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  • Demand Question Time

    02/03/2010 7:39:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 4 replies · 180+ views
    Hot Air ^ | February 3, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    A group of bloggers from the Left and the Right have launched a new effort to demand more substantive engagement in Washington. After last week’s meeting between Barack Obama and the House Republican Caucus wound up benefiting everyone, we have begun a petition drive to demand a regular Question Time to have the President available to engage in meaningful discourse with his opposition in Congress:
  • Brown's bombshell on voting reform just a 'worthless gimmick', say Lib Dems (UK)

    02/02/2010 9:02:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 2 replies · 267+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | February 2, 2010 | James Chapman
    Gordon Brown's plan for a referendum on scrapping Britain's first-past-the-post voting system was today labelled a 'gimmick' by opposition MPs. In what was billed as a major speech on constitutional reform just weeks before an election Labour is expected to lose, he announced plans for a referendum on whether to change the way MPs are elected. Brown made it clear any such change would take place after the looming election. The plan was to introduce legislation that would require a referendum to be held by October 2011. ................................................... The move towards an ' alternative vote' system, which would see candidates...
  • Why Must We Bow to the Intolerant Ways of Islam?

    08/17/2009 8:36:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 752+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 15 Aug 2009 | Alasdair Palmer
    Jim Fitzpatrick MP and his wife were quite right to leave a wedding because it was segregated by sex, says Alasdair Palmer.When Jim Fitzpatrick MP and his wife decided to leave a Muslim wedding party after they discovered it was segregated by sex, he did not anticipate the controversy his decision would generate. "It reflects badly on him," said Sir Iqbal Sacranie, the former head of the Muslim Council of Britain. "It shows a lack of interest… to engage with people of different backgrounds." Tim Archer, the Tory who is standing against the minister of state at the next election,...
  • Three Ethiopian Exchange Students 'Vanish' During Trip To Houses Of Parliament

    07/24/2009 10:41:39 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 18 replies · 1,016+ views
    July 24th 2009
    Three Ethiopian exchange students 'vanish' during trip to Houses of Parliament By DAILY MAIL REPORTER 24th July 2009 Three African exchange students have vanished during a trip to the Houses of Parliament. The three Ethiopian men were among a group of nine visitors who were staying with families in Hartlepool as part of a three-month visit to the UK. But at the end of a day's tour in the Houses of Commons and Lords, the trio failed to turn up and organisers Global Xchange were forced to report them missing. Missing: Muluneh Tilahun Abera (left) and Habtamu Debela have not...
  • Kyrgyz Parliament Approves Manas Air Base Agreement

    06/25/2009 6:35:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 236+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 25, 2009 – The Kyrgyz parliament today ratified an agreement between the United States and Kyrgyzstan to extend U.S. access to Manas Air Base, a key logistics hub that supplies troops in Afghanistan, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman confirmed today. The agreement must now go to Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev for signature. “It’s not a done deal until the president signs it,” Whitman said. “Out of respect for their processes, we’ve been trying to give them the time and space to give this the consideration that it needs.” The agreement provides for a transit center at Manas International Airport,...
  • The Queen is urged to press a new Prime Minister to call a swift general election

    06/05/2009 8:22:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies · 727+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | June 5, 2009 | Andrew Pierce
    As the chances of Mr Brown surviving faded after the decision of the Work and Pensions Secretary to time the announcement of his departure as polls for European and local elections closed, the monarch will now consult her most senior advisers if Mr Brown loses his fight to stay in office. While the Queen still technically has the power to dissolve Parliament, in reality she only advises her prime ministers. It would be unprecedented for a second prime minister to move into 10 Downing Street without a general election. ..............................................
  • Coming Soon: An English Revolution

    05/30/2009 7:51:35 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 22 replies · 2,063+ views
    asharq alawsat ^ | May 29,2009 | Amir Taheri
    Is England on the verge of revolution? To those who know this most peaceful of nations intimately, the question is bound to sound bizarre. Boasting attachment to the rule of law and democratic government, the English have not had a revolution since the 17th century. Nevertheless, these days it is hard to be in the company of Englishmen without hearing talk of the need, indeed the imminence, of revolution.
  • Obama's brother-in-law to run for MP (Parliament) in Bracknell (England)

    05/28/2009 10:48:53 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 5 replies · 533+ views
    Barack Obama's brother-in-law is to challenge for the Conservative seat left vacant by disgraced MP Andrew MacKay in Bracknell. Ian Manners, a life-long Tory who lives in Bracknell constituency, plans to pick up the gauntlet thrown down by David Cameron to encourage candidates from a non-political background. Mr Manners acted after his MP was forced to announce he will stand down following a public outcry last week when his constituents in Bracknell, Berkshire, called him "a thieving toad". The politician, a former parliamentary aide to the Conservative leader, and his MP wife, Julie Kirkbride, have claimed a total of...
  • The Lords' Power Ended in 1911, the Commons' Ends in 2009

    05/21/2009 4:30:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 519+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | May 20, 2009 | Gerald Warner
    "Getting it" is the current craze. "They still don't get it" is the exasperated verdict on MPs who seem to believe it will be business as usual, now that Speaker Martin has been thrown out of the sleigh into the jaws of the pursuing wolf pack. In fact, how many commentators get it? How many of them, alarmed by mounting public anger, hastened to don their Mr Sensible persona and began to counsel us not to get things out of perspective? It is as if, in 1688, they had said: the King has been driven from his throne, the constitution...
  • Michael Martin jumps before he is pushed: Doomed Speaker will resign today

    05/19/2009 4:58:42 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 2 replies · 435+ views
    DailyMail UK ^ | May 19, 2009 | Michael Lea and Nicola Boden
    Michael Martin will become the first Commons Speaker in more than 300 years to be forced out this afternoon. In a historic statement to MPs at 2.30pm, he will announce his resignation. It comes after dramatic scenes in Parliament yesterday where his authority was openly challenged during a bumbling performance. Ministers were said to have put pressure on Gordon Brown last night to get Mr Martin to stand aside. Mr Martin's spokeswoman said: 'I can confirm that the Speaker is making a statement this afternoon and that it is about himself.' His decision to go frees the Prime Minister from...
  • Kuwait emir dissolves parliament

    03/18/2009 3:29:22 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 2 replies · 262+ views
    AFP ^ | March 18, 2009 | Staff
    KUWAIT CITY (AFP) — The emir of the Gulf state of Kuwait dissolved parliament on Wednesday for the second time in a year after a new row between MPs and the cabinet, which is dominated by members of his Sabah family. Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah called a snap election within the next two months, the official KUNA news agency said, the second poll in the Western-backed oil producer since May last year and the third since June 2006. The emir, whose country is the main rear base for US-led operations in neighbouring Iraq, said he took the decision to...
  • Mrs. Palin regrets… (Cornerstone Group doesn't sound like they felt this was a snub)

    03/10/2009 2:30:49 PM PDT · by euram · 15 replies · 936+ views
    The Cornerstone Group ^ | 03-05-09 | Cornerstone Group
    I thought readers of this blog would like to read the charming reply Edward Leigh received to his invitation to Sarah Palin to address the Cornerstone Group at one of our forthcoming dinners:
  • $2 Billion Worth of Police Will Save More Lives Than One Gun Registry (Canada)

    03/07/2009 7:04:46 AM PST · by epow · 20 replies · 582+ views
    national post.com ^ | 02/27/09 | NP Editor
    Garry Breitkreuz: $2 billion worth of police will save more lives than one gun registry Posted: February 27, 2009, 8:45 AM by NP Editor When the national long-gun registry was introduced 14 years ago, I believed it would help keep Canadians safe. After many years of research, consultation and more than 600 access-to-information requests as a Member of Parliament, I now know that nothing could be further from the truth. The gun registry has not saved one life in Canada, and it has been a financial sinkhole, estimated to have cost some $2-billion. Imagine how many more police we could...
  • Outrage: Dutch court to prosecute Wilders for Fitna

    01/21/2009 6:57:25 AM PST · by Cindy · 32 replies · 1,910+ views
    http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/024491.php ^ | January 21, 2009 | Robert Spencer
    Note: Video included. January 21, 2009 For hate speech -- after declining to do so last year, which means that Islamic supremacist groups in the Netherlands have kept up the pressure on lawmakers until they got the outcome they wanted. Hate speech, of course, is in the eye of the beholder, and hate speech laws are tools in the hands of the powerful that they can use to silence the powerless and crush dissent. And make no mistake: even though the Muslims in the Netherlands and elsewhere in the West present themselves as embattled victims of racism and "Islamophobia," that...
  • EU parliament approves climate change package

    12/17/2008 9:01:49 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 977+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/17/08 | Christian Spillmann
    STRASBOURG (AFP) – The European Parliament on Wednesday approved the EU's climate change package, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020, lifting the last hurdle to the ambitious plan. Six texts on the package, already agreed by the 27 European Union member states, were passed by a large majority of the MEPs present. "We have sealed the climate package," said European Parliament President Hans-Gert Poettering, after the vote. The so-called "20-20-20" climate package, which Europe hopes will serve as a model to other nations, will oblige EU nations to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent...
  • Canada halts parliament amid row [by order of The Queen]

    12/04/2008 6:11:15 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 48 replies · 1,172+ views
    BBC ^ | 12/4/2008
    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has won a bid to suspend parliament, blocking an opposition attempt to topple his minority government. The governor general agreed to Mr Harper's request, unprecedented in the country, after talks. If the request had been rejected, he would have had to step down or face a confidence vote he was sure to lose. Opposition parties had called the vote for Monday, accusing the government of failing to shore up the economy. Acting head of state Michaelle Jean Governor General Michaelle Jean agreed to prorogue - or suspend - parliament until 26 January when the government...
  • Britain: MPs too scared to talk about forced marriage 'in case they lose Muslim votes'

    09/02/2008 5:47:12 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 364+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 09/02/08 | Martin Beckford
    MPs too scared to talk about forced marriage 'in case they lose Muslim votes' Politicians are too scared to speak out against forced marriage in case they lose valuable Muslim votes, according to a veteran Labour MP. By Martin Beckford Religious Affairs Correspondent Last Updated: 12:46AM BST 02 Sep 2008 Ann Cryer said politicians in areas with high Muslim populations, many of which are Labour heartlands, should be at the forefront of the campaign to stop young couples being made to wed against their will by their families. But she claimed that some politicians are afraid to speak out on...
  • Mrs T(hatcher) the temptress - and a woman who knew all about the seductive powers of politics...

    06/06/2008 7:24:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies · 151+ views
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 6, 2008 | Edwina Currie
    A controversial new film about the young Margaret Thatcher's ten-year struggle to become an MP is to be screened next week. It tells how her attempts to break into a world dominated by male MPs were rebuffed time and again. But she refused to give up and ruthlessly used her womanly wiles to win through. The film's writer, Tony Saint, says Margaret Thatcher -The Long Walk To Finchley is simply how he imagines things might have been. But one former colleague says it's absolutely spot on.
  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe party defeated, Electoral Commission confirms

    04/26/2008 8:09:43 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 16 replies · 95+ views
    AFP via translation | April 26, 2008
    via translation - ALERT - Zimbabwe / legislation: the defeat of the party Mugabe confirmed HARARE - The defeat of the party history of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, in power since 1980, when the general elections on March 29, was confirmed Saturday by the figures provided by the Electoral Commission.
  • No More Mosques, Says Senior Synod Member (UK)

    04/01/2008 7:15:44 PM PDT · by blam · 18 replies · 171+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-2-2008 | Jonathan Petre
    No more mosques, says senior Synod member By Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent Last Updated: 2:20am BST 02/04/2008 A senior lay member of the Church of England's "Parliament" has called for a ban on the building of more mosques in Britain. Alison Ruoff, a long-standing member of the General Synod, said that new mosques should not be built in this country while Islamic states continued to persecute Christians. The former magistrate, who was one of the strongest critics of the Archbishop of Canterbury's speech on Islamic law earlier this year, added that sharia would be introduced into Britain "if we don't...
  • A Euro-army is fantasy land. We need our American ally

    03/29/2008 6:17:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies · 1,522+ views
    The Guardian ^ | March 29 2008 | Martin Kettle
    Like pensions and insurance, defence is one of those subjects to which too many people only pay attention when things go wrong. You might think, in the light of the past decade, that this would have changed. But you would be sadly mistaken. Even today, even after Iraq, few mainstream MPs without an immediate personal or constituency interest in the subject turn up in the Commons for defence debates. Many politicians who are thoughtful about a range of domestic issues still pass by on the other side when the conversation gravitates to the military. In this they reflect the British...
  • It's the end of Britain as we know it (EU Treaty of Lisbon)

    03/24/2008 12:57:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies · 1,795+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 24, 2008 | Stephen Webbe
    London - You might want to take that vacation in England just as soon as you can – before its 1,000-year run as a sovereign nation comes to an end. This winter, 27 nations of the European Union (EU) signed the Treaty of Lisbon. You may think, "Innocuous enough," as Portuguese-inspired visions of the Tagus River and chicken piri-piri swirl before your eyes. But for England (Britain, actually) the Treaty of Lisbon isn't that appetizing. That's because, if ratified, it will become the decisive act in this creation of a federal European superstate with its capital in Brussels. Britain would...
  • The Circus Is in Tehran (M. Ledeen)

    03/20/2008 8:18:56 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 502+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 20, 2008 | Michael Ledeen
    The Circus Is in Tehran Search for meaning in non-elections. March 20, 2008 By Michael Ledeen There were no elections in Iran last Friday, whatever you may read. The “turnout” was shockingly low, even by past standards, as is demonstrated by the obvious panic in Tehran, where the mullahs kept the polls open an extra five hours. This was not, as they said, to make sure the patriotic citizens of the capital could drop their ballots in the box, but because they had to bus the reluctant faithful and the subservient government employees to the election offices, so as to...
  • Iran conservatives win parliament majority with 163 of 290 seats

    03/16/2008 10:05:19 AM PDT · by jdm · 23 replies · 915+ views
    Reuters via Haaretz ^ | March 16, 2008 | Staff
    ** EXCERPT ** Conservatives have won an absolute majority with at least 163 of the 290-seats in Iran's parliament and reformists opposing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have 40 so far, state-owned Press TV reported on Sunday. Iranians voted on Friday in an election that was expected to keep conservatives in control of the assembly after many reformists, the staunchest critics of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, were barred from running. The English-language satellite channel said four seats had gone to independents. Thirty seats were to be decided in run-off elections after candidates failed to secure enough votes for an outright win. Press TV...
  • Conservative split in Iran vote

    03/15/2008 12:38:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 1,158+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/15/08 | Lee Keath - ap
    TEHRAN, Iran - Conservative opponents of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made a strong showing in Iran's parliamentary elections, according to partial results Saturday. The split could mean frictions between the president and former supporters disillusioned by his fiery, populist rule. Reformists, meanwhile, claimed to have made better than expected gains even though most of their candidates were thrown out of the race by Iran's clerical leadership. If reformists succeed in expanding the largely muted bloc of around 40 lawmakers they had in the outgoing parliament, it would be a blow to hard-line attempts to bury the movement, which calls for reducing...
  • Parliamentarians hike our sales tax

    03/10/2008 7:06:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 324+ views
    The London Free Press ^ | March 9, 2008 | Kathy Rumleski
    A rowdy Ontario legislature passed a hike in the sales tax and tolls on all highways yesterday. Don't panic though, it was the Ontario Youth Parliament, sitting in London, that gave the green light to highway tolls to pay for our crumbling roads and to raise the provincial sales tax to nine per cent. The 39th Ontario Youth Parliament continues today and tomorrow at Riverside United Church. More than 100 delegates, age 14 to 21, beat the weather and arrived Friday for their annual meeting, held in London for the first time since 2003. Welland delegate Mandy Lewis, a Grade...
  • Security breach as airport protesters scale Parliament[UK]

    02/27/2008 6:28:50 AM PST · by BGHater · 4 replies · 129+ views
    Metro ^ | 27 Feb 2008 | Metro
    Protesters have raised serious security concerns by staging a demonstration on the roof of the Houses of Parliament today. The five activists from campaign group Plane Stupid unfurled two huge banners - one saying "No Third Runway", and the other, in a reference to airport operator BAA, read "BAA Headquarters". The protest, which could raise questions about security, came on the final day of the Government's consultation on expanding Heathrow airport, including a third runway. The campaigners described it as "fairly simple" getting into Parliament and evading checks - even stopping for a coffee in the cafe before taking a...
  • Pakistani Parliamentary Coalition Likely To Push Musharraf To Quit

    02/22/2008 7:37:51 AM PST · by jdm · 1 replies · 67+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Feb. 22, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    Leaders of the newly-elected parliament in Pakistan will demand that Pervez Musharraf resign from the presidency. They have rejected a plea from the US to keep Musharraf in place, and they plan to reinstate the judges Musharraf purged in order to have a means to push him out of office if he does not go willingly: The Bush administration is pressing the opposition leaders who defeated Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to allow the former general to retain his position, a move that Western diplomats and U.S. officials say could trigger the very turmoil the United States seeks to avoid. U.S....
  • Clamour grows to reveal the secret report that throws light on EU 'fraud'

    02/21/2008 9:58:20 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 210+ views
    Times of London ^ | David Charter and Rory Watson
    February 22, 2008 Clamour grows to reveal the secret report that throws light on EU 'fraud' David Charter and Rory Watson in Brussels Pressure was growing last night on the European Parliament to publish a secret report into the misuse of MEPsÂ’ expenses, which whistleblowers claim shows widespread abuse of taxpayersÂ’ money. There was disbelief among the few MEPs who have been allowed to see the internal audit after officials at the Parliament said that they had not called in EU anti-fraud investigators because they did not think that it showed fraud. The Times understands that the audit of 167...
  • Pakistan Votes for New Parliament, Musharraf Future Unclear

    02/18/2008 11:12:41 AM PST · by IssuesOriented · 5 replies · 214+ views
    Fox News ^ | Monday , February 18, 2008
    As Pakistanis went to the polls Monday to vote for a new parliament, early indications showed the party of slain former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in the lead, with that of President Pervez Musharraf trailing behind, FOX News has learned. Voter turnout was light to moderate, with fears of militant attacks and rigging keeping many Pakistanis at home. The elections were held Monday after a six-week delay in the vote, seen as a key step toward democracy after eight years of military rule under Musharraf, whose political survival hung in the balance.
  • New Bill To Give Alberta, B.C And Ontario Extra Commons Seats (Restoring Rep By Pop To H0fC Alert)

    OTTAWA -- The Federal Government is set to introduce a bill that would give Alberta, B.C., and Ontario extra seats in the House of Commons. The bill to be tabled Wednesday would add 22 seats to the Commons, which currently has only 308. It would give Alberta five extra seats, while B.C. gets seven and Ontario receives 10. These provinces would get more seats after the 2011 census to reflect their population growth. Provinces whose growth is static or even dwindling would keep the seats they have now. The bill is essentially an amendment to the Constitution, but because it...
  • CAMERON MAULS BROWN OVER QUEEN'S SPEECH

    11/07/2007 4:21:13 AM PST · by UKrepublican · 8 replies · 115+ views
    CAMERON MAULS BROWN OVER QUEEN'S SPEECH GORDON Brown’s debut Queen’s Speech was last night savaged as “weak and bereft of vision” in a furious attack by David Cameron. The Prime Minister attempted to fight back against the resurgent Tories by putting new counter-terrorism measures and a drive to force immigrants to learn English at the centre of his programme for the next Parliamentary year. And he signalled even more lavish Government spending, with proposals to raise the school leaving age to 18, build millions of homes and give working parents more time off. He claimed the measures responded to the...
  • LIB DEMS FACED MING MELTDOWN

    10/14/2007 6:03:45 AM PDT · by UKrepublican · 11 replies · 41+ views
    LIB DEMS FACED MING MELTDOWN Sir Menzies Campbell's Lib Dems would have won NO seats if a general election had gone ahead, say poll predictions. Now embattled Ming will go on TV today to insist he's not too old to lead the party at 66. Labour would have won 352 seats to the Tories' 257. Overall, Gordon Brown could have expected a slightly reduced majority of 54. But the Lib Dems, who won 66 seats in 2005, faced going into complete meltdown. Political expert Martin Baxter analysed all voter polls ahead of Brown bottling out of an election call last...
  • Cameron says Brown 'looks phoney'

    10/10/2007 2:36:40 PM PDT · by UKrepublican · 5 replies · 319+ views
    Cameron says Brown 'looks phoney'Conservative leader David Cameron said Gordon Brown looked like "a phoney" as they went head-to-head in their first Commons battle since July. The clash came with the PM facing claims he "bottled" a snap election and stole Tory policy ideas on tax. Mr Cameron said the PM was treating people "like fools" by denying opinion polls led him to reject a snap poll. But Mr Brown pointed to the Tory grammar school row and said he would take "no lectures" from Mr Cameron. Since his weekend decision not to hold a general election Mr Brown...
  • Iran MPs brand U.S. army and CIA "terrorists"

    09/29/2007 2:25:05 PM PDT · by familyop · 12 replies · 167+ views
    Reuters UK ^ | 29SEP07 | Reuters UK
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian lawmakers hit back on Saturday at the United States for considering sanctions against the Islamic state's Revolutionary Guards, branding the U.S. armed forces and the CIA as "terrorist". A statement, signed by 215 MPs and read out at a session of the 290-seat legislature, criticised the U.S. military and the Central Intelligence Agency for what it called terrorist actions, the official IRNA news agency said. It cited the World War Two atomic bombing of Japan, the Vietnam war and the conflict in Iraq as examples. "Iranian lawmakers ... labelled the American army and the country's intelligence...
  • Polish women strip off in bid to woo voters (Yes, there are pics!)

    09/28/2007 3:06:25 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 85 replies · 2,575+ views
    Telegraph.co ^ | 09/26/2007 | Harry de Quetteville
    Women from a new Polish political party have stripped off in a controversial poster campaign ahead of national elections. Seven candidates from the Women's Party are featured posing behind a billboard that reads: "The party of women. Poland is a woman." The attention-grabbing move is making waves in staunchly Catholic Poland, where the ruling Kaczynski twins have pushed a fiercely conservative agenda. Writer Manuela Gretkowska said she founded the party as the Polish government considered tightening already strict controls on abortion. "It is the straw that broke the camel's back," she said, adding that Poland's political scene was usually run...
  • Cameron loses room to Muslims

    09/16/2007 4:59:18 AM PDT · by UKrepublican · 41 replies · 949+ views
    16 September 2007Cameron loses room to Muslims By Nigel Nelson David Cameron has been forced to give up a Parliament room so Muslims can pray in it. Commons officials took Conference Room H off the Tory leader, who used it for secret MP briefings. The move angered secretaries in the next-door office. One said: "We work on a lot of confidential material and we don't know who will be going in there." The room will be used by Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan. Muslim Labour MP Sadiq Kahn said it was an "excellent" idea, and joked: "David is...
  • Iraqi parliament gears up to pass key draft laws

    09/08/2007 7:17:13 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 9 replies · 393+ views
    Gulf News ^ | September 8, 2007 | Basil Adas
    Baghdad: The Iraqi parliament is preparing to debate controversial draft laws on oil and gas, accountability, justice, resources and the provinces. According to Salim Abdullah, a member in the Sunni Accord Front, the parliament will approve the Accountability and Justice Laws concerning the return of the Baathists to senior administrative and military positions, in addition to the Provinces Law that will regulate this week's provincial elections that is a significant step towards forming federal regions in Iraq. Abdullah added: "The Oil and Gas and the Resources Laws will be subjected to some [amendments and] yet it is likely that the...
  • Parliaments, not voters, to ratify new EU treaty

    08/03/2007 11:18:09 AM PDT · by BGHater · 9 replies · 282+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 30 July 2007 | Justin Stares
    The new European Union treaty has several hurdles to jump before it can become law. • Ireland, where voters rejected the Nice Treaty in 2001, looks set for another vote next year. "I'm assuming we will have to have a referendum," Bertie Ahern, the Irish Prime Minister, told opposition leaders last month. Ireland's shock 2001 rejection of the original treaty forced Dublin to seek an amendment ensuring the country could not be dragged unwillingly into EU military action. After obtaining it, a second referendum was held, and a majority voted yes. The Irish would again be expected to vote yes...
  • Iraqi parliament adjourns for August

    07/30/2007 12:42:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 526+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/30/07 | Qassim Abdul-Zahra - ap
    BAGHDAD - Iraq's parliament on Monday shrugged off U.S. criticism and adjourned for a month, as key lawmakers declared there was no point waiting any longer for the prime minister to deliver Washington-demanded benchmark legislation for their vote. Speaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani closed the final three-hour session without a quorum present and declared lawmakers would not reconvene until Sept. 4. That date is just 11 days before the top U.S. military and political officials in Iraq must report to Congress on American progress in taming violence and organizing conditions for sectarian reconciliation. The recess, coupled with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's failure...
  • Galloway suspended from UK Parliament (18 days, takes effect Oct. 8)

    07/23/2007 2:41:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 774+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/23/07 | AP
    LONDON - The British Parliament's lower house on Monday suspended a lawmaker accused of concealing his financial dealings with Saddam Hussein's government. George Galloway, known for his fierce opposition to Britain's role in the invasion of Iraq, was suspended for 18 days, following an investigation which found that a charity he set up was partly funded by the Iraqi dictator. The decision, which came without a vote, followed a recommendation from a parliamentary disciplinary panel that investigated the charity. Galloway accused his opponents of hypocrisy. "Being lectured by the current House of Commons on the question of the funding of...
  • Pakistan parliament demands Britain withdraw Salman Rushdie's knighthood

    06/19/2007 2:59:59 AM PDT · by familyop · 6 replies · 456+ views
    AP by way of the Canadian Press ^ | 18JUN07 | Associated Press
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistani lawmakers passed a government-backed resolution Monday demanding Britain withdraw the knighthood awarded to author Salman Rushdie, condemning the honour as an insult to the religious sentiments of Muslims. In the eastern city of Multan, hard-line Muslim students burned effigies of Queen Elizabeth II and Rushdie. About 100 students carrying banners condemning the author also chanted, "Kill him! Kill him!" On Saturday, Britain announced the knighthood for the author of "The Satanic Verses" in an honours list timed for the official celebration of the queen's 81st birthday. The resolution in the lower house of parliament on...
  • Is this Congress or Parliament?

    06/18/2007 6:46:41 AM PDT · by gpapa · 5 replies · 369+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 18, 2007 | Paul Greenberg
    Where do these people think they are, the House of Commons? The other day the U.S. Senate, sometimes laughingly referred to as the World's Greatest Deliberative Body, considered a motion of no confidence in the country's attorney general. To what end? There is no constitutional provision for a vote of no confidence. It's a parliamentary, not congressional, maneuver. And should remain so. Let's leave it to the Brits -- like cricket, haggis and toad-in-a-hole
  • Iraq parliament finds a quorum hard to come by [Should we fire them?]

    04/29/2007 1:17:32 PM PDT · by Sleeping Beauty · 20 replies · 552+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | January 23, 2007 | Damien Cave
    Iraq's Parliament has been at a standstill. Nearly every session has been adjourned because as few as 65 [of the 275] members made it to work... As a result,vital legislation involving the budget and amendments to the Constitution remain trapped in a legislative process that processes nearly nothing. American officials long hoped that the Parliament could help foster dialogue between Iraq's increasingly fractured ethnic and religious groups, but that has not happened. ...The country's dominant issue, security, is controlled almost exclusively by the American military and the office of the prime minister.... Though the Constitution grants Iraq's only elected body...
  • Bomb threat forces Greek plane to land in Germany [11 Greek EU MPs were on board]

    04/23/2007 5:21:20 PM PDT · by jdm · 5 replies · 398+ views
    BERLIN: An Olympic Airways plane made an emergency landing on Monday at Munich airport in Germany after a bomb threat was reported, a spokeswoman for the German air traffic control authority said. “There was a bomb threat and so the plane landed in Munich at 1045 local time,” a spokeswoman for Deutsche Flugsicherung told Reuters. The plane was flying from Athens to Brussels via Strasbourg. All 136 passengers, including 11 Greek EU MPs, have been safely evacuated, Greek state television reported.
  • Yanukovych Opponents Block Passage to Court

    04/19/2007 8:01:46 PM PDT · by A. Pole · 3 replies · 387+ views
    The St. Petersburg Times ^ | Friday, April 20, 2007
    KIEV — Thousands of opponents of Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych blocked the entrances to the Constitutional Court on Wednesday, forcing riot police to intervene to allow judges in for the second day of hearings into the legality of a presidential decree dissolving the parliament. The session began more than one hour late after helmeted police linked arms and formed a corridor to usher judges through a scrum of flag-waving demonstrators, which included rival lawmakers pushing and shoving each other outside the court’s black metal gates. The hearing began with 16 of the 18 judges in place, said chief judge...
  • Bush Condemns Attack on Iraqi Parliament

    04/12/2007 5:41:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 568+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 12, 2007 – President Bush today condemned a suicide attack on the Iraqi parliament building in Baghdad’s heavily fortified International Zone. The attack, which occurred today in the building’s cafeteria as it was crowded for lunch, killed at least eight people, Iraqi officials reported. President Bush, speaking at the White House during a ceremony for the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act, strongly condemned the attack. “It reminds us … that there is an enemy willing to bomb innocent people in a symbol of democracy,” Bush said. “It is in our interest to help this...
  • You're abusing Parliament over gay vote, Catholic leader tells Blair

    03/20/2007 8:51:48 AM PDT · by Rutles4Ever · 36 replies · 716+ views
    This is London ^ | 3/19/2007
    Britain's most senior Roman Catholic accused Tony Blair of an 'abuse of Parliamentary democracy' last night by refusing MPs a debate on controversial gay rights laws. Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor criticised the Prime Minister for forcing through regulations making it illegal for adoption agencies to reject gay couples. Instead, MPs were allowed a single vote on the Sexual Orientation Regulations, which the Government won last night by 210, despite 100 Tories voting against. Peers will try to block the regulations in the Lords tomorrow. But the Cardinal said: "It is, surely, an abuse of Parliamentary democracy that these regulations are...
  • UK: Guantánamo must stay open, say MPs

    01/21/2007 4:34:18 AM PST · by MadIvan · 6 replies · 413+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph ^ | January 21, 2007 | Ben Leapman
    America's Guantánamo Bay detention camp for terrorist suspects must stay open for now, because many detainees remain "a real threat to public safety", a House of Commons committee has concluded.However, MPs on the Foreign Affairs Committee say the Government needs to work with America on alternative arrangements so the camp, an enclave in Cuba, can be closed as soon as possible. In their report, published today, they said: "Those detained at Guantánamo must be dealt with transparently and in full conformity with all applicable national and international law. But we recognise… that many of those detained present a real threat...
  • Parliament 'on rocket target list'

    01/10/2007 2:13:22 AM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 4 replies · 460+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 10 January 2007 | Kim Arlington
    A TERROR suspect who allegedly bought five stolen army rocket launchers said he would use them to blow up "the nuclear place" and Parliament House, a Sydney court heard today. It is alleged the man, Mohammad Ali Elomar, was later seen near Sydney's Lucas Heights nuclear reactor, where an access lock for a gate to a nearby reservoir had recently been cut. The claims were contained in a police statement tendered to Central Local Court, where Taha Abdul Rahman - the man accused of selling the rocket launchers - was today refused bail. Mr Abdul Rahman, 28, from Leumeah, in...