Michigan House speaker floats possibility of 'constitutional crisis'
LANSING, Mich. — Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield referenced the possibility of a “constitutional crisis” during an interview on Fox News Sunday morning, two days after he met with President Donald Trump at the White House.The Board of State Canvassers meets Monday to consider certifying Michigan’s statewide election results, including President-elect Joe Biden’s 154,000-vote victory. But top Republican Party leaders have asked the board to delay certification in a bid to investigate “anomalies and irregularities” they claim occurred in the election.The board features two Republicans and t...
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Political turmoil, virus surge may push US into deep crisis
Early last week, a Boston-based epidemiologist made a telling remark on the state of coronavirus pandemic in the United States. “The whole country is on fire,” Ellie Murray of Boston University School of Public Health said on Tuesday, painting a grim picture of the health crisis that has engulfed the entire country. On the same day, fresh data by Johns Hopkins University showed a shocking average increase of 37 per during the week preceding November 17.The United States has more than 11 million diagnosed infections and over 250,000 deaths, both statistics highest in the world. During the first...
'It's not easy': Covid-19 crisis threatens refugees' integration in Berlin
As well as claiming lives, the coronavirus pandemic is taking a toll on livelihoods, educational paths and mental health – all the more so for new members of a society working to gain a foothold. In Germany, hundreds of thousands of refugees who came into the country five years ago are now finding it harder to fully integrate in their new country because of Covid-19 restrictions.Answer a few questions to join Europe Talks and debate with another EuropeanIn Berlin, beyond the higher number of asylum-seekers fighting coronavirus infections during the pandemic's second wave, many remain cut off f...
The Rohingya crisis and Myanmar's dark road to democracy
Aung San Suu Kyi's party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), is set to form a civilian government for the second time in a row following the end of Myanmar's 50-year military rule.The NLD won by a huge margin of 396 parliamentary seats in the 8 November election against the military-aligned main opposition party the Union Solidarity of Development Party (USDP), securing a second five-year term.Held in the shadow of the Rohingya crisis, this year's elections have been viewed as a gauge of domestic support for the NLD and Suu Kyi, who enjoys widespread popularity among the ethnic Bamar maj...
Liverpool's defensive crisis: Klopp has 'no idea' if Reds will look to sign centre-back in January
Jurgen Klopp insists he has no idea if Liverpool will target a new defender in the January transfer window.But the Reds boss has backed his young centre-backs to step up and help the club through its current injury crisis – starting against Premier League leaders Leicester on Sunday.Klopp has been left reeling after seeing a host of first-team regulars fall in recent weeks – with his backline, in particular, left decimated.First Virgil van Dijk suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament that could keep the Dutchman out for the remainder of the season. Then, a week later Fabinho, who moved ...
Multilateralism in a post-Covid World
The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted the crisis of multilateralism and international cooperation that we already witnessed well before the pandemic broke out. Multilateralism has come under tremendous stress and strain. Much of this is due to the growing sentiments of anti-globalisation in many countries, particularly in the US and the European Union, coming from both the extreme right and left of the political spectrum. The backlash against globalisation has manifested itself in the rise of nationalism, populism, unilateralism, protectionism and xenophobia. In the midst of such discontent, glo...
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Qatar: There is no winner from the Gulf crisis
Qatar stressed on Monday that all the alleged reasons highlighted as justifications for the blockade against the small Gulf state are false, stressing that there is no winner from this crisis.Speaking online at the opening of the Global Security Forum held in New York, Qatar's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said: "All the allegations directed at Qatar and the reason for imposing the blockade were false."The Arab rift with Qatar intensifies – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]He stressed: "We have the desire to find a solution fo...
The Middle East Monitor
UN warns of humanitarian crisis on Ethiopia-Sudan border
The United Nations yesterday warned of an "imminent" humanitarian crisis as a result of a conflict in Ethiopia's northern border region of Tigray."A full-scale humanitarian crisis is unfolding as thousands of refugees flee ongoing fighting in Ethiopia's Tigray region each day to seek safety in eastern Sudan," the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said in a statement.The agency's spokesperson, Babar Baloch, reported that "4,000 [refugees] per day, including women, men and children" had been crossing the border to Sudan since the beginning of the conflict. "More than 27,000 [refugees] have now crossed i...
The Middle East Monitor
'Full-scale humanitarian crisis unfolding' in Ethiopia: UN
The United Nations said Tuesday that thousands of people were fleeing northern Ethiopia's conflict-torn Tigray region and the border area with Sudan now faced a full-blown refugee emergency."A full-scale humanitarian crisis is unfolding," UN refugee agency spokesman Babar Baloch told a virtual press briefing.Some 4,000 people are fleeing across the border every day, Baloch said.In all, more than 27,000 people have now streamed into Sudan since the conflict in Tigray erupted there two weeks ago."Refugees fleeing the fighting continue to arrive exhausted from the long trek to safety, with few be...
Political crisis, economic decline in Armenia to intensify – MP of Azerbaijan
By TrendArmenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is a disaster sent down to the Armenian people, MP of Azerbaijan Elman Mammadov told Trend.According to Mammadov, staying of Pashinyan in power will mean a complete collapse for Armenia.“Pashinyan stated that he wouldn’t resign, and this is currently beneficial for Azerbaijan. As long as Nikol Pashinyan remains in power, Armenia continues to fall apart. We spoke ambiguously that this war casts doubt on the existence of Armenia as a state. The audio recording of the secret conversation between Arayik Harutyunyan and Samvel Babayan, circulated in s...