Wednesday, December 12, 2018

#UK: Prime Minister Theresa May Survives No Confidence Vote, But She's Weakened

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Prime Minister Theresa May has won a vote of confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party by 200 to 117. After securing 63% of the total vote, she is now immune from a leadership challenge for a year, but she still faces calls to resign, and analysts say she still has survived the vote weakened. Dangers to her power include her partners in government, the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland, which could still withdraw their support, causing her government to fall. Speaking in Downing Street, she vowed to deliver the Brexit "people voted for" but said she had listened to the concerns of MPs who voted against her.

[FULL STORY HERE AND HERE]

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#ITALY: Deputy PM Salvini Holds Rone Rally Hailing 6 Months In Gov't

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Italy's Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Matteo Salvini, spoke to thousands of supporters in a packed square in Rome this past weekend as his surging League Party celebrated six months in power.

Organisers said around 80,000 people attended - many travelling from around the country - waving flags and banners with slogans such as "Italians first", "Italy raises its head" and "Six months of common sense government." He praised the "yellow vest" demonstrators in Paris.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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#UK: Prime Minister Theresa May Faces Confidence Vote Today; Forced By Rebel Conservatives Upset Over Handling Of Brexit

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British Prime Minister Theresa May is vowing to fight with "everything I've got" today after a no-confidence vote was triggered following several missteps in handling the UK's Brexit withdrawal from the European Union. The vote will be held within hours. Results should be known by 5 pm ET.

Pro-Brexit euroskeptics in her Conservative Party secured the 48 letters from Members of Parliament needed to force the vote and unleash a leadership contest to succeed her if she loses the vote. The winner would become party leader as well as prime minister. Analysts say of the vote is even close, she might be forced to resign.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

BREAKING: #UK: Multiple Reports Indicate Leadership Challenge, Confidence Vote In Theresa May, Has Been Triggered

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This evening, there are multiple reports that Prime Minister Theresa May is to face a "no confidence" vote, triggered by 48 letters to the chairman of the party's "1922 Committee," Sir Graham Brady. If that number is reached, a leadership challenge will go forward, putting much pressure on May, who has just returned from discussions with Europeans seeking amendments to her Brexit plan, to resign.

The BBC reports: "Several sources, including a cabinet minister, have told the BBC they believe 48 letters have been submitted. The BBC has also been told that senior backbencher Sir Graham Brady has asked to see the PM on Wednesday."

[FULL STORY HERE AND HERE AND HERE]

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#SPAIN: Populist, Anti-Migration "Vox" Party Wins 12 Seats In Andalucia, Alarming Spain's Left

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The populist, anti-migration Vox Party took 12 seats in the Andalucían regional election Sunday, alarming Spain's Left. The small, increasingly vocal party, which opposes Catalan independence and has vowed to crack down on immigration and abortion, exceeded all predictions and could now hold the key to the formation of the next government of the populous southern region, since the winning Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party did not win enough seats (30 of the 55 required) to form a majority in parliament, even in coalition with another party affiliated with the Left-leaning Podemos Party.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Pictured: Vox leader Santiago Abascal

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Monday, December 10, 2018

#UK: Theresa May Postpones Tomorrow's Final #Brexit Vote; Cannot Win Over Rebel Conservatives In Parliament

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Prime Minister Theresa May has postponed tomorrow's final vote on her Brexit deal after a last-minute conference call with cabinet ministers, a clear signal that she does not believe she can get the unpopular EU withdrawal agreement through the UK's House of Commons. The drastic move comes as May faced defeat by up to 100 of her own Conservative Party's members of parliament. Her aides and cabinet ministers had emphatically denied there was any prospect of pulling the vote, even as late as Monday morning.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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#TAIWAN: New Regulations Would Ban Foreign Money Funding Political Ads

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Taiwan’s Ministry of the Interior will draft an amendment to ban the media from publishing advertisements paid for by foreign interests, in a bid to quell foreign influence on Taiwanese elections. The proposed amendment hopes to alter the Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and Recall Act, and will also call for greater transparency to domestic funding of political advertisements.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Sunday, December 09, 2018

#UK: London Public Servants Earn "Eye-Watering" Pay Raises, Stoking Controversy

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“Eye-watering” pay rises have been given to to Transport for London’s most senior bosses have sparked a major controversy in the capitol city. Brian Woodhead, director of customer services, received a 74 per cent increase this year, adding £124,269 to his salary which now stands at £292,137.  Lester Hampson, property development director, had his pay bumped up by 39 per cent, adding £83,351 to his salary. He now earns £307,871. The increases were detailed by Keith Prince, transport spokesman for the Greater London Authority's Conservative opposition, who called the hikes "eye-watering" but "hardly surprising" under Mayor Sadiq Khan.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Friday, December 07, 2018

#FRANCE: 12-Year-Old Rioters Arrested By Police Sparks Outrage; Paris Descends Into Chaos Over Climate Change Taxes

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Child rioters, some as young as 12-years-old, were among 153 arrested at a single high school as violent protests over the President’s climate change tax hikes threaten all-out anarchy in Paris. Footage showed riot police guarding the youngsters from the Lycée Saint-Exupéry high school in Mante-la-Jolie - 30 miles west of the capital. The officers are heard shouting at the children and threatening them with violent disorder charges. The pictures will no doubt further hurt Pres. Emmanuel Macron, whose attempt to impose steep taxes on fuel to avert "climate change" has resulted in an approval rating of 18%.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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#HUNGARY: Orban Gov't Forces Out George Soros-Backed University; Moving To Vienna

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The George Soros-backed Central European University will close its doors in Budapest, after Hungary's government passed a law preventing it from accepting students in 2019. The university has plans to move its campus to Vienna, Austria, reports The Washington Post. The decision concludes a long battle between CEU and Hungary's government, which has criticized the Hungarian-born Soros' influence in the country. The school obtained accreditation from a New York-based university in an attempt to remain.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Thursday, December 06, 2018

#UK: PM Theresa May Running Out Of Allies As Brexit Vote Disaster Looms; Trade Sec. Condemns "Coup" By Parliament

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Allies are abandoning Prime Minister Theresa May as it appears her Brexit Withdrawal Agreement with the EU is headed for a disastrous defeat Tuesday, with Conservative Brexiteers angry about its compromises with the EU, coalition partners the Democratic Unionists upset about the Northern Ireland "backstop" and Labour united against it from the start. A vote this week by the House of Commons effectively blocked a "no deal" Brexit if the vote fails, allowing the House to take back control of the negotiations, rather than simply allowing the UK to leave the European Union without a deal. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox blasted the vote, in which 26 Conservatives voted with Labour Tuesday, calling it a "coup" against the people who voted to leave the EU in 2016. Meanwhile, calls for May to resign if the vote on her Withdrawal Agreement fail are increasing from within her own party.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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#THEPHILIPPINES: Pres. Duterte Calls For The Murder Of "Useless" Catholic Bishops Because Of Their Opposition To Drug War Killings

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Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte said his country's Catholic bishops are "useless fools" and should be "killed" as the controversial leader stepped up his attacks on the Catholic Church, which has opposed his deadly war on drugs in the Southeast Asian nation. In a speech at the presidential palace Wednesday, Duterte was quoted as saying in a mix of Filipino and English: "These bishops that you guys have, kill them. They are useless fools. All they do is criticize." He earlier stoked the anger of the Church by calling the Catholic God "stupid."

His war on drugs has included speeches in which Duterte called for the murder of those accused of drug smuggling or selling illicit drugs has resulted in the extra-judicial deaths of thousands, and has been condemned by human rights groups, religious groups, and world leaders alike.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Wednesday, December 05, 2018

#UK: Former UKIP Party Leader Resigns Membership; Says Party "Obsessed" With Islam; Extremist Activism

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Nigel Farage, former leader of the UK Independence Party, has resigned his membership in the organization, saying he no longer "recognizes" the party, which seems overly obsessed with Islam and values extremist activism over winning elections.

Farage cited the move by the party's current leader, Gerard Batten, to make Tommy Robinson an adviser as a prime reason. Farage has used this national show on the LBC network to criticize Robinson, who has been prosecuted for crimes, and for his verbal attacks on Muslims. Robinson, however, has gained a huge following among UKIP members and many Conservatives for his "non-PC" language and actions.

Batten survived a vote of no confidence among his party's executives this past Monday, after he appointed Robinson as an adviser. But the party's ruling body refused to endorse Robinson's appointment and he was barred from party membership.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Tuesday, December 04, 2018

#UK: PM May's Brexit Plan Is Likely Headed For A Massive Defeat

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The UK's parliament is set to block a "No Deal" Brexit if Theresa May's deal fails next week, instead requiring another national referendum or a "soft" exit from the European Union. The vote on her Withdrawal Agreement, scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 11, is almost certain to fail.

Opposition parties, including Labour and the Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, are teaming up with Conservative opponents of May's plan to vote down the deal.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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#FRANCE: Macron's Gov't "Delays" Carbon Tax Hikes To Quell Violent Riots

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In an attempt to quell violent riots in the streets of Paris, Pres. Emmanuel Macron has directed Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to announce rollbacks of planned fuel taxes and electricity price increases, part of a plan to roll back carbon dioxide emissions.

The prime minister announced the 6-month delay and imposing the taxes in a rare television address to the nation. Read more at

[FULL STORY HERE]

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#EGYPT: Cairo Talks Continue Between Two Palestinian Factions Over Control Of Gaza

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Delegations from the Palestinian Fatah and Hamas movements held separate meetings in Cairo to discuss reviving the Palestinian reconciliation process. While the Hamas delegation announced its approval of the latest Egyptian proposal to promote inter-Palestinian reconciliation, the Fatah delegation returned to the West Bank for consultations with President Mahmoud Abbas. Sources close to the talks in Cairo say Pres. Abbas wants a formula that guarantees the Palestinian Authority’s “full empowerment” in Gaza, something Hamas rejects.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Monday, December 03, 2018

#GERMANY: Merkel Caught Using Photo, Notes To Recognize New Australian PM At Summit

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel was caught in an embarrassing gaffe at the G20 Summit in Buenos Ares this week, using a "cheat sheet" while meeting with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison - complete with a photo of the PM, so he could be recognized. The chancellor may have a good excuse. The Australian top job has been a veritable "revolving door." Morrison is the third Australian Prime Minister to visit a G20 summit in four years and the fifth new PM in five years. He was sworn in in late August after local lawmakers ousted Malcolm Turnbull as the leader of the country and his own Liberal Party.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Sunday, December 02, 2018

#FRANCE: Pres. Macron Condemns "Yellow Vest" Riots Over Fuel Tax Hikes; Promises Talks With Protesters

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Violent riots continue to rock Paris as yellow vest-wearing protesters demonstrate against Pres. Emmanuel Macron's fuel tax hikes. Police believe both Leftist and Right-wing parties are taking advantage of the riots, sparked by the increasingly unpopular Macron's attempt to tackle 'climate change' by hiking fuel prices to discourage the use of carbon-based fuels. France already has among the highest priced fuel in Europe. Macron said last week that he understood the anger people felt over the rise in fuel tax. He promised three months of national talks on how to transform France into a low-carbon economy without penalizing people on low incomes who had to drive to work, who are among those who would be hardest hit by the tax increase.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Saturday, December 01, 2018

#BRAZIL: Gov't Of Newly-Elected Climate Skeptic Bolsonaro Won't Host World Climate Conference in 2019

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Brazil has withdrawn its offer to host the annual UN climate summit next year, citing budgetary constraints and the transition to a new government. The U-turn follows last month’s election of Jair Bolsonaro as president, ushering in an administration skeptical of globalism and man-made climate change.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Friday, November 30, 2018

#SERBIA: Pres. Vucic Claims Failure Of Kosovo To Gain Entry Into INTERPOL As A "Victory"

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Serbian Pres. Aleksandar Vučić says the rejection of Kosovo's INTERPOL membership application this month was a success of Serbia, “a small, defiant and proud country." He says he hopes the defeat leads Kosovo to return to negotiations on a compromise, ending years of animosity between the two regions.

After two rounds of voting, 68 member countries voted in favor of admitting Kosovo, 51 were against and 16 abstained, so that the former Serbian province failed to get the required two-thirds support of the member states. Kosovo broke away from Serbia in 1999, precipitating a civil war. In 2008, Kosovo declared independence from Serbia but Serbs don't recognize it, nor do five EU member states: Spain, Romania, Greece, Cyprus, and Slovakia.

Pictured: Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, foreground, and Foreign Ministar Ivica Dačić 

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

#AUSTRIA: Arrest Of Accused Russian Spy Strains Relations Between The Two Allies

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The arrest of a suspected Russian spy in Austria has caused a rare diplomatic dust-up between Austria and Russia. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said a probe had been launched into a colonel suspected of spying for Russia for several decades. Russia says Austria's "unfounded accusations" in a spy scandal were unacceptable, after the suspect in the case was taken into custody. Russia has strong ties with Austria, one of its few European allies.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

#JAPAN: Gov't Official In Charge Of CyberSecurity For 2020 Olympics Has Never Touched A Computer

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The man in charge of cybersecurity for 2020 Olympics has never touched a computer. Yoshitaka Sakurada was questioned by opposition party members in the Japanese Diet last month. In one particular exchange with Constitutional Democratic Party member Masato Imai he made a surprising revelation. “From the time I was 25 I ran my own businesses, so I always had secretaries and employees, and so I never touched a computer personally," Sakurada admitted. The 68-year-old minister’s remarks came at about the same time that Microsoft Japan warned of a heightened risk of cyberattacks to Olympic host countries.


[FULL STORY HERE]

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

#POLAND: "Visegrad" Nations And Croatia Seek To Form Central European Army In 2019

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The Visegrad Four countries (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) will form a joint European army group that will become operational in the second half of 2019, Hungarian Defense Minister Tibor Benko told Hungarian media after a meeting with his V4 counterparts. Benko said the Hungarian government considers paramount the safety of Europe, a position shared by all the members of the Visegrád Group.

Benko also said Croatia - not a member of the group - has offered to join the initiative and the offer was accepted by the V4. Croatia will participate in this group with a dozen staff officers. The new military force comes at a time when Germany and France are speaking more strongly about creating an "EU army," something the more Euro-Skeptical and independence-minded Central European nations reject.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Monday, November 26, 2018

#CANADA: Ontario Premier Doug Ford Hopes To Balance Budget In Final Year Of Term Without "Slashing And Burning"

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Premier Doug Ford said his government "may" balance the province's budget in the final year of its four-year mandate. During the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party's policy convention in Toronto, he told media that eliminating the province's $14.5 billion deficit would take some time. "We're not going to go in there and start slashing and burning," he said. "We're going to do it responsibly. We will balance. It may be in year four, but we're going to balance."

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

#ITALY: Law Would Require Films On Netflix To Delay Theater Release By 105 Days To Protect Film Industry

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Italy's parliament is set to introduce legislation to require a "window" between the release of a streaming film in movie theaters in a bid to protect its film industry. The move comes after the simultaneous release of the film "Roma" at the Venice Film Festival, which was released at the same time as it streamed on the US-based streaming service Netflix.

The law would require a 105-day window between a film’s first theatrical screening and its availability on other platforms. Limited-release and under-performing titles would have shorter lag periods – as little as 10 days. The law will apply to Italian films only.

[FULL STORY HERE AND HERE]

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