Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:26 UTC
The personal attack on Prime Minister Theresa May's main rival has been branded 'childish.'
Writing in the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun newspaper, the foreign secretary said the Labour leader had little ability to deal with complex international issues like Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and North Korea.
The term 'mugwump' refers to someone who is politically aloof, and stands apart from party politics.
However, if you are a fan of the Harry Potter books and movie franchise, Johnson's name-calling could be considered a complement.
In J.K. Rowling's magical universe, the "supreme mugwump" is the title given to the head of the International Confederation of Wizards.
Equally complementary is the word's origin as a Native American term from the Algonquian tribe meaning "great chief."
Comment: Here's Johnson's full quote:
"They watch his meandering and nonsensical questions and they feel a terrible twinge of human compassion. Well, they say to themselves: he may be a mutton-headed old mugwump, but he is probably harmless."Old Borris has no business referring to any other person on the planet as meandering or nonsensical.
Institute for Political Economy
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:49 UTC
Not only insouciant Americans, but much of the world accepts any statement out of Washington as the truth despite the evidence. If Washington said it, Washington's vassals in Germany, France, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Belgium, and Japan assent to the obvious lie as if it were the obvious truth. So do the CIA purchased media of these vassal states, a collection of whores who prefer CIA subsidies to truth.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:35 UTC
It's the old pub quiz standard: "What's the biggest country in Europe?" Blinded by the usual political definition of the continent, the contestant usually hums and haws, stumped on Germany or France. And is then startled to discover it's Russia.
A few rounds later, another poser is frequently lobbed in. "What's the biggest country in Asia?" Cue much conferring as the assembled brain boxes deliberate over the acreage of India and China. Of course, they are then stupefied when the answer is Russia again. Over the post-tournament drinks, talk turns to the country's sheer magnitude, and there may even be a few resolutions to visit.
You see, this is probably Russia's central problem in Western minds. The place is colossal, immense and vast. And this scares folk. What's more, it means you can convince ordinary punters that Russia is a tremendous threat, even when all credible logic suggests otherwise. Such as the current madness surrounding elections in the "liberal democratic" world, which we are encouraged to believe are increasingly manipulated from Moscow.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:56 UTC
The two service men were killed, and one wounded, while carrying out a special operations raid against Islamic State fighters on Wednesday night. Eighteen IS fighters were allegedly killed in the gunfight.
Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said on Thursday the incident took place in the southern Nangarhar province.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:46 UTC
The US stance, which appeared to signal a willingness to exhaust non-military options, was put forward in a statement following an unusual White House-hosted briefing for the entire Senate.
"The United States seeks stability and the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. We remain open to negotiations towards that goal," a joint statement from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said.
Marc Collins-Rector (Buzzfeed found the lost Hollywood's sex scandal fall guy) taint the billionaire's "genius boy" image. If you wanted to cast a movie star for a film about the global mafia, Geffen's sexual propensities would make a perfect sub plot. But the man who helped Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg found DreamWorks SKG exerts the force of a Hollywood propaganda gangster. Just look underneath a Tom Hanks film plot for your themes.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:23 UTC
If the United States doesn't step up under President Donald Trump, Paul Wolfowitz warns in a new interview for The Global POLITICO, our weekly podcast on world affairs in the Trump era, it would represent an "opportunity" blown, a missed chance that would result in "lost American influence" and a win for "hostile actors."
Wolfowitz, a hawkish Republican known as the architect of the Iraq war for his role in advocating President George W. Bush's 2003 invasion, rarely wades back into the public fray these days over the troubled Middle East, and he insists he's well aware that the American political consensus—in both parties—is now very much against deepening involvement in the region. "I don't think we're up to heroic ventures in the Middle East," he tells me.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:14 UTC
"The Russians are most effective in Syria. The Russians tried to side with the government of [President Bashar] Assad, when the Americans start to side with the rebels. Why do they have to side with the rebels? When they win, there will be chaos," Lorenzana said on the sidelines of the Moscow Conference on International Security.
The Philippines had no interest in being involved in operations of the US-led coalition in Syria, he added.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:14 UTC
Johnson's comments on Thursday follow the recent US bombing of an Assad forces airbase in Syria in response to a deadly chemical incident which the UK and US are attributing to the Syrian government.
The British Parliament held a vote on whether to bomb Assad's forces in 2013 after an earlier alleged chemical attack.
The government of then-Prime Minister David Cameron lost on that occasion after being outflanked by then-Labour leader Ed Miliband.
Comment: So Boris just admitted Britain is a US puppet.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:03 UTC
The launch took place at 9:12 a.m. local time (03:42 GMT) from Abdul Kalam Island, off of the Odisha coast.
The Agni-III, which was developed by the DRDO, has a strike range of more than 3,000 kilometers (over 1,860 miles) and is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads.