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The All-Encompassing World News Thread
#1

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-...29314.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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#2

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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#3

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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#4
A[quote name="Iron Maiden" url="/community/t/156118/the-all-encompassing-world-news-thread#post_4183434"]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-...29314.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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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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#5

Our PM has just quit:



https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/d...-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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#6

So has Renzi in Italy...lost his vote.



http://www.politico.eu/article/matteo-re...ns-say-no/

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#7
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Originally Posted by Andy Bain View Post
 

Our PM has just quit:



https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/d...-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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#8

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



https://www.commentarymagazine.com/forei...ssia-next/

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#9
A[quote name="Iron Maiden" url="/community/t/156118/the-all-encompassing-world-news-thread#post_4183467"]An American neoconservative's take on Angela Merkel being the next target for Putin and WikiLeaks:

https://www.commentarymagazine.com/forei...ssia-next/
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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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#10
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Originally Posted by Andy Bain View Post
 

Our PM has just quit:



https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/d...-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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#11
ACan I be your guys' PM? I have no experience.
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#12

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



http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/01/europe/fre...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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#13
A[quote name="Iron Maiden" url="/community/t/156118/the-all-encompassing-world-news-thread#post_4183466"]

​What were your personal opinions of the prime minister?  Admittedly, I must plead ignorance on New Zealand politics.
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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.
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#14
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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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Originally Posted by Andy Bain View Post


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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#16

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-c...d=tcoshare

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#17

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/201...00315.html

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#18

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



http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/05/busine...;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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#19

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...ent=202804

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#20
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Originally Posted by Iron Maiden View Post
 

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



http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/01/europe/fre...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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#21
AThis 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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#23

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/ru...t-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...?site=full

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#24
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http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/edito...%3Devent25

​That's about as heinous as it gets.

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#25
ABut they're such a valued trade partner! Something something realpolitik!
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#26
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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-fre...ow_twitter

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#27
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Prime Minister Manuel Valls has thrown his hat into the race:



http://time.com/4590745/manuel-valls-fre...ow_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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#29

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/2016/11/30/1377...al-scandal



Quote:

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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#30

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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#31

^ 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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#32

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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#33

Now look what you've done!



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



Quote:

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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#34

A 6.4 earthquake in Indonesia has killed, at least, 25 people:



http://abcnews.go.com/International/wire...e-44020986

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#35

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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