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Srikcir

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  1. The military never needed in practice a formal SED to fight the insurgency that began decades ago until (I suspect) it became politically incorrect with elected governments without a formal SED. That's why I said "decades."
  2. What needs fixing is Trump's idea of trade economics. The "Trade Deficit" Isn't A Problem, But It Shows A Problem All trade is balanced, by definition. That’s what “trade” is – an exchange of one thing for another. There are no “trade imbalances.” https://www.forbes.com/sites/nathanlewis/2018/07/09/the-trade-deficit-isnt-a-problem-but-it-shows-a-problem/#755912b45ff1 Trade deficit isn't always a bad thing The way the president explains the trade deficit, America "lost" $566 billion. But it's not like there is one bank account, overdrawn. Trade is incredibly complex. The money that flows to other countries doesn't simply disappear. It becomes cash that in many cases has to be reinvested. And where does it go? Back to the United States, parked in Treasury bonds, stocks, real estate, factories and other investments. America imports goods, and other countries export capital in return. https://money.cnn.com/2018/03/14/news/economy/what-is-a-trade-deficit/index.html There is a downside for US of a zero trade balance. The US can eliminate its trade deficit or run the world’s dominant currency—but not both “If we insist that we have no trade imbalance, what we’re saying is that we [US] no longer want to be the reserve currency.” Running a chronic trade deficit is what any country must do if it aims for its currency to serve as a global reserve currency. https://qz.com/1266044/why-does-the-us-run-a-trade-deficit-to-maintain-the-dollars-privileged-position/
  3. Srikcir

    Politics by numbers

    Frankenstein comes to mind with this electoral voting system.
  4. If it was so easy, why didn't he answer the questions last year in person?
  5. But as such never happened, you can only dream. The Obama administration never rescinded the press passes of Fox News reporters nor ejected or banned them from White House press conferences. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/obama-block-fox-news-reporters/
  6. A starting point: https://qz.com/1134703/brexit-divorce-bill-explained-why-the-uk-needs-to-pay-the-eu-to-leave/
  7. Former CIA official Graham Fuller argues that an Islamist is “one who believes that Islam as a body of faith has something important to say about how politics and society should be ordered in the contemporary Muslim world and who seeks to implement this idea in some fashion”. https://www.economist.com/special-report/2003/09/11/the-gods-that-failed The House of Saud may have failed as a body of Islamic faith and a reckoning may be due for King Salman. Not all is secure with the current Saud crown succession. “Is he a prince? A businessman? Or a politician?” asks one of the king’s octogenarian half brothers. “I don’t know when this play will end. Government is not theater. King Salman needs to open his heart and his mind to his brothers.” https://www.belfercenter.org/publication/inside-turmoil-change-house-saud
  8. No, Kim is just trolling Trump. Kim said he would denuclearize, not demilitarize. Termed a 'Steel Wall' the new weapon sounds like a defensive weapon. But Trump will take the announcement as a personal attack.
  9. Vs. : Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-o-cha today [March 2015] publicly clarified the reason for the new tax rates stating that it was a necessity that will help in developing the country. If the new land and building taxes rates were not proposed then VAT (value added tax) will have to be increased instead. http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/new-proposed-tax-rates-for-land-and-houses-approved/ So not only worthless legislation but puts pressure on the next government to raise the VAT that is not a progressive tax and will further income inequality.
  10. That's 171 members present out of a 197-member parliament. 26 MP's are absent permanently by permission of the junta-apointed NLA president. Presumably, 26 absent active duty military serving as MP's have better things to do with their time. But they'll still receive "compensation" (not to be confused with "salary") as MP's in addition to their military pay.
  11. I wouldn't be surprised if we see a physical cleave of the Democrat party into two diametrically opposed political ideologies with the emergence of another pro-military party. Abhisit only won the primary by a 14%+ margin - hardly a mandate to retain most of the party under Abhisit's leadership.
  12. Which the military authorities have been doing since the insurgency started decades ago. Why can't the military concede that a political solution and not a military solution is the path to reconciliation and peace with the insurgency?
  13. Stalin is your standard for sincerity? In 1934 Dictator Stalin launched the Great Purge in which about a million people perished. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Purge
  14. I expect: Under Saudi Arabia's Sharia Law - yes. Under Saudi Arabia civil law - unlikely, especially since the Crown put the Prince in charge of the investigation and the Prince has assured there will be death penalties for participants that most assuredly not include himself. That conflict is a potential dilemma for the Saudi Arabia Crown that has always maintained that it (ie., vs Turkey) is the supreme protector of Islam.
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