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Washington post op-ed: Why do Christians support trump? Anonymous 12/06/2017 (Wed) 02:47:06 Id: 38e491 [Preview] No. 97 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
>For many millions of people of faith, Trump is the last line of defense preventing their having to choose between their religious beliefs and full participation in the community and in business.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-christians-will-stick-with-trump/2017/10/05/7d7d2bb6-a922-11e7-850e-2bdd1236be5d_story.html?utm_term=.2bc63b69dcbe
brilliant op-ed



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Turkish businessman's Iran sanctions guilty plea opens door to cooperation in Robert Mueller's Michael Flynn investigation Anonymous 12/02/2017 (Sat) 06:57:24 Id: 99c0c9 [Preview] No. 96 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Clark Mindock New York
@ClarkMindock
Tuesday 28 November 2017 16:48 GMT

A Turkish businessman whose name has been mentioned in relation to Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in last year’s presidential election pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiring to evade US sanctions on Iran, and plans on testifying against his co-defendant.
The guilty plea by Reza Zarrab could have implications for former national security adviser Michael Flynn if his cooperation with federal authorities also involves Mr Mueller’s investigation. Mr Mueller is said to be scrutinising Mr Flynn's lobbying work in Turkey, while Mr Zarrab’s release was allegedly one of two issues that Turkish officials brought up with Mr Flynn during a meeting last December, when Donald Trump’s team was working on his transition to the White House.
During that meeting, Turkish officials reportedly offered $15m for the release of Mr Zarrab – who has been held in US custody since March 2016 – alongside the extradition of exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen. Mr Gulen is reportedly living in Pennsylvania.
The Turkish government has denied that officials from the country discussed any offers of money for the extradition or release of the men, and said that it has not worked toward their goals in any extra-judicial manner. Mr Flynn's lawyers have also denied the allegations.
"Out of respect for the process of the various investigations regarding the 2016 campaign, we have intentionally avoided responding to every rumour or allegation," Mr Flynn's lawyers, led by Robert Kelner, said in a statement. "But today's news cycle has brought allegations against General Flynn, ranging from kidnapping to bribery, that are so outrageous and prejudicial that we are making an exception to our usual rule: they are false."
Speculation has been fuelled about potential cooperation between Mr Zarrab and Mr Mueller’s investigation because it appears unlikely that Mr Mueller's probe would worry about securing Mr Zarrab’s help over the trial of alleged co-conspirator Mehmet Atilla, who is comparatively lower profile.
Mr Zarrab and Mr Gulen’s release has been brought up repeatedly by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with US officials from both the administrations of President Barack Obama and Donald Trump.
Mr Zarrab will describe a multibillion-dollar international money laundering scheme “from the inside,” Assistant US Attorney David Denton said during his opening statement in the New York federal court trial of Mr Atilla, the deputy general manager of Turkey's Halkbank .
Mr Atilla's lawyer, Victor Rocco, told jurors in his opening statement that Mr Zarrab was prepared to lie in order to avoid jail time and lacked credibility.
US prosecutors have charged nine people in the criminal case, though only Mr Zarrab and Mr Atilla are known to be in US custody. The other defendants include the former head of Halkbank, Suleyman Aslan, and the former economy minister of Turkey, Zafer Caglayan.
Mr Erdogan's government has said the case has been fabricated for political motives, adding to tensions between Ankara and Washington, both Nato allies.
Mr Flynn was forced to resign from his White House post weeks after Mr Trump’s inauguration, after it was determined that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about conversations he had with Russian sources.
The former national security adviser has reportedly met with Mr Mueller’s team since then, and his legal team has distanced itself from Mr Trump’s by reportedly indicating that they could no longer engage in privileged discussions about defence strategy. That distancing has been interpreted as meaning Mr Flynn’s legal team may be discussing a possible plea deal.

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Public defication leads to rape Anonymous 12/01/2017 (Fri) 13:12:29 Id: 6a6091 [Preview] No. 95 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/7898834



>I remember the women so clearly. They were sitting cross-legged, in a hamlet somewhere in India’s western Orissa state, making bricks. Because I was there to research a book on toilets and sanitation, I asked them if they had toilets. No, they said. I knew that 2.6 billion people worldwide don’t have a toilet, and that 1 billion do something called “open defecation,” which means toileting in fields, roadsides or by train tracks.

>But the women told me something I hadn’t heard. “I get up before dawn,” said one, “and I go and knock for my friend. Then we go to the field together.” The women said they always go under cover of darkness, and never alone. Men lurk and watch, and worse.

>No country in the world has more open defecation than India, where one in two people defecate outside. Every year, 200,000 children in India die from diseases caused by fecal contamination. Although open defecation has been reduced by 31 percent since 1990, about 300 million women and girls in India still have no other choice. Try to squat in a sari, while holding a cup of water to cleanse yourself and keeping an eye out for rapists.



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Criticism Anonymous Board owner 12/01/2017 (Fri) 09:58:42 Id: f46bcb [Preview] No. 92 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Let me/us know how the board is. Quality of news, styling etc. I can't promise I'll respond but I will read and consider everything.


Anonymous Board owner 12/01/2017 (Fri) 11:13:07 Id: f46bcb [Preview] No.94 del
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Here are the current settings for the board. I don't see any reason to change all that much at the moment. I made the hourly thread limit 10. So long as it's not hit with consistent spam I don't see any reason to change this, and the captcha should prevent it from being automated.
I added the third rule, to please include a source or archive.
I don't plan on adding any word filters.
Post news, discuss, have fun.
I only plan on deleting/banning if global rules are broken.
I can be reached by e-mail up there.
If you want to apply to be a vol or something you can let me know but at this particular time I don't feel any more than myself are necessary currently.
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Emperor Akihito of Japan to abdicate in April 2019 Anonymous Board owner 12/01/2017 (Fri) 09:59:13 Id: 638680 [Preview] No. 93 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Robin Harding in Tokyo

>Emperor Akihito will abdicate on the April 30 2019 and his son Naruhito will ascend to the throne the next day, bringing Japan’s Heisei era to an end.
>The decision was revealed after a one-hour meeting at the palace between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, senior royals, the heads of both houses of parliament and a justice of the supreme court.
>It means the emperor — who has been treated for cancer and heart problems in recent years — will have waited almost three years between expressing his wish to abdicate and being allowed to step down.
>“It is about 200 years since an emperor has abdicated and the first time in the constitutional era,” said Mr Abe as he announced the date. “I’m moved by this smooth advance towards an imperial succession.”
>The recommendation will be reported to the cabinet on December 5. It is expected to receive cabinet approval on December 8. Japan records dates according to the imperial reign so there will be a new era name when Naruhito takes the throne.
>The decision comes more than a year after the emperor’s August 2016 announcement of his desire to abdicate. It means Akihito, now 83, will be 85 by the time he finally steps down from the throne.
>Hideya Kawanishi, an associate professor at Kobe College, said the issue had taken a long time because the Japanese people had not imagined an abdication. Conservatives — some of whom still hanker for the prewar imperial system — have found it particularly hard to accept the idea of imperial retirees.
>Japan’s emperor is kept at a greater distance from the public than his European counterparts but the abdication has changed public perceptions, Mr Kawanishi said. “He’s a man in his eighties who has to work every day and it’s a sacrifice. That was something we never realised before.”
>Japanese law has no provision for imperial abdication so the emperor’s wish to resign led to a constitutional debate. Mr Abe’s government has chosen to resolve it with a special one-off law allowing Akihito to abdicate but setting no precedent for the future.
>According to Japan’s constitution, the emperor must play no role in politics. However, a decision to abdicate could itself be construed as a political act — for example, as a protest against the government of the day — and thus unconstitutional.
>The emperor has told the public he was concerned about fulfilling his role.
>“When I consider that my fitness level is gradually declining, I am worried that it may become difficult for me to carry out my duties as symbol of the state with my whole being as I have done until now,” he said in a televised address in 2016.
>Emperor Akihito acceded to the throne in 1989, the 125th in a line of succession that dates back to 660BC, according to genealogy published by the imperial household agency.
>Although abdication was common in earlier eras, the last Japanese ruler to do so was Emperor Kokaku, who stepped down 200 years ago, in 1817.
Pictured is son Naruhito and his family; Masako, Crown Princess of Japan, and daughter Aiko, Princess Toshi. Also their dog.

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Duterte douses fears of a revolutionary government Anonymous 11/26/2017 (Sun) 04:18:11 Id: 25a6d7 [Preview] No. 91 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
21NOV17
>MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday announced that he would move to categorize Maoist rebels as terrorists as he doused fears that he would declare a revolutionary government to counter supposed threats to his administration.

>Duterte on Saturday indicated that he would declare the National Democratic Front, the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People's Army as terrorist groups, a tag that the US and the European Union have given them for several years now.
If Duterte decides to formally declare them as terror organizations, this may spell the collapse of peace talks aimed at ending decades of communist insurgency which is already one of the longest in the world.

Some interesting developments on the islands. Duterte is continuing his march against societal degradation in spite of international pressure against him- with an 80% approval rating to boot.

Most recently this meant calling Marxist revolutionaries on their bluff of wanting peace. Duterte has vowed a military campaign to eradicate communism in the Philippines.

Interesting times lie ahead.

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/11/21/1761141/duterte-douses-fears-revolutionary-government



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Canada Thread Anonymous 12/27/2016 (Tue) 02:47:40 [Preview] No. 90 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
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