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Shomrei Sfarad secures billions for welfare,
healthcare, religious benefits
in coalition deal

NIS 2.35 billion to revamp healthcare,
NIS 855 million in direct food aid, and NIS 220 million
to build or renovate religious buildings join a multitude
of other promises secured’


Cooperation between Israel and Iran
is ‘absolutely possible,’ says ex-Mossad chief
and intelligence minister

Yossi Cohen, citing ‘personal knowledge’
of potential dealings, strikes optimistic note,
as conflict in Kurdistan and Iraq quiets down.


Ra'am Chief Mansour Abbas pushes Netanyahu for Increased Support to Arab Sector

Mansour Abbas is pushing Prime Minister Netanyahu to expand state supports for Arab and Muslim community institutions in upcoming budget.

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Economy Minister Bennett and Social Equality Minister Abbas on the Knesset floor. (Credit: TOI Staff)

In a move aimed at addressing long-standing grievances and inequity in Israeli society Mansour Abbas, Ra'am party chief and social equality minister, is publically calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to prioritize increased support for the Arab sector, particularly by allocating additional funding to religious and community institutions similarly to support provided to the Haredi community. This appeal comes just days after Shomrei Sfarad secured increased funding to religious communities in recent budget negotiations.

Ra'am, the United Arab List, has emerged as a significant political force over the past few years, securing representation in Netanyahu's nationalist coalition and serving in Yisrael's cabinet. As a result the party has been actively working to advance the concerns of Arab Israelis, striving for greater recognition, community empowerment, and resources.

In a statement issued today, Ra'am leader and Social Equality Minister Mansour Abbas stressed the urgent need for Netanyahu, now serving his 7th term as Prime Minister, to address the socioeconomic challenges faced by the Arab community in this years budget. He called for increased funding to support religious and community institutions, which play a pivotal role in the fabric of Arab society in Yisrael.


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Abbas emphasized that allocating more resources to religious institutions, such as mosques, Islamic schools, and centers of worship, would enhance religious and cultural expression, within the Arab sector. He further highlighted the importance of investing in community organizations, including youth centers, social programs, and initiatives that promote social cohesion and economic development.

Abbas's proposal aligns with his parties broader agenda of reducing social disparities and fostering a more inclusive Israeli society. By advocating for increased financial support to religious and community institutions, Ra'am aims to bolster the infrastructure necessary to meet the needs of the Arab population and effectively uplift them.

El-Jazzar Mosque, Acre, Yisrael (Credit: Associated Press)

Netanyahu's response Abba's calls remain to be seen, although the Prime Minister did inform the Times of Israel he aims to meet with Abbas and Ra'am later this week to discuss their proposals for the new state budget.

The ongoing dialogue surrounding the allocation of resources to the Arab sector serves as a reminder of the significance of ensuring equal opportunities and resources for all communities within Israeli society. As the debate continues, the path to genuine integration and societal cohesion will require a concerted effort from all stakeholders, political, and community leaders to effectively bridge the gap.

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Voice of Majapahit • World Service

MedcoEnergi to build processing plants in Iraq, supports Iraqi reconstruction

MedcoEnergi CEO Hilmi Panigoro travelled to war-torn Iraq last week to attend a meeting with top Iraqi officials on matters relating to the redevelopment of the country's oil industry. Battered by the recent civil war, Iraq's lucrative oil industry suffered greatly, impacting the flow of income to the already struggling country.

The new Salvation Front government announced an ambitious reconstruction project after the war's end, inviting foreign investors to the country in a bid for economic rehabilitation.

MedcoEnergi is currently the second largest energy company in Majapahit, just behind Pertamina. It was founded in 1937 as the Sumatra Oil Exploration Company (SOEC). It had the distinction as being the first privately owned energy company, as Pertamina had originally been founded as a state-owned corporation. SOEC was rebranded as MedcoEnergi in 1977. Competition with Pertamina prompted the company to expand overseas, establishing its first overseas processing facility in Algeria.

Few Majapahiti companies had expanded to Iraq before, owing to concerns of political instability far before the recent civil war. Medco's recent announcement is an attempt to one-up Pertamina in a long story of competition between the two major entities.

Returning from Baghdad, Panigoro in a press release detailed the company's expansion plan into Iraq;

    A processing plant for gas produced at the southern fields of West Qurna 2, Majnoon, Artawi, Tuba and Luhais.

    Funding for the infrastructural reconstruction of Iraq

    Assist in the redevelopment of Iraqi education

Panigoro also hinted at additional expansion in the Gulf Region, but the company has remained discreet regarding this. As stated in the release, Medco intends to also support the reconstruction process ongoing in Iraq. $230 million dollars were reportedly allocated for the first series of funds for the Iraqi reconstruction process. Surveyors and technical advisors have also arrived to review the feasibility of the processing plant project


29th May, 2023

Britain set to vote on revoking of the 1999 Scotland Act in favour of a replacement

After the announcement by First Minister Hamza Yusuf of a referendum over Scottish independence on the 1st July, in which has only the support of MSP's, and failed to get past the Supreme Court earlier this year, Secretary State for Scotland, Alister Jack, announced government preparations over an emergency vote of the revoking of the 1999 Scotland Act, pushed forward by Blair during his first term. While Farage has suggested his direct opposition to a Scottish devolved government, his party has been an advocate for devolution reversals, and may have the catalyst to do so. Likely supported by the main parties of Labour, Conservatives, and UKIP, the government will be thinking of the potential consequences of it, with some suggesting a replacement which would offered a much more limited deal to the Scottish government, although others have speculated a more direct and radical move of imposing direct rule. While either opposition will likely be supported by the major parties in the UK, Farage and the government could face a challenge of the Supreme Court, with suggestions that the removal of a such a large piece of legislation without Scottish government approval would be deemed illegal.

However, a replacement of the Scotland Act could either by UKIP's 2018 plan, with the establishment of 4 regional parliaments with limited power, only having the power of local government, some taxes and some social laws, with the removal of the national parliament, and the empowerment of the Sectary State for Scotland, who would have large governing powers similar to that of before the Scotland Act. While this would be considered very radical and potentially even anti-democracy to some, it may be the solution to prevent Scottish succession, and also to prevent a party such as the SNP, who has divided a nation since 2007, to gain power ever again. Another plan could be the speculated 2022 Scotland Project, in which has been purely speculation. First seen as a more democratic and long-term solution, it would create a situation similar to Northern Ireland, in which would have two factions, Union Coalition and Nationalist Coalition, with other parties set to be involved with no factions. While this may cause it's own problems, looking to the stability issues of NI, it may be able to balance out unionist and nationalist voices of a power-sharing method. Both plans are predicted to be placed under an emergency vote in the coming days, with the government likely to bypass the unelected Lords and move towards a victory in the SC.

However, whether the government pushes it's radical plan of regional parliaments, or a more balanced plan of power-sharing agreements, it's clear that the SNP-dominance over Scotland is coming to a close, a potentially bloody end. While political infighting, instability and a party in turmoil could see a 15-seat loss in the next election, their is growing support for Scottish Labour, led by Anas Sarwar since 2021, as-well as Scottish UKIP and Conservatives, all seeing a tick in the polls. While it's unlikely the pro-unionist parties will be able to gain a single-party majority, many are seeing a united coalition of the "Big 4" between Labour, Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and UKIP, as a real alternative to the nationalist and separatists of the SNP and SSP.

With protests likely, violence very likely and a shadow of chaos in Scotland, the government will look for a peaceful solution to combine the elements of nationalist and unionism once more. The future of Scotland now hangs in the balance of a pro-unionist government.

Upper canadas

May 29, 2023

Canada to lead intervention in struggling Haiti

OTTAWA - In a suprise announcement today, Prime Minister Pierre Poilievre announced Canada's plan to lead a coalition of Canadian, Central American, and Argentinian military personnel to intervene in Haiti and restore stability and the rule of law. Poilievre noted that he expects coalition forces to number between 15,000 and 25,000 personnel deployed to Haiti, and that the governments involved are set to begin preparing and deploying to the Central American Province of Dominica ahead of operations.

Prime Minister Poilievre, joined by members of the Canadian security establishment and the ambassadors from Haiti, Central America, and Argentina, addressed the nation from Parliament Hill. His speech highlighted the urgent need to address the escalating lawlessness and humanitarian crisis in Haiti, emphasizing the responsibility of Canada and its coalition partners to assist in restoring stability and the rule of law to the embattled nation.

"Today, we stand united in our commitment to assist our Haitian friends during these challenging times," declared Poilievre. "The situation in Haiti demands immediate action, leaders in North America and the Caribbean, Canada is stepping up to lead and to defend our North American brothers and sisters in Haiti. The world might not take notice to your plight, but we do."

The decision to lead this intervention comes after extensive consultations and collaboration with the Haitian Government, United States, and other regional partners over the past 2 months. The coalition's objectives are to support government forces in Haiti, bolster their efforts to combat escalating gang and militia violence, and restore law and order, ultimately paving the way for a for a more secure and stable Haitian Republic.

"We recognize the immense challenges ahead, but we believe that our collective commitment to stability, security, and prosperity on the American continent will enable us to make a meaningful difference in Haiti," Poilievre emphasized.

The Central American Province of Dominica has been identified as the operational base for coalition forces owing to its proximity to Haiti and existing infrastructure. Preparations will begin immediately to ensure the rapid deployment of military personnel, along with necessary equipment and resources.

Canada, known for its peacekeeping legacy, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the coalition. The Prime Minister assured Canadians that stringent measures would be in place to ensure the safety and well-being of Canadian personnel involved in the intervention.

"We will be working closely with our coalition partners to coordinate efforts, share intelligence, and implement a comprehensive strategy to restore stability in Haiti," Prime Minister Poilievre affirmed. "Our objective is to create an environment where the Haitian people can rebuild their nation and look towards a brighter future."

International organizations and human rights groups have been closely monitoring the situation in Haiti, where political unrest and socioeconomic challenges have led to a deteriorating security environment. By taking the lead in this coalition intervention, Prime Minister Poilievre seems to be moving to uphold his promise to restore Canada to it's former status as a respected leader in the American and global communities.

"The challenges in Haiti cannot be resolved by us alone," he stated. "I call upon our global partners to continue to provide humanitarian aid to the Haitian people. With your support and our resolve we can restore safety, security, and a brighter future to the people of Haiti."

This intervention marks a a shift in Canadian foreign policy in the post-Trudeau era and showcases Canadas willingness to take a leading role in international security efforts. As the preparations progress, the world watches with anticipation, hoping coalition operations will bring much-needed stability to Haiti and pave the way for lasting peace.

More Happenings

With the recent capture of Chachapoyas and Iquitos by Condorist forces with PACTO assistance, Omar Chehade had now known that he'd be able to focus his full attention towards capturing the core region of the Fujimorists. Huancavelica a northwestern district under the control of the Fujimorists would be targeted first as a way to begin a pincer move on the enemy forces. As a result of the two losses and the now mounting pressure on Huancavelica, Kenji Fujimori and Pedro Kuczynski would be redirected towards the northern portion of the now last region. While on route to Cuzco District, Kuczynski would find his jet grounded by the Condorist airforce. With Kuczynski then grounded and arrested the Fujimorists would find themselves with lowered morale as a big name supporter was taken out of the picture. Kuczynski would be delivered to Lima City to be trialed and sentenced by a new supreme court as Dina Boluarte's last act of her presidency was ordering the legislature to eliminate all Fujimorists from any judicial body. Boluarte would also be informing Chehade that she'd be fully stepping down citing a recent diagnosis regarding her own health that'd make it much harder to rule while containing her own symptoms. Chehade would keep Boluarte on as an advisor and would have her go over any and all activities that'd involve civil decisions.

May 31, 2023

The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant and the Philippines' Energy Crisis

The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant was first conceived in the 1970s, under suspicious circumstances and a decision that would end up inflating the total cost of the project from $500 million to over $2.1 billion. Conceived under the martial law regime of dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr., the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant was the centerpiece of the Philippines' aim to utilize nuclear power to meet rapidly growing energy requirements that would be costly to meet using traditional power sources. Built under a contract with Westinghouse, plans for up to six nuclear power plants were made - only one (Bataan) was successfully approved.

Marred by controversy, corruption and significant amounts of bribery, kickbacks and coercion of energy inspectors, the plant was finally made ready for operation in early 1985. It, however, was never turned on and opened due to the 1986 People Power Revolution that ousted Marcos and instilled a democratic government, and due to the Chernobyl nuclear accident in Ukraine that took place a few months later. Under the succeeding administrations, reports of corruption and kickbacks related to the plant was finally exposed and those involved prosecuted both in the Philippines and in the United States, but the plant remained inoperable.

Today, the plant stands as a testimony to the terrible corruption under the Marcos regime and to the failed goals of a developing country to secure a nearly limitless source of practically wholly clean energy.

Now, however, the Philippines faces a renewed energy crisis. The Malalampaya Gas Field - a source for 45% of Luzon's (largest island) energy needs - is rapidly depleting its oil and natural gas reserves. Despite a contract renewal by the Philippine government to continue drilling and extracting in the field for the next six years, experts say the field could reach critical low levels by 2024. The loss of a field that provides 45% of the largest island in the archipelago with its energy needs would be catastrophic for a country facing a slow but steady COVID-19 recovery effort.

During the 2022 election season, candidates pointed to continued pushes for clean energy and to nuclear power as potential solutions. The Philippines has been a steadfast investor in clean energy sources, being a major user of hydropower, geothermal, and wind power. Efforts to phase out coal and other dirty fuels have been ongoing for several years already, and the country remains broadly supportive of making such efforts. However, candidates and experts alike in the face of the aforementioned energy crisis have turned to nuclear energy as a potential solution.

"With incidents like Chernobyl and Fukushima in the rearview mirror, I think the time has come to re-evaluate the feasibility of nuclear power here in the Philippines," a scientist with the University of the Philippines concluded.

The two major presidential contenders - now-President Leni Robredo and former senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. (son of the president responsible for the BNPP project) - were supportive of nuclear energy as a prospective source for guaranteeing Philippine energy security. Robredo pledged to investigate the feasibility of renewing nuclear energy development, while Marcos went as far as pledging his support for revitalizing the BNPP station - which the government has spent between $40 million and $50 million annually to maintain its reactor.

Concerns, however, remain and continue to keep dark clouds surrounding the possibility of nuclear power. The BNPP plant is in a geologically active area, being situated near an active volcano, near an active fault line, and in a peninsula largely at risk to tsunamis and potential waves that could inflict catastrophic damage to the nuclear power plant. Proponents of nuclear energy have alternatively proposed new sites, potentially farther to the north and farther in-land, where geographic concerns would be less prominent.

Nonetheless, there also remains obvious cost issues (revitalizing the plant could cost as much as $1 billion) and the anti-nuclear movement remains a strong force in progressive politics as well. Broadly, though, nuclear energy in the Philippines is supported, with 56% of Filipinos saying they'd support a nuclear power station to resolve the incoming energy crisis.

"We can't have rolling blackouts," President Robredo said in February, "And if that means nuclear power, or investigating a safe reopening [of BNPP], then we will investigate it, and we will check out the safety and feasibility of such a proposal."

Europäische Sicherheit & Technik - ES&T
Arms Industry News & Breakdowns
27 May 2023

ThyssenKrupp's new state-of-the-art aircraft carrier will be the first built in Germany since World War II - Arms Industry Breakdown

Germany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, one of the world's most prolific shipyards, announced a new addition to its lengthy repertoire of ship designs. An aircraft carrier. Unveiled during a much-anticipated press conference at its headquarters in Kiel, Germany, the aircraft carrier will be the first built on German soil since World War II. Introduced by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems CEO, Oliver Burkhard, he described the new carrier as "the most advanced aircraft carrier ever built in mainland Europe" and said that its capabilities will provide a navy with "an affordable and state-of-the-art carrier that can operate effectively alongside other surface vessels in any battlespace."

Called the Europäischer Leichttransporter der nächsten Generation (in English: Next Generation European Light Carrier) or ELNG for short by ThyssenKrupp, the carrier was showcased as a "light carrier" capable of both amphibious and traditional aircraft carrier operations including the deployment of fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. Measuring at approximately 252 meters (830 feet) in length, the ship would be the largest constructed on German soil since World War II.

The ELNG will be an aircraft carrier encompassing nearly all modern developments in naval warfare including an enhanced sensor suite capable of command and control operations, allowing navies to use the carrier as a flagship, high-tech air defense missiles and close-in weapons systems giving the carrier a defensive array against both aircraft and drones. It will also feature spacious hangars, allowing the ship to carry upwards of 40 aircraft, including the seaborne F-35B aircraft operated by some NATO nations. It will also have space for a small helicopter complement.

Propulsion will be provided by a modern Integrated Electric Propulsion (IEP) system, designed and built by Siemens in collaboration with ThyssenKrupp. In total, the ELNG will feature two gas turbines and three diesel engines. The design of the propulsion system will be based both in increasing efficiency, minimizing fuel usage, maximizing range and speed, and reducing the size of the ship's engine room. Overall, the ELNG's propulsion system will be able to achieve maximum speeds of 32 knots (59 KPH) and will give the carrier a maximum range of approximately 8,000 nautical miles (14,816 km).

Crew complement will consist of approximately 500 core crew members, with space for an additional 90 crew. Ship systems were designed to be maintained and operated by a reduced crew complement, allowing any potential operator to deploy the vessel with less personnel commitments. Many of the ship's systems are designed to be automated, allowing the ship to operate with minimal crew input if desired. ThyssenKrupp also stated that it would implement various new technologies, including AI assistance to further enhance automation.

The ELNG's sensor suite is extensive and designed to detect, track and target multiple seaborne and airborne targets. Designed and manufactured by Hensoldt and its subsidiaries, the radar and sensor suite will give the carrier the capability to defend itself using a variety of surface-to-air and ship-to-ship missiles. This sensor suite will also allow it to operate close-in weapon systems to defend against close range targets such as naval bombers, helicopters, and drones. The suite will also feature extensive anti-submarine capabilities, giving the ELNG credible defense against enemy submarines.

The ELNG will feature five 6-cell VLS launchers able to be equipped with most European and U.S-designed air defense and ship-to-ship warfare missiles. In addition, the carrier will feature six Rheinmetall Millennium 35 mm CIWS, five RIM-116 RAM surface-to-air missiles, two Rheinmetall Oerlikon 76 mm naval guns and three 25 mm naval guns. Decoys for ASW and air defense operations will also be part of the onboard weapons system.

At the conclusion of its showcase, ThyssenKrupp stated that the ELNG will be built with 100% "European-designed and manufactured components and technology" allowing any navy within Europe to "maintain and supply their ELNG carriers close to home." 80% of all components will also be manufactured by German firms, with nearly all technology present within the carrier designed or built by German-based companies. ThyssenKrupp's commitment to procuring from domestic partners, has allowed the carrier to not only be a prospective future carrier for European-based NATO allies and partners, but to also reduce costs. According to ThyssenKrupp, the ELNG will likely sell at an estimated price range between €2.3-3.1 billion, making it a reasonably affordable carrier for most nations on the continent and abroad.

Following the presentation, ThyssenKrupp announced that it had already received orders for the ELNG. The Kingdom of Yugoslavia, which already operates a pair of carriers, is set to procure the €3 billion carrier. While ThyssenKrupp has not set a completion date, it announced that the deal had been hammered out and that the company expected to begin construction of Yugoslavia's FLNG by early July.

Scandinavia Telegram
June 1st, 2023

Crocodile attacks man at crayfish party in Stockholm
Croc expert: ”I tried to get it to loose its grip”

    The attack happened in front of 75 guests at an annual crayfish party held at the zoo and aquarium Skansen in central Stockholm.

    Acting as a host for the event was longtime head of the aquarium, animal expert and tv host Jonas Wahlström, who witnessed the attack from only a few yards distance.

    The victim, a man in his 80’s, was about to hold a speech during the dinner event, and had mounted a ledge bordering to the crocodile sanctuary at the Skansen aquarium. As the man stretched his arm out he held it over the protective glass and that’s when the crocodile attacked.

    ”As I saw him climb up and stretch his hand out I yelled ’stop!”, Wahlström tells Scandinavia Telegram's reporter. But the warning came too late. The crocodile had already sunk its teeth deep into the arm of the victim. ”What went through my mind was that I had to get the crocodile to let go, there was a lot of blood”, says Wahlström.

    Three of the other guests happened to be medical doctors and immedialtely went to work, trying to stop the bleeding with a belt and napkins, while waiting for the ambulance.

    A spokesperson for the hospital tells Scandinavia Telegram that the patient’s condition is stable. Skansen holds two specimen of the rare cuban crocodile in its aquarium. It is not known which of them attacked the man at the crayfish party. However they will both be allowed to live on at the aquarium.

            AFL's Mid-Season Draft
            Young Players Join the League
            June 1st

The Mid-Season Draft (MSD) is the only opportunities for teams to grow their teams during the year, and are one of only three opportunities throughout the year (along with the Trade Period and National Drafts after the AFL Premiership Season has ended).

It was brought back in 2019 after originally being scrapped in 1993, and allows for teams with significant injuries (or otherwise a gap in their roster) to 'refill' their teams. As such, only teams who are 'understaffed' get to be involved in the MSD.

Like the National Draft, the MSD order is chosen in accordance to ladder position. The bottom (eligable) team gets the first pick, second bottom team gets bottom pick, and so forth.

This MSD, the teams in order of draft pick are: West Coast, North Melbourne, Hawthorn, Richmond, Greater Western Sydney, Sydney, Geelong, Fremantle, Essendon, Western Bulldogs, Port Adelaide, with a second round for Hawthorn, Richmond, Greater Western Sydney, and Sydney.

Greater Western Sydney have passed on their draft picks. Draft picks for the other teams are as follows:

    West Coast Eagles - Ryan Maric (Gippsland [VFL], Drouin [Gippsland League]) as Forward for West Coast.

    North Melbourne - Robert Jansen jnr (Subiaco [WAFL], Mines Rovers [Goldfields FL]) as Small Forward for North Melbourne.

    Hawthorn - Clay Tucker (Eastern Ranges [Talent League], Rowville [Eastern FNL]) as Ruckman for Hawthorn, and Brandon Ryan (Northern Bullants [VFL], Maribyrnong Park [Essendon District FL]) as Key Forward for Hawthorn.

    Richmond Tigers - Matt Coulthard (Glenelg [SANFL], Port Noarlunga [Southern FL]) as Small Forward for Richmond, and James Trezise (Richmond [VFL], Tooradin-Dalmore [West Gippsland FL]) as Defender for Richmond.

    Sydney Swans - Harry Arnold (Brisbane [QAFL]) as Defender for Sydney, and Jack Buller (Claremont [WAFL], Cottesloe [Perth FL]) as Forward for Sydney.

    Geelong Cats - Mitch Hardie (Woodville-West Torrens [SANFL], Leeton Whitton [Riverina FL]) as Midfielder for Geelong.

    Fremantle - Ethan Stanley (Box Hill [VFL], Frankston [Mornington Peninsula FNL]) as Wingman for Fremantle.

    Essendon Bombers - Jaiden Hunter (Perth [WAFL]) as Tall Forward for Essendon.

    Western Bulldogs - Caleb Poulter (Footscray [VFL], Ardrossan [York Peninsula FL]) as Midfielder for the Western Bulldogs.

    Port Adelaide - Quinton Narkle (Essendon [VFL], Maddrington [Perth FL]) as Midfielder for Port Adelaide.

Namib-Swana wrote:Azhizhi, English Language News: Namib-Swana re-evaluating diamond concessions
Decades long agreement with DeBeers under scrutiny

When President Mompati Masisi spoke in February about re-evaluating diamond mining concessions, few gave the speech much credence above the sort of speech that any politician would make at a party rally.

But since then the Mining and Natural Resources Ministry has confirmed that the agreement between the Government and DeBeers has been under evaluation in anticipation for a break clause contract opportunity at the end of the month.

Masisi claimed that he was “shaking a giant” and “these are our diamonds, and we want a larger share”, it brought into the open the tensions between the government and De Beers, the multinational conglomerate and largest miner in the country. The two had locked horns since 2018 over future terms of their joint venture, Namswana Diamond Company (Namswana), which operates six diamond mines – accounting for over 90% of all diamonds produced in the country – and one coal mine.

News of tensions came as a surprise, not least because the partnership has been in place since 1973. Namswana has long been considered a model for African mining economies looking to translate mineral wealth into socioeconomic gains, one that has avoided the so-called 'resource curse'. The nation regarded as a beacon of stability in the region, not only for its stable political and economic environment but also for its reputed investor-friendly policies.

The concession is due to be renewed this year in 2023, after 50 years in place. In a nutshell, the government has threatened to walk away from Namswana if De Beers does not concede a greater share of rough diamond product. Under the current agreement, the government sells 25% of diamonds mined by Debswana, through a state-owned trader. This was increased in 2020 from the 10% agreed upon in 2011. The remaining 75% is sold by De Beers.

Diamonds and other exports have allowed the government to operate one of the only government surpluses in the world in 2022 with a 0.6% of GDP surplus.

Namib-Swana "serious" about options for mining nationalisation
Ongoing negotiations between Namib-Swana and De Beers and other mining operators reaches crucial stage.

The Minister for Mining and Natural Resources Devondo Alweendo said that the nation was "serious about nationalisation" of diamond and other mining operations if concessionaires were unprepared to offer better deals.

Speaking to a public committee on mining he said:

"Why not?" "They [the concessionaires] will argue it is impossible, that we can not run it properly, that it will be corrupt".

"This is rubbish. We have the experts here. Corruption, we can stop that. Will it cost more than the 20 percent they skim off for their profits ?".

"We are serous about considering nationalisation. Not misappropriation, no not that, a fair price".

"We have the experts here. Any we don't have we can fly in. Do they really think their staff are that loyal to them? No they will work. And we should seek to build up our own expertise."

The final round of discussions between the government and De Beers is due this week.

Daily Events
While fighting was occurring in the northern part of Bolivia Region, the Fujimorists had managed to take the entire southern part of the nation leading to them regaining a second stronghold. Fujimori would then begin to target southern La Paz and regaining the southern foothold from the planned pincer attack. With the new lands Fujimori also would request food and other supplies be grown and manufactured in order to better fuel their own war efforts. Upon receiving notice of the orders, many Bolivianos would resist and sent for assistance by Centroamerica to help free them from the unstable Fujimorist family. In the northern portion of the core Fujimorist territory, Madre de Dios district would be liberated by the Condorists . With that, Puno would become the next major target for an attack. The Titicaca Offensive would be planned to reclaim the district and reunite the peoples that live around and on the lake. Chehade thought that with a victory in Puno and continued strikes from PACTO, that his victory could be in sight soon. Kenji Fujimori, who was set to lead the Fujimorists in the new territory was on a flight that passed over Cochabamba and some Condorists tracking his jet saw that he'd be passing over so they launched an anti-aircraft missile at his aircraft after confirming that it was in fact him. This would set the Fujimorists back by weeks as they'd need to come up with a new plan of attack to try to regain anything.

The Local
June 2nd, 2023

Scandinavia plans to introduce tests for permanent residency from 2027

"For someone living and working in this country, it is essential to have knowledge of at least one of Scandinavia's three official languages and understand the basic conditions of Scandinavian society," Migration Minister Maria Malmer Stenergard said. "It is important that a person understands what responsibilities, but also rights, they have in society," she added.

The law is not yet officially in place: This is a proposal from the inquiry set up to investigate the introduction of tests on language and societal knowledge for permanent residency, which has now been submitted to the Scandinavian government, although it suggests putting it in place from July 1st, 2027. Stenergard described it as "frustrating" that the proposed date of implementation is four years away, although she added that she understands that time is needed for the language and culture tests to be formulated.

The inquiry report is based on a proposal made by the parliamentary migration committee a few years ago and is similar to other language or cultural knowledge requirements in other European countries.


One Land, Many Tongues - Language in the NSPR

As a federation of peoples, it was evident from the outset that Nanyang, a nation of a dozen languages, would require a centralised, shared lingua franca. A federal decision made in July of 1977 decreed that language to be English, deemed suitably useful enough in an international context, as well as foreign and distant enough to be presented as a neutral option, the language's much deeper roots in Singapore and the Malayan People's Republic notwithstanding. The radical decision to make English the nation's primary language was therefore implemented in schools and universities across all three constituent Republics, while each of their native languages were termed 'mother tongues' and relegated to a secondary role in matters of business and governance, though their cultural importance would undoubtedly endure. The decision was initially unpopular, especially within the Thai and Lao republics, which have had precious little experience with the language outside of the upper classes. In response, the federal government introduced a bait-and-stick policy, in which english-speaking citizens were preferentially employed within by the government and within the government's state-owned enterprises, which drove much of the economy at the time. A practical measure, especially as operations within these institutions were conducted in English anyways, and those that were not fluent and literate simply could not contribute.

Dissent was softened by the free, easily accessible and widespread nature of language classes throughout the nation's urban centers, and English - specifically, so-called 'Straits English' - Singlish - spread like wildfire throughout the republics, though it would take until the early 2000s for speaking it in a casual context to take root. The rural countryside suffered during the initial introduction of English, however, given the lacking nature of such educational facilities in the boonies, though such services gradually were made available as more and more of the backwater provinces grew developed and became great urban settlements in their own right, as industrialisation crept outwards. Of course, pockets of stubborn resistance remained - in rural Malaya, the mountains of Thailand, and among the Hmong in Laos - but ultimately much of Nanyang gradually grew to adopt English as an everyday language, alongside the native tongues, in some cases even overtaking them. Such was the success of the language program that Singapore, the prototype and first implementation of the policy, close to 100% of the native-born, non-immigrant population is literate and fluent in English - the figure is a whooping 75% in Malaya, especially within the republic's massive metropoles - with Thailand trailing at some 66%, concentrated in and around Bangkok, and the neon-lit megacities of the southern provinces and the northeast. Laos has perhaps been the most resistant to this policy - only 60%, and in some figures, 58%, are fluent and literate in the language, with even less choosing to converse in it casually. Much of the english-literate population reside along the banks of the Mekong river, with the mountain tribes staunchly refusing to partake in Nanyang's language programs.

While the proliferation of English - or rather, Singlish - has undoubtedly been a success, and a major boon to Nanyang's human capital, a worrying trend has begun to appear. Emerging firstly in Singapore, and lately in larger cities such as Bangkok, Penang, and Johor, a gradual replacement of native tongues by English has been observed, with the use of languages such as Chinese and Malay gradually fading even in casual conversations in these cities. The federal government has acted swiftly to counteract this, introducing more culturally-significant productions and literature to inspire an interest in the citizen's own native tongues. While seeing some success, these efforts grow increasingly futile as the digital age evolves and envelops, and the usage of solely English grows increasingly convenient across the three republics - a vital factor in the lifestyles of the Nanyang's new generations.

The standardisation of English as the lingua franca was not Nanynag's only language reform. In 1978, the federal government made mandatory the instruction of Mandarin as the sole Chinese dialect across all state schools, following China's standardised adoption of the dialect. Following the issuance of a requirement for a native tongue for 1980's syllabus for primary and secondary education, Nanyang's Chinese took up Mandarin en-masse. The Nanyang Commissariat of Education (NCE) adopted simplified characters that year, alongside the Hanyu Pinyin system, mandating it for the three republic's Ministries of Education. In the 1990s, following normalisation of relations with Beijing and the PRC's meteoric economic rise, the NCE made Mandarin more easily accessible of students of non-Chinese descent, in a round of reforms that made it possible for students to freely choose which native tongue they wanted to pursue, regardless of their ethnicity. Prior to that reform, students were locked to the language of their ethnicity. 1994 saw talented students given the choice to take up to four languages. 1998 saw roving Mandarin classes in similar scale to that of the English classes of the 70s and 80s take to the cities and later the countryside, in an effort to ready the populace for increased trade and interaction with China.

The increased accessibility to Mandarin boosted interest for languages across the Sinosphere, and Japanese was added as an option for a secondary tongue in 1999. Vietnamese was added the same year, though it was and continues to be relatively unpopular in comparison to Mandarin or Japanese. The Hallyu saw Korean offered for the first time as a secondary language in 2005. As a result, a sizeable chunk of Nanyang's population either speaks Mandarin as a first or second language, with a large number of citizens fluent and intelligible in various other East Asian languages. A 2020 federal survey recorded those who were literate in and spoke Mandarin Chinese at 61% of the population - the highest being 82% in Singapore (for the Chinese population), Japanese speakers at 12% - highest in Chiang Mai ( for the ethnic Japanse ), a northern city housing the remnants of the Japanese Communist Party, at 74%, with the number of Vietnamese and Korean second-language speakers at roughly 1.2 million combined, scattered across Nanyang.

Nanyang has interestingly chose Tamil as the standardising language for its Indian diaspora, instead of Hindi, owing to their origins in Southern India. There are over two million citizens of Indian descent in Nanyang, with the bulk in the Malayan People's Republic and Singapore. In contrast to English and Mandarin, however, the documentation of the population's literacy in Tamil has been abysmally kept, and Tamil is not considered as vital as either English or Mandarin. From the direction of Federal politics, however, that may soon change in the near future, as the nation potentially seeks to forge closer ties with New Delhi.

Nanyang's proficiency in many tongues - especially internationally recognised and widespread tongues - has granted the nation a competitive edge in comparison to other nations within the region or even East Asia, and contributes to the nation's status of a financial hub and haven for employed expats, owing to the ease of communication between Nanyangese businessmen and international companies. Sitting at the crossroads between the East and the West in its position at the Malacca Straits, the nation has maximised its strategic potential as a headquarters for international conglomerates and a nexus for tourists alike. In many respects, the proliferation of the world's major langauges in Nanyang has earned it perhaps billions in profits, and strengthened its standing aboard immensely.

As these languages assert their dominance and the native tongues increasingly fade away, however, the citizens of Nanyang cannot help but think that perhaps this success has come at a cost that was only now beginning to show.

Nation of seoul

공재 - Gongjae News Agency
2023년 6월 3일

    Korea officially legalises same-sex marriage
    Reported by Kim Yong-si

    Pouring rain could do nothing to dampen the spirits of scores of people who gathered outside the National Assembly of Korea in Hanseong earlier today when it was announced that the National Assembly of Korea has officially legalised same-sex marriages and adoptions in the nation. Hundreds of thousands took over the streets of Hanseong, Daegu and Busan to celebrate the equal rights between heterosexual and homosexual couples and the triumph of equality over archaic customs. The major cities of Korea saw an approximate of two million people celebrating the assembly's decision in the streets.

    The decision came after the bill was drafted by three assembly members, Kim Paek-ju and Tok Tae-won of the Future Party and Yi Kang-woo of Greens of Korea on 13 May 2023, which was later turned into a official proposal in 01 June. In the voting which was held after a plenum meeting yesterday, 251 out of 350 present MPs voted in favour of the proposal, while 92, almost entirely belonging to the conservative National Alliance, voted against. Five out of six MPs from the Korean Republican Party abstained from voting. The bill was passed unanimously between the Future Party, Greens of Korea and the Homeland Movement.

    "It is a historical moment" says Ok Dae-hyun, who has been living together with his partner Ji-hoon since 2016, "We are finally free from being second class citizens, but alas we still have a long road ahead of us. I can finally start a family with the man I love, and that alone means the world to me.". When asked about his future plans with his lover, Dae-hyun simply expressed his desire to adopt a child and build a family - which hasn't been possible until now for millions of Koreans. Ok Dae-hyun and his partner Bo Ji-hoon of Hanseong became the first same-sex couple to marry in the country, only two hours after the right to marry was granted by the National Assembly.

    One vote which drew the most attention was of the conservative opposition leader Moon Jae-in's, who voted against the motion. "Marriage should be between a man and a woman, I refuse to take part in any kind of freak show such as this" said Moon to the reporters of Yonhap Agency, "Soon we will see men dressed as women and two women kissing as if it is natural, it will confuse and boggle our children's minds. I condemn this bill, it is endangering our future generations.". Moon's statements were met with criticism from the ruling coalition, as well as from the dissidents within the Liberty Korea.

    However, the legalisation of same-sex marriages was mostly welcomed by the general public in Korea. Despite the heavy opposition coming from the older generations, the younger urbanites have once again proved the growing trend of progressivism in Korea is still ongoing. Celebrating equal rights, many queer citizens and allies have rejoiced by gathering in large numbers, flying rainbow flags and organising parades. Prime Minister Kwan Kyong-jin and Mayor Park Geun-hye partook in the major queer parade in Hanseong which took place near the Gwanghwamun Plaza, shaking hands and conversing with the paradegoers. Prime Minister Kwan described the situation as "a day of victory for all Koreans".

    Other News:

    • Sampo Co. suspends the construction of the Hwanghae Station after funds run dry

    • Netizens criticise BigHit after the debut of the new boy group NEXXUS

    • Housefire in Jeju-do leads to a small forest fire, fire department "has it under control"

    • 23-year-old woman paralysed after attempting to lose weight with syringes

            AFL/VFL Mid-Season Summary and Results
            AFL Season 12 and VFL Season 11 Results and Mid-Season Ladder
            June 4th (not Independence Day like I originally thought because I'm dumb as rocks)


Melbourne (8.13) [61] vs. Carlton (6.8) [44]
Melbourne Cricket Ground, East Melbourne VIC
MELB by 17

Port Adelaide (23.13) [151] vs. Hawthorn (14.12) [96]
Adelaide Oval, North Adelaide SA
PORT by 55

West Coast Eagles (8.9) [57] vs. Collingwood Magpies (18.12) [120]
Perth (Optus) Stadium, Burswood WA
COLL by 63

Western Bulldogs (10.15) [75] vs. Geelong Cats(15.7) [97]
Docklands (Marvel) Stadium, Docklands VIC
GEEL by 22

Gold Coast Suns (16.16) [112] vs. Adelaide Crows (13.9) [87]
Marrara Oval (TIO Stadium), Marrara NA
GCFC by 25

Greater Western Sydney Giants (15.14) [104] vs. Richmond Tigers (16.14) [110]
Sydney Showground (GIANTS) Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park NSW
RICH by 6

Essendon (16.9) [105] vs. North Melbourne (15.9) [99]
Docklands (Marvel) Stadium, Docklands VIC
ESS by 6

Bye: Brisbane, Fremantle, St Kilda, Sydney

      1) Collingwood
      2) Port Adelaide
      3) Melbourne
      4) Brisbane*
      5) St Kilda*
      6) Essendon
      7) Western Bulldogs
      8) Geelong
      9) Adelaide
      10) Fremantle*
      11) Gold Coast
      12) Sydney*
      13) Richmond
      14) Carlton
      15) GWS
      16) Hawthorn
      17) North Melbourne
      18) West Coast Eagles


Richmond Tigers (11.9) [75] vs. Casey Demons (11.10) [76]
Punt Road Oval, East Melbourne
CSY by 1

Port Melbourne (7.9) [51] vs. Dandenong (17.13) [115]
North Port Oval, Port Melbourne
DAND by 64

Coburg Lions (5.7) [37] vs. Werribee Tigers (13.19) [97]
Coburg City Oval, Coburg
WERR by 60

Carlton (10.16) [76] vs. Frankston (10.13) [73]
Princes Park, Carlton North
CARL by 3

Box Hill (9.7) [61] vs. Williamstown (11.10) [76]
Box Hill City Oval, Box Hill
WILL by 15

Footscray (15.18) [108] vs. Geelong (7.8) [50]
Whitten Oval, Footscray
FTS by 58

Essendon (10.6) [69] vs. North Melbourne (12.8) [80]
The Hanger, Melbourne Airport
NM by 11

Northern Bullants (9.10) [64] vs. Collingwood (16.19) [115]
B T Conner Reserve, Reservoir
COLL by 51

Bye: Sandringham, Yarra Ranges

      1) Dandenong
      2) Werribee
      3) Box Hill
      4) Williamstown
      5) Casey
      6) Yarra Ranges*
      7) North Melbourne
      8) Richmond
      9) Carlton
      10) Collingwood
      11) Geelong
      12) Sandringham*
      13) Port Melbourne
      14) Frankston
      15) Footscray
      16) Essendon
      17) Northern Bullants
      18) Coburg


North Ballarat (25.18) [168] vs. Mighty Mitta Mountain Men (6.14) [50]
Eureka (Mars) Stadium, Wendouree
NBFC by 118

Nagambie (10.15) [75] vs. Beechworth (16.12) [108]
Nagambie Recreational Reserve, Nagambie
BUSH by 33

Horsham-Grampians Eagles (13.8) [86] vs. Nathalia Purples (10.11) [71]
Alexandra Oval, Ararat
HGE by 15

Warrnambool (7.5) [47] vs. Ballarat (18.9) [117]
Reid Oval, Warrnambool
BALL by 70

Romsey (13.7) [85] vs. Fish Creek (13.12) [90]
Romsey Recreation Reserve, Romsey
FISH by 5

Gippsland (9.12) [66] vs Moyhu Hoppers (9.10) [64]
Bairnsdale City Oval, Bairnsdale
GIPP by 2

Bye: Shepparton, Bendigo, Vikings

      1) Fish Creek
      2) Bendigo*
      3) North Ballarat
      4) Beechworth
      5) Shepparton*
      6) Ballarat
      7) Gippsland
      8) Horsham-Grampians
      9) Nathalia
      10) Warrnambool
      11) Moyhu Hoppers
      12) Nagambie
      13) Romsey
      14) North Western Vikings*
      15) Mighty Mitta Mountain Men

Azhizhi, English Language News: C130 Transport Planes to be transferred from the German Federation
Minister of defence thanks Germany in statement as pilots head to France

The Government of Namib-Swana today publicly thanked the government of Deutschland / German Federation (Wulworth) following an agreement to transfer 24 C-130-J transport planes which are due to be decommissioned and replaced by A400M Atlas by Germany.

The Namib-Swana air force has pledged to keep 14 in working order for the foreseeable future with the remainder stored at Karibib Air Force Base, where the dry conditions will keep them in good condition until they are needed or used for spare parts.

Kagiso Mamila, Minister for Defence said:

"We thank the German Federation for this assistance in helping to keep Africa safe and hope that this and recent agreements with France will represent a new dawn in Namib-Swanan and European relations".

The air force will release it's single SuperKing Aire, and Britten-Norman BN-2 for civilian use.

In other air force news, a large NSAF delegation are now in at Franchi at Pau airbase being trained on operations, flying and maintenance of the Mirage 2000's being transferred over the next few months.

A decision has also been made to scrap the 11 Jengdu F-7's dating from the 1970s as the new frames come online.

An air force roster webpage has been created here.

Upper canadas

Date: June 5, 2023
Subject: Haiti Mission Update
To: Presidential Office Republic of Haiti, Prime Ministers Office Republic of Haiti, Ministry of Defense Republic of Haiti, Presidents office Empire of Central America, Ministry of Defence Empire of Central America

I am writing to provide you with an update on the Canadian Defence Forces (CDF) deployment efforts and our commitment to supporting the restoration of order in Haiti.

Haiti Deployment Status:
Close to 3,000, of the 10,000 proposed, CDF personnel have already arrived in Halifax and are currently undergoing all necessary preparations for deployment. The CDF contingent consists of diverse units and specialists, including infantry, engineers, medical personnel, and logistical support teams. Their primary objective is to take the lead in stabilizing the situation, providing humanitarian aid, and supporting local authorities in restoring peace, security, and law and order.

Forces on standby:
A contingent of approximately 800 Royal Siamese Legion personnel and Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) personnel have already arrived in the Central American Province of Dominica. They are actively making preparations for an initial deployment to Port-au-Prince to support local authorities in securing the city centre, airport, and government facilities.

The CDF remains committed to supporting regional stability and the restoration of order in Haiti. Our personnel are well-trained, equipped, and prepared to fulfill their responsibilities with professionalism and dedication. Regular updates on our readiness will be provided until we are prepared to undertake formal military operations. We expect the CDF will be prepared to begin the main deployment in 2-3 weeks as personnel from across Canada continue to arrive in Halifax.

Please let me know if you require any further information or have specific questions regarding the ongoing deployments. My team is available to assist you at any time.


The Honourable James Bezan
His Majesty's Canadian Minister of Defense


A Scholarly Visit

King Leka II had gone about his day going about a usual routine of waking up to a daily briefing of whats happening in the kingdom, then participating in some govt meetings. Later in the day he'd visit some schools throughout the nation. He'd be visiting a Greek School in Argyrokastron with a few local Greek leaders in the Autonomous Republic of Northern Epirus. Leka II would be sitting in on a debate lesson at an upper secondary school. While there he'd receive a phone call regarding the Kuvendi's vote to join the EU and would challenge the students to discuss whether Albania as a whole should join the EU. Leka II would hear some lower level discussions such as "I dont really care, the EU doesn't really apply to my situation", to "I think the EU would be a great benefit to the nation including us residents of the ARNE." Many Epirote students throughout the school would petition, Vasil Bollano, leader of the Greek representatives in the Kuvendi to put a membership to a vote among all Albanians. Leka II would endorse a yes vote himself and would meet with Christian and Muslim leaders to promote the Yes vote.

Beginning of an End

In Puno District, many Fujimorists had lost all morale to fight so many had swapped allegiances to the Condorists knowing they'd probe to be a victor in the PBC civil war. As a result the newly gained Condorists would seize the Puno city airport and other key infrastructure sites to await proper Condorist reinforcements. This would set back Keiko and Alberto Fujimori's plans even further as the two had planned on using Puno district to launch strikes against both La Paz and Cochabamba in order to reclaim most of the Bolivian region. Now Alberto Fujimori would withdraw many forces from the Bolivian territory to defend the core four districts especially Cuzco as that one had major sentimental value towards all of the PBC regardless of which side you support. The Fujimorists and Condorists had an understanding to not engage in any fighting around the Machu Picchu complex to preserve it as it is a UNESCO Heritage site. The Fujimorists also began considering a relocation of their HQ to Abancay in Apurimac District as Arequipa was becoming increasingly surrounded and they all but gave up the south. Chehade knew that an end was in sight and a full restoration of the democracy was on it's way back.

            What's Up Down Under (IV)
            A Summary of Events (May 27th - June 3rd)
            June 6th


    Co-host of Australia's most popular news breakfast show 'Sunrise', David 'Kochie' Koch, has announced that he is quitting Sunrise to focus on family and other projects after 21 years. Athlete-turned-News Presenter Matt Shirvington will take his place.

    A bill allowing the Indigenous Voice to Parliament Referendum has passed through the lower house, and will likely see the Senate within the next month. Support for the referendum appears to be low, with the Nationals and even some Indigenous Australians openly opposing the division they believe the referendum to be pushing.

    HECS (Higher Education Contribution Scheme) has increased by 7.1% this year, the highest increase since it was first introduced. HECS allows for Australian citizens to be able to attend university without paying upfront, with a small amount of money being automatically taken out of a student's account to pay it off once they make over $48,000 a year. HECS is indexed to taxation, which has worked well in the past, but recent radical increases in inflation has caused some people to question HECS.

    Ben Roberts-Smith, Australia's most decorated soldier, has had his defamation trial thrown out of court. Roberts-Smith, instead ruling that accusations against him of war crimes are most likely true.

    BHP has apologised for underpaying 30,000 workers over the last 13 years, with costs to repair the issue costing over $400 million.

    Reserve Bank Governor Phillip Lowe said young people should just live in share houses to fix the housing crisis.

Australian Capital Territory

    You can't seriously expect anything to happen here...

New South Wales

    The protection of near-extinct brush-tailed rock wallaby populations is succeeding as new breeding enclosures open up across New South Wales, with the aim of creating an 'insurance population' to safeguard the species' future.

    Three teenaged boys have come forward regarding the fire that ripped through a historic Surry Hills building last week. It is expected that there are still 2 or 3 other boys involved, all around the age of 13. New South Wales Police have urged the boys and their parents to come forward.

New Zealand

    Someone probably did a sheep.

North Australia

    North Australian Premier Natasha Fyles is under fire this week after public health files were transfered to an international software company as a part of a systems update. It is believed that the company, based across Europe, China, and South America, currently has access to the full medical records of at least 3000 patients, including psychology reports and stillbirth records. Fyles continues to deny allegations of a breach and claims that the company helped transfer the records but does not have access to them.


    A sovereign citizen has lost his appeal to reinstate his gun license after the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal found he was 'not a fit and proper person' to hold a license. The man's case was almost instantly dismissed after his application 'lacked substance' and was 'incomprehensible.' Shortly before the hearing, the man walked into Rockhampton Police Station and demanded that the officer in charge be arrested.

    The Northern Bettong is one of only five remaining speices of bettong, with an expected population of only 1000 left. This week, a breeding and conservation programme say 55 Northern Bettongs released into a brand new 950-hectare safehaven at Mount Zero-Taravale Wildlife Sanctuary outside Townsville. Once common across Australia, the rodent-sized marsupial has almost gone extinct in the last 20 years, largely due to land clearing and invasive species like cats and foxes.

    A 51-year-old man has survived being attacked by a saltwater crocodile 30km off Haggerstone Island in Cape York, Far North Queensland. It is the fifth incident in Cape York in eight weeks.

    A hazard reduction burn in Brisbane's north west has caused the city to be covered in smoke, with Brisbane's air quality being 9 times worse thn the WHO's annual air quality guideline value.

South Australia

    After disruptive and destructive Extinction Rebellion protests in Adelaide last week, hundreds of protesters have protested South Australia's new protest laws. The South Australian Labor Government is proposing the Summary Offences (Obstruction of Public Services) Amendment Bill which will see anyone found guilty of 'intentionally or recklessly' causing an obstruction in a public place will be at risk of up to 3 months in gaol or a $50,000 fine, up from the existing $750 fine. As someone who despises protesters, this is (as the kids would say) a rare South Australia W.


    A new sex offender disclosure scheme is being proposed by the Tasmanian Government that would allow parents or guardians to be able to ask police of a person who has regular unsupervised access to their children is on the sex offender register. It is one of a string of policies that have entered Tasmanian parliament in the last 20 years requesting a creation of (and access to) a public list of registered sex offenders.


    Absolutely nothing worth mentioning has happened in Victoria. Except for maybe the magnitude-3.8 earthquake in Sunbury, the largest is 100 years.

Western Australia

    Representing the Electorate of Rockingham since 1996, leader of the Labor Party since 2012, and leading the state since 2017, Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan annouced he is stepping down as leader and resigning from politics, citing that he 'just do[esn't] want to anymore.' McGowan led Labor to a landslide victory in 2021, winning 53 of the 59 seats in the lower house. He also say rockstar popularity during COVID, enacting the strictest border controls in the country, successfully stopping Covid from largely entering the state and keeping Western Australians out of lockdown like in the Eastern States. Deputy Premier Roger Cook will become Western Australia's new Premier.

    A rodeo in the outback Kimberley town of Kununurra hasn't gone to plan after a bull managed to escape a chute into an arena of line-dancers. Thankfully, only two people were injured and taken to Kununurra Hospital for precautionary reasons.


Coastal-Naval merger

Upon a review of the Armed forces, King Leka II would notice that the Coast guard has significantly more power to it than the Navy itself. With the navy only carry anti-pollution vehicles, and the coast guard containing many other ships, Leka II would head to the Ministry of Defence site to discuss the reasons. Gazmend Oketa minister of defence would explain how Albania wouldn't be seeing much naval action as it's not under any threats from any Mediterranean Sea or Black Sea nations. Leka II would comment back that it'd save taxpayer money to merge the two. Oketa would have a financial advisor run some numbers and Leka II would be proven right. An order from Oketa would be sent to the Coast Guard and Navy officials to initiate a merger. Leka II would then head off to continue the rest of his day and found himself going to Durrës on the coast to discuss how Albania could benefit from increased tourism and a more efficient trade with a tour of the Port of Durrës. A short drive up the coast to Lezhë would have a few local Albanians being visited by Leka II in honouring Skanderbeg a local hero.

            The Private Citizens Terra Australis - An Introduction (I)
            Sovereign Citizens Isolate
            June 7th

Bentinck Island is a largely unpopulated island in the Gulf of Carpentaria in north western Queensland. With the exception of some Indignenous Kaiadilt people who visit the island to hunt, the island is largely untouched by people after the remaining Kaiadilt population relocated to nearby Mornington Island. The island is 18km wide and 15km 'tall', with the nearest populated area on Mornington Island 50km away, and is 30km away from the mainland (as well as 70km from the nearest mainland town, Burketown).

It has recently become home to PCTA, or the Private Citizens of Terra Australis. PCTA is a group associated with the sovereign citizens movement and falsely believe that the government has no jurisdiction over them, but are also tied into a number of other conspiracies. They moved to Bentinck Island this week over fears that they were 'being hunted' by the Australian Government who wanted to 'enslave' them.

The group was formed by and is led by Laura Stephanie Dickson, who has recently begun going under the name 'Melissa.' Dickson, who was born and raised in rural Queensland but lived in Melbourne during the Coronavirus pandemic, became quickly and strongly radicalised during Victorian lockdowns. A once level-headed individual, the woman quickly became radically anti-government.

As she networked with other likeminded individuals, she formed PCTA as a group 'of free thinkers and free livers.' Moving back to Queensland post-covid, it is believed that the Ironbark ((irl Wieambilla)) police massacre further radicalised Dickson, who's opinions of government and police worsened even after covid restrictions eased.

"The Australian Government don't have our interests at heart. It is their sole mission to oppress us, to keep us quiet. We are their puppets, we are expected to shut up and be happy. Do what we're told, follow the blindfolded leader off a cliff. I won't stand for it! They have no greater right to tell us to do than I have to tell them!" Dickson posted on social media.

A frightening number of people have followed in Dickson's footsteps, with her group growing to 50 people across Australia. Last year, Dickson built a ranch near Longreach, central Queensland. This ranch was named 'Utopia,' and her followers were encouraged to move to the ranch as she begun her teachings (presented to her, like in all good cults, through a dream) and begun to 'strive, not just survive.'

PCTA became a self-sustained community, seldom ever leaving the community gates. However, her strong anti-government teachings quickly caught the attention of authorities. After being tied to a fire at Longreach Police Station, Dickson and the PCTA had no choice but to flee. Two coaches were seen in the area shortly before police arrived at 'Utopia' to find the ranch desolate, with only a few empty huts and an old tent left.

After 11 hours of driving and a few ferries between the island and the mainland, the PCTA have arrived on the uninhabited island, and police in Longreach are beginning to tell Queensland Police in Brisbane that something strange might be going on.

Upper canadas

Crown of Canada @crownofcanada

The Province of Nova Scotia has a new and unique tradition associated with the Crown. In 2010 the Province of Nova Scotia Presented Queen Elizabeth II with the Royal Key to signify that Government House in Halifax is the home of the Monarch in the Province. Since then, the Key has been presented to all members of the Royal Family upon signing the guest book of Government House.

The Lieutenant Governors of the Province have even taken to formally handing the key to their successors to symbolize a transfer of responsibility from one to another.

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The kingdom of pharaonist egypt

The Cairo Post
Egypt | Politics
7 June 2023

As Egypt suffers through inflation and unemployment, Parliament debates American show

While the Egyptian pound falls in value and people struggle to get work, the Egyptian Parliament has focused all its efforts on debating the cultural insensitivities inflicted upon by a show made in America. Over the past two weeks, Parliamentarians in the Senate have been debating a bill which aims to penalize American streaming service Netflix over the distribution of the docudrama, Cleoprata. The pointless debate has become a major point of contention between the ruling National Democratic Party and its coalition members over how heavily to penalize the platform and the showrunners themselves.

Controversy over the show erupted in early March, not long after the show's February release. Criticism over the show's choice to cast a black actress to portray Pharaoh Cleopatra of Egypt became widespread, but only reached Egyptian political discussion in May. The show is the brainchild of Jada Pinkett Smith, an American actress who also narrates the docudrama. According to Netflix, the series, officially called "African Queens" is meant to "showcase the often forgotten history of female rulers on the African continent."

After reaching the mainstream, the show was subject to copious amounts of criticism. Egyptologists and even the government's Ministry of Antiquities condemned the show. In an official statement, the Ministry in charge of the preservation of Egyptian history and artifacts called the episode featuring Cleopatra as "historical revisionism" and "a blatant case of Afrocentrism." "Queen Cleopatra was light-skinned and had Hellenic features," the statement went on to say, "this is a falsification of Egyptian history."

However, while the show deserves to be criticized for the politicization of Egyptian history and the blatant lies expressed by various individuals in the docudrama, the fact that the issue has taken over debate in Parliament is frankly embarrassing. As Egyptians struggle to find work and afford basic necessities, our nation's politicians have thought it prudent to focus on issues with little relevance to the present situation. Which makes one wonder when exactly they intend to address the people's concerns.

The sokoto caliphate

Sokoto Daily Tribune / June 9th, 2023

Fire in the Delta Leave 40 Homeless, 3 Dead
A residential fire ripped through the small village of Abajo turning it all to cinder, leaving the population wondering where to go and who would help them. The blaze began at 4:00 AM yesterday, cause still unknown, in the southern edge of the village and quickly push through the town, turning into a raging inferno by the time the UFA arrived from the city of Auchi. The third of these infernos since restructuring and downsizing of the UFA in the Delta region, the UFA declined an interview, but mentioned an ongoing investigation into response times and the allocation of equipment.

Diamond Cement Stock Buoyed by Strong Earnings
Following release of it's latest Earnings Report stock prices have risen 2%. "The continued growth of cities in the south region have increased demand and promoted strong growth in this sector" the report states. Capitalizing on these long-term trends Diamond Cement has petitioned for 2 new plants to open in Ibadan and Akure, and has increased shifts in three more nearby plants.

OP-ED - Agricultural Policy: The Haves and the Have-nots
Adaeze is a simple farmer near Lakoja, for generations his family has tended the small plot to provide enough for themselves and their neighbors, but government policy is leaving people like them in the dust in favor of large agricultural firms. Under the new Policy families like Adaeze's don't see a singe Naira, but next door the profitable lands owned by AgriSouth will see as much as a 10% subsidy to their production. Year after year hundreds of local small holders pack up their farms and sell to these favored giants.

"It's a shame... 15 years ago their were over a hundred of here, not there maybe a dozen." Adaeze mourned "If things don't change I won't be one of them for long."

Most of those have moved to nearby Lakoja, exacerbating the growing pains of that city, and contributing to it's squalor. Sokoto calls this the necessary transitions, that cheap food and growth require this sacrifice. But it doesn't have to be this way. Prior to the 1980s the government seemed just fine subsidizing all farmers, even as it sought to improve agricultural conditions and grow yields.

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