Morning Briefing, 26th February

Well I’m back in Cork after USI LGBT Standing Conference, where I was re-elected to Working Group on the 3rd count! Also congrats to Ms. Sonya Donneally who was elected unanimously as the new LGBTRO! woo! (P.S. If anyone wants to know what motions where passed email me!)

In the news today!

The International Court of Justice, is due to deliver its verdict today on whether ot not Serbia is responsible for Genocide ‘through the killing, torture, rape and expulsion of Bosnian Muslims’ (CNN, RTÉ, Breakingnews) If passed, it will be the first time that a state, rather than an individual or group, has been held responsible for genocide.

Nurses begin there industrial action today with a protest outside CUH (Breakingnews, RTÉ) The INO and PNA are seeking a 10% pay increase for their members and a reduction in their working week to 35 hours.

Israel is after performing a raid on the West Bank, it has now entered its second day (RTÉ, Breakingnews)

Jean-Marie Le Pen has laucned his latest bid for the french presidency (France 24, CNN) He has put forward an anti-immigration, ultranationalist stance, pledging to cut off social benefits for foreigners and deporting those who are unable to fend for themselves. He is having difficulty getting 500 mayors to back him.

Talks begin today in London on Iran’s Nuclear program. (CNN, France 24). The P5 and Germany are meeting to discuss the next course of action. Israel is denying that its has plans to attack Iran’s Nuclear facilities (France 24) and the USA have plans to bomb Iran according to Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh (CNN)

Thats its for now!

Sarkozy crowned official candidate

Via France24

French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy Sunday was officially designated a candidate in the upcoming presidential elections, after winning the nomination of the ruling Union for a Popular Movement (UMP).

Sarkozy, 51, was acclaimed by a party congress in Paris after winning an internal ballot of 338,000 UMP members to choose a contender for elections in April.

Results showed that Sarkozy had 98.1 percent of votes cast.

There was never any doubt about the result as Sarkozy was the only person seeking the nomination.

Opinion polls show that Sarkozy, who is also UMP chief, is the only politician capable of beating Segolene Royal, the Socialist Party candidate who hopes to become France’s first woman president.

Best of luck to him against Royal, should be an interesting election as Le Pen is also running.