Category: Politics

Philippines May Pull Out Of ‘Useless’ ICC, Happy To Join World Order Led By Russia And China

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte says he might follow Russia’s lead and withdraw his country from the International Criminal Court (ICC). He went on to slam Western countries which have criticized his controversial ‘war on drugs’. Speaking on Thursday ahead of his departure to Lima to attend the Asia-Pacific summit, Duterte slammed the ICC as “useless,” following criticism by an ICC prosecutor last month that the Hague-based tribunal may have jurisdiction to prosecute those responsible for deaths related to the leader’s crackdown on drugs. Duterte said he is annoyed about the criticism he has received, and stressed that “nobody was...

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Republicans Now Control Record Number of State Legislative Chambers

Republicans added to their historic 2014 gains in the nation’s state legislatures with the addition of five state House chambers and two state Senate chambers in last week’s election, while Democratic control was reduced to levels not seen since the Civil War. Republicans are now in control of a record 67 (68 percent) of the 98 partisan state legislative chambers in the nation, more than twice the number (31) in which Democrats have a majority, according to the bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). “That’s more than at any other time in the history of the Republican Party,” according...

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Russia Being Blamed by Germany for Election Interference

Germany is alarmed that Russia may seek to interfere in its national elections next year, the domestic intelligence chief said, echoing concerns raised in the United States before Donald Trump’s presidential election victory. German officials have accused Moscow of trying to manipulate German media to fan popular angst The angst is over issues like the migrant crisis, weakening voter trust in moderate mainstream government under Chancellor Angela Merkel and breeding divisions within the European Union so that it drops sanctions against Moscow. Intelligence officials have also pointed to Russian support for eurosceptic, anti-immigrant parties in Germany and across the...

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Iran Deal Still a Go for Germany Despite Trump Win

Germany said on Wednesday it would try to ensure a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and the United States, Europe and Russia reached last year would remain in place under a new U.S. administration led by President-elect Donald Trump. “You can be sure that we will try to convince this (Trump) administration that what we agreed one and a half years ago and have since implemented, both in words and deeds, remains, from our point of view, the right policy,” a foreign ministry spokesman told a regular government news conference. Earlier, an Iranian central bank official said he expected no longer-term...

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