Lebanon has never recovered from its wars between 1975 to 1990, and it has the third highest debt ratio in the world. Protesters blamed the ruling elite for driving their children out of Lebanon because they failed to build a country that could provide jobs, as unemployment for under-35s is at 37%. A new reform package include a 50% cut in salaries of current and former presidents, ministers, government officials, and reductions in benefits for state institutions. It also includes the central bank and private banks contributing $3.3 billion to achieve a “near zero deficit” for the 2020 budget. The government also aims to privatize the telecommunications sector and overhaul the crumbling electricity sector.
President Michel Aoun headed a meeting of the Lebanese cabinet on Monday at the Baabda palace, his office said, as protests calling to oust the country’s ruling elite gripped the country.
The government is expected to approve reforms including halving ministers’ wages in a bid to ease the economic crisis and defuse the protests that brought hundreds of thousands of protesters to the streets for five days.
On Sunday, Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri agreed on a package of reforms with his government partners to tackle the crisis.
The reform plan includes a 50% cut in salaries of current and former presidents, ministers, lawmakers, and reductions in benefits for state institutions and officials.
It also includes the central bank and private banks contributing $3.3 billion to achieve a “near zero deficit” for the 2020 budget.
The government also aims to privatise the telecommunications sector and overhaul the crumbling electricity sector.
Hariri accused his rivals of obstructing his reform measures that could unlock $11 billion in Western donor pledges and help avert economic collapse.
The Trayvon Martin case was fabricated around his final phone with his girlfriend, Diamond Eugene, that falsely portrayed the shooting as a racial attack. Evidence points to Trayvon as the aggressor. The real Diamond Eugene never testified at Zimmerman’s trial, as a fake witness was substituted in her place.
Stone was not allowed by Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an Obama appointee, to demand proof that Russia did indeed hack the DNC computers. Attorneys for Stone contended that if the Russians did not hack the DNC computers, the case against Stone would have had to be dismissed.
An anti-ICE protester took a plea deal and a three year prison sentence after using a flag pole to attack a 60-year old disabled man. According to court papers, Pierce told jailers that he uses THC daily and LSD intermittently. He said he was homeless and living off food stamps.
The city of Denver is following liberal policies and refuses to enforce laws against trespassing, camping, and public defecation. Denver contends that if the trash is on Bayzar’s property, it is his responsibility to clean it.
After months of debate, the law was passed despite opposition. The measles vaccine in Germany is only available as a triple shot, and will also indirectly make immunization against measles, mumps and rubella, and in some cases chicken pox obligatory.
A 16-year old Asian student, Nathaniel Berhow, is the suspect in a shooting at Saugus High School that killed two students and left more injured. Reports indicate there is video evidence that the suspect turned the handgun on himself and is in ‘grave’ condition.
A federal court ruled that suspicionless searches of travelers’ electronic devices by federal agents at airports and other US ports of entry are unconstitutional. Border officers must now demonstrate individualized suspicion of illegal contraband before they can search a traveler’s device.
Documents allegedly leaked by the Ukrainian General Prosecutor’s office to CD Media show payments of $3.5 million from Burisma Holdings to Rosemont Seneca Bohai LLC, a corporation controlled by Hunter Biden’s partner, Devon Archer. Both Hunter Biden and Archer sat on the board of Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company.
The court’s decision allowd plaintiffs to go after the gun manufacturer, claiming the weapons were marketed and advertised as “military-style” arms to civilians to kill their enemies. This could lead to the end of the manufacture of guns.
In 2020, offenders will be released without cash bail for most misdemeanor charges and multiple felonies, including criminally negligent homicide, drug sales, aggravated assault on a child, and burglary. Criminal justice reform ignores the rights of victims.
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Rand Paul says that Congress seeks to amend the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) by handing over their power to declare war to the president. Moreover, Congress could only disapprove of war, which turns the Constitution on its head! Even worse, any resolution of disapproval could be vetoed, meaning two thirds of Congress would need to disapprove of a war, rather than a majority to approve of one.
Stefan Molyneux explains how the US government’s addiction to spending now can only be stopped through collapse followed by war. This is a brilliant overview of history and human nature as they relate to the economic collapse of unrestrained governments. There is no way to adequately summarize this presentation except to say that it is loaded with hard data and sound logic that leads to the conclusion that the world is headed inexorably into economic collapse and war. Molyneux’s analysis may be wrong, but it should not be dismissed as impossible. [Well worth watching in its entirety.]
Although we may oppose socialism, and although we may desire to help the suffering people in Venezuela, we do not serve those objectives by interfering in other governments, assassinating opposition leaders, organizing riots and revolutions, and installing puppet leaders whose only goal is power and wealth.