World AM News Briefs For Monday, 9 October 2017
Good Morning Australia!! - Catalonia's breakaway has a lot of Spanish flags in its way - Trump and his Veep act like clowns - Remembering the brilliant revolutionary who brought hope to millions around the world - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Opponents of Catalonian Independence from Spain held massive rallies in Madrid and Barcelona, suggesting the road to independence has a lot more opposition than first thought. These rallies attracted more than 350,000 people and were much more political than Saturday's demonstrations in white. On Sunday, people waved Spanish and Catalan flags and banners reading, "Catalonia is Spain" and "Together we are stronger" - in both the Spanish and Catalan languages. But the Sunday rallies didn't call for dialogue between Spanish authorities in Madrid and Catalan officials in Barcelona - and in Madrid, neofascist scum Falangists were at the forefront of the March, some flagrantly performing nazi salutes.
Emboldened by the Catalonians, a secessionist movement in Brazil's three southernmost states asked voters in Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, and Parana if they'd be better off leaving the country. The movement is fueled partially by the corruption of unelected President Michel Temer's regime, and tax parity - Brasilia siphoned US$252 Billion from the three states last year, and returned less than a fifth in the form of investment. Few Brazilians believe this will ever happen, but a similar non-binding vote last year swung 95 percent in favor of secession.
There is anger in Ghana after the eighth petrol tanker explosion in four years. At least seven people were killed and scores more were injured in Saturday night's blast in the capital Accra. A similar explosion last December killed five - and two years ago, around a hundred people died in a fuel tanker explosion at a filling station. President Nana Akufo-Addo said his "government is resolved, now more than ever, to ensure such an incident does not occur again".
American taxpayers footed the bill Vice President Mike Pence's security for a perfectly ridiculous publicity stunt as the San Francisco 49ers visited the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium: As NFL players protested rampant police brutality against African-American people by "taking a knee" or raising a fist in a power salute, Pence took his marbles and went home, exiting the stadium. He tweeted disingenuous nonsense about how he could not be present at an event that "disrespects our soldiers, our flag" - which of course was not what happened. But then, after Pence left, the orange clown himself Donald Trump tweeted that he had actually directed the Vice President to leave if there were an anti-brutality protest by NFL players - admitting that the stunt was pre-planned an ham-handedly executed. Later, journalists covering Pence revealed that they were told not to bother leaving the press bus because Pence would probably leave the game early, further confirming the petty little stunt.
Earlier in the day, Trump traded twitter insults with a top Republican senator, alienating his own support in Washington. Last week, Senate Foreign Relations Committee head Bob Corker expressed support for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and apparently ol' babyhands took it seriously: Trump on Sunday morning tweeted that Corker was a "negative voice" and "largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal". Corker - who isn't running for reelection - tweeted back, "It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center," and, "Someone obviously missed their shift this morning."
Several thousand people remembered revolutionary icon Ernesto "Che" Guevara in the Cuban city of Santa Clara, 50 years after his murder by CIA-backed Bolivian troops. Many more watched on TV as his old friend, Cuban President Raul Castro, placed a white rose on Guevara's tomb. "The colossal example of Che endures and multiplies day by day," said Cuban Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel, who cautioned that Che's foe - the United States - has recently demonstrated "a marked interest in a political and economic reconquest" of Cuba. Five decades after his death, the Bolivian village where he died is loaded with statues in his honor while the Socialist government has lifted millions out of poverty, increased education, and brought healthcare to the people.