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In story: 24 - 30 April 2017

Meddling & Interference: Europe
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In story: 24 - 30 April 2017

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Thank you, Phaedrus.

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To Scare Dems, Trump Threatens to Light Himself On Fire - TPM
It now seems clear that next week President Trump plans to provoke a spending showdown that could well lead to a shutdown of the federal government. This is strange for so many reasons. The modern government shutdown goes back to the mid-90s. There were technically government shutdowns in earlier decades. But these were brief spending gaps in the context of on-going negotiations. It didn't occur to anyone to take the federal government hostage to extort policy changes from political opponents until the advent of the Newt Gingrich Speakership.
Now, are we going to have a government shutdown. I would say probably not. My colleague David Kurtz reminded me today how many shutdown scares and build-ups we've had that didn't end up happening. Like with Obamacare repeal, maybe they'll go low energy at the last minute and pull the plug on the whole idea. Maybe Trump will get bored and move on to something else. Maybe - this seems the most likely failsafe - congressional Republicans will refuse to go along realizing it's a political loser. Apart from the particulars of a shutdown fight, there are many Republicans, particularly in the Senate who don't like the wall either.
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In story: 24 - 30 April 2017

Re: People & Klatsch
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Robert Pirsig obituary
Author of the 1970s cult bestseller Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

When, in 1968, Robert Pirsig, who has died aged 88, sent a synopsis and sample of his novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance to 122 publishers, only one showed any interest, and James Landis, the editor who responded from William Morrow, warned him not to expect either a large advance or big sales. But within a month Pirsig set off on his Honda Super Hawk, accompanied by his young son, Chris, and friends John and Sylvia Sutherland, on the 17-day journey from Minneapolis to San Francisco that, six years, two drafts and some 700,000 words later, became the basis of an immediate bestseller. Millions of readers were drawn to this guidebook for the transition of a culture from the rebellious 1960s to the "me generation" of the 70s.

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University chief appeals for EU help to fight Hungarian clampdown  - Guardian
The head of a leading university threatened with closure in Hungary has made an emotional plea for help from the EU and accused the country's rightwing, authoritarian prime minister, Viktor Orbán, of effectively putting a gun to his head.

Michael Ignatieff, rector of the US-linked Central European University (CEU), said he was "cautiously optimistic" that the EU would launch infringement proceedings against the Hungarian government for its "outrageous" attack on academic freedoms.

The CEU was founded by the Hungarian-American financier and philanthropist George Soros after the fall of communism in Hungary. A higher education law approved this month and set to enter force in October sets out numerous tough conditions under which the university must operate. The law's passage through parliament prompted 70,000 protesters to flood the streets of Budapest.

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Israel snubs German foreign minister in row over human rights talks - Guardian
Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has abruptly cancelled a meeting with the visiting German foreign minister, Sigmar Gabriel, in a high-profile diplomatic row over the German minister's plan to meet two Israeli rights groups.

Netanyahu's snub came after he issued an ultimatum to Gabriel to cancel meetings with military whistleblower group Breaking the Silence and human rights group B'Tselem.

Gabriel had responded by saying it would be "regrettable" if the meeting were cancelled and indicated his intention to go ahead with them. In comments to the German TV channel ZDF, he said it would be "inconceivable" for the German minister to cancel a meeting with the Israeli leader if the latter chose to meet figures critical of the German government.

"You never get the full picture of any state in the world if you just meet with figures in government ministries," he told the channel.

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North Korea conducts live-fire drill with US submarine nearby, raising tensions - Guardian
The North Korean army conducted a live-fire drill with massed artillery hours after a US submarine armed with cruise missiles docked at a South Korean base for naval exercises, further raising tensions in a volatile battle of nerves in north-east Asia.

Between 300 and 400 long-range artillery pieces, capable of hitting Seoul, took part in the drill on Tuesday, according to the Yonhap news agency quoting government officials.

The exercise, on the anniversary of the founding of the North Korean army, was a clear reminder that North Korea could destroy large swaths of the South Korean capital.

However, the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, chose not to use the occasion to conduct the nation's sixth nuclear test or launch a long-range missile - actions which the Trump administration said would trigger an unspecified US response

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Ivanka Trump jeered for defending father at women's summit - DW
Ivanka Trump was met with jeers from the audience of a female empowerment summit in Berlin on Tuesday when she tried to defend her father's attitude towards women.

The moderator asked if US President Donald Trump could really be seen as a champion of equal rights. The question alluded to the controversy that erupted last October, when leaked audio recordings of Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women caused a firestorm of controversy during the presidential campaign.

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In story: 24 - 30 April 2017

People & Klatsch
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In story: 24 - 30 April 2017

Living On the Planet
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In story: 24 - 30 April 2017

Living Off the Planet
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In story: 24 - 30 April 2017

Economy & Finance
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In story: 17 - 23 April 2017

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Or really read the whole thing.
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Corbynism or barbarism, part II | Idiot Joy Showland -
Corbyn stands for a refusal to accept something that's just not quite as bad as the alternative. Corbynism means not just electing the least fascist, the least liberal, the least racist, and the least sexist. The Labour right, the Tories, the Lib Dems, and Ukip are all partisans of a restricted imagination and a penny-pinching common sense; Corbynism the possibility of something actually good, the possibility of a way out. It points beyond itself.  Jeremy Corbyn did something quietly incredible, and which has nothing to do with his actual performance as Labour leader: he acted as the signifier that brought together a collectivity, he formed a point of unity for everyone who wanted a radical and transformative social change, even if they didn't agree on what it should look like or how to bring it about. He gave the left a space to assert itself openly in British politics, in surprising numbers. This - the collective, not the man - is what's important, and what's feared, and what our enemies are desperate to crush.

After all, it wasn't meant to be like this. There is a programme now for Western politics: it's what we saw last year in the United States, and what's unfolding right now in France. Wets versus Nazis, the collapsing liberal order against the embodiment of its own internal collapse, reiterated over and over again in every country, politics as a looping gif, the juddering replay at the end of the world. No hope, no possibility, this or the abyss. The radical left still has a role to play: its role is to lose. You thought you could have something better, and it turns out that you can't: now choose. Centrists are obsessed by the idea that radicals secretly prefer the fascists to themselves; as soon as the hope for anything better is extinguished they demand that everyone on the left loudly announce how much they prefer the status quo to the remaining alternative. We have to pick sides in what is essentially a family squabble among reactionaries. Isn't Hillary Clinton better than Donald Trump? Isn't Mark Rutte better than Geert Wilders? Isn't Emmanuel Macron better than Marine Le Pen?

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Corbynism or barbarism, part II | Idiot Joy Showland -
Since then things have become immeasurably worse, but that's not why I'm voting for Labour. Britain is not just sliding into fascism; we've landed. This has become a deeply ugly place. Our Prime Minister - gurning, grimacing, parochial,  incompetent, rhadmanthine, segmented, arachnid, and inhuman; the Daily Mail letters page given chitinous flesh; a zealous ideologue for the doctrines of smallness and stupidity and dumbfuck blithering hatred; a vicar's daughter distilling all the common-sense peevishness and resentment from the dingy grog of the English national spirit; a leader who doesn't so much impose austerity as embody it, in every word or gesture that seeks to foreclose on all possibilities and draw the furthest boundaries of the sunlit world no further your respectable lace curtains - instructs the public to give her more power, to paint over a divided country with a false unity in Parliament, so she can exercise her supreme will. The loyal Tory press responds with terrifying outbursts against all enemies: `Hang The Lot,' `Boil The Traitors Alive,' `Insert The Pear Of Anguish Into The Anuses Of Our Enemies So That They May Be Disembowelled From Within,' `Readers Agree: It's Time To Crush The Heads Of The Remoaners Under A Large Millstone,' `Where Are Our Common-Sense Torture Kennels In Which The People We Don't Like Are Torn Apart Shred By Shred By Starving Dogs?' All the anti-establishment energies that fuelled the Brexit vote have been effortlessly consumed by the administration: the people had their say, and (given that this is all out of the Schmittian playbook) they will only get to have it once; now it's the role of power to implement it, and the will of the people as refracted through this government is for total centralised power with anything that could be called political extinguished. This is fascism: a simple, easy, descriptive term for what it is we're living under.
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In story: 17 - 23 April 2017

Leading the World in preventing Tourism
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In story: A Historic Re-alignment?

Re: A Historic Re-alignment?
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Not that it really matters what they say, but still ...

Labour's 'day one' pledge to EU nationals

It says it would:

    Scrap Mrs May's Brexit plan - outlined in a White Paper in February - which envisages leaving the single market and customs union
    Focus on a deal that "retains the benefits" of both organisations
    Guarantee the legal status of the three million EU nationals living in the UK on its first day in office
    Press for a reciprocal guarantee for the 1.2 million Britons living on the continent
    Replace the government's proposed Great Repeal Bill - which would scrap the 1972 European Communities Act and transpose myriad existing EU laws applying to the UK into domestic law - with an EU Rights and Protections Bill

Labour also insists there can be no "rolling back" of workplace protections, environmental standards and consumer rights, and no measures to limit the lifespan of any EU-derived laws or directives, such as sunset clauses.

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In story: Open Thread 10-23 April

Re: Open Thread 10-23 April
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In story: Open Thread 10-23 April

Re: Open Thread 10-23 April
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It's the turn off your adblock message from the Independent. So they can stay independent by getting more money from the Oligarchs.
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In story: French elections: First Round Open Thread

Re: Welcome to the rest of Europe France!
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Yes - I did fear we would end up with the worst of both worlds.
And Macron would not have much to disagree with Sarkozy, so they should find the arrangement quite palatable...

The silver lining would be that the Right would probably own the discontent 5 years later.

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In story: French elections: First Round Open Thread

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He's welcome to try - this would inject some money into other economies and thus generate a mild stimulus.

That would be its only tangible effect.

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In story: UK Snap Election.

Re: The leader of the LibDems
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the problem for religionists is that they tie themselves into knots trying to explain how the bizarre exemptions they invent to accomodate their particular prejudices aren't remotely bigoted

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In story: French elections: First Round Open Thread

Re: History has a long decay time
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The Brits were always in favour of a united Europe - so long as they ruled it!

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In story: French elections: First Round Open Thread

Re: Welcome to the rest of Europe France!
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Sarkozy's plan is to prep the LR party to win a majority of seats in June and rule the country regardless of who is president.
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According to L'Obs, the Kremlin is going to push hard to ensure a Le Pen victory in two weeks. RT and Sputnik won't cut it because they are hardly watched in France. Expect a flow of "alternate facts" on social media.

Le Kremlin va-t-il laisser perdre Le Pen sans intervenir ? Sûrement pas

La victoire probable d'Emmanuel Macron, qui entend renforcer l'Union européenne et s'opposer à l'idéologie populiste, serait une grave défaite pour Vladimir Poutine, à la fois sur le plan international et interne. Poutine va-t-il le laisser gagner sans tenter quelque chose ? Probablement pas...

D'ores et déjà, les institutions russes soutiennent ouvertement Marine Le Pen, que le chef du Kremlin a reçue juste avant le premier tour. Pour le constater, il suffit de regarder certains comptes Twitter officiels. Celui de la puissante chaîne télévision de l'armée russe, TVZvezda, par exemple. Son annonce du résultat du premier tour, contient le hashtag #JeVoteMarine...  

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News and Views

 24 - 30 April 2017

by Bjinse - Apr 25, 16 comments

Your take on this week's news

 17 - 23 April 2017

by Bjinse - Apr 17, 27 comments

Your take on this week's news

 Open Thread 24-30 April

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The greatest threads are the simplest

 Open Thread 10-23 April

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If you donít thread, nothing ever happens at all

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