I just wanna riff on that thing I said earlier. When Trump got elected–a subject I am not going into here–I read an article about all of the world leaders who called to congratulate him and there are a lot of dicks running things right now.
Theresa May, who emerged from the chaos of post-Brexit British politics the same way Mr. Rogers emerged from The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny. The left hates her, which isn’t surprising because she’s on the right, but she proposed a minimum £35,000/year income for any immigrants wanting to settle in the United Kingdom. When Snowden’s revelations about the illegal surveillance activities of UK’s actions of Government Communications Headquarter’s came to light, she moved to make them legal. Best of all, she’s a huge supporter of the “Snooper’s Charter,” which would require ISPs to keep all of their customers’ internet records–including texts, emails, and files–for a year. Worse, it would allow police to search those records at any time without a warrant, and no specific information to be found. She thinks it’s great if police can audit everyone’s web activity for generall suspicious activity.
India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, was Chief Minister during the 2002 Gujarat riots where over a 1,000 Indian Muslims were killed–figures range from 790 to 2,500 and hundreds of Hindus died. At best, his government was negligent in stopping the violence, but the worst accusations are that they directed mobs towards Muslim citizens (the federal investigation found little because of police obfuscation). He’s a right-wing Hindu nationalist whose campaign slogan was “India First!,” but much of the money from his pro-business reforms have made their way back into much needed infrastructure reforms. The effects of his currency ban–removing some of India’s most common currencies from circulation–still remain to be seen. Doesn’t like immigrants, which I guess is an issue for India.
Shinzo Abe came returned to his role as Prime Minister of Japan on a wave of nationalist pride. He has consistently worked to roll back the Japanese constitution to broaden the role of Japan’s defense forces under a policy of “collective self-defense.” He continued to downplay the severity of Japanese atrocities in World War II and visited the Yasukuni Shrine commemorating past soldiers of Japan–which is a whole…thing. Props to the guy, he did eventually iron out the complicated history between Japan and South Korea related to comfort women in World War II, so there is that. Also not a fan of immigrants.
Vladimir Putin…enough said.
Rodrigo Duterte is the Filipino president who backs vigilante gangs hunting down folks on suspicion of being drug dealers. He called the US president the son of a whore and promises to rescind human rights protections if the Islamic State ever acts on Filipino soil. When asked of the unusually high rates of death of journalists in the Philippines, he said many of those killed had it coming. Charming fella, but no outstanding policies on immigration which makes sense because The Philippines–no offense–is a place where people generally immigrate from.
But hey, there’s still Merkel, Trudeau, um, Hollande–oh he wants to extend the French state of emergency for another six months. Sure okay. So Merkel, Trudeau, and uh, whatever is happening in Australia I guess.