The referendum consisted of hundreds of constitutional changes, including one provision that will allow President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinOvernight Defense: House panel votes to ban Confederate flag on all Pentagon property DOD report says Russia working to speed US withdrawal from Afghanistan 'Gang of Eight' to get briefing on bounties Thursday The United States must stand with Georgia''s fight for freedom Russians vote to keep Putin in power until 2036 MORE to serve two more terms, effectively allowing him to keep power until 2036.The referendum was voted on the this week by the Russian public, with over two thirds voting in favor of the numerous measures and solidifying Putin''s position in leadership.
Compliance isn t a polite request. Taking bites and sipping drinks are one of the few public, mask free moments people can enjoy as Singapore emerges from two months of lockdown. With flouters facing fines and prosecution, it s clear the government is leaving little to chance.The stakes are high. Singapore will hold one of the world s first general elections of the Covid 19 era on July 10. A lot rides on whether life can resume without the infection surge seen in other nations. This also means the polls become a referendum on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong s handling of the crisis. A big spike in cases might require fresh restrictions and push the economy even deeper into recession.
As Russia goes to the polls this week in a constitutional referendum, several regions will be voting online.
In a Facebook post about his opinions on the referendums, Ko wrote that he had cast invalid votes, but did not specify why they were invalid. He also wrote that he believes that basic human rights and universal values should not be decided by majority rule.
After the hugely embarrassing failure of the referendum, which cost 40 million euros of public money to organise and would have stripped single parent units of their status as a family and ruled out the legalisation of same sex marriage for a generation, many people in Romania predicted the end of its initiators, the Family Coalition (Coali ia pentru Familie).They were wrong.
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Image Credit: AFP OTTAWA, CANADA: On Monday, Canadians head to the polls in what is likely to be a closely contested vote following a six week campaign that has turned into a virtual referendum on the leadership of Liberal party leader Justin Trudeau.The 47 year old has served as Prime Minister of Canada since his election victory in 2015.
Voters in Canada will choose the members of the House of Commons to the 43rd Canadian Parliament in the general election on October 21.
Robinson opens his August 26 column by asking, Is it my imagination, or is President Trump s chronic and debilitating case of Obama Envy getting worse? Robinson goes on to answer his own question, and the answer is an obvious yes. Trump has called for Russia to be readmitted to the G7 former G8, which it was kicked out in 2014 after President Vladimir Putin sent Russian forces into Ukraine to annex Crimea. Trump has tried to turn the G7 conversation into a referendum on Obama, insisting that the former president was consistently weak when it came to U.S. policy toward Russia and Robinson cites the G7 discussion as a prime example of how absurd Trump s case of Obama envy can be.
French men and women carried flags and signs calling for President Emmanuel Macron to hold referendums for citizens to have a say in big policy decisons. By this afternoon, there were 21 arrests in Paris as well as clashes with police in Rouen. Hundreds of people gathered around an area barricaded by the police shouting, "Macron, get lost for good "Protesters totalled 23,000 across the country, according to the Interior Ministry, the movement's lowest turnout since protests began last year.
President Vladimir Putin has marked the fifth anniversary of what Moscow considers the day Crimea became part of Russia by visiting Ukraine's Black Sea peninsula, as NATO, the United States, and the European Union again condemned what they called the "illegal " land grab. On March 18, 2014, Putin signed a treaty that Moscow claims made Ukraine's Crimea region part of Russia, after Russian forces seized control of the peninsula and organized a referendum that was not recognized by the international community. Ukraine and the West have slammed Russia's move as an "illegal " annexation, leading to sanctions against Russian individuals and entities. The annexation of Crimea and Russia's role in the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine, where government forces have been fighting against Russia backed separatists since April 2014, sent ties between Moscow and the West plunging to post Cold War lows. The conflict in eastern Ukraine has left around 13,000 people dead, some 30,000 injured, and uprooted well over 1 million Ukrainian citizens, according to UN and Ukrainian officials. In Washington, Kurt Volker, the U.S. special envoy for Ukraine, called the fifth anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea a "sad day. " "This is an illegal occupation, an illegal seizure of territory, and we fundamentally stand behind Ukraine in insisting that its territorial integrity be restored, " Volker told journalists. In a statement, NATO described the annexation of Crimea as "a serious breach of international law and a major challenge to Euro Atlantic security. " The Western military alliance's North Atlantic Council criticized Russia's "ongoing and wide ranging military build up " in Crimea, and raised concerns over its "efforts and stated plans for further military build up " in the Black Sea region. The allies also accused the "Russian de facto authorities in illegally annexed Crimea " of carrying out human rights abuses against "Ukrainians, the Crimean Tatars, and members of other local communities, " including "extrajudicial killings, abductions, enforced disappearances, violence, arbitrary detentions, arrest, and torture. "They said that there would be no return to "business as usual " with Moscow until there was a "a clear, constructive change in Russia's actions. "
The newspaper reported on Sunday that the French would be asked whether they wanted to reduce the number of national lawmakers, a campaign pledge by Macron.They would also be asked whether they favoured imposing a limit on the number of terms lawmakers could serve in a bid to prevent career politicians staying in power.
Today is the day Britain turns Remain as more EU loving youngsters reach voting age and elderly Leavers pass away, a survey has claimed.The study found that even if nobody changed how they voted in the 2016 referendum, the demographic shift over the last two and a half years will have supposedly changed in Remain s favour on January 19.
Get the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Another referendum would do irreparable damage to British politics, would likely leave us no further forward than the last , and further divide our country , Theresa May will tell MPs today as she sets her face against a further plebiscite on the United Kingdom s membership of the European Union. How seriously should we take her? One problem that the Prime Minister has is that she has a proven track record of saying things that later turn out to be untrue, from the man who couldn t be deported because he had a cat, her public and private assurances that there wouldn t be an election, and now, her repeated description of the transition period as an implementation period , when there is nothing yet to be implemented and there may well have to be an implementation period after the transition period anyway. So, understandably, anything that May says is and should be treated with extreme scepticism. But there are good reasons to believe that May s latest promise might be kept, albeit not for reasons that have very much to do with her. For one thing, while parliamentary supporters of a second referendum are becoming more vocal, that doesn t mean they are sufficiently numerous to secure a Commons majority for one, and don t forget that it doesn t just have to be a one off majority but one capable of seeing off hostile amendments, setting the franchise, the rules of the referendum and so on. The prospects for reaching a majority have taken a further blow after two Conservative MPs you might expect to back one Jonathan Djanogly on Twitter and Nicky Morgan at greater length over at ConservativeHome have declared that they won t, with Morgan going so far as to insist that she will never vote for another referendum, even should the government come out in support of one. (Less surprisingly, Boris Johnson has set himself against the idea in the Telegraph, which means you can probably rule out pro Brexit MPs deciding that another referendum is a good way to see off British pro Europeans for good.) Then, of course, there s Labour. Jeremy Corbyn s central priority is to avoid taking political damage but even if the politics shifts to a point where the party leadership ends up formally backing another referendum, there will be a substantial rebellion. Ivan Lewis currently without the whip is exaggerating when he tweets that the silent majority of Labour MPs oppose another go around, but it is true to say that Labour opponents of the idea are an under reported and underappreciated group. The calculation that both May and the People s Vote campaign are making is that the threat of the cliff edge will mean that people rally around their way out as a way to avoid the calamity of an unnegotiated exit. But it s May who controls the legislative agenda, May who heads the executive and May who can t be dislodged as leader of the Conservative Party until December 2019 well after the end of the Article 50 process. It s not clear why she ll be the one who ends up blinking first. Westminster s two Jeremys reveal where power really lies in the Brexit debate Stephen Bush is political editor of the New Statesman. His daily briefing, Morning Call, provides a quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics.
A leading rights watchdog has called on Russian authorities to abolish the country's law banning gay quot;propaganda, arguing it is having a deeply damaging effect on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. In a new report, Human Rights Watch says that the 2013 law intensified the hostility LGBT people in Russia have long suffered, and it also stifled access to LGBT inclusive education and support services. The 92 page report, issued on December 12, called the law a classic example of political homophobia that targets vulnerable sexual and gender minorities for political gain. Formally called the law aimed at protecting children from information promoting the denial of traditional family values, it bans the propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations quot; among minors a reference universally understood to mean a ban on providing children with access to information about he lives of LGBT people. However, according to Kyle Knight, a researcher at HRW, the blatantly discriminatory law has had the complete opposite effect of what the proponents of the law suggested it would have. The law has been used to shut down online information and mental health referral services for children and has discouraged support groups and mental health professionals from working with children, Knight explained. Knight said the law contributed to an intensification of harassment and violence against LGBT people in Russia. The evidence we have in our new report shows the law actually ruined some children s lives, Knight told RFE RL. Giving Homophobes Free Rein HRW interviewed dozens of LGBT youth and mental health professionals across Russia, to examine the everyday experiences of the children in schools, home, and in public. Diana F., a 14 year old lesbian from the Khabarovsk region, told HRW that she felt as if the law literally makes homophobes have free rein in our country. LGBT people, the teenager said, are afraid to organize prides and demonstrations. According to the HRW report, the law has also been exploited by vigilante groups to attack LGBT people. Some of the LGBT youth interviewed by HRW spoke about the authorities inadequate response to such assaults. Georgy L., a 14 year old transgender boy, explained why he was fearful: Hazing, beatings, and undermining of LGBT teens are not taken seriously. I m sure the police will not consider a report from a teenager about being beaten, if he says that he is part of the LGBT community. Adults can safely mock us, rape us, and undermine us, he said. The LGBT youth interviewed for the report described being constantly on alert for harassment and violence. Many said they confront the anguished choice of hiding their identity to protect themselves from abuse or being open about who they are and facing greater risk. The report criticizes the Russian Orthodox Church for making inflammatory public statements about gay people, fueling existing anti LGBT sentiments. According to HRW, one high level church official once said that same sex relations should be completely eliminated from Russian society, preferably through moral persuasion but, if necessary, through a public referendum on re criminalizing homosexuality. HRW says that the law banning gay quot;propaganda quot; makes it harder for mental health professionals to offer LGBT people support. One psychologist described how, even in situations where it is clinically relevant to discuss a child client s sexual orientation, he feels constrained by the law: Teenagers often wait for me to ask a direct and precise question about his or her sexual orientation or gender identity, but the law prevents me from doing that. Another said she covers all LGBT themed books on her office bookshelf during clinical sessions to avoid being accused of spreading gay quot;propaganda. For Some, Stigma Begins At Home The report also says that for many LGBT children, stigma begins at home. Most of those interviewed by HRW said that it was a priority for them that their parents accept them for who they are. However, many LGBT youth felt they could not turn to their parents for guidance and support.
This week 's midterm elections will be a referendum on President Donald Trump 's divisive persona and hardline policies. So far, opinion polls are suggesting there is a close call between the Democrats and the Republicans. However, even if Trump its the results he was hoping for this week, his reelection prospects for 2020 could still be threatened by ever emerging scandals and a likely pre 2020 economic downturn.Over the next seven years, Mr Trump is said to want growth of three percent or more.But this hasn 't happened since Ronald Reagan was president in the 1980s.President Trump may also not be successful in his next presidency bid due to split opinions over his personality. He lost the popular vote in 2016 by more than two percentage points.This was the same percentage that John McCain won in 2008, who lost to Barack Obama.
Mount Horeb residents will decide on Nov. 6 whether to designate places that breed, sell or use dogs or cats in research as a public nuisance, Wisconsin Public Radio reported . The issue has divided the village of fewer than 7,500 people.The vote will impact Ridglan Farms, a beagle breeding and research facility in the area that has about 3,000 dogs.