Manus stand off halted as guards storm compound

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A stand off between asylum seekers and security guards on Manus Island came to a dramatic halt as Wilson guards stormed one compound on Monday. The Age – Sarah Whyte, Immigration correspondent Peter Dutton accuses asylum seekers of ‘aggressive behaviour’ Delta compound, which had been barricaded by asylum seekers who were refusing to eat or allow security guards inside, was forced open by ... Read More »

Charlie Hebdo: Pakistani Lashkar e Taiba Islamists call for boycott of French products

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A militant group in Pakistan has urged supporters to boycott French products in protest against the magazine Charlie Hebdo’s most recent cover, which featured an image of the Prophet Muhammad. ABC/Reuters - By South Asia correspondent Stephanie March, wires Fresh protests broke out Sunday in Pakistan where thousands gathered in almost all major cities, including Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad, chanting angry ... Read More »

Miracle boy, but campaign to stop mutilation of girls goes on

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IT sometimes takes a kick to the ribs to jolt Khadija Gbla out of a state of disbelief. Babies can pack a pretty good punch though, and it’s a fair guess that the unborn child of this brave activist possesses more than his fair share of fighting spirit. The Australian – Natasha Robinson, Senior Writer, Sydney He is the baby that Ms ... Read More »

Cyprus journalists to honour Charlie Hebdo

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The Cyprus Union of Journalists has called on the public to join its event outside the French Embassy in Nicosia on Saturday to condemn the recent Paris killings. According to an announcement, the protest will take place at 4.30pm and see participants lighting candles in memory of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and other staff and two policemen killed by jihadists ... Read More »

Germany’s Cologne Cathedral To Turn Off Lights In Protest At Anti-Muslim March

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BERLIN The Huffington Post (Reuters) – One of Germany’s most famous landmarks, Cologne Cathedral, will be plunged into darkness on Monday evening in protest at a march by a growing grass-roots anti-Muslim movement through the western German city, cathedral authorities said. The rise of the group, Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA), has shaken Germany’s political establishment, ... Read More »

Record 17,000 join nationalist march in Germany

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Many in Berlin shocked by emergence of far-right anti-Islamist group Pegida as growing numbers join weekly Dresden protest ‘Pinstripe Nazis’ show the immigration debate is overheated The Guardian - Agence France-Presse in Berlin A record 17,000 people have joined the latest in a string of demonstrations against Islam in Dresden, eastern Germany, celebrating the rise of their far-right populist movement by ... Read More »

Germany sees ‘visible rise’ in support for far-right extremism in response to perceived ‘Islamisation’ of the West

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Their leaders have been dismissed as “Nazis in pinstripes”, they have been dismissed by Angela Merkel as having “no place in Germany” – but on Monday night, thousands will march through the city of Dresden in protest against the “Islamisation of the West”. The Independent - ADAM WITHNALL  Speaking to the Sunday newspaper Welt am Sonntag, Germany’s most senior police officer ... Read More »

Hope and Anger at the Garner Protests

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The country has historically reacted with doubt or indifference when African-Americans speak of police officers who brutalize — or even kill — people with impunity. Affluent and middle-class white Americans who were treated with respect by the police had difficulty imagining the often life-threatening mistreatment that black Americans of all walks of life dealt with on a daily basis. Perhaps ... Read More »

Why angry Australian gamers want to ban the Bible

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This week, the Australian franchises of Kmart and Target opted not to stockthe video game “Grand Theft Auto V,” which came out last year but was re-released for newer consoles in November. The move followed an online petition campaign with tens of thousands of signatures, saying the game “encourages players to murder women for entertainment.” Critics of the game have long ... Read More »