Thursday, October 08, 2015

#CANADA: #Ontario Premier Defends Media-Free, Closed Door Meeting With Chinese Communist Party

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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne now says it was a communications mistake that led to the media being shut out of all three events she has scheduled today with a Communist Party official from China. She had earlier said that she had agreed to exclude reporters from her meetings and events with Luo Zhijun - Party Secretary of Jiangsu province - because the Communist Party asked.

#EGYPT: Over 60 Candidates For Parliament Rejected Due to "Heavy Drug Use" After Gov't Drug Tests

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Egypt's Higher Elections Committee announced an initial list of candidates for the parliamentary elections, rejecting 535 of the 5,955 candidates who applied to run. Over 60 were rejected for drug use. Health Ministry official Hassan Nagi said, "We were surprised that so many would-be candidates were heavy drug users," a contention several candidates deny.

Pictured: HEC spokesperson Omar Marawan

#THENETHERLANDS: Anti-Immigrant Party Sets Up Website To Collect Stories About Asylum-Seeker "Problems"

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Geert Wilders' anti-immigration party has launched a new website where Dutch citizens can report any nuisance caused by asylum seekers in the Netherlands. The site is necessary, the PVV says, because of the "increasing violence in and around asylum seeker centers."

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

#GERMANY: Gov't Agency refuses To Allow Cannabis Coffee Shops In Berlin Suburb

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Cannabis "coffee shops" won't be opening their doors in Berlin any time soon after the Federal Institute of Pharmaceuticals halted plans to introduce legal cannabis establishments in the city. Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain Mayor Monika Herman of the Green Party says she will contest the ruling in court.

#USA: EXPOSED: Kerry Lobbied For "Accidental" UN Handshake Betw. Obama & Iranian Foreign Min.

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Secretary of State John Kerry allegedly actively lobbied for an "accidental handshake" which took place between Pres. Obama and Foreign Min. Javad Zarif in the lobby of the United Nations before the Sept. 29 UN session. The handshake set off a firestorm of protest in Iran's parliament, in which conservatives condemned both Zarif and the American "enemy."

#SPAIN: Separatist Ldr Says Spain's Prosecution Of Him Is Because Of "Hurt Pride

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Catalonia's president Artur Mas has accused the Spanish government of suing him because its "pride was hurt" by his bids to let his region vote on independence from Spain, the most recent of which last month gave independence-seekers in  the region an absolute majority in Catalonia's parliament.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

#ITALY: Senate Pres. Rejects 70 Million Computer-Generated Amendments To Reform Bill

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The head of Italy's Senate has rejected the more than 70 million computer-generated amendments submitted by the Northern League to a government-sponsored bill that would gut the Senate's powers and turn it into weaker a region-based assembly.

Pictured: Roberto Calderoli of the Northern League, a right-leaning separatist group which has 12 Senators in the 315-member Senate.

#AUSTRIA: Anti-Immigrant Austrian Freedom Party Headed For Upset In Oct. 11 Vienna City Election

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Austria's anti-immigrant Freedom Party has drawn nearly even with the ruling Social Democrats in Vienna ahead of October 11 elections in the capital city state, according to a new poll, which shows The Freedom Party winning 35 percent of the vote, just one point short of the Social Democratic Party, which has controlled the Austrian capital since 1945.

#GERMANY: Anti-Muslim Group Leader Faces "Hate Speech" Prosecution For Calling Refugees Names

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Lutz Bachmann, founder of Pegida ("Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West") has been charged by state prosecutors in Dresden with incitement to racial hatred for calling recent Muslim refugees names. Germany often prosecutes the political speech of right-leaning organizations and has banned several political parties over the past five decades.

Monday, October 05, 2015

#KYRGYZSTAN: Pro-Russian Parties Dominate Democratic Parliamentary Election"

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The Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan linked to pro-Moscow President Almazbek Atambayev, topped the voting at Sunday's parliamentary election in the ex-Soviet state, with five other pro-Russian parties also winning seats. The party won close to 27%, while the second-place Respublika-Ata-Jurt Party received over 20%.

#GERMANY: #AngelaMerkel Says VW Emissions Scandal Won't Hurt "Germany's Reputation"

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Chancellor Angela Merkel says the emissions scandal that has hit car giant Volkswagen was "dramatic" but would not inflict lasting damage on Germany's reputation. In an interview with public broadcaster Deutschlandradio, Merkel stressed Volkswagen would now have to provide the "necessary transparency".

#ARGENTINA: Pres. Kirchner Tells UN That Obama Negotiator Urged Argentina To Sell Nuke Fuel To Iran

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Little reported in American media, last week, Argentine Pres. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner claimed that Pres. Obama's former Arms Control negotiator Gary Samore tried to convince the Argentinians to provide the Iranians with nuclear fuel in 2010. Samore refused to put the request in writing, says Kirchner.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

#PORTUGAL: Center-Right Coalition Gov't Wins Parliamentary Election

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Portugal's center-right ruling coalition has claimed victory in a national election after exit polls put it well ahead of the main opposition socialists, although likely shy of an outright parliament majority. Polls show the government likely won between 36.4% and 43% of the vote compared with 29.5-35% for the socialists.  

Saturday, October 03, 2015

#UK: Welsh Government To Stop Publishing Decisions; Transparency Criticized

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The First Minister of the Wales' Labour government, Carwyn Jones, is facing criticism after deciding to stop publishing the cabinet's decisions online. Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies said: "This is an unacceptable assault on Welsh democracy."

Friday, October 02, 2015

#JAPAN: Senior Liberal Democrat Forms Faction Within Pty To Launch 2018 Leadership Bid

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Shigeru Ishiba, minister for regional revitalization, has formed a faction within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, aiming to take over from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as party leader at the next leadership election in 2018 when Abe retires.

#CANADA: #StephenHarper's Conservatives Have Strong Lead As Oct 25 Election Approaches

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With just over two weeks left before Canadians vote, the Conservatives have jumped out to a “clear lead” in public support, according to a new poll. Conservative Leader Stephen Harper’s party has 34% support, 28% support the New Democrats and 27% support the Liberal Party. The Greens and Bloc Québécois each garner 5% and 1% support "other."

Pictured: Prime Minister Stephen Harper (Conservative Party)

#SWITZERLAND: Legislative Body Declines To Put Expiration Date On Nuclear Reactors

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Switzerland's Council of States has agreed to avoid putting legal limits on the operating lives of the country's nuclear power reactors. It has also rejected a proposal that was supported by the Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate, of requiring operators to submit a long-term operating concept every 10 years once a reactor reaches 40 years of service.