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Mutinous soldiers free Ivory Coast defense minister after reaching deal

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Mutinous soldiers released Ivory Coast’s Defense Minister Alain Richard Donwahi late Jan. 7 after detaining him for two hours in a tense standoff over pay. Hurriyet BOUAKE, Ivory Coast Donwahi, who flew into the west African country’s second city Bouake earlier in the day in a bid to defuse an… Mutinous soldiers free… Read More »

Vietnam: The War That Killed Trust

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The legacy of the war still shapes America, even if most of us are too young to remember it. Karl Marlantes The New York Times In the early spring of 1967, I was in the middle of a heated 2 a.m. hallway discussion with fellow students at Yale about the Vietnam War. I was from a… Vietnam: The War… Read More »

Liberia: ‘Big Boy 1’ Arrested But…

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A former minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, Dr. Eugene Shannon has been arrested by Criminal Court “C” for his alleged involvement in the Global Witness bribery scandal but later released. By Ames K. Kadi,Jr allAfrica Shannon’s arrest on Thursday comes barely a… Liberia: ‘Big Boy… Read More »

Namechecked by Obama, gay ex-Navy officer joins race to revive Democrats

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Washington; The gay, 34-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana – namechecked recently by President Obama – has entered the contest for chairman of the Democratic party, presenting himself as an alternative to the two leading candidates. Jonathan Martin Warning that beleaguered Democrats can ill afford a… Namechecked by Obama… New York Times Read More »

Lebanon set to join East Mediterranean race for oil and gas

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Lebanon will auction energy-development rights to five offshore areas and adopt production-sharing contracts to attract international investors as the tiny country seeks to join a regional race to tap oil and gas wealth in the… Written by Bloomberg Energy Voice The government may qualify more bidders for its… Lebanon set to… Read More »

Being ‘Poor’ Is Nothing To Be Ashamed Of

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It’s time we recognised retirees for their holistic contribution Kasy Chambers  The Huffington Post Mahatma Ghandi famously said that the true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable… Australia, while a democratic and economically prosperous nation, is still home to many… Being ‘Poor’ Is… Read More »

Farmer on Trial Defends Smuggling Migrants: ‘I Am a Frenchman.’

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NICE, France — At times it was hard to know who was on trial, the smuggler or the state. By ADAM NOSSITER  The New York Times The defendant, Cédric Herrou, 37, a slightly built olive farmer, did not deny that for months he had illegally spirited dozens of migrants through the remote mountain valley where he lives. He would do… Farmer on Trial… Read More »

Italian banks: It’s Rome’s turn to confront Berlin’s aggressiveness

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Italy, after Greece, is now the next target of the archetypical Teutonic aggressiveness, aimed this time at making the life difficult for Paolo Gentiloni the new Prime Minister. Dennis Kefalakakos The European Sting The problems Rome has with the country’s banking system are being exaggerated and used by Berlin to either pave the road leading outside the euro area or turn the country into an impoverished, obedient and second rate euro… Italian banks: It’s Rome’s… Read More »

New Year message from Kim Jong-un: Same old, same old

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Kim Jong-un made scant mention of grandfather Kim Il-sung and father Kim Jong-il. Bradley K. Martin Asia Times He didn’t need to — he just repeated their economic policies. Some foreign commentators… New Year message from… Read More »

Why most rapes go unreported in India

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The woman whose humiliation was captured on video in Bangalore over the New Year is not alone in fearing retaliation and further indignity Anusha Venkat Asia Times After New Year’s Eve turned out to be a night of shame for Bangalore, India’s IT capital, as girls who had gathered on MG Road to welcome 2017 were reportedly groped en masse, politicians were quick to put the blame squarely on… Why most rapes go… Read More »

Americans can spot election meddling because they’ve been doing it for years

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If Vladimir Putin intervened to help Donald Trump, that’s an outrage. Owen Jones The Guardian But then so is the long US record of foreign interference As I write, president-elect… Americans can spot election… Read More »

Elor Azaria case: ‘No hope of equality before the law’

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Israeli soldier convicted of killing wounded Palestinian is expected to receive a lenient sentence later this month. Jonathan Cook Al Jazeera News Nazareth – It was the trial almost no one in Israel wanted. Last March, army Elor Azaria case… Read More »

South Africa: Countdown for Matric Results

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Pretoria — The wait is almost over for the Class of 2016 as Matric learners will tomorrow find out their fate as the National Senior Certificate Examination (NSC) results are set to be released. AllAfrica This evening, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will announce the… South Africa: Countdown… Read More »

English Schools Give ‘Gender Diversity’ Booklet To Kids As Young As Seven

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Schools in the United Kingdom are beginning to hand out pamphlets on “gender diversity” to various elementary schools. Amber Randall The Daily Caller The booklet, “Can I Tell You About Gender Diversity?” will be provided to children as young as seven years old, reports The Washington Times. The book provides information on… English Schools Give ‘Gender… Read More »

The Canada experiment: is this the world’s first ‘postnational’ country?

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When Justin Trudeau said ‘there is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada’, he was articulating a uniquely Canadian philosophy that some find bewildering, even reckless – but could represent a radical new model of nationhood Charles Foran The Guardian As 2017 begins, Canada may be the last immigrant nation left standing. Our government believes in the value of immigration, as does the majority of the population. We took in an estimated… The Canada experiment: is… Read More »

Mexico’s 500-year jungle dwellers

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The Lacandon Maya lived deep in the jungles of southern Mexico with limited outside contact until the turn of the 20th Century, when loggers and missionaries began to arrive. Susannah Rigg BBC News I first met Daniel Chankin in the highland town of San Cristobal de las Casas in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Daniel, a Lacandon Maya who… Mexico’s 500-year jungle dwellers Read More »