By Robert A. Vella

Here are some important news stories for this last Sunday in November

From:  Mexico’s incoming government denies report Mexico supports Trump admin’s new asylum proposal

Mexico’s incoming government on Saturday night denied that an official deal had been made regarding migrants staying in the country before entering the United States, Mexico’s incoming interior secretary, Olga Sánchez Cordero, said according to a statement acquired by CNN.

The statement is at odds with a previous report by The Washington Post, which had claimed that the incoming Mexican government supported a Trump administration plan that would require individuals seeking asylum to remain south of the US border while their applications are being processed.

Earlier on Saturday, the Post reported that the new Trump administration border policy had garnered the incoming Mexican government’s support, citing Mexican officials and senior members of Mexican president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s transition team. The Post report included quotes from Sánchez Cordero that the incoming government had agreed to the policy.

In the statement Saturday night, Sánchez Cordero explained that the next administration does not have any plans to make Mexico a “third safe country” for migrants.

“Mexico’s next federal administration does not consider within its plans that Mexico assume the condition of “third secure country” for the attention of Central American migrants or citizens of other countries in Mexican territory or those who will have that intention in the future,” Sánchez Cordero said in the statement.

She added that the incoming administration will focus on ensuring the migrant caravans will receive help in accessing food, health, shelter and protection of their human rights.

The incoming administration will assume office December 1.

From:  U.K. and E.U. Leaders Cinch Brexit Divorce Terms

BRUSSELS — More than four decades after Britain tied itself to its Continental neighbors, Prime Minister Theresa May obtained the approval of the other 27 European Union members on a formal divorce pact from the bloc, Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, said on Sunday.

It is a consequential step intended to take the country on a new, if unclear, path.

EU27 has endorsed the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the future EU-UK relations.

— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) November 25, 2018

The journey has been long and tortuous for both sides, and the drama is hardly over. Mrs. May must still get approval for the deal — a dense, legally binding divorce settlement and a set of political promises for Britain’s future relationship with the bloc — from an outspokenly unhappy British Parliament.

Since Britons voted in 2016 to leave the European Union, Mrs. May has struggled to define how closely they should remain tied to Continental Europe, ultimately choosing a kind of middle way that has left many dissatisfied.

See also:  May faces Brexit moment of truth in parliament

From:  The Radical Evolution of WikiLeaks

Now it looks as if the U.S. government is preparing its most direct action yet against Assange. On Thursday, an unrelated court filing referred to secret charges against Assange for unspecified crimes. Assange, who has been living in London’s Ecuadorean Embassy since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden in connection to an unrelated, now-dropped investigation of rape allegations, had long voiced the fear that the U.S. would seek to charge and possibly extradite him if he ever left the compound.

The revelation put a new twist on the saga of an organization that, after becoming famous in 2010, became notorious in 2016 for its role in publishing hacked emails apparently obtained by Russian intelligence in an effort to sway the U.S. presidential election. Today the WikiLeaks story isn’t just about the line between transparency and security, but about where the mere act of releasing information becomes information warfare.


In retrospect, the moment suggested that WikiLeaks was changing. “WikiLeaks used to seem a lot simpler,” said Clint Hendler, a senior editor at Mother Jones who reported extensively on WikiLeaks in its early days for Columbia Journalism Review. “It used to seem to … be something pretty close to what its outward rhetoric was”—that is, a mere clearinghouse for secret documents.

From:  Australia’s embattled government suffers state vote ‘bloodbath’

Australia’s embattled minority government has suffered a further blow after a big loss in a crucial state poll ahead of national elections next year.

The Labor government for Victoria, Australia’s second-most populous state, was returned to power in a landslide after elections on Saturday.

Provisional results collated by national broadcaster ABC pointed to a 4.8 percent swing to Labor, and for the left-leaning party to hold 55 seats in the 88-seat state assembly — a result one minister described as a “bloodbath”.


The conservative coalition has to call national elections by mid-May next year, with the Wentworth and Victoria losses pointing to a possible crushing defeat against the main opposition party Labor.

13 thoughts on “Sunday News: Mexico rebukes Trump, Brexit update, WikiLeaks controversy, and Australian elections

  1. Does anyone even know how much Trump has promised (proposed) to pay Mexico to do this? He’s a drunk man with the credit card. I suspect the proposal is astronomical for the simple reason that he simply doesn’t care about budgets.

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    • I haven’t seen any reporting about possible financial compensation for Mexico. This appears to be miscommunication between the White House and the incoming Mexican administration. Trump probably tried to trick them into keeping the migrants, but then it backfired. From the article:

      On Saturday evening, President Donald Trump tweeted about the border, saying he would close the US’ southern border if necessary.

      “Migrants at the Southern Border will not be allowed into the United States until their claims are individually approved in court. We only will allow those who come into our Country legally. Other than that our very strong policy is Catch and Detain. No “Releasing” into the U.S…” Trump wrote in his first tweet.

      He continued in a subsequent one: “….All will stay in Mexico. If for any reason it becomes necessary, we will CLOSE our Southern Border. There is no way that the United States will, after decades of abuse, put up with this costly and dangerous situation anymore!”


        • Thanks, from that link:

          Ukraine’s navy says Russia has opened fire and seized three of its vessels off the coast of the annexed Crimea, in a major escalation of tensions.

          It said two gunboats and a tug were captured by Russian special forces after a chase. Two Ukrainian crew members were injured.

          Russia is yet to comment on the claims.

          It earlier accused Ukraine of illegally entering Russian waters, blocking access to the Sea of Azov with a tanker put under a bridge in the Kerch Strait.

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        • I follow a few ex-generals on Twitter, and they’re saying this is not surprising for anyone who’s been following events over the last 12 months. Russians might actually want a hot war, and they see this time as their best window.

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        • Robert and John … I’m completely in the dark. Why is this action significant? Does it somehow affect the U.S./tRumpsky?

          I’m doing good to keep up with what’s happening in this country, let alone others … !

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        • Vlad has always wanted to “Make Russia Great Again,” and a big, big, big part of that is getting back the satelite states of the former USSR. That’s why he invaded Crimea. It’s why they’re conducting disinformation wars across eastern Europe that make what they’re doing in the US look like kindergarten. Ukraine has a bilingual stop fake news show broadcast by dozens of TV stations. The Czech government monitors disinformation as a form of terrorism. Lithuania has thousands of volunteer cyber warriors they call “elves” who troll the Russian trolls. And in Estonia there’s a kind of digital national guard; thousands of volunteers who, amongst other things, fight disinformation.

          The Russians, though, are in Ukraine. They have soldiers there without markings. This always threatened to become a hot war, which is why Russia is under such heavy sanctions.

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        • It’s a long, complicated story; but, here’s the short version:

          Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union. It moved towards independence in 1990. The next year, the U.S.S.R. dissolved and Ukraine became a sovereign nation. However, it still maintained ties with the new Russian Federation. In 1994, it denuclearized which angered former Soviet military and intelligence officials including Vladimir Putin.

          In 2004, the relatively peaceful Orange Revolution moved Ukraine further away from the Russian sphere of influence. But, pro-Russian Viktor Yanukovych was elected President in 2010. In 2013, the pro-E.U. Euromaidan protests erupted which turned into violent revolution the following year which in turn prompted Putin to annex the strategic Ukrainian territory of Crimea.

          The struggle between the pro-E.U. western half of Ukraine versus its pro-Russian eastern half continues. Putin seems determined to get all of Ukraine back into his domain, and he blames Obama and Hillary Clinton for opposing his plan. With Trump now in the White House (who he helped get elected), Putin feels emboldened to move ahead and perhaps even desperately so since Trump’s presidency now appears to be in legal jeopardy.

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        • Thanks so much to both of you. The picture is a bit clearer now. According to John, there definitely appears to be some similarities to what’s going on here.

          Two individuals cut from the same cloth … a bit worrisome to say the least.

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