World watch – Wednesday

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


  1. Gezza

     /  April 18, 2018

    In keeping with his usual internal communications policy, Trump now gives Nikki Haley her turn at being made to look stupid

  2. Gezza

     /  April 18, 2018

    APRIL 17, 2018 / 8:50 AM
    “AMMAN (Reuters) – A false alarm led to Syrian air defense missiles being fired overnight and no new attack on Syria took place, Syrian state media and a military commander said on Tuesday.

    Syrian state TV reported overnight that anti-aircraft defenses had shot down missiles fired at an air base in the Homs area, and a media unit run by the Lebanese group Hezbollah said missiles had also targeted an air base near Damascus.”
    Syrian state news agency SANA has now cited a military source as saying a number of air defense missiles had been fired but no foreign attack had taken place.

    “Separately, a commander in the regional military alliance backing the government attributed the malfunction to “a joint electronic attack” by Israel and the United States targeting the Syrian radar system.

    The issue had been dealt with by Russian experts, said the commander, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.”

  3. Gezza

     /  April 18, 2018

    This problem, & Theresa May’s responsibility for it, being given a lot of prominence on Aljazeera tv at present. May shown apologising to Carribean leaders a moment ago, & now it’s the subject of an Inside Story discussion segment.

    • Missy

       /  April 18, 2018

      This story broke on Sunday and has been given a lot of airtime over the last couple of days, unfortunately I didn’t know enough of the background to the law changes that has led to this situation, but it seems to be a series of laws and policies introduced from 2010 to 2015 ostensibly designed to make it difficult for illegal immigrants, but also made it harder for non-EU citizens wanting residency by increasing financial requirements etc. Whilst a lot of those impacted are Caribbean it is something that has also affected other Commonwealth citizens who were given the right to remain indefinitely in the UK.

      Today it came out that the landing cards for the period in question were destroyed by the Home Office during an office move on the assumption most of the people would no longer require the information on them and had died. This means for many of the people impacted the evidence of when they arrived in the UK has been destroyed by the very office now wanting evidence of when they arrived! It is mostly the children impacted as they were admitted on their parents passports.

      • Gezza

         /  April 18, 2018

        From comments made on Inside Story by a man impacted by experience with the Home Office & a Civil or Migrants’ Rights rep the relevant authorities have been demanding ridiculous numbers of documents including from one to four pieces of paper proving continuous residence for every single year. I didn’t watch all of it.

        • Missy

           /  April 18, 2018

          That wouldn’t surprise me. I know and Australian woman who arrived here in the late 60’s and had to prove her right to stay, she was threatened with deportation etc, luckily she could find her paperwork from 40+ years ago.

          Listening to talkback radio today on it, many from Commonwealth countries that called in feel it is a further betrayal of the UK in favour of the EU, mainly as many of the rule changes were brought in to satisfy the EU, and the others were to lower the immigration numbers in the UK due to the influx from the EU.

          It is one big mess from what I can tell.

          I only hope this doesn’t affect my hairdresser (his family is from Grenada), he is one of the best I have ever had, I would hate to lose him!

  4. Missy

     /  April 18, 2018

    Today in the House of Commons there was a debate on anti-semitism.

    The debate was opened by Conservative MP Sajid Javid, but it was primarily Labour MPs that spoke. Among those that spoke about antisemitism were a number of Jewish MPs who talked about the abuse and antisemitism they experienced from self-identified Labour and Corbyn supporters and members of the party. [note: I realise that on social media not everyone is as they present themselves to be, however, in the UK Labour Party the policy is that you are what you self identify as, so therefore anyone self identifying as a Labour or Corbyn supporter should be considered a Labour or Corbyn supporter.]

    Among some of the more emotional speeches was one from Luciana Berger who spoke about the antisemitism she received from Labour supporters.

    Another MP that spoke was John Mann who is the chair of the cross party committee on Anti-Semitism. Mann spoke of the threats his family had received, about how his wife and daughter had received threats of rape, his son opened the door to the bomb squad after school one day because of threats received, how his daughter had to report to Special Branch her movements. Mann also openly named Momentum as being behind much of the abuse and threats he had received.

    Other back bench MPs spoke, each one calling out Corbyn for showing weak leadership on the issue and allowing a culture that gave rise to anti-semitism in the Labour Party. Another MP named Corbyn as the problem, listing the anti-semites and anti-semitic organisations he supports (Corbyn did not like that).

    The really awful thing is, that once the Jewish MPs had finished their speeches they were bombarded with anti-semitic abuse from Corbyn supporters (I hesitate to say Labour as I think there are two distinct groups in UK Labour now, the traditional Labour supporters and the Momentum/Hard Left supporters).

    • Gezza

       /  April 18, 2018

      Just watched that debate & the speeches you refer to here. Christ, that’s powerful stuff.

  5. Blazer

     /  April 18, 2018

    anti semitism=all and any critique of Jews irrespective of their…behaviour.