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I think I saw that exact same article in Der Spiegel one or two years ago.
The EU, those not pulling their fair share, best start coughing up 2.5%+ of their GDP pronto...
there's a hungry bear on your doorsteps just salivating for a little taste.
➤ ➤ Of Nato's 29 members, just five meet that target this year: the US, Greece, Estonia, the UK and Latvia. However, several, such as Poland and France, are close to the mark.The EU, those not pulling their fair share, best start coughing up 2.5%+ of their GDP pronto, or the EU might just be invited for dinner......And what's being served you ask?........................Why, the EU......
PS For Germany to spend 2% of its GDP on its military is not exactly the most popular proposition among most NATO members. Besides which, I'm not sure if I should even take seriously the possibility that there's someone around who thinks it's a threat to talk about closing down a few US bases in Germany.
PS Trump and Putin will meet in Helsinki tomorrow (arrive today). Will be fun to watch.
Speaking of Helsinki, did you catch that Puigdemont was apparently arrested in Germany while driving back from Finland to Belgium?
Finland is ranked fourth on the Reporters Without Borders' Press Freedom Index. The US is 45th -- while Russia, where the state heavily controls the media and many journalists have been murdered, is 148th.
West Hollywood City council unanimously passes resolution asking the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to remove the Donald Trump star on Hollywood Walk of Fame.
No Hollywood?No Walk?No Fame?
In his tweets, Trump said -- without offering evidence -- that "Google search results for 'Trump News' shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media. In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal?"
National Security Advisor to Donald Trump, John Bolton, has said the International Criminal Court (ICC) is "dead to us" in his latest speech. He labelled the court as "illegitimate" and "for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us". Mr Bolton, who has long held an unfavourable view of the court, who was speaking at a meeting of the Federalist Society, a conservative group based in Washington DC, said the ICC was "ineffective, unaccountable, and indeed outright dangerous".The court, established in 2002 in The Hague in the Netherlands, has the power to prosecute individuals for war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity. The US never ratified the Rome Statute that established the court and George W Bush, in the early days of the still-ongoing war in Afghanistan, never ratified it. The court is getting ready to investigate detainee abuse in Afghanistan, an investigation Mr Bolton called "utterly unfounded", adding: "We will provide no cooperation to the ICC." The former US Ambassador to the United Nations under Mr Bush, went on to say the "central aim of [the ICC's] most vigorous supporters was to constrain the US". Mr Bolton said the court's statute had "glaring, significant flaws" and "constituted an assault on the constitutional rights of the American people and the sovereignty of the US". He also acknowledged his hecklers as Code Pink, an international charity which works to end US-funded wars, his "friends who follow me" everywhere. Mr Bolton, following a trend in the Trump administration of criticising multilateralism, branded the ICC as a "freewheeling global organisation governing over individuals without their consent". He claimed American "soldiers, politicians, and private citizens" are at risk because the court assumes the automatic right to prosecute over everyone, even in countries which did not ratify the Rome Statute establishing the court. Israel, Sudan, Russia, and the US under Mr Bush, are four signatories of the statute who renounced their signatures and informed the UN they would no longer be subject to the legal obligations under the statute. Mr Bolton said the US' "unsigning" of the Rome Statute was meant to protect Americans from the "unacceptable overreach" of the court. He cited the 2002 American Service-members Protection Act, "which some have dubbed the Hague invasion act" Mr Bolton said and also prosecution within South Africa following the abolishment of apartheid as examples of why the court was "superfluous". The act authorized the US president to use all means, "including force", to shield US military members from prosecution by the ICC, he noted. The Trump aide said US courts and the military justice system already hold all Americans to "the highest legal and ethical standards". Mr Bolton repeatedly hit out at the global body of which 123 countries are part, asking: "Would you consign the fate of American citizens to a committee of other nations [and] entities that aren't even states like the Palestinian authority?"The US state department had earlier announced the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) office in Washington, partly out of a concern over the office's attempts to have the ICC investigate US ally Israel. He supported the aggressive US stance against the ICC by citing internal management issues, like divulging confidential information to human rights ambassadors like actress Angelina Jolie. Mr Bolton went as far as threatening ICC officials and prosecutors with sanctions and legal action "to the extent permissible under US law" and said those individuals could be barred from entering the country. The overarching message of the National Security Advisor was that any perceived atrocity against humanity is to be deemed so by the people within those states, not by the international body. "We don't recognise any authority higher than the US Constitution," Mr Bolton said.
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