Leadership

Philippines election: ‘Dictator-in-waiting’ Rodrigo Duterte headed for a huge victory

Philippines’ outgoing president compared his now likely successor to Adolf Hitler before 50 million people cast their ballots… A foul-mouthed anti-establishment outsider has been elected president of the Philippines in an extraordinary political upset that will return the island-nation to authoritarian rule 30 years after a popular uprising ousted the dictator Ferdinand Marcos… Source: Philippines election: ‘Dictator-in-waiting’ Rodrigo Duterte headed for a huge victory Read More »

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Cowardly Stance on the Rohingya

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The Rohingya are a Muslim minority in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar that has been systematically denied the most elemental rights: citizenship, freedom of worship, education, marriage and travel. THE EDITORIAL BOARD  Tens of thousands of the Rohingya were driven from their homes by violence in 2012; last year many tried to flee persecution and… Aung San Suu Kyi’s Cowardly… Read More »

Putin calls for non-aligned international security system in face of global terror threat

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Vladimir Putin said Russia is all for creating a non-aligned system of international security to counter global terror. The president, speaking at the V-Day parade in Moscow, called on all nations to learn the lessons of WWII… Source: Putin calls for non-aligned international security system in face of global terror threat — RT News Read More »

Bulgarian Socialists pick first female leader

Bulgaria’s Socialist Party (BSP), the biggest opposition party in the Balkan country, chose a new leader on May 8 with the task of winning back disaffected voters and pushing for an early general election.. Kornelia Ninova, the first female leader in the BSP’s 125-year history, won 395 votes from delegates at the party’s congress, with her predecessor Mihail Mikov coming second on 349… Source: Bulgarian Socialists pick first female leader – EUROPE Read More »

Analysis: UK election results marked by a deceptive stability

Fragmentation of the British political system progresses a stage further in wake of results.. Thursday’s elections have left the Scottish National Party (SNP) in power in Edinburgh, Labour governing in Cardiff, and all but a handful of English councils controlled by the same party as before… Source: Analysis: UK election results marked by a deceptive stability Read More »

Sadiq Khan elected London’s first Muslim mayor after bitter campaign

London: Sadiq Khan, the son of a bus driver, became London’s first Muslim mayor on Friday, seeing off a Conservative challenger who attempted to link him to extremism and securing a much-needed victory for his opposition Labour Party. Mr Khan’s victory will go some way to soothing the wounds of Labour which suffered losses in Thursday’s other local elections… Source: Sadiq Khan elected London’s first Muslim mayor after bitter campaign Read More »

Scottish nationalists win but lose ground on UK’s ‘Super Thursday’

Scottish nationalists won a third term in power but lost their outright majority May 6 in one of a series of local and regional elections seen as a key test for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. The main opposition Labour Party came third in the vote for Scotland’s devolved parliament but its candidate Sadiq Khan is expected to clinch victory in London to become the city’s first Muslim mayor… Source: Scottish nationalists win but lose ground on UK’s ‘Super Thursday’ – ... Read More »

US House Speaker Paul Ryan ‘can’t back Trump’

US House Speaker Paul Ryan, the highest-ranked elected Republican, says he cannot currently support Donald Trump as presidential nominee.. Mr Ryan, who is the highest-ranked elected Republican, said: “I’m just not ready to do that at this point. I’m not there right now.”… Source: US House Speaker Paul Ryan ‘can’t back Trump’ – BBC News Read More »

In Turkey we can’t even laugh at our politicians any more

Under President Erdoğan our nation is divided. The prime minister has stepped down, and free speech and secularism are under threat.. Amid the political turmoil in Turkey this week, culminating in the prime minister’s announcement that he’ll stand down within days, it was Oscar Wilde who became the subject of a heated debate in the Turkish… Source: In Turkey we can’t even laugh at our politicians any more | Elif Shafak | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Turkey’s ‘good cop’ is off the case

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu says he will leave office, raising new questions about EU’s migration pact with Ankara.. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pulled yet another block out of the already precarious Jenga tower that is the EU-Turkey agreement on migration, moving to oust the politician who has been Brussels’ most trusted partner in Ankara… Source: Turkey’s ‘good cop’ is off the case – POLITICO Read More »

America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny

As this dystopian election campaign has unfolded, my mind keeps being tugged by a passage in Plato’s Republic. It has unsettled — even surprised — me from the moment I first read it in graduate school. The passage is from the part of the dialogue where Socrates and his friends are talking about the nature of different political systems, how they change over time, and how one can slowly evolve into another. And Socrates seemed pretty… Source: America Has Never Been ... Read More »

South Africa: Opposition leader warns president to step down

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Fiery South African opposition politician Julius Malema told 40,000 cheering supporters that President Jacob Zuma should step down before the army turns on him because of the corruption allegations against him… Source: South Africa: Opposition leader warns president to step down – Washington Times Read More »

Tony Blair courted Chinese leaders for Saudi prince’s oil firm

Tony Blair obtained a “blessing” from Chinese leaders for a company owned by a Saudi prince to do business in China as part of an arrangement that paid the former UK prime minister’s firm £41,000 a month and a 2% commission on any multimillion-pound contracts he helped to secure… Source: Tony Blair courted Chinese leaders for Saudi prince’s oil firm | Politics | The Guardian Read More »

President Obama Weighs His Economic Legacy

Eight years after the financial crisis, unemployment is at 5 percent, deficits are down and G.D.P. is growing. Why do so many voters feel left behind? The president has a theory… By ANDREW ROSS SORKIN Source: President Obama Weighs His Economic Legacy – The New York Times Read More »

Labor claims unity ticket with government on boat people, but not on Immigration Minister

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OPINION LABOR’S history means it will never win an asylum seeker debate in the broad electorate, but it could make a strong showing in another important area: Competence. On the eve of his calling the election, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is facing an accusation that the ministry he hand-picked might not be the smartest bunch in the… Source: The Manus Island decision illustrates how Peter Dutton and the Coalition lack a clear policy Read More »

How can ‘people like us’ vote for Ronan Mullen?

Educated people voted for one of the country’s most unashamedly conservative politicians. For some of those watching this week’s Seanad election results, Independent senator Ronan Mullen’s easy re-election exposed… Source: How can ‘people like us’ vote for Ronan Mullen? Read More »