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28 Nov 2018 23:14

Chinese & Russians like to have a "close look" at the US military
http://abcnewsradioonline.com/world-news/us-militarys-close-calls-with-china-russia-in-the-air-and-at.html

https://www.dw.com/en/naval-standoff-vladimir-putin-blames-ukrainian-president-petro-poroshenko/a-46495757
Speaking to DW in an exclusive interview, US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker flatly rejected the claims put forth by Putin: "I'm not sure how this can be a provocation. A sovereign state has a navy, it's moving vessels from one of its ports to another one of its ports through its own waters. The problem here is that Russia has taken Crimea, has claimed to annex it, claims that the waters around Crimea are now Russian waters, and claims — despite a 2003 agreement with Ukraine — that Russia has unilateral control over access to the Sea of Azov and then fired on those vessels. I don't see what Ukraine has done that could be conceived as provocation."


add to that the Ukrainians have supposed to have told the Russians the 3 boats were coming. Lots of "tough talk" from Moscow & Kiev but seemingly for domestic consumption.
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02 Dec 2018 01:10

According to a BBC report, British investigators have concluded the Skripal's poisoning by the nerve toxin novichok was the work of (at least) two Russian agents, who brought the substance into the country in a small plastic dispenser of the kind used for perfume. There is video evidence of the presence of the two agents in Salisbury, though not of them in the vicinity of the Skripal's home, where the noichok was applied on their door. They were interviewed in Russia, where they returned hours after the poisoning incident, and didn't deny being in Salisbury at the time, but claimed they were just tourists taking in the world famous sights of that town.

I didn't see the entire report, but a key break in the case occurred three months after the event, when a British woman living near Salisbury died, and her death was found to be the result of poisoning by the same novichok substance. She apparently sprayed the agent on her hands, thinking it was perfume. Her partner, who was also poisoned but survived, told investigators he found the dispenser in a bin used to collect items for charity, where the perps presumably dumped it. He thought it contained an imitation designer brand of perfume, and gave it to the woman.

The report also said that one of the British investigators of the case accidentally contaminated his own home with the toxin. As a result, he and his family had to move out of the home immediately, and the home, and all of their possessions, had to be destroyed. Everything they owned, including their car or cars.

British intelligence seems quite certain that Putin, who has called Skripal a traitor and a scumbag, ordered this attempted murder. Those who still think this could have been a false flag operation have to explain--beyond why Britain would want to do this--why the toxin was discarded in a public place where it was likely to put others at risk, when presumably any government operatives could have disposed of the agent safely.
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02 Dec 2018 04:15

I was captivated by today's Mexican presidential inauguration..it was awesome period..the new president Lopez Obrador was impressive to say the least. Things happened that have never been seen before in Mexican history..indigenous groups doing dances and other native rituals..giving a cool wooden staff e colorful ribbons and blessings by many conventional and not so conventional..
He did say some things that were completely confusing to me given his timing.
.first was strongly encouraging Mexicans to buy domestic everything.saying that buying from themselves is the answer to most problems. just days after signing the new NAFTA...then he went on a tear about domestic oil..how his new administration will push to make national..state owned oil production a priority.
.he mentioned that he has been treated fairly by Trump..?.
.he mentioned that his goal is to give Mexicans a Canadian style health plan..he mentioned lots of great stuff..nothing about how to pay for it..
I had not seen anything about foreign investors being leary of his left leaning..like he may nationalize things that are currently private..but in his speech he ensured everybody that Mexico will keep it's obligations.
.I don't know if I see a showdown but..British Petroleum..BP and Arco gas station construction crews have been on an absolute tear in Northern Baja getting their logos on as many previously Pemex gas stations...the previous President opened up the Mexican gas market for competition..saying more choices was better for Mexican consumers..and the other companies would make Pemex..the state owned stations..leaner and meaner and better..and from what I have seen that is absolutely the case..w 100's of stations getting decent food and coffee..more abundant and cleaner bathrooms and increasing their minimart offerings to look lots like California,Texas or Arizona junk..
He said stuff about education..
But his most forceful statements were about the poor..how he cares..he will work for them..going as far as to say he will be at his desk everyday by 6am!!!
For people on the outside..@40% of Mexico gets by on less than 2 bucks a day..
I wish him well..the swearing in was fantastic..the way he shook hands..hugged people in the crowd..even getting kissed and he kissed a few people..it really looked sincere..
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02 Dec 2018 18:18

Lock them up! Lock them up! :D
https://www.axios.com/israeli-police-recommend-indicting-netanyahu-in-bribery-case-1543759760-914dedf0-40bd-4199-ae8c-8d5d97cd6063.html
The Israeli police recommended that the country's attorney general should indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu for alleged bribery on Sunday due to their relationship with Israel's leading telecommunication tycoon — widely known as "Case 4000."

Why it matters: This is a very big deal. "Case 4000" is the third time in the last year that the police recommended Netanyahu should be indicted for bribery. The previous recommendations dealt with Netanyahu allegedly taking "gifts" worth $200,000 from businessmen in return for allegedly promoting their interests ("Case 1000") and an alleged bribe deal between Netanyahu and Arnon Mozes, the publisher of Israel's largest newspaper and an archenemy of Sheldon Adelson ("Case 2000"). But the allegations in "Case 4000" are the gravest of all the corruption investigations against Netanyahu.

The backdrop: "Case 4000" has been investigated by the Israeli police's elite unit "Lahav 433," the Israeli equivalent of the FBI, and the Israeli Securities Authority since February 2018.

The police statement stressed that Netanyahu and Elovitz had a "relationship based on bribes" and that Netanyahu and his associates brazenly meddled — sometimes on a daily basis — in the coverage of Walla website. According to the police Netanyahu and his wife asked to publish positive stories about them and to prevent the publishing of negative stories. According to the police Netanyahu and his associates even tried to influence appointments of news editors and reporters in order to promote the Netanyahu family interests.

more at https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5418366,00.html
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04 Dec 2018 11:13

https://www.dn.se/nyheter/varlden/hon-ska-forhandla-om-fred-i-jemen-hotas-samtidigt-av-utvisning-fran-sverige/
Rumour has it that the Yemini peace talks will start on Wednesday in Stockholm. For journalist Hind Aleryani who is an adviser to the UN, she's under threat of being sent to the Czech Republic from Sweden for a correct asylum-seeking procedure. Her mother and sister already live in the "socialist hellhole".

Edit - a good who's who and what's what in Yemen at https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/yemen-peace-talks-181202101535422.html
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https://www.dn.se/nyheter/varlden/chansen-okar-for-att-fn-samtalen-om-jemen-i-sverige-verkligen-blir-av/?forceScript=1&variantType=large
Margot Wallström Sweden's Foreign Minister, tweets, The Houthi delegation has arrived to Sweden together with Special Envoys from UN, Sweden and Kuwait for planned consultations on Yemen. Expect Yemeni Government delegation shortly. Hopefully consultations will take place soon, as an urgent step towards ending the conflict.

also, The Swedish Government is proud to provide logistical support to the UN led consultations.


Hey, wait a minute! I'm paying for this? :)
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06 Dec 2018 08:05

That's Rimbo, not Rambo. :D
https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2018/12/05/Yemen-peace-talks-to-start-on-Thursday-in-Sweden-.html
Peace talks between Yemeni government representatives and the Houthi militias’ delegation will begin on Thursday in Sweden, the UN announced.

"The (UN special envoy) would like to announce the restart of the intra-Yemeni political process in Sweden on 6 December 2018," UN envoy Martin Griffiths’ office tweeted.

A 12-member government delegation, led by Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani, arrived in Stockholm Wednesday evening, one day after the militias’ delegation flew in from Sanaa -- accompanied by the UN envoy.

The talks mark the first meeting between Yemen’s Saudi-backed government and Houthi militias, linked to Iran, since 2016, when 106 days of negotiations yielded no breakthrough.
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06 Dec 2018 14:49

I am going to predict the future..
Trump and Putin are going to escalate the treaty tussle and their desire to go back in time will be realized..most of western Europe will be horrified about a new arms race in which they are a few miles from nuclear weapons pointed at them..the silver lining for Trump will be in the true pay to play style..I predict Poland will agree to be Trump's home away from home for his new nuke missiles ..what the U.S. will pay in rent to the Poles..?
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06 Dec 2018 16:53

unchained, you got somethings spot on, except the cause/consequence thing....it's not putin but your president (i know you cringe when i mention this), who is bringing the europeans to the brink of a nuclear conflict....

vlad was just given an ultimatum of 60 days or else. a plain fact. you say are are a veteran. should know when one uses the language of ultimatums in reference to a great nuclear power, they either expect a surrender or they know the ultimatum was dead on arrival and was meant to exit the treaty...

and to begin with, if you followed the events closer, russia is really not the subject of this tussle.

china is. iran is...anyone, any nation that is currently free to develop the class of nuclear missiles b/c they were NOT the parties to a bilateral ussr (russia)-us deal.

and the us logic to exit the treaty where they are bound while some of their major rivals are not is clearly sound. again, russia is a convenient beating boy, a decoy in this case, b/c folks like you in the west get instantly understanding when the evil vlad is vilified.

it is been long my opinion, that the europeans ought to get serious about their own defense and the fact they will be under a nuclear attack threat for as long as they are willing to be the american nuclear hostage.

things are changing but very slowly.
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06 Dec 2018 20:27

Python. .you missed me..Trump is the political equivalent of Ebola. .Putin. .while being a punk.is more pragmatic. .Trump didn't make the same mistake as Obama. .drawing lines that when crossed were supposed to have serious consequences. .I am not saying Trump's moral compass is broken. .I am saying he never had one..lots of the world is coming to grips w a choice between Putin and Trump. .Vlad maybe the better choice. .
The idea that Trump could tweet or say that he will restart the nuclear arms race od someone makes him angry enough is completely fvckin' nuts..
We are seeing many of the small fires he has started here and worldwide pick up strength. .he was against Paris accord. .ooops. .he aided w Russians and Saudis w poison and bonesaws in their carry on bags..at home he found that bad mouthing the Affordable Care Act only works when you keep working the race angle..without blackface connection people are voting to keep and expand it..in Idaho no less! And the little fire he started w China may burn us all..arresting Chinese business people and getting caught in Twitter lies has the stock market jittery ..and messing w the US's economic diamonds. .California,Arizona and Texas w all his bipolar NAFTA talk the guy will step on a none somewhere. .and if Trump was uneasy before watching HOP heavies like Graham slam him has to make his headpiece shift as he sweats like a white in church. .
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06 Dec 2018 22:16

unchained, i am going to be brief, what you - and most americans keep missing - is that trump, understandably to carry a lot of blame, if not a factor, would barely negate the american imperialist, hegemonic policies.

vlad or merkel or the norkor dictator will talk exactly in the same self protectionist manner when you threaten their existence.

of the 3 only vlad can support his talk with an action that may wipe out your motorcycling passion. or my relatively comfortable living here. trump has not started nor invented the american arrogance. he advanced it to new levels.
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06 Dec 2018 22:54

https://nypost.com/2018/12/06/ecuadors-president-says-julian-assange-should-leave-embassy-soon/
Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said Thursday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can leave his country’s London embassy any time he wants — and the sooner the better.

“I do not like the presence of Mr. Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy, but we have been respectful of his human rights and with that respect in mind, we think that six years is too long for someone to remain nearly incarcerated in an embassy,” Moreno said.


After what happened to the Huawei chief financial officer in Canada, Assange will be even more reluctant to leave the Embassy.
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07 Dec 2018 00:53

Python that is not anything you wrote that I disagree with..you seem to have omitted that Putin..Merkel or any other leader didn't call themselves out..Vlad didn't tweet anything about his country's non compliance..he didn't tweet that he wants to escalate tensions..Vlad or Angela didn't say that they wanted a revolution in Iran..a regime change..neither of them scrapped deals..because they felt like it..Saudis or North Korea..Trump in a hurry to discount scientists and police professionals..instead saying he prefers to determine nuclear threats..treatie compliance using...his gut..
There was a long period after the Soviet state fell apart and reconstituted itself were nuclear weapons and other armaments were unguarded..up for sale or had a flimsy chain link fence guarding things that could kill thousands..watching India fight over Kashmir I am not confident focusing on Vladimir Putin as the primary threat to the US..
The threats to western Europe are undefined..there has been a lull in attacks in Belgium.Germany and France..but Italy and Spain are due..
When I described Trump as bipolar it wasn't q criticism it was just what I see. Trump if front of UN allies..bichin' and moaning about getting there promised military spending goals..not met but increased..Trump stumping in the U.S. Saying that the @700 billion spending was a fantastic presidential accomplishment and a number that would give us the best military in history..now his opinion is the 700+ billion in spending is "crazy" Trump tweets..so is he saying that he is crazy? Is he demanding that UN participation also be crazy?
Who really knows how much Putin spent on plundering politics in America..but no matter how many rubbles he spent the his return on investment is beyond his wildest dreams..and Trump is the major component in his arsenal..
Putin will not attack me..our my two wheeled passion..why would he when Trump is set on wrecking America from the inside out..
If I should be worried about who has a finger on the launch button...Trump is the world's biggest worry..by far..that includes ISIS..or Taliban having the ability to use nukes..for Trump to trash talk about Iran w his behavior..Iran looks stable..
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07 Dec 2018 07:02

I think Python is refering to the Pax Americana that exists especially in Europe.
I lived once not far from Greenham Common base when the protests started so I understand the worries.
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07 Dec 2018 07:26

Anyone wanna bet some "well known" politicans/business interests are involved in the "Yellow Vests" protests?
This is after all where Climate Change and big business clash.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-07/codename-fly-rider-france-s-yellow-vests-are-plotting-online?srnd=premium-europe
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07 Dec 2018 08:14

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/12/06/582124/Iran-shooting-Chabahar
A terrorist car bomb explosion has hit near a police post in Iran’s southeastern port city of Chabahar, leaving two police officers dead and dozens of other people wounded.

Local officials said terrorists attacked the police headquarters in Chabahar, located in the southeastern province of Sistan-and-Baluchestan, with an explosives-laden vehicle on Thursday morning, local officials said.

The so-called Ansar al-Furqan terrorist group claimed responsibility for the assault, according to reports on social media.

Sistan-and-Baluchestan – which borders Pakistan -- has seen several terror attacks targeting both civilians and security forces over the past years.


more on Ansar al Furqan https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2017/12/iran-based-jihadist-group-claims-attack-on-oil-pipeline.php - Saudi dirty money maybe?

see also http://forum.cyclingnews.com/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=3377&p=2324915&hilit=karachi#p2324915
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07 Dec 2018 09:32

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/portrait-of-a-dismal-day-in-parliament-as-trust-in-democracy-melts-20181207-p50ktx.html
A major survey released during the week - a joint effort by the Museum of Australian Democracy and the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra - reported that public satisfaction with the way democracy works in Australia had fallen off a cliff, and only one in three voters now trusted the federal government.

Called Trust and Democracy in Australia, the survey of 1021 people shows a precipitous plunge in political trust over the past few years. (see http://apo.org.au/node/208536 )

In 2007, 86 per cent of voters were satisfied with Australia’s democracy. By 2010 it had dropped to 72 per cent. From 2013, it crashed.

In 2018, satisfaction with Australia’s democracy in 2018 languishes at 41 per cent.


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12 Dec 2018 06:14

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/rick-perry-iraq-invest-us-firms-iran-waiver-sanctions-149242297
US Energy Secretary Rick Perry has urged Iraq to partner with American companies to become more energy independent, as Baghdad's waiver exempting it from US sanctions on Iran nears its end.

Perry's paradoxical comments on Tuesday came during a visit by the largest-ever US trade delegation to Iraq, which saw more than 50 US companies largely linked to the petrol or security industries attend a two-day conference in Baghdad.

"Working together, the US and Iraq can develop Iraq's oil, gas and water industries," Perry told those in attendance.

"The time has come for Iraq to break its dependence ... on less reliable nations seeking domination and control," he said, in an apparent reference to US rival Iran.

Iraq imports vast amounts of gas and electricity from Iran.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi also said on Tuesday that he will send a delegation to the US to attempt to secure another exemption from US sanctions against Iran that would allow Baghdad to keep importing Iranian gas.

When Washington reimposed tough sanctions on Tehran's energy sector last month, it gave Iraq a 45-day waiver to plan how it would stop depending on imports from Iran.

"The American side is cooperating with Iraq to find solutions that would remove pressure on Iraq because the [Iranian] gas is linked to a very sensitive issue, which is electricity," Mahdi told a news conference.

Washington is seeking to roll back Iranian influence in the Middle East, including in Iraq, where it holds broad sway over politics and trade.

The US granted eight exemptions to the sanctions on Iran, a measure that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at the time were handed out "only because [the recipients] have demonstrated significant reductions in their crude oil and cooperation on many other fronts".

Under US law, such exceptions can only be granted for up to 180 days.

On Tuesday, Perry said he discussed sanctions with Iraqi Oil Minister Thamer al-Ghadban and Electricity Minister Luay al-Khateeb, but did not say whether Baghdad would receive an extension to the waiver, which ends next week.

"Sanctions were mentioned; they're a reality, they're there," Perry told reporters in Baghdad after his meeting with Iraqi officials.

He also met Mahdi, who said it was "necessary to expand coordination" on oil, energy, and trade between the two countries, and Iraq's president, Barham Saleh. Perry then travelled to Erbil, in Iraq's northern Kurdish region, to meet Kurdish leaders.


http://www.rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/111220183
Comparing the Kurdistan Region’s energy resources to his native state of Texas, a comment that drew chuckles from Barzani, Perry highlighted the potential for the people of Kurdistan.

“Our opportunity to secure a future of prosperity, of opportunity has never been better,” he said.

No agreements or plans were announced by either party.

The United States is invested in its relationship with the Kurdistan Region. Its new consulate in Erbil, now under construction, is America’s largest consulate complex worldwide.


The guy with the "smart glasses", who's going to shut down 3 agencies when he can remember what they are, goes to Iraq on behalf of GE etc. Buy US or face Iranian sanction problems seems to be the gist of it.

US builds massive consulate in Erbil http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/ffad700c-404f-4d1a-b06a-8d058839ec12
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12 Dec 2018 07:26

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-12/orban-pushes-hungary-to-point-of-no-return-as-europe-grumbles?srnd=premium-europe
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s long march toward one-man rule in the heart of the European Union is about to hit a new milestone.

Shrugging off the threat of sanctions from Brussels, Orban plans to push a bill through Budapest’s pliant parliament Wednesday that will further tighten his hold over the country’s court system. The legislation will strip the supreme court of its ultimate authority over so-called administrative disputes -- cases involving everything from elections and corruption to taxes and police abuse -- and create a new court overseen by his justice minister.
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In filing the bill to parliament, Justice Minister Laszlo Trocsanyi pledged to respect the “principle of judicial independence and separation of powers.” But he also said he needed to take “greater political responsibility” over the administrative courts. He’ll pick the new court’s judges and control its budget.


Don't like the courts? Then start your own! Brilliant! Just don't tell Trump. :)
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13 Dec 2018 08:45

China says second Canadian being probed for harming state security
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-icg-ministry/china-says-two-canadians-suspected-of-harming-state-security-idUSKBN1OC0NS?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Reuters%2FworldNews+%28Reuters+World+News%29

not the main story in the msm, but imo very telling of the us/china ongoing spat and how china is reacting. below is my little analysis...

in summary, the canadians arrested a high chinese business woman on the request of the us judiciary. the cause for the arrest was...violation of the us law. that is, some american law spreading on anyone in the world who trades with iran. iow, it was a tool to force the eu, china and everyone who refused to quit the nuclear treaty w/iran. essentially, a political blackmail weapon masked as a law. the canadians have nothing against the arrested, but duly and automatically arrested a business woman at the american request. they cite the mutual legal agreement. china reacted with a warning to canada. there was no response. and now 2 canadians are in the chinese custody. the officials deny the connection, but only stupid dont understand what's is going on.

that's how the us arrogance in the international affairs - weaponizing the legal system, the dollar etc - creates problems for both the allies and enemies.
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