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  1. Missy

     /  August 19, 2018

    Kofi Annan died this morning, aged 80.

    A good innings.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-45232892

    From the article:

    “The 80-year-old “passed away peacefully on Saturday after a short illness”, the foundation named after him said.
    His home country, Ghana, has declared a week of national mourning. Annan served two terms as UN chief from 1997 to 2006, and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian work.
    He later served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a solution to the conflict.”

    • Gezza

       /  August 19, 2018

      Even Missy

      It’s been item one on Aljazeera tv news since around 11pm (here) last night.

      It may seem a bit unkind of me but I don’t regard him as having been particularly effective as UN Secretary General.

      In fact none of them have been effective in stopping wars or stopping the Security Council ‘Veto Group’ doing whatever they want.

      • Gezza

         /  August 19, 2018

        🙄 * Evening Missy

      • Missy

         /  August 19, 2018

        Morning G,

        Yeah, I heard it about 10ish here, but was on the way to a day out so didn’t bother posting then.

        I agree, I don’t think he was very effective, it seems the only thing he managed was being the first black UN SG, which is why he is loved by those that promote identity politics.

        The UN in general hasn’t been very effective in my opinion. The P5 with the veto in the security council certainly doesn’t help, and the UN hasn’t done much to improve human rights in much of the world, in fact I would suggest that the Commonwealth has done more for its member states than the UN.

        • Gezza

           /  August 19, 2018

          He later served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a solution to the conflict

          Vladimir appears to have had the most success on that score. Although many – including radical Islamic fundamentailsts – will be unhappy with his solution.

          • Missy

             /  August 19, 2018

            True, but as you say he has so far had the most success.

  2. Missy

     /  August 19, 2018

    A truly sad situation where a Syrian refugee that should have been able to be safe in the EU, where she fled to, she has now left Germany.

    It is the young women like this that the west should be taking and looking after, not the 100,000’s of young men that are coming into Europe.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6067379/Yazidi-former-sex-slave-came-face-face-ISIS-captor-German-street.html

    https://www.newsweek.com/teenager-who-escaped-isis-slavery-says-captor-found-her-germany-1076808

    • Blazer

       /  August 19, 2018

      the Syrian refugee would have been safe in Syria, had it not become a strategic war zone .

      • Missy

         /  August 19, 2018

        which Syrian refugee, the young Yazidi girl kidnapped and kept as a sex slave by ISIS, or the ISIS member who kidnapped her?

        • Blazer

           /  August 19, 2018

          they wouldn’t be refugees if Syria hadn’t been turned into a hell hole.

          • Missy

             /  August 19, 2018

            Blazer, the reality is only one of those two was a true refugee, and she was forced to flee the safe country she went to.

            I suppose it could be argued that there is some truth in what you say. After all, if the people of Syria had not tried to rise up against Assad and everyone just sat back and let ISIS turn Syria into a caliphate Syria wouldn’t have been turned into a hell hole, the Yazidi girl may have ended up dead, and there is a small possibility that ISIS may have been content to stay there and not try to infiltrate the West to carry out their jihad.

            Though to be honest I don’t believe that there would be no refugees if this had happened, I would think the young girl would still have been kidnapped, still have escaped, still have been a refugee, as for the ISIS member who kidnapped her, he may have stayed in Syria, but I don’t think so I believe they would look outside Syria to conquer the rest of the world.

  3. Papadopoulos’ “lies negatively affected the FBI’s Russia investigation”:

    Special counsel Robert Mueller recommended in a court filing on Friday that former Trump campaign staffer George Papadopoulos be sentenced to a maximum of six months in prison. Papadopoulos is set to be sentenced on September 7.

    Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October 2017 of one count of lying to FBI agents working for Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. He was the first person charged in connection with Mueller’s investigation.

    In the court filing, Mueller wrote that Papadopoulos’ “lies negatively affected the FBI’s Russia investigation” and his “lies were not momentarily lapses.”

    “He lied repeatedly over the course of more than two hours, and his lies were designed to conceal facts he knew were critical,” the court filing says.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/george-papadopoulos-robert-mueller-recommends-6-month-sentence-court-filing-today-2018-08-17/

    So it is alleged he tried to conceal key information from the Mueller inquiry.

    Papadopoulos is just one early casualty of the Mueller inquiry.