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BANGKOK 20 April 2019 13:37

candide

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  1. Oooops! I made twice the same quote in my first post! Here's the other quote: “Substantial evidence indicates that the President’s effort to have Sessions limit the scope of the Special Counsel’s investigation to future election interference was intended to prevent further investigative scrutiny of the President’s and his campaign’s conduct.”
  2. The report does not state there was no intent, just that it could not be established for all cases. Barr said, that there were other motives than 'corrupt intent', suggesting that some type of intent may be corrupt and others not (?). In the report, it is for example written that: “substantial evidence” that the president’s attempts to fire him “were linked to the Special Counsel’s oversight of investigations that involved the President’s conduct — and, most immediately, to reports that the President was being investigated for potential obstruction of justice.” In another part, Mueller concludes there’s “substantial evidence” that the president’s attempts to fire him “were linked to the Special Counsel’s oversight of investigations that involved the President’s conduct — and, most immediately, to reports that the President was being investigated for potential obstruction of justice.”
  3. You mean that he was not aware that ordering his aides to fire Mueller can be considered as obstrution of justice? Well, in this perspective we agree at least on one point: that he is incompetent!
  4. Well, he's now able to argue with dead people. A first step towards the power to resurrect the dead ?
  5. In the context of the current fuss about justice obstruction? From reading the Mueller report, officials (starting with Barr) know that the best way to save their head is to refuse to obey Trump's attempts to obstruct justice.
  6. I agree with you that Obama's support of Saudi Arabia was a shame. And it was all the more a shame that Saudi Arabia's enemy was actually fighting against Al Quaida in Yemen (you remember: the terrorist organization that killed many people in the USA and in Europe). Having said that, now that Saudi Arabia's war crimes are well established, it is an even greater shame to go on supporting SA in this war. Shame on Obama but even more shame on Trump!
  7. My understanding is that non-tariff barriers are the key issue in trade negotiations. It is not so much about tariffs, which are already low anyway. It is more about the sanitary and quality standards applied to allow the sales of agricultural products.
  8. I agree with your assessment of China. However, the current situation is the outcome of the incompetence of the POTUS, not the reverese. It would have been more efficient if Trump had initiated a coordinated initiative with the EU against China instead of starting a trade war with the EU. On top of it, as the trade war with China is a complete failure, he will likely pull down his pants again during the current negotiations with China.
  9. Wow! First time I see you disagree with the current POTUS! WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he believes special counsel Robert Mueller’s report should be released to the public, even as he disparaged its very existence as “ridiculous.” “Let it come out, let people see it,” Trump told reporters Wednesday. “Let’s see whether or not it’s legit.” https://www.apnews.com/093727be24b649f7adad971e0b48878d
  10. That's surely a natural tendency in Thailand. However, depending on the political colour, they will be convicted or not. In particular the green/yellow are practically never convicted, while the others are, sometime on ridiculous charges I know you are obsessed by the Shins, so I will only mention the current ridiculous charges against FFP members that may well get them convicted. Nothing will ever happen to the Junta or the PPP, even if the opposition succeeds to form a government.
  11. On top of it, they don't even follow the laws they have made.
  12. Complete BS article as could be expected from the author. He tries to write something original and it's a big fail. It relies on a comparison of cases that are not comparable, and avoids the critical issues by focusing on a ridiculous controversy.
  13. Food security, what an outmoded topic! Hahem....I wonder why other countries are still inesting a lot of money in food security strategies? It seems they fear there may not be enough agricultural resources for all, one day. What a stupid idea! https://www.devex.com/news/understanding-china-s-foreign-agriculture-investments-in-the-developing-world-92639
  14. I think the causality direction goes the reverse way. Trump is against Iran because Saudi Arabia and another country are against Iran.
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