World watch

Thursday 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.

39 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  April 21, 2017

    North Korean state media warned the United States of a “super-mighty preemptive strike” after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States was looking at ways to bring pressure to bear on North Korea over its nuclear programme.

    U.S. President Donald Trump has taken a hard line with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has rebuffed admonitions from sole major ally China and proceeded with nuclear and missile programmes in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions.

    The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party, did not mince its words.

    “In the case of our super-mighty preemptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only U.S. imperialists’ invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the U.S. mainland and reduce them to ashes,” it said.

    Reuters
    12.30 am

    Yeah. Right. 🙄

    • patupaiarehe

       /  April 21, 2017

      Exactly G…

    • Corky

       /  April 21, 2017

      North Korea would need a preemptive strike..what dear leader,Kimmy, hasn’t told his people is he cannot fight a protracted war.

      • The Korean War began on 25 June 1950.

        Finally, after more than two years of negotiations, the adversaries signed an armistice on July 27, 1953. The agreement allowed the POWs to stay where they liked; drew a new boundary near the 38th parallel that gave South Korea an extra 1,500 square miles of territory; and created a 2-mile-wide “demilitarized zone” that still exists today.

        The Korean War was relatively short but exceptionally bloody. Nearly 5 million people died. More than half of these–about 10 percent of Korea’s prewar population–were civilians. (This rate of civilian casualties was higher than World War II’s and Vietnam’s.) Almost 40,000 Americans died in action in Korea, and more than 100,000 were wounded.

        http://www.history.com/topics/korean-war

        But However, no peace treaty has been signed, and the two Koreas are technically still at war.

        How protracted is that?

  2. patupaiarehe

     /  April 21, 2017

    Ka Kite, e hoa. The bad news from the world, is gonna ‘bring me down’, if I don’t go to sleep soon.

      • Blazer

         /  April 21, 2017

        did you see their headlines about the chances of…Brexit succeeding?

        • Your turn. Tell us! Brexit will, ultimately be a success. Much like WW11, however, this time Germany has control over the rest of Europe without gassing and camps. Britain is doing what she does best. Setting an example of backbone to the rest of the sheeple bowing down to powerful, corrupt unelected bureaucrats wrecking lives and cuckolding once proud countries.

          • Blazer

             /  April 21, 2017

            Britain is renown for bureaucracy,they introduced it all around the world to govern their….empire!

            • You say that like it’s a bad thing. You do love returning to darker times , or painting hem that way – don’t you. At this point, I’ll get into bed with the Poms. To me the best of British is commendable, and we can put a lot of our polite and functioning society down to them. If white, colonial guilt gets to you too much, there is always voluntary work in some far-flung country that “suffers” as a direct result of British intervention. I’ll buy you a ticket – anyone else keen to chip in…

              https://www.volunteerhq.org/volunteer-in-kenya/ Possibly too long in the teeth, but who knows.

            • Blazer

               /  April 21, 2017

              @Trav….do make up your mind…..’Setting an example of backbone to the rest of the sheeple bowing down to powerful, corrupt unelected bureaucrats wrecking lives and cuckolding once proud countries.’Bol.

            • Sorry blazer, I thought this was a nonsense thread, due to your misunderstanding of the contribution made to NZ by social democratic governance, by a succession of centrist parties. After all, that’s what both Labour and National are, despite your assertions to the contrary.

    • An update – one police officer killed, one wounded.

      • Nelly Smickers

         /  April 21, 2017

        Would I be wrong in saying this will be a huge boost for *Marie Le Penn’s* campaign ❓

      • Nelly Smickers

         /  April 21, 2017

        BREAKING on twitter…….

      • Gezza

         /  April 21, 2017

        Update : Aljazeera tv

        2nd police officer has died from his wounds.

      • Gezza

         /  April 21, 2017

        The Telegraph reporting live

        Two police officers killed in Champs Elysees shooting
        One suspect shot dead
        At least one other suspect thought to be on the loose
        Central Paris in lockdown
        Attack comes three days before presidential election
        France under state of emergency
        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/20/paris-police-close-part-city-centre-amid-reports-officers-shot/

        (But Aljazeera tv has just reported that a correction to earlier reports has been received – the French Interior Minister has just said one policemen has been killed & two others wounded.)
        8.51 am

        • Gezza

           /  April 21, 2017

          Aljaz tv: Suspect is known to French Security.

          • Gezza

             /  April 21, 2017

            Police have issued an arrest warrant and are searching for a second suspect who they know arrived from Belgium by train.

        • Nelly Smickers

           /  April 21, 2017

          @10:58am

          • Gezza

             /  April 21, 2017

            Aljaz tv : ISIS says gunman was one of its fighters.
            Police are not releasing identity of gunman at this stage.

          • Nelly Smickers

             /  April 21, 2017

            • MaureenW

               /  April 21, 2017

              You’re onto it, Nelly – we live in interesting times

        • Nelly Smickers

           /  April 21, 2017

          And it looks like *ISIS* members are free to stroll *The Promenade* in Paris any time they like….

          • Sigh – just waiting on the latest lot of virtue signalling to start on FB. I hope you’ve all got your ‘hands make hearts’ gifs and your FB photos already decked out in the Tricolore.

            Most of us have a selection of Western flags at the ready for terrorist attacks.

    • Gezza

       /  April 21, 2017

      In that video the question is posed “Is Sean Spicer fit to be press secretary?”

      For The DOTUS? Absolutely❗️😃 👍

    • It’s the right way up according to his POV.. (No satire intended)

  3. Gezza

     /  April 21, 2017

    Julian Assange’s arrest a ‘priority’: Jeff Sessions
    Assange is a US “priority,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said, as media reports indicated his office was preparing charges against the leaker.

    “We are going to step up our effort and already are stepping up our efforts on all leaks,” Sessions said at a news conference on Thursday in response to a reporter’s question about a US priority to arrest Assange.

    The justice department chief said a rash of leaks of sensitive secrets appeared unprecedented. “This is a matter that’s gone beyond anything I’m aware of. We have professionals that have been in the security business of the United States for many years that are shocked by the number of leaks and some of them are quite serious,” he said. “Whenever a case can be made, we will seek to put some people in jail.”

    Prosecutors in recent weeks have been drafting a memo that looks at charges against Assange and members of WikiLeaks that possibly include conspiracy, theft of government property and violations of the Espionage Act, the Washington Post reported, citing unnamed US officials familiar with the matter.

    Several other media outlets also cited unnamed officials as saying US authorities were preparing charges against Assange. Prosecutors had struggled to determine whether the First Amendment protected Assange from prosecution but had now found a way to move forward, officials told CNN. The justice department declined to comment on the reports.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/julian-assange-arrest-priority-jeff-sessions-170421023413061.html

    (I still think Sessions looks shifty.)