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Has Putin sped up the timetable ? Rachel asks an excellent question

Has Putin decided that Trump will be out on his ear soon, so he needs to get his wins now ?

Forces Ukraine to accept Elections in the Russian occupied eastern province

Trump capitulates in Syria, handing control to Russia

Russia and the US to do Cyber Operations together

Talking about inviting Putin to the G7 at the Doral

Oh, it's starting to feel a LOT like Christmas ! FINALLY a flipping g-g-g-g-reat day !

Zippity doo dah, zippity day, my oh my what a wonderful day !

Brexit : Prorogation was Unlawful !!! Bercow can re-open Parliament immediately.

All 11 judges were unanimous that Johnson's prorogation was unlawful, and that it was as if it never happened. The House of Commons and Lords can resume immediately.


The UK's highest court has ruled that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was "unlawful".

The prime minister advised the Queen on 28 August to prorogue parliament for five weeks, and it was suspended on 9 September until 14 October.

Mr Johnson said the five-week suspension is to allow the government to set out a new legislative agenda in a Queen's speech when MPs return to parliament.

But those who brought legal challenges argue the prorogation is designed to prevent parliamentary scrutiny of the UK's impending exit from the EU on 31 October.

The Supreme Court heard appeals over three days arising out of separate legal challenges in England and Scotland, in which leading judges reached different conclusions.
At the High Court in London, Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett and two other judges rejected campaigner and businesswoman Gina Miller's challenge, finding that the prorogation was "purely political" and not a matter for the courts.

But in Scotland, a cross-party group of MPs and peers led by SNP MP Joanna Cherry QC won a ruling from the Inner House of the Court of Session that Mr Johnson's prorogation decision was unlawful because it was "motivated by the improper purpose of stymieing parliament".

Brexit : Boris Johnson's brother announces he will NOT stand at the next General Election ! BIG news

Said he couldn't resolve Family loyalty v the National Interest (Couldn't square the lies, I presume).

Jo Johnson
It’s been an honour to represent Orpington for 9 years & to serve as a minister under three PMs. In recent weeks I’ve been torn between family loyalty and the national interest - it’s an unresolvable tension & time for others to take on my roles as MP & Minister. #overandout

Brexit : The Fragility of democracy and why winner takes all economics led to the rise of populism

EP21: The Fragility of democracy and why winner takes all economics has led to the rise of populism

David McWilliams, Economist

Published on 2 Sep 2019

Democracy is often taken for granted and many countries are currently testing its resilience right before our eyes. On this episode we break down how we ended up in this political/economic/social mess

Black is the colour - Christy Moore

Are we heading towards a global economic slowdown?

Economist David McWilliams Podcast

Highly relevant to American based DUers

With the central bank cutting interest rates last week we thought it would be a good idea to analyze the current market signals and try to breakdown what might be looming in the future for the global economy

The David McWilliams Podcast : EP14: The next phase of Brexit

David McWilliams is an Irish Economist, who predicted the Economic Crash in Ireland (and worldwide) in 2008. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin and did his Masters at the College of Europe, alongside many of today's EU technocrats. He has a fantastic knack of explaining what's going on, in clear, simple and understandable terms to the general public. He is a Fellow of the Sanders Institute, and when asked by Sanders, McWilliams said "But I'm not a Socialist !"

This episode is an explanation of the origins of Brexit, and is seriously well worth a listen.

Katie Porter in a lovely interview with Chris Hayes


Nancy Pelosi repeats pledge that US-UK trade deal won't pass Congress if Brexit 'imperils' Northern



US HOUSE SPEAKER Nancy Pelosi has repeated her warning that a US-UK trade deal wouldn’t pass through Congress if Brexit undermines the Good Friday Agreement. US National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Monday that the US government wanted “to move very quickly” on a trade deal with Britain after it leaves the EU, and that they were “first in line” for a future trade deal.These comments which were welcomed by Brexiteers, as the threat of a no-deal Brexit looms ahead on 31 October.“No longer at the back of the queue,” Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees Mogg tweeted, with a link to Bolton’s comments.

The UK currently trades with the US under the EU’s trade rules, which must be followed by all member states. One of the main arguments in favour of a hard Brexit is that it would leave the US free to negotiate new trade deals with other countries. If the UK’s post-Brexit rules diverge greatly from the EU’s, it compounds the problems on the island of Ireland – the more different the rules are, the more necessary a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland would be. Today, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, repeated comments that she made in April during a visit to Ireland where she stated that the Good Friday Agreement needed to be protected no matter the Brexit outcome, and said that it was “a value” that she and her colleagues would protect.


Whatever form it takes, Brexit cannot be allowed to imperil the Good Friday Agreement, including the seamless border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland, especially now, as the first generation born into the hope of Good Friday 21 years ago comes into adulthood. We cannot go back.

“If Brexit undermines the Good Friday accord, there will be no chance of a US-UK trade agreement passing the Congress. The peace of the Good Friday Agreement is treasured by the American people and will be fiercely defended on a bicameral and bipartisan basis in the United States Congress.”

This is a BIG DEAL. The UK will be desperate for a trade deal with the US, if Johnson pushes it to a No Deal Brexit. And if the UK renege on the €39bn that they owe the EU, they can go for a high jump if they want a trade deal with the EU, until that is paid. They're f****d imo.
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