Cameron Outlines New Powers to Disrupt Terrorist Plans -- Speaking a short time ago in the House of Commons, British Prime Minister David Cameron outlined new police powers to deal with the threat from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria [ISIS, also known as ISIL, replacing Syria with Levant]. The PM has opted to focus more on disruption than prosecution. This is, of course, the proper approach, so long as he can get legislation passed that protects individual rights and maintains Britain's obligations under international law. [1 September]
Tory MP Switches to UKIP -- The Honourable Douglas Carswell, MP, has left the Conservative Party to join the UK Independence Party. He explained the move by saying that he doesn't believe that Prime Minister David Cameron is "serious about the change we need" in Europe. He has resigned his seat and will fight the coming by-election to become the first elected UKIP MP. He might not be the only one to make the switch. [29 August]
Ukraine Says Russia Has Invaded -- "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," according to Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine. He has canceled a trip to Turkey and has convened the nation's security council to determine a response. The invasion is not as overt as a traditional armed border crossing. Russia is playing a game that demands some level of deniability, and Ukraine must respond in such a way that Russia's war by stealth is exposed for the international aggression that it is by going along with he absurdity. [28 August]
"Yes" Wins Second Scottish Independence TV Debate -- Last night, almost 2 million Scots watched a debate between the two camps arguing over whether Scotland should be an independent nation. The general consensus is that Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Nationalists, carried the day over Alistair Darling, Scottish Labour MP, former Chancellor of the Exchequer and leader of the "Better Together" campaign. Some analysts suggest that Mr. Salmond's victory stemmed from the format. This journal believes he has taken a better strategic approach. Yet the real question remains, does the "Yes" camp have enough time and energy to make the argument to the voters? [26 August]
French PM Quits, Reappointed in Economics Row -- Yesterday was a busy Sunday in French politics, which for August is a genuine surprise. However, during the course of the day, Prime Minister Manuel Valls resigned over economic policy and performance. Then, President Francois Hollande reappointed him to form a cabinet "consistent with the direction [Mr Hollande] has set for the country." No longer part of that cabinet is Arnaud Montebourg, former minister in charge of the economy. He crossed a "yellow line" by saying German-dictated austerity needed to end. The wrong man stayed in office. [25 August]
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