World AM News Briefs For Wednesday, 11 Sep 2019
Hello Australia!! - A controversial US war-hawk is out (again) - A stampede kills dozens in Iraq - Italy's new coalition puts an end to far-right chaos for now - Netanyahu's troubling campaign pledge - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
US National Security Adviser John Bolton is out at the White House, but naturally there is disagreement over exactly what happened. Bolton said he had offered his resignation to Donald Trump on Monday night, and was told to wait to discuss it in the morning. By then, Trump tweeted that he had fired Bolton over disagreements on US foreign policy. And it's hard to tell which one to believe: Bolton is widely regarded as an unrepentant war hawk who tried to push two Republican administrations into war with Iran and others, was an architect of the shambolic Iraq War, and stirred up all that trouble in Venezuela; Trump, on the other hand, is known to have told 12,000 lies just from the day he first walked into the Oval Office. What was apparent was that the two disagreed a lot, and Bolton was more frequently pushed to the background in foreign affairs while his rival Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had Trump's support. Trump is now casting about for his fourth National Security Adviser in three years.
At least 31 people are dead and more than a hundred are hurt in a stampede at a Shiite Muslim religious procession in Iraq. Every year, millions of pilgrims travel to Karbala for the Ashura commemoration, and there are conflicting accounts of what happened this year: The BBC reports that during a portion during which pilgrims run through the streets, several tripped, causing others to fall down in front of an advancing crowd of thousands. But the Associated Press quotes local officials who said a walkway collapsed.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is promising to extend Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley if he is reelected next week. The move would effectively annex a key part of the occupied West Bank, and the chief Palestinian peace negotiator said it would "bury" any prospect of peace for a century.
Italy's new center-Left coalition has won a crucial vote of confidence, knocking down far-right former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's dream of forcing a new election so his xenophobic League party could possibly take over. The new coalition is expected to be a little more refugee-friendly. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte delivered a blistering spanking to Salvini: "Assigning one's faults to others is the most linear way to dodge responsibility for life, a sure way, but not the best, to save one's leadership. To err is human, but to give other people the blame is the best way to keep the leadership of your party." Salvini is not done, however, he is calling for a massive rallies of far right parties in October.
Oh, and then Facebook and Instagram removed a bunch of fascist pages.
Incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has named the most gender-diverse in executive team in EU history, with 13 women and 14 men. That's 27 people, one from each EU country - but not from the UK which is exiting the trading bloc on 31 October or 31 January, depending on what happens with the UK power struggle. Von der Leyen and the new team take office on 1 November.
The Philippines has culled more than 7,000 pigs in a one-kilometer circle drawn near the capital Manila after the discovery of African swine fever. The pig disease doesn't hurt humans, but causes hemorrhagic fever in pigs that almost always ends in death. There is no antidote or vaccine, and the only way to stop its rapid spread is a mass cull of livestock.
The human skeletons found under the former home of Paraguayan fascist dictator Alfredo Stroessner will undergo forensic tests to determine who they might have been. Stroessner was a gleeful participant in the US-led murder and oppression of Leftists in Latin America in the 1970s and '80s, and at least 459 of his political opponents were killed or were "disappeared". They were among thousands killed in the name of Western-style capitalism during the dark period. Activists allege that the current Paraguayan government - which has family ties to the old Stroessner dictatorship of 1954 to 1989 - isn't lifting a finger to help investigate the full scope of fascist crimes.