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Post by KaneGR4 on Tue 25 Mar 2014 - 23:24

All chat about Current Affair going on in the world, such as Malaysian flight MH370 or the growing concern surround the situation with Russia & the Ukraine.

Seems to be a lot of talk regarding a possible Cold War 2, or in more extreme cases, World War 3. Barack Obama says Vladimir Putin has a choice to make whether to abide by international law or face "disruptive sanctions" Mr Obama has also said Russia is acting "not out of strength, but out of weakness" in Ukraine. He also warned of the possibility of further sanctions against Russia if it encroached further into Ukraine.

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Re: The Current Affairs Thread

Post by LMR Bandit on Tue 25 Mar 2014 - 23:25

Russia has nukes. The smart decision for Obama to make is to leave Russia alone unless the Ukraine starts pleading for us to help them.







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Re: The Current Affairs Thread

Post by HappyYapiYapo on Tue 25 Mar 2014 - 23:36

I don't believe Putin wants a war. He virtually rules as a dictator doing whatever he wants & just throws money or a bullet at anyone that tries to stop him. Obama wouldn't have the bottle to start a war, for one the British Government wouldn't back him as there's an election next year.






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Re: The Current Affairs Thread

Post by KaneGR4 on Thu 24 Jul 2014 - 12:52

http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-28460625

And another plane goes missing, this time it's Air Algerie on route to Algeria from Burkina Faso.

Pro-Russian separatists claim to have shot down 2 Ukrainian fighter jets, with the situation there decreasing after MH17's crash

And Israel & Palestine are at it again. Dangerous world we live in.

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Re: The Current Affairs Thread

Post by CQR Rogue on Thu 24 Jul 2014 - 13:10

Just very sad horrible news last week from Gaza 7 year old boys murdered by Israeli navy no wonder fathers brothers cousins continue to fight Israel pointless violence increased violence and the innocent suffer. Children of Palestine are victims of both sides who are guilty as each other with the continuation of the circle of violence.

What needs to happen is the UN agreement after ww2 about 2 free states of Palestine and Israel been enforced, Jerusalem to become free city of the UN, UN peacekeepers to protect both countries (maybe china etc)




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Post by ErebusV8 on Thu 24 Jul 2014 - 13:57

In Sundays paper it said the Australian public has 58 reasons why they don't want putin in the country for the G20 Summit.
Turns out even Campbell Newman (State Premier), who's a [Censored], has spoken to Tony Abbott (who's an a*shole) saying that he won't allow Putin in the country or the state for G20 unless the Australian Bodies from MH17 are flown back to Australia and not robbed by Russian 'troops' again

Now I hate Newman, and I hate Abbott even more. But Putin can rot at the deepest depths or Tartarus for eternity


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Re: The Current Affairs Thread

Post by F4H Xyloto on Thu 24 Jul 2014 - 13:59

CQR Rogue wrote:Just very sad horrible news last week from Gaza 7 year old boys murdered by Israeli navy no wonder fathers brothers cousins continue to fight Israel  pointless violence increased violence and the innocent suffer. Children of Palestine are victims of both sides who are guilty as each other with the continuation of the circle of violence.

What needs to happen is the UN agreement after ww2 about 2 free states of Palestine and Israel been enforced, Jerusalem to become free city of the UN, UN peacekeepers to protect both countries (maybe china etc)

Yeah, but we both know that won't happen. 1) Both parties want the city for themselves and 2) in order to do it they would have to stop hating each other, which is quite hard to do when they've killed most of your family. Don't get me wrong, I want nothing more than all of this violence to stop! Just doesn't seem possible at this point in time.

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Re: The Current Affairs Thread

Post by KaneGR4 on Tue 12 Aug 2014 - 2:18

The United States has been reluctant to get drawn back into Iraq in military terms and for good reason.

For one thing, President Barack Obama came to office seeking to extricate the US from foreign wars, not to begin new ones. He remains convinced that Iraq's problems are fundamentally political.

The Obama administration wants to see the back of Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, whom it sees as ruling in a narrow, partisan way, in favour of his own Shia Arab majority. Corrupt and cronyism has sapped the morale and effectiveness of the Iraqi military.

Washington has also been reluctant to arm the Kurdish Peshmerga forces for fear of accelerating the trend towards Kurdish independence - a move that would have widespread ramifications within the region.
However, the gains made by jihadist militants from the Islamic State (IS) - what used to be called Isis - has focused minds in Washington.

A few weeks ago, when IS-led forces were advancing on the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, the US reinforced the protection of its embassy and also deployed manned and unmanned aircraft. For more than a month now the US has been flying some 50 sorties a day to build up a detailed intelligence picture of what is happening on the ground.

It has also established links into key Iraqi security headquarters so that this information can be processed and used if necessary. But despite completing this initial assessment no action was forthcoming.
Mr Obama seemed to be dragging his feet with more and more US commentators urging him to act.

In the event, it was not events on the road to Baghdad that prompted US action but a crisis further north on the borders of the autonomous Kurdish areas. During its advance on Baghdad, IS fighters have plundered a significant quantity of heavy equipment and ammunition from the government's forces.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28707063

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Re: The Current Affairs Thread

Post by KaneGR4 on Fri 19 Sep 2014 - 5:34

Scotland Votes: No. (BBC Forecast, as of 5:30am)

Whilst I personally don't care about the vote, it is funny seeing the overly patriotic get wound up over it on BBC News. Salmond's face must be a picture right now.

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Re: The Current Affairs Thread

Post by nickyf1 on Sat 20 Sep 2014 - 12:50

I voted Yes.  Glasgow voted Yes, Dundee voted Yes, North Lanarkshire voted Yes and West Dumbartonshire voted Yes.  Four of the most deprived areas of the country, including the UKs third largest city.  We didn't reject independence, because 45% of us voted for it.

It's gone beyond the 'overly patriotic' as you put it.  Advocates for independence were genuinely after positive change to protect our country from the rise of the right.  Now we have a minority of right wing loyalists, who obsess over the troubles in Ireland, causing massive unrest in Glasgow city centre, making [Censored] salutes in front of war memorials, and turning our saltire into a symbol of division by burning it.  This is the reality mate.

Alex Salmond was one of few politicians who genuinely never wavered from his beliefs.  This referendum was his lives work.  But, as happens in this country far too often, we let the bigger and the richer win, because they must be better than us.  They have more money and more power, they must be the best option.

This was Glasgow's George Square on Wendesday. Very little polis present.


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Post by LMR Zakspeed on Sat 20 Sep 2014 - 14:35

I actually wonder what Belfast would be like if Scotland had voted Yes.....

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Re: The Current Affairs Thread

Post by LMR Sahara on Fri 3 Oct 2014 - 13:59

http://www.examiner.com/article/world-war-3-imminent-vladimir-putin-planning-major-war-for-a-decade-says-aide

Ive seen an article with the same subject popping up all over the internet. Either this guy is bluffing, or he just spoiled something he wasn't supposed to.

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Re: The Current Affairs Thread

Post by EZT MAKO 6669 on Fri 3 Oct 2014 - 15:34

Putin certainly isn't foolish enough to risk a global confrontation, especially when Russia would most likely end up standing alone against the NATO powers.

Part of the problem is the western media consistently mis-represents and skews the facts regarding events in that region. A perfect example is the arrest and imprisonment of the girls of Pussy Riot. Our media portrayed them as political activists who were being persecuted by the Russian government. Read the commentaries from the region however, and you will find nothing could be further from the truth. Those girls were A-HOLES and deserved to be in prison. I would have had them shot for treason!

The situation in the Ukraine is much the same. Unless you have a grasp of the region's history, you cannot truly understand the conflict. The U.S. and our allies should have stayed out of it from the beginning. It's between the Russians and the Ukrainians. It's none of our business. They will settle it in their own way, one way or another.

It's also interesting to note that Putin has a 67% approval rating in Russia, and at least until the latest events, had a fairly high rating in the EU as well. They certainly like him better than Obama!

For all his faults, Putin is exactly the leader Russia needed to stabilize the country and rebuild the economy.





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Re: The Current Affairs Thread

Post by KaneGR4 on Mon 15 Dec 2014 - 22:37

The Siege on a cafe in Sydney leaves 2 hostages dead. My thoughts go out to the families of those affected.

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Post by KaneGR4 on Tue 23 Dec 2014 - 0:50

Tragic scenes in Glasgow, just after a year from the helicopter disaster and so close to Christmas.

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Post by nickyf1 on Tue 23 Dec 2014 - 1:21

Another terrible day for Glasgow. I was in the area just 20 minutes before it happened. Had no phone or anything. By the time I walked back up Ingram Street the cordons were going up, the traffic lights were turned off, there were riot vans and armed police at the scene, ambulances crawling through the crowds. Just awful gut wrenching stuff, much like last years clutha disaster. It could have been anyone on this forum in any city in the world. It really makes you think about your mortality.

Another dark winter day in this great City of Glasgow Sad

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Re: The Current Affairs Thread

Post by KaneGR4 on Thu 5 Feb 2015 - 0:51

If it was down to me, I'd round up several battalions from willing countries in NATO to send in to Syria & Iraq & completely decimate Islamic State & make sure they never return. Unfortunately going in there & flattening them is against their 'human rights'. I'd argue they rescind any human rights they had when they began this barbaric method of execution.

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