Japan’s military, among world’s strongest, looks to build

Dozens of tanks and soldiers fired explosives and machine guns in drills Monday on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, a main stronghold for a nation that is perhaps the world’s least-known military powerhouse. Just across the sea from rival Russia, Japan opened up its humbly named Self Defense Force’s firing exercises to the media inContinue reading “Japan’s military, among world’s strongest, looks to build”

Germany’s SPD votes to back ‘traffic light’ coalition with Greens, FPD – DW News

Germany’s Social Democrats have voted to back a coalition agreement with the Greens and the Free Democrats. The coalition is expected to be led by the SPD’s Olaf Scholz. The Greens and the FDP still need the final seal of approval from their members. Scholz could be sworn in as chancellor as early as nextContinue reading “Germany’s SPD votes to back ‘traffic light’ coalition with Greens, FPD – DW News”

Let’s talk about not talking about race – Beau of the Fifth Column

Let’s talk about a Sputnik moment and it not being one – Beau of the Fifth Column

EU leaders debate migration amid Belarus ‘state-sponsored smuggling’ – DW News

European Union leaders have spent the last two days tackling a list of mounting challenges. An uptick in migrants crossing into the EU from non-member Belarus has sparked heated debate. Some leaders want to build more walls to control migration. Others are hoping for diplomatic solutions. The situation is serious, Poland has ramped up borderContinue reading “EU leaders debate migration amid Belarus ‘state-sponsored smuggling’ – DW News”

Poland comes under fire over challenge to primacy of EU law

Polish prime minister warns of EU mission creep Von der Leyen: Poland poses ‘direct challenge to EU legal order’ Three options: legal, financial, suspending voting rights EU justice commissioner says bloc to act within weeks Poland’s prime minister came under repeated criticism during a tense debate in the European Parliament on Tuesday, with the EU’sContinue reading “Poland comes under fire over challenge to primacy of EU law”

China appears set to ban reporting by news outlets not directly funded by the Communist Party, in a further blow to free speech

China may stop all private investment in media, meaning the Communist Party would fund it all. A submission to a top decision-making body would stop investment in news gathering and distribution. The rules would give the Chinese government an even stronger grip over news and information. The Chinese government is proposing new rules that wouldContinue reading “China appears set to ban reporting by news outlets not directly funded by the Communist Party, in a further blow to free speech”

Poland’s defiance of EU law raises concern over a possible exit

In the latest escalation of their dispute, Polish judges ruled, in a case brought by the country’s prime minister, that national law has primacy over European rules. Opinion polls show that Polish voters are overwhelmingly pro-European — a far cry from Britain which voted to leave the EU in 2016. And the Polish government alsoContinue reading “Poland’s defiance of EU law raises concern over a possible exit”

Feds: Florida missed deadline to receive $2.3B in school aid

Florida is the last state to submit a plan to the U.S. Department of Education that’s required before more than $2.3 billion in federal aid for Florida schools can be released, according to a letter sent to the state Monday. The letter sent to Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said the state Department of EducationContinue reading “Feds: Florida missed deadline to receive $2.3B in school aid”

Alabama plans to use Covid relief funds to finance prison-building spree

Decarceration advocates urge lawmakers to consider sentencing reform instead as prisons have seen high rates of Covid outbreaks The southern US state of Alabama, which has the highest death rate from Covid-19 in America, is planning to use Covid relief funds to help construct three large prisons and renovate several others. State lawmakers began a specialContinue reading “Alabama plans to use Covid relief funds to finance prison-building spree”

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