 8 percent on Monday after it wasupgraded to a “Buy” rating by MKM Partners. Range Resources’ stock was at a year-to-date low prior to Monday, down two-thirds since January.

- Hess (NYSE: HES) has been the best performing oil and gas company this year, gaining 57 percent year-to-date. The company’s discoveries in Guyana, rather than its U.S. shale footprint, have much to do with the success.










Tuesday August 20, 2019

Oil prices rose slightly on Monday after a Houthi drone attack on a Saudi oil field led toconcerns about geopolitical unrest. That trend reversed on Tuesday however after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued harsh comments about Huawei and the threat of China.

Oil CEOs sell their own stock. An analysis from Raymond James found that top CEOs at U.S. oil and gas firms have sold an average of $4 million worth of stock in their own companies over the past five years, at a time when they talk up their stocks to investors.

Bakken flaring rises to 24 percent. Bakken flaring has spiked as production of both oil and gas rises amid a pipeline bottleneck. Drillers are now flaring roughly 24 percent of the gas produced in the Bakken, which is twice as high as state limits.

CNPC suspends purchases from Venezuela. China’s CNPC suspended oil purchases in August from Venezuela following stricter U.S. sanctions. “We were told that China oil will not load any oil in August. We don’t know what will happen after,” a source toldReuters.

Aramco to select Lazard Ltd. and Moelis & Co. Bloomberg reports that Saudi Aramco has picked Lazard Ltd. and Moelis & Co. to advise the company on its IPO.

Mercedes-Benz to join California on fuel economy. In a blow to the Trump administration’s efforts to slash fuel economy standards, Mercedes-Benz is preparing to join four other automakers in agreeing to the stricter fuel economy standards laid out by California. The New York Times also reported that the policy process within the Trump administration is in disarray. The balking of top automakers and the internal disorder could imperil the deregulation effort.

U.S. shows signs of easing off trade war. The U.S. government extended waivers on sanctions on companies doing business with Huawei, viewed as a conciliatory gesture towards China. Fears of an economic recession seem to have the Trump administration concerned, and top U.S. officials have talked up trade negotiations. The Trump administration is also reportedly exploring a payroll tax amid growing concerns about the economy.

Dakota Access draws fire. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has asked a judge to toss out a federal permit for the Dakota Access pipeline, due to lack of consultation. The issue comes as the pipeline’s owner, Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE: ETP), hopes to double the pipeline’s capacity. Meanwhile, several Democratic presidential candidates vowed to revoke the pipeline’s permits if they became president.

Texas well completions decline by 12 percent. The number of oil and gas wells completed in Texas declined by 12 percent in the first 7 months of 2019 compared to the same period a year earlier. Permits to drill new wells also declined by 14 percent. Slower activity has been a blow for oilfield services companies.

YPF cuts spending after price controls. Argentine President Mauricio Macri unveiled a series of stimulus measures last week in response to a shockingly bad performance in the nation’s primary. The package also came in the wake of market gyrations that saw the peso lose roughly 25 percent. President Macri froze fuel prices for three months, a move that is a huge setback for the oil industry. YPF (NYSE: YPF) said that it would slash spending by $100-$120 million per month as long as the price controls remain in effect. 


Hi-Crush idles mine amid poor sand prices. Hi-Crush (NYSE: HCR) announced plans to halt production at one of its frac-sand operations in Wisconsin because of decreasing profitability.

Iranian tanker heads for Greece. Gibraltar decided to release the seized Iranian tanker, despite efforts by the U.S., easing some tension between Iran and the UK. The tanker is destined for Greece. The U.S. warned Greece not to assist the tanker.

Oil industry succeeds in criminalizing protest. Several oil companies behind the Dakota Access Pipeline and other pipeline projects have succeeded in pushing through laws at the state level to make pipeline protests a felony, according to Bloomberg. “Oil refiners, especially Koch Industries and Marathon Petroleum, orchestrated this unholy alliance of oil, gas, chemical, and electric utility companies to crush resistance to polluting industries,” Connor Gibson, an investigator with Greenpeace who has tracked the efforts, told Bloomberg.

Fighting climate change good for economy. A new paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research finds that slashing greenhouse gases will be significantly better for global GDP than inaction. The paper estimates that abiding by the Paris Climate agreement will keep GDP losses at 1.07 percent by 2100, while faster warming could slash global GDP by 7.22 percent.

Trump admin secretly negotiating with Venezuela. The Trump administration has held secret talks with powerful members of the Venezuela government. Some officials are seeking assurances that they won’t face retribution if they allow Maduro to be removed from power. Venezuelan officials deny the report.

Sales of diesel cars in freefall in Norway. EVs are eating into the market share of diesel vehicles in Norway, which are in freefall. Sales of diesel vehicles have fallen 95 percent over the last six years.