Friday, September 04, 2015

#TURKEY: Parliament Approves Sending Troops Into Iraq & Syria To Fight Isis

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Parliament has approved a motion authorizing the government to send troops abroad and allow foreign troops on Turkish territory. The motion, which is in response to the ongoing crisis in Syria and the regional threat of ISIS, authorizes the government to send troops to Iraq and Syria.

#HUNGARY: PM Orbán Condemns Muslim Refugees as "Threat" To Europe's "Christian Identity"

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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, says Europe is in the grip of madness over immigration and refugees, and argued that he was defending European Christianity against a Muslim influx. Orbán’s remarks came as he arrived in Brussels for a confrontation with EU leaders over his hard line policies.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

#PALESTINIANAUTHORITY: Pres. Abbas Resigns From PLO Exec. Committee, Retains Presidency

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has resigned as the chief of the Palestinian Liberation Organization along with over half of the 18-member PLO executive committee, but will retain his post as president of he Palestinian Authority. The move by the 80-year-old forces new elections for the ruling board, the first since 1996.

#JAPAN: Gov't Withdraws Plan To Lower Smoking/Drinking Age After Internal Oppo.

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A Liberal Democratic Party delayed formally proposing a reduction in the legal age for drinking and smoking - along with a reduction in the legal age defining a 'minor' - from 20 to 18, after immediate and strong internal opposition from party members to the proposals during a committee hearing.

#LEBANON: Demonstrators Angered By Garbage Collection Take On Weak, Divided Government

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Massive street demonstrations ostensibly about garbage collection has morphed into anger about the country's stagnant and "stinky" corrupt political class, which is so weak, parliament recently failed last week for the 28th time to elect a new president. The post has been empty since May 2014.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

#GERMANY: #AngelaMerkel To Unveil Plan To Deal With 800,000 Asylum-Seekers Entering Germany

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Angela Merkel's government will assemble a “comprehensive” package to confront tide of refugees on Sept. 24. Merkel said Germany must help the more than 800,000 seeking asylum and fleeing war as Europe this year. It's the biggest refugee crisis since World War II.

#DENMARK: Prompted By Wave Of Migrants, New Law Aims To Discourage Immigrants By Cutting Benefits

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As of Sept. 1, a new law cuts benefits to newly arrived immigrants by 45%, aimed at discouraging immigration into Denmark. The legislation, drafted by the new center-right minority Liberal government, was prompted by the popularity of the anti-immigration Danish People's Party.

#MYANMAR: Gov't Approves Minimum Wage Rate of US$2.82/Day

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A minimum wage of 3,600 Kyat (US$2.82) per day went into effect Sept. 1 amid the widespread criticism by some employers and employees. he national committee for fixing the minimum wage. Some unions and workers opposed the Ks 3,600 per day (Ks 450/US 35 cents per hour) fixed wage because it's lower than government workers' wages. The wage is not applicable to the enterprises employing fewer than 15 workers and small-scale family businesses.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

#MALAYSIA: Defiant PM Says He Won't Resign, Despite Mass Protests

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Embattled Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak poured scorn on a huge two-day rally that brought together tens of thousands of protesters demanding his resignation over a financial scandal. Large crowds of protesters camped overnight on the streets of Kuala Lumpur wearing the yellow shirts of the Bersih movement.

#EGYPT: After 3 Years Without A Parliament, Gov't Sets Oct. Election Date

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For the first time in three years, Egyptians will go to the polls in parliamentary elections. Egypt's legislative elections, the first since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took office, are to be contested in phases starting on October 18.  Al-Sisi allies are expected to do well in the election.

#CHINA: Central Gov't Imposes Debt Ceilings For Local Gov'ts

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China's top legislature on Saturday imposed a ceiling of 16 trillion yuan ($2.51 trillion) for local government debt in 2015. The decision was adopted at the close of the National People's Congress Standing Committee bi-monthly session. According to the Budget Law which took effect this year, and a State Council regulation, China should cap local government debt balance.

Monday, August 31, 2015

#SLOVAKIA: Central European Nations To Meet, Plan Response To Refugee Quota System

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Slovakia is hoping to forge a common position with three other central European states on tackling the migrant crisis engulfing the continent, which would include rejecting any EU quotas for redistributing refugees. PM Robert Fico said he would meet with the prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland this weekend in Prague to discuss the crisis. The four countries form a group inside the EU known as the Visegrad Four.

#JAPAN: PM Abe Expected To Win Re-Election As Pres. Of His Party In Sept. 20 Vote

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The Liberal Democratic Party is planning to hold its triennial presidential election on Sept. 20, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expected to secure re-election without opposition. Following the LDP race, Abe is considering reshuffling party executives and his Cabinet in October.

#CANADA: Manitoba MP Steven Fletcher Hopes New Book Forces Debate About Doctor-Assisted Suicide

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Conservative MP Steven Fletcher hopes to ignite a debate on an issue political leaders seem determined to avoid during the election campaign: doctor-assisted suicide. The Winnipeg MP is releasing a new book in the midst of the campaign chronicling his own struggle to live with a catastrophic disability.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

#NEWZEALAND: Controversial Health & Safety Regulations Bill Passes

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The Government's controversial Health and Safety Reform Bill has passed Parliament. the reforms have been controversial as they deem some of New Zealand's most dangerous workplaces - such as dairy farms - to be low-risk, while classifying worm farms and mini-golf as high-risk.

#MALAYSIA: Lawmakers Decry Poor Quality Of Parliamentary Debate; Lack Of Evolving Institutions

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Malaysia's parliamentary system is not mature enough to have quality debates on bills, according to federal legslator Rafizi Ramli. The MP said he preferred to spend his time speaking with constituents than being "tortured" by listening to the poor quality of debates. Others decry the failure of parliament to evolve.

#GREECE: Tsipras Plan For Greater Majority With Snap Election May Be Backfiring

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As Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras steps down, his bid to regain a parliamentary majority with early elections risks failing as low turnout and disarray within his party threaten to yield no clear winner. Disillusionment with Tsipras' unfulfilled promises may lead to a fragmented parliament and difficult coalition talks.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

#INDIA: Overhaul Of Police Powers Passed In Odisha State Assembly While Opposition Parties Absent

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Taking the opportunity of the absence of opposition parties in the Odisha State Assembly, four bills were passed in that body last week that overhauled police powers. The legislation, which aims at vesting more functional autonomy and power with the police, was introduced in the Assembly earlier but could not be taken up as the House was prorogued.

#CANADA: New Democrat's Leader Tom Mulcair Takes Tough, Soft Questions During Facebook Q&A

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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is the first major party leader to participate in a Facebook Q&A, in a format that allowed for carefully crafted answers -- but also unscripted questions and criticism from voters. Most of the questions he chose to answer were about the economy -- one of the top election issues given ongoing concerns over a Canadian recession and world market volatility.

#JAPAN: New Law Requires Businesses To Set Goals For Hiring Women

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Japanese lawmakers approved a law Friday requiring large employers to set and publicize targets for hiring or promoting women as managers. The law approved by a vote of 230-1 in the House of Councillors is intended to promote greater gender equality and counter labor shortages that are arising as Japan's population ages and declines.