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Sat Apr 13, 2019, 03:08 AM

Brunei once held off on strict Islamic law to stay in a U.S.-backed trade pact. Then Trump pulled ou

Brunei once held off on strict Islamic law to stay in a U.S.-backed trade pact. Then Trump pulled out.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/brunei-once-held-off-on-sharia-law-to-stay-in-a-us-backed-trade-pact-then-trump-pulled-out/2019/04/11/80d1c3a4-5703-11e9-aa83-504f086bf5d6_story.html?utm_term=.95a70997576c

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By Shibani Mahtani at the Washington Post

HONG KONG —  When more than 100 members of Congress raised worries in 2014over plans to include Brunei in a sweeping Pacific trade deal, envoys from the tiny sultanate rushed to Washington with a message: We may be thinking about stricter Islamic laws, but we won’t really enforce them.

The damage-control mission by Brunei — an oil- and gas-rich patch of coast and rain forest on the island of Borneo — came after its sultan began the first phase of strict sharia-inspired laws, U.S. officials said. At the time, the Obama administration was deep in negotiations over the Trans- Pacific Partnership, or TPP, with Brunei and others in the historic deal.

The laws, when fully implemented, would punish gay sex and adultery with death by stoning, and stealing would be punished with amputation. 

But American officials said that would be an obstacle to Brunei’s remaining part of the TPP. 


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Sat Apr 13, 2019, 03:09 AM

1. From outside the US it really is like watching the movie "It is a Wonderful Life".

With the USA missing in action so many ways we see the world devolve.

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