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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: March 24, 2019, 06:10:38 PM »
Jihadist groups linked to Al Qaeda and Islamic State have exploited ethnic rivalries in Mali and neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger in recent years to boost recruitment and render vast swathes of territory virtually ungovernable.

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http://www.msn.com/en-au/news/world/more-than-130-people-from-muslim-ethnic-group-killed-in-mali-after-gunmen-disguise-themselves-as-hunters/ar-BBV9Np2?li=AAgfYrC&OCID=AVRES000

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: March 24, 2019, 05:59:32 PM »
Trouble for Trump-Washington re Brexit is that Prime Minister Theresa May won't be bullied by anyone, not even cabinet ministers of her own party.
11 of her cabinet ministers reportedly told her to resign in favour of one of them, or they would all resign.
She must've told them words to the effect of "Go right ahead and resign, because I'm not", because now they're all pledging support for her and none of them resigned.

Also, it is alleged that many in the parliament are "remainers" and not "exiters" although representing majorities of constituents who voted to leave the EU.
EU is making it as difficult as possible for Britain to leave, fearing if it does that others will follow.

Now 'Nexit' is gathering momentum in the Netherlands.

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Asia / Re: Asia
« on: March 24, 2019, 03:42:47 AM »
Asia-Pacific:

Harmony?

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/rendezview/there-is-no-harmony-in-what-waleed-aly-stands-for/news-story/a454a3bd492a4c7e294f9bea9af21694

There’s no ‘harmony’ in Waleed Aly’s sanctimonious sermons

It was a bad idea for the Prime Minister to submit to a televised interrogation by Channel 10’s chief narcissist Waleed Aly last week.

The 30-minute interview on the jejune panel show The Project was a set-up, from the silky insolence of Aly to the slumping chair ­designed to make a middle-aged man look sloppy.

It is a mystery why Scott Morrison felt he should reward the foul calumny of the previous week, when Aly ­effectively branded him and Peter Dutton hypocritical ­Islamophobes.

But reward Aly the PM did, squandering his authority to be lectured by a cocksure 40-year-old whose mawkish moralising disguises a hardcore identity politics agenda.

But it wasn’t just Morrison sitting in that awkward armchair. It was every Australian he represents, and he had no right to elevate Aly to the stature of moral arbiter of the nation.

Let no one forget that Aly previously was spokesman and board member of the ­Islamic Council of Victoria, an activist organisation which consistently downplays Islamist terrorism, even while Victoria has remained a hotspot for the homegrown brand.

It has called for “safe ­spaces” for Muslim youth to meet and “use words which in a public space would sound inflammatory”.

The PM was never going to convert Aly fans who took to social media to berate him afterwards for various offences such as “slouching” in the uncomfortable chair.

He “embodies smug male privilege”, wrote one tweeter.

No doubt Aly’s interview with Jacinda Ardern, to be aired tomorrow night, will be quite different. Judging by the promos showing the NZ Prime Minister rushing to hug Aly, expect a fawning ­display aimed at eliciting criticism of Australia.



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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: March 23, 2019, 02:35:14 AM »
Why do I have to;

"Type the letters shown in the picture" [I can't read half of them and have to keep requesting a new picture]

and type in a box

"What newspaper shutdown it's forums which resulted in this site"

with every post, and every modification of a post?

including this post.

Absolutely no idea.

The first time was presumably in an effort to keep out spammers (not that it seems to do that), but repeatedly?

And I don't remember any other new members reporting that they have had to do that!

I'll poke around a bit and see what I can find. No promises - I have very limited oversight.

It has stopped doing it now, thank you.

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: March 23, 2019, 02:34:03 AM »
Why do I have to;

"Type the letters shown in the picture" [I can't read half of them and have to keep requesting a new picture]

and type in a box

"What newspaper shutdown it's forums which resulted in this site"

with every post, and every modification of a post?

including this post.

Absolutely no idea.

The first time was presumably in an effort to keep out spammers (not that it seems to do that), but repeatedly?

And I don't remember any other new members reporting that they have had to do that!

I'll poke around a bit and see what I can find. No promises - I have very limited oversight.

Hello

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Asia / Re: Asia
« on: March 22, 2019, 10:06:35 PM »
Also in Asia Pacific;

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/maori-reject-pms-this-is-not-us-line/news-story/ce40ad9734b548bd1a6ebf71b27c585c

Maori reject PM's 'This is not us' line

Some Maori leaders are recalling ancient colonial atrocities as they reject Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's "this is not us" response to the killing of 50 Muslim worshippers in Christchurch.

It has been widely adopted as a tagline by New Zealanders horrified by the mosque massacres but Maori are sending out another message: this wasn't the first time.

Ngati Rangi leader Che Wilson recalled the invasion and destruction by Crown troops of the Parihaka settlement in Taranaki in 1881.

"They were all promoting peace, they were praying - the Crown wanted their land and destroyed their lives," he told Radio New Zealand.
"The fact that we are saying 'this is not us' is denying the fact that it has happened in our nation before."


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Asia / Re: Asia
« on: March 22, 2019, 09:45:23 PM »
Meanwhile, down in Asia-Pacific:

http://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/while-new-zealand-heals-australias-culture-war-rolls-on/ar-BBV4NrS?li=AAgfLCP&OCID=AVRES000

Kishor Napier-Raman

Crikey/
While New Zealand heals, Australia’s culture war rolls on


Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not represent the views of MSN or Microsoft

Yesterday’s funeral prayers for Haji-Daoud Nabi, the 71-year-old Afghan refugee who died trying to protect others at the Masjid Al Noor last Friday, were briefly interrupted by a loud roar.

Members of the Mongrel Mob, one of New Zealand’s biggest bikie gangs, had arrived to pay their respects. A man in a suit, one of the mob’s leaders, emerged from a black limousine, flanked by several tattooed men on motorbikes, and was ushered right to the front of the funeral line next to Nabi’s family, eventually helping to carry the coffin.

There is a slight tendency among Australians to view New Zealand as something of a backwater, the only country further from the world than us. But when it comes to reckoning with the wounds of racism, the Kiwis are miles ahead. Nowhere is this more clear than in the relationship with Māori culture, which is given a genuine sense of value and pride even among pākehā (white) New Zealanders rarely afforded to Indigenous culture back home. Māori hymns have been sung at most vigils for the dead, newsreaders and politicians, who are a far more diverse bunch than back home, frequently litter their speech with Māori words.

Of course, New Zealand is by no means a multicultural paradise. The greater visibility of Māori culture doesn’t obscure the fact that it has the same deep-lying structural racism common to settler-colonial societies. Still, from the Treaty of Waitangi, to the ongoing land settlements with Indigenous people, and a broad push for Māori education in schools, there is substance behind what might otherwise be tokenism.


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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: March 22, 2019, 06:49:29 PM »
Why do I have to;

"Type the letters shown in the picture" [I can't read half of them and have to keep requesting a new picture]

and type in a box

"What newspaper shutdown it's forums which resulted in this site"

with every post, and every modification of a post?

including this post.

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: March 22, 2019, 06:26:14 PM »
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/mar/19/donald-trump-jr-may-should-have-taken-my-fathers-brexit-advice

Donald Trump Jr and John Bolton berate UK leaders over Brexit

Donald Trump Jr and the US national security adviser, John Bolton, spoke out over Brexit on Tuesday in what appeared to be a coordinated intervention by the White House into British domestic politics.

Both the US president’s son and Bolton attacked British political leadership after Theresa May said she would ask the EU for a delay to the UK’s exit from the European Union; in line with parliament’s wish.


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Democracy.

George W Bush was big on democracy.

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Western Europe / Re: Western Europe
« on: March 22, 2019, 06:22:53 PM »
Welcome, Arafura.

You may want to post this in the Trump forum, as it serves as our main active political thread and is where most people look for political commentary when they log on.

Thank you, Oilyboyd.

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Western Europe / Re: Western Europe
« on: March 22, 2019, 03:30:55 AM »
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/mar/19/donald-trump-jr-may-should-have-taken-my-fathers-brexit-advice

Donald Trump Jr and John Bolton berate UK leaders over Brexit

Donald Trump Jr and the US national security adviser, John Bolton, spoke out over Brexit on Tuesday in what appeared to be a coordinated intervention by the White House into British domestic politics.

Both the US president’s son and Bolton attacked British political leadership after Theresa May said she would ask the EU for a delay to the UK’s exit from the European Union; in line with parliament’s wish.


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Democracy.

George W Bush was big on democracy.


 

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