Sunday, January 17, 2021

#UGANDA: Pres. Museveni Wins Sixth Term In Disputed Election

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Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni has won his sixth term with almost 60% of the votes cast. In the election, his main rival, Bobi Wine, said he was hurt by fraud and violence. The Election Commission announced on Saturday.

The veteran leader, who came to power in 1986, was one of Africa’s longest-serving presidents and faced a fierce battle with a 38-year-old former Ragga singer. His turn to politics stimulated the young population.

When the results were announced, wine was on the alert at his home on the outskirts of Kampala. His party said he was under “effective house arrest”, but the government said it was merely providing him with security.

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Saturday, January 16, 2021

#ITALY: PM Conte Faces Crisis As Coalition Partner Withdraws Support

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's government was plunged into crisis on Wednesday after the Italia Viva Party pulled out of the ruling coalition.

In a long-threatened move, former premier Matteo Renzi announce Wednesday evening that ministers from his Italia Viva party would withdraw, leaving Conte without a formal majority in the Senate.

The withdrawal of Renzi's party's 18 senators leaves Conte's coalition without enough support in the upper body, but it still has a majority in the Chamber of Deputies, the country's lower House of Parliament.

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#THENETHERLANDS: Gov't Of PM Rutte Resigns Over Child Benefits Scandal

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The Dutch government has resigned amid an escalating scandal over child benefits in which more than 20,000 families were wrongly accused of fraud by the tax authority.

The move came less than a month before parliament was due to break up ahead of general elections scheduled for March 17. Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s cabinet is to stay on in a caretaker capacity until a new coalition is formed after that vote. Rutte said "mistakes were made" in handling the scandal, and took full responsibility.

It remains to be seen whether opposition parties can take advantage of the scandal.

Polls suggest Rutte’s People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy will win a fourth term in the election, with public opinion still largely backing him. The center-right party is polling at just under 30% of the vote, more than twice that of the second-place party, Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam Freedom Party.

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Friday, January 15, 2021

#UK: Scottish Labour Party Leader Quits, Polling Not Looking Good For May Elections

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The Labour Party of Scotland's push for May's rapidly approaching elections in Scotland was thrown into chaos this week,  when the party's leader quit less than four months from polling day.

Voters are set to cast ballots May 6 to elect the 129 Members of the Scottish Parliament.

But Labour languishes in polls and the nationalists are set for another majority – reviving the divisive argument about independence.

Richard Leonard, who led Labour in Scotland for three years and was seen as close to former UK-wide Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn, was widely blamed for failing to reverse the party's fortunes in what was once its traditional stronghold.

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

#NORTHKOREA: Kim Jung-Un Takes New Title At Party Congress

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been  given a new title, "general secretary" of the ruling Workers' Party, formerly held by his late father and grandfather, state media reported Monday, in what appears to a symbolic move aimed at bolstering his authority amid growing economic challenges.

The party's ongoing congress, the first of its kind in five years, announced Kim's new title during its sixth-day session.

Since inheriting power upon his father's death in late 2011, Kim, 37, has gradually consolidated his grip on power through a series of high-profile executions and purges that removed potential rivals.

The Kim family has ruled North Korea with a strong personality cult that elevated key family members to a god-like status since Kim Il Sung founded the country in 1948.


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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

#IRELAND: Head Of Gov't To Apologize For 70-Year Unwed Mother Child Abuse Scandal

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Ireland confronted one of the darkest chapters of its past this week with the publication of a report detailing how 9,000 children died in state-run homes for youngsters born out of wedlock.

The 3,000-page report was the result of an inquiry into "appalling" levels of mortality at Ireland's "mother and baby" homes between the 1920s and 1990s.

The Taoiseach/Prime Minister Mícheál Martin, is expected to make a formal apology to survivors of the homes today. Roughly 15% of the 57,000 children who passed through the homes over the decades died, a figure far higher than wider norms.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

#GERMANY: Merkel Calls Trump Ban From Twitter "Problematic"

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has concerns that Twitter's “problematic” suspension of Donald Trump's account, in the wake of last week's assault on the Capitol, is an encroachment on freedom of opinion, her spokesman said.

Steffan Seibert said on Monday that it was right for social media companies not to “stand back” when content inciting violence was posted online, such as by ‘flagging’ it, as Twitter has previously done to several of the US president's tweets.

Merkel’s spokesman stressed, however, that the right to freedom of opinion is a “fundamental right of elementary importance,” which can be interfered with through the law and legislation, “not according to the decision of the management of social media platforms.”

“From this point of view, the chancellor considers it problematic that the accounts of the US president have been permanently blocked,” he told reporters in Berlin.

Merkel's office made the comments despite her and several other European leaders having a troubled and complicated history with Trump, who often bluntly attack them for not paying their fair share in NATO.

Other world leaders also spoke out on the Twitter ban, for instance French president Emmanuel Macron also expressed reservations.

Mexico’s president criticized the social media censorship of President Trump.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador slammed the blocking of President Trump online. He noted everyone has the right to free speech on social media.

“I don’t like anyone to be censored and for them to have their right taken away to send a message on Twitter or on Facebook," he said.

Perhaps the most honest, and humorous, response came from the son of Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s president, Eduardo Bolsonaro, who called Twitter “authoritarian” and tweeted: “A world where Maduro is on social media, but Trump is suspended cannot be normal.”

On Sunday, he announced that he would be “permanently” using Trump’s profile picture for his own account.

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Monday, January 11, 2021

#HONGKONG: Foreign Ministers From Across the Globe Condemn Arrest Of Hong Kong Democracy Advocates

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Foreign ministers from the United States, Canada, Britain and Australia condemned last week’s arrest of over 50 democracy activists in Hong Kong in a joint statement on Sunday, calling on China to respect the freedom of the people on the island.

Hong Kong police made the arrests on Wednesday in dawn raids, the biggest crackdown since China imposed a security law in 2020, which opponents say is aimed at quashing dissent in the former British colony.

The statement, posted on the foreign ministry page of the UK government, and elsewhere, read, in part:

The National Security Law is a clear breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration and undermines the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ framework. It has curtailed the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong. It is clear that the National Security Law is being used to eliminate dissent and opposing political views.

We call on the Hong Kong and Chinese central authorities to respect the legally guaranteed rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong without fear of arrest and detention. It is crucial that the postponed Legislative Council elections in September proceed in a fair way that includes candidates representing a range."


The US State Department had already released a statement condemning the Chinese Communist Party and the arrests in Hong Kong.

"Arrests of more than 50 politicians and pro-democracy advocates by local authorities in Hong Kong is an outrage, and a reminder of the Chinese Communist Party’s contempt for its own people and the rule of law. Those arrested are guilty of nothing but exercising the democratic rights promised to them by treaty, and due to them through virtue of their humanity. They should be released immediately and unconditionally.

Pompeo said Washington may sanction those involved in the arrests and will send the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to visit Taiwan, which is likely to be interpreted as a sign of US displeasure with the Beijing regime's involvement in the arrests.

Hong Kong ceased to be a colony of Britain in 1997, when an agreement was reached with mainland, Communist China for a "one nation, two systems" approach to the island city-state's status, in which it would keep its capitalist economy, independent legal system, and free elections until 2047, at which time it would be fully merged back into mainland China.

However, a new security law past last year by the Hong Kong parliament aligned its legal system with that of the mainland, and political dissidents, many of whom had opposed the security law and the closer ties with communist China, began to be arrested.

Pro-Communist party Hong Kong officials argue that increasingly violent demonstrations over the past few years necessitated the new security law, and many of the dissidents who were arrested were advocating outright Independence for the city-state, an allegation many deny.

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

#HONGKONG: Leading Democracy Advocate Joshua Wong Arrested In Crackdown On Dissenters

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Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong has been arrested in jail on a new charge, 1 of more than 50 pro-democracy political figures in Hong Kong who have been arrested in a recent crackdown on political dissent in the city-State.

Wong, 24, was arrested on suspicion of violating the controversial national security law imposed on Hong Kong last June, his friends and family said.

The leading activist, who is already serving a 13-month prison sentence for organising and participating in an unauthorised protest in 2019, was taken away to give a statement on the new charge, a post on his Facebook page said.

On Wednesday, 53 activists and Democrat Party members were arrested over their organisation and participation in last July's unofficial primary election for the since-postponed 2020 Legislative Council election.

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Saturday, January 09, 2021

#CANADA: BLM-Supporting City Council Candidate Mocks Dead Police Officer

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An Edmonton, Alberta city council candidate and Black Lives Matter advocate celebrated the death of slain Calgary police officer Sgt. Andrew Harnett on Twitter earlier this week, only days after his passing. 

According to the Post Millennial, in a reply to a Tweet eulogizing the young officer’s passing, Abdulhakim Dalel called the young Sgt. a “corrupted Police Officer!” [sic] before posting laughing emojis. 

Dalel has been quoted by multiple news outlets over the years to talk about issues pertaining to racism, including in the Toronto Star and BlogTO.

Dalel is now running for Edmonton City Council for Ward 7. He also ran for the NDP's nomination in the Federal riding of Edmonton Griesbach in 2015, but lost to Janis Irwin, who subsequently lost to Conservative MP Kerry Diotte.

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