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  1. That may be a temporary situation: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/nov/24/brexit-may-gives-way-over-gibraltar-after-spains-veto-threat On the eve of Sunday’s special Brexit summit, the British ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow, wrote to concede that Gibraltar would not necessarily be covered by a future trade deal with the EU. The development gives Spain a veto over Gibraltar benefiting from a future trade and security agreement between Brussels and the British government. The Spanish leader, Pedro Sánchez, reacted immediately, claiming the UK would now have to open talks on “joint sovereignty” of Gibraltar, over which Spain has had a claim since the military dictatorship of Francisco Franco. Post-Brexit Gibraltar border could become pawn between UK and Spain https://www.euractiv.com/section/uk-europe/news/post-brexit-gibraltar-border-could-become-pawn-between-uk-and-spain-says-mep-girling/
  2. Isn't this stereotyping feminism?
  3. In American parlance the term is "wuss."
  4. And that spending doesn't include military access to the treasury to promote pro-military party candidates, Prayut's own candidacy and numerous government populist "gifts."
  5. A "flaw" is not a fix. Now most of which are being corrected is not a proactive strategy. If the FAA didn't find these flaws (and presumably others to follow the initial inspection), would CAAT take the same action to remedy? For passenger safety I hope the FAA is demanding.
  6. If for "non-military operations," doesn't that justify removing such operations from the military budget? There are appropriate civilian governmental agencies that currently run such operations such as Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Labor and National Police. If they are underfunded, they should submit justifiable budget requests to best serve the nation.
  7. Which of these are accountable to the Thai people's sovereignty granted by the Constitution? General Prayut as Chief of the NCPO and PM. General Prawit as Minister of Defense. Article 44 of the military's Interim Charter grants absolute power to the junta. Article 48 of the military's Interim Charter grants amnesty for all acts committed by military coup. Thai taxpayer funds distributed by a junta-appointed National Legislative Assembly. Military State of Emergency in the southern Muslim provinces that overrides human rights. See a pattern?
  8. No, Donald Trump can’t just use Pentagon money for his border wall https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/3/30/17177544/donald-trump-pentagon-military-fund-border-wall
  9. Note to budget appropriations team for FY 2020: cut Defense budget $3.6 billion.
  10. "Hope is not a strategy" In 2006, Hillary Clinton said it to General John Abizaid during his congressional testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee. In 2007, Madeleine Albright used it when speaking before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. https://quotes.yourdictionary.com/articles/who-said-hope-is-not-strategy.htmlIn 2012, Mitt Romney used the phrase in a speech at the Virginia Military Institute.
  11. How about calling on the National Anti-Corruption Commission - it's their job! April 2017: Thailand’s watchdog on graft got a bigger bite last week when legislators passed a law giving the National Anti-Corruption Commission the power to launch investigations on its own against those suspected of illegal activity without having to wait for a third party to file a complaint. https://thaiembdc.org/2017/04/10/national-anti-corruption-commission-given-more-power/ The public and media have no hope of knowing any inside information unless an informant comes forth, albeit at great risk to harassment, arrest and/or defamation lawsuits.
  12. Estonia being honest and forthright - one more reason Brexit was flawed from the beginning.
  13. NATO relationships are not affected by Brexit other than UK may not continue to meet its GDP defense commitments to NATO if its economy slows because of a No Brexit Deal.
  14. May can't convince her own Parliament on a deal. How is it reasonable that she will convince 27 nations of a new deal? At least she seems to "have game."
  15. Reading an article on the draft Rice Bill, such a statement appears to be incorrect, meaning Prayut is correct. Only certified rice seeds can be distributed to farmers and Only rice grown from certified rice seeds can be accepted by rice millers. Rice farmers are barred from selecting their own rice varieties or forced into seeking certification. Offenders (I interpret as distributors and millers) face a fine of up to Bt100,000 and/or one year in jail. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30364155 Where a farmer eats one's own rice grown from uncertified seed, who cares? The idea is to keep uncertified rice out of commercial circulation and that seems fair. There is a Rice Commission with the PM as Chairman who can provide education and certification advice to rice farmers who may want to or have developed an uncertified rice seed intended for commercialization. But a fallacy is wherein the Prayut government has been deciding the degree of judgement that people must use when reading or sharing information on social media.
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