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ilovepaydays

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TMZ——Do we believe them when they report that Kim Jong Un is dead?

I think it’s likely that he’s at least very ill. I think we’ll know definitely in a few days.

Apparently, if Kim Jong Un passes away, his sister could take charge. And she’s rumored to be crazier than he is.
 

Cachoo

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Maybe we should place bets on Kim’s status. That is scary to think that his sister is worse.
 

ballettmaus

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Maybe we should place bets on Kim’s status. That is scary to think that his sister is worse.

I have to admit, I didn't even know he had a sister. But now I know why people were wondering on social media if there'd ever been a female dictator.
 

Cachoo

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So South Korea is reporting that he is alive and up and about: Dennis Rodman will be relieved.
 

Vagabond

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'The ship is sinking': Bolsonaro battles to block foul-mouthed cabinet video

A two-hour video of a heated and expletive-ridden cabinet meeting chaired by President Jair Bolsonaro last month has become the subject of an extraordinary political arm-wrestle, exposing the intrigues and eccentricities at the centre of Brazilian power....

“Conspiracy theories, ideological issues, made-up battles, and culture wars – all right there at the heart of government.”

Moro says the images contain key evidence supporting his allegation that Bolsonaro tried to meddle in federal police business and must be released as part of a supreme court investigation into those claims.

The footage was privately screened for investigators this week but has yet to be made public.

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The extent of racial and sexual diversity in Bolsonaro's Cabinet is interesting, to say the least. :shuffle:
 

ballettmaus

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China plans to pass national security laws for Hong Kong. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2..._medium&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1590079955

China plans to push through sweeping national security laws for Hong Kong at its annual meeting of parliament, in a move that critics say will effectively end the territory’s autonomy.

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Article 23 of Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, the Basic Law, says the city must enact national security laws to prohibit “treason, secession, sedition [and] subversion” against the Chinese government.

But the clause has never been implemented due to deeply held public fears it would curtail Hong Kong’s cherished rights, such as freedom of expression. An attempt to enact article 23 in 2003 was shelved after half a million people took to the streets in protest.

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Critics say the measure severely undermines Hong Kong’s legal framework, established under the terms of the former British colony’s handover to Chinese control in 1997. Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong, described it as a “comprehensive assault on the city’s autonomy”.

Under its Basic Law, Hong Kong is meant to enact security legislation on its own. “This spells the beginning of the end of Hong Kong under ‘one country, two systems’,” said Kenneth Chan, a political scientist at the Baptist University of Hong Kong.
 

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The video of Bolsonaro's Cabinet meeting has not been made public.


Bolsonaro seems to confirm claims from his ex-justice minister Sergio Moro that he sought to shield his family from investigation by meddling in the federal police.

“I’m not going to wait for them to f*** my whole family or my friends just for s***s and giggles,” Bolsonaro says. Nineteen of the president’s relatives are reportedly facing police scrutiny, including two sons, although Bolsonaro denies that is the case.

Bolsonaro’s coarseness made front-page headlines but many were most horrified by the lack of focus on [you know what], which has now killed more than 21,000 Brazilians. “On the day of the meeting Brazil had already suffered nearly 3,000 [you know what kind of] deaths – and the issue simply wasn’t raised,” said Sônia Bridi, an author and broadcaster. “This just shows how we’ve been abandoned by the federal government during this [panda muck].”

He reminds me of someone. Now who could that be? :unsure:
 

Vagabond

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Boris Johnson Pledges to Admit 3 Million From Hong Kong to U.K.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson raised the stakes in a confrontation with China over Hong Kong on Wednesday, promising to allow nearly three million people eligible for a British overseas passport to live and work in Britain, if Beijing were to impose a new security law on the former British colony.
This promise should have been made unconditionally at the time the U.K first started negotiating with the P.R.C. over the status of Hong Kong. Better late than never, though.
 

skatingguy

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I wonder what percentage of Hong Kongers hold another passport? I've seen many stories of the years since reunification was announced about people, particularly the upper class, obtaining citizenship, and residence in other countries just in case.
 

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Chinese and Indian troops fought each other with fists and clubs. Twenty Indian soldiers died.

Trump, still seeking that Nobel Peace Prize, has offered to mediate.



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The hand-to-hand combat lasted hours, on steep, jagged terrain, with iron bars, rocks and fists. Neither side carried guns. Most of the soldiers killed in the worst fighting between India and China in 60 years lost their footing or were knocked from the narrow Himalayan ridge, plunging to their deaths.

:eek: :(
 
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DORISPULASKI

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^^^^Trump wants to get involved??
That should scare India and China into making peace at once before Trump can screw things up even worse.
 

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Other countries in Africa have had elections annulled - it happened in Kenya a few years ago - but for the opposition candidate to then go on and win a rerun is unprecedented.

I wonder if TPTB in the U.S. are paying attention to this.
 

Sylvia

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TikTok is to withdraw from Hong Kong app stores and Zoom will stop complying with city authorities’ data requests as technology companies react to the sweeping new national security laws imposed on the city by Beijing.

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, Google and Telegram have already said they are “pausing” cooperation with requests for user information, putting pressure on Apple, which says it is “assessing” the new law, to do the same.
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JK Rowling, Salman Rushdie and Margaret Atwood are among the signatories to a controversial open letter warning that the spread of “censoriousness” is leading to “an intolerance of opposing views” and “a vogue for public shaming and ostracism”.


 

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Thai Cabinet approves bills allowing same-sex partnerships. Now, it will be sent to Parliament.

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(This is off-topic but I don’t get the new habit of linking somewhat unrelated videos to the articles.)
 

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