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  • 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...
  • Nigel Evans: (UK) Deputy Speaker accused of rape will stand aside from Queen's Speech duties

    05/05/2013 9:42:59 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 4 replies
    (UK) Telegraph ^ | May 5, 2013 | Rowena Mason
    Nigel Evans, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, will stand aside from his ceremonial role in the Queen's Speech after he was arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault. Mr Evans, who strongly denies the allegations, asked the Speaker to be excused from chairing the event taking place on Wednesday. The MP for Ribble Valley will not resign from his job and has received the backing of a number of fellow MPs. However, Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, suggested it would be "difficult" for him to carry on in such a high-profile role while under such scrutiny....
  • Venezuelan lawmakers hurt during punch-up in parliament

    04/30/2013 9:29:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed May 1, 2013 8:48am IST | Mario Naranjo and Eyanir Chinea
    Fistfights broke out in Venezuela’s parliament on Tuesday, injuring a number of legislators during an angry session linked to the South American nation’s bitter election dispute. The opposition said seven of its parliamentarians were attacked and hurt when protesting a measure to block them from speaking in the National Assembly over their refusal to recognize President Nicolás Maduro’s April 14 vote victory. Government legislators blamed their “fascist” rivals for starting the violence, which illustrated the volatile state of politics in the OPEC nation after the death of late socialist leader Hugo Chávez last month. …
  • Should the US Switch to a Parliamentary System? (This Question Hasn't Been Asked Since Jimmy Carter)

    04/23/2013 6:28:06 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    Pacific Standard Magazine ^ | April 9, 2013 | Seth Masket
    Institutions Worthy of Our Parties: Should the U.S. Switch to a Parliamentary System? Efforts to curb legislative partisanship have weak track records, so maybe we should consider changing the other side of the equation in order to establish a government that can actually get things done. Rick Hasen has a really interesting paper up discussing partisan polarization and the possibility of changing the Constitution to deal with it. (And you should really read Jonathan Bernstein’s response, too.) Hasen starts off by asking whether we should be considering moving toward a more parliamentary style of government. It’s a fair question. We...
  • White House compared Israel's parliament to Arafat's grave?

    03/20/2013 9:48:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    wnd ^ | 3/20/13 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – In a conversation with the Palestinian Authority, a White House official apparently compared Israel’s Knesset, or parliament, to the gravesite of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, according to a PA official speaking to WND. The Palestinian official, who asked that his name be withheld, said he was in contact with members of the Obama administration regarding Obama’s slated visit to the West Bank city of Ramallah, where the U.S. president will meet PA President Mahmoud Abbas.
  • Mohammed Afzal Guru's life should become extinct, ruled Supreme Court

    02/09/2013 8:37:45 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 9 replies
    IANS / The Times of India ^ | Feb 9, 2013 | IANS
    NEW DELHI: "The incident, which resulted in heavy casualties, had shaken the entire nation and the collective conscience of society will only be satisfied if the capital punishment is awarded to the offender," the Supreme Court had said while upholding the death sentence of Afzal Guru. Holding Afzal guilty of the conspiracy culminating in the attack on Parliament House, the apex court in its August 4, 2005 judgment added: "The conspirator, even though he may not have indulged in the actual criminal operations to execute the conspiracy, becomes liable for the punishment prescribed under Section 302 of the IPC (Indian...
  • MPs call for doctors to record the sex of aborted foetuses (girls killed in Britain)

    01/18/2013 6:47:02 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 18 Jan 2013 | Peter Dominiczak
    There have been calls for an inquiry after minister disclosed that birth rates for girls and boys vary noticeably according to where their mothers were born. It was the first official statistical evidence potentially backing up concerns that sex-selection abortions are being carried out in Britain. Fiona Bruce, the Conservative MP for Congleton, has tabled an early day motion which calls on the Department of Health to ensure the data of aborted foetuses is reported “so that statistical evidence of crime cannot be hidden”. The early day motion was also signed by Jim Dobbin, the Labour MP for Heywood...
  • Morsi declares expanded powers, bans breakup of assembly penning constitution

    11/22/2012 1:50:57 PM PST · by Founding Father · 10 replies
    RT ^ | 22 November, 2012
    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi made several decrees Thursday that will shape the country’s constitution and, he says, safeguard its “revolutionary” future. They include a ruling that none of his decisions can be overturned by any authority. Morsi gave the Constituent Assembly a two month deadline to finish drafting a new constitution, ruling that no authority may dissolve it until the country's defining document is completed. He further ruled that no authority may dissolve the Shura Council, the upper house of Egypt's parliament. In a move likely to bring criticism that the Egyptian president is inappropriately expanding his powers, he also...
  • Iranian Parliament Ordered to Abandon Ahmadinejad Probe

    11/22/2012 4:05:13 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/11/12 | Chana Yaar
    The Iranian parliament has been ordered to drop its probe of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iranian state news agency IRNA reported Wednesday. The country's "Supreme Leader," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, allegedly expressed concern Iran's enemies would benefit from the interrogation. Khamenei himself initiated the probe, carried out by his own supporters in the parliament. For the first time in Iranian presidential history, Ahmadinejad was summoned for questioning by the legislative body in March of this year. However, this week Khamenei said, “We demand that the respected representatives not continue” with the probe over the economic crisis and the nosedive in the value...
  • Greeks angered by "princes of parliament" pay fight

    11/11/2012 3:27:58 PM PST · by dynachrome · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11-11-12 | Michael Winfrey and Lefteris Papadimas
    When Greece's government pushed through a law last week aimed at slashing public wages and raising taxes, its biggest threat was not the firebrand opposition or the 100,000 protesters thronged at the gates of parliament. It was the assembly's workers themselves, a well-connected group that has long evoked disdain for enjoying the kind of lavish pay and benefits that have become emblematic of the public sector excess at the heart of Greece's debt crisis. The staff dispute that image. But, having discovered that a 500-odd page draft law of cost cuts and tax hikes included a last minute amendment giving...
  • Time for PMQs

    07/05/2012 9:28:39 AM PDT · by A'elian' nation · 4 replies
    Mark Levin's Radio Show ^ | 7/3/2012 | Mark Levin
    I listened to Mark Levin's show the day before the 4th of July in which he talked about restoring constitutionalism in our three branches of government. It certainly piqued my interest especially in regard to abolishing the 17th amendment and restoring power to the states in appointing senators - a position I've supported for some time. I sent Mr. Levin an email with my small suggestion for improving the sorry state of Congress. I'm also wondering what other Freepers thought of Levin's talk show that day. The following is my email to Dr. Levin. I tried to put a bit...
  • Golden Dawn Party Spokesman Blames Victims of Televised Scuffle

    06/10/2012 3:55:19 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/6/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    The spokesman for the Greek neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party, who struck and threw a glass of water on female Members of Parliament during a brawl on live television, has threatened to sue his victims, claiming they provoked his attack. Ilias Kasidiaris has been in hiding since Thursday, when producers of the morning show reportedly locked him in a room at the studio, until police were scheduled to arrive to investigate the incident. Prior to their arrival, however, Kasidiaris broke down the door and escaped, resulting in a warrant for his arrest. In a statement posted on Facebook on Saturday, he...
  • Battle begins for control of France's parliament

    05/22/2012 12:44:55 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 10 replies
    France24 ^ | May 20, 2012 | Staff
    Campaigning for France's parliamentary elections officially begins Monday in what is expected to be a fierce battle between left and right. Without a majority in the lower house, President Hollande will struggle to deliver on his campaign promises. The battle to take control of France’s National Assembly begins in earnest on Monday when the four week campaign period is officially launched. The Socialist Party is hoping to follow up the presidential triumph of François Hollande by gaining a majority in France’s lower house when the elections take place over two rounds on June 10 and 17. Although poll numbers look...
  • Egypt's Islamic supremacist-dominated Parliament mulling laws legalizing child marriage and sex

    04/25/2012 5:36:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 4/25/12 | Robert
    Here is yet more delightful evidence that Sharia is benign and completely compatible with U.S. Constitutional values, as we are constantly told. "Egypt’s women urge MPs not to pass early marriage, sex-after-death laws: report," by Abeer Tayel for Al Arabiya, April 25 (thanks to Stephen): Egypt’s National Council for Women (NCW) has appealed to the Islamist-dominated parliament not to approve two controversial laws on the minimum age of marriage and allowing a husband to have sex with his dead wife within six hours of her death according to a report in an Egyptian newspaper. The appeal came in a message...
  • Large Scale Attack on Afghan Parlament

    04/15/2012 3:28:04 AM PDT · by An.American.Expatriate · 32 replies
    20 Minuten ^ | 15.04.2012 | self
    According to 20 Minuten (Swiss), there is a large scal attack underway against the Parlament buildings in Kabul. The Russian Embassy has reportedly taken rocket hits. Headline only .....
  • Australian Christian Lobby calls for submissions to Senate marriage inquiry

    04/01/2012 10:02:01 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 1 replies
    Australian Conservative ^ | 4/1/2012 | Staff
    The Australian Christian Lobby issued this media release today: The Australian Christian Lobby is urging all Christians to make their voices heard on the importance of marriage to society by lodging a short submission to the Senate Inquiry into same-sex marriage. Submissions close on Monday. ACL Chief of Staff Lyle Shelton said it was vital that as many people as possible showed their support for marriage remaining between a man and a woman by e-mailing a submission to the Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Committee. Mr Shelton welcomed the Victorian Catholic Bishops’ intervention in the debate today and hoped all Christian...
  • Uproar as Justin Trudeau hurls four-letter obscenity at Peter Kent in House of Commons

    12/14/2011 3:32:45 PM PST · by canuck_conservative · 35 replies
    National Post.com ^ | Wednesday, December 13, 2011 | Staff
    OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau caused uproar in the House of Commons today after he called Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent a “piece of s---” during a heated question time debate over the Kyoto Protocol. The Liberal MP for Papineau immediately apologized, admitting he “lost his cool” after Kent questioned why NDP environment critic Megan Leslie had not attended last week’s climate change summit in South Africa. Canada officially withdrew from the Kyoto accord on Monday, drawing pointed criticism from overseas signatories to the pact. Trudeau became incensed after Kent suggested that Leslie should have been in Durban for the UN...
  • Transsexual Makes Debut In New Polish Parliament

    11/08/2011 12:01:34 PM PST · by edpc · 29 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 8 Nov 2011 | MONIKA SCISLOWSKA and VANESSA GERA
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A transsexual woman and an openly gay man took seats in Poland's newly elected parliament Tuesday, historic firsts that reflect profound social change in this traditionally Roman Catholic country. Anna Grodzka, who was born a man but underwent a sex change, entered the assembly hall to warm greetings. Several men and women shook her hand, while one male lawmaker kissed her on the cheek. She was later introduced to Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who also shook her hand.
  • Kyrgyzstan parliament bans gambling

    09/29/2011 12:23:46 PM PDT · by AnAmericanAbroad · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | September 29, 2011 | Staff
    Kyrgyzstan's parliament has voted to ban gambling, meaning casinos will close throughout the country. The bill was passed with almost no opposition, following repeated warnings from politicians that gambling has become a major social problem.
  • 16,000 police to retake London: PM recalls Parliament as the police lose control of Britain's street

    08/09/2011 6:15:16 AM PDT · by quesney · 253 replies
    16,000 police to retake London: PM recalls Parliament as the police lose control of Britain's streets --Prime Minister David Cameron recalls Parliament on Thursday as Government tries to quell uprising --'Unprecedented' 16,000 police on duty in London - compared with just 6,000 last night --Man, 26, shot in Croydon last night dies in hospital England game against Netherlands at Wembley tomorrow called OFF --400% surge in 999 calls on night of violence with 20,800 dialling the emergency services in London --Cost of clean-up expected to run into 'tens of millions' --Metropolitan Police use armoured vehicles to push back 150 rioters...
  • Islamic extremist whose internet posts inspired by woman who stabbed MP Timms jailed for 12 yrs.(UK)

    07/29/2011 4:20:06 PM PDT · by SanFranDan · 8 replies
    DailyMail.U.K. ^ | 29th July 2011
    Full Title: Islamic extremist whose internet posts were inspired by woman who stabbed MP Stephen Timms is jailed for 12 Years An IT graduate who posted messages on an Islamic extremist website calling on Muslims to attack British MPs who voted in favour of the war in Iraq was today jailed for 12 years. Bilal Zaheer Ahmad, 24, put the posts on US-based RevolutionMuslim.com a day after a Muslim woman had been jailed for trying to murder a senior Labour MP. He listed named pro-war politicians on the website and urged other would-be fanatics to 'raise the knife of jihad'...
  • Political Crisis Contagion: PM Zapatero To Dissolve Spain's Government On September 26

    07/29/2011 8:36:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/29/2011 | Tyler Durden
    Who says only America has a major political crisis that threatens to destroy the country. Following earlier press reports that Spanish PM Zapatero would dissolve government on September 26 in order to have a new general election on November 20, which were summarily denied by the government immediately, it only took about 20 minutes for Zapatero to make a TV appearance and admit that there will indeed be early elections. And judging by the recent surge in popular protests a government overthrow appears certain, which means that Spain's entire role in the Euro bailout mechanisms will transfer from asset...
  • Ireland denounces Vatican role in abuse cover-ups

    07/20/2011 7:01:13 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 4 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 20th 2011 | SHAWN POGATCHNIK
    DUBLIN -- The Vatican encouraged Catholic bishops not to tell police about suspected pedophile priests and flouted Irish law, Ireland's lawmakers declared Wednesday in an unprecedented denunciation of the Holy See's influence in this predominantly Catholic country. The government and all opposition parties unanimously backed a motion accusing the Vatican of sabotaging the Irish bishops' 1996 decision to begin reporting suspected cases of child abuse to police. "This is not Rome. This is the Republic of Ireland 2011, a republic of laws," Prime Minister Enda Kenny told lawmakers. In a direct challenge to the Vatican, Kenny denounced what he called...
  • Ireland denounces Vatican role in abuse cover-ups

    07/20/2011 7:01:07 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 20th 2011 | SHAWN POGATCHNIK
    DUBLIN -- The Vatican encouraged Catholic bishops not to tell police about suspected pedophile priests and flouted Irish law, Ireland's lawmakers declared Wednesday in an unprecedented denunciation of the Holy See's influence in this predominantly Catholic country. The government and all opposition parties unanimously backed a motion accusing the Vatican of sabotaging the Irish bishops' 1996 decision to begin reporting suspected cases of child abuse to police. "This is not Rome. This is the Republic of Ireland 2011, a republic of laws," Prime Minister Enda Kenny told lawmakers. In a direct challenge to the Vatican, Kenny denounced what he called...
  • Two female MPs brawl in Afghan parliament

    07/07/2011 1:24:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    cnn ^ | July 6th, 2011
    Two female members of the Afghanistan Parliament got into a physical fight Tuesday following a discussion of rocket attacks from Pakistan. General Nazifa Zaki, a former army general, threw her shoe at fellow MP Hamida Ahmadzai, video from parliament showed. The video, posted online by TOLOnews.com, shows Zaki leave her seat to head toward Ahmadzai, who throws a water bottle at Zaki when she gets close. Zaki punches Ahmadzai, and the two begin to tussle. ... What began as a discussion took a turn for the worse when one of the coalitions in parliament, including members who are accused of...
  • The European Gold Confiscation Scheme Unfolds: Euro Parliament Approves Use Of Gold As Collateral

    05/25/2011 8:52:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05/25/2011 | Tyler Durden
    Wonder why Europe is pressing so hard for Greece (and soon the other PIIGS) to collateralize its pre-petition loans on a Debtor in Possession basis? Here is your answer: "Yesterday’s unanimous agreement by the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) to allow central counterparties to accept gold as collateral, under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), is further recognition of gold’s growing relevance as a high quality liquid asset. This vote reinforces market demand for a greater choice of assets that can be used as collateral to meet margin liabilities." Luckily for Greece, it has 111.5 tons...
  • Tories retain power, NDP to form opposition, CBC projects (Canada Elections PING!)

    05/02/2011 7:44:19 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 51 replies
    Canadian voters have delivered Conservative Leader Stephen Harper another election night victory, but it is still too close to call whether he will head a minority or majority government, CBC News projects. Meanwhile NDP Leader Jack Layton was set to become Official Opposition leader. The NDP, according to projections, made a major breakthrough and appeared to have more than doubled their seat count, while the Liberals were poised to suffer a major electoral loss. As of 10:25 p.m. EST, the Conservatives were leading or elected in 152 seats, followed by the NDP with 100, Liberals with 30 and the Bloc...
  • Pedophilia a ‘sexual orientation’ experts tell Parliament(Canada)

    03/02/2011 5:02:39 AM PST · by Westbrook · 109 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Mon Feb 28, 2011 16:14 EST | Rebecca Millette
    OTTAWA, Ontario, February 28, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a recent parliamentary session on a bill relating to sexual offenses against children, psychology experts claimed that pedophilia is a “sexual orientation” comparable to homosexuality or heterosexuality, a definition that was questioned by one Member of Parliament who was present. Bill C-54, an Act to Amend the Criminal Code, seeks to increase or impose mandatory minimum penalties or punishment on sexual offenders of children for particular crimes. Parliamentary discussion on February 14 centered on the mandatory minimum imprisonment and how offenders respond to treatment. Dr. Vernon Quinsey and Dr. Hubert Van Gijseghem,...
  • Cambridge University first to charge £9,000 fees - unless your family's poor

    02/08/2011 10:06:02 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5:20 AM on 9th February 2011 | Kate Loveys
    Cambridge has become the first university to announce that it will charge maximum tuition fees of £9,000 a year. But it will give hefty discounts to poorer students, which means the middle classes will bear the brunt of the move. MPs voted in December to raise tuition fees to £6,000 per year from 2012, with universities allowed to charge £9,000 in exceptional circumstances.
  • Jimmy Carter: Abuse of Women? Blame the Catholics and Southern Baptists

    12/12/2009 1:43:30 PM PST · by wagglebee · 110 replies · 2,872+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/11/09 | John-Henry Westen
    MELBOURNE, December 11, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In an address to a gathering sponsored by the World Parliament of Religions (PWR) last Friday, former US President Jimmy Carter has once again blamed traditional religion, particularly Southern Baptists and Roman Catholics, for "creating an environment where violations against women are justified."It is a theme that Carter has successfully used to garner media attention for several years.  Although in a July column in The Observer Carter admits to "not having training in religion or theology," in his address to the PWR Carter appeals to his authority as someone who has "taught Bible lessons...
  • South Korean parliament descends into mass brawl(earn your paycheck day!)

    12/08/2010 6:57:02 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 29 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 12/08/10
    South Korean parliament descends into mass brawl South Korea's politicians descended into a large scale brawl, building a furniture blockade as the government pushed through the 2011 budget. 12:03PM GMT 08 Dec 2010 The 2011 budget will be 309.1 trillion won (£174 billion), slightly smaller than the 309.6 trillion won proposed by the government, the Finance Ministry said in a statement, although it is about six per cent per cent more than this year's budget of 292.8 trillion won. The defence budget was increased to 31.4 trillion won after North Korea shelled a South Korean island last month, triggering a...
  • Caption Hillary at Parliament in Wellington

    11/16/2010 11:21:50 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 26 replies · 1+ views
    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hongis with Maori elder Lewis Moeau during the Maori welcome (Powhiri) on her arrival at Parliament in Wellington, November 4, 2010. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (2nd R) receives a traditional Maori challenge of picking up a feather off the ground during a Maori welcome (Powhiri) as she arrives at Parliament in Wellington November 4, 2010. A male delegate of Clinton's party picked up the challenge on her behalf, as women were not permitted to do so.
  • No U-turn over housing benefit: Cameron refuses to back down over cap amid 'social cleansing claims'

    10/27/2010 3:21:47 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 4:21 PM on 27th October 2010 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    David Cameron today defended the Government's plans to limit housing benefit, saying it was not fair for working people to see their taxes used to fund homes 'they couldn't even dream of'. The Prime Minister dismissed reports there could be a climbdown over the proposals, telling Labour leader Ed Miliband: 'We are going forward with all the proposals we put in the spending review and in the Budget'.
  • Jihadist Who Plotted to Attack Canadian Parliament, Electrical Grids, and Nuclear Stations...

    10/26/2010 2:38:52 AM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies · 1+ views
    "Jihadist who plotted to attack Canadian Parliament, electrical grids, and nuclear stations gets 16 years of prison dawah" SNIPPET: "BRAMPTON, Ont. - The ringleader of the so-called Toronto 18, who admitted to leading a terrorist group with plans to attack Parliament, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison. Court heard weeks of evidence that Fahim Ahmad, 26, plotted to attack Parliament buildings, electrical grids and nuclear stations, and that he held training camps to assess recruits for his cause. At one point, police intercepted Ahmad suggesting going to Parliament to "cut off some heads" and "kill everybody.''..."
  • French Senate OKs Retirement Reform in Tense Vote

    10/22/2010 12:28:55 PM PDT · by EBH · 15 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | 10/22/10 Filed at 2:55 p.m. ET
    PARIS (AP) — The French Senate, pushed into an early vote, approved on Friday a hotly contested bill raising the retirement age to 62, hours after riot police forced the reopening of a strategic refinery to help halt growing fuel shortages amid nationwide strikes and protests. In tense balloting after 140 hours of debate, the Senate voted 177-153 for the pension reform. The measure is expected to win final formal approval by both houses of parliament next week. President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative government, keen to get the measure passed and quell increasingly radicalized protests, cut short the debate and voting...
  • Teleprompter to make its debut in Parliament when Obama speaks [India]

    10/22/2010 8:44:39 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 8 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Oct 22, 2010, 17:38 IST | Daily News & Analysis
    A teleprompter will be in use for the first time in the Central Hall of Parliament when US President Barack Obama addresses MPs on November eight. As per the tentative programme being worked out, the address by Obama, who once said that "America has its roots in the India of Mahatma Gandhi", would not be for more than 20 minutes. The president's programme in Parliament House complex itself will be less than an hour affair, Parliament sources said today. It is scheduled to start at 5pm. The programme will feature a welcome speech by vice president Hamid Ansari and a...
  • Islamic militants raid Chechen parliament, 6 dead

    10/19/2010 3:37:50 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Associated Press/AOL News ^ | 19/10/10 | Musa Sadalayev, Simon Shuster
    GROZNY, Russia -Islamic insurgents attacked Chechnya's parliament Tuesday in a brazen suicide raid that left six people dead and 17 wounded, defying Kremlin claims of stability in the volatile southern region. In a clear challenge to Moscow, the raid occurred just as Russia's interior minister was visiting the provincial capital of Grozny. The three attackers drove to the tightly guarded parliament complex and got inside. One militant blew himself up at the doors and another two ran into the building shouting "Allahu akbar!" — "God is great!" in Arabic — as they opened fire on the people inside, said Chechen...
  • Chechen Parliament Attacked by Gunmen: All Terrorists "Eliminated"

    10/19/2010 1:56:20 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 12 replies · 2+ views
    Reaganite Republican ^ | October 19, 2010 | Reaganite Republican
    Reports are coming out of Grozny today of an early-morning terrorist attack on the Chechen Parliament building sure to be attributed to Muslim separatists as the Moscow-loyal government tries to keep an uneasy peace. After the medieval savagery of the Breslan school massacre, best expect anything from them... As is their style, the Russian Interior Ministry reports all terrorists "eliminated"- Police in Russia’s Chechnya have killed all the terrorists who attacked the republic’s parliament on Tuesday morning, an Interior Ministry official said. The deputy head of the republic’s Interior Ministry, Roman Edilov, said four militants and two police officers...
  • Liberals attempt to rewrite history on the Boston Tea Party

    10/09/2010 11:42:31 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 23 replies · 1+ views
    MAINESTATEGOP ^ | MAINESTATEGOP
    In yet another attempt to assault the tea party movement, the left has a new weapon up its sleeve. A weapon its predecessors in totalitarian countries such as liberal Germany and liberal China have used frequently. Revisionist history. In this case it concerns an event in American history. the Boston Tea party. A revolt by colonists where a merchant ship carrying tea from the British East India company was seized and its cargo dumped overboard. This was all due to unjust taxation by British Parliament thousands of miles away. Taxation without representation as our founders put it which was considered...
  • Italy to become next European country to ban burka

    10/07/2010 3:07:57 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 1:41 PM on 7th October 2010 | By Nick Pisa
    Italy is set to become the next European country to ban the burka after a government report ruled in favour of the proposed legislation. MPs from the anti-immigration Northern League party, a member of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s ruling right wing coalition, have presented the proposal in a bill.