World watch – Friday

Thursday GMT


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


  1. Gezza

     /  March 9, 2018

    Some highlights from Aljaz tv news.

    Very brief clip was shown of what Syrian rebel activists claim is white phosphorous being dropped on Eastern Ghouta at night. There are also reports of more chlorine gas attacks by Assad’s forces. France is warning of “action” if the reports of chemical attacks are proven true.
    A United Arab Emirates military cargo plane flew for several minutes well into Qatari airspace on Sunday. Qatari fighter jets which intercepted it were unable to establish communications with the plane, although it did then leave. This is the 3rd time in 4 months that a UAE aircraft has violated Qatari airspace in this way & appears to be deliberate provocation.
    In breaking news, the US State Department has just announced approval for the sale of sidewinder missiles to Qatar, & other military equipment to UAE. (Nothing on State Department website or other news outlets yet.)
    Rex Tillerson is on a 4-nation visit to Africa & was shown giving a speech in Ethiopa warning African countries about entering into development investment deals with China because, among other things, their projects don’t generate enough local employment, & if the recipient countries can’t meet repayments, the deals are all structured so that they lose control of the investment.
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was also shown having talks with officials during a concurrent stopover in Harare, Zimbabwe, while on a week-long Africa tour which will include visits to Angola, Namibia, Mozambique – and Ethiopia.
    All the big powers are pulling out all the stops courting Africa, & probably warning about the others, it seems.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  March 9, 2018

      Looks like the US has found a way to be paid to test missiles and missile defense systems then.

  2. Donald Trump had recovered in approval polls from the start of this year, but especially since his steel tariff proclamation they are going south again.

  3. sorethumb

     /  March 9, 2018

    Vatican Announces Sainthood for Pope Who Banned Contraception

    That’s a lot of maids for Saudi Arabia and hookers.

  4. Joe Bloggs

     /  March 9, 2018

    Another Alt-Right distraction debunked.

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An informant whom House Republicans have said could reveal a link between a 2010 sale of U.S. uranium supplies and donations to the Clinton Foundation provided no evidence of that during a four-hour interview with congressional staff last month, Democrats said on Thursday.

    The informant, lobbyist William D. Campbell, “provided no evidence of a quid pro quo involving Secretary (Hillary) Clinton or the Clinton Foundation and no evidence that Secretary Clinton was involved in, or improperly influenced” the uranium sale, the Democrats said in a five-page summary of the Feb. 7 interview.

    Democrats said they were releasing a summary of the session because majority Republicans, who control the panels, refused to provide a full transcript.

    “Mr. Campbell identified no evidence that Secretary Hillary Clinton, President Bill Clinton, or anyone from the Obama Administration took any actions as a result of Russian requests or influence,” the summary says.

    Which means we’re probably due for another Alt-Right call for another Benghazi investigation

    • High Flying Duck

       /  March 9, 2018

      So another day of no evidence of collusion then?

      Fast & Furious docs are being released after 6 years of obstruction by the Obama WH…seems to be a smorgasboard of scandals to pick from.

      {The} redo of the search of government files likely sought to assuage the House Oversight Committee, which said during litigation with the Obama administration that it did not have “sufficient trust” in the Department of Justice to take the agency’s word it had complied.

      The Obama Administration had previously withheld the requested documents, leading the House to hold then-Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress on June 28, 2012, “marking the first time in American history that the head of the Justice Department has been held in contempt by Congress.”

      The Feb. 4, 2011, date proved significant because that was the day Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich sent a letter to Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley denying “that straw purchasers were permitted to transport firearms into Mexico without being interdicted.” Ten months later, the DOJ sent Republican Rep. Darrell Issa another letter officially retracting that denial and stating that investigators had in fact allowed the weapons to leave the country.

      I think we should all be happy the corruption has left the White House.

      • Joe Bloggs

         /  March 9, 2018

        No the supperating pocket of corruption is still firmly ensconced in the WH…. but he’s increasingly isolated…and it seems he’s increasingly unstable as a result.

        As for collusion – well there’s plenty of water to flow under the bridge yet, and the indictments are piling up already… Mueller’s just starting – remember that Watergate took a couple of years… and now that he’s has widened the scope of his probe and is also investigating whether the Emiratis were attempting to buy influence with Trump, there’ll likely be plenty more indictments to follow.

        Keep a watching eye on Jar Jar, Dana Rohrabacher, and Oleg Deripaska as possible next candidates for leg irons…. and do some research around the Seychelles meeting, with the following comments in mind… from Fox’s Napolitano (of all people, Napolitano supports Mueller’s work):

        “I don’t think this impairs the credibility of the Mueller probe… I also think that Bob Mueller on his own can expand his own authority and investigate this. The federal regulation promulgated by the Department of Justice and approved by the Congress … authorizes Bob Mueller really to go down any rabbit hole he wants. We don’t know what happened [in the Seychelles meeting], but if [Mueller] fails to investigate that, he’s not doing his job. So not only may he go down any rabbit hole he finds, he must go down any rabbit hole he finds to see if there is any evidence of criminal behavior there.

  5. sorethumb

     /  March 9, 2018

  6. Pickled Possum

     /  March 9, 2018

    “With 1 in 5 Americans taking a psychiatric medication — most of whom, long term — we should probably start to learn a bit more about them. In fact, it would have been in the service of true informed consent to have investigated long-term risks before the deluge of these meds seized our population over the past thirty years”.

    63.6% of antidepressants were associated with carcinogenicity, specifically mirtazapine, sertraline, paroxetine, citalopram and escitalopram, duloxetine and bupropion.

    90% of antipsychotics agents were associated with carcinogenicity. All agents were associated with carcinogenicity except clozapine.

    70% of benzodiazepines/hypnotics were associated with carcinogenicity, specifically clonazepam, zolpidem, zaleplon, diazepam, eszopiclone, oxazepam and midazolam.

    25% amphetamines/stimulants were associated with carcinogenicity, with methylphenidate specifially associated.

    85.7% of anti-convulsants (“mood stabilizers”) were associated with carcinogenicity. The only agent not associated with carcinogenicity was lamotrigine.

    Specific agents associated with carcinogenicity were valproate, carbamazepine, gabapentin, pregabalin, oxcarbazepine and topiramate.

    . Overall, 71.4% of all drugs examined (30/42) showed evidence of carcinogenicity in 43.2% (38/88) of specific experimental studies.

    US Food and Drug Administration–based analyses demonstrate that almost all atypical antipsychotics and anticonvulsants are carcinogenic in animals, as are the majority of antidepressants and benzodiazepines and methylphenidate. These animal-based results are not sufficient to draw definitive conclusions in humans, but they provide data that could be acknowledged in the informed consent process of clinical treatment.

    What about St Johns Wort!? … for calming.
    What about Cannabis!? … for pain.
    All just a walk to the garden.
    Just Saying.

    • MaureenW

       /  March 9, 2018

      Good post Possum, if 1 in 5 Americans are taking psychiatric meds and there are 101 guns for every 100 people, we shouldn’t be surprised at the inherent issues.
      There are quite a few laughs in Jim Jefferies skit on gun control