Random News from the Rest of the World

Reply Tue 13 Nov, 2018 03:18 pm
You know, the rest of the world out there, outside of Trumpland? It still exists, and I can prove it:

Tunisia appoints first Jewish minister in decades 


René Trabelsi was named as tourism minister in bid to boost troubled economy. A polemic soon ensued.

He responds (in French).
Reply Tue 13 Nov, 2018 05:32 pm
So, how Zionist is this guy, anyway? Does he contribute to settler causes? The Kill Palestinian Protesters Fund?

Jews are being conflated with Zionists by anti-Semites and the ignorant.

The founding of Israel and the Zionists' oppression of the Palestinian peoples in the name of "a homeland for the Jews" really soured relations with the other countries in the region and Muslims throughout the world.
Reply Wed 14 Nov, 2018 01:07 am
He's a tour operator, and he contributed to bringing Israeli and French tourists to Tunisia.

Tunisia has no oil. Tourism used to be the main economic sector. It crashed after the revolution of 2011. Rebuilding it is a top priority. By nominating Trabelsi, the government says in essence: "Tunisia is open for business, we're not a bunch of crazy mollahs".
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Reply Wed 14 Nov, 2018 05:02 pm
Israel Defence Minister Lieberman resigns over Gaza ceasefire 
14 November 2018

Israel's defence minister has resigned over the cabinet's decision to accept a ceasefire ending two days of fighting with Palestinian militants in Gaza.

Avigdor Lieberman denounced the move as "surrendering to terror".

He said his right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party would leave the ruling coalition, which could lead to an early election.


Lieberman finds Netanyahu too weak and undecisive, leaves his government and coallition and will chalenge him in elections.
Reply Wed 14 Nov, 2018 05:13 pm
Israel needs a good peace candidate.
Reply Wed 14 Nov, 2018 05:21 pm
So, there's a chance that Israel's government will go from right-wing to righter-wing. Oy-vey!
Reply Wed 14 Nov, 2018 05:44 pm
It's gone past the point of peace there now.
Reply Wed 14 Nov, 2018 05:49 pm
Ufo's over Kerry.

Are the Healy-Rae's going home.
Reply Wed 14 Nov, 2018 05:56 pm
Just said they need it. They won't get it.
Reply Wed 14 Nov, 2018 06:06 pm
Aye, even if Israel were to elect a more conciliatory leader (which the fascists wont) what difference would it make.
He's nothing left to offer, they've already stolen most of the land.
Reply Thu 15 Nov, 2018 12:57 am
InfraBlue wrote:

So, there's a chance that Israel's government will go from right-wing to righter-wing. Oy-vey!

That's a good summary. Now, they all say that Lieberman can't win, that his is a frindge electprate, but we heard that about Trump too...
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Reply Thu 15 Nov, 2018 04:42 am
The loonies assassinated the last sane Israeli leader, Yitzhak Rabin. If the nation ever elects another one, chances are they'll kill him too.
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Reply Thu 15 Nov, 2018 11:27 am
Israel is already a politically rightist country as it is. In the BBC article linked above it describes the Zionist Union alliance as "center-left." Its leader, Tzipi Livni's fascistic idea of democracy is to tell the Arab populations in Israel that their "national aspirations lie elsewhere" and to move them to a Palestinian state as a "national solution for them," as she told Tel Aviv high school students in 2008. This is what passes among the Zionists as "center-left."
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Reply Fri 16 Nov, 2018 01:04 pm
Macron's 'European army': why is everyone talking about it?
PARIS, 14. NOV, 06:58

Last week, on the Europe 1 radio station, French president Emmanuel Macron spoke about the need to create a "real European army" to handle the Russian threat and to emancipate Europe from its dependence on the US.

President Donald Trump considered the proposal "insulting" while president Vladimir Putin thought it was a "positive" development.

Ever since the failure of the French project for a European Defence Community in 1954, the idea of a European army has seemed to be little more than an unrealistic dream.

The idea of a European army is now on everyone's lips. Although it is generally invoked in a vague way, with no specific deadlines or objectives, the notion is regularly taken up by leaders from very different political sides.

In 2015, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker opened the debate by stating that the EU needed an army to handle Russia.

The Germans remembered on that occasion that the concept of such an army was part of their coalition programme.

More unexpectedly, conservative and Eurosceptic figures such as Czech president Milos Zeman and Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban have declared their support for the objective of a European army.

In the UK, the idea of a European army even came up as a short-term prospect during the Brexit campaign.

How can we explain this intense debate? Behind the slogans, the motives actually vary. For the European Commission, for example, the goal has largely been to legitimise an incursion into the field of defence, which has long been the exclusive domain of member states. That incursion started recently with the launch of the European Defence Fund.

For the German government, the goal was to demonstrate its commitment to European integration, from a political rather than a military perspective.

For the Czechs and Hungarians, it is more a question of pushing the EU to militarise its borders against migrants.

For British 'Leavers', mentioning the prospect of a European army was a way to scare voters away from the EU.

As for Macron, he is seeking to underline his European commitment a few months before EU elections, on which he is investing quite a bit.

Finally, the American and Russian presidents saw in this discussion the opportunity to remind everyone of Trump's distrust of alliances and of Putin's desire to dissociate Europe from the US.

The fact that leaders invoke the concept of a European army on a recurring basis is also the symptom of a strategic evolution.

Faced with the Russian threat in the east and the jihadist threat in the south, in a context in which the US seeks to reduce its military engagement and to focus on China, Europeans now realise that they need each other more than ever.

[...] It should also be noted that the European Intervention Initiative, which France recently launched to anticipate and plan for future military operations, includes countries such as Estonia, and soon Finland – in other words, states that are not France's natural military partners and that are much more oriented towards the east than towards African missions.

In return, Estonia, for example, has clearly demonstrated a willingness to position its strategic culture closer to France's by sending troops to the Central African Republic and (most recently) to Mali, as part of Operation Barkhane.

While these initiatives have not created a European army, they have shown that it is possible to move towards increasingly shared experiences and threat perceptions among different European armies. [...]

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Reply Fri 16 Nov, 2018 01:17 pm
Probably just Jackie rising from the dead.
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Reply Sun 18 Nov, 2018 03:24 pm
Maltese plot thickens... Daphne Caruana Galizia, a very effective investigative journalist digging into Maltese goverment corruption, money laudering etc. was killed (her car bombed) in October 2017. Three executioners were arrested in December 2017 but never confessed who paid them. The FBI and Europol have been helping to crack the case, working on cell phone records and bank paper trails...

Daphne murder mastermind suspects identified - investigators
Caruana Galizia family say they were not 'formally' informed

Times of Malta, Sunday, November 18, 2018, 07:10 by Ivan Martin, Updated 12.35pm with family's reaction

Malta’s top criminal investigators say they have identified a group of “more than two” Maltese nationals who they believe masterminded the killing of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

The family say they have not been 'formally' informed.

High ranking officers who are leading the murder probe told The Sunday Times of Malta that the investigation into who commissioned the car bomb was at a “very advanced stage”, with the main suspects now having been identified. However, there was no indication of how much longer the investigation could take. 

The investigators believe these people had different motives for carrying out the assassination but came together to contract the three men accused of having planted and triggered the bomb.

Contacted on Sunday, Ms Caruana Galizia's sister Corinne Vella said the family was not formally informed by the police that the suspected masterminds had been identified.

The sources would not give any indication of who these suspects were or whether they came from the criminal, business or political world.

The investigators say they are in constant contact with Europol – the EU’s law enforcement agency – over the case, but in recent weeks this contact has intensified significantly as police get closer to cracking the case. “We have a large amount of data that requires analysing and partners like Europol have the necessary experience and expertise to help facilitate this process,” a source said.   

Other Maltese officials involved in analysing financial transactions said a paper trail of evidence was being established, however this was not yet “concrete”.

Partners like Europol have the necessary experience and expertise to help facilitate this process

Investigators say that they have more evidence in hand but did not divulge any further details. 

Ms Caruana Galizia was assassinated by a car bomb explosion in October 2017 just a few metres from her Bidnija home. 

The murder sent shockwaves through the local and international community who have united in a call for justice and an end to impunity for the killing. 

According to a newly released report, Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar has told MEPs looking into the state of rule of law on the island that the murder probe “has reached a delicate stage”.

Meanwhile, brothers Alfred and George Degiorgio and Vincent Muscat have been in custody for 11 months, since their arrest on December 4 in the former potato shed-turned criminal headquarters in Marsa.

A few days later they were accused of carrying out the car bomb murder and pleaded not guilty.

The court proceedings against the three has so far detailed how the police, working with agents from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, used cell phone and telecommunications tower data to discover how the bomb had been detonated and by whom. 

It has also heard how the three men enjoyed lavish lifestyles despite being unemployed, owning luxury cars, sending their children to private schools and gambling large sums of money at Malta’s casinos. 

Sources said there was a time when they had hoped one of the three men would cooperate with investigators in a bid to find the mastermind. However, all three men remained tight lipped under interrogation. 

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Reply Tue 20 Nov, 2018 04:05 am
Netanyahu avoids early elections after Lieberman's resignation:

Bennett Slams Netanyahu, but Won't Quit Government

Education minister drops ultimatum of resigning if not given the defense portfolio, saying that losing to the PM is preferable to losing to Hamas

Jonathan Lis, Haaretz, 19.11.2018 | 10:41 

Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked on Monday slammed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security policy, but announced that they were dropping their political demands and that their party will remain in the governing coalition.

Netanyahu on Sunday assumed the defense portfolio following the resignation of Avigdor Lieberman last week. Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu party left the governing coalition over the cease-fire Israel had reached with Hamas in Gaza. Bennett, the leader of the far-right Habayit Hayehudi party, had then issued an ultimatum for Netanyahu, saying that his party would also quit if he's not appointed defense minister. [...]

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Reply Tue 20 Nov, 2018 02:32 pm

Russian Is Nominated to Lead Interpol, Alarming Western Officials

Alexander Prokopchuk and South Korea’s Kim Jong-yang were both nominated for president of the agency

Kremlin-backed Maj. Gen. Alexander Prokopchuk was made vice-president of the international police agency in 2016. 

By Ann M. Simmons
Updated Nov. 20, 2018 11:36 a.m. ET

MOSCOW—An international firestorm erupted over the possibility that a Russian official could become the new president of global police agency Interpol, as Moscow denounced a demand by U.S. senators that the Trump administration block the candidacy of a Kremlin-backed nominee.

Interpol confirmed Tuesday that Maj. Gen. Alexander Prokopchuk a veteran Russian Interior Ministry official, had been nominated for president, amid allegations that Moscow has used the international police agency to...

Reply Wed 21 Nov, 2018 08:01 am
Catastrophy avoided...

Interpol elects South Korea's Kim Jong-yang as president

Former acting president Kim Jong-yang elected as leader of Interpol, in blow to Moscow's efforts at pushing for Russian.

3 hours ago

Interpol has elected Kim Jong-yang of South Korea as its new president, according to the international police body.

Jong-yang, who had been serving as acting president, was elected for a two-year term at the body's annual congress in Dubai on Wednesday, finishing the four-year term of his predecessor who was arrested in China this year.

"Our world is now facing unprecedented changes which present huge challenges to public security and safety," Jong-yang told Interpol's general assembly, according to the agency's Twitter handle.

"To overcome them, we need a clear vision: we need to build a bridge to the future."

Jong-yang, 57, worked in the South Korean police for more than 20 years before retiring in 2015.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in congratulated Jong-yang on becoming the first South Korean to head the organisation.

"We're very proud. I, together with our people, am sending congratulations," Jae-in wrote on Twitter.

The South Korean's election is a blow to Moscow's efforts to reserve the position for a Russian candidate, Alexander Prokopchuk.

Prokopchuk is a former major general in Russia's interior ministry.

The United States, Britain and other European nations rejected Prokopchuk's candidature saying his election would lead to further Russian abuses of Interpol's red notice system to go after political opponents and fugitive dissidents.

Following the vote on Wednesday, the Kremlin said that clear outside pressure had been exerted on the election, but that it did not see any factors that would render the process illegitimate, Russia's Interfax news agency reported.

Interpol is best known for issuing "red notices" that identify a suspect pursued by a country, effectively putting him or her on the world's "most-wanted" list.

William Browder, a British fund manager critical of the Kremlin who has been arrested repeatedly at Russia's behest before being released again, told BBC radio in London: "[Prokopchuk] has been responsible for trying to chase me down and have Interpol arrest me seven times."

Jong-yang's predecessor

The election of Jong-yang comes following former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei's resignation after he was arrested in China in September on bribery and corruption charges.

Meng had disappeared in China for 13 days before his arrest was made public in October.

China's Ministry of Public Security said that Meng's suspected corruption and violation of laws "gravely jeopardised" the ruling party and the police, according to a report in the South China Morning Post.

Authorities also said Meng was in this situation due to his own "willfulness and for bringing trouble upon himself". [...]

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Reply Wed 21 Nov, 2018 12:19 pm
American 'killed in India by endangered Andamans tribe'
BBC, 21 November 2018

The Sentinelese have always resisted outside contact.

An American man has been killed by an endangered tribe in India's Andaman and Nicobar islands.

Fishermen who took the man to North Sentinel island say tribespeople shot him with arrows and left his body on the beach.

He has been identified as John Allen Chau, a 27 year old from Alabama.

Contact with the endangered Andaman tribes living in isolation from the world is illegal because of the risks to them from outside disease.

Estimates say the Sentinelese, who are totally cut off from civilisation, number only between 50 and 150.

Seven fishermen have been arrested for illegally ferrying the American to the island, police say.

Local media have reported that Chau may have wanted to meet the tribe to preach Christianity to them.


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