July 12, 2016


What Abe's stunning win means for Japan's pacifist Constitution (Gavin Blair, JULY 11, 2016, CS Monitor)

The result of Sunday's House of Councillors election opens the door for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) government to reform the Constitution for the first time in its 70-year history, including the pacifist Article 9 clause. Securing the necessary two-thirds "super majority" in the Diet's upper house (it already had one in the more powerful lower house) is only the first step. A complex process and considerable opposition lie ahead.

Australia PM Turnbull's conservatives win tight election (BBC, 10 July 2016)

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has declared victory for his conservative coalition in last week's closely fought general election.

His comments came after opposition Labor Leader Bill Shorten conceded defeat and congratulated him.

There was basically only one nominee who could lose to Hillary, the one who isn't a Republican, nevermind a conservative.

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