[size=32]N[/size]RP SAGRES VISITA PORTIMÃO
No âmbito da viagem dos cadetes do 1º ano da Escola Naval, que decorrerá de 28 de Julho a 8 de Agosto, o NRP Sagres irá praticar o porto de Portimão de 1 a 3 de Agosto, ficando atracado no Ponto de Apoio Naval daquela cidade algarvia (PAN Portimão) e estará aberto ao público no dia 02 de agosto. (MGP)
Brennan apologizes after internal report finds CIA spied on Congress[/size]
The director of the United States Central Intelligence Agency has apologized to Congress members after an internal inquiry found that the Agency spied on Congressional staff investigating its use of torture in interrogations. The investigation, conducted by the CIA’s Office of the Inspector-General, was prompted by the very public spat back in March between the Agency and the Senate Intelligence Committee. The latter is tasked, along with its sister body in the House of Representatives, with exercising legislative oversight of the Intelligence Community. Many members of the Committee, which has just concluded a probe over the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation against terrorism detainees, believe that, not only was the CIA’s use of torture methods illegal, but that it also failed to generate useful intelligence. The CIA, however, has denied this all along, and has been quite possessive of documents relating to the subject, which the Committee believed had a right to access. When the Committee accused the CIA of illegally searching the computers used by staffers to carry out their research into CIA files, the Agency responded by asking the Federal Bureau of Investigation to look into whether Congressional staffers illegally removed classified documents from the CIA’s archives that were beyond the scope of the Committee’s investigation. But the CIA’s own report appears to have completely vindicated Congress, having found that CIA officers created a fake online identity in order to surreptitiously access a number of computers used by Congressional staffers. The report’s findings prompted a private meeting earlier this week between CIA Director John Brennan and two senior members of the Committee, Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga), during which Brennan reportedly apologized. Feinstein, however, who was very vocal in denouncing the CIA’s shenanigans back in March, allegedly took Brennan to task about his staunch defense of his employees last spring. Read more of this post
[size=31]Gaza Cease-Fire Collapses[/size]
A seventy-two-hour ceasefire crumbled only hours after it began in Gaza on Friday, with both Israel and Hamas accusing the other of violating the truce (Haaretz). At least thirty-five Palestinians were killed by Israeli shelling (AP), and Israeli forces are searching for a soldier believed to be captured by Palestinian militants. The deal, brokered by U.S. secretary of state John Kerry and UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, had been the most ambitious attempt so far to end more than three weeks of fighting, and was to be followed by negotiations in Cairo for a longer-term solution (Reuters).
"As America grows less nationalistic, less hawkish, less religious and less inclined to consider its own culture superior, it will grow less sympathetic to an Israeli governmentdefined by exactly those characteristics," writes Peter Beinart for Haaretz.
"Many Israelis think they can no longer count on public opinion in Europe—and, to a much lesser extent, America—and that where popular sentiment leads, democratic politicians will sooner or later follow," writes the Economist.
"The odds are that, once the dust settles in Gaza, Washington will let the situation drift. It is arguably the fourth of Mr Obama's Middle East crises after Iraq, Iran and Syria. Why waste more capital on it? The answer lies as much within the US as in the Middle East," writes Edward Luce for the Financial Times.
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Xi Consolidates Military Power
China's People's Liberation Army restated its allegiance (SCMP) to President Xi Jinping after the government announced a high-profile corruption probe against former security chief Zhou Yongkang. Observers say the move—as well as Zhou's persecution—indicates Xi's further consolidation of support within the party and military.
JAPAN: Japan said Friday that it plans to classify five additional islands (JapanTimes) as part of the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands, a move that will likely to spark backlash from China.
This interactive CFR Infoguide provides in-depth background to the territorial dispute.
SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIA
India Blocks WTO Deal
The World Trade Organization failed to reach a deal on standardizing customs rules afterIndia's surprise veto (FT) blocked efforts to pass the first global trade reform in two decades. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is visiting New Delhi to revitalize ties, told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that India's move sent the wrong signal (ET).
This CFR Timeline outlines a dynamic history of U.S.-India relations.
PAKISTAN: India's new army chief issued a stern warning (Dawn) to Pakistan on his first day in office, referencing the alleged beheading of an Indian soldier along the Line of Control.
Protests Erupt in Tripoli
Demonstrators supporting the Libyan army protested in the streets of Tripoli (Al-Arabiya), demanding the expulsion of Islamist militias from the capital. The protest comes after Libya's Islamist militant group Ansar al-Sharia claimed control of Benghazi on Wednesday, declaring the city an "Islamic emirate."
WHO Announces Ebola Response
The World Health Organization and African leaders are set to announce a new $100 million emergency response plan to combat the Ebola outbreak (BBC), which has already claimed 729 lives. The WHO has called the outbreak "unprecedented," with 1,323 cases confirmed and suspected in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone since March 2014.
UGANDA: A Ugandan court on Friday struck down an anti-gay bill (AP) that had been condemned by the West and rights groups. The United States has withheld funding to some Ugandan institutions accused of rights abuses.