World AM News Briefs For Wednesday, 16 May 2018
Good Morning Australia!! - North Korea suddenly changes course, and cancels peace talks - Israel and the US try to defend shooting unarmed protesters with live rounds - George Soros pulls out of his home country - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
North Korea abruptly cancelled today's high-level talks with South Korea because of anger over its joint military exercises with the US. Pyongyang also warned that it could also cancel the upcoming summit with the orange clown Donald Trump currently scheduled for 12 June in Singapore. North Korea has already made goodwill gestures before the meeting, releasing three American detainees - and taking steps to shut down its underground nuclear weapons testing facility (that many believe has already collapsed in on itself because of repeated A-bomb blasts). The final dismantling is to take place later this month. The US says Pyongyang must commit to complete denuclearization before it lifts crippling economic sanctions.
The co-pilot of a Chinese passenger jet survived being partially sucked out of the plane when the forward windscreen blew out at 32,000 feet, about 9,750 meters. "Everything in the cockpit was floating in the air," said Liu Chuanjian, captain of Sichuan Airlines Flight 3U8633 over southern China. "I couldn't hear the radio" he said, "The plane was shaking so hard I could not read the gauges." Luckily, the co-pilot was wearing a seat belt and was pulled back in. Passengers were being served their breakfast when the Airbus A319 plunged 10,000 feet before Captain Liu regained control and made an emergency landing; all 119 passengers were unharmed. Airbus and France's BEA accident investigation agency are sending teams to China to assist in the investigation.
And now that stuff that no one agrees on:
A repeat of the carnage on the Israel-Gaza border did not happen on Tuesday; but Israel, the Palestinians, and critics of both had plenty of fingers to point. Israel claimed that around 24 of the people killed by IDF snipers during Monday's violence were terrorists; but even by Israel's own math, that means that the other 36 cut down by unseen gunmen were not terrorists. And around ten of the dead were children, including an eight-month old baby girl who died on Tuesday from inhaling tear gas the day before; but that leads back to the inevitable and necessary question, "Who the hell brings babies to a protest had been violent for three weeks and was known to look like a friggin' battlefield with tear gas and burning tyres?"
Israel and the US blamed the violence on Hamas, which played a big role in the "Great March of Return" protests. At the UN Security Council, the US blocked a statement calling for an independent investigation of Monday's mayhem. US Ambassador Nikki Haley denied that the US decision to move its Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the disputed city of Jerusalem played a role in the violence, and claimed "no country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has". But UN High Commission on Human Rights spokesman Rupert Colville said, "The mere fact of approaching a fence is not a lethal, life-threatening act, so that does not warrant being shot. It seems that anyone is liable to be shot dead." He also dismissed Israel's rationale for using live fire on unarmed protesters: "It is not acceptable to say that 'this is Hamas and therefore this is OK'."
Thousands of Bosnians bridged the country's ethnic divide, marching to demand thorough investigations of the deaths of a young Muslim man and an ethnic Serb. They died in separate incidents, but in each case the parents say the police were negligent and ignored the cases. The marchers carried banners reading "Who is protecting the killers?" and "We want the truth".
Billionaire George Soros is moving his Open Society Foundations (OSF) to Berlin from Budapest because of the "increasingly repressive" environment in Hungary under authoritarian, xenophobic, and anti-Semitic Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who peddles in idiotic conspiracy theories claiming Soros is out to flood Europe with Muslim immigrants for some reason. Orban's government - which was recently returned to power in questionable elections - is planning a series of anti-Soros and anti-OSF laws.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced to 30 days in jail for the 5 May protests against President Vladimir Putin's fourth inauguration. The anti-corruption campaigner argued that banning the protest was itself illegal and the actions against him "ridiculous and unlawful".
US author Tom Wolfe is dead at age 88. He wrote "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test", "The Right Stuff", and "Bonfire of the Vanities".