Tuesday, May 24, 2016

#BURMA: Parliament Supports Gov't Plan To Deepen Military Ties With Russia

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Burma’s Parliament has approved Pres. Htin Kyaw’s proposal to deepen and formalize the country’s longtime military cooperation with Russia. Some lawmakers expressed concern over how the agreement might affect Burma’s ability to exercise an active and independent foreign policy. The agreement includes exchanging information on political and military issues, such as international security and counter-terrorism measures.

#UK: Frmr. SNP Dep. Ldr. Says The Separatist Pty. Fighting To Remain In EU's A "Glaring Contradiction"

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A former deputy leader of the SNP has accused the current leadership of living in "parallel universe" by campaigning to Remain in the European Union when they want to take Scotland out of the United Kingdom. Sillars said it is a "glaring contradiction to reject a union of 60 million people only to embrace a union of 500 million.

Monday, May 23, 2016

#AUSTRIA: Anti-Immigrant Candidate Hofer Concedes Presidential Election To Independent Van der Bellen

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In a sign that Europe's migration crisis is having an impact on its political psyche, the anti-immigrant candidate of the Austrian Freedom Party, Norbert Hofer, barely lost his bid to become Austria's president to a pro-EU Independent sponsored by the Greens, Alexander Van der Bellen, who beat Hofer by just 31,000 votes among the 4.64 million cast. While a largely ceremonial position, the presidential race signals the rise of the Freedom Party, which did extremely well in the last parliamentary election.

#THEPHILIPPINES: Incoming Pres. Duterte Suggests "Three-Child Policy" To Decrease Population Boom

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To have an effective family planning program under his administration, incoming President Rodrigo Duterte, who will take office June 23, has expressed interest in implementing a three-child policy in the Philippines. A similar policy has been in place for decades in China. Family planning has been strongly opposed by the Catholic Church.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

#SPAIN: Podemos Party Forms Alliance With Far-Left Rival To Increase Election Odds

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In a marriage of political convenience, Spain's anti-austerity party Podemos has formed an alliance with its smaller far-left rival Izquierda Unida to run together in June 26th elections, boosting the chances it will replace the Socialists as the main opposition.

#IRAN: Parliament Approves Lawsuits Against USA For Support Of Saddam In Iran-Iraq War

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In retaliation for the US Supreme Court upholding legislation that allows American courts to confiscate Iranian assets in the United States, the Iranian parliament passed a bill that forces the administration to seek compensation from the United States for US actions taken against Iran in the past 63 years, including its support of Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq War and its support of the 1953 Iranian coup that overthrew Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh and reinstalled King Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

#JAPAN: Diet Set To Enact Law To Counter Hate Speech

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The Diet, Japan's parliament, is set to enact a bill aimed at countering hate speech during the current session that ends on June 1. The bill is expected to pass the Upper House, with broad support from the ruling camp as well as opposition parties including the Democratic Party. The city of Osaka has also advanced hate speech legislation in response to anti-Korean demonstrations and threats against Korean minorities in recent years.

#UK: Nicola Sturgeon Re-Elected First Minister of Scottish Assembly

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Nicola Sturgeon is to be reappointed as first minister of Scotland after she was backed for the job by members of the Scottish Assembly at Holyrood. Sturgeon's SNP won its third consecutive election on May 5, but finished two seats short of an overall majority. Liberal Democratic Party Leader Willie Rennie was the only other member to run against Sturgeon. Sturgeon, who won 63 votes to Rennie's five, is now the official nominee for first minister, to be confirmed by the Queen. During the vote, 59 members abstained, backing neither candidate.

Friday, May 20, 2016

#ISRAEL: After Public Spats With PM Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon Quits Cabinet & Politics

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Citing a "lack of faith" in Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon quit his post and announced he was leaving his seat in the Knesset. He later publicly condemned the influence of "extremists" on the Netanyahu government.

#TURKEY: Parliament To Strip Immunity From Pols After Parliamentary Fist Fights

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Turkey's parliament has pushed through a government-backed bill that will see some politicians stripped of their immunity from prosecution following embarrassing fist fights on the floor of parliament. The bill was passed by a majority of 348 out of 550 parliamentarians.  The initial vote signals support for the bill, which will go to a second, binding vote after a further day of debates.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

#GAMBIA: Pressure Mounts On Pres. Jammeh To Leave Office After 21 Years; Remains Defiant

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Pres. Yahya Jammeh has warned his opponents and critics that his regime is here to stay and would triumph over any challenges. Jammeh has been in power since 1994 and has vowed to rule the Gambia for a billion years. However, pressure is mounting on him after a series of unprecedented opposition protests demanding an end to his rule. He blames Western interference for the protests. He is widely condemned for threatening to kill homosexuals in Gambia.

#ITALY: Parliament Gives Final Approval To Gay Civil Unions

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Italy has voted for the introduction of gay civil unions, granting rights in terms of inheritance, housing and pension rights and hospital visits. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called it a "day for celebrations." The Chamber of Deputies, Italy's lower house of parliament, voted 372-51 with 99 abstentions to approve legislation already passed in February by the Senate.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

#JAPAN: Tokyo Gov. Admits He Misused Political Funds; Will Pay Back $4,150

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Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe has admitted that there were "several inappropriate points" relating to his alleged use of political funds for personal purposes, a scandal exposed by a weekly magazine. At a press conference, Masuzoe said he plans to correct errors in related political funds statements and personally refund the spending in question, totaling about US$4,150.

#CANADA: Alexandre Clouthier Joins Race To Lead Parti Quebecois

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Former provincial cabinet minister Alexandre Cloutier has joined  the race to succeed Pierre Karl Peladeau as Parti Quebecois leader. Cloutier, 38, is the second candidate to seek the sovereigntist party's top job. Last week, former cabinet minister Veronique Hivon became the first person to enter the race, which was triggered by Peladeau's sudden resignation May 2, when he announced he wanted to spend more time with his young children.