such a diplomat

Swedish Government Resigns

Hjalmar Hammarskjöld (1862-1953), Swedish Prime Minister 1914-1917.

March 29 1917, Stockholm–Sweden had remained neutral during the war, but had been very friendly to Germany.   Swedish diplomats helped Germany circumvent the cutting of Germany’s international telegraph lines.  The Swedes had mined the Øresund to prevent British submarines from entering the Baltic. They were one of Germany’s last foreign trading partners, as the Baltic Sea was one of the few routes not closed by the British blockade.  This had not gone unnoticed by the Allies, however, who from August 1916 had essentially included Sweden in the blockade of Germany until the Swedes could sufficiently guarantee that no goods exported to them would be re-exported to Germany.

This had severe consequences in the winter of 1917, which hit Sweden almost as hard as it hit the Central Powers.  Food supplies dwindled, and prices skyrocketed.  The Swedish foreign minister negotiated a deal with the British to allow more food to be imported, provided the Swedes reduced their exports to Germany.  The Swedish Prime Minister, Hjalmar Hammarskjöld (father to UN Secretary General Dag), rejected the agreement.  This caused a political crisis, and Hammarskjöld was forced to resign on March 29.  This did not repair relations with Britain; an adequate trade agreement was not reached for over a year.

Today in 1916: Fierce Fighting on Extreme Left at Verdun
Today in 1915:  First German Gas Regiment Formed

One Piece 861 - Thing’s Worth Noted from entire Chapter

No, it’s not about certain stupid cook who is HARDLY capable to faked himself in front of a lady, and probably would ruin the whole damn plan. It’s about these four emotionless assassin and heartless robot. But I saw these:

  • The center of attention brother
  • The kind and helping brother
  • The worrying sister, and
  • The diplomatic brother

There’s not even a glint of them being emotionless here. What Oda’s doing honestly? And there’s this idiotic and immovable fool of brother. 

By this time I could be careless to what happened with this damned cook.

anonymous asked:

i feel like allura is the biggest tease ever and loves to give shiro boners at the worst possible time tbh

oh my god 

example: the team has to go to a diplomatic convention and right before it starts allura goes up behind shiro and whispers something EXTREMELY DIRTY in his ear and he just turns around and walks out and everyone’s like “shiro?!” and he’s like “I NEED A MINUTE” and allura is just laughing 

Stumbled across this. It’s Matthias in a movie called ‘Disorder’. He plays an ex-military guy who is hired to protect a diplomatic family. He was very good in it (because he’s good in everything!) This picture is giving me ideas for a new story…shit.

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anonymous asked:

i hope this isn't weird but i've been following you for a long time now and i just wanted to say that (and i may be wrong) i feel like you've really grown in this time? like i remember months ago i would sometimes read angry replies / posts on here and now when people are disrespectful etc you remain calm and are so diplomatic and deal with things in a very libra way?(love it i'm a libra moon too) Whenever i see that i smile a little and i just thought i'd let you know because this is VERY cool

Oh, really? :’) I’m glad you noticed because I actually try lol. I always felt so bad after I got angry (Libra Moon) I guess and I figured that if I want people to take me seriously, I should probably not show my anger lol.

But lol fyi, my anger isn’t gone. It’s just fueled into being more diplomatic instead. I still want to be respected lol - I usually try to save my anger on something worthwhile lol
Trump Russia dossier key claim 'verified' - BBC News
The BBC has learned that US officials "verified" a key claim in a report about Russian involvement in Donald Trump's election.

Paul Wood at BBC News: 

The BBC has learned that US officials “verified” a key claim in a report about Kremlin involvement in Donald Trump’s election - that a Russian diplomat in Washington was in fact a spy.

So far, no single piece of evidence has been made public proving that the Trump campaign joined with Russia to steal the US presidency - nothing.

But the FBI Director, James Comey, told a hushed committee room in Congress last week that this is precisely what his agents are investigating.

Stop to let that thought reverberate for a moment.

“Investigation is not proof,” said the president’s spokesman.

Trump’s supporters are entitled to ask why - with the FBI’s powers to subpoena witnesses and threaten charges of obstructing justice - nothing damning has emerged.

Perhaps there is nothing to find. But some former senior officials say it is because of failings in the inquiry, of which more later.

The roadmap for the investigation, publicly acknowledged now for the first time, comes from Christopher Steele, once of Britain’s secret intelligence service MI6.

He wrote a series of reports for political opponents of Donald Trump about Trump and Russia.

Steele’s “dossier”, as the material came to be known, contains a number of highly contested claims.

At one point he wrote: “A leading Russian diplomat, Mikhail KULAGIN, had been withdrawn from Washington at short notice because Moscow feared his heavy involvement in the US presidential election operation… would be exposed in the media there.”

There was no diplomat called Kulagin in the Russian embassy; there was a Kalugin.

One of Trump’s allies, Roger Stone, said to me of Steele, scornfully: “If 007 wants to be taken seriously, he ought to learn how to spell.”

The Russian Foreign Ministry said Kalugin was head of the embassy’s economics section.

He had gone home in August 2016 at the end of a six-year posting.

The man himself emailed journalists to complain about a “stream of lies and fake news about my person”.

If anyone looks like a harmless economist, rather than a tough, arrogant KGB man, it is the bland-faced Kalugin.

But sources I know and trust have told me the US government identified Kalugin as a spy while he was still at the embassy.

It is not clear if the American intelligence agencies already believed this when they got Steele’s report on the “diplomat”, as early as May 2016.

But it is a judgment they made using their own methods, outside the dossier.

A retired member of a US intelligence agency told me that Kalugin was being kept under surveillance before he left the US.

In addition, State Department staff who dealt with Russia did not come across Kalugin, as would have been expected with a simple diplomat.


Steele’s work remains fiercely controversial, to some a “dodgy dossier” concocted by President Trump’s enemies.

But on this vitally important point - Kalugin’s status as a “spy under diplomatic cover” - people who saw the intelligence agree with the dossier, adding weight to Steele’s other claims.

But then they knew him already.

I understand - from former officials - that from 2013-16, Steele gave the US government extensive information on Russia and Ukraine.


In his testimony, the FBI director gave away nothing of the details of the inquiry. As I wrote in January, it is being done by a “counter-intelligence taskforce” that includes the CIA, with the FBI leading.

I wrote then that the secret US intelligence court had granted an order, a so-called Fisa warrant, to intercept the electronic records of two Russian banks.

The White House cited this report several times as evidence for President Trump’s tweets that “Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower… This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”

It isn’t.

Since Watergate, no president can simply order the CIA or FBI to tap someone’s phone.

I wrote that: “Neither Trump nor his associates are named in the Fisa order.”

If they were, the court would have to see “probable cause” that they were agents of a foreign power.

It is possible that the communications of Trump associates were picked up in monitoring of foreign entities, such as the Russian banks, so-called “incidental collection”.

This is presumably what the White House spokesman, Sean Spicer, is talking about when he asks Congress to investigate an “abuse of power” by the Obama administration.

Comey was careful in his testimony to say the investigation was into “co-ordination” rather than collusion.

“Collusion is not a term, a legal term of art,” he said, “and it’s one I haven’t used here today, as we’re investigating to see whether there was any co-ordination…”

“Explicit or implicit coordination?” a Congressman asked.

“Knowing or unknowing,” Comey replied.

The investigation, then, is into a range of possibilities: at one end, unwitting co-operation with Russia by members of the Trump campaign; at the other conscious “co-ordination”.

Hillary Clinton’s former campaign manager, Robby Mook, said that if Trump’s aides knew of Russia’s plans, there should be charges of treason.

Trump’s enemies ask us to believe that some of his people were either traitors or dupes.

The president himself has another version of events: there was no “co-ordination”; the whole thing is a monstrous lie created by the Obama administration, fed by the intelligence community and amplified by the “dishonest” media, billowing black clouds of smoke but no fire.

When the dossier was released, he tweeted: “Are we living in Nazi Germany?”

These two stories cannot be reconciled.

With each new drip of information, option three - the chance that this is all a giant mistake, an improbable series of coincidences - seems further out of reach.

Increasingly, the American people are being asked to choose between two unpalatable versions of events: abuse of power by one president or treason that put another in the White House.

It cannot be both.

Who knows Gil's on his way?

Alright so, we all know that Gil is on his way to Paris, or at least coming after whoever took Tarvek, yes? Yes.

Now, someone mentioned in a post, I don’t remember who and I couldn’t find it, I think it was Bethany-sensei, that of those in Paris Tarvek is the only one that knows Gil is on his way, but does he really?

I mean, how would he know that Gil would come after him? It’s entirely possible that he wouldn’t, pessimistic and sort of realistic, but entirely possible. Because whether it’s the library or his family, he would still end up in Paris, and that is a diplomatic incident in the making if Gil comes and does something rash.

That’s the thing though, Gil is being very rash. Yes, this is Gil, the man who proposed to a young lady he has only known for a few days, and yes, we want him to go after Tarvek, but this still seems like if it was anyone else it wouldn'tend well.

And if he had gotten to Tarvek before they reached Paris or the library that would be a different story. There obviously seems to be the assumption that Gil won’t cause a diplomatic incident over this. He said so himself “[he’s] obviously done too much talking and not enough damage.”

Tarvek’s family, or at least his Grandmother, I don’t think sees him to be an issue, but she might not know. And even then Gil might not know about his family and go after the library first.

Actually, he’ll probably walk right into the chaos that is forming before he gets a chance to do that …

anonymous asked:

I think people generally compare Kate's tiara wearing to Dianas. But that was the 80s (more blingy decade than now!) and she was Princess of Wales. The only royal nowdays that wear tiaras more is Sophie because she and Edward are the go-to pair for all the weddings and such with the European monarchies. Not even the Queen have many tiara occations outside parliment opening, diplomatic reception and state visits. I seem to remember Camilla at some Waterloo (?) event with a tiara.

That’s true. Back in the 60s, 70s, and Diana in the 80s there was a tiara every five seconds. Back in the day they used to wear them to the Royal Variety Show! And Diana was married to the heir, while Kate isn’t even a full time royal yet. The event you’re talking about was the Duke of Wellington’s Waterloo banquet. He will have set the dress code which is why Camilla wore a tiara, as the other women did too. 

anonymous asked:

Cuz i'm in a mood, here's random headcanon you didn't ask for; Shuri absolutely loathes travelling outside of Wakanda, but as heir apparent, she's expected to be involved in public affairs, including their new diplomatic efforts. She finds the affectations she's expected to put on tiresome. So, while she will be proper the majority of the time, she's been known to do/say things just to cause a stir. Nothing truly major, but certainly gets major newstainment and social media attention.

i love it

Tabloid Kween Shuri got these yts S H O O K 

hi can I get a fuckin uhhhhhhh

badass, accomplished, intelligent leader Lance who is strong in his own right and doesn’t need to be coddled and doesn’t take shit from others AND PEOPLE ACTUALLY LISTEN TO HIM AND RESPECT HIM

Lance McClain as Allura’s Ambassador

Okay but I totally headcanon Lance as the team’s surprise ambassador.  Like Coran knows he’s getting old so he starts giving Lance tips.  He recognises Lance’s skill with people and (all subtle like) starts training him to turn smooth his cockiness and flirtation skills and Lance is shockingly responsive and a very quick learner and, as one of many siblings, is a brilliant negotiator.  

And one day, Coran totally fakes an illness on an ambassador mission and is like “Oh no, Allura, I simply cannot make it” and Allura’s like “Well, I’ll just take…Shiro?”  And Shiro, who’s totally in on Coran’s plan just goes “Nope.  Here’s our sharpshooter for you.”  And Keith is totally shocked but Pidge just nods proudly and Hunk slaps Lance on the back and Lance is momentarily shy but he goes and he ACES it.  

He stumbles a bit but soon he and Allura are working as the GREATEST diplomatic team and he’s smoothing over 10,000 year old grudges and debating firmly and passionately but never rudely and Allura takes the time to place her hand on his shoulder and tell Lance that she is extremely proud of him and grateful that she has someone else to depend on and Lance nods and smiles.  And Keith looks at Lance differently afterwards and Shiro asks will sometimes defer to Lance if they’re in a delicate situation that requires negotiation and Lance haS FUCKING CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT????

So, if you’re keeping track, Jared Kushner, who comes to Washington with no government experience, no policy experience, no diplomatic experience, and business experience limited to his family’s real estate development firm, a brief stint as a newspaper publisher, and briefly bidding to acquire the Los Angeles Dodgers, will be working on trade, Middle East policy in general, an Israel-Palestine peace deal more specifically, reforming the Veterans Administration, and solving the opioid crisis.

Oh wait, that’s not all! Apparently, this new office will also be responsible for “modernizing the technology and data infrastructure of every federal department and agency; remodeling workforce-training programs; and developing “transformative projects” under the banner of Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan, such as providing broadband internet service to every American.”


White House Announces Jared Kushner Is Now Responsible For Everything

  • no government experience, 
  • no policy experience, 
  • no diplomatic experience,

What could possibly go wrong?