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Good Morning Everyone and welcome to the 6th anniversary edition of Morning Blog.

I hope that when and if you have the time, MB will be the place where you will come to catch up with the latest international news from around the globe.

I will bring you the latest international news stories, breaking news stories, opinion pieces and human interest stories, hoping that you will find something of interest in each update.

MB is open to all 24/7, and I’ll have my updates posted by 3 am PST and 6 am EST in the morning. You can read or comment at any time during your day or night.

Please drop by anytime, you are always welcome here. Looking forward to meeting you in your mornings, afternoons and evenings. Enjoy, and thank you for stopping by to read.

Written by Kalima

Long time resident of Tokyo --- "Where is this woman I once knew so well? Memories fading or hurtling by like a howling wind at a speed I can't fathom or define. A star hangs like a teardrop from her eye, quivering but never falling. I search the empty corridors of my soul in hopes of catching just another glimpse of who she once presumed herself to be. Where is this woman who trod with such certainty, where is she now? I mourn her passing as another dawn breaks in my restless heart."

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  1. Kalima says:

    Good Morning Everyone!

    Tomorrow we expect respite from our blazing heat for a day and I’ll gladly take it. It’s not even summer here yet.

    Have a good day wherever you may be. Take care, be safe, stay cool and comfy.

    Sayonara from my hot and humid corner of Tokyo. Mata ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Bangladeshi cafe employee tells of carnage, says Japanese murdered almost immediately

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/07/07/national/bangladeshi-cafe-employee-tells-carnage-says-japanese-murdered-almost-immediately/

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    Small Japanese political party: All we are saying is give medical pot a chance

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/07/08/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-party-poll-plank-saying-give-medical-pot-chance/

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    490 rushed to hospitals across heat wave-hit Japan; three perish

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/07/08/national/science-health/490-rushed-hospitals-across-heat-wave-hit-japan-three-perish/

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Photo Journal: Retreat from the heat

    http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20160708/p2a/00m/0na/002000c
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    Theresa May’s repulsive threat to EU citizens could make the Tories toxic again

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/07/theresa-may-must-not-be-pm-until-she-rejects-the-policy-of-the-b/

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    In case you worried your new unelected Tory PM might be progressive, Andrea Leadsom wants you to know she still opposes gay marriage

    Today on ITV News, Leadsom clarified that she was “not happy” about the gay marriage law because of “hurt caused to many Christians” -- and Theresa May’s track record isn’t much better

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/andrea-leadsom-and-theresa-may-are-two-of-britains-most-prominent-homophobes-and-ones-about-to-a7125131.html

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    Michael Gove: Britain’s worst political serial killer thwarted by a text message

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/michael-gove-conservative-leadership-boris-johnson-david-cameron-andrea-leadsom-text-message-a7125821.html

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    Defeated Labour rebels admit ‘it’s finished’ as Jeremy Corbyn refuses to resign as leader

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/06/defeated-labour-rebels-admit-its-finished-as-jeremy-corbyn-refus/

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    Petition to expel Tony Blair from Labour party takes off following Chilcot report

    Sir John Chilcot’s seven-year inquiry said the legal basis for UK military action in Iraq was ‘far from satisfactory’

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/petition-to-expel-tony-blair-from-labour-party-takes-off-following-chilcot-report-a7125911.html

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    Iraq and the Rupert Murdoch connection: The media mogul’s network of pro-war campaigners

    Back in 2003, the Murdoch-owned press beat the drum for the Iraq War, but few of the key players got a mention in the Chilcot report

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/press/chilcot-inquiry-report-iraq-war-rupert-murdoch-connection-a7125786.html

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    Britain wrangled over Iraq’s oil in aftermath of war, Chilcot shows

    Iraq war inquiry finds Britain arguing for ‘level playing field’ for its companies in access to oilfields
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jul/07/us-and-britain-wrangled-over-iraqs-oil-in-aftermath-of-war-chilcot-shows

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    They’re building some of Britain’s most promising young companies. After Brexit, they’re thinking of leaving

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/brexit-raises-a-question-for-financial-entrepreneurs-stay-in-london-or-go/2016/07/04/677cf026-3ee3-11e6-84e8-1580c7db5275_story.html

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    Toto has pulled back the Brexit curtain to reveal – oh dear! – Oliver Letwin

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/07/toto-brexit-curtain-oliver-letwinMarina Hyde

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    Amazing that this has to be done in the 21st century.
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    Germany passes ‘no means no’ rape law

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/07/germany-passes-no-means-no-rape-law/

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    Merkel pledges German support to deploy thousands of Nato troops to deter Russian aggression

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/07/merkel-pledges-german-support-for-thousands-of-nato-troops-to-de/

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    Sacré Blair! Europe reacts to Chilcot report into Iraq war

    French media finds grim vindication in the report of its opposition to the US-led invasion of Iraq

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jul/07/sacre-blair-europe-reacts-to-chilcot-report-into-iraq-war

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    Refugee who fled Boko Haram for Italy killed by ‘ultra’ football fan

    Emmanuel Chidi Namdi, 36, was attacked after defending his wife from racist abuse in central Italian town of Fermo

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/07/refugee-who-fled-boko-haram-for-italy-killed-by-ultra-football-fan

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    Hungary leaves refugees stuck on Serbian border

    A growing build-up of refugees on Hungary-Serbia border follows tight border control measures introduced by Hungary.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/hungary-border-controls-leave-refugees-stuck-border-160707131922016.html

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    Is Russia really a threat to the Baltic states?

    Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, relations between NATO and Russia appear to have reached an all-time low.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/07/russia-threat-baltic-states-160707054916449.html

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    Like a little war’: Snipers shoot 11 police officers during Dallas protest march, killing five

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/07/08/like-a-little-war-snipers-shoot-11-police-officers-during-dallas-protest-march-killing-five/

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    After Philando Castile’s Killing, Obama Calls Police Shootings ‘an American Issue’

    The president, reacting to a grisly video that showed Mr. Castile being shot by the police in Minnesota, asked the nation to confront racial disparities in law enforcement.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/08/us/philando-castile-falcon-heights-shooting.html

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    Dallas police shooting: five officers killed at protest against police violence

    Large area of city sealed off as police negotiate with suspected gunman inbetween exchanges of gunfire

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/07/dallas-shooting-police-officers-protest-alton-sterling-philando-castile

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    Do black people have second amendment rights?

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/07/black-people-second-amendment-rights-philando-castile-alton-sterling-police-shootingsZach Stafford

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    When Will the Killing Stop?

    The latest fatal shootings of black men by the police underline an urgent need for changes in attitude and oversight of departments across the country.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/08/opinion/when-will-the-killing-stop.html

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    Dallas and American ‘contradictions

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2016/07/08/dallas-and-american-contradiction

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    A Black Man Was Just Found Hanging from a Tree in Atlanta

    http://usuncut.com/black-lives-matter/black-man-found-hanging-tree-atlanta-park/

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    Minnesota governor blames Philando Castile police killing on racial bias

    Mark Dayton says level of force was ‘way in excess’ of what was necessary and demands justice department investigation as Obama calls shootings ‘a serious problem’

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/07/philando-castile-police-shooting-calls-justice-department-inquiry-fbi-minnesota-officers

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    Why Black Lives Don’t Matter To The NRA

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2016/07/07/3796062/nra-black-lives-matter/

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    Hillary Clinton emails: State Department reopens investigation into ‘mishandling’ of ‘classified’ information

    A spokesperson said the State Department is not pursuing criminal charges

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/hillary-clinton-emails-state-department-reopens-investigation-a7126266.html

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    For Hillary Clinton, the email nightmare is far from over

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/07/clinton-email-nightmare-not-over-jill-abramsonJill Abramso

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    Donald Trump clashes with Republican Senators during party peace talks

    The presumptive nominee spoke to Senate and House Republicans in Washington DC, where he also met privately with his former primary rival, Ted Cruz

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-elections/donald-trump-clashes-with-republican-senators-during-party-peace-talks-in-washington-a7125906.html

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    No one wants to be Donald Trump’s veep. What could go wrong?
    Richard Wolffe

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/07/donald-trump-vice-president-possibilities-republicans-decline-party-unrest

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    Syria: Army cuts strategic Aleppo road despite truce

    Pro-government forces cut the strategic Castello Road, bringing them close to encircling rebel-held areas of the city.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/syria-army-cuts-strategic-aleppo-road-truce-160707135549560.html

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    Israeli ban cripples furniture industry in Gaza

    Israel’s prohibition on certain kinds of wooden planks has axed local output and caused many to lose their jobs.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/israeli-ban-cripples-furniture-industry-gaza-160606071158465.html

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    Who is stopping the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip?

    Reconstruction has been slow, with the United Nations taking more than a year to rebuild the first bombed out home.
    07 Jul 2016 19:32 GMT

    http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2016/07/stopping-reconstruction-gaza-strip-160707162205094.html

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    Saudis arrest 12 Pakistanis over bombs

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36742087

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    At least 20 killed in attack on Shia sacred site north of Baghdad

    Suicide car bomb and gunmen shoot dead 20 and injure 50 pilgrims visiting Iraq mausoleum for Eid al-Fitr festival

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/08/iraq-pilgrims-killed-in-attack-on-shia-sacred-site-north-of-baghdad

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    Here we go again?
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    North Korea calls US sanctions against Kim Jong-un an ‘open declaration of war’

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/07/north-korea-calls-us-sanctions-against-kim-jong-un-an-open-decla/
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    Gaza: Waiting to rebuild

    Two years after the 2014 war, thousands of families are still in limbo, waiting for funds to rebuild their homes.

    http://interactive.aljazeera.com/aje/2016/gaza-waiting-to-rebuild/phone/index.html

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    ‘My family would gather in one room, waiting for death’: An Iraqi woman’s story of life in Baghdad during the war

    Exclusive: An Iraqi woman tells The Independent how her hope turned to despair

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iraq-war-chilcot-invasion-baghdad-civilians-bombing-death-witnesses-experience-tony-blair-chaos-a7125566.html

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    Returning to an Ohio town on the decline

    http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-35653619

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    ‘The US? We’re in bad shape’: squeezed middle class tell tales of struggle

    As Voices of America highlights issues that matter to voters, in North Carolina, talk of helping the middle class feels like an empty promise without a plan

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/07/middle-class-squeeze-money-household

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    Chibok girl’s life with Boko Haram in Nigeria

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36653222

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    What White America Fails to See

    We all watch the same videos. But some insist the camera doesn’t tell the full story.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/10/opinion/sunday/what-white-america-fails-to-see.html

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    How do EU people in the UK feel about Brexit?

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36627394

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    New Zealand town with ‘too many jobs’ and houses is looking for new residents

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/36660186/new-zealand-town-with-too-many-jobs-and-houses-is-looking-for-new-residents

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    Pictures of the day: 7 July 2016

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/07/pictures-of-the-day-7-july-2016/

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    Best photographs of the day: a Kiev festival and a Rio protest

    https://www.theguardian.com/news/gallery/2016/jul/07/best-photographs-of-the-day-a-kiev-festival-and-a-rio-protest

    • Nirek says:

      Good day Kalima, once again there is too much going on in the world to keep up with.

      Long distance shooting of police is a cowardly act. So too is shooting a black man that you have on the ground and a black man in a car that you stopped for a broken tail light. Both caught on cell phone video.

      Why do people have to be like that? If you don’t like someone don’t be where they are. Kinda simple as far as I’m concerned.

      Thanks for all the reading material.

      Peace

  2. Kalima says:

    The third of the three blind mice resigns. Nation destroying, lily-livered cowards.

    “Three blind mice. Three blind mice. See how they run. See how they run……”

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    UKIP leader Nigel Farage stands down

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-36702468

    • kesmarn says:

      Kalima, I had to read one paragraph twice to make sure my eyes weren’t playing tricks on me. Farage actually described his own party as “turkeys voting for Christmas”! Is this all some kind of sick joke for him?

      I swear I could see mirth in his eyes — especially when he talked about the prospect of seeing more countries leaving the EU.

      It’s as though he, Johnson and Cameron played a huge prank — or tried to pull off a spectacular bluff — only to have it called.

      Then they all tuck tail and run. Leaving a gigantic mess behind for others to clean up. (Reminds me of Dubya, Rumsfeld, Rice, Cheney et al.)

      The GOP and the Tories — parties of chaos.

    • AdLib says:

      More like rats leaving a sinking ship…they gnawed a huge hole in!

      Of all the resignations or urged resignations, can any be more cowardly than Farage’s? Johnson clearly only joined Brexit because he thought it would fail while exploiting those supporting it to help him win PM. Cameron of course thought it would fail. Only Farage was a wholly dedicated promoter of Brexit for years, this was what he and his racist party wanted for so long…they finally fool enough voters to get it…then Farage runs for the hills!

      He is the most diseased rat swimming away from the Brexit wreck.

      • Kalima says:

        That press conference from Farage, was the most arogant and stomach churning piece of crap I’ve seen for some time. Like a spoiled brat boasting about beating up little Tommy down the street, he goes on to say he will help European Far Right extremists do the same, and taunts the EU by saying he will be in and out of the EU parliament to spy on them. Isn’t he resigning from politics? What business does he have in going over there except to cause trouble? I hope the EU bans him from taking any part in the process, and if he shit stirs with the Far Right extremists, ban him from Europe. Who wants another Hitler?

    • Nirek says:

      Kalima, it seems that no country is lacking cowards.

      • Kalima says:

        They are all over, Nirek. They are the ones talking the loudest promising ordinary people a piece of the pie that will never be baked once they get what they want. We call them tyrants and dictators. A good example is Russia’s Putin. A lying, murdering, self-obsessed thug stealing from the people. There are still many of them around the world unfortunately. The U.K. Tory government is no exception. People died because they had no money to buy food. Welfare and disability cuts. Many sick people died because they are trying to kill the NHS. Drastic healthcare cuts and too many private trusts only out for profits. I still believe to this day that my father was a victim of the diminishing hospital care started by Thatcher, and continued by her greatest fan, Cameron. He probably had posters of that awful woman all over his bedroom, and told her he wanted to be just like her when he grew up. Problem is, he never grew up and continued playing games until he resigned. The country and its people will be suffering even more after he’s gone. Excuse me, after he “runs away.”

  3. Kalima says:

    Thousands at ‘March for Europe’ Brexit protest

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-36692990

    • AdLib says:

      Do you think the government will figure out a way to reverse Brexit? Can they do it without hurting confidence in democracy?

      • Kalima says:

        If enough people around the country signed petitions to reverse the vote or demand another referendum, I suppose they could delay the pulling out process. If Scotlsnd was serious about another vote on their independence to stay in the EU, that would certainly throw a spanner in the works for Westminster.

  4. Kalima says:

    I was right again. Said this before all the votes had even been counted. The EU for many voters was what Cameron and most Tories didn’t want to leave, so they voted to spite the government. There will be shockwaves once they understand the real consequences and that they had been totally lied to by the “Leave” low-life, racist nationalists. Welcome to your hangover, it will last for years to come.

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    The British are frantically Googling what the E.U. is, hours after voting to leave it

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/06/24/the-british-are-frantically-googling-what-the-eu-is-hours-after-voting-to-leave-it/

  5. Kalima says:

    Trumo’s imaginary “great success” in Scotland. Does this man love building walls or what??

    Just loved the Mexican flags idea. Wonderful!

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    Donald Trump faces wall of opposition as he returns to Scotland

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jun/23/donald-trump-faces-wall-of-opposition-as-he-returns-to-scotland

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    Excellent article by John Cassidy.

    What Do the Brexit Movement and Donald Trump Have in Common?

    http://www.newyorker.com/news/john-cassidy/what-do-the-brexit-movement-and-donald-trump-have-in-common?

    • kesmarn says:

      That Cassidy article really is excellent. (He’s one of my favorites at the New Yorker.)

      This paragraph really nails it:

      For the past half century, the major political parties, on both sides of the Atlantic, have promulgated the idea that free trade and globalization are the keys to prosperity. If you pressed the mainstream economists who advise these parties, they might concede that trade creates losers as well as winners, and that the argument for ever more global integration implicitly assumes that the winners will compensate the losers. But the fact that such a sharing of the gains has been sorely lacking was regarded as a relatively minor detail, and certainly not as a justification for calling a halt to the entire process.

      • Kalima says:

        Love John Cassidy, he wrote the article about why Bernie should stay until the convention that made a whole lot more sense than pushing him to leave. I put it up on Time Out a month or so ago.

        This article got it so right on both sides of the Atlantic. Glad you took the time to read it. Thanks!

  6. Kalima says:

    Thanks to the U.K. exit vote, the Far Right anti-immigration cretins are now in full force demanding their own piece of the pie.

    Ironic when you remember that the six founding member countries were Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Their aim after the horrors of WW2, was to stop Far Right nut jobs like Le Pen and Wilders from ever gaining enough power to destroy Europe again.

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    EU referendum: Brexit sparks calls for other EU votes

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36615879

    • AdLib says:

      Kalima, this is very distressing. The only positive thing that can come of it is that once the nationalists have their day and citizens discover how it threatens their well being…and how they’ve been hugely lied to by nationalists and things won’t be better, the tide will turn against them across the globe.

      As of today, Brits, Europeans and even Americans who have their retirement savings in the stock market will lose 5% -- 10% of their money overnight…despite UKIP’s lies assuring voters there would only be more money for them if they left the EU.

      And they’ve guaranteed there will be a mass exodus of immigrants out of the U.K.

      The ignorant and angry are being manipulated by extremists around the world. Good thing Trump has been exposed and will continue to be for the next 4 months. He’s got 70% of voters disliking him and that will grow.

      Unfortunately, the U.K. keeps making mistakes the US barely avoids, going austerity after the crash while Obama spent on infrastructure, voting in that Conservative idiot Cameron while we voted in Obama. Now this, being exploited fools for xenophobes wanting power while Trump is going down.

      I always thought of the U.K. as being smarter than the US but not anymore.

      And what’s insane is that this vote on Brexit only took place because it was a promise Cameron made to Conservatives opposing him in the last election and thinking he needed them to win, he promised the vote. He gambled the UK’s future to win an election. He won the election but lost the gamble and will be pushed out of office and may have blown up his own country’s economy as well as the EU.

      Cameron and the Torries have been destroying the UK bit by bit, is it so surprising that they would make such a disastrous gamble just to maintain power?

      Cameron has just announced he will step down as PM by October. How stupid does he and the Tories look now? Like kamikazes.

      • Kalima says:

        Remember here in 2010, I warned about the Tories and their motives, and just like clockwork they began to destroy the very fabric holding the country together. They have never been good at improving the economy, but voters angry with Blair for the war in Iraq, voted for a government that would leave them behind as they relentlessly chipped away at the NHS, the benefits, decent education, the pensions people had worked all their lives for, giving jobs to their buddies who didn’t have a clue. Those promised jobs never came either.

        I can’t tell you how much this has depressed me coming from both sides of this situation. I worry about the future of family and friends in Englsnd and in Germany.

        The Farage devil is dancing in ecstasy on the grave of moral responsibility, and I don’t care what excuses they give for leaving because without a doubt it was their xenophobic hatred of immigrants. The U.K. had to be shamed into accepting Syrian refugees for goodness sake.

        I have a British passport, but when my business is completed over there in Nobember, and I make arrangements for the care of my parents grave, I don’t think that I will ever be going back to such a backward thinking country again.

        Many of the “Leave” votes were actually votes against the Tory government and had little or nothing to do with the EU. Many of them don’t even know what the EU is. This reminded so much of the trumpism mania going on in America, and how people who are angry so easily fall for the lies and false promises these fascist destroyers of democracy put out there.

        About a replacement for Cameron. Heaven forbid that the next one is not trump’s brother Boris or George “I’m a rich snob so f--k you” Osborne.

  7. Kalima says:

    For anyone who is interested, here is a Live stream with the results of the U.K. EU referendum.

    Although I have no problem with the referendum, I have a huge problem with the circumstances and the reasons for it. Let’s call it what it really is, and that is the Tories and their anti-immigration stance.

    Today, I’m not happy that I possess a British passport. Too many lies from politicians venting their xenophobia and racism.

    The economy, not in great shape anyway, will nosedive, many will lose their jobs and the country will lose its support.

    The reason people are dissatisfied is not because of the EU, the problems they face are a direct result of the government’s drastic cuts. People are voting to leave mainly out of anger at the government and inequality, the banks responsible for the financial crash getting away with their crimes, the slow assassination of our NHS, and not out of concerns about the EU. The EU is being used as a scapegoat by dishonest politicians who have ruined the country.

    EDIT:

    With most of the votes counted, the U.K. chooses to leave the EU. The British pound just fell to its lowest rate since 1985 at 134, and I have to sell my house in November.

    Very disappointed that the haters and fear mongers won this propaganda war. Just turned off the Been as I don’t want to see the false victory parades. There was no victory today for the British people, only more hardship.

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    EU Referendum -- The Result -- Live -- BBC News

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-36559505

    • kesmarn says:

      Kalima, this one paragraph is so eloquent and — I believe — so very true:

      The reason people are dissatisfied is not because of the EU, the problems they face are a direct result of the government’s drastic cuts. People are voting to leave mainly out of anger at the government and inequality, the banks responsible for the financial crash getting away with their crimes, the slow assassination of our NHS, and not out of concerns about the EU. The EU is being used as a scapegoat by dishonest politicians who have ruined the country.

      And I suspect the same can be said of a certain subset of Trump’s supporters. They’re motivated by reasons other than the single-issue of xenophobia (although that’s undeniably a factor) — and one of those motives is the way globalization has helped only the very wealthy and left the working class far behind. Neglected by both parties. The GOP is primarily to blame of course, but the Democratic Party is not totally without blame here either — starting with Bill Clinton’s extremely business-friendly policies in the 1990s, including NAFTA. So people — wrongly and unfortunately — turn to Trump.

      This vote was not the most effective way to deal with that frustration by a long shot. But it didn’t come from nowhere. The misery of the working class in Britain and here in the US has been ignored for far too long.

      • Kalima says:

        Oh absolutely, kes, their problems started long ago, and continue because time after time the wrong people are elected by them, and their inequality won’t be solved by either leaving the EU or voting for the Far Right’s favourite strumpet, trump. People need to become more involved in all elections, especially at the local levels, and do some research on the candidates running for office before they vote. They should also not vote out of anger, nor be afraid of real change that could improve their lives just because of another candiate’s name value. You get what you vote for and then spend years without a single improvement to your life.

        What the people of the U.K. get out of this vote is an unstable and stunted economy, a huge deficit, loss of jobs and trade, and the next in line Tory, crazy Boris Johnson who is unfortunately worse than Cameron, and can’t even fight his way out of a brown paper lunch bag. Bon Appetit!

        • kesmarn says:

          Oh yes! There’s almost a mirror-like situation here in the US, as you know. It’s so frustrating to see people who have already been exploited so terribly voting for people who will exploit them even more!

          You want to scream: “WHY?”

          Like you, I completely sympathize with and understand their anger. It’s just the methods of “making a statement” and the choices of leadership that leave me shaking my head.

          Like many others, I’m left wondering whether Boris Johnson and Trump are “brothers from another mother.” They’re so similar.

  8. Kalima says:

    Brussels bomb alert as man arrested

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36584107

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    Better to wipe the floor with him in November, mate. After the brutal murder of Jo Cox, you would think that there had been enough violence against people involved in politics. What was he thinking?

    US election: Arrested Briton ‘wanted to shoot Donald Trump’

    http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-36582770

  9. Kalima says:

    Good Morning Everyone!

    Halfway through our rainy season but not enough rain yet to avoid a water shortage for the Kanto region that includes us here in Tokyo. What is usually a month long deluge, is sparse with too many hot days without a single drop.

    Have a good day wherever you may be. Take care, be safe, keep cool and dry.

    Sayonara from my humid evening corner of Tokyo. Mata ne.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Tepco chief likely banned use of ‘meltdown’ under government pressure: report

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/06/16/national/tepco-chief-likely-banned-use-meltdown-government-pressure-report/

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    KEPCO fails to suspend injunction at Takahama nuclear plant

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/06/17/national/crime-legal/kepco-fails-suspend-injunction-takahama-nuclear-plant/

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    Quake scale may be underestimated in calculations for nuclear plants: Ex-NRA official

    http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20160617/p2a/00m/0na/010000c

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    Chinese navy ship sails into area near Japan’s territorial waters

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/06/16/national/chinese-navy-ship-sails-area-near-japans-territorial-waters/

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    Gov’t panel seeks stiffer sentences, wider definition for rape in Japan

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/govt-panel-seeks-stiffer-sentences-wider-definition-for-rape-in-japan

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    Record 12,000 people with dementia reported missing in 2015

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/record-12000-people-with-dementia-reported-missing-in-2015

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Puppet PM

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/puppet-pm
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Senseless murder and hard to come to grips with it happening in Yorkshire, England.
    ————

    Jo Cox MP dead after shooting attack

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-36550304

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    Thomas Mair: Man arrested in connection with Jo Cox attack was a ‘loner’ with ‘history of mental health problems’

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/16/jo-cox-mp-everything-we-know-so-far-about-thomas-mair/

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    Jo Cox profile: The Yorkshire lass who achieved her ‘dream’ of representing her hometown in Westminster

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/16/activist-to-labour-mp-jo-coxs-career-path-to-the-commons/

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    The mood is ugly, and an MP is dead

    Polly Toynbee

    It’s wrong to view the killing of Jo Cox in isolation. Hate has been whipped up against the political class

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jun/16/mood-ugly-mp-dead-jo-cox

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    Thank goodness that Farage didn’t win the last election. He would be the perfect VP choice for trump.
    ————

    Nigel Farage’s anti-migrant poster reported to police
    Unison’s Dave Prentis said poster showing a queue of migrants and refugees incites racial hatred

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jun/16/nigel-farage-defends-ukip-breaking-point-poster-queue-of-migrants

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    Russian hooligans attack Spanish tourists outside Cologne Cathedral

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/17/russian-hooligans-attack-spanish-tourists-outside-cologne-cathed/

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    Euro 2016: France expels Russia far-right fan chief Shprygin

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36546183

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    Bulgaria follows France and Netherlands in move to ban the veil

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/16/bulgaria-follows-france-and-netherlands-in-move-to-ban-the-veil/

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    Barack Obama and Joe Biden meet with families of Orlando massacre victims

    The president’s visit to Orlando, Florida, just four days after gunman Omar Mateen’s rampage was unusually quick, reflecting the unprecedented loss

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jun/16/barack-obama-meets-orlando-shooting-victim-families

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    In Orlando, a Son of a Muslim Immigrant Rushed to Heal Pain Caused by Another

    Even as he spent hours repairing gun shot wounds, Dr. Joseph Ibrahim could not escape the parallels between his background and the gunman’s.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/17/us/in-orlando-a-son-of-a-muslim-immigrant-rushed-to-heal-pain-caused-by-another.html

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    Trump and the GOP’s Jurassic Park

    E.J. Dionne Jr

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-and-the-gops-jurassic-park/2016/06/15/3fbc7538-3331-11e6-8758-d58e76e11b12_story.html

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    Gun control vote in Senate unlikely to produce Republican compromise

    After successful filibuster to procure vote, Democrats’ proposals on universal background checks and terror watch lists will be met with competing measures

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jun/16/gun-control-vote-senate-background-checks-watch-lists

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    Bernie Sanders vows to work with Hillary Clinton to defeat Donald Trump

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/17/bernie-sanders-vows-to-work-with-hillary-clinton-to-defeat-donal/

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    Donald Trump’s connection to makers of gun used in Orlando shooting

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/16/donald-trumps-connection-to-makers-of-gun-used-in-orlando-shooti/

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    Are the NRA and Trump moderating on guns? Not on your life

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2016/06/16/are-the-nra-and-trump-moderating-on-guns-not-on-your-life/

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    The N.R.A.’s Complicity in Terrorism

    The American gun lobby’s refusal to accept even mild controls has made the U.S. a favorite of terrorists who want to use guns.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/16/opinion/the-nras-complicity-in-terrorism.html

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    A Year Of Trump: All Of These Things Really Happened

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2016/06/16/3787957/365-days-of-trump/

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    A Who’s Who of Financiers Is Expected at Trump’s New York Fund-Raiser

    A hint that a small, but growing, crowd in the financial world is warming up to the idea of backing Donald Trump.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/17/business/dealbook/a-whos-who-of-financiers-is-expected-at-trumps-new-york-fund-raiser.html

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    Senator Who Has Received More NRA Support Than Anyone Blames Obama For Orlando Shooting

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2016/06/16/3789634/nra-favorite-john-mccain-blames-obama-for-orlando-shooting/

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    What is wrong with these kids?
    ————

    White classmates pulled black girl by the neck with a rope, lawsuit alleges

    Three boys surprised the girl while they were playing and the rope wrapped around her neck and she was ‘violently jerked to the ground’, the lawsuit says

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jun/16/white-classmates-rope-black-girl-neck-texas-live-oak-school-lawsuit

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    Panama Papers Show How Rich United States Clients Hid Millions Abroad

    http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/06/06/us/panama-papers.html

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    Syria’s civil war: On Syria’s forgotten detainees

    Syrian activists demand answers on the fate of thousands of detainees languishing in regime and opposition prisons.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/syria-civil-war-syria-forgotten-detainees-160614100841405.html

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    EgyptAir MS804 crash: Voice recorder recovered from sea

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36551464

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    Palestine: Israel wages water war on Palestinians

    Palestinians call Israel’s manipulation of water supplies to large areas of West Bank “inhumane and outrageous”.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/israel-cuts-water-supplies-west-bank-ramadan-160614205022059.html

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    You’d think that Israel, of all places, would respect its refugees

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2016/jun/16/youd-think-that-israel-of-all-places-would-respect-its-refugees

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    What hair? No wonder that a 40 billion dollar aid package is not enough for him.
    ———--
    Netanyahu’s New York travel bill included $1,600 for hairstyling

    Israeli PM’s visit cost taxpayers $541,886 according to details published after months of efforts to prevent release

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/16/binyamin-netanyahu-new-york-travel-bill-hairstyling

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    Kenya’s ‘gay tests’ ruled legal

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36548225

    Gujarat riots: India court jails 11 for life over Gulbarg massacre

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36557036

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    Fallujah civilians: ‘Militias take turns to torture us’

    Men who flee the ISIL-held city are often abused, or killed, by armed groups bent on revenge.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/iraq-civilians-recall-days-hell-militia-160616060343081.html

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    Islamic State committing genocide against Yazidis, says UN

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36547467

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    Wow! Classy considering the recent shootings all over the world.
    ————

    Australia MP Bob Katter ‘shoots rivals dead’ in election ad

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-36524749
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    A Syrian surprise: Rouaa’s doll

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36503004

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    Palestinian Kids Describe their Preschool’s Renovation!

    httpv://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=0zBZ_V93NHY

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    The Beslan mum who could only save one of her children

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36378981

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    Searching for Soweto: mystery of a man whose image defined apartheid brutality

    Forty years after the Soweto uprising, and a photo of a young man carrying a dead child ricocheted around the world, his identity remains shrouded in mystery
    The image that shocked the world

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/16/soweto-uprising-40-year-anniversary-photo-south-africa-apartheid

    What happened when an Orthodox Jewish congregation went to a gay bar to mourn Orlando

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/06/15/what-happened-when-an-orthodox-jewish-congregation-went-to-a-gay-bar-to-mourn-orlando/

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    Lt. Gov. Cox speaks at vigil for Orlando: ‘My heart has changed’

    https://www.ksl.com/index.php?sid=40209267&nid=148&title=lt-gov-cox-speaks-at-vigil-for-orlando-my-heart-has-changed

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    Tagong, a Tibetan town in Sichuan, China

    Buddhist monks and nomadic tribes in grasslands of Mount Yala lead traditional Tibetan life as they have for centuries.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2016/06/life-tagong-tibetan-town-sichuan-china-160608115212078.html

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    The house where the Philippines’ forgotten ‘comfort women’ were held

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36537605

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    Pictures of the day: 16 June 2016

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/16/pictures-of-the-day-16-june-2016/

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    Best photographs of the day 16 June 2016

    Each day the picture editor of the Guardian brings you a selection of photo highlights

    http://www.theguardian.com/news/series/ten-best-photographs-of-the-day

    • kesmarn says:

      Good morning/night, Kalima! Plenty of heat combined with not enough rain. That’s the story here in Ohio too. The farmers are starting to get worried now. Today’s promised rain didn’t materialize, so now they’re holding out hopes for Wednesday. Fingers crossed.

      I’m right with Nirek on the use of the word “meltdown” regarding the situation in Fukushima back in 2011. Merely refusing to use the word doesn’t change the reality of the situation. By TEPCO’s own standards, there was indeed a meltdown. And then some. This sort of dancing around verbally — rather than giving clear explanations — is what causes people to lose trust in businesses and governments alike.

      Such a tragedy — the loss of Jo Cox in England. I’ve seen interviews with her constituents on the BBC and they seemed to really love her. “She were a real woman and she were a real public servant,” they said in their uniquely Northern England style. If there’s a small silver lining in her death, it may be that there’s movement toward voting later this week to stay in the EU. As to her killer? Here’s a man like the Orlando gunman who seems to have also fallen through the cracks in the (much weakened) mental health system in the UK. Saving money on health care ends up being much more costly in other ways in the long run. Will the Tories ever figure that out?

      Polly Toynbee — such a clear thinker and writer. She could well have been describing America too when she wrote: “Something close to a chilling culture war is breaking out in Britain, a divide deeper than I have ever known…” Severe income inequality is damaging the social fabric in countries around the globe. Politicians who refuse to recognize that are going to be cast aside before they know what hit them before much longer.

      Poor Germany has had its hand full with trying to keep order in public places. The latest is the violence committed by the Russian soccer fans in the Cologne Cathedral square. Just between us, I have to say that when we were in Chicago last year with the Fave, there were some Russian tourists there (mostly younger males) who really behaved like thugs. Pushing, line-jumping and shoving others out of their way. I made some loud comments about the “Russian Mafia” (much to my family’s dismay…LOL), but at that point they suddenly didn’t understand English for some reason.

      E J Dionne’s article was excellent as usual. I was relieved to see the stats he included — the ones that verified that most Independent voters do not support Trump. I actually wasn’t sure about that, and was happy to learn it.

      A heart-breaking story about the “comfort women” in the Philippines. (I’m always a little uncomfortable with that term…seems that “rape victims/survivors” would be more accurate.) Japan should recognize them, apologize to them, and pay reparations. Even that could never compensate them adequately for what they went through.

      Loved the wonderful photos from Tagong, the Tibetan town in Szechuan province. Those traditional ways of life are fast disappearing around the world.

      Thanks so much for all the hard work and time that goes into these wonderful editions of Morning Blog, Kalima! They’re a gift to the Planet!

      • Kalima says:

        Dear kes, your presence here and your intelligent interest in what I post, is like a cool breeze after a very hot day.

        Even if you were the only one reading here, I would still make the effort just for you and to enjoy your comments. You have been my constant from day one.

        I’ll be back to reply in more volume as soon as I can, and thank you for always making me want to continue.

        Take care and see you soon. Stay cool and I’ll try to do the same.

    • Nirek says:

      Hi Kalima, it seems that the USA is not the only place in the world that has problems.

      What is wrong with the word “meltdown”? If a nuclear plant has a meltdown, it is wrong to misrepresent it as a lesser problem, imo.

      So much to read, I’ll have to get back to you on the other stories from MB.

      It is so nice to have MB to go to to catch up with all the rest of the world.

      Peace, and stay cool and dry and healthy.

  10. Kalima says:

    Good Morning Everyone.

    Happy Memorial Day weekend to our American members and reader.

    It’s that being in limbo time of the year again. Extremely hot days followed by cooler but very humid nights. Those “What on earth am I going to wear” days, where choices are never the right ones to keep you either cool or warm. It’s the annual prickly heat season that just seems to come earlier every year. The time when grumpy felines have daily shouting matches when the food is even a few minutes late, and repay you with constant toilet mishaps to make sure that you know they disapprove of something you have or haven’t done to please them.

    Soon enough the dreaded rainy season will come to turn us into human fungus for a month before the long, brain cell destroying summer heat holds us prisoners and increases our electricity bills ten fold. I always looked forward to summer in Europe as the evenings behaved and cooled down like they are supposed to. Now, cooler weather is far too short, and the summer robs more and move people of their lives as each year passes. I wish that I could be a little more of a trooper about this, but the prospects of even hotter weather the world over, and the greed behind the reluctance to try to stop it, makes me question why we are here if the goal is to destroy our beautiful planet at the hands of a few lunatics who think that no amount of profit is ever enough.

    A THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

    The history of every country begins in the heart of a man or a woman.

    Willa Cather
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Obama says world leaders ‘rattled’ by Trump for good reason, draws return invective

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/05/27/national/politics-diplomacy/obama-says-world-leaders-rattled-trump-good-reason-draws-return-invective/

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    Obama calls Pyongyang ‘big worry for all of us’ as North hits Hiroshima visit by ‘nuclear war lunatic’

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/05/27/national/politics-diplomacy/obama-calls-pyongyang-big-worry-us-north-hits-hiroshima-visit-nuclear-war-lunatic/

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    A-bomb survivors look forward to Obama speech in Hiroshima

    http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20160527/p2a/00m/0na/017000c

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    G-7 leaders pledge collective action on sagging global growth

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/g-7-leaders-pledge-collective-action-on-sagging-global-growth

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Outreach Partners

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/outreach-partners
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Brexit ‘serious risk to growth’ says G7

    http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36394905

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    Enter Left

    The astonishing rise of Jeremy Corbyn

    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/05/23/the-astonishing-rise-of-jeremy-corbyn

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    Boris Johnson as PM is ‘horror scenario’, says Juncker EU aide

    Chief of staff to European commission president lumps Brexit campaigner in with Trump and Le Pen at G7 summit in Japan

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/may/26/boris-johnson-british-people-unreal-stories-eu-juncker

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    What, no facts in the EU debate? You cannot be serious

    Martin Kettle

    It feels as if the enlightenment is at stake. Thank goodness historians are standing up for reason

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/26/eu-debate-enlightenment-historians

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    France oil strikes: Riots in Paris and Bordeaux as masked protesters hurl rocks at police

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/26/france-oil-strikes-thousands-of-dock-workers-set-off-smoke-bomb/

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    Dozens dead after boat capsizes off Italian coast as British warship to begin intercepting people smugglers off Libya

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/26/dozens-dead-after-migrant-boat-capsizes-off-italian-coast/

    I am proud that the president, this president, was the first U.S. President to visit Hiroshima and have the courage to give a speech, I don’t care how many Americans still believe it was necessary, we know better now, and have developed enough to know what it was. It was a war crime, and will always be until America can face it and accept responsibility. My country of birth accepted responsibility after the war of the murder of millions of Jews. We offered an apology after the war and are still paying compensation to survivors and their families. Now the Jewish state is the oppressor, and America continues to support it. No wonder that the roots of all terrorist groups going back decades is based on Israel’s treatment of the Palestimiam people.

    America does need to take responsibility, and apologise to Native Americans, the slaves it stole from Africa and their descendants who have had to fight to be accepted, the Vietnamese and the people of Iraq. To read that the embargo on selling arms to Vietnam has been lifted, left me reeling. Vietnam is still a country that jails bloggers for trying to speak freely and jails activists on trivial charges.

    Selling them weapons so that they can oppress their own people, is just morally wrong.

    Rest assured that there are many countries that need to atone for past occupations and colonialisation of countries it oppressed and ruined on the way. There is much to apologise for, and our world won’t heal until we do. No wrongs can be reversed, but to acknowledge them by way of an apology, can ease the burden by showing the suffering they endured has not been forgotten.
    ————

    Barack Obama set for historic Hiroshima visit

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36394975

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    Obamacare has brought the uninsured rate down into single digits. Trump would repeal it.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2016/05/17/obamacare-has-brought-the-uninsured-rate-down-into-single-digits-trump-would-repeal-it/

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    Senate Republicans Further Complicate Obama’s Efforts To Close Guantanamo

    http://thinkprogress.org/world/2016/05/26/3782375/republicans-isis-gitmo/

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    Jeffrey Sachs: Bernie Sanders easily wins the policy debate

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/jeffrey-sachs-bernie-sanders-easily-wins-the-policy-debate/2016/05/25/224209a0-21ac-11e6-8690-f14ca9de2972_story.html

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    California Looking Less Like a Sure Thing for Hillary Clinton

    Mrs. Clinton’s lead in the state has evaporated, going from seven percentage points over Bernie Sanders in March to within the margin of error now.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/27/us/politics/hillary-clinton-bernie-sanders-california-primary.html

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    Clinton’s inexcusable, willful disregard for the rules

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/clintons-inexcusable-willful-disregard-for-the-rules/2016/05/25/0089e942-22ae-11e6-9e7f-57890b612299_story.html

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    Is Hillary Clinton The Last Democratic Presidential Candidate To Support The Death Penalty?

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2016/05/24/3780745/clinton-death-penalty/

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    Fighting phony ‘populism’

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/fighting-phony-populism/2016/05/22/c5ddf98e-1ec8-11e6-9c81-4be1c14fb8c8_story.html

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    Trump’s Delusions of Competence by Paul Krugman

    No, businessmen aren’t economic experts.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/27/opinion/trumps-delusions-of-competence.html

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    Donald Trump exclusive: Russian mob-linked fraudster a ‘key player’ in presidential hopeful’s business ventures

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/26/exclusive-russian-mob-linked-fraudster-a-key-player-in-donald-tr

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    Such a disgusting, money-grubbing slob.
    ———-

    Donald Trump says he will debate Bernie Sanders for $10 million

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/26/donald-trump-says-he-will-debate-bernie-sanders-for-10-million/

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    Donald Trump’s Energy Plan: More Fossil Fuels and Fewer Rules

    Speaking in North Dakota, at the heart of America’s oil and gas boom, Mr. Trump vowed to restore coal mining jobs and “cancel” the Paris climate change accord.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/27/us/politics/donald-trump-global-warming-energy-policy.html

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    The Nazi Tweets of ‘Trump God Emperor’

    How I became the target of a hate-filled campaign.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/29/opinion/sunday/the-nazi-tweets-of-trump-god-emperor.html

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    The False Premise Texas Is Using To Challenge Transgender Protections

    http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2016/05/25/3782060/texas-transgender-suit/

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    UN: Plenty of Syrian civilians in danger of starvation

    UN envoy says more progress needed to strengthen ceasefire and deliver humanitarian aid before peace talks can resume.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/05/syria-160526162935029.html

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    Inside the hunt for Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

    Intelligence officials have pieced together details of the recent movements of the world’s most wanted man

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/27/inside-the-hunt-for-isis-leader-abu-bakr-al-baghdadi

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    US military special forces pictured aiding Kurdish fighters in Syria

    Pentagon resists commenting on the photographs – seen for the first time – and would only describe the mission in generic terms

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/26/us-military-photos-syria-soldiers-fighting-isis

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    EgyptAir crash: Investigators detect emergency signal from wreckage

    Egypt’s lead investigator said signals coming from the aircraft’s fuselage will narrow down the search radius from 40 miles to three

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/egyptair-crash-investigators-detect-emergency-signal-from-wreckage-a7051166.html

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    Elderly Christian woman stripped naked and paraded through streets by mob

    The 300-strong mob of Muslim men in rural Egypt also burned down seven homes belonging to Orthodox Coptic families, over rumours of an affair between a local Christian man and a Muslim woman

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/elderly-christian-woman-stripped-naked-and-paraded-through-streets-by-mob-a7049926.html

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    US voices unease over birth of the ‘most right-wing government’ in Israel’s history

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/26/us-voices-unease-over-birth-of-the-most-right-wing-government-in/

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    UN alarmed by Hamas plans for executions in Gaza

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36387400

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    Why I think we failed Yemen

    Farea al-Muslimi, a Yemeni academic, explains how the one-year war changed the lives of many Yemenis.

    Farea Al-Muslimi

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/05/failed-yemen-160511100609704.html

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    Operation Solomon: Airlifting 14,000 Jews out of Ethiopia

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36357423

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    Living under Islamic State: Fears for Fallujah residents suffering starvation as only 800 make it out

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/26/living-under-islamic-state-fallujah-residents-describe-extreme-h/

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    Iraq: Christians who fled ISIL fearful to return home

    As anti-ISIL operations near Mosul continue, many are sheltering at camps in Iraq’s Kurdish region.
    Adam Lucente

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/05/iraq-christians-fled-isil-fearful-return-home-160523113322961.html

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    North Korea Linked to Digital Attacks on Global Banks

    http://nytimes.com/2016/05/27/business/dealbook/north-korea-linked-to-digital-thefts-from-global-banks.html
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    The Sex-Abused Children Lining the Cartels’ Pockets

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/05/28/in-acapulco-the-mexican-drug-cartels-sex-abused-street-kids.html

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    The secret life of Kim Jong Un’s aunt, who has lived in the U.S. since 1998

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/the-secret-life-of-kim-jong-uns-aunt-who-has-lived-in-the-us-since-1998/2016/05/26/522e4ec8-12d7-11e6-a9b5-bf703a5a7191_story.html

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    Exposure to violence, not religious ideology, is the real cause of extremism

    A large majority of the perpetrators had a known criminal background and had spent time in prison. Terrorism is a transition from one form of violence to another; from ordinary crime to political crime

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/exposure-to-violence-not-religious-ideology-is-the-real-cause-of-extremism-a7049746.html

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    This is Taliban Country

    Fault Lines reports from a Taliban stronghold just an hour outside Kabul, where armed fighters openly patrol streets.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/faultlines/2014/04/taliban-country-20144108610575181.html

    Why Islamists Are Sex Obsessed

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/05/22/why-islamists-are-sex-obsessed.html

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    After presiding over bin Laden raid, CIA chief in Pakistan came home suspecting he was poisoned by ISI

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/in-bin-laden-raids-shadow-bad-blood-and-the-suspected-poisoning-of-a-cia-officer/2016/05/05/ace85354-0c83-11e6-a6b6-2e6de3695b0e_story.html

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    On a trip to Nigeria, I hoped to help my mother heal her scars of war

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/on-a-trip-to-nigeria-i-hoped-to-help-my-mother-heal-her-scars-of-war/2016/05/06/d9662cf8-0cba-11e6-bfa1-4efa856caf2a_story.html

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    Hiker who went missing on Appalachian trail survived 26 days before dying

    A journal found with the remains of 66-year-old Geraldine Largay show that she tried in vain to send SOS messages but finally accepted she would die

    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/26/hiker-who-went-missing-on-appalachian-trail-survived-26-days-before-dying

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    When women can be misogynist trolls, we need a feminist internet

    Polly Toynbee

    Yvette Cooper’s campaign against online abuse is an important step towards tackling a culture of spite where women vent their insecurities on each other

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/26/women-misogynist-trolls-feminist-internet

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    Bill Gates And Exxon Now Share The Same Climate Policy. They’re Wrong.

    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/05/26/3781761/bill-gates-exxon-climate-policy/

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    Could Alzheimer’s Stem From Infections? It Makes Sense, Experts Say

    Provocative new research leads to the hypothesis that infections may produce a fierce reaction that leaves debris in the brain, causing Alzheimer’s.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/26/health/alzheimers-disease-infection.html

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    World’s scariest school run? Chinese children tackle 800m cliff to get to lessons

    Children as young as six from Atuler village in Sichuan province have to scale a rockface using rickety ladders

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/27/worlds-most-dangerous-school-run-chinese-children-800m-cliff

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    Neanderthals built mysterious structures that could completely change understanding of humanity’s origins

    Similar finds have probably been lost to time – as we might never really know what spurred our ancient relatives to build the unusual structures

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/neanderthals-built-mysterious-structures-that-could-completely-change-understanding-of-humanity-s-a7050736.html

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    Taking pictures on a good day

    http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-36301041

    Pictures of the day: 26 May 2016

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/26/pictures-of-the-day-26-may-2016/

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    Best photographs of the day: a giant hamster and a baby zebra

    http://www.theguardian.com/news/gallery/2016/may/26/best-photographs-of-the-day-g7-leaders-tree-planting-baby-zebra

    • pinkpantheroz says:

      Hello, Kalima. Just HAD to share this. How utterly perfect!

      A British man posted this to Facebook:

      “The most perfect thing I have ever seen just happened on the bus service between Newport and Cwmbran (Wales):

      “White man sat in front of a mother and her son. Mother was wearing a niqab. After about 5 minutes of the mother talking to her son in another language the man, for whatever reason, feels the need to tell the woman “When you’re in the UK you should really be speaking English.”
      At which point, an old woman in front of him turns around and says, “She’s in Wales. And she’s speaking Welsh.”
      Perfect.”

      • Kalima says:

        Ppo, that is one of the most wonderful things I have heard in a very long time and I would have hugged that smart, old woman on the spot. She deserves a medal. Thanks for sharing, it made my afternoon that much brighter. It reminded me of my tad/father, a great human being and Welshmam, who was a no nonsense kind of man and a straight talker when needed. :)

    • Nirek says:

      Kalima, it is hard for me to type with my arm in a sling. So I will say that I will read these stories but not comment on them. Stay cool. We have a heat wave here, too. 88 degrees yesterday and likely the same today.

      Peace

  11. Kalima says:

    Flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo disappears from radar

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36309492

  12. Kalima says:

    Hey George! Remember Baghdad?

    Iraqi Shia protesters storm Baghdad parliament

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36176910

  13. Kalima says:

    Good Morning Everyone!

    Sorry about the absence. Had a disagreement with a dining room chair on the 16th and the chair won. Has been difficult to sit for any length of time at my computer, but on the mend now.

    Have a good day wherever you may be. Take care, be safe, stay warm and comfy.

    Sayonara from a very windy, late afternoon corner of Tokyo. Mata ne.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    1,000 quakes recorded in two Kyushu prefectures in two weeks since initial jolt

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/04/28/national/1000-quakes-recorded-two-kyushu-prefectures-two-weeks-since-initial-jolt/

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    April 16 Kumamoto quake shifted earth horizontally, vertically: researchers

    http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20160428/p2a/00m/0na/013000c

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    In quake-prone Japan, Kumamoto temblors stir worry of ‘Tokyo X Day’

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/04/29/national/quake-prone-japan-kumamoto-temblors-stir-worry-tokyo-x-day/

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    Fukushima plant’s new ice wall not watertight

    http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20160428/p2g/00m/0dm/096000c

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    Tourism board wants foreign visitors to avoid ‘public flatulence’ 😯

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/lifestyle/view/tourism-board-wants-foreign-visitors-to-avoid-public-flatulence

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Gone fishing

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/gone-fishing
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    Hillsborough families to sue police for ‘abuse on industrial scale’

    Lawyers acting for hundreds of those affected by disaster launch action against South Yorkshire and West Midlands police

    http://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/apr/28/hillsborough-families-to-sue-police-for-abuse-on-industrial-scale

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    Of course it was.
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    Tories vote against accepting 3,000 child refugees

    The amendment to the immigration bill would have allowed thousands of unaccompanied Syrian minors to enter the UK

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/25/tories-vote-against-accepting-3000-child-refugees

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    Cheap red meat helps to kill off Glasgow’s poorest men 30 years early

    ‘You need to be able to afford to buy good-quality food. If you don’t and you can’t get quality red meat without additives, you’re going to have an issue’

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/red-meat-processed-life-expectancy-cancer-glasgow-diet-a7004266.html

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    Arrests and police injuries in France labour law protests

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36166252

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    All Belgian residents issued with iodine tablets to protect against radiation

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/28/all-belgian-residents-issued-with-iodine-tablets-to-protect-agai/

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    Tracing the path of four terrorists sent to Europe by the Islamic State

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/how-europes-migrant-crisis-became-an-opportunity-for-isis/2016/04/21/ec8a7231-062d-4185-bb27-cc7295d35415_story.html

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    Obama administration urges states to curb use of solitary confinement

    US president has introduced federal-level reforms, but without getting states to do likewise their impact will be minimal

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/28/obama-administration-urges-states-to-curb-use-of-solitary-confinement

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    Solitary confinement is inhumane. I should know – I spent 30 days there
    Chandra Bozelko

    After a month in segregation, I emerged gaunt and scared of everything. I was so thin that inmates thought I’d been away getting some type of chemotherapy

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/commentisfree/2016/apr/28/solitary-confinement-inhumane-prison-stories-6-x-9

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    The Bernie effect? A new poll shows young voters see a big role for government

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2016/04/25/the-bernie-effect-a-new-poll-shows-young-voters-see-a-big-role-for-government/

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    Bernie Sanders, Shifting Tone, Takes On Democratic Party

    The Vermont senator laid out in more detail than usual his views for shaping the Democratic Party’s agenda and the need for elected officials to focus on more progressive politics.

    http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2016/04/28/bernie-sanders-shifting-tone-takes-on-democratic-party/

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    Bernie Sanders’s Legacy

    It’s over, but the cause lives. The issues his campaign has raised are likely to resonate with the progressive left for decades, if not forever.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/28/opinion/campaign-stops/bernie-sanderss-legacy.html

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    Wrath of the Conned
    by Paul Krugman

    The divergent outcomes of the presidential nominating processes is a tale of two very different parties.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/29/opinion/wrath-of-the-conned.html

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    The Daily Trail: GOP establishment resigns itself to Trump ‘aura of inevitability’

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/paloma/the-daily-trail/2016/04/28/the-daily-trail-gop-establishment-resigns-itself-to-trump-aura-of-inevitability/

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    President Trump fills world leaders with fear: ‘It’s gone from funny to really scary’

    Most of the world seems to agree a Donald Trump presidency is a disturbing possibility that would inflict unthinkable damage, Guardian reporters found

    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/28/donald-trump-president-world-leaders-foreign-relations

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    Trump’s head-spinning and secret plans for foreign policy

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-head-spinning-and-secret-plans-for-foreign-policy/2016/04/28/121c55bc-0d75-11e6-bfa1-4efa856caf2a_story.html

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    Donald Trump’s incoherent speech on foreign policy shows why he’s unfit to be president

    It was filled with internal contradictions, falsehoods and crazy assertions\

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-elections/us-election-2016-trump-s-incoherent-speech-on-foreign-policy-shows-why-he-s-unfit-to-be-president-a7004671.html

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    Trump escalates his gender war

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-escakates-his-gender-war/2016/04/27/633b4c7e-0ca7-11e6-8ab8-9ad050f76d7d_story.html

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    Trump’s crazy attempt not to sound crazy

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-crazy-attempt-not-to-sound-crazy/2016/04/27/bf275902-0cb0-11e6-bfa1-4efa856caf2a_story.html

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    Dozens killed in wave of air strikes in Syria’s Aleppo

    Syrian government carries out more than 40 strikes in Aleppo leaving at least 30 dead, according to sources in the city.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/dozens-killed-wave-air-strikes-syrias-aleppo-160428160635447.html

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    Syria: Humanitarian situation in Daraya ‘extremely dire’ -- UN

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36146839

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    Syria: Russia’s continuing war

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36138594

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    Turning point in battle against IS?

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36161110

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    Turkey sentences journalists to prison over Charlie Hebdo cartoons

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/28/turkey-sentences-journalists-to-prison-over-charlie-hebdo-cartoo/

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    Mashrou’ Leila: Jordan bans Lebanese rock band with gay singer

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36148343

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    Is Sisi losing his grip on Egypt?

    Uncritical backing of Sisi has waned considerably, even among his staunchest supporters.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/sisi-losing-grip-egypt-160426080703098.html

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    Israeli prime minister rejects French peace conference initiative

    Office of Binyamin Netanyahu says best way to resolve conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is direct, bilateral negotiations

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/28/israeli-prime-minister-binyamin-netanyahu-rejects-french-peace-conference-initiative-palestinians

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    Palestine slams Israel’s rejection of French peace plan

    Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu says the best way to resolve the conflict is through direct, bilateral negotiations.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/palestine-slams-israels-rejection-french-peace-plan-160428191248559.html

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    First food truck rolls into Palestine

    Two former prisoners have launched an environmentally friendly mobile kitchen in the occupied West Bank.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/food-truck-rolls-palestine-160426071541497.html

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    U.S. troops disciplined over Afghan hospital bombing

    About 16 US military personnel are disciplined for missile strikes on civilian hospital in Kunduz that killed 42 people.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/troops-disciplined-afghan-hospital-bombing-160428183953519.html

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    China passes new laws on foreign NGOs amid international criticism

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-36157052

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    North Korea gives alleged US citizen ’10 years hard labour for spying’

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/29/north-korea-gives-alleged-us-citizen--10-years-hard-labour-for-s/

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    North Korea missile tests: UN ‘preparing response’

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36166990

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    A year after the Bali Nine executions, Indonesia prepares firing squads again

    Deaths of eight prisoners, including two Australians, prompted a huge outcry – and a pause in executions. But now foreigners on death row fear their own sentences could be just weeks away

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/28/indonesia-firing-squads-year-after-bali-nine-executions
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    President Barack Obama Biography Years In White House

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/obama-legacy/

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    India’s water refugees who live in cattle camps

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36147473

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    ‘They are falling apart’: the fate of lone children in Calais’ refugee camp

    As the UK vacillates over admitting unaccompanied minors, boys as young as 10 make their own nightly efforts to get in

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/29/they-are-falling-apart-the-fate-of-lone-children-in-calais-refugee-camp

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    Madness

    In Florida prisons, mentally ill inmates have been tortured, driven to suicide, and killed by guards.

    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/05/02/the-torturing-of-mentally-ill-prisoners

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    The Glamorous Life And Tragic Fall of America’s First Supermodel

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/04/24/the-glamorous-life-and-tragic-fall-of-america-s-first-supermodel.html

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    Conspiracy Files: Who shot down MH17?

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35706048

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    Have we fallen out of love with elephant rides?

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36147265

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    The B&B where cannabis is part of your stay

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35999549

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    Pictures of the day: 28 April 2016

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/28/pictures-of-the-day-28-april-2016/

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    Best photographs of the day

    Each day the picture editor of the Guardian brings you a selection of photo highlights

    http://www.theguardian.com/news/series/ten-best-photographs-of-the-day

    • kesmarn says:

      Good night/morning, Kalima! I’m only about half way through reading this amazing edition of Morning Blog, but I just have to stop and take time out to recommend a few articles!

      One in particular, I feel is almost a must-read (although I try not to arm-twist!). It’s the one on the treatment of the mentally ill in the Florida prison system. (The heading is Madness for those who are searching.) Truly disturbing, shocking… horrifying… There aren’t enough words. The old black and white film “Bedlam” was made before any of us were born, but it’s worth watching. It details the horrors of the treatment of the mentally ill in England in the late 18th century, and subsequent efforts at reform.

      Well, it appears we’ve actually gone downhill from the “Bedlam” Era. It’s hard to imagine that things could possibly be worse. Sadists who are looking for work that fits their personalities would feel right at home in these Florida prisons. It’s that bad.

      The other terrific articles are the one on the refugee children of Calais (the BBC is also following this story on their Nightly News Hour) and the one about America’s first super model. (“The Curse of Beauty”). Fascinating!

      Thanks so much for these pieces — which I would never have found without MB!

      • Kalima says:

        Hello, kes.

        I’m glad you found that article about Florida prisons and how they treat the mentally ill. It was a very hard read and well researched, and gave me hope that investigative journalism is still alive and well.

        Reminds me of an awful story here last year about incidents in elderly care homes, and for obvious reasons scared me about the welfare of a loved one.

        Four elderly friends in the same home, got up early one morning in a friend’s room, held hands like children; and jumped off the balcony to their deaths. The reason was that they had all been violently abused by a male caretaker. The children of one of them had installed a monitoring camera, and later the abuse came to light. Unfortunately too late for the four abused residents who thought there was no other way to stop their suffering. I hope the perpetrator never sees daylight again.

        The BBC does a good job at times, and I used to enjoy their “Panorama” investigative series. Unfortunately I can’t get that over here along with many great programs.

        The story about America’s first “supermodel” was incredibly sad.

        Thanks for letting me know, and I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed them.

        Take care and see you soon.

        • kesmarn says:

          A really shocking story about those abused nursing home patients, Kalima. What a tragedy. The families must have felt so terrible, even though they’d tried to do what they could to investigate.

          It’s the people who don’t have the means or the opportunity to pick up the phone and call an attorney who really suffer, isn’t it? The elderly, the poor, the mentally ill and children.

    • Aquarius 1027 says:

      Hi, Kalima -- I am so sorry that the chair won! 😉 Glad to hear that you are on the mend. -- I did not open your great compilation of articles today, just scanned the headlines. It is sometimes difficult to absorb so many injustices and the suffering that is inflicted on people throughout the planet. Yet I do try to keep informed and continue to hope for that elusive peace for humanity.

      For me, these global injustices put the US elections into another perspective. Debating over who is the most progressive Democratic candidate becomes less significant than the possible GOP erosion of the actual progress in the US that has been made by all Democrats. -- Holding anyone to the position of pristine perfection or conversely, to complete condemnation for past actions, is simply creating a barrier to unity for the Democratic party.

      Despite the rhetorical negativity against both Democratic candidates, it is a Democratic President who will ultimately “preserve, protect and defend” not only the Constitution but the citizens of this nation for whom it was written. -- The GOP candidates do NOT even comprehend the concept of this oath a President states upon taking the office.

      Liked that picture of the cat who goes after postmen! :) No matter how deplorable the news, I always enjoy those pictures of the day that you include in your MB. -- Hope you get continue to get better, take care.

      • Kalima says:

        Hello, Aquarius.

        Hope you are doing ok?

        I have a chronic bad back since my early 20’s, so anything can set it off, even just pushing the dining room chair closer to the table or bending to clean cat loos. Once even after a loud sneeze. You hear that familiar click, and there it is. Sometimes a few weeks, or often a few months. It is pure heaven to be able to stand up straight again when it’s over. Thank you for your good wishes.

        I understand how you feel reading stories about how people are being treated. After reading every article that I post and those I don’t include in my updates, I often feel emotionally drained but feel that the stories are important enough to share.

        As for the dire political situation, I wish that voters stopped to realise that there is more at stake this year than stubborn pride. Everyone should eventually try to work together with one goal in mind, and that is to make sure that Trump does not reach the WH. There are also the important Senate seat elections where two Dems have been nominated already. Local elections have never been more important.

        Glad you like the pictures. It’s always a nice way to finish off.

        Take care and hope to see you again when things return to some kind of sanity, and thank you for commenting today.

        • Aquarius 1027 says:

          Hi, Kalima -- Doing good, still trying to adjust to the fact that a person who has never held an elected position is now the presumptive GOP candidate to be President. Trump is so unqualified in too many ways to count. 😉

          You have my complete sympathy, my husband has had a chronic bad back since his 40’s. He has gone through similar experiences -- including setting it off from just a loud sneeze. All the best for you, may there be less setting off of that bad back. :)

          And you are so right, it is significant to remember all of the down-ballot Democratic candidates. Especially in the Senate, trying to oust Toomey here in PA! -- Thinking of you across the ocean in Tokyo, my friend. Hope your day/evening goes well. :)

          • Kalima says:

            Hi, Aquarius.

            It’s hard to express the shock of Trump’s impending nomination. He must be the most ignorant, unpleasant and totally clueless nominee in American history. I don’t think for one second that he will win in November, but the freak show he will bring to it, is embarrassing and makes a mockery of the seriousness of picking a new leader. It is a disgrace to the office. We, who are not Americans, can only watch in horror as this abomination tries to claim the WH.

            Good luck with those local and state elections.

            Take care and see you later.

    • Nirek says:

      Good morning Kalima.
      I feel your pain from the conflict with the chair. But I feel it in my shoulder and upper arm.

      The earth has shifted from the force of the earthquakes, WOW! That is a lot of force. Here in the USA “fracking” has caused hundreds of small quakes in places that have had few before.

      By the way, I hope you are feeling better and I want you to know that MB is worth waiting for.
      Peace and love

      Bernie is going all the way to the convention with his causes. He will try to get his agenda built into the platform. The DNC et al have done all the dirty tricks they have in their book to defeat him. I believe that if they don’t adopt his agenda he might run as an Independent. That just might be the best thing that could happen, imo.

  14. Kalima says:

    Good Morning Everyone!

    April Fool’s Day brought nothing out of the ordinary. I told my hubby that it was snowing, but he remembered that from last year. :(

    Have a good day wherever you may be. Take care, be safe, stay warm and comfy.

    Sayonara from my chilly evening corner of Tokyo. Mata ne.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Tepco starts freezing soil around Fukushima plant reactors

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/03/31/national/tepco-starts-freezing-soil-around-fukushima-plant-reactors/

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    Tainted Fukushima towns stuck in time as decon crews plug away

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/04/01/national/tainted-fukushima-towns-stuck-time-decon-crews-plug-away/

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    5 years after Fukushima meltdowns, wild game animals still show cesium contamination

    http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20160331/p2a/00m/0na/016000c

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    Kudos!
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    Suga to Trump: U.S.-Japan alliance to stay

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/03/28/national/politics-diplomacy/suga-to-trump-u-s-japan-alliance-to-stay/

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    Former leprosy patients reveal the discrimination they suffered

    http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20160331/p2a/00m/0na/015000c

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    Robotics makes baby steps toward solving Japan’s child care shortage

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/04/01/national/social-issues/robotics-makes-baby-steps-toward-solving-japans-child-care-shortage/

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    First day on the job

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/first-day-on-the-job-4
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    Scotland and Wales ‘could form own country’ if Britain votes to leave EU

    Documents leaked from the Cabinet Office reveal bombshell plans include a bridge or tunnel via the Isle of Mann

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/scotland-and-wales-form-own-country-if-uk-votes-brexit-leave-eu-a6962431.html

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    Donald Trump branded ‘ignorant and irresponsible’ by former UK defence minister over nuclear comments

    ‘Clearly he has no understanding of defence and security and this is completely irresponsible’

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-elections/donald-trump-ignorant-and-irresponsible-by-a-former-uk-defence-minister-over-nuclear-weapons-comment-a6962651.html

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    Paris Climate Treaty: ‘Significant step’ as US and China agree to sign

    http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35935756

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    France labour reform: Hundreds of thousands protest

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35936269

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    Isil using lone wolf attackers in Europe as smoke screen for larger plots, judge warns

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/03/29/isil-using-lone-wolf-attackers-in-europe-as-smoke-screen-for-lar/

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    Salah Abdeslam’s extradition to France approved by Belgium

    Lawyer says suspect in Paris attacks who was arrested in Brussels on 18 March wants to be handed over to French

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/31/salah-abdeslam-extradition-france-approved-belgium

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    Brussels attacks: Molenbeek’s gangster jihadists

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35890960

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    Polish prime minister favours total ban on abortion

    As vote on issue looms in Warsaw parliament, Beata Szydło of Law & Justice party says she supports making terminations illegal

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/31/polish-prime-minister-favours-ban-on-abortion

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    White House Assails Donald Trump Proposal to Let Asian Allies Get Nuclear Weapons

    A White House official said it would be “catastrophic” to adopt a proposal by Donald J. Trump that Japan and South Korea manufacture their own nuclear bombs to deter North Korea, upending decades of work to prevent proliferation.

    http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2016/03/31/white-house-assails-donald-trump-proposal-to-let-asian-allies-get-nuclear-weapons/

    —-

    Learning From Obama by Paul Krugman

    The president has had a lot of success addressing America’s problems, which may surprise many on the left and the right.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/01/opinion/learning-from-obama.html

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    Elizabeth Warren Warns Banks Are Lying About Upcoming Rule Change, Potentially Breaking The Law

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2016/03/31/3765249/warren-banks-fiduciary-standard/

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    Top Infrastructure Official Explains How America Used Highways To Destroy Black Neighborhoods

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2016/03/31/3765173/anthony-foxx-highway-planning-racism/

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    Yes They DO Hate Him Because He Is Black.

    http://m.dailykos.com/story/2016/3/22/1504828/-Yes-They-DO-Hate-Him-Because-He-Is-Black

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    Bernie Sanders Seeks to Win Over New York by Stressing Brooklyn Roots

    The Vermont senator will try to persuade voters he is a better choice than Hillary Clinton, who is highlighting her years in the Senate for New York.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/01/us/politics/bernie-sanders-seeks-to-win-over-new-york-with-brooklynite-narrative.html

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    Huh??
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    Hillary Clinton: I am so sick of Bernie Sanders’ lies on climate change

    The Democrat has so far not signed the same pledge as Bernie Sanders not to accept money from oil and gas companies

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-elections/hillary-clinton-i-am-so-sick-of-bernie-sanders-lies-on-climate-change-a6962836.html

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    Republicans weren’t always pro-life – but as Donald Trump has shown, you now have to act that way to get ahead

    The Republican frontrunner has sparked outcry with his latest comments

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/republicans-weren-t-always-pro-life-but-as-donald-trump-has-shown-you-now-have-to-act-that-way-to-a6961881.html

    —-

    Donald Trump’s Incoherent Abortion Stance

    His comments on abortion rights are so confusing that he seems to be making things up as he goes along.

    http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/03/30/donald-trumps-incoherent-abortion-stance/

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    Dear Donald Trump, how dare you tell me I should be punished for my abortion

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/politics/dear-donald-trump-how-dare-you-tell-me-i-should-be-punished-for/

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    Five ways Republican bloodbath could end

    http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-35888135

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    No, the media didn’t create Trump

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/no-the-media-didnt-create-trump-covering-him-is-their-job/2016/03/28/11ffc554-f516-11e5-9804-537defcc3cf6_story.html

    —-

    Will Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff be impeached?

    Is the Brazilian president taking the fall for a whole class of corrupt politicians?

    http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2016/03/brazil-dilma-rousseff-impeached-160331205722494.html

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    Iraq and Syria: How many foreign fighters are fighting for Isil?

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/03/29/iraq-and-syria-how-many-foreign-fighters-are-fighting-for-isil/

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    Putin is no master of strategy – his Syria plan was a shambles

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/03/19/putin-is-no-master-of-strategy--his-syria-plan-was-a-shambles/

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    Russian forces clear mines in Syria’s Palmyra

    Russian combat engineers arrive in ancient city on de-mining mission days after Syrian army retook it from ISIL

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/russian-forces-clear-mines-syria-palmyra-160331145042460.html

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    Palmyra: Inside the ancient city recaptured from IS

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35937240

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    Israeli soldier ‘faces manslaughter’ for killing wounded attacker

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35932251

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    What is Wahhabism? The reactionary branch of Islam said to be ‘the main source of global terrorism’

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/03/29/what-is-wahhabism-the-reactionary-branch-of-islam-said-to-be-the/

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    Iraqi special forces lead march on ISIL-controlled Heet

    At least 15 troops killed in ISIL attacks, including eight after a convoy was struck by a suicide car-bomber.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/iraqi-special-forces-lead-march-isil-controlled-heet-160331151456076.html

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    South Africa’s Jacob Zuma breached constitution -- court

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35932286

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    India Kolkata flyover collapse: Dozens remain trapped

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-35940416

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    ‘Not fit to lead’: letter attacking Xi Jinping sparks witch hunt in Beijing

    An anonymous, online call for the president to quit has sparked a furious manhunt for its author, betraying paranoia at the top of the Communist party

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/01/not-fit-to-lead-letter-attacking-xi-jinping-sparks-panic-in-beijing

    —-

    New book sheds light on North Korea’s abduction programme

    Robert Boynton talks to NK News about The Invitation-Only Zone, his 14-year investigation into the regime’s kidnappings

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/01/north-korea-abduction-robert-boynton-invitation-only-zone-book

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    North Korea Jamming GPS Signals Across Border, South Korea Says

    The attempt did not disrupt any mobile communications or air or ship traffic, the South Korean government said, unlike previous efforts.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/02/world/asia/north-korea-jams-gps-signals.html

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    Aung San Suu Kyi’s school friend sworn in as Myanmar President

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/03/30/aung-san-suu-kyis-school-friend-sworn-in-as-myanmar-president/
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Today’s question.

    Martin Luther King Jr. got a C in what course during seminary school?

    HINT: Something I was not good at because I was too shy.

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    Shocking!
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    Nepal’s bleeding shame: menstruating women banished to cattle sheds

    Though banned, the centuries-old custom of confining women to a cowshed during their period persists in Nepal, with damaging and even fatal results

    http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/apr/01/nepal-bleeding-shame-menstruating-women-banished-cattle-sheds

    The menstruating Nepalese women confined to a cowshed – video

    http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/video/2016/apr/01/menstruating-nepalese-women-confined-to-a-cowshed-video

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    How an alcoholic monk founded her own monastery

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35918052

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    Voters’ Rights: What’s Happening to American Democracy?

    Part two of our investigation into the erosion of US democracy and how it is revealed in the 2016 presidential campaign.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/peopleandpower/2016/03/voters-rights-happening-american-democracy-160330130557702.html

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    If I want to buy a burkini from M&S, I bloody well will
    Remona Aly

    Fashion mogul Pierre Bergé has accused fashion houses who create Islamic clothing of taking part in the ‘enslavement of women’. Here is why he is wrong

    http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2016/mar/31/if-i-want-to-buy-a-burkini-from-ms-i-bloody-well-will

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    ‘Cat-in-the-box’ survives eight days in the post

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-35905576

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    William Dalrymple’s world in black and white pictures

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-35772420

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    In pictures: Albinism and perceptions of beauty

    http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-35719145

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    March Portfolio: Telegraph Photographers’ Pictures of the Month

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/photography/what-to-see/march-portfolio-telegraph-photographers-pictures-of-the-month/

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    Pictures of the Day: 31 March 2016

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/03/30/pictures-of-the-day-31-march-2016/

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    Photo highlights of the day: French protests and rescued turtles

    The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world, including student rallies and recovering reptiles

    http://www.theguardian.com/news/gallery/2016/mar/31/photo-highlights-of-the-day-french-protests-and-rescued-turtles

    • AdLib says:

      Hey Kalima!

      That would actually be pretty cool if Scotland and Wales could form their own country but it would tip the UK heavily to the Tories.

      You can tell Hillary is starting to feel The Bern, she and her campaign are getting hostile again towards Bernie. He’s looking pretty solid to win in WI and is cutting her lead in NY. If he could catch and beat her in NY, I think her campaign will go nuclear on him because he will have all the momentum and a legit path to beating her. She just doesn’t inspire people and if she does win the nom, the only thing that will save her is that Trump’s or Cruz’s negatives will be higher than hers.

      Donald Trump’s Incoherent Abortion Stance? My question is, what stance of his isn’t incoherent?

      Rouseff should be impeached but they need to clean house in Brazil. Then…if we can clean The House and The Senate here in Nov!

      I always go for the ironic so to answer the Trivia Quiz, I’d guess MLK got a C in Public Speaking/Preaching?

      The Nepal story is horrible though I could imagine Trump rationalizing it.

      Another wonderful MB!

      • Kalima says:

        How nice to find you here, AdLib.

        Considering the result of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum vote, splitting away from England/Westminster was not the will of the majority of voters, so it wouldn’t be cut and dried for either. Nevertheless I understand their opposition to leaving the EU, and the consequences of lost jobs and income it would bring to an already suffering work force. Of course never having had to work hard, Cameron, Osborne and the naysayer Euroskeptics, don’t have to worry about how they are going to pay their bills, or have to choose between a roof over their heads or food on the table.

        I don’t understand how Clinton can blame the Sanders campaign or Bernie himself for pointing out that she has received over a million dollars, in fact, recently quoted was $4.5 million, from people connected with the fossil fuel industry. Plus 11 lobbyists who have bundled more than a million dollars for her campaign. We know for a fact that she gets lots of money from Wall Street, so what exactly is Bernie lying about?

        She hasn’t signed the pledge to stop taking money from them either. Bernie has.

        I’ve said before that I would love to see Bernie win NY and WI. It’s time he received the respect he deserves. No amount of dirty DNC shenanigans will stop people who want to vote for him from voting for him. When you consider his campaign funds come from small amounts given by ordinary people, what he has done and is doing is quite amazing. If he boasts about it, it’s because he is proud of the people who contribute even though they are not billionaires. It is something to be proud of.

        Yes, the heat is on, and the Clinton campaign are searching for that old, rusty kitchen sink they threw at Obama in 2008. Problem is, it didn’t work then and won’t work now.

        I agree about Rouseff and was very disappointed after such a promising start. In such a poor country she has let many people down. Greed is a killer of dreams. Other people dreams. Pity.

        The Nepal story left me with a bad taste in my mouth. To think that women are still being abused in this way in the 21st century is heartbreaking. To see men sitting around playing games while women do the backbreaking work, is so alien.

        Culture is no excuse to take away the rights of any human being, especially not the ones who bear your children and care for them.

        Good guess on the trivia question. Yes, it was public speaking. King’s class work didn’t impress his professor at the seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania. He did however getA’s in his final year, and became the most legendary orators of all time.

        Well done!!

    • Nirek says:

      Good morning, Kalima.
      I liked the story about Hillary being sick of Bernie Sanders campaign “lying” about her. Then reading down the story she takes money from lobbyists from the fossil fuel companies and he doesn’t. Bernie wants to cut emissions 40% by 2020 and she 30% by 2025. So how is Bernie lying?

      PT is not making my shoulder any better. In fact I think it is worse. The insurance company dictates to the Dr. which makes the patient suffer. The system is broken when the Dr. can’t do what he wants for his patient.

      Peace

      • Kalima says:

        Hello, Nirek.

        My first reaction to that story about Hillary’s not so flattering outburst, was what lie? By getting angry about facts pointed out by Bernie, she is only making herself look more dishonest.

        So sorry to hear that PT is not working and that you have to wait so long to feel better because of the interfering insurance provider. At least I hope that you have something for the pain because I know from experience how excruciating shoulder pain can be. Having one of my RA “waves” now in fact, so I have an idea what you must be going through. Rest when you can.

        Take care and many healing thoughts as you wait for them to do the right thing. Btw, PT and massage only makes my problems much worse too.

        Get well soon and peace always.


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