Japan PM’s sagging support dims outlook for revising constitution: MP

TOKYO – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cherished goal of revising Japan’s pacifist constitution has become more difficult to achieve after a plunge in his popularity and the erosion of public trust, a ruling party lawmaker said on Wednesday. Support for Abe has plummeted to its lowest since he surged back to power in 2012 with a conservative agenda of reviving traditional values and loosening constraints on the military that centers on revising the U.S.-drafted post-war…

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Turkey’s parliament votes to press on with constitutional reform debate

ANKARA – The Turkish parliament voted on Tuesday to press on with debate about a constitutional reform package that would expand the powers of President Tayyip Erdogan, taking another step on the path towards an executive presidency. Erdogan and his supporters argue that Turkey needs the strong leadership of an executive presidency to prevent a return to the fragile coalition governments of the past, but opponents fear the reform will fuel authoritarianism. The initial vote,…

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Commentary: How Trump’s immigration plan could help those he wants to deport

Abdullah is from what President-elect Donald Trump calls a “.” The young Iraqi came to the United States on a student visa four years ago; if he returns he will be expected to fight in a Shi’ite militia group or risk being declared a traitor. Not surprisingly, he has no plans to go back and hopes the United States will grant him asylum. Abdullah falls under a category of people Trump has promised to clear…

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