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UK POLITICS: 5 Year Old Syrian Girl Dies in ‘Concentration Camp’ Funded By UK Taxpayers

UK POLITICS: 5 Year Old Syrian Girl Dies in ‘Concentration Camp’ Funded By UK Taxpayers

“I crawled inside and the blankets on the floor were wet, it was so cold and dirty and damp,” Daliah, a volunteer and former protection team employee who visited the family, told RT UK.

“Their daughter had just died and they were left there. They had nothing. No visit from a psychiatrist. The mother was silent. They were in shock and the children were saying ‘my sister died – she died just here.’

“There was a volunteer there in tears. He told me they just pulled her out like a dog and took her away. There was no dignity.”

Following her “unexplained” death, her tiny body was buried without an Islamic funeral and without her mother being present.

“She became nothing but a number – she didn’t even get her last respect,” Daliah said.

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AFRICA POLITICS: Many Entrenched African Rulers Weapon Against Internet Dissent: Pulling the Plug

AFRICA POLITICS: Many Entrenched African Rulers Weapon Against Internet Dissent: Pulling the Plug

Internet freedom declined worldwide for the sixth straight year in 2016, according to an annual report from Freedom House.

“Africa is becoming a new testing ground for authoritarian practices online,” said Francois Patuel, West Africa researcher at Amnesty International.

“We have seen disruptions in Togo and in other countries but also arrests for what people are saying online. Often what people say online can be used against them in court.”

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CHINA POLITICS: Xi Jinping Lays Out Vision for ‘New Era’

CHINA POLITICS: Xi Jinping Lays Out Vision for ‘New Era’

“Through a long period of hard work, socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, this is a new historical direction in our country’s development,” Chinese President Xi Jinping said, using the term “new era” 36 times.

“No country can alone address the many challenges facing mankind; no country can afford to retreat into self-isolation,” Xi told the delegates, among them Buddhist monks, Olympic medalists, farmers and at least one astronaut.

“We should not just mechanically copy the political systems of other countries,” he said. “We must unwaveringly uphold and improve party leadership and make the party still stronger.”

By 2050, hinese President Xi Jinping said, China would become a modern socialist “strong power” with leading influence on the world stage.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Kurds Abandon Territory in the Face of Iraq Government Advance

IRAQ POLITICS: Kurds Abandon Territory in the Face of Iraq Government Advance

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday the referendum “is finished and has become a thing of the past”.

Addressing a news conference in Baghdad, he called for a dialogue with Kurdish leaders “under the constitution”.

Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani said the vote for independence “won’t be in vain”. He did not call for dialogue, but added, “Kurds have always been against waging wars and have worked in pursuit of peace.”

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USA POLITICS: Trump Remembers His Fervent But Frustrated Supporters, Says Time to Deliver Wins for Them

USA POLITICS: Trump Remembers His Fervent But Frustrated Supporters, Says Time to Deliver Wins for Them

“Trump knows he has to make good on several of his campaign promises,” said Ford O‘Connell, a Republican strategist. “The clock is ticking, Congress is useless and portions of his base are growing frustrated.”

In September, 47 percent of people in rural areas approved of Trump while 47 percent disapproved, the poll found. That was down from Trump’s first four weeks in office, when 55 percent said they approved of the president while 39 percent disapproved.

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INDIA POLITICS: Landmark Indian Child Bride Verdict May Curb Traffickers: Experts

INDIA POLITICS: Landmark Indian Child Bride Verdict May Curb Traffickers: Experts

India’s Supreme Court struck down a decades-old clause in the country’s rape laws permitting a man to have sex with his wife if she is aged 15 to 18 – ruling that it was rape, and therefore a criminal offense.

“For the longest time, traffickers have been using marriage with minors as an alibi to rape girls in the first instance, to break them, before selling them to pimps and brothel owners,” said Adrian Phillips, an advocate from Justice and Care, which fights trafficking.

“This judgment, which criminalizes intercourse with minors even in the garb of marriage, will be a huge deterrent for traffickers. We are extremely happy with the judgment.”

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Most South Koreans Favor Diplomacy Over Military in Dealing With North Korea

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Most South Koreans Favor Diplomacy Over Military in Dealing With North Korea

“They understand better than we that the North Korean regime is bluffing, this regime has always been bluffing,” the expert said, “This is a mature attitude from the people [of the country] neighboring [North Korea], who are living just a few dozen kilometers from the threat.”

For its part, Russia which has 17 kilometers (11 mi) of terrestrial frontier and 22.1 km (12 nautical miles) of maritime border with North Korea warned against the further aggravation of situation in the region.

“As for the Korean Peninsula, of course, Moscow has been calling and continues to call on all parties to the conflict and parties that have relation to these affairs to show restraint and avoid any steps that could only aggravate the situation,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

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USA POLITICS: Jokes Aside, 2020 ‘Trump On Track to Win Re-Election’

USA POLITICS: Jokes Aside, 2020 ‘Trump On Track to Win Re-Election’

The real bottom line seems to be that as with presidential approval itself, a lot hinges on events and the events themselves are highly uncertain. It’s certainly possible to imagine a world in which Democrats nominate a left-wing populist which inspires a centrist billionaire to run third party and a deeply unpopular Trump triumphs against a divided field. It’s also possible to imagine the steadily strengthening labor market evolving into a full employment boom over the next three years and Trump cruising to reelection on a wave of popularity. Or a recession could throw his approval ratings into the toilet and he gets crushed. Or there might be a nuclear war with North Korea.

In an uncertain world, the one thing we really know is the home team usually wins the game and the incumbent politician usually gets reelected.

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USA POLITICS: Trump’s Popularity Slipping in Rural America: New Poll

USA POLITICS: Trump’s Popularity Slipping in Rural America: New Poll

“Rural people are more cynical about the federal government than people in general are,” Stauber said. “They’ve heard so many promises, and they’ve not seen much done.”

Despite all the talk of bringing manufacturing jobs back, Stauber said he has not seen any companies which have relocated to his region, or anyone expand their workforce, due to new federal policies.

“It just seems like we’ve dropped off the screen,” he said.

According to the poll, Trump’s overall popularity has dropped gradually, and for different reasons, this year.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korea Unlikely to Give Up Nukes: Here’s Why

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korea Unlikely to Give Up Nukes: Here’s Why

“The [Iran] program is in a state of completion; it was approved in a UNSC resolution, and dissecting this program equates to destroying everything achieved. Everyone understands that. If the agreement on the Iranian nuclear problem fails, North Korea will say: why should we negotiate with you, if you’re unable to do so?” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov asked.

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UK POLITICS: Labour Pull Five Points Clear of Tories, Voters Prefer Jeremy Corbyn to Theresa May

UK POLITICS: Labour Pull Five Points Clear of Tories, Voters Prefer Jeremy Corbyn to Theresa May

The numbers represent a stunning reversal in fortune for both the Tories and Labour, and the poll heaps yet more problems on top of Theresa May, whose authority had already been undermined by Boris Johnson even before her catastrophic conference speech.

The under-fire Theresa May also faces pressure from the European Union where leaders in France and Germany signalled they would not allow Brexit talks to progress on to trade.

The study by BMG Research gives Labour a four point increase to 42 per cent, while the Conservatives fell two to 37 per cent.

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USA POLITICS: ‘Hillary Clinton a Narcissist and They Never Accept Defeat’: Myles Hoenig, American Political Analyst, Activist Says

USA POLITICS: ‘Hillary Clinton a Narcissist and They Never Accept Defeat’: Myles Hoenig, American Political Analyst, Activist Says

“It’s easy being a narcissist when you have such powerful enablers. To Clinton, the number one cause of her loss was the Russians,” Myles Hoenig, American Political Analyst, Activist stated.

“Every major media source supports her claim. Almost never have they ever used the word ‘alleged’ in their reporting of Russian hacking, considering that except for the 3 agencies cherry picked to report on Russia’s involvement, even the intelligence community as a whole admits Russian hacking is only a belief,” he noted.

“From MSNBC to Fox to NPR, the word is that Hillary was robbed of what she so rightly inherited (certainly not earned),” he said.

“Today Facebook, tomorrow who knows? Keep it up Hillary. Many of us are enjoying seeing your party implode by your leadership,” the commentator concluded.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Quietly Boosting Economic Support for North Korea: Here’s Why

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Quietly Boosting Economic Support for North Korea: Here’s Why

“The Kremlin really believes the North Korean leadership should get additional assurances and confidence that the United States is not in the regime change business,” Andrey Kortunov, head of the Russian International Affairs Council, a think-tank close to the Russian Foreign Ministry, told Reuters.

“The prospect of regime change is a serious concern. The Kremlin understands that U.S. President Donald Trump is unpredictable. They felt more secure with Barack Obama that he would not take any action that would explode the situation, but with Trump they don’t know.”

Trump, who mocks North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a “rocket man” on a suicide mission, told the United Nations General Assembly last month he would “totally destroy” the country if necessary.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: US Congress to Pentagon: Prepare to Intervene in Venezuela

VENEZUELA POLITICS: US Congress to Pentagon: Prepare to Intervene in Venezuela

It is noteworthy that the Pentagon should be considered to have a key role with regard to a regional “catastrophe” supposedly resulting from “Venezuela’s situation”, above all given the precedents involving the U.S. and NATO armed forces in their lamentably notorious “humanitarian interventions” in the Middle East and the former Yugoslavia in recent decades.

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UK POLITICS: Corbyn Would Win Now If There Were Elections in UK: Analyst

UK POLITICS: Corbyn Would Win Now If There Were Elections in UK: Analyst

“I think Corbyn to his great credit has grown, I think his speech was a success … and I think it is good to see that view point well stated by a British Labour Party leader at the time when the conservatives and [British Prime Minister] Theresa May … really are floundering and are not clear about what they want to do on almost anything,” Brent Budowsky said.

“I think Britain has had a problem with not having the best leadership. I think the Conservative Party which is dominated politically in recent years has a problem with internally divided, conservative against conservative and unclear about what it stands for,” Budowsky stated.

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USA POLITICS: Donald Trump New Approval Rating and Impeachment Odds

USA POLITICS: Donald Trump New Approval Rating and Impeachment Odds

At the 100-day milestone, Gallup daily polling showed that just 40 per cent of Americans approved of the way Trump is handling his new job – compared to 55 per cent that disapprove.

Historically, it has usually taken American presidents hundreds of days before they reach a majority disapproval rating.

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USA POLITICS: US Cannot Shoot Down North Korean Ballistic Missiles Because No Missile Defense Weapons Can Reach that High: Global Defense Experts

USA POLITICS: US Cannot Shoot Down North Korean Ballistic Missiles Because No Missile Defense Weapons Can Reach that High: Global Defense Experts

Despite that the US has reportedly poured some $320 billion into missile defense systems over the last several decades, none of the systems is capable of reaching an ICBM (or even an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM)) in its middle or post-launch stage.

In stating that the US will destroy a Pyongyang ballistic missile carrying a nuclear warhead in mid-air, the Pentagon is not only misleading the public and its own government, it is outright lying, according to military experts with deep knowledge of missile-defense technology.

According to the experts, “The only system designed to defend the US homeland, known as the [GMD], has suffered from numerous technical and engineering problems, and testing in controlled conditions has not demonstrated that it can provide a reliable defense against even a small number of unsophisticated ICBMs.”

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USA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Mulls H-Bomb Test in Pacific Worries United States

USA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Mulls H-Bomb Test in Pacific Worries United States

The latest round of rhetoric began on Tuesday when Trump, in his first address to the United Nations, made the threat to destroy North Korea, a country of 26 million people. He also called Kim a “rocket man” on a suicide mission.

“His remarks … have convinced me, rather than frightening or stopping me, that the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last,” Kim said in the statement carried by the North’s official KCNA news agency on Friday, promising to make Trump “pay dearly for his speech.”

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LIBERIA POLITICS: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Says Democracy Strong in ECOWAS

LIBERIA POLITICS: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Says Democracy Strong in ECOWAS

“If you look … overall, that path toward democracy is strong. There are many [countries] that have already had their political maturity tested over two or three periods, like Ghana. So, there’s no turning back on democracy in West Africa,” president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said.

Johnson Sirleaf took office at the end of a transitional government in 2006, following decades of civil war and political fighting in the country. She said that she is proud of having helped her country maintain peace since then.

“My message to all Liberian people is to please maintain the peace, this peace that we have all made such great sacrifice for,” Sirleaf said.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Prepares to Make it Easier for American Gun Makers to Sell Small Arms

USA POLITICS: Trump Prepares to Make it Easier for American Gun Makers to Sell Small Arms

“There will be more leeway to do arms sales,” one senior administration official said. “You could really turn the spigot on if you do it the right way.”

The push fits both Trump’s support for the gun lobby espoused on the campaign trail and his “Buy American” agenda.

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