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Thread: Taoiseach visits our lads in the EU Army, somewhere in Africa

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disillusioned democrat View Post
    Oh dear - oh, dear, oh dear, oh dear.


    Varadkar speaks on China€™s increasing role in Africa and risks to Europe

    Basically, as if there was any doubt about why our Taoiseach decided to spend a week in Mali and Ethiopia, the real reason is now clear - to lay claim to these countries for Europe in the new rush to colonize the Fuzzywuzzies .

    The minority government leader, who never got a mandate from the citizens, not to mention his own party, is now firmly placing Ireland on the world stage - squaring up to Russia and China.

    I'm beginning to worry that during Dr Varadkar's tax payer funded ego trip he's writing cheques his actual ability can't cash.
    Vlad knows his days as Taoiseach are numbered, he is now, as with his endeavors on Brexit, engaged in planning and securing his future career on the world stage.
    And Vlad is doing what many successful corporate executives have done on their way to the top - never stay in one job long enough to be found out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sync View Post
    If only there was some sort of defined benefit to the EU of a stable North Africa. Let's think about for a second, write it down 10 thousand times and then hit Rec over the head with the paper repeatedly.
    You mean something like Africans giving up their aspiration for a better life in Europe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor View Post
    Vlad knows his days as Taoiseach are numbered, he is now, as with his endeavors on Brexit, engaged in planning and securing his future career on the world stage.
    And Vlad is doing what many successful corporate executives have done on their way to the top - never stay in one job long enough to be found out.
    I think most will agree he's left it too late for that...
    The more things change....

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    I'm surprised Varadkar volunteered to visit all those sweaty young men in uniform. Didn't think it would be his thing at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nebuchadnezzar View Post
    The biggest source of exploitation and oppression in the third world is state capture by local elites or those that overthrow them and then go on to replace them in repeating cycles. However, the numbers of coups and dictatorships in Africa has been gradually reducing over the past 20 years. During the 1960s through to the 2000 there were approx 40 coups/attempted coups in Africa per decade. This has fallen steadily to less than half that level since then. Partly this is a result of the end of the Cold War and use of Africa as a battleground for the superpowers proxies but it is has also allowed western aid to be be discerning and conditional on good governance than before. Governance in Africa is improving thanks in part to efforts to build up the infrastructure of fragile states. The operation in Mali is part of that and our participation in it is a good thing.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-46783600
    Just ignore everything in the article I posted then if that's convenient and emotionally comforting for you...

    Step outside of your denialist childhood fantasy about how the world works and look at the cold, hard facts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nebuchadnezzar View Post
    .....says he whacking away on his keyboard with a straight face.
    How would China or Russia be worse then funding Jihadists inter alia that the US is doing?

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    So while you champions of decency and fairness, those of you who “stand for a world were democracy, stability and peace is our watchword”, are getting your knickers in a twist about Irish troops on peacekeeping missions in Mali Russian troops are kicking the shite(or worse) out of protesters in Sudan.

    Sightings of Russian-speaking mercenaries in the Sudanese capital have raised concerns that the Kremlin is moving to prop up the autocratic regime of President Bashir.

    The reports and photographs from Khartoum have emerged as anti-government protests there grow and the president faces the biggest threat to his military dictatorship since he seized power 30 years ago.

    The apparent deployment of Russian muscle comes as the Kremlin seeks to develop trade, security and defence links to sub-Saharan Africa.
    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/r...ests-vw0gzngq8
    Is not this the great Babylon that I have built.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nebuchadnezzar View Post
    So while you champions of decency and fairness, those of you who “stand for a world were democracy, stability and peace is our watchword”, are getting your knickers in a twist about Irish troops on peacekeeping missions in Mali Russian troops are kicking the shite(or worse) out of protesters in Sudan.



    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/r...ests-vw0gzngq8
    He-said-she-said gossip from tabloid rags proves nothing. Even if its true how is it any better then the US support ISIS in Syria?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweet Darling View Post
    Our A&Es are like 3rd world counties. don't think so. Staff in 3rd world counties can only dream of the money our "health professionals get away with.

    "3rd world services for 1st world services", the HSE motto. They should put up posters

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    Quote Originally Posted by Connollyist a/c no.2 View Post
    He-said-she-said gossip from tabloid rags proves nothing. Even if its true how is it any better then the US support ISIS in Syria?
    It's the Times. Not a tabloid. I know it's hard for you being a thicko socialist to accept but the Russians are not the good guys.

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