Australian Gov Officials Reportedly Believe Trump is Prepared to Strike Iran

Australian government officials are sounding the alarms that President Donald Trump may be close to a strike on Iran, according to an Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) report published on Thursday. Australia’s ABC notes:
Senior figures in the [Malcolm] Turnbull Government have told the ABC they believe the United States is prepared to bomb Iran’s nuclear capability, perhaps as early as next month, and that Australia is poised to help identify possible targets.
The article also notes, “secretive Australian defence facilities would likely play a role in identifying targets in Iran.” while Canada will likely play no part. The published warnings from Australian official comes on the heels of Trump’s all-cap warnings to Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, sent via his favorite medium, Twitter. “To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED Continue reading "Australian Gov Officials Reportedly Believe Trump is Prepared to Strike Iran"

As The New York Times extends its reach across countries (and languages and cultures), it looks to locals for guidance

These are numbers that shout opportunity, seized. The New York Times now has around 2.33 million paid digital-only news subscribers (not counting subscribers to Crosswords and Cooking). 15 percent of those subscribers are from outside the United States. The New York-based, East-Coast-centric news organization is now seeing higher growth rates outside the U.S. than within it. Canada was the biggest market for the Times outside the U.S., even before the Times began officially devoting more resources to growing its reporting and subscriber base in the country. Now Canadian subscribers make up around 27 percent of the Times international subscriber base, according to a Canadaland interview with Times Canada bureau chief Catherine Porter this past spring; that works out to something like 94,000 subscribers. (2,330,000 × .15 × .27 = 94,365.) By some estimates, that’s more paying Canadian digital subscribers than any Canadian news organization can
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WATCH: French President Macron Calls Aussie PM’s Wife ‘Delicious’

French President Emmanuel Macron stumbled into an awkward (Freudian?) slip during a joint press conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday. Macron, in an effort to thank his host, turned to Turnbull and declared: “I wanted to thank you for your welcome,” Macron said. “Thank you and your delicious wife for your warm welcome.” It’s unclear what word Macron was going for, or whether he was earnestly calling Aussie first lady Lucy Turnbull delicious. For what it’s worth, the French translation of delicious, “délicieux,” has a decidedly less flirty connotation than its English counterpart. It’s typically reserved for food, e.g. un pain au chocolat délicieux. Macron’s gaffe in Sydney comes hot off of his speech in Washington D.C. before a joint session of Congress, in which he delivered — in English — a rousing call for cooperation between the two allies on global affairs Continue reading "WATCH: French President Macron Calls Aussie PM’s Wife ‘Delicious’"