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  • US still most trusted Philippines ally – Pulse Asia

    01/14/2019 7:11:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Philippine Star ^ | 01/14/2019 | Helen Flores
    MANILA, Philippines — The United States has remained the country most trusted by Filipinos, and Russia and China the least, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey. The poll, taken from Dec. 14 to 21 last year, showed 84 percent of Filipinos saying the Philippines should extend “a great deal/fair amount of trust” to the US. This was higher than the 79 percent recorded in March 2017. The US was followed by Japan and Australia with trust ratings of 75 percent and 72 percent, respectively. Great Britain/United Kingdom obtained 57 percent. Reacting to the survey result, Malacañang expressed optimism Filipinos’...
  • Australia Bans Encryption!

    01/14/2019 9:53:50 AM PST · by rarestia · 55 replies
    Medium ^ | Dec 8, 2018 | Shyla Kahn
    In a move supported by both major political parties in Australia, a bill named the “Telecommunications Assistance and Access Bill 2018,” has passed the House of Representatives and is headed to the upper House for a vote. Given its bi-partisan support and the position of PM Michael Turnbull regarding encryption, passage into law seems certain. A Hacker News article provides additional details about the bill and its ramifications, not only for tech companies like Apple, Samsung, WhatsApp, Signal and others but also for individuals. The intended purpose of the legislation is to give the Australian government and security and law...
  • John Howard saves woman from domestic violence incident in Wollstone (former Australian PM)

    01/12/2019 9:12:59 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | January 13, 2019 | Linda Simalis
    Former prime minister John Howard personally intervened to stop a domestic violence incident after stumbling across a couple fighting in the street. Mr Howard, 79, was on his daily walk near his home in Wollstonecraft about 7.45am on Wednesday when he saw the clash. It is understood a man was attempting to put something in a bin, triggering a row with a woman that allegedly escalated into physical violence. A Liberal source said Mr Howard called out “Hey” in a bid to stop the fight, before standing with the woman until police arrived. The former Liberal leader, who celebrates his...
  • ‘Five Eyes’ Nations Quietly Demand Government Access to Encrypted Data (Sept. 4, 2018)

    12/26/2018 6:04:48 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 45 replies
    NYT ^ | Sept. 4, 2018 | David E. Sanger and Sheera Frenkel
    The Trump administration and its closest intelligence partners have quietly warned technology firms that they will demand “lawful access” to all encrypted emails, text messages and voice communications, threatening to compel compliance if the private companies refuse to voluntarily provide the information to the governments. The threat was issued last week by the United States, Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, the so-called Five Eyes nations that broadly share intelligence. Collectively, they have been frustrated by the spread of encrypted apps on cellphones and the ability to send encrypted messages through social media and, most prominently, on Apple’s iPhones.The issue...
  • Patriotic Countries That Rejected the UN’s Global Governance of Migration in 2018

    12/25/2018 9:24:09 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Dec 2018 | Victoria Friedman
    2018 was the year that the United Nations made it first attempt at the global governance of migration — a move rejected by patriotic countries like the United States, Hungary, Israel, and Australia. On December 19th, 152 countries at the UN General Assembly in New York City voted in favour of adopting the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration. A dozen countries abstained, including Australia and Italy, and five countries voted against it, three in the European Union — the United States, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Israel.The UN began drafting the document in response to Europe’s migrant...
  • Thousands evacuated near Sydney high-rise after cracking noises spur fears of collapse

    12/24/2018 7:23:03 AM PST · by DFG · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/24/2018 | Travis Fedschun
    Thousands of people living near Sydney's Olympic Park are facing an uncertain Christmas Eve after residents of a newly opened apartment building reported unsettling noises, generating fears of a possible collapse and prompting evacuations Monday. Emergency responders were called to the Opal Tower on the city's west side across the street from the site of the 2000 Sydney Olympics after residents reported hearing "cracking noises" during the morning, New South Wales Police said in a statement.
  • Australia Recognizes West Jerusalem as Capital of Israel

    12/15/2018 3:48:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/15/2018 | By Isabella Kwai
    SYDNEY, Australia — Australia announced on Saturday that it now recognizes West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and will move its Tel Aviv embassy once a peace settlement is reached. “Australia now recognizes West Jerusalem, being the seat of the Knesset and many of the institutions of government, is the capital of Israel,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australian said on Saturday. “It is the right of every country to determine its national capital,” Mr. Morrison said in a speech to the Sydney Institute, a public affairs forum. “We look forward to moving our embassy to West Jerusalem when...
  • Australia recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

    12/15/2018 8:22:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 15, 2018
    Australia has decided to formally recognize west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but won’t move its embassy until there’s a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Saturday. Morrison said in a speech that Australia would recognize east Jerusalem as Palestine’s capital only after a settlement has been reached on a two-state solution. The Australian Embassy won’t be moved from Tel Aviv until such a time, he said. While the embassy move is delayed, Morrison said his government would establish a defense and trade office in Jerusalem and would also start looking for an appropriate site...
  • France and the Media During the Jihadist War

    12/14/2018 1:10:43 PM PST · by detective · 6 replies
    Front Page ^ | December 13, 2018 | Howard Rotberg
    It is safe to say that there are now two main fronts in what we need to term the Islamist War Against the West. The first has been for many years now the Western liberal democracy of Israel surrounded by genocidal neighbors; the second is France, followed closely by other European countries, Australia, and America. During the week of December 11th, 2018, two sad things happened and this essay shall attempt to enlighten by placing them together. The first is the recent terrorist attack in Strasbourg France, and the second is the signing by most of the world (with the...
  • Australia may recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Saturday — report

    12/14/2018 7:58:04 AM PST · by Cronos · 8 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 14 Dec 2018 | AFP
    Officials in Canberra have said they expect Australia to announce an anticipated but contentious move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, AFP reported Friday. Australia on Friday warned citizens to take care while travelling in neighboring Muslim-majority Indonesia ahead of the expected announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison that his government will follow US President Donald Trump’s lead and recognize the contested city as Israel’s capital.
  • The incredible national news story that we CAN'T report:very high-profile figure has been convicted

    12/12/2018 9:04:07 AM PST · by Red Badger · 75 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Published: 06:57 EST, 12 December 2018 | Updated: 06:57 EST, 12 December 2018 | By Aidan Wondracz For Daily Mail Australia
    Full Title: The incredible national news story that we CAN'T report: A very high-profile figure has been convicted of a serious crime - here's why you're not allowed to read about it ================================================================ A suppression order protected the conviction of a high-profile figure this week The person was convicted on Tuesday and will be remanded in February Victorian County Court has ordered a gag on the person's identity and charges The state accounts for more than half of suppression orders doled out in country =================================================================== A very high-profile figure has been convicted of a serious crime this week, but suppression...
  • COMEY: FBI PROBE INITIALLY FOCUSED ON FOUR AMERICANS

    12/09/2018 6:51:32 PM PST · by bitt · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/9/2018 | chuck ross
    James Comey made the surprise revelation in his congressional testimony on Friday that the FBI opened investigations into four Trump associates in late July 2016. It was previously known that four Trump advisers were the focus of the FBI probe, but it was not known that they were targeted at the outset of the investigation. It was previously believed that former Trump aide George Papadopoulos was the catalyst for the investigation, which was dubbed Crossfire Hurricane. The FBI opened counterintelligence investigations into four Trump campaign associates in late July 2016, earlier than previously known, former FBI Director James Comey told...
  • France calls for new global coalition of ‘goodwill powers’

    09/28/2018 2:48:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 28, 2018 4:41 PM EDT | Collin Binkley
    France’s leaders proposed a new alliance of “goodwill powers” on Friday in an attempt to revive the type of global diplomacy that they say is being jeopardized by the United States, Russia and other countries that favor unilateralism over cooperation. French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced the plan during a speech at Harvard University, suggesting that Europe should align itself with countries like India, Australia, Mexico and other “powerful democracies” that share a commitment to multilateralism. His speech described an erosion of the brand of diplomacy that brought nations together following World War II and led to the...
  • Famed BBC TV Naturist Deranged Fearmongering at UN Conf.

    12/07/2018 12:28:48 AM PST · by rocknotsand · 24 replies
    David Attenborough’s climate change fearmongering makes him look a fool"by Andrew Bolt column in the Daily Telegraph (Australia) 5 Dec 2018 It’s embarrassing to see Sir David Attenborough make such a fool of himself after decades of brilliant filmmaking. Organisers of this week’s United Nations’ global warming conference, in Poland, asked the documentary superstar to make a speech that would wake the dead. And he gave it his best shot, trying to sound like an Old Testament prophet but so overdoing the fearmongering that he seemed deranged. “Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale,” he thundered....
  • Scammers fleece Australians out of $800,000 in one month as fake calls surge

    12/04/2018 7:07:32 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 39 replies
    Australians were conned out of more than $800,000 in November alone as a "tsunami" of scam phone calls threatened people with arrest if they did not hand over their personal details. ...
  • Trump threatens to declassify Russia docs to 'counter punch' Dems

    11/28/2018 2:29:19 PM PST · by mandaladon · 95 replies
    The Hill ^ | 28 Nov 2018 | MORGAN CHALFANT
    President Trump on Wednesday threatened to declassify documents related to the Russia investigation that he claimed would be damaging to Democrats if they decide to investigate him when they take control of the House next year. Trump's comments, made in an interview with The New York Post, come two months after he walked back his original plans to declassify and publicly release the documents as a result of concerns from U.S. allies and his own Justice Department. “If they want to play tough, I will do it,” Trump told the Post. “They will see how devastating those pages are.” He...
  • Brennan to Trump: Mueller will be revered in the annals of U.S. history; your name will be scorned.

    11/27/2018 2:01:49 PM PST · by Proud White Trump Supporter · 110 replies
    John Brennan ^ | Nov 27, 2018 | John Brennan
    John O. Brennan @JohnBrennan Your feelings of inferiority, insecurity, vulnerability, and culpability are loud & clear. You remind me of how many corrupt authoritarian leaders abroad behaved before they were deposed. Bob Mueller’s name will be revered in the annals of U.S. history; your name will be scorned.
  • Why Britain Doesn’t Want Trump to Declassify Obamagate Docs (Brennan implicated)

    11/28/2018 11:23:48 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 92 replies
    American Spectator ^ | George Neumayr
    “FISA declassification will assure all the actors who tried to harm America are finally exposed,” George Papadopoulos wrote on Twitter last week. “Alexander Downer, the Australian government, UK, and GCHQ (British intelligence). If FISA is not declassified, these foreign governments will try to interfere again in 2020 to hurt Trump and the movement.” ... “MI6 chiefs are secretly battling Donald Trump to stop him publishing classified information linked to the Russian election meddling investigation,” according to the story. “The UK is warning he will undermine intelligence gathering if he releases pages of an FBI application...” “British spy chiefs have ‘genuine...
  • How Chinese overseas students are learning harsh life lessons

    11/24/2018 6:05:17 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 21 replies
    The vast majority of Chinese students studying abroad never have contact with authorities from their country, but Chinese government operations on foreign campuses seeking to use and influence students do exist. The head of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation warned last year – not naming China specifically – that Australia needs to be conscious of foreign influence in its universities, which affects the behaviour of lecturers and foreign students. The scope of these operations is difficult to determine, but professors at universities around the world have recounted instances of students reporting back to higher officials on the activities of their...
  • European and Asian leaders seek to boost trade, security

    10/18/2018 1:49:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 18, 2018 2:46 PM EDT | Mike Corder
    Europe and Asia should use their combined economic clout “to tackle global challenges such as trade tensions that put millions of jobs at risk” and the threat of climate change, a top European official said Thursday. European Council President Donald Tusk spoke in Brussels as he opened the Asia-Europe summit, which brought together 30 European leaders with their counterparts or top officials from 21 Asian nations. The gathering accounts for 55 percent of global trade and 60 percent of the world’s population. […] The meeting is taking place amid a trade war between the United States and China and ongoing...