Welcome to the last ‘Mire’ of 2016. It is a truncated version due to the time of year. The W&Y wishes you a very happy 2017!TM

CHINA/CARRIER – China’s only aircraft carrier will carry out ‘exercises far out at sea’ in the Western Pacific according to a navy statement. The statement gave few details but it’s thought this will be the first blue water exercise by the carrier.

ISRAEL/UN – Israel summoned the ambassadors of 10 nations to Jerusalem on Dec 25 as a reprimand for last week’s U.N. Security Council resolution demanding an end to settlement building in the West Bank. The ambassadors from New Zealand, UK, Russia, China, Japan, Uruguay, Egypt, France, Spain and Ukraine were all summoned. Calling in an ambassador on Christmas Day is very unusual.

IRAN/DRONE – An Iranian anti-aircraft battery shot down a drone as it flew close to the offices of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran. It was later discovered to belong to state TV and was being used to film a Friday prayer ceremony.

IRAN/SYRIA – Iranian news agencies report that the latest casualty fighting with Iranian forces is Syria was Mohammed Issa Mohammadi from an Afghan Shia Militia unit.

GAMBIA/SENEGAL – The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says forces from Senegal are on alert to lead a possible military intervention in Gambia if President Yahya Jammeh continues to refuse to step down having lost the Dec 1st presidential election. The opposition has brought the matter to the Supreme Court which will hear the case on Jan 10th.

LEBANON/RAPE LAW – Lebanon’s Parliamentary Justice Committee has repealed Article 522 of the Penal Code, which enabled a rapist to avoid punishment by marrying his victim. Parliament must now approve the move. This follows a campaign by women’s rights activists. They also want to change another law so that children whose mothers are Lebanese, but whose fathers are not, can be granted Lebanese citizenship.

DIARY –

Dec 27 – Russia/Turkey/Iran summit in Moscow to discuss Syria.

Dec 27 – Final day of Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s trip to Hawaii to visit Pearl Harbor.

Dec 27 – At least 35 MP’s set to leave ruling Saenuri Party of South Korean President Park Geun Hye.

Jan 1 – Kazakhstan becomes 1st Central Asian state to take non-permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council.

Jan 1 – OPEC’s oil output ceiling of 52.5 million barrels per day  comes into force for all members except Nigeria, Iran and Libya.LostSM2

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10 Comments on "Things We Lost In The Mire – 58"

  1. “Calling in an ambassador on Christmas Day is very unusual” Why would it bother Russia, China, Japan or Egypt? Its not the Russian Orthodox Christmas, China is officially atheist, Japan Shinto & Egypt Muslim. That leaves nominally Christian New Zealand, the UK, Uruguay, France, Spain and Ukraine none of whom gives a stuff about 500,000 dead Syrians & millions more either dead, wounded, displaced, starving or displaced in the conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya & Yemen but are concerned enough if a Jew dares to build a house in his own country to pass a UN Security Council resolution declaring Israeli settlements illegal whilst failing to make such a declaration on Tibet, Northern Cyprus, the Basque region Catalonia, Northern Ireland, Gibraltar , New Zealand & other occupied territories such as the entire Americas & Australia.
    To sum up the UN is international hypocrisy at its finest

    • Because its a day off?

      • Good day Tim, once again Merry Christmas.
        Does evil, war, crime, famine, terror, natural disasters & accidents have a day off? My point is the hypocrisy & one sidedness of the UN in its treatment of Israel compared to how it deals with other conflicts , disputes & blatantly illegal occupations around the world such as the Chinese occupation of Tibet or the Turkish occupation of Northern Cyprus.
        The territories are not illegally occupied , they are at best ” disputed territories ” since they were not seized from another legally established state but were liberated in June 1967 from illegal occupation by Egypt & Jordan during the 1948 war of independence .
        To quote the late Abba Eban which sums up the UN’s blatantly unfair treatment of Israel :
        ” If Algeria introduced a resolution declaring that the earth was flat and that Israel had flattened it, it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions.”

        • No, those things do not have a day off. But ambassadors do, so calling them in on Christmas Day is unusual and therefore underlined how strongly the Israelis feel, and therefore was worth reporting.

          • Point taken & the resolution marks yet another low point in the history of the UN in dealing impartially with international conflicts . BTW Israel did not call in the New Zealand ambassador because NZ does not have an Embassy in Israel only a Consulate with an honoury counsel such is sad state of NZ/Israel relations. NZ’s pro-Arab bias is well known & no surprise since NZ’s principal exports are Halal slaughtered Lamb & Sheep to Arab & Muslim nations and the UK & EU with their large Muslim populations.
            https://www.embassypages.com/missions/embassy5217/
            ” New Zealand’s consulate in Tel Aviv is the only New Zealand representation in Israel.”

  2. To Dominic. Your comments are not being posted because A, this is not a forum for discussing your private life even if it does concern Iran, and B, because even if it were, i have no way of knowing if the accusations you make about adultury are true or false and therefore by publishing them I might be leaving the site open to being sued.

  3. A very happy 2017 to you too Tim, and everyone involved with the W & Y. Will 2017 be more ‘interesting’ than 2016?, let’s hope not. May I also wish your team especially good luck for their Thursday night fixture against that lovely lot in Birmingham.

  4. Jan 2017 Opec output probably you mean 32.5 million barrels per day. It must be a topographical error. In normal times the maximum output by OPEC producers combined does not exceed 34.5 million barrels per day.

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