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  1. #6256

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drop-shot View Post
    Interesting times.

    Partly, I do think there is a point to be made about all countries making a comparable effort. OTOH, the geopolitical changes that could arise (specially around Germany) are very interesting to debate.
    Indeed, but comparable could also mean US drastically scaling down its military. It definitely doesn't need to be as big as it is to protect the country.
    Roger forever

  2. #6257

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    Quote Originally Posted by suliso View Post
    Indeed, but comparable could also mean US drastically scaling down its military. It definitely doesn't need to be as big as it is to protect the country.
    I don't know, if you're Australia, yes, it doesn't have to be that big. Now if you're the target of other superpowers, then I think it does have to be rather large.

    Back to NATO, if the countries involved pacted a 2% it should be honored.
    Meet again we do, old foe...

  3. #6258

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    Of course it should be honored. But with 45 in charge, better discuss it behind closed doors.
    Starry starry night

  4. #6259

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    We were talking about where and when 45 and his cronies would start a war? CNN is reporting that they're talking about the US putting ground troops in Syria.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/15/politi...ria/index.html
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  5. #6260

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    That's not a new war though.
    Roger forever

  6. #6261

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    Quote Originally Posted by suliso View Post
    That's not a new war though.
    No, but he gets to play with his BFF Putin - so it has its advantages.
    We All Play for Canada

  7. #6262

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    Kurt Eichenwald ‏@kurteichenwald 11h11 hours ago
    Details: SSV-175 Viktor Leonov is outfitted with spying equipment to intercept signals intelligence. It's 30 miles off Connecticut coast.
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  8. #6263

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    It's in international waters so all legal. US does stuff like that all the time.
    Roger forever

  9. #6264

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    This is straight out of a Korean soap. (They're very good by the way.)

    Lee Jae-yong, Samsung Heir, Is Arrested on Bribery Charges

    By CHOE SANG-HUN FEB. 16, 2017


    Lee Jae-yong on Friday in Anyang, South Korea. He was later arrested on corruption charges. Credit Kim Hee-Chul/European Pressphoto Agency

    SEOUL, South Korea — The de facto leader of Samsung, Lee Jae-yong, was arrested Friday on bribery charges, a dramatic turn in South Korea’s decades-old struggle to end collusive ties between the government and powerful family-controlled conglomerates.

    Mr. Lee, the vice chairman of Samsung, one of the world’s largest conglomerates, was taken to a jail outside Seoul, the capital, soon after a judge at the Seoul Central District Court issued an arrest warrant early Friday.

    Mr. Lee, 48, was accused of paying $36 million in bribes to President Park Geun-hye’s secretive confidante, Choi Soon-sil, in return for political favors from Ms. Park, like government support for a merger of two Samsung affiliates in 2015 that helped Mr. Lee inherit corporate control from his incapacitated father, Chairman Lee Kun-hee.

    Mr. Lee is the first head of Samsung, a symbol of power and wealth in South Korea, to be arrested on corruption charges. Other charges against him include embezzlement, illegal transfer of property abroad and committing perjury during a parliamentary hearing.

    Analysts say his case is a litmus test of whether the country’s relatively youthful democracy and judicial system are ready to crack down on the white-collar crimes of family-owned conglomerates, or chaebol, among which Samsung is the biggest and most profitable.

    His arrest is also a hard-won victory for the special prosecutor, Park Young-soo, who has been struggling to establish a bribery case against Mr. Lee and Ms. Park.


    Mr. Lee, who also goes by the name Jay Y. Lee in the West, had survived the prosecutor’s first attempt to arrest him last month, when a court in Seoul ruled that there was not enough evidence of bribery. But investigators have since collected what they called more incriminating evidence and again asked the court for an arrest warrant.

    “Given the newly presented criminal charges and the additional evidence collected, the legal grounds and need for arresting him are recognized,” the judge, Han Jeong-seok, said on Friday, issuing the arrest warrant.

    Mr. Lee, who has yet to be convicted of any crime, was the most prominent businessman to be ensnared in the special prosecutor’s broadening investigation into a corruption scandal that led to Ms. Park’s impeachment by Parliament on Dec. 9. Ms. Park’s presidential powers remained suspended, with the Constitutional Court expected to rule in coming weeks whether she should be reinstated or formally removed from office.

    Mr. Lee’s arrest was sensational news in South Korea, where business tycoons have seldom spent much time behind bars, even after they were convicted of white-collar crimes.

    “Samsung has not paid bribes nor made improper requests to the President seeking favors,” the company said in a statement. “We will do our best to ensure that the truth is revealed in the court proceedings.”


    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/16/w...&nlid=50740252
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  10. #6265

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    2 More Arrested in Killing of Kim Jong-un’s Half Brother, Malaysia Says
    By RICHARD C. PADDOCK FEB. 15, 2017


    The police refusing to answer questions from the news media after embassy officials from North Korea left the hospital in Kuala Lumpur where the body of Kim Jong-nam was believed to be. Credit Mohd Rasfan/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Two more people, one of them a woman with an Indonesian passport, were arrested Thursday in the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, the Malaysian authorities said as they continued to hunt for conspirators.

    The Indonesian, identified as Siti Aishah, 25, is the second woman arrested in the case. Her appearance matches the image of a woman captured in airport surveillance videos, said a statement from Khalid Abu Bakar, the inspector general of police. The police later said in a statement that Ms. Siti’s boyfriend, a 26-year-old Malaysian, had been arrested “to assist in investigations.” He was identified as Muhammad Farid Bin Jalaluddin.

    In Jakarta, an official from Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry said that Ms. Siti was an Indonesian citizen. The Indonesian government has asked for access to her so that its embassy employees in Kuala Lumpur can provide legal assistance.

    The arrests brought the number of people detained in the case to three. A woman arrested Wednesday was carrying a Vietnamese passport, but it remained unclear whether she was from Vietnam.

    The news media in Malaysia reported that the police were looking for four male suspects, suggesting that the plot was more involved than initially indicated. It was unclear whether the Malaysian man arrested Thursday was one of the four.

    Kim Jong-nam, 45, was preparing to fly to his home in Macau from Kuala Lumpur on Monday morning when he was attacked and poisoned by two women at Terminal 2 of the international airport, the authorities said.

    The attack occurred near the AirAsia counter where Mr. Kim would have been checking in for the flight to Macau. The poison took effect quickly, and he died on the way to a hospital.

    While the poisoning of Mr. Kim in a very public place conjured up images of spy movies, the plot appears to have been rather unsophisticated, and the Malaysian police rounded up the first two suspects relatively quickly.

    For one, the women appear to have had no getaway car. Photographs from airport surveillance cameras leaked to the local news media show one woman waiting with passengers for a taxi outside the airport.

    Unlike at some major airports in Asia, departing passengers do not undergo security screening at the terminal’s entrance, and anyone can reach the check-in counters well inside the airport without having to show identification or a ticket.


    The authorities were slow to confirm that Mr. Kim was the brother of North Korea’s leader and initially identified him as Kim Chol, based on the passport that he was using to fly to Macau.

    Malaysia’s deputy prime minister, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, told reporters on Thursday that the passport was one of two Mr. Kim was carrying but that it was authentic. “Probably this is an undercover document,” he said.


    Even though Mr. Kim lived with his family in Macau, his body will be sent to North Korea at the request of the government in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, the Malaysian news media quoted government officials as saying.

    The authorities have said that an autopsy had been completed.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/15/w...&nlid=50740252
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  11. #6266

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    Germany warns US against threatening EU cohesion
    AFPFebruary 17, 2017

    Munich (Germany) (AFP) - Germany's Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Friday warned Washington against hurting European cohesion and seeking a rapprochement with Russia behind the backs of its allies.

    Europe has been rattled by US President Donald Trump's praise for Britain’s decision to quit the EU, his criticism of NATO, and his softer approach towards Russia.

    "Our American friends know well that your tone on Europe and NATO has a direct impact on the cohesion of our continent," the German minister told the Munich Security Conference.

    "A stable European Union is also in America’s interest, as is a strong and unified NATO," she said.

    She also cautioned the US against taking transatlantic ties for granted, pointing out that it should not put its allies and Russia on the same footing.

    "There cannot be a policy of equi-distance to allies and to those who openly question our values, our borders and international law," she said.

    While pursuing a reliable relationship with Russia as a whole, allied nations must not be "going above partners' heads in bilateral negotiations," she added.

    Since taking office Trump has said he fully backs NATO, but he spoke with disdain about the alliance while campaigning for election, calling it "obsolete."

    He has repeatedly praised Putin and called for better cooperation with Russia, including in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria.

    Von der Leyen also took aim at Trump's move to ban migrants from majority-Muslim nations.

    Although the initial decree to block people from seven mainly Muslim nations from entering the United States was scrapped as it fell foul of the law, Trump has said he is considering drafting a new order.

    "We should be careful that this fight (against terror) does not become a front against Islam and Muslims," said von der Leyen.

    "Otherwise we run the risk of digging ourselves into a deeper grave in which violence and terror only grow further. Rather, it is right to seek partnership with like-minded Muslim and Arab nations," she said.



    https://www.yahoo.com/news/germany-w...162030621.html
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  12. #6267

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    Donald Trump EU ambassador pick launches blistering attack on 'undemocratic' European Union
    Written by: Sebastian Whale Posted On: 14th February 2017

    The frontrunner to become US ambassador to the EU has further fuelled speculation that Donald Trump's administration would like to see the breakup of the European Union.

    In an exclusive article for our sister site The Parliament magazine Ted Malloch said the bloc has become “undemocratic and bloated” by bureaucracy and “rampant anti-Americanism”.

    Mr Malloch suggested it would be “against” the United States’ national interest to promote the EU on its current trajectory towards a “socialist, protectionist, United States of Europe”.

    And he called for each member state to put their values of democracy and freedom to the test by holding referendums on EU membership.

    In January President Trump hailed Brexit as a “blessing to the world” that would “end up being a fantastic thing for the United Kingdom”.

    It came after he caused a stir in Brussels by attacking the European Union as a “vehicle for Germany” that other nations would leave.

    Mr Malloch, who is the President’s pick to become US ambassador to Brussels, said it was time to “re-evaluate” America’s relationship with Europe.

    He accused the "globalist elite" in the EU of being "detached from the people and therefore entirely anti-European".

    And he argued that Brussels “openly works against US interests abroad”, including in the Middle East, Israel, Cuba and the United Nations and warned that President Trump was "on watch - and looking".

    “The failure of the European integration project should by now be self-apparent to everyone. This is simply not something Churchill or Roosevelt would countenance,” he wrote.

    “The European Union has become undemocratic and bloated by both bureaucracy and rampant anti-Americanism.”

    He continued: “It may be time to re-evaluate key US assumptions about Europe. This means America should reappraise its entire relationship with Europe and its future union or disunion.”

    Mr Malloch, a professor at Henley Business School, said the US should consider whether the EU is in need of a “total redefinition”, and should assess what the dangers are of a “failing EU”.

    “We do know that the US and the UK are different from Europe: we want democracy and accountability, while the EU is intrinsically undemocratic and unaccountable,” he said.

    “So should the US continue to promote such a damaged European model, which is alien to our own traditions? Is it not working against US interests to do so? Most certainly it does not put America, first, as Trump has now designated.”

    Mr Malloch said nobody wanted Europe to fail or "instantly disintegrate", but he called for every member state to put the question of continued membership to their people.

    "Put the EU to a referendum vote in every member country. It is time for greater scepticism and realism about the European Union and its not so hidden agenda and 'ever closer union'," he said.

    'UNGRATEFUL'

    Elsewhere in his attack, Mr Malloch ​reiterated President Trump's concerns about burden sharing in Nato and accused those states not spending 2% of their GDP on defence of "free riding on US largesse".

    He accused Brussels of being “ungrateful” towards the US, hit out at the “flawed” euro, and reiterated Mr Trump’s view that the bloc is “titled” towards Germany’s interests.

    And he alleged that the European Commission seeks to regulate cases involving large foreign companies which threaten or undermine the business interests of the European Union.

    “The US needs in these first days of the Trump administration then to re-examine its historical policy toward European integration from the lens of America, first. The present policy cannot continue as the assumptions are flawed and no longer bear fruit,” he said.

    “Of course the Transatlantic Alliance must continue. Good European-American relations are absolutely essential. But European integration is not at all in America’s interest...

    "Brexit gives the US an opportunity for pause and an appreciation that the EU is actually weak and getting weaker. It could under certain scenarios even come apart."

    He concluded: "The US therefore needs to bolster its existing and strong relations with each of Europe’s member states - not all of which even belong fully to the EU. The US is not anti-European...

    "In Trump’s world the future is not what it was. Our dealings with Europe should also change, accordingly."


    https://www.politicshome.com/news/eu...hes-blistering
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  13. #6268

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    Swedes scratch heads at Trump's suggestion of major incident
    By MATTI HUUHTANEN

    HELSINKI (AP) — Swedes have been scratching their heads and ridiculing President Donald Trump's remarks that suggested a major incident had happened in the Scandinavian country.

    During a rally in Florida on Saturday, Trump said "look what's happening last night in Sweden" as he alluded to past terror attacks in Europe. It wasn't clear what he was referring to and there were no high-profile situations reported in Sweden on Friday night.

    The comment prompted a barrage of social media reaction on Sunday, with hundreds of tweets, and a local newspaper published a list of events that happened on Friday that appeared to have no connections to any terror-like activity.

    Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Catarina Axelsson said that the government wasn't aware of any "terror-linked major incidents." Sweden's Security Police said it had no reason to change the terror threat level.

    "Nothing has occurred which would cause us to raise that level," agency spokesman Karl Melin said.

    Axelsson told The Associated Press that the Swedish Embassy in Washington contacted the State Department on Sunday to request clarification of Trump's remarks and was waiting for an answer.

    Former Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt tweeted , "Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound."

    The Aftonbladet tabloid addressed Trump in an article Sunday, "This happened in Sweden Friday night, Mr President," and listed in English some events that had happened in Sweden, including a man being treated for severe burns, an avalanche warning and police chasing a drunken driver.

    One Twitter user said "After the terrible events #lastnightinSweden, IKEA have sold out of this" and posted a mock Ikea instruction manual on how to build a "Border Wall," saying the pieces had sold out.

    Sweden, which has a long reputation for welcoming refugees and migrants, had a record 163,000 asylum applications in 2015 and it has since cut back on the number it annually accepts. Its most recent attack was in the capital, Stockholm, in December 2010, when an Iraqi-born Swede detonated two devices, including one that killed him but no one else.

    At the rally, Trump told his followers to look what was happening in Germany, and also mentioned Paris, Brussels and Nice, in apparent reference to the terror attacks there. He didn't specify what was supposed to have happened in Sweden, simply saying "Sweden, who would believe this, Sweden."

    Over the past few weeks, Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway has also referred to a "Bowling Green Massacre" that never occurred, and she was caught up in a public feud with CNN.

    https://apnews.com/095b070ed4114be88...&utm_medium=AP
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  14. #6269

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    Donald Trump is right, there was a recent attack in Sweden. By neo-Nazis on a refugee centre
    US President could have been referring to largely underreported 'politically motivated' incident in Gothenburg

    Lucy Pasha-Robinson

    ...despite widespread debunking of his claims, it has since emerged a largely underreported attack did, in fact, occur last month.

    Three suspected neo-Nazis were arrested in January after a Gothenburg Asylum centre became the target of a homemade bomb attack, leaving one person seriously injured.

    Security services said all three suspects had previously been members of the Nordic Resistance Movement (NMR), a group that openly promotes racist and anti-Semitic views and has vocally opposed non-white immigration to the country.

    The Swedish intelligence service Säpo said the incident on 5 January, which was also linked to two others in Gothenburg in recent months, appeared to be politically motivated.

    The NMR was set up in 1997 by former members of the White Aryan Resistance and employees of Folktribunen, a neo-National socialist magazine. The group is considered as the figurehead for Sweden’s white power movement.

    Sweden took in more refugees per capita than any other European country in 2016, which Mr Trump cited in his speech as creating problems "they never thought possible."

    The former real-estate mogul focused on migration in Europe and linked it to terror attacks in Brussels, Nice and Paris - before adding Sweden to the list.

    “We've got to keep our country safe. You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what's happening last night in Sweden,” he told supporters in Melbourne.

    “Who would believe this? Sweden! They took in large numbers, they’re having problems like they never thought possible.”

    It came as a 2016 report found immigration had helped fuel Sweden's biggest economic boom in five years.


    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wo...-a7588516.html
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  15. #6270

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    The Associated Press ‏@AP 37s37 seconds ago
    BREAKING: Malaysia recalls ambassador to North Korea amid tensions over its
    investigation of killing of Kim Jong Un's half brother.
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