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USA POLITICS: Steve Bannon Departure Tips Trade Scales in Favour of White House ‘Globalists’

USA POLITICS: Steve Bannon Departure Tips Trade Scales in Favour of White House ‘Globalists’

With Steve Bannon gone, “there’s not a replacement for that voice in internal debates,” said a senior administration official who was not authorized to speak publicly on the issue.

“Without Steve constantly pushing back on every policy idea coming from the so called “globalists,” it’s easy to see how they could have a chance to start winning more policy battles,” the official said.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Biafra Exit: In Defence of Election Boycott

NIGERIA POLITICS: Biafra Exit: In Defence of Election Boycott

Incidentally, the IPOB’s resolve to massively mobilize the people for full compliance with its declaration to kick start the boycott of elections with the November 8, 2017 gubernatorial election in Anambra state is, to say the least, a right decision in the right direction. As a matter of public knowledge, it is a trite fact that in democracy sovereignty resides with the people, in much the same way the people are known to be the primary source of legitimacy.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Political Standoff: Congress Defies Push to Take Over its Powers

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Political Standoff: Congress Defies Push to Take Over its Powers

“They will have to kick us out with bullets,” said Freddy Guevara, Venezuela congress’ vice president, who tore up a copy of the edict while presiding over the special session. “But we will continue to defend this space the Venezuelan people gave us as long as we have the will and the means to do so.”

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WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 19 August 2017

WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 19 August 2017

WORLD BRIEF: “Steve has a powerful voice, and he’s going to keep that voice up,” said Sam Nunberg, a former Trump campaign adviser and Bannon friend. “He’s going to continue to promote policies that got Donald Trump in the White House.”

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USA POLITICS: America Under Attack from Within: Rush Limbaugh

USA POLITICS: America Under Attack from Within: Rush Limbaugh

“That’s what we are in the midst of here: An ongoing effort to erase America by discrediting the entire premise of our culture, our history, our founding. The objective is to create in as many American minds as possible that America as founded is not worth defending. Serious times. This is a very, very serious effort that is underway. Sadly, it has a lot of allies. It has a lot of people helping it that ought to be opposing it, but they are choosing what they think is the path of least resistance, which is defined by the media. You’ve got several Republicans who I believe are unwittingly participating in the effort to cast America as indefensible, particularly with Donald Trump as president.” – Rush Limbaugh

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari to Return to Nigeria After Sick Leave in London: Presidency

NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari to Return to Nigeria After Sick Leave in London: Presidency

Femi Adesina, the president’s spokesman, said in a statement on Saturday, “President Muhammadu Buhari returns to the country later today, after receiving medical attention in London. President Buhari is expected to speak to Nigerians in a broadcast by 7 a.m (0700 BST) on Monday, August 21.”

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JAPAN POLITICS: Nervous Japanese Hold Drill in Case North Korea Fires Missiles Over Them

JAPAN POLITICS: Nervous Japanese Hold Drill in Case North Korea Fires Missiles Over Them

“I’ve been concerned every day that something might fall or a missile could fall in an unexpected place due to North Korea’s missile capabilities,” said the coach, Akira Hamakawa, 38.

North Korea’s rapid progress in developing nuclear weapons and missiles has fuelled a surge in tension across the region.

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USA POLITICS: After Charlottesville, Boston Aims to Avert Violence at ‘Free Speech’ Rally

USA POLITICS: After Charlottesville, Boston Aims to Avert Violence at ‘Free Speech’ Rally

Hundreds of police officers will hit the streets of Boston on Saturday to deter violence at a “Free Speech” rally with right-wing speakers a week after a woman was killed at a Virginia white-supremacist protest. At least 500 police officers,

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: NCA Takes Over Legislative Powers from Opposition-Led Congress

VENEZUELA POLITICS: NCA Takes Over Legislative Powers from Opposition-Led Congress

One socialist party leader said for Venezuela lawmakers to continue meeting in the congressional building, they would need to seek permission from the NCA.

“We will teach them a historic lesson,” NCA President Delcy Rodriguez, who formerly served as Maduro’s foreign minister, said as delegates broke into loud applause while voting for the measure. We will not permit any more diverting of power” by the opposition, added Rodriguez, who formerly served as Maduro’s foreign minister. “The constituent assembly is here to impose order.”

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CANADA POLITICS: Canada Tackling Refugees Surge From United States

CANADA POLITICS: Canada Tackling Refugees Surge From United States

Most of the new arrivals are Haitians who face expulsion from the United States at the end of the year. Then, temporary asylum granted to 60,000 Haitians affected by a devastating 2010 earthquake is due to expire. Their numbers have soared from about 400 in May to 3,800 in the first weeks of August. Under a Canada-US agreement, asylum seekers traveling through the United States would be turned away at Canadian border checkpoints and told to file a refugee claim in the United States. The Canada-US border is the longest between any countries in the world. There are no fences along the vast stretches of dense forests and mountainous terrain, and security is relatively low.

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IRAN POLITICS: US Provocations Aimed at Demonizing Iran: UN Envoy

IRAN POLITICS: US Provocations Aimed at Demonizing Iran: UN Envoy

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said, “The new US administration officials should know that the failed experience of threats and sanctions forced their predecessors to come to the negotiating table. If they prefer to return to those times, Iran will definitely return to a situation much more advanced than the start of the [nuclear] negotiations, not within months and weeks, but in a matter of hours and days.”

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GERMANY POLITICS: Germans Watching Charlottesville Sense Echoes of their Own History

GERMANY POLITICS: Germans Watching Charlottesville Sense Echoes of their Own History

By honouring those who died doing forced labour for Adolf Hitler’s regime and learning their stories, pupils gain a clearer, more visceral understanding of their country’s crimes 75 years ago.

“It is very important for us to bring our pupils closer to what happened to make sure it never happens again,” said Annemarie Sardisong, the school’s head teacher. “Especially now when the world seems to be coming out of joint.”

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: South Africa to Grant Grace Mugabe Diplomatic Immunity: Government Source

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: South Africa to Grant Grace Mugabe Diplomatic Immunity: Government Source

Other countries in southern Africa that supported South Africa’s ruling ANC in the long struggle against apartheid would also see Grace Mugabe’s prosecution as a betrayal, the source said.

“There would obviously be implications for our relations with Zimbabwe. Sadly the other countries in the region are watching us and how we are going to act,” the source said, asking not to be named. “What is likely to happen is that she will be allowed to go back home, and then we announce that we’ve granted diplomatic immunity and wait for somebody to challenge us.”

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS:  Democratic Alliance Urges Under-Fire UK PR Firm to Donate Fees to Charity

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Democratic Alliance Urges Under-Fire UK PR Firm to Donate Fees to Charity

“The money Bell Pottinger has got must be paid back to South Africa and must be used through charities that will improve the lives of the South African people,” said Democratic Alliance (DA) spokesperson Phumzile Van Damme in London.

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USA POLITICS: White House Shake-Up: Trump Fires Stephen Bannon

USA POLITICS: White House Shake-Up: Trump Fires Stephen Bannon

Stephen Bannon’s ouster comes with the president increasingly isolated over his comments in the aftermath of white supremacist violence in the Virginia college town of Charlottesville. A champion of economic nationalism and a political provocateur, Bannon, 63, is a former U.S. Navy officer, Goldman Sachs investment banker and Hollywood movie producer.

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WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 18 August 2017

WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 18 August 2017

WORLD BRIEF: Catalan government official Joaquim Forn said, “The priority right now is work out the identity of these people, to prove and show the relationship between the different people involved, those that took the van and those that have been able to escape,” Forn said.

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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Saudi-Led Coalition Attacks Kill Many Children in Yemen: United Nations Report

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Saudi-Led Coalition Attacks Kill Many Children in Yemen: United Nations Report

“Now we know there is draft with the Saudis’ name on it. Let’s hope that when the list finally becomes public in a few weeks they’ll stay there,” Akshaya Kumar, deputy UN director at Human Rights Watch. Yemen, which is on the southern edge of the Arabian Peninsula, has been engulfed in civil war since September 2014, when Houthi rebels swept into the capital Sanaa and overthrew President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s internationally recognised government.

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: ‘I Remain True to ANC’s Mission’: Makhosi Khoza

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: ‘I Remain True to ANC’s Mission’: Makhosi Khoza

ANC MP Makhosi Khoza says, “They want to be led by somebody who follows the party lines. [When that happened] I already knew that this what the ANC is going to do … I’m not surprised. I remain true to the mission of the ANC. Why am I still with the ANC? I think that is the question that I’m not sure that I am able to answer it today. It is something that I’m asking myself as well. In fact‚ a friend of mind said: you know‚ I’m a supporter of Kaizer Chiefs. If Kaizer Chiefs tomorrow becomes a funeral parlour‚ then I will have no business with Kaizer Chiefs. To be honest with you‚ that made me to think. Is this the ANC that I associated with when I was 12 years old? The reality of the situation is that I’m a human being. I’m a reactive phenomenon like everybody else. I do have family demands and there is so much that does affect you at a personal level. It is straining … I don’t want to lie to you. There is one thing that I think really breaks me – that is when they go for my children. That breaks me. You know‚ when my daughter repeatedly gets threats or she is being followed or she gets her car tyres slit or something like that‚ I don’t want to lie‚ it does get to that point. Am I now probably supporting a funeral parlour?”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Tarek William Saab New Chief Prosecutor Vows to Jail Protest Leaders

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Tarek William Saab New Chief Prosecutor Vows to Jail Protest Leaders

Tarek William Saab New Chief Prosecutor said, “It will be a point of honor for the public prosecutor’s office to identify who was responsible for each of the hate crimes that occurred in this country. We will search the cameras, videos, photographs. We will get images of each one of them to make sure they pay for having killed, for having hurt people and left orphans behind.”

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SPAIN POLITICS: After Barcelona Attack, Donald Trump Says, ‘Kill Muslims With Bullets Dipped in Pig’s Blood’

SPAIN POLITICS: After Barcelona Attack, Donald Trump Says, ‘Kill Muslims With Bullets Dipped in Pig’s Blood’

US President Donald Trump has suggested, “Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!”

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