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  • Egypt MP Says Women Must Accept FGM Due to Country’s ‘Sexually Weak’ Men

    09/06/2016 11:45:32 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    Egyptian Streets ^ | September 3, 2016 | Egyptian Streets
    Egyptian member of parliament Elhamy Agina has encouraged women to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) to “reduce their sexual desires” to match that of Egypt’s “sexually weak” men, Parlmany reported. “We are a population whose men suffer from sexual weakness, which is evident because Egypt is among the biggest consumers of sexual stimulants that only the weak will consume,” Agina said. “If we stop FGM, we will need strong men and we don’t have men of that sort.” The parliamentarian, who hails from Daqahliya, said that it is therefore better for women to undergo FGM because it “reduces a woman’s...
  • Why Parliament has a duty to keep us in the EU

    08/22/2016 7:07:29 AM PDT · by SteveH · 14 replies
    Now We Know ^ | 8/9/2016 | AC Gayling
    Philosopher AC Grayling explains why he won’t stop restating the arguments until the folly of Brexit is reversed There are five fundamental points that have to be repeated without cease until the folly of Brexit is reversed and the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union is reaffirmed. Each one is obvious to Remainers, and has been clearly stated and restated already: but the point is to keep stating them all until everyone – but especially our Parliamentarians – is repeating them in their sleep. 1. Advisory referendum The referendum was not binding. It was held under the terms of...
  • Former Maoist rebel Prachanda elected as Nepal Prime Minister

    08/03/2016 3:53:30 AM PDT · by Cronos · 3 replies
    First post ^ | 3 August 2016 | Reuters
    Nepal's parliament elected former Maoist rebel chief Prachanda, who led a decade-long insurgency that toppled a Hindu monarchy, as prime minister on Wednesday after predecessor KP Oli resigned rather than face defeat in a vote of no confidence. Pushpa Kamal Dahal, 61, who still uses a nom de guerre that means "Fierce", won 363 votes out of the 573 cast in the 595-member parliament, Speaker Onsari Gharti said. He becomes the 24th prime minister in 26 years since the Himalayan nation adopted multi-party democracy in 1990 and the eighth since the 239-year-old monarchy was abolished eight years ago. ...Political change...
  • David Cameron's last Appearance in Parliament as PM (Prime Ministers Question Time)

    07/13/2016 8:18:31 AM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | 06-13-2016 | RT-UK
    Mr. Cameron's last appearance in the House of Commons for the weekly grilling known as Prime Ministers Question Time (PMQ). Sometime this afternoon he will go the Palace to hand in his resignation to the Queen and "advise" the Queen to ask Mrs. May to form the next Government as PM.
  • Out-of-Control Amanpour Badgers Pro-Brexit Official; He Pushes Back

    06/30/2016 11:57:23 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | June 29, 2016 | Matthew Balan
    CNN's Christiane Amanpour took her left-leaning, pro-European Union activism to a new level on Tuesday during an interview of pro-Brexit politician Daniel Hannan. Amanpour, who recently blasted the referendum as an example of "xenophobia", tried to implicate the British member of the European Parliament as somehow partially responsible for supposed post-vote "hate crimes." Hannan didn't take her clear bias sitting down, however: "You guys have been shouting 'racist' so long, you're not listening to what we were actually saying...if I was relying on CNN...I would think that this was nativist vote, a protectionist vote. It's the opposite." [video below] The...
  • Victorious Nigel Farage Addresses EU Assembly: ‘You’re Not Laughing Now Are You?’ (VIDEO)

    06/28/2016 8:57:04 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 66 replies
    Thegatewaypundit.com/ ^ | 6-28-2016 | Joe Hoft
    UKIP leader Nigel Farage stood in front of the European Union Tuesday for the first time since the Brexit results were announced last week. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C5Q0Cw-69INigel told the assembly, “How things have changed… Isn’t it funny. When I came here 17 years ago and I said I wanted to lead a campaign to leave the European Union, you all laughed at me. Well I have to say you’re not laughing now are you?” This man has courage! Wow! Just spoke in the European Parliament, they were pleased to see me as you can tell. https://t.co/7TRJlBXLJl— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) June 28, 2016
  • Britain can't leave the EU without MPs voting for it, top lawyers say

    06/27/2016 7:56:30 PM PDT · by dennisw · 39 replies
    The country may just have voted 52% in favour of leaving the EU, but Brexit won’t become a reality unless voted for by members of Parliament, according to Geoffrey Robertson QC. The lawyer, who set up Doughty Street Chambers, says the referendum was “purely advisory”, and his sentiments have been echoed by Charles Flint QC in a letter to the Times. “Under our constitution, speaking as a constitutional lawyer, sovereignty rests in what we call the Queen in parliament,” Robertson told The Independent. “It’s the right of MPs alone to make or break laws, and the peers to block them....
  • UK MPs call to end funding to anti-Israel NGOs

    06/14/2016 3:37:35 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/6/16 | Ari Soffer
    British MPs on Tuesday debated their country's funding of radical anti-Israel NGOs, with several legislators questioning why the government's aid agency is spending so much on extremist organizations which undermine Israeli democracy. The debate on foreign aid at the UK House of Commons was prompted by a petition which garnered nearly a quarter of a million signatures - well over the 150,000 needed to force a nonbinding parliamentary discussion on the issue. That petition calls for the UK government to end its policy of spending a fixed 0.7% of national income on overseas aid, and was launched after an expose...
  • It's Oliver Cromwell's birthday - here's his speech throwing out the corrupt Parliament

    04/25/2016 5:53:08 AM PDT · by harpygoddess · 22 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 04/25/2016 | HarpyGoddess
    It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money. Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my...
  • Two more MPs come out as gay to take House of Commons total to 35-more than any other parliament in

    02/21/2016 9:03:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 13:25 EST, 21 February 2016 | Sam Tonkin
    Two more MPs have come out as gay to take the total number in the House of Commons to 35 -- more than any other parliament in the world. The SNP's business spokeswoman, Hannah Bardell, and Labour's shadow Welsh Secretary, Nia Griffith, revealed their sexuality at a photoshoot celebrating Parliament's growing diversity. At last year's election there were 32 lesbian, gay and bisexual MPs, which rose to 33 when Scottish Secretary David Mundell became the first openly out Tory cabinet member last month. ...
  • Scottish Parliament Forced to Consider Legalizing Incest

    01/31/2016 12:27:29 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 22 replies
    MRCTV ^ | 1-26-16 | Dan Joseph
    And you thought politics in the United States were crazy! We've got nothing on the Scots. Due to a "legislative quirk," the Scottish parliament was forced to debate legalizing incestual relationships between consenting adults. The mandatory debate was held today due to a petition submitted by Australian Richard Morris. The Scottish parliament must consider all petitions which propose a law change.
  • UK MPs Ruled by Sharia Law: Politicians Face Alcohol Ban as New Offices Governed by Islam

    01/31/2016 2:01:01 PM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    The Sunday Express (UK) ^ | 1/29/16 | Alex Culbertson
    Politicians could face an alcohol ban as the new offices they will be moving into are ruled by Sharia law.MPs are to be rehoused temporarily in Richmond House while Parliament undergoes much-needed repair. But the building, 91 metres down the road, was transferred from the British Government to wealthy Middle Eastern businessmen and banks under an Islamic bond scheme, called Sukuk, in 2014 in George Osborne's bid to make the UK a global hub for Islamic finance. The lease terms stipulate the building is governed under Islamic law - which includes the banning of alcohol on the activities. A Whitehall...
  • British lawmakers blast Trump, but oppose banning him

    01/20/2016 2:47:59 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    CSM ^ | 01/20/2016 | By Jill Lawless, Associated Press
    LONDON -- Donald Trump doesn't have many fans in Britain's Parliament. But a debate among lawmakers on calls to ban Trump from the country revealed little appetite to close Britain's doors to the provocative Republican US presidential contender. During a three-hour debate Monday, legislators from Britain's main parties stood to call Trump an attention-seeker, a demagogue and a fool. Many, though, argued that he should not be stifled or banned. "While I think this man is crazy, while I think this man has no valid points to make, I will not be the one to silence his voice," said Conservative...
  • Donald Trump Wins UK Parliament Debate

    01/18/2016 6:46:30 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 39 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | January 18
    Hundreds of years of parliamentary tradition, British expectancy over free speech, and indeed decades of the "special relationship" were tossed out of the window today as hard-line left-wing Members of Parliament, combined with virtue-signalling pseudo-conservatives gathered in a British Parliament committee room to debate banning U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump. ... Hands down, Donald Trump won that debate. And he didn't even have to be there.
  • UK Parliament Will Debate Barring Donald Trump from Entering Country

    01/05/2016 11:56:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    NBC News ^ | 01/05/2016 | Carrie Dann
    The British parliament will formally debate a petition later this month from backers wishing to prevent Donald Trump from entering the United Kingdom. The debate is set for January 18, according to a government announcement Tuesday. The petition, launched after Trump announced his proposal to bar Muslims from entering the United States, has garnered over 568,000 signatures to date. Online petitions like the one targeting Trump are automatically considered for debate by a Petitions Committee if they garner more than 100,000 signatures. The petition reads: "The signatories believe Donald J Trump should be banned from UK entry. The UK has...
  • A former witch aims to be the first pagan member of Irish parliament

    10/29/2015 8:04:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Irish Central ^ | October 29, 2015 01:00 AM | Frances Mulraney
    Former witch Deirdre Wadding has announced her plans to run for a seat in the General Election in Ireland next year and will become the first pagan to take a seat in Irish government if she succeeds. Currently a county councilor in Wexford, Wadding, a 53-year-old mother of three, is a representative of the Irish political party People Before Profit Alliance (PBPA), a far-left party active in both the North and Republic of Ireland since it was established in 2005. …
  • Ontario government hiding plans for toll lanes

    08/28/2015 12:33:41 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Toronto Sun ^ | August 22/24, 2015 | Shawn Jeffords
    TORONTO - The Ontario government has been working on plans for high occupancy toll lanes on three Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area highways since 2013, but has kept most of the details secret. When the NDP filed a Freedom of Information request in early 2014 for detailed information on the work, which includes traffic models, most of the documents were to be blacked out or not released at all, according to a report obtained by the Toronto Sun. Ministry of Transportation staff prepared the note to give senior bureaucrats and the minister’s office a heads-up about the NDP’s “contentious” request....
  • I'm Running for Parliament!

    08/14/2015 2:14:52 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    Youtube ^ | Wyatt Scott
    My name is Wyatt Scott and I'm running for parliament as an independent candidate for Mission Matsqui Fraser Canyon. We all know politics are corrupt so lets do something about it. Put an independent in the house.
  • IRAN PARLIAMENT WANTS TO REVISE NUCLEAR DEAL

    07/20/2015 9:42:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/20/2015 | by JOEL B. POLLAK
    While the UN Security Council passed the Iran deal in a unanimous 15-0 vote on Monday, Iran’s parliament, the Islamic Constituent Assembly, or Majlis, holds the power to revise or delay key parts of the nuclear deal with Iran–even as President Barack Obama and world powers seek a UN Security Council resolution before the U.S. Congress can review the deal. On Saturday, the Fars News Agency reported that the Majlis threatened to reject the agreement’s provision on ballistic missiles, which call for an international embargo on missile technology to be extended for eight years–a significant, last-minute concession by the U.S....
  • Rebuttal: 3 reasons the American Revolution was a mistake

    07/08/2015 1:54:43 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 14 replies
    It really sucks to be a college student.(or a recent grad) I know how true this is, because I happen to currently be a college student. The amount of propaganda that we as college students in America are subjected to would make Ioseb Jughashvili start blushing. So it is with young Dylan Matthews, a writer for Vox Media who has written an absolutely atrocious piece titled "3 reasons the American Revolution was a mistake" Now, since I have the advantage here in that I have a highly tuned sense of curiosity, wheras Mr. Matthews took what his professors fed to...
  • Referendum Vote Underway In Greek Parliament - Live Feed

    06/27/2015 4:53:17 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 37 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 6-27-15 | Zero Hedge
    The Greek parliament is in session on Saturday evening as lawmakers debate the country's EMU fate and vote on the referendum called by PM Alexis Tsipras just after midnight this morning. TSIPRAS SAYS REFERENDUM WILL BE MOMENT OF TRUTH FOR CREDITORS TSIPRAS: GREEK PROPOSAL FOR SUSTAINABLE DEAL STILL ON TABLE TSIPRAS SAYS REFERENDUM NOT MEANT AS RUPTURE WITH EUROPE TSIPRAS SAYS GAME OF BAILOUT HAS COME TO AN END GREEK PARLIAMENT TO RESUME IN 10 MIN AHEAD OF REFERENDUM VOTE SAMARAS SAYS REFERENDUM DRAGS COUNTRY OUT OF EUROPE SAMARAS SAYS CREDITORS DISCUSSING PLAN B FOR GREECE STATE MINISTER PAPPAS SAYS...
  • British Lord Accused of Raping Boys Inside Parliament

    06/24/2015 2:25:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 06/24/2015 | Nico Hines
    LONDON — A current member of Britain’s House of Lords “violated, raped, and tortured” children inside the Houses of Parliament, it was claimed last night in one of the most shocking accusations yet to be heard in the country’s growing VIP sex-abuse scandal. Britain’s public prosecutor ruled earlier this year that similar cases of sexual assault should not be brought against the alleged perpetrator, Lord Janner, because he was suffering from dementia. Police recommended the Labour Lord face trial on charges of six rapes and 16 sexual assaults alleged to have taken place between 1969 and 1998, but prosecutors decided...
  • Taliban attack Afghanistan parliament in Kabul

    06/22/2015 12:29:52 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6-22-2015 | BBC News
    The Taliban have carried out a co-ordinated attack on the Afghan parliament in the capital, Kabul, where heavy fighting is still going on. Attackers detonated a huge car bomb outside the building, before racing into parliament itself, reports say. Police are evacuating the premises, while trying to fight off the attackers.
  • Vanity: UKIP Takes Third Place in Total Votes

    05/08/2015 5:53:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/8/2015 | Me
    UKIP only one parliamentary seat and Nigel Farage resigned after failing to win in the constituency he ran in. But UKIP came in third place with 3.9 MM votes or 12.7% gaining 9.6% easily beating the Liberal-Democrats. The problem is their votes are spread all over England so they only one seat in a first-past-the-post voting system.
  • 1629 --This Date in History

    03/10/2015 9:09:17 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 12 replies
    today | me
    1629 Charles I of England dissolves Parliament and rules alone for 11 years.
  • Egypt Belly Dancer Running For Parliament: Sama El Masry Curses Islamic State....

    02/27/2015 1:39:38 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 21 replies
    International Business Times ^ | February 25 2015 1:19 PM EST | Lora Moftah
    Notorious Egyptian belly dancer Sama El Masry announced this week she will run for a parliamentary seat in Egypt’s March elections. The performer, whose online videos criticizing Islamists and President Barack Obama have gone viral on social media, may not yet have an electoral platform but she’s not wasting any time getting behind the Egyptian government’s airstrike campaign against Islamic State targets in Libya.
  • Egypt court to determine fate of parliamentary elections

    02/25/2015 8:25:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 25, 2015 10:57 AM EST
    Egypt’s highest court said Wednesday it will determine next week whether the laws regulating the country’s parliamentary elections are constitutional—a decision that could further delay the vote scheduled for next month. The elections are the last phase in Egypt’s transitional plan, which was put into effect following the July 2013 military ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi after mass protests against him. Egypt has been without a parliament since 2012, when a court ordered the first democratically elected house dissolved, saying the law governing the balloting was unconstitutional and violated the principle of equality among candidates. At the time, dissolving...
  • European MP: EU Parliament Ignores Anti-Semitism

    11/23/2014 4:17:46 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/11/14 | Hillel Fendel
    European Parliament Member Bastiaan Belder of the Netherlands has urged the parliament to hold a debate on anti-Semitism. "It's a shame that this has not been done before,'' he said. Belder made his latest comments in an address at the annual conference of the European Coalition for Israel (ECI), a Christian initiative promoting European-Israeli cooperation. The session took place in the European Parliament on Thursday. Following the synagogue slaughter in Jerusalem last week, the ECI called upon the European Union to halt its funding to the PA until incitement to violence by PA leadership stops. MP Belder deplored the situation...
  • My Report of Live Police Conference of Ottawa Shooting

    10/23/2014 1:55:23 PM PDT · by lulu16 · 7 replies
    CNN | 10/23/14 | self
    They show footage taken from security cameras of the shooter getting out of his beige car near the war memorial. Pedestrians are seen approaching the car and then running away. Then you see the shooter with his long gun running out of the car. The next shot is of building on Parliament Hill. (Sorry, I am not Canadian and do not know these places. But yesterday I wrote on FR, a Canadian reporter said these were office buildings, one of which was for the PM.) The shooter is running towards a row of cars park alongside the street. He choses...
  • Canadian Official Identifies Dead Ottawa Gunman as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau

    10/22/2014 2:34:32 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 87 replies
    ABC ^ | 10/22/14
    Canadian official identifies dead Ottawa gunman as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau .
  • Video: Heavy gunfire in Canadian parliament; at least one witness said gunman was wearing “Arabic

    10/22/2014 9:51:13 AM PDT · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 10/22/14 | Robert Spencer
    Another indication to suggest that this is a jihad terror attack. Nothing conclusive yet, however. “UPDATING: Gunman killed at Parliament Hill, other suspects sought,” by Blair Crawford, Ottawa Citizen, October 22, 2014: A gunman has been shot and killed inside Parliament Hill’s Centre Block and police are swarming over downtown Ottawa hunting for other possible suspects after several shootings rocked Ottawa on Wednesday morning — including one at the War Memorial that wounded a soldier and another near the Rideau Centre mall. The War Memorial shooting occurred just before 10 a.m., and the shooter then apparently drove to the gates...
  • Ottawa: Second shooter killed, military bases shut down, gun battle inside Parliament, shooter

    10/22/2014 9:49:44 AM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 10/22/14 | Robert Spencer
    By ordering military bases shut down, the Canadian government is acting upon the assumption that this is a jihad attack, and one that is being carried out in obedience to the Islamic State’s call to target Western military personnel. “Ottawa shooting: Live updates,” by Steve Robson, Mirror, October 22, 2014 (thanks to Lookmann) [For the pics and videos noted, hit the Mirror link -- times below are UK time, not Ottawa time]: 4:46 pm Military bases shut down across Canada Military bases are being shut down across Canada in response to today’s events. All parliamentary personnel have received an email...
  • Footage from Globe Reporter Captures Exchange of Gun Fire in Parliament Hill Building

    10/22/2014 8:45:33 AM PDT · by kristinn · 8 replies
    The Globe and Mail via YouTube ^ | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    Short video by gutsy reporter trailing police as they track gunman in Hall of Honour.
  • Shots fired on Parliament Hill, soldier shot at National War Memorial [Died](Canada)

    10/22/2014 7:44:43 AM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 33 replies
    CTV ^ | Oct 22 2014 [Last Updated Wednesday, October 22, 2014 2:28PM EDT] | Marlene Leung
    Parliament Hill is in under lockdown after reports of shots being fired from inside the halls of the centre block. Nearby, at the National War Memorial, a man believed to be a soldier was shot by an unknown gunman. CTV News' Katie Simpson was at the War Memorial in Ottawa on Wednesday morning, and witnessed passersby attending to someone who had been shot. Police said a man believed to be a member of the Canadian Forces was shot at the memorial. Police said a man believed to be a member of the Canadian Forces was shot at the memorial. Jason...
  • Shots Fired Inside Canadian Parliament Building

    10/22/2014 7:26:18 AM PDT · by pabianice · 6 replies
    Fox News Channel | 10/22/14
    Breaking.
  • Shooting on Canada's Parliament Hill

    10/22/2014 7:08:00 AM PDT · by kristinn · 604 replies
    Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | Kristinn
    Reports coming in from Canada of shooting at the Library of Parliament. One shooter reported captured. Unconfirmed reports of one dead. Police looking for more shooters, but not sure if more.
  • British Parliament Votes to Recognize Palestine

    10/13/2014 7:13:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Arutz Sheva Israel National News ^ | 10/14/2014, 12:29 AM | Elad Benari
    The British parliament on Monday night officially voted in favor of recognizing the “state of Palestine”. The non-binding resolution was passed by 274 in favor to 12 votes against, to “recognize the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel” as part of a “contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution”, according to AFP. The motion, while non-binding, is heavy with symbolism but is unlikely to change government policy, the report noted. […] British Prime Minister David Cameron said prior to the vote that he would not take part in it. …
  • Earthquake 4.0: UKIP Wins First Westminster Seat with Landslide Carswell Victory

    10/09/2014 8:33:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | October 9, 2014 | Raheem Kassam
    CLACTON-UPON-SEA, United Kingdom -- The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) tonight took its first elected seat in the House of Commons following Douglas Carswell's stunning defection and by-election in the Essex seat of Clacton-Upon-Sea. Shortly after the Heywood and Middleton by election result - a vote hosted on the same day in the north of England - UKIP cruised to victory with a total of 60 percent against the Conservative Party's 25 percent. For Prime Minister David Cameron and his party the result is a hammer blow, though not an unexpected one. On today, the PM's birthday, the Tories got...
  • South African parliament hosts another ruckus

    09/18/2014 10:56:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 18, 2014 10:59 AM EDT | Christopher Torchia
    A South African opposition lawmaker wanted to get a point across to the deputy president during a parliamentary debate. So he raised his middle finger in a gesture widely recognized as obscene. South Africa’s parliament is supposed to be an enclave of orderly debate, but these days it’s better known for ruckuses associated with the Economic Freedom Fighters, a new political party that wants to redistribute resources to the poor.Floyd Shivambu, a deputy leader of the party, on Wednesday lifted his middle finger toward Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa while accusing him of involvement in the police killings of several dozen...
  • Hillary makes embarrassing gaffe as she confuses names of Britain's political parties in UK

    07/04/2014 10:56:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4 July 2014 | Damien Gayle and Chris Pleasance
    Mrs Clinton confused names of political parties in interview with BBC. Said Tories and Conservatives were opponents in Houses of Parliament. Names actually refer to the same party, Labour being the other main party. Gaffe is particularly embarrassing given she was former Secretary of State . ... Clinton suggested that the Conservatives and Tories were opponents, when in fact the two names refer to the same party. The gaffe is particularly embarrassing for Clinton as she used to be Secretary of State, and so is expected to have extensive knowledge of foreign affairs. ... Sales of Mrs Clinton's book have...
  • Australian Senator Brings 'Bomb' to Parliament

    05/25/2014 11:27:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Malaysia Star ^ | Monday May 26, 2014
    A long-standing Australian senator on Monday brought what he said could be a pipe bomb to the national parliament to demonstrate his view that new security regulations are unsafe. Senator Bill Heffernan, a member of the ruling conservative Liberal Party, held up the pipe and what appeared to be some sticks of dynamite during a committee hearing in Canberra. "Clearly you can do what you bloody well like," said Heffernan, an outspoken former farmer who became a member of the national parliament in 1996.
  • Anti-establishment parties claim big wins in European parliamentary vote

    05/25/2014 6:01:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/25/2014 | By Griff Witte and Anthony Faiola
    Voters across Europe delivered a stinging rebuke to the political establishment in parliamentary elections Sunday, boosting formerly fringe parties to key wins and giving some of the European Union’s staunchest critics a prominent voice in the body’s future. Parties from the center-left and the center-right managed to maintain their majority in the 751-member European Parliament and will continue to hold sway for the next five years. But the strong showing by anti-E.U. parties reflected widespread anger toward mainstream politicians and the appeal of populists at either end of the spectrum, particularly the far right. Parties hostile toward the European Union...
  • The Tory Minister, a vicious feud and the gay sex party…paid for by you: Westminster braced…

    04/06/2014 10:48:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 10:10 EST, 6 April 2014 | Simon Walters and Glen Owen
    A Tory Minister is involved in an extraordinary row over claims that taxpayers’ money was used to fund gay sex parties. The politician is said to have been in a feud with a senior party official accused of using dating app Grindr to invite gay MPs and activists to his suite at the Conservative Party conference. The £70,000-a-year official, who is not an MP, has also been accused of bullying staff and being drunk on duty. He was disciplined after a formal investigation. …
  • British Lords want more power over EU laws

    03/24/2014 10:09:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 24.03.14 @ 10:15 | Benjamin Fox
    National parliaments should be able to initiate reviews of existing EU law, according to a report by the UK parliament. The paper, published on Monday (24 March), by the House of Lords’ EU committee, says domestic lawmakers should have more power in the EU legislative process. “There should be a way for a group of like-minded national parliaments to make constructive suggestions for EU policy initiatives,” it notes. “We would envisage a ‘Green Card’ as recognizing a right for a number of national parliaments working together to make constructive policy or legislative suggestions, including for the review or repeal of...
  • Sweden: Parliament Official Orders Bare-Breasted Rainting Removed … for Muslims

    03/16/2014 11:34:42 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies
    Creeping Sharia ^ | March 15, 2014 | Creeping Sharia
    Sweden: Parliament official orders bare-breasted painting removed … for Muslims STOCKHOLM, Sweden, – A painting of a bare-breasted woman has been removed from the Swedish Riksdag’s guest dining room on orders from the legislature’s deputy speaker. Deputy Speaker Susanne Eberstein of the Social Democrat party ordered the painting, “Juno” by baroque artist G.E. Schroder, to be removed from the guest dining room, where it had hung since 1983, TheLocal.se reported Thursday. “We routinely change paintings from time to time,” a Riksdag representative said in response to an inquiry from news agency TT. A parliamentary source who asked to remain anonymous...
  • Ukraine crisis: Crimea parliament asks to join Russia

    03/06/2014 2:47:48 AM PST · by Zajko · 102 replies
    BBC ^ | 6th March 2014 | BBC
    <p>MPs in the southern Ukrainian region of Crimea have voted to formally become part of the Russian Federation.</p> <p>Parliament said the decision would be put to the Crimean people for their verdict in a referendum on 16 March.</p> <p>Crimea, whose population is mostly Russian, has been at the centre of tensions following the fall of Ukraine's pro-Moscow president.</p>
  • Armed men seize Crimea parliament and hoist Russian flag

    02/26/2014 11:56:31 PM PST · by Crazieman · 66 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2-27-2014
    Armed men have seized the government buildings in the capital of the Ukraine’s Crimea region and hoisted a Russian flag over a barricade. The men occupying the parliament building in the regional capital, Simferopol, early on Thursday did not come out to voice any demands. They wore black and orange ribbons, a Russian symbol of the victory in World War II. The men also put up a sign saying “Crimea is Russia.” They threw a flash grenade in response to a journalist’s questions. Phone calls to region’s legislature rang unanswered, and its website was down.
  • Berlusconi fiancée 'appeals to Pope for pardon'

    11/29/2013 7:38:06 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11-29-13 | Nick Squires
    Silvio Berlusconi’s glamorous young partner says she will appeal to Pope Francis to secure the former prime minister a pardon. A day after he was thrown out of the Italian parliament, Silvio Berlusconi’s glamorous young girlfriend has said she will appeal to Pope Francis to secure the former prime minister a pardon. Francesca Pascale, who at 28 is less than half the age of 77-year-old Mr Berlusconi, said she wants to explain the “tragedy” that has befallen her fiancée, after his 20-year parliamentary career was brought to a humiliating end by the vote in the Senate on Wednesday. He was...
  • Again? Third of Germans want fresh elections

    10/10/2013 12:08:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 10 Oct 2013 16:30 CET | (The Local/jlb)
    One in three Germans want a second election, a survey released on Thursday showed—just hours before talks were set to start between Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU/CSU) and the Green Party to explore a potential coalition partnership. Merkel’s CDU/CSU, despite securing its most convincing win since German reunification, was caught out by the dramatic events of election night. Not only did her party just fall short of an absolute majority needed to rule alone, but the chancellor’s previous coalition partners, the Free Democrats (FDP) were booted out of parliament. … In the 30-44 age bracket, 40 percent would support fresh...
  • Irish LEFT: BO = 'War Criminal', 'Hypocrite o' Century', w/ 'Sycophantic Fawning/Drooling' fr. Press

    06/23/2013 1:34:51 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 13 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 23 June 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    '...by any serious examination,  this man is a war criminal' Clare Daly, Irish MP I think it's important to take this opportunity to bring a bit of balance into the discussions around the visit of the US president and his wife ... given the almost unprecedented slobbering over them that the nation has been exposed to over the last number of days... It's really hard to know which is worse: whether it's the outpourings of the Obamas themselves, or the sycophantic fawning over them by some sections of the news media... We've had very little challenging the fact (that Michelle Obama...