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Boris Invests In Next Election Win

by Oui Thu Jul 25th, 2019 at 09:58:19 AM EST

Part of the new battle for the hearts and minds of the People's Vote: the West is split into the Green Movement and the Conservative rightwing pure capitalism. Just have a look how the international reactions are coming in to congratulate the new resident of Downing Street #10.

'Frequent false statements': Johnson's new role attracts mixed global reaction | The Guardian |

Boris Johnson's elevation to prime minister has been greeted with mixed reaction internationally; while the praise has been enthusiastic from some quarters, including Donald Trump and far-right world leaders, it has been less than overwhelming from some of his European counterparts.

After Trump had offered his hearty congratulations , newspapers in the US were far less effusive.

In Brazil, the country's authoritarian far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, joined in Trump's praise, saying Johnson could "count on Brazil in the pursuit of free trade ... and the defence of freedom and democracy".

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The front page of the French newspaper Liberation on Tuesday ran the headline: "'Bojo' the fallout", saying: "Three years after the vote on Brexit, the extravagant and disturbing Boris Johnson is at the doors of Downing Street."

There was a similar note of disquiet on the front page of the Belgian paper De Morgen on Wednesday, which had the splash: "EU is not afraid of Johnson". Belgium's L'Echo paper reported: "100 days of 'Bojo' before a hard Brexit".

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Tech Trade Wars - Unraveling of Globalization

The world community is changing in a fast pace, the progressive left needs to look at new alliances or lose out of political clout and any majority to (re)gain the executive of government. Even Germany's strong CDU/CSU is facing this new challenge. Other European nations have already needed to deal with this drop in votes on the left and a hardening of People's Vote and move to the hard right. Populism is the success formula to win over a majority of votes, supported by big money (oligarchs) and a new wave of tech savvy support on social media.

How a new wave of digital activists is changing society | PhysOrg - April 2016 |
A New Wave Of Canadian Partisan Media Is Invading Your Facebook Feed

The best illustration of the influence we have witnessed in 2016 with Brexit and the downfall of Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton. Unfortunately, the Democrats have leaned on the Russia conspiracy theory and have lost out after the Mueller Report and the newly elected Trump administration to shout down most opposition ...through his racist tweets and support from Breitbart, Fox News, and the likes of rightwing partisans Steve Bannon et al.

New PM Boris Johnson can't escape the link of his Brexit movement to the rightwing oligarchs who mde the surprise election of Donald Trump possible.

Facebook hit with $5-billion federal fine for privacy violations

The biggest set of charges in the settlement relate to Facebook allowing third-party app developers to access data about users' friends, without saying they were doing so⁠--the heart of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

AggregateIQ created Cambridge Analytica's election software, and hers's the proof | GizModo |

A little-known Canadian data firm ensnared by an international investigation into alleged wrongdoing during the Brexit campaign created an election software platform marketed by Cambridge Analytica, according to a batch of internal files obtained exclusively by Gizmodo.

Discovered by a security researcher last week, the files confirm that AggregateIQ, a British Columbia-based data firm, developed the technology Cambridge Analytica sold to clients for millions of dollars during the 2016 US presidential election. Hundreds if not thousands of pages of code, as well as detailed notes signed by AggregateIQ staff, wholly substantiate recent reports that Cambridge Analytica's software platform was not its own creation.

What's more, the files reveal that AggregateIQ--also known as "AIQ"--is the developer behind campaign apps created for Texas Senator Ted Cruz [supported by oligarch Mercer and hedge-fund billionaire Paul Singer who initially funded the Fusion GPS intelligence leading to the Steele dossier - Oui] and Texas Governor Greg Abbott, as well as a Ukrainian steel magnate named Serhiy Taruta, head the country's newly formed Osnova party. [See also party head Andriy Nikolayenko and ties to Tymoshenko and a German NGO - Oui]

Other records show the firm once pitched an app to Breitbart News, the far-right website funded by hedge-fund billionaire Robert Mercer--Cambridge Analytica's principal investor--and are currently contracted by WPA Intelligence, a US-based consultancy founded by Republican pollster Chris Wilson, who was director of digital strategy for Cruz's 2016 presidential campaign.

[Links added in article are mine - Oui]

Everything you need to know about AggregateIQ, the Canadian tech company with ties to Brexit and Ted Cruz | CBC Canada |
Canadian firm AggregateIQ used to sidestep Brexit campaign spending limits, whistleblower alleges

    Documents obtained by CBC News show Wylie sent a fateful email to AIQ co-founder Silvester in August 2013. He described Silvester as a longtime colleague and mentor; the two had both worked for Canada's federal Liberal Party.

    In the email, Wylie told him about his new job as director of research for a British political consulting firm called SCL , the parent company of what would eventually become Cambridge Analytica.

    "We mostly do psychological warfare work for NATO," Wylie wrote in the email. And he attached a brochure. Might Silvester want to join the cause?

Evidence - ETHI (42-1) - No. 117 - House of Commons of Canada [AggregateIQ link with WPA of Chris Wilson and Dominic Cummings]

    Dominic Cummings said of AIQ, "We couldn't have done it without them."

Boris Johnson's purge sees Vote Leave take over UK government | Irish Times |

Asked a few weeks ago to name his favourite film scene, Boris Johnson chose "the multiple retribution killings at the end of The Godfather". Supporters of Jeremy Hunt should have taken note because among the ministers who were sacked rather than resigned in Johnson's cabinet bloodbath, all but one - James Brokenshire - backed his rival in the leadership contest.

The speed and scale of the purge - 17 ministers in all - was the most dramatic element of Johnson's cabinet formation. But the most important feature is the wholesale takeover of government by the Vote Leave campaign.

Among the top figures in the cabinet, all but chancellor of the exchequer Sajid Javid campaigned for Brexit in the 2016 referendum. Among the new advisers entering Downing Street are operatives from Vote Leave, led by its campaign director, Dominic Cummings.

Cummings is expected to work with Michael Gove, with whom he worked in the department of education, on planning for a no-deal Brexit. A brilliant but irascible figure, Cummings has been scathing about the conduct of Brexit negotiations, including the backstop.

 

Alexander Nix accepts Committee summons; Dominic Cummings refuses to appear | UK Parliament - May 16, 2018 |
Brexit campaign chief must be hauled before Commons, say MPs | The Guardian - July 2018 |

The EU Referendum - Something Doesn't Smell Right...

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An hour ago, EU Jean-Claude Juncker had a 23 July tweet up with letter attached of congratulations to Boris Johnson ... tweet has been deleted ... letter mentioned the firm Withdrawal Agreement and separate the negotiation on the UK-EU trade relationship.

The EU will not renegotiate Brexit deal, Juncker tells Johnson | The Guardian - 1 hr ago |  



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Thu Jul 25th, 2019 at 05:45:40 PM EST
UK Jul 25, 2019 | British prime minister Boris Johnson says that the Northern Ireland backstop needs to be abolished if there is to be a Brexit agreement between the UK and the EU. Video: UK Parliament TV

First PMQ: Johnson vows to get 'rid' of Irish backstop | The Irish Times |

France reiterates EU rejection of Johnson's Brexit policy | France24 |

France on Friday reiterated the EU's rejection of an aggressive push by Boris Johnson to rewrite the Brexit agreement. But Paris is ready to "work with" the new British prime minister, said a senior French official.

France wants to "get past the stage" of negotiating the Brexit agreement and would like to "calmly" negotiate Britain's future relationship with the EU, said France's state minister for European affairs Amelie de Montchalin.

EU rejects Johnson's 'unacceptable' positions

Macron's invitation came shortly the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned the bloc's member states that Johnson was trying to divide them by amping up the threat of a damaging "no-deal" divorce.

In an email to member states seen by AFP, Barnier warned that Johnson's "rather combative" demand -- delivered in a House of Commons speech Thursday -- that Brussels "rethink" its opposition to re-opening the current deal was "unacceptable".  

Michel Barnier in note to 27 EU leaders: "We will not engage in talks with the British government over binning the backstop."

France warns Boris Johnson not to play games with Iris border | The Guardian |

Amélie de Montchalin, France's minister for European affairs, said both sides should avoid "games, gestures and provocations" with just three months to go before the UK is due to leave the EU.

De Montchalin said the French president, Emmanuel Macron, would hold talks with Johnson in France in the coming weeks but that the deal on the table would not be altered.

"What I would like to do in the coming weeks is that we can go through this stage and negotiate, calmly, calmly, (...) how we work afterwards. We want to work with [Boris Johnson] and most of all, we need it, it's a partner who will remain a partner after Brexit, it's a country that will remain very close to us...

"What is still to negotiate is the future relationship. We have to create a working relationship and not get into games, gestures and provocations."

Irish deputy PM Simon Coveney says Boris Johnson putting UK on 'collision course with EU' | The Guardian |

This is what Simon Coveney, the Irish deputy prime minister, said this morning about how Boris Johnson has put the UK "on a collision course" with the EU over Brexit. (See 11.56am.) Coveney said:

    The statements of the British prime minister yesterday in the House of Commons were very unhelpful to this process.

    He seems to have made a deliberate decision to set Britain on a collision course with the European Union and with Ireland in relation to the Brexit negotiations, and I think only he can answer the question as to why he is doing that.

Brexit deadlock as No 10 insists EU must scrap backstop before talks

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

by Oui on Fri Jul 26th, 2019 at 01:10:36 PM EST
During his first PMQ, Boris Johnson gave seldom an answer to a question, it was mostly his bluster and campaign speech. One question he did answer quite specificly ... a leadership campaign promise.

Boris Johnson to end 'unfair' prosecution of Troubles veterans

Mr Johnson, speaking from his campaign headquarters, also reportedly promised to appoint a Veterans Minister if he is chosen to lead Britain.

    "We need to end unfair trials of people who served their Queen and country when no new evidence has been produced, and when the accusations have already been exhaustively questioned in court. We must protect people against unfair prosecutions. And I will."

Tory MP Johnny Mercer accuses Theresa May of 'betraying' Troubles veterans over leaked memo
How were armed forces personnel prosecuted for fatalities during the Troubles in Northern Ireland?

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

by Oui on Fri Jul 26th, 2019 at 05:10:41 PM EST
tbh given that both IRA nad unionist terrorists have received clemency and immunity from prosecution, I think it's only justice that soldiers get the same.

This would clear a way for a truth and reconciliation process that would finally clear up some of the worst injustices of the Troubles

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Jul 26th, 2019 at 06:49:45 PM EST
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"received clemency and immunity"

I understand they have not!

    "Nobody in my view should be immune from prosecution. I don't believe in amnesties, I don't believe in wiping away what happened in the past because people on all sides are still living with that hurt and I believe that all the people who were involved in those heinous crimes should be open to prosecution.

    "The Good Friday Agreement now means that people can only ever serve two years, but I think the families should be entitled to their day in court.

    "I think all organisations, state or paramilitary, should come forward and tell people the truth."

From what I understand, there is no peace in NI, just a truce to lay down arms.

Northern Ireland Conflict
Hyde Park Bombing - John Downey

Recent publicatons ...

Investigation of Former Armed Forces Personnel who served in Northern Ireland - June 2019 [pdf]
Court of Appeal: John Downey loses appeal against order for his surrender to Northern Ireland | Irish Legal News - July 10, 2019 |

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

by Oui on Fri Jul 26th, 2019 at 07:56:10 PM EST
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The days of supplication [to the EU] are over ...

12:07:05 Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP (Chingford and Woodford Green, Conservative)
12:08:48 Rt Hon Ian Blackford MP (Ross, Skye and Lochaber, Scottish National Party)
12:23:19 Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP (Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford, Labour)

IT WILL BE A LONG HOT SUMMER ...

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

by Oui on Fri Jul 26th, 2019 at 05:11:38 PM EST


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