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Donald Trump

Trump Flip-Flops, Calls North Korea ‘Extraordinary Threat’

“The existence and risk of proliferation of weapons-usable fissile material on the Korean Peninsula and the actions and policies of the Government of North Korea continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States,” Trump wrote.

Inside Politics

INEC, Independent National Electoral Commission Nigeria News Political Stories

Why Nigeria Is Not Ready For Free and Fair Elections 2019

Recep Tayyip Erdogan - TURKEY headlines NEWS politics

Turkey Landmark Presidential, Parliamentary Vote Take Center Stage

Brexit - UK NEWS

Brexit Results: UK Households Poorer, Property Market Has Cooled, Companies Afraid to Invest

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Africa

INEC, Independent National Electoral Commission Nigeria News Political Stories

Why Nigeria Is Not Ready For Free and Fair Elections 2019

2019 presidential elections in Nigeria will be the country’s sixth since 1999, when it shifted to democracy after a long period of military rule. Most of these elections have been tarnished by acts of violence – including attacks on politicians – and vote rigging often influences the results.

Riek Machar and Salva Kiir - South Sudan - Africa News in Politics

South Sudan Salva Kiir Rejects Working With Riek Machar

The latest attempt at ending South Sudan’s five-year civil war failed Friday as President Salva Kiir rejected working again with rival Riek Machar after their first face-to-face meeting in almost two years. “This is simply because we have had enough of him,” government spokesman Michael Makuei said.

Cyril Ramaphosa - South Africa News Headlines

South Africa Ramaphosa Eyes Staff Cuts, Hiring Caps After Wage Deal

South Africa’s government is considering layoffs and early retirement packages for staff in the public sector to avoid breaking its pledge to cut spending after unions clinched above-inflation wage increases, the Treasury said on Friday.

Court Judgement - News

Religion Not Defence For Anti-Gay Hate Speech – South African Court

The court sentenced the Pastor Oscar Bougaardt to imprisonment for a period of 30 days. The sentence has been suspended for a period of five years, so if he says something hateful against the LGBT+ community during that time, he’ll go straight to jail.

Asia-Pacific

Donald Trump

Trump Flip-Flops, Calls North Korea ‘Extraordinary Threat’

“The existence and risk of proliferation of weapons-usable fissile material on the Korean Peninsula and the actions and policies of the Government of North Korea continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States,” Trump wrote.

Muktikanta Biswal

Biswal Walks 1,350km to Remind Modi of His Healthcare Promise

Muktikanta Biswal, a 30-year-old idol-maker, packed a bag and ventured out on foot covering 1350 km to remind PM Narendra Modi of the promises he made to the people of his village three years ago.

Petro Poroshenko

Ukraine President Poroshenko Punishes Russia With New Sanctions

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree to enact a recently adopted decision to expand sanctions on Russian companies and entities, Ukraine’s council of national security and defence said on Friday.

Malaysia - Najib Razak

As Najib Razak Vacations in Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad Turns Up the Pain

The police kept watch close to a holiday villa where Najib Razak this week gave his first sit-down interview since his shock election defeat last

Europe

Recep Tayyip Erdogan - TURKEY headlines NEWS politics

Turkey Landmark Presidential, Parliamentary Vote Take Center Stage

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has never lost an election, is taking a gamble that will consolidate his hold on power in Turkey if he emerges victorious from Sunday’s landmark presidential and parliamentary vote.

Brexit - UK NEWS

Brexit Results: UK Households Poorer, Property Market Has Cooled, Companies Afraid to Invest

Big companies are sounding the alarm bell, with plane making giant Airbus this week threatening to pull out of the country, where it employs 14,000, if it gets no clarity on future trade deals. “Thousands of skilled, well-paid jobs are now on the line because of the shambolic mess the government have created over the Brexit negotiations,” said Darren Jones, the lawmaker for the community where Airbus has its plant.

Jeremy Corbyn - UK LABOUR PARTY NEWS

UK Labour Leader Corbyn Vows to Recognize a Palestinian State

British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said that a government under his leadership would recognize a Palestinian state “very early on” and push hard for a political solution to the Syrian civil war.

Nigel Farage - UK NEWS HEADLINE - BREXIT - EU

Nigel Farage Admits Brexit Could Leave Britain ‘Worse Off’

Brexit “isn’t some magic cure” and could leave Britain worse off, the nation’s best-known campaigner for Brexit has declared.
Nigel Farage made the confession today despite spending his entire political career pushing for Britain to leave the EU.

Middle East

Ramadan TV Caricature of A Black Person Backfires

Ramadan TV Caricature of A Black Person Backfires

In an attempt to capitalize on what’s become a ratings bonanza for Arabic satellite channels during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, two comedies struck the wrong chord with audiences when their lead actors appeared in blackface, a form of makeup that darkens the skin to represent a caricature of a black person. Criticism was swift on social media.

Jeremy Corbyn - UK LABOUR PARTY NEWS

UK Labour Leader Corbyn Vows to Recognize a Palestinian State

British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said that a government under his leadership would recognize a Palestinian state “very early on” and push hard for a political solution to the Syrian civil war.

Chemical Weapon

Terrorists in Syria Used Chemical Weapons Equipment From Western Europe – Russian Diplomat

“I would like to draw attention to the fact that the part of equipment, which is professional plant from an expert viewpoint, was, unfortunately, manufactured in West European countries,” the Russian diplomat said.

Court - Justice - NEWS

Iraq’s Court Upholds Election Recount

“The Supreme Federal Court finds that parliament’s decision was to organise the electoral process and restore voter confidence in the electoral process; it was within parliament’s constitutional rights and does not contradict the constitution,” said Chief Justice Medhat al-Mahmoud.

USA, Americas, Canada

Trump Flip-Flops, Calls North Korea ‘Extraordinary Threat’

“The existence and risk of proliferation of weapons-usable fissile material on the Korean Peninsula and the actions and policies of the Government of North Korea continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States,” Trump wrote.

UN to U.S.: Tackle Poverty Not Giving Tax Cuts to Wealthy

“At the other end of the spectrum, 40 million Americans live in poverty and 18.5 million of those live in extreme poverty,” Philip Alston told the U.N. Human Rights Council said. “In addition, vast numbers of middle-class Americans are perched on the edge, with 40 percent of the adult population saying they would be unable to cover an unexpected $400 expense.”

Melania Trump - USA Headline News

Melania Trump Now Takes The Bull By The Horns

A year after moving into the White House with her young son to rejoin her husband, Melania Trump — this most enigmatic of presidential wives — demonstrated once more this week she is anything but the typical US first lady.

Overdose Pills Drugs Addiction Opioids

US House Passes Massive Opioids Bill

US House passed a massive opioids bill Friday to expand treatment options, stem the flow of deadly fentanyl into the U.S. and reduce the number of addictive pills in circulation, setting the stage for Senate action and President Trump’s signature.

ExposedScope360

Ramadan TV Caricature of A Black Person Backfires

Ramadan TV Caricature of A Black Person Backfires

Malaysia - Najib Razak

As Najib Razak Vacations in Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad Turns Up the Pain

El Pretambula Arambula Viveros

El Pretambula Arambula Viveros Behind Piedras Negras Assassination

Court Judgement - News

Religion Not Defence For Anti-Gay Hate Speech – South African Court

Books

Our Scots Noble Families By Tom Johnston

Our Scots Noble Families By Tom Johnston

Interesting reading for anyone wondering about Scottish history. They seem all to have started on the road to nobility by stealing land from rivals and the people. Remember Burns song which includes ‘ a parcel o’ rogues in a nation’?

The Culture of Critique: An Evolutionary Analysis of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth-Century Intellectual and Political Movements (Human Evolution, Behavior, and Intelligence) By Kevin MacDonald

The Culture of Critique: An Evolutionary Analysis of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth-Century Intellectual and Political Movements (Human Evolution, Behavior, and Intelligence) By Kevin MacDonald

A theoretical analysis and review of data on the widespread tendency among certain influential, Jewish-dominated intellectual movements to develop radical critiques of the gentile culture that are compatible with the continuity of Jewish identification.

Natives Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire By Akala

Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire By Akala

From the first time he was stopped and searched as a child, to the day he realised his mum was white, to his first encounters with racist teachers – race and class have shaped Akala’s life and outlook. In this unique book he takes his own experiences and widens them out to look at the social, historical and political factors that have left us where we are today. ‘A book bristling with intelligence and insight’ Irish Times.

Shadows of Empire The Anglosphere in British Politics By Michael Kenny, Nick Pearce

Shadows of Empire: The Anglosphere in British Politics By Michael Kenny, Nick Pearce

In this book, leading commentators Michael Kenny and Nick Pearce trace the historical origins of this idea back to the shadow cast by the British Empire in the late Victorian era.

My Life Story

US Immigration

Revealed! Audio of Children Separated From Their Parents By US Immigration Officer

Human rights attorney Jennifer Harbury said she received the tape from a whistleblower and told ProPublica it was recorded in the last week. She did not provide details about where exactly it was recorded.

Breastfeeding Mother Says Officials Took Her Baby At Immigrant Detention Center

Immigrant Mom Says Federal Agents Took Baby as She Breastfed

When the woman resisted, she was handcuffed, Natalia Cornelio, the attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project, recalled from her interview with the woman, who had been detained under the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy to refer anyone caught crossing the border illegally for federal prosecution.

Olusegun Obasanjo

Buhari Planning to Arrest Me: Olusegun Obasanjo Reveals

Olusegun Obasanjo said since he released his State-of-the-Nation Special Statement in January, there had been unabated “desperation to frustrate, intimidate and blackmail him into abandoning his divine mandate to protect the rights of the people to better life and living.”

Nilson Canenguez - US NEWS HEADLINE

Immigrant Canenguez Says Goodbye to US After 20 Years

Nilson Canenguez is facing the prospect of being forced to return to his native El Salvador in the coming months after nearly 20 years in the U.S. But he’s not going home empty-handed — or bitter.

Sanctions

Petro Poroshenko

Ukraine President Poroshenko Punishes Russia With New Sanctions

Russian S-400 - S-400 Missile Systems from Russia

Not Going to Cancel Russian S-400 Deal – Turkey Rejects US Demand

Heinz-Christian Strache - Austria News in Politics

Austria’s Heinz-Christian Strache to EU: End Russian Sanctions

Sushma Swaraj - Indian News

India Only Abides To UN Sanction, Not Unilateral US Sanction On Iran