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Today's World Census Report
The Largest Gambling Industry in Greater Middle East
The World Census tailed known underworld figures in order to determine which nations have the largest gambling industries.
As a region, Greater Middle East is ranked 10,008th in the world for Largest Gambling Industry.
|1.||The Emirate of al-Bana of Jemen||Corporate Police State Entrepreneurial Freedom Zone||“The Hour has approachedÖ”|
|2.||The United Arab Republic of Abu Arabia||Psychotic Dictatorship Communist Dictatorship||“أعظم أمة هي الأمة العربية”|
|3.||The Republic of Islamic State of Iraq and Baghdad||Anarchy Lawless Wasteland||“الله أكبر”|
|4.||The Republic of The-Czechoslovakia||Anarchy Lawless Wasteland||“Pravda vŪtězŪ”|
|5.||The Republic of Gagauzistan||Free-Market Paradise Paradise||“Yaşasın Gagauzistan!”|
|6.||The Federal Republic of The United American-States||Corporate Bordello Patriotic Business Zone||“In God We Trust”|
|7.||The Democratic Republic of -United-States-||New York Times Democracy New York Crimes So-Called Democracy||“In God We Trust”|
|8.||The United States of The Greater Iran||Corporate Bordello Patriotic Business Zone||“Freedom, Motherland and Unity”|
|9.||The Confederacy of Baltian Duchies||Right-wing Utopia Utopia||“In Treue Fest”|
|10.||The Republic of Nationalist Turkey||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy Communists||“Ne mutlu TŁrkŁm diyene”|
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New York Times
Trumpís Speech to the UN General Assembly
September 22, 2020
ďIt is my profound honor to address the United Nations General Assembly.
Seventy-five years after the end of World War II and the founding of the United Nations, we were once again engaged in a great global struggle. We waged a fierce battle against the invisible enemy ó the China virus ó which claimed countless lives in 188 countries.
In the United States, we launched the most aggressive mobilization since the Second World War. We rapidly produced a record supply of ventilators, creating a surplus that allowed us to share them with friends and partners all around the globe. We pioneered life-saving treatments.
Thanks to our efforts, three vaccines were completed and distributed across the world. We mass-produced them in advance so they could be delivered immediately upon arrival to people across the globe.
We distributed a vaccine, we defeated the virus, we ended the pandemic, and we will enter a new era of unprecedented prosperity, cooperation, and peace.
As we pursue this bright future, we must hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague onto the world: China.
In the earliest days of the virus, China locked down travel domestically while allowing flights to leave China and infect the world. China condemned my travel ban on their country, even as they cancelled domestic flights and locked citizens in their homes.
The Chinese government and the World Health Organization ó which is virtually controlled by China ó falsely declared that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission. Later, they falsely said people without symptoms would not spread the disease.
The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions.
In addition, every year, China dumps millions and millions of tons of plastic and trash into the oceans, overfishes other countriesí waters, destroys vast swaths of coral reef, and emits more toxic mercury into the atmosphere than any country anywhere in the world. Chinaís carbon emissions are nearly twice what the U.S. has, and itís rising fast. By contrast, after I withdrew from the one-sided Paris Climate Accord, last year America reduced its carbon emissions by more than any country in the agreement.
Those who attack Americaís exceptional environmental record while ignoring Chinaís rampant pollution are not interested in the environment. They only want to punish America, and I will not stand for it.
If the United Nations is to be an effective organization, it must focus on the real problems of the world. This includes terrorism, the oppression of women, forced labor, drug trafficking, human and sex trafficking, religious persecution, and the ethnic cleansing of religious minorities.
America will always be a leader in human rights. My administration is advancing religious liberty, opportunity for women, the decriminalization of homosexuality, combatting human trafficking, and protecting unborn children.
We also know that American prosperity is the bedrock of freedom and security all over the world. In three short years, we built the greatest economy in history, and we are quickly doing it again. Our military has increased substantially in size. We spent $2.5 trillion over the last four years on our military. We have the most powerful military anywhere in the world, and itís not even close.
We stood up to decades of Chinaís trade abuses. We revitalized the NATO Alliance, where other countries are now paying a much more fair share. We forged historic partnerships with Mexico and Central America to stop human smuggling. We are standing with the people of Venezuela in their righteous struggle for freedom.
We withdrew from the terrible Iran Nuclear Deal and imposed crippling sanctions on the worldís leading state sponsor of terror. We obliterated the ISIS caliphate 100 percent; killed its founder and leader, al-Baghdadi; and eliminated the worldís top terrorist, Qasem Soleimani.
This month, we reached a landmark breakthrough with two peace deals in the Middle East, after decades of no progress. Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain all signed a historic peace agreement in the White House, as well as Turkey moving their embassy to Jerusalem, with many other Middle Eastern countries to come. They are coming fast, and they know itís great for them and itís great for the world.
These groundbreaking peace deals are the dawn of the new Middle East. By taking a different approach, we have achieved different outcomes ó far superior outcomes. We took an approach, and the approach worked. We intend to deliver more peace agreements shortly, and I have never been more optimistic for the future of the region. There is no blood in the sand. Those days are, hopefully, over.
America is fulfilling our destiny as a peacemaker, but it is peace through strength. We are stronger now than ever before. Our weapons are at an advanced level like weíve never had before ó like, frankly, weíve never even thought of having before. And I only pray to God that we never have to use them.
For decades, the same tired voices proposed the same failed solutions, pursuing global ambitions at the expense of their own people. But only when you take care of your own citizens will you find a true basis for cooperation. As President, I have rejected the failed approaches of the past, and I am proudly putting America first, just as you should be putting your countries first. Thatís okay ó thatís what you should be doing.
I am supremely confident that next year, when we gather in person, we will be in the midst of one of the greatest years in our history ó and frankly, hopefully, in the history of the world.
Thank you. God bless you all. God bless America. And God bless the United Nations.Ē
19:30 - Belgrade
PRESIDENT KONSTANTINOVIĆ ADDRESSED THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
This afternoon, on the regular session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, President of Yugoslavia Kristijan Konstantinović has addressed the Assembly with following speech:
"Ladies and gentlemen,
Mr. Secretary General,
Mr. President of the General Assembly,
Distinguished national leaders,
Dear friends and delegates,
I am using the opportunity to address this honorable chamber for the third time since I've become President of Yugoslavia. Three years of tough work on maintenance of global peace and prosperity have passed and the United Nations are more engaged in numerous global projects and therefore produce better results for the billions of people around the globe, represented in this chamber today. For seven and a half decades, United Nations have managed to transform the world into a better place for people inhabiting this planet and as the President of a nation that participates in such efforts since the beginning, I am proud to stand here today, also proud on results of Yugoslav participation in mentioned UN efforts. Unlike some, who believe that the response to contemporary issues should be searched for in revolutionary methods, government that I here represent today is proud to uncompromisingly believe in democracy and its means. It is true that we are faced with unprecedented crises, but for us that is yet another reason not to fall under the populist calls for suspensions of the democratic procedures, either on national and international levels. It is true that there is a lot of job to be done in next few years and decades, but let us not fool ourselves that the job can be done via empty populist chants and by neglecting the scientific results when it comes to solutions.
It seems to be impossible to speak of that situation in year 2020 without mentioning the terrible pandemic we've passed through with a realistic chance that it will come back once again. Like many scientists have said, corona has likely come to stay. Despite the messages sent by some national leaders of more or less relevant global powers, it will not be erased ex nihilo, and instead it requires continuation of our commitment to fight the pandemic and its consequences. Consequences of pandemic, especially in less developed parts of the world, are terrible both in terms of health image and economy. I use this chance to urge the General Assembly and the Security Council as well to work together on creating a joint solutions for this problem. Pandemic is a global crisis and it could be resolved only in the collective manner of responding, and same goes for the economic trouble it is creating in large parts of the world.
When it comes to Yugoslavia, we're learning our lessons. We do not accept to be lectured by those who think that they know better, while we know that they don't know better, but we are glad to learn by those in whose expertise on the matter we have full trust. Currently, situation doesn't look very well, but we're optimists and we're enthusiastic to rebuild the damage that covid-19 has left behind the pandemic in our health system and economy. An important field where we're going to act efficiently is energetics. Prior to this year, we've struggled for years to increase the total participation of clean, eco-friendly and renewable energetic sources in statistic image of our production and consumption, but due to lack of courage to enter the large projects on that field no major change has been achieved. Time has come to change that, and we know the way. Current government, whom I am proud to work with, has launched two energetic projects which are going to transform entire energetic picture of Yugoslavia once and for all, and that way set an example for many of countries represented here today. First project is Iron Gate III hydroelectric power plant, which should be finished up to the end of 2022 as the largest hydroelectric power plant on entire Danube river. Second project is initiative to increase the usage of the nuclear power in production of electricity and the government has pledged to work on that up to 2025. In next five years, Yugoslavia will enter its energetic future of clean and renewable energy production and consumption and we urge the others to follow our example.
In moments when global warming is creating the serious trouble for living beings all around the world at different levels, hitting the beautiful ice-covered areas of the North and South Pole especially, it is important that the global leaders respond. I am saying this for a third time and I will say it a thousand more times if that is what is needed for this to be heard: It is beautiful that we're encouraging our people to make small steps in their eco-friendly behavior, but there will be no significant change until we force the big business corporations to follow the laws and stop polluting the globe. That same rule applies equally on both East and West and both small and large economies. I urge this Assembly to act together and to act now, because five years from now might be too late. There can be no ifs and no buts because we don't have the other planet to live on, and even if we had another planet we don't have right to destroy this one, because it is a home of not just the human kind, but millions of other living species. We don't have neither moral nor any other right to ruin their home.
But allow me to limit this speech to the human actions, especially ones in Europe and in the neighborhood. For years, Yugoslavia plays an active and recognizable role in the European politics. Today, we're proud to see the Europe gaining more independence in terms of collective security and defense policy. That doesn't mean any sort of division between the Europe and our American partners. Quite opposite. We're witnessing the USA turning towards the isolationism, and we're far from happy with that, but if it is to be a geopolitical fact, in that case the Europe has decided to act actively and protect own interests by integrating ourselves further, which is perfectly compatible with the interests of our former allies. But allow me to say that I am proud on role that NATO has played in its last days, especially during intervention in Libya, and on role that Yugoslavia has played during the same events. I heard that some here called it 'a disaster', and I must say that I disagree from the bottom of my stomach with such positions. Before NATO jumped in, Libya was on brink of destroying of the pro-democratic forces. After we finished the operation, Libya held its first democratic elections on which both sides competed as equals. Such elections would've never been possible without our intervention, despite many others trying to seize the glory for themselves now. We all know what happened and we know that the EU was, is and will continue to be factor of stability on the Middle East, recognized by our Middle Eastern allies and the people of those nations.
Current situation in Sahuria, although a lot more complicated, goes in the same direction. Once again, European Union plays an important role in resolving the conflict. Our primary interest is defeat of the ISIS, which we consider to be the personification of the universal evil on the face of the Earth. Our second interest is for the civil war to end with victory of democratic forces, because only stable and democratic government, such as one that took power in Libya, can be a real guarantee of regional stability. And yes, stability is important, to prevent the current flow of economic migrations to Europe. While there is a strong rhetoric of war refugees moving out of the war zones, let us not forget the international regulations and laws. Someone is a war refugee when he moves one state away from the conflict zone, there registers and continues to live there. Current flow of migrants trying to reach the Western Europe is many states away from the war zone and therefore illegal. Our government has always stood to provide the asylum to everyone who seek it legally, but we are not going to tolerate the illegal attempts of some trying to enter Yugoslavia so that they could get to the West. However, we will continue to struggle within the European Union for set of deals between the EU and the nations surrounding the Sahuria, who are legal shelter of true war refugees and not the economic migrants, to offer those nations all the needed aid because that is our humane duty, completely independent of the issue of whether those migrants intend to reach Europe or not.
Ladies and gentlemen, I could've said much more on the listed issues, but I'm afraid that situation is mostly clear on most of the issues and instead of long speeches what is needed is action. Yugoslavia acts. And we call others to join us in our actions on all the fields mentioned. Thank you and I wish you all the best until the next annual session, which is going to be my last, when we could finally summarize what has been realistically achieved since this speech."
France 24 - English
- September 22nd, 2020
French naval reshuffle
- | Paris - Yesterday, France's helicopter cruiser, FS Jeanne d'Arc was sold to Brazil as France would undergone a 'naval reshuffle' program. The ship's decommissioning and eventual sale was necessary, as the ship had aged, and would serve no purpose other than as a power display. However instead, three new helicopter cruiser would be constructed, and would still follow the same design as Jeanne d'Arc, although it would incorporate some new and advance technologies. The three new cruisers would be important to serve as a forward operation base or FOB when major carriers are not present to commit such tasks, and its airlifting capability would allow for disaster relief in areas that may not support the use of aircraft carriers.
On top of which, France had planned to construct three new Horizon-class destroyers, four new Triomphant-class submarines, three new Paris-class 'attack destroyers' and lastly, another Charles de Gaulle-class aircraft carrier is under construction at Brest, and is expected to be operate on the high seas by at least January 2021. Upon commission, all of the ships mentioned above would gave France an extra jump boost, further enhancing French naval capability, and would be crucial in defending the republic from foreign threats.
- Radicalisation and Education, or How to Save the World
Indian President Priya Kunnathuparmabil addresses the United Nations General Assembly
This is my first time on a world stage like this, and I want to thank everyone for this, and especially the people of India.
For those of you who donít know, I am Priya Kunnathuparambil, or PRMK. Last May, I replaced Manmohan Singh as the leader of the Indian National Congress, and the President of India, a role he held for over a decade. He oversaw the merging of the Presidential and Prime Ministerial roles in 2007, the Great Reforms, and played an instrumental role in the India we have today.
Singh was forced out of office. Forced out by the people of India. Why? Manmohan Singh was the first Sikh in office. Over time, his approval decreased, all because he was a Sikh. As soon as the INC announced me as their new leader, popularity surged upwards again. Because Iím Hindu.
Acha was a Christian, and Amma was Hindu. I was born into a relatively poor family in central Kerala, and life wasnít easy. Ammaís family didnít know acha was Christian until the day of the wedding, which amma recalls turning into some sort of riot, all because of differing religious beliefs.
In January, acha died of cancer. We deliberately didnít tell ammaís side of the family about the funeral or even his death because we feared what they would do.
So why am I saying this? A massive problem we have in India, and that the world has, is radicalism. The radicalisation of the masses into extreme ideologies is taking place all over the world, from my home country of India to even here in a supposedly civil western society.
Everyone and their cow knows about the religious fanatics in India. Even today, as I stand here as a Hindu in Hindu clothing, we have a problem. Thankfully, itís not as bad as it could be. The opposition leader for the last few years, Narendra Modi, and his party, Bharatiya Janata Party, have seen a frightening rise in popularity.
Modi and the BJP are nothing short of fascist Hindu extremists. The tell Hindus that this is a Hindu country, and that everyone should be such. He openly advocated for the innocence of child rapist Kovider Udawatte a few months ago because his victim was, and Modi really said this, Ďonly a Muslim.í
Only a Muslim.
Here we have the second largest party in India and itís leader is saying raping a child is ok if the child is Muslim. This man, if you can call him that, is more filthy and vile than the Ganges River. One of the biggest problems of my administration is telling Hindus that Modi is spreading lies faster than the Chinese spread the Coronavirus. Modi wanted to introduce a bill that meant Muslims couldnít gain citizenship. He wanted to make India a Hindu state. He is a Hindu nationalist. He is a pig. I will not let that miserable excuse of a man destroy my country; you will never see him on this stage Iím standing on today.
And itís not only Hindu nationalists that are the problem. 16 of the last 18 terrorist attacks in India were done by Islamic extremists. The other 2 where done by Maoists. Islamic fundamentalism is almost as big a threat as Hindu nationalism in India. The only thing making Hindu nationalism worse is that there are more Hindus than Muslims.
Now, of course, not all Muslims are bad, and not all Hindus are bad. Iím Hindu, and Iím normal. My best friend growing up was Muslim. Sheís normal. As I give this speech, I must remind people not to be prejudice against people of different beliefs. Differing beliefs is good, but itís extremism, fundamentalism, radicalisation, that is the issue.
India is not alone in this struggle, however, and it would be stupid to say so. If you think India is the only country fighting against extremist forces, I encourage you to crawl out from under your rock and look around. Radicalisation and extremism are everywhere.
In Myanmar, the 969 Movement has seen multiple acts of violence committed towards Muslims inflicted upon them by Buddhists extremists. The movement has been misguided into this idea of a big Islamic invasion of the country and the instillation of an Islamic state. At least 100 ethnically Muslim Rohingya have been slaughtered by the movement.
In the Middle East, there are countless murders and rapes and other acts of violence and torture inflicted upon thousands of people, all because they arenít Muslim. Last year, 4 136 Christians were killed, 2 625 without trial, and 1 266 churches destroyed throughout much of Asia, and especially North Africa and the Middle East.
This isnít a new thing either, I hate to say.
Christian fundamentalists destroyed thousands of lives through the various crusades and riots between protestants and Catholics throughout Europe in the dark and middle ages. 120 Ė 140 were massacred in Utah back in 1857 by a bunch of crazed Mormons. The fight between Jews and Muslims in Israel have been going on since the dawn of time.
Perhaps most notably, Hitlerís Germany annihilated 6 million Jews in less than a decade in World War 2. Violently secular regimes like China, USSR, and Cambodia have lasted about a century. There are no winners in religious fundamentalism.
Itís not just religion, either. Extreme ideologies like fascism plagued the following countries last century; Italy, Romania, Yugoslavia, Japan, Republic of China, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Greece, San Marino, Byelorussia, Albania, Macedonia, France, Croatia, Montenegro, Monaco, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and, of course, Germany.
Thankfully, we have worked together in our individual countries and regions and together to destroy this evil ideology. Germany alone killed over 2 crore (20, 000, 000) people, and the real death toll is much higher, not even thinking about the injuries and the psychological consequences.
However, there is still one extremist political ideology ruining the lives of millions around the world. Despite destroying fascism, Communism still somehow lives on. There are still people who think communism worked, or works, or is good. Some 100 million people have died under communism, donít tell me it works! Mao Zedong alone killed some 45 million people in the Great Leap Forward! You have to be absolutely out of your mind if you think communism is a remotely good idea!
China, Cuba, Laos, Vietnam. All still communist. Former communist countries include Russia, Ukraine, Finland, Germany, France, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Hungary, Poland, Ireland, Azerbaijan, Czechoslovakia, Tajikistan, Persia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Georgia, Mongolia, Spain, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Romania, Moldova, Greece, Albania, Bulgaria, Norway, Austria, Denmark, Japan, Korea, the other Korea, Yugoslavia, Colombia, Zanzibar, Yeman, Congo, Somalia, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Angola, Benin, Madagascar, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Grenada, and Burkina Faso.
Of the about 54 communist regimes, 4 remain. Yet, in a lot of the world, this is the championed ideology of especially younger individuals. Ignored is the fact that Che Guevara literally slaughtered homosexuals, or the Maoís Great Leap Forward consisted entirely of lies and fearmongering, or that the Cheka killed anyone with clean hands in the early days of the USSR. Ignored is the truth of communism. The horrible and deplorable truth about communism.
Ignorance plays a massive part in our world. Nationalism, Ignorance, and a lack of education are the two sole reasons that foul ideas like religious fundamentalism and communism and fascism exist. These are the three things Iím going to talk about for the rest of this.
Nationalism is blind patriotism. Whoever said you canít have too much of a good thing clearly knows nothing about politics. Patriotism is fundamentally a good thing, especially in good countries. I love India, for example. I love our diversity, culturally and environmentally. We are a growing and booming economy with more innovation than our country can handle. Do we have problems? Of course we do, and weíre fixing them, but I donít hate my country. But nationalism is different. You see, where patriotism is a love of a nation for what it does, nationalism is the love of a nation regardless of what it does. Itís a blind loyalty to oneís country that completely ignores any problems it may have. This doesnít help a country. Modi, for example, is a nationalist. To him everyone in India is rich and can read and has flushing toilets and doesnít experience any form of racial or sexual discrimination. Nationalism is evil, itís despicable, and it should be avoided at all costs. Like I said, patriotism is good, dare say encouraged, but no country is flawless. We must work together to find our own flaws and the flaws of others and come together to talk about them openly and find solutions.
Radical ideas stem from ignorance. Thatís a fact. I think the scariest thing is radicalism based off fundamentally good ideas, like Black Lives Matter and any Communist organisation. Equity is good, thatís what we all want here. For equity to be achieved, one must open their eyes and their hearts. The Nazis were ignorant to the ways of the Jews, the Pakistanis to the Hindis, etc. You have to listen to the people; you have to pay attention to the world around you. If you close yourself off and only accept your ideas, your ideology will become more and more extreme, and you will become further and further from society. Being closed minded and ignorant is like being a dog wearing a flea collar. You lose your peripheral vision, you donít see whatís coming out of left field, and you end up in a worse position than if you only looked around and payed attention. Ignorant and close-minded people do not benefit this world, they only make it worse. Hitler, Stalin, Modi, are all examples of this.
To conquer ignorance, which stops radical ideas like ultranationalism and religious fundamentalism, the most important thing is education. Education is the answer to everything. Educate the people, they become open minded, we have a better society. Here, I get to brag about my home state.
At a 96.2% literacy rate, Kerala is the most educated states in the country. For comparison, the world average is 90%. Keralites are educated, they are smart. They have the best maths, science, and English scores in South Asia. The worldís third largest naval academy is in Kerala. By 2007, Kerala had almost 100% of students enrolled in, and attending, school. All the way back in 1977, 99.7% of the villages in Kerala had a primary school within 2 kilometres (1.2 mi), 98.6% had a middle school within 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) and 96.7% had a high school or higher secondary school within 5 kilometres (3.1 mi). This kind of thing does not exist in South Asia. But the most important thing? Educational opportunity was almost equally distributed among sexes, social groups, and regions. Keralites male and female, Brahmin or Dalit, urban or rural, are all able to access education.
Thatís what the rest of India needs, and thatís what the rest of the world needs. Educate the masses, without discrimination, and the world will be as close to a utopia as humanly possible. Education fixes everything. It fixes the economy, the society, the culture, the people, it advances a country without harming others. It liberates people, it shows them how to live in the real world. Through education, the oppressed can be free. Through education, the oppressors can learn and acknowledge what they have done.
Kerala has turned to communism, which sounds bad, and in some ways it is. Keralites donít want communism, however. They want change. They want to live outside their caste and not be shunned from society because of who their parents are. They want to learn, succeed. They want equity, they want to be raised out of poverty. There are many people like that in our world today, turning to the evils of communism because no one else listens to them.
There is not a single problem that India has that the rest of the world does not. You are all world leaders. You all have a job to do, and thatís to serve your people. Whatís the best way to serve your people? Education. Listening. Democracy.
In conclusion, all I have to say is this. Religious fundamentalism and extreme ideologies are slowly but surely taking over our country. This is a direct result of ignorance, which is a direct result of education and bureaucracy. Please, for the sake of your individual countries, and for the sake of the world, listen to your people! Listen to them! They have voices, and they want to be heard. People need to be heard, and people need to be educated. Educating people, giving them access to quality education in all stages of life, telling them all sides to every story and giving them the skills needed to succeed in life, this puts a holt to ignorance, and therefore radicalisation.
By teaching your people, and by listening to your people, each and every government is able to stop the radicalisation of our people. We need to work together; this is a very real issue. We need to help each other, guide each other, call out when people are doing wrong.
As Mahatma Gandhi once said, the future depends on what we do in the present. So letís make the present count.
- Party Tensions Increase
Tensions within the NSW NRP continue to grow
About a week after the NSW branch of the Nationals threatened to break away from the almost 100-year-old National Republican Coalition, the light at the end of the tunnel isn't looking any closer. Last week, the Republicans introduced a bill that would make it illegal to clear land unless it is proven that no koalas live in that area.
The bill, introduced in an effort to save Australia's falling koala population, was seen by the Nationals as overstepping the line between libertarianism and authoritarianism, especially for the Nationals' voter base, farmers. Under the new legislation, farmers won't be able to clear their own land or use their own land if koalas reside within it. For the over 300 000 Australians employed in agriculture, this legislation is very bad news.
NSW National leader and Deputy Premier John Barilaro said that the bill was 'disgraceful to rural Australians' and said he 'won't let any inner-city folk' tell him what to do. Premier Gladys Berejiklian has mentioned that she 'is willing to compromise' on the bill, but that the protection of koalas and the roughly 200 000 native Australian animals will be the upmost priority.
The New South Wales Cabinet, which currently consists of many high ranking National and Republican politicians, will enter deliberations today to determine what compromises can be made to the bill, or if and how the NSW National Republican Coalition will split. The Federal government has guaranteed that if a split does go ahead, the Coalition will still remain in all states and territories, and will remain on a federal level.
- BBC WORLD NEWS
25 SEP ó 2020
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- Theresa May Addresses The United Nations
| New York ó Mr President, Deputy Secretary-General, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, it is a great honour for me to address this General Assembly, and to do so as Prime Minister of a country that has always been a proud and pro-active member at the very heart of this United Nations. This United Nations was formed because leaders across the world knew that they could only deliver security for their citizens at home if they could cooperate, as a community of nations, to deliver security across the globe. Some of the threats that we face together today are familiar to those founding leaders: war, political instability, abuses of human rights and poverty. Others are new: global terrorism, climate change, and unprecedented mass movements of people. We gather here today because we know that such challenges do not respect the borders of our individual nations and that only by working together shall we overcome them.
The UK will be a confident, strong and dependable partner internationally Ė true to the universal values that we share together. We will continue to honour our commitment to spend 0.7% of our Gross National Income on development, building on the achievements we have already made to reduce poverty, deal with instability and increase prosperity the world over. And we will drive forward the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. We will continue to champion the rights of women and girls, making sure that all girls get the education they deserve, and tackling horrific abuses such as female genital mutilation and the use of sexual violence in conflict. We will continue to be a steadfast, permanent member of the Security Council, meeting our NATO commitment to spend 2% of GDP on defence and making a leading contribution to UN peacekeeping efforts. We will continue to stand up for the rules based international system and for international law. We will continue to play our part in the international effort against climate change. And we will continue to strengthen our existing partnerships, from this United Nations, to the Commonwealth.
The challenge for those of us in this room is to ensure that our governments and our global institutions, such as this United Nations, remain responsive to the people that we serve. Let it be COVID-19, where The World Health Organisation has negative responses from the United States and China, we are capable of adapting our institutions to the demands of the 21st Century and ensuring that they do not become irrelevant. So when it comes to the big security and human rights challenges of our time, we need this Ė our United Nations - to forge a bold new multilateralism. Because as we have seen even in the past week, no country is untouched by the threat of global terrorism. And when extremists anywhere in the world can transmit their poisonous ideologies directly into the bedrooms of people vulnerable to radicalisation, we need not just to work together to prevent conflict and instability in nation states but to act globally to disrupt the networks terrorist groups use to finance their operations and recruit to their ranks.
When we see the mass displacement of people, at a scale unprecedented in recent history, we must ensure we are implementing the policies that are fit for the challenges we face today. And when criminal gangs do not respect our national borders, trafficking our fellow citizens into lives of slavery and servitude, we cannot let those borders act as a barrier to bringing such criminals to justice. In each of these areas, it is the convening power of our United Nations that gives us a unique opportunity to respond. But we can only do so if we modernise and adapt to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.
As a United Nations we have shown how we can work together to reduce the threat from international terrorism by preventing conflict and instability from developing. They are targeting our airlines, exploiting the fact that no one country can keep its citizens safe when they are flying between multiple jurisdictions. They are exploiting the internet and social media to spread an ideology that is recruiting people to their cause all over the world. So we need to tackle this ideology head-on. That is why the UK has championed the work that the Secretary General has led to develop a strategy for preventing violent extremism. Now, as an international community, we must work together to adopt and implement the most comprehensive national action plans to tackle both the causes and the symptoms of all extremism. It is not enough merely to focus on violent extremism. We need to address the whole spectrum of extremism, violent extremism and non-violent extremism; Islamist and neo-Nazi Ė hate and fear in all their forms.
Just as we need the United Nations to modernise to meet the challenges of terrorism in the 21st Century, so we also need to adapt if we are to fashion a truly global response to the mass movements of people across the world and the implications this brings for security and human rights.The 1951 convention and the 1967 protocol must remain the bedrock of our response, but the context in which they must be applied has dramatically changed. Across the world today, there are 65 million people who have been forcibly displaced. That it is equivalent to the entire population of the United Kingdom. It is an unprecedented figure, one that has almost doubled in a decade. And yet UN appeals are underfunded; host countries are not getting enough support; and refugees are not getting the aid, education and economic opportunities they need. We must do more. And as the second largest bi-lateral provider of assistance, the UK remains fully committed to playing a leading role. By ensuring a managed and controlled international migration response - and at the same time investing to tackle the underlying drivers of displacement and migration at source - we can reject isolationism and xenophobia, achieving better outcomes for all of our citizens Ė and particularly for the most vulnerable.
From the St Jamesí Palace declaration and the Atlantic Charter forged by Winston Churchill and President Roosevelt, to the first meeting of this General Assembly in London in 1946, the United Kingdom has always been an outward-facing, global partner at the heart of international efforts to secure peace and prosperity for all our people. Only we, as members of this community of nations, can act to ensure this great institution becomes as relevant for our future as it has been in our past. So let us come together, true to our founding values but responsive to the challenges of today and let us work together to build a safer, more prosperous and more humane world for generations to come.
Meet Joe Kennedy and Kate Brown
September 27th, 2020
As the primaries came to a close the Democratic Presidential Candidate was determined to be Joseph Kennedy III, or Joe Kennedy. A senator from Massachusetts Joe Kennedy is yet another in the family legacy. A member of the Kennedy family, he is a son of U.S. Representative Joseph P. Kennedy II, a grandson of U.S. Senator and U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, a grandnephew of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, and a great-grandson of U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.
During the Democratic Convention he announced his VP, Kate Brown. Kate Brown is the Oregon Governor, and with her recent great work with the CoronaVirus, the Pacific Wildfires, and the Civil Rights Riots. As an openly bisexual woman, Brown has made history several times through her electoral success. In 2008, she became the first openly LGBT person elected secretary of state of a state in the United States. In 2016, she became the first openly LGBT person elected governor of a state in the United States as well as the second woman elected governor of Oregon (after Barbara Roberts). Though her birth on the American base in Torrejůn de Ardoz, Spain is a site of contention with the Republican Party. Though it is a requirement for the President and Vice President to be a natural born citizen, the area of birthright citizens is a grey area in the constitution. Brown has spent her life in the states, growing up in Minnesota.
Now letís have a summary of our Democratic candidatesí policies for the upcoming elections.
They support strengthening Social Security and Medicare and favors having Medicare negotiate prescription drug prices directly with drug manufacturers.
They have co-sponsored legislation to study reparations, supports measures to expand the civil rights of Native Americans, opposes discrimination in employment, housing, education, and health care, and supports removing barriers to equal opportunities for people with disabilities, including improving access to public transit, housing, voting, and education. They support LGBTQIA+ rights, recognition of a national Transgender Day of Remembrance, and is a member of the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force. In the area of gender equity they are an advocate of legislation to end workplace discrimination and wage discrimination and are a supporter of the Me Too movement.
They sponsored the Green New Deal and supported aggressive action to reduce carbon emissions, enforce pollution control standards, protect public lands from fossil fuel extraction, promote clean energy alternatives to pipelines and compressor stations, and invest in related infrastructure and scientific research. They support strict fuel efficiency standards and the elimination of exemptions to the Clean Air Act, and oppose the United States' withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.
They have helped to pass legislation to guarantee access to STEM and vocational education and co-sponsored legislation to eliminate most student debt. They have also co-sponsored legislation to reduce racial discrimination in housing, favors increasing the portion of federal grants earmarked for minority-owned small business and has supported criminal justice reform.
Kennedy is a longtime opponent of the legalization of marijuana, while Brown supports the decision at the federal level.
Protestors in Tokyo gather in support of Article 9
Article 9 debate rages on
TOKYOĖ Article 9: the article of the Japanese Constitution which has faced increased scrutiny in recent years. Dubbed the 'war ban' clause, it states that Japan shall "forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes."
In other words, Japan is not permitted to go to war with another sovereign nation, unless it is itself invaded. The article has been the subject of several heated debates in the National Diet, with many - including the Prime Minister himself - calling for its revocation.
The article was established as part of Japan's new post-war Constitution, and remains a fundamental aspect of Japanese life in the wake of the Second World War. Japan is permitted to maintain an army, navy and air force; but only for the purposes of self-defence. In the eyes of many more conservative Japanese citizens, this is a breach of Japan's sovereignty.
However, a recent poll found that some 64% of citizens are in favour of keeping the clause - particularly members of the younger generation, and those on the left of the political spectrum. Over the past weekend, many prefectures saw widespread demonstrations - with thousands gathering to show their support for the article, and to protest against the prospect of its revocation. One demonstrator, a current student at the University of Tokyo, described the article as a "crucial part of Japan's pledge to maintain itself as a peaceful nation in the aftermath of the Second World War."
"We would be fools to fail to acknowledge the facts" - Emperor Naruhito
Emperor Naruhito during his speech at the Imperial Palace
IMPERIAL PALACE, TOKYO Ė 75 years after the end of the Second World War, Emperor Naruhito gave a speech regarding the legacy that the war has left on modern-day Japan. This comes after many across the world have demanded that Japan apologise for the crimes committed during the war, and the revisionist stance still advocated by many Japanese politicians to this day.
An excerpt from the speech is as follows:
ďIn many ways, our nation has a grim past that several of us would rather forget. But we would be fools to fail to acknowledge the facts. Our nation was responsible for the perpetration of horrific crimes against peoples of all races, all backgrounds - and to fail to recognise these is simply allowing their legacy to continue.
I would like to hope that we as a nation have been able to put this grim legacy behind us. We as a nation are now strong, developed, resilient, and most importantly, peaceful. My prayer is that we shall never again repeat the mistakes of our past.
However, here and now, I offer my sincerest apologies to all those who suffered at the hands of Japanese Imperialism, and the oppression which it brought across the Asia-Pacific region. The time has come to accept these undeniable facts, and move on.Ē
Motegi has gained his reputation as Shinzo Abe's Foreign Minister
TOKYO Ė Having announced on the 28th of August his intention to resign as Japan's Prime Minister - as his ulcerative colitis condition began to worsen once again - Shinzo Abe has disclosed that his resignation will be effective from the 29th of September. The Liberal Democratic Party has appointed current Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi to replace him.
Motegi has served as Foreign Minister since September 2019, having previously served as Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry from 2012 to 2014. 64 years of age, he is a graduate of the University of Tokyo and Harvard University, and has played a part in the signing of numerous key deals with other countries, as well as retaining his position as one of the most influential members of the Liberal Democratic Party.
His victory in the LDP leadership contest was a surprise to some, with many expecting a more established candidate such as Shigeru Ishiba to be appointed. However, he won the support of 272 delegate votes out of a total of 535, narrowly cinching the threshold of 268 required to be successfully selected as the party leader.
However, Motegi's appointment as Prime Minister is not yet guaranteed. Only 237 of the 465 seats in the National Diet are held by the LDP, and there is a chance that he will fail to be ratified by parliament as Abe's successor. If a majority of the National Diet does not support Motegi's appointment as the next Japanese Prime Minister, an election will be forced to take place.