Asia and Middle East News to be read by the busy reader in two minutes or less.
- China returns undersea drone to the U. S. says China Ministry.
- China claims drone launch from Subic Bay, Philippines was spying.
- Smog engulfs eastern China for the fourth consecutive day.
- China offers 14 million dollar arms package to the Philippines.
- China economic growth cut to 6.5% for 2017
- Foreign companies lament not receiving China profits promptly.
- Indonesia to crack down on Muslim vigilantes.
- Indonesia to cut one ‘zero’ from its currency bills. (50 note, to 5)
- Malaysia PM says public is not to panic after fall in Ringgit value.
- Russian Ambassador to Turkey shot dead during Ankara speech.
- 27-year-old shooter shouts ‘God is great’ revenge for Aleppo.
- UN backs sending evacuation monitors to war-torn Aleppo.
- Suicide belt found at site of Jordan shooting attack that killed 10.
- Germany lorry plows into Christmas crowd killing 12 injuring 50.
- White House denounces yet unclear lorry attack as a terrorist act.
- Iran’s PM Rohanjani unveils new laws expanding personal freedom.
- Former IMF Chief found guilty of over payment to corporations.
- 57 hospitalized, 48 die in Siberia after drinking bath oil & antifreeze.
- Trump wins Electoral College vote to become 45th POTUS.
- Trump’s popular vote count 62.9 million, Clinton 65.7 million.*
- Apple fights back over excessive Irish/EU tax invoice.
News gleaned from Chanel News Asia, CNN, BBC, Euro News, Al Jazeera)
*One personal comment:
I always thought the Electoral College was flawed. In a democracy the majority of the nation’s voters must choose the winner as in most any other country. It’s only sensible to do so; however, the inpatient public driven by the Media wants dramatic speedy results. So, the U. S. is stuck with a politically motivated system nobody else really, really desires but the members in the political parties.
But not to worry voter folks, not like some other past elections, in this case it makes little difference because it is the same monolithic Party joined at the hip since inception, or should I say deception? The differences between them are the bickerings of wedge issues, minutia, or seemingly trivial editing of laws, mostly financial, for the benefit of the few over the many, costing American taxpayers in the end, and I mean in the end. (As one politician, name withheld, said ‘I like wedge issues, they take a lot of time away from the real important issues)
Clinton and Trump were the two worst candidates in American History. For some unknown or only suspected reason it’s not bandied about by the media these days is it?
That’s because I would assume the Democrats and Republicans who control them are embarrassed, contrite, or feel somewhat guilty for their nominee selections, as well as the confused, presently frustrated American public who voted for them. Yes, both candidates doggedly barked out there popular-populus messages to their supporters and look what we got. Of the two candidates the U. S. elected the wrong dog.
All the Best.