Leadership

Marion Maréchal-Le Pen ‘to quit politics’

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Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, the niece of defeated far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, is to quit politics, French media report. BBC Ms Maréchal-Le Pen, 27, who is an MP for the National Front (FN), had been seen by some as a future leader of the party. She is the granddaughter of FN founder Jean-Marie Le Pen. She is one of the… Marion Maréchal-Le… Read More »

F.B.I. Director James Comey Is Fired by Trump

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WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday fired the director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, abruptly terminating the top official leading a criminal investigation into whether Mr. Trump’s advisers colluded with the Russian government to steer the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. MICHAEL D. SHEAR and MATT APUZZO The New York Times The stunning development in Mr. Trump’s presidency raised the… It immediately ignited… F.B.I. Director James… Read More »

South Sudan protesters say country collapsed under President Kiir

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May 8, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudanese students Monday took to the streets to protest against the rise in the cost of living. Sudan Tribune (ST) The protesters who were joined by residents in the capital, Juba chanted slogans against President Salva Kiir and carried banners accusing him of collapsing the country. The protesters said the government was mismanaging the economy as… South Sudan protesters… Read More »

Ex-Labor leader Mark Latham joins Liberal

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It’s the political move that stunned even the closest Canberra-watchers. Mark Hawthorne The Age With AAP On the eve of the federal budget, former ALP leader Mark Latham has announced he is joining the Liberal Democratic Party, headed by David Leyonhjelm. Mr Latham – who led Labor to defeat against former Liberal prime minister John Howard in the… Ex-Labor leader Mark… Read More »

Marine Le Pen’s Real Victory

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Her National Front party may have lost on Sunday, but its political future is bright. EMILY SCHULTHEIS TheAtlantic PARIS—Sunday was undoubtedly Emmanuel Macron’s night. In a race watched around the world and billed as a fight for the future of Europe, the 39-year-old centrist candidate, who started and grew his own party in just over a year, defeated the National Front’s Marine Le… Marine Le Pen’s… Read More »

The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked

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A shadowy global operation involving big data, billionaire friends of Trump and the disparate forces of the Leave campaign influenced the result of the EU referendum. As Britain heads to the polls again, is our electoral process still fit for purpose? by Carole Cadwalladr The Observer “The connectivity that is the heart of globalisation can be exploited by states with hostile intent to further their aims.[…] The risks at stake are profound and represent a fundamental threat to our sovereignty.” ... Read More »

Tense France picks new president in landmark vote

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France went to the polls on May 7 to choose between centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen for president, in a watershed election both for the divided country and… PARIS – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The election follows a rollercoaster campaign marked by mudslinging, scandals and a… The run-off vote pits the… Tense France picks… Read More »

Saudi king orders that women no longer need a man’s permission to travel, study or make police complaints

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Saudi Arabia to give women more control over their life choices by relaxing male guardian system is welcomed as another small step for women in the kingdom. GulfInsider Saudi Arabia is well known to be one of the world’s most gender-segregated nations, where women live under the supervision of a male guardian, cannot drive, and must wear head-to… Women need approval from a… Saudi king orders… Read More »

‘Keep at it, it’s great’: Turnbull praises Trump for major step in dismantling Obamacare

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‘ Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has praised President Donald Trump for winning a vote that marks a major step towards dismantling Obamacare. 9news © Nine Digital Pty Ltd 2017 Mr Turnbull began his remarks at a commemoration dinner marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea by congratulating the president on his bid to roll back Barack… “Well done, congratulations,” Mr Turnbull… ‘Keep at it… Read More »

Report: Turkey Is Preparing To Arrest 215,000 More In Crackdown

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Turkey’s sweeping purge is set to further expand as the pro-government media is sending signals of a new, larger wave with a new list of 215,000 individuals sent to 81 provinces for police… Abdullah Ayasun The Global Post The media rumor mill has been on overdrive about the biggest purge campaign, which, reports said, has yet… Majority of them are believed to be members of the… Report: Turkey Is… Read More »

Rex Tillerson Spells Out U.S. Foreign Policy

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The Trump administration’s “America First” agenda just became a little clearer. Aria Bendix The Atlantic U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addressed the State Department on Wednesday, shedding light on various aspects of the Trump administration’s “America First” foreign-policy agenda.While President Trump has made clear…. Rex Tillerson Spells… Read More »

Outgoing human rights commissioner Gillian Triggs wins freedom of speech award

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Triggs named 2017 recipient of the Voltaire award as her five-year contract comes to an… Calla Wahlquist The Guardian Gillian Triggs will receive a top award for freedom of speech one week before her five-year contract as Australian human rights commissioner… Triggs, who has been consistently criticised by the Abbott and Turnbull governments for her condemnation of… Outgoing human rights… Read More »

How Le Pen could win

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She needs to reassure conservatives and discourage leftists from voting. NICHOLAS VINOCUR Politico PARIS — Marine Le Pen needs a perfect political storm to help her win the French presidency on Sunday. She aims to provoke it by kicking up rage at her centrist rival, discouraging leftists from voting and winning over millions of disappointed conservatives by convincing them that her plans for the European Union are less worrying than they might… How Le Pen… Read More »

Tony Blair set to return to UK politics to ‘fight Brexit’

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Former British prime minister Tony Blair said on May 1 that he was plunging back into domestic politics in order to fight against Brexit. Hurriyet Blair, who led the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007, will not be standing in the June 8 general election. But he said he wanted to build a movement to shape the policy debate as Britain starts its negotiations to leave the EU Blair, 63… Tony Blair set… Read More »

Barack Obama’s $400,000 speaking fees reveal what few want to admit

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His mission was never racial or economic justice. It’s time we stop pretending it was Steven W Thrasher The Guardian he reason many of us have been critical of Barack Obama’s outrageous $400,000 speaking fee is that it robs us of a fantasy: that sooner or later, the first black president was going to use… That Obama’s project was or ever would be racial and economic justice was… Barack Obama’s $400,000… Read More »

The French Election and Europe’s Future

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BERLIN – A lot can happen between now and the second round of the French presidential election on May 7, so it is still too early to… Joschka Fischer Project Syndicate But, even with the nationalist, populist candidate Marine Le Pen still in the running, many observers are genuinely hopeful that the… With Macron’s victory, Europe would avoid self-destruction yet again. A… The French Election… Read More »