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I have searched and there are no threads for political news from outside North America and Europe so I thought I would start one. :shuffle:


Anyway Iran had parliamentary elections and the reformists won in a landslide. They were also voting for members of "The Assembly of Experts" which is the body that selects Iran's supreme leader. Iran's current supreme leader is 76 and said to have suffered from health problems. The new Assembly of Experts may have to choose another supreme leader someday. Could this mean that sometime in the future Iran could have a moderate as head of state?
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35681250
 

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Given we have only Britan and USA...

Ireland is having an interesting downtrend for 2 major parties after Friday's elections.... FF and FG are loosing positions to SF and smaller parties.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35680750
http://www.theguardian.com/news/2016/feb/18/irelands-general-election-the-guardian-briefing

seems like more Irish don't want "establishment" either.
Didn't think anybody would be interested in our elections. :D

It is a little difficult to say what the message from the voters is. They were not happy with the government which was FG and Labour. FF have made some gains since they were obliterated in the 2011 elections, but are still probably going to be behind FG. Ironic that in the year of the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising FF and FG (the two rival sides in the civil war that followed independence) are the only possible stable coalition. :shuffle:

The left is very splintered. SF did well, but not as well as expected. Many Irish people will never feel comfortable voting for them while Gerry Adams is their leader. Plus their economic plans are completely ridiculous. Same with the Anti-Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit.

One positive is that new party Renua who were formed after anti-abortion deputies broke away from FG lost all of their seats. :D
 

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I have searched and there are no threads for political news from outside North America and Europe so I thought I would start one. :shuffle:


Anyway Iran had parliamentary elections and the reformists won in a landslide. They were also voting for members of "The Assembly of Experts" which is the body that selects Iran's supreme leader. Iran's current supreme leader is 76 and said to have suffered from health problems. The new Assembly of Experts may have to choose another supreme leader someday. Could this mean that sometime in the future Iran could have a moderate as head of state?
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35681250
I don't think a moderate is likely any time soon. Roughly 70% of Iran's population is under 30 and youth unemployment is very high; with oil prices as low as they are right now, the economy of Iran isn't likely to pick up a lot of steam quickly, even with the lifting of the sanctions. IOW, Iran is ripe for revolution. There are two ways to deal with that--you can loosen up and hope that keeps everyone happy enough to keep going along, or you can hold the line to keep the masses in order. Historically, Iran has gone with holding the line.
 

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Because it will mean the end of one (or possibly both) of the parties. Ideologically there is very little difference between FF and FG except they were on opposite sides of the civil war.

It will also probably mean that SF will become the main opposition party. :yikes:
 

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Because it will mean the end of one (or possibly both) of the parties. Ideologically there is very little difference between FF and FG except they were on opposite sides of the civil war.

It will also probably mean that SF will become the main opposition party. :yikes:
I am watching..... in!te!re!st!ing!
 

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Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been detained in connection with the Petrobras scandal. :watch:

The long-running inquiry, known as Operation Car Wash, is probing accusations of corruption and money laundering at Petrobras.

Dozens of executives and politicians have been arrested or are under investigation on suspicion of overcharging contracts with Petrobras and using part of the money to pay for bribes and electoral campaigns.

Police said they had evidence that Lula, 70, received illicit benefits from the kickback scheme.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-35725415
 

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There is huge uproar in Cameroon after the death of a young mother and her unborn twins. Monique Koumateke fell ill and was rushed to the hospital but the midwife on duty told her family she was already dead and should be taken to the morgue. However the babies were apparently still alive but staff at the hospital refused to help. So a relative in desperation tried to cut the babies out with razor blades and the whole thing was videotaped and put in social media. One was already dead and the other baby died soon after. There are now calls for the health minister to resign and several hospital staff members have been arrested.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35877272
 

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There is huge uproar in Cameroon after the death of a young mother and her unborn twins. Monique Koumateke fell ill and was rushed to the hospital but the midwife on duty told her family she was already dead and should be taken to the morgue. However the babies were apparently still alive but staff at the hospital refused to help. So a relative in desperation tried to cut the babies out with razor blades and the whole thing was videotaped and put in social media. One was already dead and the other baby died soon after. There are now calls for the health minister to resign and several hospital staff members have been arrested.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35877272
OH MY GOD, that's awful.
 

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Not sure if this has already been posted here:

Unbelievably there is a diplomatic crisis between Germany and Turkey because of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOxs6MWG314 (song with English subtitles)

The German top diplomat in Ankara has been told off by the Turkish foreign ministry (twice now) because of a satirical song broadcast by a regional TV channel. This dispute is mainly about journalism and freedom of speech. It would be funny if it wasn't so so sad.
 

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