[News] All Around The World

A posting place for news from places around the globe, outside of the US/Europe.

WTF.

I guess it's not limited to Mexico. Seems like every week there's a new episode of Dateline where a husband/boyfriend/acquaintance murders a woman. But those are staggering numbers to happen daily.

Trump is trying to "buy" a german company to secure a vaccine? And Germany is trying to stop it?

BERLIN (Reuters) - Berlin is trying to stop Washington from persuading a German company seeking a coronavirus vaccine to move its research to the United States, prompting German politicians to insist no country should have a monopoly on any future vaccine.

German government sources told Reuters on Sunday that the U.S. administration was looking into how it could gain access to a potential vaccine being developed by a German firm, CureVac.

Earlier, the Welt am Sonntag German newspaper reported that U.S. President Donald Trump had offered funds to lure CureVac to the United States, and the German government was making counter-offers to tempt it to stay.

Responding to the report, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, wrote on Twitter: “The Welt story was wrong.”

A U.S. official said: “This story is wildly overplayed ... We will continue to talk to any company that claims to be able to help. And any solution found would be shared with the world.”

A German Health Ministry spokeswoman, confirming a quote in the newspaper, said: “The German government is very interested in ensuring that vaccines and active substances against the new coronavirus are also developed in Germany and Europe.”

“In this regard, the government is in intensive exchange with the company CureVac,” she added.

Welt am Sonntag quoted an unidentified German government source as saying Trump was trying to secure the scientists’ work exclusively, and would do anything to get a vaccine for the United States, “but only for the United States.”

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told a news conference that the government’s coronavirus crisis committee would discuss the CureVac case on Monday.

CureVac issued a statement on Sunday, in which it said: “The company rejects current rumors of an acquisition”.

CureVac’s main investor Dietmar Hopp said he was not selling and wanted CureVac to develop a coronavirus vaccine to “help people not just regionally but in solidarity across the world.”

“I would be glad if this could be achieved through my long-term investments out of Germany,” he added.

A German Economy Ministry spokeswoman said Berlin “has a great interest” in producing vaccines in Germany and Europe.

She cited Germany’s foreign trade law, under which Berlin can examine takeover bids from non-EU, so-called third countries “if national or European security interests are at stake”.

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And an earthquake in Utah.

Yeah, that was “fun”.

BOLSONAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

It's becoming difficult to figure out which story I should be linking to right now.

And this is before we discuss his response to COVID-19, which I will simply call "interesting".

Speaking of around the world, I was thinking the other day I haven't seen LarryC post in a while. Anyone know what happened to him? I hope he is doing ok.

Trump now has the power to forever alter Israel’s character

WaPo wrote:

After three inconclusive Israeli elections, long-serving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief opponent, Benny Gantz, finally agreed last Monday to form a government together, citing the urgent need to face the covid-19 pandemic. The deal stipulates that the coalition will focus exclusively on fighting the coronavirus for its first six months. But there is one huge exception: Starting July 1, Netanyahu, who will remain prime minister, will be allowed to seek a vote by his cabinet or the parliament on Israel’s annexation of more than 30 percent of the West Bank, where the majority of the would-be Palestinian state’s population lives.

There’s only one condition: Netanyahu must act in “full agreement with the United States.” In other words, Trump will have the power to decide whether his Israeli ally can proceed with a vote he would very likely win and that would forever alter Israel’s character.

So it's not completely up to Trump, but he can enable Netanyahu to go forward with the utter demolition of any "peace process" that might still be possible. And of course Trump doesn't give a good goddamn about Israel or Israelis or Palestinians, but he does care about handing a win to his evangelical supporters, and even more about being able to smear Democrats as "anti-Israel" or "anti-Jewish".

The article ends with some hopeishness that maybe the Saudis or Jared might keep Trump from the most reckless path, and I suppose that's not impossible, but I'm not holding my breath.

It probably depends on if they promise to let him build a hotel there.

Trump will do whatever Sheldon Adelson wants him to do regarding Israel just as long as he drops the $200 million he promised to Trump-friendly PACs.

Which other countries get to vote to take over another state? Can we vote to take over Canada and they and everyone else will just go along with it?

LeapingGnome wrote:

Which other countries get to vote to take over another state? Can we vote to take over Canada and they and everyone else will just go along with it?

Can Canada vote to take over us?

Please?

LeapingGnome wrote:

Which other countries get to vote to take over another state? Can we vote to take over Canada and they and everyone else will just go along with it?

Well there is precedent, this is a literal description of how Isreal was created in the first place.