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The All-Encompassing World News Thread
These could be considered some big news stories that I bet the majority of Americans have no knowledge of...

Quote:Interpol Chief Meng Hongwei Quits and Is Detained by China

In a startling move that could set back the country’s efforts to expand its global presence, the Chinese Communist Party announced late Sunday that the missing president of Interpol, Meng Hongwei, was under investigation on “suspicion of violating the law” and was “under the supervision” of an anticorruption watchdog tied to the party.
The announcement that Mr. Meng, a Chinese citizen, was being detained was posted online by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the party’s watchdog against graft and political disloyalty, on Sunday night.
A few hours later, Interpol said it had received Mr. Meng’s resignation “with immediate effect.”

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Brazil Election: Jair Bolsonaro Heads to Runoff After Missing Outright Win

      Who's Bolsonaro?  - https://youtu.be/FsZ3p9gOkpY

also...."novelty Wolverines"

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Oh, and then there's this story...

Turkey Believes Prominent Saudi Critic Was Killed in Saudi Consulate in Istanbul
I used to be with "it", but then they changed what "it" was. Now, what I'm with isn't "it", and what's "it" seems weird and scary to me. -Grandpa Simpson
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The Brazilian election gives me the most worry.  With how things are going badly in neighboring Venezuela, the addition of a far right Brazilian government would be adding oil to a grease fire.
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St. Petersburg's troll factory was set on fire:

https://themoscowtimes.com/news/infamous...fire-63130

Quote:The office of Russia’s infamous troll factory believed to be at the vanguard of Russia’s information war has been set on fire in St. Petersburg overnight.

An investigation revealed last year that the secretive troll factory had rebranded itself as a media conglomerate with 16 news websites generating more than 30 million pageviews every month. Its operational hub, a website called FAN (Federal News Agency), is based a stone’s throw from the troll farm’s original location in northern St. Petersburg.

The Fontanka.ru news website cited police as saying that an unknown suspect broke the agency’s ground-floor window and threw a Molotov cocktail inside at around 3 a.m. on Tuesday.
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(10-08-2018, 11:20 AM)vtran Wrote: Oh, and then there's this story...

Turkey Believes Prominent Saudi Critic Was Killed in Saudi Consulate in Istanbul

This one is super fucked up:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/09/world...rabia.html

Quote:“The official described a quick and complex operation in which Mr. Khashoggi was killed within two hours of his arrival at the consulate by a team of Saudi agents, who dismembered his body with a bone saw they brought for the purpose.”
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A suspect in the rape and killing of a Bulgarian broadcast journalist whose work highlighted corruption there has been arrested in Germany:

https://www.apnews.com/3a7873c8c6404598b...ce=Twitter
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Alright, which one of you was vacuuming at youtube and knocked out the cable?
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We just legalized marijuana up here so we're all a bit excited and somebody tripped over the cord.

Sorry about that, eh.

Edit:



Originally Posted by ImmortanNick 

Saw Batman v Superman.
Now I know what it's like to see Nickelback in concert.

That's my review.
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Young, professional YouTubers are entering Brazilian politics.  They're conservative, and they're winning a lot of elections just as a fascist inches close to the presidency:

The future is now, and who the hell is prepared for any of this?

Some far-right leaders in America have been saying for years that YouTube is their biggest tool, and liberals barely engage with it.  Maybe they're right.  Plus, you know, YouTube likes to force conservative videos on users whether they watch political videos or not.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/rya...-youtubers

Quote:Kim Kataguiri is known in Brazil for a lot of things. He’s been called a fascist. He’s been called a fake news kingpin. Is he a YouTuber? He definitely uses YouTube. He’s definitely a troll. A troll with a consistent message, though, he points out. Maybe he’s Brazil’s equivalent of Milo Yiannopoulos. His organization, Movimento Brasil Livre (MBL) — the Free Brazil Movement — is like the Brazilian Breitbart. Or maybe it’s like the American tea party. Maybe it’s both. Is it a news network? Kataguiri says it isn’t. But it’s not a political party, either. He says MBL is just a bunch of young people who love free market economics and memes.

One thing is very clear: His YouTube channel, the memes, the fake news, and MBL’s army of supporters have helped Kataguiri, 22, become the youngest person ever elected to Congress in Brazil. He’s also trying to become Brazil’s equivalent of speaker of the House.

As the world panicked over whether Brazil’s far-right presidential frontrunner, Jair Bolsonaro, is more of a Trump or a Duterte, MBL pushed forward 16 of its own candidates. Six of them won on the federal level. More at the state and local levels. MBL’s YouTube channel has grown from zero to 1 million subscribers this year. MBL was on the front page of YouTube every day in the month leading up to the election. They plan to have all of their elected members start their own YouTube channels. Forty percent of MBL’s revenue already comes from YouTube ads. MBL-affiliated YouTuber and newly elected state representative Arthur Mamãe Falei personally made $12,000 off his solo channel in October.

As Mamãe Falei simply puts it, “I guarantee YouTubers in Brazil are more influential than politicians.”

Sitting in an upstairs smoking room in Murdock Barbershop in São Paulo’s southern Moema neighborhood, Kataguiri is almost constantly shifting between two personas. With his skinny black suit and the way he strategically downplays MBL’s controversial past, the whole performance feels like a new persona he’s trying out: congressional Kim Kataguiri.

Kataguiri says he doesn’t agree with all of the outrageous things Bolsonaro says about black people and gay people and women. He claims that even Bolsonaro doesn’t believe his own inflammatory rhetoric.

But Kataguiri also disagrees with what he calls the “political correctness” of the left, like the outrage when Kataguiri was attacked for comparing feminists to instant ramen: “They’re ready in three minutes and you only have them in college.” And while he and his MBL colleagues celebrated the support of Infowars editor-at-large Paul Joseph Watson, Kataguiri says Infowars is too conspiratorial.

Kataguiri calls the hundreds of memes MBL members are transmitting daily on WhatsApp to their thousands of followers fun commentary — even if several of their Facebook pages were banned this summer for spreading misinformation. He makes the same claim as his far-right counterparts in the United States: Facebook discriminates against conservatives.

Kataguiri squirms in his seat as he talks. He has a nervous over-laugh that wouldn’t sound out of place on the other end of an Xbox headset. Sitting with him is MBL member and city councillor Fernando Holiday, also 22, in another slick, skinny suit, and Mamãe Falei, 32, in a T-shirt and jeans. It’s not hyperbolic to say these guys have quietly hacked their way into Brazil’s democratic process.

“We are the biggest political network on the internet,” Kataguiri says confidentially.
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That bastard.
https://features.propublica.org/liberia/...loitation/
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Brazil....welcome to Trumpworld.

Jair Bolsonaro: Far-right candidate wins Brazil poll


Quote:Human Rights Watch issued a lengthy statement noting that the organization would “closely monitor the rhetoric and actions of the Bolsonaro government.”
The statement included a laundry list of some of Bolsonaro’s more troubling behavior, including:
  • Promises that he wouldn’t accept the election results unless he won
  • Claims that he would shoot Workers Party supporters and make progressives leave the country
  • Statements that Brazil’s military dictatorship (1964-1985) should have killed dissenters instead of only torturing them
  • Promises to allow police to openly target suspected criminals with extrajudicial killings
  • Comparisons of Afro-Brazilians to “cattle”
  • Describing refugees as the “scum of the earth”
  • Claiming he would rather his son die than be gay
  • Telling a congresswoman he would not rape her because she is “ugly.”
https://splinternews.com/brazilians-elec...1830061257
I used to be with "it", but then they changed what "it" was. Now, what I'm with isn't "it", and what's "it" seems weird and scary to me. -Grandpa Simpson
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It’s mind-boggling to see other countries not only not learn from our debacle, but double down. Never rule out the possibility of Trump 2020, illegitimate or otherwise.
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"Sigh" I was hoping for some good news today.
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(10-29-2018, 12:58 AM)shaunh Wrote: It’s mind-boggling to see other countries not only not learn from our debacle, but double down. Never rule out the possibility of Trump 2020, illegitimate or otherwise.

I despise Bolsonaro as much as any sane and decent person should, but the problem here is that while Bolsonaro is certainly very bad news (Think Trump style right wing but with brains and political power as well), the issue is that the left wing that has been in power in several latin american countries post military dictatorships has been utterly corrupt, pandering to communism/populism and in bed with several awful, awful people (terrorist groups, drug cartels, left wing dictatorships like Cuba/Venezuela), and the people are fed up with it.
Macri in Argentina is currently dealing with one fucked up economy due to blatant corruption of the left wing years, and so is Brasil, on a much wider, wider scale (see the Petrobas/Odebrecht scandals, which make Trump and Watergate look like petty larceny in comparison); we in Chile lucked out because in the 70s, we got this early with the Allende socialist catastrophe and the Pinochet dictatorship that followed, but we then thankfully had a peaceful transition to democracy, and a more balanced Left/Right wing political system, with Bachelet's second presidency thankfully not suceeding at populism/socialism, and now we have a moderate right wing in power with Piñera's second presidency.
But most of the rest of latin america is truly fucked because of what I wrote above, so Bolsonaro coming to power is, sadly, no surprise at all, damn it.
"Dictatorships foster oppression, dictatorships foster servitude, dictatorships foster cruelty; more abominable is the fact that they foster idiocy."

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Fair enough, ryoken. Still, you'd hope people would use our example to stop being dumdum's and realizing there's more to it than playing keep away with the political football and, instead, go after the heart of corruption itself.
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(10-29-2018, 10:34 AM)shaunh Wrote: Fair enough, ryoken. Still, you'd hope people would use our example to stop being dumdum's and realizing there's more to it than playing keep away with the political football and, instead, go after the heart of corruption itself.

Well, I think Chile has reached a somewhat reassuring level of levelheadeness, but as the rest of LA, who knows?
We just got the double FUCK YOu combo of Socialism Failure and Fascist Dictatorship early than everyone else and, again, lucked out with a peaceful transition to democracy.
"Dictatorships foster oppression, dictatorships foster servitude, dictatorships foster cruelty; more abominable is the fact that they foster idiocy."

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Chile seems great. It's on the short list of South American countries I'd immigrate to if shit ever truly hit the fan here. Uruguay seems relatively stable too.
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Yeah, Chile would be my go-to if fleeing the American Reich ever gets to the point of being on my to-do list. Only problem is I haven't kept up on my Spanish in the fourteen years since I took it and I was never that great to begin with.
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Haven't you seen Starship Troopers? They speak English down there anyways.
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(10-29-2018, 04:41 PM)Munson Wrote: Haven't you seen Starship Troopers? They speak English down there anyways.

That was Buenos Aires, Argentina!

(10-29-2018, 01:10 PM)Amos Wrote: Chile seems great. It's on the short list of South American countries I'd immigrate to if shit ever truly hit the fan here. Uruguay seems relatively stable too.

(10-29-2018, 04:06 PM)commodorejohn Wrote: Yeah, Chile would be my go-to if fleeing the American Reich ever gets to the point of being on my to-do list. Only problem is I haven't kept up on my Spanish in the fourteen years since I took it and I was never that great to begin with.

Well, like I said before, I think we just got the worse of both sides of the political spectrum early, so now all our infighting is mostly political optics and both wings know not to rock the boat enough to sink it again.
I think our saving grace was Pinochet allowing the vote on a returning democracy and respecting the results, along with a lot of the moderate left looking at the economic thriving build during that era and saying "lets not fuck it up much this time" during their decades in power after Pinochet left power.
So far, the left hasnt tried or suceeded in going full Chavez, nor have the right wing done the same and gone full Trump.
We still have issues like a wealth gap, vandalism in protests and needs for educational/medical/economical reform, but we're geting there...or we'll go the way of the USA in a few more decades.
But right now, what we have is stable, works and doesnt suck much. Thats as good as it gets these days on this planet.
"Dictatorships foster oppression, dictatorships foster servitude, dictatorships foster cruelty; more abominable is the fact that they foster idiocy."

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Spain is closing most of its coal mines by the end of the year and investing in a transitional program to minimize the disruption for miners and their communities.  Plus, the solar tax is getting the boot:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/...-250m-deal

Quote:Spain is to shut down most of its coalmines by the end of the year after government and unions struck a deal that will mean €250m (£221m) will be invested in mining regions over the next decade.

Pedro Sánchez’s new leftwing administration has moved quickly on environmental policy, abolishing a controversial “sunshine tax” on the solar industry, and announcing the launch of Spain’s long-delayed national climate plan next month.

Unions hailed the mining deal – which covers Spain’s privately owned pits – as a model agreement. It mixes early retirement schemes for miners over 48, with environmental restoration work in pit communities and re-skilling schemes for cutting-edge green industries.

Teresa Ribera, the minister for ecological transition, said: “With this agreement, we have solved the first urgent task we had on the table when we came to government. Our aim has been to leave no one behind. We also want to go further, we want to innovate. That is why we offer the drawing up of ‘Just Transition’ contracts, with the aim of helping the regions to consolidate the employment of the future.”

More than a thousand miners and subcontractors will lose their jobs when 10 pits close by the end of the year. Almost all of the sites were uneconomic concerns that the European commission had allowed Spain to temporarily keep open with a €2.1bn state aid plan.

Montserrat Mir, the Spanish confederal secretary for the European Trades Union Congress, said the “just transition” model could be applied elsewhere.

“Spain can export this deal as an example of good practice,” she said. “We have shown that it’s possible to follow the Paris agreement without damage [to people’s livelihoods]. We don’t need to choose between a job and protecting the environment. It is possible to have both.”
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Six far-right suspects are being held over a terror plot against Emmanuel Macron:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/n...uel-macron

Quote:Six people linked to the far right have been detained in connection with a “violent” plot against the French president, Emmanuel Macron, officials said.

The six, who were not identified, were picked up by anti-terrorism units in the eastern French regions of Moselle and Isère and the north-west region of Ille-et-Vilaine, officials added.

A source close to the investigation said the arrests came after reports of a possible plot involving “violent action” aimed at the president. Prosecutors have launched an investigation into a “criminal terrorist association”, a judicial source said.

Another official said: “This investigation is looking into a plot, vague and ill-defined at this stage, involving violent action against the president of the republic.”

In July 2017, a 23-year-old far-right extremist was charged with plotting to assassinate Macron at France’s Bastille Day military parade, which the French leader attended with the US president, Donald Trump.
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but...but you know the far left are crazy too.
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A man stabbed three people in Melbourne with a knife:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trolley-man-h...22580.html

Quote:A brave bystander dubbed “Trolley Man” has been praised for his selfless actions in his attempt to halt the knife-wielding man who stabbed three people in Melbourne.

Moments after a van went up in flames at 4.20pm on Friday, police shot the man as he swiped at officers with a knife.

Dramatic footage captured from the scene shows officers try to apprehend the man following his stabbing attack.
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Brazil's new foreign minister has some words to say:

https://twitter.com/OliverStuenkel/statu...3399884800

   
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Here's an investigative piece into how Chinese telecoms giant ZTE is helping Venezuela build a system that monitors citizen behavior through a new ID card, known as the “fatherland card.”

https://www.reuters.com/investigates/spe...zuela-zte/

Quote:In April 2008, former Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez dispatched Justice Ministry officials to visit counterparts in the Chinese technology hub of Shenzhen. Their mission, according to a member of the Venezuela delegation, was to learn the workings of China’s national identity card program. 

Chávez, a decade into his self-styled socialist revolution, wanted help to provide ID credentials to the millions of Venezuelans who still lacked basic documentation needed for tasks like voting or opening a bank account. Once in Shenzhen, though, the Venezuelans realized a card could do far more than just identify the recipient.

There, at the headquarters of Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp, they learned how China, using smart cards, was developing a system that would help Beijing track social, political and economic behavior. Using vast databases to store information gathered with the card’s use, a government could monitor everything from a citizen’s personal finances to medical history and voting activity.

“What we saw in China changed everything,” said the member of the Venezuelan delegation, technical advisor Anthony Daquin. His initial amazement, he said, gradually turned to fear that such a system could lead to abuses of privacy by Venezuela’s government. “They were looking to have citizen control.”

The following year, when he raised concerns with Venezuelan officials, Daquin told Reuters, he was detained, beaten and extorted by intelligence agents. They knocked several teeth out with a handgun and accused him of treasonous behavior, Daquin said, prompting him to flee the country. Government spokespeople had no comment on Daquin’s account.

The project languished. But 10 years after the Shenzhen trip, Venezuela is rolling out a new, smart-card ID known as the “carnet de la patria,” or “fatherland card.” The ID transmits data about cardholders to computer servers. The card is increasingly linked by the government to subsidized food, health and other social programs most Venezuelans rely on to survive. 

And ZTE, whose role in the fatherland project is detailed here for the first time, is at the heart of the program.

As part of a $70 million government effort to bolster “national security,” Venezuela last year hired ZTE to build a fatherland database and create a mobile payment system for use with the card, according to contracts reviewed by Reuters. A team of ZTE employees is now embedded in a special unit within Cantv, the Venezuelan state telecommunications company that manages the database, according to four current and former Cantv employees.

The fatherland card is troubling some citizens and human-rights groups who believe it is a tool for Chávez’s successor, President Nicolás Maduro, to monitor the populace and allocate scarce resources to his loyalists. 

“It’s blackmail,” Héctor Navarro, one of the founders of the ruling Socialist Party and a former minister under Chávez, said of the fatherland program. “Venezuelans with the cards now have more rights than those without.”
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