Daily Podcast: The world is against Crown Prince. Russia developed prohibited cruise missile. Ukraine asks Nato to send ships [r/news, Episode #2]


The world is slowly turning against Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman even as Trump digs his heels in.

Trump is standing by the crown prince, but the rest of Washington is starting to turn against the Saudi ruler. The CIA reportedly concluded with “High confidence” that Prince Mohammed ordered the killing, though the Saudi government has vehemently denied this.

A prosecutor in Argentina has agreed to a request from Human Rights Watch to prosecute the crown prince for crimes against humanity, including mass civilian casualties in Yemen and Khashoggi’s killing, The Guardian reported.

The crown prince now faces opposition in multiple corners of the world, and growing resistance in Congress to the historic US partnership with his country.

Reddit commenters don’t understand why a government can just “vehemently deny” an act when it has evidence to back in up and it’s holds weight with the current administration. Like Russia denying election interference and now Saudi denying the murdering of a journalist. If you saw a child do something but they deny it, would you really believe their story?



Netherlands has proof Russia developed prohibited cruise missile, violating INF treaty

“The Netherlands can independently confirm that Russia has developed and is currently introducing a ground-based cruise weapon”, the two Ministers wrote to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament. This is based on “intelligence”.

According to the Ministers, the Russians have been in the test phase for some time. The US, the Netherlands and other NATO countries have been pushing Moscow for transparency on this missile since 2013. Russia initially denied the existence of the missile, but later said that the missile does not violate the INF treaty as it does not have such a large range.

The Dutch Ministers believe that this violation of the INF treaty must be condemned, but also that the treaty must be maintained. American president Donald Trump already threatened to withdraw from the treaty, according to NOS.

Redditors say that 

That has been an excuse used in the past. The Soviets refused to pay Tsarist debts, and they are  pretty sure that America refused to pay their debts to France after the French Revolution, since they claimed  the debt was to the King. Feels like they are in the pre-WW2 era where Hitler kept pushing the boundaries to see if he’d get punished.

Except this time with nukes as an added fun twist


The European Union says it is aiming to become the first major economy to go “climate neutral” by 2050.

Under the plan, emissions of greenhouse gases after that date would have to be offset by planting trees or by burying the gases underground.

Scientists say that net-zero emissions by 2050 are needed to have a fighting chance of keeping global temperatures under 1.5C this century.

The EU says the move will also cut premature air pollution deaths by 40%.

Climate neutrality means your emissions are balanced by methods of removing warming gases from the atmosphere. So the warming emissions that are created by cars and power plants should be counteracted by the greenhouse gases removed from the air by the planting of new forests or through carbon capture technologies which would see the CO2 buried underground.

The EU have set out eight scenarios for member states to cut warming gases – two of these strategies would see Europe become climate neutral.

The EU believes that the measures will help achieve the goals of the Paris agreement will be expensive but will boost economies by 2% of GDP by 2050 and reduce energy imports by over 70%, saving up to three trillion euros a year.

Reddit user comments are like: 2050, AKA when all the current political and business leaders will be dead or too old to be held properly accountable. Some of them think that: Human population growth is actually flatlining and will probably be negative in the future, it already is for first world countries. Even China will experience a decreasing population in the next decades.


Ukraine’s leader asks Nato to send ships

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has urged Nato to send ships to the Sea of Azov following a naval confrontation with Russia off Crimea.

Nato has expressed “full support” for Ukraine, which is not a member state.

Amid worsening relations on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Mr Poroshenko of creating the naval “provocation” to boost his ratings ahead of 2019 elections.

The worst they can do is say no. And this is what they will do I expect. We stand alone.