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  1. Gezza

     /  December 9, 2018

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  2. Gezza

     /  December 9, 2018

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    • Gezza

       /  December 9, 2018

      Tell me about it Trev !

      Ardern’s UN Ambassador

      Trump’s new UN Ambassador

      The man never plays fair ! 😡

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    • Gezza

       /  December 9, 2018

      It’s been fairly obvious from the start that the arrest of Wanzhou Meng, Huawei’s CFO is part of the US Intelligence Agenices’ (the best and most extensive spying apparatus in the world) and Trade war.

      Trudeau was shown on Aljaz the day before yesterday doing a John Key press standup (“Nothing to do with me – our independent security agencies collaborated with the US security agencies and I trust them – or words to that general effect).

      The US is demanding her extradition to the US for breaching its trade sanctions on Iran.

      Rather rich that the country which has pulled out of the International Criminal Court because it refuses to allow its own citizens to be subject to any law but their own, is grabbing senior foreign executives of trade competitors off the street and subjecting them to its own horrifically confused and partisan justice system.

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      • The Consultant

         /  December 9, 2018

        Ho hum. Nothing really new here, De Beers Agrees to Guilty Plea:

        The United States is the biggest single market in the world’s $60 billion retail diamond business, and the indictment of De Beers was the last remaining obstacle preventing the company from doing business directly here. Executives have long risked arrest because of the case and have generally avoided visits.

        That risk existed for at least fifty years and was only finally solved when they pled guilty to the 1994 price-fixing charges bought under the Sherman Anti-Trust Act (1904 I think?)

        The company, founded by Cecil Rhodes and other investors in 1880, came under criticism from United States officials during World War II for refusing to provide industrial diamonds for the war effort and faced antitrust cases brought by the Justice Department in 1945, 1957 and 1974. Those actions forced it to leave the American market, and it had to use intermediaries to get its products into the country.

        I don’t recall many people huffing and puffing about US actions and laws in that case.

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  3. Missy

     /  December 9, 2018

    For the fourth weekend in a row the ‘yellow vests’ protests (aka riots) are happening across France, and they have spread to Amsterdam and Brussels.

    These started out as protests against Macron’s fuel tax but have become wider protests at many of his policies, stagnate wages, increased taxes, higher cost of living, and other grievances. .

    Earlier this week Macron did a u-turn on the proposed fuel tax in the hopes of preventing more protests/riots, however, the protestors are now demanding more concessions from Macron.

    Parts of central Paris were put into lockdown today with shops boarded up, metro stations closed, street furniture moved, and some high profile tourist attractions – including the Eiffel Tower and Louvre – closed. 8000 extra police were moved into Paris to deal with the protests, and it is reported that over 700 protestors have been arrested.

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    • Missy

       /  December 9, 2018

      Apparently there are some commentators in France comparing the current riots with the Jacquerie, French peasant riots of 1358, and saying that the current riots are the worst since then.

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      • Gezza

         /  December 9, 2018

        Do you think that’s hyperbole though?

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        • Missy

           /  December 9, 2018

          For sure, after all the French Revolution could be considered one long riot! Though I don’t know how bad the riots of 1358 were so hard to compare them to today’s ones, I would guess though that many more people died then – as opposed to being arrested!

          I think some of the comparisons come from the reasons, both the Jacquerie and the current rioting are about taxation, and there is a certain amount of discontent with regards to the rulers. And these seemingly similarities, and the nationalistic feelings that are being borne out of the rioting, are feeding into some view of the oppressed people rising up against their masters.

          After the first weekend of protests one of the protestors referred to it as the second Revolution.

          One thing I take from these comparisons and hyperbole is that there seems to be an almost reinvigoration of a sense of national feeling and culture, not just France but across Europe, and this is why I see that it could lead to some sort of mass uprising at the ballot boxes against the EU.

          Among the more ‘French’ people Macron’s slavish devotion to the EU is not popular, and this is spreading in France, and I think across Europe.

          Brexit has certainly lit some sort of fuse that has just been under the surface in Europe, and as a result many people across Europe are reasserting their national identity, and some countries are reasserting their national sovereignty, and I think in a way these riots – despite being driven by economic forces – are a release of the frustration at those seen as the ruling elites, both at the Elysee Palace and in Brussels.

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  4. MaureenW

     /  December 9, 2018

    So this is the best they can do. Hope to see the tables turned on Meuller, Clinton and cohorts – what goes around ..
    https://i.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/109206597/trump-slump-can-a-sitting-us-president-be-indicted-while-in-office

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