Wednesday, April 01, 2015

#NIGERIA: In Historic Victory, Muhammadu Buhari Becomes First Candidate To Defeat Incumbent President

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Muhammadu Buhari has defeated incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan, the first time in the nation's 55-year history an incumbent president has been defeated. Jonathan was president for 16 years, but was politically damaged by his inability  to defeat the Boko Haram terror group.

#AUSTRALIA: Queensland MP Booted From Labor Gov't After Hiding Criminal Record, Abuse Allegations

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Queensland's minority Labor government may fall after booting MP Billy Gordon, from the party after it  learned he had undisclosed criminal convictions and allegations of domestic abuse. He remains in parliament as as an independent.

#KENYA: Pres. Kenyatta Suspends Cabinet Secretaries Named In Anti-Corruption Report

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has suspended cabinet secretaries named in a report by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC). He has appointed other cabinet secretaries to oversee the dockets of the suspended CSs as they are investigated.

#THENETHERLANDS: Parliament Says National Interests Must Outweigh EU/USA Trade Deal

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The Dutch parliament has voted overwhelmingly to say a new trade treaty between the US and Europe must not disadvantage the Dutch legal system and Dutch democracy. The new TTIP free trade agreement is designed to boost trade on both sides of the Atlantic. Detractors claim Europe will lose control over product safety and workers rights.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

#CANADA: Conservatives To Remove Protests And Dissent From Anti-Terror Bill

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The majority Conservatives will put forward four changes to their proposed terrorism law, clarifying that protests and dissent do not qualify as national security threats. Current wording allows "lawful" protests, which some assert could criminalize civil disobedience.

#THAILAND: PM Offers To Lift Martial Law, If He Gets To Control All Three Branches Of Gov't

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Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha says he has asked Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej for permission to bring an end to martial law. But his desire to replace it by assuming unchecked powers over all branches of government have led to fears of an impending dictatorship.

Monday, March 30, 2015

#BRAZIL: Teen Leads Fight For Free Market Reforms Against Pres. Rousseff's Leftist Gov't

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Kim Kataguiri, 19, is leading the most effective movement of demonstrations since the 1980s pro-democracy movement. His pro-free market and low-tax Free Brazil Movement is gaining a huge following among the nation's youth, hit hard by rising taxes and slow economic growth.

#EU: #Hamas Kept On Terror List, Despite Court Ruling They Be Removed

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The European Union kept Hamas on its terrorism blacklist despite a controversial court decision ordering it to remove the Palestinian Islamist group from the list. Hamas was added to the list in 2001. The EU said it will remain on the list while it appeals.

#GREECE: Foreign Min. Denies Resignation In Twitter Post, Quelling Germans' Hopeful Rumors

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After German tabloid Bild reported that Germany's least-favorite Greek minister Yanis Varoufakis was considering resigning, the minister rejected the story on Twitter, much to the disappointment of German politicians, who find the tough negotiator "difficult."

Sunday, March 29, 2015

#UK: Poll Shows Cameron Out Debated Milliband in TV Face-Off

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Pollster ICM said its snap verdict giving a narrow victory for PM David Cameron in the first of the leaders' election broadcasts Friday represented the company's 'best guess' of the nationwide response. The debate dominated UK Twitter conversations.

#TUNISIA: Citizens March Against Terrorism After Museum Massacre

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Over 12,000 Tunisians marched Sunday against terrorism through the capital following the massacre of foreign tourists at the country's national museum. Many waved Tunisian flags to chants of "Tunisia is free! Terrorism out!"

#LEBANON: International Fears Rising About Lebanon's Security After 9 Months With No President

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After nine months of political deadlock over the election of a new president, international fears are growing that Lebanon may not be able to effectively secure its borders against terrorist threats like ISIS, or control its militias its the southern border with Israel.

Pictured: Walid Jumblatt, leader of the mostly Druze Progressive Socialist Party

Saturday, March 28, 2015

#NIGERIA: First Genuine Electoral Fight Since End of Military Rule in 1999

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Nigerians vote this weekend in what looks set to be the first genuine electoral contest since the end of military rule in 1999, one in which an opposition aspirant has a fighting chance of unseating the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.

#JAPAN: Gubernatorial Candidates Kick Off Election Campaigns

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Aspiring governors have kicked off 17-day election campaigns for April 12 elections in 10 of Japan's 47 prefectures. A total 25 candidates are running in Hokkaido, Kanagawa, Fukui, Mie, Nara, Tottori, Shimane, Tokushima, Fukuoka, and Oita. Japan's shrinking population and regional economic revitalization in general are key issues.

#EGYPT: Gov't Rejects 'Radical Overhaul' Of Electoral System

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The government has rejected amendments proposed by political forces that would radically overhaul the electoral system, siting past rulings of the Supreme Constitutional Court.

Friday, March 27, 2015

#CANADA: Alberta Tories Dump Flat Tax, Raise Tax Rates On The Rich, Increase Fees

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Alberta's legislature is raising taxes on those making $50,000 or more, as well as taxes on cigarettes, alcohol and gas, and is introducing a new health care fee in July in an effort to deal with sharply lower revenues from the oil industry. Finance Minister Robin Campbell says Alberta will remain the lowest-taxed province in Canada.

Pictured: Alberta Premier Jim Prentice

Thursday, March 26, 2015

#EU: 27 of 28 Member States Sued By EU For Failing To Implement Energy Law

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Every member state of the EU except Malta was sued on March 26 over failures to translate the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive into national law. The European Commission referred Hungary to the European Court of Justice, seeking fines of €15,444 a day for not implementing the directive by a June 2014 deadline.

#IRELAND: Senator Faces Expulsion From Party For Opposing Gay Adoption Bill

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Fianna Fáil Party Senator Jim Walsh is likely to lose his position as party whip and be expelled from the parliamentary party over his opposition to 36 provisions of the Children and Family Relationships Bill, which includes extending adoption  rights to same-sex couples.