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June 28, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) - East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views.  Top world and U.S. headlines include:



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Supreme Court Deals Blow to Property Rights (Reason)

When governments issue regulations that undermine the value of property, bureaucrats don't necessarily have to compensate property holders, the Supreme Court ruled Friday.

Disabled protesters taken away by Capitol police (Reporting San Diego)

There are moments in time when rifts in societies show starkly. There are moments when dominant values also bubble up to the surface. People have been protesting the repeal of the Affordable Care Act for months, but the events in Washington DC, at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office this morning, are revealing something that is barbaric.

Vouchers for religious schools:  are vouchers for religious schools next? (EdSource)

S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and other supporters of school choice are hailing a U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday as one more step toward tearing down states’ opposition to tuition vouchers for private and religious schools. Opponents in California and in other states whose constitutions ban using taxpayer money for religious schools, while disappointed with the ruling, are warning not to read too much into it.

Senate bill would cause 22 million to lose insurance (Reuters)

Twenty-two million Americans would lose insurance over the next decade under the U.S. Senate Republican healthcare bill, a nonpartisan congressional office said on Monday, complicating the path forward for the already-fraught legislation.

Supreme Court limits government’s power to revoke citizenship (The Hill)

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a naturalized immigrant can’t be stripped of their citizenship for making false statements during the naturalization process that are irrelevant to an immigration official's decision to grant or deny citizenship.

Once on the outside conservative Koch network warms to Trump (Reuters)

…the Kochs and their operatives have welcomed much of the fledgling administration's actions, including efforts to roll back federal regulations, the decision to pull out of the Paris global climate accord, a Veterans Administration reform bill and the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.  Koch officials say their network has better access to the Trump administration than they expected given past frictions, partly because former Koch operatives have been hired in key administration jobs.

Trump sued for allegedly violating Presidential Records Act (NPR)

wo government watchdog groups, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the National Security Archive, filed a lawsuit Thursday against President Trump and the Executive Office of the President. The complaint alleges that White House staffers' widely reported use of encrypted messaging apps, such as Signal and Confide, for internal communication violates the Presidential Records Act….Encrypted messaging apps automatically delete messages, which would prevent those communications from being archived.

Ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort registers as foreign agent (Wall Street Journal)

Filing with Justice Department acknowledges that some of his lobbying work for Ukraine’s former president was aimed at influencing U.S. policy makers and journalists.

Trump admits he doesn’t have tapes of Comey (Time)

President Donald Trump conceded Thursday that he does not actually have tapes of his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, weeks after his implication that he might have such recordings set up a high-stakes showdown with Comey and with Congress.


Humanitarian Aid Is 'Broken,' Says Former U.N. Official (NPR)

Spiegel, a former senior official at the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and physician and a professor at Johns Hopkins University, explains what the humanitarian system needs to do to fix itself. . 

U.N. Says World's Population Will Reach 9.8 Billion By 2050 (NPR)

The population growth is being driven by high birth rates in developing nations as well as higher life expectancy worldwide.

Venezuela crisis: Helicopter ‘launches attack’ on Supreme Court (BBC)

Venezuela's Supreme Court has been attacked by gunfire and grenades from a helicopter in what President Nicolas Maduro called a "terrorist attack."

Iran’s flag on Israel’s border: ‘We are coming.’ (Jerusalem Post)

Living with the Iranian threat is not a new phenomenon, but it is an increasingly complex one because of the Syrian civil war. Iran is reaching a peak of influence and power in the region.

Under pressure, Western tech firms bow to Russian demands to share cyber secrets (Reuters)

Western technology companies, including Cisco, IBM and SAP, are acceding to demands by Moscow for access to closely guarded product security secrets, at a time when Russia has been accused of a growing number of cyber attacks on the West, a Reuters investigation has found.

Arab states issue ultimatum to Qatar: close Jazeera, curb ties with Iran  (Reuters)

 Four Arab states that imposed a boycott on Qatar have issued an ultimatum to Doha to close Al Jazeera television, curb ties with Iran, shut a Turkish base and pay reparations, demands so far reaching it would appear to be hard for Doha to comply.

Russia's election commission says Navalny cannot run for presidency (Reuters)

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny cannot run for presidency because of his criminal conviction, the Central Election Commission, said in a statement on Friday.

 Hezbollah operates on Lebanon border under guise of fake environmental NGO (JPost)

The Shi'ite terror organization backed by Iran and based in Lebanon has been spying on Israel for months by pretending to operate along the border as a green NGO.

Venezuela's Maduro warns of war if 'revolution' toppled (Reuters)

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro warned on Tuesday that he and supporters would take up arms if his socialist government was violently overthrown by opponents who have been on the streets protesting for three months. 

Former Al-Jazeera anchor says TV network aids terrorists (Jewish World News)

Mohamed Fahmy is preparing a lawsuit against his former employers. And while he is still highly critical of the regime that imprisoned him, he also says the Egyptian government is correct in saying al-Jazeera is really a propaganda channel for Islamists and an arm of Qatari foreign policy.