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  1. Trump / US politics thread 🚽

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  2. North Korea is mad again

    US asks Latin American countries to 'break all ties with N. Korea' US Vice President Mike Pence has asked Chile, Peru, Mexico and Brazil to break diplomatic and other ties with North Korea, as part of a campaign to pressure Pyongyang into giving up missiles and nuclear weapons. “It’s imperative that the regime in Pyongyang understand that all options are on the table,” Pence said on Wednesday in Santiago, in a joint press conference with Chilean president Michelle Bachelet. “Our hope is that Chile, Brazil, Mexico and Peru will join us in breaking all ties with North Korea,” he said. Latin American countries severing diplomatic ties with North Korea will “facilitate a peaceful outcome” and show Pyongyang that “there is a cost” for defying the will of the international community, Pence said. The US “will simply not permit a rogue regime in North Korea to possess nuclear weapons that can reach our country” and threaten Americans, Pence said. Washington’s objective is a nuclear-free Korean peninsula, Pence added. “We want the regime in Pyongyang to permanently abandon its nuclear and missile ambitions.” Chile’s ambassador to China, who also represents the country in North Korea, has not presented credentials to the government of Kim Jong-un for the past four years, Pence said, adding that he asked Bachelet to make that break official. Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that the possibilities of further economic pressure on North Korea have been practically exhausted. “We can’t support the ideas that some of our partners keep putting forward, which are intended to literally suffocate North Korea,” Russia’s chief diplomat told RIA Novosti, noting that the rhetoric from both Washington and Pyongyang concerning the situation on the Korean peninsula has toned down in recent days. The US vice-president has been on a Latin American tour this week, visiting Mexico, Brazil, Peru and Colombia to drum up support for a blockade of Venezuela. The US has accused the government in Caracas of threatening democracy by holding elections for a constitutional assembly. Pence also praised Chile as a “shining example” of a country that “chose economic freedom decades ago” and now is a “vibrant democracy” inspiring other Latin American countries. https://www.rt.com/usa/399819-pence-ties-north-korea/
  3. North Korea is mad again

    'There's not much we can do!' South Korea BEGS Trump not to go to WAR with North Korea THE SOUTH Korean president has urged the United States not to go to war with Pyongyang and called on the North to bring an end to its threatening behaviour. Moon Jae-in, who has only been in office since May, said: "There must be no more war on the Korean Peninsula. Whatever ups and downs we face, the North Korean nuclear situation must be resolved peacefully. "I am certain the United States will respond to the current situation calmly and responsibly in a stance that is equal to ours." With Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un trading insults and threats over the past few days, the world is watching as war appears an increasingly likely prospect. Trump has said North Korea will be met with “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if the hermit state continues to threaten the US, while Pyongyang claimed to be preparing a plan to strike the US territory of Guam later this month. Moon Chung-in, a special adviser to the South Korean president, said the North will not negotiate with Seoul and are pushing for talks the US, who they see as more influential. He said: "Dialogue is urgently needed to stop the North from developing its weapons programmes further. "But North Korea sees the South as powerless and won't negotiate with us. They want to have direct talks with the United States.” National security adviser Lee Su-hoon added that the South is helpless while North Korea and the US continue to trade insults. He said: ”Moon [Jae-in] has been telling Trump that a military option should never be considered, but there is not much we can do when two strong leaders [of North Korea and the United States] are clashing. "But no one wants a catastrophic end. Down the road, I expect there will be a compromise and dialogue." Last week, South Korea’s top military commanders were ordered to prepare for conflict as North Korea’s threat of nuclear war continues to intensify. The North’s neighbours are growing increasingly concerned about the imminent prospect of war and South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, has called on his top commanders to ready the troops. He said South Korea must become more self-reliant as it faces “the urgent task of securing defence capabilities to counter North Korea's nuclear and missile provocations”. “The goal of defence reform is to build a winning military, a highly confident military,” he said at a meeting with six new military commanders. “Most of all, it is important to secure capabilities that will ensure our victory in modern warfare and prepare us against North Korea's developing nuclear arms and missiles.” “The goal of defence reform is to build a winning military, a highly confident military,” he said at a meeting with six new military commanders. “Most of all, it is important to secure capabilities that will ensure our victory in modern warfare and prepare us against North Korea's developing nuclear arms and missiles.” There are also fears in Seoul that North Korea’s war threats could affect the financial market. Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon said: "The impact of (North Korean threats) on the financial and foreign exchange market is now expanding to the global level. A small shock will highly likely intensify market volatility. "The government will not let its guard down and maintain a watertight posture with strengthened risk management." Kim said the South Korean government will closely look into financial data, such as foreign reserves, short-term external debts and foreign exchange liquidity in financial institutions, in order to ease any possible financial concerns. He added: ”The government will strengthen around-the-clock monitoring of the market and take immediate action in accordance with its established contingency plan.” Meanwhile, the US is preparing military options for a possible war with North Korea amid fears new sanctions against the hermit state will fail to rein in the hermit state's missile threats. US Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford said that pursuing diplomacy and economic sanctions remain the US's top priority, but the unpredictable nature of North Korea means military options must be ready for the potential outbreak of war. Dunford made the comments during a discussion with South Korean president Moon Jae-in during a meeting to discuss the recent soaring tensions between Pyongyang and Washington. http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/840737/north-korea-news-latest-president-trump-war-south-korea-moon-jae-in-tensions
  4. North Korea is mad again

    With these latest news i'm afraid that war now is a very real option, probably the only option left for North Korea. Without China as their lifesupport they simply have no other choice, otherwise how could this failed state could remain afloat? It basically lost everything to sanctions, China was their only hope left to keep their dicatorship in place, now there is not a single nation in the world behind them anymore. North Korea has been officially cut out of the world and this is the recipe for disaster.
  5. North Korea is mad again

    Pyongyang’s main economic lifeline falls as China bans key imports from N. Korea China has announced a full ban on imports of coal, iron, and seafood, among other goods from North Korea, thus cutting key export revenues for Pyongyang. Starting Tuesday, no more exports of North Korean coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood will be accepted to the country, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce announced on Monday. Goods that have already reached Chinese ports and customs should be released not later than September 5. However, the measures are not applied to exports of coal through North Korea’s Rason port by a third party, if it has UN approval and can prove that the goods do not originate from North Korea. The announcement indicates Beijing’s full implementation of the latest UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution against North Korea, which targets key revenue sources of the communist state, depriving it of $1 billion annual foreign revenue. The restrictive measures were unanimously approved by all 15 members of the UNSC in response to North Korea’s latest missile tests, which it claims were of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). China is considered North Korea’s main economic lifeline, and the success of the latest round of sanctions depends to a large degree on Beijing. Following the UN vote in favor of punitive measures against Pyongyang on August 5, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi acknowledged that the UN resolution would affect the country’s economic interests, but promised that China is prepared “to pay most of the price” for it. Tensions between the US – which initiated the latest UN resolution – and North Korea have been mounting recently with increasingly belligerent threats from both sides. Meanwhile, Pyongyang recalled some heads of its foreign missions in China, Russia, and the UN back home to participate in a special diplomatic meeting on Monday, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap. The number of ambassadors called in to participate in the meeting is unclear. The meeting may be a regular gathering of North Korean diplomats, according to Ministry of Unification spokesman Baik Tae-hyun, as cited by Yonhap. The meeting may have been called “to deal with the difficult international circumstance the country is currently handling,” Yonhap reports. https://www.rt.com/news/399559-china-bans-imports-north-korea/
  6. Hitler used the dire situation of Germany in the 20's pos-WWI to pose as a savior of the german people and Stalin gained power by brute force riding from a revolutionary punch. The extremism of left and right was a direct side effect of WWI and it spreaded across many european nations at that time. Sometimes people seems to forget how truly life changing that war was and we still feel effects even today. Now with social media anyone can spread extremism without necessarily be grounded on real facts, you simply don't need a world war anymore to make society feels "threatened", you can just invent it and stupid people will dig it up and repeat to more stupid people till whatever extreme idea becomes acceptable.
  7. Social media spread that message like wild fire because its direct and very in your face, unlike "subliminal" traditional media. The message is there for anyone to see and spread, much quicker and effective than any traditional media ever been. Ultimately its social media that enables politicians like Trump and Le Pen gain ground and validates these ideologies once they are officialy in power.
  8. Social Media is the real culprit of this worldwide movement. Without any responsability it gave a voice to the far-right ideology that used to be restricted by not having access to conventional media platfforms. I blame Mark Zuckerberg for all of this mess! He should be acountable for profiting on human insecurities by opening the pandora box without any regulation whatsoever! Free speech my ass! The same rule of law that restrict open racism, homophobic and xenophobic in real life should be applied to the internet, specially the toxic facebook!
  9. North Korea is mad again

    I think China and the US should be more cautions with North Korea intentions. It seems that North Korea is tricking China to a war with the US. Let me explain: North Korea said their plan is to launch some missiles at Guam coast but not actually strike Guam island, therefore it wouldn't be clear if this could be classified as a direct attack, but the US would immediately react launching an offensive against North Korea. That could be considered by China as a first strike of the US against North Korea and in that case China would not be neutral as it said already that would prevent any first strike of the US. The situation could put the US in direct conflict with China and that would be the only option for North Korea to have some levarage in this war.
  10. North Korea

    There is something deeply wrong with the system if a president has to start a war in order to become more presidential in the eyes of the political establishment. He will not live long anyway and at this point in life he just don't care provoking a little war for self publicity. Trump and the entire US establishment simply don't understand the global consequences of their actions. What frights the most is that no one in this world can stop the US, there is no balance of powers anymore, they can simply bomb you tomorrow if they feel like it. Just like the Roman Empire, it will eventually collapse from within if it doesn't destroy the world with it.
  11. North Korea

    Declare war?
  12. Tory government would launch preemptive nuclear strike, defense secretary says Prime Minister Theresa May would be prepared to launch a preemptive nuclear strike against any enemies, even if Britain was not under attack, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has claimed. “In the most extreme circumstances we have made it very clear that you can’t rule out the use of nuclear weapons as a first strike,” Fallon told the BBC’s Today program. When asked in what circumstances, he replied: “They are better not specified or described, which would only give comfort to our enemies and make the deterrent less credible. “The whole point about the deterrent is that you have got to leave uncertainty in the mind of anyone who might be thinking of using weapons against this country.” The prime minister’s official spokesperson later added there was “no reason to disagree with what the defense secretary said.” Trident’s four submarines operate a continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent. Last year, a vote in the House of Commons saw MPs vote for Trident’s renewal, which is expected to cost up to £225 billion (about US$285 billion) over its service lifetime. Fallon’s comments come as the Tories continued to exploit Labour divisions on the retention of the Trident deterrent, to warn of the “very dangerous chaos” if Jeremy Corbyn becomes prime minister. On Sunday, the Labour leader said he would never authorize the use of nuclear weapons and suggested Trident renewal might not be in Labour’s election manifesto – only to be corrected within hours by party colleagues. Speaking to the BBC, Fallon said voters tempted by Labour had been left “completely unsure as to what would actually happen to our nuclear deterrent.” “I think you saw Jeremy Corbyn yesterday questioning strikes against terrorists, refusing to back the nuclear deterrent, he’s been querying our NATO deployment and he seems to have fallen out with his own party over nuclear deterrent. “That’s chaos, but it’s very dangerous chaos that would put the security of our country at risk.” Corbyn, a long-standing proponent of total nuclear disarmament, believes a Trident renewal is expensive, unsafe, ill-suited for contemporary warfare and in violation of international commitments. Fallon also insisted that critics of Trident, including senior military figures who have ridiculed the idea that it is an effective deterrent, were “absolutely wrong.” “It deters day and night every single day of every single year,” he said. https://www.rt.com/uk/385959-corbyn-fallon-strike-nuclear/
  13. France Elects Emmanuel Macron

    It will not take long before all those far-right extremists clash with eachother. The same would happen with far-left leaders though. History proves that everytime extremists take power they end up in conflict with eachother, kind of that mentality my dick is bigger than yours.
  14. France Elects Emmanuel Macron

  15. Melania Trump wins damages from Daily Mail over 'escort' allegation The UK's Daily Mail newspaper has agreed to pay damages and costs to the first lady of the United States over an article about her modelling career. The newspaper had reported allegations that Melania Trump once worked as an escort, but later retracted the claims. The story was published during the US election campaign last year. Mrs Trump accepted damages and an apology from the newspaper at London's High Court. The article was published by the Daily Mail newspaper, and subsequently the paper's digital operation Mail Online. In a statement, Mrs Trump's lawyer said that she is "very pleased" and "will remain vigilant to protect her good name and reputation from those who make false and defamatory statements about her". Mrs Trump filed a lawsuit against the Daily Mail in the UK, and filed against Mail Online in the US. The payout settles the case both in New York and the UK, despite London's High Court having no jurisdiction in the US. The US suit, filed last year, sought damages of $150m (£120m). The amount accepted by Mrs Trump in London was not disclosed in court. However, reports suggest the payout was closer to $3m, including legal costs and damages. In its apology, the Daily Mail acknowledged it had published "allegations that she provided services beyond simply modelling". The article also claimed that Mr and Mrs Trump may have met three years before they actually did, and later "staged" their first meeting. "We accept that these allegations about Mrs Trump are not true," the newspaper said. A lawyer for Mrs Trump told the London court the allegations "strike at the heart of the claimant's personal integrity and dignity". Her lawyer said the double-page spread in August last year, titled "Racy photos and troubling questions about his wife's past that could derail Trump", featured an old nude photo of Mrs Trump from her modelling career. "Readers of the newspaper that day could not fail to miss the article," he said. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39575680