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IN THE NEWS | 11 June 2017

One World of Nations
11 June 2017

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OWON: Like everything about this naked Emperor, funded by who? He always runs off at the mouth, backed up by nothing.

Where is the money - MORON?

Scam alert: Trump's $1tn 'infrastructure plan' is a giveaway to the rich

America’s infrastructure is in dire need of investment. But nothing Trump is proposing will do anything to help

At a roundtable discussion with state transportation officials on Friday, Donald Trump said America’s ageing roads, bridges, railways, and water systems were being “scoffed at and laughed” at. He pledged that they “will once again be the envy of the world”.

This seems to be a core theme for Trump: America’s greatness depends on others envying us rather than scoffing and laughing at us.

He said much the same thing last week when he announced his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. “At what point does America get demeaned? At what point do they start laughing at us, as a country? We don’t want other leaders and other countries laughing at us any more. And they won’t be. They won’t be.”

To be sure, America is in dire need of vast investments in infrastructure. The country suffers from overflowing sewage drains, crumbling bridges, rusting railroad tracks, outworn roads, and public transportation systems rivaling those of third-world nations.

The American Society of Civil Engineers, giving America’s overall infrastructure a grade of D-plus, says we would need to spend $3.6tn by 2020 to bring it up to par.

The problem isn’t that we’re being laughed at. It’s that we’re spending hours in traffic jams, disrupted flights, and slow-moving trains. And we’re sacrificing billions in lost productivity, avoidable public health problems, and increased carbon emissions.

But what Donald Trump is proposing won’t help. It’s nothing but a huge and unnecessary tax giveaway to the rich.

His “$1tn infrastructure plan”, unveiled last week, doesn’t amount to $1tn of new federal investment in infrastructure. It would commit $200bn of federal dollars over ten years, combined with about $800bn of assorted tax breaks to get developers to build things instead of the federal government doing it.

And it’s hardly a plan. It’s not much more than a page of talking points...


OWON: China and Russia will lock out the West.

It would be foolish to think a wedge can be put between the two.

Military map for Russia and China

Military cooperation between Russia and China has long gone beyond the framework of ordinary partnership, which, by the way, existed at a fairly high level and with the North Atlantic alliance before the Ukrainian crisis.

The interaction between Moscow and Beijing in the military field has now reached such a high level that it is necessary to change its official format.

The recent meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping within the framework of the international forum One Belt, One Road has given a powerful impetus to this work.

That is why the Russian Defense Minister, Army General Sergei Shoigu, at a meeting of heads of defense departments of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member states in Astana, offered China to sign a "road map" for the development of military cooperation between the two countries for 2017-2020. The main goal of this Russian initiative is joint efforts with China to protect peace and strengthen international security.

This issue will require joint refinement. But the Chinese Defense Minister, Colonel-General Chiang Wanquan, in turn, said that the level of trust between the two countries' armies has "continuously increased" in recent years...


OWON: It's getting so messy for Comey.

This has the potential to be a blockbuster of a story with far reaching impact.

Did the FBI have evidence of a breach larger than Snowden?

A lawsuit says yes.

A former U.S. intelligence contractor tells Circa he walked away with more than 600 million classified documents on 47 hard drives from the National Security Agency and the CIA, a haul potentially larger than Edward Snowden's now infamous breach.

And now he is suing former FBI Director James Comey and other government figures, alleging the bureau has covered up evidence he provided them showing widespread spying on Americans that violated civil liberties.

The suit, filed late Monday night by Dennis Montgomery, was assigned to the same federal judge who has already ruled that some of the NSA's collection of data on Americans violates the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment, setting up an intriguing legal proceeding in the nation’s capital this summer.

Montgomery says the evidence he gave to the FBI chronicle the warrantless collection of phone, financial and personal data and the unmasking of identities in spy data about millions of Americans...


OWON: The poor kid never had a chance. A lamb to the slaughter, her life was living hell.

Diana heard Charles on the phone in his bath to Camilla saying: 'Whatever happens, I will always love you'

In a recording sent to journalist Andrew Morton, Princess Diana described how she had a 'filthy row' with Prince Charles over Camilla before they got married.

Diana overheard a phone conversation Charles had with Camilla when he was in the bathroom. The prince told Camilla: ‘Whatever happens, I will always love you.’

Prince Charles later had a bracelet made for Camilla with their nicknames intertwined.


After a few days, Diana moved from Clarence House to Buckingham Palace. It was a place of ‘dead energy’, she said, and she felt lonely there. She regularly wandered from her second-floor apartment to the kitchens to chat to the staff — and on one occasion, barefoot and in jeans, buttered toast for an astonished footman.

I couldn’t believe how cold everyone was; how I thought one thing but actually another thing was going on.

The lies and the deceit! The first thing that hit me was my (future) husband sending Camilla Parker Bowles flowers when she had meningitis: ‘To Gladys from Fred’ (their nicknames for each other)...


OWON: So now they ask who is James Comey. Then who are the FBI?

James Comey's testimony was watched by 20million people

Former FBI Director James Comey's dramatic testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday brought big audiences to U.S. broadcast and cable networks, drawing about 19.5million viewers.

That is a large audience for a daytime event, though it is short of the 30.6million who tuned in to President Donald Trump's inauguration in January.

Nielsen ratings figures released Friday tallied the audience for the fired FBI director's appearance across ad-supported networks and cable channels.

The major outlets divided Thursday's audience up fairly evenly, with leader ABC's 3.295million viewers followed closely by CBS with 3.286million. Fox News had 3.104million and CNN had 3.059 million. MSNBC attracted 2.737million and NBC drew 2.723million.

Smaller audiences tuned in to the hearing on Univision, Fox Business Network and HLN.

Nielsen's estimates include people watching on ten U.S. broadcast and cable television networks, but not those who streamed the congressional hearing on computers or mobile phones...


OWON: Now PM May faces the EU having lost all credibility. One step too far.

Merkel says EU is 'ready to start Brexit negotiations'

Angela Merkel has said she sees no obstacles in the way of beginning Brexit talks as scheduled after Theresa May failed to win a majority in Thursday's UK election.

The German chancellor said she believed Britain would stick to the timetable, adding the European Union was "ready".

Mrs Merkel added she hoped Britain would remain a good partner following the talks, due to begin on 19 June.

It is her first comment since Mrs May's Conservative party lost 13 seats.

The loss left the Conservatives eight MPs short of a majority in parliament, plunging negotiations into uncertainty. Mrs May called the snap election in order to secure a clear mandate for her vision of Brexit.

A spokesman for Mrs Merkel had previously refused to be drawn on the issue out of "politeness and respect" while the process of forming a new UK government was under way.

Mrs May says she will form a government with the Democratic Unionist Party from Northern Ireland, which won 10 seats...


OWON: Dealing with Arab duplicity is never easy.

Trump scolds Qatar as Tillerson seeks to ease crisis

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday accused Qatar of being a “high level” sponsor of terrorism, potentially hindering the U.S. Department of State’s efforts to ease heightening tensions and a blockade of the Gulf nation by Arab states and others.

“The nation of Qatar unfortunately has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

“So we had a decision to make, do we take the easy road or do we finally take a hard but necessary action. We have to stop the funding of terrorism. I decided …the time had come to call on Qatar to end its funding,” Trump said, adding that he helped plan the Qatar action with Arab leaders after a recent summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

A senior administration official said earlier this week that the United States had no indication from the Saudis or Emiratis in Riyadh during Trump’s visit last month that they would sever ties with Qatar.

The crisis is a major diplomatic test for the United States, which is a close ally of countries on both sides. Trump has called key players in the region since they severed ties with Qatar on Monday.

The Trump administration has given mixed signals on whether to isolate Qatar or bring it into talks with other Gulf nations...

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