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After a Little Canada bar fight, one man returned with a gun, shooting charges say

A St. Paul man was charged Monday for his role in a shooting outside a Little Canada bar that left three people injured over the weekend. Marquise Dayshawn Parker, 21, of St. Paul, faces three counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of unlawfully possessing a firearm. Ramsey County deputies were dispatched to the area around 1:50 a.m. June 24 after receiving a report that individuals were jumping on tables at Flameburger, on Rice Street. They subsequently received word that a fight had broken out at nearby Hoggsbreath Bar, according to the complaint filed in the case.

A Roseville police officer in the area soon heard gunfire and saw several people running from the bar in different directions. Eyewitnesses at the scene, including a security guard from the bar, identified Parker as the shooter, court documents say. He was apprehended shortly after the shooting following a foot-chase. Deputies later discovered a black and silver 9 mm semiautomatic handgun that had been abandoned in a yard north of the Flameburger parking lot. Parker is suspected of ditching the gun there as he fled from police, the complaint said.

Witnesses told police that Parker was getting punched and kicked by several others at the bar earlier in the night until someone he knew helped untangle him from the dispute. He reportedly had been kicked out of the bar earlier in the night for aggressive behavior. He later returned with a gun and started firing at people, the complaint said. Upon his arrest, Parker allegedly said, I have money. I have money for bail. I ll be out Monday. He was incarcerated as of Tuesday. Three adults sustained non-life-threatening gunshot wounds during the shooting. One was shot in the buttocks; two in the calves.

All three told authorities they had not been involved in the previous altercation with Parker, the complaint said. In an interview with deputies, Parker reportedly acknowledged he was in a fight at Hoggsbreath but denied shooting anyone or being in possession of a gun. While he was gesturing, a spent 9mm casing fell out of his shirt, the complaint said. Parker reportedly had no explanation for how it got there.

Parker was convicted of aiding and abetting first-degree robbery in 2014.

He had not yet been appointed a public defender as of early Tuesday afternoon.

White House Syria Chemical Weapons Warning Catches US Military Off Guard: Reports

The White House warned Syria about using chemical weapons late Monday after failing to coordinate it with U.S. national security agencies, according to a report. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer issued a statement[1] Monday that said the U.S. has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by Bashar al-Assad s regime. It warned that if Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price. After what was deemed to be a Sarin gas attack[2] by the Syrian Army that killed civilians in early April, President Donald Trump bombed[3] an airfield in retaliation.

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Five U.S. defense officials including one from U.S. Central Command told BuzzFeed News[5] that they do not know where the chemical attack will come from and they had no idea that the White House was planning a statement.

White House Syria Chemical Weapons Warning Catches US Military Off Guard: ReportsU.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on June 23. The president’s planned tax cuts could add millions of dollars to the U.S. national debt. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Potential threats of U.S. military action are usually agreed and organized among National Security Council agencies and Departments, including the Department of Defense and State Department. Several defense officials also told the New York Times[6] that the statement caught them off guard. It isn t clear how closely guarded the intelligence about the potential attack was.

Read more: Tillerson lets slip he wants regime change in Iran[7]

The warning surprised Daryl G. Kimball, the executive director of the Arms Control Association. He told The NYT that he couldn t recall a pre-emptive public warning about the use of banned weaponed like this in at least the last 20 years. Usually warnings are sent through diplomatic channels, he said. Soon after the White House statement America s ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, tweeted[8] that any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia & Iran who support him killing his own people.

It is not the first time that the White House and President Donald Trump have eschewed the advice of cabinet members and military advisers to issue statements that could have sweeping national security implications. During a speech at the NATO alliance s new headquarters at the end of May, Trump hesitated[9] to affirm NATO s Article 5 which says an attack on one member is an attack on all despite advice from his generals. National security adviser H.R. McMaster, Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had all worked to include a statement supporting Article 5 in Trump s speech, according to five sources that spoke with Politico[10]. Trump reportedly took it out at the last minute.

The afternoon of June 9 Trump and Secretary Tillerson gave speeches that appeared to contradict each other. Shortly before Trump spoke at a joint press conference with the leader of Romania, Tillerson told reporters[11] that Middle Eastern nations that have put sanctions on Qatar are hurting the U.S. coalition against the Islamic State terrorist group. Not only that, but they are “impairing U.S. and other international business activities in the region,” Tillerson said. Trump had asked Tillerson to help de-escalate the situation. Yet during his press conference Trump said that “the time had come to call on Qatar to end its funding” for terrorism and to take action against the nation, appearing to support the sanctions.

Defence secretary, James Mattis, then rushed[12] to assure Qatar of continuing American support as U.S. military aircraft fly outof al-Udeid base near Qatar s capital Doha on missions in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Afghanistan.

The White House statement Monday did not lay out precise details of what shape a heavy price for Assad would take after another chemical attack.

References

  1. ^ Sean Spicer issued a statement (twitter.com)
  2. ^ Sarin gas attack (uk.reuters.com)
  3. ^ President Donald Trump bombed (www.newsweek.com)
  4. ^ Daily Emails and Alerts- Get the best of Newsweek delivered to your inbox (www.newsweek.com)
  5. ^ BuzzFeed News (www.buzzfeed.com)
  6. ^ told the New York Times (www.nytimes.com)
  7. ^ Read more: Tillerson lets slip he wants regime change in Iran (www.newsweek.com)
  8. ^ Nikki Haley, tweeted (twitter.com)
  9. ^ Trump hesitated (www.newsweek.com)
  10. ^ spoke with Politico (www.politico.com)
  11. ^ Tillerson told reporters (www.npr.org)
  12. ^ James Mattis, then rushed (www.theguardian.com)

Apollo’s Shield: Clean Energy Is the ‘Ultimate Weapon’ Against Russian Security Threats

In January, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis called Russia the principal threat[1] to America today. But despite Russia’s might, there’s a glaring chink in its otherwise impenetrable armor: an extraordinary dependence on its sale of fossil fuels. Over the past decade, the U.S. has developed the ultimate weapon — clean energy — to protect us from and neutralize the multi-tentacled Russian threat. The U.S. clean energy industry, in partnership with the U.S. government, has the opportunity over the coming decades to earn billions while strengthening our national security. Together they can assist Europe in overhauling energy infrastructure and starving Moscow s budget of its essential fossil fuel revenue, rendering Putin powerless.

Moscow s dominance of the regional energy market serves as the cornerstone of Europe’s vulnerability to the Russian threat. According to RAND, 11 European countries, from Finland to Bulgaria, buy over 90 percent[2] of their vital natural gas from Russia. Germany, our most important ally on the continent, relies on Russia for over 40 percent of all the natural gas it consumes, more than from any other country. However, this interdependency flows bilaterally. Russia earns over 40 percent[3] of all export revenue from fossil fuel sales to Europe and North America. Moreover, 36 percent of every ruble in the Kremlin s published budget (USD $85.5 billion) comes directly from these fossil fuel sales. Putin s carbon cash-flow addiction constitutes his critical vulnerability, essential to feed over 30 percent[4] of the Kremlin s budget consumed by Russia s army, security agency FSB, and other security services. Therefore, establishing an Allied Energy Defense Fund investing in American-made clean energy in Europe, would accelerate our allies drive for energy self-sufficiency, and drain Russia s financial resources, undercutting its ability to wreak havoc beyond its borders.

Today, to defend America and our allies from the growing Russian threat, the U.S. delivers billions of dollars in security assistance to Europe annually in weapons sales, plus nearly $4 billion[5] in subsidies, direct funding, and expenditures on the continent. Moreover, our NATO allies collectively spend[6] an additional $299 billion on defense. This money builds bases, trains troops, and buys everything from rifles, tanks and jet fighters to computers and cyberdefense research. We need this defense spending to counter Russian aggression, but to some degree, it merely treats the symptoms rather than delivers the cure. The U.S. spends over $622 billion worldwide on our own military annually. What if U.S. clean energy partnered with the Pentagon to add 0.5 percent ($3.11 billion), and worked with our NATO allies to do the same ($1.5 billion)?

Together they could subsidize a buy-American/buy-NATO, private-sector-driven upgrade of Europe s energy infrastructure and build a clean-energy smart grid. This Allied Energy Defense Fund would re-catalyze the U.S. clean-energy manufacturing sector to the tune of tens of billions of dollars, with private-sector investment matching government spending at a rate of at least 5 to 1. But is the prospect of revolutionizing Europe s energy system logistically, economically or politically realistic? No doubt it will be more difficult for some countries than others. However, accelerating the integration of Europe s infrastructure will ease the displacement of Russian energy.

For example, according to data from BP[7] and the European Commission[8], 44 percent of Latvia s gas (all of which Latvia imports from Russia) produces 40 percent of Latvia s total electricity. A recent report from the British energy consulting firm BVG Associates shows that Latvian wind[9] and solar could produce over double this amount. Or with a new, advanced clean energy grid, Latvia even could just buy Polish wind or German solar electricity (which combined in 2015 produced 10 times more than Latvia consumed[10]). Moreover, GTM Research shows[11] that electricity from utility-scale solar installations are routinely priced at a few pennies per kilowatt-hour. Average prices for electricity from wind are also just a few cents. This compares to the Department of Energy s reported 10.34-cent U.S. carbon-fueled average[12] — rendering renewables the obvious economic choice to displace Russian dirty energy.

Even amid today s bitterly partisan political environment, this plan can be achieved. America s clean energy revolution has reached critical mass, and our national security leadership would likely endorse such a concept. This fund would bring tens of billions in additional private-sector revenue to U.S. clean energy manufacturers, thus creating tens of thousands of new manufacturing jobs in both red and blue districts across the country. Additionally, since federal dollars only would be used to prime the pump for massive private investment, this initiative could even generate more tax revenue than it expends.

Implementation of such a program will drain the funds Putin needs to threaten or manipulate us and our allies. This fund will make the U.S. and Europe immeasurably safer, without manufacturing a single bullet.

The U.S. clean energy industry stands on the verge of an enormous opportunity worth billions by working with the U.S. government in defense of American security and our allies.

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Jonathan Morgenstein is founder and CEO of Empowerment Solar, a solar development company in the Middle East, and served two tours in Iraq with the U.S. Marine Corps.

References

  1. ^ principal threat (www.aol.com)
  2. ^ buy over 90 percent (www.rand.org)
  3. ^ earns over 40 percent (tradingeconomics.com)
  4. ^ 30 percent (www.intellinews.com)
  5. ^ nearly $4 billion (newsline.com)
  6. ^ collectively spend (money.cnn.com)
  7. ^ data from BP (www.bp.com)
  8. ^ European Commission (ec.europa.eu)
  9. ^ Latvian wind (windeurope.org)
  10. ^ produced 10 times more than Latvia consumed (www.bp.com)
  11. ^ shows (www.greentechmedia.com)
  12. ^ 10.34-cent U.S. carbon-fueled average (www.eia.gov)
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