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Foreign Affairs (News/Activism)

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  • Trump administration resists global climate efforts at home and overseas

    12/09/2018 5:04:53 PM PST · by bitt · 20 replies
    WAPO ^ | 12/9/2018 | David Nakamura Darryl Fears
    The United States joined a controversial proposal by Saudi Arabia and Russia this weekend to weaken a reference to a key report on the severity of global warming, sharpening battle lines at the global climate summit in Poland aimed at gaining consensus over how to combat rising temperatures. Arguments erupted Saturday night before a United Nations working group focused on science and technology, where the United States teamed with Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to challenge language that would have welcomed the findings of the landmark report, which said that the world has barely 10 years to cut carbon emissions...
  • In Kerala, disco lights keep jumbos off the farm floor

    12/09/2018 4:48:34 PM PST · by mikeIII · 12 replies
    Times of India ^ | 12/9/2018 | Rajeev
    KOCHI: The swirling multicolour LED lights that give dance floors their zing have found a totally different use in Kerala’s Wayanad district. The forest department has deployed .. Read more at: ..
  • "Your Time is UP" South Africa Sets Date for White Farmer Land Grab - March 2019

    12/09/2018 4:13:46 PM PST · by BeauBo · 61 replies
    Daily Star (UK) ^ | 8 Dec 2018 | Rachel O'Donoghue
    The Country's National Assembly approved a proposal to change the constitution to make the so-called reforms legal in a vote of 183 to 77. This paves the way for land to be taken from (white) farmers without any kind of compensation.
  • South Africa ‘sets date for white farmers land grab’

    12/09/2018 3:56:30 PM PST · by fruser1 · 51 replies
    The Nigerian Insider News ^ | 12/9/2018 | unidentified
    Economic Freedom Fighters politician Hlengiwe Mkhaliphi said those arguing against legalising land grabs are ‘beneficiaries of racism’. ‘Your time is up, white people,’ She added.
  • The Latest: French official says Trump should keep quiet

    12/09/2018 3:12:08 PM PST · by mdittmar · 49 replies
    ap ^ | 12/9/2018 | ap
    10:40 p.m.French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says U.S. President Donald Trump should not comment on France’s domestic affairs, notably nationwide protests that began over fuel tax hikes meant to wean the nation off fossil fuels.President Emmanuel Macron withdrew the planned increase last week in a failed bid to appease sometimes violent protesters.Trump has tweeted twice on the issue, saying in one tweet this weekend that “the Paris agreement isn’t working out so well for Paris.”
  • France tells US President Trump to stop interfering in its politics

    12/09/2018 2:54:10 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 65 replies
    Straights Times ^ | 12-9-2018 | AFP
    The French government on Sunday (Dec 9) urged Mr Donald Trump not to interfere in French politics after the US president posted tweets about the protests rocking the country and attacked the Paris climate agreement. "We do not take domestic American politics into account and we want that to be reciprocated," Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told LCI television. "I say this to Donald Trump and the French president says it too: leave our nation be.
  • France Beats its Citizens Bloody for the Crime of Protesting the Globalists (VIDEO)

    12/09/2018 2:28:29 PM PST · by Bon mots · 41 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 9, 2018 | RT News
    The French police are taking a very heavy-handed approach to dealing with protesters as this disturbing video shows bloodied and beaten citizens being beaten and dragged by heavily armed police. ↑ Click to see the video on YouTube ↑
  • Kudlow: Trump didn’t know about Huawei executive’s arrest before dining with Chinese leader

    12/09/2018 12:33:47 PM PST · by Innovative · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Dec. 9, 2018 | Elise Viebeck
    President Trump was not aware of the unusual arrest of a major Chinese technology executive when he sat down to dinner recently with Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow. Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada on Dec. 1 on a U.S. extradition warrant. Huawei is suspected of evading American sanctions on Iran, a possibility that U.S. prosecutors have been investigating since 2016. The arrest was made on the same day that Trump and Xi met for dinner amid high-level trade and national security talks in Buenos Aires. An unnamed...
  • France to Probe Possible Russian Influence on Yellow Vest Riots

    12/09/2018 11:42:10 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 69 replies
    Bloomberg | December 9, 2018 | Carol Matlack and Robert Williams
    It's from our fussy friends at Bloomberg. So link only.
  • Macron prepares response to 'yellow vest' protesters as Paris cleans up

    12/09/2018 11:32:02 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 32 replies
    Rooters ^ | 12-9-2018 | Rooters
    French President Emmanuel Macron will address the country on Monday as he seeks to placate "yellow vest" anti-government protesters who wreaked havoc in Paris this weekend. On Sunday, workers in Paris and other cities swept up broken glass and towed away burnt-out cars while the government warned of slower economic growth and the judiciary said it would come down hard on looting and attacks on police. On Saturday, protesters, for the fourth weekend in a row, threw stones, torched cars and vandalised shops and restaurants in a protest against Macron's economic policies. The Elysee palace said on Sunday that Macron,...
  • Clashes as yellow vest protests grow in Belgium, Netherlands

    12/09/2018 10:13:28 AM PST · by mandaladon · 26 replies
    AP ^ | 9 Dec 2018 | LORNE COOK and MIKE CORDER
    BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian police fired tear gas and water cannons at yellow-vested protesters calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Charles Michel after they tried to breach a riot barricade, as the movement that started in France made its mark Saturday in Belgium and the Netherlands. Protesters in Brussels threw paving stones, road signs, fireworks, flares and other objects at police blocking their entry to an area where Michel’s offices, other government buildings and the parliament are located. Brussels police spokeswoman Ilse Van de Keere said that around 400 protesters were gathered in the area. About 100 were detained,...
  • Arrest of Chinese telecom exec looking more like a counterespionage op authorized by POTUS Trump

    12/09/2018 8:38:39 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 8 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 12/9/18 | USA Features
    Espionage: On Wednesday, news broke that Canadian authorities had arrested Meng Wanzhou, 46, the chief financial officer of mega-Chinese telecom Huawei, the largest in the world, as she was changing planes in Vancouver. As Fox Business reported, authorities picked her up “as part of a U.S. investigation into an alleged scheme by Huawei to use the global banking system to avoid American sanctions against Iran.” Meng, other reports noted, is the chief financial officer for the company, so on the surface at least, it makes sense that she would be targeted by authorities. Subsequent reporting noted that Weng was detained...
  • Joseph Dunford: SDF defeated strongest terrorist organization in ME

    12/09/2018 8:18:42 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    ANHA Hawar News ^ | 12/09/2018 | news desk
    The General and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joseph Dunford, said that Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), consisting of all components of the Syrian people, are "the only ones capable of defeating the largest terrorist organization in the Middle East." He said they had a long way to stay in Syria, and we have no specific time how long we will stay in Syria. 09 Dec 2018, Sun - 10:42 NEWS DESKThe Washington Post conducted a lengthy interview with General and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford on several issues including US military excellence and fierce competition with...
  • Ted Cruz Announces Bill To Give Trump $25 Billion For Border Wall

    12/09/2018 7:42:10 AM PST · by yoe · 52 replies
    I Love My Freedom ^ | December 8, 2018 | Chris Donaldson
    Republican Senator Ted Cruz has just upped the ante on the contentious battle with the newly-emboldened Democrats over President Trump’s proposed border wall.The Texan who is fresh off of his defeat of liberal rock star Beto O’Rourke just introduced a bill to fully fund the wall at $25 billion which will infuriate Democrats who are already engaged in a game of guts poker with Republicans over shutting down the government. Trump has been firm in his request for the funding of a key election promise and as recently as Friday blasted Democrats for “playing games” over what given the recent...
  • 1,723 arrested in 'yellow vest' protests in France

    12/09/2018 3:34:07 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Sky News ^ | December 9, 2018
    More than 1,700 people were arrested across France during the latest "yellow vest" protests, which left 135 people injured and caused widespread damage. Of the 1,723 detained on Saturday, 1,220 were ordered to be held in custody, according to the interior ministry. Despite the security clampdown clashes broke out in several cities across the country, including Marseille, Bordeaux and Lyon and Toulouse, during a fourth weekend of protests against rising living costs and the embattled French President Emmanuel Macron. Paris again saw the worst of the of the violence as protesters, wearing their distinctive yellow safety jackets, set fire to...
  • Return of Balangiga bells important to PH, people of E. Samar

    12/08/2018 11:23:27 PM PST · by Oscar in Batangas · 9 replies
    anilla Bulletin ^ | December 9, 2018 | Francis Wakefield
    Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Spokesman Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo Sunday said the return of the Balangiga bells to the Philippines is of significant importance especially to the people of Eastern Samar, who were deprived of the bells for more than a century already... ...[Defense Secretary Delfin] Lorenzana said the historic bells will be flown in by an American military aircraft at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City before noon on Tuesday. President Duterte is expected to witness the return of the Balangiga bells, which for more than a century, were kept at Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming....
  • China Vows ‘Severe Consequences’ If Huawei Official Is Not Released

    12/08/2018 8:07:29 PM PST · by familyop · 44 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 8, 2018 | Eva Dou
    Meng Wanzhou is being held in Canada at U.S. request to be extradited, face allegations she violated sanctions on dealing with Iran BEIJING—China issued an ultimatum to Canada, demanding the immediate release of Huawei Technologies Co.’s finance chief or face unspecified “severe consequences.” Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng summoned Canada’s ambassador to Beijing, John McCallum, on Saturday to deliver the warning, according to a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
  • Violent Protests Spread from Paris to Belgium and now, the Netherlands

    12/08/2018 8:06:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12/08/2018 | Rick Moran
    At least 700 people were arrested in Paris as 5,000 demonstrators faced off against 8,000 police in another violent demonstration by "yellow vest" protesters.Riots broke out all over France despite the supposed cause of the violence being eliminated earlier in the week by the government of President Emmanuel Macron. The government had been claiming that a fuel tax increase was to blame for the protests, but the government rescinded the increase on Wednesday.Donald Trump believes it was Macron's climate change policies: The Paris Agreement isn’t working out so well for Paris. Protests and riots all over France. People do...
  • China's November trade surplus with U.S. widens to $35.55 billion (Highest EVER. Anywhere...)

    12/08/2018 5:10:28 PM PST · by cba123 · 53 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 8, 2018
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China's trade surplus with the United States widened to $35.55 billion in November, compared with $31.78 billion in October, Chinese customs data showed on Saturday. For January-November, China's trade surplus with the United States was $293.52 billion (230.6 billion pounds), compared with about $251.26 billion in the same period last year. (please see link for full article, though in this case the article is quite short)
  • 120 injured, nearly 1,000 arrested in France 'yellow vest' protests

    12/08/2018 4:41:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 35 replies ^ | Saturday, 8 Dec 2018 22:15
    Police used tear gas, a water cannon and horses to charge protesters on roads fanning out from the Champs Elysees boulevard, but encountered less violence than a week ago, when the capital witnessed its worst unrest since the 1968 student riots. As night fell and many demonstrators started returning home, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said there had been about 10,000 protesters in Paris by early evening and some 125,000 across the country. "The situation is now under control," Mr Castaner said at a joint news conference with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe. He said about 120 demonstrators and nearly 20 police...