Items tagged with: politics

The background of Devin Nunes' tongue-in-cheek lawsuit

In suing these Twitter users, Nunes listed some of their tweets, thus ensuring thousands, if not millions, more people saw what the lawsuit characterized as “defamation”. By the time Nunes filed the lawsuit, Twitter had already suspended Devin Nunes’ Mom. Devin Nunes’ Cow had more than 1,200 followers.

It didn’t help Nunes’ case that his attorneys never found the true identities behind “Devin Nunes’ Mom” and “Devin Nunes’ Cow”, so pieces of the complaint read as if Nunes’ actual mother and his cow were the perpetrators, turning the lawsuit into a parody of itself.

Don't forget about Devin Nunes' skin (Still thin) and Devin Nunes' Alt-Mom. Honourable mention: Devin Nunes' Ego.
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UN crimes court in The Hague punishes Karadzic to life in prison

Both the prosecutors ad Karadzic's defenders appealed the outcome of the first degree trial in 2016, when Karadzic was found guilty of committing genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes during the 1992-95 conflict.

The 73-year-old gained international notoriety for his involvement in the massacre of thousands of Bosniak men and boys in the town of Srebrenica in 1995. He also helped organize a nearly four-year siege of the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo that left more than 10,000 people dead.

Serb nationalists also still praise Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb ex-general known as the "Butcher of Bosnia," as a national hero. The former military officer is still appealing a life sentence for his involvement in the atrocities. He has denounced the UN trial as "satanic."
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Kazakhstan's authoritarian leader Nazarbayev renames capital city after himself

There are few moves an autocrat can execute to appear even more ridiculous to the civilised regions which have electoral systems that make it possible to elect a new leader, although this system doesn't imply an actual political change or improvements in society or economy. But how the hell does one imagine that it would maintain one's legacy far beyond one's resignation either by decision or death? This is so stupid, one might send him a doctor to check if everything is still fine with him...

In the end, Kazakhstan is just another weak country which should have never become a country on its own. It has got nothing to share with the global market, nothing but oil, which will run out in the near or far future, and which is despised already, despite the odds. It should've stayed a part of Russia, so that there'll be more support for its people. Argh...
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More than half of the newly elected members of parliament have no previous legislative experience. #Africa #Nigeria #Politics
PM Ardern says her country will mark the one-week anniversary of Friday's attack, with a two-minute silence. #AsiaPacific #NewZealand #Politics
Al Jazeera investigation obtains satellite images showing a UAE-controlled secret prison inside a military base. #Africa #Eritrea #Politics
Questions raised over how the Federal Aviation Administration certified the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. #UnitedStates #Politics

New findings on mysterious death of former Russian press minister Mikhail Lesin

That detail, however, and others contained in the 149-page file released exclusively to RFE/RL offer the most precise scientific description to date about Lesin's death, which officials ruled accidental and said was caused by blunt-force injuries amid excessive alcohol consumption.

Despite the official conclusion that his death was "accidental," Lesin's links with Russia's ruling elite, the bizarre circumstances of his demise, and a string of strange deaths of Russians across the globe have fueled persistent speculation that he may have been killed.

"I explained that the position of the hyoid is protected by the mandible and that fractures are commonly associated with hanging or manual strangulation. I also said that I could not exclude a significant fall as a cause for the fracture, but I would expect soft-tissue injury to be associated with the impact," the official, whose name was also redacted, wrote.
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Trump to name former Delta Airlines executive as head of FAA

The nomination would come amid intense scrutiny over the FAA’s approval of Boeing 737 Max 8. Investigators of an Ethiopian Airlines crash earlier this month have said they detected “clear similarities” between that flight and another fatal crash in Indonesia in October.

Earlier Tuesday, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao sent a memo to the department’s inspector general, formalizing a request for an audit of the FAA’s certification of the Boeing planes.
#US #USA #Boeing #FAA #News #Politics #AirTraffic #DeltaAirlines #LionAir #EthiopianAirlines #Trump #DonaldTrump

Why Sen. Lindsey Graham (R - S.C.) blocked a vote on the Mueller report

Speaking this week after a Republican event in his home state, Graham told the Charleston Post and Courier, “We don’t want partial transparency. We want full transparency of 2016.” He said he wants the FBI to also release information about the investigation into the Hillary Clinton campaign, according to the newspaper

I also want an FBI report on Ivanka's mails, just saying... I'm justm aking a political point myself as well.

Calling for a vote on the non-binding resolution, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “There is no good reason, no good reason that the special counsel’s report should not be made public. The American people are overwhelmingly for the report being made public. They have a right to see it. No one should stand in the way of that,” according to The Hill.

When the resolution got to the Senate, Graham “asked to amend the resolution to include the appointment of a new special counsel to investig... show more

Supreme Court legalises retard detention after served sentence

The 5-4 decision, which reverses a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, is widely viewed as a victory for the Drumpf administration and its hardline immigration policies. It, like the Obama administration, had argued that the government has the authority to pick up and detain immigrants for deportation at any time, and is not required to act only immediately after a prison or jail sentence has been served.

Writing for the court's dissenting liberal wing, Justice Stephen Breyer warned that the ruling gives the government too much power. The law is clear, he wrote, that the government cannot hold an immigrant without a bail hearing unless the individual is detained when released from criminal custody.

"For two years in a row now, the Supreme Court has endorsed the most extreme interpretation of immigration detention statutes, allowing mass incarceration of people without any hearing, simply because they are defending themselves against a deportation charge,... show more

Special Counsel Robert Mueller III. demands 11-day extension for final report

For months now, rumors have been rampant that Mueller’s final report and the conclusion of his work are imminent. Some top attorneys on his team are leaving, and his top FBI agent has already left. All the specific predictions about when, exactly, the report would be done have turned out to be wrong so far, but all things must come to an end eventually.

The lawyers referenced are Michael Dreeben and Adam Jed. But it’s unclear what they’re busy with at the moment. There are no imminent deadlines in Roger Stone’s case, or the two appeals from a Stone associate and a mystery company. There’s a March 25 deadline in the Russian troll farm case, but Dreeben and Jed don’t appear to be involved in that filing.
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Rep. Steve King (R - IA) uncertain about whether a white society was superior to a nonwhite one

“I don’t have an answer for that. That’s so hypothetical,” Mr. King, Republican of Iowa, told her. “I’ll say this, America is not a white society — it has never been a completely white society. We came here and joined the Native Americans.”

I wouldn't call a genocidal commitment and the full displacement of Natives from their homeland joining.

Mr. King again faced scrutiny on Monday after a post on his Facebook page speculated who would win a second civil war between red states and blue states.

On Tuesday, pressed by a reporter from CNN, Mr. King told constituents that he “wasn’t aware” that the image had been published on his Facebook page the night before, and said he does not personally manage that page.

Reminds me of the N. C. (?) Senator who was unaware of the Andrew Jackson biography in his office which was coincidentally opened on a page that... show more

Fourht dead migrant in CBP custody

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the death Tuesday, saying agents arrested the 40-year-old man early Sunday for re-entering the country illegally. His identity wasn't released.

He died at an El Paso hospital after receiving treatment for flu-like symptoms and liver and kidney failure. He's the fourth migrant to die in CBP custody since December, including an 8-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl.

In a statement, ACLU Border Rights Center Director Astrid Dominguez said "a transparent and independent investigation into the conditions at CBP detention facilities and its medical care practices is needed immediately."
#US #USA #Trump #DonaldTrump #GovernmentShutdown #GovernmentFunding #FederalEmployees #FederalBranches #Politics #News #BuildTheWall #ShutItDown #Senate #HouseOfRepresentatives #Congress #CBP #ICE #AbolishICE #MedicalHealthcare #RefugeesWelcome

Sen. Mitt Romney (R - UT) calls out Trump for attacks against John McCain

During an Oval Office appearance with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Drumpf railed against McCain’s 2017 Senate vote against a Republican bill that would have repealed the Affordable Care Act.

“He spends his weekend obsessing over great men because — he knows it and I know it and all of you know it — he will never be a great man. My father was his kryptonite in life and he is his kryptonite in death,” McCain said Monday on “The View,” adding, “Your life is spent on your weekends not with your family, not with your friends, but obsessing, obsessing over great men you could never live up to. That tells you everything you need to know about his pathetic life right now.”

People tend to call this an inferiority complex.
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Native inmates won lawsuit to grow their hair long due to spiritual beliefs

The trio of long-time prisoners at the McConnell Unit sued the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in federal court, arguing that their Native American spiritual beliefs regard hair as an extension of the soul, something to be cut only when in mourning. The prison system’s rules requiring men to keep short hair or face disciplinary consequences, the inmates and their attorneys argued, were an unfair violation of religious freedom.

Even though female prisoners are allowed to have long hair, attorneys for the state claimed that letting men do the same would cost too much money to police, that prisoners would get too hot in uncooled facilities, that it would make identifying inmates harder and that it could increase the number of inmate suicides.

I don't get the last argument. Do they beleive that they could use their hair as a noose, to strangle themselves to death? Or how do they explain this argument?

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Trump orders investigation into critical news outlets, Google, Twitter and Facebook

“It seems to be, if it’s conservatives, if Republicans, there is big discrimination,” Drumpf said of social media platforms. “I see it absolutely on Twitter,” he said, also naming Google and Facebook as offenders.

I guess her heard about Nunes' lawsuit against Twitter for allowing people to express their sometimes blatant opinion. But why would he name Twitter anyway? I mean, he's on there all the time, trampling through it with his tweets, it's like his regular press secretary. He's an idiot, after all.

“You look at the networks, you look at the news, you look at the newscasts – I call it Fake News,” Drumpf said, letting Bolsonaro know he had first dibs.

During the eventful Rose Garden presser, Drumpf also announced the “twilight hour of socialism has arrived” in the Western Hemisphere, citing unrest in Nicaragua, and change in Cuba.
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Danish MP told to remove her infant child from chamber

“I didn’t ask for permission to bring her since I had previously seen another colleague bring a child into the chamber without any problems,” Abildgaard, whose Conservative party is part of the ruling centre-right coalition, wrote on Facebook.

“A chamber that represents mothers, fathers and babies ought to be open to mothers, fathers and babies,” one person wrote.

In September last year, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern became a symbol for working mothers when she brought her baby to the UN General Assembly in New York.
#Europe #Europa #Denmark #WomensRights #WorkingMothers #Politics #news #Feminism
‘Babies not welcome in parliament’: Danish lawmaker told to remove infant
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office asked a court for an 11-day extension on a filing deadline Tuesday — claiming that, for the time being, key attorneys on their team were too busy with “the press of other work.”

The reference immediately raised eyebrows among close watchers of the special counsel’s work — because there are no known important deadlines in Mueller cases coming up. So what, then, is Mueller’s team so busy with at the moment?

#politics #Trump #Mueller
"That’s not because U.S. media stars are ordered to do this. They don’t need to be ordered. They know propaganda is their job. More to the point, they are über-patriotic jingoists who revere U.S. officials and thus do not possess a single cell of critical thinking in their brain. That’s why they have TV programs in the first place."

NYT’s Exposé on the Lies About Burning Aid Trucks in Venezuela Shows How U.S. Government and Media Spread Pro-War Propaganda

#newhere #politics #journalism #news
"The final Mueller report should be graded “incomplete,” says VIPS, whose forensic work proves the speciousness of the story that DNC emails published by WikiLeaks came from Russian hacking."

VIPS: Mueller’s Forensics-Free Findings

#newhere #news #politics #journalism
VIPS: Mueller’s Forensics-Free Findings
"For reasons that might be obvious, there has been a resurgence of interest in Eugene V. Debs in recent years. With the USA returning to a new Gilded Age, there is naturally a tendency to see how earlier generations confronted plutocrats like John D. Rockefeller Jr. and the politicians he consorted with."

The Relevance of Debs in the New Gilded Age #Economics #Socialism #Capitalism #politics
The Relevance of Debs in the New Gilded Age
Many oppose President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's plan to stay in power beyond end of his term. #MiddleEast #Algeria #Politics

US ambassador to Germany raises leeriness after comment on military spendings

"Any US diplomat who acts like a high commissioner of an occupying power must learn that our tolerance also knows its limits," said Kubicki, who is also one of five deputy speakers of Germany's Bundestag parliament.

Carsten Schneider, caucus manager of the Social Democrats (SPD) within the parliament, told the German news agency DPA on Tuesday that "Mr Grenell is a complete diplomatic failure."

That's why Trump ordered him to represent the US in Berlin - it's something both have got in common.

"If one keeps an overall view, many comments made are more coherent than those of the American ambassador, if he thinks he has to comment on something every week," said Grosse-Brömer.
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Kazakhstan's autocratic leader steps down after 30 years of reign

Nazarbayev said in a televised address to the nation Tuesday that he has taken the “difficult” decision to terminate his authority as president, effective on Wednesday. He did not give a specific reason.
The 78-year-old has led Kazakhstan since 1989 when it was still part of the Soviet Union. He came to power as the Central Asian nation’s Communist Party chief and was then elected president.
#Russia #Kazakhstan #News #Dicatorship #Autocracy #Authoritarianism #Politics
Kazakhstan’s president steps down after 30 years

Chechen human rights activist incarcerated for drug possession

In recent years, Memorial has investigated alleged abuse by Chechen authorities, including kidnappings, torture and the persecution of gay men.

The court in the town of Shali, north-east of the capital Grozny, sentenced Titiev, aged 61, after the judge took nearly nine hours to read out her verdict.

Nine hours for the charge against him due to drug possession? This either is a ridiculous show trial, or they worked overtime for their false charge. Either way, this has to be punished by the Western world, or otherwise, it has lost its moral high ground.

The police said cannabis had been found in his car - he said the drugs had been planted.
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Many governments banning viewing of material they find 'objectionable', threatening social media platforms with fines. #AsiaPacific #NewZealand #Politics

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R - PA) said Trump would better send mails to therapists than Tweets

"Look, there's nothing I'm going to do to defend the president and this type of activity," Santorum said. "He's doing a good job in many respects as president and then he does this and diverts attention from things that are positive."

He even gave him too many credits in these respects, to be honest. But this must be the Republican blood flowing through his veins. Deregulation is key in their terms.

Conway, a frequent Drumpf critic, on Monday shared on Twitter an image of the cover of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and the pages for narcissistic personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder.

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Trump instrumentalises vague poll outcome on Mueller investigation

It turns out, however, that Drumpf’s tweet was based on a poorly framed poll question and an even more poorly framed USA Today story about it that’s headlined: “Poll: Half of Americans say Drumpf is victim of a ‘witch hunt’ as trust in Mueller erodes.”

This really is a weak lining, pure clickbait in favour of Trump. Whoever wrote this should be whacked in the face.

But the poll question on which that headline rests is seriously flawed. The question reads as follows: “President Drumpf has called the Special Counsel’s investigation a ‘witch hunt’ and said he’s been subjected to more investigations than previous presidents because of politics. Do you agree?”

Did they recruit sociology freshmen for their poll, or why does this entire thing appear so scrappy? For God's sake, even I would've done a better job than them, and I'm not even into polling in general. At least they give Trump a lot of accelera... show more

Political analyst Donna Brazile to move over to Fox News

In an op-ed published Monday on FoxNews.com, Brazile wrote she hoped to improve the quality of political debate. "I am excited by the opportunity to share my perspective and views with the Fox News audience and to help shape the dialogue at this important juncture in our history," she said.

"You can be darn sure that I'm still going to be me on Fox News," Brazile stated. "I'm going to do what I always do: and dish it out straight, exactly as I see it, with just as much New Orleans hot sauce as folks expect."
#FoxNews #FauxNews #News #CNN #US #USA #Brazile #DonnaBrazile #Politics #HorseshoeTheory

#AndrewYang2020 - so that our babyboys will no longer be circumcised!

But in an interview with The Daily Beast, he said that if he were elected he would incorporate that view into public policy, mainly by pushing initiatives meant to inform parents that they don’t need to have their infants circumcised for health reasons.

But Yang’s coalition seems to be comprised of a hodgepodge of groups with offbeat interests beyond just universal basic income. And he now has his eye on a new demographic: circumcision opponents who call themselves “intactivists”—a reference to their desire to keep penises “intact.”

“The more choice we give parents, and the more we diminish the possible preconceptions or misinformation various parents are receiving, then the better off we’ll be as a society,” Yang said.
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Former top political adviser to president Obama died aged 58

Alan Krueger, 58, died on Saturday, according to a university announcement. His family said in a statement: "It is with tremendous sadness we share that Professor Alan B. Krueger, beloved husband, father, son, brother, and Princeton professor of economics, took his own life over the weekend.

Krueger was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under Obama from 2011 to 2013. In that role, he sought to draw attention to the problem of inequality and promote ways of increasing economic mobility.

"Alan was someone who was deeper than numbers on a screen and charts on a page," Obama said. "He saw economic policy not as a matter of abstract theories, but as a way to make people’s lives better."
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The prime minister made the promise in an emotional speech during the first parliamentary session since the mass shootings that took 50 lives. #AsiaPacific #NewZealand #Politics
Major newspapers in Kashmir published blank front pages in protest against Indian gov't decision to 'stop advertisements'. #Asia #India #Politics
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro will meet Donald Trump on Tuesday on his first foreign trip since taking office. #LatinAmerica #Brazil #Politics
New Zealand's deadly mosque attack forces its neighbour to take a closer look at its anti-immigration stance. #AsiaPacific #Australia #Politics
Losing control of "Establishment" #politics because the public is no longer 'cooperative'
Day of Wrath
Anger is growing over the Colombian president's attempts to make changes to a special tribunal set up to investigate war crimes. #LatinAmerica #Colombia #Politics

We have massively destroyed the infrastructure and given the population a disgusting image of what may be a Western-style liberation leaving behind the seeds of an imminent resurgence of a new adversary ...” *

*Senior Military Officer of US Ally about Syria

#Syria #ISIS #CIA #Iraq #politics #US #France #Israel #StateVandalism #OdedYinon #antiwar #war #trump #photo
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