Page 36 of 39 FirstFirst ... 26282930313233343536373839 LastLast
Results 876 to 900 of 958

Thread: Eurasia Topics

  1. #876
    Thailand Expat lom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Last Online
    Today @ 01:31 AM
    Location
    Trapped in an old mans body
    Posts
    9,778
    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Maybe there is such a stipulation in the UN Charter allowing to interfere in affairs of other states (changing the regimes)? That's why there have been so many wars after the UN establishing in 1945 (with its main purpose to avoid what happened before 1945...)
    Tell me then how the security counsel can work if they are not allowed to interfere in affairs of other states (whatever that is).
    The UNHCR? The UNCLOS?

  2. #877
    Thailand Expat harrybarracuda's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Last Online
    @
    Posts
    69,918
    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    Tell me then how the security counsel can work if they are not allowed to interfere in affairs of other states (whatever that is).
    The UNHCR? The UNCLOS?
    It's called the UN Charter of Human Rights.

    Klondyke hasn't heard of it because he's as thick as shit and he hasn't got HooHoo helping him bullshit about it yet.

  3. #878
    Thailand Expat
    Klondyke's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 10:35 PM
    Posts
    7,750
    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    Tell me then how the security counsel can work if they are not allowed to interfere in affairs of other states (whatever that is).
    The UNHCR? The UNCLOS?
    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    It's called the UN Charter of Human Rights.

    Klondyke hasn't heard of it because he's as thick as shit and he hasn't got HooHoo helping him bullshit about it yet.
    Please enlighten me why there have been so many wars with millions of casualties and refugees because of persuading the aims of the UNHCR, UNCLOS...

  4. #879
    Thailand Expat
    OhOh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 11:36 PM
    Location
    Where troubles melt like lemon drops
    Posts
    20,621
    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    Tell me then how the security counsel can work if they are not allowed to interfere in affairs of other states (whatever that is).
    The UNHCR? The UNCLOS?
    The UNSC is a debating and decision making organ of the UN. A number of permanent members and another number of rotating members. After debate democratic votes are taken and any actions are agreed. These actions are expected to be adopted by all UN countries.

    There is also a veto option available to those with the biggest guns .....

    Currently one unexceptional country, after failing to win the argument within the UNSC unilaterally, has issues it's own diktat. Which some of it's vassals being enticed/pressurised to support the decree.

    The UNHCR and UNCLOS UN groups produce reports and create international standards as agreed by the UNGA. Objections can be raised and if required UNSC/UNGA can be asked to decide. In addition external legal bodies can be asked for their opinion, if legally competent.

    It appears there are internationally accepted routes to resolve international concerns provided by the UN.

    Any "interference" without UNSC or ONGA direction is not and ever has been legal.
    A tray full of GOLD is not worth a moment in time.

  5. #880
    Hansum Man! panama hat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 05:31 PM
    Location
    Way, Way South of the border now - thank God!
    Posts
    24,414
    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Anything to the matter? Or just your favorite topic "whataboutism"?
    Just another example of your being an utter wanker and liar, nothing more than that



    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    Where did you get that nonsense from?
    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Maybe
    So, nothing eh

  6. #881
    Thailand Expat harrybarracuda's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Last Online
    @
    Posts
    69,918
    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Any "interference" without UNSC or ONGA direction is not and ever has been legal.
    None of this applies when Vlad annexes parts of a sovereign nation of course.


  7. #882
    Alpha Monger
    Backspin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2019
    Last Online
    Today @ 01:31 AM
    Location
    Vancouver
    Posts
    2,537
    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    None of this applies when Vlad annexes parts of a sovereign nation of course.

    Just like Turkey took Cyprus and the UK took the Falklands

  8. #883
    Hansum Man! panama hat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 05:31 PM
    Location
    Way, Way South of the border now - thank God!
    Posts
    24,414
    Quote Originally Posted by Backspin View Post
    Just like Turkey took Cyprus and the UK took the Falklands
    Umm, no. Not 'just like'.

    Really stick to talking about rape, LBs and hookers on your threads

  9. #884
    Thailand Expat
    OhOh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 11:36 PM
    Location
    Where troubles melt like lemon drops
    Posts
    20,621
    Some may find this hour long video informative.

    Initially the Iranian government minister answers questions to questions from a spokesman of the ameristani Council for Foreign Relations. The second half hour the Minister he replies to selected people.


  10. #885
    Thailand Expat harrybarracuda's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Last Online
    @
    Posts
    69,918
    Any exciting bits?

  11. #886
    Thailand Expat
    OhOh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 11:36 PM
    Location
    Where troubles melt like lemon drops
    Posts
    20,621
    First Station Complete Along Laos-China Railway

    By
    Latsamy Phonevilay


    September 18, 2020

    "The first station along the Laos-China Railway was completed on Wednesday, marking a significant occasion for the railway line. The last concrete casting on top of Nateuy Station has been completed, making it the first station fully constructed along the train line.

    Nateuy Station includes one platform and three tracks, a station hall, a waiting hall, ticket halls, substations, and offices. The station, located some 20 kilometers from the Boten Border Crossing, will be a key passenger and freight distribution center in Laos, Xinhua reports.
    China Railway Construction Engineering Group (CRCEG) has continued to work diligently in the face of setbacks including monsoon weather and the Covid-19 pandemic.
    Despite many challenges, the engineers ensured that the station was completed on Wednesday, ahead of schedule.

    A groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of Vientiane Station was held in July.
    Vientiane Station, located in Xay Village, Xaythany District, is to be built by China Railway Construction Group. The station will consist of four platforms with seven track lines and two additional platforms with three lines reserved.
    The station will accommodate up to 2,500 passengers with a total area of 14,543 square meters, according to Laos-China Railway Co. (LCRC), the Vientiane-based joint venture enterprise responsible for the development and operation of the railway.

    “Vientiane Station will be the largest passenger station of the Laos-China railway, and it is expected to connect with the other railway lines planned by the Lao side,” said Head of the Laos-China Railway Project Management Committee under the Lao Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Mr. Chantoula Phanalasy at the ceremony.
    The Laos-China Railway project has been constructed under Chinese management and to Chinese technological standards and is scheduled to open to traffic in December 2021.

    The Laos-China Railway will run some 414 kilometers, including 198km of tunnels, and will traverse 62km of bridges. It will run from the Boten border gate, connecting Northern Laos to China, down to Vientiane Capital, with an operating speed of 160km per hour.

    https://laotiantimes.com/2020/09/18/first-station-complete-along-laos-china-railway/

    http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/202..._139372980.htm

  12. #887
    Thailand Expat
    OhOh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 11:36 PM
    Location
    Where troubles melt like lemon drops
    Posts
    20,621
    Less we forget the unsung heroes continuing to clear up the mess. Left behind by an unexceptional regime across the pacific ocean and it's vassels, some situated toward Antarctica.

    Rat Awarded Medal for Detecting Landmines in Cambodia


    Asia & Pacific06:07 GMT 25.09.2020(updated 07:05 GMT 25.09.2020)

    "Throughout his "career", a giant African rat named Magawa has discovered 39 landmines and 28 undetonated explosives.
    The British charity veterinary organisation PDSA has decided to award a rat named Magawa its Gold Medal for “lifesaving bravery and devotion to duty”, as the rodent has been trained to detect landmines in Cambodia.

    Of the 30 animals to receive the award, Magawa is the first rat. The seven-year-old rodent is over 70 centimetres tall and weighs 1.2 kilograms. He has been trained by the Belgian charity APOPO, which has been raising animals known as Hero Rats since the 1990s to detect mines. After a year of training, the animals are certified.

    “To receive this medal is really an honour for us. I have been working with APOPO for over 20 years,” Christophe Cox, chief executive of APOPO, said as quoted by The Guardian.

    In total, Magawa has discovered 39 landmines and 28 undetonated explosives.


    Cambodia, a nation of over 16 million people, is also home to to six million landmines. According to the non-governmental organisation for demining, HALO Trust, over 64,000 people have died since 1979 in land mine explosions in the country. Additionally, Cambodia has the highest number of mine amputees per capita in the world: more than 40,000 people have lost limbs due to the deadly explosives."


    Rat Awarded Medal for Detecting Landmines in Cambodia - Sputnik International

  13. #888
    Thailand Expat harrybarracuda's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Last Online
    @
    Posts
    69,918
    I'm sure I've seen facetube ads asking to sponsor one.

  14. #889
    Thailand Expat
    OhOh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 11:36 PM
    Location
    Where troubles melt like lemon drops
    Posts
    20,621
    Nord Stream 2 Nears Completion After Clearing Another Hurdle

    By Tsvetana Paraskova - Oct 01, 2020, 2:30 PM CDT

    "Denmark cleared on Thursday the final hurdle to Nord Stream 2 potentially starting operations in Danish waters, while the U.S. continues its attempt to stop the Russia-led natural gas pipeline project.
    On Thursday, the Danish Energy Agency said it had granted Nord Stream 2 AG, the company behind the project, an operations permit for the Nord Stream 2 pipelines on the Danish continental shelf, on a number of conditions.

    “Commissioning can only take place when at least one of the pipelines has been tested, verified and when relevant conditions in the construction permit and the operations permit have been met,’’ the Danish agency said."

    Nord Stream 2 Nears Completion After Clearing Another Hurdle | OilPrice.com

    A link to the Danish conditions is here. In Danish and English:

    https://ens.dk/sites/ens.dk/files/OlieGas/tilladelse_til_drift_af_nord_stream_2_rorledninger ne_en.pdf

    I'll leave it to our industry experts here on TD, to determine them normal or not..

  15. #890
    Alpha Monger
    Backspin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2019
    Last Online
    Today @ 01:31 AM
    Location
    Vancouver
    Posts
    2,537
    Some female reporter lit herself on fire in Russia. It's on Twitter. I reported it. Fucking sick. I didn't even realize I was watching it. It was just added to the news thread as a gif.

    Why..why why why

  16. #891
    Thailand Expat
    hallelujah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 01:56 AM
    Posts
    4,892
    Quote Originally Posted by Backspin View Post
    Some female reporter lit herself on fire in Russia. It's on Twitter. I reported it. Fucking sick. I didn't even realize I was watching it. It was just added to the news thread as a gif.

    Why..why why why


    Well, at a guess, it might just be in protest at Putin's continued harassment and arrests of journalists as he seeks to further censor the press and the voice of any opposition.

    Oh, look! It is!

    Russian journalist dies after setting herself on fire following police search | World news | The Guardian

    Russian editor dies after setting herself on fire - BBC News

    Fancy that, eh, numbnuts?
    Last edited by hallelujah; 03-10-2020 at 03:32 AM.

  17. #892
    Hansum Man! panama hat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 05:31 PM
    Location
    Way, Way South of the border now - thank God!
    Posts
    24,414
    Quote Originally Posted by Backspin View Post
    Why..why why why
    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    Well, at a guess, it might just be in protest at Putin's continued harassment and arrests of journalists as he seeks to further censor the press and the voice of any opposition.
    Calling Skidmark 'numbnuts' is almost a compliment for him

  18. #893
    Thailand Expat harrybarracuda's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Last Online
    @
    Posts
    69,918
    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Calling Skidmark 'numbnuts' is almost a compliment for him
    That's definitely at the top end of the retard spectrum, whereas skidmark is loitering around the bottom of it, constantly plumbing new depths.

  19. #894
    Thailand Expat
    hallelujah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 01:56 AM
    Posts
    4,892
    Maybe it was that weekend feeling which had me being so generous to him.

  20. #895
    Thailand Expat
    OhOh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 11:36 PM
    Location
    Where troubles melt like lemon drops
    Posts
    20,621
    Europe marks distance from Indo-Pacific strategy

    Posted on October 2, 2020 by M. K. BHADRAKUMAR


    "
    The European Council special meeting in Brussels on 1st October had Turkey, Belarus, Russia and China on its agenda. The foreign-policy decisions of the summit — comprising the heads of state or government of all EU countries, the European Council President, and the European Commission President —show a moderate line, which broadly conforms to the German approach.

    In regard of Turkey, France has been pressing for tough measures to “punish” Ankara for its recent actions in the East Mediterranean, Libya and Nagorno-Karabakh. But the EU refrained from imposing any sanctions and instead proposes to constructively engage Turkey in the short and medium term, given that country’s crucial importance to European interests.


    Unsurprisingly, EU supports its member states Greece and Cyprus in their disputes with Turkey, but on the other hand also intends “to launch a positive political EU-Turkey agenda with a specific emphasis on the modernisation of the Customs Union and trade facilitation, people to people contacts, High level dialogues, continued cooperation on migration issues.”

    The EU has mooted a novel forum — a Multilateral Conference on the Eastern Mediterranean. An indicative agenda has been cited — maritime delimitation, security, energy, migration and economic cooperation. Will the proposed forum invite participation by countries outside the EU-Turkey ambit?

    A security architecture for Eastern Mediterranean is an idea whose time seems to have come. Is this another step toward crafting a European identity independent of the transatlantic alliance? Indeed, French President Emmanuel Macron, while on a visit to the Baltic States earlier this week, urged Europe to seek a dialogue with Russia to enhance the continent’s security rather than relying primarily on the NATO military alliance.

    The AP quoted him as saying at a press conference in Riga, “Our collective security imposes that, given geography, we need to discuss with Russians.” Macron argued that Europeans should be able to rethink their relation with Russia despite recent tensions after the poisoning of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny.

    This mellowed approach toward Moscow gets reflected in the EU summit’s decisions on Thursday regarding Belarus and Navalny case. Thus, there isn’t going to be any EU sanctions against President Alexander Lukashenko; no freeze on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project with Russia; no more blame game on the Navalny case.

    Without doubt, the maximum attention goes to the EU’s perspectives on China. The invitation letter from European Council president President Charles Michel ahead of the special meeting on 1-2 October 2020 had highlighted that China would top the agenda:

    “We will then use our first working session for a debate on EU-China relations, following the EU-China leaders’ meeting via video conference on 14 September. We want to work with China on tackling major global challenges such as the COVID 19 pandemic and climate change. We also want to insist on a more balanced and reciprocal economic relationship, ensuring a level playing field. And we will continue to promote our values and standards.”

    Significantly, even as the EU leaders were gathering in Brussels on Thursday, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived at the Vatican to canvass support for the Indo-Pacific strategy, but the Pope refused to grant an audience to the evangelist.

    Succinctly put, the EU summit has stuck to the established path of constructively engaging China in a mutually beneficial relationship with accent on trade and economic ties while also registering its differences with Beijing on the human rights issues and underscoring that China is an indispensable partner in meeting global challenges of vital interest to the European community.

    The salience lies in the EU distancing itself from the US’ Indo-Pacific strategy as a realistic approach to meeting the challenges and opportunities posed by China’s rise. In the European estimation, it is simply impractical to try to isolate China and, importantly, China’s rise on the global stage is a compelling geopolitical reality that demands engagement to mutual benefit.

    Thus, the EU summit urges China “to rebalance the economic relationship and achieve reciprocity”; to advance the negotiations leading to “an ambitious” EU-China Comprehensive Investment Agreement; and “to deliver on previous commitments to address market access barriers, to make progress on overcapacity and engage in negotiations on industrial subsidies at the World Trade Organization.”
    On the other hand, the EU summit flagged its “serious concerns about the human rights situation” in China, especially in relation to Hong Kong and in regard of “treatment of people belonging to minorities.” But then all this has been packed into a single sentence, which also reminds us there is nothing new here other than stated positions. Clearly, life moves on.

    The general expectation is that a Biden presidency will pivot back to the transatlantic alliance as a key platform for the US global strategies. From such a perspective, Biden, the consummate conciliator, can expect some difficult negotiations ahead with European capitals in regard of the policies toward China and Russia, whom the Trump administration bracketed as “revisionist powers”.

    The European mood has dramatically changed since the coronavirus pandemic erupted. Europe’s road to recovery remains uncertain. The crisis is multi-layered — political, economic, financial, and societal. At such a cataclysmic moment, Europe has no desire to get entangled in geopolitical projects vis-a-vis Russia or China.

    The emphasis is on harnessing global cooperation to stabilise the economy. The summit on Thursday “encourages China to assume greater responsibility in dealing with global challenges” such as climate change, biodiversity, “multilateral response” to Covid-19 pandemic, debt relief, etc.


    The European approach will significantly influence the foreign policy directions of a Biden presidency. As the ‘Quad’ foreign ministers meet in Japan next Tuesday in what is regarded as a significant leap forward for a collective strategy against China, a cloud of uncertainty appears as regards the forum’s efficacy itself.

    With the EU and the ASEAN out of it — and very soon Pompeo, too — Quad looks like Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet without the Prince. "


    https://indianpunchline.com/europe-m...ific-strategy/

  21. #896
    Thailand Expat harrybarracuda's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Last Online
    @
    Posts
    69,918
    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Significantly, even as the EU leaders were gathering in Brussels on Thursday, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived at the Vatican to canvass support for the Indo-Pacific strategy, but the Pope refused to grant an audience to the evangelist.
    Worth pointing out that the Pope does not see senior officials on the eve of an election, and his staff pointed that out.

    Of course I don't expect your chinky sycophant pal to even know that, let alone try and and misinterpret it.

  22. #897
    Thailand Expat
    Klondyke's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 10:35 PM
    Posts
    7,750
    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Pope does not see senior officials on the eve of an election,
    ...wasn't he terrible sorry? - please call again I make note for end of Nov in my crowded datebook...

  23. #898
    Alpha Monger
    Backspin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2019
    Last Online
    Today @ 01:31 AM
    Location
    Vancouver
    Posts
    2,537
    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post


    Well, at a guess, it might just be in protest at Putin's continued harassment and arrests of journalists as he seeks to further censor the press and the voice of any opposition.

    Oh, look! It is!

    Russian journalist dies after setting herself on fire following police search | World news | The Guardian

    Russian editor dies after setting herself on fire - BBC News

    Fancy that, eh, numbnuts?
    Oh isn't that edgy of her. Maybe I should have lit myself on fire when I got arrested

  24. #899
    Thailand Expat
    hallelujah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 01:56 AM
    Posts
    4,892
    Quote Originally Posted by Backspin View Post
    Oh isn't that edgy of her. Maybe I should have lit myself on fire when I got arrested
    Yeah, "edgy."

    You fucking thick twat.

  25. #900
    Thailand Expat
    Klondyke's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 10:35 PM
    Posts
    7,750
    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Pope does not see senior officials on the eve of an election
    How considerate from Pope not to meddle in election - even the Pope knows the diplomatic language (BTW, does Pompeo run for POTUS?)


    Incidentally, there are few more "minor" reasons (as per BBC, not sure what the RT...):

    Pope rejects US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meeting

    The Vatican has denied US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo an audience with Pope Francis.

    The Holy See said the Pontiff does not receive politicians during an election period.

    The move adds to a diplomatic row following comments by Mr Pompeo about China and the Catholic Church.

    The Vatican accused Mr Pompeo of trying to use that issue to attract voters in November's US presidential election.

    In an article earlier this month, Mr Pompeo said the Catholic Church was risking its "moral authority" by renewing an agreement with China regarding the appointment of bishops.

    Donald Trump receives support from conservative religious movements, including conservative Catholic voters, some of whom think Pope Francis is too liberal.

    Human rights groups say many Catholics in China are persecuted and driven underground for pledging allegiance to the Pope instead of an official Chinese Catholic association.

    Despite this, in 2018 the Vatican made a deal with China to have some say over the appointment of Chinese bishops.

    At the time Pope Francis said he hoped the deal "will allow the wounds of the past to be overcome" and bring about full Catholic unity in China.

    The agreement is expected to be renewed next month in the face of opposition from some Catholics, including in the US.

    In a speech on Wednesday in Rome Mr Pompeo called on the Vatican to defend religious freedom in China, saying "nowhere is religious freedom under assault more than in China."

    The Vatican's two top diplomats, Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Foreign Minister Archbishop Paul Gallagher, said Pope Francis will not receive Mr Pompeo.

    "The Pope had already said clearly that political figures are not received in election periods. That is the reason," Cardinal Parolin said, according to AFP news agency.

    The two politicians also described Mr Pompeo's public criticism of the Pope as a surprise and Archbishop Gallagher commented that issues for discussion should be negotiated "privately".

    Cardinal Parolin also said it is possible Mr Pompeo's comments were designed to encourage Catholics to support Mr Trump at the polls in November.

    "Some have interpreted it this way - that the comments were above all for domestic political use. I don't have proof of this but certainly this is one way of looking at it," he suggested.

    He added that the Vatican's deal with China is nothing to do with the US.

    Pope rejects US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meeting - BBC News

Page 36 of 39 FirstFirst ... 26282930313233343536373839 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •