This is another of the W.O.O.D. series of semi-regular
Weekly Occasional Open Discussions.
(i.e. if I forget and skip one, no big)
Immediate prior one here:
and remains open for threads running there (at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).
Canonical list of old ones here:
For just general FYI notices, use to “tips” pages. All the old ones remain for historical reference:
What’s Going On?
Now postponed to January 31st, maybe.
A new election is scheduled for Dec. 12th.
Folks positioning for the election with Boris likely to win as Corbyn has gone to far left positions.
So, for now, It’s still Groundhog Day and will be until mid December, or January, or…
These things are just snowballing. Pretty soon it will be easier to list the places NOT having a riot. Let’s see if I can get them all (or at least the big ones) from memory.
France (Yellow Vests), Greeks had a riot at a migrant camp on Lesbos, Malta had a migrant riot, Barcelona had an independence riot, and I’m sure there’s more, but mostly it’s smaller stuff.
Chile, Argentina, Bolivia (potentially a coup / color revolution), Venezuela and some unrest in Colombia now too.
Asia / Middle East:
Hong Kong is still going strong. There’s unrest in Indonesia as rice is not doing well this year (similar to the rice shortage in the Philippines and their grumping). Bangladesh had a riot last month over a Facebook page. Then there’s Lebanon where the people are trying to get a new government. I’m leaving off the places with a war (Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan) but do note that in Iran they have had some big riots with folks shot by police.
Also note that Hong Kong took a break for an election, elected a Democracy Candidate, so watch this space.
Not kept up on Africa. This article has a nice map in it:
https://www.biznews.com/africa/2019/01/11/elections-unrest-africa-main-hotspots-2019 but it is from last January.
These folks have the list of current travel warnings:
https://www.tripsavvy.com/travel-warnings-for-countries-in-africa-1454328 and it’s a longer list, but travel warnings are not just for civil unrest. These are all a 2 or higher on the scale where 1 is “normal”. Most of these are just for crime and “terrorism”:
Algeria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lybia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leon, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunesia, Uganda, Zimbabwe.
I think you can see why I don’t try to keep up on African issues. The continent is a mess, their governments are terrible, and it isn’t particularly important on the world stage.
Or you can hit the US Gov. site for a full list:
I doubt I’ll ever go to Africa and the major effect will be folks trying to escape to Europe. Egypt is THE big population center of the Arab Muslim world so when they have “issues” it’s news. Otherwise not really something I watch often. Just don’t be a White farmer in southern Africa…
I’m sure I’ve missed a few somewhere and I’ve completely skipped the Caribbean and Pacific Islands. Whatever. The world is a mess.
Who’s Your President?
Looks like it’s becoming a fad to play “Who’s Your Prez?”. I’m lumping them together now… I suppose the UK Elections could be put in here too, but that’s a more orderly and normal thing. Sort of.
Bolivia deposed Morales. Some folks are claiming it is a coup, others a color revolution. Communist leader out, Temp Pres in, elections soon.
Chile has arrested over 3500 people after a bus fare hike prompted protests, but so far no political changes at the top.
Argentina is trying the Leftist approach again after their election last month. That’s not likely to go well.
Venezuela is continuing with their 2 Presidents thing…
USA: And of course here in the USA we have our own little Coup Plot. So far trying to do it via a Kangaroo Court process. But you just know the Dims are in it to go all the way, evidence or not, crime or not. One hopes they are bright enough to realize a Senate Trial on this right in the middle of re-election time will not go well for them…
There’s rumors of actual indictments ‘soon’, but still waiting for that first big Perp Walk of the Deep State.
Looks like a chunk of Europe is getting the big snow dump. Meters of the stuff in the Alps.
Alaska to Colorado getting the treatment, then it will move into the mid-west.
The Grand Solar Minimum is bringing a lot of snow. Probably time to revisit glacier growth.
Yeah, it is still “a thing” even if not top of the non-news MSM.
Down to only 11 new cases and 4 more dead, so likely this is the last time I’ll mention it. They ought to drop to zero very soon.
Thanksgiving In The USA
This Thursday is our national holiday of gluttony and sloth. Do not be surprised if not much happens Thursday to Friday…
Enjoy your celebration, or if not having one, enjoy the day of the USA not dominating the news ;-)