JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network): Indonesia's oldest party Golkar has formed a coalition with two smaller parties, in a move that analysts view as endorsing its party chief as a presidential candidate and opening up a chance of having more than two presidential hopefuls in the 2024 election unlike the last two polls. The alliance with National Mandate Party (PAN) and United Development Party (PPP), named "United Indonesia Coalition", seeks to "end the use of political identities polarising Indonesian voters" as seen in the 2014 and 2019 elections, which Golkar top executive Ace Hasan Syadzily described as "causing a deep trauma" within the society after the polls. "We want the general election to become a contest of ideas, thoughts, track records and achievements, an opportunity to prove to each other which one is the best," he said last Friday (May 13). The ratings of Golkar chief Airlangga Hartarto, 59, who is coordinating minister for economic affairs, have been … [Read more...] about Indonesia’s Golkar forms coalition to endorse chief as presidential candidate
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Three 2020 presidential candidates stopped at a Las Vegas church led by a pastor who’s called homosexuality a sin. Media outlets have stayed largely silent on this, despite all three candidates being active in fighting for LGBTQ equality. CNN’s Don Lemon went after a pastor for his rhetoric following the pastor visiting the White House and speaking with President Donald Trump in late July. 2020 presidential candidates Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders have reportedly campaigned at a Las Vegas church led by a pastor who said being gay is “enough to send you to hell.” Media outlets such as CNN have largely ignored this while pouncing on a pastor for similar controversial remarks who President Donald Trump invited to the White House last week. Sens. Harris of California and Booker of New Jersey attended services over the weekend at Las Vegas’ Victory Missionary Baptist Church, which Rev. Robert E. Fowler Sr. leads. The pastor said in a 2013 radio interview … [Read more...] about CNN Ignores Dem Presidential Candidates Who Campaigned At Vegas Church Led By Pastor Who’s Called Homosexuality A Sin
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin May is always a big news month for entering and graduating college students. It’s when most students make a final decision about where they’ll attend college, and it’s also when thousands of colleges and universities hold their annual commencement ceremonies, most of which are once again taking place in person following their suspension or modification the last two years because of the Covid-19 pandemic. May also is the month each year when the newest class of U.S. Presidential Scholars is revealed. This week the Department of Education announced the 58 th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, honoring 161 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields. Being named a U.S. Presidential Scholar is considered one of the nation’s most prestigious academic awards for high school graduates. You can see the full list of this year’s class here . "Our 2022 … [Read more...] about Meet The U.S. Presidential Scholars For 2022
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Police in Somalia have announced a 33-hour curfew on the capital Mogadishu that will keep almost all residents at home during a presidential election by lawmakers on Sunday, in which incumbent leader Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is seeking a second term. Police spokesperson Abdifatah Aden announced at a press conference on Saturday a full curfew in the city, covering both traffic and people, from Saturday at 9:00 PM (1800 GMT) until Monday at 6:00 AM. Lawmakers, security personnel and all others officials involved in the vote are still free to move during those hours. The indirect election, in which lawmakers will pick a president, will take place in an airport hangar behind blast walls to help fend off potential Islamist attacks or meddling by factions within the security services. Mohamed is facing 37 opponents in the vote, including two former presidents, Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who analysts see as the frontrunners. Originally … [Read more...] about Somali police announce curfew in capital during Sunday’s presidential vote
MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court, the highest court of the land, was again thrust into the political limelight after detractors of Ferdinand Marcos Jr. brought to it their bid to have the son and namesake of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos disqualified as a presidential candidate. READ: Petition to reverse Comelec decision on Bongbong Marcos’ DQ case reaches SC The petition for certiorari that was filed on Tuesday (May 17) by civic leaders, represented by lawyer Theodore Te, was not the first election-related case to ever reach the high court as certiorari petitions questioning presidential candidacies had been filed also in 2004, 2010 and 2016. Those were the years when resolutions of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on the eligibility of Fernando Poe Jr., Sen. Grace Poe and Joseph Estrada to stand election as president had been assailed before the high court. The petitions to disqualify the Poe father-and-daughter were based on questions about them being … [Read more...] about DQ cases in SC: What court records say
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Topline Joe Biden stopped short of declaring himself the outright winner of the 2020 presidential election in a speech Friday night, but predicted he would emerge with a clear mandate when the dust settles, calling for Americans to come together in the aftermath of a brutal campaign. Key Facts The Democratic presidential candidate said he doesn’t have a “final declaration of victory” as the outcomes in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Nevada – and thus, the Electoral College – remain uncalled, but nonetheless he predicted he would “win this race with a clear majority of the nation behind us.” With 50.5% of the national popular vote to Trump’s 47.7%, Biden leads by nearly 4.2 million votes, according to the New York Times – a number set to grow as outstanding ballots in deep-blue California and New York are counted. “We’ve gotten over 74 million votes,” Biden exclaimed, noting that the total is already more … [Read more...] about Biden Claims Clear ‘Mandate For Action,’ Vows Post-Election Unity And Civility
In 2020, Joe Biden’s presidential bid was resurrected from life support by black women in South Carolina. The numbers bear us out; if the next Republican presidential candidate could garner 15% of the black female vote, it is game over for Democrats. The Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) and Essence magazine recently released a poll to gauge the pulse of black women in America. Brilliant Corners Strategies , a Left-leaning market research company, conducted the survey. However, even a poll commissioned and conducted by the Left for the Left could not hide the great displeasure that black women have with the Democratic party. Only 9% of black women believe they are getting ahead. 61% of black women Gen Xers and 68% of the black women from the Silent Generation say the economy is getting worse. Only 65% of the black women would vote for the Democrats in the midterms. At least 92% of black women voted for the Democratic candidate in 2018. Democrats know they cannot win the … [Read more...] about WILBON And WILLIAMS: Democrats Have Taken Black Women’s Vote For Granted. Will It Come Back To Bite Them?
MANILA, Philippines — The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) dispelled doubts with the fast inflow of votes in the quick count of the 2022 national election results by reminding the public that transmission in the 2019 midterm polls was actually faster. PPCRV chairperson Myla Villanueva said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel’s Headstart on Monday that the big story in 2019 was the seven-hour glitch which delayed the partial quick count being done by the citizen’s arm. But this was actually even faster than the 2022 polls — data of which, she said, were opened to students and universities to ensure transparency and increase credibility who all agreed that there was nothing unusual. “To put it in perspective, maybe in 2019 the big story was the seven-hour glitch. But in reality data was coming in, we just weren’t seeing it in our servers while the other servers were seeing it. To be exact, the rate of the transmissions of 2019 were actually faster than … [Read more...] about Doubts due to fast poll results transmission? PPCRV chair says it was faster in 2019
BRAND OWNERS (From left) President Duterte, Leni Robredo and Ferdinand Marcos Jr. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS With the recently concluded Philippine elections, expect postgame analyses on how campaigns had been conducted and the lessons that can be replicated not just in politics but also in business. In this case, I will apply a Mansmith business framework—the “3Es and 3Os” of a great campaign—and see how this was applied during the elections. 3 Es: Equity building, Effectiveness and Efficiency Equity, as in brand equity, is the value given to a brand, based on consumer perception and experiences with the brand. To build progressive brand equity, the perception and experiences need to be positive. Lowering a competitor’s equity is possible by influencing perception and experiences. For example, much of the equity of Ferdinand Marcos Jr. came from the fandom of his father, former President Ferdinand Marcos. There was also the support base data that could be carefully studied when his … [Read more...] about What makes a great campaign?
Nam Jeong-ho The author is a columnist of the JoongAng Ilbo. A 21st century event as powerful as the inventions of letters, the wheel or steam engine — or as devastating as a world war — could be the breaking out of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. Its spread transformed the centuries-old practice of reporting to work into working from home. The international order is not free from the cataclysmic shift. As we move into the third year of the pandemic, let’s take a look at global challenges ahead. Most noticeable is the retreat of globalization and the shutting down of borders, which wreaked havoc on international exchanges and multinational enterprises. Globalization on the political, economic and cultural fronts suddenly came to a halt. The biggest victim of the pandemic was the tourism industry, which saw the number of global tourists drop to 381 million in 2020 from 1.46 billion in 2019. The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) estimates the resulting losses … [Read more...] about Global challenges for 2022