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Canada Supports Most Hardline, Anti-Democratic Elements of Venezuela’s Oppposition

May 30, 2019           |                                       

Not only has Canada financed and otherwise supported opposition parties in Venezuela, Ottawa has allied itself with some of its most anti-democratic, hardline elements. While the Liberal government has openly backed Voluntad Popular’s bid to seize power since January, Ottawa has supported the electorally marginal party for years. Juan Guaidó’s VP (Popular Will in English) […]

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Kazakh Ruling Party Nominates Toqaev For President

April 22, 2019           |                                       

Kazakhstan’s ruling Nur Otan party has nominated interim President Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev for the presidency. The announcement was made at a party congress on April 23 where it had been expected to nominate its candidate for a snap presidential election in less than two months. “I propose for consideration Tokayev’s candidacy,” said Nursultan Nazarbayev, who chairs […]

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This article is part of a series by openDemocracy and the Bretton Woods Project on the crisis of multilateralism. The views expressed are those of the author’s only, and are not necessarily representative of either organisation. A coup is underway at the World Bank, and no one is watching. On Friday, 5 April, the executive […]

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VOX is the most impactful radical right political party in Spain for decades. It has been energetically rejecting the label of ‘far’, ‘extreme’ or ‘radical right’ since its birth in late 2013. Key representatives of VOX sidestep the topic in an implicit or explicit way (through the use of rhetoric or discursive strategies such as […]

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Weld Says He Is Seeking GOP Nomination for President in 2020

April 15, 2019           |                                       

BOSTON—Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld says he is seeking the Republican nomination against President Donald Trump in 2020. Weld said Monday in announcing his candidacy that “it is time to return to the principles of Lincoln — equality, dignity and opportunity for all.” He said, in his words, “There is no greater cause on earth […]

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., both took aim this week at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., an escalation of recent attacks by ensconced elements of the party against newer members of Congress. Ocasio-Cortez, who is often charged by Democrats in Congress with dividing the party, has not […]

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What Barbara Lee did on the House floor three days after 9/11—speaking prophetic words and casting the only vote against a green light for endless war—remains the bravest wise action in Congress during this century. The contrast was jolting last week when her vote enabled the House Budget Committee to approve a bill with a […]

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Why Is Barbara Lee Helping Fund Our Forever Wars?

April 8, 2019           |                                       

What Barbara Lee did on the House floor three days after 9/11 — speaking prophetic words and casting the only vote against a green light for endless war — remains the bravest wise action in Congress during this century. The contrast was jolting last week when her vote enabled the House Budget Committee to approve […]

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Once again, Republicans are caught without an alternative to their nemesis Obamacare. After the Trump administration supported a legal fight to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, President Trump began to wage a campaign to make Republicans, the “party of health care.” Trump assured the nation that Republicans were sooooo close to the most […]

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The former chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rep. Ben Ray Luján, suggested Wednesday that the DCCC’s new policy to cut off vendors that work with primary challengers could undermine party unity, distancing himself from the controversial move. “I think different leaders have different approaches,” Luján, who is running for a U.S. Senate seat in […]

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House Votes to End US Military Involvement in Yemen War

April 4, 2019           |                                       

After voting down a Republican motion to recommit, the House of Representatives voted on Thursday to pass S.J. Res 7, the Senate version of the War Powers Act challenge to US involvement in the war in Yemen. The vote was 247-175-1. This Senate passed this resolution in March, and sends the resolution to President Trump, […]

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Vocalist Bryan Funck of Thou on DIY creative motivations, pushing back against the typical metal band tropes, and having a realistic understanding of what you’re capable of. One of my favorite Thou stories is how you joined the band—essentially, you were honest with everyone else, said you didn’t really like the vocals, and that they […]

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When May announced that she was turning to him for an agreement that would secure a parliamentary majority, she left the ERG group gasping with horror and astonishment as they listened. But they have only themselves to blame. The previous weekend she had called their leaders to Chequers. There, they offered her a devilish pact. […]

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