Leadership

A hijack or a mutiny? Labour, leadership and the left

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Labour is an increasingly uneasy alliance between a parliamentary party and its membership base. Who can claim to represent the ‘real’ Labour party? JEREMY GILBERT Is Corbynism a hijack of the party or a mutiny of its members? What is Labour for? Labour is facing the… Source: A hijack or a mutiny? Labour, leadership and the left | openDemocracy Read More »

Poland Wants to Take Responsibility for EU Future, Show Model for Reforms

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo stated that the European Union should be reformed to meet the needs of the Europeans, but not the continent’s elites, to increase the role of national parliaments and return the EU institutions back to their responsibilities described in EU documents… Source: Poland Wants to Take Responsibility for EU Future, Show Model for Reforms Read More »

Philippine president ‘regrets’ Obama slur

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressed regret yesterday that a tirade against Barack Obama, in which he called the U.S. leader a “son of a whore,” came across as a personal attack. Longtime allies the United States and the Philippines have seen relations plunge under a barrage of insults from Duterte since he came to office on June 30… Source: Philippine president ‘regrets’ Obama slur – ASIA Read More »

Trump Is Breaking Bad, Not Clinically Mad

Now that Donald Trump is improbably close to becoming president, several frightened commentators are suggesting he receive psychiatric evaluation to ensure he is not mentally ill. The amateur diagnoses most often floated for Trump are Narcissistic Personality Disorder or Borderline Personality Disorder. I know something about Personality Disorders, having written the… Source: Trump Is Breaking Bad, Not Clinically Mad Read More »

Alexis Tsipras, the escapologist

The Greek prime minister pulled off the seemingly impossible last year. Can he do it again? By YIANNIS BABOULIAS   A year ago, Alexis Tsipras pulled off the unlikeliest of election victories. Now he’s looking rather less invincible. The Greek prime minister and his team are hard at work publicizing a meeting of southern European leaders in Athens on… Source: Alexis Tsipras, the escapologist – POLITICO Read More »

Gabon election: Protests as Ali Bongo beats Jean Ping

Protests in capital Libreville turn violent as supporters of opposition leader Jean Ping say the vote was “stolen”. Supporters of Gabon’s opposition leader Jean Ping have clashed with security forces in the capital Libreville, after incumbent President Ali Bongo was named the winner of a… Source: Gabon election: Protests as Ali Bongo beats Jean Ping – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Theresa May shows she wants to be defined by more than just Brexit

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Theresa May welcomed the Cabinet to Chequers with this address, just released by Number 10: James Forsyth ‘Thank you very much for coming together today. It’s our first opportunity to meet since the summer recess, but also the first opportunity for us to meet since the fantastic success of the GB Team at the Olympics – absolutely great. And also the Paralympics will be starting very soon, so we wish our Paralympic athletes all the very best and success there ... Read More »

Brittle Uzbekistan Hopes for a Controlled Succession

Uzbekistan will most likely celebrate its 1st September independence day without long-serving President Islam Karimov, marking a potentially dramatic first for this strategic Central Asian country since it broke free of the former Soviet Union 25 years ago. Deirdre Tynan Uzbekistan will most likely celebrate its 1st September independence day without long-serving President Islam Karimov, marking a… Source: Brittle Uzbekistan Hopes for a Controlled Succession | International Crisis Group Read More »

Hillary and the Clinton Foundation: Exemplars of America’s Political Rot

Hillary Clinton may be enjoying a comfortable lead in national polls, but she is far from enjoying a comfortable night’s sleep given the ever-widening maelstrom of scandals engulfing her presidential bid. by ERIC DRAITSER And while Clinton delights in bloviating about a decades-long “vast, right wing conspiracy” against her, the fact is that it’s the Clinton political machine’s long and storied track record of criminality, duplicity, and… Source: Hillary and the Clinton Foundation: Exemplars of America’s Political Rot Read More »

Greens immigration spokesman Nick McKim wants to see Tasmania do more for asylum seekers

NEW Greens immigration spokesman Nick McKim wants to see Tasmania’s refugee intake increase during his time serving in the role. MATT MALONEY Senator McKim on Thursday was given the key party portfolio in a post-election reshuffle by leader Richard Di Natale who said he wanted to reinvigorate his team… Source: Up refugee intake: McKim | The Advocate  Read More »

Tory dream of a short, sharp Brexit

The holiday period is over, now Theresa May has to deliver. By TOM MCTAGUE ,CHRISTIAN OLIVER and HANS VON DER BURCHARD  LONDON — Theresa May began the summer reiterating that “Brexit means Brexit.” She will return to work on Wednesday under pressure to explain what British withdrawal will look like. In her absence, a chasm of expectation has opened up between increasingly hardline expectations in… Source: Tory dream of a short, sharp Brexit – POLITICO Read More »

Australia, the sunny pariah

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An ongoing series of odious policy decisions is damaging Australia’s international reputation. Cameron Steer Australia’s actions have often fallen beneath its rhetoric, and white Australia has not atoned for its crimes against indigenous Australians. There are nonetheless many moments in Australia’s history in which Australians can take pride, and which bolstered Australia’s reputation as a good global citizen. The Fraser government resettled over… Read More… Read More »

The Future of the Left in Europe

Austerity is a disaster, so why is the left in disarray? JAMES GALBRAITH In the astonishing aftermath of the Brexit vote, David Cameron, George Osborne, and Nigel Farage are gone, the apparently talented Theresa May is in, Boris Johnson kicked upstairs, austerity is on… Source: The Future of the Left in Europe Read More »

Turkey deploys lobbyist army to shut down Gulen

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has long accused Washington of siding with his country’s enemies in Syria and harboring them inside the United States. Heady after the failure of a coup he has called a “gift from God,” the Turkish president now seems convinced he can force the United States to rethink its support for the… Source: Turkey deploys lobbyist army to shut down Gulen Read More »

Clinton Transition Team Headed by Anti-Climate ‘Powerbroker’

Ken Salazar has previously claimed “there’s not a single case where hydraulic fracking has created an environmental problem for anyone” by Nadia Prupis, staff writer Hillary Clinton has named her transition team should she be elected in November, and the roster—as many feared—is a who’s-who of establishment figures, including former Interior… Source: Clinton Transition Team Headed by Anti-Climate ‘Powerbroker’ | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community Read More »

Q&A smackdown: Brian Cox brings graphs to grapple with Malcolm Roberts

One Nation senator-elect asks repeatedly for ‘empirical data’ – and the celebrity physicist has plenty at hand The celebrity physicist Brian Cox came prepared to the ABC’s Q&A on Monday night with graphs, ready to counter claims by his co-panellist, the climate denier and Australian senator-elect Malcolm Roberts. Roberts, one of four… Source: Q&A smackdown: Brian Cox brings graphs to grapple with Malcolm Roberts | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »