Saturday, June 23, 2018

#DENMARK: Faroe Islands Considering Independence From Denmark

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Located more than 680 miles northwest of Denmark's capital, Copenhagen, the Faroe Islands have since 1948 had their own white, blue and red flag with an offset cross, their own language originating from the Viking's Old Norse and institutions and culture. With its breathtakingly green and high mountains covered by fog and inhabited by more sheep than people, the island territory is now weighing the idea of pushing its autonomy to full independence. The Faroese parliament voted to secede from Denmark in 1946, but the vote was not recognized by the Danish government.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Friday, June 22, 2018

#SPAIN: Two Women Get Into Race To Lead Popular Party In Opposition After Rajoy Resigns From Politics

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The race to lead Spain's graft-tainted conservative Popular Party gathered pace Tuesday, as two women who were heavyweight ministers in Mariano Rajoy's ousted government announced their candidacy. Former deputy prime minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, 47, and ex-defence minister Maria Dolores de Cospedal, 52, both threw their hats into the ring to replace Rajoy, who withdrew from politics after his government was toppled last month in a parliamentary confidence vote. Also running are former foreign minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo, 73, and Pablo Casado, a 37-year-old party spokesman and rising star. The first round of voting will be held on July 5.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Thursday, June 21, 2018

#HUNGARY: Parliament Passes "Anti-Soros" Bill; Makes It A Crime To Help Recent Immigrants

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Hungary’s parliament has passed a package of legislation making helping asylum seekers punishable with up to a year in prison. The legislation swept through a lower house of parliament dominated by the ruling Fidesz Party, in a 160 to 18 vote. Under the provisions of the "Stop Soros law," it becomes a criminal offence to carry out "organisational activities" that assist immigrants not entitled to protection with asylum requests, and to help people “residing illegally in Hungary” to get a residence permit.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

#AUSTRIA: "Axis Of The Willing" Formed By Germany, Austria, Italy Against Illegal Immigration

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The interior ministers of Austria, Germany and Italy have formed an "axis of the willing" to combat illegal immigration, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz made the announcement in Berlin, escalating a Europe-wide conflict over the issue. The involvement of German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer will be seen as a shot across the bow at Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is trying to pull together a deal for EU cooperation on allowing more asylum seekers into Germany. Seehofer has given Chancellor Angela Merkel a two-week ultimatum to stem the flow of migrants, an issue threatening the stability of her coalition government.

[FULL STORY HERE]

#RUSSIA: Politician Warns Women Against Making Babies With "Men Of Different Races" During Soccer World Cup

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The chairwoman of a Russian parliamentary committee has urged Russians to abstain from sex with foreign fans arriving for the World Cup. Tamara Pletnyova, who heads the Family, Women and Children Affairs committee in the lower house of parliament, told a radio station that such behavior was likely to lead to single parent families. "There will be girls who meet men, and then they will give birth. Maybe they will get married, maybe they won’t. But the kids will suffer, just like they suffered [after the 1980 Moscow Olympics]."

[FULL STORY HERE]

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

#NICARAGUA: Migration Offices Clogged As Gov't Violently Cracks Down On Dissent Among Youth

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Thousands of Nicaraguans are desperately seeking to process migration documents and flee to neighboring Central American countries, as two months of anti-government dissent has triggered increasingly violent state repression.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Monday, June 18, 2018

#GERMANY: Interior Min. Gives Merkel Ultimatum Over Migrants

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Hardliners in Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative ruling coalition have given her a two-week ultimatum to tighten asylum rules. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer's CSU Party unanimously backed his call to give Merkel a fortnight to find a European deal on the burning issue by a June 28-29 EU summit, failing which he would order border police to turn back migrants.

[FULL STORY HERE]

#THEPHILIPPINES: Catholic Bishop "Dares" Pres. Duterte To Reveal Why Priests Were Killed

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A Catholic bishop has dared Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to make good on a threat and reveal alleged sex scandals committed by priests, saying it would not ruin the church. Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said church leaders would even thank the president if what he revealed was the truth. Pabillo said the president's threats will not stop priests and bishops from criticizing his wrongdoings. Duterte had warned that he would reveal the reasons behind a recent spate of priest killings if church leaders continued to criticize him.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Sunday, June 17, 2018

#SPAIN: Culture And Sports Minister Maxim Huerta Resigns After Tax Fraud Fine Reveled

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Spain's culture and sports minister Maxim Huerta has resigned after it emerged he has been fined for tax fraud, in a blow to the Socialist government that took over only last week. Huerta, an award-winning author and television celebrity, evaded €218,322 ($256,462) in tax between 2006-2008 by using a shell company. A court last year ordered that he pay over €360,000 to the tax office -- the amount he tried to evade plus fines and interest payments, it added. 

[FULL STORY HERE]

Saturday, June 16, 2018

#GERMANY: Dispute Over Refugee Numbers Threatens Merkel's Ruling Coalition

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A disagreement between Angela Merkel and and her Interior Minister Horst Seehofer is threatening to collapse the German government less than three months after it was formed. Not for the first time, the two can’t agree on how to treat asylum seekers at the border. Seehofer and his Christian Democrats (Merkel's coalition partner, and ruling party of Bavaria) want solid limits on refugees being taken in at the border. Merkel's party has refused.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Friday, June 15, 2018

#TAIWAN: Three Members Of Pro-China Political Party Charged With Setting Up Spy Network For China

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Taiwan prosecutors indicted the spokesman for a pro-China political party, his father, and two other members for allegedly seeking to recruit Taiwan military officers on behalf of China and violating the National Security Act. The Taipei District Prosecutors' Office said New Party they had acted on behalf of China to recruit a network in Taiwan that included government officials and students. It's alleged that the group listened to instructions from the Chinese government’s Taiwan Affairs Office to form groups and websites in December 2014

[FULL STORY HERE]

Thursday, June 14, 2018

#UK: Parliament In Chaos After Scottish National Party Leader Blackford Removed, SNP MPs Walk Out

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The House of Commons descended into chaos Tuesday as the leader of the Scottish National Party in parliament, Ian Blackford, was expelled for trying to call a vote in the middle of Prime Minister's Question time, which was against protocol. Blackford was upset about the debate on devolution of powers to Scotland, which had been cut short. Blackford tried to use an arcane procedure demanding the 'House sit in private' - a motion that requires a vote of MPs on whether to clear public galleries. The entire SNP delegation walked out after he was expelled by House Speaker John Bercow.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

#IRELAND: Referendum To Repeal Blasphemy Clause In Constitution Planned For October

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The Cabinet has agreed that a referendum should be held later this year on removing the offence of blasphemy from the Constitution. Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan brought a proposal to Tuesday’s meeting seeking approval to proceed with the referendum, which is expected to be held in October.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

#SCOTLAND: Lawmakers Consider Banning Older Cars From Cities And Towns To Reduce Pollution [world politics news]



Motorists will be banned from entering cities or face automatic fines if their cars do not meet strict clean air standards. New laws paving the way for four "low-emission zones" within the next two years were today introduced by Nicola Sturgeon's Scottish National Party in the Scottish Parliament. The new law could see nearly a million older petrol and diesel vehicles barred from parts of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee in a bid to improve public health.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Monday, June 11, 2018

#SPAIN: New Socialist Gov't Appoints Spain's First Astronaut As Science Minister

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Spain's first astronaut Pedro Duque is set to become minister of science by the new Socialist government. The 55-year-old aeronautical engineer became the first Spaniard to travel to space in 1998 when he took part in a nine-day mission aboard the space shuttle Discovery after training in Russia and the United States. He returned to space in 2003 as part of an International Space Station (ISS) mission.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Sunday, June 10, 2018

#UK: Labour Party Leader Corbin Calls For "Islamophobia" Investigation Of The Conservative Party

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Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for an inquiry into allegations of Islamophobia within the Conservative Party. The Tories have been under pressure since the Muslim Council of Britain called for an investigation, highlighting a range of claims including candidates and other representatives allegedly having far-right connections or sending offensive tweets.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Saturday, June 09, 2018

#AUSTRIA: Gov't Will Dissolve Seven "Political" Mosques And Deport 60 Imams And Their Families

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Austria's chancellors says the country could expel up to 60 Turkish-funded imams and their families and would shut down seven mosques as part of a crackdown on 'political Islam' that was described as 'just the beginning', triggering fury in Ankara. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the government is shutting a hardline Turkish nationalist mosque in Vienna and dissolving a group called the Arab Religious Community that runs six mosques. .

[FULL STORY HERE]

Friday, June 08, 2018

#CANADA: Doug Ford, Jr. And His Progressive Conservatives Wins Big In #Ontario Provincial Election

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Doug Ford's Progressive Conservative Party won Thursday's election in Ontario thanks to significant increases in support across the province. With 40.6% of the vote, the Progressive Conservatives won 76 seats — well above the 63-seat threshold needed for a majority government and the most seats the party has won since Mike Harris's victory in 1995. With 33.7 per cent and 40 seats, the NDP is responsible for the the party's second best result ever. The ruling Liberal Party collapsed, falling to an all-time low, with just seven seats and 19.3% of the vote.

[FULL STORY HERE]

#DENMARK: Condemned By Coalition Partners Over Immigration, Social Democrats Will "Go It Alone" In The Future

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Denmark’s Social Democrats will not seek to form a coalition government with long-time ally the Social Liberal Party in the event that the current opposition wins the next general election, says Social Democrat Party Leader Mette Frederiksen. The change breaks a 25-year agreement between the two parties to form coalitions together, in part because Social Democrats' increasingly anti-immigrant, populist outlook has drawn rebukes from the Social Liberals and other Left-leaning parties.

Pictured: Social Democrat leader Mette Frederiksen (Ritzau Scanpix)

[FULL STORY HERE]

Thursday, June 07, 2018

#NORWAY: Progress Party To Consider Nationwide Ban Of The Muslim Call To Prayer

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Norway’s Progress Party, part of the ruling two-party coalition, is set to vote on banning the Muslim call to prayer in Norway when it meets for its national convention this weekend. The proposal is aimed to counter plans by some mosques in Norway to begin issuing the Islamic call to worship, as has been allowed at two mosques in neighboring Sweden.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

#JORDAN: New PM Appointed As Mass Anti-Tax Bill Revolt Continues

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Jordan's King Abdullah II has formally appointed Omar al-Razzaz as the country's prime minister and tasked him with forming a new government. The appointment comes after King Abdullah II accepted the resignation of former Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki, in a bid to defuse anger amid mass protests over price increases and an income tax bill that would see taxes rising by at least 5 percent.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

#JAPAN: Finance Min. Returns Annual Salary Over Doc Tampering Scandal

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Japan's finance minister, Taro Aso, has said he will return a full year's salary after his ministry was found to have tampered with public documents. An inquiry found that references to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife were removed from papers relating to a controversial sale of state land. Aso said the scandal has "hurt" public confidence in the ministry and the government.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Monday, June 04, 2018

#SLOVENIA: Anti-Immigration Party Wins Largest Number Of Votes In National Election; Set To Take Power [world politics news]

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The anti-immigration Slovenian Democratic Party is set to be the biggest party in parliament following Slovenia's election, an exit poll suggests. The election gave SDS almost 25% of the vote, double that of its nearest rival, a center-Left anti-establishment party. However, four left or center-left parties polled around 10%-12% each, which would make it tough for the SDS to form a coalition.

Pictured: SDS Leader and former PM Janez Jansa and his wife, after voting

[FULL STORY HERE]

Sunday, June 03, 2018

#SPAIN: PM Rajoy Ousted By No Confidence Vote; New Socialist PM Was Economics Professor

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Mariano Rajoy, once viewed as the great survivor of Spanish politics, has been ousted as prime minister in a vote of no confidence after several former members of his party were convicted of corruption in a case that proved to be one scandal too many. He will be replaced by Pedro Sánchez, the leader of Spain’s opposition socialist PSOE party, which tabled the motion to unseat him.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Saturday, June 02, 2018

#ITALY: After Approval Of Newly Shuffled Cabinet Choices, Conte Takes Oath As Prime Minister

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A coalition government has been formed in Italy, ending months of uncertainty in the EU's fourth-biggest economy. Prime Minister-designate Giuseppe Conte presented his list of ministers to President Sergio Mattarella for the second time in a week and the new government was sworn in on Friday. Ministers are drawn from both the anti-establishment Five Star and the right-wing League. Conte's original choice of economics minister was rejected, causing a delay in his inauguration.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Friday, June 01, 2018

#INDIA: Opposition And Ruling Parties Unite To Complain Of Widespread Voting Machine Glitches

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Both the ruling BJP Party and all opposition parties complained to India's Election Commission about mass voting irregularities in by-elections this week. The Commissioners called the claims "exaggerated." Snags in machines designed to leave a paper trail plagued elections constituencies even as political parties across the spectrum raised the call of the large-scale tampering of Electronic Voting Machines. The Election Commission said 96 balloting units and 84 control units of electronic machines and 1,202 paper trail machines had to be replaced.

[FULL STORY HERE]