Like populist parties across Europe, EKRE has highlighted immigration as a key battleground issue. Mass migration hardly seems a major concern for Estonia, which has not been on any route to Europe taken by refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Africa, but EKRE has suggested that by allowing any migration at all, Estonia will be vulnerable to future pressure from Brussels to resettle many more refugees. … [Read more...] about Racism, sexism, Nazi economics: Estonia’s far right in power
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Career: Currently retired. New York-born to wealthy family, he was educated at elite Phillips Exeter Academy, same as rival Andrew Yang, and Yale, then Stanford Business School. Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs banker who founded his own hedge fund in 1986 and made himself a billionaire; investments included subprime lenders, private prisons and coal mines. Stepped down in 2012 to focus on advocating for alternative energy. Longtime Democratic activist and donor who started campaign to impeach Trump in October 2017. Net worth of $1.6 billion has made him one of the Democrats' biggest single donors … [Read more...] about John Kerry endorses Joe Biden saying he will ‘put back the world Donald Trump has smashed apart,’ and will hit the trail in Iowa for Obama’s VP
In a recent interview, Fillon’s eldest daughter Marie described how her father loved messing about at home repairing electrical and computer equipment. She recounted how her youngest brother’s nursery school teacher once asked what his father - then prime minister - did for a living. The boy replied: “He repairs computers.” … [Read more...] about Who is François Fillon – the man who ended Sarkozy’s dream?
These dynastic leaders emerge when the men have already left the stage: often murdered by opponents, or otherwise incapacitated. Frequently, there is no male alternative – perhaps because sons are too young; perhaps because others are not up to the task. "Sometimes a brother simply is not skilful enough – he doesn't have the acumen or the character," says Claudia Derichs of the Philipp University of Marburg, who has researched female dynastic leaders. But she adds that women could be particularly attractive to those casting about for a successor: "They somehow have an image of being more morally endowed." … [Read more...] about Yingluck Shinawatra: Thailand’s new PM steps out of her brother’s shadow
Mugabe’s pursuit of the young secretary was kept quiet, for the perfectly simple reason that he was already married. He had met Sally Hayfron, a fellow teacher, in her native Ghana. They married in 1961 and had one child, Michael Nhamodzenyika, who died aged three from cerebral malaria. By then Mugabe was in jail in Rhodesia, and he was denied permission to attend his son’s funeral. Sally held a political role in the Zanu women’s league that she continued after independence, and set up a children’s health charity. She was greatly respected and loved; revered as the mother of the nation. According to the journalist Angus Shaw, Grace suffers by comparison: “Sally always had an ideological base. She appeared to be very committed to freedom and believed in a socialist ethic of equality. Grace has never shown that; she has shown greed. Sally was a modest person and didn’t yell like a Billingsgate fishwife.” … [Read more...] about Don’t mess with Grace Mugabe – she could be the next president of Zimbabwe