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  1. Gezza

     /  September 30, 2018

    Earthquake & Tsunami hit Sulawesi
    Tsunami videos:

    The earthquake:

    The advent of cellphone videocams has meant we now get to see more of these destructive events.

    I remember as a boy being told we shouldn’t use the English term ‘tidal wave’ to describe these megathrust-generated sea waves; that we should call them by the Japanese word ‘tsunami’, which is now the term used.

    I find it interesting (just from an intrigued viewpoint) that now that we can see what these terrible, unstoppable waves look like, that the term ‘tidal wave’ does pretty accurately describe what they actually look like – & I can see why the term would’ve been used by witnesses. Few people would have seen these before, they’d mostly have had to read reports or historical accounts.

    It looks like an abnormally high tide comes in all at once. The whole ocean just lifts up & rushes in, wave on top of wave sometimes.

    And paradoxically, the English meaning of the word ‘tsunami’ is apparently ‘harbour wave’ – so named (I’ve read) because Japanese fisherman would return from fishing well out to sea, where the wave might even sometimes have passed under them unnoticed, to find their harbours & villages had been devastated.

    Allah sure made us a dangerous planet.

    Death toll around 400 & expected to still rise, Aljazeera news is reporting. ☹️

    • Gezza

       /  September 30, 2018

      I suppose I should add that an undersea landslide or volanic eruption can also cause these waves.

  2. Gezza

     /  September 30, 2018

    The United States has announced it is closing its consulate in the Iraqi city of Basra and evacuating its diplomats from there after increasing threats and rocket fire from Iran and Iran-backed fighters.

    The decision adds to mounting tension between the US and Iran, which is the target of increasing economic sanctions imposed by Washington.

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, explaining the move, renewed a warning that his country would hold Iran responsible for any attacks on US diplomatic facilities and citizens.
    More…
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/shuts-consulate-iraq-basra-citing-iranian-threats-180929055931700.html

    • Gezza

       /  September 30, 2018

      Aljazeera:
      Iraq has said it “regrets” the decision of the United States to shut its consulate in the southern city of Basra which has been rocked by weeks of deadly protests, while Iran has accused Washington of making “false accusations” to pressure Baghdad.

      “The ministry regrets the American decision to pull its staff out of Basra,” Iraq’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

      The US on Friday announced the closure of its consulate in Basra and said it is relocating diplomatic personnel assigned there alleging increasing threats from Iran and Iran-backed armed groups.

      Blaming Iran for “indirect fire”, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said consular duties will be taken over by the embassy in Baghdad, while his office issued an advisory urging Americans not to travel to Iraq.

      The decision further escalated the tension between the US and Iran, which is the target of increasing economic sanctions by the Trump administration.

      “Iran sees the absurd US justification which follow weeks of propaganda and false accusations against Iran and Iraqi forces as playing a blame-game,” said the country’s foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi.

      He said Tehran condemns any aggression against diplomats and diplomatic sites, and charged that the US move was a pretext for promoting “insecurity in Iraq” and to “pressure the country’s government”.

  3. Gezza

     /  September 30, 2018

    Russian FM Lavrov: Delivery of S-300 to Syria regime has begun

    Russian FM says relations with US are at ‘all-time low’.

    Russia has started delivering S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Syrian forces. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a news conference at the United Nations on Friday that “the delivery started already” after a decision was reached following the downing of a Russian Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft which was hit by a Syrian missile.

    Moscow said Israel was culpable as the Il-20 was caught in the crossfire as four Israeli fighter jets attacked targets in northwestern Syria. The Israeli military said that Syria’s indiscriminate air defence fire was the cause of the incident. “As President Putin said, after that incident … the measures that we will take will be devoted to ensuring 100 percent safety and security of our men,” said Lavrov.

    The move comes in defiance of opposition from the United States and Israel. 

    US National Security Advisor John Bolton called Moscow’s decision a “major mistake”, that introducing the S-300s would be a significant escalation by Russia and something they should reconsider, he said on Monday. 

    In a phone call, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Putin that “transferring advanced weapons systems into irresponsible hands will increase the dangers in the region”, according to the Israeli prime minister’s office. 
    More …
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/russian-fm-lavrov-delivery-300-syria-regime-begun-180929054212640.html

  4. Blazer

     /  September 30, 2018

    you can trust the U.S and the U.K….just ask…Gaddaffi.

    • Pink David

       /  September 30, 2018

      Makes you glad she isn’t President doesn’t it.

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  5. It looks like the White House is trying to hobble any FBI investigation.

    This won’t help clear things up. If Kavanaugh ends up getting nominated after a jacked up inquiry it will leave a cloud over his credibility and could backlash against the White House.

    • Gezza

       /  September 30, 2018

      That White House is a bloody swamp.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  September 30, 2018

      “An administration official familiar with the process clarified, after the publication of this story, that while investigators may not be interviewing Swetnick herself, that doesn’t preclude them from asking other witness about the allegations she has made.”

    • Pink David

       /  September 30, 2018

      Swetnick’s claims are amusing, she attended 10 parties where women were drugged to be ‘gang raped’. You would think most people would stop going after the first gang rape….

      • Blazer

         /  September 30, 2018

        have to agree with you here..dragging all this up after so long..why??

  6. Gezza

     /  September 30, 2018

    Trump’s unilateral vision of the world will hurt the US, but it might also undermine his presidency

    by Joe Macaron 28 Sept 2018

    US President Donald Trump reacts as he walks to board Air Force One to depart New York for Washington, DC at JFK International Airport, on September 27, 2018 [Reuters/Carlos
    Long gone are the days when authoritarian leaders of the Global South, like Muammar al-Gaddafi and Hugo Chavez, were stealing the show at the United Nations General Assembly meetings in New York. Today, it is US President Donald Trump, the leader of the “free world”.

    Within the first lines of his General Assembly speech, he managed to get an audience of diplomats and world leaders laughing at his haughty claim that his administration has done much more than any other in US history. This reflected the unprecedented low global standing the US leadership “enjoys” these days.

    But despite the scorn which Trump’s speech was met with at the General Assembly hall, the vision of the world he outlined is indeed disconcerting. Trump talked about a future in which unilateralism, militarism and the pursuit of one’s self-interest are put above international cooperation, integration and trade. What he is suggesting is basically the end of the global liberal order which the US has been leading since the end of the World War II and which it solidified after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

    The Trump administration has already come after various international organisations and multilateral agreements. It has withdrawn from the climate change accords, UNESCO, the Human Rights Council, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, undermined the International Criminal Court (ICC) and cut funding for UNRWA.

    It has also strained relations with its traditional allies, Canada and the EU, and picked up a trade war with China. It has pulled out the of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) deal with Iran and rendered the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks even more obsolete. On Syria and Yemen, it has remained reluctant to play a role in advancing any viable solution to the two conflicts.

    If Trump continues down this path, there are implications for both the United States and the international system. Burning bridges with traditional allies increases the isolation of the US and undermines its global leadership. A year and a half into his presidency, Trump struggled to name friends in his UN speech. He could think of just four: India, Israel, Poland and Saudi Arabia.

    More importantly, his unilateral decisions, including trade wars and excessive sanctions, endanger the primacy of the US dollar in the global financial system. Nations around the world increasingly believe they should be less dependent or even less integrated in the American financial system, which ultimately would weaken the US dollar. We are already seeing initial steps in that direction, most notably following US sanctions on Iran and Turkey as well as the trade war with China.

    On September 25, the EU’s foreign affairs chief, Frederica Mogherini, unveiled a plan to set up a new financial entity to help companies seeking to do business with Iran evade US sanctions. A day later, speaking at business event in New York, she said: “The dollar is not the only currency on earth – we have the euro, others have their own currency.”

    The EU’s new financial vehicle will only be useful to businesses operating outside the US banking system, but it reflects a global trend of abandoning the dollar as trade exchange currency.

    Furthermore, when a dominant superpower like the US challenges the principle of multilateralism and the international legal order, it will be harder to convince rogue states not to follow suit.

    For instance, Trump chose to engage with North Korea in bilateral talks sidelining international institutions and regional actors. He also encouraged other nations to act in the same way by welcoming the Sochi agreement between Turkey and Russia on Syria, which was neither negotiated nor endorsed by the UN.

    This approach to international diplomacy increases the risk of miscalculations and is reminiscent of the post-9/11 mentality of the Bush administration which believed that the unilateral use of force and coercion is a better approach than diplomacy for achieving US objectives.

    But apart from outlining a vision of unrestrained unilateralism in US foreign and economic policies, Trump also inadvertently showed signs of his own anxiety about the potential fallout of such a strategy. In his speech to the UN Security Council, he went on to accuse China of interfering in the upcoming midterm elections, a claim that is yet to be corroborated by the US intelligence community.

    What these claims show, however, is that Trump might be fearing that the US farmers in Iowa and beyond who lost the Chinese market because of the trade war he started might vote against him and his Republican party in November.

    While former US allies are already building mechanisms to circumvent the need to deal with Trump, neither they, nor international institutions like the UN are likely to confront him. In the end, it is going to be up to the American voter to restrain Trump’s unilateral adventurism.