In the midst of vacation season for many people around the world, the news is anything but dull and quiet.
First an update from Italy on the latest migrant transport ship stalemate.
From The Express:
Italy sparks EU crisis: Brussels calls emergency migrant talks as leader threatens to QUIT
ITALIAN interior minister Matteo Salvini has sensationally threatened to resign over the latest migrant crisis engulfing bloc as the European Commission called an emergency meeting on the issue.
The leader of the right-wing Lega party is at loggerheads with Italian President Sergio Mattarella over whether 177 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean should be able to disembark from the Diciotti ship, which has been left in limbo since docking in Sicilly since Monday.
Only 29 unaccompanied minors have been allowed to leave the boat so far.
He has insisted that migrants should only be able to disembark onto Italian soil if other EU allies agree to share the burden with them.
Mr Mattarella is more in favour of letting migrants onto Italian soil for humanitarian reasons and made a rare intervention to end a similar dispute last month by letting 67 migrants disembark from the Diciotti after another rescue mission.
But Mr Salvini has stepped up his opposition to the Italian President’s proposals and will not let him do the same thing again.
In a video message yesterday, he said: “Either you change the country or you change the minister.”
European Commission spokesman Alexander Winterstein attempted to calm fears over the latest crisis that threatens to put a wedge between allies across the continent.
In a press briefing on Thursday, he told reporters: “We continue working towards a swift resolution so that people on board can be safely disembarked as soon as possible.
“The priority for everyone should be to ensure these people receive the care they need.”
Moderate Malcolm is out in Australia….
Australia’s new PM is Scott Morrison as moderate Malcolm Turnbull is forced out
Socially conservative architect of hardline asylum policies takes the helm as fifth prime minister in five years
[Since Turnbull is now out, does that mean the “Dumb deal” to take Australia’s rejected asylum seekers to America is dead?—ed]
Australia has a new prime minister in Scott Morrison – the socially conservative architect of Australia’s hardline anti-asylum seeker policies – after he mounted a late challenge during a drawn-out struggle for power in the governing Liberal party.
Read the whole story at The Guardian, here.
And then this on South Africa…
I assume you have been following the extensive news accounts coming out of SA about the Communist government there beginning to take farm land without compensation from white farmers.
The New York Times is downplaying that news and once again it (everything in the world!) is all Trump’s fault or in some way connected to him.
I’ve been writing about the decay and the xenophobia in South Africa for years that puts a lie to the Leftwing meme that S.A. is the “Rainbow nation” (implying it welcomes all colors).
It does not and in fact please note that the US is still bringing Somalis and other Africans (not the white refugees!) to your towns and cities as refugees from SA “xenophobia.” (See my South Africa archive by clicking here.)
Here is the NY Times playing down the latest news…. Trump can never be correct in their eyes!
Trump Cites False Claims of Widespread Attacks on White Farmers in South Africa
CAPE TOWN, South Africa — President Trump waded into South Africa’s proposal to seize land from white farmers, saying in a post on Twitter late Wednesday that he had asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to “closely study” the “the large scale killing of farmers” — a claim disputed by official figures and the country’s biggest farmer’s group.
Mr. Trump’s comment came after the Fox News host Tucker Carlson presented a late-night program on South Africa, including land seizures and homicides, and described President Cyril Ramaphosa as “a racist.” [Nothing cuts the Left so much than to call a black leader a racist!—ed]
The tweet gives prominence to a false narrative [this is a news story, not an editorial!—ed] pushed by some right-wing groups in South Africa that there have been numerous seizures of white-owned land and widespread killings of white farmers. Some of those groups have brought their claims to the United States on lobbying trips.
NYT! Your bias is showing!
Just imagine if some Leftist ‘humanitarian’ NGO was bringing claims of genocide of blacks in Africa to America, would the NYT refer to their efforts as merely “lobbying trips?” Never in a million years.
Then this! The government is only taking “unused land.”
The government has said expropriating farms is necessary to deal with longstanding inequities and that only unused land would be subject to seizure, suggesting that land that is being actively farmed would be safe.
And whew, the NYT goes on—-the numbers of farmers killed is down to 47 this past year, while in the previous year it was 66 who were murdered working the land. I guess to the NYT, over 100 killed in 2 years doesn’t constitute “widespread killings.”
The International Left (through house organs like the NYT) must at all costs keep the myth of the black run South Africa as the Rainbow Nation alive!
Stories of killings to drive out white landowners must be squelched!