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    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    ian bremmer
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    This happens at every NATO summit with Trump. Every G7. Every G20. The US President is mocked by US allies behind his back.

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1202047174793682944
    As a frequent traveler: it happens EVERYWHERE. I have yet to meet one foreigner that speaks highly of Tiny. In Bolivia, the day of the election, one Bolivian co-worker deadpanned "The US can NEVER again make fun out of one of our elected officials". In Nigeria they would scoff at the guy, in Argentina they take him for the typical American clown.
    It takes just a little traveling to see how ridiculed this bozo is. Worldwide.
    Missing winter...

  2. #8987

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    NATO summit ends with Trump calling Trudeau ‘two-faced’ after video of world leaders apparently mocking the president

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    A conversation between Canada's Justin Trudeau, France's Emmanuel Macron and Britain's Boris Johnson was caught on video while they attended a reception Dec. 3. (Reuters)

    By
    Michael Birnbaum,
    Philip Rucker and
    Ashley Parker
    Dec. 4, 2019 at 2:29 p.m. EST

    WATFORD, England — President Trump, who has demeaned his rivals for being laughed at around the world, found himself the scorned child on the global playground at a NATO summit here Wednesday, as widely circulated video showed leaders gossiping about and mocking him.

    The video, captured at a Buckingham Palace reception Tuesday evening, appeared to show Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and others laughing about Trump’s freewheeling news conferences earlier in the day. “I just watched his team’s jaws drop to the floor,” Trudeau told the others, dropping his hand toward the ground to dramatize his retelling.

    And so it was Wednesday morning that Trump presented a sulking, brooding president, as he slapped down Trudeau as “two-faced” and engaged with other foreign counterparts at a secluded estate here outside London.

    As the summit concluded, Trump abruptly canceled a planned news conference, arguing that he had already answered so many questions from reporters in other settings during his visit to Britain.

    He took off for Washington as the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearing was underway.

    As impeachment inquiry rages at home, Trump unsettles the world stage at NATO

    Though his conduct here fit his pattern of disruption at international summits, Trump did not make the fiery threats that have punctuated previous gatherings. NATO leaders were almost giddy as they survived another encounter with Trump with their alliance intact. Trump’s canceled news conference — eliminating one last chance for him to take aim at them — was to many the departure gift.

    The day’s drama centered around Trump and Trudeau, who previously feuded at the Group of Seven summit in 2018. Asked Wednesday by journalists about Trudeau’s mockery, Trump fired back at the Canadian prime minister.

    “Well, he’s two-faced,” Trump said of Trudeau. “And honestly, with Trudeau, he’s a nice guy. I find him to be a very nice guy. But, you know, the truth is that I called him out on the fact that he’s not paying 2 percent and I guess he’s not very happy about it.”

    Trump was later caught on an audio recording bragging to an unidentified summit attendee, “That was funny when I said that guy was two-faced.” The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., tweeted a photo of Trudeau wearing blackface that he said was “evidence” that the Canadian prime minister was “two-faced.”

    During their Tuesday meeting, Trump needled Trudeau over Canada’s defense spending, labeling the country “slightly delinquent” for failing to meet NATO’s defense spending guidelines for member nations of 2 percent of gross domestic product.

    Trudeau on Wednesday explained his Buckingham Palace comments by telling reporters that he had been referring to Trump’s announcement that he would host the next Group of Seven summit at Camp David, which the Canadian leader thought surprised White House aides. Trump had initially proposed his own Doral golf resort in Miami for the next G-7, but abandoned that idea after being criticized for self-dealing.

    Trudeau said he was “pleased” to recount the Camp David moment to fellow leaders and that Canada’s relationship with the United States remained “extraordinarily important and effective.”

    Trump’s visit to the NATO summit was erratic. The president, who has long criticized the 70-year-old alliance, at times this week cast himself as its defender, while at other moments chastised allies for, in his view, taking advantage of the United States.

    Inside a closed-door session, Trump read a prepared statement to his fellow leaders listing off grievances about defense spending. But he did not threaten other countries in the same way he had done in previous NATO meetings, according to five NATO diplomats and policymakers who were either inside the room or listened to the conversation from a separate chamber.

    “There were no threats. It wasn’t like last time,” said one policymaker, who, like others, spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the closed-door meeting. Trump “always prefers to have a tough image, but he fell in with the general effort to portray what’s happening as a success,” the official added.

    Trump told fellow leaders that “if trade imbalances were taken into account, then the United States would be spending 90 percent of NATO’s defense,” according to the official.

    The fact that most of the leaders, including Trump simply read off their prepared statements rather than engaging in angry back-and-forth was a sign of a calmer summit than previous encounters, such as last year’s gathering in Brussels, several of the officials said.

    Another leader, pushing back gently at Trump by trying to demonstrate the importance of defending Europe, pointed out that if Russia took over Western Europe, the size of its collective economy would swell larger than that of the United States, one official said.

    Macron, too, was softer inside the meeting than outside of it, and did not repeat his widely-publicized comments about NATO suffering from “brain death.”

    “My words have now been dealt with,” Macron told reporters at the end of the summit.

    The French president took issue with Trump’s nearly single-minded focus on defense spending. “Up until now, we have been talking about burden sharing,” Macron said. “There was no discussion of geopolitical strategy.” Now, he added, there would be.

    Another NATO disrupter, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, ultimately backed down from blocking crucial military plans to defend Eastern Europe — a concession to fellow allies.

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg trumpeted what he said was a successful NATO meeting. He argued that the disagreements among some leaders were not a challenge to NATO’s fundamental “all for one, one for all” mission.

    “Disagreements will always attract more attention than when we agree,” Stoltenberg told reporters. “The strength of NATO is that we have always been able to overcome these differences and then unite around our core task to protect and defend each other.”

    Leaders approved a long list of initiatives at the meeting, leaving policymakers delighted that, in the end, the summit ended almost normally. They decided to expand their defense planning into outer space. They discussed how to address new challenges from China. They promised to keep their cellular networks secure.

    To accentuate his beef over defense spending, Trump ate lunch here Wednesday with the leaders of the eight other NATO member nations that are meeting alliance spending guidelines of 2 percent of gross domestic product.

    “This is on me,” Trump told his counterparts from Estonia, Latvia, Romania and other so-called “2 percenters,” as he opened the lunch conversation.

    Trump met privately with Turkey’s Erdogan on the summit sidelines for what one official said was nearly half an hour. Unlike Trump’s other such meetings, his visit with Erdogan was not on his public schedule and journalists were not permitted to cover it. After the Turkish government shared a photograph of the tete-a-tete on social media, a White House spokesman confirmed that the two presidents had met. They discussed trade, energy and regional security challenges, according to the White House.

    Trump also met one-on-one with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has clashed with him in the past. Germany says it will meet the spending goals only in 2030, six years later than it agreed in 2014.

    On Tuesday, Trump called Germany “delinquent” and has been threatening to retaliate against the country with a trade war. Sitting across from Merkel on Wednesday, Trump brought up trade, saying, “We’ve had a very bad imbalance for many, many years — for decades, actually — and we’re discussing that right now.”

    While in London, Trump found that the summit’s host, Johnson, avoided public contact with him. Johnson faces an election on Dec. 12, and with Trump deeply unpopular in Britain, too much face time between the two populists could be politically toxic. But the two men had what Trump characterized as an enjoyable conversation on Tuesday evening.

    Johnson tried to brush off a question Wednesday morning about avoiding photos with Trump, declaring that “I’m going to be photographed with every possible leader of NATO. We’re having a very successful meeting.”

    Johnson similarly dodged a question about what mocking Trump along with Trudeau and Macron in the viral video, telling reporters, “That’s complete nonsense. I don’t know where that’s come from.”

    Trump, meanwhile, seemed to toggle between feeling delighted about mocking his perceived foes to wounded over himself becoming the subject of mockery.

    Trump was also caught on an open microphone musing about the media’s likely reaction to his decision to cancel his news conference — a real-time acknowledgment that he suspected his hasty departure would be portrayed as a presidential tantrum.


    “You know what they’ll say?” Trump asked. “He didn’t do a press conference! He didn’t do a press conference!”

    James McAuley in Paris and Allyson Chiu and Katie Mettler in Washington contributed to this report.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world...948_story.html
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  3. #8988

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    I don't comment on the Donald around these parts, but I will today. He has no credibility. There are few criticisms he can level since all he ever does is piss and moan about most everyone and everything. So what he said about Justin today - like most of his remarks - are beyond moot to me.
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    Re: World News Random, Random

    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    ian bremmer
    @ianbremmer
    This happens at every NATO summit with Trump. Every G7. Every G20. The US President is mocked by US allies behind his back.

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1202047174793682944
    I bet Boris Johnson is just chuffed to bits to be on the inside of a conversation mocking a world leader.


  5. #8990

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    Indian police kill 4 suspects in custody in gruesome rape-murder case
    BY ARSHAD R. ZARGAR

    UPDATED ON: DECEMBER 6, 2019 / 3:53 AM / CBS NEWS

    Delhi — Police in India have shot dead four men accused in a horrific rape-murder case that sparked country-wide protests. The four men were accused of the November 27 gang rape and murder of a 27-year-old veterinarian in the southern city of Hyderabad. The woman's body was burned after the sexual assault in an apparent effort by the perpetrators to destroy the evidence.

    Telangana State Police arrested the four men the next day, and they had been in custody ever since. Police said that before dawn on Friday, around 3:30 a.m. local time, the four were taken to the crime scene to walk investigators through a reconstruction of the incident. According to the police, they tried to grab weapons from some of the officers and were then killed in a shootout.

    "They were killed in crossfire. They tried to snatch weapons from the guards but were shot dead," Prakash Reddy, a deputy commissioner of police in Hyderabad, told media, adding that the men died before any medical help could arrive.

    The crime scene, where the woman's charred remains were found, is under a highway bridge. A huge crowd gathered around the bridge after the shooting, celebrating the killing of the suspects and lauding police for their actions. Some showered police officers with flower petals.

    "It has been 10 days to the day (since) my daughter died. I express my gratitude towards the police and the government for this," the victim's father told India's ANI news agency. "My daughter's soul must be at peace now."

    It was the latest shocking episode involving a case of violence against women in India. On Thursday, a woman in the northern city of Lucknow was set on fire as she travelled to a court to give evidence against two men she had accused of rape last year. She sustained burns over 70 percent of her body and was transferred to a hospital in Delhi for treatment. The two original suspects and three other men were arrested for questioning.

    In the Hyderabad case, the four suspects allegedly saw the veterinarian parking her scooter near a toll booth on a busy highway on November 27. Police said they flattened her scooter tire and then waited for her to come back. When she did, they offered to fix her scooter and brought her to a truck yard where the alleged gang rape took place. Police say the woman, who cannot be identified under Indian law, was strangled to death before her body was set alight under the bridge.

    While the gruesome attack drew instant anger and protests from the Indian public, opinion has been divided over the police's handling of the investigation.

    In the Hyderabad case, the four suspects allegedly saw the veterinarian parking her scooter near a toll booth on a busy highway on November 27. Police said they flattened her scooter tire and then waited for her to come back. When she did, they offered to fix her scooter and brought her to a truck yard where the alleged gang rape took place. Police say the woman, who cannot be identified under Indian law, was strangled to death before her body was set alight under the bridge.

    While the gruesome attack drew instant anger and protests from the Indian public, opinion has been divided over the police's handling of the investigation.

    There have been suggestions that the police killed the suspects essentially to avoid criticism over their handling of the case, or simply to appease an angry public. There were raucous demonstrations following their arrest, including a crowd that tried to storm the police station in Hyderabad, demanding the suspects be executed.

    The circumstances have led many to believe the early morning shooting was the result of a "fake encounter" — a term used in India to describe extra-judicial police killings of a suspect or suspects in custody, often followed by a claim of an escape attempt.

    Now nobody will ever know if the four men killed by the police were innocent men, arrested fast to show action. And whether four of the most brutal rapists roam free, to rape and kill more women.#EncounterNight #Encounter https://t.co/LEXxSKWzre

    — Karuna Nundy (@karunanundy) December 6, 2019

    "This is absolutely unacceptable," activist and lawyer Vrinda Grover told French news agency AFP. "There must be accountability of the police. Instead of investigation and prosecution the state is committing murders to distract public and avoid accountability."

    India has struggled to address an epidemic of violence against women and girls. More than 33,000 rapes were reported to police in 2017, the most recent national statistics available, and experts believe many more have gone unreported. There is also a significant backlog of cases in India's justice system, so many victims wait years for their day in court.

    First published on December 6, 2019 / 2:53 AM

    © 2019 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.






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  6. #8991

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    Very convenient, public satisfied and no hard work to prove that the right suspects had been apprehended...

    India could well be in the top 10 of unsafe countries for single women (after excluding war zones).
    Roger forever

  7. #8992

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    And I'll be the nazi here. I will remember this horrible news when somebody tries to talk to me about "India's spirituality".
    Missing winter...

  8. #8993

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponchi101 View Post
    And I'll be the nazi here. I will remember this horrible news when somebody tries to talk to me about "India's spirituality".
    Who believes that anymore? It's a troubled place in many aspects, but of course individual people could still be very nice and there is a lot to see. Been there many times now...
    Roger forever

  9. #8994

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    This is a sort of an odd development. Experts will tell you North Korea always meant something different by “denuclearization” of the peninsula than the US did. For them, it meant removing South Korea from the umbrella of the US’s nuclear protection, as I understand it.

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    Denuclearization is off the table in negotiations with the United States, North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations says https://cnn.it/38frSZb
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