World watch – Monday

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  1. kiwi dave

     /  June 12, 2017

    Not forgetting the NZ MPs who still pray to god each day and who refused to wipe NZ’s blasphemy laws. The only difference is that we don’t put people to death any more

  2. More possible trouble for Trump.

    US attorneys general to file lawsuit against Trump over foreign payments

    The attorneys general of Maryland and Washington D.C. reportedly plan to file a lawsuit Monday against President Trump alleging that foreign payments to his businesses’ violate the Constitution.

    A similar lawsuit was filed in January, but the case from two Democratic attorneys general may stand a better chance in court because it is the first brought by government entities, according to Reuters. The attorneys allege Trump violated the Constitution’s emoluments clause.

    According to The Washington Post, which first reported the lawsuit, the lawsuit focuses on Trump’s decision to retain ownership of his company when he became president. Trump insisted in January that he was moving business assets into a trust to be managed by his sons and eliminate possible conflicts.

    D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said Trump has failed to keep his promises involving his businesses, including having his son Eric Trump update his father about the company’s finances.

    “This case is, at its core, about the right of Marylanders, residents of the District of Columbia and all Americans to have honest government,” Frosh told The Post. “The emoluments clauses command that the president put the country first and not his own personal interest first.”

    The attorneys said that if the lawsuit is able to proceed it could force Trump to hand over his personal tax returns in an effort to get a grasp around his foreign business dealings.

  3. Gezza

     /  June 13, 2017

    No World Watch Tuesday page, so popping this in here:

    Aljaz tv just showed the Qatari Foreign Minister, visiting London – Paris next, mounting a strong diplomatic campaign against the false allegations of Qatari support for terrorists made by the four large Middle Eastern repressive regimes who Trump has backed, & which now obviously are making to a power play for complete control in the region.

    The Qatari Foreign Minister says they can provide evidence to show the allegations & supposedly compromising documents used against them are totally fabricated.

    Since the measures were announced on June 5, several analysts viewed them as an attempt to pressure Qatar into changing its foreign policy.

    However, while the sanctions & transport blockades have caused shortages, Qatar has quickly moved to open up other trade corridors & find other trade sources.

    Saudi Arabian milk is no longer available in Qatar, for example, but Turkish milk has quickly replaced it. The Saudis built plants specifically to supply the Qatar milk market – if Qatar doesn’t return to buying Saudi milk they will need to look at selling it elsewhere, potentially having to lower prices, or lay off workers & perhaps close plants.

    Saudi Arabian fruit has been instantly replaced with plentiful supplies of Iranian fruit – creating the exact opposite of what the blockade was supposed to achieve – eliminating contacts with Iran.

    Qatari Finance Minister Emadi: “They would like to dictate our foreign policy. Everybody knows that Qatar will not allow somebody to dictate its foreign policy or manipulate how their foreign policy should be run.”

    His comments echoed those of Mutlaq al-Qahtani, a senior counterterrorism adviser to Qatar’s foreign minister. In an interview with Al Jazeera on Sunday that Qatar’s role has long been to “facilitate talks, to mediate and to bring peace” Qahtani said the diplomatic squeeze was an attempt at a “policy of domination and control” but Qatari diplomatic efforts to resolve the dispute would continue.

    “We have more friends, more than other people might think,” he said after Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed visited Germany and Russia over the weekend. “So we are engaged and want to engage with more countries.”

    As an interesting side note – An Aljaz tv commentator just said that the principal source of these false allegations against Qatar is the UAE, an oil energy competitor – and that actually, the amount of trade the UAE does with Iran is 900% higher than the trade there had been between Qatar & Iran.

    Other GCC countries such as Kuwait are becoming very critical of the blockade.

    Interesting, eh?

    • Gezza

       /  June 13, 2017

      Apparently there are 8,000 US troops & a total of 15,000 US citizens living in Qatar. I really think their status there should be reviewed urgently by Qatar. They could always pack up & move their base to Saudi Arabia. And if that’s not popular, get the Saudi Royal Family to make it popular. The Russians or maybe even the Chinese might like to use the old base site for a bit of R&R.