September 04, 2015

Hungary vs. refugees, China flexes, Kentucky clerk, The Donald takes a pledge and weekend reads


We know it’s Friday but try not to be as bored at work as this lady is… Enjoy the weekend Pnutters!



Refugee Crisis: Can You Please Just Explain It To Me?

First Hungary:
Hungarian PM Orban is determined to play the villain as he panders to xenophobic elements in his country. He stated that this was a “German problem” and that refugees threatened Europe’s “Christian roots.” Over the past few days Hungary has barred refugees from taking trains from Budapest to the rest of Europe. 

Then yesterday, Hungary allowed refugees onto a train, told them they were on a train to Germany, stopped at a random station, and told them to get off because they were going to a refugee camp… Just let that sink in for a moment. 

Now, the good-ish guys:
Thankfully, not everyone has been behaving like Orban. EU President Donald Tusk said that Orban’s attitude itself was “unchristian.” French President Hollande said that Europe “must protect those for whom she is the last hope.” While the rhetoric is certainly uplifting we have yet to see concrete proposals on how the EU will respond to the crisis. 

Now what?
The EU has promised to meet on September 14 to discuss a new approach to the crisis. Higher quotas, defining who is and isn’t a refugee and a new registration process that doesn’t require perilous sea journeys are all on the agenda. Even David Cameron seemed to be warming up to taking more refugees as 100,000 people signed a petition encouraging him to “fulfill Britain’s moral obligation” to help. 

POWERFUL READ: NYTimes photo essay on the crossing to Europe



China: How Do you Like Dem Guns?  

China flexed its military muscle this week. Yesterday it threw a massive military parade where it displayed a “carrier killer” (China has one aircraft carrier, US has 19) and its navy was seen “patrolling” around Alaska. They also announced plans to cut the military down by 300,000 people (the size of France’s entire military) as part of a “rationalization process” designed to make it a leaner, meaner fighting machine. 

Tom Brady: These Balls Feel Alright To Me

Tom Brady, New England Patriots Quarterback and sexiest man of the year, will be able to play in all games this season after a federal judge nullified a four-game ban over the “deflategate” scandal. The NFL accused Tom Brady of “probably knowing” that the footballs were slightly deflated during last year’s Superbowl which saw the Patriots win 45-7. The NFL is expected to appeal… because why not?  

Kentucky Clerk: The Thing About A Secular State Is… 

A Kentucky clerk was jailed for contempt after refusing to issue a same-sex marriage certificate because “it infringed on her religious beliefs.” Ms. Davis felt that she would violate the sanctity of marriage if she issued the certificate. The judge found that “her good faith belief is simply not a viable defense.” Gay marriage has been legal nationwide ever since the Supreme Court decision in June.

#pnut4prez: The Donald Makes The GOP Pledge

The GOP made all its candidates take a “loyalty pledge” yesterday that makes them promise not to run against the final Republican nominee who survives this season of the Republican Survivor aka primaries. The move came after The Donald said he would run anyway if he lost the GOP nomination. He’s either had a change of heart or he’s confident enough that he will win because he signed the pledge anyway. 

Keeping Our Eye On…

  • VICE vice baby: Turkey, infamous for its doubtful freedom of press, has released two UK VICE journalists one week after detaining them on dubious charges. The third man, an Iraqi translator, remains in custody.
  • Guatemala: Even though he is denying the customs corruption charges against him, Otto Pérez Molina resigned as president of the country and was promptly jailed, a first in Guatemalan history. Successfully bringing down suspicious politicians offers an inspiration to other countries.
  • MH370: Plane debris found off a Reunion island a few weeks ago is a confirmed match to the missing Malaysian Airlines plane. 


North Korea: Because Apologies Are For The Weak

North Korea, home of the original Macklemore haircut, backtracked on an apology it made to South Korea last month over a land mine that maimed two South Korean soldiers. The North claimed that the South was “so ignorant of the Korean language they don’t even know the meanings and definitions of Korean words.†They claimed that they merely expressed regret, which is more akin to “visiting a hospital patient” than apologizing… You know, if you are the reason the patient is in the hospital, it might not be such a terrible thing to be seen as apologizing.  

Weekend Reads:

Pedestrian Question - Is Barack Obama a Muslim?
Negative: Majority of Republicans still believe Obama is a Muslim.
Positive: They seem to have survived seven years of “Muslim” rule.
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