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Maduro closes Venezuela-Brazil border

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/22/19, 11:23 am

Embattled Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in a televised address Thursday said he blocked the country’s border with Brazil to interrupt plans to bring aid into the country on Saturday. Maduro said the blockade was to “protect the people” from what he repeatedly called a military invasion. He also shut down the country’s air and sea connections with the Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao.

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Egypt paves the way for a new dictator

International | Constitutional amendments solidify president’s autocratic rule
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/19/19, 04:57 pm

Egyptian lawmakers last week approved constitutional amendments that could see President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stay in power for another 15 years, raising concern about the country’s stability.

The revisions, which 485 of 596 members of Parliament voted for, extend the presidential term from four to six years, but it would still retain the two-term limit. But a special “transitional article” would allow al-Sisi to be elected for two more terms after his second term ends in 2022. His first term began in 2014 after his army led the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.

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Green dreams and delusions

Environmentalism | California’s crazy environmental initiatives often provoke snickers from outsiders and exasperation from residents like me
by Sophia Lee
Posted 2/18/19, 05:56 pm

Conservatives love to lampoon California, the state I’ve been calling home for almost 10 years. This blue state has wasted time and money on silly laws restricting plastic straws, regulating cow farts, providing “mouth-to-snout” resuscitation for endangered pets, and replacing Columbus Day with “Indigenous People’s Day.” We’re the home of Big Taxes and Big Government and Big Compassion and Big Ideas, and conservatives have rightly criticized Californians for dreaming up idealistic programs and policies without considering things such as budgets and the average civilian’s needs.

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