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I often want to share news from Europe; South America; Africa; Australia; etc., but there really isn't a specific thread to do so.  The U.S. and the U.K. are pretty well-covered at C.H.U.D., but the world's a big place and I think we could all learn a lot from each other if this thread takes off.  We shall see.

 

Okay, let's start with Italy.  Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promised to step down if a referendum on curtailing the size of Italy's Senate and transferring regional power to the national government failed.  It failed:

 

https://www.yahoo.com/news/italys-renzi-loses-referendum-constitutional-reform-exit-polls-221129314.html

 

Referendums have had quite the year, haven't they?  Brexit, the Colombian vote on FARC, Renzi, death penalty in Nebraska, etc.

 

The far-right are in a good position to gain real power in Italy.

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The far-right didn't have such a good day in Austria where elections were held:

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38202669

 

Norbert Hofer actually got a bigger percentage of the vote than Trump did in the United States, though, which doesn't bode well for the future.  Still, after some big victories for nationalism recently, I'm glad to see Austria inching out a win.

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What I don't get about the Italian thing...the proposal aimed to make the country governable. The main opposition was from the 5 Star Movement, which complains that the Italian government can't function. And they think the Senate does need to be reformed, just that this particular proposal doesn't go far enough? Wut da....

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I often want to share news from Europe; South America; Africa; Australia; etc., but there really isn't a specific thread to do so.  The U.S. and the U.K. are pretty well-covered at C.H.U.D., but the world's a big place and I think we could all learn a lot from each other if this thread takes off.  We shall see.

Okay, let's start with Italy.  Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promised to step down if a referendum on curtailing the size of Italy's Senate and transferring regional power to the national government failed.  It failed:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/italys-renzi-loses-referendum-constitutional-reform-exit-polls-221129314.html

Referendums have had quite the year, haven't they?  Brexit, the Colombian vote on FARC, Renzi, death penalty in Nebraska, etc.

The far-right are in a good position to gain real power in Italy.

I've wanted a thread like this, but couldn't think of a better name than "Teach An American Chewer About Your Country."
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Our PM has just quit:

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/05/john-key-resigns-new-zealand-prime-minister-to-quit 

 

out of the blue, total shock.

 

Some people are saying it's because his son is a massive meth head (as well as a total cunt in general), but I feel it's because he just couldn't face any kind of meeting with Trump.

 

I think that's probably the real reason a lot of world leaders will call it quits in the next couple of months.

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Our PM has just quit:

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/05/john-key-resigns-new-zealand-prime-minister-to-quit 

 

out of the blue, total shock.

 

Some people are saying it's because his son is a massive meth head (as well as a total cunt in general), but I feel it's because he just couldn't face any kind of meeting with Trump.

 

I think that's probably the real reason a lot of world leaders will call it quits in the next couple of months.


​What were your personal opinions of the prime minister?  Admittedly, I must plead ignorance on New Zealand politics.

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An American neoconservative's take on Angela Merkel being the next target for Putin and WikiLeaks:

 

https://www.commentarymagazine.com/foreign-policy/europe/angela-merkel-russia-next/

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An American neoconservative's take on Angela Merkel being the next target for Putin and WikiLeaks:

https://www.commentarymagazine.com/foreign-policy/europe/angela-merkel-russia-next/

Every time I see a new story about a meteorite landing on Russia, I think it's the universe trying and failing to kill Putin.
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Our PM has just quit:

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/05/john-key-resigns-new-zealand-prime-minister-to-quit 

 

out of the blue, total shock.


While standing in line at a Subway today a woman walked in, announced the PM had quit, then walked out again.  It's been a hell of a year.

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Can I be your guys' PM? I have no experience.
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President Francois Hollande of France won't be seeking reelection:

 

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/01/europe/french-president-francois-hollande-will-not-seek-re-election/index.html

 

Maybe this gives the Socialist Party a fighting chance, considering Hollande's considerably low approval ratings, or maybe it doesn't.  The run-up to this election is going to stress me out.

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​What were your personal opinions of the prime minister?  Admittedly, I must plead ignorance on New Zealand politics.

Not very high. He was arguably popular because he embraced social media, but I think he and his givernment treated NZ like a corporation. Sold a lot of it out. Signed us up for TPP without consent, effectively killed any balanced, or investigative, or informative media, ignored the massive housing and poverty crisis and put too much importance on shit that really didn't matter (hello flag referendum).

But I cannot think of who could do a good job. The opposition is weak sauce and the people in cabinet are just a shower of twats who are out for themselves and their mates.
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Not very high. He was arguably popular because he embraced social media, but I think he and his givernment treated NZ like a corporation. Sold a lot of it out. Signed us up for TPP without consent, effectively killed any balanced, or investigative, or informative media, ignored the massive housing and poverty crisis and put too much importance on shit that really didn't matter (hello flag referendum).

But I cannot think of who could do a good job. The opposition is weak sauce and the people in cabinet are just a shower of twats who are out for themselves and their mates.

 


Thanks for the Trump Administration Prequel!

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Not very high. He was arguably popular because he embraced social media, but I think he and his givernment treated NZ like a corporation. Sold a lot of it out. Signed us up for TPP without consent, effectively killed any balanced, or investigative, or informative media, ignored the massive housing and poverty crisis and put too much importance on shit that really didn't matter (hello flag referendum).

But I cannot think of who could do a good job. The opposition is weak sauce and the people in cabinet are just a shower of twats who are out for themselves and their mates.


​Thanks.  Good thread.  I'm already learning.

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There were multiple demonstrations throughout Brazil on Sunday to protest Operation Car Wash, a kickback scandal with a wide range.  The protests were also a rallying cry against public officials in general:

 

http://time.com/4590038/brazil-protest-corruption/?xid=tcoshare

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An impeachment vote will take place soon in South Korea for President Park Geun-hye, unless she steps down voluntarily.  Some in her party are hoping she'll do just that:

 

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2016/12/05/0200000000AEN20161205003900315.html

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The Euro fell after Italy voted "no" on the the changes:

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/05/business/italy-referendum-euro-markets.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur

 

There's more at the link, including this:

 

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Italian 10-year bond yields rose by 0.2 percentage point on Monday morning.  If yields continue to rise, investors could begin to doubt the government's solvency.
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President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has been ruling the country with an iron fist for decades, but there are pockets of resistance.  Here's the story of a 35-year-old widower with five children who used to drive trains but now is an activist who wants change:

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/11/30/503825303/young-widow-with-5-kids-turns-to-activism-to-oust-a-president?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=202804

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President Francois Hollande of France won't be seeking reelection:

 

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/01/europe/french-president-francois-hollande-will-not-seek-re-election/index.html

 

Maybe this gives the Socialist Party a fighting chance, considering Hollande's considerably low approval ratings, or maybe it doesn't.  The run-up to this election is going to stress me out.

 

Yeah it was the best thing he could have done given his massive levels of unpopularity. The Socialist Party isn't out of the woods yet, it will depend how their primary plays out. I don't see them advancing to the second round if Valls is their candidate.

 

Personally I'm hoping that a good surprise can come out of Jean-Luc Melenchon but yeah, not gonna be a pleasant few months for France...

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This thread is awesome. We get these stories but it's sometimes hard to gauge importance or understand the context. Having you guys contribute links along with regional context really helps.
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Russia's one aircraft carrier is from the Soviet days, and isn't in the best shape.  Two planes have crashed after attempted landings within the last three weeks:

 

https://theaviationist.com/2016/12/05/russian-su-33-crashed-in-the-mediterranean-while-attempting-to-land-on-kuznetsov-aircraft-carrier/

 

India lost a warship in Mumbai.  The ship tipped over during an attempted docking, and two sailors died:

 

http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/ins-betwa-guided-missile-frigate-tips-over-during-undocking-at-mumbai-dockyard-navy-1634186?site=full

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But they're such a valued trade partner! Something something realpolitik!
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Yeah it was the best thing he could have done given his massive levels of unpopularity. The Socialist Party isn't out of the woods yet, it will depend how their primary plays out. I don't see them advancing to the second round if Valls is their candidate.

 

Personally I'm hoping that a good surprise can come out of Jean-Luc Melenchon but yeah, not gonna be a pleasant few months for France...

 

Prime Minister Manuel Valls has thrown his hat into the race:

 

http://time.com/4590745/manuel-valls-french-presidential-candidate/?xid=time_socialflow_twitter

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Prime Minister Manuel Valls has thrown his hat into the race:

 

http://time.com/4590745/manuel-valls-french-presidential-candidate/?xid=time_socialflow_twitter

 

And I can tel you for sure that it will be a pleasure to vote against him in the socialist party primary. That speech was hypocritical as it gets. The guy used a special amendment to bypass consultation of the House for the latest law on work regulation AND sent the cops to beat up on protesters who were marching against that very same law. And now he has the gall to rail against Fillon who says he wants to use the same tactics and says that "the people should be consulted more". He's basically going to run as if he hadn't been prime minister for the last three years. Fuck right off with this tactic Valls, some of us have long term memory.

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Thanks for this thread.

 

My big takeaway?  Some part of New Zealand has a subway!

 

Gallows humor.  China's atrocities aren't going away.

 

The situation with the Korean president is amazing:

 

http://www.vox.com/world/2016/11/30/13775920/south-korea-president-park-geun-hye-political-scandal

 

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The country’s leader, Park Geun-hye, has been mired in a scandal so strange it sounds like something out of a comic book. Whereas most politicians fall from grace due to banal things like corruption or marital infidelity, the fall of South Korea’s first female president has resulted from her relationship with a shadowy figure from an obscure religious cult that critics have derided as a “shaman fortuneteller” with sinister, Rasputin-like influence over Park.
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Indian Actress-Turned-Politician Jayaram Jayalalithaa Dies

 

This is big news among some Singaporeans right now.  That's the main reason I've heard about it.  Even the young.

I post mainly because it's like every time I glance over at Indian news I notice that even comparatively small , regional matters like this one are massive and dramatic and concern numbers of people that would bend your average Western country right out of shape.  (More broadly about world awareness; When it comes to Australians in particular trying to comprehend this stuff, you hear that sort of absent minded reasoning like "The Chinese govt are brutal so-n sos, but they do have a billion people to deal with".  Yeah maybe, but then you have to wonder just How is India?  How?!)

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^ Jayalalithaa Jayaraman was Chief Minster of Tamil Nadu, Muzman. That's one of the big provinces in Southern India.

 

She deserves credit for her accomplishments, and especially for making strides for women in a country that still needs to treat its female population with more respect.

 

RIP Jayalalitha

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Yeah. It struck me that a number of young women I've met recently all knew who she was and were quite affected by the news,  when they hadn't seemed all that interested in politics otherwise (although it's hard to tell with that one).

It seems a pity she wasn't more well known outside the country before now.  But Australian news about the region only really cares about national leaders, and for India national leaders named Gandhi.

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Now look what you've done!

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38228008

 

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Canadian politicians have expressed outrage after protesters at a political rally chanted "lock her up" about Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.  Protesters erupted into jeers at a rally against a carbon tax, hosted by the right-wing Rebel media group.  "Lock her up" was frequently chanted by Donald Trump supporters in reference to Hillary Clinton during the US election.

 

But it's nice to see even our right-wing politicians are saying "Don't be assholes."

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I can't remember which journalist I got this from on Twitter, so I can't attribute proper credit, but here's a look at the complexities of Italy's government:

 

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I posted this in the "Trumpocalypse" thread because Trump invited Duterte to the White House (and possibly praised these tactics), but it really should go here.  Duterte is causing an international crisis.

 

Warning: some of the pictures are very graphic.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/12/07/world/asia/rodrigo-duterte-philippines-drugs-killings.html

 

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No matter who gets chosen to replace the "Smiling Assassin"; currently the choice appears to be proto-Thatcher Judith "The Crusher" Collins (an actual nickname she relishes) or Bill "I specialise in being boring" English (an actual quote from the man), at least they (probably) can't be as woefully, terribly, horrendously shit as the Aussie government. 

 

Total shambles from top to bottom.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/dec/06/josh-frydenberg-backtracks-on-emissions-trading-comments 

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It's pretty hilarious.  After a spectacular coup turfed out the right wing of the libs, thanks to Abbott and his policies being wildly unpopular,  the moderate replacements can't even scratch themselves without the approval of the recently dispatched.  So the right have a much easier time pursuing their ultra neo-liberal, conservative 'free-market cronyism' policy plans after losing power.

The "leadership" then takes all the blame in the popularity stakes, probably setting up things for another change. (making for our seventh in as many years)

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Duterte might be facing opposition from the vice president:

 

https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/meet-woman-ready-philippines-hardman-012349180.html

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Venezuela's economic crisis hasn't gotten nearly the attention it deserves, but there have been truly harrowing stories from it.  Then, there's the government confiscating millions of toys from a company:

 

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/10/americas/venezuelan-government-toy-seizure-grinch/index.html?sr=twcnni121216https://t.co/tDl6ldUJkh, https://t.co/tDl6ldUJkh 0752AMStoryLink&linkId=32237991

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A man who stabbed somebody at a London train station said afterwards that he was looking to kill a Muslim:

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/forest-hill-stabbing-kill-muslims-attacker-suspect-station-london-train-a7470016.html

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Okay, let's start with Italy.  Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promised to step down if a referendum on curtailing the size of Italy's Senate and transferring regional power to the national government failed.  It failed:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/italys-renzi-loses-referendum-constitutional-reform-exit-polls-221129314.html

Referendums have had quite the year, haven't they?  Brexit, the Colombian vote on FARC, Renzi, death penalty in Nebraska, etc.

The far-right are in a good position to gain real power in Italy.

I'm not familiar with Italian politics, but I've understood their big populist party is the Five Star Movement. Wiki says the five stars reference their key issues: public water, sustainable transport, sustainable development, right to Internet access, and environmentalism. That doesn't sound very right-wing to me...?

Then again their leader looks like this:

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Guy Fieri?

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5 Star Movement?  Aiming to bring them back?

 

 

To be fair, they did bring in the live delay for Saturday morning kids TV because of them though

 

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Meanwhile in London

 

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A judge in London has given a crystal meth addict a life term in prison for killing a police officer during a bondage sex session and then attempting to cook and eat his body parts.

Judge Nicholas Hilliard sentenced Stefano Brizzi today to life in prison with at least 24 years to serve for killing 59-year-old Gordon Semple, whose dissolving body was found in an acid bath.

Brizzi, a former Morgan Stanley IT developer, met Semple on a gay dating app.

The 50-year-old Brizzi arranged a meeting at his apartment near London's Tate Modern gallery on April 1 and later tried to cover up his tracks online.

After his arrest, Brizzi had admitted killing and trying to dissolve the body because "Satan told me to."

 

Meth, it's a hell of a drug

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Not satire: a show will be airing in Russia that is sort of inspired by The Hunger Games​.  Oh, and things like murder and rape are allowed:

 

http://www.mediaite.com/online/so-russia-is-doing-a-hunger-games-style-reality-show-that-allows-rape-and-murder/

 

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Though the contestants are not given guns, they will be given knives, and according to the show's organizers, "Each contestant gives consent that they could be maimed, even killed.  2,000 cameras, 900 hectares and 30 lives.  Everything is allowed.  Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything."

 

Well, to be fair, the reality show might be okay with murder and rape, but such acts will still get contestants in trouble with Russian law enforcement.

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The Russian ambassador to Turkey has been assassinated.  The gunman shouted something about Aleppo.

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