Iraqi Journalist: Amid Low Election Turnout, “Iraq’s Streets Littered with the Memories of Our Dead”

Voter turnout at the fifth parliamentary election in Iraq hit an all-time low, with many Iraqis refusing to vote as widespread faith in the democratic process and politics falters. Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who has been a vocal opponent of foreign invasion, won the most seats. He has also been accused of kidnapping and killing his critics. “The election has more to do with making this regime and this system look good than responding to the demands of the people,” says Nabil Salih, Iraqi journalist and photographer, who also discusses protests that sped up the election and conditions in Iraq’s hospitals. His latest piece for Middle East Eye…

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Ex-Cop Eric Adams Takes Lead in NYC Mayoral Race in City’s First Election with Ranked-Choice Voting

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: New Yorkers voted in its highly anticipated primary election Tuesday. In the heated mayoral race, Brooklyn borough president, former New York police officer Eric Adams is leading with over 31% of the vote, but it will likely take several weeks to announce a winner with the new ranked-choice voting system. Civil rights attorney Maya Wiley is currently in second place with 22% of the vote, followed closely by former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang has conceded after receiving less than 12% of the tallied vote. Journalist Ross Barkan, who has…

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Socialist Pedro Castillo Won Peru’s Election, But Coup Fears Grow as Fujimori Falsely Claims Fraud

Fears are growing in Peru that supporters of right-wing presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of imprisoned former dictator Alberto Fujimori, will stage a coup to prevent her rival, the socialist teacher and union leader Pedro Castillo, from taking power. With 100% of votes counted from the June 6 election, Castillo has a 44,000-vote lead, but Fujimori is claiming fraud without offering any evidence. She is calling for hundreds of thousands of votes, mostly from poor Andean regions, to be annulled. Thousands took to the streets in Lima to protest against Fujimori’s claims. We speak with José Carlos Llerena, a Peruvian educator and activist, who recently co-authored a…

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Keir Starmer hires ex-staffer accused of plotting Labour’s loss in the 2017 election

Support us and go ad-freeOne of Keir Starmer’s closest advisers is standing down after Labour suffered another dire by-election result. The aide has been replaced by a former Labour staffer. However, this person was accused of working to ensure her own party lost the 2017 election. Chaos Ben Nunn announced on 18 June that he’s quitting as the Labour leader’s director of communications. It came after the party trailed in fourth in the Chesham and Amersham election. Nunn’s exit was described as another blow to Starmer after Labour won only 622 votes in the by-election. The party secured just 1.6% of the vote and lost its deposit in…

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Socialist Teacher Takes Lead in Peruvian Election as Nation Reels from Pandemic & Political Crisis

We get an update from Peru, where socialist candidate Pedro Castillo has pulled ahead of his right-wing rival Keiko Fujimori in the country’s presidential election on Sunday. Castillo is the son of peasant farmers, and a union leader who led a nationwide teachers’ strike in 2017. Fujimori is the daughter of former dictator Alberto Fujimori, who is in prison for human rights abuses and corruption. Political scientist Carlos León Moya discusses the history of the two candidates and describes how the election took place amid a years-long political crisis. “You have most of the Peruvian political elite charged by corruption,” he says. “Keiko Fujimori was in prison herself…

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“Do Not Come”: VP Harris Sends Anti-Migrant Message in Guatemala, Visits Mexico Amid Deadly Election

In her first foreign trip as vice president, Kamala Harris is in Mexico City to meet with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador after first visiting Guatemala to meet with President Alejandro Giammattei. Harris is tasked by President Joe Biden with stemming the flow of Central American migrants fleeing corruption, violence and poverty, even after the two campaigned on allowing more migrants to apply for asylum along the U.S.-Mexico border, and issued a stern warning to migrants: “Do not come.” Her visit comes after voters cast their ballots in one of Mexico’s largest and deadliest elections in history, as over 80 politicians were killed in the run-up to the…

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Jonathon Seed has been disbarred from the PCC election. Now it’s time to expel him from the Tory party.

Jonathon Seed, the Swindon and Wiltshire Tory candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), is currently making headlines after being disbarred from the election. ITV News has revealed that Seed has a historic drink driving offence, which makes him ineligible to stand. It’s unclear whether the Conservative Party knew of the offence. Seed insists he declared it, while ITV understands that the Tories were not aware of the conviction. Seed is an ex-army major and ex-fox hunt master. Animal rights campaigners have worked tirelessly for the past year, giving extensive reasons why Seed was not fit to run for PCC. Wiltshire Hunt Sabs and Bath Hunt Saboteurs told…

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Greens gain and NIP struggle, but Labour decay is the election theme

The big battle in this round of elections was always going to be between the Conservatives and Labour in the Hartlepool by-election, a battle in which the Tories achieved a landslide win. However, smaller parties had mixed results. The Greens made some gains, as did the Liberal Democrats. The Northern Independence Party had a rough outing in its first electoral test. Lib Dems The Lib Dems, who have never looked the same since their stint in coalition with the Tories, won control of Stockport Council and took four seats from Labour in Sunderland. Liberal Democrats have become the biggest party on Stockport Council. pic.twitter.com/2BjkwYXbMc — Liberal Democrats (@LibDems)…

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Who is up for election and how long will results take?

Voters across Great Britain will go to the polls on May 6 on what has been dubbed “Super Thursday”. What elections are being held? Votes are being held across Great Britain. Some of these should have happened last year, but were postponed due to the pandemic. Scotland and Wales will both elect members to their respective parliaments, and Londoners will choose representatives for the city’s Assembly. Many areas across England will also choose mayors. As well as Sadiq Khan defending his role in London, regional mayors will be elected for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, Greater Manchester, the Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West Midlands, West of England and –…

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Election misery for Keir Starmer keeps piling up

Elections in Britain are less than 24 hours away. For Keir Starmer’s Labour Party, the misery just keeps on piling up. But is it fair to say the 6 May results will give an idea of what the public thinks of ‘Keith’ and Labour? Starmer: bringing on the heartache On Thursday 6 May, people will vote in elections for English councils, Scottish and Welsh parliaments, the London Assembly, and local mayor, and police and crime commissioners. As The Canary previously reported, there’s also a by-election in Hartlepool. Polling suggests that Labour will lose the seat. People on social media were reminding us that under Jeremy Corbyn Labour won…

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