Archiv: power struggles


02.11.2019 - 12:18 [ Daily Mail ]

Boris Johnson takes no-deal off the table: PM’s manifesto will abandon the threat of crashing out of EU – and promise tax cuts – in bid to capture the centre ground after ruling out a pact with Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party

– Johnson’s new manifesto will focus on achieving Brexit ‚immediately‘ with his ‚fantastic‘ deal
– According to the outgoing Culture Secretary, Nicky Morgan, a no-deal Brexit is now ‚effectively off the table‘
– Prime Minister promised tax cuts and to lift threshold at which people start paying National Insurance
– Johnson earlier rejected the offer of a pact with Farage and urged all Leave voters to back the Tories
– Decision to reject alliance offer puts the Tories and Brexit Party on course for a showdown at the ballot box

02.11.2019 - 12:10 [ ITV.com ]

Boris Johnson rejects Trump’s call for Farage alliance telling ITV News his Brexit deal is ‚ready to go‘

Speaking to ITV News Political Editor Robert Peston, the prime minister said his party was in the best position to deliver Brexit and insisted that a vote elsewhere ran „the risk of putting Jeremy Corbyn“ in No.10.

Mr Johnson was speaking after the US President had waded into the election, suggesting that Mr Farage and the prime minister join forces and that the Johnson Brexit deal was flawed.

02.11.2019 - 12:07 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Drop your dreadful deal, Boris, and in the national interest let’s get Brexit done properly

The Brexit Party is ready for the general election. As the European election made clear, we have hundreds of high quality candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds who are united in their desire to secure a proper break from Brussels and who share a lack of trust in the political class.

We will use the substantial funds which our donors and supporters have helped us raise to fight every seat. If we are the only party willing to stand up for a proper Brexit, so be it.

19.10.2019 - 09:48 [ New York Times ]

The Admiral vs. the President

An Op-Ed by a retired admiral strongly criticizing President Trump brought a reader to tears, “when contrasted so starkly with the dishonor and hubris emanating from the White House.”

19.10.2019 - 09:44 [ ABC News ]

Former Navy SEAL commander William McRaven says US under attack from Trump

“The America that they believed in was under attack, not from without, but from within,” Adm. William H. McRaven, who led the U.S. Special Operations Command before retiring, wrote in the New York Times Thursday describing the mood at two functions he attended in the span of a week — one at an Army change of command ceremony and the other a gala honoring members of the intelligence and Special Operations communities.

Recalling a conversation he had while attending a ceremony at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, McRaven wrote, “one retired four-star general, grabbed my arm, shook me and shouted, ‘I don’t like the Democrats, but Trump is destroying the Republic!’”

05.10.2019 - 18:56 [ PressTV.com ]

Iraq authorities lift curfew as normalcy returns to streets of Baghdad

A number of protesters and security personnel have been killed as a result of the provocations.

On Friday, Iraqi police said in a statement that “unidentified snipers” killed two security forces and two civilians across the capital Baghdad earlier in the day.

Arab media outlets and observes have published reports revealing that the US seeks to drive recent anti-corruption protests in Iraq into chaos in a bid to install a pro-US regime.

05.10.2019 - 18:52 [ aa.com.tr ]

Iraq’s Sistani warns against using violence in protests

(04.10.2019)

„There have been unacceptable and condemned attacks on demonstrators, policemen and properties in Baghdad along with a number of provinces,“ al-Sistani said in a statement.

„In different areas, the demonstrations have led to riots and bloody clashes that left dozens of victims and wounded,“ he added.

Sistani warned of the „serious repercussions of the use of violence and counter-violence,“ calling for „avoiding it in all cases“.

05.10.2019 - 18:40 [ PressTV.com ]

Iraqi forces bust terror cell plotting to assassinate Ayatollah Sistani: Report

Meanwhile, the correspondent for the Iran-based Arabic-language al-Alam television news network, Navid Behrouz, reported that the captured terrorists had planned to incite protesters to storm Ayatollah Sistani’s office.

Earlier in the day, Grand Ayatollah Sistani urged Iraqi security forces and protesters to avoid violence, expressing sorrow over some sporadic unrest that has led to several casualties.

“It is sorrowful there have been so many deaths, casualties and destruction” from clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces in recent days, he said in a letter on Friday.

05.10.2019 - 17:40 [ Brasco_Aad ‏/ Twitter ]

Iraq opens border crossing with Syria and within 48 hours mass protests broke out in Iraq. ? The economic situation in Iraq is in dire straits (like in the entire MENA region. It’s for example F U in Morocco too), but it went from 0 to 100 in nanoseconds.

(03.10.2019)

03.10.2019 - 10:07 [ MercoPress.com ]

OAS General Secretariat statement on the situation in Peru

The GS/OAS also considers it desirable for the parties to make gestures that favor calm in the face of the crisis. It is essential that the public is not exposed to violence in a context of conflict and political fragility seen in recent months through different points of possible escalation of sectoral conflicts that, although they are outside the current crisis, could further complicate the situation.

03.10.2019 - 09:49 [ Grayzone ]

How Venezuela defeated Washington’s coup attempt at the United Nations

Since January, the US has pressured countries to revoke Venezuela’s status at the United Nations, converting the international body into a battleground for the country’s sovereignty.

“[Nicolas] Maduro is and will remain the legitimate president of Venezuela, by the people’s sacred right to self-determination,” Rodríguez announced before the General Assembly moments after her arrival.

As Rodríguez took the floor, a modestly sized group of representatives from US-allied countries walked out of the hall, in a display of opposition to her presence. The walk-out recalled scenes from diplomatic meetings from Vienna to Geneva in the months following Washington’s move to recognize Guaidó as Venezuela’s president in January.

03.10.2019 - 09:46 [ Fox News ]

Diplomats walk out in protest as Venezuela attempts to fill UN General Assembly with supporters

(30.09.2019)

In a week when President Trump and his administration placed the spotlight on the humanitarian crisis brought on by Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro, a number of diplomats led by the U.S. walked out Friday during a speech by Maduro’s vice-president, Delcy Rodriguez.

The walkout came as a note from the Venezuelan mission claimed the United States and partners were planning a vote at the General Assembly to prevent the representative of the Caracas regime from speaking.

03.10.2019 - 08:38 [ MercoPress ]

Peruvian vice-president resigns as interim president and supports general election

Ms Fujimori, the daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori, is in jail awaiting trial for allegedly accepting illegal funds from Odebrecht.

The president also argued that Congress’s appointment of a new judge to the constitutional court would interfere with his efforts to stamp out corruption. Among other things, the court is soon due to decide whether to free Keiko Fujimori from pre-trial detention.

23.09.2019 - 05:41 [ i24news.tv ]

LIVEBLOG: Gantz leads in votes for next Israeli PM after first day of talks

September 22, 2019
6:36 PM

By the end of Sunday’s consultations, former IDF chief Benny Gantz secured more recommendations than Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

23.09.2019 - 05:31 [ i24news.tv ]

Hitting back at Joint List, Netanyahu vows to form ‚broad unity government‘

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu angrily fired back at the Arab Joint List for recommending rival Benny Gantz to be the next prime minister, insisting if given the mandate he would work to form a „broad national unity government.“

Israel’s Arab parties on Sunday broke longstanding precedent by endorsing former IDF chief Benny Gantz for prime minister after last week’s hard-fought elections.

22.09.2019 - 22:45 [ New York Times ]

Ayman Odeh: We Are Ending Netanyahu’s Grip on Israel

The Israeli government has done everything in its power to reject those of us who are Arab Palestinian citizens, but our influence has only grown. We will be the cornerstone of democracy.

22.09.2019 - 22:38 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election Results: Arab Alliance Endorses Gantz for PM, Lieberman Won’t Back Anyone

Rare move by Joint List in bid to ‚end the Netanyahu era‘ could give Kahol Lavan leader first chance at forming coalition ■ Lieberman: ‚Joint List members are enemies‘

22.09.2019 - 12:33 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election Results: President to Start Consultations With Party Leaders to Designate Next PM

All eyes are on Yisrael Beiteinu’s Avigdor Lieberman and the Joint List, comprised of four Arab-majority parties, in order to gauge Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz’s chances at unseating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Neither parties have announced officially whether they would recommend Gantz to the president, and are expected to make their decisions public later Sunday.

22.09.2019 - 12:26 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election Results: Arab Party Must Recommend Gantz, or Netanyahu Will Be Back

In 1992, Knesset members from Hadash and the United Arab List backed Yitzhak Rabin, who wasn’t their cup of tea, as prime minister. This eventually led to the allocation of significant funds for the benefit of the Arab community – without mentioning the mutual recognition between Israel and the PLO, and the Oslo Accords.

20.09.2019 - 18:25 [ Salon.com ]

Benny Gantz rebukes Benjamin Netanyahu’s offer to form unity coalition

Gantz responded to Netanyahu’s request by saying he would only lead a „liberal“ coalition, a statement which excluded the ultra-Orthodox political bloc on whom Netanyahu has relied throughout his tenure.

Moshe Yaalon, another Blue and White leader, added that the party would not enter into a coalition led by Netanyahu because of the corruption charges against him.

20.09.2019 - 11:23 [ Washington Post ]

‘Our relations are with Israel’: Trump appears to give embattled Netanyahu the cold shoulder

(18.09.2019)

Trump said he had not spoken to Netanyahu, a man he has described as a close friend. He then noted that the election is close while playing down Netanyahu’s importance to the alliance between the United States and Israel.

“Our relations are with Israel, so we’ll see what happens,” Trump told reporters traveling with him in California.

18.09.2019 - 17:44 [ Times of Israel ]

Netanyahu to issue press statement after meeting of right-wing factions

While not enough to form a coalition on its own, Channel 12 reports Netanyahu is hoping that Rivlin will consider the 55-seat bloc as a single party and therefore agree to task the premier with forming the next government for having a bigger faction than the standalone Blue and White party.

18.09.2019 - 17:42 [ israelnationalnews.com ]

First publication: ‚Right-wing bloc‘ led by Netanyahu established

It was decided to form a joint coalition negotiations team for all factions in the bloc.

In addition to Netanyahu, the meeting saw the participation of Minister Yariv Levin and faction heads: Yaakov Litzman, Moshe Gafni, Naftali Bennett, Rabbi Rafi Peretz, Ayelet Shaked, and Bezalel Smotrich.

15.09.2019 - 15:16 [ Daily Mail ]

Britain will break free of its ‚manacles‘ from the EU like the Incredible Hulk, Boris Johnson tells Brussels ahead of crunch meeting with Jean-Claude Juncker

In an exclusive interview with The Mail on Sunday, the Prime Minister says that if negotiations break down, he will ignore the Commons vote ordering him to delay the UK’s departure, adding: ‚The madder Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets.‘

Mr Johnson’s bullish declaration comes ahead of a crunch meeting tomorrow with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.

04.09.2019 - 07:22 [ Linda Yueh, Economist @UniofOxford / Twitter ]

Backbench MPs will bring forward a bill today that would force PM Johnson to request a 3-month Brexit extension if he had failed to negotiate a new deal by Oct 19; bill must pass both Commons & Lords by Monday when parliament will be prorogued until Oct 14

04.09.2019 - 06:31 [ Jonathan Lis, Dep Director @britinfluence / Twitter ]

On the other side, only Kate Hoey and John Mann spoilt the party for Labour (plus ex-Labour MPs Ian Austin and Ivan Lewis). Big thanks to the Labour Leavers who, despite their misgivings, decided to put their constituents first.

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 - 06:03 [ 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 - 06:00 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Corbyn better than no-deal Brexit, say investment banks as anti-capitalist Labour wins unlikely new City fans

Jeremy Corbyn, the scourge of bankers and avowed opponent of capitalism, is winning support from unexpected new quarters: two of the biggest global banks operating in the City of London are warming to the Labour leader.

Unlikely as it may seem, he is now seen as the lesser of two evils by analysts at Citibank and Deutsche Bank, respectively American and German titans of the financial system.

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.

04.09.2019 - 05:36 [ Standard.co.uk ]

Brexit votes: Whip removed from 21 senior Tories who rebelled against Boris Johnson in crunch Commons vote

Removing the whip effectively means expelling the MPs from their party.

The list of rebelling MPs included ex-Cabinet ministers Greg Clark, David Gauke, Rory Stewart, Oliver Letwin, Justine Greening as well as Mr Hammond and Father of the House Mr Clarke.

04.09.2019 - 05:24 [ Spiked ]

Today was a very dark day for British democracy

The political class has taken back control – from the people.

03.09.2019 - 23:24 [ Axios ]

Parliament defeats Boris Johnson to take control of Brexit process

The lawmakers who voted in favor of the motion include a number of high-profile rebels in Johnson’s own Conservative Party, who now risk being stripped of their affiliation. Parliament on Wednesday will vote on a bill to force Johnson to seek a Brexit extension from the European Union.

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 - 17:25 [ BBC Politics / Twitter ]

The moment defecting Tory MP Phillip Lee takes his seat with the Liberal Democrats, leaving Boris Johnson’s government with no working majority

03.09.2019 - 16:38 [ John Mann, Member of Parliament / Twitter ]

It is my judgement that sufficient Labour MPs will vote to respect the referendum and stop Parliament from revoking.

(30.08.2019)

03.09.2019 - 16:35 [ Kate Hoey, Member of Parliament / Twitter ]

Any MP who votes for this Bill will be showing more loyalty to the European Union than to the United Kingdom

03.09.2019 - 16:31 [ Spectator ]

Prepare for Brexit history to be made tonight

Brexit history and constitutional history may be made at 10 tonight.

Because the number of Tory rebels is holding firm at around 20.

And that means Sir Oliver Letwin’s motion under Standing Order 24, which would have the effect of handing control of business in the Commons to backbenchers tomorrow, could well pass by around five votes.

03.09.2019 - 16:19 [ theSun.co.uk ]

CIVIL WAR: Boris Johnson’s last ditch peace talks FAIL and break into furious row as Philip Hammond ‘admits’ working with EU on rebel law

The meeting was said to be courteous but the ex-Chancellor repeatedly interrupted the discussion and spoke over colleagues.

And Government sources claimed that he let slip that the rebel bill – which will be put to MPs tomorrow to try and stop a No Deal – was drawn up with assistance from the EU’s legal team.

10.08.2019 - 20:09 [ CNN ]

Top intel official interrupted meeting to urge his deputy to resign

When discussing his attempt to replace Coats with Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe on July 30, the President told reporters that intelligence community needed „somebody like that that’s strong and can really rein it in. As you’ve all learned, the intelligence agencies have run amok. They’ve run amok.“

11.07.2019 - 11:28 [ Ehud Barak / Twitter ]

לא יהיה כלום כי אין כלום? ביבי, אני מכיר אותך היטב. לפי קצב פליטת השקרים, מחוג הלחץ שלך מתקרב ל-100. ביבי, תשתה קצת מים. רק התחלנו

(07.07.2019)

11.07.2019 - 11:14 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Dirties Up Ehud Barak Over Jeffrey Epstein Scandal So He Looks Cleaner

After months of playing defense against the never-ending stream of details regarding the contents of the prime minister’s pending indictment on corruption charges, one could practically feel the exhilaration in the Netanyahu camp at being able to finally go on the offensive — launching a full-throttle attack against Barak, leader of the new Democratic Israel party.