World view – Sunday

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


  1. Gezza

     /  October 7, 2018

    NZ’s msm news being what it is, more fascinated with relative trivia like whether Kavanaugh was a drunken grub in college rather than other major events in the world, we aren’t seeing much footage of the results and aftermath of this earthquake in Sulawesi.

    Aljazeera tv has people on the ground over there doing regular reports in their 2 hourly 1-2 hour news bulletins.

    I’m fascinated with the geology and mechanisms of this planet of ours and I’ve become something of a disaster junkie, now we can see so much more captured on video of the kind of devastating events earth can deliver. They no longer seem so far away and the impacts only to be read about in some magazine or newspaper article or book.

    I’m familiar with liquefaction and I’ve seen it before – bubbling up from cracks in the ground during earthquakes in Japan and in Christchurch – and seeing how some of the the houses in Christchurch were damaged by subsidence.

    In contrast, what’s happened in Sulawesi is barely imaginable. Entire villages have just disappeared. I’ve seen footage of buildings moving along the ground like they were in a river, but now I’ve seen footage of where villages used to be but they’ve just disappeared – downwards. With all the people in them. A reporter was at one location where all the schoolchildren ran out of the building onto a nearby field for safety and are gone. Swallowed up.

    The only way to find some of these people is to bring diggers in & dig the whole area going 12-18 feet down. That’s what they’ve done. So far they’ve found 11 children’s bodies. They probably won’t find them all.

    It’s a foreign country. We’ve sent a Hercules. Our troops are helping and their assistance is appreciated. But hell, I’m staggered by what’s happened there. Those scenes leave me feeling really upset.

    • Pink David

       /  October 7, 2018

      A remarkably tame headline given what actually when on.

  2. Gezza

     /  October 7, 2018

    Al Jazeera: Breaking News: Developing Story

    Turkish police believe Khashoggi killed inside Saudi consulate
    Turkish security sources say the missing journalist may have been killed and his body moved out of the consulate.

    Turkish authorities believe that prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared four days ago after entering Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, has been killed.

    “The initial assessment of the Turkish police is that Mr Khashoggi has been killed at the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul. We believe that the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate,” a Turkish official told Reuters news agency on Saturday.

    The suspected assassination of the leading critic of the Saudi regime came four days after he entered the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday.

    Earlier on Saturday, sources told Al Jazeera that a delegation of 15 Saudi officials arrived in Turkey the day Khashoggi, 59, disappeared. “The Saudi officials flew into Istanbul on two different flights on Tuesday,” Al Jazeera’s Istanbul correspondent Jamal Elshayyal quoted his sources as saying, adding that it was not clear if the Saudi delegation consisted of security or diplomatic officials.

    The revelations came as Turkey widened its investigation into the disappearance of the dissident Saudi journalist after Saudi Arabia failed to back its claim that he left the consulate on Tuesday. Turkey’s ruling party also said it will “uncover” the details surrounding Khashoggi’s vanishing, adding that the country’s sensitivity on the issue was at the “highest level”.

    “The condition of the lost journalist, details on him and who is responsible for this will be uncovered,” AK Party spokesman Omer Celik told reporters at a party summit chaired by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    Diplomatic row
    On Friday, Turkey’s foreign ministry summoned Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Ankara over the issue.

    Later that day, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) said Saudi authorities would allow Turkey to search its consulate. “We will allow them to enter and search and do whatever they want to do … We have nothing to hide,” MBS told Bloomberg on Friday.

    Commentary on tv news is that Saudi Arabia has been cracking down on any critics of Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman & that Turkey is expected to release further details of evidence that has led them to treat the disappearance as a murder investigation.

  3. Gezza

     /  October 7, 2018

    Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman: ‘I love working with Trump’
    Mohammed bin Salman says it’s normal for friends to disagree after Trump criticised Saudi Arabia at a rally in the US.
    6 Oct 2018

    “I love working with him (Trump),” the crown-prince told the US-based Bloomberg publication, adding that the two leaders had “achieved a lot in the Middle East, especially against extremism, extremist ideologies, terrorism and Daesh (the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant)”.

    The 33-year-old said it was normal for allies to have disagreements and one must ultimately accept that “any friend will say good things and bad things”.

    “So, you cannot have 100 percent friends saying good things about you, even in your family. You will have misunderstandings. So, we put that in that category.”

  4. Gezza

     /  October 7, 2018

    Israeli apartheid state accelerates its repression:

    Israel has announced further reductions of the Gaza Strip’s fishing zone, stating it was in response to the weekly protests near the fence east of the coastal enclave.

    Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s office said in a statement on Saturday that the fishing zone will be reduced from nine nautical miles to six nautical miles.

    Lieberman cited Friday’s “riots” at the fence dividing Gaza and Israel as contributing to his decision, in addition to the midweek beach protests in which fishing boats and protesters gathered at the northwest end of the Gaza Strip.

    Three Palestinians, including a 12-year-old boy, were killed in Friday’s protest, bringing the total death toll to at least 183 Palestinians since the demonstrations began on March 30.

  5. sorethumb

     /  October 7, 2018

    Moroccan Government Blames Pro-Open Borders NGOs for ‘Encouraging’ Illegal Migration

  6. sorethumb

     /  October 7, 2018

    Italy’s Populist League Party Hits Historic High in Popularity
    Italy’s League under Matteo Salvini is now the most popular political party in the nation, with a voter affiliation of 33.8 percent, a nationwide electoral poll revealed Saturday.
    Can you blame them. People just arrive and once there try deporting them to Invercargil in New Zealand? Not easy.

  7. Blazer

     /  October 7, 2018

    ‘The Aura of American Power

    Ironically, the greatest challenge confronting Washington, the Pentagon, the CIA, and the powerful military–industrial and banking lobby groups, who control congressmen and presidents with their money, was the end of the active Cold War in late 1989. There was suddenly no “enemy” to justify continued vast US military spending or the existence of NATO.

    James R. Schlesinger, former US defense secretary and later CIA director, described the dilemma: “American policymakers should be quite clear in their own minds that the basis for determining US force structure and military expenditures in the future should not simply be the response to individual threats, but rather that which is needed to maintain the overall aura of American power.”[3]

    At the end of the 1980s, the economy and financial system of the US was in the throes of its deepest crisis since the Great Depression. The largest banks of Wall Street—Citigroup, Bank of America, and others—were technically bankrupt. The deregulation of US Savings & Loan banks had led to a real estate speculation bubble that collapsed in the late 1980s, at the same time as a dramatic fall in world oil prices led to waves of bankruptcies across the US domestic oil industry.

    To demand that US taxpayers continue to waste hundreds of billions of their tax dollars on high levels of defense spending for an enemy that could no longer be identified, rather than to create a “peace dividend” that would allow those billions to go to the renewal of America’s rapidly decaying economic infrastructure, was a challenge to the US military and intelligence establishment. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell told Army Times in April 1991: “Think hard about it, I’m running out of demons. I’m running out of villains. . . I’m down to Castro and Kim Il Sung.”[4]

    That dilemma was soon to be resolved. Rather than solely relying on military overt force to advance its global agenda, Washington unveiled a dramatic new weapon: “fake democracy” nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that would be used to covertly create pro-Washington regimes in strategic parts of the world after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Democratic freedom would be the banner, incredibly enough, to introduce a new tyranny: “free” markets in actual fact controlled by Wall Street and European global banks, as well as Western multinational corporations that would loot the vast state-owned resources of the collapsed communist world. ‘

    F.William Engdahl.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  October 7, 2018

      That is a new level of evil.

      • Gezza

         /  October 7, 2018

        I don’t think it is. I think it’s just a new level of what they think they can get away with now Trump’s their friend. Bibi’s mob are doing something similar.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  October 7, 2018

          I expected that from you, Sir Gerald. I think they will have miscalculated re Trump though WaPo won’t have earned any favours from him. I haven’t heard of the Israelis murdering Israeli citizens in their own consulate offices yet, have you?