"Since Putin cannot remain as president after 2024 under the current rules, he needs to change the rules. This will potentially allow him to remain the dominant political actor even if he leaves the presidency," he said. "The way he is going about constitutional reform now seems, at least in part, designed to give everything the veneer of popular support and democratic legitimacy." … [Read more...] about Putin’s plans for post-presidency could see him wielding influence for life
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As Chinese leader Xi Jinping landed in Myanmar on Friday - almost 20 years since his government's last state visit there - he hoped to send a clear signal that his country is back in the driver's seat. Having backed Myanmar, also known as Burma, while Western nations recoiled at its atrocities against the Rohingya, Xi is poised to cash in by reviving stalled strategic projects - notably a Chinese port and special economic zone - that would deepen Beijing's reach into the Indian Ocean. … [Read more...] about China embraces Myanmar as Western nations pull back
Darrell Borquez, who worked on the new Disney Plus show, explained the principal factors of rolling out the series were the similar, “it was all about keeping the show shrouded in secrecy.” The studio’s first episodic series had the same challenges, but somehow they managed to keep the biggest secret from the galaxy far, far away quiet. Baby Yoda became the meme-generating gift that kept on giving But did Disney know the power of Baby Yodes? “We knew,” Borquez says. “We didn’t know just how big the child would become.” … [Read more...] about How ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Marketing Team Made Headlines By Saying Nothing At All
This notion reflects the age-old longing in some circles for the resurrection of a Christian Left to do battle with the Christian Right, along with the belief that monolithic conservative Evangelical support for the Republican Party is largely attributable to the refusal of Democrats to speak in the language of faith. But conservative Evangelical opinion-leaders have so intertwined political and religious values and goals that the very idea of a “Christian progressive” is treated as an oxymoronic abomination. King “unequivocally supports abortion rights and fully funding Planned Parenthood.” That position alone would make him a fake Christian — much like the churchgoing Hillary Clinton — in the eyes of many conservative Evangelicals, or at least their leadership. … [Read more...] about Will Andrew Gillum’s Christian Progressive Running Mate Help Him Win Evangelicals?
These changes will have to be approved by a nationwide referendum, which Putin hopes to obtain by marshaling the support of his United Russia party. There was, however, one change that Putin was able to make immediately. He transferred Medvedev to the security council — Russia’s equivalent to America’s National Security Council — where he will serve as vice chairman; Putin is chairman. How long Medvedev will stay in that position is unclear; it is a demotion from his previous job. Nevertheless, given his close and longstanding relationship with Putin, the position may well be nothing more than a placeholder, until Medvedev moves to a more influential post. … [Read more...] about Russia’s shakeup has implications for Putin, Medvedev and the US