As the stifling midday sun sizzled down on Whitehall, the leaders of the UK and Israel were said to be having lunch, a presumably sociable break in an otherwise tense day, concentrated on serious discussions about the Iranian nuclear deal — or lack thereof. US President Donald Trump pulled out of the agreement with Tehran in May, and Netanyahu has lobbied for European leaders to follow suit — but the British Prime Minister remains committed to the deal, insisting it will make the world a safer place, reining in Iran's alleged nuclear ambitions. May is not unique in this regard — Netanyahu's European tour took him to Germany on Monday to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel, and France on Tuesday to meet President Emmanuel Macron, and both visits were punctuated by press conferences at which the respective leaders voiced yet-opposing views. … [Read more...] about ‘Terror State’ vs ‘Democracy’: Pro & Anti-Netanyahu Protesters Speak to Sputnik
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It's been the third rail of Russian politics for years, if not decades, but now an increasingly fragile economy appears to have forced the Kremlin to finally reckon with the country's pension crisis. Russia's pension system -- strained by a low retirement age, low life expectancy, and a shrinking population -- could soon see its biggest reforms since the Soviet collapse. It's a move that is politically dangerous even for someone as popular as President Vladimir Putin, but which experts warn is essential to staving off a major fiscal crisis. Since Putin's election to a fourth term in March, a growing number of government officials have publicly hinted that reforms are coming to the social-welfare system, which currently allows for the lowest retirement age of any developed country: 55 for women and 60 for men. Just two weeks before he was renominated to be prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev himself suggested that the issue was being discussed. A decision "will be made based on different … [Read more...] about Putin Vs. Pensions: Will His Reelection Free Him To Tackle Looming Crisis?
Stephen Daisley 15 May 2018 10:30 AM 15 May 2018 10:30 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Read on The ‘Gammon’ insult is typical of Corbynista intolerance Brendan O'Neill Are you considering a career in Labour politics but fear you may be left behind amid all the exciting changes the party is undergoing? Maybe you want to be a part of the Jez revolution but can’t get your head around the ever-developing terminology. Perhaps you are eyeing up a safe seat but aren’t sure which paramilitary cell’s endorsement would most impress the selection panel. Help is at hand with this guide that takes you through the key terms of Corbynspeak. Gammon: Self-righteous middle-aged man who voted Leave, thinks everything was better back in the Seventies, and doesn’t get along with ethnic minorities. Deployed, boldly, by fans of Jeremy Corbyn. Prosciutto: Blairite gammon. Centrist dad: Anyone … [Read more...] about Gammon vs Prosciutto: learn to speak like a Corbynista
Press play to listen to this article By JACK BLANCHARD PRESENTED BY DALRADIAN GOLD Send tips here | Subscribe for free | View in your browser Good Tuesday morning. The holy month of Ramadan begins this evening. DRIVING THE DAY GROUNDHOG DAY: Theresa’s May’s Brexit war Cabinet meets today for a crunch meeting on customs, with the balance between Remain and Leave on a knife-edge and the PM facing blah blah blah. You’ve read it so many times now, you can probably fill in the rest yourself. The truth is these near-weekly meetings have yet to generate any meaningful progress (to coin a phrase) on customs, and insiders have little expectation that will change today. The suspicion remains that the PM is now edging towards a compromise involving a tweaked version of the Brexiteers’ “max fac” option, but with a longer lead-in time than the current 20-month Brexit transition … But any final decision looks some way off. And don’t forget: She would … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook, presented by Dalradian Gold: Brexit Groundhog Day — Gaza braced for more protests — Javid vs. Cooper
Hampshire & Isle of Wight 14 May 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-44105965 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Southampton City Council's controlling Labour group has chosen a new leader after its previous chief lost his seat.Simon Letts lost in Bitterne ward in the local elections on 4 May after 18 years … [Read more...] about ‘Humbled’ Hammond chosen as leader