UKIP whistleblowers raise concern over Breitbart influence on Brexit vote: report

first_imgTwo U.K. Independence Party insiders filed complaints with the U.K. Electoral Commission over fears that Breitbart, a right-wing American website, influenced the party in the months leading up to the Brexit vote, the Guardian reported Monday.Speaking on condition of anonymity, the sources told the British paper that Breitbart had made “unusual arrangements” with UKIP ahead of the referendum on EU membership in June 2016. They alleged that the website paid senior volunteers for their work with the party and voiced concerns that the financial support amounted to a political donation by a foreign donor.The news comes amid fears over the role that “dark money” may have played in the EU referendum, after Labour MP Ben Bradshaw urged the British government to probe into potential “foreign interference.” Several UKIP sources told the Guardian they were alarmed about what they considered may have been a “deliberate strategy” by Breitbart to push UKIP to pursue more far-right positions — including anti-migrant messages — ahead of the vote. Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s close relationship with Steve Bannon, the website’s founder and CEO from 2012 to 2017, was also cause for concern, they said.Breitbart’s U.K. edition, launched in 2014, was widely considered to be aligned with UKIP, and Farage has often credited Breitbart’s “supportive voice” on Brexit as a decisive factor in the Leave camp’s successful campaign.British political campaigns are prohibited from accepting foreign donations or donations from people who are not U.K.-registered, but volunteer-work represents a “gray area,” according to the Guardian.The Electoral Commission brought the concerns to the attention of the Metropolitan police, which decided the allegations did not meet the threshold for further investigation, the Guardian reported.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Rebecca Naomi Jones to Join Cynthia Erivo in Genius: Aretha & More

first_img Rebecca Naomi Jones Krysta Rodriguez View Comments Tom Hewitt Nick Adams Lesli Margherita Angela Lansbury Rebecca Naomi Jones(Photo: Emilio Madrid for View All (8) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed today. Rebecca Naomi Jones to Join Cynthia Erivo in Genius: ArethaMore Broadway stars have signed on to appear in National Geographic’s upcoming Genius: Aretha. The previously announced third season of the Genius series, being billed as an authorized account of Franklin’s life and music, will star Tony winner Cynthia Erivo as the Queen of Soul. New to the cast is Rebecca Naomi Jones (Oklahoma!) as her sister Carolyn, Patrice Covington (The Color Purple) as her sister Erma and Kimberly Hébert Gregory (The Lion King) as Ruth Bowen, with Malcolm Barrett (Timeless) as Ted White and Sanai Victoria (Black-ish) as Little Re, according to Deadline. Pulitzer-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) will serve as the series’ showrunner.The Skivvies Adds Second Rocky Horror Halloween ShowtimeThe Skivvies are stripping down for an additional dose of Rocky Horror this Halloween. Headliners Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley have announced an 11:30pm showing of their annual Rocky Horror tribute, in addition to the sold-out 9:30pm performance on October 31 at Joe’s Pub. In addition to Molina and Cearley, the cast will include Tom Hewitt, Krysta Rodriguez, Larry Owens, Eden Espinosa, Natalie Joy Johnson, Nick Adams, Gabrielle McClinton, Marissa Rosen, Lesli Margherita, Nathan Lee Graham and Amy Hillner. This Skivvies show will put a twist on the iconic tunes of Rocky Horror—so get out and toast Halloween with this incredible company of stars!John Cameron Mitchell & Ann Harada Set for One-Night Reading of Bad SeedA star-packed cast will come together next month to perform Maxwell Anderson’s Bad Seed as a benefit for the play and musical development program of off-Broadway’s The New Group. Cynthia Nixon will direct the reading, slated to take place at the Daryl Roth Theatre on November 4 at 7:00pm. Heading the cast will be John Cameron Mitchell as Rhoda Penmark, Ann Harada as Mrs. Monica Breedlove, Crystal Lucas-Perry as Mrs. Daigle, Taylor Schilling as Christine Penmark, Wallace Shawn as Reginald Tasker and Frederick Weller as Leroy. Additional casting will be announced soon.P.S. Broadway Cares has re-released the Angela Lansbury Mame holiday ornament! Get yours here. Frederick Weller Star Files Cynthia Nixonlast_img read more

First steps into South East Asia for Qatargas LNG

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US Calls for Electoral Reform in Guyana

first_img(Loop) Guyana’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, John Deep Ford The United States has recommended that Guyana strengthens its electoral procedures to ensure the March 2 Regional and General Elections are free and fair. Share Share Sharing is caring! The recommendation came from US Representative Sean Mariano Garcia during Guyana’s human rights review at the 35th Session of Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.“The United States is concerned about recent actions by Guyana that may undermine democratic principles, including apparent misapplication of the Guyanese constitution, and certain court rulings,” Mariano Garcia stated.Guyanese President David Granger has been repeatedly criticized by US, UK and European Union officials after he failed to call elections following the passage of a no-confidence motion against him on December 21, 2018.Elections were constitutionally due, three months after Parliament was dissolved but the Government challenged the motion in the courts claiming that the 33 votes the opposition received in the 65 member National Assembly did not constitute a majority.In response, Guyana’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, said: “The Elections Commission of Guyana is a constitutional body and is independent from the state and committed to delivering as indicated free, fair, transparent and credible elections on March 2, 2020.”President of Guyana, David Grangercenter_img NewsPoliticsRegional US Calls for Electoral Reform in Guyana by: – January 30, 2020 Share 71 Views   no discussions Tweetlast_img read more