Ecuador conveys ‘unease’ over use of force by Turkish president’s guards

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Ecuador’s Foreign Ministry has conveyed its “unease” over the use of force against its citizens by guards of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during a demonstration in the capital of Quito, Turkish officials have confirmed. Hurriyet – Emine Kart – ANKARA The incident subject to Ecuador’s diplomatic moves took place on Feb. 5 as a group of demonstrators protested Turkey’s ongoing military operations against the outlawedKurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) as Erdoğan was speaking at the National Higher Studies Institute in Quito. ... Read More »

Planning permission for €240m wind farm in Co Meath rejected

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Controversial development near Kells had been designated as strategic infrastructure The Irish Times Elaine Edwards Planning permission for a controversial €240 million wind farm development at in north Meath has been refused by an Bord Pleanála. Element Power had sought permission for the construction at Emlagh, near Kells, of three wind farm clusters of up to 46 wind turbines with a maximum tip height of up to 169 metres. An oral hearing last summer lasted for five weeks and heard ... Read More »

Push to stop Parliament ratifying the Trans-Pacific Partnership

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Nearly 60 community organisations are calling for an independent assessment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership before Parliament is asked to vote on ratifying the agreement. The Age – Gareth Hutchens A large alliance of groups – from World Vision and the Public Health Association, to Greenpeace, the ACTU, Catholic Religious Australia and the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network – have signed a letter warning the agreement poses “grave risks to the public interest” without being independently assessed. They want an organisation ... Read More »

Environmental groups outraged over Adani approval

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Environment advocates have been quick to express their disappointment following the news the State government has granted an environmental authority for the controversial Adani coal mine project in the State’s Galilee Basin. Brisbane Times – Amy Remeikis, Queensland political editor While the environmental approval is still one less hurdle the Indian based company has to overcome, it is still to secure funding for the $16 billion project and receive a mining licence from the State. But the authority has drawn criticism from green ... Read More »

Pro-rape ‘pick-up artist’ organises two Scottish events

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‘LEGAL rape’ group Return of the Kings will be holding meetings in Edinburgh and Glasgow this weekend. The Scotsman The meetings were organised by controversial American pick-up artist and rape advocate Roosh V, who is the leader of a “neomasculinist” group. Supporters of the group will meet at Glasgow’s George Square and Edinburgh’s Grassmarket to join other members before heading to a secret location. Roosh states that meetings are restricted to only hetrosexual men and any women attempting to attend ... Read More »

35-year sermon of peace comes to end with White House protester’s death

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Since August 1981, the closest night and day neighbor of the president of the United States was Concepcion Picciotto. Waging Nonviolence Colman McCarthy Her 35-year residence in Lafayette Square across from the White House was a varicolored collection of tightly spaced chairs, blankets and a plastic covering. Fronting it all were large and small hand-lettered signs, ranging from “Ban All Nuclear Weapons or Have a Nice Doomsday” to “Live By the Bomb, Die By the Bomb.” At her death at ... Read More »

Deputy Council Leader calls for northern Cyprus holiday adverts to be removed from TfL property

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Cllr Dan Thomas, Deputy Leader of Barnet Council, has called on Transport for London to remove advertisements promoting northern Cyprus as a tourist destination. Cllr Thomas, who is the Conservative GLA candidate for Barnet and Camden, said the adverts on buses and at tube stations will offend Greek Cypriot Londoners, many of whom live in Barnet. Cllr Thomas said, “Refugees who made London their home after the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus will be looking at these adverts in disbelief. ... Read More »

Bob Brown arrested while protesting against logging in Tasmania

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Former Australian Greens leader is believed to be the third person charged under enhanced powers aimed at cracking down on environmental protesters The Guardian – Calla Wahlquist @callapilla Bob Brown has been arrested at a forestry protest in Tasmania, making him the third person charged under Tasmania’s tough new anti-protest laws. The former Australian Greens leader and founder of the party was arrested at an area of state forest marked for logging at Lapoinya in north-west Tasmania on Monday. The arrest was ... Read More »

Pakistan’s army chief Raheel Sharif says he will step down when term ends

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Pakistan’s influential army chief will step down at the end of his three-year term in November, the military’s public relations wing says, breaking a precedent of military leaders seeking to extend their terms. ABC News * General Raheel Sharif is considered by many to be Pakistan’s most powerful man. Since he took office in 2013, the army has launched aerial and ground assaults against Islamist insurgent strongholds near the Afghan border in the northwest, earning the military broad support from ... Read More »

Islamic State supporters in Malaysia pledge revenge for arrests

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Bangkok: The south-east Asian wing of Islamic State has threatened revenge for the arrests of a growing number of its militants in Malaysia, prompting a further tightening of security in the Muslim-majority nation. Brisbane Times – Lindsay Murdoch, South-East Asia correspondent for Fairfax Media “If you catch us we will only increase in number but if you let us be, we will be closer to our goal of bringing back the rule of khalifah [caliph],” Malay-speaking militants warned in a video posted on an IS-sanctioned ... Read More »

Tunisia imposes nationwide curfew amid spreading unrest

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Tunisia imposed a nationwide overnight curfew on Jan. 22 in response to growing unrest over unemployment as protests across the country descended into vandalism in several cities. Ηurriyet – KASSARINE, Tunisia The curfew from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. would begin on Jan. 22 because the attacks on public and private property “represent a danger to the country and its citizens,” the Interior Ministry said, according to the Associated Press. The previous night, police stations came under attack and security officers ... Read More »

Upheaval in the Factories of Juarez

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Labor unrest is spreading through the factories on the border, where people say they deserve more than $6 a day. The Atlantic  ALANA SEMUELS CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Women and men, more than 70 of them, were fired on December 9th from the factory on the Mexican side of the Mexico-Texas border where they made printers for the American company Lexmark. They say they were terminated because they were trying to form an independent union. The company says they were ... Read More »

More than 930 academics call for children to be released from detention

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An impassioned plea by more than 900 Australian academics for the government to release children from detention centres has been dismissed by a former government frontbencher as being “a sad disassociation from practical considerations”. The Age – Bianca Hall The academics wrote to the government before Christmas, and again on Monday night, urging the government to free children detained in Australia and on Nauru as a matter of urgency. Signatories included experts on child psychology, human rights, public policy and the law, from universities across ... Read More »

Academics in US, UK, Europe back colleagues under probe in Turkey

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Hundreds of academics from around the world have expressed solidarity with their colleagues suspected of terrorism crimes after signing a petition to call for an end to ongoing violence in southeastern Turkey in a statement sent to the Hürriyet Daily News. Hürriyet – Istanbul “Democracy cannot exist without freedom of expression,” said the statement signed by 610 academics from various universities including some in the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria and Turkey. “We, the undersigned academics, believe that freedom ... Read More »

Turkey detains 12 academics for criticizing military campaign against Kurds

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RT – Turkey has arrested 12 academics for signing a declaration denouncing Ankara’s military operations against Kurdish militants. The move comes after more than 1,200 scholars were being investigated for criticizing the Turkish State. The Anadolu Agency, as cited by AP, says the 12 who were detained by police are lecturers at Kocaeli University in the northwest. Police are still processing the paperwork for nine other academics, who will also be arrested. The 1,200 academics had been accused of allegedly ... Read More »

Ethiopia cancels Addis Ababa master plan after Oromo protests

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Ethiopia’s government has abandoned plans to expand the boundaries of the capital, Addis Ababa, which have caused months of deadly protests. BBC Demonstrations by people from the Oromo ethnic group have been sparked by fears that Oromo farmers could be displaced. Human rights groups have estimated that at least 140 people were killed by security forces during the protests. The ruling party in the Oromia region said it was dropping the plan following discussions with local people. The Oromo People’s ... Read More »