Archiv: elections


02.12.2020 - 03:39 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Says His Party Will Vote With the Opposition to Dissolve Parliament

Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Tuesday his party will vote in favor of an opposition-backed bill to dissolve the Knesset, which would come for a preliminary vote on Wednesday, as he continued to butt heads with coalition partner Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

01.12.2020 - 18:59 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Calls on Gantz to Vote Against Dissolving Knesset

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that his Likud party will vote against a bill put forth by the opposition to dissolve the Israeli parliament, effectively ending the current government. „We will vote against dissolving the Knesset tomorrow, and for unity, I call on Benny Gantz to do the same,“ he said during a visit to the police’s coronavirus enforcement headquarters.

13.11.2020 - 12:30 [ NYBooks.com ]

Who Owns Our Voting Machines?

(November 2020)

These “black boxes” have required both election officials and the public to take on faith that the machines are programmed to capture voter intent, not subvert it. When researchers have attempted to examine the computer code, they have been threatened with lawsuits by the election vendors. (…)

These include machines that can be reprogrammed remotely or in person by surreptitiously (and easily) inserting fraudulent media cards or thumb drives, as researchers have shown over and over again.

Meanwhile, despite claims to the contrary by election vendors, it’s been demonstrated that ballot scanners in precincts in the swing states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Florida use wireless modems that connect to the Internet. (…)

These vulnerabilities—and others—inject doubt into the public’s perception of election integrity. That doubt is compounded by the fact that the three major election vendors in the United States—Election Systems and Software, Hart InterCivic, and Dominion—are owned by private equity. Together, they account for about 80 percent of all election equipment used in the United States.

13.11.2020 - 11:10 [ theHill.com ]

Voting machine company denies Trump claims about software issues

Dominion Voting Systems, a Denver-based company that supplies voting machines across the United States, on Thursday rejected President Trump’s claim that it had „deleted“ millions of votes in favor of the president.

Earlier in the day, the president said on Twitter that Dominion had struck a total of 2.7 million Trump votes from its machines, including 221,000 in Pennsylvania that he claims were instead tallied for now-President-elect Joe Biden.

08.11.2020 - 14:12 [ The Japan Times ]

Aung San Suu Kyi poised to win a second term as Myanmar votes

The country’s first civilian-led government in more than five decades has delivered on some reforms, including liberalization of the banking, insurance and education sectors and curbing inflation. But about a third of the population lives in poverty, businesses remain mired in red tape, and accusations of genocide against the country’s Muslim Rohingya population are still a concern for foreign investors.

05.11.2020 - 17:50 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

The U.S. Inability To Count Votes is a National Disgrace. And Dangerous.

The richest and most powerful country on earth — whether due to ineptitude, choice or some combination of both — has no ability to perform the simple task of counting votes in a minimally efficient or confidence-inspiring manner. As a result, the credibility of the voting process is severely impaired, and any residual authority the U.S. claims to “spread” democracy to lucky recipients of its benevolence around the world is close to obliterated.

04.11.2020 - 21:03 [ NYBooks.com ]

Who Owns Our Voting Machines?

These vulnerabilities—and others—inject doubt into the public’s perception of election integrity. That doubt is compounded by the fact that the three major election vendors in the United States—Election Systems and Software, Hart InterCivic, and Dominion—are owned by private equity. Together, they account for about 80 percent of all election equipment used in the United States. This leaves the public in the dark about who owns the voting machine companies, or how much money those owners make from elections.

At the very least, not knowing who is behind these companies—and if they have ties to either political party, donate to super PACs, or have a financial stake in the outcome of an election—undermines confidence in the proprietary software undergirding voting machines. The federal government, which does not participate in the administration of elections, could change this by requiring any election vendor paid with federal funds to disclose its full ownership and post its balance sheet. Until then, as Saltman warned, “situations may be created in which conflict of interest is a serious concern.”

27.10.2020 - 14:21 [ FiveThirtyEight.com ]

Why Many Americans Don’t Vote

In the survey, we asked voters who have missed at least one national election — which included some people who almost always vote — why they didn’t cast a ballot. Nearly a quarter cited some of the structural barriers we mentioned above. But another 31 percent said that they decided not to vote because they disliked the candidates or they thought nothing would change as a result of the election (26 percent).

That sense that the candidates are too flawed to be worth voting for — or that the system is rigged, or can’t be fixed by voting — came up in many of our conversations with survey respondents.

25.10.2020 - 01:25 [ Xinhuanet ]

Provisional results show Alpha Conde re-elected president of Guinea

Conde, the candidate of the ruling party RPG (Rally of the Guinean People), won the electoral ballot with 59.49 percent against 33.5 percent for the candidate of opposition party UFDG (Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea), Cellou Dalein Diallo, who came in second position, according to the provisional results publicly announced by the president of the CENI.

24.10.2020 - 12:17 [ teleSUR ]

Bolivia’s TSE Declares Luis Arce the Elected President

Bolivia’s Electoral Supreme Court (TSE) declared Luis Arce, the elected president of the Plurinational State of Bolivia and David Choquehuanca as vice-president on Friday after the official vote counting showed that Arce’s party, the Movement Towards Socialism, reached a landslide victory of 55.10 percent of the votes.

23.10.2020 - 13:40 [ Xinhuanet ]

Acting Kyrgyz president signs law to postpone parliamentary elections

The date of conducting parliamentary elections will be set after the constitutional reform in accordance with the law, but no later than June 1, 2021.

23.10.2020 - 03:04 [ Xinhuanet ]

Acting Kyrgyz president signs law to postpone parliamentary elections

Acting President and Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Zhaparov on Thursday signed a constitutional law to postpone the date of repeat parliamentary elections, his press service reported.

11.10.2020 - 16:51 [ France24 ]

Thousands rally in Ivory Coast to protest President Ouattara’s bid for third term

By early afternoon around 20,000 people had packed a 35,000 capacity stadium in Abidjan, chanting and dancing. Some held banners saying „The people say no to an illegal third term.”

11.10.2020 - 02:40 [ theGuardian.com ]

PM ‘betraying his red wall voters’ over lockdown cash

Burnham told the Observer that by offering to pay only two-thirds of the wages of people hit by new closures – as opposed to the 80% which applied nationally under the original furlough scheme – ministers would be punishing people in the north in a way that was completely unacceptable.

Burnham said the Conservatives were betraying the people in so-called “red wall” seats who they had persuaded to vote Tory at the general election last December with pledges to “level up” the country.

09.10.2020 - 01:38 [ Trend.az ]

Kyrgyz president says ready to step down when law and order restored

„At the same time, we need to sack the prime minister and members of his cabinet, who worked before the crisis, thus creating legitimate grounds for new appointments. In order to legitimize the appointment of the new prime minister and cabinet members, a parliamentary ruling and a presidential decree are necessary. I’m ready to sign relevant documents and I’m waiting for a Jogorku Kenesh ruling,“ the president said.

06.10.2020 - 04:36 [ France24 ]

Kyrgyz protesters storm government headquarters, free ex-president in post-election clashes

Protesters seized Kyrgyzstan’s seat of government and freed a jailed former president on Tuesday after demonstrations against an election marred by vote-buying accusations spiralled into violent clashes with police.

30.09.2020 - 01:35 [ teleSUR ]

US: Democrats, Rubio Ask EU to Not Observe Venezuela Elections

The U.S.-based peace organization CODEPINK condemned on Tuesday a bipartisan letter sent to the EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, requesting that the European body neither recognize nor send an electoral observation mission to Venezuela’s legislative elections this December 6.

18.09.2020 - 11:00 [ The Hill ]

Puerto Rico governor asks Justice Department to reconsider stance on statehood plebiscite

Vázquez Garced said in her letter that the yes/no referendum on statehood, which will be included along with ballots in November’s general election, will go forward whether the funding is received or not.

04.09.2020 - 12:53 [ teleSUR ]

President Maduro Invites UN, EU Observers to December Elections

The United States, expectedly, dismissed the pardon of opposition lawmakers as a „token“ measure. In contrast, Foreign Minister Arreaza, in his letter Wednesday, assures the UN and EU officials that their electoral observation and accompaniment will help „build consensus in the construction of a climate of peace, national reconciliation and the resolution of our difficulties through democratic, electoral and constitutional means.“

25.08.2020 - 20:26 [ Information Clearing House ]

The CIA Democrats in the 2020 elections

This list, however tedious—and hideous—is instructive. It gives a picture of the social elements that comprise a significant fraction of the Democratic Party. These candidates, drawn from the military-intelligence apparatus, demonstrate the real nature of this organization, a political instrument of Wall Street and the imperialist state.

25.08.2020 - 06:17 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Has Become All-powerful Even Though Most Israelis No Longer Believe a Word He Says

Outside Netanyahu’s fanatic base, no one in his right mind believes Netanyahu anyway. A poll released on Sunday by Channel 13 revealed that 50 percent of the Israeli public assumes that Netanyahu’s top priority in running the country is to is avoid his upcoming criminal trial, currently slated to start in January. Only 18 percent believe that Netanyahu’s actions stem from love of country and another 14 percent cite ideological differences with the center-left.

25.08.2020 - 06:04 [ Haaretz ]

At 11th Hour, Israeli Parliament Staves Off Election With 120-day Extension of Budget Deadline

Over the past few days, sources in both parties assessed that the chances that the rotation agreement, which would see Gantz replacing Netanyahu as prime minister, actually being fulfilled are not particularly high, and that the next elections are just a matter of time.

17.08.2020 - 10:32 [ Wikipedia ]

Secret ballot: United States

Elections in the United States are mostly held by secret ballot,[20] although some states use mail ballots instead, which violate requirements 3 and 4 of the „Australian ballot“, as it is distributed to the home, and potentially marked in the presence of other people. The states of Colorado, Oregon, and Washington conduct all elections by mailed ballots.[21] The Constitution for the state of West Virginia still allows voters to cast „open ballots“.

07.08.2020 - 19:23 [ teleSUR ]

Bolivia’s Coup-Born Regime to Deploy Troops to Quell Protests

The elections were supposed to be held on September 6, but Añez delayed them to October 18. The COB and other social movements are demanding that the election date be set to any day between September 6 and October 18.

13.07.2020 - 15:03 [ Onet News / Youtube ]

Kinga Duda apeluje do Polaków. „Wszyscy jesteśmy równi“ | Wybory Prezydenckie 2020

inga Duda zaapelowała do Polaków po wczorajszym wiecu wyborczym Andrzeja Dudy: – Chciałabym zaapelować, by nikt w naszym kraju nie bał się wyjść z domu. Niezależnie od tego, jaki mamy kolor skóry, kogo popieramy i kogo kochamy. Wszyscy jesteśmy równi. Wszyscy jesteśmy równi, nikt nie zasługuje na to, by być obiektem nienawiści – powiedziała.

13.07.2020 - 14:54 [ thefirstnews.com ]

Poland’s ‘deeply private First Daughter’ stuns crowd with election speech

“However, regardless of who wins the election, I would like to appeal to you that nobody in our country should be afraid to leave the home.

“Because regardless of what we believe, what colour we have, what views we have, what candidate we support and who we love – we are all equal and we all deserve respect.

“Nobody deserves to be hated. Absolutely no one. Let’s respect each other.”

09.07.2020 - 11:44 [ betabriefing.com ]

Psychologist: Public Manipulated, Crisis Headquarters Concealed the Truth

(25.06.2020)

„It is clear that we were manipulated, as well as that whether [the authorities] will tighten measures this weekend and relax measures or completely cancel them in the following month, has a lot to more to do with political interests“ than public health concerns, Trebjesanin told the latest issue of the Vreme magazine on June 25, commenting on the government’s tactics for fighting the virus.

He also said that „the experts were idealized, the famous phrase ‚that’s what the officials say‘ was used as a taboo, as if God himself had ordained it.“

09.07.2020 - 11:42 [ New York Times ]

Serbia Protests Meet Violent Response in Europe’s 1st Major Virus Unrest

He pressed ahead with a controversial general election on June 21 that most opposition parties had long planned to boycott, saying they did not want to legitimize a process that they feel is gamed in Mr. Vucic’s favor.

And to Mr. Vucic’s critics, his decision first to ease restrictions ahead of a vote that was certain to increase his power — and then reinstate them soon after — felt like he was playing politics with public health.

09.07.2020 - 10:05 [ Denis Radenković / Twitter ]

The protest while triggered by the new #COVID measures, are really caused by the increasing gov authoritarianism over the years. Most recently, COVID infection numbers have been manipulated in order to gain political advantage in the GE on June 21st. #Belgrade #Serbia

Vučić did „win“ overwhelming majority of 60.71% of the parliament, but that was only 21% of the popular vote, as the elections were laregely boycoted.

06.07.2020 - 20:12 [ NBC Boston ]

Justices Rule States Can Bind Presidential Electors‘ Votes

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that states can require presidential electors to back their states’ popular vote winner in the Electoral College.

04.07.2020 - 13:05 [ Newsweek ]

The Top Five Rigged U.S. Presidential Elections

„There was a cemetery where the names on the tombstones were registered and voted. I remember a house. It was completely gutted. There was nobody there. But there were 56 votes for [John F.] Kennedy in that house.“

Mazo also found that Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s charge that other counties were doing the same thing in favor of Republicans proved to be true—but nothing on the scale of what happened in Chicago.

24.06.2020 - 23:41 [ The Hill ]

Progressives riding high as votes tabulated in NY, Kentucky

Progressives are riding high after Tuesday’s primary elections in New York and Kentucky have some of the left’s rising stars in position to potentially pull off upsets against candidates backed by Washington Democrats.

11.06.2020 - 15:10 [ teleSUR ]

OAS Must Retract Its Accusations on Electoral Fraud in Bolivia

The Puebla Group expressed concern over new evidence found in a study by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Tulane, Rodriguez, Idrobo, and Kronick, found that the OAS report on the alleged fraud was „deficient,“ based on „incorrect data“ and „inappropriate statistical techniques.“

11.06.2020 - 01:26 [ Al Jazeera ]

Ethiopian parliament allows PM Abiy to stay in office beyond term

The vote on Wednesday – 114 in favour, four against and one abstention – came two days after a leading opposition politician resigned as speaker in an apparent protest against the decision to delay the election.

03.05.2020 - 23:44 [ The Hill ]

Military at the polls in the election? Only as a last resort in this country

What is their role? What cybersecurity expertise does the National Guard have that cannot be provided by civilians? What kind of access is the National Guard given to voter registration and voting systems in order to assist states and the Homeland Security Department?

16.04.2020 - 10:08 [ LA Times ]

Democracy beats the coronavirus in South Korea as voters turn out in record numbers

Even as the COVID-19 pandemic puts civic life on hold in many countries around the world, South Koreans turned out in record numbers to vote in their country’s parliamentary elections Wednesday, setting aside fears of the coronavirus in a democratic show of force.

11.04.2020 - 19:49 [ Yonhap ]

Unfazed by virus scare, S. Koreans hit polls as early voting begins

Early voting got underway Friday morning, as health authorities reported 27 additional cases confirmed nationwide the day before.

A total of 3,508 polling stations were set up across the country, running from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, according to the National Election Commission (NEC).

07.04.2020 - 01:20 [ The Hill ]

Wisconsin Supreme Court blocks governor’s effort to delay election

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Monday overturned Gov. Tony Evers’s (D) executive order to postpone Tuesday’s elections, sowing confusion and chaos around a critical election featuring a Democratic presidential primary and a pivotal state Supreme Court seat.

05.04.2020 - 11:46 [ Charlie Kirk / Twitter ]

Why do you think Democrats are fighting so hard for Mail-In voting in November? Because there’s no way to verify someone’s identity RT if we should implement NATIONAL Voter ID before the November election!

05.04.2020 - 11:19 [ RealClearPolitics.com ]

Trump Opposes Mail-In Voting In November: „I Think A Lot Of People Cheat“

President Donald Trump said during Friday’s coronavirus task force press conference that he would oppose the idea of using mail-in ballots in the November 2020 election, saying it would allow people to „cheat.“ He also added that Voter ID is „the real deal.“

„I think a lot of people cheat with mail-in voting,“ Trump said. „I think people should vote with Voter ID. I think Voter ID is very important, and the reason they don’t want Voter ID is because they tend to cheat.“

05.04.2020 - 10:59 [ theHill.com ]

Wisconsin Republicans say they will ask Supreme Court to block extended absentee voting

(04.04.2020)

The Wisconsin Republican Party has requested that the U.S. Supreme Court block extended absentee voting in the state’s presidential primary scheduled for Tuesday.

Many other states who were supposed to have primaries in April have rescheduled them for a later date due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Wisconsin is still slated to go through with its election as planned.

05.04.2020 - 10:58 [ Wisconsin Public Radio ]

Wisconsin Supreme Court Sides With GOP Over Absentee Voting Guidance

(31.03.2020)

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Republican Party of Wisconsin on Tuesday in a case related to Wisconsin’s upcoming election.

The party brought the case against Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell last week.

McDonell issued guidance last week that any Dane County voter confined by the COVID-19 pandemic could mark themselves as „indefinitely confined“ on their absentee ballot application. Doing so would allow them to bypass the state’s voter ID requirement in their application.

22.03.2020 - 12:57 [ teleSUR ]

Bolivia: Electoral Tribunal Suspends Elections Due to COVID-19

In Bolivia, there are 20 confirmed cases with the COVID-19, which has led to taking actions of contention. However, the postponement of the elections returns the country to the political uncertainty that it went through a few months ago after the coup in Nov., one of the most traumatic events in its recent history with at least 35 deaths and hundreds of wounded killed by the police forces.

01.03.2020 - 12:17 [ teleSUR ]

Closing Rallies Ahead of Elections in Guyana

Guyana will go to the polls on Monday in a pivotal election in one of South America’s poorest nations, where a coming oil boom is set to reshape an ethnically-divided political landscape.

25.02.2020 - 01:13 [ Reuters ]

Exclusive: U.S. wants Afghan president to postpone planned inauguration -sources

The United States wants Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to defer his second-term inauguration over concerns it could inflame an election feud with his political rival and jeopardize U.S.-led peacemaking efforts, two sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.

22.02.2020 - 11:20 [ Salon.com ]

10 ways the Democratic primary has been rigged from the start

(30.03.2016)

It’s not over. Far from it. The economic and political establishment, which includes the Democratic National Committee, its Wall Street and corporate backers and the major media—most of it now owned by a half dozen big corporations—have worked feverishly to turn the Democratic primary process into a coronation for Hillary Clinton.

22.02.2020 - 11:13 [ Donna Brazile / Politico.com ]

Inside Hillary Clinton’s Secret Takeover of the DNC

(02.11.2017)

When I was asked to run the Democratic Party after the Russians hacked our emails, I stumbled onto a shocking truth about the Clinton campaign.

22.02.2020 - 10:30 [ Bloomberg.com ]

German Voters Get First Chance to Weigh In on Political Chaos

Germany’s political establishment was rocked earlier this month after the CDU’s chapter in Thuringia cast its lot in with the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany, or AfD, to install the eastern state’s premier. The fallout sent shockwaves across the nation and was the main catalyst for Kramp-Karrenbauer’s resignation.
To add to the sense of chaos, tensions around extremist activity in Germany intensified late Wednesday, when an assailant killed 11 people, including himself, in the city of Hanau near Frankfurt.

21.02.2020 - 04:01 [ The Guardian ]

Varadkar resigns as Irish government enters stalemate

Varadkar submitted his resignation to Michael D Higgins, the president of Ireland, on Thursday night after a tempestuous but inconclusive sitting of Dáil Éireann, which met for the first time since the 8 February election. It adjourned until 5 March, giving party leaders three weeks to try to form a ruling coalition.

17.02.2020 - 01:33 [ teleSUR ]

Dominican Local Elections Suspended Due to Technical Problems

Dominican Republic’s nationwide municipal elections were suspended on Sunday due to a glitch in the electronic voting system, Central Electoral Board (JCE) announced, adding that they will convene a new date promptly.

14.02.2020 - 12:10 [ New York Times ]

Centrists Are the Most Hostile to Democracy, Not Extremists

(23.05.2018)

Respondents who put themselves at the center of the political spectrum are the least supportive of democracy, according to several survey measures. These include views of democracy as the “best political system,” and a more general rating of democratic politics. In both, those in the center have the most critical views of democracy.

Some of the most striking data reflect respondents’ views of elections. Support for “free and fair” elections drops at the center for every single country in the sample. The size of the centrist gap is striking. In the case of the United States, fewer than half of people in the political center view elections as essential.

27.01.2020 - 01:54 [ Reuters ]

Italy’s center-left seen beating League in key regional vote: exit poll

An exit poll for state television RAI said the PD incumbent was seen taking between 47.0%-51.0% of the vote, while the rightist candidate looked on course to take 44.0%-48.0%.

23.01.2020 - 17:57 [ Reuters ]

U.S. to send ambassador to Bolivia for first time in over a decade

The United States intends to send an ambassador to Bolivia to help restore a “normal relationship” between the two countries, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale said in a video statement posted online on Thursday.

19.01.2020 - 20:04 [ teleSUR ]

Bolivia’s Movement to Socialism Party Forms Presidential Plan

The Movement to Socialism ( MAS ) is choosing this Sunday its presidential formula for the elections, which will be held in Bolivia on May 3, with the „firm commitment“ to remain united around single leadership, the democratically elected President Evo Morales said this weekend.

06.01.2020 - 19:19 [ Haaretz ]

Israelis Hailing Trump for Killing Soleimani Forget the Destructive Consequences of Past Assassinations

The killing of Ayyash enraged Palestinians and pushed Hamas to carry out four suicide bombings within eight days, in which 59 Israelis were killed. The shock and fear that gripped Israeli public opinion turned Peres from valiant hero to impotent loser paved the way for Benjamin Netanyahu’s sensational victory in the May 1996 elections – and changed Israel forever.

04.01.2020 - 18:05 [ France24 ]

Uganda’s president begins jungle trek dismissed as campaign stunt by opponents

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Saturday began a six-day march through the jungle to re-trace the route through which his guerrilla forces seized power three decades ago, which critics dismissed as a bid to rally support ahead of 2021 elections.

28.12.2019 - 17:36 [ Ben-Dror Yemini / Ynetnews.com ]

High Court’s Netanyahu verdict may pose danger to democracy

if I may, I would like to apply pressure on the judges from the other end of the spectrum. Not from the side of Netanyahu’s devotees, but from the side of those who are devoted to an impartial process, the rule of law and the continued peaceful existence of our democracy.

Please, do not involve yourself in this matter. Looking out at the world through the windows of the halls of justice can obscure the bigger picture sometimes. Caring only for your close compatriots and friends could be dangerous.

28.12.2019 - 01:55 [ The Frontier Post ]

IECC begins sorting electoral complaints: Official

Officials from the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Friday said that the organization has started the sorting process of the electoral complaints that had been filed by the election campaigns.

The formal process of assessing the complaints will be started on Saturday, said the IECC commissioner Qubuddian Roydar.

18.12.2019 - 13:59 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

I have experienced hard-won elections and tough losses, but it would never occur to me in a million years to rig an election by suppressing the vote. Officials who can’t win support from voters need to get out of politics and find another job.

28.11.2019 - 11:21 [ teleSUR ]

OAS Conspiring to Oust Him from Gov’t: Dominica PM Tells teleSUR

The PM also pointed out that there were similar attempts by the ‘’foreign entities and interests’’ to do the same in the region, and more specifically, in Venezuela. Calling it the „same script“ the Dominican leader adds that the OAS’ mantra about ‚free and fair elections’ has become a formal justification for undercutting democracy and toppling non-conforming governments to make way for U.S.-backed political parties to take their seat at the governance table.

27.11.2019 - 18:07 [ teleSUR ]

OAS Admits Absence of Final Report on Elections in Bolivia

In response to a request made by the Latin American Strategic Center for Geopolitics (Celag), the Organization of American States (OAS) acknowledges that its final report on Bolivia’s presidential elections is not ready yet.

23.11.2019 - 12:27 [ teleSUR ]

Dominica Rejects OAS Interference in Elections in Washington DC

Dominica made clear on Friday that it will invite CARICOM, the United Nations and other multilateral bodies to observe the elections, but not the OAS, responding to the interference by the OAS General Secretary a few days before.

21.11.2019 - 15:23 [ teleSUR ]

OAS Chief Interferes in Electoral Process in Dominica

According to new reports, the security forces set up barricades in Roseau as the prosters call for the implementation of electoral reforms, which were dictated by the Organization of American States at a meeting in August.

Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has since addressed the small Caribbean island nation to condemn the „intrusion of violence into the election campaign,“ pointing out that the protesters are not demonstrating because of electoral reform, as previously reported by the western media.

19.11.2019 - 17:39 [ Information Clearing House ]

Why Aren’t Americans Rising Up Like We Are Seeing Across the Planet?

So we are subject to many of the same abuses that have fueled mass protest movements in other countries, including high rents, stagnant wages, cradle-to-grave debt, ever-rising economic inequality, privatized health care, a shredded social safety net, abysmal public transportation, systemic political corruption and endless war.

16.11.2019 - 02:54 [ CEPR ]

What Happened in Bolivia’s 2019 Vote Count?

This paper presents results from statistical analysis of election returns and tally sheets from Bolivia’s October 20 elections. This analysis finds no evidence that irregularities or fraud affected the official result that gave President Evo Morales a first-round victory.

13.11.2019 - 01:24 [ Truthout ]

Biden’s Support of Iraq War Shows How He Would Run the White House

Biden’s support for the invasion seems to demonstrate a belief that the United States need not abide by its international legal obligations, including those prohibiting wars of aggression. As a result, his support for the invasion of Iraq is not simply a “mistake.” It is very relevant and says a lot about what kind of president he would be.

12.11.2019 - 03:12 [ Reuters ]

Bolivia’s Evo Morales boards plane en route to Mexico

Bolivia’s former President Evo Morales has boarded a plane to Mexico, where he has been granted asylum, Mexico’s top diplomat said on Monday night

11.11.2019 - 15:45 [ Ilhan Omar, Abgeordnete des US Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

There’s a word for the President of a country being pushed out by the military. It’s called a coup. We must unequivocally oppose political violence in Bolivia. Bolivians deserve free and fair elections.

11.11.2019 - 15:25 [ en24.news ]

From Argentina, repudiate coup in Bolivia

With the tag #EvoPresidenteLegitimo, become a trend in this southern nation, the Bolivian community here and Argentines in general express their repudiation of the siege lived by the Government of the president.

The president of the Front for Victory bloc in the Chamber of Deputies, Agustin Rossi, said that in Bolivia there was a classic coup d’etat. The armed forces ordered Evo to resign. ‚

11.11.2019 - 15:02 [ Glenn Greenwald ‏/ Twitter ]

Bolivia’s military, with the support of the US, has forced the country’s President, Evo Morales, to resign. Now, on live TV, they announced that the President & Vice President of the Election Court have been imprisoned. They were led into the room by masked soldiers. Watch:

11.11.2019 - 14:41 [ telesur ]

Bolivia: President Evo Morales Resigns Amid Right-Wing Coup

(10.11.2019)

His resignation came after senior army heads asked them to resign amid right-wing violence and coup attempt for weeks since the Oct. 20 elections.

30.10.2019 - 06:11 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Brexit Party aims to wipe out Labour heartlands as it opens door to electoral pact with Tories

The Brexit Party hopes to wipe out Labour’s heartlands in the north east of England and Wales as it prepares to campaign for a ‚clean break Brexit‘ – but has left the door open to a pact with the Tories.

Senior sources in the Brexit Party said the mood in Labour’s pro-Leave seats was “absolutely febrile” and that they would be ripe for the taking due to Jeremy Corbyn’s vague policy on Europe.

30.10.2019 - 05:44 [ Politicshome.com ]

UK to go to the polls on 12 December after MPs back Boris Johnson’s general election plan

Voters will go to the polls on 12 December after MPs finally backed Boris Johnson’s bid to hold a pre-Christmas election.

27.10.2019 - 09:39 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Recordings Reveal Threats to Publisher: ‚I’ll Come After You With Everything I’ve Got‘

The meetings were recorded by Ari Harow, Netanyahu’s bureau chief who turned state’s evidence. Netanyahu knew he was being recorded. Mozes did not.

In one recording, Netanyahu tells Mozes: “…the law itself [to regulate Israel Hayom] is correct and I’ll support it. But if you take me down, I’ll come after you with everything I’ve got… It will become my life’s mission.“

26.10.2019 - 11:44 [ Express.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson could back no confidence vote in own administration to get general election

However the Government could table a vote of no confidence against itself, which only requires a plurality to pass.

If this passes Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, or any other party leader, would have 14 days to form an alternative Government.

Only if these efforts failed would there be a general election.

26.10.2019 - 11:18 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Labour opens the door to indefinite Brexit delay as Jeremy Corbyn rules out an election until no deal is ‚off the table‘

The Labour leader signalled he will order his MPs to vote down Boris Johnson’s request next week for a poll on 12 December, describing the proposal as “really odd so near Christmas”.

25.10.2019 - 17:47 [ Telesur ]

Bolivia: Morales Officially Wins Presidency

With 99.99 percent of the votes counted in Bolivia, Evo Morales is once again president of the Andean country with 47.07 percent of the votes.

The Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) published Thursday night that it only has 0.01 percent of ballots left to officially count.

23.10.2019 - 15:31 [ teleSUR ]

Bolivia Invites OAS to Audit Electoral Results, Almagro Accepts

However, a number of international observers that are in La Paz monitoring Bolivia’s general elections praised the legitimacy and transparency of the process which comes in contrast to proclamations by opposition leaders who have already made declarations questioning the results.

20.10.2019 - 20:51 [ teleSUR ]

Live Updates: Bolivians Head to Polls in Key Election

Bolivians will vote in an election on Sunday to decide whether to extend the rule of President Evo Morales to nearly two decades amid a rise in right-wing governments in the region who have been facing major protests in neighboring Chile, Ecuador and Argentina over harsh austerity measures.

19.10.2019 - 11:39 [ Donna Brazile / Politico.com ]

Inside Hillary Clinton’s Secret Takeover of the DNC

(02.11.2017)

When I was asked to run the Democratic Party after the Russians hacked our emails, I stumbled onto a shocking truth about the Clinton campaign.

28.09.2019 - 09:21 [ Spiked ]

In defence of the people: The only problem with democracy is that there is not enough of it.

The very word possessed such talismanic power that you could even get away with attacking whole countries and killing all kinds of people just so the ones who survived could have democracy.

Then these gatekeepers of good manners lost a referendum (Brexit) and an election (Trump) and decided that democracy was totally passé. The volte-face they performed was rather breathtaking in its coordination, like a little shoal of well-disciplined fish avoiding troubled waters with mindless accuracy.

28.09.2019 - 04:36 [ United Nation ]

„No place for violence, intimidation or fraud“’ in Afghan elections: UN chief

The United Nations Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), published a tweet on Friday noting the announced closure of 445 more polling stations on election day: “Transparency key to credibility”, the mission said. “Imperative to clarify where these Polling Centres are located – voters have a right to vote and need to know”.

21.09.2019 - 17:39 [ telesur ]

Italy’s 5-Star Backs Local Pact with Center-Left PD

By joining forces in Umbria, traditionally a PD stronghold, 5-Star and the PD hope to halt a long streak of victories by the center-right, which has triumphed in seven regional ballots since the national election in March 2018.

Success at the Oct. 27 Umbria vote would probably pave the way for similar alliances in the next few months in the regions of Emilia-Romagna in the industrial north, and Calabria in the poorer south.

13.09.2019 - 12:18 [ Guido Fawkes ]

Brexit Party Take Over Hartlepool Council

The defecting 10 met with the Brexit Party at Nigel Farage’s rally in Sedgefield two days ago, where they informed Richard Tice of their decision. Guido suspects this will be far from the last council taken over by the Brexit Party if we don’t leave on the 31st…

10.09.2019 - 16:17 [ Spiked ]

The silencing of the people: This parliament feels increasingly illegitimate. It must go.

As prorogation began, with the arrival of Black Rod late in the evening, Remainer MPs booed, chanted ‘shame’, tried to prevent Bercow – the hero of their anti-Brexit, anti-democratic efforts – from leaving his chair, and held up signs saying ‘SILENCED’.

Silenced? Is this some kind of joke? Just a couple of hours before this ridiculous orgy of self-pity these same MPs had actually, legally silenced us, the people, by once again voting against the holding of a General Election.

08.09.2019 - 12:59 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Speaker John Bercow tells aides he will quit at next election after Tories launch campaign to oust him

In 2009, he said he would only serve nine years as Speaker but has recently refused to step down.

A Commons source said Mr Bercow has privately told staff he is will step down as Speaker at the next election.

08.09.2019 - 12:53 [ Daily Mail ]

Boris Johnson tells John Bercow, ‚You’re out!‘: Tories will oust ‚biased‘ Commons Speaker after he ripped up the rulebook and helped block Brexit

In an article for today’s MoS – printed below – Ms Leadsom says that, by allowing MPs to take over the Parliamentary timetable, the Speaker ‚hasn’t just bent the rules, he has broken them‘.

The Cabinet Minister – who clashed repeatedly with Mr Bercow when she was Commons Leader – describes last Tuesday’s vote as ‚a flagrant abuse‘, adding: ‚It is right that the Conservatives will recognise this fact at the next General Election by standing our candidate in Buckingham.‘

08.09.2019 - 11:56 [ Daily Mail ]

Theresa May leads fight to reinstate Remainer rebels as she emerges as the leading critic of Boris Johnson’s ‚brutal‘ decision to purge 21 Tories

Mrs May has raised the issue directly with Party chairman James Cleverly and Chief Whip Mark Spencer on behalf of the group that includes former Chancellor Philip Hammond, ex-Justice Secretary David Gauke and Tory grandee Ken Clarke.

She approached Mr Cleverly behind the Speaker’s Chair in the House of Commons on Wednesday evening to raise concerns about the legality of blocking any of the rebels from being candidates at the next Election.

08.09.2019 - 11:46 [ Daily Mail ]

Rogue Tories plot with Liberal Democrats: Rebel MPs stripped of the whip for voting against Boris Johnson’s Brexit policy on verge of agreeing Election pact with Jo Swinson’s party

Under the plan, if the rebels are not allowed back into the party, the Liberals and the Greens would not put up a candidate against MPs Rory Stewart, Sam Gyimah, Margot James and Dominic Grieve.

In return, if they were to beat the official Tory candidates and win election to the Commons, they would agree to take a ’soft whip‘ from the Liberals, meaning they would vote with Ms Swinson’s party on selected issues.

07.09.2019 - 10:22 [ Spectator ]

Remainers may regret not backing an October general election

There is another EU leader who is known to be not so keen on the idea of an extension, either – one Boris Johnson. Ultimately, the Prime Minister has it in his power to make sure that the UK does not get an extension (even while fulfilling his legal duty to request one) by making certain demands that the EU is bound to refuse.

07.09.2019 - 09:47 [ Eddie Dempsey ‏/ Twitter ]

Labour nearly came to power with a policy of respecting the referendum despite best efforts to sabotage electoral success by the hard remain obsessed right. Now Labour has adopted their insane policy it has become a national joke. They don’t want Corbyn in power they want Remain.

07.09.2019 - 09:33 [ Telegraph ]

Tory MPs say Labour’s election delay will lead to a ‚zombie Parliament‘

Jeremy Corbyn is paving the way for a “zombie Parliament”, senior Conservatives have said as Leave voters accused MPs of “squabbling like children”.

07.09.2019 - 09:25 [ Spiked ]

From ‘Stop the Coup’ to ‘Stop the Election’

We thought Remoaners could sink no lower. We were wrong.

06.09.2019 - 14:47 [ BBC ]

Brexit: Opposition parties to reject PM election move

Labour, the Lib Dems, the SNP and Plaid Cymru say they will vote against the government or abstain in Monday’s vote on whether to hold a snap poll.

06.09.2019 - 14:15 [ Guido Fawkes ]

Labour’s Galactic One Day U Turn

Just yesterday, Ian Lavery demanded the Prime Minister “call a General Election without delay” in his local paper The News Post Leader, a day after refused to vote for one in Parliament and the same day the party announced it would again vote against an October election on Monday.

05.09.2019 - 14:22 [ Guido Fawkes ]

Labour MP’s 80-Minute U-Turn

As Labour MPs chickened out of voting for an election, some of their ranks were less subtle in their u-turning, from having called for an election for years.

Marr Rodda – MP for Reading East – embarrassingly called for Boris to hold a general election, only to vote against an election 80 minutes later.

05.09.2019 - 14:18 [ Express.co.uk ]

Tory Brexiteers mock Corbyn’s embarrassing election U-turn – Commons erupts in laughter

Bernard Jenkins said: “Is there some way of tabling a motion that this house has no confidence in Her Majesty’s Opposition?”

This prompted the Commons to erupt in laughter, even making Commons Speaker John Bercow smile.

Boris Johnson added: “It’s the first time in history the Opposition has shown confidence in the Government.“

05.09.2019 - 14:05 [ Guido Fawkes ]

MPs Standing Down at the Next Election

So as anticipation builds up over the coming weeks, Guido brings you the comprehensive and continually updating list of MPs who have announced they will be stepping down at the next election. Get in touch with any updates…

05.09.2019 - 14:03 [ theGuardian.com ]

Senior Labour MPs urge Corbyn to resist PM’s snap election call

Thornberry said she would prefer a later date than 15 October. “I personally think that we need to have a general election when we’re going to win it. I’ll wait a couple of weeks. If we can give them a little bit of extra rope … just let them be in power for a few more weeks then people can really see how bad they are,” she told Sky News.

05.09.2019 - 07:01 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Ignore the Remainer triumphalism – Boris is still on course for victory

Despite tonight’s defeat, the PM will eventually 
get his election

The Tory party is dead; long live the Tory party. The seismic realignment that was supposed to take place in 2016 is finally upon us, and a tougher, rougher, non-deferential conservatism is making its explosive debut.

05.09.2019 - 06:34 [ Daily Mail ]

Boris Johnson ’set to try again with new General Election bid on MONDAY‘: Government pledges to allow No Deal bill to pass through Lords by tomorrow night removing key barrier to Labour support

Downing Street sources said a new motion to call an early General Election could now be tabled on Monday, and be debated on Tuesday in the Commons after the No Deal bill becomes law.

Lord Ashton of Hyde, Conservative chief whip in the Lords, announced the breakthrough following talks with Labour after a lengthy procedural battle threatened to run through the night.

04.09.2019 - 06:13 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Voters will take ballot box revenge on Remainers trying to stop Brexit being enacted

When MPs who once vowed to honour the referendum result vote instead to proceed with a dodgy Bill, enabled by their puppet Speaker, surrendering power to the EU to determine a delay of its choosing — to be rubber-stamped by our Remainer-dominated Parliament.

Will three months suit Brussels? Six, maybe? How about ten years?

Remainers will, have no doubt, sign off whatever the EU decides.

04.09.2019 - 06:07 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Tories tear up convention with plan to contest John Bercow’s seat in general election

The Conservatives are set to break with convention and stand against John Bercow in the next general election, the Telegraph understands.

In what would be a dramatic move, the Tories are lining up a Brexiteer to take on the Commons Speaker in the constituency of Buckingham, in Buckinghamshire.

04.09.2019 - 06:03 [ Daily Mail ]

Jeremy Corbyn is accused of running scared of an election after he says Labour will BLOCK PM’s call for snap poll unless law passes against No Deal

– Boris Johnson called for snap election after being defeated by Remainer MPs
– The PM needs to secure a two-thirds vote in the Commons to hold an early poll
– Jeremy Corbyn has said he will block poll unless law is passed against No Deal

04.09.2019 - 05:43 [ BBC ]

Brexit: ‚Get the bill through first‘ – Corbyn

The leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn has said that there is no consent to leave the EU without a deal and no majority for no-deal in the country.

He added that if Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to table a motion for a general election he should „get the bill passed first in order to take no-deal off the table“.

04.09.2019 - 05:39 [ theSun.co.uk ]

NOW LET BRITAIN DECIDE: Furious Boris Johnson demands election as rebels take step to block No Deal Brexit

BORIS Johnson tonight demanded a snap general election after rebel MPs pulled off an extraordinary coup to allow a block on Brexit until next year plunging Westminster into outright chaos.

Twenty one Conservative MPs – including NINE ex-Cabinet ministers – were sacked minutes after siding with Labour to seize control of Parliament’s agenda from 3pm tomorrow.

03.09.2019 - 18:18 [ Daily Mail ]

What is happening with Brexit? When will there be an election? Will the Queen be involved? And what happened to suspending Parliament? Your questions about a baffling week answered

But there are a myriad of scenarios that could frustrate the plans of both sides. Read on to find out how.

03.09.2019 - 17:49 [ Lexit Allegiance ‏/ Twitter ]

Corbyn now reminds of a captain, solemnly going down on his sinking ship. His loyal crew, other deckhands, and the captain of the ship that skuttled his is cheering him on. It’s all desperately sad to witness.

03.09.2019 - 17:44 [ DSG / Twitter ]

If a General Election is called, Labour MPs are about to be in for the shock of their political lives. Behind all the nonsense you’ve tried to pull, there are voters. They might not protest as much as your lot do. But, trust me, they’ll turn out & do the business when it counts.

03.09.2019 - 17:36 [ Paul Embery , Blue Labour / Twitter ]

Anti-Brexiteers: „Stop the coup! Defend democracy! Let the people decide.“ Prime minister: „Okay, have a general election.“ Anti-Brexiteers: „Er, no, that’s a diversion.“

03.09.2019 - 16:14 [ UK Parliament / Youtube ]

LIVE from the House of Commons: statement from the Prime Minister and the SO24 application

Follow events in the House of Commons Chamber as MPs meet for the first time after the summer recess.

You can follow @HouseofCommons on Twitter for official news and information for the UK House of Commons Chamber.

03.09.2019 - 06:13 [ CNN ]

Johnson threatens election to stop rebels from blocking no-deal Brexit

In a statement delivered outside Downing Street, Johnson said he would not ask Brussels for an extension to the Brexit process, even if Parliament forces him to.
Urging lawmakers to reject a proposal to take no-deal off the table, Johnson made it clear that he would prefer an election over another „pointless“ Brexit delay. „I don’t want an election, you don’t want an election,“ Johnson said — with the unsaid implication that a new vote would be the only alternative.

03.09.2019 - 06:11 [ ITV News / Youtube ]

Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives Brexit statement after emergency Cabinet meeting | ITV News

Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives Brexit statement after emergency Cabinet meeting

02.09.2019 - 17:48 [ Guido Fawkes ]

Election Speculation Summary

– The PM has convened a last-minute cabinet meeting for 5 pm, with the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg saying Boris will discuss calling an election this week
– This is well-timed to be followed by a previously-arranged garden party with all Tory MPs. Great way to get all his MPs in one place for any announcements…
– No. 10 have publicly said they are treating tomorrow’s Remainer plot to take over the House of Commons Order Paper as an implicit vote of confidence in the Government’s negotiation strategy – many are reading into this as a vote of confidence in the government as a whole.
– In the event of a government defeat on Tuesday or Wednesday, Boris would seek an election.

02.09.2019 - 17:37 [ theSun.co.uk ]

DO-OR-DIE: Boris Johnson wants snap election BEFORE October 31 Brexit date if he loses to rebels this week

BORIS Johnson is planning a snap general election in five weeks‘ time if he loses to rebel Tories this week, The Sun can reveal.

The dramatic move is a significant change of thinking in No10 as it would see a nationwide poll take place before Brexit is due on October 31.

28.08.2019 - 06:34 [ theSun.co.uk ]

POLITICAL DEATH THREAT: Brexiteers warn Boris Johnson that ditching the backstop is just the start as they push for Theresa May’s deal to be completely scrapped

And ex-Tory party leader Iain Duncan Smith warned there were far more problems with Mrs May’s deal than the backstop – such as the lengthy transition period and the collaboration with the EU on defence.

But in a sign of the hardening attitudes in No.10, a senior ally of the PM said: “We know the ‘Spartans’ are going to accuse us of betrayal at some point.”

22.08.2019 - 02:12 [ teleSUR ]

Bolivia Opposition Protests Branded a ‚Failure‘

The protesters are opposed to Bolivia’s leftist government led by Evo Morales. They believe that Morales, first elected in 2005, has been in office for too long, despite winning reelection repeatedly by large margins.

Polls indicate that Evo Morales is likely to win yet another reelection in October, Morales is currently almost 20 points ahead of his nearest rival Carlos Mesa, candidate for the neoliberal ‘Citizens Community’ party which has been hit in recent days by splits and racism allegations.

17.08.2019 - 12:45 [ Washington Post ]

India’s Congress party appoints Sonia Gandhi interim chief

(10.08.2019)

India’s main opposition Congress party on Saturday appointed Sonia Gandhi as interim president until it elects a new party chief.

The party accepted the resignation of her son Rahul Gandhi, who quit as party president in July after its crushing defeat in national elections.He continues to be a member of Parliament.

12.08.2019 - 11:07 [ teleSUR ]

Argentina Primaries Fernandez Wins Landslide Victory Over Macri

Peronist candidate Fernandez has promised access to free medicines for retirees and better wages for workers while hammering Macri for the uptick in poverty and unemployment as the country grapples with recession and 55 percent inflation.

10.08.2019 - 10:15 [ Bloomberg ]

Italy Faces Its Moment of Truth on the Euro

Most important, the League leader will have to decide where he really stands on fundamental questions that he has dodged so far – from Italy’s economic policy to its place in the euro zone and the European Union. Before now he could blame his weak coalition partner, the Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio, or his technocratic finance minister Giovanni Tria for any difficulties. The easy ride is over.

10.08.2019 - 09:26 [ Ansa.it ]

Not decided if we’ll run alone-Salvini

Interior Minster Matteo Salvini said Friday that he has not decided whether his League party will run alone or allied with other groups in eventual early elections. „Nothing has been decided about whether we’ll run alone,“ he said.

10.08.2019 - 08:54 [ Daily Mail ]

Now No 10 cancels all holidays for aides in the latest sign that Boris Johnson is gearing up for a day-after Brexit election after he fast-tracks a spending review to fulfil pledges on police, the NHS and schools

– PM ordered fast-track spending review to make good on police, NHS pledges
– The move has fueled raging speculation about an imminent general election
– Allies say Mr Johnson would set poll date after Brexit if he loses confidence vote
– Move would frustrate Remainer efforts to stop him going through with No Deal
– PM has repeatedly refused to rule out setting the election date for November

09.08.2019 - 15:04 [ Reuters ]

Italy Senate to decide on Monday when to hold no-confidence vote in government

The heads of political groups in Italy’s Senate will meet on Monday to set a date to hold a no-confidence vote in the government, the upper house press office said in a statement on Friday.

07.08.2019 - 02:45 [ DBS Radio ]

Joint delegation from CARICOM, The OAS, and the Commonwealth Secretariat arrives here today to discuss the Electoral Reform process in Dominica

A statement issued by the Guyana based CARICOM Secretariat said Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit made the request to the regional and international organizations to assist in the country’s efforts with various aspects of electoral reform.

02.08.2019 - 06:04 [ Sky News ]

Liberal Democrats win Brecon and Radnorshire by-election as Johnson suffers first defeat as PM

Jane Dodds, the Lib Dems‘ leader in Wales, won with 43.5% of the vote, ahead of former Tory MP Chris Davies on 39% after he triggered the by-election following his conviction for submitting false expenses.

01.08.2019 - 17:04 [ Express.co.uk ]

Brecon by-election: Loss will pile huge pressure on Johnson putting Tory majority to ONE

Mr Davies was fined £1,500 and ordered to pay £2,500 towards legal costs, whilst also forced to carry out 50 hours of community service.

He was again chosen by the Tories to fight for the crucial Parliamentary seat after more than 10,000 constituents signed a petition to remove him.

22.07.2019 - 19:19 [ KyivPost.com ]

A democratic first: One party wins majority in Ukraine’s parliament

Volodymyr Zelensky’s Servant of the People — 42.19 percent

Opposition Platform – For Life — 12.75 percent

Petro Poroshenko’s European Solidarity — 8.71 percent

Yulia Tymoshenko’s Batkivshchyna — 8.15 percent

Svyatoslav Vakarchuk’s Golos — 6.39 percent

07.07.2019 - 15:09 [ New Yorker ]

Private Mossad for Hire

(18/25.02.2019)

Spies, private investigators, criminals, and even some journalists have long used false identities to trick people into providing information, a practice known as pretexting. The Internet made pretexting easier. Aviran thought that fake online personae, known as avatars, could be used to spy on terrorist groups and to head off planned attacks. In 2004, he started Terrogence, which became the first major Israeli company to demonstrate the effectiveness of avatars in counterterrorism work.

When Terrogence launched, many suspected jihadi groups communicated through members-only online forums run by designated administrators. To get past these gatekeepers, Terrogence’s operatives gave their avatars legends, or backstories—often as Arab students at European universities. As the avatars proliferated, their operators joked that the most valuable online chat rooms were now entirely populated by avatars, who were, inadvertently, collecting information from one another.

06.07.2019 - 16:26 [ U.S. National Guard ]

Connecticut National Guard strengthens alliance with Uruguay

Members of the Connecticut National Guard met and had critical discussions with Uruguayan service leads from the Army, Navy, and Air Force June 24 – 29, 2019 in Montevideo, Uruguay, during a State Partnership Program (SPP) visit.

One of the United States’ key policy goals in Uruguay is to enhance U.S., Uruguayan and global security by working with our military counterparts in Uruguay.

26.06.2019 - 07:32 [ Rob Smith, Executive Director of The Justice Collaborative / Twitter ]

This is the most stunning win yet in the movement to elect decarceral prosecutors: Tiffany Caban (@CabanForQueens), a 31 year-old queer, Latina public defender will become the District Attorney of Queens, the 11th most populous county in America. That’s people power.

26.06.2019 - 07:26 [ New York Times ]

Queens D.A. Primary Too Close to Call, as Cabán Narrowly Leads Katz

She also captured endorsements from Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and two Democratic presidential candidates, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Ms. Cabán thanked the Working Families Party and Democratic Socialists of America. The crowd chanted, “Black Lives Matter,” “People-powered justice,” and “No new jails.”

“I ran because for too long too many communities in Queens haven’t had a fair shot in the criminal justice system,” Ms. Cabán said.

25.06.2019 - 20:55 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

Queens, today you have an opportunity to make history by electing @CabanForQueens as your next District Attorney! Tiffany will bring the transformational change we need to our broken and racist criminal justice system. Find your poll site here:

23.06.2019 - 19:30 [ Hurriyet ]

Opposition candidate İmamoğlu thanks teammates, voters in victory speech after preliminary results show lead

Ekrem İmamoğlu, the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) mayoral candidate for Istanbul, emerged as the victor of the June 23 local election rerun after unofficial results were released, thanking his teammates and all Istanbul residents.

“You have protected our tradition of democracy, dating back a hundred years. Thank you, fellow Istanbul residents,” İmamoğlu said in a press conference on June 23.

16.06.2019 - 17:25 [ Reuters ]

Canada set to approve hotly-debated pipeline expansion, Trudeau unlikely to benefit

Canada looks set to approve a hotly-debated plan to expand an oil pipeline this week, people familiar with the process told Reuters, but the move is unlikely to help Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rebuild flagging support ahead of an October election.

12.06.2019 - 12:15 [ teleSUR ]

Bolivia: Evo Rips Critics ‚Installed by Coups, Military Dictatorships, and Plan Condor‘

Twenty-one presidents from the linguistically and historically connected nations, who sometimes associate as the Ibero-American countries, signed a letter Monday condemning the Bolivian president’s campaign for reelection, calling on the Organization of American States to intervene.

12.06.2019 - 01:23 [ teleSUR ]

Argentina: Macri’s Allies Lose 9 Out of 10 Local Election Seats

Voters in these provinces scattered across the country chose Peronist-allied parties like Sergio Uñac, Oscar Herrera, Gustavo Bordet, Arabela Carreras, Sergio Ziliotto, Mariano Arcioni and Omar Gutierrez, who won in Neuquen. Socialist Juan Manzur, former health minister to CFK, was also elected as governor to the north’s Tucuman province.​​​​​​​

12.06.2019 - 00:46 [ teleSUR ]

Brazil Bar Association Demands Removal of Justice Minister

Moro ruled against Lula and rendered him ineligible to run in the 2018 presidential election at a time when all polls showed that the former president was the clear frontrunner. This gave far-right Jair Bolsonaro a strong lead that resulted in his presidency win.

Bolsonaro then, according to many, “rewarded” Moro by creating an unprecedented powerful position now called the “super justice minister,” which has complete control over all the judicial branch, policing and social control in Brazilian society.

10.06.2019 - 13:37 [ Nikhil Goyal / The Nation ]

Bernie’s Plan to Save Public Schools

The Sanders education agenda is an embodiment of the demands of the thousands of teachers who have gone on strike and youth, particularly of color, in cities like Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Newark, and Providence who in recent years have walked out and railed against privatization, high-stakes standardized testing, budget cuts, and school closures. As Sanders has repeatedly said, if we can give tax breaks to billionaires and corporations, there is no excuse for not guaranteeing a dignified public education for all. This sets Sanders apart in a crowded primary field.

09.06.2019 - 14:41 [ Afghan Voice Agency ]

Voter Registration Begins Countrywide: Nuristani

The IEC’s decision on removing the use of biometric system in voter registration was faced with criticism by members of electoral monitoring organizations who said that the decision will affect the transparency of the upcoming polls.

08.06.2019 - 11:55 [ spiked / Twitter ]

Labour lost 10,000 votes in Peterborough. It has lost Scotland. It is losing in its old industrial heartlands. This is a party in serious crisis. It is becoming little more than the plaything of the London-based woke bourgeoisie, says Brendan O’Neill

07.06.2019 - 04:54 [ theGuardian.com ]

Peterborough byelection result: Labour scrapes past Brexit party to hold seat

Forbes won 10,484 votes, beating the Brexit party’s Mike Greene, who took 9,801 votes, a margin of just 683. The Conservatives were beaten into third place with 7,243 votes. Turnout was 48%.

Nigel Farage, the Brexit party leader, left the count through a backdoor just minutes before the result was announced.

07.06.2019 - 04:50 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Shock as Labour squeak by in Peterborough by-election – but with less than a third of a vote – giving a chilling glimpse of Corbyn at No10 if Tories flunk Brexit and have to fight Farage in election

In a result that will alarm Tory headquarters Lisa Forbes took the seat despite winning less that a third of the vote – showing how Jeremy Corbyn could sneak a general election victory.

The narrow result saw the Brexiteer vote split between the Brexit Party and the Tories – combined they would have been enough to easily win the seat in an area what voted Leave in 2016.

The upstart eurosceptic party candidate Mike Greene lost the marginal by less than 700 votes to Corbynite Ms Forbes.

07.06.2019 - 04:43 [ Spectator ]

Labour win the Peterborough by-election

After a long night of counting, and an even longer campaign, the Labour party have been declared the winners of the Peterborough by-election. Lisa Forbes, the Labour party candidate, will replace Fiona Onasanya who was ousted from the seat earlier this year after she was convicted of perverting the course of justice. Forbes won 10,483 votes in the election, ahead of the Brexit party on 9,801, and the Conservatives on 7,243.

05.06.2019 - 18:57 [ Huffington Post ]

Brexit Party Storms Ahead In Peterborough By-Election As Voters Tire Of Two-Party Rule

Estimating around 70% of his support is coming from Conservative voters angry at Theresa May’s failure to deliver Brexit, however, Greene says: “They are standing up and saying ‘I support Brexit’ and it’s a bit of an ‘I Am Spartacus’ moment. The fears that have been pushed on them by the media and institutions are dropping away and it’s like ‘I Am Spartacus, I vote Brexit’.”

03.06.2019 - 20:31 [ Times ]

The strange death of Labour Britain

One of the most striking but neglected outcomes of the European election last week was the complete collapse of the Labour Party in traditional Labour territory. From Ashfield to Redcar, Merthyr Tydfil to Middlesbrough, Barnsley to Bolsover, most of Britain’s working-class and pro-Brexit areas abandoned the traditional defender of the working class. Instead, they put their tick next to Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party, a party only launched six weeks earlier.

31.05.2019 - 18:36 [ Ross Kempsell ‏/ Twitter ]

Exc: Labour’s candidate in Peterborough by-election Lisa Forbes shunned public hustings tonight to spend the evening with Jeremy Corbyn critic Gordon Brown. Labour only no-show from the 4 major parties in seat (Cons, LDs and Brex) invited to meet voters tonight

29.05.2019 - 18:28 [ theGuardian ]

Netanyahu’s decade-long rule in doubt as coalition talks falter

Political commentators said that as the prospects dimmed for a compromise with Lieberman, Netanyahu would focus his efforts on enlisting the 61 votes needed in parliament to approve a new election.