The New York Times: Deadly Attack Near U.K. Parliament; Car Plows Victims on Westminster Bridge

This was very big news here in the Netherlands too. Same exact date as the Brussels attacks. Coincidence? I think not. I was here then, too. The atmosphere became quite wary. "A knife-wielding assailant driving a sport utility vehicle mowed down panicked pedestrians and stabbed a police officer outside Parliament on Wednesday in a deadly … Continue reading The New York Times: Deadly Attack Near U.K. Parliament; Car Plows Victims on Westminster Bridge

The Guardian: Donald Trump should not be allowed to speak in Westminster Hall, says Speaker

"The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, has said that Donald Trump should not be given the honour of speaking to parliament in Westminster Hall because of the Commons’ opposition to “racism and sexism”. Bercow said being invited to give a speech in Westminster Hall for a foreign leader was an “earned honour”. … Continue reading The Guardian: Donald Trump should not be allowed to speak in Westminster Hall, says Speaker

Medium: Trial Balloon for a Coup? Analyzing the news of the past 24 hours

This whole article is worth a close examination. "The Guardian is reporting (heavily sourced) that the “mass resignations”of nearly all senior staff at the State Department on Thursday were not, in fact, resignations, but a purge ordered by the White House. As the diagram below (by Emily Roslin v Praze) shows, this leaves almost nobody … Continue reading Medium: Trial Balloon for a Coup? Analyzing the news of the past 24 hours

The Hill: Merkel reminds Trump of Geneva Convention’s refugee policy: reports

"German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and reminded him in a phone call on Saturday of the policy of the Geneva Convention regarding refugees, according to reports. ... The United States is party to the Geneva Convention, which consists of several treaties within international law that pertain to the treatment of civilians … Continue reading The Hill: Merkel reminds Trump of Geneva Convention’s refugee policy: reports

DutchNews: Geert Wilders’ PVV stretches lead in latest poll of polls, Seven in 10 don’t know who to vote for in March general election

Sigh. This populist party upsurge is a global phenomenon, though I like to hope it's a last clutch at a forward-moving world. I do envy the Dutch their parliament system, that the other parties can form a coalition against the PVV. Although we also have a coalition of multiple sub-parties, they just exist under the … Continue reading DutchNews: Geert Wilders’ PVV stretches lead in latest poll of polls, Seven in 10 don’t know who to vote for in March general election

The Independent: Women’s March: British and Canadian anti-Trump protesters denied entry to US by border guards

"Canadian and British protesters heading to the Women’s March in Washington have been denied entry to the United States. Joe Kroese, a British man studying in Montreal, told the Independent he was refused entry into the country after a border agent told him he was planning to attend a “potentially violent rally”. There were reports of … Continue reading The Independent: Women’s March: British and Canadian anti-Trump protesters denied entry to US by border guards

Reuters: Hundreds of U.S. Marines land in Norway, irking Russia

Norway is beautiful this time of year. "Some 300 U.S. Marines landed in Norway on Monday for a six-month deployment, the first time since World War Two that foreign troops have been allowed to be stationed there, in a deployment which has irked Norway's Arctic neighbor Russia. Officials played down any link between the operation … Continue reading Reuters: Hundreds of U.S. Marines land in Norway, irking Russia

The Guardian: Netanyahu ‘told New Zealand backing UN vote would be declaration of war’

Oof. "Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly told New Zealand’s foreign minister that support for a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlement-building in the occupied territories would be viewed as a “declaration of war”. According to reports in Israeli media, the Israeli PM called Murray McCully, the foreign minister of New Zealand, before Friday’s resolution, which was co-sponsored by … Continue reading The Guardian: Netanyahu ‘told New Zealand backing UN vote would be declaration of war’