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The Arab Spring is far from over

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Like the French Revolution, it could play out over decades and reshape the… KOERT DEBEUF Politico My friend Ahmed Maher was released from prison on January 5. Ahmed was the leader of the April 6 Youth Movement that organized the Egyptian revolution against the then… The Arab Spring… Read More »

Letter to BBC

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Mr A Chitty London BBC Complaints PO Box 1922 Darlington DL3 0UR 17 January 2017 Dear Sir or Madam, It is with regret that I find myself writing to the BBC once again on the topic of Cyprus. Despite a plethora of complaints from myself and others in the British Cypriot community during 2016, it would appear that the BBC has taken no notice and continues to misrepresent the facts of the Cyprus situation. I implore the BBC to properly ... Read More »

Indonesia’s police deny they are afraid to tackle hardline Islamic leader

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Jakarta: About 5000 members of the Islam Defenders’ Front (FPI) turned up outside Indonesian police headquarters on Monday morning, to demand the removal of West Java’s police… Jewel Topsfield Karuni Rompies Brisbane Times But if the group, once considered fringe radicals, have become increasingly vocal, it is… Indonesia’s police deny… Read More »

Will Cyprus be reunified?

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THE formal split of Cyprus dates to Turkey’s invasion of the island in 1974, which followed a Greece-inspired coup aimed at enosis (union with Greece). The Economist Since then Cyprus has been divided between the Greek-Cypriot republic in the south, a full member of the UN and the… Will Cyprus be… Read More »

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 »

The rise of fascism is not inevitable – just look at Bridges Not Walls

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‘How can we fight the rise of the far right?’ people say. Try Bridges Not Walls, the movement spawned after Trump’s election to reject hate The Guardian Ellie Mae O’Hagan When your friends and family regard you as The Political One, seismic news events are a bittersweet experience. For every political… The rise of fascism is… Read More »

Van drove into Australian Christian Lobby’s Canberra headquarters and ‘exploded’

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A van reportedly carrying gas cylinders has exploded after being driven into the Australian Christian Lobby headquarters in Canberra on Wednesday night, setting the building alight. The Canberra Times There were no injuries suffered from people inside the building but the driver is being treated for his injuries in hospital. ACT Policing said the… Van drove into Australian… Read More »

Asda owner Walmart faces protests over Chinese workers’ pay

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THE retail giant Walmart is facing a backlash over pay from its Chinese workforce, according to reports. Express Danny Backland Four of its stores were subject to wildcat strikes earlier this year and around 20,000 workers – about a fifth of its staff in the country – have joined an online forum to complain about their schedules and share protest slogans. Walmart, which owns the… Asda owner Walmart faces… Read More »

Protesters in Adelaide call for Australia to increase intake of Syrian refugees

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Hundreds of protesters from South Australia’s Middle Eastern and African communities have called for Australia to take more refugees from war-torn Syria. ABC Isabel Dayman A crowd of about 300 men, women and children gathered on the steps of the South Australian Parliament, chanting “down, down, Assad down” and “stop bombing the children of Syria”. Australians For Syria South Australian… Protesters in Adelaide call for… Read More »

This Proposed Pipeline Would Cut Right Through The Appalachian Trail

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Conservation groups are rallying against the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The Huffington Post Hilary Hanson  Environmental groups are voicing opposition to a proposed natural gas pipeline that would cut across the Appalachian Trail in Virginia and require clearing a… This Proposed Pipeline… Read More »

DR Congo blocks social networks as Joseph Kabila’s term expires

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Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have ordered that social networks including Facebook and WhatsApp be blocked soon before President Joseph Kabila’s mandate expires, three internet providers said Thursday. Daily Nation Congo’s telecoms regulator issued an order, seen by AFP, demanding that providers cut access to social media services from 11:59 pm (2259 GMT) on Sunday. Political tensions are running high in the… DR Congo blocks social networks as… Read More »

Teachers PROTEST against plans to merge schools to create ‘socially diverse’ community

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TEACHERS and parents of pupils at a school in Paris went on strike to protest against government plans with would see their school combined with another to create a more “socially diverse” environment. Express Zoe Efstathiou Under a new scheme, government ministers want to create “multicolleges”, which involves combining schools to promote mixed social and cultural demographics in order to stop some communities becoming ghettos. Merging Paris’ Marie Curie college with… Teachers PROTEST against plans to… Read More »

1000 Muslims close London streets to chant Allahu Akbar and demand Islamic caliphate

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MORE than 1000 Muslims took to the streets of London last night chanting Allahu Akbar and demanding an Islamic caliphate. Express The street outside the empty embassy in Belgrave Square, London, was closed off as it filled with protestors and Islamic leaders chanting loudly and calling for America to be punished over Aleppo. The demonstration became an… 1000 Muslims close London streets to… Read More »

France will soon have a new crime: online obstruction of abortion

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(RNS) France will soon create a new crime that will make someone running an anti-abortion website as liable to a lawsuit as a protester blocking the door to an abortion clinic. Religion News Service Tom Heneghan The new crime, called the “online obstruction of abortion,” won’t be an outright ban, because that would amount to government censorship. But the law will be so broadly worded that… France will soon have a new crime: online… Read More »

Brazil: Clashes as Senate approves 20-year austerity plan

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The Brazilian Senate has approved a controversial amendment to the constitution capping public spending for the next 20 years. BBC News The approval of the austerity measure is an important victory for President Michel Temer. He took office earlier this year promising to… Brazil: Clashes as Senate approves… Read More »

Catalan separatists defy Spain in pursuit of ‘utopia’

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The mayor of the small Catalan town of Berga became today the first arrested for disobeying political independence of justice in the process of secession began in this region of northeastern Spain. / AFP / PAU BARRENA        (Photo credit should read PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images)

Pro-independence parties prepare for mass acts of civil disobedience against the Spanish state. Politico Guy Hedgecoe BERGA, Spain — A large Catalan independence flag hangs from the city hall of Berga, a town of 16,000 inhabitants in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Known as the Estelada, the red-and-yellow… Catalan separatists defy Spain in… Read More »