Out of the frying pan and into the fire. After a year scarred by referendums that hurled defiance at Brussels, climaxing in Britain’s June vote to quit the bloc, the European Union is bracing for more storms in 2017, starting with the landfall of “Hurricane Donald” from across the Atlantic.
The U.S. president-elect was the elephant in the room at the EU’s last summit of 2016. EU leaders rushed to extend their sanctions against Russia for six months over its destabilization of Ukraine, mindful that the incoming U.S. president has expressed solidarity with President Vladimir Putin and that his designated secretary of state has voiced opposition to sanctions.
Source: Europe hunkers down for Hurricane Donald – POLITICO
Despite its strong religious core, Afghanistan’s history of Bacha bazi or ‘boy play’ is, according to some experts, deeply disturbing
Source: Afghanistan’s dark secret: The ‘dancing boys’ who are little more than sex slaves for their ‘shameful’ owners – Mirror Online
A disabled peer has vowed to fight on after the government rejected her proposal to introduce a new law that would force bus companies to protect the interests of disabled passengers. Baroness Campbell had suggested an amendment to the government’s bus services bill that would have forced operators to publish policies on access for disabled people and “actively help them to use bus services”. She said government plans to just publish new guidance were not good enough and would “never deliver the result that we need – that is, full, guaranteed access for disabled people”. Baroness Campbell – whose amendment was backed by both Labour and the Liberal Democrats– said: “Guidance without statutory backing or any enforcement behind it can be ignored with impunity – and, let us face it, we have plenty of experience of public services doing just that. “Guidance is fine, but we know that it can be left on the shelf and ignored. People may start with good intentions but, in reality, other
Source: Baroness Campbell vows to fight on over access to buses | DisabledGo News and Blog
Andrew Bridgen was told not to use Parliamentary privilege to raise the matter in a Commons debate
Source: Keith Vaz sex scandal: Tory MP was stopped from making allegations about MP a year ago – Mirror Online