AOB – June 2019

17 June 2019

Take that People’s Daily:

People’s Daily, China @PDChina

Surprise is the greatest gift 🎁

Robert Scott@rascottdotcom
Replying to @PDChina

No – freedom is.

14 June 2019

Am thoroughly depressed this week.

Disheartened by events in Hong Kong.

Restless. Aimless. Direction-less.

Tired.

Irritable.

Idle.

Unmotivated. Demotivated.

The sort of things that have been running through my head this week are not healthy….

And I am not entirely sure how to turn this around.

Not a cry for help – as I suspect no one ever reads this anyway.

12 June 2019

Massive protests in HKG against the proposed China extradition law….proud of the people.

Water cannon man became a symbol of Hong Kong’s new resistance.

6 June 2019

Anyone see a trend here:

There is a big royal wedding in the UAE today and which royals are celebrating their weddings? The Gulf News effuses:

The UAE is rejoicing over the Al Maktoum weddings this Eid Al Fitr, that are bringing double joy to the festive season.

Three sons of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, have married three women from the Al Maktoum family.

Sheikh Hamdan is married to Sheikha Sheikha bint Saeed bin Thani Al Maktoum

Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, is married to Sheikha Maryam bint Butti Al Maktoum

Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, is married to Sheikha Midya bint Dalmouj Al Maktoum.

Keep all that power and wealth within the family.

5 June 2019

The Economist today : “Thais will discover the identity of their next prime minister today. It will hardly come as a surprise. The junta has all but ensured it will be the existing one: Prayuth Chan-ocha, the army-chief-turned-politician, who ousted an elected government in 2014. Mr Prayuth needs 376 votes, which equates to a majority in parliament. The body is composed of a 250-member appointed upper house, stuffed with regime loyalists, and a lower house, filled with elected politicians after Thais went to the polls in March.

Votes from pro-army parties in the lower house, with likely support from the royalist Democrat Party and the pragmatic Bhumjaithai Party, will put Mr Prayuth over the line. (ed A 19 party coalition with 254 of the 500 lower house seats). The endorsement of the former coup-maker as the first prime minister under the new king, Maha Vajiralongkorn, signifies that the military-royalist regime is determined to stay in power. Opponents of such a plan already face harassment and worse.”