World AM News Briefs For Wednesday, 13 June 2018
Good Morning Australia!! - Trump's stunning failure in Singapore, he gives North Korea everything it wants in exchange for nothing - A White House aide retracts his hell curse toward the nicest Prime Minister - Ireland isn't done taking great strides - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Seoul was taken aback by the orange clown Donald Trump's major concessions to North Korea in his talks with Kim Jong-un yesterday: Trump said he would cancel so-called "war games" - US military readiness exercises with America's South Korean allies - which he said were "expensive" and "provocative". South Korea's Presidential Blue House said it needed to "to find out the precise meaning or intentions" of Trump's statement, which clearly had not been discussed with Seoul nor Tokyo in advance. Likewise, the US military in South Korea said it had "received no updated guidance on execution or cessation of training exercises - to include this fall's schedule Ulchi Freedom Guardian" (you'll notice the military doesn't use the term "war games"; the military HATES the term "war games").
So, the clown tossed South Korea and possibly Japan under the bus, after he elevated the dictator of an isolated state with a terrible human rights record to an equal, giving Kim Jong-un a giant propaganda boost. What did the US and the West get in return? Nothing. The paper signed by Trump and Kim at the Singapore summit: Allows North Korea to keep its existing nuclear warheads and delivery systems; allows North Korea to keep its fissionable materials; does not close down Pyongyang's nuclear weapon production sites nor prevents it from opening more; requires no international monitoring of North Korea's nuclear program, nor prepares for any such eventuality. The goal was denuclearization, but that word does not even appear in the agreement.
Trump praised Kim Jong-un as "a very talented young man who loves his country very much"; lauded his "great personality"; and spoke fawningly of a dictator who "(took) over a situation like he did at 26 years of age and is able to run it, and run it tough". To be clear, Kim Jong-un is someone who has had his own brother and uncle and other family members killed in order to consolidate his power; starves his own people; runs gulags where prisoners are raped and murdered; runs a state that has kidnapped citizens of other countries and during his own reign has imprisoned and abused foreigners to use a bargaining chips in international negotiations. Nothing was said about these atrocities while Trump kissed Kim's arse.
Is it possible the orange clown is selling out its Western and Asian allies just to build more crappy condos in the third world nation through which he could launder money? Trump showed Kim a horrible mock movie trailer, pure dreck made of stock footage and still photos that looked like it was put together by the ghost of Ed Wood. But it imagines North Korea with modern high-speed trains (that America doesn't have, btw) and shiny new beachfront condominiums and hotels. "They have great beaches," Trump said at a news conference, "You could have the best hotels in the world right there," and, "You have South Korea, you have China, and they own the land in the middle." But if you DO go to one of Trump's fabulous North Korean resorts, I do not recommend going out for a walk.
White House trade advisor Peter Navarro has apologized for saying there was a "special place in hell" for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for going against Donald Trump at the G7 Summit last week. Trudeau had merely said he would "always protect Canadian workers and Canadian interests" and would not be "pushed around" by the US in the upcoming trade war that Trump started. Trudeau's office did not say if it had accepted the apology. Navarro is a former TV pundit, as was White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow, who also bad-mouthed Trudeau after the G7; Kudlow had a heart attack yesterday and is hospitalized in the Bethesda US Naval Hospital.
Ireland's rapid swing to the sane Left marches on, with the government approving a referendum on deleting the anti-blasphemy law from the Irish Constitution. It will likely be placed on the same ballot with the Presidential election this October, so the public doesn't get referendum fatigue. The Irish constitution still lists "the holy trinity" as the ultimate authority and references a woman's "place" in the home, reflecting the oppressive influence the Roman Catholic Church had on the country for so many decades.
French President Emmanuel Macron blasted the Italian government's "cynicism and irresponsibility" for refusing to allow a rescue ship packed with 629 migrants dock in Italy. The MV Aquarius is stalled off Malta, and will get an escort and sail to Valencia after Spain's new PM offered to help. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte hit back angrily at France, calling its stance on migrants "hypocritical"; Italy has taken in more than 640,000 mainly African migrants over the past five years and accuses its EU neighbors of failing to help share the burden.
Greece and Macedonia have finally ironed out their spat over the latter country's name. The country on Greece's northern border which was formed out of the break-up of Yugoslavia will now be known as the Republic of North Macedonia, pending approval from Macedonian voters and the Greek parliament. Until now, it had used the much more cumbersome moniker of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), and no one wanted to use my suggestion of "Country McCountryface".
Paraguay has eradicated Malaria, with no cases of the mosquito-borne disease reported in five years. "Success stories like Paraguay's show what is possible," said the World Health Organization's (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, "If Malaria can be eliminated in one country, it can be eliminated in all countries." Paraguay's achievement is no small feat, becoming the first country in Latin America to be declared Malaria-free since Cuba did it in 1973. WHO says Algeria, Argentina, and Uzbekistan are on track to be declared free from Malaria later this year. Malaria hasn't been endemic in Australia since 1983, but occasionally pope up in patients who were infected elsewhere.