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The Report of the Augar Review investigating the future of post-18 education funding has finally been published. The Review was motivated by two factors. On the one hand, this was Theresa May’s desperate response to Jeremy Corbyn’s commitment to scrap university tuition fees and to bring back the Education Maintenance Allowance that David Cameron and […]

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Iran Marks Quds Day As U.S. Prepares To Unveil Mideast Peace Initiative

May 31, 2019           |                                       

Rallies were held across Iran to mark Quds (Jerusalem) Day on May 31. Iran established Quds Day after the 1979 Islamic Revolution as an occasion to express support for the Palestinian people. The state-backed demonstrations are usually aimed against the United States and Israel. Rallies were held in about 950 Iranian cities and towns, as […]

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JERUSALEM—Israel’s parliament voted to dissolve itself early Thursday, sending the country to an unprecedented second snap election this year as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition before a midnight deadline. The dramatic vote, less than two months after parliamentary elections, marked a setback for Netanyahu and sent the longtime leader’s future […]

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The Inter-American Development Bank is quietly circulating an analysis that foresees an up to $48 billion infusion of capital into the Venezuelan economy should President Nicolás Maduro be removed from office. A pair of confidential documents, both called “Venezuela: Challenges and Opportunities,” outlines a four-year plan to open the country’s beleaguered economy to foreign corporations through […]

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The flurry of favors the president did for Netanyahu could constrain U.S. policy — and hurt people in the region — for years to come. Hypocrisy aside, the consequences of Trump’s actions could be severe and long lasting. For Israelis, the questions had been hovering for months. Would the right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claim […]

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<!– –> (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) President Donald Trump’s campaign reported raising $30.3 million in campaign funds in the first quarter of the 2020 presidential race, according to FEC filings. With the eye-popping fundraising haul, Trump flirts with record-breaking numbers. Only Hillary Clinton collected more in the first quarter of a presidential campaign — $36 million […]

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<!– –> Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and her husband, Mark Kelly, who is running for Senate in Arizona as a Democrat (Alex Wong/Getty Images) With two well-funded candidates already building war chests, the Arizona Senate contest has the makings of an ultra-competitive race. Sen. Martha McSally had a strong first quarter, raising $2.1 […]

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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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National strike by Polish teachers enters fifth day By Clara Weiss 12 April 2019 Amid an almost complete blackout by the international media, the strike by more than 300,000 Polish educators is entering its fifth day, with students across the country spontaneously protesting in support of their teachers. Like hundreds of thousands of teachers before […]

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Digital rights activists stood fast for net neutrality Wednesday despite Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s dismissal of the widespread support of the Save the Internet Act, citing the millions who tuned in to watch the U.S. House vote over the bill. As the House prepared to vote, the Kentucky Republican said that regardless of the […]

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