World watch

Thursday GMT


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.

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  1. Gezza

     /  May 12, 2017

    Aljaz tv:

    The Acting FBI Director has publicly defended his sacked boss, says it has been a privilege to work with him, that he is a man of the highest integrity, that – contrary to the President’s & other assassins’ assertions – he was held in the highest regard in the FBI, and he has pledged to inform the public of any attempt to interfere in the FBI’s ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign team links with Russia. Comey had stepped up his enquiry into Russia links just days ago.

    James Bays, Washington editor, says there is growing evidence that Trump advised his underlings he wanted to sack Comey, & that Rod Rosenstein’s memorandum, not written with this dismissal in mind, was seized on by a craven, shifty-looking individual to whom he reported, to do the President’s bidding.

    Very suspicious. Trump may have to go. Who else have they got?

  2. Gezza

     /  May 12, 2017

    “Hamas says it has arrested killer of Mazen Faqha

    Faqha, 38, was shot dead in the head and the chest at the entrance of his Gaza City home on March 24.

    “All the evidence we have … indicates the perpetrator committed this crime based on orders from the Israeli occupation,” Ismali Haniya, the leader of Hamas’s political wing, told reporters on Thursday, without identifying the suspect. “He has confessed to the crime,” he added.

    Haniya, who was elected as Hamas’s new political chief last week, said more details would be released in coming days, and he expected the suspect to be executed.

    Hamas has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007.

    Faqha was a senior Hamas official in the Israeli-occupied West Bank when he was jailed by Israel in 2003 for planning attacks against Israelis. He was sentenced to nine life terms but was released into the Gaza Strip as one of more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners that Israel let go in exchange for soldier Gilad Shalit.

    Hamas has previously said Faqha was shot with a silenced gun and accused Israel and its “collaborators” for his death. Israel has not commented on the killing.”

    Source: Al Jazeera World News

    • Gezza

       /  May 12, 2017

      Aljaz tv reported yesterday that when the sacking news broke & Lavrov was present at some press conference or other, when, out of the blue reporters started asking qustions about the Comey dismissal, he first looked surprised, and then he smiled, before regaining his composure.

  3. Missy

     /  May 12, 2017

    This morning the news was fill of the ‘leak’ of Labour’s Manifesto, considered the most Hard Left Manifesto since 1983 and what was referred to as the longest suicide note in history.

    The Telegraph was saying that Labour wants to take the UK back to the 1970’s.

    The highlights of the Manifesto:
    1. Re-nationalise Royal Mail, the Railways, bus firms, and energy firms
    2. Income tax hikes for those earning more than £80,000 a year
    3. Ensuring 60 per cent of the UK’s energy comes from renewable sources by 2030
    4. Fines for businesses that pay their staff high wages and a business levy on profits
    5. Companies with government contracts would only be allowed to pay their highest earner 20 times more than the lowest
    6. The armed forces will be sent into combat only if all other options have been exhausted
    7. Labour will rule out a no deal Brexit
    8. No migration targets will be set, and migration controls will be lifted.
    9. Creation of a Ministry of Labour to hand more power to the Unions
    10. Increased support and protections for Gypsies, Travellers, and Roma.

    This will be financed through large tax increases on the rich and businesses, and borrowing. Labour claim it has been fully costed, however, so far they haven’t had a successful time talking numbers, so who knows if it has been fully costed.

    No-one knows who leaked the draft Manifesto, however, some think it was Labour HQ who leaked it to test the waters, or because there would be more media attention if was leaked rather than just released.

    • Gezza

       /  May 12, 2017

      There are a few good ideas in there Missy.

  4. Gezza

     /  May 12, 2017

    Anything stand out? Just saying.

  5. Gezza

     /  May 12, 2017

    Aljaz tv: Live event.
    White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders giving a press conference answering reporters questions about Trump sacking Comey. Getting a real grilling since Trump’s statements conflict with Acting FBI Director’s statements to Senate Intelligence Committee that Comey is held in high regard and has broad support in the FBI. (She’s smarter than your average Spicer.)

    • Gezza

       /  May 12, 2017

      She’s a Southern girl. Not a beauty queen. Great job she’s doing. Good, pleasant, manner. Not scared of any reporters. Answers all their questions, no hesitations, no stumnling. B/S is quality stuff, smoothly delivered. Sean might be worried about her.

      • Gezza

         /  May 12, 2017

        She thinks the president has encouraged the investigation to go forward and complete – nobody wants it to proceed & come to a result more than the President. 😕

        • Gezza

           /  May 12, 2017

          Aljaz commenter: Sean Spicer is on leave for 10 days to fulfil his required annual service duty requirement as a Naval Reserve Officer. Sarah is filling in for him.

  6. Missy

     /  May 12, 2017

    After the ‘leak’ of the Labour Manifesto the day did not get much better for Corbyn – though there was one bright spot.

    The Labour Party held a meeting this afternoon where they unanimously agreed to the Manifesto. However, the meeting didn’t get off to a good start when the car Corbyn was in ran over the foot of a BBC Cameraman and he ended up being taken away in an ambulance. The Met have launched an investigation as the driver was a member of the royalty and specialist protection unit (their version of the DPS).

    Earlier in the day Corbyn was supposed to unveil the first campaign poster at an event in London, however, after the leak this morning Corbyn pulled out of the event, after that things just got worse for Corbyn. It has been labelled Corbyn’s day of chaos.

    To add to the disasters of today is the continuation of a story from yesterday. At a campaign event in York a man in the Audience, who is also an army veteran, tried to ask Corbyn a question. The veteran wanted to ask Corbyn (reasonably) Labour’s position on the prosecution of veteran’s in Northern Ireland. The man claimed that Corbyn ran away when he saw his beret and medals, Corbyn’s team says that Corbyn went into the crowd to talk to the man but his security told him not to. The veteran in question has come out today and said that he has previously voted Labour, but won’t be this year. He went on to say that a person from the Labour Party called him, and in response to his question said that it was Labour’s policy to prosecute the worst crimes committed during the conflict. The problem with that is that many of the worst IRA offenders can’t be prosecuted because they have immunity as part of the Good Friday Agreement.