World’s worth

Tuesday GMT

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.


  1. Missy

     /  April 19, 2017

    Discussed in yesterday’s post, but worth re-posting here.

    This morning Theresa May has called for a snap General Election on 8 June. She will take it to the House of Commons tomorrow for the vote, she needs 2/3 majority to overturn the Fixed Parliament Act for this election. Labour have indicated they will vote for the snap election.

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    • Missy

       /  April 19, 2017

      Saw that, it was a tip off from the UK apparently that alerted the French – at least so I heard.

  2. Good (the end result, not what he had done).

  3. Gezza

     /  April 19, 2017

    Korean Crisis
    From today’s failing New York Times:

    WASHINGTON — As worries deepened last week about whether North Korea would conduct a missile test, the White House declared that ordering an American aircraft carrier into the Sea of Japan would send a powerful deterrent signal and give President Trump more options in responding to the North’s provocative behavior.

    The problem was, the carrier, the Carl Vinson, and the four other warships in its strike force were at that very moment sailing in the opposite direction, to take part in joint exercises with the Australian Navy in the Indian Ocean, 3,500 miles southwest of the Korean Peninsula.

    White House officials said on Tuesday they were relying on guidance from the Defense Department. Officials there described a glitch-ridden sequence of events, from a premature announcement of the deployment by the military’s Pacific Command to an erroneous explanation by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis — all of which perpetuated the false narrative that an American armada was racing toward the waters off North Korea.

    By the time the White House was asked about the Carl Vinson on April 11, its imminent arrival had been emblazoned on front pages across East Asia, fanning fears that Mr. Trump was considering a pre-emptive military strike on North Korea. It was portrayed as further evidence of the president’s muscular style two days after he ordered a missile strike on Syria while he and President Xi Jinping of China were finishing dessert during a meeting in Florida.

    The saga of the wayward carrier might never have come to light, had the Navy not posted a photograph on Monday of the Carl Vinson sailing through the Sunda Strait, which separates the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra. The picture was taken on Saturday, four days after the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, described its mission in the Sea of Japan.

    The Carl Vinson is now on a northerly course for the Korean Peninsula and is expected to arrive in the region sometime next week, Defense Department officials said. The White House declined to comment on the misunderstanding, referring all questions to the Pentagon. “Sean discussed it once when asked, and it was all about process,” said a spokesman, Michael Short.

    Privately, however, other officials expressed bewilderment that the Pentagon did not correct its timeline, particularly given the tensions surging in the region and the fact that Mr. Spicer, as well as the national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, were publicly answering questions about it.

    • Gezza

       /  April 19, 2017

      #Awkward 😬

      • Gezza

         /  April 19, 2017

        You people do realise this means all the screaming & yelling & threats & dick waving stuff is probably gonna crank up all over again when the bloody carrier finally gets there, eh? Now that they all know the first round only happened because of a cock up on the communication front with the Best Military in The World. Nearly started a war and weren’t actually there for it.

  4. Nelly Smickers

     /  April 19, 2017

    I guess he *genuinely felt* this was as good a reason as any 😡

  5. Pete Kane

     /  April 19, 2017

    Democrat Narrowly Misses Outright Win in Georgia House Race

    • That was a close run win for Trump’s side. Two more to come. I am waiting to hear what the Justice Department, the FBI and Homeland Security are going to do about the black-suited, black booted. black-hooded storm troops of the Democratic movement known as the “Anti-Fascists” ? The civil war is being waged again!

    • Interesting:

      Mr. Ossoff fell just short of the 50 percent threshold needed to win the seat, at 48.3 percent as of 1:26 a.m., and he will face Karen Handel, the top Republican vote-getter, in a June runoff.

      That’s close, but it’s not all over yet.