World watch – Friday

Thursday GMT


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


  1. Gezza

     /  March 2, 2018

    Aljazeera tv news
    During a speech to the Russian Parliament Vladi Putin has declared Russia has some invincible weapons including an advanced cruise missile currently under development that will be able reach anywhere in the world & be undetectable by radar. The Pentagon is pooh-poohing these weapons.

  2. sorethumb

     /  March 2, 2018

    California’s 2016 median household income of $67,739 was ranked ninth nationally. The 18 percent higher income average compared to the national average of $57,617 might seem attractive, but California also had four of North America’s top 10 high cost of living cities..

    California’s income reporting is being pushed up by the state’s large concentrations of Hollywood media celebrities, Silicon Valley technologists, and Orange County real estate developers, whoconsistently make huge amounts of money.
    Worst State for Quality of Life.
    NZ trending that way.

  3. Joe Bloggs

     /  March 2, 2018

    House Republicans have been revealed as leakers and Nunes is in the shit – who’da thunk it…

    The Senate Intelligence Committee has concluded that Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee were behind the leak of private text messages between the Senate panel’s top Democrat and a Russian-connected lawyer, according to two congressional officials briefed on the matter.

    Senator Richard M. Burr of North Carolina, the committee’s Republican chairman, and Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat, were so perturbed by the leak that they demanded a rare meeting with Speaker Paul D. Ryan last month to inform him of their findings. They used the meeting with Mr. Ryan to raise broader concerns about the direction of the House Intelligence Committee under its chairman, Representative Devin Nunes of California, the officials said.

    To the senators, who are overseeing what is effectively the last bipartisan investigation on Capitol Hill into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, the leak was a serious breach of protocol and a partisan attack by one intelligence committee against the other.

    I applaud Burr, in particular, for staying true to his principles and acting w integrity (one of the few GOPers I can think of who are still statesmen/women).

    I also applaud Warner for not seeking retribution about this leak and for still working with Burr to maintain bi-partisanship.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  March 2, 2018

      I hope Trump gets meaningful gun control legislation through – I seriously cannot get my head around what the reaction of the left would be if the devil incarnate succeeds in a major policy plank that Obama got nowhere with.

  4. Joe Bloggs

     /  March 2, 2018

    It’s time to install a revolving door at the WH…

    The White House is preparing to replace H.R. McMaster as national security adviser as early as next month in a move orchestrated by chief of staff John Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis, according to five people familiar with the discussions.

    It’d be a shame to see McMaster go as he seems to be one of the very few who has a spine and a mind of his own… but who knew that trump’s election would be such fun?

  5. Joe Bloggs

     /  March 2, 2018

    Tariffs on stell and aluminium? That worked well:

    President Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum reverberated across the world Thursday, spurring retaliatory threats from some of the nation’s closest allies and sending stock prices plummeting on investors’ fears of the global economic fallout.

    European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called Trump’s decision “a blatant intervention to protect U.S. domestic industry” under the guise of national security. He said he would submit a proposal in the next few days to hit back at the U.S.

    “We will not sit idly while our industry is hit with unfair measures that put thousands of European jobs at risk,” Juncker said. “The EU will react firmly and commensurately to defend our interests.”

    The timing of the announcement also embarrassed Mexico and Canada, longtime allies and trading partners, which are in the midst of the seventh round of talks with the U.S. to renegotiate NAFTA.

    Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said any restrictions against Canadian steel imports would be “absolutely unacceptable.” She noted that Canada, a longtime U.S. ally and trading partner, buys more American steel than any other country in the world, accounting for half of U.S. exports.

    “Should restrictions be imposed on Canadian steel and aluminum products, Canada will take responsive measures to defend its trade interests and workers,” she said.

    More of trump spinning gold into straw…