Leadership

Erdogan tried to make local Turkish elections about national security, but it didn’t work

Votes are still being counted in local elections that took place across Turkey on Sunday, but so far it appears that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s party has lost key cities and towns. Authors: The Conversation That includes the Turkish capital Ankara, which has been run by Islamist mayors for the last 25 years. When Erdoğan won Turkey’s presidential election in June last year, he effectively became an autocrat with few checks and balances. Since then, parliament has lost its significance ... Read More »

Algeria’s president might resign: Reports

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika might resign this week, the private Ennahar and El Bilad TV channels said on March 31, after mass protests and pressure from the army demanding he end his 20-year rule. ALGIERS- Reuters Hurriyet The reports come after the army chief of staff, Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaed Salah, renewed a call on March 30 for the Constitutional Council to declare the ailing 82-year-old Bouteflika unfit to rule. Seeking to defuse the demonstrations, Bouteflika said on March 11 he was dropping plans for a fifth term. ... Read More »

Ocasio-Cortez rails against overpriced croissants at LaGuardia

WASHINGTON — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez turned an overpriced croissant into a lesson on the minimum wage. Nikki Schwab New York Post “Croissants at LaGuardia are going for SEVEN DOLLARS A PIECE,” the New York Democrat tweeted Monday morning. “Yet some people think getting a whole hour of personal, dedicated human labor for $15 is too expensive??” She said her point wasn’t that the croissant cost too much. “GOP taking every tweet so earnestly, making my point for me. It’s not an argument ... Read More »

Secret tape increases pressure on Trudeau in SNC-Lavalin affair

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is under new pressure after his former justice minister released new documents relating to the SNC-Lavalin affair. BBC Jody Wilson-Raybould says government officials tried to persuade her to shield the company from prosecution in a corruption case. She gave an audio recording and other materials to a Commons committee. The files were released publicly on Friday and are likely to increase pressure on Mr Trudeau. He has struggled for weeks to contain the fallout from ... Read More »

UK Parliament rejects Theresa May’s Brexit plan for the third time

London: UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan has been voted down again, in another heavy blow to both her premiership and her strategy for taking the UK out of the European Union. Nick Miller The Age The UK is now set for an April 12 Brexit deadline, when it will either crash out of the EU without a deal or have to come up with an alternative way forward and plead with the EU for another delay in order to ... Read More »

Venezuela’s Maduro blocks Guaido from office as the opposition scoffs

Venezuela‘s opposition leader Juan Guaido will be barred from public office for 15 years, the government comptroller said on March 28, as it seeks to crack down on the U.S.-backed rival to President Nicolas Maduro. CARACAS – Reuters Hurriyet Guaido has been recognized as head of state by most Western countries after invoking the constitution to assume the interim presidency, arguing Maduro‘s 2018 re-election was illegitimate and that he became a usurper when his second term began in January. Maduro dismisses Guaido‘s claim to the presidency as a Washington-backed ... Read More »

Brexit was designed to fail

Too big to fail? Please. The 2016 referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership in the European Union involved a constitutional question so large it was too big to succeed. The Week This is the only reason the national vote on Brexit was ever allowed to take place. Like Ted Heath and John Major before him, former British Prime Minister David Cameron found himself faced with the impossible task of placating the Tory Party’s right wing. His exceedingly clever answer was ... Read More »

Jessie Simmons: How a schoolteacher became an unsung hero of the civil rights movement

Jessie Dean Gipson Simmons was full of optimism when she and her family moved from an apartment in a troubled area of Detroit to a new development in Inkster, Michigan in 1955. Valerie Hill-Jackson The Conversation With three children in tow, Jessie and her husband settled into a home on Colgate Street in a neighborhood known as “Brick City” – an idyllic enclave of single, working-class families with a shared community garden. The plan was simple. Like many African Americans ... Read More »

UN Strengthens Peacekeeping Despite U.S. Scepticism

This Friday, the UN hosts the 2019 Peacekeeping Ministerial Conference, an opportunity for politicians and diplomats to fill gaps in blue helmet missions. In this Q&A, Crisis Group’s UN Director Richard Gowan previews the agenda. What is the point of the conference? This is the latest edition of a series of conferences that former U.S. President Barack Obama kicked off with other leaders at the UN General Assembly in 2015. Vice President Joe Biden had chaired a trial run the ... Read More »

The Fall and Troubled Rise of a Ukrainian Populist

The country’s former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko is running to be president, but Ukraine’s allies worry she may endanger the country’s only plan for peace. Ian Bateson The Atlantic SLOVIANSK, Ukraine—Yulia Tymoshenko is nothing if not a crowd-pleaser. Running to be Ukraine’s next president, she has promised to triple pension payouts and halve heating-fuel charges; pushed to impeach the incumbent president, Petro Poroshenko, weeks before the presidential election; and said that immediately after being elected, she will close the country’s ... Read More »

In presidential vote, Ukraine looks east

Russian-speaking candidate wants to undo ‘Russophobic’ turn in Ukrainian politics. Vijai Maheshwari Politico Since Ukraine’s independence from the Soviet Union, political power in the country has always shifted between the Ukrainian-speaking, western part of the country and the Russian-speaking east. Then Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea in 2014 and kicked off a brutal war in eastern Ukraine later that year. After that, it seemed, ordinary Ukrainians closed ranks against their aggressive neighbor. Patriotism and love of Ukrainian culture and ... Read More »

Pauline Hanson insinuates Port Arthur massacre was a government conspiracy

Explosive new covert footage has captured One Nation leader Pauline Hanson questioning the legitimacy of the infamous Port Arthur mass shooting that left 35 people dead in 1996. TheNewDaily -with AAP In the newly surfaced clip filmed in an Al Jazeera undercover investigation, Senator Hanson appears to suggest that the massacre, which prompted the Howard Government to introduce The National Firearms Agreement, was a government conspiracy. “I’ve read a lot and I’ve read the book on it, Port Arthur. I read a book on it, on Port Arthur. ... Read More »

Top Chinese leader backs crackdown on Uighurs

Ruling Communist Party’s fourth-ranked leader Wang Yang said situation in Xianjiang was ‘continuing to develop well’. Al Jazeera News Agencies Xinjiang needs to “perfect” stability maintenance measures and crack down on “religious extremism”, the ruling Communist Party’s fourth-ranked leader said on a tour of the Chinese region where members of the Uighur community have been put in internment camps. Critics say Uighurs and other Muslims who live in Xinjiang are being held in detention centres, though the government calls them “vocational training ... Read More »

Erdogan Is Weak. And Invincible.

Turkey’s president has rarely been so unpopular. He’s likely to dominate this week’s local elections anyway. Steven A. Cook FP No one ever prospered by predicting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s political demise, but on the eve of Turkey’s local elections this weekend, he and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) seem weaker than ever. If he were not feeling political pressure, he would not be featuring the grotesque video of the Christchurch mosque massacre at campaign rallies, nor would ... Read More »

New ABC chairman has history calling out ‘problems’ with multiculturalism

“There are problems with multiculturalism and it’s about time our politicians had the guts to mention some of them,”  wrote Ita Buttrose in 1988 when she was editor-in-chief of the Sun-Herald. Jennifer Duke The Age In the column, Buttrose talks about two-thirds of voters wanting a reduction in immigration levels, Australians fearing “Asianisation” and her hopes for a referendum on immigration. “I don’t object to specific groups of people, linked to their country of birth, congregating in a specific area, but ... Read More »

Algeria opposition propose six-month political transition

A group of Algerian opposition parties and unions proposed on March 23 a “roadmap” to end a political crisis and weeks of protests sparked by the veteran president’s bid to stay in power. ALGIERS – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said on February 22 he would run for a fifth term in April 18 elections, despite concerns about his ability to rule, triggering an outcry in the country which has since… The 82-year-old, who uses a wheelchair and has rarely appeared ... Read More »