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Should Britain ban Hitler's 'Mein Kampf'?

As the world observes International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a member of the British Parliament is urging his country to debate whether "Mein Kampf," Adolf Hitler's political manifesto, should be banned.

MPs Move to Permanently Ban Journalists Connected to Shuttered Publications

A few days after the Iranian Judiciary ordered the reformist Mardom-e Emrooz newspaper banned, ultra conservative members of the Iranian Parliament are working on legislation to permanently ban journalists who have worked for reformist publications that were shut down by the authorities. The measure is meant to ensure that such journalists will not resurface and […]

Syriza Projected to Win 150 Seats; Coalition Deal Already Agreed; Tsipras Announces "Indisputable Mandate to Leave Austerity.”

One Short of Outright MajorityWith vote counting nearly over, it appears Syriza captured exactly half of the 300 member Greek parliament.That is just one vote short of the majority it needs. However, it has already secured an alliance...Show More Summary

If We're Going To Fix Copyright, We Need Much More Transparency

6 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Glyn already covered European Parliament Member (and the EU Parliament's only Pirate Party representative) Julia Reda's report on copyright reform in the EU. However, for Day 3 of Copyright Week -- which is all about transparency, I wanted to focus on the other aspect of Reda's release of her report: just how transparent she's been. Show More Summary

They put a Pirate Party MEP in charge of EU copyright reform: you won't believe awesomesauce that followed

6 days agoOdd : Boing Boing

Julia Reda, the sharp-as-a-tack Member of the European Parliament for the German Pirate Party, has just tendered her draft report on copyright reform in the EU. It is full of amazingly sensible suggestions. Read the rest

European Commission's Clever Ruse To Introduce Corporate Sovereignty Regardless Of Ratification Votes In EU

last weekIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Because of the complicated nature of power-sharing in the European Union, some international agreements require the approval of both the European Parliament and of every Member State -- so-called "mixed agreements." It is generally accepted...Show More Summary

Pirate MEP Proposes Major Reform of EU Copyright

Julia Reda, a politician for the German Pirate Party and member of the European Parliament, has this morning released her draft report for the overhaul of EU copyright. In her role as rapporteur, Reda says that EU copyright rules are "maladapted" to the increase of cross-border cultural exchange facilitated by the Internet. Show More Summary

This Is the Woman Most Wanted by ISIS

Vian Dakhil is a 43-year-old member of Iraqi's parliament who also happens to be at the top of the Islamic State's death list, writes Abigail Haworth in a profile for Marie Claire. Dakhil is one of only two representatives in parliament of the Yazidi sect, one that ISIS has been...

Conservative Member of Parliament Comes Out as Atheist After 28 Years in Office

James Arbuthnot, a Conservative Member of Parliament, was debating against a bill that would allow prayers at council meetings when he revealed a secret:

Politics and the price of pillory

The price we sometimes pay for freedom of expression is that people can use language to strip people of their dignity and self-respect and reduce them to lesser mortals. It is no more evident than in politics. Members of parliament (read Legislative Assembly here in the ACT) and ministers appear to be the targets of [...]

French prime minister: We are at war against terrorism and radicals, not Islam and Muslims

2 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

Prime Minister Manuel Valls told members of parliament Tuesday that France was at “war with terrorism, jihadism and radicalism”, in the wake of the country’s bloodiest attacks in half a century. “France is not at war against Islam and Muslims,” stressed Valls, after...

Brickbat: Je Suis Charlie?

2 weeks agoNews : Reason

Swedish Parliament member Veronica Palm reported fellow member Bjorn Soder to the police for racial agitation. Soder posted on Facebook "the religion of peace shows its face" after Islamic terrorists killed 12 people at he office of Charlie Hebdo.

Je Suis Charlie?

2 weeks agoNews : Reason

Swedish Parliament member Veronica Palm reported fellow member Bjorn Soder to the police for racial agitation. Soder posted on Facebook "the religion of peace shows its face" after Islamic terrorists killed 12 people at he office of Charlie Hebdo.

The “Minister For Hypocrisy” — Eric Pickles Continues To Inspire With Approval Of Incinerator

One of the most beloved members of the British Parliament, current Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles, has continued to show exactly why he is so beloved with his recent speedy approval of a waste-to-energy...Show More Summary

European commission investigating F1 finances and anti-competitive accusations

A member of European Parliament has written to the European Commission, asking it to review the FIA and how the small teams in the sport are treated. The FIA appears to have breached an agreement it made with European regulators in 2001, and the F1 Strategy Group is accused of running teams and support companies out of business. Show More Summary

Israel's Lone Gay MP Announces His Departure From Politics

3 weeks agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Israel’s only currently openly gay member of Parliament Nitzan Horowitz has announced that he plans on leaving politics. Though Horowitz’s time in office was marked by a number of personal achievements and recognition from his constituents, his chances of re-election...

Turning Money Into Millions of Miniature Billboards

In the early 20th century British suffragettes carved "Votes For Women" on pennies in order to broadcast their demands for political equality. Their earlier appeals to members of Parliament had failed, and they needed a better way to garner public support. But carving pennies wasn't simply a unified expression of outrage. Show More Summary

WATCH: Georgian Parliament Erupts in All-Out Brawl

last monthNews : Mediaite

It's funny to see responsible adults in positions of authority act like children, so here's video of members of the Georgian parliament breaking out in a brawl.

Ireland Weighs In On Microsoft v. US Government

Microsoft picked up new momentum today in a domestic case regarding the disclosure of information stored on the company’s servers in Ireland. Both the Irish government and a member of the European parliament filed amicus briefs in the company’s favor, contrary to the legal interpretation of the United States government. Read More

Democratic Republic of Congo's Dr. Mukwege: ‘How Can One Stay Silent’ in the Face of Sexual Violence?

Dr. Denis Mukwege moved some European parliament members to tears with his speech accepting the 2014 Sakharov Award on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

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