Saturday, December 31, 2016
Lord Stirling's News Blog EUROPE
ISIS general flees to Europe with up to 400 soldiers disguised as "refugees" ~ link ~
Muhaxheri, aka Abu Abdullah al Kosova, is of Kosovo Albanian extraction. His NATO training reportedly included a stint at the U.S. Army’s largest base in the Balkans. He has been designated a global terror threat by the U.S. State Department, and was regarded as a serious threat to Kosovo and Albania after joining ISIS.
Obama escalates anti-Russian campaign with new sanctions and threats ~ link ~
The corporate-controlled media, ever compliant with the dictates of the US military-intelligence apparatus, has made no challenge to the legality or constitutionality of Obama’s order. It has not criticized the refusal of the White House to provide a single fact to substantiate its claims of Russian hacking directed against the Democrats.
Australia and the Crown ~ link ~ I have long maintained that members of the Queen's family should be posted as Governor-Generals in Commonwealth nations that have the Queen as their sovereign. This would tie the nations to the British Royal Family more closely and make the family more local/national to the various nations. But my advice has fallen on deaf ears and this does not bode well for Australia and other nations that the Royal Family reigns over. I have actually said, that considering that Australia is the only nation that is a continent, the Queen could/should be styled 'Empress of Australia'. Stirling
Australia’s form of government may soon change, potentially in the coming year, based on the health of its monarch, the Queen of Australia, Elizabeth II. Australia, as one of the Commonwealth realms, shares a monarch with several other nations including Canada and New Zealand — the same person who has traditionally served as the monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is important to note that although the monarchy of Australia is rooted in its British heritage, the monarchy of Australia, like the monarchy of Canada, are technically separate institutions from the British monarchy; they are united only in the person of the monarch.
While the future of the monarchy is not in serious question in the medium-term in Canada and New Zealand, republicanism has a strong following in Australia. According to a recent claim by Australia’s republican lobby in mid-December 2016, “a majority of Australian MPs want to break ties with the British monarchy.” Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is a staunch republican, despite being the leader of the Liberal Party of Australia, the traditionally pro-monarchy conservative party. However, many leading conservative figures support a republic, though one prominent one, George Christensen, said that this was “subject to the right model being chosen.” Christensen advocated a presidential system with a separation of powers, as in the United States. Australia’s other major parties, Labour and the Green Party have long favored a republic.