World view – Friday

Thursday GMT


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


  1. Gezza

     /  November 23, 2018

  2. Gezza

     /  November 23, 2018

    Thursday, November 22
    EU’s Mogherini calls for ‘credible investigation’
    A transparent and credible investigation into the killing of Khashoggi has not yet been completed, Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s foreign affairs chief, said on Thursday, after talks with Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

    Speaking at a joint news conference with EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn and Cavusoglu in Ankara, Mogherini also said she was completely against any application of the death penalty.

    On his part, Cavusoglu said Khashoggi investigation was taking a long time and international community expected an independent probe into the case.

    Denmark suspends weapon export approvals to Saudi
    Denmark has decided to suspend approvals of weapon and military equipment exports to Saudi Arabia over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the situation in Yemen, its foreign minister said on Thursday.

    The decision was taken after recent discussions with other foreign ministers in the European Union, he added.

    The suspension also includes some dual-use technologies, a reference to materials that might have military applications.

    Saudi FM blasts ‘outrageous’ report that prince won’t become king
    Journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder was an “unfortunate accident” and any discussion that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was responsible and may not take the throne is “outrageous”, its Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said.

    In a series of interviews on Wednesday, Jubeir reiterated that calls for Prince Mohammed, also known as MBS, to be held accountable for Khashoggi’s shocking killing are a “red line”.

    “We will not tolerate any discussion of anything that is disparaging towards our monarch or our crown prince,” Jubeir told the BBC.

    On other television networks, Jubeir steadfastly defended MBS despite a CIA assessment reportedly saying there was “high probability” that he ordered the murder.

    “We have made it very clear that Saudi Arabia’s government is not involved in this and the crown prince is not involved in this at all,” he told US network CNBC.

    The foreign minister was also asked about a Reuters news agency report this week that quoted Saudi sources saying a move was in play to prevent MBS from ascending the throne once his father, King Salman, 82, dies.

    “These are outrageous comments that have been made and are totally unacceptable. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is committed to its leadership,” he said.

    “The crown prince has the confidence of every Saudi citizen, including King Salman. The crown prince is the architect and driving force behind the reform programme in Saudi Arabia and the Vision of 2030,” Jubeir told CBS.

    Meanwhile, in a statement on Wednesday, Reuters said: “We stand by our story.”

    Wednesday, November 21
    US politicians accuse Trump of putting ‘Saudi Arabia first’
    US senators accused President Donald Trump of putting “Saudi Arabia first” in his decision to not take punitive measures against the kingdom or Prince Mohammed over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

    Trump’s decision is “yet another fawning prostration to a foreign authoritarian”, Democratic Senator Tim Kaine tweeted on Tuesday.

    “It’s only a matter of time until actions like this one by the president directly threaten our security,” he added.

    US newspaper blasts Trump’s ‘business as usual’ with Saudi
    The Washington Post denounced President Trump’s decision to refrain from punishing Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi’s death.

    The Saudi writer based in the US wrote columns for the newspaper critical of the Saudi royal family.

    In a statement published on Twitter, The Washington Post publisher, Fred Ryan, accused Trump of putting personal relationships and commercial interests above American values of respect for human rights to continue to “do business as usual” with the Saudi crown prince.

    Ryan further stated the CIA had “concluded with high confidence” that Prince Mohammed directed the October 2 killing. Ryan added if there is any reason to doubt these findings, Trump should immediately make that evidence public.

    Trump said the CIA never made a “definitive” conclusion about who was responsible.
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    Al jazeera

  3. Gezza

     /  November 23, 2018

    Wife of Matthew Hedges slams UK ‘inaction’ in UAE espionage case
    The wife of a British student who was sentenced to life in prison for spying in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has condemned the United Kingdom government for putting diplomatic relations before an “innocent man’s freedom”.

    Daniela Tejada told the BBC on Thursday that UK Foreign Office officials bungled the 31-year-old PhD student Matthew Hedges’ case.

    Tejada, who is due to meet the UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, said British officials gave “the impression they were putting their interests with the UAE above a British citizen’s rightful freedom and his welfare”. She added that they were “stepping on eggshells instead of taking a firm stance”.

    Britain views the UAE as a strategic Middle East ally which it supplies with arms.
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    The UAE politically and diplomatically functions as a client state of the Saudi regime. So what’s really going on here?

  4. Gezza

     /  November 23, 2018

    Trump blames the ‘vicious’ world for Khashoggi’s death
    United States President Donald Trump is insisting there’s not enough evidence to blame Saudi Arabia’s crown prince for the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi Consulate in Turkey.

    Trump told reporters during a Thanksgiving appearance at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida: “Maybe the world should be held accountable ’cause the world is a vicious place.”

  5. Gezza

     /  November 23, 2018

    Aljaz tv Breaking News

    Just been a terrorist attack on the Chinese Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan.
    Initial reports say two policemen have been killed.

    • Gezza

       /  November 23, 2018

      Gunmen storm Chinese consulate in Pakistan’s Karachi
      Two police officers, one gunman confirmed dead in attack claimed by the armed separatist group Baloch Liberation Army.

      For more than a decade, armed Baloch separatist groups have been fighting for independence against Pakistani security forces, whom they consider to be an occupying force in Pakistan’s largest and least-populated province.

      The BLA is one of the more active groups in the region, conducting frequent attacks against Pakistani forces, as well as on projects being completed under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a $56bn project that links southwestern China to the Arabian Sea through Pakistan.

      • Gezza

         /  November 23, 2018

        The Balochistan Liberation Army (Urdu: بلوچستان لبریشن آرمی‎; abbreviated BLA), also known as the Baloch Liberation Army is a Baloch militant organization based in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

        Since 2004 the BLA has waged an armed struggle against the state of Pakistan for equal rights and self-determination for the Baloch people in Pakistan, who have been subjected to repression for decades. The BLA is operating mainly in Balochistan, the largest province of Pakistan where it carries out attacks against the Pakistan Armed Forces. The Baloch Liberation Army became publicly known during the summer of 2000, after it claimed credit for a series of bombing attacks on Pakistani authorities.

        The BLA is listed as a terrorist organization by Pakistan and the United Kingdom. The BLA has not been declared as a terrorist organization by the US, EU and India.

  6. Gezza

     /  November 23, 2018

    US asks allies to drop Huawei
    The US government has initiated an extraordinary outreach campaign to foreign allies, trying to persuade wireless and internet providers in these countries to avoid telecommunications equipment from Chinese company Huawei, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

    The move will ramp up pressure on GCSB Minister Andrew Little and Communications Minister Kris Faafoi, who both say the government has yet to make a decision on whether Huawei should be blocked form 5G upgrades in NZ – as security agencies in the US and Australia have already recommended.

    Officials familiar with the current effort say concerns about telecom-network vulnerabilities predate the Trump era and reflect longstanding national-security worries, the Journal says. It notes that the push comes as telcos around the world prepare to buy new hardware for 5G, the coming generation of mobile technology.

    US officials say they worry about the prospect of Chinese telecom-equipment makers spying on or disabling connections to an exponentially growing universe of things, including components of manufacturing plants, the Journal says. The paper quotes an un-named US official who says, “There are additional complexities to 5G networks that make them more vulnerable to cyberattacks.” While US suspicion of Huawei is longstanding, its previous efforts have focussed on keeping the Chinese company out of the US. Now, it’s broadening its battle lines.

    Here, Little and Faafoi have been notably muted in their comments compared to politicians in the US and Australia, however. Little has said that New Zealand will make its own decision. Pressure could be eased by the fact NZ does not host US forces – unlike Italy, Japan and Germany, whose telcos all use Huawei kit.
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    The paper quotes an un-named US official eh? NSA? Dept of Trade? I’m just as concerned about the yankqui intelligence agencies spying on everyone. They even bugged Merkel’s phone. And US companies have been at it too, haven’t they. Just get competitive in your pricing, USA.