November 30, 2016
The Congress of Colombia has approved a peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). It signals the formal end to over five decades of civil war, Latin America’s longest insurgency.
The vote was unanimous, although members of the Democratic Center party walked out prior to voting in both the Senate and the lower house.
The peace agreement is set to see the FARC abandon its weapons and form a political party over the course of the next six months. It was signed last week by President Juan Manuel Santos and rebel leader Rodrigo Londono.
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New Treasury head Steven Mnuchin says that the incoming administration’s tax cuts will primarily benefit the middle class, not the upper class. While the tax rates will be lowered for high income earners, those reductions will be partially offset by fewer tax deductions. [MORE]
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has announced a cutback in oil productions. The move, aimed to push up prices, which have recently been in freefall, is the first cutback in eight years.
The cutback will involve all member countries, but will affect Saudi Arabia’s production the most, and will last six months starting January 1. Crude production will be limited to 32.5M barrels per day, down over 1.5M from current output.
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Washington—Nancy Pelosi has been re-elected by House of Representatives Democrats to serve as House Minority Leader. She was fending off a challenge from Ohio’s Tim Ryan, but faced little difficulty in the end, gaining support from 134 of 198 House Democrats.
Ryan had insisted that the failure to capture the House or the Senate while also losing the presidential election was a sign that “changes were necessary.”
November 29, 2016
Toronto—The Ontario legislature has passed Bill 28, which redefines the meaning of family along radical LGBTQ lines. The new law slashes legislative references to terms such as “father,” “mother” and “natural parents,” and redefines parents to include a purely contractual relationship between up to four adults, whether related or cohabiting or not. [MORE]