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Politics in General / Re: The Brexit betrayal is happening
« Last post by EvadingGrid on Today at 01:38:55 am »

Vote on Johnson’s No-Brexit/Brexit Deal Delayed

A rare Saturday session was held to resolve Brexit up or down.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>

Not so fast. Forty months after Brits narrowly voted to leave the EU on June 23, 2016, the issue remains unresolved. More on Saturday’s below.

Johnson struck a no-deal/Brexit deal with Brussels Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn called worst than Theresa May’s betrayal of the public trust, rejected by MPs three times.

Johnson and EU leaders pretended to resolve the Irish backstop Brexit sticking point by unacceptably redefining it.

Britain, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland want an open Irish border, without customs checks or other impediments for commerce and people to move freely throughout the island territory — what the April 1998 Good Friday Agreement set in place, a hard border eliminated.

Johnson and Brussels squared the circle by fudging a backstop, Northern Ireland to follow EU rules, especially on goods, its rules applying for commerce between all Irish territory and remainder of Britain.

Johnson’s scheme is a reworking of Theresa May’s unacceptable deal, making it worse, elements of what was agreed unclear by not resolving them.

The deal pretends to free Britain, including Northern Ireland, from the customs union, leaving it free to negotiate trade deals with other countries like the US.

Johnson claims he got Brexit despite what he and the EU agreed on wasn’t what Brits voted for — a clean break with no wrinkles complicating things and creating unacceptable uncertainties about how post-Brexit will play out for ordinary Brits.

The deal also lets Northern Ireland opt out after four years, another complication. The flawed deal is opposed by Labor, Lib Dems, the Brexit party, Scottish National party, Northern Ireland DUP MPs, and perhaps some Tories.

It’s all about selling out ordinary Brits for privileged interests, including by permitting intensified neoliberal harshness.

According to Republic of Ireland national broadcaster RTE television, a leaked copy of Johnson’s deal with Brussels includes customs clearance sites from five to 10 miles on either side of Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland border.

It also includes tracking devices on trucks to monitor traffic digitally on both sides of the Irish border in real time. It lets Northern Ireland adhere to EU agriculture regulations.

On Saturday, MPs passed an amendment Johnson opposed. It delays Brexit for a later date — until legislation is passed on its fine print and how it’s to be implemented.

Under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act of 2019, the so-called (Hilary) Benn Act (September 2019), Johnson is mandated to seek a new withdrawal date of January 31, 2020 no later than Saturday — kicking the can down the road again with uncertainty about what awaits next year.

He remains defiant, saying “I will not negotiate a delay with the EU, and neither does the law compel me to do so,” adding:

“I will tell our friends and colleagues in the EU exactly what I have told everyone else in the last 88 days that I have served as prime minister — that further delay would be bad for this country, bad for the European Union, and bad for (Britain’s) democracy” for its privileged few alone at the expense of the vast majority of its people.

Saturday’s up or down vote on Johnson’s deal was rescheduled for Tuesday. He said he’ll introduce new legislation, a further complication.

Corbyn said “(h)e can no longer use the threat of a no-deal crash out to blackmail members to support his sell-out deal.”

As of Saturday, things remain uncertain, the next Brexit chapter to unfold when parliament votes on Tuesday as things now stand.

If the above sounds complicated, it surely is because the devil is in details yet to be worked out and explained.

Note: On Saturday, tens of thousands marched in London for a second Brexit referendum.

Given 40 months and counting without resolution of the first one, it’s unclear what a rerun would accomplish.


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Politics in General / Re: The Brexit betrayal is happening
« Last post by EvadingGrid on Today at 01:38:16 am »

MPs reject Brexit bill timetable

'MPs have rejected a proposal to examine Boris Johnson's Brexit bill in the Commons in three days.

The Commons supported the Withdrawal Agreement Bill earlier, but have now voted against the short timetable.

Earlier, the PM warned he would seek an election if MPs dismissed the plan and the EU granted an extension to 31 October Brexit deadline.

After the vote, he told the Commons he would "pause" the legislation until the EU had "stated their intentions".

A spokesman from the European Commission said: "[The Commission] takes note of tonight's result and expects the UK government to inform us about the next steps."

Mr Johnson told MPs he was "disappointed" they had "voted for delay", and said the UK "now faced further uncertainty".

But he said his policy remained that Brexit would go ahead at the end of the month, adding: "One way or another, we will leave the EU with this deal to which this House has just given its assent."

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Mr Johnson was "the author of his own misfortune" - but offered to enter discussions over a "sensible" timetable for his deal to go through Parliament.

But the SNP's leader, Ian Blackford, said it was "another humiliating defeat" for the PM, and MPs had "spoken with a very clear voice to tell the PM he is not on".

And Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson called on Mr Johnson to "end the brinkmanship and replace it with some statesmanship" in order to secure an extension with the EU.'

Real more: MPs reject Brexit bill timetable


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US Syria Pullout Leaves Troops in North and South

US aggression, occupation and control of Syrian territory is a flagrant UN Charter breach — a hard truth establishment media ignore, falsely blaming Bashar al-Assad for US-led imperial high crimes committed against his country.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>

The same goes for US actions in other war theaters — nations smashed for not subordinating their sovereign rights to Washington’s interests.

Endless US-orchestrated and/or led aggression rages in Afghanistan, Syria, and Yemen, as well as intermittently in Iraq and Libya.

There’s no near-term resolution in these countries because restoration of peace and stability to active war theaters defeats Washington’s imperial aims, served by endless wars and chaos.

In the Middle East, US-led aggression also serves Israel’s aim to become the second leading regional power as junior partner to Washington’s dominant presence.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>

Russia’s intervention in Syria changing the dynamic on the ground, US inability to topple Iran’s government, and effectiveness of Yemeni Houthis against Pentagon/CIA-orchestrated Saudi aggression foiled US/Israeli regional aims.

Before withdrawal of unclear numbers of US forces from northern Syria cross-border to Iraq, Pentagon troops controlled around 30% of the country.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>

Unknown numbers of US forces continue to unlawfully control southern Syrian territory near the Iraqi and Jordanian borders, no plans to withdraw them.

The highly publicized withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria was partial, unknown numbers remaining in control of Syrian oil producing areas on the phony pretext of protecting them from the scourge of ISIS the US created and supports.

Bipartisan hardliners in Washington want Syrian ruling authorities prevented from earning vitally needed revenues for the country’s oil fields.

On Monday, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) cited a Times of London report about Turkey using banned white phosphorous, able to burn flesh to the bone on contact, in its northern Syria aggression against Kurdish YPG fighters.

On the same day, Czech MP Tomio Okamura accused Turkish forces of committing war crimes in northern Syria, adding evidence shows its military’s use of jihadist proxies in its offensive.

Deputy head of the Czech parliament’s defense committee Radovan Feikh condemned Turkish aggression — OK’d by the Trump regime, a scheme by Washington and Ankara to partition and control Syria.

Separately, Fars News reported that “US army helicopters have been sighted in heavy operation in Syria’s northern province of Hasaka since Sunday morning as eyewitness accounts said the choppers are taking large groups of (ISIS) takfiri terrorists away.”

In Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, the Pentagon and CIA use ISIS, al-Qaeda, and likeminded jihadists as imperial foot soldiers — arming, funding, training, directing, and transporting them to areas where the US wants them used.

On Tuesday, Turkey’s Erdogan and Vladimir Putin are meeting in Sochi to discuss the situation in Syria, a Kremlin statement saying both leaders will address “normalization” of the country’s northeast, along with “countering international terrorist groups and promoting the political settlement process.”

Ankara is part of the problem, not the solution in Syria, because of Erdogan’s revanchist aim to control northern territory bordering Turkey, especially oil-producing areas — putting him at odds with similar US aims and Russia wanting Syrian sovereignty and territorial integrity preserved and protected.

On Saturday, Erdogan said if “promises to Turkey are not fulfilled, we won’t be waiting as before. We will be going ahead with the operation and will keep on” combatting Kurds for control of northern Syrian territory.

His so-called “Operation Peace Spring” has nothing to do with peace, nothing to do with combatting terrorism, nothing to do with Turkish security, everything to do with wanting northern Syrian territory annexed.

The situation in the country’s north and elsewhere remains fluid, resolving years of US-launched aggression unattainable because bipartisan hardliners in Washington reject it.


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General Discussion / Re: Jeffery Epstein
« Last post by EvadingGrid on Today at 01:31:46 am »

Dispatches demolishes Prince Andrew's defences over paedophile links

It confirmed and examined the 12-year relationship between the Duke of York Prince Andrew and the notorious billionaire convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein who reportedly committed suicide in his prison cell in August whilst facing further charges.

Key issues including the involvement of other major international figures and the alleged criminality of Andrew were left open. They, in an ideal world, are for the police and prosecutors to resolve.

The programme offered few revelations for those who have been closely following the developing story. However it will have been greeted with shock and dismay by people who have given credence to the public denials of Andrew and Buckingham Palace.

For two much-publicised defences – that Andrew never even met Virginia Giuffre, then Virginia Roberts, who claims she was enticed to have sex with the Prince three times from the age of 17 and that he had no idea of the nature of Epstein’s sexual activities were demolished.

Evidence including flight logs from Epstein’s plane show Andrew met with Epstein on at least ten occasions, usually staying for several days at one of his residences.

It was also shown that Epstein was invited to a major event at Windsor Castle held for the Queen Mother and was later entertained by Andrew at Sandringham.

The contact crucially continued after Epstein’s conviction as journalists and undercover investigators traced him to New York where he was pictured waving goodbye to a young girl at Epstein’s property and talking with Epstein in the park.

This allegedly was the occasion when, according to Andrew’s loyal supporters, he met Epstein to say goodbye.

The best-known photograph of Andrew with his arm around Roberts – laughably explained away by some Royal defenders as ‘fake’ – was shown along with clips of Giuffre elaborating on her legal testimony.

She said she had been introduced into the ‘sex cult’ by being taken to a house and being presented with Epstein laying on a massage table naked. This ended with her having sexual intercourse with Epstein.

Regarding how she reportedly met Andrew, she said she was told she would be meeting ‘a Prince’ by Epstein’s girlfriend-come-pimp Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of former tycoon Robert Maxwell.

This happened in Belgravia, London, and Roberts was so proud she asked for a photo to be taken – the same image that now haunts Andrew.

She explained that a few moments later she was led to a room where she had sex with Andrew for the first time.

The further incidents, she claimed, were in New York and on Epstein’s Caribbean island where she says she was one of eight young women who engaged in an orgy also involving Andrew and Epstein.

Of Andrew’s denials, she said: “He knows what he has done.”

It is worth noting that paying for massages of a sexual nature is not a criminal offence, nor is having sex for money.

The issues at stake, however, include the claims the girls were trafficked into the company of Epstein and his powerful friends and therefore they were being coerced into offering sexual services.

For consensual sex, read sexual abuse, including possible rape.

The idea he had no idea what was going on around him is plainly absurd.

Epstein’s group was in effect a private and exclusive sex club open only to a select invited view. A contacts book belonging to Epstein was shown which include 13 telephone numbers for the Duke of York.

The closest I can liken this to is a massage parlour which is a public place where sexual services are offered. The secret nature of such places does not allow for males to attend without being known to take part. If this were the case, they could potentially blackmail genuine clients and/or the women. It’s crazy to suggest it would happen that way.

It has been suggested in other reports that some of the girls were under the age of 16 but no evidence was presented in the programme.

Unanswered questions from the programme most certainly include this which makes the Metropolitan Police’s statement that they are not making any further investigations extremely worrying.

For example, the other girls allegedly taking part in the orgy need to be traced and interviewed, if humanly possible.

Other questions, beyond the remit of Dispatches on this occasion, include the involvement of now President of the United States Donald Trump and former President Bill Clinton who both featured in photographic evidence.

Both are known to have socialised at Epstein gatherings with Clinton documented as flying no fewer than 26 times on Epstein’s Lolita Express.

A link was also alleged on the programme with Lord Peter Mandelson, then a high-ranking cabinet minister under Gordon Brown.

A witness reported that Epstein served his 13-month prison sentence by staying overnight at a police station but could work from his office during the day.

‘Business as usual’, it was added, included an alleged phone call from Mandelson asking Epstein to put him in touch with a prominent CEO.  Epstein reportedly referred to Mandelson as ‘Petie’ and duly obliged with the information.

A statement on behalf of Mandelson said he had no recollection of such a telephone call and he had no need to ask an intermediary for such contacts which were made legitimately through his Government office.

Nevertheless photographic evidence was shown of Mandelson and Epstein together on a separate occasion.

There was also no explanation offered for why Epstein had at least telephone contact with the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, Andrew’s former wife and long-term partner, over a seven-year period.

The programme concluded that Andrew, at the very least, should be called as a witness over Giuffre’s testimony and that the damage to his reputation may now be irreparable.


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Unfortunately, regardless of the fact that the citizens of Canada are dissatisfied and want a change in puppet govenment in Ottawa, the Empire will make a decision.

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British intelligence officers will give evidence on Manchester Arena terror attack in private meaning victims' families won't hear it, rules Priti Patel as she sets up public inquiry

* Public inquiry will be established to investigate deaths of 22 victims of attack
* Sir John Saunders will lead inquiry into blast at Ariana Grande gig in May 2017
* Ms Patel tells how she made the decision after 'careful consideration of advice'
* More than 260 were injured while 600 people reported psychological harm

By Duncan Gardham and Richard Spillett and Mark Duell for MailOnline
Published: 13:07, 22 October 2019

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'I will NOT allow months more of this': Boris Johnson vows to SCRAP his Brexit Bill
and challenge Jeremy Corbyn to an election before Christmas if MPs vote down his 72-hour push to pass deal and leave EU by October 31

* The first votes will take place in the House of Commons on Boris Johnson's Brexit Bill legislation tonight
* The Government is increasingly hopeful of emerging victorious in the crucial second reading clash
* However, MPs are preparing bid to thwart the PM's efforts to rush the laws through Commons in just 72 hours
* Former Conservative rebels set to join Labour, Liberal Democrats and the SNP in opposing the timetable
* Even if he wins the showdown tonight PM faces fending off amendments on customs union and referendum
    * Remainer MPs are also launching a bid to force longer transition period in the Brexit Bill legislation

By James Tapsfield, Political Editor For Mailonline and Jack Maidment, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline
Published: 13:36, 22 October 2019

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Canada election: Trudeau's Liberals win but lose majority

'Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party has retained power but a narrow election win means he is forced to lead a minority government as prime minister.

His party will claim the most seats in parliament but their second term will be much harder, relying on other parties to pass legislation.

The Liberals are expected to claim 156 seats, 14 short of a majority.

His centre-right Conservative rivals are heading for 122 seats, a marked increase from the 95 it held before.

Monday night's results could be good news for the country's left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) and its leader Jagmeet Singh, who could be kingmaker.

This federal election was seen as a referendum on Mr Trudeau, who endured a bumpy first term, tainted by scandal.

"You did it my friends. Congratulations!" he told cheering supporters in Montreal.

Turning to address those across the country who voted for him, he said: "Thank you for having faith in us to move our country in the right direction."

And to those who did not back him, he promised his party would govern for everyone.

His weakened grip on power is being seen as a rebuke of his record but the result is bitterly disappointing for Conservative leader Andrew Scheer.

His party is expected to win the popular vote but failed to translate that support into seats.'

Read more: Canada election: Trudeau's Liberals win but loses majority


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International News / Re: Japan
« Last post by Al Bundy on Oct 22, 2019, 11:13:01 am »
New Japanese Emperor Naruhito

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Free Speech / Censorship / Re: Julian Assange
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