Sunday, September 23, 2018

#THENETHERLANDS: Anti-Muslim MP Geert Wilders' Proposal To Ban Islam In Holland Fails To Gain Support

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A proposal from the leader of the Dutch Freedom Party to ban Islam in Holland failed to gain any support in parliament recently. Geert Wilders, an outspoken campaigner against Islam in Europe, spoke passionately on the proposal, which would have banned all forms of Islamic expressions in the Netherlands, including mosques, Islamic clothing, and public prayer. He said Prime Minister Mark Rutte had "lost his mind" by allowing 400,000 "non-western immigrants into the Netherlands." Others noted that the proposal violated religious freedom. The debate included a vulgar exchange, in which Wilders and a Turkish-born member of Parliament reportedly told each other to "F--- off." Wilders told the MP, "your country is Turkey."

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

#UK: PM May Demands "Respect" From EU After Brexit Plan Rebuffed

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Prime Minister Theresa May has made a dramatic speech on TV in which she decried the EU's terse rejection of her plan to take the United Kingdom out of the European trade area.

May said the UK "demands respect" from the EU, and said talks had reached an "impasse" that needs "serious engagement" from the EU side. Following a conference in Salzburg, Austria, European Council President Donald Tusk said a "compromise" was possible but the UK proposals had to be "reworked."

May's plans had already come under fire by her own party as being too much of a compromise with the EU.

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#UK: Labour Party Supports Ban On Pre-Natal Testing For Gender; Says It Would Prevent Abortions Of Girls

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The UK's Labour Party is calling for a ban on parents-to-be being told the sex of their baby after early blood tests, amid fears it may lead to abortions of girls. The Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) is used by the National Health Service to test for genetic conditions, but people can pay for it privately to discover a baby's sex. Labour MP Naz Shah said it was morally wrong for people to use the test to abort pregnancies based on the outcome. The Department of Health said it would continue to review the evidence.

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#INDIA: Cabinet Passes Ordinance Banning Practice Of Muslim "Instant Divorce" After Law Stalls In Parliament

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The government has passed an ordinance making "instant divorce" among Muslim couples a criminal offence, punishable by a jail term of up to three years and a fine. Instant "triple talaq," the Islamic practice that allows men to divorce their wives immediately by uttering the word “talaq" ("divorce") three times, was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court last August. A law seeking to ban the practice failed to make it through parliament, even after watering it down significantly, prompting the cabinet to pass the ordinance. The practice has been largely practiced in India, by Sunni Muslims.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

#POLAND: Pres. Duda Calls EU "Imaginary Community" And "Irrelevant"

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Poland’s President Andrzej Duda has called the European Union, of which Poland is a member, an “imaginary community” of little relevance to Poles. “When our affairs are resolved, we will deal with European affairs,” Duda said in a speech. “For now let them leave us alone and let us fix Poland, because this is the most important thing.” Duda and the ruling Law and Justice Party have been in conflict with the EU over an overhaul of the Polish judicial system which the EU sees as violating the rule of law. Duda's government says the reforms as making judges more accountable.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

#MALAYSIA: High Speed Rail Project With Singapore Delayed "Until Economy Improves," Says Economic Affairs Minister

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Malaysia’s Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali says the country has reached an agreement with Singapore to postpone a High-Speed Rail project until 2020 without any compensation or fines. Speaking to reporters Azmin said the Malaysian government would defer the project, "for a period where we are confident that the Malaysian economy would improve by then." The project had ballooned in costs from US$17.7 billion to over $27 billion. Azmin signaled in July that the project had become too costly as the country faced a national debt of US$246 billion.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

#CROATIA: Pres. Says "Europe Has Failed Miserably" Handling Migration Crisis

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In an interview with the Austrian newspaper Kleine Zeitung, Croatian Pres. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic admits that Europe "has failed miserably" in handling the vast numbers of migrants arriving within its borders in the past decade. She said that while "everyone in the world" has a right to seek asylum, she admits that "Europe can not bear the misery of the world... Europe's responsibility can not be exhausted in receiving and distributing a certain number of people." She said the problems causing the migration crisis are complex, and Europe, "must fight the causes of flight within our means. We have the tools for it. But Europe has failed miserably. We have turned our attention in the wrong direction, not the causes of the flight, but its consequences." (translated by Google Translate)

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

#CUBA: Pres. Diaz-Canel Says He Favors Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

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Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel has publicly spoken out in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in the Communist Caribbean nation. The Cuban leader, who took over from Raúl Castro in April, said he was in favor of recognizing "marriage between people without any restrictions." In an interview with TV Telesur, he said doing so was, "part of eliminating any type of discrimination in society." It comes as Cuba is in the process of updating its constitution, which had defined marriage as between "a man and a woman."

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Monday, September 17, 2018

#HUNGARY: PM Orban Considers Legal Action After EU Imposes Sanctions Over "Undemocratic" Practices

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban says his government is considering launching a legal challenge against the European Union, after the EU's legislative body imposed sanctions against it, citing "undemocratic" practices by Orban's government. In turn, Orban claims the vote - in which a two-thirds majority of MEPs voted to start so-called Article 7 disciplinary proceedings against Hungary - is “invalid” because it did not take into account abstentions. Hungary has clashed with the EU repeatedly, because it has resisted many attempts by the EU to take in its share of migrants being allowed into Europe. Orban said the European Parliament has a "clear pro-migration majority."


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#INDONESIA: Pres. Widodo And 2019 VP Runningmate Undergo Mandatory Med Exams

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President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his running mate, Ma'ruf Amin, concluded mandatory medical checkups as part of a verification process in preparation for next year's presidential election. Jokowi, 57, and Ma'ruf, 75, were subjected to medical examinations at Gatot Soebroto Army Hospital in Central Jakarta for around 12 hours.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

#TAIWAN: Former Pres. Chen Calls For Independence Referendum On Remaining Separate From Mainland China

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Taiwan's former president, Chen Shui-bian, has called for a referendum on whether the self-ruled island wants to be a part of Communist China. Chen said that the current president, Tsai Ing-wen, of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party, should push for a referendum to let the world know that, "Taiwanese people do not want to be a part of China." Chen noted that mainland, Communist-led China has stepped up its military and diplomatic pressure on the island, targeting it in various ways, ranging from peeling away its remaining diplomatic allies to demanding private businesses like airlines and international organisations refer to Taiwan as part of China in an effort to make it accept that Taiwan is simply a rogue province of China.

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

#SWEDEN: Dalai Lama Shocks Audience, Saying "Europe Belongs To Europeans," Urges Migrants To Return Home

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Speaking at a conference in Sweden's third-largest city of Malmö, home of a large migrant population, the Dalai Lama shocked his audience by telling them that he believed that "Europe belongs to the Europeans," and that he believed recent migrants from other nations should return to their home countries and help to rebuild them. The Tibetan spiritual leader said Europe was "morally responsible" for helping "a refugee really facing danger against their life." He continued, "Receive them, help them, educate them… but ultimately they should develop their own country." The anti-migrant Sweden Democrats made large gains in the recent parliamentary election.

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#UK: Top Official Says Labour Party Will Vote Against Any #Brexit Deal, Hoping To Prompt New Elections

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Britain’s opposition Labour Party is set to vote against any Brexit deal reached by Prime Minister Theresa May and the lack of a viable exit from the European Union will force May from office before Christmas, a senior Labour Party lawmaker told the Financial Times. The United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on March 29 and yet little is clear. There is, so far, no full exit agreement and some rebels in May’s Conservative Party have threatened to vote down a deal if she clinches one.

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