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by Bjinse on Mon Nov 27th, 2017 at 09:12:27 PM EST
EU condemns Russian `foreign agent' media law as `threat'
The "foreign agents" law is in retaliation to conforms with the United States registering Moscow-controlled RT Television by the same term.

In a move condemned by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, US and other foreign media will have to present themselves as foreign agents on all paperwork and submit to intensive scrutiny of staffing and financing.

The 2012 law, which had applied only to non-governmental organisations, has now been formally extended to non-governmental organisations.




Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Nov 28th, 2017 at 01:08:19 AM EST
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The 2012 law, which had applied only to non-governmental organisations, has now been formally extended to non-governmental organisations.

Am I the only one to find this sentence ... what?  Maybe I really AM getting old.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Tue Nov 28th, 2017 at 06:22:15 PM EST
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Maybe its the journalists who are getting old.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Nov 28th, 2017 at 06:24:02 PM EST
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yes, well, I appended the article to emphasize the distinctions without differences in terminology used here to disparage RUgov reciprocating surveillance of alien ahem persons.  

"Foreign media" (corporations and their employees, or agents) are "non-governmental organizations" (NGOs). Are they not?


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Nov 29th, 2017 at 06:54:43 PM EST
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Star Tribune | Russian network RT loses Capitol Hill credentials
In Washington, C-SPAN's Craig Caplan informed RT that its credentials were being withdrawn after a unanimous vote of the executive committee of the Congressional Radio and Television Correspondents' Galleries.

The Daily Caller | Congress Withdraws RT's Media Credentials After 'Foreign Agent' Designation
"Please return your credentials to the Senate Sergeant at Arms ID Office in Room G-58 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building."
WJLA | 'Foreign Agent' filing leads Congressional media to revoke RT press access

reference
US Congress House Rules, Rule VI, Clause 3, OFFICIAL REPORTERS AND NEWS MEDIA CALLERIES

... The Executive Committee of the Radio and Television Correspondents'Galleries shall supervise such gallery, including the designation of its employees, subject to the direction and control of the Speaker.

This so-called association, members inclusive, is an agent of the US federal government. US funds granted per annum to maintain RTCG operations unknown.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Nov 30th, 2017 at 12:33:18 AM EST
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Thank god for RT
News that Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle will be tying the knot in spring 2018 hasn't been greeted with universal joy from the wider public.

A large number saw it as a chance to unleash on social media and hit out at the "millions and millions" that will go towards staging yet another royal wedding - while, for example, the number of people flocking to food banks reaches a record high.

Saying 'no one cares', Mitch Quirk added in a comment on Facebook post: "Millions and millions spent on another pointless royal event while hundreds of thousands have to use food banks."

One pointed out that the millions come straight out of British taxpayers' pockets.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Nov 28th, 2017 at 06:26:06 PM EST
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Guardian
The French government is to open a new cultural and diplomatic base in the heart of Edinburgh, reinvigorating one of Scotland's oldest and strongest foreign alliances.

France has taken over one of the most prestigious buildings on the Royal Mile, the former chambers for Lothian regional council opposite St Giles Cathedral, as the new home for its consulate and its cultural institute.

The move comes after serious discussions over whether the consulate had a future at all, with some concerns over costs, and it is hoped that the new site will be more economically viable. Diplomats insist the relocation is not a political statement in support of Scotland's demands for greater autonomy or independence: they say France shares the European commission's reluctance to promote the break-up of EU member states.

The last bit will cease to apply with Brexit. But I suspect that then, more Scots would probably prefer them to restore the dual citizenship for Scots and French, abolished in 1903.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Nov 28th, 2017 at 07:56:53 PM EST
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The settlement bill is back in the news with bad accounting infographic and equivocal text, I suppose, to confuse the Leavers.
UK could pay £50bn Brexit divorce bill after bowing to EU pressure
The UK has bowed to EU demands on the Brexit divorce bill in a move that could result in the UK paying £50bn to Brussels, in an attempt to get France and Germany to agree to move negotiations to trade.

Non-stop behind-the-scenes negotiations have led to a broad agreement by the UK to a gross financial settlement of £89bn on leaving the bloc, although the British expect the final net bill to be half as much.

Worth noteing, Guardian alludes to a payment schedule it would rather not report, I suppose, anticipating an opportunity to dress UK demand for a "transition period" as a victory for "future partnership", or a PHASE II trade deal.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Nov 29th, 2017 at 07:25:36 PM EST
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Mammoth Divorce Bills: the EU and the Surrender of the Brexiters
links to Guardian "Tory placation" reportage therein

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Dec 1st, 2017 at 07:01:16 PM EST
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Lifeboat EU
This [Sweden's Migration Agency] trend has continued in 2017 and 1,718 applications have so far been submitted, bringing the total since June 2016 to just under 3,000.

Not a trivial distinction on the arbitrage game board ...
Sweden first allowed dual citizenship in 2001, while countries like Spain still require applicants to forsake their British passport in order to be granted their new one. This has contributed to a comparatively a comparatively lower increase in applications. But Ireland received nearly 9,000 applications between June 2016 and 2017
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Germany's Federal Office of Statistics has not yet made data for 2017 available but 2016 saw an increase to 2,685 applications, up from just 622 in 2015.
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Denmark, also reported a significant rise, after Brits seeking Danish citizenship doubled between 2015 and 2016.

... duly noted
[Sweden] is still involved in a dispute about freedom of movement and personal freedoms.

According to the EU Rights Clinic, a UK-based association that helps people resolve problems to do with European rights, Sweden is in breach of EU law due to its "unduly strict" personal number rules, which govern how people access everything from healthcare to bank accounts. The so-called `personnummer' opens up private and public services but is only issued to EU citizens that can prove they will reside in Sweden for at least a year. But the case hinges on the fact that EU law says people should become eligible after three months [1][2].

Remember the IceSave.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Nov 29th, 2017 at 09:13:03 PM EST
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You might find me At The Edge Of Time.
by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Wed Nov 29th, 2017 at 09:23:19 PM EST
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This was supposed to be a video from the Deutsche Wella... at least on FB and G+ that is what it shows.

You might find me At The Edge Of Time.
by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Fri Dec 1st, 2017 at 06:27:51 PM EST
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The Independent | DUP threatens to pull support from Theresa May's government if she backs down over post-Brexit Irish border

The Democratic Unionist Party has dramatically threatened to rethink its deal to prop up Theresa May in power if she compromises over the Irish border after Brexit.

Sammy Wilson, one of the DUP's 10 MPs, said the party would not accept any moves that would see Northern Ireland "treated differently than the rest of the UK".

The warning follows reports that further powers could be devolved to Belfast allowing rules in areas such as agriculture and energy to be aligned with the EU - rather than London.

It seems May's government is close to capitulating on all of the EU's demands: citizen rights, budget and Irish border. But it might just not have the Parliamentary power to make it through.

On the upside: a proper agreement within Article 50 seems an actual possibility at this stage. May has now to find the support among other parties.

And where in hell is Scotland right now?

You might find me At The Edge Of Time.

by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Thu Nov 30th, 2017 at 04:16:51 PM EST
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Sammy Wilson, DUP MP, 27 sec. wtf, transcribed.
If there's any attempt that in order to keep Dublin in the EU [!] that they're [UK TORY GOV] prepared to have Northern Ireland treated differently than the rest of the United Kingdom then they can't rely on our vote, because they [UK TORY GOV] have undertaken an agreement with us, our votes for their support for the Union. Their support for the Union there diminishes, then our votes will not be there.

It seems, Mr Wilson is unwilling, more likely incapable, of  calculating the value of DUP "votes" since passage and litigation of the Repeal/Withdrawal Bill. The establishing purpose of it abrogated parliamentary ratification of A50 terms to UK gov. DUP support for it was punked by May and some of them may be just beginning to fear their "Cameron veto" is now obsolete, useless for purposes of coercing any PM to affect "independent" DUP rule of NI.

That was a flawed assumption on several levels of play with Downing before BREXIT. The pipe never gets to play the piper, does it.

At that time, not-Tory MPs constituted for the minority gov the barrier to any semblance of parliamentary consensus on the means to implement BREXIT. This reluctant coalition objected, in general, not to BREXIT but Tory gov patent refusals to conform to EU regulatory authority. Now that UK gov organs indicate UK gov has exhausted its miserable strategy to coerce the EU terms to its demands ("capitulated"), the reluctant coalition will fall in line to affirm Repeal/Withdrawal Bill's EU conforming amendments, thus obviating Mr Wilson's so-called "agreement" with UK conservatives. These potentates are a dull lot.

10 or more votes needed for May's BREXIT majority ("Union") can be bought from the coalition PLUS conservative Leavers. DUP will get BREXIT. The only motive for them is ensuring, as it always has been, Who is rules that pitiful province of Ireland?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Nov 30th, 2017 at 07:08:56 PM EST
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And where in hell is Scotland right now?

Going over the Brexit cliff along with the rest of the UK.  SNP is publishing policy papers they have no power to implement while the (few) SNP blogs I check every now & again is avoiding the issue.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu Nov 30th, 2017 at 07:19:46 PM EST
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National lists confirmed in France for 2019 elections
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has signed off on the change in the voting system for the 2019 European elections, alerting several parties to the switch on Wednesday morning (29 November), including the leader of the Union of Democrats and Independents (UDI), Jean-Christoph Lagarde.

Transnational lists: possible but unlikely
European Movement France recently defended regional lists in an opinion-piece published on EURACTIV.fr, arguing that MEPs can be more effective on a local level.

archived:
2008 Italy
2013 lobbyists
"Some MEPs are elected in pan-European electoral districts, on the basis of transnational lists"
2017 : degressive proportionality
Oct
Sep

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Nov 30th, 2017 at 09:32:24 PM EST
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In which we have a brief glance of our own Cyrille:



You might find me At The Edge Of Time.

by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Mon Dec 4th, 2017 at 09:07:10 PM EST
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well found

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Dec 5th, 2017 at 07:58:35 AM EST
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The BBC really do suffer from a serious "balance" problem, don't they? A stationer in the depths of Wales? What a great representative of British employers.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Dec 5th, 2017 at 08:08:13 AM EST
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Ah thanks, I just chased the journalist for a download ;-)

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi
by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Tue Dec 5th, 2017 at 09:16:56 AM EST
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