Friday, November 24, 2017

#GERMANY: Merkel Tanks In Polling As New Election Looms Following Coalition Talks Collapse

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Chancellor Angela Merkel’s worries continue as the latest polls reveal the majority of Germans did not want her to run as a candidate for Chancellor again. The survey, carried out in the coalition talks breakdown, makes worrying reading for Angela Merkel. While Mrs Merkel said yesterday she wanted to stand again in any new snap election the German people appear to be turned off by the prospect. Of those polled, 54 per cent said she should not run for office, according to the polling institute Civey for t-online.de.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Thursday, November 23, 2017

#FRANCE: Britain's HSBC And France's Societe Generale Bank Close Marine LePen's Personal, Party Accounts

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French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Wednesday said she is filing lawsuits for "political discrimination" against bank Societe Generale, its subsidiary Credit du Nord and Britain’s biggest bank, HSBC, for closing her and her National Front party’s accounts. Le Pen said she and her party were the victims of what she called a "banking banishment" meant to silence them. According to Le Pen, she was informed by phone earlier on Wednesday by HSBC's French boss Thomas Vandeville that her personal account was being shut. She said she had been a client of the bank for 25 years.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

#GERMANY: Merkel's Coalition Talks Break Down After Free Democrats Walk Out; New Elections Loom

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In Germany’s biggest political upset in years, Free Democratic Party liberals walked out on coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the Greens. Merkel's CDU and their Bavarian allies the CSU, the Greens and the FDP have been struggling to form a coalition for more than a month. It's feared that a new election could be called that would net very similar results, if polling is accurate.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Monday, November 20, 2017

#JAPAN: Sensing Political Fallout After Accident Kills Civilian, Military Confined To Base, Alcohol Banned

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Sensing more political fallout after an allegedly drunk US service member struck and killed a civilian with his truck, U.S. Forces in Japan has confined all service members stationed in Okinawa to their bases, banned alcohol consumption, and will require mandatory training on responsible alcohol use by members of the military serving in the country. The Sunday accident in Okinawa will likely increase negative feeling in the Prefecture, where past criminal acts by American servicemen have sparked angry protests and strengthened persistent calls to remove the base from the region.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Sunday, November 19, 2017

#ZIMBABWE: BREAKING: Mugabe Steps Down After Party Expels Him In Favor Of Ousted VP

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Pres. Robert Mugabe has agreed to step down after 37 years.  He's due to officially announce his departure on live television tonight. Mugabe reportedly broke down in tears and asked for his dead wife and son before meeting army chiefs Sunday after being ousted as leader of Zimbabwe's Zanu-PF party. The frail 93-year-old has until noon local time on Monday to resign as president or impeachment proceedings will start. He was replaced by the vice president he previously fired, Emmerson 'Crocodile' Mnangagwa, after all ten Zimbabwean provinces passed no-confidence motions against the dictator two days earlier.

[FULL STORY HERE]

#UK: Corbyn Ally Richard Leonard Elected Leader of Scotland's Labour Party

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Jeremy Corbyn has strengthened his grip on the Labour party after Scottish members elected a left-wing trade unionist, Richard Leonard, as their seventh leader in the past decade. Announced as the winner in front of cheering supporters in Glasgow, Leonard won a decisive victory over his rival Anas Sarwar, a former Scottish deputy leader, after a fractious contest between the party’s left and right wings in which the Unite union played a significant role.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Saturday, November 18, 2017

#ZIMBABWE: Mass Demonstrations Call For Mugabe To Step Down

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Thousands of Zimbabweans have taken to the streets to demand President Robert Mugabe's resignation, a spectacle that would have been unthinkable just one week ago. Saturday's rally in Harare, the capital, is backed by the army, which seized power on Wednesday. The mood at Zimbabwe Grounds, where speeches took place, was celebratory.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Friday, November 17, 2017

#CAMBODIA: Supreme Court Outlaws Main Opposition Party Ahead Of 2018 Elections

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Cambodia's Supreme Court has dissolved the country's main opposition party, leaving the government with no significant competitor ahead of elections next year. The Cambodia National Rescue Party was accused of plotting to topple the government - charges it denies, and describes as politically motivated. More than 100 party members are now banned from politics for five years. Cambodia's Prime Minister, Hun Sen, has ruled for 32 years.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Thursday, November 16, 2017

#ITALY: Former PM Berlusconi Seeking Comeback After Coalition Wins Sicily Elections

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Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi looks set for another political comeback after a coalition he backed won Sicily's regional elections. The result adds momentum to the newly formed center-right alliance. The vote on the Italian island has been viewed as a crucial test ahead of next year's national election. The 81-year-old billionaire businessman's career has been beset by scandals both in and out of government.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

#ZIMBABWE: COUP! Troops Take The Capitol To "End Purges"; Mugabe Under House Arrest

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Zimbabwe's military has placed President Robert Mugabe under house arrest in the capital Harare, South African President Jacob Zuma says. Mugabe told Zuma in a phone call that he was fine, the South African leader's office said. Troops are patrolling the capital, Harare, after they seized state TV and said they were targeting "criminals". The move may be a bid to replace Mugabe with his sacked deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mnangagwa's dismissal last week left Mugabe's wife Grace as the president's likely successor.

[FULL STORY HERE]

#AUSTRALIA: Overwhelming Support For Same-Sex Marriage In Nationwide Vote

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Over sixty-one percent of Australians voted Yes to legalizing same-sex marriage in a survey by mail. 79% of eligible voters participated. The final count was 7.8 million responses in support of same-sex marriage, and 4.9 million against. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull addressed the nation minutes after the result was announced, promising to bring the same-sex marriage bill to a vote in Parliament before Christmas. "They have spoken in their millions and they have voted overwhelmingly Yes for marriage equality," he said. "They voted Yes for fairness, Yes for commitment, Yes for love. Australian statistician David Kalisch said the final number of responses was 12,727,920 people, representing 79% of eligible Australian voters.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Pictured: Christine Forster, the sister of former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, celebrates after watching the same sex marriage vote result.