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  1. Best not to smear all Thai women just because of your and others negative experiences. Some people don't have good outcomes with their relationships, some do not. From memory divorce rates in Oz is approx 50%. Personally I have lived with my Thai partner for 23 years, mainly in Oz, but four years in Thailand. I know others who are in long term relationships.
  2. The OP references "Migrant Protection Protocols" as the vehicle for returnees and Mexico's agreement to support them. You could well be correct there is a mechanism (secret?) for the US to cover Mexico's costs. https://www.dhs.gov/news/2019/01/24/migrant-protection-protocols
  3. All three were married off to ISIS combat fighters within a short period of arriving in Syria. The one recently interviewed by The Times who is in late stage pregnancy and wants to return to the UK stated she was not upset when seeing the head of an 'enemy' in a rubbish bin as he had tried to kill Muslims - LOL. If they are still officially UK citizens one assumes they will be permitted to return to the UK, but surely they must be prosecuted for supporting a terrorist organisation; if not HMG should urgently enact new legislation to do so.
  4. Trump is going to declare a "National Emergency" in an attempt to grab funding for the "Wall". Believe estimated overall cost is around $20billion. trump is a disgrace as clearly incapable to govern in a democratic environment, trump is unfit for the Office of the President of the USA.
  5. Interesting how those of right of centre use the above, when in reality it is more applicable to themselves
  6. I have located the response. Have read the first seven replies and as anticipated nothing more than subjective opinion / speculation. Therefore haven't read the entire reply as waste of time.
  7. No wasn't aware there was a rebuttal to the rebuttal. A link would be constructive, but hope it's not just subjective opinions...
  8. It's easy to get access to the Spectator link, at no cost, I provided which provides a detailed rebuttal of the 40 claims made in the blog. It is telling none of the Leavers have made any effort to access factual info for a reply, but rather rely on rhetoric / cliche - minds firmly closed.
  9. Plus Bolton and other senior Administration people have reiterated the objection is Iranian regime change, thereby directly contradicting Pomeo's messaging. Netanyahu has stated if he wins the upcoming election he will stay on course with the right, exclude the center and not accommodate any concessions with the Palestinians. In summary a cluster!@#$.
  10. There is an article that rebuts all 40 claims made in the cut & paste blog content from Loiner, unfortunately blocked by a paywall. Accordingly how do you go about assessing the accuracy of the quoted blog as opposed to presumedly blind acceptance. An example... The supposed ‘transition period’ could last indefinitely or, more specifically, to an undefined date sometime this century (“up to 31 December 20XX”, Art. 132). So while this Agreement covers what the government is calling Brexit, what we in fact get is: ‘transition’ + extension indefinitely (by however many years we are willing to pay for) + all of those extra years from the ‘plus 8 years’ articles. Downing Street: Article 132 has a blank date because the date has not yet been agreed between the two sides. The date will represent a maximum length. https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2018/11/the-brexit-deal-40-rebuttals-to-mr-steerpikes-40-horrors/
  11. As I recall the Iranian nuclear treaty did not address missile development. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-33521655 I understand the missile development issue was created by Trump as one excuse to unilaterally pull out of deal against the recommendations of Mattis and others. e.g... Mattis has said in the past that the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, isn’t perfect, but that staying in it would be in America's national security interest. https://thehill.com/policy/defense/385094-mattis-defends-iran-deal-as-trump-considers-withdrawal In any case it has been agreed by relevant parties that Iran has ceased its nuclear development program; so far no info on missile deliverable nuclear weapon/s or any other. Either way, Trump's unilateral withdrawal from the treaty was another demonstration of his lack of strategic nouse.
  12. As does Westpac https://www.westpac.com.au/faq/security-devices/
  13. ISIS have an ever strengthening presence in Afghanistan. Likely US and Afghans will eventually reach an accord with the Taliban, with the Tabilban increasing their efforts to eliminate ISIS.
  14. An outcome of the Recent Royal Commision into Oz banks identified Westpac and Macquarie Bank as the least tainted. Personally I respect Macquarie Bank.
  15. From an Israeli report of the killings... “They are hurling rocks at troops and towards the security fence, as well as a number of explosive devices that did not cross the fence,” a spokesman said. https://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinians-say-14-year-old-shot-and-killed-in-gaza-border-protest/ One youth was shot in the chest, the other in the neck, so one can conclude "shoot to kill" policy of youths who were not an immediate threat to IDF members.
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