Dubai’s Entry Ban
Dubai has said it will impose an entry ban on Israeli dual nationals in the first sanction of its kind after the death of a top Hamas leader was murdered there in January.
Dubai has said it will impose an entry ban on Israeli dual nationals in the first sanction of its kind after the death of a top Hamas leader was murdered there in January. "Though the countries have no diplomatic ties, Israeli dual nationals, mostly business people, have entered the United Arab Emirates relatively unhindered under second passports. The Emirates will seek to identify Israelis by ‘physical features and the way they speak,’ said Lt. Gen. Dahi Khalfan Tamim. A spokesman for the Israeli prime minister's office declined to comment on the announcement. Shunned throughout most of the Arab world, Israel prizes even the most minimal trapping of normalization with any country the Middle East. ‘This is a harsh step,’ said Yoav Stern, an expert on the Arab world at the Peres Center for Peace in Tel Aviv. Israeli officials have either denied or withheld comment on allegations that the Mossad intelligence agency played a role in the killing of Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhoub in a Dubai hotel room. Gen. Tamim has said there is a ‘99%’ chance that Israel was behind the killing."
In a breakthrough for nuclear fusion research, scientists at China's Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor have produced temperatures necessary for nuclear fusion on Earth.
- The EAST reactor was able to heat hydrogen to temperatures exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius.
- Nuclear fusion could someday provide the planet with a virtually limitless supply of clean energy.
- Still, scientists have many other obstacles to pass before fusion technology becomes a viable energy source.
Military recruits are supposed to be assessed to see whether they're fit for service. What happens when they're not?
- During the Vietnam War, Robert McNamara began a program called Project 100,000.
- The program brought over 300,000 men to Vietnam who failed to meet minimum criteria for military service, both physically and mentally.
- Project 100,000 recruits were killed in disproportionate numbers and fared worse after their military service than their civilian peers, making the program one of the biggest—and possibly cruelest—mistakes of the Vietnam War.
The 116th Congress is set to break records in term of diversity among its lawmakers, though those changes are coming almost entirely from Democrats.
- Women and nonwhite candidates made record gains in the 2018 midterms.
- In total, almost half of the newly elected Congressional representatives are not white men.
- Those changes come almost entirely from Democrats; Republican members-elect are all white men except for one woman.
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