What we're watching: Oct 10 to Oct 16, 2016

♦ The British High Court of Justice is to hear arguments Oct 13 on whether Parliament's approval is required before the government can begin the Brexit process. PM May has indicated she wants to trigger Art 50 of the EU Lisbon Treaty early in 2017. The government appears intent on using the Royal Prerogative to proceed without Parliamentary approval. Some 480 of 650 MPs and a strong lobby in the House of Lords support Remain.
♦ Russia is moving forward with plans to expand its air force presence at Khmeimim in Syria into a full-fledged military base. It is also planning a permanent naval base at facilities it leases at the Syrian port of Tartus. In addition, the Russians have begun talks with the Egyptians to lease an air base at Sidi Barrani in Egypt. The USSR had a naval base there until 1972.
♦ Clean-up is beginning in the Caribbean after Hurricane Matthew. At some point, the question may arise why more than 1000 people were killed in Haiti and so far only four fatalities reported in the Dominican Republic which occupies the other half of the same island of Hispaniola.

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