Friday, September 30

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Campaign Almanac: Democrat Mike Franken launches first ad of general election | Politics and elections
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Campaign Almanac: Democrat Mike Franken launches first ad of general election | Politics and elections

Democrat Mike Franken launched his first ad in the general election on Tuesday, putting a spotlight on his military experience as he makes his pitch to Iowans in the election for U.S. Senate.In the ad, Franken, sporting a Navy cap in front of an Iowa cornfield, says he spoke “truth to power” in his time in the Navy, and that he would continue to stand up to corporate interests as a U.S. senator.A former admiral, Franken says in the ad he was “that one person to speak out against the Iraq invasion” under President George W. Bush, and updated a system under President Barack Obama to improve military intelligence.“I’m Michael Franken, and I approve this message because corporate special interests are ripping off Iowa families,” he says in the ad. “We need a Senator who doesn’...
Ecuador’s Guillermo Lasso accepts four cabinet resignations | Politics News
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Ecuador’s Guillermo Lasso accepts four cabinet resignations | Politics News

The resignations come after the government reached an agreement ending strikes that virtually paralysed the country.Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso has accepted the resignations of four government ministers, including Minister of Economy and Finances Simon Cueva and Health Minister Ximena Garzon, the government said in a statement. Lasso thanked the former ministers for their “loyal and valuable service”, in a statement published on Tuesday, which said replacements would be named later in the day. The resignations come after more than two weeks of protests rocked Ecuador, leading to at least eight deaths and severely affecting the country’s oil industry, its main source of income. Indigenous groups, feminists and students marched as they protested against Ecuador’s President Guillermo ...
Nigeria′s political system favors old wealthy men | Africa | DW
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Nigeria′s political system favors old wealthy men | Africa | DW

Campaigning is in full gear in Nigeria as the the June 9 deadline nears for Nigeria's political parties to pick their presidential candidates for the 2023 polls. The main opposition party, the People's Democratic Party (PDP), has already nominated a 75-year-old as its presidential candidate.  Business tycoon Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president, has had five previous goes at winning the presidential ticket. Given his advanced age, many believe this could be his last shot.  Abubakar is unlikely to be the only politician over seventy on the ballot paper, however. Bola Tinubu, a former Lagos governor who entered politics some 30 years ago, is hoping that the ruling All Progressives Congress (ACP), will select him in their primaries.  Aged 70, Tinubu is nearly a decade younger than Nigeria...
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Scott Morrison Video Game Makes Former PM Go To Centrelink

The people of Australia had a very good time over the weekend, as we resoundingly voted out a conservative government that had spent a decade doing...well, nothing really except put their boots to the throats of the poor, the young and anyone who thinks that a rapidly-warming planet might be a bad thing.I won’t bore you with the details of this—you can read more here if you’re interested—but the end result is that Scott Morrison, a man who once allegedly shit his pants in a McDonalds, is no longer the Prime Minister of Australia. While I’m sure there’ll be no shortage of fossil fuel companies, predatory investment funds and fascist-aligned media companies offering him a job in the years to come, in the meantime he’s off to Centrelink.Centelink is the government agency that is in theory su...
If female ‘teal’ independents can shift power in politics, imagine what’s possible beyond the election
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If female ‘teal’ independents can shift power in politics, imagine what’s possible beyond the election

When I was 12, Julia Gillard was the Australian prime minister and Barack Obama was the US President. At my young age, I thought that this image of leadership was normal, standard, nothing out of the ordinary.How wrong I was.Looking back, the political landscape seemed to be finally opening up. That's why it's surprising, and disappointing, that the wins since then have been few and far between.Parliament continues to be dominated by wealthy white men. For a young Asian-Australian woman like me, it is a visual reminder of who holds the power and who does not. I thought this image of leadership — a female prime minister — was normal, standard, nothing out of the ordinary.(AAP: Lukas Coch)But we cannot get lost in pessimism. There is good reason to think this election will be a very differen...