Georgia’s ruling party, if not its populace, wants to appease the Kremlin. Georgia’s president does not. Since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, Georgia has been a house divided. That very day, thousands of Georgians gathered in front of the Parliament in Tbilisi to show support and solidarity for Ukraine. They returned night after nightContinue reading “Georgia Threatens to Sue Its Own President Over Her Support for Ukraine”
Tokayev seeks to switch his country from ‘superpresidential’ rule to a presidential republic with a strong parliament. Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has proposed constitutional reforms to limit the powers of his office, saying the country needed to switch from “superpresidential” rule to a presidential republic with a strong parliament. Tokayev was elected president in 2019 with theContinue reading “Kazakhstan president proposes reforms to limit his powers”
Russia has acquired the right to build military bases in Ukraine’s two breakaway regions under treaties signed by President Vladimir Putin with their separatist leaders. Putin on Monday officially recognised the two breakaway regions – the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic – as independent statelets, defying Western warnings that such aContinue reading “Russia now has right to build military bases in eastern Ukraine – treaties”
ABC News’ Kenneth Moton is live from Ottawa as police have begun arresting COVID mandate protesters outside the parliament building. Officials hope this will convince other protesters to go home.
A federal senator has used parliamentary privilege to suggest a prominent Chinese-Australian political donor is the mysterious “puppeteer” behind a thwarted foreign interference plot to back political candidates in the next election. During a Senate estimates hearing, Labor senator Kimberley Kitching alleged the wealthy businessman behind the recent overseas conspiracy was property developer Chau Chak Wing.Continue reading “Australia: Labor senator Kimberley Kitching names billionaire Chau Chak Wing as ‘puppeteer’ in foreign interference plot”
Act grants cabinet ability to take ‘special temporary measures that may not be appropriate in normal times’ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has told his caucus he will invoke the never-before-used Emergencies Act to give the federal government extra powers to handle anti-vaccine mandate protests across the country, sources say. Those sources, who were not authorizedContinue reading “Trudeau plans to invoke Emergencies Act in response to protests: sources”
Canada’s public safety minister said Monday that U.S. officials should stay out of his country’s domestic affairs, joining other Canadian leaders in pushing back against prominent Republicans who offered support for the protests of COVID-19 mandates that have besieged downtown Ottawa for more than a week. A day after the city declared a state of emergency,Continue reading “Canada pushes back against Republican-fueled support for COVID-19 protests”
New Zealand has seen a second day of demonstrations against pandemic restrictions with protesters camping outside the nation’s parliament. Inspired by large anti- vaccine rallies in Canada, hundreds of Kiwis arrived on Tuesday to stage new protests against vaccine mandates and other Covid rules. Protesters adopted the name “Convoy for Freedom” and blocked streets inContinue reading “New Zealand anti-vax protesters inspired by Canada truckers camp outside parliament”
Italian politicians and activists praised a new law building protection of the environment into the constitution, but said action needed to be taken to ensure that the country benefited. Italy is famed for its natural beauty but environmentalists say it does too little to protect jewels such as the Venice Lagoon or thousands of kilometresContinue reading “Italy makes constitution greener, environmentalists call for action”
The trucker convoy and its supporters are gathering in Canada’s capital on Saturday to demand an end to COVID-19 vaccine mandates with a multi-day demonstration expected to grind official Ottawa’s business to a halt.