"When the Irish take to the streets this Saturday for the 258th St. Patrick's Day Parade, our thoughts will take us far beyond the festivities on Fifth Ave. to Washington, D.C., and to the British Parliament in London," the grand marshal of this year's parade in Manhattan, attorney Brian O'Dwyer, wrote in an editorial in the New York Daily News this week. … [Read more...] about Irish pride — and a dash of politics — at largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in U.S.
suffered a resounding defeat, opposed not just by members who want Britain to stay in the EU, but also by many Brexit supporters (including Tories) who want a cleaner break. Then, as the week progressed, lawmakers further muddied the waters, voting against leaving the EU without a deal, against seizing control of the process from the prime minister, and against holding another referendum. … [Read more...] about If you think Congress is dysfunctional, look at Britain’s Brexit dealings
BRITAIN is no longer expected to leave the EU by March 29, after Parliament overwhelmingly voted to extend Article 50. Here's what we know about that slippery piece of legislation that's got us all hot under the collar. What is Article 50? Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is a very basic five-point plan that allows any country to leave the EU. At just 250 words it is light on detail for the momentous move that the UK is still trying to make, nearly three years after the referendum. It states: “Any member state may decide to withdraw from the union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.” The UK was the very first country to trigger Article 50, and did so on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. This set ticking the two-year period in which the UK is legally required to leave the EU - and sparked a furious race to get a Brexit deal through within this time frame. What will happen if Britain extends Article 50? With no deal agreement in sight, MPs endorsed Theresa … [Read more...] about What is Article 50 and why’s it at the heart of the Brexit crisis?
China took over the port in question and 15,000 acres of land around it on a 99-year lease, establishing a Hong Kong-style concession in a weaker country. Others caught in China’s debt trap include Zambia, which in late 2018 lost control of its main international airport, and Kenya, which is in danger of having to hand over its main port in Mombasa for inability to pay back its Chinese loan to fund a China-built, but unprofitable, Mombasa-to-Nairobi railway. … [Read more...] about The West is pushing back against China. It’s working
It would be better, of course, if adults had taken the lead. Stopping climate change is their responsibility. But they haven’t. Though pretty much every politician has made it out of college, their education seems to have done them little good. Maybe, at least for a day, there’s more education to be found out in the street. Instead of studying history, it’s time to make it. … [Read more...] about Students are striking for action on climate change — a truancy everyone should applaud