Do snap elections actually deliver bigger majorities? – BBC News

April 19, 2017

… calling an election in May – a contest which saw him increase his party’s majority from 17 to a very respectable 60. At just under 50%, the Tories’ share of the vote was the highest ever achieved in the post-war period. It wasn’t enough, however, to see Eden through the Suez crisis, which led to his resignation and replacement in January 1957 by the wily Harold Macmillan. “Supermac”, true to form, bided his time before seeking his own personal mandate and was …

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How many bombs has Britain dropped in 2017? – BBC News

April 15, 2017

… stronghold in Iraq. An MoD update from 6 April details a strike against a “Daesh motor team” in north-western Mosul, where a Brimstone missile was used to destroy the target. Islamic State and the crisis in Iraq and Syria in maps Iraqi security forces hold defensive line in Mosul The RAF flight then tracked a truck “carrying a terrorist team who had been planting booby traps” before scoring another “direct hit” on the moving vehicle. Meanwhile in Syria, RAF …

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Syria’s Assad Is Still Attracting Support From Some Leftists And ‘Alt-Right’ Nationalists

April 8, 2017

… in Syria because it helps connect the crisis to Americans memories of oustingsecular dictators, like Saddam Hussein or Muammar Qaddafi, only to leave space for horrific groups like the so-called Islamic State. Defenders of Assads rule use the secular label to argue that he is better than any alternative in Syria, despite well-organized homegrown resistance to the dictator and differences between the situation in Syria and those in Iraq and Libya.Kucinich, a two-time Democratic presidential …

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Congress Loves The Syria Strike. But Senators Can’t Say Why Trump Thinks It’s Legal.

April 8, 2017

… inherent authority. I think the president should be able to act, said Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The president is commander-in-chief, said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Its the same rationale that Ronald Reagan used after there was a bombing of a bar, a disco in Berlin, and . This is not the first time a president of the United States has acted militarily in response to a crisis, and a necessity for us to react. If there was no clear …

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This report about what Google thinks you young people think is cool is called ‘It’s Lit’ and yes, IT. IS. LIT.

April 5, 2017

… in Generation Z has the answer to their quarter and/or midlife crisis and Trump’s America. But again, doubtful. The data from this report was apparently culled from the responses of 1,100 teens aged 13 to 17 when asked to rank 122 brands by coolness. Nowhere in the report, it’s worth noting, is it indicated that these teens were high on glue as they ranked them, either, so either the teens intentionally skewed the answers, or Google culled their respondents from the Kidz Bop: Facism …

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Kofi Annan Fast Facts

April 4, 2017

… is based on interviews with politicians, aid workers, and others since they are not allowed in the country. February 23, 2012 – The United Nations announces the appointment of Annan as joint special envoy of the United Nations and the League of Arab States on the Syrian crisis. March 11, 2012 – Annan leaves Syria after two days of talks with President Bashar al-Assad. Annan proposes a cease-fire, the release of detainees and allowing unfettered access to agencies such as the Red …

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Is it foolish for a woman to cycle alone across the Middle East? – BBC News

April 1, 2017

… stay in Khartoum. In Jordan and Lebanon, refugee camps were visibly struggling to cope with the growing numbers of Syrians fleeing war. The enduring impression was a region in crisis, stretched hopelessly between tyranny and terror. Yet there was light along the way – and that light was the people. “The world shouldn’t judge us by our politics,” a member of the Center for Civil Society and Democracy, a Syrian activist group I spent Christmas with, told me. “We …

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Google is in big trouble for putting ads near terrorist and Nazi videos

March 22, 2017

… Lloyds and British department store Marks & Spencer. SEE ALSO: Google swears ads will stop showing up in the absolute worst places The crisis was enough to prompt ad industry analyst Brian Wieser to downgrade parent company Alphabet’s stock from “buy” to “hold” on Monday. He warned that the backlash has the potential to spill out from the UK to the rest of the world. “We think that the problems which have come to light will have global repercussions as …

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What makes gambling wrong but insurance right? – BBC News

March 20, 2017

… event anywhere in the world. It is a simple matter to double the stakes – or multiply them by a hundred. As the profits multiply, all that is needed is the appetite to take risks. Before the international banking crisis broke in 2007, the total face value of outstanding derivatives contracts was many times larger than the world economy itself. The real economy became the sideshow, the side bets became the main event. That story did not end well. Tim Harford writes the Financial …

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Trump’s wiretapping accusation comes to a head at Comey hearing

March 20, 2017

… rally Americans in a moment of national crisis. Trump’s reliance on a Fox News report for his claim on British involvement, and not the testimony of his intelligence agencies, appears to indicate the most powerful man in the world is operating in a realm of conspiracy theories rather than facts. “The wrecking ball it created now has banged into our British allies and our German allies, it’s continuing to grow in terms of damage, and he needs to put an end to this,” Schiff …

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Uber competitor Fasten releases Vouch to show what’s trending in cities

March 15, 2017

… are actually going. SEE ALSO: This Uber executive sure sounds defensive about not taking the fall for Uber’s harassment crisis Timed with the rest of the South by Southwest conference, the feature is only available in Austin, Texas. But the company, which positions itself as the third major ride-hailing player in the United States under Uber and Lyft, is hoping to expand to other cities as they grow. Image: fasten The website is powered by Google’s Places API. But it adds the …

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I Bump Into My Neighbor Every Time I Get The Mail, Then I Realized That Im Falling For Him

March 10, 2017

… crisis of confidence,a layabout boyfriend, and a less-than-faithful husband. This week, I’ll be tackling a whole new set of questions, including a secret crush, sex after trauma, a friendship that’s turning into something more, and a full-speed-ahead new romance. Scroll through below for my very best advice! If you have words of wisdom of your own, please add them in the comments to continue the conversation! And make sure to send any questions you have to AskBecca@LittleThings.com! …

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