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State Senator: ‘Being Christians In U.S. Is Like Being Jewish In Nazi Germany’

According to Democratic Underground a Texas State Senator made the awful comparison that Christians in America are treated the same as Jews in Nazi Germany. Charles Perry is a newly elected State Senator from Lubbock, Texas. He made this remarkably ignorant statement shortly after being sworn-in. “There were 10,000 people that were paraded into a [...]

Colorado's elections seem boring, but they shouldn't be

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — If you've been paying attention at all to American politics and the 2014 midterms, you know that for a political journalist, Colorado is—or, at least, should be—the place to be. This swing state is host to a tight race for governor, one of very few competitive races for the House of Representatives, and a neck-and-neck US...

Pacific island links: Australian-Fiji ties, Micronesian trade, Benny Wenda and more

Catch up with news, commentary & analysis from and about the Pacific island region: Australia is working hard to normalise relations with Fiji now that the election is over, including the restoration of military ties. But there is still...Show More Summary

As President Obama Goes, Here’s How Cable News Goes…

With the midterm elections approaching and President Obama three quarters of the way through his presidency, we thought we’d see how the big three cable news networks’ ratings have fared in direct comparison to the president’s popularity. We...Show More Summary

Pacific island links: Fiji election, climate summit, seasonal workers, Vanuatu and more

Catch up on news, commentary and analysis from and about the Pacific island region. Jas Kaur reflects on the results of the Fiji elections and what lies ahead for the country and its people whose leader now has a democratic mandate. Transparency...Show More Summary

In Fiji, Bainimarama is back, stronger than ever

The Fiji elections have delivered a crushing victory for Rear Admiral (Retd) Bainimarama, author of the 2006 coup. The victory was crushing not only for FijiFirst, Bainimarama's party, but also for him personally. FijiFirst receivedShow More Summary

Fiji's elections: Four lessons for Australian diplomacy

Now that Fiji has held its first elections in eight years, it is time to take stock of the lessons for Australian diplomacy. These lessons should inform Australia's approach to the Pacific island region, including in responses to future political upheaval, which is all but certain to take place. Show More Summary

New Caledonia: Australia's benevolent disregard

Imagine that the most senior leader of one of Australia's neighbours resigns suddenly during a visit by a minister. And that this follows an election where the winners cannot agree on allocating a key economic portfolio, a street protest where two policemen are shot and a boozy lunch where a senior political adviser is murdered. Show More Summary

Pacific islands links: Fiji election, Kiribati and climate, Peace Ark, clean energy and more

This week's collection of news, commentary & analyis from and about the Pacific island region: ICYMI, Fiji went to the polls for the first time in eight years yesterday. This vlog gives an overview of the day's happenings: [youtube:D1IS7W7yylI] A...Show More Summary

Democracy in Fiji: Two reasons to worry, two reasons to be confident

[youtube:_11BR9pzHDo] The count in Fiji's elections is well underway following a smooth, apparently trouble-free poll yesterday. Provisional results are expected today, with the process of allocating seats in parliament to follow. It...Show More Summary

Indonesia: Regional election bill a threat to democracy

Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo has been internationally praised as Indonesia's first elected president not to come from the political or military elite. But stories like his could be a thing of the past if the country's legislature passes a new...Show More Summary

Aid & development links: Fiji elections, UK aid, off-shore detention, Ebola and more

With Fiji elections happening tomorrow, be sure to read Jenny Hayward-Jones Policy Brief on the significance of the elections for Australian policy towards Fiji. Who gives humanitarian aid? To whom? How much? The 2014 Humanitarian Assistance...Show More Summary

Weekend catch-up: Fiji's elections, Obama, Modi in Japan, Abbott foreign policy and more

Bringing together the best longer Interpreter articles you were too busy to read this week. The Lowy Institute’s Melanesia Program Director Jenny Hayward-Jones released a Policy Brief this week on the significance of Fiji’s elections, set for 17 September. Show More Summary

Fiji's election: More to do to restore democracy

After eight years of Voreqe Bainimarama's military rule in Fiji, there is much excitement about the prospects for Fiji's return to democracy with elections next week. Seven parties and one independent candidate will contest 50 parliamentary seats. Show More Summary

Minnesota candidates complain about big money, but still rake it in

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., a 2012 news conference to announce new legislation “to blunt the worst effects” of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images When it comes to money in politics, U.S. Show More Summary

September’s pbc poll average: UKIP recovers ground, Lab and LD down, Cons steady

But the Lib Dems hit a new record low September might have been one of the most dramatic months in British politics since the last general election, with the near-dissolution of the three-centuries old Anglo-Scottish Union but you wouldn’t know it from the polls.  That the Yes and No camps crossed party lines and brought […]

President Obama: “35 days left until we elect the last Congress of my presidency”

This morning, with just 35 days left until the November election, President Obama emailed Democrats across the country to ask for their support. Here’s what he said: There are 35 days left until we elect the last Congress of my presidency. We...Show More Summary

What is the proper role of DoD in political elections?

9 hours agoIndustries / Military : OPFOR

Seriously? Old scandals from Panetta’s circus brings up the question: can Buttercup’s DoD do any better? Something to consider: because people who wear the uniform are perceived to be uniformly conservative (and many of our readers can...Show More Summary

State court rules that Kansas Democrats don’t have to run Senate candidate

10 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

A court ruled on Wednesday that Kansas Democrats do not have to put a candidate on the ballot for the U.S Senate, a decision that is expected to boost chances of an independent beating the Republican incumbent in an election that may swing control of the chamber. A three-judge panel of the Shawnee...

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