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A collection of news items on the current (April 2015) situation in Yemen <br> <br> Global Politics - as in the IB Diploma course of that name (although this page is not connected to the IBO directly in any way)
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21 Signs You've Been British Too Long

21 Signs You've Been British Too Long | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it
If all of these things apply to you, you may have been British too long. No need to panic.

 

(Many of these are from British Problems , which is a helpful support group if you need it.)

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Why is this Global Politics?

 

Well, because we, the British, are the pinnacle of human evolution. We are simply the best.

 

That's it.

 

And everybody else knows that - but just won't admit it out aloud.

 

OK, we have had a line of increasingly crappy, moronically stupid, and morally bankrupt, governments, who have been an embarrassment to us - but which country can say they haven't? That is the nature of government - they are always knobs who spoil things for the rest of use. When they were in school, politicians were the smarmy, kiss-arse, teacher's pets who asked for extra homework; nicked people'sTwix; toadied around the bullies and fed them targets; or who snitched on the kid who drew the boobs on the blackboard when the teacher nipped out of the room for a a quick gin.

 

But the British people? We are the best.

 

And honestly, while this Buzzfeed link is funny, one can NEVER be British for too long.

 

Look at this one too: http://www.buzzfeed.com/awesomer/how-to-raise-a-proper-british-child

 

The more British people there are in the world, the better the world will be.

 

Actually.

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Scotland's human trafficking bill could make it a 'beacon to the world'

Scotland's human trafficking bill could make it a 'beacon to the world' | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it

MSP Jenny Marra points out there are more trafficking victims in Scottish jails than perpetrators, as she launches consultation.

 

Human trafficking is met with disbelief by most people. As that story was recounted by a police officer to a group of us gathered that day in Aberdeen to discuss human trafficking, the room was silent in astonishment. "Human trafficking" the officer ended by saying, "doesn't just happen in Scotland, it happens in our city".

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Charities criticise S Africa aid cut

Charities criticise S Africa aid cut | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it
Oxfam and Action Aid have criticised the UK after ministers announced that direct aid to South Africa will stop in 2015.

 


"This is what happens when aid clashes with politics."

Mark Doyle BBC International Development Correspondent

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Cheap political expedience - it's just like having Blair back.

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Drone Wars: UK Becomes New Pakistan? Live Drone Training Flights Target Local Residents

Drone Wars: UK Becomes New Pakistan? Live Drone Training Flights Target Local Residents | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it

Drone Wars UK understands that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) will announce on Monday (24 Feb) that live training flights of the Watchkeeper drone will begin over Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire.

 

The Watchkeeper drone has been developed under a £900m MoD contract by U-TacS,  a joint-venture company owned by Thales UK and Israeli company Elbit Systems.  Watchkeeper has now gained certification from the Military Aviation Authority  - who said that the drone has met “an acceptable level for design safety and integrity”  - and has been given an interim release to service, which will allow army crews to begin training flights.  It should be noted that while Reaper drones are flown by RAF pilots with previous experience of flying, the Watchkeeper is operated by the army and flown by members of the Royal Artillery.

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I'm not sure which part of this story worries me most.

 

But there is one part that I find specifically unnerving: "the Watchkeeper is operated by the army and flown by members of the Royal Artillery".

 

Now, I am sure the RA chaps are splendid fellows, and good at what they have been trained to do - shoot big guns.

 

I'm not intending to sound frivolous when I ask about the link between flying a drone and being good at video games.

 

The army is already touring the video arcades of the nation, isn't it?

 

 

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British embassy in Bahrain gets World Press Freedom Day wrong | THE FREE SPEECH BLOG

Why the embassy chooses to mark World Press Freedom Day by publishing two articles in support of censorship, and a regime that imprisons protesters, including Index award winner Nabeel Rajab, is a mystery.

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You have to love diplomats, eh?

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