World view – Friday

Thursday GMT


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


  1. Gezza

     /  31st August 2018

    India may face sanctions if it buys Russia’s S-400 missiles: US
    US might not offer waiver to India if it buys S-400 missile system from Russia, Pentagon official says.

    The S-400 missile system is a state-of-the-art weapons platform with a maximum range of 400km, considered one of the best defence systems in existence.

    Randall Schriver, the Pentagon’s top Asia official, called into question on Wednesday the idea that the US would protect its relationship with India and that it will be insulated from any fallout if the purchase happens. “I would say that is a bit misleading. We would still have very significant concerns if India pursued major new platforms and systems (from Russia),” Schriver said at a think-tank event, according to Reuters news agency.

    India is not the only country buying the state-of-the-art system from Russia. Other countries such as China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have all bought or are planning to buy the anti-aircraft missile weapon. And US military officials and politicians have also expressed concerns over Turkey’s intention to buy the Russian missile system.

    In June, Saudi Arabia said it would consider “all necessary measures” if Qatar closes the deal with Russia. Despite these threats, Russia has said the supply of the missiles to Qatar will continue, with Qatar’s Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani saying acquiring the system is a “sovereign” decision.
    More …
    Sounds like bluster. Lots of countries need up to date weapons systems to protect themselves from the Americans.

  2. Missy

     /  31st August 2018

    The Khan Blimp is a go! Due to fly from Parliament Square on Saturday.

    • Gezza

       /  31st August 2018

      I wonder what made them decide on its wearing a bikini? 😎

      • Gezza

         /  31st August 2018

        Ah – I’ve read the article now.

        The Mayor of London has shrugged off a campaign to have a blimp of him in a yellow bikini flying over the capital, saying it’s not his colour.
        The design of the inflatable – which shows the mayor dressed in a yellow bikini – pokes fun at a decision of his in which he banned adverts on the Tube showing a woman in a similar swimsuit.

        It featured the caption “are you beach body ready?” – which was said to promote an unhealthy body image.

        At least he’s showing a sense of humour for a change.

        • Missy

           /  31st August 2018

          True about the sense of humour, we don’t really see it very often, but I think on this I think he realised he had to or he would be vilified. Better for him to shrug it off.

          Yeah, the ads had a woman in a yellow bikini, hence the yellow bikini.

          On the ads in question I am mixed, I don’t agree with anything that promotes unhealthy body images and unhealthy diet supplements (which these did), but I am not in favour of censorship either. Also I think he went at the reasoning for the banning from the wrong angle, I think if he had focussed on the product (a diet supplement) he may have not had such negative PR over it. He focussed on the image which fed into the idea that Muslims want all women to cover up, rather than focussing on the product which promotes a quick fix to losing weight and can cause a lot of issues and mental health problems in both young men and women, (though this particular ad was targeted at women), which can lead to eating disorders in some. Diet supplements and meal replacement drinks are not healthy ways to lose weight, and often lead people into yoyo dieting and cause a lot of mental health issues, so I kind of understand on that basis, but not on the idea of body shaming or promoting an unhealthy body image.

          • I think your first paragraph is spot on. He was completely cornered over this after rabbiting on about Free Expression as excuse for permitting the Trump balloon. I don’t believe there was any sense of humour involved. Someone intelligent in his office told him to keep his mouth shut.

  3. FBI arrests man who threatened to kill Boston Globe staff for criticizing Trump

    A man has been arrested and charged with threatening to kill employees of the Boston Globe newspaper, in messages repeating Donald Trump’s claims that journalists are the “enemy of the people” and “fake news”.

    Robert Chain called the Globe’s newsroom and claimed he would shoot staff members in the head, according to the FBI, which said Chain later specified that he was retaliating against the newspaper’s criticism of Trump’s attacks on the news media.

    Chain, of Encino, California, owns several firearms and was found to have purchased a new 9mm carbine rifle in May this year, according to US authorities.

    Andrew Lelling, the US attorney for Massachusetts, said in a statement: “In a time of increasing political polarisation, and amid the increasing incidence of mass shootings, members of the public must police their own political rhetoric. Or we will.”

  4. The photo montage shown in that looks to be similar to one shown at Whale Oil:

    • Corky

       /  31st August 2018

      Whew! That’s good to know. Those stats showing sexual crimes against women in Sweden and Germany rising sharply must be bs. Maybe that montage could be viewed as avatars for women assaulted by Muslims across Europe. I’m sure the women shown in those photos wouldn’t mind. In times of war propaganda is a great weapon. That presupposes people realise we are in a fight for our civilization.

      • Gezza

         /  31st August 2018

        Maybe that montage could be viewed as avatars for women assaulted by Muslims across Europe.
        Maybe it IS now viewed as utterly false? o_O

  5. Missy

     /  31st August 2018

    The exodus may have begun – or it could just be one. Veteran Labour MP Frank Field has quit the Labour Party over the Anti Semitism scandal. Frank Field has been a Labour MP for 40 years, and he was one of the 36 MPs to nominate Corbyn for leader, he is considered a principled MP and is generally well respected by MPs and the public alike (except Corbynites and Momentum allegedly).

    Field quit saying that Corbyn has made the party a force for anti-semitism. He will now sit as an independent MP.

    The question now is if other Labour MPs will have the same courage to quit.

    I have a Labour MP and to be honest I have been very disappointed in him, he has not spoken out against the anti-semitism in Labour and seems more interested in protecting himself than doing what is right (as most MPs are). I don’t think he will quit, but there are some that I will not be surprised to see quit over the next few weeks.

    Of course this may be a one off as many will look at Frank Field and think that he has nothing to lose at 76yo and can afford to do this, whilst they are 40 odd years younger and have their careers to protect.

    • Blazer

       /  31st August 2018

      ‘ he has not spoken out against the anti-semitism in Labour and seems more ‘…because there is none.

      Its a Zionist diversion .

      • High Flying Duck

         /  31st August 2018

        The committee they set up was so over-run with complaints lodged , it had to redefine antisemitism and put in a fine for any claims “deemed vexatious” to try and bring the number down.

        It is rife.

    • I recall Frank Field being well-respected as an honourable MP by folks in Liverpool, even those who were rabidly anti-Labour. He was deemed a “good man”.

  6. Gezza

     /  31st August 2018

    Aljazeera tv’s lead news item for the last few hours has been Idlib. They showed a press conference of the Russian & Syrian foreign ministers in Moscow live on tv last night. It’s clear that a massive assault on Idlib – final remaining rebellious holdout province – is likely to begin very shortly.

    All the defeated Syrian rebels & the remaining population in other cities & areas of the country have been progressively shelled, rocketed, bombed & pummelled into submission & forced to lay down their weapons and depart through Russian-guaranteed evacuation corridors for non-Syrian-government-controlled areas – which have then each been progressively attacked and cleared of fighters in the same manner.

    Idlib was the final place they could go to.

    Aljaz’s Senior Middle East Political Reporter, in commentary this morning, noted that while every other country involved in the Syrian conflict has had numerous changes of posture & policy regarding this conflict, Russia is the only country that has, throughout, maintained the same, solitary, uncompromising policy – that it is supporting the legitimate Syrian government to wrest control back from terrorist gangs.

    He noted that Russia has not accepted any Syrian refugees – because they do not consider that there ARE any Syrian war refugees: they maintain this is not a war, it is an anti-terrorist operation.
    … …
    It was also said Russia has announced it will be conducting its biggest naval exercise ever in the Mediterranean Sea commencing Saturday, The message was considered to be clearly that Russia, which has been having meetings with the Foreign Ministers of other countries involved including Turkey, is planning to support the forthcoming Syrian Army offensive which will need their air support.

    The United Nations special envoy for the Syria crisis, Staffan de Mistura – a long-serving Italian-Swedish diplomat and former member of the Italian governmenat – was also shown giving a press conference, calling for yet another “humanitarian corridor” to be established, while noting early on that there is no other Idlib for people hoping to escape the onslaught to go.

    This guy has been total waste of time and resource for all the good he has done. None of the participants & certainly not the Russians or the Assad regime pay any attention to him at all.

  7. sorethumb

     /  31st August 2018

    Interesting that Singapore viewed diversity as post facto problematic, where as we see it (officially) as a positive? The truth might be “hate speech”?

    • sorethumb

       /  31st August 2018

      And how do we get to this paradigm where NZ is broken and needed to be fixed?

      3. The nation state, nationalism and ‘race’

      Chinese migrant labour was first considered as a means to overcome a shortage of workers. Racial thinking in general also emerged around this time, or slightly before, in Europe and was brought to New Zealand through British colonialism. As Spoonley notes, “The dominance of British colonial links saw explicit ideologies concerning ruler and ruled reproduced in the New Zealand context.” Spoonley sees these as focussed in part on British notions of superiority and the right to rule over others, which had relevance in the New Zealand context as the local elite had visions of their own colonial empire in the southern Pacific. Ideologies centred on ‘race’ “were critical to the political agenda (in New Zealand) from the 1870s. . . through to the Second World War.”[49] Indeed he argues that racism against groups such as the Chinese “dominated national politics at various points” and were bound up with “petty-bourgeois beliefs that ‘race’ was a key variable in political and economic relations.”[50]

      Analysing the White New Zealand policy: developing a theoretical framework.
      Philip Ferguson – Redline

    • Gezza

       /  31st August 2018

      That’s a very interesting article about Singapore, thumbs. No ethnic or religious group is permitted under their law to denigrate another, or they get very quickly visited by the authorities & suffer consequences.

      • Gezza

         /  31st August 2018

        (No white supremacists would have a show there)

        • sorethumb

           /  31st August 2018

          They wouldn’t expect to. So-called “white supremacists” are largely people opposing multiculturalism and bi-culturalism which actively seek to accentuate (or increase) ethnic difference in countries which are predominantly white.