Watch This Australian Politician Deliver a Bizarre Rant on Gay Marriage and Killer Crocodiles

We don’t know exactly what this is. Or why this is. We just know it needs to be watched. In comments to reporters on Sunday, Bob Katter — an Austrailian Parliament member — addressed the topic of gay marriage. It’s a subject which apparently ranks pretty low on Katter’s priority list. And it ranks very low when compared to, say, killer crocodiles. The politican’s remarks began smoothly enough, as he tried to adopt a posture of ambivalence. “I mean, you know, people are entitled to their sexual proclivities,” Katter said, with a chuckle. “Let there a thousand blossoms blooming.” Then, in the blink of an eye, Katter’s mood turned dark — and he executed one of the clumsiest segues in television history. “But I ain’t spending any time on it, because in the meantime, every three months, a person is torn to pieces by a crocodile in North Queensland. Continue reading "Watch This Australian Politician Deliver a Bizarre Rant on Gay Marriage and Killer Crocodiles"

Australian Leader Responds After Trump Call Leaks: ‘I Stand Up For Australia’s Interests’

Yesterday a lot of digital ink was spilled amid breathless parsing of leaked transcripts of President Trump’s conversations with the leaders of Mexico and Australia. Today we got a response from one of those leaders. Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who had a ferocious conversation with Trump back in January over a 2015 refugee deal, delivered comments attempting to tamp down the significance of the phone call. “It’s always better when these conversations remain confidential,” he said at the outset. “As I said, it was a courteous, frank conversations, as President Trump said, we’re both adults. I stand up for Australia’s interests, he stands up for America’s interests.” The two men did seem to have better rapport during Turnbull’s Continue reading "Australian Leader Responds After Trump Call Leaks: ‘I Stand Up For Australia’s Interests’"

Trump Spars With Australian Leader Over Refugees: ‘I Hate Taking These People’

On Thursday the Washington Post published a revealing (but not really that surprising) series of quotes from transcripts of calls between Donald Trump and the leaders of Mexico and Australia. While the Post led with Trump’s tense call with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and demands that he stop publicly refusing to pay for the wall, the fireworks between Trump and Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull was arguably even more contentious. The two leaders, both businessmen turned politicians sparred repeatedly about the status of a 2015 deal agreed to by President Obama to accept refugees currently marooned on the island of Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island. The roughly 2,000 people were denied entry to Australian and are currently being held in detention camps. “I hate taking these people,” Trump said, according to the transcript, the Post reported. “I guarantee you they are bad. That is why they Continue reading "Trump Spars With Australian Leader Over Refugees: ‘I Hate Taking These People’"

An Australian Reporter Had the Best Trump Takedown Yet — and Twitter is Going Nuts

Donald Trump’s visit to the G20 summit in Hamburg came in for mixed reviews. Some (like Trump) felt it was an overwhelming success, while others critiqued the President for a lackluster meeting with Vladimir Putin and briefly sitting his daughter Ivanka Trump at the leader’s table alongside Chinese President Xi Jinping an British Prime Minister Theresa May. There was nothing mixed, however, about Australian journalist Chris Uhlmann’s assessment of the summit. In a blistering video for the Australian Broadcast Corporation, Uhlmann dropped the mic. “He has no desire and no capacity to lead the world,” said Uhlmann. “The G20 became the G19 as it ended.” From there, Uhlmann derided Trump for abandoning the Paris Climate Accord and chided him for missing an
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ISIS Claims Responsibility For Attack Near Melbourne, Australia

2017-06-06-CNN-Melbourne_Australia_ISIS ISIS has claimed responsibility for an incident on Monday near Melbourne, Australia where a gunman killed one and took a woman hostage for hours before being killed by police. Three police officers were also injured during the standoff. Reuters detailed the suspected terrorist attack in a Tuesday report. The alleged terrorist, Yacqub Khayre, had been acquitted of assisting in a 2009 plot to attack an Australian army base in Sydney. Three other men were convicted in that case. According to the wire agency, “court documents show Khayre migrated as a child with his family to Australia through a Kenyan refugee camp. He was recognized as a refugee under Australia’s humanitarian migration program and later became a citizen, police said.” After his acquittal in the 2009 case, Khayre had been “jailed in 2012 over a violent burglary in Melbourne, where he was found to have repeatedly struck a woman and Continue reading "ISIS Claims Responsibility For Attack Near Melbourne, Australia"

John McCain: Vladimir Putin is a Bigger Threat Than ISIS

It’s no secret that John McCain doesn’t think much of Russia. During an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Monday, the Arizona Republican again made it clear just how he felt, saying be believed Vladimir Putin to be the “premiere” global threat today and that his continued danger to world security was a greater threat than the Islamic State. “I think he is the premiere and most important threat, more so than ISIS. I think ISIS can do terrible things … But it’s the Russians who tried to destroy the fundamental of democracy and that is to change the outcome of an American election,” said McCain. “I view the Russians as the far greatest challenge that we have.” The Russia comments were part of a nearly 30-minute interview the Senator sat for in which he also touched upon some familiar bailiwicks including the Paris Climate Accords, North Continue reading "John McCain: Vladimir Putin is a Bigger Threat Than ISIS"