Merkel faces backbench rebellion over Huawei – In a blow to the German chancellor’s authority, backbenchers from her own party and her main coalition partners have united to block the controversial Chinese telecommunications company from the project.

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It would be pretty careless by Germany to give Huawei access to this critical infrastructure.


If Huawei has no connections to the Chinese government, why is the Chinese government threatening retaliation if Germany chooses not to do business with Huawei?


Trudeau and his party won’t block Huawei either. Also voted to block the establishment of a committee on China’s threat to Canadian sovereignty just a few days ago. Makes me wonder..


Good, she’s shown her true face after supporting a communist government with who is committing genocide, threatens the sovereignty of other nations, and infiltrates other governments all while championing their racial supremacy.


I like Merkel, but there is no other option. Letting China get even the slightest hand in a country’s telecommunication after what has been revealed about Australia is absolute madness


I’m not trying to pretend to be a fair juror here’: Graham predicts Trump impeachment will ‘die quickly’ in Senate “This thing will come to the Senate, and it will die quickly, and I will do everything I can to make it die quickly,”

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Everyone needs to remember this shit. When the Senate trial happens, they will be sworn to act as fair and impartial jurors. These Senators that are making these statements in public are actively ignoring their oath of office to support and defend the Constitution.


“The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is **morally treasonable to the American public.** Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.”

— The Kansas City Star, 7 May 1918


The problem with everything that’s happening right now in US politics at a macro level is that people are blatantly violating laws, but the people who are responsible for enforcing said laws are **knowingly** refusing to enforce those laws.

When the people who have the responsibility of upholding the law actively stop doing that because the people they’d have to charge are a part of the same political party as them, we have a *major* problem in this country, fundamentally.

If this is how impeachment is going to be played at the Senate, then we need constitutional amendments putting impeachment in the hands of the judicial branch, where actual judges can make these decisions instead of bought-and-paid-for Senators who are actively saying they will not be partial.

Either that, or when Senators make statements like this and then give their oath in the Senate, they are immediately arrested for violating that oath.

EDIT: I’ve received a fair amount of replies saying “Well yeah but Trump is stacking the courts with Trump judges and that’s just as bad, if not worse!”, and I respectfully disagree with that opinion. There have been several instances where Trump-appointed judges have ruled *against* Trump in several cases, and generally I like to believe that is because regardless of who appoints them, the vast majority of judges *will* abide by the rule of law, whereas Senators have no such obligation (as we can clearly see). So, in the long run I would rather place my faith in our judicial system and judges than in Senators. Is this a perfect solution? Absolutely not, but to me it’s 100% clear that our current constitutional devices are fundamentally broken.


Mr. Graham who is supposed to represent an entire state is now telling all of the people of that State that “juris prudence” is no longer a requirement. Remember that when people are sworn in to be a member of a jury: Mr Senator says that being biased is the best way to run the nation. WOW


I don’t live in South Carolina, but I have donated $ to Jamie Harrison’s campaign. Regardless of what happens with the impeachment or the 2020 presidential election, these guys who are putting party over country need to go.


Mass grave containing remains of 643 civilians discovered in Iraq

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These are gonna be popping up for decades to come…


>A mass grave dating back to 2016 has been discovered in Iraq containing the remains of 643 civilians believed to be victims of the Saqlawiyah massacre, about 5 kilometers north of Fallujah, in Anbar Governorate.

>An official source said that all of the victims belong to one tribe called al-Muhamdah. They had disappeared since 2016 and no one knew anything about them since.

>Iraqi forces and the Iranian-backed Shia Popular Mobilization Units militias (PMU – known as Hashd al-Shaabi in Arabic), had liberated Fallujah and its suburbs in the same year.

>Skulls, human bones, civilian clothing remains, including those belonging to children, traces of holes and handcuffs suggest that a massacre occurred in that place, according to sources from the Forensic Medicine Department in Ramadi.

>The mass grave was discovered near the connecting road between Fallujah and Baghdad, specifically near the road leading to southwestern Fallujah.

>Government officials said that the area was under the control of the PMU militias and ISIS had not reached it, which raises questions about an ethnic cleansing crime that may have taken place in Fallujah by the PMU militias.


The discovery is similar to an incident that occurred a few months ago, in which another mass grave was found in the north of Babel governorate. It was estimated that more than 200 bodies were found. The government never revealed the circumstances and details of the crime.


Sadam would not have killed so many people in his most wildest dreams as many that were killed after United States invaded the country and “democratized” it.


Quite a lot of anti-usa sentiment here but was this caused by the US directly?


Justin Trudeau moves forward with ban on LGBT+ conversion therapy across Canada

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” He said the Minister of Justice and Attorney General David Lametti must work to ”amend the Criminal Code to ban the practice of conversion therapy and take other steps required with the provinces and territories to end conversion therapy in Canada”. ”

It’s about shutting down the “pray away the gay” style camps.


Everyone involved in that shit or who sent their kids to it should be sent to prison


Glad the election went his way when you realize things like this don’t happen if it goes the other way.


Wow, look, a functional government!


That’s great. Can he also ban all the other pseudoscientific sham treatments.


China’s CCTV cancels Arsenal game after Ozil’s Uighur remarks

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Fuck China


What a fucking regime omg

Some soccer player around the globe made a tweet and they decided to shut the game for a million.

All this for a tweet, while they act like the people dont know how fucked it is.


Wouldn’t it be interesting to see what happens if every single company coordinated to make some comment. What a clusterfuck that would be


Proud of Ozil


when did china become such a whiny little bitch?


Greta Thunberg apologises after saying politicians should be ‘put against the wall’. ‘That’s what happens when you improvise speeches in a second language’ the 16-year-old said following criticism

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**‘put against the wall’ is a common saying in Sweden which means to confront.**

There should be news outlets that police news outlets.


The president of my country can’t improvise a coherent speech in his first and only language. Those who live in glass houses…


Owned up to her mistake and miscommunication, clarified what she meant, and even APOLOGIZED for offending people despite that never being the intent?

You’d think she was more mature than some people, especially those in power, who might resort to infantile tantrums, name calling, or victim blaming just to avoid admitting they were wrong.


Lol I am Swedish and at work I could easily tell my English speaking co workers that wee need to put someone up against the wall if he did something wrong. This is the first time I understand it sounds like I want to execute someone.


As many ITT have already stated, it’s a stretch to conclude that her comments were actually calling for violence. The real violence will come with the resource shortages and refugee crises’ brought on by climate change and overpopulation. These are consequences that many of us will start to see within our lifetimes. It’s around the corner.


China Threatens Germany With Retaliation If Huawei 5G Is Banned

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Yeah go threaten a leading member of the EU.


It seems to be really critical that their 5g is everywhere


>The ambassador said Huawei has no legal obligation to provide data to the Chinese government

Bull-fucking-shit it doesn’t.


The more aggresive China gets in pushing huawei 5G the more obvious how aggressively it needs to be resisted


Odd. I assumed China was a big fan of Germany considering they’re currently trying to bring the Holocaust back.


Pentagon head says China has become top US military priority, moving past Russia

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Okay then stop buying their shit for one!


China has been the Pentagon’s main priority for at least 10 years now. Conventionally, Russia’s arsenal is tiny compared to China or the US. China is also leading the way in cyber warfare. Russia’s information warfare is paying off, but China is pretty sophisticated there as well.


Everyone’s had enough of your shit China.


Pentagon always needs a villain to justify its annual increase


This should have happened ten years ago


Arsenal distances itself from Ozil comments on Uighurs’ treatment: Star midfielder used social media to speak against China’s policies in Xinjiang and the silence of Muslims.

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Iran, Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia all claim or try to be the “leader” of the Muslim world yet none of them have the balls to say shit to China.


Pathetic to see sport teams bending to Chinese influence.


Ozil is also an avid supporter of Erdogan and his policies since Ozil is ethnically Turkish.

It’s rather ironic given that Ozil criticizes China’s treatment of Uighurs but supports Erdogan, who prosecutes Kurds and denies the Armenian genocide.


The thing about Arsenal is they always try to walk it in.


Özil is the second Arsenal player in as many days to air forthright political views on social media. On Thursday, with polls open for the general election, Héctor Bellerín tweeted: “Young people across the world have a chance to change what the future can be. Today’s the chance for all the British people to influence what your future and those living here holds. #FuckBoris #GoVote.”

On that occasion, the club did not issue a statement in response.

Only when China might not buy some jerseys


Thai protesters give three-finger ‘Hunger Games’ salute as thousands join largest demonstration in years

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The three fingered salute was banned in Thailand in 2014 to quell protests.


The Thai king is an asshole


They’re learning from Hong Kong. If they want the internet to care about them, they need to embrace gamer/cultural references that the kids love.

Take note, Chile. Time to carry around Minecraft pickaxes.


as much as i hope the protesters succeed , going up against the military is usually a bad idea especially in Thailand. since the nation became a constitutional monarchy in 1932 we’ve had about 12 military lead overthrows. Roughly once every 7 years the military kicks out the civilian government, allows elections after a certain amount of time , then kicks out the elected government again.

fun fact the reason the nation is named Thailand instead of Siam, and the reason Pad Thai and (supposedly ) Thai Tea became a Thai national dish – military dictator that became a PM

the last big political protest was back in 2008 ( had the two sides donning yellow/red shirt) and that was nationwide dividing classes of people and brought up real social issues dividing the nation but in the end changed nothing at the end of the day the military remained in power and everyone just shurgs and went “*mai pen rai* ไม่เป็นไร” (don’t worry about it)


Oh yeah, its all coming together