Prime Minister Theresa May and the leader of Britain’s main opposition party were due to meet Wednesday for talks on ending the impasse over the country’s departure from the European Union — a surprise about-face that left pro-Brexit members of May’s Conservative Party howling with outrage.Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay said the government was not setting preconditions for the talks with Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, but was also not offering a “blank check.”“There will need to be compromise on all sides,” he said.The exact timing for the meeting between May and Corbyn wasn’t immediately specified, but it will probably take place Wednesday afternoon. After failing repeatedly to win Parliament’s backing for her Brexit blueprint, May dramatically changed gear Tuesday, saying she would seek to delay Brexit and hold talks with the opposition to seek a compromise.May said the country needs “national unity to deliver … [Read more...] about Theresa, meet Jeremy: British prime minister to meet head of opposition to try to pass Brexit deal, turning back on Conservative Party
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The rapid political ascent of Ilhan Omar — who went from a Minnesota state legislative seat to a seat in Congress in just three years — has captured the attention of adoring liberal activists, critical conservative pundits and documentary filmmakers. Add to the list of those interested in the former Somali refugee: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Since Omar’s victory in last month’s midterm election, influential voices in the oil-rich Middle Eastern country have taken to social media and newspaper op-ed pages to attack her and fellow congresswoman-to-be Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — the other “first” Muslim woman set to serve in Congress — as rising enemies of Saudi Arabia, and as subversive agents of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist political organization. A Dec. 9 op-ed in Al Arabiya, a Saudi-funded news network, is typical: it says the two “Muslim sisters” are aligned with an anti-Saudi movement that infiltrated American … [Read more...] about Who’s afraid of Ilhan Omar? Saudi Arabia, for one
By James PomfretHONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong authorities have barred a pro-democracy lawmaker from running in a local election for "implicitly" supporting Hong Kong's independence from China, in what critics said was another instance of civil rights being eroded in the China-ruled citygi Eddie Chu, a former journalist who was democratically elected as one of Hong Kong's 70 legislators in a 2016 election, had planned to contest a separate grassroots poll to represent a village in the rural hinterland of the New Territories.But an official with Hong Kong's Electoral Affairs Commission, Enoch Yuen, wrote to Chu on Sunday to disqualify his candidacy on the grounds that Chu had previously expressed support for "independence as an option for Hong Kong people to self-determine their future".While Chu had written to Yuen stating he didn't support independence, she concluded that Chu's answers: "When viewed objectively, can be understood as implicitly confirming that he supports independence … [Read more...] about Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker barred from contesting local election
The murder of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October prompted much debate about the writer’s past affiliations and ideological inclinations. Responding to President Donald Trump’s Tuesday statement on the killing, Katy Tur of MSNBC falsely claimed Khashoggi was never a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, but he indisputably was a member and a lifelong proponent of its Islamist ideals. Acknowledging this truth does not in any way condone his death at the hands of Saudi agents.Tur’s point was that everyone who mentions Khashoggi’s Brotherhood past, including President Trump, is attempting to justify his murder: What they try to do is say that Jamal Khashoggi was not a good guy. They casually drop in that he – the Saudi Arabians say he was part of the Muslim Brotherhood and that he was an enemy of the state. Those two things are not true, and it’s interesting to put Saudi Arabian propaganda into a … [Read more...] about Hayward: Yes, Jamal Khashoggi Was a Member of the Muslim Brotherhood
Just HOW RUDE has today's life become? And just how much is the tone of our politics to blame? Our Cover Story is reported by Martha Teichner: Does it sometimes feel as if our politics has us all backed into our ideological corners? Does it seem as if insults and name-calling have taken the place of civil dialogue – that incivility has gone viral? Whether it's coming from the President of the United States or somebody in a restaurant, you may be disturbed by it all. But should you be alarmed? Even that's a touchy subject. "I think the country is in crisis," said New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg, who recently wrote that "it's less a result of a breakdown in civility than a breakdown of democracy." We have a crisis of democracy, not manners (New York Times, 06/25/18) "I think the demand for civility can be used as a tool of oppression when it only goes in one direction – when you demand civility from the ruled, but you don't demand civility from the … [Read more...] about Will politics be the death of civility?