Saturday, October 21, 2017

#GREECE: Parliament Passes Gender Identity Law Over Orthodox Church's Objections

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Greece’s left-wing government has passed legislation enabling citizens to determine their gender identity amid fierce condemnation from the Orthodox church and accusations the law would “destroy human beings." After two days of highly charged debate, the prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, rallied parliament to endorse policies that would permit people to legally change their gender on all official documents without undergoing sterilization
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[FULL STORY HERE]

Friday, October 20, 2017

#NEWZEALAND: Jacinda Ardern New PM After Coalition Deal With NZ First Party

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Labour Party Leader Jacinda Ardern has become New Zealand’s prime minister 26 days after the country’s electorate cast their votrs. Kingmaker Winston Peters announced that his New Zealand First party would throw its support behind Ardern’s Labour party.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Thursday, October 19, 2017

#UK: Parliament Votes Unanimously To Delay Roll-Out Of Universal Credit Plan

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Parliament has voted, by 299 votes to 0, a Labour Party motion for a pause in the roll-out of Universal Credit in order for problems in the system to be fixed.  It is a symbolic victory for Labour. Conservative MPs abstained, thanks to a three line whip, and the vote is not binding on the government.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Monday, October 16, 2017

#AUSTRIA: Conservatives Win Majority, Sebastian Kurz, 31, Set To Be World's Youngest Leader

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Austria's conservative People's Party, led by 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz, is set to win the country's general election, projections suggest. Kurz is on course to become the world's youngest national leader. The People's Party was set to win more than 31%. It is so far unclear whether the Social Democrats or the far-right Freedom Party will finish second. Short of a majority, Kurz's party could seek an alliance with the anti-immigration Freedom Party.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Sunday, October 15, 2017

#THEPHILIPPINES: Duterte Warns Diplomats Could Be Expelled In 24 Hrs If They Oppose Drug War

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Pres. Rodrigo Duterte has warned the EU and UN that he could throw out their ambassadors within 24 hours if they continue to “interfere” in his brutal and controversial war against drugs. "You think that we are a bunch of morons here... The ambassadors of those countries learn a lesson now. Because we can have the diplomatic channels cut tomorrow, you leave my country in 24 hours, all of you,” he said during an expletive-filled tirade against colonialism in the capital, Manila.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Saturday, October 14, 2017

#PAKISTAN: Senate Rejects Raising Minimum Marriage Age From 16 To 18; Says "Un-Islamic"

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Pakistan’s Senate has struck down legislation governing the minimum age girls can marry, saying a Bill to increase the legal age from 16 to 18 was un-Islamic. The Child Marriage Restraint Bill was rejected after Senator Sehar Kamran, the lawmaker driving the proposal, had her request for a deferment denied on the grounds that she would not be present.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Friday, October 13, 2017

#CZECHIA: Head Of Party Leading In Polls Charged With Fraud Ahead Of Oct. 20 Election

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With just days to go before a Czech parliamentary election that his populist Ano party is expected to win, billionaire Andrej Babis has been charged with fraud over the alleged misuse of European Union funds. Babis – whose wealth and anti-establishment rhetoric have seen him compared to US president Donald Trump – is accused of illegally accessing some €2 million for a farm and conference center known as the Stork Nest. Jaroslav Faltynek, the deputy leader of Ano, has also been charged in the same case.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Thursday, October 12, 2017

#SWEDEN: Moderate Party Picks Pragmatic New Leader After Election Disappointment

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Sweden’s biggest opposition party, the Moderates, have a new leader, after Ulf Kristersson was picked to follow Anna Kinberg Batra. The former Minister for Social Security has been the party's economic policy spokesperson in opposition. He was the only candidate chosen by a nominating committee and was unanimously backed for the top job. He replaces Kinberg Batra, who was leader from January 2015 until she was ousted by her party in August following poor performances in polls. In his first speech as leader, Kristersson promised to be pragmatic in order to solve Sweden’s challenges, calling his approach "values-based pragmatism."

[FULL STORY HERE]

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

#BARBADOS: Gov't Raises Taxes 400% Amid Stagnant Economic Growth

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The Democratic Labour Party government is confident it can close a fiscal gap in its budget with a 400% tax hike that has already raised $25 million in one quarter. But their "National Social Responsibility Levy" has come under heavy criticism from private sector business groups and Unions alike for raising the cost of living during a period of stagnant economic growth.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Pictured: DLP MP and Finance Min. Christopher Sinckler.