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The Japan times Japan’s postwar pacifism will face a critical challenge this year that could drastically change the course of this country forever: the July Upper House election. Right-leaning parties, most notably the ruling Liberal Democratic Party led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will try to capture more than two-thirds of the 242-seat chamber in the election, and thus have the seats required to initiate a national referendum to revise the war-renouncing Constitution. But which parties currently advocate constitutional revision? And how many seats are those parties likely to win in the election? The following are questions and answers on the numbers in the election and the prospects for the political battle over the Constitution.

These women's accomplishments tell another story of America Two American Democrat representatives have been forbidden to enter Israel: “What are Trump and Netanyahu afraid of?” questioned the New York Times in an op-ed stating that such a decision “shows weakness and intolerance, not strength”. The two Democratic representatives are Ilhan Omar, of Minnesota, and Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib. Together with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York’s 14th congressional district) and Ayanna Pressley (Massachusetts’ 7th district) they form what is known as “The Squad”. They are today among the most visible rising stars of a new multicultural and feminized generation of American politicians – one which will be a driver of the 2020 elections and beyond. Trump’s new favorite target

About Me - Sara A. Carter Sara is a thespian who studied with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and practices foreign accents to embarrass her family in public settings. Sara A. Carter is a national and international award-winning investigative reporter whose stories have ranged from national security, terrorism, immigration and front line coverage of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. She is currently the senior national security correspondent for web-based Circa News, working on major projects in conjunction with Sinclair Broadcast Group affiliates across the nation. She was formerly with the Los Angeles News Group, The Washington Times, The Washington Examiner and wrote numerous exclusives for USA Today, US News World Report, and Arutz Sheva in Israel.

In Which These Are The 100 Greatest Writers Of All Time The 100 Greatest Writers of All Time by WILL HUBBARD and ALEX CARNEVALE Other lists of this kind have been attempted, none very successfully. We would like to stress that there is a crucial difference between "an important writer" and "a great writer"; the latter is at this time our sole interest. We will account for some of the names that did not make this list in a later dispatch. There is nothing bad to say about anyone we list here, except in some cases that they were anti-Semitic or racist, hated women or hated men.

The Progressive Puppy: Internet Hate Speech Diminishes Conservatives On front page of the conservative website there is a note that says: "Free Republic does not advocate or condone racism, violence, rebellion, secession, or an overthrow of the government." This must be some sort of in-joke since so many of the comments left by readers do exactly that - with a nonstop stream of personal attacks thrown in for good measure. Anybody who dares question FR's extreme right-wing ideology is eviscerated. Since the 2008 presidential election, the situation over there has devolved even further. David Letterman's offensive joke about Sarah Palin's daughter was denounced by most liberals, as it should have been. But consider what denizens of the Free Republic have to say about our president's pre-teen youngster.

Challenging Abe’s Japan The new issue of Jacobin, centering on development and the Global South, is out now. To celebrate its release, new subscriptions start at only $14.95. Since the earthquakes and a nuclear meltdown in Fukushima hit eastern Japan in March 2011, fissures have opened up across the surface of the Japanese archipelago — and across the surface of Japanese society. Contemporary Japan is freighted with the triple weight of historical memory, natural disaster, and austerity — a situation sustained and compounded by the regime of Shinzō Abe, the most conservative prime minister the country has seen since World War II. But there are signs that this unstable status quo is producing its own revolts and generating its own forces of resistance at the core of Japanese society. What explains this seemingly sudden explosion?

Hurricane Maria 'devastates' Dominica: PM Media playback is unsupported on your device Dominica has suffered "widespread damage" from Hurricane Maria, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says, as the storm hammers neighbouring Guadeloupe. "We have lost all that money can buy," Mr Skerrit said in a Facebook post. Senator Durbin and the Corruption of the English Language Some choice nonsense from Senator Durbin: Sen. Durbin on “chain migration”:“I said to the president, ‘Do you realize how painful that term is to so many people? African-Americans believe that they migrated to America in chains. When you speak about [it], it hurts them personally.

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