Archiv: monarchies / empires


30.04.2021 - 20:48 [ Jon Levy / Global Research ]

Chagos Islanders Sue the Queen £1 Billion for Lost Fishing Rights

British Indian Ocean Territory (Chagos Archipelago) is best known for the top secret US naval base on Diego Garcia Island and the forced deportation of the original Afro-Creole inhabitants from the Chagos Archipelago (1967-1973) and subsequent apartheid laws barring them from returning home.

26.04.2021 - 23:19 [ Arab News ]

Qatar’s emir hold talks with Saudi foreign minister

The two foreign ministers also held talks and discussed activating the mechanisms of the Saudi-Qatari Coordination Council and all that would enhance bilateral relations and develop joint work in various areas of coordination and cooperation between the two countries, the Kingdom’s foreign ministry said.

04.04.2021 - 07:56 [ Haaretz ]

Alleged Jordan Coup: Former Crown Prince Says He Is Under House Arrest

About 20 people, including associates of King Abdullah II, were arrested by Jordanian authorities Saturday on suspicion of plotting to unseat the monarch.

The Washington Post and Arabic media outlets reported earlier Saturday that among those detained was the former Crown Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, half-brother of the king, in a plot termed by the authorities „a threat to the country’s stability.“

25.03.2021 - 12:48 [ i24news.tv ]

Gulf officials warn Israel against forming gov’t with far-right candidates: report

“A right-wing policy is one thing,” the officials were quoted as saying. “But expressions against Muslims and Arabs by Members of Knesset [Israel Parliament] that are a part of [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s government will harm and sabotage the normalization between Israel and Arab countries.”

05.01.2021 - 08:53 [ Imperial War Museum ]

Der Untertan [The Subject]

This poster advertises the novel ‘Der Untertan’ (‘The Subject’) by Heinrich Mann (1871-1950), the first part of his trilogy, ‘Das Kaiserreich’ (‘The Empire’). The novel was banned in Germany during the First World War, owing to its criticism of the militarism and conservatism prevalent in Imperial German society. It was finally published, to much acclaim, in 1918. Heinrich’s younger brother, the novelist Thomas Mann, initially wrote in support of the war but later agreed with Heinrich. Both brothers left for America in the 1930s following the rise of the Nazis.

09.11.2020 - 18:41 [ Librocubicularist / Twitter ]

Alright, so our eventful #November has yet another special day: 9th November!

1918: proclamation of the republic – Germany’s first step into a democracy

1938: Reichspogromnacht – terror against Jews leading to the Holocaust

1989 – Fall of the Wall, the peaceful revolution

01.11.2020 - 02:52 [ Al Arabiya ]

Pro-democracy leaders in Thailand hospitalized after police clashes

A court on Friday ordered the release of Panupong “Mike” Jadnok, Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul and Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak who have been in custody since mid-October on sedition charges — but police sought to question them over outstanding arrest warrants.

27.10.2020 - 04:33 [ Imperial War Museum ]

Der Untertan [The Subject]

This poster advertises the novel ‘Der Untertan’ (‘The Subject’) by Heinrich Mann (1871-1950), the first part of his trilogy, ‘Das Kaiserreich’ (‘The Empire’). The novel was banned in Germany during the First World War, owing to its criticism of the militarism and conservatism prevalent in Imperial German society. It was finally published, to much acclaim, in 1918. Heinrich’s younger brother, the novelist Thomas Mann, initially wrote in support of the war but later agreed with Heinrich. Both brothers left for America in the 1930s following the rise of the Nazis.

19.09.2020 - 17:10 [ ThaiPBSworld.com ]

Thai police seize 45,000 books about reform of the Monarchy

Police in the Khlong Luang district of Thailand’s Pathum Thani province held a group of Thammasat University students in custody today (Saturday), after they seized about 45,000 books, about reform of the Thai Monarchy, which were apparently intended for distribution to protesters at Sanam Luang.

19.09.2020 - 16:58 [ BangkokPost.com ]

Pro-democracy crowd settles in for overnight stay

The mostly young demonstrators, who began the day by assembling under a steady rain at the Tha Prachan campus of Thammasat University nearby, have also vowed to press for reform of the monarchy, an issue that has provoked strong reactions from more conservative segments of society.

However, an increasing number of seasoned protest veterans from the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), after keeping a low profile for the past few years, have decided it’s time to throw their support behind the movement.

19.09.2020 - 16:53 [ theThaiger.com ]

Rally to go ahead whilst Thammasat lock their gates to keep the protesters out

In lead up to the start of today’s protest, expected to draw a large crowd, Panasaya Sitthichirawattanakul, one of the organisers from the Thammasat Alliance group, says that the Thai monarchy will again” definitely be raised” at the University’s Tha Prachan campus.

She came to the attention of the public, and police, for daring to read out the 10-point manifesto at the August 10 rally, that time held at the Thammasat University’s Rangsit campus.

23.08.2020 - 11:44 [ Haaretz ]

With Israel’s Encouragement, NSO Sold Spyware to UAE and Other Gulf States

The Israeli company has signed contracts with Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

19.08.2020 - 08:40 [ CTV News Northern Ontario / Twitter ]

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has asked Gov. Gen. Julie Payette to prorogue Parliament until Sept. 23, ..

.. putting a more than month-long pause on parliamentary business as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on.

19.08.2020 - 08:39 [ Washington Post ]

Canada’s embarrassing governor general should resign — and no one should replace her

A Canada with more self-confidence would have the courage to revisit its governor general entirely on its own terms. If the country is truly the beacon of principled democratic liberalism it so often claims, eliminating a failed, undemocratic office should hardly be painful.

19.08.2020 - 08:25 [ CBC.ca ]

Can you fire a Governor General?

(11.08.2020)

The Governor General is appointed by the Queen on the advice of the prime minister. An exit from this post can only occur through death or incapacitation, resignation, or if the Queen, acting on the advice of the prime minister, removes the Governor General from the role.

19.08.2020 - 06:34 [ Haaretz ]

Why a U.S.-led Coup Seven Decades Ago Still Matters to Young Iranians

A nationalist and champion of secular democracy, Mossadegh (also spelled Mosaddegh and Mosaddeq) gained prominence in Iranian politics by focusing on two key issues: devolving more power from the monarchy to parliament, based on Iran’s 1906 constitution; and wresting back control of Iran’s oil industry, which had been dominated by the British.

In 1949, Mossadegh formed the National Front Party and spearheaded protests against Iran’s reigning monarch, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and the ongoing involvement of the British Empire.

By early 1951, the Shah was overwhelmed by widespread public demonstrations.

15.08.2020 - 19:49 [ KBS.co.kr ]

Pompeo Sends Well Wishes for Liberation Day

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday issued a message celebrating Liberation Day on August 15, which marks the day Korea was liberated from Japan’s colonial rule.

15.08.2020 - 19:13 [ Japan Today ]

Emperor, empress, Abe attend ceremony to mark 75th anniversary of WWII surrender

Japan on Saturday commemorated the 75th anniversary of its surrender in World War II, with the emperor and empress, the prime minister and a limited number of people attending a ceremony to mourn the war dead that was scaled back due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

19.07.2020 - 17:09 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Inside Princess Beatrice’s low-key wedding: No singing the national anthem, no hymns and a tiara from the Queen

“In accordance with government guidelines, no hymns were sung, but a selection of music was played,” said Buckingham Palace. “The National Anthem was played – but not sung.”

14.07.2020 - 20:59 [ Imperial War Museum ]

Der Untertan [The Subject]

This poster advertises the novel ‘Der Untertan’ (‘The Subject’) by Heinrich Mann (1871-1950), the first part of his trilogy, ‘Das Kaiserreich’ (‘The Empire’). The novel was banned in Germany during the First World War, owing to its criticism of the militarism and conservatism prevalent in Imperial German society. It was finally published, to much acclaim, in 1918. Heinrich’s younger brother, the novelist Thomas Mann, initially wrote in support of the war but later agreed with Heinrich. Both brothers left for America in the 1930s following the rise of the Nazis.

14.07.2020 - 14:10 [ BBC ]

Gough Whitlam: Queen not told in advance of Australia PM’s sacking, letters show

However, they also reveal Sir John – an Australian who was a judge before becoming governor-general – had discussed with Buckingham Palace whether he had the constitutional authority to dismiss Mr Whitlam.

Australia is a constitutional monarchy with the Queen as head of state. Before the dismissal, many Australians had little idea her representative had such power.

25.06.2020 - 13:08 [ Imperial War Museum ]

Der Untertan [The Subject]

This poster advertises the novel ‘Der Untertan’ (‘The Subject’) by Heinrich Mann (1871-1950), the first part of his trilogy, ‘Das Kaiserreich’ (‘The Empire’). The novel was banned in Germany during the First World War, owing to its criticism of the militarism and conservatism prevalent in Imperial German society. It was finally published, to much acclaim, in 1918. Heinrich’s younger brother, the novelist Thomas Mann, initially wrote in support of the war but later agreed with Heinrich. Both brothers left for America in the 1930s following the rise of the Nazis.

16.01.2020 - 23:20 [ History.com ]

US Presidents and Congress Have Long Clashed Over War Powers

When the Constitution was being written and debated, the framers clearly wanted to break from the British political tradition of investing all war powers in the executive (the king), but they also knew that legislatures could be dangerously slow to respond to immediate military threats. So instead of granting Congress the power to “make” war, as was first proposed, founders like James Madison changed the language to “declare” war.

Madison was no fan of executive overreach—“the Executive is the branch of power most interested in war and most prone to it,” he wrote to Thomas Jefferson—but that change of wording in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution implied that the president, as commander in chief (Article II, Section 2), retained certain powers to “make” war, if not declare it himself.

16.10.2019 - 17:40 [ Rudaw.net ]

Gulf Arab states worry after US Syria pullout

Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed even recently told CBS that the kingdom is “open to all initiatives for a political solution in Yemen.” That’s a long way from another CBS interview last year in which he compared Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

That pragmatism can be heard in how both Saudi Arabia and the UAE look at Syria. Since the start of the country’s war in 2011, it backed those trying to overthrow Assad.

01.10.2019 - 16:24 [ Shingetsu News Agency ]

Visible Minorities: Educating the Non-Japanese Underclass

(17.09.2019)

SNA (Tokyo) — In a shocking series of exposés at the beginning of this month, the Mainichi Shinbun reported that minority children of workers in Japanese schools were being segregated from their Japanese peers, put in classes for the mentally disabled, and systematically denied an education.

30.09.2019 - 13:15 [ Spectator ]

The alliance between America and Saudi Arabia is over

(28.09.2019)

He would have nothing to gain — and every-thing to lose — by jumping into another Gulf quagmire, not least when it comes to his chances of re-election. He is in tune with the overwhelming majority of Americans horrified at the prospect of war with Iran in defence of the House of Saud. Opinion polls show huge majorities — among both Democrat and Republican voters — opposed to any such action. Evangelical Christians support war, because they believe it would make Israel safer. But they would vote for Trump come what may.

For Saudi Arabia, this spells disaster.

25.09.2019 - 17:42 [ New York Times ]

How the U.K. Supreme Court’s Rebuke to Boris Johnson Remakes British Law

Not only did the court declare the prime minister’s action unlawful, it also declared the order itself, which Queen Elizabeth II issued at Mr. Johnson’s request, “unlawful, void, and of no effect.” The request, said the court’s president, Baroness Brenda Hale, might as well have been a “blank sheet of paper.”

Stephen Tierney, a professor of constitutional theory at Edinburgh University, said it was “astonishing” that the court had ruled decisively that it “can review something as fundamental as that, done by Her Majesty, as unlawful.”

25.09.2019 - 17:35 [ Parliament.uk ]

The Supreme Court 2009

The last hearings and judgments in the House of Lords took place on 30 July and the new Supreme Court opened on 1 October 2009.

The Supreme Court comprises of 12 judges, known as „Justices of the Supreme Court“, they include a President and Deputy President, appointed by the Queen on the recommendation of the Judicial Appointments Commission.

The first members of the Supreme Court were the existing 12 Law Lords (Lords of Appeal in Ordinary) who now sit in the new Court which occupies the former Middlesex Guildhall, opposite the Houses of Parliament.

25.09.2019 - 17:26 [ Spectator ]

The Supreme Court’s decision is a constitutional outrage

What that means is that prorogation can be limited by statute and the courts would enforce that statute. I doubt anyone disputes that. What it does not mean, yet what has happened, is that in the absence of such a statute, the ‘Supreme’ Court can step in and invent one. So lawyers and judges have, step by step, decided to give themselves more and more power.

No one expected them to do what they did today. No one expected it to be unanimous – which perhaps hurts the most.

24.09.2019 - 12:43 [ theGuardian.com ]

Jeremy Corbyn says Boris Johnson should ‚consider his position‘ as he demands recall of parliament

At the Labour conference Jeremy Corbyn has taken to the stage.

He says the supreme court judgment demonstrates Boris Johnson’s contempt for parliament.

He says he will write to the Speaker demanding an urgent recall of parliament.

He says a Labour government would want to be held to account. It would not bypass democracy.

And he says Boris Johnson should “in the historic words, consider his position”.

That means he thinks Johnson should resign.

24.09.2019 - 12:30 [ Daily Mail ]

Supreme Court unanimously rules Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament was ‚UNLAWFUL, void and of no effect‘ and overturns the move leaving the PM’s plans in tatters

– The Supreme Court handed down landmark judgment at 10.30am today
– Justices asked to decide whether Boris Johnson gave unlawful advice to Queen
– Judges had 4 options including forcing MPs to return to Parliament this week
– Lady Hale revealed all 11 unanimously agreed to nuclear option of recalling MPs
– PM won’t resign and says MPs have had years to discuss direction of Brexit

24.09.2019 - 12:27 [ ITV.com ]

Supreme Court rules Boris Johnson’s advice to Queen to suspend Parliament was unlawful

Announcing the result, Lady Hale said: „The court is bound to conclude, therefore, that the decision to advise Her Majesty to prorogue Parliament was unlawful because it had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of Parliament to carry out its constitutional functions without reasonable justification.“

07.09.2019 - 09:25 [ Spiked ]

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

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

04.09.2019 - 17:05 [ Haaretz ]

The Arab World Just Handed Netanyahu Its Most Powerful Weapon

Within Israel, Netanyahu’s Arabic-speaking mouthpieces amplify the ridicule, sarcastically „calling out“ Arab leaders on social media for their „treason“ and weakness, whenever they engage in normalization.

Added to that, the role of the Mossad in setting up the back channels that lead to Israeli politicians meeting Gulf leaders – despite being part of the secret service’s brief in states where no diplomatic relations exist – gives the impression that this form of normalization is part of a black ops scheme whose real purpose is still covert.

28.08.2019 - 16:31 [ BBC ]

Prorogation: How can the government suspend Parliament?

MPs do not vote to prorogue – it’s a power that rests with the Queen, done on the advice of the prime minister.

28.08.2019 - 16:25 [ Spiked ]

A battle of two evils

Proroguing parliament to force through Brexit is wrong. But using parliament to stop Brexit is far worse.

28.08.2019 - 16:21 [ theSun.co.uk ]

The Queen agrees to let Boris Johnson shut down Parliament and thwart Corbyn’s anti-Brexit plot

THE Queen has approved Boris Johnson’s bombshell request to suspend Parliament and stop Jeremy Corbyn’s plans to block No Deal Brexit.

Her Majesty met with the Privy Council today at Balmoral and an order was greenlit to prorogue Parliament from any date between September 9 to October 14.

10.08.2019 - 08:15 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Buckingham Palace and Downing Street plan to keep the Queen out of looming constitutional crisis over Brexit

The conversation was prompted by growing speculation that politicians will try to force the Queen to get involved if Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, loses a no-confidence vote early next month.

20.07.2019 - 13:59 [ NBC News ]

U.S. military has begun reestablishing air base inside Saudi Arabia

In June the U.S. military began moving equipment and hundreds of troops back to a military base in Saudi Arabia that the U.S. deserted more than 15 years ago, according to two U.S. officials familiar with the deployment.

Over the coming weeks the deployment to Prince Sultan Air Base, intended to counter the threat from Iran, will grow to include fighter jets and Patriot long-range missile defense systems, the officials said.

12.07.2019 - 09:00 [ Japan Today ]

U.S. in call seeks to ease dispute between S Korea, Japan

Japan said last week it would end expedited shipments of chemical compounds used by South Korean companies in the manufacture of microchips and smartphones.

Tokyo is angry at South Korean court rulings that Japanese firms must compensate forced laborers from Japan’s 1910-1945 rule of the peninsula.

12.07.2019 - 08:39 [ Yonhap ]

S. Korea dismisses UNC’s alleged push to include Japan as official member

According to sources, the UNC is seeking to include Japan as one of the UNC’s „sending states,“ a move likely to inflame public sentiment in South Korea amid renewed historical tensions with Tokyo.

Should Japan obtain the membership, it would pave the way for its military involvement in the event of an armed conflict on the Korean peninsula — a scenario unthinkable for many Koreans who harbor grievances stemming from Japan’s 1910-45 colonial rule.

02.07.2019 - 11:00 [ English Radical History ‏/ Twitter ]

In July 1888, women and girls who worked at Bryant and May’s match factory in Bow, London, went on strike over poor working conditions.

Low pay for a 14-hour day was cut even further if workers talked or went to the toilet, and bone cancer caused by white phosphorus was common.

07.06.2019 - 16:17 [ PoliticsHome.com ]

EXCL Dominic Raab branded a ‚dictator‘ by Tory rival over Parliament shut-down row

Dominic Raab has been branded a „dictator“ as his rivals for the Tory leadership condemned his refusal to rule out shutting down Parliament in order to deliver a no-deal Brexit.

07.06.2019 - 16:09 [ Evening Standard ]

Brexit news latest: The Queen ‚could reject a new PM’s demands to suspend Parliament over no-deal‘

The Queen may reject a Brexiteer Prime Minister’s demand to suspend Parliament to ram through a crash-out from the EU, a Whitehall grandee said today.

Lord Armstrong, who was Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet secretary, said the monarch could decide to consult Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Speaker John Bercow and Lord Speaker Lord Fowler if she believed the Government was asking her to prorogue Parliament to neuter its “rights or duties”.

04.06.2019 - 17:24 [ BBC ]

Trump praises ‚extraordinary‘ US-UK alliance on state visit

US President Donald Trump said the US and UK have the „greatest alliance the world has ever known“ in a news conference with Theresa May.

The prime minister said they had a „great relationship“ that they should „build on“.

03.06.2019 - 18:19 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Time for afternoon tea with Charles! President Trump and Melania are welcomed to Clarence House after spectacular reception at Buckingham Palace including a 21-gun salute and lunch with the Queen

Donald Trump and Melania have enjoyed an afternoon tea with Prince Charles and Camilla on the first day of the US President’s state visit to Britain where the Queen and the royals were out in force to give him an extraordinary welcome.

Mr Trump has started his three-day tour to strengthen the special relationship and commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day on Wednesday, with a state banquet being thrown in his honour at Buckingham Palace tonight.

23.05.2019 - 06:02 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚The sofa’s up against the door‘: Tory MPs count the hours until May quits as she ‚barricades‘ herself in Downing Street after Leadsom resigns on eve of today’s Euro elections that will see the party wiped out

However sources said meetings with senior ministers were postponed because Mrs May was having her regular audience with the Queen, who she was expected to brief on her intentions.

20.05.2019 - 05:23 [ Donald J. Trump, President of the United States ]

If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!

20.05.2019 - 05:20 [ New York Times ]

Rocket Hits Green Zone in Baghdad as Tensions Flare Between U.S. and Iran

The heavily guarded compound was already on a heightened state of alert after nonemergency personnel there and at the United States Consulate in the northern city of Erbil were ordered last week to leave.

The order came after the Trump administration announced that new intelligence indicated a heightened risk that Iranian forces or proxies were considering an imminent attack on American forces or interests in the Persian Gulf or Iraq.

18.05.2019 - 07:08 [ theNation.com ]

Trump May Not Want War With Iran—But the Coalition of the Killing May Give Him One

One spark—a rogue militia attack on US forces in Iraq, a battle involving Iran-allied forces in Syria or Lebanon, an incident in the Persian Gulf—could set off the conflagration that Trump’s advisers seem to want.

Who else wants war? It isn’t just Bolton, who has advocated war with Iran for many years. Joining Bolton on what Zarif calls the “B Team” are Bibi, bin Salman, and bin Zayed (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, the effective ruler of the United Arab Emirates). Together, they represent Trump’s Coalition of the Killing.

18.05.2019 - 04:03 [ WashingtonMonthly.com ]

Netanyahu Is Playing Trump Like a Fiddle

In other words, the Trump administration is escalating tensions with Iran based on intelligence reports from Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would have us believe that this isn’t the first time he has been responsible for the actions of the Trump administration.

18.05.2019 - 03:50 [ Times of Israel ]

Report: Mossad intel of looming Iranian attack led US to send in carrier force

(06.05.2019)

“The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces.”

According to Israel’s Channel 13, Israeli officials conveyed information gathered largely by the Mossad on an Iranian plan to attack either a US or US-allied target, details of which were not provided to the network.

18.05.2019 - 03:14 [ Washington Post ]

Who actually supports military strikes against Iran?

Among them, the trio of Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United Arab Emirates. It’s no coincidence that these countries have courted the White House since Trump entered office in January 2017 — they saw the incoming administration as an ally against Iran.

18.05.2019 - 01:41 [ Imperial War Museum ]

Der Untertan [The Subject]

This poster advertises the novel ‘Der Untertan’ (‘The Subject’) by Heinrich Mann (1871-1950), the first part of his trilogy, ‘Das Kaiserreich’ (‘The Empire’). The novel was banned in Germany during the First World War, owing to its criticism of the militarism and conservatism prevalent in Imperial German society. It was finally published, to much acclaim, in 1918. Heinrich’s younger brother, the novelist Thomas Mann, initially wrote in support of the war but later agreed with Heinrich. Both brothers left for America in the 1930s following the rise of the Nazis.

07.05.2019 - 04:55 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Charles wades into Brexit: Future king will urge politicians to protect Britain’s historic ‚bond‘ with Germany

– The Prince of Wales says Britain and Germany have transcended years of conflict
– He hopes the friendship and partnership will continue long after Brexit
– He is speaking in Berlin to celebrate the Queen’s birthday

12.04.2019 - 20:32 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Saudi Arabia Promised Support to Libyan Warlord in Push to Seize Tripoli

The offer came during a visit to Saudi Arabia that was just one of several meetings Mr. Haftar had with foreign dignitaries in the weeks and days before he began the military campaign on April 4.

09.04.2019 - 09:06 [ Standard.co.uk ]

Brexit delay bill receives royal assent and is signed into law after it is raced through Parliament

Yvette Cooper’s backbench Bill aimed at forcing Theresa May to request a Brexit extension rather than leave the EU with no deal has been signed into law.

The cross-party European Union (Withdrawal) (No 5) Bill received royal assent after it was backed by MPs and peers on Monday night.

07.04.2019 - 12:00 [ intpolicydigest.org ]

Libyan General Haftar’s Visit to Saudi Arabia

(1.4.2019)

This visit, which occurred one day before the Saudi monarch departed for the annual Arab League summit in Tunis, marked the first meeting between Haftar and King Salman. While in the Saudi capital, Haftar also met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. With the Saudi king, the Libyan commander discussed the “latest developments” in Libya’s civil war that erupted in 2014. King Salman affirmed Riyadh’s “keenness for the security and stability of Libya.”

07.04.2019 - 11:56 [ France24.com ]

How the West’s silence emboldened Libya’s Haftar

The 75-year-old Haftar, who has switched sides and loyalties in the course of a military career spanning half-a-century, has portrayed himself as the only man who can bring stability to Libya and crush the Islamists in the North African nation.

It’s a pitch that has won Haftar audiences with leaders in Paris, Rome, Moscow, Cairo, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi. But analysts warn that the self-aggrandising military man is unlikely or unable to deliver on both fronts.

26.03.2019 - 17:12 [ Express.co.uk ]

Brexit SHOCK: Kate Hoey forces Bercow to admit EU law still OVERRULES British Parliament

During a point of order, the Brexiteer MP questioned: “The position would be constitutionally, if this statutory instrument comes before us, changing the date which we have already in our legislation was not accepted by this House – does EU law overrule our Parliament?” The Speaker replied: “As a matter of general practice it is well established that EU law trumps UK national law, I am not saying anything controversial there.

18.03.2019 - 22:43 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

John Bercow causes ‚major constitutional crisis‘ by blocking third vote on Brexit deal

John Bercow has plunged Britain into a “major constitutional crisis” after banning Theresa May from holding a third vote on her Brexit deal, the Solicitor General has said.
The Speaker – a Remain voter who has faced repeated accusations of anti-Brexit bias – invoked a convention last used 99 years ago to stop the vote taking place.

18.03.2019 - 22:35 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Remainer John Bercow blows shock hole in Theresa May’s hopes of holding third Brexit vote this week

He warned Mrs May that if she wants to hold a third „meaningful vote“ on the withdrawal agreement there must be substantial changes.

13.03.2019 - 20:45 [ Laura Kuenssberg / Twitter ]

So… the main vote is now on whether UK can EVER leave the EU without a deal (because of earlier Spelman vote) – govt is now said to be trying to force its own MP s to vote against its own motion – frankly things so chaotic this could implode by mistake

27.02.2019 - 09:16 [ Parliament.uk ]

Yvette Cooper’s Private Member’s Bill explained

(19.2.2019) What role does Parliament have in extending Article 50?

Although it is not explicitly stated in UK legislation, Parliament is not thought to have a formal role in deciding whether the Article 50 process should be extended as a matter of EU law. Extension is ultimately a question that is resolved by the UK Government acting on the UK’s behalf, negotiating with the European Union.

27.02.2019 - 09:11 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Brexit Supreme Court Case: MPs‘ motion on Article 50 was not legally binding, Government lawyer admits

(8. Dezember2016) A vote by MPs to back Theresa May’s Brexit plans was not legally binding, the Government’s lawyers have admitted.

James Eadie QC made the concession during the final day of Supreme Court appeal which is considering whether the Prime Minister has sufficient authority to trigger Article 50 without a vote by MPs.

27.02.2019 - 09:09 [ Verfassungsblog.de ]

The House of Commons’ Last Chance at Taking Back Control?

A key part of the case against the Cooper-Letwin plan is that it is unlikely to work without a degree of Government support.

12.02.2019 - 16:21 [ Stratfor ]

Saudi Arabia and the Muslim Brotherhood: Unexpected Adversaries

(5. März 2012) At first glance, an Islamist movement taking power in one of the Arab world’s most significant countries would seem to be a development that Saudi Arabia — a country where Islam is central to the state’s cultural and political identity — would welcome enthusiastically. However, Riyadh is increasingly worried about the political movement’s growing popularity throughout the region, and the consequences that the rise of a republican form of Islamism may bring for the Saudi royal family’s absolute monarchy.

29.01.2019 - 17:07 [ Reuters ]

UK Labour leader Corbyn says his party backs three-month Brexit delay

British opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Tuesday his party would back a three-month delay to Brexit if the government cannot get an exit deal approved by parliament before Feb. 26.

29.01.2019 - 16:27 [ Pippa Crerar ‏/ Twitter ]

Corbyn confirms Labour backing @YvetteCooperMP amendment “because to crash out without a deal, would be deeply damaging for industry and economy”. Adds that they’re supporting three months extension.

29.01.2019 - 07:40 [ Matt Dathan ‏/ Twitter ]

NEW: A group of 10-15 Labour MPs confronted the party’s chief whip Nick Brown tonight over the decision to whip in favour of Cooper and Grieve amendments. And they weren’t the usual suspects – some were hardline Corbynistas.

29.01.2019 - 07:28 [ theSun.co.uk ]

LABOUR VOTE SHIFT: Jeremy Corbyn to throw Labour’s weight behind delaying Brexit in crunch Commons vote

A group of between 10-15 MPs confronted Labour’s chief whip Nick Brown in his office last night demanding him explain the decision. Sources said the group included some of Mr Corbyn’s biggest leftie supporters.

One furious insider said: “How are we going to explain this when we claim not to be blocking Brexit but we’re effectively going to kick it into the long grass.”

28.01.2019 - 17:20 [ Green-Leaves.org ‏/ Twitter ]

The Cooper amendment. The political cost of extending A50 will be chaos. #LabourParty must not regard itself as pro-EU or it will continue to lose seats like Bolton W, Walsall, Stoke and Mansfield. And what is true of Labour is truer of the Green Party,

28.01.2019 - 17:09 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Furious Jeremy Corbyn refuses to say if he will order his MPs to back Cooper plan to delay Brexit tomorrow in tense exchange

– Jeremy Corbyn was asked whether he would back Yvette Cooper’s plan today
– He snapped ’no comment‘ at reporters and stalked off away from questions
– Labour sources said there would be no official position from the party today
– Cooper’s plan to delay Brexit instead of a no deal will be voted on tomorrow
– But it can only succeed if Corbyn tells all his MPs to vote for it in the Commons

28.01.2019 - 17:02 [ theGuardian.com ]

Brexit: No 10 refuses to specify amendments it may back in Commons

However, only some amendments will be picked for a vote by the Speaker, John Bercow. Asked which ones the government might back, May’s spokesman said it was impossible to say before they were selected.

28.01.2019 - 07:53 [ Sky News ]

How MPs will try to change course of Brexit this week

So the important votes will not be based on Mrs May’s plans, but on amendments to it.

The consequences could see Brexit delayed by nine months, a time-limit put on the backstop and calling a second referendum.

Bear with us, we’ll take you through them all step by step.

28.01.2019 - 07:39 [ David Davis / Telegraph.co.uk ]

Anti-Brexit MPs must beware the dangers of upending centuries of Parliamentary tradition

The British constitution is based on four things: statute law, common law, works of authority, and Parliamentary conventions. These conventions exist for a reason. They’re unwritten understandings about how something in Parliament should be done which, although not legally enforceable, until now has been almost universally observed.

To the public, process is arcane, boring, and sometimes incomprehensible. But given that we lack a written constitution, it is important, and Parliament must be conducted in a manner which is recognised and respected.

27.01.2019 - 13:54 [ Spiked / Twitter ]

“Orwell’s thought police is now a reality. Humberside Police are investigating a man for retweeting an offensive limerick — they even contacted him to ‘check his thinking’. It is now normal for police to investigate ‘non-crime hate incidents’.” — @andrewdoyle_com on #SkyPapers

27.01.2019 - 12:48 [ hulldailymail.co.uk ]

Humberside Police tell man to ‚check his thinking‘ after he likes ‚offensive transgender limerick‘ on Twitter

The former policeman said he faced 34 minutes of phone questions from a police constable after liking the post. The officer, Mr Miller claims, told him he was investigating a report of „hate speech“ after an unnamed complainant contacted the force, reports Grimsby Live.

He spoke out about the probe on his own Twitter page and said: „Cop said he was in possession of 30 tweets by me. I asked if any contained criminal material. He said…No.

„I asked if any came close to being criminal…and he read me a limerick. Honestly. A limerick. A cop read me a limerick over the phone.“

25.01.2019 - 05:53 [ Standard.co.uk ]

Queen’s speech calling for ‚common ground‘ seen as Brexit reference

As head of state, the monarch remains publicly neutral when it comes to political matters and does not express her views. But commentators were likely to see her words as a veiled reference the debate on Britain’s departure from the EU.

Similar in tone to her Christmas Day address, the Queen expressed the importance of “never losing sight of the bigger picture”.

19.01.2019 - 19:39 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Remainer plot to seize Brexit and ‘deny EU Referendum result’ revealed as Dominic Grieve unveils amendment to stop No Deal

Europhile Grieve is working with other Remainers, including Labour rebels, to try and block the UK leaving the EU on March 29 without an agreement with Brussels.

They plan to put their motion to a vote in Parliament which if backed by 300 MPs could spark legislation to extend or revoke Article 50.

That would be considered highly controversial as it would challenge the unwritten constitution that only an elected majority government can control UK policy.

10.01.2019 - 08:08 [ theSun.co.uk ]

SPEAKER OF THE DEVIL: Commons Speaker John Bercow accused of trying to sabotage Brexit with Plan B ruling as he sparks constitutional crisis

The controversy sparked a near riot in Parliament as Brexiteers shouted their fury at the Speaker.

Amid scenes of chaos on the Commons floor, one livid Cabinet minister confronted Mr Bercow just before PMQs to accuse him of being “totally out of order”.

The Sun can reveal that seething Chief Whip Julian Smith – one of Mrs May’s closest lieutenants – accused Mr Bercow of “throwing centuries of precedence in the bin to thwart the referendum result”.

10.01.2019 - 08:05 [ Channel4.com ]

Prisons Minister Rory Stewart on Speaker John Bercow: ‘What he did was pretty strange and unprecedented’

Prisons Minister Rory Stewart has been a doughty defender of Theresa May’s deal in the past weeks.

10.01.2019 - 07:55 [ theTimes.co.uk ]

Brexit: Second Commons defeat for May after Bercow breaks with tradition

The ruling by Mr Bercow, whose relationship with the government has been rancorous for years and has deteriorated over recent months, began a procedural row lasting more than an hour in the Commons as Conservative MPs accused him of “sophistry” and bias, Labour MPs applauded him and the Speaker refused to deny that he had overruled…

09.01.2019 - 20:20 [ theGuardian.com ]

John Bercow’s decision endangers the office of Speaker, and our democracy

Whatever shape Brexit takes, the effects of this unilateral change to parliamentary rules will be felt for a long time

09.01.2019 - 19:57 [ Spectator.co.uk ]

John Bercow’s disregard of precedent is a serious constitutional issue

Then there’s the matter of how the Commons works in the future, long after Bercow has gone. Does this mean that another Speaker can change procedure as he pleases, even against the advice of his own clerks? How can the Commons prevent this leading to the next referee being so obviously lacking in neutrality that their authority is even less than Bercow’s?

09.01.2019 - 19:54 [ Independent.co.uk ]

We now know John Bercow is as out of control as Brexit itself

Given the propensity of thought-to-be-lost Morecambe and Wise episodes to turn up decades later in west African cinema store cupboards, we must advise the parliamentary archivists immediately to incinerate all recorded footage of the House of Commons between 12.41 and 13.53 on the afternoon of Wednesday 9 January 2019, and promptly blast the ashes deep into outer space.

Actually, perhaps that’s too risky.

09.01.2019 - 19:48 [ basiapuszkar ‏/ Twitter ]

More #Brexit drama, this time involving Speaker Bercow and the distinction between a motion and an amendment.

09.01.2019 - 19:35 [ Steven Swinford, Deputy Political Editor, The Telegraph / Twitter ]

We are now in full-fledged constitutional crisis territory. Bercow has accepted the Grieve amendment which *his own clerks* say is against the standing orders of the House. This is going to be carnage.

09.01.2019 - 19:18 [ Sam White ‏/ Twitter ]

The American right is psychopathic, the British right is in a state of toothless submission. There must be an ideal medium somewhere between the two.

09.01.2019 - 19:15 [ John Alistair ‏/ Twitter ]

How does a Conservative speaker giving time for a Conservative backbencher’s amendment to a Conservative government’s motion constitute partisanship in favour of the Labour party?

09.01.2019 - 19:12 [ Mark Wallace, Executive Editor of ConservativeHome @ConHome / Twitter ]

Constitutions based in part on convention are delicate things. Mess with them without proper thought, and you can quite quickly go from ringing the bells to wringing your hands. I fear Parliament will rue the day they allowed this.

09.01.2019 - 19:07 [ NewStatesman.com ]

What does John Bercow’s unprecedented action mean for Brexit – and for him?

It is true to say that you cannot really make an argument that Bercow’s action is supported by precedent or the rules of the House. What matters is if they are supported by the one rule of British politics that does matter: do you have a majority in the House of Commons? If you have a majority in the House of Commons, it doesn’t matter if you are found to have misled MPs, provided that majority is willing to sustain you in office. It doesn’t matter if you are upending centuries of precedent, because the only precedent that matters in our constitution is that Parliament can do whatever it wants.

09.01.2019 - 18:56 [ Blue Labour ‏/ Twitter ]

This is obvious but worth repeating again and again. This ‘crisis’, which can ‘only be solved by a second referendum’ is in fact a concerted, long-term, cross-party effort to overturn Brexit. Wildly irresponsible.

(today)

09.01.2019 - 18:52 [ Tim Dawson, writer and journalist ‏/ Twitter ]

The root cause of our national discontent is simple. We had a referendum, but the losing side refuses to honour it. We are therefore stuck in a political groundhog day; forced to replay the same exhausting, exhausted arguments over and over again. 2 years on- tempers are fraying.

09.01.2019 - 18:39 [ Sky News ]

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow defends impartiality amid Brexiteers‘ anger

Furious Brexiteers raise questions about the Remain-supporting Speaker in angry parliamentary exchanges.

09.01.2019 - 18:35 [ ProductiehuisEU / Twitter ]

BREXIT – Angry Mark Francois hits out at Speaker Bercow (9th January 2019)

Raising a point of order after PMQs, he said: “Mr Speaker, I have not been in this House as long as you but I have been here for 18 years and I have never known any occasion when any Speaker has overruled a motion of the House of Commons. “You have said again and again you’re a servant of this House and we take you at your word, and I have heard you many times on points of order when people have challenged you say ‘I cannot do X or Y because I am bound by a motion of the House’. “You have done that multiple times in my experience, so why are you overruling this today?”

09.01.2019 - 18:13 [ Sky News Politics ‏/ Twitter ]

„We had a row in the Commons for over an hour.“ Tory MP Mark Francois says many MPs believe John Bercow was „exceeding his authority“ by approving a vote on a controversial amendment.

Follow the #Brexit debate here: http://po.st/FKBjwo

09.01.2019 - 18:08 [ Mark D'Arcy, parliamentary correspondent / BBC ]

Bercow’s unprecedented ruling could change the course of Brexit

I suspect that, one way or another, Mr Bercow’s turbulent tenure in the Commons chair is coming to an end.

Perhaps in months rather than weeks, but not before the big Brexit votes (and it’s not impossible that somewhere along the way, he might have to make this kind of ruling again).

The basic question his would-be successors will have to answer is how much of the Bercow revolution in the way the Commons works should be scrapped – and how much should be retained?

09.01.2019 - 18:02 [ Sky News Politics / Twitter ]

Tory MP Mark Francois criticises John Bercow’s decision to approve a debate on a controversial amendment which could impact the process of leaving the EU.

A row has broken out in the House of Commons over #Brexit – follow the latest here: http://po.st/FKBjwo

09.01.2019 - 17:58 [ PoliticsHome.com ]

AS IT HAPPENED: PMQs and Commons chaos as angry MPs confronted John Bercow over Brexit amendment row

> MPs have voted by 308 to 297 to force Theresa May to return to the Commons with a Brexit plan in just three days if her current deal is defeated

> Tory MPs accused Commons Speaker John Bercow of not being impartial on Brexit – but he denied the charges.

09.12.2018 - 18:40 [ Danny Sjursen / Antiwar.com ]

Tragic Dawn of Overseas Imperialism

Empire. It is a word that most Americans loathe. After all, the United States was born through its rebellion against the great (British) empire of the day. American politicians, policymakers and the public alike have long preferred to imagine the U.S. as, rather, a beacon of freedom in the world, bringing light to those in the darkness of despotism. Europeans, not Americans, it is thought, had empires. Some version of this myth has pervaded the republic from its earliest colonial origins, and nothing could be further from the truth.

03.12.2018 - 08:21 [ Royal.uk ]

The Queen and Parliament

After a general election, the appointment of a Prime Minister is the prerogative of the Sovereign.

In appointing a Prime Minister, the Sovereign is guided by constitutional conventions. The main requirement is to find someone who can command the confidence of the House of Commons. This is normally secured by appointing the leader of the party with an overall majority of seats in the Commons, but there could still be exceptional circumstances when The Queen might need to exercise discretion to ensure that her Government is carried on.

03.12.2018 - 08:15 [ British Library ]

Britain’s unwritten constitution

All modern states, saving only the UK, New Zealand and Israel, have adopted a documentary constitution of this kind, the first and most complete model being that of the United States of America in 1788. However, in Britain we certainly say that we have a constitution, but it is one that exists in an abstract sense, comprising a host of diverse laws, practices and conventions that have evolved over a long period of time. The key landmark is the Bill of Rights (1689), which established the supremacy of Parliament over the Crown following the forcible replacement of King James II (r.1685–88) by William III (r.1689–1702) and Mary (r.1689–94) in the Glorious Revolution (1688).

03.11.2018 - 07:32 [ London Progressive Journal ]

Crimes of Empire: How Historical Fake News Contributed to Imperial Genocide

(26.Oktober) Fake news is as old as empire, maybe even older.(…)
We should not delude ourselves that fake neither is either a recent phenomenon nor that the worst culprits are the far-right and unscrupulous, click-bait websites. Those in power carry more weight than those who seek power, and so their capacity to cause damage by lying is greater than that of aspiring tyrants.

23.10.2018 - 16:37 [ New York Times ]

Clinton Urges United Europe to Include Russia

(JUNE 3, 2000) Standing under an unforgiving sun in the courtyard of the ninth-century cathedral where Charlemagne is buried and where many Holy Roman emperors and German kings were crowned, Mr. Clinton told an audience of several hundred people that to do otherwise would destroy the vision of an undivided Continent.

Mr. Clinton delivered his speech after he was given the Charlemagne Award, which is given to a world leader who furthers the cause of European unity.

11.10.2018 - 23:31 [ El National.cat ]

Catalan Parliament censures king Felipe VI and calls for the abolition of the monarchy

That wasn’t the only bill the Parliament passed today. With 90 votes in favour from JxCat, PSC, En Comú and CUP, ERC’s bill condemning Francoism and the rise of the far-right sailed through. Notably, however, both Ciutadans and PP abstained. The text restates the chamber’s commitment to „democracy and freedoms“ and urges the Catalan government to eliminate any and all Francoist and fascist symbolism from public spaces, official buildings and monuments.

05.06.2018 - 13:50 [ Haaretz / googleusercontent,com ]

Netanyahu’s Weapons Against the Former Head of Mossad: Lies, Distortions and Incitement

Ostensibly citing Pardo’s words to Dayan that the “fun part” about the Mossad was that it was a “licensed crime organization” Netanyahu said that the Mossad “was not a crime organization but a glorious organization that does holy work in the war on terror, and which we all salute.” Netanyahu conveniently neglected to cite the end of Pardo’s statement: “For King and country,“ the oath used since Roman times, and especially in English history, by soldiers willing to sacrifice their lives for their nations. The Mossad is a “licensed crime organization,“ Pardo meant, but only in the service of Israel’s greater interests.

30.05.2018 - 11:25 [ David C Bannerman, Abgeordneter des EU-Parlaments / Twitter ]

What’s happening in Italy is an absolute democratic outrage & shows EU will trample over all democracy to protect its tottering Empire & Euro. First they parachuted in Monti as PM 2011-13, a technocrat & ex EU Commissioner, now they parachute in Carlo Cottarelli, ex-IMF economist

15.05.2018 - 04:48 [ South China Morning Post ]

Royal wedding: two-thirds of Britons aren’t interested, poll suggests

The poll, commissioned by anti-monarchist pressure group Republic, found that 66 per cent of Britons are not interested in the event, with 60 per cent of Britons planning to have a normal weekend.(…)
The poll by polling firm YouGov showed that 57 per cent of respondents believed the royal family should pay not only for the wedding but also for the costs of police.