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What’s worthy of saying about the world, say it here.

There’s a lot of things happening of interest around the world, from the Brexit split between the United Kingdom and the European Union to Donald Trump’s young presidency in the United States, from the civil war in Syria and the associated surrounding Middle East mess, to growing tensions around North Korea and China.

Post here what you think may be of interest to others or could be worth discussing. Some topics may be transferred to separate posts.

 

30 Comments

  1. Missy

     /  April 18, 2017

    Over the last few years I have noticed more and more that Prince Harry has been supporting and promoting Mental Health Charities, one of which he supports along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – Heads Together.

    Today we may have received a glimpse into part of the reason. In an exclusive with the Telegraph – that has been picked up by other news outlets – Prince Harry opened up about his issues after the death of his Mother, and how he had difficulty dealing with it. He disclosed that he was close to a breakdown on a number of occasions and it wasn’t until his late 20’s that he finally sought counselling for it, with the encouragement of his brother. One of the symptons he displayed was aggression, and he turned to boxing as an outlet for this, and he said that the boxing saved him.

    There had been speculation that Prince Harry suffered Mental Health issues from his time in Afghanistan, but he says this is not the case, and it was dealing with the very public death of his mother that really affected him. He indicates that it was through talking to soldiers who suffer Mental Health issues that he started to realise he needed help.

    The interview is the first in a podcast series for the Telegraph, and is 30mins long, I haven’t heard it all, but there has been widespread praise for Prince Harry to be so open about his issues with Mental Health problems, and seeking help to deal with his feelings and grief. There is hope that this will go a long way to help de-stigmatise Mental Health issues in the UK.

    Two of the charities that Prince Harry publicly supports for Mental Health are:

    Combat Stress: http://combatstress.org.uk

    Heads Together: https://www.headstogether.org.uk

    In NZ the Mental Health Foundation is a good starting point: https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz

    I should note, this is a personal thing for me, many years ago a friend of our family suffering depression committed suicide, and only last year someone I used to work with also committed suicide. In the case of both of them their families and loved ones were unaware of their problems and suffering as neither had talked to anyone.

    I just want to say that if anyone on here, or anyone you know, is going through a rough patch I hope that you either have someone you can talk to, or are someone they can talk to. Sometimes that is all that is needed – to talk. #oktosay (heads together hashtag – but relevant for all).

    • Blazer

       /  April 18, 2017

      apparantly 22 ex servicemen commit suicide every day…in the U.S. The rate of farmers who commit suicide in NZ is a concern as well.In China high rise workers accomodation has nets around it to try and prevent suicide.

  2. Gezza

     /  April 18, 2017

    Ajaz tv reports that The War of Words continues – North Korean deputy foreign minister tells Aljazeera it has finished taking orders from the United States & that it can and will defend itself.

    North Korea on ‘maximum alert’ after US threats
    North Korea has warned its army is on “maximum alert” after the US vice president visited the heavily militarised border between the two Koreas and reiterated Washington’s position that “all options are on the table” in dealing with Pyongyang.

    Sin Hong-chol, North Korea’s deputy foreign minister, told Al Jazeera in an exclusive interview on Monday that Donald Trump’s administration “should look at the world with open eyes”.

    “The time of dictating orders by brandishing the US military might has gone. If those businessmen in power in the US thought of intimidating us by any military or sanction threats – as the [Barack] Obama administration used to do and failed – they will soon find out such threats are useless,” Sin said.

    “If we notice any sign of assault on our sovereignty, our army will launch merciless military strikes against the US aggressors, wherever they may exist, from the remote US lands to the American military bases on the Korean peninsula, such as those of Japan and elsewhere.”

    Sin also said the six-nation talks aiming to make the Korean peninsula free of nuclear weapons were “throttled at birth”. “The nuclear weapon in our possession is not illusion; it is not a commodity that may be traded for American dollars – nor is it for sale. So it cannot be put on the negotiating table with the aim to rip it off,” he said.

    More …
    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/north-korea-maximum-alert-threats-170417131518873.html

    • Gezza

       /  April 18, 2017

      6.08 am
      A spokesman has told the press the UN Secretary-General has called for all parties to exercise restraint, abide by relevant UN resolutions, and not to take unilateral action.

  3. Nelly Smickers

     /  April 18, 2017

    Further to Catkins post on the *US General Discussion* last night….the Chicago Tribune are reporting that Police are still searching for 37yo murder suspect…..*and young adults job counselor*, Steve Stephens. This comes after he posted a Facebook video of himself killing an elderly man. Stephens also claimed on Facebook that he is responsible for *at least a dozen other murders*.

    This comes on the back of an earlier report in the CT, that there had been *28 other people shot in Chicago in less than 18 hours*….. I wonder if the *Black Lives Matter* people are aware of this ❓

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  April 18, 2017

      I would imagine that they are, unless they have no access to radios, papers, televisions or computers.

      I saw a photo of Steve Stephens in which he looked like a good-looking, friendly sort of bloke, nice smile, open face-what happened to him ?

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  April 18, 2017

        Of the 28, one died and most were minor wounds-thank goodness. It was a horrible 18 hours, but not as horrible as it could have been.

  4. South Korea worried US will strike first

    Jason Strother told Larry Williams most South Koreans don’t expect the North to lash out, but many are concerned the US may strike first.

    As tensions rise, threats of military action have flowed from both sides, but Mr Strother said tough talk from the North is mostly bluster.

    “South Koreans basically shrug their shoulders whenever North Korea makes these types of rhetorical remarks.”

    “The wild card now is Donald Trump – that has even prompted the South Korean government to reassure the citizens the the US won’t be making any preemptive strikes without clearing it with the South Koreans first.”

    http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/larry-williams-drive/audio/jason-strother-south-korea-worried-us-will-strike-first/

    The South Koreans have heard it all before – from North Korea. The uncertainties are across the Pacific.

  5. Missy

     /  April 18, 2017

    BREAKING: Theresa May has announced a snap General Election for 8 June of this year.

    • Missy

       /  April 18, 2017

      She is saying that they need a General Election now.

      She said that she has recently and reluctantly come to this decision. It seems that the disruptive politics of the opposition parties has led her to this decision. She is essentially calling the bluff of the opposition who say that the Government has no mandate for their Brexit strategy.

      This is a smart move. There was talk a month ago that she would call a General Election before triggering Article 50, but when she didn’t, all talk of it stopped. There were apparently no rumours in Parliament before her announcement.

      She is taking the vote to the House of Commons tomorrow and has challenged the opposition to vote in favour (she needs a 2/3 majority) and put their Brexit strategy to the electorate to vote in June.

      • Gezza

         /  April 18, 2017

        Smart move. Labour seem in constant disarray and unlikely to be stabilised by then.

  6. Good on Theresa. She’s doing the right thing for BREXIT, the Tories and probably the Lbaoir Party.

  7. Missy

     /  April 18, 2017

    G & Trav, I agree, it is the smart thing to do, because not only will she get the mandate for her Brexit Strategy, it means the next General Election will be 2 years + after Brexit is finalised instead of the year after.

    • Gezza

       /  April 18, 2017

      Just seen her walk out of Downing Street to announce it. Smart new hairstyle to go with it. God this woman is clever.

    • Gezza

       /  April 18, 2017

      • Missy

         /  April 18, 2017

        and that should give them the 2/3 they need to call the election.

        Exciting times to be here!

        ooooohhhh…. and I get to vote in 2 General Elections this year! NZ and UK!!

        • Gezza

           /  April 18, 2017

          You’re politically greedy Missy 😀

          • Missy

             /  April 18, 2017

            Yep, in the last 3 years I have voted in more than my fair share of referendums / elections. 🙂

            • Gezza

               /  April 18, 2017

              It’s item one Breaking News on Aljaz tv right now.

      • Nelly Smickers

         /  April 18, 2017

        XD

      • Gezza

         /  April 18, 2017

        The leader of the clans has got on the blower too

  8. Missy

     /  April 18, 2017

    It is hilarious listening to a whole posse of male opposition MPs on the radio talking about how scared Theresa May is and she wants to cement her position before the public see her terrible Brexit plan.

    Interestingly is that they are all sounding like the scared ones, trying to talk down a GE and the SNP MP suggesting that there shouldn’t be a GE.

    It will be interesting to see who votes for the Election tomorrow.

  9. Missy

     /  April 18, 2017

    Theresa May apparently spoke to the Queen yesterday about a GE. She reportedly only made up her mind over Easter to go ahead with it.

    No-one in Westminster had an inkling about an election being called, there was some speculation on it when No. 10 announced there would be an announcement this morning, but there were a number of other things speculated about as well, so it has come as a surprise to all.

  10. Missy

     /  April 18, 2017

    I have just been thinking, this election means that I will have to change my whole voting thought process! This is my second ever FPP election to vote in (I voted for the first time in the last FPP election in NZ), I am so used to judging my electorate candidates separate to their party and on what they will do for the electorate, and then judging the overall party – this time around they are one and the same.

  11. Missy

     /  April 18, 2017

    Twitter is going nuts, a lot of speculation (already) on whether SNP will survive, and who will take over from Jeremy Corbyn as leader after Labour gets annihilated. Already some are calling for a return by David Miliband.

  12. Missy

     /  April 19, 2017

    Just had another thought on why this is a smart move by Theresa May. This will scupper Gina Miller’s next court case. She keeps arguing the Government has no mandate for the Brexit they are planning and need to have Parliamentary approval. If TM takes the Brexit strategy to the electorate and wins a significant majority (as expected) then Gina Miller’s argument is lost as the Government can claim they have a mandate for their Brexit plan.

    It’s all good news, and I am (geekily) very excited about this. 🙂

    • Good on you, you’re no geek. This is an interesting and pivotal time in Britain’s political history and you are part if it. Enjoy!

      • Missy

         /  April 19, 2017

        Cheers Trav. It is very exciting, and very interesting times.