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by Bjinse on Mon Jan 22nd, 2018 at 10:29:32 PM EST
Indian PM Narendra Modi warns of three major global threats - DW
Modi singled out three major challenges mankind was facing right now. He said the greatest threat came from rapid climate change and the resulting extreme weather conditions, natural disasters and rising sea levels which threaten the lives and livelihoods of millions of people around the world.

The prime minister identified terrorism, and the radicalization of people in many societies, as the second-biggest threat. Without providing concrete examples, he criticized world powers for, in his eyes, making the problem worse by artificially distinguishing between "bad terrorists" and "good terrorists."

by Bernard on Tue Jan 23rd, 2018 at 09:13:06 PM EST
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India is going to be hit hard by GW as the country is heavily dependent on Himalayan snow pack for water.  To make things even more interesting the Indus river valley divides* Pakistan and India and a reduced water flow will heighten tensions twixt and 'tween 'em.

Considering both countries have nuclear weapons things could get quickly "interesting"

* in more ways than one

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

by ATinNM on Wed Jan 24th, 2018 at 05:50:46 PM EST
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Given the willingness of extremist muslims and especailly hindus in India to go stamping around slaughtering people in the name of their religion, I think Modi should be looking internally for his terrorism problems.

But he won't cos his Hindu nationalism is part of the problem.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jan 25th, 2018 at 07:56:57 PM EST
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Without providing concrete examples

Could he be thinking of the 2002 Gujarat riots?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jan 25th, 2018 at 08:05:51 PM EST
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Brazil braces for corruption appeal that could make or break ex-president  - Guardian
Brazil is bracing for a historic court decision which could remove the most popular leader in modern Brazilian history from an election he is currently poised to win - and may prove devastating to the leftwing Workers' party he founded.

Nerves are stretched taut ahead of Wednesday's appeals court decision, in which three judges will decide whether or not to uphold the conviction of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on corruption and money laundering charges.

Lula - who is still hugely popular after his 2003-2010 two-term presidency - is currently the early favourite in October's presidential election.

Porto Alegre's rightwing mayor Nelson Marchezan asked for the army to protect the city from thousands of Lula supporters expected to descend. The Workers' party president, Gleisi Hoffmann, said last week that for Lula to be arrested, "they will have to kill people" - although she later qualified the remark.

Authorities have closed airspace over the court, sealed off the surrounding streets, and plan to deploy helicopters, elevated observation platforms and even rooftop sharpshooters.

by Bernard on Tue Jan 23rd, 2018 at 09:15:03 PM EST
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Brazil: Court upholds President Lula corruption conviction - DW
A Brazilian appeals court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva against a June 2017 graft conviction and nine-and-a-half-year prison sentence.

Two judges on the three-judge panel ruled to uphold the conviction and extend the original sentence by nearly three years.

Wednesday's decision casts doubt on whether Lula can make good on his intention to run for presidency in 2018. A candidate is legally ineligible to run if they have a confirmed criminal conviction.

But Lula can appeal Wednesday's decision to higher courts. That route could delay a final conviction until after the August 15 deadline for candidates to register for the 2018 election and allow the former president to enter the race.

by Bernard on Thu Jan 25th, 2018 at 09:24:30 PM EST
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Japan, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam:

TPP under new management

The minister told the FT that the deal, now called the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, will likely be signed in Chile on March 8.
[...]
The pact came together after the members agreed to suspend provisions relating to intellectual property and other thorny issues.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 24th, 2018 at 06:05:01 AM EST
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Does that mean that the US can join now? Or were they only interested in it because of those "thorny issues"?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jan 24th, 2018 at 06:53:04 AM EST
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To the contrary: I imagine, when someone tells Trump what's going on, somehow he'll sue Canada and Mexico.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 24th, 2018 at 07:32:25 AM EST
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Turkey renames UAE embassy street after minister row - BBC
Turkey has symbolically renamed a street where the United Arab Emirates' embassy is located in Ankara, following a diplomatic spat between the nations.

The street has been named Fahreddin Pasha Road, after an Ottoman military commander the UAE foreign minister appeared to criticise online.

The BBC concludes with:

In 1981, revolutionary Iran renamed the street where the British Embassy was located after IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands.
by Bernard on Wed Jan 24th, 2018 at 09:09:52 PM EST
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Dutch hackers infiltrated Cozy Bear HQ in an university building at Kremlin's Red Square. Once inside the Cozy Bear computer network the Dutch managed to  take control of the security camera at the entrance to the computer room. A photo of each person entering the secure location was gathered. All the intelligence was shared real time with the NSA as the Dutch civil (AIVD) and military intelligence (MIVD) are part of the AngloSaxon nine-eyes spy network.

The Russians succeeded to infiltrate inside the White House and compromise e-mail and communications traffic.

In July 2015 Cozy Bear infiltrated DNC computer systems.

Further reading in my new diary @BooMan

Dutch Hackers Infiltrated Kremlin's Cozy Bear in 2014

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Thu Jan 25th, 2018 at 10:01:59 PM EST
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The Dutch intelligence AIVD had infiltrated Cozy Bear .... for appearances only did the government make the following statement.

Russian hackers use Dutch polls as practice | DW - March 2017 |

The Dutch government, like its German and French counterparts, fears that Russia is trying to influence the upcoming election through hacking schemes and by spreading fake news. Thessa Lageman reports.

It shouldn't really come as a surprise, but the audacity remains breathtaking: In the past six months, foreign countries, in particular Russia, have tried hacking email accounts of Dutch government employees in at least 100 cases. That figure was recently revealed by Rob Bertholee, head of the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD).

He said the hackers had attempted to gather sensitive information about government positions. One of their targets was the Ministry of General Affairs, where Prime Minister Mark Rutte's office is also located. Back in December, Rutte had already said his government was aware of potential foreign interference in next Wednesday's election.

Rutte and his party VVD gains after PR battle with Erdogan
Dutch PM Rutte's VVD comes out on top

For your eyes only ...

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Fri Jan 26th, 2018 at 09:24:20 AM EST
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