Jun 8, 2015

Leader of major yakuza gang arrested over vote-buying in Chiba

The leader of a major crime syndicate is under arrest on suspicion of entertaining voters in connection with the Chiba Prefectural Assembly election, police said. Isao Seki, the 69-year-old chairman of the Sumiyoshi-kai and a resident of Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, and two others allegedly ...

Erdogan's ruling party loses majority, faces coalition option

Jun 8, 2015

Erdogan's ruling party loses majority, faces coalition option

Turkey’s Islamic-rooted ruling party lost its parliamentary majority in Sunday’s legislative elections, dealing a severe blow to strongman President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ambition to expand his powers. The Justice and Development Party (AKP) won the biggest share of the vote in the closely-fought elections, ...

Jun 5, 2015

Erdogan the conqueror

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For Turkey's weakened democratic institutions to survive, and for it to remain delicately balanced between East and West, the Kurds and their new friends need to do well in Sunday's elections.

Why U.S. billionaires may be unable to buy 2016 election

Jun 3, 2015

Why U.S. billionaires may be unable to buy 2016 election

Florida Senator Marco Rubio has one; Texas Senator Ted Cruz has one; even former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, considered a long-shot for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, has a billionaire in his corner. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has two. Campaign finance watchdog groups ...