Myanmar government ups ante with military over political role

Yangon, Myanmar – Officials bribed and bullied voters, stuffed ballot boxes and pushed ahead with a May 2008 referendum on a new constitution despite the deadliest natural disaster in Myanmar’s recorded history. For the generals, the charter was a vital step towards a carefully planned new system that would resemble a democracy but keep the…

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Lebanon protests grow over economic crisis and political impasse

It was a Christmas of protests in Lebanon. The formation of a government was the promised gift, but those elected failed to iron out their differences, forcing people out onto the streets to demonstrate against the many problems crippling the country. A number of civil society groups have organised protests over the last 10 days,…

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Tunisia’s Nidaa Tounes in shambles amid political turbulence

Tunis, Tunisia – Almost seven years after the uprising that toppled one of the Arab world’s longest-serving autocrats, a looming political stalemate is threatening the stability Tunisia desperately needs to revive its stagnant economy. Late last month, the secretary-general of Tunisia’s ruling party Nidaa Tounes, Slim Riahi, initiated legal proceedings in a Tunis military tribunal…

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Companies Curb Their Political Spending

The biggest publicly traded companies are increasingly limiting their spending on elections and other political activity, a new report has found. The report is the fourth annual analysis of political-spending policies at S&P 500 companies from the Center for Political Accountability, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., that advocates better disclosure of corporate political activity.…

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Prosecutors now say Russian national Maria Butina did not offer sex for political access

Contrary to previous statements, the Russian woman accused of working to influence U.S. politics, Maria Butina, did not offer to trade sex for political access, prosecutors said Friday, according to CNN. The details: Prosecutors claimed they “misunderstood text messages,” but said there’s still reason to doubt Butina’s relationship with her boyfriend, a political operative, Paul…

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From an Arizona Rally to a Shoe Factory in Pakistan: Political Focus

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Trump falsely told Christian leaders he revoked a political endorsement law

Speaking to Christian leaders Monday evening, President Trump said he revoked a law prohibiting charities and churches from giving formal political endorsements, NBC News reports citing recorded excerpts. “Now one of the things I’m most proud of is getting rid of the Johnson Amendment… That was a disaster for you.” — President Trump to Christian…

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Uganda: The changing face of political opposition

Live rounds and tear gas have been fired sporadically in Uganda’s capital Kampala and other areas as military units and anti-riot police try to disperse demonstrations. Protesters are unhappy about the arrests and alleged beatings of detained opposition legislators critical of President Yoweri Museveni. Video footage showed demonstrators setting bonfires and barricades on Kampala’s streets on…

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Do Central Asian leaders use ISIL threats for political gain?

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) last month claimed responsibility for its first attack in Tajikistan, the poorest ex-Soviet state that shares a border with Afghanistan. On July 29, a grey saloon car repeatedly ran over a group of Western tourists cycling towards the Pamir Mountains.  The attackers…

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