Welcome to August here in the Daily Outsider!!
It has been quite a month as our World has been witness to the implosion in Venezuela, the North Koreans yet again threateninng the United States as this image apparently shows missiles falling down the sky:
July was also President Trump yet again being President Trump. The GOP attempt at Healthcare fizzled out as the President threatened to withhold insurance reimbursements as apparently Senators were also threatened. Beyond the US, though, Iran and the United States seem to be on a collision course in the aftermath of Iran's latest launch of a Missile that ostensibly was for a a Satellite. As the US accused Iran of breaking the elements of the JCPOA, Iran also accused the US of the same in the aftermath of the Sanctions Bill that passed 98-2. On the domestic Front, Iran also seems to be headed for some further confrontation with various factions as President Rouhani finalizes his cabinet. Our team reviewed reporting reflecting the fact that Candidates for Foreign Minister, Defense Minister and Intelligence had to be vetted by the Office of the Supreme Leader before being presented to Parliament. It is also of note that Iran's Justice Minister is also indirectly appointed by the Supreme Leader as he's due to be appointed from an approved list by the head of the Judiciary--A Supreme Leader Appointee.
With our keen interest in Media, we have also been witness to quite month and year on that front. We have see yet again consolidations--including moves by the supreme deal maker of all, John Malone, as his Liberty Media has taken stakes in Pandora (that we feature in our Entertainment Corner) and Discover Communication. It is also a month that would see AT&T & Time Warner potentially come together.
As we go dark in these pages for the Month of August, our Twitter Feed will be active with our daily updates courtesy of Nuzzel and Paper_li along with our Broadcast POD which will feature live feeds from Al Jazeera and Sky News. Despite all the challenges at hand, we remain hopeful about our World as underscored by this recent snapshot our team received recently from the team at TED.COM
Onward to August with all its' possibilities .