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Early Warning for 05 December

Good morning. Here’s your Early Warning for Tuesday, 05 December 2017.

Auto-manufacturer Nissan announced that it will be fielding its first self-driving taxi fleet in Japan starting in March 2018, and will begin offering it as a service in the early 2020s. They lag General Motors who said they’ll have a self-driving taxi service in the U.S. in 2019. Waymo and Alphabet, Google’s parent company, has 100 self-driving cars operating in Phoenix, AZ, and plans to add 500 more. Tesla, Volvo, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Infiniti, Audi, Acura, Lexus, and several other car manufacturers have plans to introduce self-driving cars to consumers in the coming years.

Following through on a campaign pledge, President Trump is now looking at naming Jerusalem as Israel’s capitol, and moving the U.S. embassy there. Amid stern warnings that the move will constitute a “red line” for Muslims, members of the Arab League called a meeting to discuss the potential fall-out if the president forges ahead. “The president has been clear on this issue from the get-go: It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when,” said one White House official. During the Clinton administration, Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act, which recognized Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel, but allowed for a waiver on the grounds of national security to temporarily postpone moving the U.S. Embassy there. It’s been temporarily postponed since 1995.


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Mike Shelby is a former military intelligence NCO and contract intelligence analyst. He spent three years in Iraq and Afghanistan and is now the intelligence and warfare researcher at Forward Observer.

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