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  1. #8701

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    Teenage Brides Trafficked to China Reveal Ordeal: ‘Ma, I’ve Been Sold’


    Nyo, 17, back home in Shan State in Myanmar, after being trafficked by brokers who sold her and her friend to men across the border in China.CreditCreditMinzayar Oo for The New York Times

    By Hannah Beech
    Aug. 17, 2019

    MONGYAI, Myanmar — She did not know where she was. She did not speak the language. She was 16 years old.

    The man said he was her husband — at least that’s what the translation app indicated — and he pressed himself against her. Nyo, a girl from a mountain village in the Shan hills of Myanmar, wasn’t quite sure how pregnancy worked. But it happened.

    The baby, 9 days old and downy, looks undeniably Chinese. “Like her father,” Nyo said. “The same lips.”

    “Chinese,” she added, like a curse.

    China’s “one child” policy has been praised by its leaders for preventing the country’s population from exploding into a Malthusian nightmare. But over 30 years, China was robbed of millions of girls as families used gender-based abortions and other methods to ensure their only child was a boy.

    These boys are now men, called bare branches because a shortage of wives could mean death to their family trees. At the height of the gender imbalance in 2004, 121 boys were born in China for every 100 girls, according to Chinese population figures.

    To cope, Chinese men have begun importing wives from nearby countries, sometimes by force.

    “Bride trafficking is very common here in Shan State,” said Zaw Min Tun, a member of the police anti-human-trafficking task force in Lashio, a town in northern Shan. “But only a few people are really aware of the trafficking.”

    A study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand estimated that about 21,000 women and girls from northern Myanmar were forced into marriage in just one province in China from 2013 to 2017.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/17/w...afficking.html
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  2. #8702

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    No 10 furious at leak of paper predicting shortages after no-deal Brexit

    Government figures seek to play down predictions of food, medicine and fuel shortages in leaked document
    Rowena Mason Deputy political editor
    Sun 18 Aug 2019 20.30 BST

    Downing Street has reacted with fury to the leak of an official document predicting that a no-deal Brexit would lead to food, medicine and petrol shortages, with No 10 sources blaming the disclosure on a hostile former minister intent on ruining Boris Johnson’s trip to see EU leaders this week.

    The leaked document, detailing preparations under Operation Yellowhammer, argues that the most likely scenario is severe extended delays to medicine supplies and shortages of some fresh foods, combined with price rises, if there is a no-deal Brexit on 31 October.

    It said there would be a return to a hard border on the island of Ireland before long and a “three-month meltdown” at ports unable to cope with extra checks. Protests could break out across the UK, requiring significant police intervention, and two oil refineries could close, with thousands of job losses, according to the documents.

    Those campaigning against a no-deal Brexit said the official Cabinet Office document confirmed all the warnings about the risks of crashing out without an agreement. Tom Brake, a leading Liberal Democrat MP, said it revealed the truth that no deal would “have wartime implications, in peacetime, all of them self-inflicted”.

    The Freight Transport Association (FTA) also reacted with alarm to the idea of fuel shortages in particular, saying these possibilities had not been conveyed to them by the government.

    “This is the first time the industry is learning of any threat to fuel supplies – a particularly worrying situation, as this would affect the movement of goods across the country, not just to and from Europe, and could put jobs at risk throughout the sector which keeps Britain trading,” a spokeswoman said.

    Jeremy Corbyn is to accuse Johnson in a speech on Monday of “provoking the crisis our country faces this autumn” because he wants to turn the UK into a US-style tax haven on the shores of Europe.

    It is understood the Labour leader is ready to back the calls of more than 100 MPs for parliament to be recalled to debate the seriousness of the situation, after pledging last week to call a vote of confidence in Johnson’s leadership and seeking to build support to install himself as a caretaker prime minister until a general election can be held.

    After the Yellowhammer report emerged, senior government figures moved to dispute it and dismiss its dire warnings. Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office minister in charge of no-deal planning, said the document showed “absolutely the worst case”, and it was an “old document” that did not reflect significant steps taken by Johnson’s administration over the last four weeks.

    Speaking to Sky News, Kwasi Kwarteng, an energy minister, dismissed it as something with “a lot of scaremongering around and a lot of people are playing into Project Fear and all the rest of it”. The government of Gibraltar also claimed that predictions of queues of up to four hours at the border with Spain were “out of date” and based on “planning for worst-case scenarios”.

    A No 10 source was even more critical, claiming the leak came from one of Theresa May’s former ministers in order to undermine Johnson’s trip to see Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, on Wednesday and Emmanuel Macron, the French president, on Thursday.

    Despite the document, leaked to the Sunday Times, being dated to earlier this month when Johnson was already in post, the senior No 10 source said: “This document is from when ministers were blocking what needed to be done to get ready to leave and the funds were not available. It has been deliberately leaked by a former minister in an attempt to influence discussions with EU leaders.

    “Those obstructing preparation are no longer in government, £2bn of extra funding has already been made available and Whitehall has been stood up to actually do the work through the daily ministerial meetings. The entire posture of government has changed.”

    Downing Street advisers are privately claiming that EU leaders will not offer any concessions towards a new deal unless they are sure that parliament is unable to block a no-deal Brexit. They are already setting the stage to blame former ministers working against no deal, such as Philip Hammond and Greg Clark, for any failure in EU negotiations.

    However, Conservative rebels and opposition MPs working to stop a no-deal Brexit say Johnson has deliberately set the bar too high in his demands for the EU to scrap the backstop – the insurance mechanism to stop a hard border in Ireland.

    At his meetings with Merkel and Macron, Johnson is expected to reiterate that he will only accept a new deal that abandons the backstop, over concerns that it could trap the UK indefinitely in a customs union.

    With the EU collectively refusing to budge on the issue, No 10 is only expecting minimal discussion of Brexit with Merkel and Macron – more a restatement of each side’s existing positions.

    Instead, discussions are expected to revolve around the agenda for next week’s G7 summit in Biarritz in France, on issues such as foreign policy and security issues, the global economy and trade, and the environment and biodiversity.

    With no new deal in sight, Whitehall departments are increasingly making no deal their central scenario. Priti Patel, the home secretary, is understood to have sent some of her civil servants to Singapore to study their border model, as she wants free movement to end on the dot of 31 October.

    May’s administration had planned to introduce an immigration bill to delay the end of free movement until new systems were in place, but Patel believes that it can be stopped with secondary legislation and new arrangements put in place in time.

    EU citizens who are resident in the UK will be allowed to stay under the “settled status” scheme, but campaign groups are warning that some people may be left in a legal limbo, especially if they frequently travel between the UK and the EU.


    https://www.theguardian.com/politics...CMP=GTUK_email
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  3. #8703

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    It's interesting to me that conservatives always "believe" something to be true instead of knowing something is true based on facts. Patel's belief is driving her work instead of facts about the border between the two Irelands. I can believe the moon is made of green cheese. The fact that it's not matters.

    And I bet Boris is upset. They really have no idea what they're going to do.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  4. #8704

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    Teenage Brides Trafficked to China Reveal Ordeal: ‘Ma, I’ve Been Sold’


    Nyo, 17, back home in Shan State in Myanmar, after being trafficked by brokers who sold her and her friend to men across the border in China.CreditCreditMinzayar Oo for The New York Times

    By Hannah Beech
    Aug. 17, 2019

    MONGYAI, Myanmar — She did not know where she was. She did not speak the language. She was 16 years old.

    The man said he was her husband — at least that’s what the translation app indicated — and he pressed himself against her. Nyo, a girl from a mountain village in the Shan hills of Myanmar, wasn’t quite sure how pregnancy worked. But it happened.

    The baby, 9 days old and downy, looks undeniably Chinese. “Like her father,” Nyo said. “The same lips.”

    “Chinese,” she added, like a curse.

    China’s “one child” policy has been praised by its leaders for preventing the country’s population from exploding into a Malthusian nightmare. But over 30 years, China was robbed of millions of girls as families used gender-based abortions and other methods to ensure their only child was a boy.

    These boys are now men, called bare branches because a shortage of wives could mean death to their family trees. At the height of the gender imbalance in 2004, 121 boys were born in China for every 100 girls, according to Chinese population figures.

    To cope, Chinese men have begun importing wives from nearby countries, sometimes by force.

    “Bride trafficking is very common here in Shan State,” said Zaw Min Tun, a member of the police anti-human-trafficking task force in Lashio, a town in northern Shan. “But only a few people are really aware of the trafficking.”

    A study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand estimated that about 21,000 women and girls from northern Myanmar were forced into marriage in just one province in China from 2013 to 2017.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/17/w...afficking.html
    This issue can't be solved before 2050 at the earliest. I mean skewed sex ratio, not necessarily trafficking from this particular area.
    Roger forever

  5. #8705

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    Damon Evans
    @damocrat
    Replying to
    @tnewtondunn
    and
    @adamfleming
    The Johnson Brexit backstop demand, in full.
    https://twitter.com/i/status/1163531287619166208
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  6. #8706

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    The above was in response to this:

    Peter Foster
    @pmdfoster

    Am stunned off my sun lounger by this
    @BorisJohnson
    letter to
    @eucopresident
    on the irish backstop. It’s based on a big fat fallacy - that the Irish border issue can be fixed by unilateral commitments or good intentions 1/quick thread



    It starts by setting out why the backstop is bad (familiar reasons) and then suggests that the EU bins it (familiar) in the basis that both sides try fix up the “alternative arrangements” by the end of the shortened transition. /2

    And yet (as the next para implies) this is pretty unlikely to happen since (see multiple threads passim) they don’t exist and won’t for the foreseeable given All-UK commitment to diverge.

    At which point, the U.K. says “trust us”. /3

    We’ll “look at what commitments might help”!!!?

    So not a mutually agreed EU-U.K. treaty, with governance mechanisms to protect both sides.

    Just “trust us”. Seriously?/4

    This is not serious negotiation.

    It is utter nonsense dressed up to deceive a casual reader that the U.K. is serious.

    Don’t be fooled by spurious offer for a “legal commitments” to have no infrastructure “at” the border.

    The basic question remains... /5

    If all the U.K. is leaving EU customs union and single market then HOW is the UK going to avoid a return to borders of the past??

    Trust us? After 2 solid years of failing to come up with operable solutions...mmm, my guess (wild stab in dark) is the EU will say “no”. /7

    Recall that it was the 1992 Single European Act (UK joint single market) that made invisible border possible.

    If you are leaving those mechanism you need to say how it will work without them...if you are ruling out trade border in Irish Sea /8

    It’s totally spurious to say GFA isn’t about customs etc.

    A trade border of this kind (given U.K. wish to diverge etc) is the effective economic repartition of Ireland. Don’t expect nationalist communities to help in this. /9

    So what does this letter really tell us?

    That the U.K. is not serious about a renegotiation here.

    Indeed all the strategy is - led by Cummings himself - about how to lead a sham negotiation, per three sources privy to the chat. /10

    How will the EU react? And Dublin?

    Badly I suspect. Recall
    @theresa_may
    OpEd article ahead of the Salzburg summit in autumn 2018.

    That went down well, as I recall. /10

    As one on EU side puts it.

    Not so much megaphone diplomacy.

    Just the megaphone. /12

    If Tory backbenchers were asking themselves if this administration was actively interested in getting a deal, this letter should give them the answer.

    Not. At least not on this “trust me” basis...its not how serious countries make agreements. /13 ENDS

    Two apologies.

    1. It was 1986 Single European Act that created single market

    2. Apologies erratic numbering and typos. Holiday WiFi.

    Here is the full letter:

    https://www.gov.uk/government/public...19-august-2019
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  7. #8707

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    Bojo or no Bojo, I don't think No Deal is the catrastrophe it is being sold as. Money and markets talk in this world economy. Given time, the EU and UK will figure it out. Not because they necessarily want to, but because there is money to be made.
    25 GRAND SLAM TITLES: 5 SINGLES 13 DOUBLES 7 MIXED

  8. #8708

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    About that article on China buying women: Didn't we hit that one on the head?
    Nothing to be proud of but, damn, not too dumb, aren't we?
    Missing winter...

  9. #8709

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    Not possible to buy 100-130 million women. That's how many would be needed till ca 2050.
    Roger forever

  10. #8710

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponchi101 View Post
    About that article on China buying women: Didn't we hit that one on the head?
    Nothing to be proud of but, damn, not too dumb, aren't we?
    I can't like this post but we did say that this would happen. I wonder why the policy makers didn't see this coming?
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




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