In Miami, Astonishment Over Action and Disagreement Over Cuba News – NYTimes.com

“As far as I’m concerned, this can only be good for the Cubans who are still there, and they’ll live a better life economically,” said Mr. Vilches, who went 40 years without setting foot in Cuba but now visits every couple of months. “I don’t stay angry anymore.”

via In Miami, Astonishment Over Action and Disagreement Over Cuba News – NYTimes.com.

Lib Dems supported the bedroom tax. Then opposed it. And now they support it again.

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the Lib Dems!)

Today the Lib Dems voted to support the bedroom tax:

Betrayal as Lib Dems vote to keep hated Bedroom Tax (Dec 2014)

Which is not long after they pledged to oppose the bedroom tax:

Bedroom tax must be axed says Nick Clegg in dramatic Lib Dem U-turn (July 2014)

Which was not all that long after they originally voted to support the bedroom tax:

Liberal Democrats vote to uphold cruelty (Nov 2013)

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All of which means we’ve got yet another new word to add to the Lib Dem Concise Dictionary of Misleading Words and Phrases:

lib dem dictionary

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The Unelected

Petchary's Blog

“The Unelected.” That sounds like a movie or TV drama title, doesn’t it? “The Unforgiven.” “The Missing.” And so on.

Yesterday lunchtime, I was gathering my belongings and about to leave Gordon House as a parliamentary committee meeting drew to a close. Anti-corruption campaigner, former politician and University of the West Indies professor Trevor Munroe had just made a submission to the parliamentary Joint Select Committee examining draft legislation to establish a single anti-corruption agency with prosecutorial powers. I was honored to join a bright young group of volunteers and staff members from National Integrity Action (NIA), a non-profit lobby group focusing on corruption, transparency and accountability issues in government founded by Professor Munroe three years ago. NIA has been advocating for a single anti-corruption agency for some time now. The Committee held its first meeting in October, and has some way to go in its deliberations, I would say.

Senator Mark Golding, Minister of Justice, chairs the joint select parliamentary committee examining draft anti-corruption legislation. Senator…

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Gun control has turned Australia into a nation of defenceless victims, says nutcase Aussiessenator | Australia news | The Guardian

How many folks would be “carrying” in a candy store? What a fool to make such a foolish cruel remark!

Australia has been turned into a “nation of victims” by gun control laws, Liberal Democratic senator David Leyonhjelm believes.

He says this week’s Sydney cafe siege would have been less likely to happen if the gunman thought his hostages might be carrying concealed weapons.

“That nutcase who held them all hostage wouldn’t have known that they were armed and bad guys don’t like to be shot back at,” Senator Leyonhjelm told ABC radio on Thursday.

via Gun control has turned Australia into a nation of defenceless victims, says senator | Australia news | The Guardian.

The Taliban’s Massacre in Peshawar Must Be Its Last – NYTimes.com

Outside the main ward of the Lady Reading Hospital, where five teenage Muslim boys lay fighting for their lives, a Christian had come bearing roses.

“Cannot go inside!” said the officer in plain clothes.

“But these roses,” pleaded the Christian man.

“You may give these flowers to me,” said the officer. “Thank you.”

The officer turned to us. “The Christians have called off Christmas, you see,” he explained — in honor of the schoolchildren murdered here this week.

via The Taliban’s Massacre in Peshawar Must Be Its Last – NYTimes.com.

Extremist Settlers Commit Successive Breakings Into Al-Aqsa

Israeli extremist groups on Wednesday broke into Al-Aqsa mosque compound from Al Mughrabi gate, accompanied by private forces.

Local sources said that the attacks on the mosque took place through small but successive groups, making provocative ‘tours’ in the corners and facilities of Al-Aqsa.

via Extremist Settlers Commit Successive Breakings Into Al-Aqsa.

93-year-old woman finds husband after 77 years of waiting: Shanghaiist

“I’ve only cried three times in my life,” she told a reporter who documented her reunion. “I must have known him in a previous lifetime, because every time I cried it was for him,” she said.

Zhang first cried when she got the message of Zhong’s death. Seventy years later, she received a photo of her late husband and ended up in tears. When she looked upon his name in Taipei, she cried again. “We will never be apart now,” she said.

via 93-year-old woman finds husband after 77 years of waiting: Shanghaiist.