Ineos buys fracking rights around Grangemouth and Firth of Forth

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News of Ineos’s move into shale gas extraction comes amid nationwide protests against companies involved in fracking  Jump to comments Ineos, the company at the centre of last year’s bitter dispute with unions at its Grangemouth petrochemical plant, has bought the rights to explore fracking for shale gas in a 127 square mile area around Grangemouth and the Firth of Forth. The company, ... Read More »

Indian court orders release of woman on hunger strike for 14 years

Irom Sharmila began her protest after seeing the army kill 10 people at a bus stop near her home in Manipur. Photograph: Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images

“Irom Sharmila has been force-fed in prison hospital since beginning hunger strike in protest at human rights abuses An Indian judge has ordered the release of human rights campaigner Irom Sharmila Chanu, who has been on hunger strike for nearly 14 years in protest at a law granting sweeping powers to security forces in the country’s troubled north-east. Sharmila, 42, ... Read More »

Changes to Australian Security Laws Will Make Illegally Obtained Evidence Permissible In Court


Politicians are preparing to scrap decades worth of laws that protect citizens from wholesale spying and guarantee the right to a fair trial—and they haven’t even read the legislation they want passed. A public hearing was held yesterday (Monday 18 August) in a squirrely back room of Parliament on the raft of legislation being hurried through as part of the National ... Read More »

Pro-federalism protests in Siberia banned after at least nine activists held

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Police detain and interrogate marchers who argue that Moscow siphons off money and denies rights to regional governments At least nine activists who are calling for greater regional autonomy in Russiahave been detained by police in recent days over protests calling for greater federalism in the country. Marches planned for Sunday were banned in Siberia and in the south of the ... Read More »

Anti-Semitism Rightly Condemned, But Where’s The Outrage At Attacks On Muslims?

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The rise in reports of anti-Semitism should concern everyone. But why the indifference to attacks on Muslims? Amy McQuire reports. While anti-Semitic acts and remarks regularly gain widespread media attention, the harassment endured by many pro-Palestinian activists, as well as reports on anti-Muslim sentiment, often flies under the radar. Damian Ridgwell is a student activist from the University of NSW ... Read More »

Khan says Sharif will be responsible for army takeover

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PTI chief says federal and Punjab govts ‘dynastic’ policies likely to usher in boots Says does not have time to meet PM Sharif before Aug 14 Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan Friday vowed that he will not postpone his million-man march and subsequent sit-in at Islamabad on August 14 unless Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif accepts his demands, adding that ... Read More »

Thousands rally over Gaza in Sydney

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Thousands of people have flocked to Middle East protest rallies in Sydney as the conflict in Gaza continues. Thousands of Israeli and Palestinian supporters have pledged their support for both Israel and Palestine at large protest rallies in Sydney. Within hours of each other, thousands of people flocked to separate gatherings to raise awareness about their respective cases in the ... Read More »

Exodus: Why Europe’s Jews Are Fleeing Once Again


The mob howled for vengeance, the missiles raining down on the synagogue walls as the worshippers huddled inside. It was a scene from Europe in the 1930s – except this was eastern Paris on the evening of July 13th, 2014. Thousands had gathered to demonstrate against the Israeli bombardment of Gaza. But the protest soon turned violent – and against ... Read More »

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement is about inequality. The elite knows it

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What prominent tycoons really fear is a pro-democracy movement which will convert demands for increasing suffrage into robust demands for redistribution  Jump to comments Popular analyses of burgeoning political agitation around universal suffrage in Hong Kong often side-step an inconvenient reality – that the underlying story is not simply about relations with the mainland or concerns over its authoritarian ways, ... Read More »