Sunday, January 17, 2021

#UGANDA: Pres. Museveni Wins Sixth Term In Disputed Election

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Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni has won his sixth term with almost 60% of the votes cast. In the election, his main rival, Bobi Wine, said he was hurt by fraud and violence. The Election Commission announced on Saturday.

The veteran leader, who came to power in 1986, was one of Africa’s longest-serving presidents and faced a fierce battle with a 38-year-old former Ragga singer. His turn to politics stimulated the young population.

When the results were announced, wine was on the alert at his home on the outskirts of Kampala. His party said he was under “effective house arrest”, but the government said it was merely providing him with security.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Saturday, January 16, 2021

#ITALY: PM Conte Faces Crisis As Coalition Partner Withdraws Support

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's government was plunged into crisis on Wednesday after the Italia Viva Party pulled out of the ruling coalition.

In a long-threatened move, former premier Matteo Renzi announce Wednesday evening that ministers from his Italia Viva party would withdraw, leaving Conte without a formal majority in the Senate.

The withdrawal of Renzi's party's 18 senators leaves Conte's coalition without enough support in the upper body, but it still has a majority in the Chamber of Deputies, the country's lower House of Parliament.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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#THENETHERLANDS: Gov't Of PM Rutte Resigns Over Child Benefits Scandal

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The Dutch government has resigned amid an escalating scandal over child benefits in which more than 20,000 families were wrongly accused of fraud by the tax authority.

The move came less than a month before parliament was due to break up ahead of general elections scheduled for March 17. Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s cabinet is to stay on in a caretaker capacity until a new coalition is formed after that vote. Rutte said "mistakes were made" in handling the scandal, and took full responsibility.

It remains to be seen whether opposition parties can take advantage of the scandal.

Polls suggest Rutte’s People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy will win a fourth term in the election, with public opinion still largely backing him. The center-right party is polling at just under 30% of the vote, more than twice that of the second-place party, Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam Freedom Party.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Friday, January 15, 2021

#UK: Scottish Labour Party Leader Quits, Polling Not Looking Good For May Elections

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The Labour Party of Scotland's push for May's rapidly approaching elections in Scotland was thrown into chaos this week,  when the party's leader quit less than four months from polling day.

Voters are set to cast ballots May 6 to elect the 129 Members of the Scottish Parliament.

But Labour languishes in polls and the nationalists are set for another majority – reviving the divisive argument about independence.

Richard Leonard, who led Labour in Scotland for three years and was seen as close to former UK-wide Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn, was widely blamed for failing to reverse the party's fortunes in what was once its traditional stronghold.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

#NORTHKOREA: Kim Jung-Un Takes New Title At Party Congress

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been  given a new title, "general secretary" of the ruling Workers' Party, formerly held by his late father and grandfather, state media reported Monday, in what appears to a symbolic move aimed at bolstering his authority amid growing economic challenges.

The party's ongoing congress, the first of its kind in five years, announced Kim's new title during its sixth-day session.

Since inheriting power upon his father's death in late 2011, Kim, 37, has gradually consolidated his grip on power through a series of high-profile executions and purges that removed potential rivals.

The Kim family has ruled North Korea with a strong personality cult that elevated key family members to a god-like status since Kim Il Sung founded the country in 1948.


[FULL STORY HERE]

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

#IRELAND: Head Of Gov't To Apologize For 70-Year Unwed Mother Child Abuse Scandal

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Ireland confronted one of the darkest chapters of its past this week with the publication of a report detailing how 9,000 children died in state-run homes for youngsters born out of wedlock.

The 3,000-page report was the result of an inquiry into "appalling" levels of mortality at Ireland's "mother and baby" homes between the 1920s and 1990s.

The Taoiseach/Prime Minister Mícheál Martin, is expected to make a formal apology to survivors of the homes today. Roughly 15% of the 57,000 children who passed through the homes over the decades died, a figure far higher than wider norms.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

#GERMANY: Merkel Calls Trump Ban From Twitter "Problematic"

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has concerns that Twitter's “problematic” suspension of Donald Trump's account, in the wake of last week's assault on the Capitol, is an encroachment on freedom of opinion, her spokesman said.

Steffan Seibert said on Monday that it was right for social media companies not to “stand back” when content inciting violence was posted online, such as by ‘flagging’ it, as Twitter has previously done to several of the US president's tweets.

Merkel’s spokesman stressed, however, that the right to freedom of opinion is a “fundamental right of elementary importance,” which can be interfered with through the law and legislation, “not according to the decision of the management of social media platforms.”

“From this point of view, the chancellor considers it problematic that the accounts of the US president have been permanently blocked,” he told reporters in Berlin.

Merkel's office made the comments despite her and several other European leaders having a troubled and complicated history with Trump, who often bluntly attack them for not paying their fair share in NATO.

Other world leaders also spoke out on the Twitter ban, for instance French president Emmanuel Macron also expressed reservations.

Mexico’s president criticized the social media censorship of President Trump.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador slammed the blocking of President Trump online. He noted everyone has the right to free speech on social media.

“I don’t like anyone to be censored and for them to have their right taken away to send a message on Twitter or on Facebook," he said.

Perhaps the most honest, and humorous, response came from the son of Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s president, Eduardo Bolsonaro, who called Twitter “authoritarian” and tweeted: “A world where Maduro is on social media, but Trump is suspended cannot be normal.”

On Sunday, he announced that he would be “permanently” using Trump’s profile picture for his own account.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Monday, January 11, 2021

#HONGKONG: Foreign Ministers From Across the Globe Condemn Arrest Of Hong Kong Democracy Advocates

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Foreign ministers from the United States, Canada, Britain and Australia condemned last week’s arrest of over 50 democracy activists in Hong Kong in a joint statement on Sunday, calling on China to respect the freedom of the people on the island.

Hong Kong police made the arrests on Wednesday in dawn raids, the biggest crackdown since China imposed a security law in 2020, which opponents say is aimed at quashing dissent in the former British colony.

The statement, posted on the foreign ministry page of the UK government, and elsewhere, read, in part:

The National Security Law is a clear breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration and undermines the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ framework. It has curtailed the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong. It is clear that the National Security Law is being used to eliminate dissent and opposing political views.

We call on the Hong Kong and Chinese central authorities to respect the legally guaranteed rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong without fear of arrest and detention. It is crucial that the postponed Legislative Council elections in September proceed in a fair way that includes candidates representing a range."


The US State Department had already released a statement condemning the Chinese Communist Party and the arrests in Hong Kong.

"Arrests of more than 50 politicians and pro-democracy advocates by local authorities in Hong Kong is an outrage, and a reminder of the Chinese Communist Party’s contempt for its own people and the rule of law. Those arrested are guilty of nothing but exercising the democratic rights promised to them by treaty, and due to them through virtue of their humanity. They should be released immediately and unconditionally.

Pompeo said Washington may sanction those involved in the arrests and will send the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to visit Taiwan, which is likely to be interpreted as a sign of US displeasure with the Beijing regime's involvement in the arrests.

Hong Kong ceased to be a colony of Britain in 1997, when an agreement was reached with mainland, Communist China for a "one nation, two systems" approach to the island city-state's status, in which it would keep its capitalist economy, independent legal system, and free elections until 2047, at which time it would be fully merged back into mainland China.

However, a new security law past last year by the Hong Kong parliament aligned its legal system with that of the mainland, and political dissidents, many of whom had opposed the security law and the closer ties with communist China, began to be arrested.

Pro-Communist party Hong Kong officials argue that increasingly violent demonstrations over the past few years necessitated the new security law, and many of the dissidents who were arrested were advocating outright Independence for the city-state, an allegation many deny.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

#HONGKONG: Leading Democracy Advocate Joshua Wong Arrested In Crackdown On Dissenters

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Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong has been arrested in jail on a new charge, 1 of more than 50 pro-democracy political figures in Hong Kong who have been arrested in a recent crackdown on political dissent in the city-State.

Wong, 24, was arrested on suspicion of violating the controversial national security law imposed on Hong Kong last June, his friends and family said.

The leading activist, who is already serving a 13-month prison sentence for organising and participating in an unauthorised protest in 2019, was taken away to give a statement on the new charge, a post on his Facebook page said.

On Wednesday, 53 activists and Democrat Party members were arrested over their organisation and participation in last July's unofficial primary election for the since-postponed 2020 Legislative Council election.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Saturday, January 09, 2021

#CANADA: BLM-Supporting City Council Candidate Mocks Dead Police Officer

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An Edmonton, Alberta city council candidate and Black Lives Matter advocate celebrated the death of slain Calgary police officer Sgt. Andrew Harnett on Twitter earlier this week, only days after his passing. 

According to the Post Millennial, in a reply to a Tweet eulogizing the young officer’s passing, Abdulhakim Dalel called the young Sgt. a “corrupted Police Officer!” [sic] before posting laughing emojis. 

Dalel has been quoted by multiple news outlets over the years to talk about issues pertaining to racism, including in the Toronto Star and BlogTO.

Dalel is now running for Edmonton City Council for Ward 7. He also ran for the NDP's nomination in the Federal riding of Edmonton Griesbach in 2015, but lost to Janis Irwin, who subsequently lost to Conservative MP Kerry Diotte.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Friday, January 08, 2021

#TRINIDADANDTOBAGO: Two Candidates Hotly Contest By-Election In Cunupia

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Two candidates have filed for a hotly-contested local government seat in a January 25th by-election on Trinidad Island in this Caribbean nation.

The seat, which represents the city of Cunupia on the Chaguanas Borough Council, will see candidates Rasheed “Patos” Ali, 70 (People's National Movement) and Richard Sukdeo, 65 (United National Congress.)  The seat became vacant when the previous occupant resigned to run for parliament last year.

Both filed nomination papers Monday, January 4 at the office of the Returning Officer on the Southern Main Road, Cunupia. The city has seen rapid residential growth in recent years. in 2011, the city has a population of almost 9,000.

The nationalist, but center-Left People's National movement has been active since 1956, and is the nation's oldest party.  The United National Congress is currently the opposition party and is also to the center-left in the political spectrum.

The PNM has governed Trinidad and Tobago from 1956–86, 1991–95, and 2001 to 2010, and currently serves as the government. The UNC governed from 1995-2001 and from 2010-2015.

Pictured above: Richard Sukdeo (UNC candidate, courtesy: Trinidad and Tobago Guardian.)

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Thursday, January 07, 2021

#KAZAKHSTAN: Over 400 Election Observers Approved For Jan. 10th Elections

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The Central Election Commission of Kazakhstan has completed the accreditation of observers from international organizations and foreign states for the upcoming Parliamentary and local municipal body elections, slated to be held on January 10th.

In all, over 400 international observers from 31 countries and numerous international organizations well supervise elections for Parliament.

Anastasia Schegortsova, a member of the Central Election Commission, said on January 4, following an accreditation meeting of the CEC for local municipal and parliamentary legislative bodies.

The constitutional law on elections specifies that the Electoral commission must certify all international observers five days before an election.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Wednesday, January 06, 2021

#CANADA: Alberta Cabinet Minister, Premier's Chief of Staff Resign Over Holiday Travel

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has accepted the resignations of Grande Prairie MLA Tracy Allard as minister of municipal affairs and of Jamie Huckabay, his chief of staff. 

World Politics News posted yesterday that Allard had been under fire for taking a holiday in Hawaii over the Christmas break.

In a Facebook post on Monday, Kenney said he has also demoted five other United Conservative Party MLAs who travelled internationally over the holidays. 

"Albertans have every right to expect that people in positions of public trust be held to a higher standard of conduct during the COVID-19 pandemic," he wrote.

"Millions of Albertans have made real sacrifices over the past 10 months to help keep each other safe. They are right to be angry about people in positions of leadership vacationing outside of the country.

By travelling abroad over the holidays, these individuals demonstrated extremely poor judgment."

Allard and Huckabay join a growing number of politicians across Canada who have admitted to travelling outside the country despite pandemic restrictions, leading to resignations in some cases. They include former Ontario finance minister Rod Phillips, a Progressive Conservative; Liberal MP Kamal Khera; and New Democrat MP Niki Ashton.

[FULL STORY HERE

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Tuesday, January 05, 2021

#CANADA: Backlash After Alberta Gov't Minister Vacations In Hawaii

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Tracy Allard, Alberta's Minister of Municipal Affairs, is taking heat for vacationing for two weeks in Hawaii during the coronavirus outbreak last month.

Allard, who is a United Conservative Party Member of the Legislative Assembly for Grande Prairie, left for a family vacation in Hawaii on Dec. 19 and just returned this week.

In response to backlash, the United Conservative Party Member of the Legislative Assembly said the trip with her immediate family had been "fully compliant" with the province's health orders and that she had felt its border testing pilot offered a safe way to carry through with the tradition, but in retrospect, that she could see that it was "the wrong decision."

Allard became an MLA when she was elected in April, 2019. She entered the cabinet of Premier Jason Kenney in August, 2020.

Allard is apparently not alone. there were reportedly up to nine other members of Kenney's government traveling overseas during the holidays.

Nationally, two Liberal MPs have reportedly resigned from their government and House of Commons roles after admitting to recently traveling overseas. MP Sameer Zuberi stepped down from multiple committee roles while Kamal Khera resigned as parliamentary secretary to the Minister of International Development.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Monday, January 04, 2021

#AUSTRALIA: Pranksters Signing Into Restaurants As "Donald Duck" Thwarting Contact Tracing

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At a news conference, New South Wales Minister for Health Brad Hazzard slammed individuals who pull ‘pranks’ when signing into venues, putting their names down as cartoon characters. This has made contact tracing incredibly difficult to do.

Hazzard stressed the importance of signing a real name into venues and using QR codes to help make contact tracing easier. Apparently, there have been quite a few Donald Ducks roaming around Sydney.

“That must stop. This is a worldwide COVID pandemic. And thinking it’s smart to call yourself Donald Duck or Mickey Mouse is about as stupid as it gets," he said.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Sunday, January 03, 2021

#UK: Free Trade Deal With Singapore Signed

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Singapore and the UK has signed a free trade deal in the Southeast Asian city-state.

The deal will cover a trade relationship worth more than $22bn (£17bn).

The agreement largely mirrors an existing deal between Singapore and the European Union (EU).

It is part of a broader set of trade negotiations for the UK, as it seeks to replicate trade pacts which will cease when the EU transition period ends.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Saturday, January 02, 2021

#MALAYSIA: Multi Billion Dollar Rail System Linking Singapore Cancelled

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Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin

Malaysia and Singapore on Friday said they would terminate a plan for a multi-billion-dollar high-speed rail project after protracted talks failed to break a deadlock over Kuala Lumpur’s demands for changes to a blueprint first approved in 2016. 

As a result of the cancellation, the Malaysian government of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is liable to pay Singapore a hefty termination fee, reportedly more than US$75 million.

World Politics News reported in September, 2018 that the Malaysian government announced a delay in the project, due to a bad economy in the region.

Pictured: Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Friday, January 01, 2021

Walmart Twitter Account Attacks Missouri Senator Over Trump Defense

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Big box retailer Walmart briefly weighed in on presidential electoral politics on Twitter yesterday. But it was seemingly an employee error.

Republican U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri has made his intentions known that he will object to the official Electoral college count that will be held in the Senate on January 6th. 

On Wednesday morning, he wrote,

"Millions of voters concerned about election integrity deserve to be heard. I will object on January 6 on their behalf." 

Later that morning, along with thousands of other Twitter comments, pro and con, a seemingly out of place tweet appeared from @walmart.

It stated simply, "Go ahead. Get your 2 hope debate. #soreloser" 


That tweet was deleted, but screenshotted and posted by an angry Sen. Hawley, who fired back at 13:52 p.m. at the retailer:

"Thanks ⁦@Walmart⁩ for your insulting condescension. Now that you’ve insulted 75 million Americans, will you at least apologize for using slave labor?"

It was quickly followed up by another post by the senator stating,

"Or maybe you’d like to apologize for the pathetic wages you pay your workers as you drive mom and pop stores out of business."

At 1:21 p.m. Wednesday, the Walmart's official corporate Twitter account, @WalmartInc, officially responded and apologized to Hawley.

"The tweet published earlier was mistakenly posted by a member of our social media team. We deleted the post and have no intention of commenting on the subject of certifying the electoral college. We apologize to Senator Hawley for this error and any confusion about our position."

Is unclear where the tweet came from or who posted it, but it seemingly was a case in which either an employee decided to use the corporate account to post a personal opinion, or had mistakenly failed to log out of his Walmart account before posting.

This is a common occurrence. Distractify, a humor site, cataloged 33 instances in which someone forgot to log out before posting to their work social media account.
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