- Robert Mueller’s investigators obtained thousands of Trump transition team emails by going straight to the General Services Administration, which provided email services to the transition team. Donald Trump’s lawyers claim that violates the Fourth Amendment, since privileged emails were among those hoovered up by Mueller’s team. As you’d expect, Mueller’s team disagrees.
Vladimir Putin thanked Donald Trump for providing CIA-sourced information about a planned terrorist attack against Kazansky Cathedral in St. Petersburg. Russian security forces rounded up the ISIS supporters who were planning the bombing before they could carry it out.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims Turkey will build an embassy in East Jerusalem, intended to be an embassy to a non-existent Palestinian state. Erdogan also said Turkey will wipe the Kurdish YPG out of the Turkey/Syria border area.
The New York Times published a story on children starving to death in Venezuela:
In many countries, extreme malnutrition “can be caused when there is war, a drought, some sort of catastrophe or an earthquake,” said Dr. Ingrid Soto de Sanabria, the chief of the hospital’s nutrition, growth and development department. “But in our country it is directly related to the shortages and inflation.”
The Venezuelan government has tried to cover up the extent of the crisis by enforcing a near-total blackout of health statistics, and by creating a culture in which doctors are often afraid to register cases and deaths that may be associated with the government’s failures.
But the statistics that have come out are staggering. In the Ministry of Health’s 2015 annual report, the mortality rate for children under 4 weeks old had increased a hundredfold, from 0.02 percent in 2012 to just over 2 percent. Maternal mortality had increased nearly fivefold in the same period.
For almost two years, the government did not publish a single epidemiological bulletin tracking statistics like infant mortality. Then in April of this year, a link suddenly appeared on the Health Ministry’s official website, leading to the unpublished bulletins. They showed that 11,446 children under the age of 1 had died in 2016 — a 30 percent increase in one year — as the economic crisis accelerated.
The new findings made national and international headlines before the government declared that the website had been hacked, and the reports were swiftly removed. The health minister was fired and the military was put in charge of monitoring the bulletins. No reports have been released since.