Iran strikes caused at least 34 soldiers traumatic brain injuries

By Helene Fung The Pentagon said on Friday (local time) that at least 34 US soldiers have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury from missile strikes by Iran on a base in Iraq earlier this month, which is more than previously announced. President Donald Trump initially said that no Americans were injured in the strike…

Will U.S. China Trade Deal Bring Down WA’s Export Business?

The US and china have signed a new trade agreement, signalling a cooling of the trade war and a strengthening of global free trade, but what does this mean for WA? The deal commits China to buying two hundred billion dollars’ worth of American goods including liquefied natural gas, coal, beef, and seafood. In exchange,…

Donald Trump calls for “immediate trial” for impeachment

By Helene Fung US President Donald Trump responded to the impeachment vote on this week, and House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s delay in handing the impeachment to the Senate until she finds out how Republicans would manage the proceeding, by calling for an immediate Senate trial on Twitter. In the same series of tweets,…

US and China announce “phase one” trade deal

By Helene Fung  US President Donald Trump and Chinese officials announced the breakthrough in their trade war. Mr Trump tweeted: “We have agreed to a very large phase one deal with China.” He also said that Chinese officials have “agreed to many structural changes and massive purchases of agricultural product, energy and manufactured goods, plus…

US Senate may pass Hong Kong sanctions bill by Monday

By Helene Fung US Senator Marco Rubio tweeted that the Senate initiated an expedited process to pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act unless there is an objection, which means the bill may pass as early as Monday. The bill he bill calls for sanctions to be made against individuals deemed to have…

Democrats votes sufficient to pass Trump impeachment resolution in US House of Representatives 

By Helene Fung A resolution to formally proceed with the Democrats-led impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump has won a vote in the House of Representatives controlled by the Democrats, 232 votes to 196 votes, despite all Republicans opposing the resolution.  This vote signifies a transition from closed-door interviews with witnesses to public hearings,…