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by Bjinse Mon Jun 18th, 2018 at 08:00:14 PM EST

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by Bjinse on Mon Jun 18th, 2018 at 08:03:49 PM EST
[G] Color-coded amendments to 19 March draft agreement. Uncap your highlight markers.
Joint statement from the negotiators of the European Union and the United Kingdom Government on progress of negotiations Article 50 TEU on the United Kingdom's orderly withdrawal from the European Union. (19 June 2018)
Both Parties have reached agreement on the following articles of Part Three of the draft
Agreement1:
  • Title I, Art. 42, Title II, Title IV Art. 56, Title IV, Title VI Art 63,  Title VIII Art 72, Title IX Art 79, Title IX Art 94-95
  • Annex y+7 in re: Art 45 (temporary storage or customs procedures; Annex y+4 in re: 46 (ITC), Art 49 (ITC), Art 94-95 (admin and collection of taxes, duties)
## END UPDATE
exlcuding 12 pp "progress" brief pertaining to "28-29 June EU summit at which Barnier will present the state of play in Brexit negotiations to the assembled heads of state and government."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jun 20th, 2018 at 12:36:25 PM EST
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Shared, not stirred: GCHQ chief says Europe needs British spies
"After Brexit the UK will continue to work with the EU and the EU Member States. We have excellent relationships with intelligence and security agencies right across the continent. For example, in the last year we've played a critical role in the disruption of terrorist operations in at least four European countries. Those relationships, and our ability to work together, save lives," stated Fleming.
Barnier: UK needs to show `realism', will be shut out of Arrest Warrant
"The UK is not ready to accept the free movement of people, the jurisdiction of the Court and the Charter of Fundamental Rights," he said. "This means that the UK cannot take part in the European Arrest Warrant".

archived cui bono
Tory gov. It just opened a new line of credit in PESCO.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jun 20th, 2018 at 12:50:31 PM EST
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Eavesdropping and intelligence gathering is an alliance stronger than national political parties or governments.

The NSA/DNI/CIA/ etc and the GCHQ work in SECRET ... who thought of that. ;-)

Beyond the 5 Eyes there are multiple two-state agreements and the most common alliance is the 9 Eyes which includes the Dutch. It is well known the Israeli intelligence has a feed of ALL raw intelligence from the NSA. Israel is at the forefront to combat those Muslim terrorists threatening the very existence of the Jewish State and Western Civilization - the Judeo-Christian identity.

The best argument FOR Brexit is to cut off the US Trojan Horse from Europe ... its influence on aggression, violence and a robust propaganda to wage war. See NATO expansion into Ukraine and the conflicts for regime change in Libya and Syria. Mainlaand Europe is well off without British views  and anti-Russian sentiment. Provoke the Bear and complain Putin retaliates with hybrid-warfare.

A Confirmation of Positive Side of Brexit
The Fail of Neoliberalism, Brexit and the Corbyn Attack by Labour
After Brexit: Transatlantic Opportunity for Europe's Neutrality

Early remark by John Kerry: "Brexit could be 'walked back'".

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

by Oui on Wed Jun 20th, 2018 at 02:54:36 PM EST
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No trade deal before the end of Brexit transition, Verhofstadt warns UK
"'The advantage is that once an Association Agreement is approved by both sides it is applicable. You don't need to wait for ratification by the EU-27,' he said." (IMF structural adjustment, optional)

archived
MEPs back Ukraine-style 'association' deal for post-Brexit UK

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jun 20th, 2018 at 07:13:16 PM EST
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British PM survives Brexit vote [?], EU steps up pressure
MPs voted [?] by 319 to 303 to reject a rebel amendment and backed the government's plan without a vote.

Later in the evening, the motion was passed without a vote in the Lords, clearing the way for the bill to become law.
[...]
Wednesday's vote [?] was so close that heavily pregnant and sick MPs were called in to cast their ballots, including one in a wheelchair.

There's this thing about liars ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jun 20th, 2018 at 11:46:41 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jun 22nd, 2018 at 06:57:08 AM EST
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/At this point you have to wonder who she thinks she's fooling. I know there are still Leave voters who think this is all easy and ethat everybody is making a lot of fuss over nothing and wondering why we just don't get on with it; however, I think even the majority of leave voters have twigged that this is quite seriously complicated and that the govt is making a right royal mess of it.

So, these bland statements are robotically delvered because it's part of her self-hypnosis programme. So long as she can fool herself into believing, she can at least sleep at night. Not that her hedge-fund manager husband cares, cos he'll make out like a bandit whatever happens.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Jun 24th, 2018 at 07:27:09 PM EST
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Sepp Blatter proposes joint UK & Ireland bid for 2030 World Cup
"Speaking to Sky Sports News, the former FIFA President said that England and the UK were overdue the World Cup having last held it in 1966."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jun 20th, 2018 at 01:06:27 PM EST
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If Blatter is for it, then there must be something seriously wrong and probably corrupt about the idea.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Jun 24th, 2018 at 07:28:29 PM EST
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temp
France and Germany have agreed to work together on a sixth-generation fighter, the so-called Future Combat Air System, or FCAS, to begin to replace the Tornado by 2040. The previous chief of the Luftwaffe, Lt. Gen. Karl Müllner, had been in favor of replacing the Tornado with the F-35. Partly for that reason, he was dismissed in May.  

Going with the F-35 would "eliminate the need for a next-gen European fighter and possibly cripple Europe's capacity to develop such a system for years to come," said  Ulrich Kühn, a German political scientist and senior research associate at the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation.

Not sure that has much to do with any trans-atlantic strains than the fact that the turkey won't fly.
More relevant might be the (not very well sourced) speculation in the next paragraph that they might make the plane French but not US nuke capable. As they say, big if true.

by generic on Wed Jun 20th, 2018 at 03:08:34 PM EST
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Nukes are 20th century warfare. Basing your defence on nukes renders your most expnsive equipment irrelevant to the actual threats nation states face.

Nukes are about politicans insecurities, not military planners assessment of needs

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Jun 24th, 2018 at 07:33:00 PM EST
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Art. 13: Revenge of The Footnotes and Backmatter

archived whataboutsockpuppets
an individual's persona is the personal property of the individual


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jun 20th, 2018 at 07:30:23 PM EST
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Did the EU parliament just vote to make everything I genuinely like about the internet illegal?

Leistungsschutzrecht

The cost of complying with the link tax will make starting a competitor to one of those platforms effectively impossible. For one thing, the EU is planning on leaving the details of the link tax up to each of its 28 member states, with no limits on how restrictive these rules can be. Under Article 11, members could create link taxes that required a license for quoting even very short snippets from an article. Even if some states create more sensible rules, it won't matter, because the only way to stay out of trouble is to comply with all 28 versions of the rule, so the most restrictive rule will be the one to which everyone defaults.

Great Firewall of Europe

Under Article 13 of the proposal, sites that allow users to post text, sounds, code, still or moving images, or other copyrighted works for public consumption will have to filter all their users' submissions against a database of copyrighted works. Sites will have to pay to license the technology to match submissions to the database, and to identify near matches as well as exact ones. Sites will be required to have a process to allow rightsholders to update this list with more copyrighted works.
by generic on Fri Jun 22nd, 2018 at 04:16:52 AM EST
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Some 28 ways to kill web neutrality and creativity.

by das monde on Fri Jun 22nd, 2018 at 04:51:23 AM EST
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to the contrary: in the future everyone will illustrate their tweets and posts with their own aht. in three colors (blue, black, white) with audio alt-text tips to avoid any conceivable violation of accessability standards!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jun 22nd, 2018 at 07:13:07 AM EST
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the directive includes a few notable URL exemptions. you should look them up.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jun 22nd, 2018 at 07:14:49 AM EST
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I should indeed. However, at the moment I prefer to steam in my sense of impending doom.
by generic on Fri Jun 22nd, 2018 at 07:31:10 AM EST
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Bill Mitchell
Even the loss of national sovereignty which has been invoked in the past, and which continues to be invoked today, to justify neoliberal policies is largely the result of a willing and conscious limitation of state sovereign rights by national elites. The various policies adopted by Western governments to this end include:

(1) reducing the power of parliaments vis-à-vis that of executive bureaucracies;

(2) making central banks formally independent of governments, with the explicit aim of subjugating the latter to `market-based discipline';

(3) adopting inflation targeting as the dominant approach to central bank policymaking -- an approach which stresses low inflation as the primary objective of monetary policy, to the exclusion of other policy objectives, such as full employment;

(4) adopting rules-bound policies--on public spending, debt as a proportion of GDP, competition, etc.--thereby limiting what politicians can do at the behest of their electorates;

(5) subordinating spending departments to the control of treasuries;

(6) readopting fixed exchange rate systems, which severely limit the ability of governments to exercise control over economic policy; and, perhaps most important,

(7) surrendering national prerogatives to supranational institutions and super-state bureaucracies such as the European Union.

The reason why governments chose to willingly `tie their hands' is all too clear: as the European case epitomises, the creation of self-imposed `external constraints' allowed national politicians to reduce the political costs of the neoliberal transition--which clearly involved unpopular policies -- by `scapegoating' institutionalized rules and `independent' or international institutions, which in turn were presented as an inevitable outcome of the new, harsh realities of globalisation.

by generic on Fri Jun 22nd, 2018 at 07:28:36 AM EST
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So, Greece is FREEEEEEE again!
i.e. has unfettered access to the capital markets!!

Anyone who is crazy enough to lend to a moribund economy which has had its head held under water for ten years... oh you can all complete the angry rant in your own terms.

But all that pain was worth it : they get ten years of free credit!!! Let's extend and pretend again, like we did last summer.

Also 26% discount on their GDP.
43% youth unemployment, despite the emigration rate.
Etc.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Jun 22nd, 2018 at 11:42:54 AM EST
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Only had to promise a, what was it? 2.something% primary surplus for the next years. Like selling mostly unessential organs.
by generic on Fri Jun 22nd, 2018 at 12:03:38 PM EST
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An early sign of the success of Lega Nord (sic)? L'Adige
«Scusa tanto ma sto cercando solo ragazze del Triveneto e della Lombardia. Niente di personale».

La frase è quella di un proprietario di casa di Trento, ricevuta in risposta da una studentessa universitaria di Pescara, che cercava un appartamento per il prossimo anno accademico. Ne ha riferito un giornale studentesco «l'Universitario», sul quale la studentessa, Marta, che sta per concludere il terzo anno di giurisprudenza, afferma: «Non è giusto minimizzare, non è giusto sdrammatizzare, non è giusto chiudere gli occhi. Bisogna chiamare le cose con il loro nome, e le uniche parole che possano dirsi per questa situazione sono: pregiudizio e discriminazione».

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Jun 23rd, 2018 at 08:06:18 PM EST
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Pogroms are the next logical step. Apparently the Minister of the Interior is going to take charge of them, to ensure they are executed in a decent and orderly manner.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Jun 25th, 2018 at 10:07:57 AM EST
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If they do that, it might affect a lot of M5S voters, who tend to be in the South. This might result in some grumbling on their website.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jun 25th, 2018 at 12:31:29 PM EST
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Time is running out for Merkel. The CSU seems willing to blow up the coalition if she doesn't find "equivalent" solutions to turning back people at the border. The likelihood of finding such solutions with the likes of Saldini&Co is rather... The fortress Europe approach is now the default option that governments are sliding into.

Schengen is toast!

by epochepoque on Sun Jun 24th, 2018 at 12:44:39 PM EST
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Sliding into? That has been unchanged policy since basically forever. The exception does not change the general rule.
I never really got the liberal Merkel myth. Suppose she would have signed an order in 2015 to send everyone back. For one, the Greece "compromise" of them holding their breath for 30 years would have collapsed. And the visuals would have been brutal. I don't think her government would have survived for as long as it has. And it certainly would have energized the left instead of the AfD, or CSU-North, so the people who matter might actually see their interests threatened.
And Merkel immediately moved all the levers back to fortress Europe the moment the immediate crisis was past.

I'm obviously no expert on what goes on in Söder's head but I imagine that he is just doing a Boris Johnson. It's not like there is any particular migration crisis going on at the moment, as far as Europe is concerned.

Syria is calming down, Iran is untouched and apparently no one is escaping from the US-Saudi genocide in Yemen.

by generic on Sun Jun 24th, 2018 at 03:04:45 PM EST
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Weird
Homes, cars and possessions belonging to Sergei Skripal and the police officer poisoned in the Salisbury nerve agent attack will be bought by taxpayers in a £1 million deal, it has been reported.

The former Russian spy's house, which is still the scene of an ongoing investigation, will be bought by the Government for about £350,000, according to the Sunday Times.

by generic on Sun Jun 24th, 2018 at 04:12:33 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jun 18th, 2018 at 08:03:51 PM EST
Germany, France agree on harmonization of corporate tax systems
"The Commission's proposal is the second attempt at introducing a common tax base across the EU, and the Franco-German initiative is likely to meet resistance from other member states such as Ireland and Luxembourg."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jun 20th, 2018 at 01:26:48 PM EST
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At the end of the day, Ireland and Luxemburg can take a hike.
This ought to be a good move, in the very long run, for small businesses in all EU countries. The current setup is monstrous by design, and designed by transnational corporations.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Jun 20th, 2018 at 04:28:17 PM EST
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Somebody needs to get off their knees. That "post-BREXIT" Parnell Plan for the homeland ain't going to write itself, yo.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jun 20th, 2018 at 07:04:29 PM EST
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Does anyone remember the discussion about effective rates in say, France?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Jun 25th, 2018 at 06:30:55 AM EST
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The advantage of transnational rules is that all the boondoggles have to be laid on the table and negotiated. And the big national corps who have their governments by the short and curlies domestically, suddenly have less leverage to pay near-zero tax.
So my guess is that overall collection would improve. Enabling a lowering of nominal rates, at constant revenue.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Jun 25th, 2018 at 10:33:07 AM EST
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brilliant news. Taking advantage of brexit to provide yet another dagger to the heart of neo-liberal corporate boondoggles.

Now if only they could re-write the articles of the ECB nd save the EU from the euro.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Jun 24th, 2018 at 07:39:15 PM EST
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A German finance ministry spokeswoman said it was too early to assess whether the proposed changes would lead to more or less tax revenues.

Anyone want to guess? Go on, guess.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Jun 25th, 2018 at 10:25:57 AM EST
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Following merger of AT&T and Time Warner Fox accepts Disney takeover bid
21st Century Fox Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch (net worth $15.9 billion) said Wednesday morning that Disney's proposal was "superior" to that of Comcast, while making it clear that he would still consider bids from other companies, including a revised Comcast proposal.

Under the Disney-Fox agreement, Disney would acquire Fox's 20th Century Fox film and TV studios, Fox's FX cable channels and regional news stations, Fox's stakes in international networks such as the UK's Sky broadcaster and the Star India TV channel, and Fox's one-third stake in Hulu, making Disney the majority owner of the streaming service.
[...]
The AT&T-Time Warner merger is a so-called "vertical [TRUST]," involving firms that do not directly compete against one another, as opposed to the merger of Disney and 21st Century Fox, which is called a "horizontal [TRUST]." Comcast, like AT&T a distribution company, made its bid for 21st Century Fox the day after the AT&T-Time Warner ruling, which is seen as a green light for similar vertical mergers in the telecom/media sector as well as other sectors.

Telecom giants and traditional cable companies are scrambling to acquire content producers to ward off a growing challenge from digital companies such as Facebook, Google, Amazon and Netflix, which are increasingly producing their own [?] programming.

archived
blockbuster summer for media mergers!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Jun 21st, 2018 at 08:58:39 PM EST
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The Gig economy is fluffy marketing bullshit

Despite many impressionistic claims about the growth of precarious work, a comparison between the 2005 and 2018 BLS results shows a slight decline in the proportion of these forms of irregular employment from 10.7% of the workforce to 10.1% in 2017. The total number of such jobs in the BLS survey grew from 14,826,000 in 2005 to 15,482,000 in 2017. That's a relatively small gain of 656,000 jobs or by 4.6% over twelve years. The total number of employed workers, however, grew faster by 14,379,000 or by 10.4%.

The New York Times reported these results under the headline, "How the Gig Economy Is Reshaping Work: Not So Much." Doug Henwood similarly headlined his analysis "No, It's Not a Gig Economy." An Economic Policy Institute comment on the new BLS report agrees that "we are not becoming a nation of freelancers."

It's just that regular jobs have grown worse.

by generic on Mon Jun 25th, 2018 at 04:16:22 AM EST
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... and of course the existence of a "gig economy" alternative is a major source of that worsening. "You don't like it, I'll get a mechanical Turk."

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Jun 25th, 2018 at 10:28:29 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jun 18th, 2018 at 08:03:54 PM EST
University of d'Oh Bulletin vol 229 issue 25
Ann Coulter calls for GOP to disband: 'Indistinguishable from the Democrats'
"It's for the rich, it's for the donors."
Hedges Rips Sanders a New One
"Sanders, swallowing whatever pride he has left, is now a loyal party apparatchik."
Krugman Rubs Proverbial Black Man for Good Luck
"a nation whose civilization had a 'flavor of enlightenment'"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jun 18th, 2018 at 10:53:32 PM EST
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Trump signs executive order to keep undocumented families together
"The order calls on the Department of Homeland Security to keep families together while awaiting trial for illegal border crossing, except in cases where there is concern parents 'would pose a risk to the child's welfare.'"

Federal Register: Ink's not yet dry on this one

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jun 20th, 2018 at 08:40:39 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jun 20th, 2018 at 10:01:45 PM EST
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Questions from xpert and amateur legal scholars' about the EO force of law are ribbling into the innerboobs. Meanwhile, "tech bro" political consciousness gathers, seeking expression through trending topics.

Microsoft workers demand end to contracts with US border agencies

In the latest expression of widespread public opposition to the Trump administration's illegal immigration policies, more than 100 [!] Microsoft employees signed an open letter to CEO Satya Nadella published on Tuesday, calling on the company to immediately cancel its contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
[...]
The letter came a day after the exposure of Microsoft's efforts to cover up evidence of its collaboration with ICE. On Monday, the company's website temporarily removed parts of a January 24 blog post by General Manager Tom Keane that gloated about the company's work with the agency. The section was later re-added only after Bloomberg requested an explanation for the change.
product placement
Keane's post declared that Microsoft's Azure Government program would now be able to host ICE's "most sensitive unclassified data." This was "a critical next step in enabling ICE to deliver such services as cloud-based identity and access," he said.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jun 21st, 2018 at 08:47:51 PM EST
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Many Indians detained in U.S. crackdown on illegal immigrants
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) said in a statement: "Over the last month, 123 immigrants seeking asylum have been detained and transferred to Oregon's Sheridan federal prison in Yamhill County.
[...]
Mr. Singh, who runs a shop in Sheridan city, said that the detainees were picked up from communities in California, Texas and Oregon. "There were brought here from several places," he said by phone. Valarie Kaur, a Sikh community activist, posted on Twitter that 52 of these detainees were from India; 13 from Nepal; and two from Bangladesh.
[...]
"Most are Sikh or Christian. Instead, they were incarcerated in a federal prison. They said they came to the United States for religious freedom [!], but they felt as if they were `going crazy' because they are being confined in small cells for up to 22 hours a day (They pointed out that the other non-immigrant prisoners get far more time out of cells)," [Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici] wrote.

archived
valid religion
US jobs saved or created


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jun 20th, 2018 at 11:31:06 PM EST
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Jogger accidentally crosses US border from Canada and is held for two weeks
It started as a leisurely jog along a Canadian beach on a cool spring evening. But it turned into a two-week nightmare after Cedella Roman accidentally veered across the US border and was seized by US border patrol agents.

The French citizen was visiting her mother and studying English, when the family headed to White Rock, about an hour's drive from Vancouver in May.

As dusk approached, the 19-year-old went for a jog along the beach. She swerved on to a dirt path as the tide came in, stopping briefly to snap a photo of the stunning scenery before turning around to retrace her steps.

It was then that she was confronted by two officers from the US border patrol.

by Bernard on Sat Jun 23rd, 2018 at 08:23:40 PM EST
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It presumably helped that she is "non caucasian".

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Jun 25th, 2018 at 10:29:49 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jun 18th, 2018 at 08:03:57 PM EST
Nikki "Taking Names" Haley is in the news again.
US Pulls Out of United Nations Human Rights Group. This story is not unlike that of the UK divorcing EU, in it having never been of it. No love lost here for all the breast beating that has ensued.

"They're going to die anyway"
Listen to Yvette read aloud a passage from Superpredator: Bill Clinton's Use and Abuse of Black America by Nathan Robinson. 6 1/2 minutes.

"We call that whataboutism" ~ Megyn "$20M" Kelly to Vladimir Putin, March 2018

archived weighing cruelty
"Our system was conceived as a means of ..."
White House official [!] mocked 'dying' McCain

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jun 20th, 2018 at 07:42:45 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jun 20th, 2018 at 07:45:51 AM EST
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Nikki Haley: Damn the UN Human Rights Council and the Rest of You Too
This week Israeli Defense Minister Avidor Lieberman called for Israel to withdraw from the UNHRC even though it's not a member. He seems to think that the US and Israeli states are one. America and Israel are good!

In March, Israel slammed the UN Human Rights Council as a "sham" after it passed five new anti-Israel resolutions, saying the body was being used by "bloodthirsty dictatorships" to mask their own abuses. At the time, Liberman, a former foreign minister, said in a tweet that Israel "has no business being in the UN's Human Rights Council."
At the end of June, the US suffered another blow to its moral authority when Pierre Prosper, its candidate for the UN Human Rights Committee, was defeated on a secret ballot. The Human Rights Committee is 18 internationally recognized human rights experts tasked solely with monitoring and commenting on compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. As a former International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda prosecutor and US War Crimes Ambassador, Pierre Prosper was tasked with canonizing Rwandan military dictator Paul Kagame by making sure that only Hutus, not Tutsis, were prosecuted for the Rwandan massacres of 1990-1994. Israel and Rwanda then formed a deep bond based on victim's license to invade the neighbors and otherwise do as they pleased.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jun 20th, 2018 at 11:57:38 AM EST
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Elie Wiesel and Kagame
Wiesel said nothing when the accusations of Kagame committing genocide in the past and now were mentioned, nothing about the treatment of the "heckler" who was trying "to speak truth to power" and who tried to "sound an alarm" about a genocide that he claims is happening right now under the direction of one of the panelists.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jun 20th, 2018 at 12:12:00 PM EST
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More about Kagame and Wiesel ...

Jewish Neocons Adopt Rwandan Dictator, Kagame
Shmuley Boteach's Jewish Histrionics

How about the Obama administration and the women behind the R2P policy for regime change in Libya and Syria ...

Samantha Power and Susan Rice

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

by Oui on Wed Jun 20th, 2018 at 03:08:04 PM EST
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Bernard Lazare's famous words (about Herzl, the Sultan, and the Armenian massacres) seem to apply quite well here:
Le Congrès sioniste, réuni à Bâle, vient de render un public hommage à Abd-ul-Hamid. Les reprèsentats - ou ceux qui se disent tels - du plus vieux des peuple persécutès, ceux dont on ne peut écrire l'histoire qu'avec du sang, envoient leur salut au pire des assassins
(Pro Armenia, Jan 1902)
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jun 20th, 2018 at 04:00:27 PM EST
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Over 200,000 Koreans sign petition calling for deportation of Yemeni refugees in Jeju
"Of the 561 Yemenis who have entered Jeju Island this year, 519 have applied for refugee status."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jun 20th, 2018 at 10:41:14 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jun 18th, 2018 at 08:05:42 PM EST
by Bjinse on Mon Jun 18th, 2018 at 08:05:45 PM EST
Irish Interns Learn About Bridging Gaps in Divided US
"New York Republican Rep. Peter T. King [!!] has had the most WIP interns come through his doors over the years -- 19 to be exact."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jun 21st, 2018 at 09:36:06 PM EST
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by generic on Mon Jun 25th, 2018 at 06:24:49 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jun 18th, 2018 at 08:05:49 PM EST
by generic on Sat Jun 23rd, 2018 at 11:55:41 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jun 18th, 2018 at 08:05:52 PM EST
Desperately Seeking Third Rail


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jun 18th, 2018 at 11:20:41 PM EST
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Spiegel

The upshot is that global politics are currently dominated by a handful of men -- and only men -- who have nothing but contempt for liberal democracy and who aspire to absolute control of politics, of the economy, of the judiciary and of the media. They are the predominant figures of the present -- and the decisions they make will go a long way toward shaping the future ahead. The globalized, high-tech, constantly informed and enlightened world of the 21st century finds itself in the middle of a slide back into the age of authoritarianism.

I also like that part:
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These days, it is rare that democracies collapse under attack from armed, uniformed adversaries. Such images belong to the past; the coup d'état has become a rarity. On the contrary, many autocrats have come to power by way of the ballot box, govern in the name of the people and regularly hold referenda to solidify their power.

But once in power -- in Turkey, Venezuela or Russia -- they bring the institutions of democracy under their control.

Funny how it is the "authocrats" we currently don't like who come to power through the ballot box.

by generic on Tue Jun 19th, 2018 at 05:18:52 AM EST
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courtesy OffGuardian

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jun 20th, 2018 at 10:25:37 PM EST
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Proposed Eurozone budget will be petty cash

Macron wanted hundreds of billions. Merkel : "lower double-digit billion range."  We won't know which until the end of the year, but there are no prizes for guessing that Merkel wins.

Leaving Macron's whizzkids deeply frustrated and humiliated :
These Germans don't seem to realize that they can't condescend to us any more (really?)

Berlin must finally realize, the adviser says, that "for the first time in 15 years," France is being governed by a partner at the same level as in Germany.

Fifteen years? Far too modest. Fifty. No, over three hundred.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Jun 20th, 2018 at 05:01:39 PM EST


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