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GERMANY/TURKEY – Relations are becoming even more bitter. Chancellor Merkel has criticized Turkey over the detention of another 2 German citizens. 12 are now being held on political charges. Ms Merkel says the circumstances make it inappropriate to discuss Turkish participation in the EU customs union.

CARS/CALIFORNIA – Samsung has been granted a permit to test self-driving cars in California. This follows Apple’s successful application earlier this year. Experts believe fully automated vehicles will be commonplace by 2040.

NORTH KOREA/SANCTIONS –  The Japanese newspaper, Tokyo Shimbun says that N Korea is stockpiling its oil reserves to 1 million tons in anticipation of further international sanctions. That amount is more than half of its usual annual imports.

ISIS/LEADER – ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appears to be still alive according to U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend. This contradicts Russia’s claims that it probably killed him during the summer.

MEXICO/NAFTA –  The Economy Minister, Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, says Mexico and Canada will remain in the North American Free Trade Agreement even if the US pulls as as President trump has threatened.

KYRGYZ/ELECTION – President Almazbek Atambayev has said that October’s Presidential election campaign could lead to instability and vowed to punish anyone who creates “disturbances”.

IRAN/SYRIA – The latest fatalities in Syria announced by the Iranian military were 3 members of the Afghan Shia militia Fatemiyoun Brigade.

IRAQ/JORDAN – The 2 countries have re-opened their only land border after a 2-year closure due to the presence of ISIS on the Iraqi side. This shows the terror group’s grip on Anbar province is weakened.


President Xi Jinping

The BRICS meeting in China throws up bi-laterals between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping today. This gives them the opportunity to build on the compromise last week which reduced tensions which had risen dangerously high during the 73-day Doklam standoff in the Himalayas.  Xi has a meeting with Putin as well.

Well, we’ve had the N Korean nuclear test so now how does Pyongyang mark the Day of the Foundation of the Republic on Sept. 9? Another one?

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi goes to Burma and will meet Aung San Suu Kyi. On the agenda – the Rohingya refugee crisis and the India-Burma-Thailand highway.


Mon – Eid al-Adha ends today.

Mon –  Indian Prime Minister Modi and Chinese President Xi hold bilateral talks in Xiamen during the BRICS summit.

Tues – BRICS summit ends.

Weds – Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, attended by leaders of Russia, Japan, and S Korea.

Weds – European Court of Justice rules on a refugee quota case filed by Hungary and Slovakia.

Thurs – Indian PM Modi concludes 2 day visit to Burma.

Thurs – French President Emmanuel Macron in Athens on 2-day visit.

Thurs – Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic  in Bosnia-Herzegovina for 2-day visit.

Fri – Belarusian opposition groups hold a protest in Minsk against political persecution.

Sat – N Korea celebrates the Day of the Foundation of the Republic.


3 Comments on "Things We Lost In The Mire – 35"

  1. Plenty of froth over Rees-Mogg’s interview yesterday, god knows why given he is a practising Catholic. I don’t know what views people expected him to express on abortion and same-sex marriage. I’m pro choice, I don’t agree with him but I understand his point of view and why he has it. At least it was consistent in viewing all abortion as murder, not just some abortions. What was really distasteful to me was the likes of Yvette Cooper making this type of comment.

    “The shocking thing is not really Jacob Rees-Mogg’s personal views – he’s entitled to them.

    “The shocking thing is so many people in the Conservative Party seem to think he should be their next leader. I think that’s an appalling thought.”

    This was a woman who served as minister in a Government which blocked moves to extend the same rights of abortion to women in Northern Ireland as enjoyed in the rest of the UK. It was done in the spurious cause of canvassing DUP support so that Labour could win it’s vote on locking people up for 42 days without charge (which was eventually scrapped anyway). Did Yvette resign in disgust? funny thing that, but no she didn’t. Though she did at a later date bleat about 42 days, despite the fact that she voted in favour of it. Shocking that despite feeling it’s ok to treat some UK women as second class citizens and to lock people up for weeks on end without charge that she thought she was leadership material. Remind me why Corbyn won again?

    It’s all well and good people, and especially MP’s, pointing out that Rees-Mogg is an anachronism, it may be true but in that case he is definitely where he belongs then isn’t he?. In a chamber opened by a fellow dressed in 18th century garb, that puts forward bills in the name of the Queen, that are scrutinised by heriditary peers. One that crucially seems unwilling/unable to remove the more dangerous anachronism of abortion law in Northern ireland.

    • Having read a few articles, I did think of a couple of things. Firstly, Rees-Mogg himself admitted that his views are the minority so will never come to pass – can’t accuse him of dishonesty!

      The other thing was the word “bigot” that was being levied at him from all quarters. I think some commentators could do with looking the word up.

      The OED gives two meanings at the head of its list:

      †1.a. A hypocritical professor of religion, a hypocrite. b.A superstitious adherent of religion.

      2.A.2 A person obstinately and unreasonably wedded to a particular religious creed, opinion, or ritual.

      In practice, it can apply to anyone who is intolerant of another’s opinion.

      On that basis, simply by accusing another of being a bigot possibly exposes oneself as a bigot too.

      Wonderfully complicated!

  2. I’d better add, I’m not endorsing Rees Mogg,or saying I think he would make a good Tory leader, he wouldn’t. Just think people in glass houses……

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