World watch – Saturday

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For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.


  1. Gezza

     /  September 30, 2017

    I see Iraq’s Kurds have voted for Independence. Not going down well with the Iraqi or Turkish Presidents.

    • unitedtribes2

       /  September 30, 2017

      The Kurds are the only commies I support

      • Gezza

         /  September 30, 2017

        Well, it’s a sure bet Syria’s Kurds will be doing the same. And the US has trained, armed & has forces, vehicles & equipment on the ground, as well as air power, protecting them from the Turks at the moment.

    • Gezza

       /  September 30, 2017

      At least that article doesn’t assume his changes are all for the good.

      Under Trump, oil is flowing through the Dakota Access Pipeline. Arrests of immigrants living illegally in the United States are up. More federal lands are open for coal mining.

      The administration has left its mark in smaller ways, as well. Trump has rolled back or delayed Obama-era rules and regulations that protected retirement savings from unscrupulous financial advisers, made it harder for companies that violated labor laws to land federal contracts and restricted what internet service providers could do with their customers’ personal data.

      Many business leaders have applauded the moves, aimed at fulfilling Trump’s campaign promise to end policies he says are strangling the economy. But critics say his reductions in environmental and worker protections put corporate profits before public health and safety – in direct contradiction to the populist campaign rhetoric that helped Trump win blue-collar votes.

      “Where Trump has had success in changing the rules of the road it has been used against the very people who helped elect him,” said Ben Olinsky, vice president for policy and strategy at the liberal Center for American Progress.

      The “Trump effect” also goes far beyond policy. After a precedent-shattering campaign, Trump has redefined presidential behavior with his freewheeling and sometimes confrontational use of Twitter, his refusal to step away from his businesses and his reliance on family members as top advisers.

      He has rattled longtime foreign allies with his sometimes bellicose statements and stoked social and political divisions at home, most recently with his attacks on mostly black professional football players who kneel in protest against racial injustice during the national anthem.

      The administration has slashed advertising and cut grants to community groups that help people sign up, raising fears that many people will forgo coverage or forget to re-enroll in health plans for next year.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  September 30, 2017

        Neither it should, Sir Gerald. Journalism should report before leaping to judgement. Far too much of it exhibits the reverse priorities.

  2. sorethumb

     /  September 30, 2017

    New Zealand’s local Chinese language media platforms (with the exception of the pro-Falungong paper 大纪元/The Epoch Times) now have content cooperation agreements with Xinhua News Service, get their China-related news from Xinhua, and participate in annual media training conferences in China. Some media outlets have also employed senior staff members who are closely connected to the CCP. As part of Xi era efforts to “integrate” the overseas Chinese media with the domestic Chinese media, New Zealand Chinese media organizations are now also under the ‘guidance” of CCP propaganda officials.

  3. sorethumb

     /  September 30, 2017

    This is for Phantom Snowflake and Robert Guyton