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Child Euthanasia Law Passes Through Parliament in Belgium

Euthanasia has been legal for adults in Belgium for a dozen years, and now the age limit on the practice is about to be lifted in that country. 

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 READ MORE



Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych Concedes Everything but His Position

Tuesday was a victorious day for the Ukrainian protesters who have thronged their streets and clashed with government forces for months, as President Viktor Yanukovych handed them some major concessions ... except for one.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE



By UKPhoenix79 (Image:British Isles United Kingdom.svg) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

England, Wales OK Gay Marriage

Parliament has cleared the way for same-sex unions to begin in half of the United Kingdom.

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Parliament Summons Rupert Murdoch for a Spanking

The media tycoon is said to welcome the opportunity to appear once again before the British government and explain his side of the secretly recorded pep talk he gave his alleged phone-hacking reporters.

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

British Lawmakers Say Aye to Gay Marriage in Parliamentary Vote

Members of Britain’s Parliament ruled in favor of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill on Tuesday, and in case the name of this particular piece of legislation doesn’t make it clear, the vote brings gay marriage ever closer to a state-sanctioned reality in the U.K.

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons/Beavis

Gay Marriage Gets a Boost in French Parliament

Gay marriage is close to getting the government’s official nod in France, as Saturday a majority of the country’s National Assembly members approved a key article in a bill aiming to allow same-sex couples to wed.

Posted on Feb 2, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Mohammed Asad

Egyptian High Court Throws Out Parliament

Egypt’s lingering Mubarak-appointed supreme court on Thursday ruled that the democratically elected, Islamist-led Parliament must be dissolved, citing widespread violations of a rule intended to divide the house between candidates running individually and under party banners. The decision returns legislative power to the country’s military junta.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 READ MORE



monkey_bob99x (CC BY 2.0)

Murdoch Not Fit to Run a Major Firm, British MPs Find

Members of the British Parliament had harsh words for the man at the top of News Corp., stating in a report that a proclivity for keeping himself in the dark about his employees’ activities made him unfit to lead an international company.

Posted on May 1, 2012 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

Suicide Sparks New Protests in Athens

After 77-year-old Greek retiree Dimitris Christoulas fatally shot himself in front of the parliament building in Athens on Wednesday, Greek protesters’ ire again exploded over the austerity measures that the government has implemented to save the country from economic ruin while sacrificing citizens’ funds along the way.

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 READ MORE


putin
AP / RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky

Putin’s Party Takes a Hit at the Polls

Could martial arts enthusiast, tiger wrangler and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin be losing his steely grip on power in his homeland? Could be, judging by the results of Sunday’s parliamentary election in Russia, which resulted in a shaky showing for Putin’s United Russia party.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Khalil Hamra

Egyptian Military Leaders: Sorry, but We’re Not Going Anywhere

Though they expressed their condolences for lives lost during the latest round of protests in Cairo, members of Egypt’s ruling military council refused to change their plans for either Monday’s parliamentary elections or the eventual presidential vote slated for next year.

Posted on Nov 24, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Alessio85

Berlusconi Shown the Door

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has powered his way through political crises with all the subtlety and grace of a battering ram, but in the end, he couldn’t fix Italy’s foundering economy. So, Il Cavaliere (The Knight) is about to lose his occupazione (job).

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

Greek Parliament Passes Austerity Package

While the international media zoomed in on Libya on Thursday, another important story was unfolding in Athens, where two days of strikes and protests failed to sway parliament members from passing a bill of austerity measures the Greek government insisted was necessary to avoid an even more catastrophic economic mess.

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Gurinder Osan

Indian Activist Poised to End Hunger Strike

Activist Anna Hazare has agreed to end his nearly two-week-long hunger strike on Sunday morning after India’s finance minister announced that the general sentiment in parliament is to support the strict anti-corruption policies Hazare is demanding. (more)

Posted on Aug 27, 2011 READ MORE


Rupert Murdoch Dodges a Pie on ‘the Most Humble Day of My Life’

While testifying before the British Parliament on what he called “the most humble day of my life,” Rupert Murdoch nearly took a pie in the face. Luckily for the media tycoon, his wife, Wendi, literally leaped to the rescue with all of her athletic ability.

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 READ MORE


Keith Olbermann, John Dean Preview Rupert Murdoch Testimony

Rupert and James Murdoch will face the British Parliament on Tuesday, and John Dean (above) thinks the elder tycoon may not be used to the pressure: “I think that this is the first time that Murdoch has ever been in this kind of atmosphere where people can push him to answer ... questions he might not want to address.”

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE



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Murdochs Agree to Testify in U.K., FBI Launches Probe

The News Corp. scandal that has already claimed one major entity in the Murdochian media empire—that would be News of the World—isn’t showing signs of dropping from the headlines anytime soon. On Thursday, mogul Rupert Murdoch and scion James agreed to face members of Britain’s Parliament ...

Posted on Jul 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Israel Bans the Boycott

Israeli legislators passed a law Monday prohibiting any and all domestic boycotts against the country and its West Bank settlements as part of an attempt to oppose what they see as a global attack on the state’s legitimacy. (more)

Posted on Jul 13, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Petros Karadjias

Gridlock in Greece

So, time is running out for the Greek government to put a plan in place in the interest of avoiding complete economic catastrophe. Too bad Prime Minister George Papandreou’s austerity-tastic ideas are failing to win over the protesters ... (more)

Posted on Jun 28, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ahmed Ali

Egypt Votes in Favor of Constitutional Amendments

In results released Sunday evening, 77 percent of Egyptian voters have endorsed amendments to their country’s constitution that will pave the way for parliamentary elections, which the military junta said will be held in June.

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 READ MORE



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Egyptian Military Dissolves Parliament

As Egyptians struggle with where their country will now go after Hosni Mubarak’s capitulation, the country’s military leaders dissolved parliament, suspended the constitution and sent soldiers in to try to clear remaining protesters from Tahrir Square.

Posted on Feb 13, 2011 READ MORE



Venezuelan State Television

Smackdown in Venezuela

In a brawl broadcast live on television and radio, Venezuelan legislators exchanged blows as members of President Hugo Chavez’s United Socialist Party tried to remove an opposition member from the parliament’s speaker’s podium.

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Fareed Khan

Pakistani Politician Ends Bid to Change Blasphemy Laws

Pakistani parliament member Sherry Rehman is the latest politician to contest the country’s controversial blasphemy law in a move that has led to threats on her life, but her efforts have been thwarted by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani ...

Posted on Feb 3, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Agência Brasil

Berlusconi Allegedly Bought Votes

Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi’s political rap sheet is already quite appalling, from alleged under-age sexcapades to anti-Semitic jokes. But new allegations by state prosecutors have added another blotch on the billionaire’s bill: He’s accused of buying votes to stay in power.

Posted on Dec 10, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Iranian Students News Agency / Arash Khamushi

Iran’s Parliament Schemes to Impeach Ahmadinejad

A serious rift has divided the Iranian government in a manner that could be tricky to resolve, as it puts the country’s parliament on one side and its president on the other. On Monday, the news broke that Iran’s parliament had been working on a plan to eject ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 23, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Francois Mori

The French Sure Know How to Strike

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his camp are trying to keep their cool and push on with a vote on pension reform that would change France’s official retirement age, but the opposition isn’t backing down. In fact, labor unions have set aside ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 21, 2010 READ MORE


And Now, a Giggly Swiss Minister’s Take on Cured Meats (Update: Explained)

Here we see the now-viral footage of Swiss finance minister Hans-Rudolf Merz, 67, who is on the brink of retirement and quite able to appreciate the lighter side of some of his bureaucratic duties, such as discussing the apparently amusing matter of cured meat imports.

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Gemunu Amarasinghe

Surprise: Fraud Alleged in Afghan Elections

On Monday, just two days after the parliamentary elections in Afghanistan, reports that the polling process was corrupted by incidents of voting fraud had sparked an investigation, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Posted on Sep 20, 2010 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

BP’s Hayward Says Oil Spill Was Personally ‘Devastating’

His tenure as BP’s chief executive is almost up, and outgoing CEO Tony Hayward has changed his tune about the effect that last spring’s cataclysmic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico had on him personally, making public statements on Wednesday that sounded ... (continued)

Posted on Sep 15, 2010 READ MORE


A Bloody Close to August in Afghanistan

The final weekend of August was a costly one for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, with seven Americans killed. Also, five campaign workers for a candidate in upcoming parliamentary elections were found slain, and a candidate for parliament was shot to death.

Posted on Aug 29, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons

Vote Ties Japanese Parliament in a Knot

Looks like the Japanese government is headed for a frustrating, and potentially ineffectual, phase after Sunday’s election left the nation’s parliament in a “twisted” condition. That’s an actual term, not a value judgment.

Posted on Jul 13, 2010 READ MORE


Gillard
AP / Gurinder Osan

Introducing Australia’s First Female PM

Her name is Julia Gillard, and she’s Australia’s first lady prime minister, voted in Thursday after a power shuffle in the government’s highest ranks. However, besides the whole gender angle, Aussies apparently don’t expect Gillard to bring big changes into office with her.

Posted on Jun 24, 2010 READ MORE


Yanukovych and Putin
Wikimedia Commons / www.kremlin.ru

No NATO for Ukraine

With a nod to the Kremlin, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych proposed a bill to his parliament, which it approved Thursday, to keep their nation from joining NATO’s ranks. Take that, hegemonic Western policymakers!

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Council of Europe

Here They Come to Save Das Day

The German Parliament has approved a series of measures allowing the country to provide up to $184 billion in loan guarantees in a package aimed at stabilizing the euro and helping support those European nations that are mired in debt.

Posted on May 21, 2010 READ MORE


Vejjajiva
Wikimedia Commons / World Economic Forum

Thai PM Draws a Line in the Streets

Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has responded with a resounding “no” to a conditional offer from anti-government red-shirt protesters to end a bloody standoff in return for early elections. The opposition’s offer represented a shift from earlier demands that parliament be dissolved immediately.

Posted on Apr 24, 2010 READ MORE


Vejjajiva
Wikimedia Commons / World Economic Forum

Tides Turning to Opposition’s Favor in Thailand

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s days in office may be numbered. After last weekend’s bloody clash between red-shirted protesters and government forces in Bangkok, Vejjajiva was dealt two big tactical blows Monday that could lead to his party’s dissolution.

Posted on Apr 12, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Jessica J. Wilkes

They Don’t Build Democracies Like They Used To

Iraq’s recent election was supposed to remove Nouri al-Maliki from power, but the prime minister, sounding rather like a Bond villain, declared “the game is still very much on.” Now a governmental commission created to keep Baathists out of public life says that on the night before the election it banned six candidates who went on to win.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE


Nouri al-Maliki
AP / Khalid Mohammed

Iraqi Front-Runners Headed for Election Deadlock

It could be a case of good for democracy, bad for Iraq if analysts monitoring the outcome of the recent election in Iraq are right in thinking that the very close race between Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Ayad Allawi ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE


After 95 Years, Sweden Calls Killing of Armenians Genocide

The Swedish parliament took a vote Thursday on an important wording issue, and the end result led to diplomatic strain between Sweden and Turkey. That’s because the word that parliament members decided on was genocide, and the incident they were applying it to was the mass killing of Armenians in Turkey in 1915.

Posted on Mar 11, 2010 READ MORE


Allawi
AP / Khalid Mohammed

Two Front-Runners Claim Victory as Iraqis Await Election Results

The final tally from Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Iraq hasn’t been announced yet, but that didn’t stop Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his opponent, Ayad Allawi, from claiming victory for their respective teams.

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 READ MORE


Three Bomb Blasts Kill 32 in Baghdad

The timing of Wednesday’s series of three suicide bombings in Baghdad was significant, considering Sunday’s parliamentary election is just around the corner. The attacks happened in rapid succession in the morning and killed 32 people, including some who had been wounded in the first two blasts and were seeking treatment at a hospital in the Iraqi capital city.

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE


Dutch F16
Flickr / Randy83

Dutch to Leave Afghanistan

One day after the Dutch Cabinet collapsed, the country’s prime minister has announced that he expects the Netherlands to pull out all its troops from Afghanistan in August.

Posted on Feb 21, 2010 READ MORE


Tony Blair
Flickr / World Economic Forum

Blair: ‘I’d Do It Again’

Sticking with a position that appears based more on pride than empirical reasoning, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair waded through six hours of questioning at an inquiry in London with a resilient defense of the decision to invade Iraq in 2003.

Posted on Jan 29, 2010 READ MORE


Karzai
Wikimedia Commons / The White House

Karzai’s Cabinet Woes Continue

It looks as if Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s Cabinet strategy is still in desperate need of repair. The majority of his nominees have once again been rejected by the parliament, casting doubt on his ability to lead in the country’s fractious political environment.

Posted on Jan 16, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Farzana Wahidy

Remodeling Karzai’s Cabinet

Hamid Karzai is having issues in his second term as Afghanistan’s president. It seems that the Afghan parliament has nixed 17 of his 24 Cabinet nominees.

Posted on Jan 2, 2010 READ MORE


Not My Switzerland
AP / Keystone, Peter Klaunzer

Jewish Groups Object to Switzerland’s Minaret Ban

Recognizing that this week’s popular vote to forbid the building of minarets in Switzerland represented a blatant show of religious intolerance it couldn’t ignore, an association of Jewish organizations is expressing its strong disagreement with the ban and calling on Swiss leaders to defend religious freedom.

Posted on Dec 3, 2009 READ MORE


Daffy Ducks Peck at Corrupt Politicians

By far the best thing to come out of Britain’s expenses scandal is this video series of ducks lampooning the shenanigans of elected officials. It’s part of a campaign to bring an open primary to the U.K., but forget the politics and enjoy the poultry.

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 READ MORE


Parliament
aceproject.org

The Making of Iran’s New Cabinet

The Iranian parliament has approved the first woman Cabinet minister, Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi, in the 30-year history of the Islamic republic. Parliament also gave its blessing as defense minister to a man wanted in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Argentina that killed 85 people.

Posted on Sep 3, 2009 READ MORE


Brawl.gov Over Media Reform

The ruling party in South Korea passed a bill that allows print media companies to own up to a 20% share in the broadcast medium. The opposition believes this benefits only a handful of conservative media giants. So they started fighting ... in parliament. Watch the protest and the “Seoul” demonstrated by politicians for just media policies.

Posted on Jul 22, 2009 READ MORE


Brown’s Reform Plan [A Cartoon From Germany]

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