Tuesday, May 22, 2018

#SAUDIARABIA: A Woman Has Been Appointed Head Of The Kingdom's Cyber Security Division

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A woman who attended George Washington University has been appointed to head up the Saudi Kingdom's cyber security division. Nouf Abdullah Al-Rakan was announced last week as as executive director of the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones. Rakan completed her studies at George Washington University, and achieved a fellowship in Project Management. She is a graduate of Windsor's International Young Leadership Program in Britain. She has over 15 years of experience in project and business management in Saudi Arabia, has worked in the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Monday, May 21, 2018

#GREECE: After Divisive Debate, Parliament Grants Gay Couples Right To Become Foster Parents

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A bill allowing same-sex couples to become foster parents has passed in Greece's parliament in a 161 to 103 vote. The vote put an end to a long and heated debate. The legislation grants the right to foster children to couples under civil partnership, but clearly states that they cannot adopt children. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras attacked opposition parties for opposing the legislation, accusing them of stoking "anachronistic stereotypes and phobia syndromes."

[FULL STORY HERE]

Sunday, May 20, 2018

#EU: Danish Prime Minister Calls For Smaller European Union Budget Once #UK Leaves After #Brexit

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A smaller European Union should mean a smaller EU budget. That's the argument Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen is making for the post-Brexit EU after the United Kingdom leaves the trading and political bloc next year. Rasmussen tweeted that "a smaller EU should mean a smaller budget!" as the bloc will number 27 members after Brexit. He added that European taxpayers should not be asked "to pay for Brexit."

[FULL STORY HERE]

Saturday, May 19, 2018

#CANADA: Prog. Conservative Leader Doug Ford Attacked For "Trump-Style" "Lock Her Up" Chants At Rally

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Two Ontario party leaders are condemning Progressive Conservative party leader Doug Ford for his supporters' "Trump-style" chants. Ford says he doesn’t condone chants of "lock her up" reportedly directed at Liberal premier Kathleen Wynne at a Progressive Conservative rally on Monday. She said the rhetoric is a "disturbing trend." New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath joined in the condemnation, calling the chants "unfortunate."

[FULL STORY HERE]

Friday, May 18, 2018

#MEXICO: Former First Lady Margarita Zavala Drops Out Of Presidential Race; Was Polling At 5%

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Mexico's former first lady Margarita Zavala on Wednesday announced that she was pulling out of the July 1 presidential race. The 50-year-old wife of 2006-2012 conservative president Felipe Calderon was running as an independent candidate. Polls gave her less than 5% of the vote.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Thursday, May 17, 2018

#IRAQ: Accusations Of Vote-Rigging, Broken Voting Machines In Kurdistan Lead To Gunfights, Calls For Re-Vote

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Electronic voting was used across Iraq for the first time in this past weekend's parliamentary election in an effort to secure the process. But parties at stations across the northeast reported that broken voting machines prevented people casting ballots before the polls closed at 6 pm. Many said this was intentional to swing the outcome. Six Kurdish parties along with the Wataniya bloc, led by Iraq’s vice-president Ayad Allawi, have demanded a re-run of the election in the Kurdistan region, parts of Ninewa and Kirkuk.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

#GERMANY: Bavarian Leader Orders Crosses Installed In Every Government Building As Sign Of "Bavarian Identity"

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Bavarian leader Markus Söder has announced that crosses must hang in all the state's government buildings, saying the move is a "commitment to Bavarian identity and culture." Minister-President Söder implemented his first government declaration in state parliament by saying crosses are to be mandatory in all public offices in the southern German state. The crosses, which are to hang in the entrance area of all state administration buildings, are said by the Christian Social Union politician to have an explicit symbolic value.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Sunday, May 13, 2018

#IRAN: Iranian Lawmakers Speak Out Against #USFlag Burning Protest On Floor Of Parliament

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Ali Motahari, an outspoken member of Iran's parliament, along with several other Iranian political figures, have criticized hardliners who set fire to a picture of the US flag during a session of parliament on May 9, the day after Pres. Trump announced the US would pull out from the nuclear deal with Iran. Motahari said setting fire to the flag, "puts us face-to-face against the American people." Another MP, Alireza Rahimi, tweeted his opposition to the act, saying, "Islamic culture, as well as rationality and political logic rejects acts such as setting fire to the flag of other nations."

[FULL STORY HERE]

Saturday, May 12, 2018

#MALAYSIA: 92-Year-Old Ex-Dictator Makes Comeback By Winning Election As Prime Minister

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After two decades as Malaysia’s prime minister, during which time he censored journalists and dismissed various human rights issues, Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister is back for a second crack at the job. This week, 92-year-old Mahathir Mohamad led a nail-biting victory for opposition Pakatan Harapan alliance of parties, taking 113 of the 222 seats in parliament.

[FULL STORY HERE]