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  1. Missy

     /  21st February 2019

    This morning three Conservative MPs resigned from the party to join the new Independent Group of MPs. It will be interesting as to how these MPs work together, essentially the only thing they all have in common is that they want to stop Brexit, and want the public to have a second referendum now we know more about Brexit, and have seen how things have changed.

    Interestingly they don’t want their constituents to have a second vote now things have changed and they are no longer in their party, many vote for party regardless of the candidate, however, these MPs who want to give the electorate the opportunity to change their minds on Brexit aren’t so keen to give their constituents the opportunity to change their minds on their MP.

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  2. Gezza

     /  21st February 2019

    Donald Trump rushing to sell nuclear technolgy to Saudi Arabia
    Washington, DC – The administration of President Donald Trump is bypassing the United States Congress to advance the sale of US nuclear power plants to Saudi Arabia, despite concerns it would violate US law guarding against technology transfers, according to a new report by a congressional committee.

    Security analysts worry the technology would allow Saudi Arabia to produce nuclear weapons in the future, potentially contributing to an arms race in the Middle East.
    US legislators are concerned about the stability of Saudi leadership under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS)because of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the war in Yemen.

    Multiple unnamed “whistleblowers” have come forward to warn about White House attempts to speed the transfer of highly sensitive US nuclear technology to build new nuclear power plants in Saudi Arabia, according to the staff reportby the House Oversight and Reform Committee.
    More…
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/report-trump-rushing-sell-saudi-arabia-nuclear-technology-190219181918317.html

    That Jared again?

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    • The Consultant

       /  21st February 2019

      Aljazeera eh? Well the Qatri government that own Aljazeera lock, stock and barrel is not to going to let any story slide about their great enemy, Saudi Arabia.

      I notice that there was nothing specifically in the piece about the “nuclear technolgy”, which is actually all about nuclear power plants. The “Experts” were not very forthcoming about exactly what it is that worries them.

      That’s not surprising because it takes a very specific type of reactor set up tp produce plutonium, and your typical light-water civilian power reactor is not it. In theory you could bugger around with them to do so, but that’s not easy.

      How do we know that in this case? Because that’s exactly the same argument made by the likes of the Russians, Iranians, and Aljazeera when it comes to the Iranian civilian nuclear program, which is alluded to in that piece:

      Iran is receiving technical assistance from Russia in developing civilian nuclear power.

      Unmentioned here are the many stories about Saudi Arabia supplying perhaps 50-60% of the funding over the decades for Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme, with the payoff being that if Saudi wants to get nuclear weapons and a nuclear weapon programme itself, it has fast and ready access to one from another Sunni Islamic state. I’d be a damned sight more worried about that than reactor technology supplied by the USA and Trump.

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      • Gezza

         /  21st February 2019

        You can attempt to justify US & Trump administration hypocrisy if you like but it was well-known the Iranians were abiding by their agreement & if you think the Saudis can be trusted can I sell you London’s Tower Bridg,e which I won on the internet last night?

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        • The Consultant

           /  21st February 2019

          Are you sure you didn’t buy that bridge? I ask because you also believe that the Iranians were abiding by the JCPOA agreement, which actually blocks IAEA inspectors from visiting military sites like Parchin.

          We told no one but the top man of the regime [Khamenei]. When our team was in the midst of the negotiations, we knew that [the Westerners] would ultimately renege on their promises. The leader warned us that they were violators of agreements. We had to act wisely. Not only did we avoid destroying the bridges that we had built, but we also built new bridges that would enable us to go back faster if needed.

          That’s Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, in an interview on Iranian TV. He also mentioned that they’d already purchased replacements for equipment the JCPOA required them to destroy, so he’s pretty relaxed about it all.

          Besides that, they continue to test ballistic missiles, which are pointless for delivering conventional explosives in the age of GPS-guided cruise missiles, drones, and JDAM bombs. With their inherent accuracy limits they’re only good for one thing – delivering nuclear payloads. Clearly Iran has expectations for the future, when JCPOA ends in years time.

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          • Gezza

             /  21st February 2019

            Clearly Israel is itching to attack Israel under any pretence. But it needs to suck the US into it. The young people are going to dump that horrible theocratic regime one day. They’re well educated, net savvy & they hate it. Meantime as long as the US and Israel threaten them the absurd Death to America Death to Israel rhetoric and defence work – including the capacity to strike back at Israel – has to continue. And yes, they were abiding by the agreement. All work they agreed to stop had stopped. The agreement had an end by date. The matter was up for negotiation – hardly surprising. Years of crippling sanctions and sabre waving at them. It’s the Middle East, Muslim way to shout slogans and then fuck it all up on the battlefield.

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            • Blazer

               /  21st February 2019

              ‘Clearly Israel is itching to attack Israel under any pretence. ‘

              you picking..Civil War!😊

            • The Consultant

               /  21st February 2019

              It’s the Middle East, Muslim way to shout slogans and then fuck it all up on the battlefield.

              Heh! Or on the diplomatic field: The Mullahs Are Their Own Worst Enemies

              … when the EU actually takes coercive action against Iran, the Islamic Republic must have done something so outrageous, so flagrant that even Brussels could not ignore it.

              Such was the case on Tuesday, when the EU imposed its first sanctions against Iran since the nuclear deal was implemented in January 2016.

              The new sanctions add Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security and two senior Iranian officials to the EU’s terror list over suspicions that they helped organize multiple assassination plots in Europe—specifically plots to bomb a rally of an Iranian opposition group in Paris last year, to kill an Iranian opposition leader in Denmark last year, and to murder two Iranian dissidents in the Netherlands in 2015 and 2017.

              So far so typical Iranian regime. I always love it when people say Iran “has never attacked other nations”; they have, many times, just not using conventional military forces.

              As the article goes on to point out:

              Iran had the Europeans in the palm of its hand, and could have continued to use Brussels’ naivety and cowardice to its advantage in an attempt to isolate Washington diplomatically. But the ayatollahs could not help themselves—because of their paranoia, because of their twisted Islamist, anti-Western ideology.

              They had to attempt terrorist attacks and assassinations in Europe—not even the Middle East—to kill dissidents and others who speak out against their oppressive rule. Beyond their troubled psychology and ideology, Iran’s leaders are clearly nervous about their regime’s future. Otherwise, there would be no need to launch these plots.

              It’s been nice to see all the coksure arrogance of their stupid Islamic Revolution slowly bleed away into this sort of frightened lashing out. They’re doomed, and they seem to know it.

              Unfortunately it’s going to take external pressures as well; internal revolutions actually don’t succeed without that, another of the great myths of history. The US should have done a lot more to support the street protests in 2009, but that’s spilt milk under the bridge.

            • Gezza

               /  21st February 2019

              you picking..Civil War! 😊
              Oops. I blame a pookling called Alex who was pulling grass out of my lawn and needed seeing off in a hurry. Gotta go out for a few hours now. Back later.

    • Pink David

       /  21st February 2019

      “US nuclear power plants to Saudi Arabia”

      The more important question is why would Saudi buy a US nuclear power plant, the last one they built took 23 years to complete….the Koreans are far better at it.

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      • Blazer

         /  21st February 2019

        the Saudis have a quid pro quo deal with the U.S. based on oil,the petro dollar and preferential investment in U.S securities and business.

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  3. Patzcuaro

     /  21st February 2019

    Trump at his presidential worst.

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  5. Patzcuaro

     /  21st February 2019

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  6. Pink David

     /  21st February 2019

    This is fun. Trump is a racist because he is moving to see homosexuality decriminalized across the world.

    https://www.out.com/news-opinion/2019/2/19/trumps-plan-decriminalize-homosexuality-old-racist-tactic?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=news-opinion

    Allowing Iran to hang gays is a cornerstone of woke….

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    • Patzcuaro

       /  21st February 2019

      Well if Trump is going into bat for homosexuals, his support base of evangelicals will need to be asleep.

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