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ecuador leftist leads presidential vote, but runoff appears likely


ecuadoreans waited anxiously on monday for official results from the vote to replace president rafael correa, as pollsters, political analysts and the opposition predicted the presidential election would go to a runoff while allies of the leftist ruling party candidate said a first-round victory was within reach.with almost 89% of the ballots counted, ruling party candidate lenin moreno had 39.1% support compared with 28.3% for his...






march for science organizers are accidentally advocating for the unborn


this coming saturday, the first ever march for science will take place in the nation’s capital. science enthusiasts will march to show their support for evidenced-based policymaking and publicly communicated facts and truth. the marchers in d.c. will be joined by others in over 425 satellite locations. the march labels itself as a political event that seeks to fight back against the “war on science,” and to promote the importance of science and research in the policy-making process.it’s clear that, at least ostensibly, this march has nothing to do with abortion. yet many of the statements and principles listed on the official march website are amusingly pro-life. the rest of the site reads like a leftist manifesto: using catchwords like diversity, inclusion, racism, sexism, homophobia, xen






mexico's ruling party wins its heartland, thwarts leftist threat – for now


results in mexico state keep alive president enrique peña nieto's 2018 re-election hopes.        






why republicans fail


congress’ debacle on health care is only the latest example of how republicans snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. victory here defined as merely counting your votes before you fumble the issue that got you into office.two decades ago, and speaking more coarsely than would be fitting for a family newspaper, i dubbed it caldara’s first political axiom: there is nothing republicans can’t, um, screw up.my leftist friends (yes, they exist) are quick to tell me that their team is a hot ball of crazy too, and i’m sure their in-fighting is as dysfunctional as any family thanksgiving dinner. but when it comes to moving the political football, the left is a well-oiled machine by comparison to the republican’s tribute to the keystone cops.measure the size and scope of government in any area over






turkey to seek extradition of militant from netherlands


an turkish official says a senior leftist militant, wanted by both turkey and the united states, is believed to be in the netherlands. ankara is preparing to request her extradition.






leftist claims win in ecuador election; rival cries foul


quito, ecuador — leftist candidate lenin moreno appeared to have won ecuador's presidential election but his conservative rival refused to recognize the results on monday, leading supporters who took to the streets for a second straight night to protest what they said was fraud.sunday's second-round runoff in the andean nation of 16 million was seen as a barometer of whether the left, which had dominated south american politics for the past 15 years, could stop a string of right-wing victories across the region.with more than 99 percent of polling places counted, moreno had 51 percent of the vote while conservative banker guillermo lasso stood at just under 49 percent.even as calls congratulating moreno from even right-wing governments in latin america poured in monday, lasso vowed to keep






david reevely: ‘see if you can take the social-justice warriors out at the top,’


commentkathleen wynne is a radical leftist who wants to tear down the things that made ontario, canada and the west great, university of toronto psychologist jordan peterson told a crowd assembled by tory mpp randy hillier in carleton place on thursday night.“if she had a shred of integrity, she’d resign,” peterson said to applause, from a riser in a corner of a second-floor ballroom at the town arena.“see if you can take the social-justice warriors out at the top,” he advised.young people could and should be energized into conservative activism by the promise of completely wiping out the ontario liberal party, he said. there should be not one liberal mpp left after the next election.hillier, who represents lanark-frontenac-lennox and addington, had billed peterson’s talk as non-political,






maduro is not chavez | politics


venezuela, as noam chomsky recently pointed out is really in a disaster situation. "the corruption, the robbery and so on, has been extreme … especially after hugo chavez's death," chomsky said. this statement should not be read as an admission of guilt by one of the many leftist activists, economists, and politicians (including julian assange, josep stiglitz, and jeremy corbyn) who praised chavez's bolivarian revolution. in this statement chomsky is simply marking a failed opportunity by chavez's successor, nicolas maduro, to continue his socialist policies.the fact that steve bannon's breitbart news is using the current crisis in venezuela to dismiss these leftist intellectuals is a sign that they were on the right track. nonetheless, venezuela is now in a disaster situation, and both ma






leftist claims win in ecuador election; rival cries foul


quito, ecuador — leftist candidate lenin moreno appeared to have won ecuador's presidential election but his conservative rival refused to recognize the results on monday, calling on his supporters to take to the streets to guard against fraud.sunday's second-round runoff in the andean nation of 16 million was seen as a barometer of whether the left, which had dominated south american politics for the past 15 years, could stop a string of right-wing victories across the region.with more than 99 percent of polling places counted, moreno had 51 percent of the vote while conservative banker guillermo lasso stood at just under 49 percent.even as leaders from right-wing governments in latin america began called moreno on monday to offer their congratulations, lasso vowed to keep up the fight ag






leftist moreno heading to dispute win in ecuador election


quito, ecuador — ruling party candidate lenin moreno looked headed to victory in ecuador's presidential runoff sunday but his rival refused to recognize the results, claiming he was the victim of fraud in what could set the stage for protests.the election in the small andean nation of 16 million was being watched closely for whether it marked a comeback for leftist candidates after a string of right-wing victories across latin america,with almost 96 percent of voting acts counted, the national electoral council said moreno had 51 percent of the vote to banker guillermo lasso's 49 percent. a difference of 214,000 votes separated the two candidates with about twice the number of votes still left to count.lasso demanded a recount after three exit polls showed him winning. he also questioned w






leftist moreno heading to disputed win in ecuador election


ruling party candidate lenin moreno looked headed to victory in ecuador's presidential runoff sunday but his rival refused to recognize the results, claiming he was the victim of fraud in what could set the stage for protests.the election in the small andean nation of 16 million was being watched closely for whether it marked a comeback for leftist candidates after a string of right-wing victories across latin america,with almost 96 percent of voting acts counted, the national electoral council said moreno had 51 percent of the vote to banker guillermo lasso's 49 percent. a difference of 214,000 votes separated the two candidates with about twice the number of votes still left to count.lasso demanded a recount after three exit polls showed him winning. he also questioned why results that t






how intersectionality increases anti-semitism among the left


“when people criticize zionists, they mean jews. you’re talking ‘anti-semitism!” dr. martin luther king jr. declared in 1969. dr. king’s admonishment is as relevant today as it was almost 50 years ago, stoked by self-described “resistance” groups and assorted other practitioners of leftist intersectionality.under the guise of human rights and equality, social justice warriors recently gathered at a bookstore in brooklyn’s dumbo neighborhood to discuss “freedom-fighting under state repression.” at the very heart of the evening’s conversation was the evil of zionism and the zionist perpetrators. if there was ever any doubt that dr. king’s words were prophetic, doubt no more.the blame-the-zionists conversation included disdain for america, law enforcement, and capitalism. of course, no progre






how intersectionality increases anti-semitism among the left


“when people criticize zionists, they mean jews. you’re talking ‘anti-semitism!” dr. martin luther king jr. declared in 1968. dr. king’s admonishment is as relevant today as it was almost 50 years ago, stoked by self-described “resistance” groups and assorted other practitioners of leftist intersectionality.under the guise of human rights and equality, social justice warriors recently gathered at a bookstore in brooklyn’s dumbo neighborhood to discuss “freedom-fighting under state repression.” at the very heart of the evening’s conversation was the evil of zionism and the zionist perpetrators. if there was ever any doubt that dr. king’s words were prophetic, doubt no more.the blame-the-zionists conversation included disdain for america, law enforcement, and capitalism. of course, no progre






leftist claims win in ecuador election, rival cries foul


quito, ecuador (ap) — leftist candidate lenin moreno appeared on the verge of victory in ecuador’s presidential election but his opposition rival refused to recognize the results, calling on his supporters to take to the streets to guard against “fraud.”sunday’s second-round runoff in the andean nation of 16 million was being watched closely as a barometer of whether the left, which had dominated south american politics for the past 15 years, could stop a string of right-wing victories across the region.with more than 96 percent of voting acts counted, moreno had 51 percent of the vote while conservative banker guillermo lasso had 49 percent. a difference of about 220,000 votes separated the two candidates with fewer than 300,000 still left to count.lasso said he would challenge the result






leftist claims win in ecuador election; rival cries foul


quito, ecuador (ap) — leftist candidate lenin moreno appeared to have won ecuador’s presidential election but his opposition rival refused to recognize the results, calling on his supporters to take to the streets to guard against “fraud.”sunday’s second-round runoff in the andean nation of 16 million was being watched closely as a barometer of whether the left, which had dominated south american politics for the past 15 years, could stop a string of right-wing victories across the region.with more than 97 percent of voting acts counted, moreno garnered 51 percent of the vote while conservative banker guillermo lasso stood at just under 49 percent. a difference of about 224,000 votes separated the two candidates with a smaller number of ballots still left to count.lasso said he would chall






leftist claims win in ecuador election, rival cries foul


quito, ecuador — leftist candidate lenin moreno appeared on the verge of victory in ecuador's presidential election but his opposition rival refused to recognize the results, calling on his supporters to take to the streets to guard against "fraud."sunday's second-round runoff in the andean nation of 16 million was being watched closely as a barometer of whether the left, which had dominated south american politics for the past 15 years, could stop a string of right-wing victories across the region.with more than 96 percent of voting acts counted, moreno had 51 percent of the vote while conservative banker guillermo lasso had 49 percent. a difference of about 220,000 votes separated the two candidates with fewer than 300,000 still left to count.lasso said he would challenge the results in






republican karen handel defeats jon ossoff in special election, rebukes leftist


share thistagsdemocratselection resultsgeorgiagopgop nomineehouse of representativeskaren handelmassachusettspaul ryanpaul ryan speechrepublican partyseth moultonu.s. house of representativeswisconsinrepublican karen handel on tuesday night defeated democratic rival jon ossoff in georgia’s special-election congressional race, securing another house seat for the gop and denying democrats a chance to rebuke president trump.rumored to be a close race by the mainstream press. handel, a former georgia secretary of state, led ossoff 53 percent to 47 percent, 127,021 votes to 114,390, with 99% reporting, according the nbc.“this race was going to require all hands on deck, and that’s what we had,” handel said at her victory party. “tonight’s victory is for you. it’s for every citizen in the 6th (c






leftist claims win in ecuador election; rival cries foul


quito, ecuador — leftist candidate lenin moreno appeared to have won ecuador's presidential election but his opposition rival refused to recognize the results, calling on his supporters to take to the streets to guard against fraud.sunday's second-round runoff in the andean nation of 16 million was being watched closely as a barometer of whether the left, which had dominated south american politics for the past 15 years, could stop a string of right-wing victories across the region.with almost 99 percent of polling places counted, moreno had 51 percent of the vote while conservative banker guillermo lasso stood at just under 49 percent — a difference of about 230,000 votes.lasso said he would challenge the results in all of ecuador's 24 provinces after three exit polls showed him winning.






leftist claims win in ecuador election; rival cries foul


quito, ecuador — leftist candidate lenin moreno appeared to have won ecuador's presidential election but his opposition rival refused to recognize the results, calling on his supporters to take to the streets to guard against "fraud."sunday's second-round runoff in the andean nation of 16 million was being watched closely as a barometer of whether the left, which had dominated south american politics for the past 15 years, could stop a string of right-wing victories across the region.with more than 97 percent of voting acts counted, moreno garnered 51 percent of the vote while conservative banker guillermo lasso stood at just under 49 percent. a difference of about 224,000 votes separated the two candidates with a smaller number of ballots still left to count.lasso said he would challenge






mexico ruling party has preliminary lead in key state vote


mexico city — a quick-count sampling of votes for governor of mexico's most populous state gave a slight advantage to the candidate of president enrique pena nieto's ruling party in a race seen as a key test ahead of next year's presidential election.officials said the preliminary results announced late sunday indicated alfredo del mazo of the institutional revolutionary party, or pri, was likely to win between 32.75 percent and 33.59 percent of the ballots in the state of mexico, compared with 30.73 percent to 31.53 percent for his closest rival, delfina gomez of the leftist morena party.pedro zamudio, president of the state's electoral institute, said the forecast was based on representative sampling of voting stations that has 95 percent certainty — but he also cautioned that the result






lenin moreno, guillermo lasso to contest april runoff | ecuador news


leftist government candidate lenin moreno and ex-banker guillermo lasso will contest an april runoff to become the new ecuadorian president, according to electoral officials.with just over 95 percent of ballots counted from sunday's presidential election, moreno was the clear leader with 39.21 percent of the vote, according to the national electoral council.that was just short of the 40 percent needed to avoid a runoff on april 2 against his conservative rival guillermo lasso, who was at 28.35 percent.with the country anxiously awaiting the final results and the opposition pressuring for clarity, the electoral body on tuesday said the results could not change, although it was waiting for all ballots to be counted before officially proclaiming a second round."no, it's not possible," elector






it’s not just the far-right gaining traction in france: against all odds, a comm


a spectre is haunting europe — the spectre of jean-luc mélenchon.in the latest plot twist in france’s highly contentious presidential election, mélenchon — an outspoken 65-year-old leftist who often appears on the campaign trail via hologram and who has pitched his proposal to nationalize france’s biggest banks and renegotiate its relationship with the european union via free internet games and youtube videos — is now soaring in the polls. with less than two weeks before the election, his meteoric and unexpected rise is already sending jitters through financial markets and shock waves through an increasingly anxious electorate.for months, analysts have likened the upcoming french election to “europe’s stalingrad,” a crucial turning point that will determine the future of a country and a co






ruling party candidate declared victor in ecuador election


quito, ecuador — ruling party candidate lenin moreno has won ecuador's tight presidential election, the head of the country's national electoral council said tuesday, bucking a trend of right-wing electoral victories in south america after 15 years of leftist domination.juan pablo pozo, president of the electoral council, announced the election win by the leftist moreno in a nationwide broadcast. he said the results were "official, irreversible" with 99.65 percent of the votes counted.he said moreno won slightly over 51 percent of the vote, compared with 49 percent for opposition challenger guillermo lasso, who is contesting the results over allegations of fraud.pozo said both political organizations can present objections through institutional and legal channels.moreno declared that "the






shadowy right-wing ‘school for political warfare’ helped trump take over the whi


a new washington post report details the impressive rise of the “shadow” universe of non-profits that may have contributed to president donald trump’s election. at the heart of it: the david horowitz freedom center, a right-wing nonprofit whose founder was a former leftist whose work, among other things, spawned the george soros-funded “paid protester” conspiracy.the post report goes to great length to describe the historical rise of the freedom center, from its’ beginnings as a tax-exempt non-profit to a self-described “battle tank” and “school for political warfare.” among the freedom center’s core tenets are the ideas that immigrants are destroying america, that islam in particular needs to be stamped out and that climate change is a leftist “ruse.” according to horowitz himself, the fr






venezuelan army vows loyalty to embattled president | venezuela news


venezuela's defence minister has declared the army's "unconditional loyalty" to president nicolas maduro, who ordered troops on to the streets before a major protest by opponents trying to oust him.vladimir padrino lopez made the comment on monday before thousands of pro-maduro militia members at a rally outside the presidential palace, where the president thanked the army and civilian backers for their support.venezuela protesters mount pressure on president maduro"loyalty is repaid with loyalty," said maduro.venezuela is bracing itself for what maduro's opponents vow will be the "mother of all protests" on wednesday, after two weeks of violent demonstrations against moves by the leftist leader and his allies to tighten their grip on power.the centre-right opposition has called on the mil






venezuelan army vows loyalty to embattled president | venezuela news


venezuela's defence minister has declared the army's "unconditional loyalty" to president nicolas maduro, who ordered troops onto the streets ahead of a major protest by opponents trying to oust him.vladimir padrino lopez made the comment on monday before thousands of pro-maduro militia members at a rally outside the presidential palace, where the president thanked the army and civilian backers for their support.venezuela protesters mount pressure on president maduro"loyalty is repaid with loyalty," said maduro.venezuela is bracing for what maduro's opponents vow will be the "mother of all protests" on wednesday, after two weeks of violent demonstrations against moves by the leftist leader and his allies to tighten their grip on power.the centre-right opposition has called on the military






le pen targets left-wing voters with attack on finance


paris—far-right french presidential candidate marine le pen heightened her rhetoric against global finance on monday in an effort to rally leftist voters as the national front leader continues to trail her rival emmanuel macron in polls.with less than a week to go until sunday’s runoff, ms. le pen used a rally in northern paris to paint mr....






un: deaths of human rights leaders in colombia show pattern


bogota, colombia — a new united nations report is casting a shadow on peace efforts in colombia, drawing attention to the killings of dozens of rights activists and warning that armed groups are occupying drug territories as the nation's largest rebel group starts demobilizing.the report released thursday by the u.n. high commissioner for human rights said 127 activist deaths were counted in 2016, even as colombia moved toward implementing an historic peace accord. half of the deaths were of human rights leaders while others were members of leftist political organizations. many occurred in areas previously occupied by the revolutionary armed forces of colombia."there is a pattern here relative to where the killings are occurring," said u.n. representative todd howland said. "it is a really






colombia’s foreign minister: peace deal implementation hard


copenhagen, denmark (ap) — colombia’s foreign minister said thursday that the implementation of last year’s peace agreement with leftist rebels, ending one of the world’s bloodiest and longest-running armed conflicts, “has been more difficult” than expected.maria angela holguin reiterated in oslo, norway, that the government in bogota is “deeply committed.”almost since the accord was signed in november, the rebel revolutionary armed forces of colombia, or farc, has complained about foot-dragging in passing implementation legislation, freeing jailed rebels amnestied under the accord and investigating murders of leftist activists in areas they once dominated. farc had agreed to turn over 30 percent of its weapons and explosives.holguin was taking part in the oslo forum panel discussion hoste






le pen targets left-wing voters with attack on finance


paris—far-right french presidential candidate marine le pen increased her rhetoric against global finance on monday in an effort to rally leftist voters as the national front leader continues to trail her rival emmanuel macron in polls.with six days to go until sunday’s runoff, ms. le pen used a rally in northern paris to paint mr. macron, a...






julian assange likely to remain in ecuador


julian assange will remain in ecuador as politician guillermo lasso, who vowed to kick the wikileaks founder out of the country on condition of his victory in the presidential election, failed to win against the current leftist government. late sunday, assange took to his twitter account to “cordially invite” lasso to leave ecuador within 30 days.…






protest against brazil's president temer turns violent


troops are to guard brazil's government buildings after thousands of protesters clashed with police in brasilia and set fire to the agriculture ministry.unions and leftist parties organised the demonstration to call for president michel temer's removal; it started peacefully but turned violent with police using tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades.






oas chief luis almagro raises pressure on venezuelan government


back when he was foreign minister of tiny, left-leaning uruguay, luis almagro praised venezuela’s socialist government for being in the vanguard of a continent that was largely leftist and antiglobalization.now, as secretary-general of the organization of american states, mr. almagro is lobbying the 34-nation, washington-based body to oust venezuela from its ranks unless president nicolás maduro permits elections and eases a...






ecuador swears in moreno as president to succeed correa


lenin moreno was sworn in as ecuador’s president on wednesday and promised to maintain rafael correa’s leftist policies while ending his predecessor’s sharp attacks on critics, including the press.in a ceremony that paid homage to the charismatic but divisive mr. correa, mr. moreno said his government would maintain expansive social programs. but he also said he would seek political consensus and defended freedom of expression...






oas chief luis almagro raises pressure on venezuelan government


back when he was foreign minister of tiny, left-leaning uruguay, luis almagro praised venezuela’s socialist government for being in the vanguard of a continent that was largely leftist and anti-globalization.now, as secretary-general of the organization of american states, mr. almagro is lobbying the 34-nation, washington-based body to oust venezuela from its ranks unless president nicolás maduro permits elections and eases a...






ecuador presidential vote fair, says election observer


quito, ecuador—international election observers didn't find evidence of fraud in ecuador’s presidential vote, the organization of american states said monday, as the group congratulated the ruling party’s candidate and urged conservative challenger guillermo lasso to pursue any appeal to electoral authorities. lenin moreno, ecuador’s leftist former vice president, had 51.17% support compared with 48.83% for mr. lasso, with 99.5% of...






mexican leftist leader heads to us to challenge trump


mexican leftist 2018 presidential hopeful andres manuel lopez obrador plans to visit the united states on sunday to talk with migrants and americans about us president donald trump’s “poisonous” rhetoric.lopez obrador, who is leading in opinion polls for next year’s elections, told the daily el universal in an interview published on thursday that trump has shown a lack of respect for mexico.“this paign — because it is very poisonous — of xenophobia, of causing hate, must be confronted,” said the two-time presidential election runner-up.“we, mexicans, are being persecuted. it’s all a political strategy, so i will go to the united states precisely because of this,” said lopez obrador, who is scheduled to arrive in los angeles on sunday afternoon.“i will talk to business owners and migrants o