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UN Watch outraged as Saudi Arabia takes place on UN Women’s Right Commission

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UN Watch, a human rights organization, monitoring the performance of the United Nations, has strongly condemned the appointment of Saudi Arabia to the UN Commission on the… RT “Electing Saudi Arabia to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the… It’s absurd,” Hillel Neuer, the UN Watch chief, said… UN Watch outraged… Read More »

Former ‘comfort woman’ Chen Lien-hua dies at 93

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Chen Lien-hua (陳蓮花), one of three known surviving former “comfort women” in Taiwan, died of intestinal infection on Thursday at the age of 93, said the… Staff writer, with CNA Taipei Times Chen was taken to hospital last month when she complained of stomach… Doctors said her intestines had… After surgery, Chen became very… Former ‘comfort woman… Read More »

Humor, sarcasm at Hungarian anti-govt protest in Budapest

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BUDAPEST — Thousands of Hungarians are attending a “peace march for the government, for Russia and against everything else” organized by the… PhilStarGlobal Associated Press Υesterday’s protest is a sarcastic take on current events in Hungary, like the government’s close ties to Russia and its campaign against the pro-migration policies of… The government’s battle with Soros has resulted in legislation that could shut down the Soros-founded Central… Humor, sarcasm at… Read More »

Germany AfD: Protesters and police clash as right-wingers meet

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There have been violent scenes in Cologne, Germany as left-wing protesters demonstrated against the Alternative for Germany (AfD)… BBC The populist and anti-Islam AfD is holding a conference in the city as they seek to choose a new co-leader ahead of general elections this… Some 4,000 officers were dispatched to hold back protesters from the hotel where the meeting is taking… Germany AfD: Protesters… Read More »

Property feeds the roots of inequality in Britain. Inheritance will entrench it

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The homes passed on from this fortunate generation to the next will determine who is rich and who is poor in years to… Ian Jack The Guardian What did our grandparents leave us? That will depend on who they were and what they possessed, but in my case, not untypical of my generation, it wasn’t very… From my father’s side the treasures included: a stuffed canary; a tiny stuffed crocodile (a… Property feeds the… Read More »

Dutch ‘abortion boat’ arrives off the coast of Mexico

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Women on Waves says it is offering free, legal, medical abortions till nine weeks of pregnancy in international… Al Jazeera A Dutch sailing boat offering abortions has arrived in international waters off Mexico‘s west coast, according to the organisation which… The vessel, which operates often in defiance of some countries’ laws, took up position on Friday off Guerrero state on… Dutch ‘abortion boat… Read More »

Activists ramp up pressure on Lebanon’s rape law

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Calls increase for the repeal of controversial law allowing rapists to avoid punishment if they marry their… Al Jazeera Lebanese activists ramped up their campaign to scrap a controversial law allowing rapists who marry their victims to go free, with a dramatic installation on… A proposal to scrap Article 522 of the penal code – which deals with rape, assault, kidnapping and… Activists ramp up… Read More »

French Muslims brace for Le Pen presidency

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With no viable candidate on the left, France’s Muslim voters are… CLAIRE SERGENT AND KATY LEE Politico LE BOURGET, France — “Inshallah, it won’t be Marine Le Pen,” said Nassim with an anxious smile. “But if it is, we’ll have to accept our… Handing out fliers at last weekend’s Annual Meeting of French Muslims just north of Paris, the baby-faced 25-year-old said he’d happily vote for any… French Muslims brace… Read More »

Venezuela opposition plans silent marches and sit-ins after deaths

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Venezuela’s energized opposition is planning sit-ins on roads, silent marches in white to commemorate the dead and other nontraditional protests as it… Hurriyet Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of the South American country again April 20 to demand elections and denounce what… They were met by curtains of tear gas and rubber bullets as they tried to… Venezuela opposition plans… Read More »

Philippine terror risk jangles nerves Down Under

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Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has warned Islamic State-aligned terror groups could soon establish a caliphate in the… HELEN CLARK Asia Times When Australia issued a travel advisory this month warning its nationals against travel to the Philippines, the official notice was the latest indication that Islamic State (ISIS) and… Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop underscored those rising… Philippine terror risk… Read More »

MONA’s David Walsh defends ‘slaughter’ art show, says public outrage good for business, Tas economy

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David Walsh, millionaire founder of Tasmania’s acclaimed Museum of Old and New Art, responds to the controversy surrounding an upcoming performance a… James Dunlevie ABC Walsh suggested the backlash to a three-hour “installation” directed by Austrian artist Hermann Nitsch, titled 150 Action, had served his purposes and “spiked a… The work is described by MONA as “a… MONA’s David Walsh… Read More »

Pakistan court: Insufficient evidence to remove Sharif

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Supreme Court rules not enough evidence to order prime minister’s removal over alleged corruption, orders… Asad Hashim Al Jazeera Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ruled there was insufficient evidence to oust Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over corruption allegations, but… The court issued its verdict on Thursday afternoon after months of hearings in a case based on the “Panama Papers” leaks that… Pakistan court: Insufficient… Read More »

Independence ‘reckless’ amid new UK-dependent jobs figures

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The prospect of a second independence referendum has been branded “reckless” after new figures revealed that more than half a… SCOTT MACNAB The Scotsman The move came as Nicola Sturgeon again confirmed she wants an independent Scotland to join the EU – which is far less important to… The figures were seized on as evidence of the benefits of the Union as campaigning swung into top gear ahead of the 8 June,,, Independence ‘reckless’ amid… Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn: ‘we’ll scrap rigged system helping the rich’

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Jeremy Corbyn has promised to put wealth “in the hands of the people of Britain” as he turned his fire on big business and the rich in his first major speech of the… ANDREW WOODCOCK AND ARJ SINGH The Scotsman The Labour leader cast the 8 June poll as a battle of “the Establishment versus the people”, as he promised to overturn a “rigged system” which allowed the… A “morally bankrupt” Conservative Party was intent on preserving the… Jeremy Corbyn: ... Read More »

United they exit?

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A general election victory would give Theresa May the authority she needs to lead Britain out of the… Vidya Ram The Hindu It’s a testament to the unexpectedness of Theresa May’s call for a snap general election that even in the hour before the announcement, when her office had indicated that the… A general election figured in the speculation, but then… United they… Read More »

‘Cultural step change’ called for over Scottish school meals

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Scotland’s school meals need to be transformed “from a feeding culture to an eating culture”, an obesity charity has… Jane Bradley The Scotsman Obesity Action Scotland said that the school dining experience varies dramatically across the country and called for schools to… This comes after a Scotland on Sunday investigation last year revealed a… ‘Cultural step change… Read More »