Josie McMurphy

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Democracy is broken all over Europe

Candidates' campaign posters were still smiling down on villages across rural Spain weeks after national elections on Dec. 20.<p>Their longevity probably wasn’t meant to send a message. But it’s fitting they’re still up, since Spaniards may soon have to vote all over again.<p>The election produced no …

Bombings kill 20 in Syria as peace talks invitations go out

BEIRUT (AP) — Multiple bombings struck a government-run checkpoint in the central Syrian city of Homs on Tuesday, killing at least 20 people and …

Middle East

Dreamers on the campaign trail: 'We cannot vote, but we do have a voice'

Bernie Sanders,US elections 2016,Hillary Clinton,US news,US politics,US immigration<p>Young Latinos are playing central roles within the Clinton and Sanders camps – and the personal stakes are high even if they can’t work in the White House<p>Nobody could accuse Erika Andiola or César Vargas of joining …

Danish parliament approves plan to seize assets from refugees

New law allows police to search asylum seekers to secure cash and valuables, as European leaders continue to call for sealing of Balkan borders<p>European states have reacted in some of the most drastic ways yet to the continent’s biggest migration crisis since the second world war, with Denmark …

EU referendum: UK renegotiations 'not top of EU agenda'

<b>The UK's EU renegotiation is not the top priority for EU leaders but the "ambition" is still for a February deal, the foreign secretary has said.</b><p>Philip Hammond said the talks "are number one on our Europe agenda" but the EU has "other issues on its plate".<p>It comes amid mounting speculation of a …

Ethiopia silences its critics with a deadly crackdown on dissent

By Editorial Board<p>IN THE latest chapter of Ethiopia’s escalating authoritarianism, young people, journalists and musicians have been the targets of the ruling regime’s quest to silence political dissent. For several weeks, students from the Oromo majority ethnic group have been protesting the …

Africa

Islamic State militant 'executes own mother' in Raqqa

<b>An Islamic State militant carried out a public "execution" of his mother because she asked him to leave the group, activists say.</b><p>Ali Saqr, 21, killed his mother, Lena al-Qasem, 45, outside the post office in Raqqa, Syria, eyewitnesses said.<p>Raqqa has served as IS' de facto capital since the group …

Religion

Polish president signs bill putting state media under government control

Senior figures in public radio and TV will be appointed and sacked by treasury minister under new law, which has been condemned by rights groups<p>Poland’s president has signed into law a bill handing the conservative government control of state media, despite concern elsewhere in the EU and …

Andrzej Duda

N Korea nuclear: US, Japan, S Korea pledge united response

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1218000/1218213_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534420644_3c81b540a5dcf585b7b416f43b3b540c<p><b>The US, South Korea and Japan have said they will be united in their response to North Korea's claim to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb.</b><p>North …

North Korea

What top researchers discovered when they re-ran the numbers on income inequality

By Jim Tankersley<p>, Economic Policy Correspondent<p>SAN FRANCISCO - The world's most famous inequality researchers unveiled a new way of adding up the growing gap between the super-rich and everyone else on Tuesday.<p>The findings by economists Emmanuel Saez, Gabriel Zucman and Thomas Piketty, which are …

My Statement on Obama’s Newest Executive Action Restricting Americans’ 2nd Amendment Rights

President Obama’s actions today to enact additional gun control through executive order — by creating new barriers to purchase for responsible and …

Wisconsin's public-sector unions plot fightback as supreme court case looms

Wisconsin’s labor leaders cheered when their nemesis, Scott Walker, dropped out of the presidential campaign last September. Walker’s anti-union message failed to catch fire the way it did four years ago, when he pushed through legislation that hobbled public-employee unions. But while Walker’s …

Middle-class

Taking the PiS? Poland’s EU voting rights in peril amid media, judiciary crackdown

Authoritarian moves by Poland’s new conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party government which allegedly encroach on democracy are to be reviewed by …

Why Non-Voters Matter

A new study suggests that increasing turnout could have significant ramifications for policy.<p>In 2014, just 41.9 percent of the voting-age citizen population of the United States voted. But the people who voted are not only in the minority, they form an unrepresentative minority. Millions of …

Bernie Sanders raises $33 million in 3 months to keep pace with Hillary Clinton's contributions

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont raised more than $33 million during the last three months in his bid to win the Democratic presidential nomination, his campaign said Saturday. It was just short of the amount brought in by rival Hillary Clinton during the same period.<p>Sanders, an independent and a …

Middle-class

Venezuelan president claims voting fraud occurred in recent elections

President Nicolas Maduro, who lost control of Venezuela's National Assembly in polls earlier this month, has claimed that fraud marred the vote<p>Embattled socialist President Nicolas Maduro, who lost control of Venezuela's National Assembly in polls earlier this month, said on Tuesday that fraud had …

Venezuela

Central African Republic to vote in election to restore democracy

BANGUI (Reuters) - Central African Republic votes in a presidential election on Wednesday aimed at restoring democratic rule in a divided country gripped by years of violence in which thousands have died.<p>Thirty candidates are competing for the presidency. In the absence of opinion polls or an …

Supreme Court set to make pivotal rulings on abortion, affirmative action and immigration

As the nation heads into a presidential election year, the Supreme Court is set to decide half a dozen politically charged cases in 2016 on such topics as abortion, affirmative action, contraceptives and immigration.<p>In several cases, conservatives are hoping the high court will shift current law to …

Affirmative Action

These 30 Numbers Explain the 2016 Election

Estimated amount of money politicians and political groups will raise during <b>Election 2016</b>: <b>$7.5 billion</b><p>Number of families who provided nearly half of …

Poland's president signs disputed amendment to top court powers

WARSAW (Reuters) - The European Commission is to examine the issue of Poland’s constitutional court next month, PAP news agency said on Monday, after the Polish president signed into law disputed amendments to the court’s powers.<p>Poland's President Andrzej Duda speaks during his announcement at …

The TSA Could Soon Stop Accepting Some State Driver's Licenses for Air Travel

Residents of a handful of states may soon need to remember their passport before they head to the airport, even when flying domestically.<p>That’s …

China passes controversial counter-terrorism law

There are worries within the West that the new law could violate human rights such as freedom of speech<p>China passed a controversial new anti-terrorism law on Sunday that requires technology firms to help decrypt information, but not install security "backdoors" as initially planned, and allows the …

China's legislature OKs controversial anti-terrorism law

BEIJING (AP) — China's rubber-stamp national legislature on Sunday approved the country's first anti-terrorism law, amid concerns that its …

Human Rights

Mosque ransacked and copies of Quran burned in Corsica

A crowd vandalised a Muslim prayer hall and set fire to copies of the Quran on the French island of Corsica, police said, in an attack condemned by the government.<p>The violence came on Friday amid heightened security measures for the Christmas holiday, and nationwide fears after the November 13 …

Charlie Hebdo 'Set the Tone': The Year in Questionable Allies and Freedom of Speech | VICE News

A diminutive Saudi woman named Ensaf Haidar made a powerful speech and received a standing ovation before the European Parliament this month. Her husband, the imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi, had just received the Sakharov Prize, the European Union's top human rights award.<p>Badawi came to …

Jewish student at Brooklyn college told to ‘leave the school you Jew’

It is not known whether the alleged assailant was a student at the college.<p>><br>• ><p>A student walks on the University of California Los Angeles campus.. …

Ask Slashdot: We've Had Online Voting; Why Not Continuous Voting?

periegetes writes: This idea has been bugging me for a while. It takes months to organize a physical election, and several days to count the results, …