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  1. The opposition seems quite stiff. Note i'm not...

    The opposition seems quite stiff. Note i'm not talking about the opposition in Parliament but the people in the NE against the CAB


    https://youtu.be/z0MloJknlFY

    They interviewed a number of...
  2. Assam backgrounder

    https://youtu.be/HCmTEf23fDI

    CAB might have passed in the lower house and may do so in the upper house. But the NE is not going to accept it. We're back to the 80s again with chants of Jaya Axom....
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    Sticky: This is the idea. To remove discretion of the...

    This is the idea. To remove discretion of the cops and make them ask for permission.

    It came as a surprise to me because i don't know of other countries with such a rule. Keeping people in irons...
  4. Not recently. Things seem to have gone quiet in...

    Not recently. Things seem to have gone quiet in J&K. With temps hovering a degree over freezing am not expecting much.

    I don't know about 3 years. For now he has 6 months. There are others who...
  5. Swiss SC upholds lower courts verdict that LTTE are not a terror or criminal org

    Tamil Tigers acquitted in Switzerland | SwissInfo | Dec 03 2019

    The lower court ruled a year back, Swiss prosecutors appealed to the Supreme Court and lost !!

    This is such a mind boggling...
  6. Rise of the Yuan as global reserve currency

    Nalapat is back from a conference in Taiwan where war gaming US vs China was held and mentions what war planners from the two sides had to say

    Warzones heat up as US-China conflict continues | SG...
  7. Going by the commentary i read, people seem to...

    Going by the commentary i read, people seem to think China has succeeded into turning the SCS into its own lake. The reason for this also stems from the US going about it quietly & frequently. As...
  8. If China is grabbing islands it means they comply...

    If China is grabbing islands it means they comply with the international definition of EEZ.

    Expecting compliance from others is problematic and after 8 years its clearly unworkable. Militarising...
  9. Legal requirement means they want to be informed....

    Legal requirement means they want to be informed. Other countries might not have such requirements. So not by international law but by Chinese. I recently learnt India has the same requirement. So...
  10. From what I understand the Chinese want to be...

    From what I understand the Chinese want to be informed should any foreign military vessels enter their EEZ

    FONOPS are foreign military vessels entering their EEZ without prior notice.

    Question...
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    Sticky: Some thing i learned today. India has a handcuff...

    Some thing i learned today. India has a handcuff ban except in extreme circumstances. This is why we see cops leading even the most hardened of criminals by the hand if they need to be taken any...
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    Sticky: The reason for the restrictions is the board gets...

    The reason for the restrictions is the board gets spam bot attacks from time to time.

    Welcome to the board
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  14. Continue as is, i've not heard any references to...

    Continue as is, i've not heard any references to settlements by the govt so why is this rep speaking up about it.


    Bolded bit is why any comparison with Israeli settlements is flawed. False...
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    Depends what lens you use to look at it. Security...

    Depends what lens you use to look at it. Security or humanitarian. I'm using a security lens and these are potential threats. Risks. People using a humanitarian lens will not agree.

    Some refugee...
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    Conservatives & lib dems won't work as a...

    Conservatives & lib dems won't work as a coalition this time. The libs have said no brexit. Course the way the votes come in might create such a coalition.

    Which will be a mess.
  17. Some interesting points made here ...

    Some interesting points made here


    https://youtu.be/SpuZnbRH0f0

    To understand decisions, must see with the eyes of the administration that made the policy
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    And what is up with the white house ? Trump...

    And what is up with the white house ?

    Trump comments, Uighur bill hit prospects of U.S.-China trade deal | Reuters | Dec 04 2019

    Has reuters modified their title since. There is no comment by...
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    China's Uighur problem

    Thought we had a thread on this. We did. It's here

    Topic don't stop just cause it got closed. This will be part deux

    China Rebukes House Bill Condemning Crackdown On Uighurs | NPR | Dec 04 2019...
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    ^mostly captured my thoughts on Labour and the...

    ^mostly captured my thoughts on Labour and the second order effects

    quango - long time i've not heard this word : )

    I don't know about hung parliament being best though. I want the Tories to...
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