Israelis go to the polls on 17 September for the second time since the beginning of 2019, as Benjamin Netanyahu seeks to secure a majority for his Likud party and extend his 13 year-run as prime minister of Israel. Netanyahu, commonly referred to as 'Bibi' in Israel, may be Israel's longest-serving prime minister, but has seen his fortunes wane over the past 12 months, embroiled in allegations of corruption and involved in a bitter political conflict over military service for the ultra-Orthodox community. As in April's poll, in which Likud only took 26.5% of the vote, Netanyahu also faces his most formidable political opponent in decades: Benny Gantz, former chief of the Israeli Defence Forces. Gantz's Blue and White Alliance won 35 seats in the Israeli Knesset in April - a tie with Likud. The result led Netanyahu far short of the majority needed to form a single-party government, and the ensuing months of political battling has left him unable to form a coalition and renew his … [Read more...] about Is this the end of the line for Benjamin Netanyahu?
Living below the line
Aron Heller, Associated Press Updated 2:05 pm CDT, Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, waves with his wife Sara after voting during Israel's parliamentary elections in Jerusalem, Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, waves with his wife Sara after voting during Israel's parliamentary elections in Jerusalem, Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Photo: Ariel Schalit, AP Photo: Ariel Schalit, AP Image 1 of / 22 Caption Close Image 1 of 22 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, waves with his wife Sara after voting during Israel's parliamentary elections in Jerusalem, Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, waves with his wife Sara after voting during Israel's parliamentary elections … [Read more...] about Netanyahu’s fate on the line in tight Israeli election
For the plow drivers on Red Mountain Pass, avalanches are normal. So, too, are whiteout conditions so blinding that the only markers keeping them from tumbling off the state’s most treacherous mountain pass are the flickers of the reflector posts.But on the night of March 3, in the midst of a historic avalanche season in Colorado, nothing was ordinary for Phil Maeir.Maeir, a driver for the Colorado Department of Transportation, was clearing a sinuous section of U.S. 550 just outside Ouray, and, around every bend, was a new avalanche bigger than the last. Near the turnoff to Engineer Pass at County Road 18, a stretch of asphalt he had never seen touched by a slide was inundated with snow.“I got it open in a couple tries, but then I went around another turn and another big one (avalanche) run right up on top of the truck and stuck it,” said Maeir. “I couldn’t go nowhere.”Under the dark night sky, everything went white, he said. Snow as heavy as cement … [Read more...] about In historic avalanche season, Red Mountain Pass lives up to its treacherous reputation
Turning Point USA communications director Candace Owens told an audience at CPAC on Friday that “the truth is on our side as conservatives,” and that truth is all conservatives actually need in order to wake up minority communities to understanding that the Democrat Party is the Party of “slavery, Jim Crow laws, racial terrorism, and the KKK.” “The truth is that the Left and the Democrats never, ever, ever, ever, want to fix black America, because they stump on our issues year after year,” said Owens to an audience at CPAC on Friday, “If they fix our issues, they would have nothing to stump on or to talk about.”“Never in a million years did the Left predict Donald J. Trump,” continued Owens, “and I’ll tell you what they also are not predicting. They never predicted a minority awakening. They never thought that they could ever lose the black vote — they’ve taken our vote for granted for so long, but … [Read more...] about Candace Owens at CPAC: The Democrats Are the ‘Party of Slavery, Jim Crow, KKK’
With its 13 regions, departments, and 36,000 town and villages, metropolitan France is often referred to as a territorial mille-feuille, a veritable land of contrasts. This also extends to the living standards of its 67 million inhabitants. Even though France’s high welfare spending helps keep inequality below the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) average, the country’s recent “yellow vest” protests have exposed a deep-seated societal divide. Proof of this growing gap between rich and poor in France is best showcased by official living standards data provided by the country’s statistics body INSEE, which classifies every town, department and region according to its inhabitants’ average household income (wages, pensions, benefits, property income). For extra context, in France and in Europe the poverty line is determined by the living standards of the entire population. A person whose income is below a certain … [Read more...] about Inégalité: Where are the richest and poorest parts of France?